I’ve seen it a dozen times on a half dozen message boards. One poster, who generally gets alone with everyone, slowly but surely becomes more and more vocal about the issues that he doesn’t like and more and more adamant that the few things he does like are TEH SHIZNIT.
It seems to happen when you’ve bought a series for so long, and darn it, it’s just not the book that it used to be. But you don’t put it down or drop it from your pull list, no way, because that would interrupt your run. Look, I’ve been reading Uncanny X-Men for eight years, from Chuck Austen all the way to the present day. I get that there’s frustration at times. However, when I read a meh comic, I put it aside and plunge into the next comic. When I spend money on things, I go into them with the mentality that I’m going to find something worth $2.99 in here of enjoyment. Otherwise, what’s the point?
I think that it can be super-easy to relieve this sort of cynical fatigue, though, honestly.
1.) If you are a completionist, and that is 100% your mentality, you lose the right to complain about it.
2.) If you are not a completionist and aren’t a fan of the direction a comic is taking, stop buying it.
When it’s all said and done, comic book companies respect your loyalty to a series, but they won’t change what they’re doing if you keep supporting it with your money.
(P.S. Just because you don’t like what they’re doing to a comic book, don’t pirate it as revenge. That’s just fricking stupid, and it’s the cancer that’s killing comics as we know it).