Man, I didn’t even know stuff like this was a “controversy” in comics. Very interesting.
Hmm, i think they mean meandering or poor pacing more than compressed or not. Part of the reason I dropped manga was the ones I tried, at costs higher than a new paperback book, nothing happened, not character dev or action. I like stories without superhero combat, that was why I loved the old JLA/JSA for the pages before they got to the often lame main plot. When I did a lot of RPG we sometimes went weeks with no combat and the DM would wander off to put something inthe oven.It should be like many things, in moderation. Action substitutes for RL impinging on the characters with powers. And talk/char dev can get boring or stuck in ruts. Compression depends on if the story hace enough description in the art to keep things moving, but depends heavily on familiarity with genre and character. A very decompressed story as a #1 is an epic FAIL. Like so much of art, some can break the rules with flair, and others fail in following them. I expect plot of subplot to advance, combat is optional as even super heroes are not in fights >6 hrs a day? that leaves a lot of life to talk about and show.