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->''"And then what happened?"\\
"Uhhh... about 30 pages of explosions and tidal waves."''
-->-- '''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim & Ramona Flowers''' on ''Manga/{{Akira}}''. Or that time when Todd Ingram punched a hole on the Moon to prove his love for her. Your call.

A trend that flourished in the late 90s and early 00s in the wake of TropeCodifier ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'' written by Creator/WarrenEllis and drawn by Bryan Hitch. Heavily inspired by long-form {{manga}} series, Decompressed Comics rely heavily on {{Splash Panel}}s, {{Aspect Montage}}s and minimal dialogue to maximize the visual effect of a story. ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'' aimed to mimic the widescreen action of a Hollywood movie by creating images that were as big and as striking as possible.

This trope is also used by people who want to add a slower, cinematic pace by, for example, using an entire page to show someone walking silently down a corridor in numerous panels, in order to create tension or otherwise express a mood.

When used well, decompression is a useful tool that can not only give artists a chance to stretch their wings but also alter the pace of the issue in order to tell the story more successfully. Of course, like any tool it can be used poorly. Some writers (including, arguably, Ellis himself in later years) used it to pad out thin plots or to blindly mimic then-fashionable trends. Such writers were often accused of WritingForTheTrade. Ellis would respond to that by writing several comics that are decompressed, but still manage to wrap up every story in one issue, thus proving that you can write in this style without writing for the trade.


* ''Manga/{{Akira}}''. That's 6 manga volumes and over 2000 pages. All of them are painstakingly detailed with so many SceneryPorn, SceneryGorn and action sequences you know Creator/KatsuhiroOtomo was DoingItForTheArt.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' shifted into a milder form of this midway through the Hueco Mundo arc, slowing down and adding more details to fights.
* ''Manga/YokohamaKaidashiKikou'', featuring a world AfterTheEnd, where nature is reclaiming the world, and a main character that is a RobotGirl that mostly lives alone, only occasionally getting visitors, naturally has entire chapters with almost no text at all. Another recurring character simply doesn't talk or have thought bubbles, simply relying upon actions and facial expressions to convey her intent.
* Creator/OsamuTezuka is arguably the TropeMaker (as with much else in manga). For instance, ''Manga/AstroBoy'''s origin story contains a few pages of Tobio driving around before he crashes his car, to build up tension and give the audience the feel of the speed of the vehicle.
** More specifically [[http://img145.imageshack.us/img145/5539/treasureisland.jpg the opening of the unabridged version]] of his New Treasure Island from 1947 is the [[TropeMaker trope making]] example.
* The Manga version of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' does this a few times to emphasise the [[BuffySpeak over-the-top-ness]] of the goings-on. For example, one Giga Drill Breaker (the standard FinishingMove of the series) once took ''11 pages''.
* ''Manga/{{Gunnm}}'' Last Order has the ZOTT arc with whole chapters describing just a few, or even a single punch. Running for at least 80 chapters (7 years in real life so far) the event takes place over a period of ''six days''.
* ''Manga/{{Blame}}'' lives and breathes this style. The protagonist talks [[TheStoic so little]] that chapters featuring only him may contain a lot of action but no dialogue at all.
* ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'' has done this, with one battle starting around chapter eight and ending at chapter 15, taking up one and a half volumes. The stretched pace, not helped by the slow release schedule, did the series no favours.
* A few of Creator/{{CLAMP}}'s manga series tend to have this, especially ''Manga/{{X1999}}'' and ''Manga/{{Clover}}''. ''X'' in particular only managed a single 24 episode TV season out of 18 volumes of material, whereas most of their other *shorter* mangas got made into longer series.
* Murata's adaptation of ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'' occasionally spends entire chapters' worth of gorgeously detailed pages on single events, for example Sonic {{flash step}}ping around Saitama in the forest, Metal Knight arriving in Z-City (this one is in colour to boot!) or the whole training battle between Genos and Saitama. Fans have taken to putting the panels into animated gifs and the end results look no worse than the actual anime adaptation of the comic.

* Creator/StanLee may actually be responsible for introducing this concept into American comics. Since he was working on a truly insane number of books during the 1960's, he found that extending one story over multiple issues was much easier than having to write new plots for multiple titles every month.
-->'''Stan Lee''': I saved a ton of time by taking one plot and stretching it out over many issues. Instead of spending so much time making up different plots, I could be spending that time completing the stories…Of course, [[TropesAreTools what started out as a time-saving device turned out to be a good idea, quality-wise]]. We found that the continued stories being longer gave us more room for CharacterDevelopment, and the addition of subplots helped to round out the stories so they read more like mini motion pictures.
* Jim Steranko's run on the ComicBook/NickFury section of ''Strange Tales'' occurred during a time when comics typically were one-shot or two-part stories. His Yellow Claw Saga was ran for ''nine issues.''
* ''ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark'' did this as long ago as the 1980's, minus the big splash pages. Many, many issues have had no "plot" other than conversations. The final volume ''The Last Day" ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin which shows]] the last day of Cerebus' life) is several hundred pages long. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
* Everything Creator/BrianMichaelBendis does.
** One of the most prominent examples would be Creator/{{Marvel|Comics}}'s ''ComicBook/SecretInvasion'', wherein a few hours of comic-book time were stretched out over almost a ''year''.
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the intro for the second issue of the ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'' story where [[FreakyFridayFlip Spider-Man and Wolverine switch bodies]]. Bendis appears on the first page and says "This is the last part of the story, I promise. I mean, even '''I''' couldn't milk three issues out of '''this'''."
* Much of ComicBook/UltimateMarvel.
* The Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse comics about the [[ComicBook/DarkEmpire Emperor's rebirth]], written in the nineties, are infamously disliked because they ''aren't'' decompressed, and many, ''many'' important events happen off-panel or else happen very, very quickly.
* Ironically enough Creator/GeoffJohns, who supposedly left Marvel so he wouldn't be forced to write like this, has started to adapt this writing style into more and more of his works. The most notable examples as of late has been ''Legion of 3 Worlds'' and '"Flash Rebirth.''
* For several years after ''ComicBook/TheTransformersAllHailMegatron'', most of [[ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW IDW's "main" Transformers comics]] have suffered from the negative aspect of this trope, with issues that were more like half or even a third of an issue than a full issue. Needless to say, "Speed up the pace!" became an increasingly common post to be seen on the IDW Transformers forum. This has also been parodied extensively, most notably by [[Webcomic/{{Walkyverse}} David Willis]] [[http://www.shortpacked.com/blog/comic/book-11/03-vote-chopperface/costa-2/ here]]. Eventually completely turned on its ear by the dual ongoings ''ComicBook/TheTransformersRobotsInDisguise'' and ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'', both of which have ''lots'' of stuff going on at most given moments though they can both slip into it from time to time depending on RuleOfFunny or RuleOfDrama.
* SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} plays this for laughs once, having Deadpool take a leak for one and a half pages. Overlaps with OverlyLongGag here.
* While the whole book isn't a terrible example of this, the revelation of the X-Men's new costumes in ''Comicbook/AstonishingXMen'' is. In this two-page spread, the actual heroes in their new costumes would have taken up a small amount of one page if the DutchAngle were ditched. (With it, Kitty goes off the page slightly... ''thus losing most of her in the spine of the book''.) Most of the scene is the ''hangar wall'' as the X-Men walk in (the Blackbird's there, but you don't see much of it.) It's not even an ''awesome'' hangar wall that you'd get when the artists get to have their way at the cost of narrative. It's just a blank wall. ''A full page of blank wall.''
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}: The Coming of Atlas'' suffers badly from this. Despite being a four-issue story arc, it basically consists of ''one'' long fight scene.
* Paul Pope is fond of this technique. His current project, ''Battling Boy'', has (per WordOfGod) ''40-page fight scenes''.
* ''365 Samurai and a Few Bowls of Rice'' consist of a panels taking up each page entirely and story telling focused on mood and atmosphere.
* ''ComicBook/KickAss'' sometimes is, sometimes isn't. Some issues goes by in days, some have ''months'' go by (especially when Dave is in the hospital).
* Some of the Franchise/{{Godzilla}} comics published by IDW are hit by this problem badly, particularly ''ComicBook/GodzillaKingdomOfMonsters'' and ''Godzilla: Oblivion'', both of which make use of very frequent (and rarely necessary) splash and double-splash pages, enormous panels containing nothing but character closeups and one-word speech bubbles, and pages dominated by huge patches of literal white space.
* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' comics published by Creator/MarvelComics since 2015 can run into this, by virtue of trying to evoke the grand, cinematic feeling of the films. Entire pages are often dedicated to ships floating through space, people running down halls, and Darth Vader standing around looking cool.

* While not too bad, ''Webcomic/DomainTnemrot'' is quite decompressed.
* Lately ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' has been including more and more establishing panels. Thankfully it updates five pages a week, but it still gets annoying.
* ''Webcomic/{{Vattu}}'' is incredibly decompressed; the first couple of pages are just a baby being tossed over a fire.
* ''[[http://www.boltcity.com/copper/ Copper]]'' is made of this, though pages are self-contained and some are wordier than most of these.
* This is a side-effect of ''Webcomic/YumeHime'''s text-heavy format.

* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' is the cartoon version of this.