... I resent being subjected to this blatant sales gimmick.
This. This is exactly why I don't buy comics; the whole doohickie comes off as an industry more interested in forcing
sales through various gimmicks rather than getting them through enjoyable stories.
Yeah, this is the reason why I also stopped buying comics regularly twenty years ago. I got sick of chasing a continuing story across several different titles, as well. It was a cheap tactic from the comic book companies that wore very thin.