While it’s definitely better (so far) than Heroes in Crisis and City of Bane, I’ve been rereading Tom King’s other navel-gaze-y maxiseries, and they all have a fair amount of content in their first issues. Sheriff of Babylon makes it clear that it is about America’s (largely unhealthy) effect on Iraq post-Hussein. Omega Men establishes its central conflict and the ideologies of its protagonists (and makes it clear that “protagonist” is a very different word than “hero”) in the first issue. Mister Miracle is the best example of this. I have a good idea of the philosophical questions that will be answered throughout the series, because they are all asked in the first issue. The Vision might be the only exception. It has the inciting incident of the story (the murder of Grim Reaper), and it sets the tone well, but that’s about it.
Look, here’s hoping that Strange Adventures ends up as a Vision, and not a Heroes in Crisis. I want Tom King (and, y’know, comics) to be good, but I feel like he might be having his Frank Miller moment.