I'm not so sure I agree with the notion that RGI was 'just bad'. I think it had a lot of redeeming qualities. It just felt a little lackluster when compared to other stuff being done at IDW at the time. That said, I've gone back and read through it a few times in trade, and I find it to be a thoroughly enjoyable experience. However, I do think RG1 suffered from the worst aspects that plague a lot of comics now. It was beholden to the trade format. Which stretched out certain stories that seemed like they could've been told much more quickly.