Monthlys vs Trades

Written on Sat, Mar 5, 2011 by Kyle posted by kyle

Do you prefer individual comics or getting them collected? We have a comments section please let me know which do you prefer? I like to get my individual issues instead of the collections. I have two main reasons for this. One of them is my fault and the other is either the comic industries or every other comic reader in the country.

The first reason if my own impatience. I hate waiting after a cliff hanger to see what happens next. Especially with comics that are known to leave us with cliffhangers. ‘Y: The Last Man’ and ‘Invincible’. So I’ll take the blame on this one. I just can’t wait long enough for the stories that I want to read.

The other problem is not my fault. You can’t be certain what will come out. Some are a given. ‘War of the Green Lanterns’ will be collected in a trade paper back, probably a nice hard cover to. But a lot of comics I get aren’t likely to have it happen right away if at all. I bought every issue of of ‘Young Justice’ and ‘Impulse’, if I didn’t collect these I might be out of luck.

What’s always fun is seeing which comics are going to be collected for us to read. Some are a complete given, like the latest volume of ‘Avengers’ and the latest ‘Batman’ mini series. But when looking at the archives, what makes one series more deserving than another?

I always figured it’s either a writer or artist that is popular at the time or character/ series resurgence. Thor has a movie ready to come out, so it’s time to re-print every story he’s been in for the last 20 years.

I do still consider trades a great resource, but not with any real regularity. I think they’re great for catching up on series you recently discovered. It’s usually cheaper getting the collection than buying the individual back issues. They are also supremely easier to find rather than going from shop to shop looking for the one issue your missing (Although that did happen for me with ‘Suicide Squad’). There are a lot of other reasons but these are the two that matter to me the most.

So if you prefer to wait for trades instead of getting the issues, good for you, if you have the patience. It just seems like missing out on any short series that doesn’t get the support to reach tradehood.

One Response to “Monthlys vs Trades”

  1. matt says:

    This argument goes to and fro with certain series. When I collect Kirkman’s work, I see Invincible and The Walking Dead reading better in trade. But I know you hate the cliffhangers that Invincible leaves. Some of this just goes to what you think you want to read on a month to month basis vs. what will be worth waiting for the trade on.