I have collected way too many TPBs. At one point I had close to 500 trades – and we’re talking the soft cover books – which were great to shove in your bag on a road trip and take off. Sometimes it doesn’t turn into anything, like when I took off to Paris in 2003 I went to my LCS and bought a trade of Spy Boy… which was a mistake. But other times it’s magic – In 2004, when I took a trip to London, I snagged a trade called The Walking Dead and have been a monthly buyer ever since.
Recent purchases have more been swayed toward Harcover books. Even replacing the old soft cover books I had… Infinity Gauntlet trade? Yes, you served me well on the yearly readings I took – usually one day in the hottest week of July. But you have been replaced by the Marvel Premiere Classic Hardcover version. And even better? Hardcovers rejuvenated the collected edition market – and Marvel is releasing more and more stories – like the trip to The Infinity Gauntlet collected in Silver Surfer: Rebirth of Thanos.
I do have some very serious reservations about some of these collected issues. The book has to be worth the price – meaning this, the books must collect issues that are difficult to track down or at the very least common books that cost a pretty penny. For example, a few years ago Marvel released the Heroes: Reborn collections – in paperback no less – and asked for $29.99 for them. Most, if not ALL, of the 12 issues can be found in dollar bins around the state where I live. Why would I pay $30 for something when I can get the single issues for less than $12?
I will discuss some of the different Marvel offerings in the upcoming days – but before I end the rant today I would just like to point out – patience is a HUGE virtue. A lot of the Hardcover books end up on the sale racks – with a retail of $30 or more I have picked up most in my collection for less than $10. And that’s not even off of the bay or Amazon – that’s from comic shops.
So, here is the question I pose to you – what do my blog readers out there prefer? Do you like the Hardcover collections? Stick with the slightly less expensive Softcovers? Or do you not even bother with collected editions and like the single issues only?