What I get monthly falls, generally, into two categories:
- Books that have poor sales and need every monthly reader to remain in existence (ie. Gotham Central, I miss you baby).
- Books that come out so rarely, I may be waiting for trade in my grave (ie. Planetary).
Here's the list:
- 52: I tried this since I am one of the 4 people who really liked Infinite Crisis. I've since gotten addicted to the idea of a weekly comic and while there have been some slow patches, this has been very good overall. I don't know if I'm going to continue onto Countdown though. The higher price is bugging me. I think I'll go with the first month and see if it's as compelling.
- X-Factor: Peter David's original X-Factor book has long been fave, so when this hit the stands (and the Madrox mini before it), I knew it was a must get, and I also knew that it probably wouldn't be a big seller, so monthly was the way to go. Also, Marvel's dumb-ass strategy of putting books out in the Premier HC format delays the time until the trade hits by about 8 months, and has killed my interest in several of their books (Moon Knight, continuing with Ult. Spider-man). I wanted to get in on the ground floor of this one.
- Nextwave: It'll be back I tell you! It'll be back (I made my LCS keep this on my list).
- Hellboy/BPRD: I subscribed to this book back when Hellboy was putting out about 2 issues per year (on average), so this initially fell under rule 2. Now that BPRD is coming out fairly often, I'm not sure why I still get this book. I'll explore more in my review of the new BPRD series.
- Astonishing X-Men: While this series's schedule has gotten better, it's still rare to see a new issue on the stands. Plus, I'd rather get the Oversized HC than the trades on this one, so I have to wait a little longer.
- Ultimates 2: As above (except for the part about the schedule getting better). Oh yeah, I'm off this as soon as the last issue comes out. Ultimates 3 is going to suck, mark my word.
- Planetary: Again, as above. With only one more issue to go, I may yet have the final Absolute HC in my hands before I'm a Grandfather, but I'm not betting on it.
- Astro City: Rule 1 again. I'm glad that Busiek has been able to get more of this series out, but each issue still seems like a little gift.
- Manhunter: Rule 2. I just added this one, since I liked the first trade, but loved the second. Of course then the series got cancelled, but as soon as I heard it was un-cancelled, I vowed to jump on, if anything to make sure I can at least get a few more trades.
Trades: I do subscribe to some trades as well, though they don't really fall under either rule:
- 100 Bullets: What a great series, but I can't imagine collecting this in singles. Each trade is pretty much perfect (though some are better than others). This is the first thing I look for when DC solicitations come out each month.
- JSA: I really liked the straight-forward super-heroics of the last series of this and I'm glad I have the complete set. As for the new series, I'm giving them one more issue before I give up (though, depending upon reviews, I might get the JLA/JSA cross-over trade).
- The Outsiders: I have no idea why I get the trade for this series. I loved the first trade, but it's all been downhill from there. Somebody please stop me!
- Fables: See 100 Bullets, though I am tempted to start buying the singles. (Also, Jack of Fables).
- Ultimate Spider-Man: Just dropped this due to the aforementioned decision on Marvel's part to switch this to Premier HC. That, and Bendis has long ditched doing anything original for just "ultimatizing" 616 characters and throwing them on the book in lieu of writing an actual story. I may peek in when Immonen starts his run, but it'll probably be too little, too late.
- Runaways (Digests): Not to much to say, I'll stay on this through Whedon's run and the first collection of whoever comes after him. Always fun.
Man, I just realized how little Marvel stuff I buy. That's too bad, but due to their bad stories and their awful pricing strategies (just look at how their trade prices compare to DC's, it's sad) have killed my interest in their product. The only thing I'm really looking forward to is the Alpha Flight Classic TPB coming out (collecting the Byrne issues), after that, everything else I'll buy from them in trade is pretty much all Essentials (and the last Nextwave trade). Too bad they can't get me excited about anything (other than what's above) they've put out in the last 20 years.