“I’m waiting on the trade” has become almost as familiar a part of the comic-reader lexicon as “I’m Batman.” Now that costs for single issues have begun to jump from $2.99 to $3.99 per issue for the Big Two, it’s almost certain that we’ll hear that song with greater frequency. However, that begs one larger question: when you wait for the trade, do you ever actually get the trade?
I know quite a few people that are trade loyalists. They’ll get Fables, they’ll get the recently-departed 100 Bullets . . . they’ll get a number of titles. And yet, they’re content to take the several months between installments so that they can get a larger chunk of story at once.
Nevertheless, there’s a flipside to that. Some weekly shop-goers will move some of their ongoings to “trade wait” status, and never go back. Sure, the intention is there. But other weekly books supplant it, budget concerns creep in, and that trade-waited series gets remaindered to the “don’t read” category.
So, here are my questions: when you trade-wait, do you actually go back? Is there one that you’ve been meaning to get in all good faith, but just never get back to? If you try both, which works better for you: the weekly shop visit, or waiting for the trade? Let’s hear ‘em all.