While I'm also okay with waiting long enough, the fact of the matter is that this will eventually pile up. By the time all the first will be out, the books will be a their fourteenth issue. Maybe fifteen, because I think Captain Atom and DC Universe Presents are being released in December. The amount of material being collected has varied from five to nine issues. However, by the same the second volumes are all out, there will be nearly thirty issues, at least for the books that last that long, with only half of the material being available in collections. To give an example, I'm excited for Lemire and Sorrentino taking over Green Arrow. However, since the second trade ends at the twelfth issue, Volume 3 will most likely cover the rest of Nocenti, with Lemire and Sorrentino's run being collected in the fourth volume, and who knows if the book will still be around by then?
Now, if they release a series in trade bi-annually, that would speed things up, and I'd be fine with that. You'll get somewhere between ten and eighteen issues spread across two volumes every year, and that sounds good to me. I think the reason DC is being slow is just so that they can give the single issues a head start. With Batman, Incorporated and The Ravagers as the only second wave books that haven't had their first volumes solicited, I'm curious if they'll release the first trades for the third wave books later in the year. They'll have enough material to collect by then, so I think it could be done.
DC Tradewaiter Pull List - Batman|Batgirl|Nightwing|Justice League Dark|I, Vampire|Demon Knights|Justice League|Aquaman|The Flash|Earth 2|Batwoman|Talon|Sword of Sorcery
I think the release schedule is a consequence of everything being relaunched at the same time, meaning all the first arcs finishing at around the same time. DC couldn't have released collections of all 52 series across 1 or 2, or even 3 months; the market would only spent their money on sure-fire hits. So DC has spread it out across the year, with the first trades and hardcovers coming out 3 months after the first arc was finished.
For books that go to hardcover first, it looks like the paperback version of Vol 1 will be released when the hardcover version of Vol 2 is released.
My comic collection. Go on, have a look. You know you want to .
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What I don't like is that now it takes more than 6 months to release a tpb, especially on less popular book. For example, Swamp Thing is on #14 now, the first trade collects until #7. We have to wait till April 2012 for the next book and the monthly issue is now, what, #19?
"Criminals are a cowardly, superstitious lot." - Dick Grayson
"That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard." - Damian Wayne
Yeah it kills me I wont get ever get Supergirl in hardcover.
As I have a bit of a distaste for hardcover books, I would prefer if they at least released the two formats simultaneously. It's not very practical however so I'll have to continue to wait up to a year for a softcover version like I did Blackest Night.
Though saying that, I got "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?" hardcover for £2 in a charity store once so I'm not completely against hardcover :)
6 months is fine. Flashback to a a couple decades ago when NOTHING was ever done in tpbs. You either found the individual issue on the store shelf before it sold out or youd never EVER have a chance to read it. Compared to that 6 months is effing paradise.
If DC would refrain from excluding segments of arcs from their trades, I would be much happier. It was rather embarrassing to lend out the trade of Batwing only to discover that the last issue of the first arc is being collected in the second trade.