Yeah I trade wait my comics. I find monthly reading to be frustrating.
I've gotten used to reading that way, but I do think monthly comics are really outdated now. I really like the weekly model DC has for their digital-only books. That and graphic novels I think are the future.
I'm new to the month-to-month reading. I usually waited for the trades, but recently made the change to monthly reading. Having something to look forward to every Wednesday is enjoyable to me.
"I'm going to paraphrase Nietzsche, when you judge a work, the work judges you."
I used to be a trade waiter, but I was getting frustrated with the waits. I much prefer paperbacks to hardcovers and so it was taking forever to get the collections I wanted. Also, I got an iPad and it is so easy to get everything I want digitally. DC is making so much more money from me now.
"I find myself in the service of lost boys struggling to be strong men." - Robin: Year One
A lot of times, I'll just wait for an arc to finish, and then pick them all up for $2 a piece. At least that works with DC.
I tend to be a bigger fan of the "monthly shots of awesome that build to something greater" writers, but I know part of the bias against decompression is that I read decompressed books in those short 20-page spurts when I should trade-wait for the finished product. But I'm just not a trade-wait kind of guy.
"Everything hs changed. ‘Dark’ entertainment now looks like hysterical, adolescent, ‘Zibarro’ crap." - Morrison, 2008.