end-of-year comic book indecision

It’s getting near the end of the year, so I’m probably going to be posting a bunch of end-of-year review stuff over the next few weeks. Today’s end-of-year thoughts are all about how I’m buying comic books. I posted back in July and August about my decision to stop buying most of my comics from my local comic shop and switch back to Westfield Comics. Westfield has been fine, but I see now that I’m falling far enough behind in my reading that I’m probably going to have to give up on buying monthly books again and take a year or two to catch up.

It’s tricky deciding when to jump off the bandwagon though. I kind of like the idea of finishing Warren Ellis’ The Wild Storm series in print. There are six issues to go on that, so that would keep me buying monthly books until the middle of next year. Also, Tom King intends on writing 100 issues of Batman. So if I decide to keep following Batman through King’s whole run, I’ll be buying monthly books all through 2019 and into 2020. Of course, if I fall far enough behind on Batman, then it gets cheaper to just buy the collected trades rather than the single issues, and I can see myself doing that. I think I’m about 12 issues behind right now. (It’s easy to fall behind on a biweekly series.)

And I should probably consider the advantages of giving up on print and just sticking with digital. There’s a lot of things I don’t like about the way digital comics are sold/rented, but there are some serious advantages too. Looking at how much I’m spending on comics, I could actually sign up for ComiXology Unlimited, Marvel Unlimited, and DC Universe, and still be paying less per month than I’m currently spending on print comics.

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