Yes, we've had the discussion in the past, but I can't find the thread and I want to gauge current responses. In the last 10-15 years, the rise of the comic Trade Paperback has been meteoric. Whereas previous to this, only special/landmark/creator-endorsed story runs would get collected in TPB (think Batman "Year One" or "Dark Knight Returns") now almost everything gets collected up, often almost as soon as the last single issue of the particular run gets printed. In the case of IDW and "Transformers", EVERY SINGLE issue is collected in TPB (then again in hardback collection). It's a fast turnaround, and one that can make a comic collector stop and think. Previously, there was no question: If you wanted the full run of a particular title, you COLLECTED that title. Nowadays, we have the choice - wait for the TPB or get the single issues? The question: Which do you do/prefer? (I appreciate some people just get BOTH, but as a man on a budget, I can't justify double-dipping!) I've flip-flopped a lot between the two approaches. Currently, I have the complete IDW series in TPB; I collect "Batman" and "Detective Comics" in single-issue form, as well as all sorts of other weird and wonderful titles mostly in TPB. I gave up on the TF Ongoing with #22 (selling the back issues) so am not caught up with Chaos/Police Action yet. The advantages of single issues: * You get the story as soon as it's released. You don't have to wait 6 month+ for the TPB. * You can join in on all the wacky conversations about the latest issue on this forum and others * You feel like you're actually "collecting", on a monthly basis. There's something about a comic collection that just appeals to the kid in me. The advantages of TPB: * They look and feel "nicer" - you're getting a worthy tome for the bookshelf. TPBs are so much easier to display and look great together; throw in hardback/deluxe editions and the whole thing looks classy. * Most stories nowadays (esp. Transformers) are written with the inevitable TPB in mind. As such, single issues often read like just a "chapter" of a larger story rather than a decent tale in their own right. So, by getting the TPB, you get to enjoy a decent story/block-run of issues - arguably enhancing the reading experience. * Generally (thanks to Amazon) TPB works out slightly cheaper than single issues (at least here in the UK). These are all "in my opinion", of course. Interested in others' thoughts, opinions and general discussion!