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Not only is it a matter of saving money (trades cost less)

Well sort of, If you are buying issues full price, and trades full price, then yes 9/10 times it's cheaper to buy the trade. But through DCBS, it's usually cheaper to buy the issues than the eventual trade. But as you said it's more of a space issue.

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Not only is it a matter of saving money (trades cost less)

Well sort of, If you are buying issues full price, and trades full price, then yes 9/10 times it's cheaper to buy the trade. But through DCBS, it's usually cheaper to buy the issues than the eventual trade. But as you said it's more of a space issue.

Not in my experience. For example, through DCBS Robin #154-162 would have cost a total of $14.32. However, the trade collecting those eight issues costs only $10.79. Even if one of them was offered at $0.74, the total ($13.27) is still higher than the trade. Along those same lines, Ultimate Spider-Man #112-117 would have been $10.74, but the trade is $8.99.

The only time a collection costs more than the issues through DCBS is when you order a hardcover. Generally speaking, the average six-issue hardcover is $11.99 after the 40% discount. But we're not talking about those.

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Yes! Bendis' run on DD was epic, and is totally deserving of the omnibus treatment! I'd recommend grabbing the first Bendis / Maleev DD trade, Underboss, before committing to the $100 ($50 through DCBS) omnibus. Also, be aware that it will take two omnibuses to complete his run.

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The April spreadsheet is up!

PREVIEWS VOL XVIII #6 (NET)

GOON #25

BATMAN #678

FINAL CRISIS #2 (OF 7)

BOOSTER GOLD #10

GREEN LANTERN #32

JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #17

SUPERNATURAL RISING SON #3 (OF 6)

SPIDER-MAN FAMILY #9

CAPTAIN AMERICA #39

IMMORTAL IRON FIST #16

GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #2

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2

NOVA #14

SECRET INVASION WHO DO YOU TRUST

WOLVERINE TP ENEMY OF STATE ULTIMATE COLLECTION

ESSENTIAL CAPTAIN MARVEL TP VOL 01 *Special Discount*

IRON MAN PREM HC DEMON IN A BOTTLE (DEC072259)

JIM BUTCHERS DRESDEN FILES #3 (OF 4) WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

WHAT IF FANTASTIC FOUR TRIBUTE TO MIKE WIERINGO *Special Discount*

ATOMIC ROBO TP VOL 01 *Special Discount*

RUROUNI KENSHIN VIZ BIG ED GN VOL 03 (OF 9) (C: 1-0-0)

ALTER EGO #78 (C: 0-1-2) *Special Discount*

COMICS NOW #3 (C: 0-1-2) *Special Discount*

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Reds might get cut. Blues are ones Jenny's actually buying!

Atomic Robo, volume one TPB

Avengers Fairy Tales #4

Captain America: The Chose HC

Contract #0

Displaced Persons graphic novel

Dynamo 5, volume two: Moments of Truth

Essential Captain Marvel, volume one

Eternals #1

Hellblazer #245 (Jason Aaron is writing two issues!)

Hulk - World War Hulk: Damage Control TPB

Johnny Boo: Best Little Ghost in the World

Killing Girl, volume one: A Sister's Love

Legion of Super Heroes in the 31st Century #15 (Impulse!)

Marvels HC

The Mask Omnibus, volume one

New Avengers, volume seven: The Trust

Pilot Season 2007 TPB

Previews

Robin #175

Robin Spoiler Special #1

Scud the Disposable Assassin: The Whole Shebang

Skaar: Son of Hulk #1

Sky Doll #2

Superman #677

Terror, Inc TPB

Trinity #1

Ultimate Origins #1

War Heroes #1 (Or, "What if Ultimates 3 was good?")

What If...? Fantastic Four Tribute to Mike Wieringo

Wolverine #66

Young Avengers Presents #6

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PREVIEWS VOL XVIII #6 (NET) *Special Discount*

ABE SAPIEN THE DROWNING #5 (OF 5)

BPRD ECTOPLASMIC MAN ONE SHOT

BPRD WAR ON FROGS #1 *Special Discount*

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #15

GRENDEL BEHOLD THE DEVIL #8 (OF 8)

MASK OMNIBUS TP VOL 01 (C: 0-1-2) *Special Discount*

ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN THE BOY WONDER #11

BATMAN #678

BATMAN DEATH MASK #3 (OF 4)

BATMAN FACES NEW ED TP

BATMAN GOING SANE TP *Special Discount*

BATMAN GOTHAM AFTER MIDNITE #2 (OF 12)

CATWOMAN #80

DETECTIVE COMICS #845

GOTHAM UNDERGROUND #9 (OF 9)

HUNTRESS YEAR ONE #3 (OF 6)

HUNTRESS YEAR ONE #4 (OF 6)

NIGHTWING #145

ROBIN #175

ROBIN SPOILER SPECIAL #1

SIMON DARK #9

BOOSTER GOLD #10

DC SPECIAL RAVEN #4 (OF 5)

REIGN IN HELL #1 (OF 8) *Special Discount*

SPIRIT #18

TEEN TITANS YEAR ONE #6 (OF 6)

TRINITY #1 *Special Discount*

TRINITY #2 *Special Discount*

TRINITY #3 *Special Discount*

TRINITY #4 *Special Discount*

LEGION OF SUPER HEROES IN THE 31ST CENTURY #15

TINY TITANS #5

HELLBLAZER #245 (MR)

MADAME XANADU #1 (MR) *Special Discount*

CHARLATAN BALL #1 *Special Discount*

DARKNESS #6 KEOWN CVR A (MR)

DEAD SPACE #4 (OF 6)

FIREBREATHER SERIES #2

INVINCIBLE #53

PRETTY BABY MACHINE #2 (OF 3) (MR)

RED MASS FOR MARS #1 (OF 4) (RES) *Special Discount*

SCUD THE DISPOSABLE ASSASSIN THE WHOLE SHEBANG TP (C: 0-1-2) *Special Discount*

TALES FROM THE STARLIGHT DRIVE IN GN (C: 0-1-2) *Special Discount*

TRANSHUMAN #4 (OF 4)

WALKING DEAD #52 (MR)

YOUNGBLOOD #5

CRIMINAL 2 #4 (MR)

CAPTAIN AMERICA #39

DAREDEVIL #108

IMMORTAL IRON FIST #16

ASTONISHING X-MEN SKETCHBOOK

UNCANNY X-MEN #499

X-MEN LEGACY #213

CONTRACT #0 *Special Discount*

TERRY MOORES ECHO #4

BIZARRE NEW WORLD TP VOL 01 FLYING MAN DISCOVERED *Special Discount*

MANY ADVENTURES OF MIRANDA MERCURY #297 (OF 300)

MOUSE GUARD WINTER 1152 #5 (OF 6)

SIMPSONS COMICS #143

ZORRO #5

WASTELAND #18 (MR)

NEOZOIC #5

ALTER EGO #78 (C: 0-1-2) *Special Discount*

COMICS NOW #3 (C: 0-1-2) *Special Discount*

DARK KNIGHT NOVELIZATION MMPB (C: 0-1-2)

I'll still didn't get my DCBS shipment with my Previews yet so I might be adding/subtracting more once i get a chance to look through that.

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Losing my DCBS virginity this month.

Atomic Robo Vol 1 TPB (This better be good, dammit.)

Amalgam Age of Comics DC Comics Coll TPB

Connor Hawke Dragon's Blood TP

Green Arrow Archer's Quest TP

Green Arrow The Longbow Hunter's TP

Green Arrow Sounds of Violence TP

Green Lantern/Green Arrow Vol. 1 TP

Green Lantern/Green Arrow Vol. 2 TP

Green Lantern HC Vol. 1 The Sinestro Corps War

Lovecraft SC

New Excalibur Vol. 1 Defenders of the Realm TP

She-Hulk Single Green Female TP

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You might want to place that order through InStockTrades.com. Except for the Atomic Robo trade, all of those collections are already out. Meaning, if order that batch of books through IST, you'll have your shipment by the middle of next week. However, if you place that exact same order through DCBS, it will take two months to receive; that's just the way DCBS works.

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Sort of. DCBS has a greater discount than IST (40% compared to 35-37%), but there are other factors. For instance, DCBS has a flat shipping rate of $5.95. Whereas IST offers free shipping on all orders over $50.

Excluding Atomic Robo, because it can't be ordered through IST yet, your above order would cost $114.94 through DCBS, or $115.44 through IST. Question is, do you want those books next week, or in two months? If you want them ASAP, that extra 0.50¢ is worth it. Also, if you really want Atomic Robo (and you should), you can always make another order through IST two months down the line.

As much as I love DCBS, they're best for ordering monthly comic books and brand new trades. For older trades, IST is generally the way to go.

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just placed my order for the month. here's the additions and the subtractions.

- BPRD ECTOPLASMIC MAN ONE SHOT

- SPIRIT #18

- DARKNESS #6 KEOWN CVR A (MR)

- FIREBREATHER SERIES #2

- SCUD THE DISPOSABLE ASSASSIN THE WHOLE SHEBANG TP (C: 0-1-2) *Special Discount*

- TALES FROM THE STARLIGHT DRIVE IN GN (C: 0-1-2) *Special Discount*

- ASTONISHING X-MEN SKETCHBOOK

- DARK KNIGHT NOVELIZATION MMPB (C: 0-1-2)

+ DISPLACED PERSONS GN (C: 0-1-2)

+ VIX #1 (OF 3) *Special Discount*

+ FEMME NOIR DARK CITY DIARIES #1

+ HOUDINI HANDCUFF KING SC (C: 0-1-2)

+ WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME IF I WET THE BED GN

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Here's my finalized April order:

Atomic Robo, volume one TPB

Contract #0

Displaced Persons graphic novel

Hellblazer #245

Johnny Boo: Best Little Ghost in the World

Killing Girl, volume one: A Sister's Love

Legion of Super Heroes in the 31st Century #15

The Mask Omnibus, volume one

New Avengers, volume seven: The Trust

Previews

Robin #175

Robin Spoiler Special #1

Sky Doll #2

Superman #677

Terror, Inc TPB

What If...? Fantastic Four Tribute to Mike Wieringo

Young Avengers Presents #6

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Final April Order:

PREVIEWS VOL XVIII #6 (NET)

GOON #25

BATMAN #678

FINAL CRISIS #2 (OF 7)

BOOSTER GOLD #10

BRAVE AND THE BOLD #14

GREEN LANTERN #32

JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #17

SUPERNATURAL RISING SON #3 (OF 6)

CAPTAIN AMERICA #39

DAREDEVIL #108

IMMORTAL IRON FIST #16

GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #2

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2

NOVA #14

ESSENTIAL CAPTAIN MARVEL TP VOL 01

JIM BUTCHERS DRESDEN FILES #3 (OF 4) WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

WHAT IF FANTASTIC FOUR TRIBUTE TO MIKE WIERINGO

COMICS NOW #3 (C: 0-1-2)

COMIC BOOK AUTHORITY BLK T/S LG (C: 0-1-3)

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The May spreadsheet has been posted.

Here's my initial order:

The Batman Strikes #47

Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam #1

Contract #1

Doctor Who Classics, volume one TPB

Essential Doctor Strange, volume one TPB

Green Arrow / Black Canary Wedding Album HC (might wait for the trade)

Hellblazer #246

Previews

Robin #176

Simon Dark: What Simon Does TPB

Sky Doll #3

Suicide Squad: From the Ashes

Superman #678

Transformers: All Hail Megatron #1

Universal War One #1

Uncanny X-Men #500

As you can see, this is a very tentative order. Nothing's really grabbing me.

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Initial May Order:

PREVIEWS VOL XVIII #7

GOON #26

GOON #26 TOP SECRET ERIC POWELL VAR CVR

BATMAN #679

DETECTIVE COMICS #846

FINAL CRISIS #3 (OF 7)

BOOSTER GOLD #1000000

GREEN LANTERN #33

JONAH HEX #33

JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA ANNUAL #1

SUPERNATURAL RISING SON #4 (OF 6)

ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN #8

UNCANNY X-MEN #500

X-FORCE #5

CAPTAIN AMERICA #40

DAREDEVIL #109

GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #3

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #3

NOVA #15

MINI MARVELS TP VOL 01 ROCK PAPER SCISSORS DIGEST

JIM BUTCHERS DRESDEN FILES #4 (OF 4) WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

TRANSFORMERS ALL HAIL MEGATRON #1

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PREVIEWS VOL XVIII #7 (NET) *Special Discount* Includes a FREE Marvel Previews * Limit 1 per customer at 75% off.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #16 $1.79

HELLBOY THE CROOKED MAN #1 (OF 3) *Special Discount* $1.49

MYSPACE DARK HORSE PRESENTS TP VOL 01 (C: 0-1-2) *Special Discount*

BATGIRL #1 (OF 6) *Special Discount*

BATMAN #679

BATMAN DEATH MASK #4 (OF 4)

BATMAN GOTHAM AFTER MIDNITE #3 (OF 12)

CATWOMAN #81

DETECTIVE COMICS #846 *Special Discount*

HUNTRESS YEAR ONE #5 (OF 6)

HUNTRESS YEAR ONE #6 (OF 6)

JOKERS ASYLUM THE JOKER #1 *Special Discount*

JOKERS ASYLUM THE PENGUIN #1

NIGHTWING #146

ROBIN #176

ROBIN YEAR ONE TP NEW PTG

SIMON DARK #10

TWO FACE YEAR ONE #1 (OF 2) *Special Discount*

AMBUSH BUG YEAR NONE #1 (OF 6) *Special Discount* Limit 2 at 75% off

BLUE BEETLE #29 *Special Discount*

BOOSTER GOLD #1000000

DC SPECIAL RAVEN #5 (OF 5)

FINAL CRISIS ROGUES REVENGE #1 (OF 3) *Special Discount*

INVASION TP *Special Discount*

JONAH HEX #33 *Special Discount*

BILLY BATSON AND THE MAGIC OF SHAZAM #1 *Special Discount* Limit 2 at 75% off

TINY TITANS #6

HELLBLAZER #246 (MR)

MADAME XANADU #2 (MR)

SANDMAN PRESENTS DEAD BOY DETECTIVES TP (MR) *Special Discount*

AMERICAS BEST COMICS PRIMER TP *Special Discount*

ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN #8 *Special Discount*

DEAD SPACE #5 (OF 6)

I KILL GIANTS #1 (OF 7) *Special Discount*

INVINCIBLE #54

LIBERTY COMICS A CBLDF BENEFIT BOOK (ONE SHOT) (MR) *Special Discount* Limit 2 at 75% off.

PILOT SEASON THE CORE #1 *Special Discount*

PRETTY BABY MACHINE #3 (OF 3) (MR)

RED MASS FOR MARS #2 (OF 4) (RES)

VIX #2 (OF 3)

WALKING DEAD #53 (MR)

YOUNGBLOOD #6

CRIMINAL 2 #5 (MR)

CAPTAIN AMERICA #40

CAPTAIN AMERICA WHITE #0 *Special Discount*

DAREDEVIL #109

MARVEL SPOTLIGHT UNCANNY X-MEN 500 ISSUES

UNCANNY X-MEN #500 *Special Discount*

WOLVERINE FIRST CLASS #5

X-MEN ODD MEN OUT

CONTRACT #1 (OF 3) *Special Discount*

GLAMOURPUSS #2

TERRY MOORES ECHO #5

FEMME NOIR DARK CITY DIARIES #2 (OF 4) HALEY CVR B

TITANIUM RAIN #1 (OF 12) (MR) *Special Discount*

SIMPSONS COMICS #144

HIGH ROLLERS #2 (OF 4)

ANTOINE SHARP THE ATHEIST VOL 2 #1 REG ED (MR) *Special Discount*

COMIC BOOK COMICS #2

LOVE & ROCKETS NEW STORIES #1 *Special Discount*

Jetta/ Shi #1 *Special Discount* free sketch with purchase

TALES OF TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #47

TALES OF TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #48

WASTELAND #19 (MR)

DAN DARE #7 (OF 7) (NOTE PRICE)

STRAW MEN #2

BACK ISSUE #29 (C: 0-1-2) *Special Discount*

DARK KNIGHT TIN BANK (C: 1-1-3)

DARK KNIGHT METAL LOGO #2 KEYCHAIN (C: 1-1-3)

and i'll be picking up FINAL CRISIS #3 at the LCS.

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With the exception of the entries in blue, which are books Jenny might order, below you'll find my May order. It's a sad state of affairs, really. So I want to add a few more things before I send it off to DCBS. But what should I add? Keep in mind, I don't like monthly books. Well, okay, the order seems to contradict that, but generally speaking, I only order trades these days. So suggest something!

The Batman Strikes #47

Comic Book Tattoo

Hellblazer #246

Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century #16

Liberty Comics: A CBLDF Benefit One-Shot

Previews

Robin #176

Robot Dreams

Sky Doll #3

Transformers: All Hail Megatron #1

Wingman #1

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I only order trades these days. So suggest something!

well i'll give it a shot!

ROBIN YEAR ONE TP NEW PTG (i am sure you read this already but if you haven't. It's back in print and it's totally awesome!)

AMERICAS BEST COMICS PRIMER TP *Special Discount* (not sure how familar you are with this comic line but i quite enjoyed it. it's 5 Alan Moore comics for $2.49 so i would say it's worth giving a shot)

ASTOUNDING WOLF MAN TP 01 (RES) *Special Discount* (this is a pretty fun series, and at this price tag it's worth giving a shot)

SPAWN NEO NOIR TP (C: 0-1-2) (i know you don't like Spawn but the team of David Hine and Brian Haberlin have made this book a must read every month, and totally transformed Spawn into the horror book it always wanted to be)

CRIMINAL TP VOL 03 DEAD AND DYING (MR) (this is a no brainer. Brubaker and Phillips have made this a top of the pile book whatever week it comes out.)

DUGOUT GN (i know you dug Adam Beechen's Robin, and he's writing this book so i figured it might be worth checking out)

TIKI JOE MYSTERIES TP VOL 01 HIGH STAKES PATSEY *Special Discount* (another crime book which looks quite intriguing)

THIRTEEN STEPS TP VOL 01 (MR) *Special Discount* (hands down one of my favorite mini-series of the last few years, and favorite new concepts)

ZOT TP VOL 01 COMP BLACK & WHITE STORIES 1987 TO 1991 (C: 0- *Special Discount* (straight up superhero fun)

TOO COOL TO BE FORGOTTEN HC (MR) (C: 0-1-2) (It's Alex Robinson's new book so it's already a must read)

BACK ISSUE #29 (C: 0-1-2) *Special Discount* (I know you are a big X-Men fan and this is a big X-Anniversary issue and just a great magazine overall)

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-Batman: The Black Glove HC has the excellent "Club of Heroes" three parter and a storyline taking a look inside Bruce's mind.

-Astounding Wolf-Man Vol. 1: A werewolf super-hero is a crazy premise, but I dig it. Kirkman writing, excellent artwork, and twists and turns throughout.

-Essential Doctor Strange Vol. 1: Collects the entire Lee/Ditko run on Doctor Strange in one affordable volume.

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-Batman: The Black Glove HC has the excellent "Club of Heroes" three parter and a storyline taking a look inside Bruce's mind.

i'll second that one too.

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Excellent suggestions! I've added:

The Astounding Wolf-Man

- Before I place my final order I'm going to reread the issues I have (the first three, I think). If I recall, I was sort of on the fence with this series.

Criminal, volume two: Lawless

- Loved the first volume and was shocked to see I didn't already own the second.

Criminal, volume three: Dead and Dying

- I didn't even realize this was being offered. What will it collect?

Robin: Year One

- I already have the issues, so I might not get this. We'll see.

Thirteen Steps

- Love the concept, but I'd like to read an issue before committing to the trade. But maybe I'll take a leap.

Back Issue #29

- Though it wasn't until the 1990s when I got into the X-Men, I've always been interested in the Claremont era, so this will be a nice primer.

Keep the suggestions coming!

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Green Arrow Year One, if you haven't already.

Actually, I think you might be the one that suggested it on the show in the first place, so I may just be going insane.

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