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Old June 24 2009, 04:27 AM   #1
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Comic TPB Guides

As someone who's only been into comics for a few years, I still find it hard to navigate through a character or group's back catalog to know what issues have been collected, what the rough publication order was, where the various miniseries and tie-ins fit, and how the renumbering of titles and volumes has gone.

Here are a couple of sites that contain much of the information I seek regarding the X-Men:

Has anyone found fan sites or other online resources for collecting and reading trades of a particular character/title/series/group?
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Old June 24 2009, 04:33 AM   #2
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Re: Comic TPB Guides

This one is pretty good for Superman:
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Old June 24 2009, 12:51 PM   #3
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I too have faced this problem. These trades should really be numbered or have a comprehensive list at the front, they want to sell more books don't they? Also they ALL need to have a recap/intro at the front, VERY few do.
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Old June 24 2009, 07:48 PM   #4
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Re: Comic TPB Guides

I too face a similar problem. I don't know which trades are necessary for a particular event ( similar to the recent post about Infinite Crisis) that I want to read and also don't know of a good way to find out what are the Trades releasing in a particular month. Marvel's trades for a month is easier to lookup. DC's "graphic novel" is just an alphabetical listing - haven't figured out where they put out what their latest releases are. (And most of the release info is related to the individual comics - not the trades - I have to wade thru stuff in order to get the Trades info)

DC's (I think) is a bad site - it consistently defeats my web-fu. eg. recently I figured out that Blackest Night #0 was a "free comic" and reasoned that it must be available digitally on their website but couldn't figure out where and gave up...

Back to the matter at hand - I wanted to check out all the trades that go into "Secret Invasion". The only way that I've figured out is searching for Secret Invasion - it at least gives me some trades information. However, it doesn't give me a reading order. Helpful people do have collections listed for Secret Invasion on but the one I saw wanted me to read House of M and such stuff - which is a ways behind. (I don't really want to go back to the very beginning of stuff either).

Recently, I wanted to know which trades make up Dark Reign. I haven't figured it out still...
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Old June 24 2009, 08:18 PM   #5
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Re: Comic TPB Guides

Here's a site with DC's TPBs listed in chronological order in terms of DCU storytelling. It isn't a complete list and there are a couple of placements that one could argue, but it's a good list.
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Old June 24 2009, 09:23 PM   #6
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Blackest Night #0 was a free giveaway comic on Free Comic Book Day in May. If you didn't it get that day, it isn't free anymore As Secret Invasion trades I think they all kinda take place simultaneously since the entire event only takes place over a couple of days.
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