Dc put out a free graphic novel/tpb reading chronology, I think it hit stores today...it may not help, but thought it kind of coincidental that it came out today and u asked this question today...
that is kinda' coincidental. and it might help, but i may not need it, as info on the Marvel & DC collections will obviously be the most available.
single issues are better though, IMO, lol..
'better' is relative. i turn 44 this year, and i've been collecting for as long as i remember, regularly for around 26 years. this wasn't an easy decision by a long shot.
however, between boxes (15 long and 40 short) & bags-n-boards & constantly organizing / re-organizing & moving & house on the market & storage space in the new house & what an ordeal it was to pull and re-read any specific run... well, my focus just naturally shifted from new single issues on a monthly basis to the CONTENT
of those issues. to me, that is now what's important.
i'll still pre-order and read the handful of titles that i just need
to, and i'll definitely try new & appealing titles to see if it's worth purchasing the collection later, but i'll let those single issues go when the collected format is released; and being able to effortlessly pull from a bookshelf exactly what i want to read is something i'm looking forward to.
trust me, it's a numbing, surreal feeling to make a change like this to what was my lifestyle and a big part of how i defined myself, but i also sense it will be freeing at the same time.