The Fed Ex van (a Mercedes Benz, by the way—company must be doing well!) brought me a box full of the latest issue of Rachel Rising. So now I can lay out all the issues to date and see two full color arcs. Numbers 1-6 are red and green, numbers 7-12 are red and yellow.
When I was a kid reading my way through a book series, my desire was to read the books in the order they were written. Many books frustrated me for years, trying to figure out the order they were written. Tin Tin, for example. Now of course, such answers can be found instantly—God bless Google—and I’m sure creator Herge would have been delighted for me to read in order of creation, but his publishers contended it was an unnecessary hurdle.
Maybe that’s why I like comics. A comic book is basically a numbered chapter. When I get enough chapters, I make a tpb. Look at a string of SiP or Echo tpbs and you’ll see they are numbered, too. You may hate the story, but at least you will never wonder which book to find and burn next.
As an extra touch, I added a color scheme to the covers to distinguish them from one another by tpb. Issues 13-18 will be tones of purple. I look at this and the confused little reader in me is satisfied. Herge is avenged.