It’s been a while since we updated this guide, and with a cover and release date for Volume 24, and with Compendium 3 coming out in October (the 13th, to be exact), we thought it was a good time to put out an issue to trade guide!
Here’s the difference between ISSUES, VOLUMES, BOOKS, OMNIBUSES, AND COMPENDIUMS:
Every trade paperback volume collects 6 issues. Every hardcover “book” is 2 trade paperbacks, or 12 issues. And then there are the compendiums, which are each comprised of 48 issues (8 trade paperback volumes). Oh, and if you want to get fancy, we sell Deluxe Hardcover Onmibuses, which collect 24 issues (or 4 paperback volumes, or 2 hardcover books). The Omnibuses are over-sized editions which also include cover artwork and come inside a slipcase.
If you’re interested in reading the comics but don’t want to get ahead of the show, you’re good up through Volume 12: Life Among Them. Granted, the show and comic are far from a one-to-one match, but they share the same beats. Season 5 ends toward the end of Volume 13, but there are events at the end of Volume 13 that might be in Season 6, so if you want to stay totally fresh, don’t read too far past Volume 12.
Here’s how all the issues, volumes, books, omnibuses, and compendiums match up. Please note that as of post time, any release dates past August are tentative.
Waiting on that awesome Hardcover!
I’m trying to decide what the most economical option is to take to the beach and likely get covered in sand and watermarks. Is it a travesty to do such a thing??? Two weeks of beach time seems like a good time to start at the beginning of the story again.
I think I’d go digital & put the device in a Ziploc bag.
I have digital but I’m worried about beach thieves. I plan on passing out on said beach. I may end up going that route anyway though.
Damn, can’t drink on our beaches… or at least we’re not supposed to… or didja mean snoozin’? BEWARE BURNING BISCUITS!!
I’m going to be in a dry county (what!? really?!) so it will be passing out of sun/extreme laziness.
The Hardcovers are definitely the most durable, but they’d also take up the most space. My eye is twitching at the thought of sand touching those wonderful pages though!
I know, right? Maybe I need to keep it paperback novels on the beach and TWD in the beach house.
There’s no way in HELL my hardcovers would even be exposed to sunlight!! Compendiums might do it, if you’re looking for printed form. They’re beefy but not so nice as those hardcovers!
Come On Book 12, Need ya to get Here ….
Hello! This i needed, i love single issues for the covers but this is information ive wanted but am lazy so i didnt do it myself hahaha
Very helpful guide / overview, thx a lot!