There’s a “DC Volume 1 Sale” going on. $4.99 for the first volume in most (not quite all) series that DC has in digital right now. Since everything is the same price, let’s have a look at some of the value buys, which is to say larger page counts. For our purposes, digital editions of over 300 pages.
You want really high page counts? You like Batman? OK, I’ve got a couple for you: Legends of The Dark Knight: Norm Breyfogle Vol. 1 is listed at 520 pages of the Alan Wagner/Norm Breyfogle Detective Comics run. Legends of the Dark Knight: Jim Aparo Vol. 1 is listed as 512 pages of Bob Haney/Jim Aparo Brave and the Bold team-ups. Two very different styles, but a lot of Batman for $4.99.
A bit more modern, but still over 300 pages? Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 1 is a mid-70s selection that includes the treasury edition where Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl get married. I found the collection a little uneven, but ’70s Legion can be uneven, but it’s still good value. Sandman Mystery Theater: Book One gives you the first two arcs of the excellent, pulpy Vertigo run about the Golden Age Sandman. Lobo by Keith Giffen & Alan Grant Vol. 1 is the original series of mockingly ultra-violent mini-series and specials from the ’90s about the baddest bastich in the galaxy and probably not for the easily offended. Wonder Woman By Greg Rucka Vol. 1 (392 pages) is the beginning of Rucka’s original run on Wonder Woman and the Hiketeia OGN – a very good run.
If you’re looking for a the first volume of a more recent series, go ahead and click through the sale link. It’ll probably be there.
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.