It looks like DC Comics are using the Omnibus format as their current way to collect classic material in chronological order. In the past, there have been the Archives series (hardcover, full color), the Showcase Presents series (softcover, black and white, usually twice the page count of an Archive), and the Chronicles series (softcover, full color, smaller page count than an Archive). In the past few years, all of these lines have been quietly shuttered, and now DC is releasing Omnibus collections in both hardcover and softcover formats.
As you would expect, the Omnibus hardcovers are huge. Two Silver Age volumes collected the first 76 issues of JLA (along with Brave and Bold 28-30 and Mystery in Space 75), for example. Earlier this year, DC released JLA: The Bronze Age Omnibus Volume 1, collecting JLA # 77-113. That's almost half of the original series collected in this way, which for a fan like me is great news. The JLA Archives had 10 volumes, collected the first 93 issues, and the first volume and last volume were released twenty-two years apart. The first JLA Omnibus came out in 2014.
DC is also releasing these collections in trade paperbacks with a smaller page count than the hardcovers. The great thing is that these TPBs collect more issues than the Archives did! The material collected in the first JLA Silver Age Omnibus has all been released in 3 TPBs.
I have the first JLA Silver Age TPB, and I loved it! I also have the first JLA Showcase Presents, but I find that without color, I just don't enjoy the stories as much as I could. Actually, I find I enjoy most Silver Age comics more in color versus reading them in Showcase Presents and Essential Marvel.
I wonder how many of the rest of you are buying and reading these Omnibus collections, and what you think of the format.
John Dunbar said:
Also, coming out in July is the 2nd hardcover volume of Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes. The first volume was released last June, picking up where the last LSH Archive left off in 2012. Volume 1 collected S & the LSH #233-240 and All-New collectors' Edition C-55. The upcoming volume collects #241-258 and also DC Comics Presents #13 and 14. Incidentally #259 was the first issue that dropped "Superboy" from the title.
I checked this out on Amazon recently, and it looks like they've added issue 259 to the collection. A good thing, since it's the conclusion of a two-parter that begins in 258!
This Wednesday, May 16, sees the release of -
Supergirl Omnibus Volume 2: The Silver Age, collecting Supergirl backup stories from Action Comics #308-333, #335-340, #342, #344-346, #348-350, #353-354, #356-359, #361-372 and #374-376.
Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection Volume 3: Spider-Man No More, collecting Amazing Spider-Man #39-52 and Annual #3-4, and material from Not Brand Echh #2.
Defenders Marvel Masterworks Volume 6, collecting Defenders #42-57 and material from FOOM #19.