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.

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If they gathered all of the Joker appearances (even when he is one of several almost-cameo villains?) it would take up several volumes. Then they'd be in trouble because they failed to include some they missed!

By the way now that I have a couple of the Golden Age omnibuses, I have to agree they're much easier and more pleasant to read than the Chronicles were.

I'm more or less only buying Omnibuses now. I want to end up with a fairy comprehensive library (eventually replacing the floppies) and this seems to be the most efficient way.

I still find the omnibuses a bit unwieldy, but I really like their page size. With my Silver Age Flash Omnibus volume 3, just the addition of an inch or so makes the stories much more accessible and comfortable to read than the archives. And I imagine this is even more important for Golden Age books. I'm thinking of picking up a Wonder Woman omnibus -- HG Peter's art and the lettering style makes her Golden Age adventures in particular seem cramped on the smaller reprinted pages.   

I'm reading WW Omnibus one and it's much easier to get into the stories.

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

I still find the omnibuses a bit unwieldy, but I really like their page size. With my Silver Age Flash Omnibus volume 3, just the addition of an inch or so makes the stories much more accessible and comfortable to read than the archives. And I imagine this is even more important for Golden Age books. I'm thinking of picking up a Wonder Woman omnibus -- HG Peter's art and the lettering style makes her Golden Age adventures in particular seem cramped on the smaller reprinted pages.   

Batman Golden Age Omnibus v6 shipped yesterday.

If we’re folding Marvel into this discussion, too, a second volume of The Marvel Universe by John Byrne and the Waid/Weiringo Fantastic Four omnibus shipped yesterday as well.

I've been promiscuous about folding things into this thread. There is no excuse and I throw myself on the mercy of the court.

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Captain, verily for thy service to this community and indeed this world entire, thou is given full leeway to fold whatever thy heart desireth into this thread!  So be it!

Has anyone heard anything about a new umbrella Academy collection? The show will be here soon.

Released on Wed Dec 5:

Batman: The Golden Age Omnibus Vol 6 - collects Detective Comics 132-153, Batman 46-55, and World's Finest 33-42

Marvel Universe by John Byrne Omnibus Vol 2 - collects MARVEL PREMIERE #25; IRON FIST (1975) #1-15; MARVEL TEAM-UP (1972) #63-64 and #100 (B STORY); MARVEL CHILLERS #6; DAREDEVIL (1964) #138; GHOST RIDER (1973) #20; CHAMPIONS (1975) #17; INCREDIBLE HULK ANNUAL #7; IRON MAN (1968) #118; MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE (1974) #43, #50 and #53-55; AVENGERS ANNUAL #13; MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL #18: THE SENSATIONAL SHE-HULK; STAR BRAND #11-13, #14-18 (A STORIES) and #19; NEW MUTANTS (1983) #75; MARVEL: THE LOST GENERATION #12-1; and material from GIANT-SIZE DRACULA #5, BIZARRE ADVENTURES #31, CAPTAIN AMERICA (1968) #350, X-FACTOR ANNUAL #4, MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS (1988) #79 and HULK (1999) #1

Released on Wed Dec 12:

Animal Man by Grant Morrison HC Book 1 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition - collects Animal Man 1-10 and a story from Secret Origins 39

Sandman TPB Vol 3 Dream Country 30th Anniversary Edition - collects Sandman 17-20

Wonder Woman: The Golden Age TPB Vol 2 - collects Sensation Comics 15-24, Wonder Woman 4-7, and Comics Cavalcade 2-5

Marvel Knights Punisher The Complete Collection TPB Vol 1 - collects Punisher (2000) 1-12, Punisher (2001) 1-5, and Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe

Marvel Masterworks Amazing Spider-Man Vol 20 - collects Amazing Spider-Man 203-212 and Annual 14

Punisher Epic Collection TPB Circle of Blood - collects Punisher (1986) 1-5, Punisher (1987) 1-10, Daredevil 257, and Marvel Graphic Novel: Punisher - Assassin's Guild

X-Men: Gambit The Complete Collection TPB Vol 2 - collects Gambit (1999) 12-25 and Annual 2000

Released on Wed Dec 19:

Flash: The Silver Age Omnibus Vol 1 (New Edition) - collects Showcase 4, 8, 13 & 14; Flash Comics 104; and The Flash 105-132

Wonder Woman: Diana Prince The 50th Anniversary Omnibus - collects Wonder Woman 178-204; Brave & Bold 87 and 105; Lois Lane 93; and World's Finest 204

Marvel Knights Daredevil TPB Unusual Suspects - collects DAREDEVIL: NINJA #1-3, DAREDEVIL/SPIDER-MAN #1-4, DAREDEVIL (1998) #20-25 and #51-55 and SPIDER-MAN/DAREDEVIL #1

Marvel Universe by Frank Miller Omnibus - collects PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN (1976) #27-28; MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE (1974) #51; MARVEL SPOTLIGHT (1979) #8; AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #14-15; MARVEL TEAM-UP ANNUAL #4; WOLVERINE (1982) #1-4; MARVEL FANFARE (1982) #18 - and material from MARVEL PREVIEW #23; MARVEL TEAM-UP (1972) #100; POWER MAN AND IRON FIST (1978) #76; INCREDIBLE HULK ANNUAL #11; and OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE (1983) #2-6, #8 and #10.

Moon Knight Epic Collection TPB Final Rest - collects Moon Knight (1980) 24-38

X-Men Reload by Chris Claremont TPB Vol 1 End of History - collects Uncanny X-Men 444-461 and X-Men (1991) 165

Releasing on Wed, Jan 2, 2019:

Batman by Neal Adams TPB Vol 2 - collects Brave & Bold 86 and 93, Detective Comics 395, 397, 400, 402, 407, 408, and 410, Batman 219, plus numerous covers.

House of Mystery: The Bronze Age Omnibus Vol 1 - collects House of Mystery 174-200.

Avengers TPB: Kree Skrull War (New Printing) - collects Avengers 89-97.

Death of Captain Marvel TPB (New Printing) - collects Marvel Super-Heroes (1967) 12-13, Captain Marvel (1968) 1 and 34, Marvel Spotlight (1979) 1-2, and Marvel Graphic Novel: The Death of Captain Marvel.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Tomorrow's Heroes Omnibus - collects Marvel Super-Heroes (1967) 18, Marvel Two-In-One 4-5, 61-63, and 69, Giant-Size Defenders 5, Defenders 26-29, Marvel Presents 3-12, Thor Annual 6, Avengers 167-168, 170-177, and 181, Ms. Marvel 23, and Marvel Team-Up 86.

Looking forward to HoM Omnnibus. That was one of the titles I didn't regularly collect in the Bronze Age, so much of it will be new to me

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