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.
Tab Benoit begs to differ... keep that loot comin'!
I checked the Amazon listing, and Golden Age Wonder Woman Omnibus Vol. 1 doesn't show Comics Cavalcade #1-4. Are they in there, but just not listed in the Amazon blurb? Or are we just not going to see a reprint of the Wonder Woman story in Cavalcade #4? (Comics Cavalcade #1-3, as noted somewhere on this thread, have been repinted in their entirety in Comics Cavalcade Archives Vol. 1-and-probably-only.)
Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:
There's at least on Comics Cavalcade Archive, Cap -- does it go beyond Comics Cavalcade #3?
Edited to answer my own question: Volume 2 includes CC #5-12, so yes! New reprints, y'all!
I'm guessing its an omission from the Amazon listing for vol. 1. But I haven't seen that for myself.
It seems likely that first Golden Age Wonder Woman Omnibus contains the chronological appropriate Comics Cavalcade reprints, since the second one does. If so, that's reason enough for me to get it. If not, I already have everything else.
One of the customer reviews on Amazon mentions that there are Comics Cavalcade stories in there. Still... there's nothing like buying an expensive 776-page hardcover for some 30-odd pages of material!
Both DC"s website and MyComicShop list Comics Cavalcade # 1-4 being included in the first WW Omnibus, so I think it's safe to assume Rob is right and it's just an omission on Amazon's part.
At last! Maybe Aquaman is next!
And more Superboy!
Mickey McLaurin said:
Captain Comics said:At last! Maybe Aquaman is next!
This. Plus, I want the Captain Comet Archive that was announced years ago and never happened.
I read the solicitation for BATMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS Vol. 4 yesterday. Purchasers of the various “Batman” archive series may safely skip it (unless, of course, you’d prefer to have the stories collected between two covers and presented in publication order, which if so, I totally get).
OMNIBUS VOL. 4 COLLECTS:
World’s Finest #15-22
ARCHIVES LEFT OFF WITH:
World’s Finest #32
[This post presented as a public service.]
I am waiting for GA Superman Vol. 5 and GA Batman Vol 5.
I don't feel like double-dipping with the archives (but it would be nice to the stories in published order)
The Teen Titans Bronze Age Omnibus was released last Wednesday, June 14. It collects Teen Titans (1966) #25-53; Brave and the Bold #94, 102 and 149: Batman Family #6, 8-9; and World's Finest #205.
The Doom Patrol Silver Age Omnibus was released yesterday, June 21. It collects My Greatest Adventure #80-85 and Doom Patrol #86-124.
Superman: The Golden Age TPB Vol 3 was also released yesterday. It collects Action Comics #32-40, Superman #8-11, World's Best Comics (1941), and World's Finest #2.