DC's Omnibus line - Golden, Silver, and Bronze Age collections

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.

The Court Decrees:


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.

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