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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We don't have a Marvel version of this thread, do we? So I'll put this here.

Bleeding Cool reports that Marvel is going to liquidate a bunch of Omniboo and Masterworks. So expect these books to suddenly become extremely cheap for a few months, before shooting up in price. (Because they'll be out of print.) 

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John Dunbar (the mod of maple) said:

Some thoughts:

- I find it interesting that Green Arrow gets collected ahead of other Golden Agers: Flash, Green Lantern, the JSA, and others who got at least one Golden Age Archive volume.

- Still no sign of Silver Age volumes for Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.  I would love to see Silver Age Superman get collected in this format.  Batman was uneven in the 1960's in my opinion until Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams showed up.  I haven't read any Silver Age Wonder Woman stories but I've heard here and elsewhere that they were mostly dreadful.  Given how much of it has never been reprinted, it would be great to see Bronze Age collections for Superman and Batman.  Bronze Age Wonder Woman?  No idea.

- Do any of you know if there's anything stopping DC from doing a Silver Age Superboy collection?  

- What collections would you folks like to see?

For me, it's anything from the Golden Age. As you note, Green Arrow gets a big, fat omnibus, collecting his adventures through 1947. The Big Three have gotten that treatment in omnibus, and Black Canary, JSA and Dr. Fate have been collected in their entirety in Archives. The Marvel Family has gotten five, and Plastic Man nine.

Of the rest, it's pretty paltry. There have been two Golden Age Archives each for Flash, Green Lantern and Starman. Blackhawk, Hawkman, Sandman and Spectre have only gotten one each. Aquaman, Atom, Wildcat, Mr. Terrific, Dr. Mid-NIte? Zero.

This is material that has never been reprinted, and the originals are incredibly pricey. Bring on more Golden Age, DC! 

There was at least one GA Sandman as well, but unfortunately it left a gap of issues before the Simon & Kirby years.

I. personally, would like to see more GA Hawkman because, IIRC, the series stopped just shy of reprinting Shiera becoming Hawkwoman.

There was a "JSA All-Stars" volume which scratched my itch for the origin/first appearances of some of the less well-known heroes.

When All Star Squadron came out, I was hoping to see some reprints of Robotman, Johnny Quick and, DC's nearly forgotten female hero, Liberty Belle but they never happened. Now I would add Vigilante, Zatara and Shining Knight for DC.

With so much talent at Quality, I'm shocked that more of their stuff hasn't been reprinted like Doll Man, Kid Eternity, the Ray, Black Condor, Midnight, etc. 

There's a book coming out on Comixology tomorrow that'll have never-reprinted stories of The Boy Commandos, Air Wave, and Slam Bradley. That is, assuming Comixolgy provides the whole thing, and not just the Batman story. If so, I'm jumping on it!

The Golden Age Batman issue that Jeff (of Earth-J) alluded to earlier is hitting me pretty hard right now.

That's the one where the next Omnibus includes just a few issues not already covered in the Archives, all or most of which we already have. Do we buy or do we not?

This is head-scratcher for me especially because I stopped buying Marvel Masterworks at some point several years back, primarily because I already own everything being reprinted and the MMs were passing my Silver Age demarcation (1970), where we're getting into the cheaper books that I'll probably never sell. (I plan to sell my Silver Age books for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is good return. Bronze Age books don't have that much promise.) And that's just about where the Marvel Omnibus program is hitting. The next several Omniboo, from Spider-Man to Thor, are going to repeat the "just a few issues overlap" problem. 

And here's a huge sale coming of MMs that skip from where I stopped by a few books -- books which are no longer in print and therefore expensive. So do I get these Archives, and hope that I can get the in-betweens later for a cheap price, which would eliminate the overlap problem? Or do I not buy and hope the Omnibus program will catch up?

Or I could just spend my money on aspirin. 

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