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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It was me!

The only type I have trouble with (so far at least) is when they shrink down things like Savage Sword of Conan from magazine size to comic-book size for a TPB. Somehow it makes my eyes hurt.

Captain Comics said:

So you were the other guy who bought the Chronicles?  photo biggrin.gif

I started getting them because the Batman and Superman ones combined the various titles instead of splitting them up like the Archives did. But as I've gotten older, it appears the type on them has gotten smaller. Isn't that strange? I blame sunspots.

Needless to say, I also got all the Archives. So now that I'm slowly replacing those with the Omnibuses, I'm buying this material for the third time. Good lord, I'm so glad they're finally moving beyond the mid-1940s -- I can finally read something "new'!

Fraser Sherman said:

The only type I have trouble with (so far at least) is when they shrink down things like Savage Sword of Conan from magazine size to comic-book size for a TPB. Somehow it makes my eyes hurt.

Yikes! I'm old enough that I have all the Marvel magazines in their original format, so I've never bought any of the trades. But it makes sense that type size would be an issue. I guess I need to hang on to the magazines, rather than sell them and get the trades. Unless I suddenly grow new eyes or something.

EMERKEITH: Yes, Sensation #62 is included in Wonder Woman Omnibus Vol. 3.

ROB: The Chronicles are smaller than standard comics or trades. 6"x9.5" maybe? I'm not at home to measure, and Mr. Google isn't being helpful today. 

Thanks, Cap! And with Golden Age comics being larger than today's standard comics, they're doubly shrunk for the Chronicles!

Here is more of DC's big-book publishing schedule, courtesy Bleeding Cool (so take with a grain of salt):

Red Hood & the Outlaws by Scott Lobdell Omnibus Vol. 1 Hardcover – October 16, 2018

by Scott Lobdell and Kenneth Rocafort

Scott Lobdell’s bestselling RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS stories from the New 52 relaunch is collected here in its entirety for the first time ever in RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS: THE NEW 52 OMNIBUS!

No sooner has Batman’s former sidekick, Jason Todd, put his past as the Red Hood behind him than he finds himself cornered by a pair of modern day outlaws: Green Arrow’s rejected sidekick Arsenal, the damaged soldier of fortune, and the alien Starfire, a former prisoner of intergalactic war who won’t be chained again. As a loner, Jason has absolutely no interest in this motley crew of outlaws. So what’s he going to do when they choose the Red Hood as their leader?

With dynamic pencils from Kenneth Rocafort (SIDEWAYS), RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS quickly become one of the breakout hits of 2011’s New 52 relaunch. Collected here in this oversize omnibus edition are every story from Lobdell’s first run with the title, as well as tie-in issues from the TEEN TITANS and BATMAN series! Collects RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #0-27 and ANNUAL #1, TEEN TITANS #16 and BATMAN #17.

 

Suicide Squad by Jim Lee Unwrapped Hardcover – October 9, 2018

by Rob Williams,‎ Jim Lee

Featuring Jim Lee’s never-before-seen unvarnished pencilwork, SUICIDE SQUAD BY JIM LEE UNWRAPPED brings together the world’s greatest villains from the Rebirth Era!

Harley Quinn. Deadshot. Killer Croc. Captain Boomerang. Enchantress. Katana.

Separately, they’re an FBI “most wanted” list come to life. Together–under the command of the iron-willed Colonel Rick Flag and the indomitable Amanda Waller–they’re one of the world’s most effective fighting forces, ideally suited for the brutal but necessary jobs that are too dirty for regular superheroes. They are the top-secret operatives of Task Force X–the Suicide Squad.

This fantastic new hardcover, written by Rob Williams, features Jim Lee’s pencilled artwork in its purest form! A must-have for any collectors or art lover. Collects Suicide Squad April Fool’s Special #1, Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1 and Suicide Squad #1-8.

 

Final Crisis 10th Anniversary Omnibus

Written by Grant Morrison, Geoff Johns

Illustrated by George Perez, Doug Mahnke, J.G. Jones

HARDCOVER $150

On sale Oct 02, 2018 | 1504 Pages

From the mind of genre-defining writer Grant Morrison comes FINAL CRISIS, one of the most epic event sagas ever to hit the DC Universe! In this 10th Anniversary Omnibus edition, every crucial chapter is collected in reading order, including stories from Morrison, Geoff Johns, Greg Rucka and more ! This is the ultimate collector’s item!

What happens when evil wins? That’s the question Superman, Batman, the Justice League and every being in the DCU have to face when Darkseid and his otherworldly legion of narcissistic followers actually win the war between light and dark. Featuring the deaths and resurrections of major DC characters, FINAL CRISIS is more than your average multi-part event-it’s a deconstruction of Super Hero comics and a challenging, thought-provoking take on the modern, four-color icons.

This massive collection features the following stories: Collects: DC Universe #0, Birds of Prey#118, The Flash #240-241, Teen Titans #59-60, Batman #676-681, #701, JLA #21, Final Crisis #1-7, Final Crisis: Requiem #1, Teen Titans #1-6, Final Crisis: Rogue’s Revenge #1-3, Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #1-2, Final Crisis: Revelations #1-5, Final Crisis: Secret Files #1, Final Crisis: Resist #1, Final Crisis: Submit #1, Batman #682-683, #702, Superman/Batman #76, Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #1-5 and DC Universe: The Last Will & Testament #1

The Man of Steel

Written by Brian Michael Bendis

HARDCOVER

$24.99 US

On sale Oct 09, 2018 | 144 Pages

Genre-defining author Brian Michael Bendis makes his triumphant debut writing Superman in Man of Steel!

In the aftermath of Dark Nights: Metal, the Man of Steel has been challenged like never before. As he faces his greatest challenge to date, the status quo for Superman will be changed forever! With an all-star team of illustrators including Ivan Reis, Evan “Doc” Shaner, Ryan Sook, Kevin Maguire, Adam Hughes and Jason Fabok, Bendis takes us back to the roots of the Man of Steel and questions the very foundations set 80 years ago by Joe Siegel and Jerry Shuster!

Brian Michael Bendis, the scribe behind some of the greatest comics of all time, including Ultimate Spider-Man, New Avengers and Daredevil, dives headlong into the DC Universe in this precursor to his debuts on both Superman and Action Comics. Collects issues #1-6 and stories from DC Nation #0.

 

Justice League Vol. 1

Written by Scott Snyder, Jorge Jimenez

Illustrated by Jim Cheung

PAPERBACK $16.99

On sale Nov 13, 2018 | 144 Pages

Visionary author Scott Snyder makes his mark on DC’s most legendary team in Justice League Vol. 1!

Spinning out of the cataclysmic events of Dark Nights: Metal and the universe-defining No Justice, the core members of the Justice League–Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash and more–are finally reunited!

The cosmos suddenly opens up to new threats that the Justice League could not imagine! As Lex Luthor and Batman race to solve a mystery going back to the beginning of the DCU, the rest of the League dive deep into new corners of their own mythologies!

One of the most critically acclaimed authors of his generation finally scribes DC’s flagship title in Justice League Vol. 1! Collects Justice League #1-6.

 

Aquaman: Throne of Atlantis

Written by Geoff Johns

Illustrated by Ivan Reis

PAPERBACK $14.99

On sale Nov 27, 2018 | 168 Pages

Just in time for Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa, comes an epic tale of conflict and conquest from the award-winning author Geoff Johns in AQUAMAN: THRONE OF ATLANTIS!

Six years ago he was a surface-dweller, raised as the son of a lighthouse keeper. Then tragedy struck. Destiny was revealed. And young Arthur Curry claimed his birthright:

The Throne of Atlantis.

But his reign was brief. When darkness threatened the surface world, he rose to meet it. As Aquaman, he joined the team of heroes called the Justice League, leaving the rule of his kingdom behind. But even underwater, the past will not stay buried. A sinister force is pushing Aquaman’s two worlds to the brink of war, with the fate of the planet in the balance. If Arthur does not reclaim his throne, the throne may well claim his life…

Collecting Aquaman #0, #14-16 and Justice League #15-17, Aquaman: Throne of Atlantis is an epic tale of conflict and conquest from the all-star creative team of Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, Paul Pelletier and Pete Woods!

 

V for Vendetta 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

Written by Alan Moore Illustrated by David Lloyd

HARDCOVER $49.99

On sale Nov 20, 2018 | 396 Pages

The seminal graphic novel masterpiece V FOR VENDETTA is available in hardcover in this new deluxe edition, featuring an essay from writer Alan Moore, sketches from artist David Lloyd and other bonus material!

A powerful story about loss of freedom and individuality, V FOR VENDETTA takes place in a totalitarian England following a devastating war that changed the face of the planet. In a world without political freedom, personal freedom and precious little faith in anything comes a mysterious man in a white porcelain mask who fights political oppressors through terrorism and seemingly absurd acts. It’s a gripping tale of the blurred lines between ideological good and evil.

Written by one of the greatest scribes in the history of the medium, Alan Moore, V FOR VENDETTA is considered not only one of the most important graphic novel works ever, but also one of the great works in fiction. V FOR VENDETTA 30TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION brings the groundbreaking title back into hardcover for the first time in years.

 

Superman: Kryptonite Deluxe Edition

Legendary, award-winning creator Darwyn Cooke (DC: THE NEW FRONTIER) joins forces with acclaimed artist Tim Sale (BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN) for this oversize hardcover of SUPERMAN: KRYPTONITE DELUXE EDITION!

This classic graphic novel features an unforgettable story of Superman’s first encounter with Kryptonite, the radioactive chunks of his home planet which can kill him and how it changed his life forever! And even if the Man of Steel can survive, will he be able to save Lois Lane from the clutches of a mysterious stranger?

This deluxe hardcover graphic novel features covers, behind-the-scenes sketches and scripts from Cooke and Sale. SUPERMAN: KRYPTONITE DELUXE EDITION collects SUPERMAN CONFIDENTIAL #1-5 and #11.

Harley Quinn by Karl Kesel & Terry Dodson: The Deluxe Edition Book 2

Written by Karl Kesel Illustrated by Terry Dodson

HARDCOVER $29.99

On sale Nov 20, 2018 | 280 Pages |

Collecting her first solo series by Karl Kesel and Terry Dodson in hardcover for the first time, it’s your favorite killer cutie you can’t help but love, Harley Quinn in Harley Quinn By Karl Kesel And Terry Dodson: The Deluxe Edition Book 2.

This series reintroduces the original Batgirl. But how can that be possible when Barbara Gordon, the original Batgirl, is wheelchair-bound? She’d certainly like to know, and so would Nightwing, Robin, and a certain new hero out there named Batgirl. Also guest-starring Nightwing as a…carjacker? What could lead him to such a dastardly deed? Why, Harley Quinn, of course! How will our hero, er, villain escape this one? Meanwhile, Oracle is determined to stop Harley once and for all, and she’s not the only one.

Littered with all your favorite Gotham characters and a surprise appearance from Superman, this Deluxe Edition will satisfy your Harley cravings. Collects Harley Quinn (2000s series) #9-19 and covers from #20-23.

 

A Very DC Holiday Sequel Paperback – November 13, 2018

by Paul Dini,‎ Greg Rucka,‎ Jeff Lemire,‎ Tom King,‎ Rafael Albuquerque

$16.99

The World’s Greatest Superheroes and the world’s most notorious super-villains celebrate the holidays once again in this new holiday sequel, starring your favorite DC characters!

It’s time to deck the halls with the DC Universe’s greatest heroes in a collection of holiday-themed stories from the world of DC! DC’s biggest and brightest heroes celebrate the holidays in this new special! Don’t miss a Chanukah crisis for Huntress, a Flash family Christmas, Wonder Woman interrupting John Constantine’s hellblazing pagan party and more–including the return of Detective Chimp! Today’s top talents bring you a very special holiday gift that’ll keep on giving through the New Year! Writer Paul Dini crafts a Harley holiday tale featuring DCU guests that bridges all the stories in the weirdest, wildest way.

 

Batman by Francis Manapul & Brian Buccellato Deluxe Edition Hardcover

November 6, 2018 $49.99

Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato present their celebrated run on DETECTIVE COMICS, collected all together in this hardcover deluxe edition for the first time.

Batman contends with the return of Anarky! As Gotham City decends into chaos at the hands of this new vigilante and his quest for revenge on both the villains and protectors of Gotham. Batman must team up with the cantankerous Harvey Bullock of the Gotham City PD to find Anarky’s true motivation for bringing Gotham to its knees.

Collects issues #30-40, Detective Comics Annual #1, Batman: Detective Comics: Future’s End #1, Batman: Detective Comics: End Game #1.

 

The Flash by Mark Waid Book Five Paperback – October 16, 2018

Critically acclaimed writer, Mark Waid’s epic run continues in THE FLASH BY MARK WAID BOOK FIVE.

Wally West is pushed to his absolute limit when the ruthless Savitar attempts to take control of the Speed Force, an indefinable energy field that is the source of all speedsters’ powers. A trip to the 64th century also proves eye opening for Wally as he is shocked to find out that in the future he is worshipped as a god!

Waid’s legendary run on the Scarlet Speedster concludes here in THE FLASH BY MARK WAID BOOK FIVE. Collects: THE FLASH #106-118 and IMPULSE #10-11.

Thanks Cap!

Captain Comics said:

Emerkeith Davyjack said:

...That Steinem'd collection is many many decades in the past . They're really using that as an excuse not to reprint it now? 45/6 years later? That's like saying that just because the president in office in 1972 almost got impeached we can't impeach ~ OKAY, okay, okay.

That's not what he said.

He said Golden Age Wonder Woman Vol. 3 would contain Sensation Comics #49-67, Wonder Woman #16-24, and Comic Cavalcade #14-22.

He then specified which of those stories had never been reprinted before. Since Sensation Comics #62 had been reprinted before, he didn't include it in his list of books that had never been reprinted before. That's all.

Me, I'm really impressed with John's thoroughness! 

Geoff Johns' run on Flash was collected in three omnibus editions, but DC let them go out of print. I had had my eye on them, but I was waitinbg until my LCS had its annual sale (this was several years ago), but by the time they did, someone else has bought them.

I wish DC would do a new printing (as they recently did with v1 of The New Teen Titans).

Bookfinder.com is a great source for finding used copies of just about anything in print. I get a lot of the pricier TPBs and hardbacks I buy off there. They search multiple used book sites and present a list of results.

Jeff of Earth-J said:

Geoff Johns' run on Flash was collected in three omnibus editions, but DC let them go out of print. I had had my eye on them, but I was waitinbg until my LCS had its annual sale (this was several years ago), but by the time they did, someone else has bought them.

I wish DC would do a new printing (as they recently did with v1 of The New Teen Titans).

That's a good suggestion, Fraser. I've never used it before, but I'll keep it in mind. (I get quite a few things of this nature via Amazon.com.)

Bookfinder includes Amazon so it's easy to see the lowest bidder. Or to discover the cheapest copy is $200 or the like, at which point I usually throw in the towel.

Jeff of Earth-J said:

That's a good suggestion, Fraser. I've never used it before, but I'll keep it in mind. (I get quite a few things of this nature via Amazon.com.)

That is a good suggestion, Fraser. I'm going to be searching for some discounted Omnibuses soon. Any other suggestions, Legionnaires? 

Speaking of which, my heart aches at the thought of replacing all my DC Archives with Omnibuses. But there is a silver lining. Come Friday I'll pick up the Silver Age Green Lantern Omnibus Vol. 2, and order Vol. 1 online somewhere. When I have them both, I will have nearly the entire Silver Age Green Lantern, from Showcase #22 to Green Lantern #75, between hard covers for less than $300. Meanwhile, collecting the same material by Archives has already cost me upwards of $400 for seven books over the course of several years, which only got me to Green Lantern #57. By that yardstick, I'm re-collecting the Silver Age cheaper and faster by Omnibus than I was with the Archives. 

Price was a huge plus with the Chronicles vs. Archives too.

Captain Comics said:

That is a good suggestion, Fraser. I'm going to be searching for some discounted Omnibuses soon. Any other suggestions, Legionnaires? 

Speaking of which, my heart aches at the thought of replacing all my DC Archives with Omnibuses. But there is a silver lining. Come Friday I'll pick up the Silver Age Green Lantern Omnibus Vol. 2, and order Vol. 1 online somewhere. When I have them both, I will have nearly the entire Silver Age Green Lantern, from Showcase #22 to Green Lantern #75, between hard covers for less than $300. Meanwhile, collecting the same material by Archives has already cost me upwards of $400 for seven books over the course of several years, which only got me to Green Lantern #57. By that yardstick, I'm re-collecting the Silver Age cheaper and faster by Omnibus than I was with the Archives. 

Man, I wonder if the eventual release of Legion Omnibus volume 3 will drop the price of the Archives volume 8 and 10? Right now Bookfinder prices them at around $250 and $100, respectively. Must have been really low print runs.

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