This, like my other Absolute reviews, 'unboxes' the book so you can get a good look at slipcase, dust jacket, hardcover, and special features. I also have a little rant at the end, making a counter point to the one star reviewer who felt that the omission of the supplemental Superman Prime one-shot was reason to dock so many stars off the rating. in short, they argued that the aforementioned one-shot contained an important part of the story and shouldn't have been left out. I argue that the one-shots were primarily to serve up back-story for the featured title villains, and have no impact on the main event. You could easily skip them and the only thing that you would miss is where Superman Prime's shirt went. Seeing as this event was the equivalent of 13 issues already, it is unreasonable to expect DC to package another hundred pages of supplemental back stories and side-battles. The story is complete, and MAN it is gorgeous in this format.
After more thoughtful consideration, i have decided to remove one star for the omission of the one-shots. I don't care too much for extra features, but i have now decided that i agree with the detractors, that the one shots wouldn't have been too much to ask. Regarding the page count: The Absolute Sandman books were around 20 issues each, and neither felt too cumbersome and still maintained the same price tag. And since these books are printed in China, i refuse to believe that it would be too costly for DC to include the one-shots and NOT make a massive profit. I'm still happy with my purchase: Absolute Editions give me more long-term enjoyment than any video games or Heroclix i collect, but I must concede that DC seems to be going cheap to pinch pennies.