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DC Comics: The New 52 Hardcover – Dec 13 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1216 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (Dec 13 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401234518
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401234515
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 6.9 x 28.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #192,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Geoff Johns has written Infinite Crisis, 52, Green Lantern, X-Men, The Avengers, Superman, and much more. Jim Lee worked on X-Men, Batman and Superman and founded Image Comics and WildStorm. Today, Lee is copublisher of DC Comics and the artist for many of DC's best-selling comics and graphic novels. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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As I've only recently gotten into purchasing comic books, DC's relaunch of many of their series provided me a good opportunity to dive in head-first and feel fairly "current" in the action. This massive omnibus is a GREAT collection and I'm really glad to have it. It has all of the #1's from the New 52 launch, and I loved it as an introduction to many characters that I considered myself familiar with but had never read in comic form. I'm still only halfway through the omnibus, but I've found some great series that I've put in the effort to catch up on (Justice League, Batman, Superboy, Supergirl, Teen Titans, Aquaman, etc.).

There is a great variety to this and it is quite the collection! As other reviewers have stated, it is a very large book and the bindings on it make it difficult (at times) to read the text closer to the inside. That said, it hasn't bothered me extensively. The only issue I've found is that it's certainly something I read when I have space to spread out a bit (like in a big comfy chair). Reading this in bed would be difficult, I think!

Regardless, I'm incredibly happy with this purchase as a new comic book buyer. My dad collected comics as a kid but hasn't been as avid anymore. Even still, he was quite impressed with the size of this and I'm intending to lend it to him whenever I finish it.
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Good jump offs for several storylines
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The only bad thing I have to say about it is that 52 comics in one book is pretty darn thick... I actually read those comics from a torrent on my ipad... The book is really worth it though, really pretty!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9b207f60) out of 5 stars 31 reviews
38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d56b564) out of 5 stars A solid purchase. Dec 14 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
An omnibus like this has to be reviewed by two criteria: content and format.

First, the content. I highly recommend DC's New 52. It's definitely the most interesting thing to be done in comics in years. While not every issue is a hit (Hawk & Dove, Captain Atom), these are certainly in the minority. Most are solid, fun, stories that begin a new DC universe with a bang. A few standouts (such as Jim Lee's Justice League and Perez/Merino's Superman) seem to jump off the page in color and detail. Despite the fact that not every issue is fantastic, this omnibus would receive 5 stars from me based on content alone.

However, the second criteria, format, tends to bring that perfect score down slightly. As a previous reviewer noted, this book is huge, over 1200 pages. Consequently, it's a bit unwieldy. Now, I understand that's a natural consequence of this type of omnibus, but I do feel it's worth mentioning: reading this book comfortably is just plain difficult. Also, due to the number of pages, the binding gets a bit...tight as you get nearer the center of the book. On some pages, dialogue boxes are VERY close to the inner edge and I found myself having to push down on the center of the book to read them. It's not a deal-breaker, but it doesn't make for the most pleasant reading experience. However, for most people, this book will be an archival copy, something to keep on the shelf rather than read repeatedly, so it probably won't matter.

Overall, I recommend this book. It's a great way to introduce yourself to the New 52.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b033654) out of 5 stars Trying to find the diamond in the rough Feb. 17 2012
By Mark Treitel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I was very excited to receive this book as a long awaited birthday present. However, to add to other reviewer's comments, from a production standpoint, this book is very large, and extremely unwieldy. It's hard to read some of the dialogue when you get towards the middle of the book, which diminishes the pleasure of reading the story, and as others have noted, undermines the artwork. This really should have been released as two separate oversized books so that it would be more readable.

From a critical perspective, this was DC's opportunity to "rewrite" the book on the entire universe. Each comic really stands on the strength of the authors. In my mind, the best "rewrite" of making a super-hero contemporary was Bendis' Ultimate Spider-Man, or Millar's Ultimates (rewrite of Avengers, which the current Avengers film is based on).

I'm not a DC guy, but was excited to be able to pick up each issue and understand who each character is, what their power was and where the story was heading. Each of these stories should have been simpler, since you shouldn't need to know any continuity. This is a brand new universe, there is no continuity. Yet somehow, on many of the books, I felt completely lost.

I'm using this book as a sampler, to figure out if any of the comics really stand out to continue to buy other TPBs. So far, only Justice League was fairly interesting. Again, due to the writing.

Marvel has the same problem in their Point .1 issues. They were supposed to be starting points. A lot of these issues, you feel like you are walking in the second half of a movie. Of course, these new comics should appeal to have been reading the books forever, but what is the point of revamping a universe if you are just going to be telling the same old stories.

I recommend to buy this book if you are interested in seeing what DC has done, but likely you should pay less than $100.00 Otherwise, wait a few months, a buy the higher rated collections of the what fans think the best comics that came out of 52.

The new 52 was a great marketing ploy. I wish they would have spent more time developing the characters and story to bring me into their larger universe.

I will likely lend this book out but I highly doubt that I'd take it to my grave.
56 of 76 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b57ec84) out of 5 stars 1200 plus pages and still glued binding ? Oh COME ON !!! REALLY ?? Dec 19 2011
By Samuel Clemens - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
You have to be very very extra careful in opening this book. Am glad that i checked this out first in a local bookstore before deciding to buy. 800 pages with glued binding like that of Teen Titans Vol 1 - i can accept that. But for 1200 plus pages, you still stick to glued binding ? Really ?? I have given up hope on DC making an omnibus that has a sewn binding. Best of luck to those who bought this book.
HASH(0x9b337c3c) out of 5 stars A great omnibus for the casual DC reader. Sept. 22 2015
By Gert-Jan Segeren - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a Marvel collector. But I do like the DC "September omnibi". It gives me a chance to get a glance at the DC universe.
This omnibus doesn't disappoint in that matter. The stories stand well on their own.
The binding sometimes makes the reading a bit difficult. On the other hand: it keeps my neck streched and healthy for 1200 pages.
HASH(0x9b337a08) out of 5 stars This Book is Huge and Not in a Good Way April 5 2013
By C.Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Seeing how I would destroy the spine of the book if I tried to read it I just left it wrapped up and put it away. I don't mind having an nice set of the first issues for 'The New 52', but I kind of wish this was more reader friendly.

Good as an archival copy, horrible if you want to read it.