This is it- the binding is now similar to Marvel-style, even if it isn't perfectly the same.
This is considered by many to be one of the greatest runs of comics in the 80's. It's a colorful, lively & fun contribution to mainstream super heroes; great for kids yet with some obviously mature themes, which will fly right over kids' heads. This is an example of All-Ages comics as defined at that time, with teens being the main target.
Its popularity is right up there with Walt Simonson's Thor, Frank Miller's Daredevil and Batman, John Byrne's Fantastic Four and Superman, etc. I actually skipped this series in the 80's; I found out how great it is with the Terra Incognito paperback in 2006. It's the Terra & Terminator element that made me a fan, and it's the featured story in this omnibus. George Perez has a way with interesting mercenary characters. He had a hand in creating Marvel's Taskmaster and DC's Deathstroke the Terminator circa 1980, and they both maintain a certain level of popularity to this day. Coincidence or not, they both wear orange & blue. These are just some of the characters that came out of his stints on Avengers and New Teen Titans, often considered among his best-known efforts. His impact in the 80's & early 90's also includes popular titles like Crisis On Infinite Earths, Wonder Woman, and Infinity Gauntlet.
The first 1/3 of this omnibus gives us 3 basic stories: the intro of the menacing Brother Blood; Starfire & the team vs. Starfire's sister in space; and the realistic, cautionary, 2-part Runaways tale. Issue #26 kicks off that Runaways story, and it's a great jumping on point for people who don't want to start reading this volume from the very 1st page, as we get nice characterizations of each of the New Teen Titans, and we also see the brief, 1st-ever appearance of the girl named Terra. The other 2/3 of this omnibus is all about Terra & the team. A cute looking, feisty, 15-year old with an attitude, Terra displays awesome, earth-controlling powers. She wants to be a Teen Titan really, really badly; her intense desire seems almost questionable. We eventually find she has a connection to the Terminator! What exactly is this connection? When did it start & where is it going? This popular story has been in print for decades so it might be difficult to avoid seeing spoilers in reviews, but I'll just say I was a little surprised by the twist in this story even though I had heard a bit about it.
Binding- yes it's sewn, really similar to Marvel-style, a *huge* step in the right direction. It still opens a bit stiffly compared to Marvel's offerings, but I'm thrilled to see DC making this change. This is my 1st DC omnibus, and I'll likely be buying more in the future. The binding issue is why I haven't yet picked up any other DC Omnibus release.
Contents- this collects New Teen Titans 21-37, 39-40; Tales of the New Teen Titans 41-44; New Teen Titans Annual 1-2; Tales of the New Teen Titans Annual 3; Batman and the Outsiders 5.
P.S. Issue 38, "Who is Donna Troy?", is not included in this collection. It'll likely be in Volume 3.