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52 Omnibus Hardcover – November 27, 2012

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Product Details

  • Series: 52
  • Hardcover: 1216 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (November 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401235565
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401235567
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 2.6 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"Four of comics' brightest writers seamlessly combine their characterization and conceptualization strengths to construct the gripping real time narrative."--WASHINGTON POST

"In the course of the first month's worth of issues, 52 encompasses space opera, hard-boiled detective fiction, psychological suspense, light comedy, Grand Guignol violence, medical drama and straight-up good-guys-vs.-bad-guys action, all butting up against one another."--SALON

"Intriguing."--THE ONION A.V. CLUB 

"Ambitious.... Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, and Mark Waid have come up with plots about transformation, betrayal, love, and commitment that are enhanced by the myth-making superpowered characters. Now 16 weeks in, this is as addictive as any good TV series, any good mystery-novel series, any good comic-book series."--ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

About the Author

Geoff Johns is an award-winning writer and one of the most popular contemporary comic book writers today. Johns is the author of The New York Times bestselling graphic novels Aquaman: The Trench, Blackest Night, Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps War, Justice League: Origin, Superman: Brainiac and Batman: Earth One which hit #1 on the bestseller list. He is also known for transforming Green Lantern into one of the most critically and commercially successful franchises in comics.

Johns was born in Detroit and studied media arts, screenwriting, and film at Michigan State University. After moving to Los Angeles, he became an assistant to Richard Donner, director of Superman: The Movie. He and his mentor Donner later co-wrote Superman: Last Son featuring the return of General Zod.

Johns has written for various other media, including episodes of Smallville, Arrow and Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken, for which he was nominated along with his co-writers for an Emmy. He is the Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment and resides in Los Angeles, California.

Writer Grant Morrison is known for his innovative work on comics from the graphic novel ARKHAM ASYLUM to acclaimed runs on ANIMAL MAN and DOOM PATROL, as well as his subversive creatorowned titles such as THE INVISIBLES, SEAGUY and WE3. He has also written best-selling runs on JLA, SEVEN SOLDIERS OF VICTORY and New X-Men and recently helped to reinvent the DC Universe in ALLSTAR SUPERMAN, 52 and BATMAN. He is currently writing the Vertigo series JOE THE BARBARIAN, BATMAN AND ROBIN and THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE.

More About the Author

Geoff Johns originally hails from Detroit, Michigan. He attended Michigan State University, where he earned a degree in Media Arts and Film. He began his comics career creating and writing Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. for DC Comics.

His first comic assignment led to a critically acclaimed run on the The Flash and JSA for DC Comics. Since then, he has quickly become one of the most popular and imaginative writers in comic books today, working on titles including a highly successful re-imagining of Green Lantern, The Flash: Rebirth, Superman: Secret Origin, Action Comics, Adventure Comics, Teen Titans, Justice Society of America, Infinite Crisis and the experimental breakout hit series 52 for DC with Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka and Mark Waid. Geoff received the Wizard Fan Award for Breakout Talent of 2002 and Writer of the Year for 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 as well as the CBG Writer of the Year 2003 thru 2005 and 2007 and 2008 and CBG Best Comic Book Series for JSA 2001 thru 2005. Geoff penned the acclaimed "Legion" episode of SMALLVILLE. He also served as a writer for the fourth season of ROBOT CHICKEN. Geoff is currently working on film projects with Warner Brothers to be announced soon.

Geoff recently became a New York Times Bestselling author with the graphic novel Superman: Brainiac with art by Gary Frank among many others.

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The plot twists are both surprising and believable.
Tim Lieder
52 is one the best DC series I've ever read, so if you can get it with a deep discount, I recommend you to buy it.
Bruno Marisi
Not that this will stop me from enjoying all the other DC Omnibus' in the future!
Brian D

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Bruno Marisi on December 1, 2012
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The 52 Omnibus collects 52 #1 to #52, so that's the complete series packed up in one big 1.216 pages book.

The weekly series "52" is one of the most interesting and better-accomplished projects of DC Comics from the last decade. With a brain trust of writers consisting of Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Mark Waid and Greg Rucka the expectations were high and the actual results were even higher than one could have anticipated. The genre of the stories included in 52 range from magic and mystics, to science fiction and cosmic epics, to mystery and crime. This series never bores you and always manages to surprise you. There are a lot of story arcs that eventually interconnect with each other, an a BIG thread that starts and end the series (which of course I won't spoil).

This maxiseries picks up literally right after Infinite Crisis. Each issue narrates an entire week of the DC Universe in "real time", so once you put the fifty-two issues together you get a whole year of stories. 52 Omnibus is the perfect companion for the Infinite Crisis Omnibus, as it is its direct sequel. However, 52 is quite a stand-alone series. You don't really need to read Infinite Crisis to understand 52, just by reading the 1-page recap included at the beginning of the book and/or online sum-ups you will be okay to enjoy this Omnibus.

* * * * THE CHARACTERS * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
52 features a wide array of characters. These are the main ones:

- Booster Gold and Skeets, his robot from the future.
- The new Batwoman (the same one from the current New-52 ongoing series), Reneé Montoya (from the Gotham City Police Department) and The Question.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bubba on January 4, 2013
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When the 52 series originally ran from May of 2006 to May of 2007, it was an unprecedented undertaking by the company to release an event title on a weekly basis in real time. Another factor that sets this apart from other titles is that it is the result of collaboration between four authors, often considered the best in DC's roster. This hefty book collects all 52 issues together, and most if not all the issues are 20 pages in length. While this alone ought to seem filling, those who read the books back during their original run may be somewhat disappointed with the lack of extras here in this omnibus. Many of the original books came with short biography sections at the end where the reader was given a brief rundown of the history of the universe's lesser known characters. Here you will almost only get the story itself, with the extras being a short intro by Paul Levitz and production sketches laced throughout. The series itself is an action-packed run with a dynamite ending; the editing out is just something you experienced readers may wish to know about in advance. One of the objectives in launching this project was to give the audience a look at the DC universe without its biggest three names to lead the charge. This year with Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman stepping down and the B- and C-listers stepping up to fill the void is a compelling drama. It is well worth the price of the book and the time it will take to wade through it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian D on April 5, 2013
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Love the story, but just like my comment with the Countdown's just a little unwieldy to hold and read. Not that this will stop me from enjoying all the other DC Omnibus' in the future!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AK on September 9, 2013
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difficult to read any dialogue in the middle of the page because of the binding. Bulk of book makes reading it difficult at times.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tim Lieder on January 30, 2013
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As much as I am annoyed with DC comics' cash grab in putting out a $150 deluxe edition with some material missing from the four collected editions, I am going to review this version because the series is one long and epic story. I may recommend that you buy the four individual collected works but I am reviewing the whole story here.

I am not the biggest fan of superhero comics. Since I am not a teenager, that makes sense. I just don't want to hear angst-filled muscle bound thugs beating each other up to save the world. However, this series not only gave me the sense of wonder that I used to get from comics way back in my teen years, it also gave characterizations that rival The Sopranos or Breaking Bad for intensity and moral ambiguity.

Saying too much about this series risks giving away spoilers; however, there are several aspects to love. Including -
- The villains have real motivations and don't come off like Dr. Evil with a death ray.
- Lex Luther is actually scary in this series as the authors pull out all the stops in combining the industrialist with the amoral supervillain.
- Some characters grow and change throughout the series whereby other characters take stumbling moves toward growth that ultimately backfire.
- the plotting is intricate and juggles several plots at once. Yet it still manages to stop for the important segments.
- The plot twists are both surprising and believable. A couple of times the mad scientists claim that they have made 4 horsemen of the Apocalypse but they released Hunger first. Yet when Hunger is revealed it's one of the most shocking and bloody moments of the story.
- The artwork is amazing.
- Even when you know a character, the character is still capable of surprising you.

There are so many great bits about this story, but essentially it is one of the most entertaining and compelling comic book stories of the past decade.
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