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DC Comics: The New 52 Hardcover – December 13, 2011


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  • Series: Dc Comics: the New 52
  • Hardcover: 1216 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; #10, #11, #12 edition (December 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401234518
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401234515
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 2.7 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #527,572 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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I strongly recommend it for die-hard DC Comic fans.
M. Moore
This alone has made it worth me buying this book as that's a lot higher number of DC trades than I have been getting.
Ian Williams
A lot of these issues, you feel like you are walking in the second half of a movie.
Mark Treitel

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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 14, 2011
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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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Treitel on February 17, 2012
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.
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56 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Clemens on December 19, 2011
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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.
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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.
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Thick and Juicy, the art quality is amazing and the print quality is eyegasmic. The binding could have been different as the closer you get to the middle of the book the harder it is to read. Great for collectors who don't read, it looks nice just standing there.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victor Nelson on August 8, 2012
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I thought this book would be a better buy than trying to search out & collect all of these #1's at the time so I pre-ordered it but I'm disappointed overall. Like other reviewers have pointed out this thing is just plain hard to read comfortably as this item is nearly twice as thick as my next largest omnibus & weighs 8 pounds! The binding is sewn then glued & after a lot of page flipping has held up just fine however the pages run right into the fold which blocks a lot of the art & text page to page. I had to pry open the binding & tilt my head to read & see all of the middle content. They tried to group similar titles next to each other but it lacks page numbers & a table of contents so if you want to go back to a specific story or page you need to flip through this monster.

Content is the saving star here. I enjoyed reading 75% of these #1's & I think there are some really good titles enclosed with only a couple complete duds. Only getting the beginning of 52 stories with no complete stories also bothered me more than I thought it would. I plan to follow up on several of these but now I'll be repurchasing the 1st issue of each series when I buy the first novel release which is another drawback of this format. Most of these titles either have their own novel out now or is in a soon to be release state so I'd highly recommend reading some reviews on the individual titles to see what fits your tastes, than buy their individual graphic novels over this large book.
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