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Steve Ditko Omnibus Hc Vol 02 Hardcover – January 17, 2012

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  • Series: Steve Ditko Omnibus
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (January 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401232353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401232351
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #691,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jim Davis on February 13, 2012
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Having very much enjoyed the Steve Ditko Omnibus Volume 1 I was looking forward to what Volume 2 had to offer. Volume 2 was a somewhat more eclectic selection than Volume 1 with only one long run but very enjoyable nevertheless.

The headline feature is the Hawk and the Dove. We get the issues Ditko worked on, the introductory Showcase issue and the first two issues of their own series. The whole premise is an intriguing one for a comic book series but one that is very difficult to implement. What writer can keep his own views out of the stories and walk the razor's edge the premise demands? Not many, it turned out.

This is followed by a Man-Bat story and a related three part Demon story arc. Great stuff. Ditko is not credited here with the plots of these stories but I would bet heavily he had a hand in it somewhere.

Next up we have a very long run of a Starman (one of many heroes that have gone by that name at DC) in Adventure Comics. Here one of the weaknesses of the creator centric collection rears its head. The series is concluded in DC Comics Presents #36 but that issue is not reproduced because Ditko didn't have a hand in it.

Several issues of the Legion of Super-Heroes follow. Ditko was not the best choice that could have been made for the Legion but he's adequate. This isn't the Legions strongest era and the stories collected (including the infamous Dr. Mayavale story) are not considered very strong. All can stand alone except the last one but that story is a complete mess and would be hard to comprehend even if it was all included.

The volume finishes up with some Ditko shorts featuring Black Lightning, Spectre (great), and the New Gods (also great).

The book is consistent in format with volume 1 with the newsprint-type paper. Guttering problems are minor.

Highly recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hwy61Joe on July 6, 2012
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The Steve Ditko Omnibus Vol. 2 collects 400 pages of stories in what I believe is the best reprint format Marvel or DC Comics have come up with yet. Hardcover, full-color and interior pages that actually feel like a comicbook! This volume is a little pricey, but for 400 pages and the inclusion of Ditko's Hawk and Dove comics it is worth it (those are hard to track down and if you did you would probably spend as much on just those issues as you would for this entire collection). Hawk and Dove is main attraction to this volume. Ditko does full art duties (pencils and inks) on those stories and they are a rare example of mainstream superhero comics being used as a vehicle for Ditko's philosophical writings. Unfortunately, the rest of the collection is mostly mediocre comics. An extensive run of Starman comics are collected as well as a few issues of Legion of Superheroes and some other odds and ends. Ditko was mostly doing loose pencils on these stories and contributing nothing else to the stories. Ditko completists will be happy to own this book, if you aren't already a fan of Ditko nothing here will change your opinion.
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Steve Ditko's work is great - you can recognize the style from a mile away, with his cloned shapes and rubbery fingers, mouthes, eyes. There's a great poster of Superman at the start, then three issues of Hawk And Dove. Two brothers blessed with super powers, the duo are constantly bickering over their extreme right wing versus left wing ideals. Guess which on is the "hawk", and which one is the "dove". Peacenik, warmonger, soft on crime, inhumane… these are all words that are used. It's interesting how the duo get into strange situations probably never-before-seen in the history of comics as each takes on criminals in their own way. Naturally, they are also captured, beaten up, and jump through hoops to preserve their secret identities, etc. (Bizarrely, the lastt issue has square word balloons!!)That's followed by an issue of Man-Bat (and Man-Bat's hot wife Francine, the blood-thirsting and lusty She-Bat) and an issue of The Demon where they both battle Baron Tyme in some sort of Doctor Strange-ish magical adventure, full of proper demons and everything. Batman even shows up in the former tale, believed to be the only time Ditko ever drew the Dark Knight. Then there are a whole bunch of Starman stories, which are for the most part fairly exciting, although nowhere near as good as Shade (and the story, like Shade's is left unresolved). I like the story of the young prince, sentenced to death when he loses the race for the thrown, and how his sister later comes onto him, not recognizing him in his Starman suit. Starman is nearly invincible, and without a credible story behind how he arrived at his powers, so it's really not that hot. But the art is great! In one cool episode they escape from an alien collector, then a prison planet, then they stop a rebellion.Read more ›
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