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Superman: The Death and Return of Superman Omnibus Hardcover – March 26, 2013


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Product Details

  • Series: Superman
  • Hardcover: 1124 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (March 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401238645
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401238643
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 7.6 x 2.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

"To this day, I still encounter people who believe that the Death and Return of Superman was a market-driven publicity stunt. But, quite to the contrary, these stories -- and the attention they received -- all just sort of snowballed.

"The publicity came later, and then only because we'd come up with a (you'll pardon the expression) killer story. The word got out on a slow news day, and the media storm that followed was greater than anything we could have hoped for. But it was all thanks to the story's power.

"Doomsday smashing his way through a suburban Lex-Mart. Lois Lane cradling the fallen Superman in her arms. An enraged Lex Luthor breaking a chair over Doomsday's body. Bibbo Bibbowski kneeling in prayer on a barroom floor. The honor guard of Earth's super-heroes, following Superman's coffin through the streets of Metropolis. Jonathan Kent collapsing in a field. Lois and Inspector Henderson finding Superman's tomb empty. Coast City being wiped off the face of the Earth.

"Powerful stuff. And I got to see it all, long before you did.

"You see, each week, every Superman writer and artist received copies of each others' work in progress, so we could coordinate the stories for the [then] four monthly Super-titles. It was like a relay race, with the Man of Steel team handing the story off to the Superman team, who would pass the baton to the Adventures of Superman team, who would hand it off to the Action Comics team. Team-Action would then shoot the story to the Man of Steel team, and we'd start all over, always under the watchful eye of 'Coach' Carlin.

"I was so lucky to have worked with these wonderful, talented people. It's great to see our stories collected under one cover. For those of you reading them here for the first time, welcome.

"And for those of your who remember these stories from before, welcome back."

-- Roger Stern

More About the Author

Roger Stern has written for radio, television, the stage, and the Internet, creating scripts for everything from sketch comedy to flash-animation. For ten years, he was the senior writer of the Superman series for DC Comics. Stern has written hundreds of stories about such diverse characters as Green Lantern, Supergirl, Starman, and the Justice League for DC Comics; and Spider-Man, Captain America, the Incredible Hulk, and the Avengers for Marvel. His first prose novel, The Death and Life of Superman, was a New York Times bestseller.

Customer Reviews

If you are a superman fan, then this book will be a no-brainer to pickup.
Anarchy in the US
If you have previous editions in single issues or in trade forms, I'd say its worth it to upgrade.
J. L. Castillo
It does tie up a some lose ends, but it is very weird from a narrative standpoint.
DC_Fan_52

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Balofsky on March 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
There have been previous collections of the Death And Return of Superman, including supposed one volume collections. But each of those collections had a flaw, be it material left out or the book design not being adequate.

However, this edition blows all those away with its excellence. The full story is collected here. When it was first solicited, it was believed portions would be left out but that is not the case. The story is reprinted in full and there are a few extras within that make this a purchase worth getting.

The binding on the book is good, not as good as some of the other recent DC Omnibus collections in that its tighter due to being sewn/glued and while not as good as say the sleeper omnibus it is still far better than when DC was starting out.

The art is reproduced lovingly here and at an oversized level it truly shows. The pages are sturdy and thick unlike some other collections, and there is no bleeding of art.

The story is a large saga that led into other storylines beyond Superman, including the infamous Emerald Twilight in Green Lantern, but also introduced many new characters to the DC universe who have become a large part in stories, especially the modern Superboy.

While this was the 90's and the art does seem like typical 90's art at first, it actually goes above it and helps draw you in to the stories. You come to appreciate the characters more and really get a feel for what they are going through.

Many comics in the 90's were subpar for lack of a better term, hence the term the dark age of comics, but this storyline actually stands out as a gem. We see superman fighting against the unstoppable and falling in what was a comic story the media hyped up.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Oscar Saborío Ramírez on April 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Not only does it contain what was included in The Death of Superman, World Without a Superman and The Return of Superman, but it also adds the missing stories from "The Legacy of Superman", and the missing pages from "Green Lantern" 46, "Superman" 82, "The Adventures of Superman" 505 and "Action Comics" 692. Strangely, it only reprints the covers of the previous collections "World Without a Superman" and "The Return of Superman", but not the one of "The Death of Superman".
The only thing missing is "Justice League America" 70.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Randall Lotowycz on July 10, 2013
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The Death and Return of Superman storyline is what got me into comic books. I still cherish those issues and was thrilled to hear DC was releasing this omnibus (especially when the last version was less than ideal). I really wanted this version to be a 5-star book, and it really could have been, but unfortunately it's not quite there. The presentation is beautiful and the new cover is great, but there are a few things that still need to be brought up.

I'm okay with the fact they didn't include Justice League America #70 even though it's part of the Funeral for Friend storyline, but I was very disappointed to see they didn't include the Supergirl and Team Luthor one-shot that was released at the same time as the Legacy of Superman one-shot (which is included in this volume). In addition to seeing this issue collected for the first time, it also would be helpful for readers wondering why Lex Luthor suddenly has a broken leg in the middle of the collection. Not as essential, but I also would have liked to have seen the Newstime: Life and Death of Superman special included. That special was a great addition, a facsimile of the fictional magazine from the DC universe. Including it would have truly made this collection complete.

The more significant problem with this omnibus are some of the errors I've found. One error in the Legacy of Superman one-shot is pretty hysterical as well as awful. When discussing making more clones of the Guardian, a character brings up making the clones different genders and skin colors. The original panel featured a black Guardian, but now the panel shows a white Guardian, completely contradicting the point of it.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Anarchy in the US on March 28, 2013
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When it comes to the world of comics, the 1990's has to be the toughest era to grade properly. The Golden Age of comics, from 1930's to early 1950's is the original start of comics and is always upheld as sacred and untouchable because of its early beginnings. Then the Silver-Age comics in the mid-1950's that ushered in many of the classic super-heroes today from both Marvel and DC, with a mix of revolutionary creations to campy upbringings. Then the Bronze-age, which was the early 1970's through mid 1980's, where it took the same formula as the Silver Age, but started showing signs of maturity and social issues. And since mid-1980's, we've been in the Modern-Age of comics. A darker, more realistic, and truly mature reading time that has become a full-fledged era. But the 90's of comics was a different beast from those eras.

The 90's was famous for the comic industry almost collapsing on itself for making thousands and thousands of variant covers to flood the market, a time of massive disportionate bodily figures were drawn, artist were rock stars over the writers, big and crazy stories were the norm, and violence in comics had hit a new high. It was also a crazy and fun time for comic readers, almost like an never ending party, introduction of more independent comic companies, and some current day high-profile people like Jim Lee and Todd McFarlane were just up-and-coming people at the time. This makes it why the 90's is the hardest era to properly judge and grade. Many grown adults now who were just kids at the time thought this was the high life. And yes, I still do love the 90's of comics because I was a 90's kid. But then again, many would say the nostalgic crowd is the only reason for people who liked the 90's.
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