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This review is from: Steve Ditko Omnibus Hc Vol 02 (Hardcover)
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.