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Good content, overpriced format.,
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This review is from: The Starman Omnibus, Vol. 1 (Hardcover)
If you've read Starman, you know what you're getting with this book in terms of content. As far as the actual format of the book, DC overpriced it. It's a hardcover, with a dustjacket, 448 pages long. The cover itself has the same image as the dustjacket, which I guess adds to the cost somewhat.
For the $32 (on Amazon, the cover price is $50), I expected a larger book. It's the same dimensions (height/width) as a standard graphic novel. It's also relatively thin for 400+ pages, because DC used very thin paper. This book should be priced at $20-$25 on Amazon, with a $35-$40 cover price at most. Marvel frequently puts out hardcovers with two tpb's worth of content (300+ pages) for $20. There's no reason why DC can't adjust their price the same.
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Initial post: Jun 12, 2008 10:34:53 AM PDT
C. Scroggins says:
I have to disagree about this volume being overpriced. DC and Marvel both regularly put out standard size hardcover that collect #6-#8 issues worth of material for $20-$25, therefore getting sixteen issues in an omnibus for $50 may not be a steal but neither is it overpriced. As far as the pages being thin, that seems to be fairly common in DC/Vertigo hardcovers, they don't consistently use thick glossy like the Marvel oversize hardcovers or even the thinner premier hardcovers. And by the way, the Marvel oversize hardcover that contain two tpb's or #10-#12 issues worth of content all have a cover price of $30-$35.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 14, 2008 6:22:01 PM PDT
Melvin Hostman says:
What Scroggins said. OP needs to simmer down. Fans these days, I tell ya. If it's not the paper they'er complaining about, it's the length!
Posted on Jun 23, 2008 10:16:41 AM PDT
I'm sorry Particle409, but based on all evidence available to me, you're just wrong here. Even if you were correct about the pricing, you'd still be rather off-base to give just one-star to such great stories. As it is, you're wrong about the pricing as well. Let's just take two recent Marvel examples as guides here. The Iron Man Doomquest hardcover contains 136 pages for an SRP of $20. The equally recent second volume of the Death of Captain America storyline does slightly better (160 pages for an SRP of $20). I'll concede that the fifth volume of Avengers Assemble (432 pages for $40) is a better value, but I would note that the Avengers is one of Marvel's flagship titles in a way that Starman simply wasn't for DC.
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