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The Complete Invincible Library, Vol. 1 Hardcover – March 27, 2007
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Physically this book is just not worth the money. The box it comes in is superfluous and easily damaged. (Mine was a little beat up in shipping despite excellent packaging.) The pages are so thin they are practically transparent and the physical dimensions of the book are just a centimeter too large for most of my shelves so it has to be stored with my over sized textbooks instead of the rest of my comic volumes. Worst of all there is almost no space between the binding and the start of the artwork so that many times I found I had to really pull at the pages to get at some bit of text or appreciate the art.
Unless you are getting it for almost nothing, this book is just not worth the money. Had I not purchased mine at a considerable discount I'd be rather displeased. I love the content, but the thing itself is just poor quality. I'll be purchasing the more reasonably priced Ultimate Hardcover editions when I continue my collection because, even though I am unaware of their quality, they can't be any worse then this.
even though it is one of my favorite comics i am not happy with the book.
it is big and the paper is high quality but the spine cracked when i opened the book for the first time.
with such high price i would like to have the book quality better.
it was money wasted.
A lot has been said about the high retail price of this set and yes, it IS overpriced, but Marvel and DC have far more readers and buyers for their special hardcover sets. Therefore Image has to price the set for profitability. It is what it is, so with Amazon's 30 to 40 % discount, the price is perfectly acceptable.
The set is sewn and not glued, so it can be read again and again without fear of pages falling apart or the binding starting to split. My set has been read at least three times, not to mention all the skims I have made through it over the last few years.
Also of note is that this supersized set is actually larger than the 12 issue Hardcovers. It's gargantuan. My only problem is the agonizing wait for volume 2, aws I read this series in HC. Thank heavens the almost two year wait is finally going to be over. As of the writing of this review, Volume 2 is weeks away from being released. Thank heavens!
I'm 37 years old and I love INVINCIBLE.
A smarter thing for them to have done however, was to release volumes in oversized trade paperback formats. An 800 page paperback collection of volumes 1 and 2 of the HC for example, priced at just under the combined total of the two hardcovers, would have been an excellent way to get these stories out to a new audience while also providing an attractive and sensible alternative for the HC collections already released. Like I said, the Ultimate HC collections are excellent quality and well worth owning, and are also excellent value for money. I can't repeat that enough.
Definitely read these stories! But save your money on this one volume to buy all four HCs instead!!!!