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The Infinite Crisis Omnibus Review
on September 6, 2012
I gotta say... I loved Infinite Crisis when I first read it! Mmmm, scratch that! I didn't understood squad of Infinite Crisis when I first got it. There was a reason though. I was just begining with comics. I had no background about the DC Universe, so Infinite Crisis was a bad start.
I got some books like Crisis on Infinite earths and Identity Crisis, and some Batman and JLA books, and Infinite Crisis felt WAY better. I liked it, I love it. I think it was one of the best crossovers DC had.
Fast forward 2012!
I got the chance to get this Omnibus with a promotion, so it was a no-brainer. Having said that, I'm goign to review the product with Iron fist. Let's star with the good stuff:
This Omnibus is bigger than it supposed to be. It have over 1400 pages in it, and all of it is sweet, but the best part is how is collected. Finally we have a big book with all the content collected in chronological order. The Infinite Crisis Omnibus includes all of the following, in this order:
Countdown to Infinite Crisis
OMAC Project #1-3
Sacrifice (Superman #219, Action Comics #829, Adventures of Superman #642, Wonder Woman #219)
OMAC Project #4-6
Villains United #1-6
Lightning Strikes Twice (Action Comics #826, Adventures of Superman #639, Superman #216)
Day of Vengeance #1-6
Rann-Thanagar War #1-6
Crisis of Conscience (JLA #115-119)
Infinite Crisis #1-3
Day of Vengeance Infinite Crisis Special
Infinite Crisis Secret Files 2006
Infinite Crisis #4
Rann-Thanagar War Infinite Crisis Special
Infinite Crisis #5-6
OMAC Project Infinite Crisis Special
Villains United Infinite Crisis Special
Infinite Crisis #7
There was a lot of stuff I didn't read before, so the content and the order it was collected is a VERY big plus! I was one of the people who wanted Infinite Crisis Absoluted, but I think the Omnibus was well collected. 5 stars for it.
I can understand why there's no extras here (the lenght is already vast enough), but I would had love to have at least a fresh intro or afterwords from Johns or even Dan Didio. The original proposal would have been nice. I mean, I would really like to know how they were goign to kill Nightwing. Anyway, that's a very minor complaint.
Now for the not so good stuff:
The book is still using a hybrid of glued and sewen binding. Is not as terrible as The Hawkman Omnibus though. You can actually open the book and get minimal gutter loss, so yes, it was an upgrade regarding the other books. Even though I still feel DC have a long way to go if they want to comete with Marvel on quality.
That brings the other issue, and this is important for me. Once you remove the dustjacket, the hardback is completely black! Exactly like the cheap little hardcover books they release all the time. Just black and nothing more. You lose the dustjacket, you will have no way to identify the book as for what it is.
I saw (but never bought) the New 52 Omnibus, and kind of liked the fact that, after removing the jacket, you'll still have a pretty hardback design. It looked pretty and it gave the sense your money was well spent (even when the content was ridiculous). Now they make a great job collecting stories and they make it look chip by giving a black simplistic hardback on it. You might not care about it, but for $150 a pop, it should be top notch in every single aspect.
My final review is an optimistic 3 and a half stars.
My recomendation is: Do not pay full price for this! Get it on sale! I've seen sites and places where the book is at $80 something dollars. If you can get it for that or less, you'll have your money well spend!