- Series: Steve Ditko Omnibus
- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics (January 11, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401232353
- ISBN-13: 978-1401232351
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.2 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,230,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Steve Ditko Omnibus Hc Vol 02 Hardcover – January 17, 2012
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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.
I enjoy these collections, but I think they're better when they are character or story-arc specific, rather than artist. Especially with someone like Steve Ditko, who's later years with DC (and Marvel) was primarily as a fill-in artist, the Starman series being a rare exception. This wasn't a bad book by any stretch of the imagination, though, as it shows Steve Ditko in great form with a variety of great artists inking his work. If you like Starman, Ditko, or DC Comics, you'll more than likely enjoy this Omnibus.
Where do I begin? Well, first of all, the physicals of this book are exactly like its predecessor. I like the cover. The binding is way too tight (it's actually worse than volume 1, IMHO - I struggle to read panels, particularly for the Legion of Superheroes tales). The pages are classic newsprint-type, but the coloring is quite nice. The page count was reduced for this volume - it holds less than 400 pages. At $59.99, this book would be a grave disappointment. However, I picked it up for significantly less (although it was higher-priced than volume 1). But I don't understand why the two volumes weren't put together for what would have been a normal-sized omnibus of around 800 page. Those often had covers of seventy-five dollars, and held better paper. At the very least, Ditko's Creeper stuff should have been included, instead of being segregated to a different volume. But whatever - for my price of under twenty dollars, I wasn't complaining.
However, the material within is significantly inferior to that of volume 1. For starters, the volume claims to be "starring the Hawk and the Dove", much like volume 1 starred Shade. However, Shade had 9 full issues included in that volume.Read more ›
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Have vivid recall of Ditko's work from when it first came out- so was thrilled to see it reprinted in a decent form where the art as well as the writing is given the respect it... Read morePublished 3 months ago by thirdtwin
Steve Ditko's work is great - you can recognize the style from a mile away, with his cloned shapes and rubbery fingers, mouthes, eyes. Read morePublished on February 6, 2014 by Surferofromantica