|Art by Dan Jurgens|
I still haven't read the thing, but it's been on my radar for some time. However, the new posts over at Not Blog X have inspired me to at least pull the Omnibus from my shelf and give the actual physical package a once-over for my own blog. Now remember, I don't know what issues should be in here, so I can't really speak to anything that might have been omitted, as DC is wont to do. But I can certainly talk about the reproduction and quality of the volume.
So let's start at the beginning: I love this cover. It's a brand new illustration by Dan Jurgens and Jerry Ordway, two of the original "Death of Superman" architects. The illustration wraps around the book from front cover to back, popping with attention-grabbing color. Best of all, when you slip the dustjacket off of the volume, the complete image is presented without any text or trade dress on the book's actual cover. And the cover itself is a nice sturdy, slick stock. From the outside, this is one heck of a gorgeous book.
But obviously there's a lot more to THE DEATH AND RETURN OF SUPERMAN than its outside appearance. This book is thick and quite hefty, weighing in at over a thousand pages and more than six pounds of truth, justice, and the American way. The issues inside look great; colors are bright and vibrant and, as always with an Omnibus or any oversize hardcover, full bleed artwork is breathtaking at this page size. Especially impressive is SUPERMAN #75, the issue composed entirely of splash panels depicting Superman's final battle with Doomsday.
There are a handful of extras in the book, too. The introduction from a past collection by editor Mike Carlin is a welcome inclusion, and promotional material, advertisements and pin-ups are located in the back of the book. I'm sure DC hyped this event with many more ads than are presented here, but in all honesty, the inclusion of any sort of promotional extras in a DC collected edition is cause for praise. It would be nice to see DC become as anal as Marvel, gathering every single scrap of artwork and other items to use for extras, but I just don't see that happening.
That said, this is otherwise a great-looking, seemingly comprehensive volume which I'm happy to own. I look forward to actually reading it someday!
Available now from Amazon.com.