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DC to publish massive New 52 hardcover in December

Ahead of its solicitations for October, set for release at 2 p.m. PT, DC Comics has announced it will publish all 52 first issues from its September relaunch in a hardcover collection.

Due in stores on Dec. 7, the staggering 1,216-page DC Comics: The New 52 will retail for $150.  Contents include:

• JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee
• ACTION COMICS #1 by Grant Morrison and Rags Morales
• BATMAN #1 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
• GREEN LANTERN #1 by Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke
• SWAMP THING #1 by Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette
• STORMWATCH #1 by Paul Cornell and Miguel Sepulveda
• TEEN TITANS #1 by Scott Lobdell and Brett Booth
• And 45 more!

Check out DC’s full solicitations for October at Comic Book Resources.

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17 Comments

Seems like a pointless effort aka bad idea.

(And I’m basically positive about the “new 52″).

Simon DelMonte

July 18, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Well, it’s slightly cheaper than buying every issue in print. But will they then do the same for the second issues, for the reader who wants more of everything?

I don’t even know what the audience for this is.

DirtyEarsBill

July 18, 2011 at 1:38 pm

I like this idea actually, but would never pay that much for it. I initially thought after reading the title of this post that they were going to release the 52 mini series in one big hardcover, which I’d be way more into.

With an Amazon discount this will end up being cheaper than the digital price for all 52 issues even after the 1-month digital price drop. It’s another way of showing that DC really doesn’t want to push digitial sales . . . instead it seems like just another move to placate brick-and-mortar retailers.

If DC is serious about digital, they need to lower the price to 99 cents . . . even at 1.99, I can still get the hardcopies cheaper through places like DCBS.

Instant nostalgia! “Remember when we all bought those crappy, overpriced comics in that that half-assed attempt at bringing in new readers three months ago? Yeah? Well, here they are again! Be a part of history by owning physical proof that says ‘I was there’ for only $149.99 plus tax!”

Gotta love it. DC is providing the best summer of unintentional comedy in a long time.

They should offer a digital promotion that gives you all 52 issues for $52. Or maybe choose any 10 for $10. No one is going to want a massive HC like that.

I may buy this as I am only getting 3 DCnU titles.. really depends on the online discount. 10 bucks say DCBS and Instock Trades will have it for 80 bucks!

Insane – past 600 pages (which is too big) these books become doorstops as you can’t really sit down and read them. Will it be released digitially same day?

I’m so glad to see they’re putting the stories first.

Doesn’t make any sense at all. Only a handful of titles will offer a complete story in their first issue. Plus, $150 is virtually no discount and most readers have a few titles in which they have no interest, even to sample. Maybe the obsessives will pick it up, but wouldn’t most of them have grabbed the single issues? Are there that many obsessives who will buy the same issue, at full cost, twice? That would be pretty sad.

I’m so glad to see they’re putting the stories first.

Ha ha, I’m reminded of DC’s boast that there will be “No more writing for the trade!” Good to now know that they’ll be implementing this policy by stuffing any random collection of issues between two covers.

So, who here’s lining up to plunk down $150 dollars for the first, oh say, sixth of 52 different stories?

Yeah, me neither. By contrast, I figure I could spend that money on a full 40-50 hours worth of Doctor Who, when you count special features and whatnot. Seriously, this is getting ridiculous. When I can look at Marvel and say “Damn, those guys know how to run a publishing house,” you’re doing something epically wrong.

Mysterious Stranger

July 18, 2011 at 4:25 pm

“Insane – past 600 pages (which is too big) these books become doorstops as you can’t really sit down and read them.”

This. At 1200+ pages you’re looking at a volume thicker than a ream of paper (over 2 inches thick). Unless each page is printed with a plain border the art and word balloons in the center fold will be damn near impossible to see. Its bad enough with a hardcover of say 6-10 issues. When you up that to 52… doorstop is right.

What a strikingly befuddling idea.

Of course people will buy it. Not in huge numbers, but then I doubt the first run will be printed in huge numbers.

They should make it 5 or 6 HCs (one for each group maybe) and have them in one of those cases (like boxed set DVDs) – so they can shelved together – and easier to read – yet still be a group!

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