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Exclusive first look at covers for ‘Zenith’ collected editions

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Fan excitement last year over The Complete Zenith!, collecting the lost 1980s superhero saga by Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell, was tempered both by the unresolved rights dispute and the roughly $150 price tag for the limited edition (still, the 1,000-copy print run sold out). However, as promised, Rebellion is preparing to release four non-limited hardcovers collecting the entire story — and it has provided ROBOT 6 with an exclusive first look at their interlocking covers.

As PR Coordinator Michael Molcher told CBR News in December, Rebellion didn’t initially intend to publish anything beyond the limited edition. “But the huge response was overwhelming — it was the first 2000 AD title to ever sell out so quickly and the demand for more has been unceasing,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of requests from people who either couldn’t afford the complete volume in one go or were too late to secure their copy, so releasing the story in its individual parts — or Phases — so that readers can see how the story and, just as importantly, the art develops over the course of the series.”

Each of the four volumes, sporting cover art by Yeowell and a trade design by Pye Parr, is expected to retail in North America for $25. Zenith: Phase One arrives Oct. 21, followed by Zenith: Phase Two on Dec. 2.

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Zenith Phase 1
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Steve Yeowell
Publication date: October 21, 2014
978-1781082768

Zenith Phase 2
Hardback, 112 pages
Publication date: December 2, 2014
978-1781082782

Grant Morrison’s first comics masterpiece with unforgettable art by Steve Yeowell has been unavailable to trade for 20 years, but is now being reprinted in a stunning new four-part hardback edition.

Berlin, 1945: The allies unleashed the second world war hero Maximan upon the German super soldier Masterman. Maximan’s defeat was only kept secret by the nuclear bomb which destroyed both men. More than 40 years later, and 20 years after a 1960s ‘Flower Power’ generation of British superpowered heroes came and went, the teenage pop star Zenith is the only superhuman left – and his only interest in women, drugs, alcohol and fame. So when he is contacted about the threat from the many-angled ones and the impending destruction of our world, his first reaction is to steer well clear. But the superhumans of the past have other plans…

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9 Comments

Look great. Thanks.

While the limited one volume hardcover felt like a cash grab it’s one that I wasn’t willing to pay for. Breaking the series down into four slim hardcovers still feels like a cash grab but I would be lying to myself if I said I won’t be buying these.

I would LOVE to buy this… but ONLY if Morrison is OK with them doing this. Will wait to hear about that before even considering spending a cent.

Can’t see how those could be more legit than the limited hardback…

I would be a complete hypocrite to avoid these things.

I was lucky enough to grab the limited hardback on its release, but these individual volumes look just too gorgeous to miss!

For anyone who’s never read it, Zenith is a seminal comic book series.

Well, I’ll just have to wait for one which the author approves. I respect Grant too much to do otherwise.

I own the original Titan printings of the first three phases, but these are very tempting to replace the old, well-worn copies. But, also, I’d love to know if Morrison and Yeowell are getting the proper compensation.

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