With Labor Day behind us, for most folks it’s back to work. But by the time you read this I will be out of town, well into a two-day seminar. Naturally I take comics with me for the down time, and more often than not I take a couple of thick reprint books. Picking out specific volumes got me thinking about the changing nature of DC Comics’ reprints.
Now, I’ll try not to let this descend into some nostalgic pining, and I recognize that reprint formats aren’t the most exciting things. However, while today’s comics are available in print or digitally, and are collected routinely into more durable books, I’m not sure the older material is getting as much attention as it once did. To be certain, the older material is getting older all the time, with more added to it as the years go by; and modern audiences might well be satisfied with, say, just the past 20 years’ worth of DC’s output. Still, there’s value in those older stories, even if it’s just on an academic level; and I think it’s helpful to see how DC has treated it.
Last year DC Comics collected all the first issues of the New 52 into one big honkin’ omnibus, which retailed for $150–a little less than what it would cost to buy all 52 first issues if you paid full price.
Apparently it must have done well for DC, or at least well enough, because they announced today on their Source blog that they plan to release a similar collection of all the “zero” issues coming out in September. DC Comics The New 52 Zero will collect all 55 zero issues into “a massive 1,328-page deluxe hardcover compilation.” Like its predecessor, it looks like it’ll cost $150 retail as well. It’s due out Dec. 12.
Check out the full cover by artists Ivan Reis and Joe Prado below.