Ever since DC Comics announced online the balance of their 2010 trade paperback solicitations, the collections have rolled out online mostly according to plan. Collected Editions reader Chris Hilker caught one previously unannounced, however, and it's a doozy: a deluxe oversized edition of Legion of Super-heroes: The Great Darkness Saga.
A hardcover Great Darkness isn't a great suprise, given that the original book is out of print, that Levitz is about to begin a new run on Legion, and that DC already announced a new Legion of Super-Heroes: Prologue to Darkness paperback that leads in to Great Darkness. What is a surprise is the deluxe format, which makes the hardcover a bit bigger and, in my opinion, adds some extra value for the reader even if they already own an old, dog-eared copy of Darkness.
Great Darkness always makes me think of Teen Titans: Judas Contract, maybe because both are classic 1980s lynchpins of a true understanding of the DC Universe. Which makes me wonder: with a deluxe Great Darkness coming out, and also New Titans: Games, can a deluxe hardcover Judas Contract be too far behind?
UPDATE: Julia of Confessions of a Retconned Fangirl (@mizelle) notes that Prologue to Darkess seems to have disappeared from online. Maybe DC thought a Great Darkness hardcover would sell better, or maybe the deluxe edition contains the Prologue issues, too (at an announced 416 pages, the deluxe edition is about twice the size of the original Great Darkness trade paperback)?