Thursday, December 01, 2016
I'm going to set those aside right now until the big list comes out, but I did want to dig in to one piece of news, that at least some of the Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 of the DC Rebirth paperbacks will be re-released as deluxe hardcovers.
Arriving in July and August are:
July 4, 2017
• Superman -- Action Comics Vol. 1 & 2 Deluxe Edition - $34.99
July 18, 2017
• Justice League Vol. 1 & 2 Deluxe Edition (Rebirth) - $34.99
August 1, 2017
• Batman Vol. 1 & 2 Deluxe Edition (Rebirth) - $34.99
August 22, 2017
• Aquaman Vol. 1 & 2 Deluxe Edition (Rebirth) - $29.99
• Superman Vol. 1 & 2 Deluxe Edition (Rebirth) - $29.99
All of this information is, of course, subject to change. Given that DC is releasing eight Rebirth Vol. 1 trades in January and a majority of them by the end of the first quarter of 2017, I doubt we're only going to see five hardcover releases in July and August, but rather there's more to come.
Each of these are said to include the first twelve issues of each series and their Rebirth special, except for Action Comics, which collects issues #957-968. This gives us further indication that some of these details will probably change, since for instance Aquaman Vols. 1 and 2 together are said to collect through issue #15, and Action Comics Vol. 2 is currently solicited at just issues #963-966 plus Justice League #51 (Titans: Rebirth tie-in issue, so probably that's not right either and they really mean issue #52).
Rebirth trades seem to be averaging about $16.99 per volume, so the $34.99 price (about the cost of two of the paperbacks) doesn't seem to be adding a premium per se, and of course discounts abound.
I glanced at a DC Universe: Rebirth deluxe hardcover the other day, and I'm pretty sure it didn't have a jacket, but rather a shiny printed exterior like the old Superman/Batman hardcovers. I personally liked those better because there wasn't a jacket to keep track of or to get damaged or warped, and I wonder if DC will have these combination deluxe editions follow suite.
The good news is that these should be spiffy collections befitting the hardcover form (though I hope they're not "deluxe" height, just "deluxe" in that they collect two books, because the deluxe size is hard to shelve). The bad news of course is that wait-for-hardcover-traders will have to wait all the way until the summer before they get their books.
What do you think? Approve or disapprove? Any way you think DC could be collecting Rebirth better?
(Thanks to all the Collected Editions readers who emailed to make sure I saw this news. I appreciate it!)