Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Good and bad from DC reprint department

Todd Klein, who constantly posts great stuff on the process of creating comics on his blog, mentions and posts examples of the new lettering he's doing for the upcoming larger-sized reprint of DEATH: THE HIGH COST OF LIVING. So good for DC, seeing the need for the change to maintain quality and being willing to pay for it. Hopefully that example will seep down to the concept of including all the words in their reprints that retail for under $99.

On the other hand, someone care to explain this to me?


Written by Gerry Conway; Art by George Pérez with Frank McLaughlin and John Beatty; Cover by George Pérez
The first half of artist George Pérez's 1980s run on JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA is collected in this new hardcover featuring issues #184-186, 192-194 plus Pérez's very rare JLA postcard set! Don't miss the team's battles with Darkseid and The Secret Society of Super-Villains, as envisioned by the artist of FINAL CRISIS: LEGION OF THREE WORLDS!

Huh? I can kind of see, if not excuse, skipping #183, Dick Dillin's final issue, even though it's the first part of a three-part story. It's an artist themed thing, not a story one, so opening with 25 pages of Dillin would be weird. But 192-194 aren't even the Secret Society of Super-Villains story mentioned (and that cover shown is from 197). Honestly, does anyone working on the sub-$99 reprints at that place pay any attention? Plus, gotta say, given that the remainder of Pérez's work on JLA after this book (whichever storyline it really includes) would be a bit over 100 pages (assuming you follow the dropping-183 pattern and only reprint his pages from 200, not the whole thing), I'm not sure who would think it's better to split this into two thin books rather than one decent sized one.

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