This is a general review of the DC Comics: The New 52 Hardcover Omnibus and I must say it is a heavy 1216 page monster. I will not be reviewing all the issues collected here for this review, but, scanning through it all I have to say the artwork is a beautiful mixture of the best artists out there. This Omnibus consists of some of my favorite writers and artists such as Geoff Johns and Jim Lee (Justice League), Francis Manapul (The Flash), Grant Morrison and Rags Morales (Action Comics) to name a few. First we’ll start with the dust jacket which is beautiful with Justice League #1 as its cover. The back cover is a nice shot of five of the Justice League members: Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern; Wonder Woman; Superman; Batman and the Flash. The Spine (please view the slideshow for all the shots of this beautiful book) has the DC Comics logo, and below it shows The New 52 logo and six mug shots of more heroes such as Aquaman, Green Lantern, John Stewart, Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman and the Flash.
Now for the ends folded inside the book of the dust jacket we have a list of all fifty-two issues and the staff involved. If you take the dust jacket off you will see a nice wraparound of a group shot of the Justice League (see slideshow please). Now on the inside of the book you have two splash pages starting it all off, consisting of a repeat shot of the Justice League cover followed by the first issue cover of the Teen Titans. Next on pages four and five we have small pictures in alphabetical order of all 52 first issue covers followed by a quick two paragraph introduction from Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, the co-publishers of DC Comics. On the next page you get a nice splash page of Superman from Justice League # 1. The binding is strong and the coloring is beautiful throughout. Now if you already own all 52 first issues or close to that mark you may not want to spend the cash for this omnibus as it does not have too many extras since it needed to compact all these issues into it.
The contents of the book have been broken up into sections. There were thirteen comics published every week the month of September and the sections in this book do not have thirteen issues for each section but here is the list.
The first section starts off with Justice League, followed by Justice League International, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Captain Atom, The Fury of Firestorm, Green Arrow, The Savage Hawkman, Mister Terrific and DC Universe Presents.
Section Two is my favorite since they culminated all the Superman Family books into one section. It consists of: Action Comics, Superman, Superboy and Supergirl.
Section Three features the Bat family: Batman, Detective Comics, Batwoman, Batman: The Dark Knight, Batman and Robin, Batgirl, Batwing, Catwoman, Nightwing, Birds of Prey and Red Hood and the Outlaws.
Section Four has the infamous Green Lantern Corps: Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps, Green Lantern: New Guardians, Red Lanterns.
Section Five: Justice League Dark, Swamp Thing, Animal Man, Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E., I Vampire, Resurrection Man and Demon Knights.
Section Six: StormWatch, Grifter, Voodoo, Deathstroke, Suicide Squad, O.M.A.C., All-Star Western, Blackhawks and Men of War.
Final Section: Teen Titans, Static Shock, Hawk and Dove, Blue Beetle, Legion Lost and Legion of Super-Heroes.
As far as extras go at the end of this book there are five first issue variant covers for Justice League, Green Lantern, The Flash, Action Comics and Batman. This to me is a letdown since they should have printed all the variant covers. I recommend this book; it is a great introduction and piece of history to own since it is the new beginning of the DC Universe but only for diehard DC comic book fans. I give it 4 stars. It would have been 5 if they could have somehow produced all the variant covers at the end of the book.