RIP Superior foes of spider-man! We will miss you!
I don't want to sound too negative, I like both writers and I was really interested in this trade because of them but I was dissapointed at the end.
And yeah, I love that style too. Between Martinbrough pencils and the color palette, every issue is visually stunning. A shame that DC has never let their colorists go wild like this again. Serioulsy, the coloring on Martinbrough's pencils is awesome! Every story had a different color palette with its own patterns, but it never got in the way of the art.
By the way, I think the artist on that book is now working on an Image comic. Thief of Thieves, maybe?
Seen as we are getting a lot of Morrison's batman in absolute format.
Final crisis ( I include this as it collects a couple of batman issues)
Batman and robin
How would you guys map the remainder that's not collected in absolute.
I would personally just release the black glove OHC as one
Rip OHC as the next
Then I'd have time and the batman and the return of Bruce Wayne as another.
What would you guys say?
And I guess you could then collect the Return of Bruce Wayne and Time and the Batman in another Absolute which will end up looking quite thin compared to the other Batman Absolute Editions. The ideal thing, to me, would have been to have the Return of Bruce Wayne collected in the same book as Batman and Robin.
Knightsend, which featured the return of Bruce Wayne was kick ass, and still stands the test of time, so that would be cool.
Chuck Dixon wrote some great stories.
In addition, there's some exccellent reads from issue 300-400.
Feasibly, you could make a small Frank Miller omnibus (not sure why DC hasn't milked this one yet) and then collect the other stuff that followed, including the Byrne stuff and the stories that followed. (I'm referring to issues 409 and up)
One of my beefs with the way DC (and Marvel) collect these books is that all too often they focus only on creators. I say that because, quite frankly, I'd buy issues 300-500 in omnibus form. Even through 600.
One last note, I think there also might be enough to collect a Matt Wagner Batman omnibus, which would include a number of the character's limited series (as well as the Trinity team-up) and his Legends of the Dark Knight arcs. I think there might be enough there for at least a small collection. Also, since Wagner owns Grendel, maybe DC could include those, too, to fill it out.
Further, I don't think you can forget work by Alan Grant, but as I recall that would be dipping into Detective books and I don't have all night.
There's a lot that can get collected.
Then again, I have to admit that putting RIP, the Lost Chapters and the Return of Bruce of Wayne in the same book also makes a lot of sense. It would be something like "The Death and Return of Batman".
What's perfectly clear is that we'd need two new Absolutes to finish "absolutizing" Morrison's Batman run.
The Batman: Arkham Asylum 25th Anniversary deluxe is being released November 11th. I can't remember if that was known already, but Amazon.com sent me an email about it this morning so *shrug*.
If the Morrison issues of The Resurrection of Ra's Al Ghul were included in these absolutes, that would make two healthy looking books. Don't know how relevant those issues are and where are they taking place, but it could look like this: Black glove (around 380 pages minus the preview pages of RIP that were in the deluxe, so it is around 370) + RIP (which is 140 pages I think. The deluce is around 200 pages but the two FC issues are already in the FC Absolute) so that's 510 pages (+ extras).
Then Time and the Batman (which is 160 pages) + The Return of Bruce Wayne which is 232 pages + The Morrison issues of the Resurrection of Ra's which is 4 issues, so around 100 pages (including extras?) so that would be Around 500 pages.
I really hate double-dipping but if they start putting Morrison's regular Batman in absolute, I am buying it. Some of it was okay but I liked most of it a lot.