DC Comics Absolute Edition is a series of archival quality printings of graphic novels published by DC Comics and its imprints WildStorm Productions and Vertigo. Each is presented in a hardcover and slipcased edition with cloth bookmark consisting of one or more books which include restored, corrected and recolored versions of the original work, reprinted at 8 by 12 inches (200 mm × 300 mm). Also included are supplemental materials regarding the creation of the work, including sketches, comic scripts and memos.
The following titles in the series have been released or announced.
Absolute Authority Vol. 1(New Edition) – Collects The Authority #1–12, Planetary/The Authority: Ruling the World, and a story from Wildstorm: A Celebration of 25 Years. Release date: October 17, 2017. ISBN978-1401276478
Absolute Authority Vol. 2 – Collects The Authority # 13–20, 22, & 27–29. Released in 2003. ISBN1-4012-0097-4. Currently out of print.
Absolute Authority Vol. 2(New Edition) – Collects The Authority #13–29, Authority Annual 2000 and stories from Wildstorm Summer Special. Introduction by Tim Miller. Release date: July 31, 2018. ISBN978-1401281151
Absolute Batman: Hush – Reprinting "Batman: Hush" storyline from Batman #608–619. This absolute volume includes additional sketches and character designs by Jim Lee. Release date: October 1, 2005. ISBN1-4012-0426-0
Absolute Batman: Incorporated – Reprints Batman Incorporated (vol. 1) #1–8, Batman Incorporated: Leviathan Rises, Batman, Incorporated (vol. 2) #1–13, and Batman Incorporated Special. Release date: January 7, 2015. ISBN978-1-4012-0426-6
Absolute Batman: The Court of Owls – Collects Batman #1–11. Includes bonus material. Release date: December 8, 2015. ISBN978-1401259105
Absolute Batman: Year One – Collects Batman #404–407. Includes complete scripts and pencil breakdowns for all four issues and more. Release date: November 8, 2016. ISBN978-1401243791
Absolute The Dark Knight(New Edition) – Collects Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #1–4 and Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again #1–3. Includes bonus design and story pages. Release date: September 8, 2020. ISBN978-1779506627
Absolute Crisis on Infinite Earths – Unlike most of the other Absolute Editions which are a single slipcased book, this was a set of two volumes, with the separate 96-page book containing most of the supplementary material. In addition to memos, notes, sketches, and commentary by the creators, it includes some of the information from The Official Crisis on Infinite Earths Index #1 and The Official Crisis on Infinite Earths Crossover Index #1, but expanding the number of distinct Earths identified to 114, some of which appeared after Crisis as Elseworlds stories. Also, some Earths that were described in those volumes (such as Alternate Earth-2 and Crossover Earth) were not included. Release date: November 16, 2005. ISBN1-4012-0712-X
Absolute Danger Girl – Contains two volumes in a slipcased hardcover set. A 262-page collection of Danger Girl # 1–7 and a separate 64-page sketchbook. Limited to 3,012 copies, each including a signed and numbered tipped-in plate. Release date: December 17, 2003. ISBN1-4012-0096-6
Dark Nights: Metal
Absolute Dark Nights: Metal – Collects Dark Nights: Metal #1–6, Batman: Lost #1, Dark Nights: Metal Director's Cut #1, and Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt #1. Release date: June 28, 2022. ISBN978-1779515278
Absolute DC: The New Frontier – Collects DC: The New Frontier #1–6 with 13 all-new pages. It also includes annotations, cover gallery, sketchbook and notes. Release date: October 4, 2006. ISBN978-1401210809
Absolute DC: The New Frontier 15th Anniversary Edition – Collects DC: The New Frontier #1–6 with the 13 additional story pages from the previous edition, Justice League: The New Frontier Special, a "New Frontier" story from Solo #5, and features over 50 pages of designs, sketches and preliminary artwork from Darwyn Cooke. Release date: November 26, 2019. ISBN978-1779501394
Absolute Final Crisis – Collects Final Crisis #1–7, Final Crisis: Submit #1, Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #1–2, Batman #682–683, Final Crisis #1 Director's Cut as well as additional JG Jones design pages with commentary by Grant Morrison. Release date: November 6, 2012. ISBN978-1-4012-3511-6
Absolute Flashpoint – Collects Flashpoint #1–5. Includes scripts, design sketches and more. Release date: January 15, 2019. ISBN978-1401286262
Absolute Fourth World by Jack Kirby Vol. 2 – Collects Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #146–148, The Forever People #7–11, The New Gods #7–11, Mister Miracle #7–18, Jack Kirby's New Gods (reprint series) #6, DC Graphic Novel #4: The Hunger Dogs and Kirby's On the Road to Armagetto. Also includes a new foreword by Tom Scioli, a gallery of pencil artwork by Kirby and essays by Kirby and Mark Evanier. Release date: January 18, 2022. ISBN978-1779513335
Absolute Blackest Night – Collects Blackest Night #0, Blackest Night #1–8, Untold Tales of the Blackest Night #1, DC Universe #0, Blackest Night Director's Cut #1, and Green Lantern #43–48 and 50–52. Release date: June 26, 2013. ISBN978-1401240738
Absolute Green Lantern/Green Arrow – Collects the early 1970s team-up stories written by Dennis O'Neil with art by Neal Adams. Includes scripts, character development pages and character sketches. Release date: December 29, 2015. ISBN978-1401257965
Absolute Kingdom Come – Collects Kingdom Come #1–4 by Alex Ross and Mark Waid. Release date: January 13, 2012. ISBN978-1401207687. This special edition contains additional history pages showing Superman traveling to Apokolips for help, finding it being ruled by a new tyrant. These pages were not printed in regular edition. At the end of the book some original pages of a showdown between Batmite and Mr. Mxyzptlk are offered as a complement. As well the original “epilogue” not found at the regular editions is printed here, called “One Year Later”. Additional and extended “Apocrypha” section (originally shown at TPB editions as “Apocrypha” and “Revelations”) where each hero and villain is identified, along with detailed sketches and excerpts by Alex Ross, original art for trading cards, posters, and action figures.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. I: Absolute Edition – 2 book slipcase which collects The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume I #1–6 in the first book and a second book contains scripts for each of the issues as well as penciled original art and production sketches. Release date: June 18, 2003. ISBN1-4012-0052-4
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. II: Absolute Edition – 2 book slipcase which collects The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume II #1–6 in the first book and a second book contains scripts for each of the issues as well as penciled original art and production sketches. Release date: August 1, 2005. ISBN1-4012-0611-5
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Black Dossier: Absolute Edition – Collects the original graphic novel The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier. Besides the slipcase, no bonus material whatsoever except for two new endpapers (one in 3-D) by series artist Kevin O'Neill. DC solicited the title with an LP that was originally intended by the authors for inclusion in the hardcover release, but reneged. Release date: August 12, 2008. ISBN1-4012-0751-0
Absolute Multiversity – Collects The Multiversity #1–2, The Multiversity Guidebook #1, Multiversity: The Society of Super Heroes #1, Multiversity: The Just #1, Multiversity: Pax Americana #1, Multiversity: Thunderworld #1, Multiversity: Mastermen #1 and Multiversity: Ultra Comics #1. Release date: July 19, 2022. ISBN978-1779515612
Absolute Planetary Book One(New Edition) – Collects Planetary #1–12. Includes the full script from issue #1. Release date: July 13, 2010. ISBN978-1401203276
Absolute Planetary Book Two – Collects Planetary #13–27. Release date: July 7, 2010. ISBN1-4012-2701-5
Absolute Planetary Book Two(New Edition) – Collects Planetary #13–27. Includes 14 pages of additional content. Release date: July 20, 2010. ISBN978-1401227012
Absolute Planetary – Collects Planetary #1–27, Planetary Vol. 1: All Over the World and Other Stories, Planetary/Batman: Night On Earth #1, Planetary Vol. 2: The Fourth Man, Planetary: All Over the World and Other Stories, Planetary: Crossing Worlds, Planetary Vol. 3: Leaving the 20th Century, Absolute Planetary Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, Planetary Vol. 4: Spacetime Archaeology, Wildstorm: A Celebration of 25 Years. Release date: February 9, 2021. ISBN978-1779509079
Absolute Promethea Book Two – Collects Promethea #13–23. Release date: September 29, 2010. ISBN978-1-4012-2842-2
Absolute Promethea Book Three – Collects Promethea #24–32 (issue #32 is included as both a comic and a standalone poster), an excerpt of Tom Strong #36, an excerpt of America's Best Comics 64 Page Giant Special, an excerpt of Tomorrow Stories Special #2, and Little Margie in Misty Magic Land #1–2 by Steve Moore and Eric Shanower. Release date: December 20, 2011. ISBN978-1401229474
Absolute Sandman Vol. 1, collecting The Sandman #1–20. Extras include Neil Gaiman's original series pitch, character designs charting the visual development of Dream, script and pencils for The Sandman #19 ("A Midsummer Night's Dream"), and Gaiman's prose summary of the first seven issues from The Sandman #8, which features story beats not in the original comics. Release date: October 11, 2006. ISBN1-4012-1082-1
Absolute Sandman Vol. 2, collecting The Sandman #21–39. Extras include the Desire story "The Flowers of Romance" from Vertigo: Winter's Edge #1, script and pencils for The Sandman #23 ("Season of Mists: Chapter Two"), humorous biographies of the contributors, a section on DC's official "Sandman Month", a prose story from the box of the first Sandman statue detailing the statue's (fictional) history, and a complete reproduction of A Gallery of Dreams (a one-shot of Sandman-inspired art). Release date: October 11, 2007. ISBN978-1-4012-1083-0
Absolute Sandman Vol. 3, collecting The Sandman #40–56, "Fear of Falling" from Vertigo Preview #1, and Sandman Special #1. Extras include the Desire story "How They Met Themselves" from Vertigo: Winter's Edge #3, script and thumbnails from The Sandman #50 ("Ramadan"), art galleries from The Sandman #50 and Sandman Special #1, a gallery of works inspired by the Endless, a section on Jill Thompson's "Little Endless" series, and a gallery of statues inspired by The Sandman #50. Release date: June 11, 2008. ISBN978-1-4012-1084-7
Absolute Sandman Vol. 4, collecting The Sandman #57–75 (including three "lost" pages from The Sandman #72, originally published in The Dreaming #8) and "The Castle" from Vertigo Jam #1. Extras include script and developmental art for The Sandman #57 ("The Kindly Ones: Part One") and #75 ("The Tempest"), a timeline of The Sandman's production from Gaiman's initial pitch to the publication of the last issue, and sections on the merchandise inspired by The Sandman. Release date: November 18, 2008. ISBN978-1-4012-1085-4
Absolute Sandman: Overture, collecting The Sandman: Overture #1–6. Extras include the script for The Sandman: Overture #1 ("Chapter 1: A flower burns"), sections on Dave Stewart's coloring process, Todd Klein's lettering process, and Dave McKean's cover art process, interviews with the creative team, and art by J.H. Williams. Release date: June 27, 2018. ISBN978-1-4012-8047-5
Absolute Transmetropolitan Vol. 1 – Collects Transmetropolitan #1–18, Transmetropolitan: I Hate it Here and Vertigo Winter's Edge #2. Release date: June 16, 2015. ISBN978-1401254308
Absolute Transmetropolitan Vol. 2 – Collects Transmetropolitan #19–39 and Filth of the City. Release date: May 24, 2016. ISBN978-1401261153
Absolute Transmetropolitan Vol. 3 – Collects Transmetropolitan #40–60, a new introduction by series author Warren Ellis and "a host of redacted extras from recently decrypted files". Release date: November 13, 2018. ISBN978-1401285456
Absolute Watchmen – Reprinting Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. The supplemental material for this volume is reprinted from the limited edition Watchmen hardcover published by Graphitti Designs in 1987. It includes background on characters, the original creation process as well as brief essays by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Originally released on October 5, 2005, (ISBN1-401-20713-8) it (along with other editions and material) was re-released on November 12, 2008 about six months ahead of the film adaptation.
Absolute Doomsday Clock – Collects Doomsday Clock #1–12. Also includes bonus material including a cover gallery, sketchbook, notes and selected commentary from creators Geoff Johns, Gary Frank and Brad Anderson. Release date: October 4, 2022. ISBN9781779515605
Absolute Wonder Woman by Brian Azzarello & Cliff Chiang Vol. 2 – Collects Wonder Woman (vol. 4) #19–35, Azzarello's and Chiang's story from Secret Origins (vol. 2) #6 and more. Release date: February 13, 2018. ISBN9781401277499
Absolute Y: The Last Man Vol. 2 – Collects Y: The Last Man #21–40. Release date: September 20, 2016. ISBN978-1-4012-6113-9
Absolute Y: The Last Man Vol. 3 – Collects Y: The Last Man #41–60. Release date: July 4, 2017. ISBN978-1401271008
The following titles in the series were previously solicited by DC, but later cancelled.
Absolute Art of Adam Hughes – Originally solicited to feature the best of Eisner Award-winning artist Adam Hughes' covers for DC Comics plus commentary from the artist, rarely seen preliminary material and more. Includes everything from Cover Run: The DC Comics Art of Adam Hughes and more than 100 additional covers with new commentary and set to be released on November 13, 2019. Cancelled.ISBN978-1401294915
Absolute Batman: Gotham by Gaslight – Originally solicited to contain the Gotham by Gaslight graphic novel, Countdown Special: The Search for Ray Palmer: Gotham by Gaslight #1 and Convergence: Shazam! #1–2 and set to be released on September 09, 2020. Cancelled.ISBN978-1401299828
Absolute Fables Vol. 1 – Originally solicited to contain Fables #1–29, Fables: The Last Castle and the 7-page story collected in Fables: Legends in Exile and set to be released on June 30, 2020. Cancelled.ISBN978-1779500205
The following titles are not officially part of the Absolute series, but are similar to actual labeled Absolute editions in terms of their contents and size.
The Deadman Collection – Collects Strange Adventures #205–216 (1950–1973), The Brave and the Bold #79, 86 and 104 (1955–1983), and material from Aquaman #50–52 (1962–1978), and Challengers of the Unknown #74 (1958–1978). This was the second book in the line of oversized DC slipcased hardcovers after The Green Lantern/Green Arrow Collection, though again not as oversized as an Absolute edition. Release date: December 2001. ISBN1-5638-9849-7
Green Lantern/Green Arrow
The Green Lantern/Green Arrow Collection – Collects the 1970s run by Dennis O'Neil and Neal Adams of Green Lantern (vol. 2) #76–87, #89 and The Flash (vol. 2) #217–219, where Green Lantern and Green Arrow travelled through the United States. Like earlier reprints of this run before and after this hardcover, it did not include The Flash (vol. 2) #226. The book is the first release of what would become the Absolute format, with oversized hardcover comic collections in slipcases, but was not as oversized as the Absolute books. Release date: December 2000. ISBN1-5638-9639-7. The Green Lantern/Green Arrow Collection was later re-released as an official Absolute title, Absolute Green Lantern/Green Arrow, on December 29, 2015. ISBN978-1401257965
JLA/Avengers: The Collector's Edition – Collects JLA/Avengers #1, 3 and Avengers/JLA #2, 4 in a two-volume (the series and an index, which included the original 1983 JLA/Avengers George Pérez-penciled pages for the first time ever) slipcased hardcover set. Release date: December 1, 2004. ISBN1-4012-0207-1