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The Absolute Sandman Volume 1

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, dustjacketed 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 inches by 12 inches. 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 Art of Adam Hughes[edit]

Features 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. Release date: Canceled. ISBN 978-1401294915.

The Authority[edit]

  • Absolute Authority Volume 1 – Collects The Authority # 1–12. Released 2002. ISBN 1-56389-882-9. Currently out of print.
  • Absolute Authority Volume 2 – Collects The Authority # 13–20, 22, & 27–29. Released 2003. ISBN 1-4012-0097-4. Currently out of print.
  • 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. ISBN 978-1401276478.
  • 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. ISBN 978-1401281151.


  • Absolute Batman: Hush – Reprinting "Batman: Hush" storyline from Batman #608–619. This absolute volume includes additional sketches and character designs by Jim Lee. Released October 1, 2005. ISBN 1-4012-0426-0.
  • Absolute Dark Knight – Collects Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again by Frank Miller. Extras include character design sketches. Released August 23, 2006. ISBN 1-4012-1079-1
  • Absolute Batman: The Long Halloween – Reprints Batman: The Long Halloween #1–13, and includes an introduction/interview with Batman filmmakers Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer, an interview and commentary by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, and 4 new pages inserted into the story. Released April 4, 2007. ISBN 1-4012-1282-4.
  • Absolute Batman: Dark Victory – Reprints Batman: Dark Victory #0–13. Released May 23, 2012. ISBN 1-4012-3510-7.
  • Absolute Batman and Robin: Batman Reborn – Reprints Batman and Robin #1–16 and Batman: The Return. Released January 15, 2013. ISBN 1-4012-3737-1.
  • Absolute Batman Incorporated – Reprints Batman Incorporated (vol. 1) #1–8, Batman Incorporated: Leviathan Rises, Batman, Incorporated (vol. 2) #1–13, and Batman Incorporated Special. Released January 7, 2015. ISBN 978-1-4012-0426-6
  • Absolute Batman: Haunted Knight – Collects Batman: A Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special #1, Batman: Madness -A Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special #1, Batman: Ghosts – A Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special #1 and Catwoman: When in Rome #1–6. Includes additional design, sketch and script pages. Release date: December 2, 2014. ISBN 978-1401251222.
  • Absolute Batman: The Court of Owls – Collects Batman #1–11. Includes bonus material. Release date: December 8, 2015. ISBN 978-1401259105.
  • Absolute All-Star Batman and Robin: The Boy Wonder Collects All-Star Batman and Robin #1–10. Includes bonus material. Release date: July 8, 2014. ISBN 978-1401247638.
  • 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. ISBN 978-1401243791.
  • Absolute Batman: The Killing Joke (30th Anniversary Edition) – Collects Batman: Black and White #4, Batman: The Killing Joke, Countdown #31, Cover Story: The DC Comics Art of Brian Bolland, Joker: Last Laugh #1 and 6, Joker's Greatest Stories Ever Told, Who's Who in the DC Universe #13 and Wonder Woman #96. Release date: September 11, 2018. ISBN 978-1401284121.
  • Absolute Batman: The Black Mirror[1] – Collects Detective Comics #871–881. Includes bonus material. Release date: May 28, 2019. ISBN 978-1401289553.
  • Absolute Batman: Arkham Asylum (30th Anniversary Edition) – Reprinting of the psychological masterpiece by Grant Morrison with art by Dave McKean. Release date: September 17, 2019. ISBN 978-1401294205.
  • Absolute Batman: The Dark Knight – Master Race – Collects the nine-issue miniseries and its mini-comic tie-in issues, as well as some previously unpublished material. Release date: December 10, 2019. ISBN 978-1401299620.
  • Absolute Dark Knight (New Printing) – 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. ISBN 978-1779506627.

Crisis on Infinite Earths[edit]

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. Released November 16, 2005. ISBN 1-4012-0712-X.

Danger Girl[edit]

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 3012 copies, each including a signed and numbered tipped-in plate. Released December 17, 2003. ISBN 1-4012-0096-6. Currently out of print.


Collects Daytripper #1–10. Release date: April 21, 2020. ISBN 978-1401287634.

DC: The New Frontier[edit]

Contains 13 all-new pages, and one modified, which were trimmed from the original printings. Annotations, cover gallery, sketchbook and notes. Released October 4, 2006. ISBN 1-4012-1080-5. Another printing was released August 28, 2009. To be released July 24, 2012. ISBN 1-84856-399-X


Collects The Sandman #8 and #20, Death: The High Cost of Living #1–3, Death: The Time of Your Life #1–3, "A Winter's Tale" from Vertigo: Winter's Edge #2, "The Wheel" from 9–11: The World's Finest Comic Book Writers & Artists Tell Stories to Remember, and "Death and Venice" from The Sandman: Endless Nights. Extras include the "Death Talks About Life" AIDS pamphlet, script and pencils for The Sandman #8 ("The Sound of Her Wings"), a complete reproduction of Death Gallery (a one-shot of Death-inspired art), a section on the collectibles inspired by Death, and sketches by Chris Bachalo. Published 1/7/20.

Death (new edition)[edit]

Collects Death: The High Cost of Living and Death: The Time of Your Life; "The Sound of Her Wings" and "Facade" from The Sandman #8 and 20; "Death and Venice" from The Sandman: Endless Nights; "A Winter's Tale" and "The Wheel". Introduction by Amanda Palmer. Also includes extensive galleries of Death portraits and retail products, sketches by Chris Bachalo and the entire original script of The Sandman #8. Release date January 7, 2020. ISBN 978-1401295578.

Final Crisis[edit]

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. ISBN 978-1-4012-3511-6. Released on November 6, 2012.


Collects Flashpoint #1–5. Includes scripts, design sketches and more. Release date: January 15, 2019. ISBN 978-1401286262.

Fourth World[edit]

Collects Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #133-139 and #141-148, The New Gods #1-11, The Forever People #1-11, Mister Miracle #1-18, plus later stories from New Gods #4 and DC Graphic novel #4. Release date: June 30, 2020. ISBN 978-1779500861

Green Arrow[edit]

Reprints Green Arrow (vol. 3) #1–15 by Kevin Smith and Phil Hester. Released on April 7, 2015. ISBN 978-1-4012-5548-0.

Green Lantern[edit]

  • Absolute Green Lantern: Rebirth – Reprints Green Lantern: Rebirth #1–6.[2] Released April 27, 2010.
  • Absolute Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps War – Reprints Green Lantern #21–25, Green Lantern Corps #14–19 and Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special #1. Released September 2012.
  • Absolute Green Lantern: Blackest Night – Reprints 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.[3] Released on June 26, 2013.
  • Absolute Green Lantern / Green Arrow. Collects the early 1970's team-ups written by Dennis O'Neil with art by Neal Adams. Includes scripts, character development pages and character sketches. Release date: December 29, 2015. ISBN 978-1401257965.

Identity Crisis[edit]

Collects Identity Crisis #1–7 by Brad Meltzer and Rags Morales. Released on October 18, 2011.[4] ISBN 978-1401232580.

Infinite Crisis[edit]

Collects Infinite Crisis #1–7 by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis, George Pérez, Phil Jimenez, Joe Bennett (artist), Jerry Ordway. Released on December 7, 2016. ISBN 978-1-4012-6535-9.

Luthor / Joker[edit]

Contains two volumes in a slipcase hardcover set by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo. Release date: October 29, 2013. ISBN 978-1401245047.

Justice League[edit]

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen[edit]

  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume I, Absolute Edition – In addition to the full six issue run of the first series in the first of the set's two books the second book contains scripts for each of the issues as well as penciled original art and production sketches. Released June 18, 2003. ISBN 1-4012-0052-4. Currently out of print.
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume II, Absolute Edition – In addition to the full six issue run of the second series in the first of the set's two books the second book contains scripts for each of the issues as well as penciled original art and production sketches. Released August 1, 2005. ISBN 1-4012-0611-5. Currently out of print.
  • 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. Released August 12, 2008. ISBN 1-4012-0751-0.


  • Absolute Planetary 1 – Collects Planetary #1–12. Released January 1, 2005. ISBN 1-4012-0327-2. Currently out of print.
  • Absolute Planetary 2 – Collects Planetary #13–27. July 7, 2010. ISBN 1-4012-2701-5.
  • Absolute Planetary Book One (New Edition). Collects Planetary #1–12. Includes the full script from issue #1. Release date: July 13, 2010. ISBN 978-1401203276.
  • Absolute Planetary Book Two (New Edition). Collects Planetary #13–27. Includes 14 pages of additional content. Release date: July 20, 2010. ISBN 978-1401227012.





  • The Absolute Sandman Vol. 1, collecting The Sandman #1–20. Extras include 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. Released October 11, 2006. ISBN 1-4012-1082-1.
  • The 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). Released October 11, 2007. ISBN 978-1-4012-1083-0
  • The 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. Released June 11, 2008. ISBN 978-1-4012-1084-7
  • The Absolute Sandman Vol. 4, collecting The Sandman #57–75 (including three "lost" pages from The Sandman #72, originally published in The Dreaming #8)[5] 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. Released November 18, 2008. ISBN 978-1-4012-1085-4
  • The Absolute Sandman Vol. 5, collecting "The Last Sandman Story" from Dust Covers: The Collected Sandman Covers, The Sandman: The Dream Hunters (both the prose version, written by Gaiman and illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano, and the four-issue comics adaptation by P. Craig Russell), The Sandman: Endless Nights, and Sandman Midnight Theatre #1, featuring Wesley Dodds. Extras include script, designs, and layouts for "The Heart of a Star" from Endless Nights, covers and sketches from the comics adaptation of The Dream Hunters, a gallery of Sandman-inspired posters, and a section on the figures and statues inspired by The Sandman. Released November 8, 2011.[6] ISBN 978-1-4012-3202-3
  • The 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. Released June 27, 2018.[7] ISBN 978-1-4012-8047-5


Collects Scarlet #1–10. Release date: April 16, 2019. ISBN 978-1401289720.


Swamp Thing[edit]

Top 10[edit]

Top 10 #1–12, Smax #1–5, a selection from America's Best Comics Special #1 and the graphic novel Top 10: The Forty Niners. Released on June 4, 2013. ISBN 978-1401238254.


  • Absolute Transmetropolitan Volume 1 – Collects Transmetropolitan #1–18, Transmetropolitan: I Hate it Here and Vertigo Winter's Edge #2. Released on June 16, 2015. ISBN 978-1401254308.
  • Absolute Transmetropolitan Volume 2 – Collects Transmetropolitan #19–39 and Filth of the City. Released on May 24, 2016. ISBN 978-1401261153
  • Absolute Transmetropolitan Volume 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. ISBN 978-1401285456.

V For Vendetta[edit]

Reprinting V For Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd. Released on September 2, 2009. ISBN 978-1-4012-2361-8.


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 October 5, 2005 (ISBN 1-401-20713-8) it–along with other editions and material–was re-released on November 12, 2008 about six months ahead of the film adaptation.


Absolute WildC.A.T.s by Jim Lee collects WildC.A.T.s #1–13, 31, 50; Cyberforce #1–3; WildC.A.T.s/X-MEN: The Silver Age #1; WildC.A.T.s Adventures #1 and WILDCATS #1. Includes sketches, concept designs and variant covers. Release date: March 13, 2018. ISBN 978-1401274955.

Wonder Woman[edit]

Y: The Last Man[edit]

Unofficial titles[edit]

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 Green Lantern/Green Arrow Collection[edit]

Released in December 2000. Collects the 1970s run by Dennis O'Neil and Neal Adams of Green Lantern (vol. 2) #76–87, #89 and Flash (vol. 2) #217–219, where Green Lantern and Green Arrow travel the United States. Like earlier reprints before and after this hardcover, it did not include Flash (vol. 2) #226. The book is the first release of what would become the Absolute format, with oversized hardcover comic collections in slipcases. This book, however, is not as oversized as the Absolute books. ISBN 1-5638-9639-7

The Deadman Collection[edit]

Released in December 2001. The second in the line of slipcased hardcovers collects: Strange Adventures (vol. 1) #205–216 (1950–1973), Brave and the Bold (vol. 1) #79, 86 and 104 (1955–1983), and material from Aquaman (vol. 1) #50–52 (1962–1978), and Challengers of the Unknown (vol. 1) #74 (1958–1978). ISBN 1-5638-9849-7.


Released December 1, 2004. Contains two volumes (the series and an index) in a slipcased hardcover set. ISBN 1-4012-0207-1.

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