Yesterday Dan Nadel, The Comics Journal, quoted David Mazzucchelli on the upcoming Batman: Year One Deluxe Edition:
DC just sent me this book last week, and I really hope people don’t buy it. I didn’t even know they were making it, and I don’t understand why they thought it was necessary — several years ago, DC asked me if I’d help put together a deluxe edition ofBatman: Year One, and Dale Crain and I worked for months to try to make a definitive version. Now whoever’s in charge has thrown all that work in the garbage. First, they redesigned the cover, and recolored my artwork — probably to look more like their little DVD that came out last year; second, they printed the book on shiny paper, which was never a part of the original design, all the way back to the first hardcover in 1988; third — and worst — they printed the color from corrupted, out-of-focus digital files, completely obscuring all of Richmond’s hand-painted work. Anybody who’s already paid for this should send it back to DC and demand a refund.
I didn’t see that one coming. In fact, I don’t think anyone did.
No, just inferior production values [compared to the previous design]. And the re-coloring is only of the cover. The interior is Richmond’s color, but printed from corrupted, out-of focus digital files.
That’s a very strong statement and one that DC should be looking at very closely. And with that they should be looking at ALL their collected editions of late. Too many errors have krept though: The Showcase Presents Ghosts shipped with a missing page and the reproduction of the Resurrection Man was less then perfect. What gives? I don’t have the answers but it looks like there are too many cooks/editors in the collected editions kitchen all working with no oversight. When the book gets released on March 14, we completists will dig out the best copy of Year One (pictured below) and scrutinize the new copy endlessly.
I wonder what Frank Miller thinks of all this?