Given that DC Comics Executive Editor Dan DiDio has expressed hesitation to fill the market with Absolute Editions, and then backed up those comments by substantially cutting the number of such publications to come out in the last few years as opposed to the first days of the program, it’s always news when a new one is announced. Any comic reissued in the format–which sees best-selling (and usually critically-acclaimed) comics reissued in an oversized hardcover format to present the pages in the same size as the original comics art–usually costs $75 or more and comes in a slipcase.
If there was going to be a new one announced this weekend at San Diego, though, is it surprising that it would be Green Lantern: Rebirth by Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver? The announcement was made at today’s Geoff Johns Spotlight panel when a fan asked about the possibility of an Absolute Sinestro Corps War (something I’d far rather see). Green Lantern: Rebirth, of course, touched off a renaissance age for the character, and its success along with the regular creative team of Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis has lifted the comic to sales and critical success it’s rarely seen before. It featured the return to action of Silver Age Green Lantern Hal Jordan, and is currently being followed up by the return of Silver Age Flash Barry Allen in Flash: Rebirth by the same creative team. It seems like every convention sees Johns asked by some fan or another whether Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, The Atom, Blue Beetle or some other floundering character will be brought back to (or beyond) his former glory in a “Rebirth” miniseries; I almost wonder if one such announcement might be forthcoming this weekend, with Flash: Rebirth almost over, Van Sciver hinting at a new project on the horizon and the Absolute Edition being announced today.