Fisnished reading my copy two days ago.
All i like:
Book is very big, sturdy and well bound. Annotations, paper and cover are all great.
All i dislike:
Artwork is fuzzy and pixelated! This is something that shouldn't be like that, not in ultimate collections. Spreads are also a bit messed up. In my mind searching for high quality source material is the first thing that should be done when designing comic collection. After that should be decided about the paper, cover, bonus material etc. In fact here it looks like IDW just asked Eastman to make new cover and annotations, thats all!
Hoping to see in volume 2:
First of all the artwork and spreads should be in better condition. Also i'd like to see more promotional artwork, paintings and drawings. Sad that the first volume had these problems, but even volume 2 has some really awesome art and i'll be really disappointed if nothing is done.
I noticed that table of contents says issues 5,6 and 7 being lettered by Lavigne. You all can clearly see that even issue 4 has Lavigne's letters. There is something wrong with with other issues too. I feel like even i'd be more careful than professional editors... Personally it would've been nice to see all issues as they were when 1st printings came out.
You can compare letters here:
http://www.miragelicensing.com/comics/m ... irage.html