Hawkman is such a fun book, btw. Was a total blind buy for me, but I loved it. I've described it as "Indiana Jones with an anger management problem and a mallet" before. Very pulpy. And it's still readable, despite the mousetrap binding.
Marvel cosmic needs Jim Starlin back. As long as he is prohibited from using the word 'myriad' ever again.
"Hold my Annihilus." - Johnny Storm, Captain of the Annihilation Wave Armada
But Flash is really good stuff so it's worth it. Another great place to start diving in is with Morrison's Batman (all in OHC now) and Snyder's New 52 Batman which is also very good. Morrison pulls a lot of stuff from older Batman material but I wasn't confused, well, not by his old Batman references at least.
I just grabbed a random video online, first one I found, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7_Xi1fovQ0. Note that in order to keep the pages flat she is pressing down on them forcing them open all the way. Check the video at 2:29, you can even see how hard she has to press to keep the page flat.
Compare that to any video of any sewn omnibus and the difference between forcing and not forcing is apparent.
I know that the IC omnibus is most likely an improvement, but you don't really have to force that much either. Maybe for the first 75-100 pages. Not perfect, but not terrible either. And there's certainly no gutter loss or craning of the neck.