DC Comics Trade Solicitations for April 2006

Monday, January 16, 2006

UPDATED: Lots of good stuff below. I'm especially impressed with Superman: Strange Attractors, apparently held so that almost all the Action Comics issues leading up to "One Year Later" can be included; a Hawkman trade that skips the "Fate's Warning" storyline (never to be collected, I assure you) in favor of the "Golden Eagle" storyline that leads in to the Rann/Thanagar War (better, I guess, than nothing); a new JLA trade; part two of Legion and part three of Seven Soldiers; and a new Y: The Last Man. All in all, not a bad month. Full solicits are below:

THE FLASH ARCHIVES VOL. 4 HC
Written by John Broome and Gardner Fox, art and cover by Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella.
The Flash Archives Vol. 4 reprints issues #125-132 of The Flash (1961-1962), faithfully recolored and restored to their original glory. This volume follows the Fastest Man Alive as he zips through adventures around the world, and features an introduction by longtime comics writer and former Flash editor Mike W. Barr.
216 pages, $49.99, in stores on May 10.

SUPERMAN: FOR TOMORROW VOL. 1 TP
Written by Brian Azzarello, art and cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams
This volume collects the first half of "For Tomorrow," originally presented in Superman #204-209. A cataclysmic event has struck the Earth. Millions of people have vanished without a trace. No one is left unaffected -- not even Superman!

SUPERMAN VS. LEX LUTHOR TP
Written and illustrated by various, over by various.
DC presents several of the best comics stories featuring Superman battling his arch-nemesis! Witness the various incarnations of Luthor in stories from Action Comics #23, #544, Adventure Comics #271, Superboy #86, Superman (Vol. 1) #90, #164, #292, #416, Man of Steel #4, Superman (Vol. 2) #9, #131 and Superman: Lex 2000.

SUPERMAN/SHAZAM: FIRST THUNDER TP
Written by Judd Winick, art and cover by Josh Middleton.
Witness the first meeting of The Last Son of Krypton and Earth's Mightiest Mortal in this collection of the stylish 4-issue mini-series! While Superman must stop members of a cult from stealing an ancient artifact from the Metropolis Natural History Museum, Captain Marvel must defeat giant robots rampaging through Fawcett City!

SUPERMAN: STRANGE ATTRACTORS TP
Written by Gail Simone, Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, art by John Byrne and Nelson, cover by Byrne.
Legendary creator John Byrne returns to pencil the adventures of the Man of Steel, in action-filled tales written by Gail Simone! This volume collects Action Comics #827-828 and #830-835, in which Superman squares off against Dr. Polaris, Dr. Psycho, Black Adam, Satanus, Livewire and more!
112 pages, $12.99, in stores on May 17.

CRISIS ON MULTIPLE EARTHS VOL. 4 TP
Written by Elliot S. Maggin, E. Nelson Bridwell, Martin Pasko and Paul Levitz, art by Dick Dillin and Frank McLaughlin, cover by Alex Ross.
Collecting Justice League of America #122-124, #135-137 and #147-148! In this latest collection of team-ups, meet the heroes of Earth-S, led by the Earth's Mightiest Mortal, Captain Marvel, as well as the Legion of Super-Heroes!

HAWKMAN: GOLDEN EAGLE TP
Written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, art by Joe Bennett, Dale Eaglesham, Steve Sadowski and others, cover by Joe Bennett and Ruy José.
A new collection featuring Hawkman #37-45! Madness and mayhem plague Hawkman and Hawkgirl as they battle an alliance of adversaries from the past! But it is that startling return of Golden Eagle that sends the greatest shockwaves through Hawkman's life.

SHOWCASE PRESENTS HAUNTED TANK VOL. 1 TP
Written by Robert Kanigher, art by Joe Kubert, Russ Heath, Irv Novick, Jerry Grandenetti, and Jack Abel, cover by Joe Kubert.
One of the most unusual concepts in war comics gets the Showcase treatment in this volume collecting stories from G.I. Combat #87-119, Brave and The Bold #52 and Our Army At War #155. The ghost of a Confederate general returns to protect to his namesake, commander of a tank in North Africa in WWII.
560 pages, black and white, $16.99, in stores on May 17

JLA: WORLD WITHOUT A JUSTICE LEAGUE TP
Written by Bob Harras, art by Tom Derenick and Dan Green, cover by Daniel Acuña.
A new collection reprinting JLA #120-125! Batman dissolved the JLA in the wake of the revelation that some members had resorted to tampering with the minds of not only their villainous opponents but even the Dark Knight himself. But that doesn't change the need for heroesŠand an obsessed Green Arrow desperately attempts to hold the beleaguered team together as innocent people begin dying. And all clues lead to an old JLA foe, one dangerous enough to take them down...one by one. When the adventure ends, the JLA may never unite again!

LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES VOL. 2: DEATH OF A DREAM TP
Written by Mark Waid, art by Barry Kitson, Kevin Sharpe, Georges Jeanty, Dale Eaglesham, Ken Lashey and various, cover by Kitson.
A new volume collecting Legion of Super-Heroes #7-13! As the team suffers infighting, the dream of a United Planets dissolves into hopelessness. Only a brawl between the Legion and the agents of Terror Firma can halt the coming invasion -- but it's not without a great sacrifice!
200 pages, $14.99, in stores on May 24.

SEVEN SOLDIERS OF VICTORY VOL. 3 TP
Written by Grant Morrison, art by Pasqual Ferry, Ryan Sook, Frazer Irving, Yanick Paquette, Doug Mahnke, Billy Dallas Patton, Mick Gray, and Michael Bair, cover by Paquette and Bair.
The brilliant mind of Grant Morrison is showcased once again as his most groundbreaking and ambitious project yet continues! This third volume in the series collects Seven Soldiers: Mister Miracle #1-2, Seven Soldiers: Zatanna #4, Seven Soldiers: Klarion The Witchboy #4, Seven Soldiers: Bulleteer #1-2, and Seven Soldiers: Frankenstein #1.
Independently, each of these characters is featured in a story arc of their own that redefines their purpose in the DCU. But their stories also interweave with the other Soldiers' tales, telling a grander story of a devastating global threat to mankind. Together these reluctant champions must arise and somehow work together to save the world...without ever meeting one another!
176 pages, $14.99, in stores on May 31.

SANDMAN MYSTERY THEATRE VOL. 4: THE SCORPION TP
Written by Matt Wagner and Steven T. Seagle, art by Guy Davis Cover by Gavin Wilson and Richard Bruning.
Collecting issues #17-20 of writer Matt Wagner's the acclaimed reimagination of the original Sandman. With The Scorpion, writers Matt Wagner and Steven T. Seagle continue to breathe rich new life into pulp genre conventions.
104 pages, $12.99, in stores on May 3.

Y: THE LAST MAN -- PAPER DOLLS TP
Written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Pia Guerra, Goran Sudzuka and José Marzan Jr., cover by Massimo Carnevale
The saga of Yorick Brown, the last man on Earth, continues in Paper Dolls, collecting issues #37-42 of writer Brian K. Vaughan's and artist Pia Guerra's hit Vertigo series. In addition to catching up on the adventures of Yorick's monkey Ampersand (whose body holds the key to stopping the male-killing plague) and telling the origin of Agent 355, Paper Dolls chronicles the search for Yorick's fiancée Beth in Australia -- a search that yields a large dose of unwanted publicity for the Last Man and deadly consequences for those he cares for!
144 pages, $14.99, in stores on May 17.

OLD: Not much news yet ... I'm hearing Crisis on Multiple Earths Vol. 4 (placing Crisis on Multiple Earths: The Team-Ups in some very weird place) and The Silver Age Flash Archives Vol. 4 ... I'll let you know if I hear any more ...
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2 comments:

  1. Just wondering about the Hawkman trade...are there any issues missing that weren't collected in the Geoff Johns trades and JSA Black Reign? If so, do you think they are likely to be collected in the future or not?

    Thanks, man. Love your site.

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  2. Tariq --

    Thanks for stopping by! The JSA: Black Reign TPB contained Hawkman issues up to #25, so Hawman: Rise of the Golden Eagle (note the new name) skips ten issues, #26-36, to start at #37. Of those issues, the ones to really miss are #28-36, which were the first issues of writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray. Numbers 26 and 27 were both fill-in issues, one with John Byrne and the other with Ed Brubaker. I'm bummed that #28-36 won't be collected, but glad overall to see that DC didn't skip the Palmiotti/Gray run entirely before starting with the new Hawkgirl trades. We can only hope DC will collect Hawkman issues 46-49, too.

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