The various retail sites are now announcing the Blackest Night hardcover to be released in July 2010.
Given the increasing popularity of deluxe format editions (Batman: RIP, Batman & Robin, Superman: Secret Origins, I wouldn't have been surprised to see Blackest Night also in deluxe format -- but a hardcover will do just nicely!
We'll be back a little later to talk more about the Blackest Night collection. In the meantime, also forthcoming from DC Comics:
* Batman: Long Shadows
This hardcover collection by Judd Winick definitely includes the four part Batman story from #688-691, and potentially also the issue 687 Battle for the Cowl epilogue.
* Outsiders: The Hunting
Following The Deep, which collects Outsiders #15-20, this collection picks up with artist Tom Mandrake joining Peter Tomasi, and likely includes a Blackest Night tie-in issue.
* Batman: Streets of Gotham Vol. 1: Hush Money
The real question about this hardcover collection of Paul Dini's new series Streets of Gotham is whether it'll also contain Detective Comics #852 and Batman #685, which bridged Dini's Detective Comics and Streets of Gotham runs.
* DC Greatest Imaginary Stories Vol. 2: Batman & Robin
In 2005, DC published a volume of their "greatest imaginary stories," including Superman-Red and Superman-Blue. That volume contained a number of Superman stories; this new one, as you can see, focuses on Batman and Robin. If it's successful, might Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, and other volumes be on the way?
* Showcase Presents Suicide Squad Vol. 1
Suicide Squad was one of the Showcase volumes announced and then cancelled due to royalty issues a few years back. Maybe this is an erroneous entry, but I sure would be glad to see this back on the table.
* Icon Vol. 2: The Mothership Connection
Milestone title Icon formerly received only one collection of issues #1-8. A second collection of issues #9-14 would take this right up to the Worlds Collide crossover with the then-separate DC Universe.
* Green Arrow/Black Canary Vol. 5: Big Game
At this point, Green Arrow/Black Canary splits into a feature and co-feature, though interviews have suggested these two will be collected in the same volume.
* Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?
* Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow
These two books, released as deluxe hardcovers last year, now in paperback.
* JSA vs. Kobra
Very excited by the news that Greg Rucka and Eric Trautmann's final Checkmate story will appear in the Kobra: Resurrection trade paperback -- this trade by Trautmann continues that story.
* Batgirl Vol. 1: Batgirl Rising
* Azrael: Death's Dark Knight
Two more "Batman Reborn" titles, both in paperback.
So other than Blackest Night (naturally), what's on your to-buy list?