DC confirms Superman: Earth One details, Titans: Games, Co-Feature trades

Thursday, February 11, 2010

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The wonderful DC Comics blog The Source has released a list of DCU Collected Editions solicitations through the end of 2010. Among those titles included are Superman: Earth One, Teen Titans: Games, new collections of DC's co-features, and many, many others.

Here's what I find notable in the list, which you can read in full at the link above.

Graphic novels and other headliners:
Of course I'm most excited about Superman: Earth One and Absolute All-Star Superman. DC confirms that the price of Superman: Earth One will be $19.99 and the page count will be 128 pages; see our earlier discussion about the Superman: Earth One details. What's strange is that, if this is a list through the end of 2010, Batman: Earth One is nowhere to be found. One wonders if this'll be DC 2011 and not DC 2010, and also if we won't see a second Superman: Earth One volume until 2011.

As some commentors have already noted, 320 pages for Absolute All-Star Superman doesn't leave much room for extras; here's hoping there are some.

It turns out that the supposed Luthor graphic novel is actually just the Lex Luthor: Man of Steel miniseries from a few years back. I wasn't wowed by this book when I read it, and if you liked Joker, I tend to wonder if Luthor will be something of a disappointment. DC gets points for trying to bank on the success of Joker, however.

There was some discussion on the DC board about the JSA All-Stars issue in Starman Omnibus Vol. 5. Note that it's the 2003 JSA All-Stars miniseries in question here, either just the Starman backup story by James Robinson, and maybe also the Stargirl story by Geoff Johns.

The fourth JSA Deluxe book contains JLA Classified #1-3 by Grant Morrison, the JLA: Earth-2 graphic novel, and the final issues of Morrison's run, so it looks like this is the last volume. For some reason I had it in my head that this was a five-volume series, but I guess not.

With all the Blackest Night books, it's going to be an expensive end of the year, but I don't very well think I can pass up New Teen Titans: Games right when it comes out. Between Games and Earth One, it's fun to see some relevant (in-continuity or non-reprint) graphic novels coming out from DC these days.

SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE HC (September)
Writer: J. Michael Straczynski
Artist: Shane Davis
Original graphic novel
$19.99 US, 128 pg

ABSOLUTE ALL-STAR SUPERMAN HC (October)
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Frank Quitely
Collects: ALL-STAR SUPERMAN #1-12
$99.99 US, 320 pg

THE STARMAN OMNIBUS VOL. 5 HC
Writers: James Robinson, David S. Goyer and Geoff Johns
Artists: Steve Yeowell, Peter Snejbjerg, Wade von Grawbadger, Keith Champagne, Steve Sadowski, Lee Moder, Chris Weston, David Ross and others
Collects: STARMAN #47-60, 1,000,000, STARS AND S.T.R.I.P.E. #0, ALL STAR COMICS 80-PAGE GIANT #1 and JSA ALL STARS #4
$14.99 US, 464 pg

LUTHOR HC (October)
Writer: Brian Azzarello
Artist: Lee Berejo
Collects: LEX LUTHOR: MAN OF STEEL #1-5
$19.99 US, 128 pg

JLA DELUXE EDITION VOL. 4 HC (November)
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artists: Howard Porter, John Dell, Drew Geraci, Ed McGuinness, Dexter Vines and Frank Quitely
Collects: JLA #34, 36-41, JLA CLASSIFIED #1-3 and JLA: EARTH 2
$29.99 US, 368 pg

THE NEW TEEN TITANS: GAMES HC (November)
Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artists: George Pérez, Al Vey and Mike Perkins
Original graphic novel
$24.99 US, 144 pg

Blackest Night crossover books:
Justice League of America, R.E.B.E.L.S, and Booster Gold all cross-over with Blackest Night here. I'm midly disappointed in the page count of R.E.B.E.L.S, I must say; five issues for $17.99 isn't a great value, though I read the first book these past few days and loved it.

The new Secret Six trade includes the resurrected Suicide Squad issue (speaking of which, anyone know who this forum poster is?).

The Green Arrow/Black Canary trade includes the Black Lantern Green Arrow issue.

The Blue Beetle collection gathers the final issues of the series plus the co-feature issues from Booster Gold. It skips the Blackest Night crossover issues, but those are picked up by the Booster Gold trade (and it's nice they both come out in the same month). And speaking of co-features ...

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: TEAM HISTORY HC (September)
Writer: James Robinson
Artists: Mark Bagley, Rob Hunter and Andy Kubert
Collects: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #38-43
$19.99 US, 192 pg

R.E.B.E.L.S: THE SON AND THE STARS TP (September)
Writer: Tony Bedard
Artists: Claude St. Aubin, Geraldo Borges and Scott Hanna
Collects: R.E.B.E.L.S #10-14
$17.99 US, 144 pg

SECRET SIX: DANSE MACABRE TP (November)
Writers: John Ostrander and Gail Simone
Artists: Jim Calafiore, Peter Nguyen and Doug Hazlewood
Collects: SECRET SIX #15-18 and SUICIDE SQUAD #67
$14.99 US, 128 pg

GREEN ARROW/BLACK CANARY: FIVE STAGES TP (November)
Writers: Andrew Kreisberg and J.T. Krul
Artists: Mike Norton, Bill Sienkiewicz and Will Conrad
Collects: GREEN ARROW/BLACK CANARY #27-30
$17.99 US, 128 pg

BLUE BEETLE: BLACK AND BLUE TP (December)
Writers: Will Pfeiffer and Matthrew Stuges
Artists: David Baldeon, Carlo Barberi, Mike Norton, Steve bird and others
Collects: BLUE BEETLE #27-28 and stories from BOOSTER GOLD #21-25 and 28-29
$17.99 US, 168 pg

BOOSTER GOLD: THE TOMORROW MEMORY TP (December)
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artists: Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund
Collects: BOOSTER GOLD #26-31
$17.99 US, 160 pg

Co-Features collected:
We see the Manhunter and Ravager co-features now collected; I think the bloom's off the rose with these co-features a bit, especially noting that Manhunter is gone for good again now. Frankly I think I'm happiest to see the Faces of Evil: Deathstroke issue, required reading for Outsiders, stuck in the Ravager trade (but what, no room for the also-related DC Universe: Last Will and Testament?). Funny that the Ravager trade isn't labeled Teen Titans Spotlight like the Raven, Cyborg, and Wonder Girl collections.

MANHUNTER: FACE OFF TP (November)
Writer: Marc Andreyko
Artists: Georges Jeanty, Jeremy Haun, Cliff Richards and others
Collects: Stories from BATMAN: THE STREETS OF GOTHAM #1-13
$17.99 US, 128 pg

TEEN TITANS: RAVAGER – FRESH HELL TP (December)
Writers: David Hine and Sean McKeever
Artists: Georges Jeanty, Yildiray Cinar, Mark McKenna and Julio Ferreira
Collects: FACES OF EVIL: DEATHSTROKE #1 and stories from TEEN TITANS #71-76 and 79-82
$14.99 US, 144 pg

Monthly titles:
Among various monthly titles, we find a second Red Robin collection that picks up from the end of the first Batgirl collection of the new series (and ends at what I'm guessing is an integral point in the "Batman Reborn" saga). We see collections of each of the current Justice Society series, but neither one apparently collects the recent JSA Annual (as a side note, I read a couple pages of Matthew Sturges JSA All Stars the other day, and while I've been wary of someone other than Geoff Johns on the title, I rather liked the team's "strike force" mentality). The Wonder Woman trade, one DC board poster noted, ends right before issue #45, touted as Wonder Woman's #600th issue. Whether this means there might be a writer change in the works ...

RED ROBIN: COLLISION TP (September)
Writers: Christopher Yost and Bryan Q. Miller
Artists: Marcus To, Lee Garbett, Ray McCarthy and Trevor Scott
Collects: RED ROBIN #6-12 and BATGIRL #8
$19.99 US, 192 pg

JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA: AXIS OF EVIL TP (December)
Writer: Bill Willingham
Artists: Travis Moore, Jesus Merno, Dan Green and Jesse Delperdang
Collects: JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #34-40
$14.99 US, 168 pg

JSA ALL-STARS: CONSTELLATIONS TP (October)
Writer: Matthew Sturges
Artist: Freddie E. Williams II
Collects: JSA ALL-STARS #1-6
$14.99 US, 144 pg

WONDER WOMAN: CONTAGION TP (October)
Writer: Gail Simone
Artists: Aaron Lopresti, Nicola Scott, Matt Ryan and Doug Hazlewood
Collects: WONDER WOMAN #40-44
$14.99 US, 128 pg

Superman:
Figuring out in what order to read these final New Krypton trades seems like something of a nightmare. It's interesting that the second Action Comics collection gets billed as Nightwing and Flamebird Vol. 2, but the second Mon-El trade is "Man of Valor" -- I wonder if the Mon-El trade can be read on it's own, or if it will be marketed as such.

I wonder if Last Stand of New Krypton will collect just the first issue of that miniseries, or if the solicitation has a misprint and it collects all three. If not, hopefully the other two go in the War of the Supermen collection and not a volume two -- these second volumes just seem to slow down the comic-to-trade pace so much.

November also sees the "New Krypton"-related Outsiders trade, even as the title is still billed as part of the Batman family.

SUPERGIRL: DEATH AND THE FAMILY TP (September)
Writers: Sterling Gates, Helen Slater and Jake Black
Artists: Fernando Dagnino, Jamal Igle, Raul Fernandez and Jon Sibal
Collects: SUPERGIRL #48-50 and SUPERGIRL ANNUAL #1
$17.99 US, 144 pg

SUPERMAN: MON-EL – MAN OF VALOR HC (September)
Writer: James Robinson
Artists: Fernando Dagnino, Bernard Chang, Javier Pina and Matt Camp
Collects SUPERMAN #692-699, SUPERMAN ANNUAL #14 and SUPERMAN SECRET FILES 2009 #1
$24.99 US, 224 pg

SUPERMAN: NIGHTWING AND FLAMEBIRD VOL. 2 HC (October)
Writers: James Robinson, Greg Rucka and Eric Trautmann
Artists: Bernard Chang, Pere Pérez and Bit
Collects: ACTION COMICS #883-889 and SUPERMAN #696
$24.99 US, 176 pg

SUPERMAN: LAST STAND OF NEW KRYPTON HC (November)
Writers: James Robinson, Sterling Gates and Eric Trautmann
Artists: Pete Woods, Julian Lopez, Jamal Igle and others
Collects: SUPERMAN: LAST STAND OF NEW KRYPTON #1, ADVENTURE COMICS #8-8, SUPERMAN #698 and SUPERGIRL #51
$24.99 US, 160 pg

OUTSIDERS: THE ROAD TO HELL TP (November)
Writer: Dan DiDio
Artists: Philip Tan, Don Kramer and others
Collects: OUTSIDERS #26-31
$14.99 US, 144 pg

Reprint collections:
This new Legion trade leads right up to the famous "Great Darkness Saga," which might be out of print -- I imagine we'll see a hardcover printing soon. The "prologue" collection genre's a little strange; this reminds me of the equally out-of-nowhere New Teen Titans: Terra Incognita trade.

The modern issues of the long-awaited Batgirl collection include a two-part Legends of the DC Universe story showing Batgirl's modern origins, and a Batgirl/Robin story from Batman Chronicles. It's late; anyone want to run down the other contents? I would note it's kind of a pity that there's not (A) Oracle stories in this volume, or (B) at least a minor shout-out to the Batgirls that followed.

Batman: Dead to Rights collects the "Do You Understand These Rights?" and "Bad Cop" Joker stories by Andrew Kreisberg.

I'm not overmuch excited about the new printing of the Hitman series, but I know other people are. If you want more, pre-order the first one, kids.

I'm surprised World's Greatest Super-Heroes, a collection of the oversized prose and paintings books by Paul Dini and Alex Ross, is a paperback and not a deluxe hardcover. I wonder how the art and text will survive, shrunk down to size, or if they re-set the prose pieces.

Tales of the Green Lantern Corps volume three collects the first issues where the main Green Lantern title became Green Lantern Corps.

THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES: PROLOGUE TO DARKNESS TP (September)
Writer: Paul Levitz
Artists: Pat Broderick, Keith Giffen and Bruce Patterson
Collects: THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #284-289 and THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES ANNUAL #1
$19.99 US, 208 pg

BATGIRL: THE GREATEST STORIES EVER TOLD TP (December)
Writers: Gardner Fox, Frank Robbins, Dennis O’Neil, Elliot S. Maggin, Bob Rozakis, Kelley Puckett and Devin Grayson
Artists: Carmine Infantino, Sid Greene, Gil Kane, Murphy Anderson, Vince Colletta, Don Heck, Mike Grell, Terry Dodson, Kevin Nowlan and Duncan Fegredo
Collects: DETECTIVE COMICS #359, 396, 400, 422, 423, 424, BATMAN FAMILY #1 and 9, LEGENDS OF THE DC UNIVERSE #10-11 and BATMAN CHRONICLES #9
$19.99 US, 160 pg

BATMAN: DEAD TO RIGHTS TP (December)
Writer: Andrew Kreisberg
Artists: Scott McDaniel and Andy Owens
Collects: BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #22-25 and 29-30
$14.99 US, 144 pg

HITMAN: LOCAL HEROES TP NEW PRINTING (December)
Writer: Garth Ennis
Artists: John McCrea, Carlos Ezquerra and Steve Pugh
Collects: HITMAN #9-14
$17.99 US, 144 pg

THE WORLD’S GREATEST SUPER HEROES TP (September)
Writer: Paul Dini
Artist: Alex Ross
Collects SUPERMAN: PEACE ON EARTH, BATMAN: WAR ON CRIME: SHAZAM!: POWER OF HOPE, WONDER WOMAN: SPIRIT OF TRUTH, JLA: SECRET ORIGINS and JLA: LIBERTY AND JUSTICE
$39.99 US, 400 pg

TALES OF THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS VOL. 3 TP (December)
Writer: Steve Englehart
Artists: Joe Staton, Bruce Paterson and Mark Farmer
Collects: GREEN LANTERN #201-206
$19.99 US, 144 pg

Conclusion:
Is it bad that the thing I'm most excited about at this moment is the Ravager trade with the Faces of Evil: Deathstroke in it? Of course, there's also the Superman books, Games, and more. If you could only read one book on DC's end-of-2010 list, what would it be?
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24 comments:

  1. What about a TPB for the new Batgirl series? (#1-7). Would that release AFTER the Reb Robin TPB that contains Batgirl #8?

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  2. @Anonymous, the first TPB for the new Batgirl series comes out in July.

    Absolute All-Star Superman is 320 pages, and the existing trades are 160 pages each. No bonus content, then? I was hoping to see the "All Star Memories" interviews from Newsarama in the back matter.

    Glad to see Earth 2 and the JLA Classified arc in the JLA hardcover!

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  3. More Hitman and Blue Beetle.

    **** yes!

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  4. I know Hitman is super-popular, but I never much got in to the title. What do you like about it?

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  5. I'm disappointed in the JLA collections. I was hoping for a complete run instead of cherry picking just the Morrison stories (which are great). We're missing out on some great Waid and Millar stories. I'd say I'm most looking forward to Absolute All Star Superman.

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  6. Couldn't agree more, Gene, and the fact that they're packing so much stuff in vol. 4 only makes me more annoyed at the fact that vol. 3 skipped the DC One Million mini series. But I promise this is the last time I'll complain about it.

    I'm also surprised at the extra content in the fifth Starman omnibus. I knew they wouldn't split the Grand Guignol arc (which means vol. 6 will collect a whopping 20 issues, or 21 if they include the recent Blackest Night tie-in), but I certainly didn't expect DC to include stuff like Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. #0 and JSA All-Stars #4.

    Hopefully they'll correct the info about the Superman: Last Stand of New Krypton HC soon. If it's a 160-page book, then it should include the entire "Brainiac and the Legion of Super-Heroes" crossover, which leads right into "War of Supermen".

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  7. ComicReaderDude2/11/2010 11:27:00 PM

    Well, according to this list (and I am so glad to see that it is here!) the Faces of Evil Deathstroke is finally collected. With FoE Solomon Grundy being in the SG trade and FoE Kobra being in the Kobra trade, the only FoE that has yet to be collected is the FoE Prometheus issue. I am still hoping that it will show up in the JL: Cry For Justice book though, since the DC site still doesn't actually list the contents of that collection yet.

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  8. This isn't relevant to the DCU, but looking at the 2010 Vertigo solicits, I'm a bit mystified and annoyed at the complete absence of Seaguy: Slaves of Mickey Eye. What's up with that?

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  9. @Jeffrey, I think that they will release that, and bring the original Seaguy back into print, nearer to the release of Seaguy: Eternal

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  10. I must have missed the "BATMAN: FINAL CRISIS: LEGION OF THREE WORLDS #1-3" title that's being collected.

    Also, the Legion's Prologue to Darkness volume picks up when Paul Levitz came on as writer. It's not very Darkness related, but it explains why some people were where they were during the GDS (like Chameleon Boy in jail, troubles with Light Lass and Timber Wolf, new costumes, new Invisible Kid, etc.)

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  11. @hilker - I haven't seen anything about a trade for the new Batgirl series (though I figured there'd be one). Do you have a link? or details?

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  12. I'm glad to see S6:DM has the Squad issue. It is written by John Ostrander and Gail Simone if that is what you are asking.

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  13. Here's a link to the Batgirl Rising collection.

    Missed that Batman: Legion typo the first time. Bums me out, actually -- just a reminder they never did collect that Batman and the Legion of Super-Heroes issue from Action Comics.

    Regarding the "who this is" in regards to Secret Six above, I've added a link now; I meant, who blackcanary_416 is. Anyone? Bueller?

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  14. The Worlds Greatest Super Heroes was collected as an Absolute Style Hardcover Slipcase. That is why we are now getting the softcover

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  15. Blackcanary_416, It's me :) lol. Bueller is here.

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  16. Ha ha, that's cool. Just curious. Maybe I should create badges so people can share the blog on message boards?

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  17. @Collectededtions: That would be cool. I'd rep it. I might be able to get some done during the week and send them to you.

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  18. I think you need to give more space to Vergigo and the DC archives!

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  19. ComicReaderDude2/17/2010 02:41:00 PM

    New info on BN Collections from the DC Comics website (as taken from dccomics.com):

    The BN hardcover will contain BN #0-8.
    BN: GL will contain GL #43-52.
    BN: GLC will contain GLC #39-47.
    BN: Rise of the BLs will not contain the Suicide Squad (probably since that will be in Secret Six), but will contain Green Arrow #30 and Adventure Comics #7.
    BN: BLC 1 & 2 will contain the 3-issue minis (the DC site has a typo for #2 as it shows the same info as BN: Rise of the BLs)
    BN: Tales of the Corps will contain Tales of the Corps 1-3, GL #49, Adventure Comics #4-5.

    Answers some of the questions that have been on the board here for a while, anyway.

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  20. You're a minute ahead of me, CBR -- see new post. Thanks for chiming in, though!

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  21. The Dini / Ross series actually deserves a hardcover, as the Absolute is no longer available, a new printing of the same should suffice. I don't know how a deluxe edition in Paperback is expected to survive. I'm waiting for a fresh printing of the HC, maybe like the Luthor GN

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  22. Well was just foolin' around with the DC comics site....the Dini/Ross entry says September 2010 416 pages HARDCOVER 29.99$.....WTF?

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  23. World's Greatest Superheroes was previously an oversized hardcover, so it doesn't surprise me that they might publish a "regular size" hardcover next. These were illustrated prose stories, and I wonder if they'll have to re-letter them. Anyway, looks like an upgrade in format and a lower price; did you have your heart set on paperback?

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  24. I have my heart set on an HC,man...I'm damn frustrated that SUPERGIRL,being such an integral part of the NEW KRYPTON series,isn't in hardback...the problem here is different...Amazon lists it as a paperback for 29.99$..and with the printing date so near it is TOO MUCH to hope them wrong still crossing ma fingers & HOPING it remains the same HC for 29.99$

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