What comes next is the second volume of the New Teen Titans Omnibus, notable because it could be the first hardcover release of one of DC Comics's most famous storylines, "The Judas Contract."
The first New Teen Titans Omnibus collected issues #1-16 of the New Teen Titans series, plus their debut in DC Comics Presents #26 -- that is, most of the previously released DC Archives: New Teen Titans volumes one and two (see Death of the DC Archives?").
It stands to reason that the next volume would collect issues #17-32 -- more than DC Archives: New Teen Titans volumes three and four, but not quite through the "Judas Contract" storyline, which had its prologue in New Teen Titans #28-34 (the storyline later dubbed "Terra Incognito") but is most specifically in New Teen Titans #39-44 and their third annual.
However, DC's initial solicitation for the New Teen Titans Omnibus volume two reads:
The New Teen Titans -- consisting of the sidekicks to heroes from across the DCU, including Robin, Kid Flash, Donna Troy and more--battle threats large and small and from outside and in. Betrayal comes from one of their own when it's revealed that their teammate Terra is secretly working the Titans' deadly enemy Deathstroke. [Unfortunate typo there, but no less true.]Two possibilities:
One, that the New Teen Titans Omnibus volume two is massive, collecting issues #17-40 of New Teen Titans, over twenty issues, plus an annual. That's pretty darn well unheard of, but not impossible -- note that the Starman Omnibus volume six itself collects twenty issues.
Two, given that "Terra Incognito" has only of late been added to the "Judas Contract" canon, it might be that DC has decided to split this storyline up in the omnibus editions. Not terribly controversial, I don't think, but notable -- whereas "Judas Contract" has historically been New Teen Titans #39-44, now it's #28-44, just as DC recently expanded Legion of Super-Heroes: The Great Darkness Saga to include earlier issues in their new deluxe collection. Alternatively, maybe the distinction of the "Judas Contract" storyline falls away completely now in our new post-trade, omnibus edition, DC Relaunch reality, and "Judas Contract" is just another aspect of the overall collected New Teen Titans story.
Either way, "Judas Contract" is certainly deserving of hardcover treatment, and it's been a long time coming from DC. Whatever form the second New Teen Titans Omnibus volume takes, the fans win.
And more ...
* Batman: Venom
Still working those movie tie-ins, we see a re-release of Dennis O'Neil's Venom storyline that later factored into Bane and Knightfall.
* Superman: The Secrets of the Fortress of Solitude
This strikes me as a weird release, what seems to be a collection of Golden Age Fortress of Solitude back-up stories, given that the Superman and Fortress features here doesn't exist any more after September. Given that some stories here are written by Jerry Siegel, maybe this is DC flexing its post-court case muscles (or otherwise paying restitution!).
* Showcase Presents: All-Star Squadron Vol. 1
I'll need a little help with this one, but I believe All-Star Squadron dovetails somewhat with Infinity Inc., making this a companion to the new line of Infinity Inc. hardcovers.
* Teen Titans: Prime of Life
My guess is this will go up to issue #100 of the series, making it the final Teen Titans collection before the DC Relaunch.
* Legion of Super-Heroes: When Evil Calls
Initial solicitations have this in paperback, and I'd say I'm disappointed; I'd rather this be in hardcover to sit beside The Choice. Chances are the next DC Relaunch volume will be in hardcover.
* Batman: No Man's Land Vol. 2
The current solicitation for this is wild, and wildly inaccurate. Take a look:
After suffering a cataclysmic earthquake, the U.S. government has deemed Gotham City uninhabitable and ordered all citizens to leave. It is now months later and those that have refused to vacate "No Man's Land" live amidst a citywide turf war in which the strongest prey on the weak.A state of despair? I don't remember that from No Man's Land ...
Batman and his allies continue their fight to save Gotham during its darkest hour. Taking on a new costume and persona as Batgirl, the Huntress joins forces with Barbara Gordon, the former Batgirl, while Nightwing, the former Robin, tries to help the city's remaining citizens in any way he can. But as Batman begins to realize that he is fighting a fight he can't win, he collapses into a state of despair from which he may never recover.
Again, three cheers for "Judas Contract" in hardcover! What'll you be picking up?