See this, from the Associated Press via the Washington Post:
After zero, all the titles will go back to their regular numbering, though each of the 52 “zero” issues will end up in a bound omnibus edition in fall.And in this interview with DC Co-Publisher Dan DiDio from Comic Book Resources:
We've talked a lot about the new series launching alongside the #0 issues in September. What are the zero books you're most excited to get on the stands from the series we've already got ongoing?
What I'm looking forward to is that in "DC Universe Presents," we're doing a ten-page origin beat for OMAC with Brother Eye that I'm really looking forward to, as you can only imagine. A lot of these stories are coming in now, and really we started the process of working on the zeroes back at the beginning of the year. And we've been spending an inordinate amount of time writing and rewriting and thinking these books through. We want these issues to feel as special as the #1s. We know they're going to be compared to the #1s, so they've got to be as good or better. They've got to create mysteries and that level of excitement that we had last September again this September. That's the real challenge right now because we've got to capture lightning in a bottle for the second time. And I believe we can, so much so that not only are we looking to do the zero month, but we're looking to again like with did the giant compendium with all the #1s to do a big book with all the #0s for December as well. [Emphasis added]
The original "giant compendium," of course, refers to the massive 1,216-page DC Comics: The New 52 hardcover we originally discussed here last July. The size of this tome made me think it was a rather unlikely seller, but it ultimately ended up on the New York Times bestseller list. Also the fact that each DC New 52 #1 issue included an appearance by the mysterious Pandora helped to tie the issues together into a connected, if still disparate, reading experience -- does this suggest maybe the DC New 52 zero issues will have some connective tissue, too?
Of the entire New 52 Third Wave, I'm most looking forward to Justin Jordan and Jesus Merino's Team Seven -- sounds like a spy thriller a la Checkmate, with a great mix of DC and Wildstorm characters in there (this would be DC's excuse, soon as they want, to start collecting in a more straightforward manner the entirety of Wildstorm, maybe numbered in a kind of reading order -- Team Seven, DV8, Sleeper, and on and on.
Also, this explains the Showcase Presents: Amethyst, Princess of Gemword that's been on the schedule a couple months, doesn't it? I note that DC's called the book Sword of Sorcery, however; I wonder if that means teams might rotate out and we could see, for instance, new Claw the Unconquered or Warlord stories.
So, are you making space next to your DC The New 52s hardcover for the collection of the zero issues? What're you looking forward to in DC's Third Wave?