DC Trade Solicitations for February 2013 - New Teen Titans Omnibus Vol. 3, Crisis on Multiple Earths Vol. 6, and more
Friday, November 16, 2012
Let's get right to it.
* The New Teen Titans Omnibus Vol. 3 HC
Couple corrections to this solicitation.
Supposedly this third New Teen Titans Omnibus collects Tales of the Teen Titans #45-61 and 66-67, New Teen Titans #38, New Teen Titans #1-6, and Secret Origins Annual #3.
The thing about Tales is that it was New Teen Titans Series 1 through issue until it became Tales with issue #41, and around issue #45 DC launched New Teen Titans Series 2. These series ran simultaneously through Tales #58. Tales #59 reprinted the DC Comics Presents Titans origin, and #60 began reprinting issues of New Teen Titans Series 2; thus New Teen Titans and Tales became the same series, just about fifteen issues behind one another.
Therefore, the New Teen Titans Omnibus Vol. 3 can't actually contain the full seventeen issues listed above, since Tales #60-65 are actually New Teen Titans #1-6.
Plus, New Teen Titans #6/Tales #65 is part one of a four-part story; even with Tales #66-67 (Titans #7-8), there's still one part of that story missing.
Not to mention that the Vol. 2 Omnibus contained over twenty-five issues, and with the listing above, we're looking at seventeen or less, which is a considerably smaller Titans Omnibus than what DC has offered so far, and for the same price as the others.
Hopefully this turns out to be an incomplete issue list and there's more issues coming. A thinner omnibus would be a shame, and an omnibus that cuts off in the middle of a story (possibly because this is around when George Perez leaves Titans), without another omnibus to follow, would also be a disappointment.
* Crisis On Multiple Earths Vol. 6 TP
Readers are already lighting up Dan DiDio's Facebook page about this one.
Solicitations say Crisis on Multiple Earths Vol. 6 (first announced to you by Collected Editions) collects Justice League of America #195-197, 207-209, and 219-220. The first is the JLA and JSA versus the Ultra-Humanite and the Secret Society of Super-Villans; the last fixes some (pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths) continuity regarding the Earth-1 and Earth-2 Black Canaries.
Issues #207-209, however, are parts one, three, and five of a team-up with the JSA and the All-Star Squadron; the other parts are found in All-Star Squadron #14 and 15.
Surely, surely this one is a misprint too; I can't believe DC would release a Crisis volume with two parts of a five-part story excluded. At the same time, all the fans have to go on at pre-order time is the solicits; for a book like Crisis on Multiple Earths that's already had a tough publication history, I wish the details would be right the first time so they don't lose potential customers.
* Day of Judgment TP
It's been a while since I've read Day of Judgment, but I'm left with the impression that it was not very good: art that didn't thrill, a story that didn't pop, and a whole lot of silly-sounding magic stuff (DC's magic titles have improved a lot since then, including Bill Willingham's Shadowpact). But it remains that this is 1) a DC Comics crossover, 2) one of the first things Geoff Johns wrote for DC, and 3) the first time Geoff Johns wrote Hal Jordan, setting the stage, eventually, for Green Lantern: Rebirth (plus 3A) there's a cool moment when the newly re-banded JSA re-introduces itself to the DC Universe).
For all of these things, I wholly applaud DC collecting this; I might be less sanguine about a Genesis collection, which lacks the same historical relevance. Me, I'm one of six people out there who'd still like to see a War of the Gods collection ...
* Superman Vs. Zod TP
Issues collected here (or so they say) are Adventure Comics #283, the first appearance of the Phantom Zone and General Zod, in a Superboy story; Action Comics #473, 549-549, various stories of Superman versus Zod; DC Comics Presents #97, a Phantom Zone story, the last issue of that series, and a rare pre-Crisis story told after Crisis on Infinite Earths had already finished; and Action Comics #10, a new Zod origin by Geoff Johns and Richard Donner.
Am I the only one who wished DC would have reprinted the "Supergirl Saga" from Superman #21-22 and Adventures of Superman #444? Within, the Phantom Zone criminals kill everyone on a parallel Earth, and Superman is forced to execute them -- now that's Superman versus Zod!
* All-Star Western Vol. 2: The War of Lords and Owls TP
* Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 2 — Scare Tactics HC
* Batwing Vol. 2: in The Shadows of The Ancients TP
* G.i. Combat Vol. 1: The War That Time Forgot TP
* I, Vampire Vol. 2: Rise of The Vampires TP
* Red Lanterns Vol. 2: The Death of The Red Lanterns TP
* Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls TP
Your DC New 52 releases for this month. Detective, Batwing, and GI Combat all include their Zero Month issues.
Those are my picks for this month -- what are you getting? And a bonus question, how have your comics buying habits changed over 2012?