the first of their mid-2013 collections, DC Comics also released their March 2013 trade listings.
Some of this overlaps those summer 2013 releases, but there's a couple items here I wanted to make note of.
* Legion Worlds TP
How do you spot a true Legion of Super-Heroes fan? When you see this Legion Worlds collection on their shelf. There's just no reason for DC to release this highly specialized series of Legion one-shots that followed Legion Lost and lead into a new Dan Abnett/Andy Lanning Legion series, some two continuities ago -- and yet, I missed these books after Legion Lost and I've been hoping DC would collect them. If you like it when DC releases esoteric stuff like this, consider supporting this book with a pre-order.
* Batman: Year One Hundred
* Superman: Secret Identity
Though these are very different book, I've considered some connection between Paul Pope's Batman: Year One Hundred and Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen's Superman: Secret Identity -- both self-contained "Elseworld" stories, if you will, by big-name creators, and both well-received though copies have sometimes been hard to come by. Neither of these new printings are hardcover, unfortunately, but it's nice that they're back out and about.
* Tales of Batman: Archie Goodwin HC
I'm personally more interested in what seems to be a line of writer-focused collections, possibly with a better narrative focus than the artist editions, though guest writer Greg Elias gave us a good look at the Batman: Gene Colan book the other day. Either way, this books gives us Goodwin's Manhunter saga from Detective #437-443 (and presumably the Batman stories, too); Legends of the Dark Knight #132-136, Goodwin's last story, co-written by James Robinson, and featuring Steve Englehart's Silver St. Cloud; and an Arkham Asylum story from Showcase '95 -- always fun to see that title pop up.
* Superman Beyond: Man of Tomorrow TP
I didn't mention it before and here seems as good a place as any -- I love the idea of Superman becoming a firefighter in Superman Beyond (it's not this trade, maybe the next). It entirely make sense that after however many years, Superman would take a new secret identity he wouldn't necessarily still be a reporter. Reading how excited writer J. T. Krul was about this, it even made me re-think the whole "Clark Kent quitting the Daily Planet" thing in Scott Lobdell's Superman. It's a whole new universe -- why constrict ourselves to stories where Clark Kent's occupation is exactly the same as it was before?
* Aquaman Vol. 2: The Others HC
* Batman, Incorporated Vol. 1: Demon Star HC
Again, DC and other sites differ as to whether this volume will contain issues #0-6 of Batman, Inc. or issues #0-12. Many readers are disappointed this isn't deluxe size so as to match the other Grant Morrison Batman trades; for what it's worth, it ought match your other New 52 books at least.
* Birds of Prey Vol. 2: Your Kiss Might Kill TP
Terribly sorry to hear Duane Swierczynski is leaving this title; I really liked the first volume.
* Blue Beetle Vol. 2: Blue Diamond TP
Final collection of this series; includes the Zero Month issue.
* Dial H Vol. 1: into You TP
* Frankenstein, Agent of S.h.a.d.e. Vol. 2: Secrets of The Dead TP
Ditto the final collection of this series, and includes not only the Zero Month issue, but also Men of War #8, leading me to wonder why I bought Men of War in the first place.
* Superman: Action Comics Vol. 2 — Bulletproof HC
* Swamp Thing Vol. 2: Family Tree TP
* Worlds’ Finest Vol. 1: Lost Daughters of Earth 2 TP
Big DC week ... Swierczynski leaving, Gail Simone off Batgirl, Scott Snyder off Swamp Thing ... Don't miss our larger run down of DC collections for the summer, including Before Watchmen, Absolute Superman/Batman, Absolute Blackest Night changes and more.
Tomorrow, Doug Glassman's got a new Marvel review, and Thursday, I, Vampire. See you!