last month's Superman celebration books, Dark Knight Over Metropolis, Deadshot, and more, DC Comics's October 2013 trade solicitations look a little thin in comparison. Still some good paperbacks and hardcovers to note, however; let's dig in.
• DC Comics — The New 52 Villains Omnibus HC
I seem to recall hearing about this one somewhere before. Rather gutsy for DC to announce the giant Villains Month omnibus before the event even arrives, but gathering pre-orders now was probably necessary for getting this out by Christmas.
• Green Arrow Vol. 1: Hunter’s Moon TP
Everything I said last month about pre-ordering applies here, too. For the love of god, pre-order this book. We have been waiting forever for collections of Mike Grell's Green Arrow series, and this is one that seems to me imminently on the chopping block; publication, despite the Arrow TV series, is in no way guaranteed. If you want this book, and if you want to see further editions of this series, pre-order, pre-order, pre-order.
• Just Imagine Stan Lee Creating the DC Universe Omnibus HC
This omnibus was previously scheduled for last year and I remember some folks were disappointed when it was cancelled. This is a little too Elseworlds-y for me, but I imagine some will be glad to see it back on the schedule.
• The Joker: The Clown Prince of Crime TP
Confirmed once and for all that this is the full nine issues of the 1970s Joker series. Seems to me DC is publishing this one a little late, after the big Joker fever has already passed (it lands a month or two after the Death of the Family collections.
• The Authority Vol. 2 HC
In terms of scope, I'm partial to the Absolute Authority Vol. 2 (my review), but it's hard to argue with this hardcover that collects issues #13-29 without skipping the ones not written by Mark Millar, giving a fuller reading experience overall.
Your New 52 titles for the month
• All-Star Western Vol. 3: The Black Diamond Probability TP
I'm still not a regular All-Star Western reader (catch my review of All-Star Vol. 1 in the Collected Editions Guide to the New 52 ebook), but it's hard to argue with a trade of Jonah Hex vs. Eclipso action.
• Red Hood and The Outlaws Vol. 3: Death of the Family TP
Not that the "death" is much of a secret any more, but I was surprised that the solicitations for this trade totally spoil said passing.
• Green Lantern Corps Vol. 3: Willpower HC
• Red Lanterns Vol. 3: The Second Prophecy TP
These are both "Third Army/First Lantern" tie-in trades, and at one point I thought they were titled as such, but not any more, I guess. Please, please let Red Lanterns be good this time.
• Flash Vol. 3: Gorilla Warfare HC
• Superman — Action Comics Vol. 3: At The End of Days HC
• Swamp Thing Vol. 3: Rotworld—The Green Kingdom TP
• Worlds’ Finest Vol. 2: Hunt and Be Hunted TP
That's what caught my eye this month. What's on your reading list?