JSA Omnibus Vol. 3, Aquaman: Sub-Diego, Deathstroke by Wolfman, America Vs. Justice Society, Question by Veitch, Green Lantern by Johns Omnibus 2, Wonder Woman by Perez Omnibus, Orion by Simonson, more in DC Comics Spring 2015 solicitations

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It's Christmas in August with the release of DC Comics's Spring 2015 trade paperback and hardcover collections. This list is now complete and updated with my comments, barring any late-breaking additions.

There's a lot to look at here, but some of my personal favorites and highlights are: Aquaman: Sub-Diego. Batman: The New Adventures, the post-Crisis origin of Jason Todd. Deathstroke, the Terminator: Assassins, the Marv Wolfman series. Green Arrow Vol. 3 by Mike Grell. Wonder Woman by George Perez Omnibus. JSA Omnibus Vol. 3. Swamp Thing: The Root of All Evil by Grant Morrison and Mark Millar. Orion by Walt Simonson Omnibus. The "Superstorm" Question miniseries by Rick Veitch. Showcase Presents: Blue Devil. Batman Noir: Dark Knight Returns, in black and white. America vs. the Justice Society. A new edition of Batman: Cataclysm. Green Lantern by Geoff Johns Omnibus Vol. 2, with Blackest Night.

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Note that all of this information is subject to change before publication.

100 Bullets Book Two

Absolute Green Arrow by Kevin Smith

When DC listed the Green Arrow by Kevin Smith deluxe edition as canceled, I expected they had over-estimated the appeal this might have to Arrow fans based on pre-orders. Guess the opposite is true; looks like this was popular enough to warrant a rare up-format, to Absolute. More on this when we look at the November 2014 solicitations, soon.

Absolute Transmetropolitan Vol. 1
Absolute Y The Last Man Vol. 1

Once upon a time I would have snapped up Absolutes like these to get the "definitive" version of the series, but digital has spoiled me for holding giant-size books on my lap. These are not for me, though I appreciate the recognition being given to these "now classic" Vertigo titles

Adventures of Superman Vol. 3

All Star Western Vol. 6 (The New 52)

America Vs. The Justice Society

With Roy Thomas and Jerry Ordway, this was the original story of the JSA brought up on treason charges by the US government, later re-told in JSA, Starman, and etc. Someone will have to tell me where exactly this fits into the Justice Society publishing history, as I know Thomas and Ordway were also involved in All-Star Squadron and Infinity Inc., and likely this coincides with those somehow. We can only hope if this book does well, it'll inspire new All-Star and Infinity collections.

American Vampire Vol. 7

American Vampire Vol. 8

Aquaman and the Others Vol. 2

Aquaman Vol. 5: Sea of Storms (The New 52)

Aquaman Vol. 6 (The New 52)

Aquaman: Sub-Diego

Aquaman: Sub-Diego was a 2004 storyline by Will Pfeifer and Patrick Gleason that saw a new status quo for Arthur and a new Aquagirl, among other things, picking up from the Rick Veitch run (after JLA: Obsidian Age) and continuing through to Infinite Crisis, where Sub-Diego was essentially retconned out. The storyline gained a reputation in retrospect for being really good, but Aquaman was an underrated title at the time, and with Infinite Crisis and the launch of Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis, Sub-Diego never saw collection. This one has been on my wishlist for a very, very long time, and I'm thrilled there's a chance we might now see a collection. This is issues #15-22, so to the end of Pfeifer's run before John Ostrander and then John Arcudi took over.

Arkham Manor Vol. 1

Astro City: Private Lives

Astro City: Victory

Batgirl Vol. 5: Deadline (The New 52)

Batgirl Vol. 6

The first "new look Batgirl" collection, by Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher, and Babs Tarr.

Batman '66 Vol. 2

Batman '66 Vol. 3

Batman '66/Green Hornet

Batman Adventures Vol. 2

Batman Adventures: Mad Love Deluxe Edition

If you like that kind of thing, and especially with Harley Quinn's resurgent popularity in the DC Universe, a deluxe edition. Apparently contains extras and bonus material along with the original story.

Batman and Robin Vol. 5: The Big Burn (The New 52)

Batman and Robin Vol. 6: The Hunt for Robin

Early solicits have this containing Batman and Robin #29-39, but I'd be surprised if the Robin Rises: Omega issue wasn't in there, too.

Batman Arkham: Riddler

The "Batman Arkham" header on this is interesting (subject to change); this is actually a collection of classic and recent Riddler stories, like the Superman vs. books.

Batman Beyond: Justice Lords Beyond

Batman Noir: Dark Knight Returns

A black and white edition of Dark Knight Returns, from the "I'm amazed no one ever thought of this before" department. This should be really cool-looking, actually. Do you think Batman: Year One might hold up in black and white, too?

Batman Vol. 5: Zero Year - Dark City

Batman Vol. 6 (The New 52)

This is apparently (again, subject to change) the post-Zero Year collection we've been waiting for, with Batman #0, #18-20, #28, and Batman Annual #2. A third time, subject to change.

Batman: Arkham Origins

Batman: Cataclysm (New Edition)

After the new editions of No Man's Land, Knightfall, and Murderer/Fugitive, Cataclysm was certainly due, probably to be followed by Contagion or Legacy. I know this has been out of print for a while and will please a lot of interested readers; expanded as it is, I might have to check it out myself.

Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 5: Gothopia (The New 52)

Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 6: Icarus (The New 52)

The first collection of Flash's Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato run on Detective Comics.

Batman: Earth One Vol. 2

A commercial for this one toward the end of the first season of Gotham would be really, really neat.

Batman: Eternal Vol. 2

Batman: Gothic Deluxe Edition

Batman: Harley Quinn

A big collection of Harley Quinn stories, including her first (No Man's Land) in-continuity comics appearance, and also the Detective Comics #23.2: Harley Quinn Villains' Month issue (tentatively).

Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Vol. 4

Batman: The Dark Knight Unwrapped by David Finch

Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga Vol. 2

Batman: The New Adventures

... Don't believe it until you see it, but if this one's true, I'm floored. Appears to be Batman #402-403, #408-416, and Annual #11, which includes the first post-Crisis on Infinite Earths appearance of Jason Todd, with new origin. I about never thought we'd get this one.

Batman/Superman Vol. 2: Game Over (The New 52)

Batman/Superman Vol. 3 (The New 52)

Batwing Vol. 5 (The New 52)

Batwoman Vol. 6 (The New 52)

Black Canary and Zatanna: Bloodspell

Bodies

Catwoman Vol. 6 (The New 52)

The first book of Genevieve Valentine's run on Catwoman, spinning out of Batman Eternal.

CMYK

Constantine Vol. 4 (The New 52)

DC Comics: Zero Year (The New 52)

Deadshot: Bulletproof

Collects Christos Gage's Deadshot mini-series from 2004. Someone will have to look into it, but I think this was between Suicide Squad series, not necessarily related to anything, but I'm pretty sure ...? that Gail Simone used some of what was established in this mini as continuity in Secret Six.

Deathstroke Vol. 1

Deathstroke; The Terminator Vol. 1: Assassins

Way, way back, DC collected just the first couple issues of Marv Wolfman's 1990s Deathstroke series in a collection called Full Cycle, now extremely out of print. We saw listings a couple years ago for a new collection of these issues and more, also called Assassins, but it was canceled before it was officially solicited. Well, here it is again, and I'm just as interested as I was before. Initial plans say issues #1-9 of the Wolfman series, plus New Teen Titans #70. Now if we could only get that Titans Hunt collection ...

Dial H Deluxe Edition (The New 52)

Well, I thought this title began better than it ended, but it was certainly notable, and it's nice to see it getting a deluxe edition instead of just falling into obscurity. This sets an interesting precedent for collections of in-continuity New 52 runs, though maybe this is a special case because of China Mieville's involvement.

DMZ Deluxe Edition Book Four

Earth 2 Vol. 4: The Dark Age (The New 52)

Earth 2 Vol. 5: The Kryptonian (The New 52)

Solicited (preliminarily) to include Earth 2 #21-26, and also Earth 2: Futures End #1. I would be nice if all the "Five Years Later" Futures End issues are collected with their series, as opposed to the Villain's Month titles.

Earth 2: World's End Vol. 1

Ex Machina Book Five

Fables Vol. 21

Fables Vol. 22

Fables: Deluxe Edition Book Ten

Fairest Vol. 5

FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics Vol. 3

Filth Deluxe Edition

Flash Vol. 6 (The New 52)

Forever Evil

Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest

Girl Who Played with Fire

Gotham Academy Vol. 1

Gotham By Midnight Vol. 1

Gotham City Sirens Book Two

This is initially solicited to include Gotham City Sirens #14-26, which finishes out the series and includes Peter Calloway's issues; at the outside I wasn't sure if this collection series would just collect the Paul Dini issues or not.

Graphic Ink: The DC Comics Art of Ivan Reis

Grayson Vol. 1

Green Arrow Vol. 3: The Trial of Oliver Queen

Fantastic! It's the third Green Arrow by Mike Grell collection (everybody go order Vol. 2: Here There Be Dragons). This is said to collect issues #13-18, which is actually not the "Trial of Oliver Queen" story (that's issues #19-20), so it remains to be seen what's in here.

Green Arrow Vol. 6 (The New 52)

Green Arrow: Archer's Quest Deluxe Edition

A deluxe edition of Brad Meltzer's Green Arrow stories, issues #16-21, which followed Kevin Smith's stories. And the Kevin Smith volume was recently upped from deluxe to Absolute. Any bets this one will follow suit?

Green Lantern by Geoff Johns Omnibus Vol. 2

OK, remember these are preliminary solicitations, but this one is said to collect Green Lantern #26-52, Blackest Night #0-7, DC Universe #0, Untold Tales of Blackest Night #1-2, and Blackest Night: ales of the Corps #1-2. No, it doesn't have any Green Lantern Corps issues, but those were really a separate storyline from Green Lantern in Blackest Night. More notably missing is Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns, but I wouldn't be surprised if that eventually makes its way in.

Green Lantern Corps Vol. 6 (The New 52)

Green Lantern Vol. 5: Test of Wills (The New 52)

Green Lantern Vol. 6 (The New 52)

Green Lantern: New Guardians Vol. 6 (The New 52)

Harley Quinn Vol. 1: Hot in the City (The New 52)

Harley Quinn Vol. 2 (The New 52)

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Vol. 4: What Lies Within

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Vol. 5

Hinterkind Vol. 3

Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse

Infinity Man and the Forever People Vol. 1

Injustice: Gods Among Us Year 2 Vol. 1

Injustice: Gods Among Us Year 2 Vol. 2

Invisibles Book Four Deluxe Edition

JLA Vol. 7

John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 11: Last Man Standing

JSA Omnibus Vol. 3

I was wrong -- I thought they'd quit after two volumes. This'll definitely make some people happy. It's (preliminarily) JSA #76-87, Justice Society of America #1-28, Justice League of America #8-10, Justice Society of America Annual #1, JSA Kingdom Come Special: Superman #1, JSA Kingdom Come Special: Magog #1, and JSA Kingdom Come Special: The Kingdom #1. That's past Geoff Johns and into the Jerry Ordway issues, though it stops before the Bill Willingham/Matthew Sturges material. Now I think they're done, though there is material out there for a fourth volume.

Justice League 3000 Vol. 2 (The New 52)

Justice League Dark Vol. 5 (The New 52)

Justice League of America Vol. 2: Survivors of Evil (The New 52)

Justice League United Vol. 1

Justice League Vol. 5: Forever Heroes (The New 52)

Justice League Vol. 6: Injustice League (The New 52)

Justice Society of America: A Celebration of 75 Years

Klarion Vol. 1

Lobo Vol. 1

First collection of the new Lobo series (not a collection of previous Lobo material).

Names

Neal Adams Omnibus

Contents too numerous to name (initial solicitation has this at 640 pages), but it seems to include all of both volumes of Batman: Odyssey, among plenty of other material.

New 52: Futures End Vol. 2

New Suicide Squad Vol. 1 (The New 52)

New Teen Titans Vol. 2

Initial solicit of this paperback is issues #9-16. Which leads one to wonder if this is the sequential collection of New Teen Titans that we wanted with the New Teen Titans Omnibuses and didn't get. Which makes me wonder if I'll be trading in my New Teen Titans Omnibuses one of these days ...

Nightwing Vol. 2: Rough Justice

This would seem to be an exact reprint of the previous Chuck Dixon Nightwing Vol. 2: Rough Justice, with issues #9-18. Which is better than a kick in the head, but I was hoping for some larger-scale Dixon/Nightwing collections this time, maybe to move it all along a little faster.

Ocean/Orbiter Deluxe Edition

I don't believe the Ocean miniseries and the Orbiter graphic novel are related, but I've read a little of each and I recommend both as good speculative science-fiction by Warren Ellis. This will be a nice package, I think.

Orion by Walter Simonson Omnibus

Initial solicitations have this as Orion #1-25 and stories from Jack Kirby's Fourth World #9-11 and #13. Frankly I might have been a bit more excited about this when these stories were actually in continuity, though this would definitely be a nice addition were I to go back and revisit my Fourth World Omniubuses.

Question: Falling in Place

I am 99% sure that this is the Question miniseries meant to tie in to the Superman "Super-storm" relaunch that ultimately didn't happen. Written by Rick Veitch with art by Tommy Lee Edwards; this is one I was curious about once upon a time, but again, it's been so long since this all came out. Other related titles were Vigilante, supposed to be by Micah Wright but then later by Bruce Jones, the "For Tomorrow" storyline, and Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo's Lex Luthor miniseries. Interesting timing on collecting this; to tie in to Trinity of Sin, maybe?

Red Hood and the Outlaws Vol. 6

Red Lanterns Vol. 6 (The New 52)

Robin The Boy Wonder: A Celebration of 75 Years

Sandman: Overture Deluxe Edition

Secret Origins Vol. 2

I guess I'd forgotten that DC solicited a Secret Origins Vol. 1, so that answers the question of whether these stories will only show up with their individual series or in Secret Origins collections, too. Should be Wonder Woman, Cyborg, and Red Hood in here, among others.

Secret Six Vol. 2

Wish I could say more, but I have no initial contents information on this. My hope is that it's a little larger than just one Secret Six collection.

Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman Vol. 1

Shazam!: A Celebration of 75 Years

Showcase Presents: Blue Devil Vol. 1

Wow! Gotta say, I've been digging the Showcase Presents reprints of the kind-of-classic 1980s series like Booster Gold and Blue Beetle. Blue Devil's another; this collects issues #1-18 and Fury of Firestorm #24. 'Mazing Man next, maybe?

Showcase Presents: The Flash Vol. 5

Sinestro Vol. 2 (The New 52)

Smallville Season 11 Vol. 6: Titans

Supergirl Vol. 6 (The New 52)

Said to collect Supergirl #34-40 and Futures End: Supergirl #1.

Superman - Action Comics Vol. 5: What Lies Beneath (The New 52)

Superman - Action Comics Vol. 6 (The New 52)

Superman Vol. 5 (The New 52)

Superman Vol. 6 (The New 52)

The first collection of the Geoff Johns/John Romita run.

Superman Vs. Darkseid

No details on the contents, but one wonders if this is meant to coincide with a certain upcoming DC Comics event ...

Superman: Doomed

The "all together" collection of the "Doomed" storyline, including Doomed #1, something called Superman: Brainiac #1 (maybe a Villain's Month issue?), Action Comics #30-34, Superman/Wonder Woman #7-11, and Superman #30.

Superman: Krypton Returns (The New 52)

Superman/Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Power Couple

Superman/Wonder Woman Vol. 2

Swamp Thing Vol. 6 (The New 52)

Swamp Thing: The Root of All Evil

Indeed this is the Grant Morrison/Mark Millar Swamp Thing saga, from issues #140-150. From what I understand, this is a collection a long time coming.

Teen Titans Go! Vol. 1

Teen Titans Vol. 1 (The New 52)

Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse

Top 10

Trinity of Sin Vol. 1

Unwritten Vol. 11

Wake

Wonder Woman by George Perez Omnibus

Collects issues #1-24 of Perez's legendary run, plus Wonder Woman Annual #1. This equates the same material as the four of these that were released in paperback. Perez continued writing, if not drawing, Wonder Woman after issue #24, and I hope this is actually the first volume of a series of omnibuses. (Me, I'm still holding out for a complete War of the Gods Omnibus ...)

Wonder Woman Vol. 5: Flesh (The New 52)

Wonder Woman Vol. 6: Bones

Collects Wonder Woman #30-34 (the last issues?) and Secret Origin #6.

Worlds' Finest Vol. 5 (The New 52)

Collects Worlds' Finest #22-26 and Worlds Finest: Futures End.

Y The Last Man Book Two

Wow, again! I didn't get up this morning thinking I'd see an Aquaman: Sub-Diego pre-solicitation, did you? Chime in the comments section with what you're planning to order.
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69 comments:

  1. I really wish I knew if the Birds of Prey arc is in that 2nd Secret Six book. I have that trade, but would to sell my whole collection on ebay before these start coming out. I'd like to have a nice uniform look of a complete collection, but only as long as it has the Birds of Prey arc.

    And I don't get the final 2 Fables trades. 21 ends with issue 149, but the series is coming to close at 150. Why the 22nd trade? Extra content maybe, but even with a longer issue like they did with 100, it still seems like a bit much.

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    1. It would be a cool addition if the Birds of Prey appearance of the Secret Six were included in that book. If my general sense of the contents is right, however, it would be too early ... or no? Anyway, unfortunately no word on the preliminary contents just yet.

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    2. Issue #150 of Fables is going to run 150 pages. It'll be its own trade so to speak.

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    3. Evan - do you have a source on that? I was kind of guessing that's what would happen (especially given when the previous trade is coming out).

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  2. They expect Overture to be done by Spring 2015? Pretty optimistic...

    Is that Swamp Thing trade Morrison/Millar? About time if so.

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    1. Yeah, it's the Morrison/Millar. What's the deal with that story that it's never been collected?

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    2. Just the general spottyness of early Vertigo collection, I think. I mean, Children's Crusade is just now getting reprinted (knock wood) next month, and that was mostly Neil Gaiman work for goodness' sake. There's about 100 issues of Hellblazer that haven't been traded (one chunk of which is also on today's list).

      There's also the fact that muddled last-minute-switch-after-the-Jesus-issue thing conclusion of Veitch's run and the less-regarded/less-in-demand Nancy Collins Swamp Thing run sits between the last Trade printed and the start of this run, which discouraged them from just going in order to get to these stories. (This is a big-ish trade that collects about 3/5 of the run, by the way. The followup volume will likely be unweildy.)

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    3. 2/5 of the run, that is.

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    4. I think there's slightly more to this not appearing previously than just general Vertigo spotiness - apparently Karen Berger *hated* Millar's Swamp Thing run, and the general attitude to Millar from DC since he left for good after Red Son has not been very accommodating to say the least. Despite Millar's status as one of the most high-profile writers in comics, much of his DC work remains uncollected, and the majority that has been was out of print until very recently. I get the impression Millar probably burned some bridges when he left for Marvel that are only now (15 years later) being rebuilt.

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  3. Which issues the Sub-Diego book should collect? I've been waiting years for the Aquaman by Gleason!

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    1. Nevermind xD

      So, #15-22... sounds ok, but I wish, if this trade sells well enough, that they collect the rest of the volume... and maybe some other Aquaman stories. Atlantis Chronicles Deluxe Edition, anyone?

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    2. A new Atlantis Chronicles collection, or some of Peter David's run in general, would be sweet. Is the material after issue #22 worth collecting?

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    3. Not as much fun, but I think it is worth collecting nonetheless... at least for completism's sake.

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  4. I am wondering if you have any insight into how these new Nightwing collections will be handled. I was not reading comics at the time this run happened but really after getting my hands on one, decided to go and chase them all down, so I have all the old trades. The biggest questions is will issues 61-100 be collected, since they never were the first time around? I’m wondering if the new collections will include previously left out issues, example – issue 40, issue 20 (often because they were tie ins to bigger Bat stories)? In The Hunt for Oracle they include two issues of Birds of Prey, will those be included again? I wish I could see some plan for this. Thoughts?

    Also loving the JSA Omnibuses as I again I was not reading comics at the time and want to read these stories, but man super spendy. This should be the last one right?

    Caleb

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    1. This is what I'm wondering, too, and unfortunately I don't know the answer. I have the old trades, so these reprints aren't really of value to me except for the chance, as you state, that they might eventually collect uncollected material. But this Vol. 2 only collects the same as the original Rough Justice. So, if you figure seven original collections (to issue #60) at two collections per year, it could be two and a half years before we know whether new material will be collected. I'm a little skeptical interest in these trades will last that long.

      There's material for a fourth JSA Omnibus (the Monument Point stuff); I'm also skeptical about this, but I was wrong before.

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    2. As CE said, there's enough material for a fourth JSA Omnibus. If you add up the rest of the Justice Society of America series, the issues of Justice League of America that took part in the "Dark Things" crossover and the entire JSA All-Stars ongoing series, there's a total of 47 issues. The question is whether people would be interested in it.

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    3. It sounds like that the fourth volume wouldn't be Johns stuff, I think I'm done after collecting his run. I hate having to wait and see on the Nightwing collections, really enjoyed reading them but if they are just re-printing the same trades not going to get me to double dip.
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  5. That QUESTION mini by Veitch & Edwards is a winner. VERY much overlooked, especially with LUTHOR getting so much retroactive praise.

    I wish we'd get Deluxe editions of TRANSMET instead of the ABSOLUTE volumes. I don't know that there's a need for them like that. I would JUMP at the hardcovers, though.

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    1. Appreciate the recommendation on the Question mini. What did you like about it?

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  6. Batman Adventures volume 2!
    New Batman Adventures!
    Swamp Thing by Morrison!
    The Question!
    Cataclysm New Edition (depending on if its worth it, I DO have the old one)
    JSA Omnibus volume 3!
    Green Lantern Omnibus 2!
    Maybe the George Perez Wonder Woman Omnibus! (thoughts, anyone?)
    New Teen Titans 2!
    Grell Green Arrow 3!
    Orion Omnibus!

    And so many more...my poor wallet...my poor bookshelves...

    Any idea what the Amazon links may start working?

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    1. My note above about the links will go away when they're working, and I'll update here, too. Usually it takes a day or so.

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    1. Yeah, that's weird. It's the same one listed as last time, so I don't know. Surely the Vol. 6 collection will be around at some point.

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  8. Now I'm really glad I didn't grab the individual "Orion" issues during a recent sale at Tate's Comics. I got the first trade ages ago but I'm willing to double up for something that awesome... from what I've read of it so far, it's the equal of his Thor run.

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  9. So glad Sub Diego is getting a release :) I've been wanting to read that!

    Others that peaked my interest: Wonder Woman Omnibus, Batman Earth One vol 2 and Eternal vol 2, Cataclysm and Green Lantern Omnibus

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  10. Any word on Superman - The Man of Steel Volume 9 by John Byrne and co.?

    I really want them to just release that and get it over with. Been waiting a really long while to read the infamous Supergirl Saga. The Exile TPB really doesn't work without that story by Bryne and it would be the first time it would be collected. I really hope they do.

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    1. No word, but that's on my wishlist, too. I would think any hesitation they have to release this story should have gone away with the Man of Steel movie ...

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    2. I thought exactly the same thing. Then again, given the polemic it elicited in the movie, I wonder if that has made them hold back on it. I would think a January release would be the most predictable given that they released Volumes 7 and 8 in that month except a year apart which, incidentally, is a ridiculously long wait for a damn trade.

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    3. Not to mention, I'm surprised they're even still doing those as paperbacks, when by and large they seem to have switched over to omnibus. I guess someone who bought eight paperbacks would feel burned by a Superman: Man of Steel Omnibus, but as you said, it's a long wait in between the releases of the paperbacks.

      Ultimately my hope is that Man of Steel isn't just collecting the John Byrne material, but will go forward into the early Ordway, Jurgens, Stern, etc.

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    4. The next book from that era of Superman seems to be a collection of the Action Comics Weekly story and the Sinbad arc, although the contents listed on Amazon are not accurate.

      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1401251528/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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    5. Maybe the Sinbad arc, though I hope so. I think that Power Within trade is going to be a head-scratcher until it actually sees print.

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  11. Omigosh, both the Orion and Wonder Woman omnibuses sound excellent. I'm a real sucker for DC's omnibus of somewhat-distant (like 1980-2000s) classic runs; I've bought the Fourth World, Starman, and Flash ones so far.

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    1. But what we really need are some 1980s-1990s Flash collections ...

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    2. I'm not sure if I'd buy a "Flash by Mark Waid" omnibus, but I'd certainly buy some larger trades. "The Return of Barry Allen" alone deserves a deluxe edition or Absolute or something

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    3. I sure would buy a Waid collection.

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    4. I would buy the holy heck out of a Flash by Mark Waid collection.

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    5. A collection of Flash y Waid would look very nice next to my FF by Waid & Wieringo trades.

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  12. Matthew McCallum8/20/2014 05:33:00 PM

    While there are some interesting books announced, I am disappointed that after the burst of optimism in DC Archives a year ago -- with solicitations or Amazon fish for Captain Comet Volume 1, Batman World's Finest Volume 3, Golden Age Hawkman Volume 2 and Aquaman Volume 2 -- we are now all the way to August 2015 on the schedule and these books still remain in Limbo.

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    1. i'm with you, Matthew. i'm excited for a lot of these items, but really want some new archives.

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  13. Any word on what's included with the Batman Cataclysm New Edition?

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    1. According to Edelweiss's page, it will collect Batman #553-554, Detective Comics #719-721, Batman: Shadow of the Bat #73-74, Nightwing #19-20, Azrael #40, Catwoman #56-57, Robin #52-53, Batman Chronicles #12, Blackgate: Isle of Men #1, Huntress/Spoiler: Blunt Trauma #1 and Batman: Arkham Asylum: Tales of Madness #1.

      Very comprehensive, and it makes me wonder if DC will ever bridge the gap between it and No Man's Land with some Aftershock and Road to No Man's Land collections.

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    2. Aftershock and Road to No Man's Land would really be cool, because those are books that haven't ever been collected, even a bit. Makes me think maybe this should have been a "Batman in the Bronze Age" series or something, to give a common header for everything from Knightfall through to Murderer/Fugitive, though I guess we're better off with individual books than another long-term collection series that might or might not finish.

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  14. Specific details on all of those can be found here:

    http://edelweiss.abovethetreeline.com/CatalogOverview.aspx?source=catalog&catalogID=398693&savecook=1%2c1%2c1%2c1%2c1%2c1%2c1%2c1%2c1%2c1%2c1%2c1%2c1%2c1%2c1%2c1%2c1&startIndex=0&rows=10&sord=1&savecook=1

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  15. Wow, so much stuff to comment on...

    First of all, the third JSA Omnibus is almost exactly like I mapped it in my head. I'm just surprised they included Ordway's fill-in two-parter instead of ending it with Johns' final issue. As for the second Green Lantern by Geoff Johns Omnibus, I'm very happy about the inclusion of the Blackest Night mini, the Untold Tales special and the short stories Johns wrote for Tales of the Blackest Night, and I'm pretty sure they won't omit Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns.

    The JLA vol. 7 TPB will apparently not only conclude Kelly's run (including the never-before-collected issues #83 and #90), but also collect Denny O'Neil's "Extinction" 3-parter for the first time. I guess I can end my JLA collection with this one, unless the next volumes include the Justice League Elite series by Kelly and Mahnke.

    Speaking of issues that had never been collected before, Detective Comics #837 (a Countdown to Final Crisis tie-in) will be in the Batman: Harley Quinn TPB. With that, Paul Dini's run will finally be fully collected, albeit in scattered fashion.

    The gigantic Superman: Doomed crossover is getting a single collection as I expected, so I strongly suggest people skip Superman/Wonder Woman vol. 2 and Action Comics vol. 6 in favor of that, because neither of these two volumes will be satisfying or even comprehensible without the remaining chapters.

    I was also expecting Batman vol. 6 to collect the five issues and the annual that had been skipped by the previous volumes, but what about the stand-alone issue #34? Will it be collected in vol. 7 along with the "Endgame" arc?

    There was a short Swamp Thing/Aquaman crossover, but apparently DC didn't see fit to collect the whole thing in the fifth volume of either series. Bummer.

    And finally, I'm so, so happy about The Filth getting a deluxe HC. Good thing I've resisted the urge to buy the TPB for all these years. And I've always wanted to check out Millar's Swamp Thing run, especially because of the rumors that Morrison had a lot of input in it even after he stopped co-writing the book.

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    1. That JLA Vol. 7 is another one of those "once upon a time I would have been very excited about this" with the issues #83 and #90, but at this point I guess I'm just past it. Though, haven't we seen that JLA Vol. 7 solicit before? When I saw it I was thinking there'd already been a seventh volume.

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    2. You're probably thinking of vol. 6, which showed up in the previous Edelweiss catalog. It's coming out in January, and it will collect Kelly's run up to the epilogue to "The Obsidian Age".

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    3. Somehow I missed it, but Aquaman vol. 5 had its content listing changed, and now it will collect Aquaman #26-31, Aquaman Annual #2 and Swamp Thing #32. Good thing that the short crossover will be fully collected in at least one book, and maybe there's time for DC to include Aquaman #31 in Swamp Thing vol. 6.

      Meanwhile, Aquaman and the Others vol. 1 will now include Aquaman #20 and Aquaman Annual #1. Those two issues had been skipped by the main Aquaman collections because they were written by Ostrander instead of Johns, and since the Others figure heavily in them, it makes sense to collect them along with the first five issues of their ongoing series.

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  16. America vs The Justice Society of America was published in 1985, just before COIE. Infinity, Inc. had been in publication for a year or so, and All-Star Squadron had another couple years or so. Basically, this miniseries was a retrospective on the JSA and told their history through the recently discovered diary of Earth-2's Batman.

    I remember reading it as a teen, but don't remember all the details. I think it may have been like a fond farewell to Earth-2 before Crisis changed everything.

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    1. Thanks, that's what I was wondering, if maybe the series was the good-bye to JSA before COIE or alternatively if it sprung out of one or the other of the JSA-related titles at the time.

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  17. I don't see a JSA Omnibus Vol 4 happening. After the 3rd Omnibus, the Geoff Jones pretty much wraps, so I see no need.

    I know the content on these books is subject to change, but I couldn't help notice that JSA Vol 2 contains JSA #26-81, but the third volume says it'll start with JSA #76-87? That's 6 repeated issues.

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    1. DC revised the second omnibus' contents, and it will now collect JSA #26-75, JSA Annual #1, JSA Secret Files and Origins #2 and Hawkman #23-25. Amazon UK is already showing the updated content listing.

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    2. Xavier -- As you suggested, I think duplicate contents between two omnibuses is pretty unlikely.

      Shag -- Could you discern what was the major difference in the contents update? Was it the adding in of the Hawkman issues, or something else?

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    3. Yes, the main difference was the exclusion of JSA #76-81 in favor of Hawkman #23-25, thus completing the "Black Reign" crossover. And while JSA Secret Files and Origins #2 and JSA Annual #1 weren't in the original content listing, they had already been mentioned in the solicitation copy.

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  18. Speaking of the Showcase Presents, I'd love to see 'Mazing Man, too, as well as another All-Star Squadron volume, Infinity, Inc., Fury of Firestorm, Omega Men, and more GL volumes to get us into the late 70s Denny O'Neill/Grell material.

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    1. Love the material coming out of the Showcase Presents line (and the price per issue, I guess); hate, hate, hate that these books are in black and white. Virtually guarantees we'll never see color Blue Beetle or Blue Devil collections; I'd be happy to see collections of all the titles you mention, but having them come out as Showcase Presents feels to me like a wasted opportunity.

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    2. With Marvel putting out a "Howard the Duck" omnibus and trades of "Not Brand Ecch", there might be enough fans of old humorous comics to warrant a collection of "'Mazing Man".

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  19. Yeah, I get that. Looking at how the second Infinity, Inc volume was cancelled makes me think that was never going to happen, and I don't think there's much demand for these, other than value priced b/w editions. I wish it were otherwise. I'd love to have a full color ASS trade.

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  20. Where are you getting the idea that the Secret Origins stories will appear in the relevant character's TPBs as well as the Secret Origins TPBs? I hope that's accurate as I'm mainly interested in the ones relevant to series I read, but I haven't heard this before.

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    1. I can't turn up the listing right at this moment, but I seem to recall one of the upcoming Superman trades has that Secret Origins story, and then this Wonder Woman one, etc. I wouldn't go so far as to say every Secret Origins story is going to be collected in every series individual trades, but we begin to detect a bit of a pattern now.

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  21. Would that Batman, Vol. 6 not be Zero Year - Savage City, the third part? Or is DC going to publish Zero Year in trades with the interruption of the non-Zero Year issues trade?

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    1. Glad you said it, because I was wondering the same thing. I don't know -- these listings subject to change, as it were. Surely they'll finish collecting Zero Year one way or the other.

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    2. Hey all, long time reader, first time commenter. Really enjoy this site a lot!

      As to answer your guys' question we actually get the Savage City arc with the Dark City arc in the upcoming Batman vol. 5 collection. It is listed as having those issues everywhere now. 25-27, 29-31.

      What I'd like to know is if volume 6 is going to collect the uncollected issues that have been skipped won't that put us further behind with the Batman collections? What about the upcoming Endgame arc? We have to wait for volume 7, probably over a year away now when all the other collections will still be on pace with what they have been collecting.

      I am happy that the uncollected material is being collected but not at the expense of derailing what would have been there. It would be really cool if volume 7 gets an earlier release or they change volume 6 to have the Endgame arc and release the uncollected material in some other collection as an "Untold Tales" kinda thing.

      Take care and peace.

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    3. Nathan, thanks for the clarification, and welcome! I have noticed on occasion DC doing "catch-up" collections that are a little bigger/farther-reaching than normal -- Justice League Dark Vol. 4 is still collecting Trinity War (fer gosh-sakes) but then it's also going all the way through "Blight," eight issues total. Green Arrow Vol. 3 only had four Green Arrow issues, but Green Arrow Vol. 4 had nine. So it's possible Batman Vol. 7 will just be big and maybe that'd get it caught up.

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  22. Will the 'Dial H Deluxe Edition' not include the Villain's Month issue?

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    1. I understand completeness, but if the Villains' Month issue isn't in there, you're not missing much.

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  23. Shouldn't the Wondee Woman omnibus include Action Comics 600? It was written and drawn by Byrne, inked by Perez and pitted Superman and Wonder Woman against Darkseid. It was included in the old Wonder Woman trades, vol. 3, I think...
    Would be pretty disappointed of it is left out

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    1. Remains to be seen, but I guess I'd be surprised if the short story wasn't in there given that it was in the paperback Wonder Woman Vol. 3, and the omnibus is basically a reprint of the paperbacks.

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