DC Trade Solicitations for February/March 2015 - Futures' End tie-ins, Superman: Doomed, Secret Six, Orion Omnibus
Friday, October 24, 2014
It seems some months are all about the classic trades, and then some months -- maybe fitting for the post-holiday offerings -- the New 52 comes roaring back. That's what's got most of my attention this time, between parts of Superman: Doomed beginning to emerge and more titles collecting their Futures' End tie-in issues. Shall we dig in?
• Superman: Doomed HC
I've no idea yet whether Superman: Doomed is good or not, but DC is surely betting hard on it, if that's any indication, running the story in Action, Superman, Superman/Wonder Woman, Batman/Superman, and Supergirl. Based on scope alone, I'm looking forward to it.
There's been some concerns that this Superman: Doomed collection wouldn't include the whole story, but if I'm not mistaken, this is more or less it: Superman: Doomed #1 and 2, Action Comics #30-35, Superman/Wonder Woman #7-12, Superman #30, Action Comics Annual #3, Superman/Wonder Woman Annual #1, Supergirl #34-35 and Batman/Superman #11.
The only problem I potentially see is the exclusion of Superman #31, but given how otherwise complete this collection is, my guess is that's just an oversight in the solicitation. And to be sure, these issues will also be collected in their individual trades.
• Batwing Vol. 5: Into the Dark TP
As with many of the books for this month, Batwing Vol. 5 includes the Futures' End tie-in issue; I'm glad to see so many Futures' End tie-in issues collected, in contrast to last year's Villains' Month. This marks the final collection of Batwing, a title I more or less lost track of after "Night of the Owls"; I'll probably get around to reading it one day -- Batwing appears in Batman: Eternal, right? -- but it's not necessarily high on my list.
• Constantine Vol. 3: The Voice in the Fire TP
• Justice League Dark Vol. 5: Paradise Lost TP
Both the Constantine and Justice League Dark series see their first trades after the Forever Evil: Blight crossover, and both contain their Futures' End tie-in issue.
• Justice League United Vol. 1: Justice League Canada HC
It's a cute nod that the title once called "Justice League Canada" gets that as the title of its first collection. It's interesting that in addition to collecting its own Futures' End tie-in issue, this trade also includes the Justice League proper title's Futures' End collection. You'll have to tell me if one leads into the other.
• Superman/Wonder Woman Vol. 2: War and Peace HC
I really liked Charles Soule's first Superman/Wonder Woman collection, much more than I was expecting, and I'm looking forward to the second one, though -- as I mentioned above -- this trade collects the Superman/Wonder Woman issues of Superman: Doomed separate from the full collection. The book also includes not only the Superman/Wonder Woman Futures' End tie-in issue, but also the Wonder Woman Futures' End issue written by Soule.
• Green Lantern: New Guardians Vol. 5 – Godkillers TP
Green Lantern: New Guardians gets a trade of its own between the "Lights Out" crossover previous and the "Godhead" crossover to come. Another series I've lost track of -- really I've lost track of the Green Lantern titles overall. I thought Geoff Johns wrote some good interactions for Hal Jordan in the Justice League, and personally I'm eager to see Hal with closer ties to the DC Universe again.
• Teen Titans Vol. 5: The Trial of Kid Flash TP
Finishes out the Scott Lobdell Teen Titans run. Presumably we'll see the Futures' End issue collected with the first of Will Pfeifer's new series.
• Secret Six Vol. 1: Villains United TP
Once again, the great news is that Gail Simone's Secret Six is back in the New 52, and this explains the new spate of "classic" Secret Six trades. This book includes the Villains United miniseries, the Secret Six miniseries, and the Villains United Infinite Crisis special, which is about two trades worth of material. No word yet on what the second collection will contain, but I don't think anyone would mind if DC collected the Six's appearance in Simone's Birds of Prey along with this.
I might have preferred hardcover for these reprinting, but I'm happy for anyone who hasn't had a chance to read Secret Six to be able to do so now.
• Batman: Dark Knight, Dark City TP
"Dark Knight, Dark City" is a classic on its own (I reviewed it some time ago when it came out as a DC Comics Presents volume), but I adore this kind of "putting it in context" collection that includes Peter Milligan's Detective Comics stories from the same time. This early Tim Drake/pre-Knightfall Batman era is largely uncollected, and I hope this is the beginning of more from that era.
• Orion by Walter Simonson Omnibus Edition HC
Doug offered a great preview a couple weeks back of what this will collect. Orion is another of these dynamic 2000s JLA-era series that was never collected -- Tom Peyer's Hourman is another one -- and the fact that it zooms back to us in omnibus form is just splendid. This is the anti-Showcase Presents, in essence; the same way we're getting Orion, I'd have wanted to see the 1980s Booster Gold, Blue Beetle, Infinity Inc., and on and on.
• Shazam!: A Celebration of 75 Years HC
Among the contributors listed for this book are Otto Binder, Dennis O'Neil, and Geoff Johns. Hopefully the omission of Jerry Ordway will be corrected in the book; this would not be a proper Shazam celebration without material from Ordway's superlative Power of Shazam (speaking of series that need omnibus collections). Aside from kicking off with a great graphic novel, Ordway's Captain Marvel was not too cheesy, not too modern, and it was in Ordway's book that we saw the beginnings of the Black Adam iteration that Johns would further popularize.
• Secret Origins Vol. 1 TP
Based on the character's named in the solicitation, this would seem to collect issues Secret Origins issues #1-4, at least. Given that we know at least some of these stories will also be collected in the characters' individual volumes, I'll be trade-trade-waiting on this one until I see how the material shakes out elsewhere.
• Batman: The Dark Knight Unwrapped By David Finch Deluxe Edition HC
Last but not least, this collection of David Finch's pencils among a variety of recent Bat-titles. I rather like Finch's Batman work (some other cover work notwithstanding) and I expect this will be an attractive book; indeed I think Finch was ill-served by some of the inking late in the New 52 Dark Knight title, and maybe this book will right those pages a bit.
OK -- what are you buying and what did I overlook?