Big items on this list are two from Grant Morrison, Wonder Woman: Earth One and a deluxe-size edition of Multiversity. Don't miss, however, a couple of nice Chuck Dixon reprints, Birds of Prey and Robin (to go along with the recent Dixon Nightwing collections), and a Batman: Road to No Man's Land collection; Showcase Presents: Blue Devil; a deluxe edition of Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino's Green Arrow; a new Green Arrow collection by Mike Grell and a new Deathstroke, the Terminator collection by Marv Wolfman; plus a Batman v. Superman companion collection. Read on for more!
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• 100 Bullets Book Three
• Absolute Court of Owls
As solicited just this past month, we have some suspicion this might be the first in a series of Scott Snyder/Greg Capullo Absolute Batman collections.
• Absolute Green Lantern/Green Arrow
Obviously I have no objection to Dennis O'Neil and Neal Adams's seminal Green Lantern/Green Arrow getting all the continued attention it deserves, though I do wonder how the 1970s artwork will hold up in large-scale format.
• American Vampire Vol. 7
• American Vampire Vol. 8
• American Vampire Vol. 9
• Arrow Season 2.5
• Art Ops Vol. 1
• Astro City: Confession
• Astro City: Private Lives
• Astro City
I don't know much about Astro City, but by popular demand, the Astro City proper collection includes issues #18-21 and 23-24. Confession is #1/2 and 4-9. Private Lives is #11-16.
• Bad Girls
• Batman '66 Vol. 3
• Batman '66 Vol. 4
• Batman '66/Green Hornet
• Batman Adventures Vol. 3
• Batman and Robin Vol. 6: The Hunt For Robin (The New 52)
• Batman and Robin Vol. 7: Robin Rises (The New 52)
Said to include Batman and Robin #35-40, Batman and Robin Annual #3, the Damian Wayne story from Secret Origins #4 (one of the best of the initial Secret Origins stories), and Robin Rises: Alpha, though not Omega. Since this is the last trade of the series as it's cancelled before Convergence, I expect Omega will actually be in here, too.
• Batman Arkham: Two-Face
Continuing this series of meant-to-attract-video-game-fans Batman: Arkham collections. It doesn't say it specifically in the solicitations, but the temporary cover art for this collection shows Batman Annual #14 by Andrew Helfer and Chris Sprouse, which I consider history's creepiest, most definitive Two-Face story. Hope it's in there.
• Batman Beyond 2.0 Vol. 3: Marked Soul
• Batman Eternal Vol. 3 (The New 52)
Final collection of the weekly series.
• Batman Noir: Hush
• Batman R.I.P. Unwrapped
So "Noir" is "black and white"; "Unwrapped" is pencilled but without inks. Nice to see "modern" stories getting this treatment, as our history becomes classics ...
• Batman v. Superman
A collection of Superman/Batman "clashes." Given we already got our Dark Knight Over Metropolis, I wonder what else this will collect, and if the emphasis will really be on fights between Batman and Superman, and whether that means full storylines or just parts of stories (Dark Knight Returns, excerpted?). This seeming emphasis on Superman and Batman not getting along is troubling; the movie producers have the unenviable job of making us take sides but then they ultimately need us to come to like both characters. Avengers, on the other hand, has largely emphasized the characters' teamwork; I'm not sure the DC movie team has the right idea.
• Batman Vol. 6: Graveyard Shift (The New 52)
• Batman Vol. 7: Endgame (The New 52)
Appears to collect just Batman #35-40 and none of the tie-ins (which will appear in their own Joker trade, below), which keeps with the pattern of the Batman trades that preceded it.
• Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 6: Icarus (The New 52)
• Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 7 (The New 52)
• Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Vol. 5
• Batman: Road to No Man's Land
The full contents aren't listed, but these are previously-uncollected stories between Cataclysm (recently announced for a new collection) and Batman: No Man's Land (roundabouts Batman #560, Detective Comics #727, Shadow of the Bat #80, and so on). I've probably literally been waiting for this collection for almost fifteen or so years. A good amount of this is written by Chuck Dixon, reflecting an overall trend lately toward DC reprinting Dixon's work -- Nightwing, previously, and in these solicitations Birds of Prey and Robin.
• Batman: Shaman
• Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Deluxe Edition
• Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham
• Batman: War Games Vol. 1
Rather surprised to see DC reprinting this. I appreciate the sentiment -- though I don't completely recall, apparently the original trade was printed maybe with some non-essential material excluded, and this new collection "includes chapters never before reprinted chapters." At the same time, this story was not great, up to and including the weird torture death of Robin/Spoiler Stephanie Brown that was written and drawn so awkwardly that everyone involved's discomfort nearly bled off the page, and in the spirit of DC's Divergence it surprises me they're choosing to bring this up again. Good for completists, though!
• Batman: Year 100 Deluxe Edition
• Batman/Superman Vol. 3: Second Chance (The New 52)
• Batman/Superman Vol. 4 (The New 52)
• Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman: Trinity Deluxe Edition
I've never read this mini-series written and drawn by Matt Wagner, but I've heard good things about it; something silly that put me off it is that there seemed some fan interest in finding where this fit into continuity, when it ultimately doesn't; likely this deluxe edition is meant to coincide with the Batman v. Superman movie. I have some sense this is set within the same "timeframe" as Wagner's Batman and the Monster Men books.
• Birds of Prey Vol. 1
A new collection of Chuck Dixon's first Birds of Prey material, namely Black Canary/Oracle: Birds of Prey #1, Birds of Prey: Revolution #1, Birds of Prey: Manhunt #1-4, Birds of Prey: Wolves #1, Birds of Prey: Batgirl #1, and Showcase ’96 #3. This is essentially the contents of the existing Birds of Prey and Birds of Prey: Old Friends, New Enemies trades, except it excludes Birds of Prey #1-6. I think this is a good thing, however, because it suggests the next volume might collect Birds of Prey #1-6 and beyond; Dixon's Birds of Prey #7-19 and issues from the #20s and #30s have never been collected, but hopefully this is a sign that they might be.
• Blackest Night Unwrapped
• Boy Commandos by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby Vol. 1
• Catwoman Vol. 4: The One You Love
Glad to see this Will Pfeifer collection that follows the Ed Brubaker collections. It wasn't surprising we got re-printed, more-complete Ed Brubaker collections because, well, Ed Brubaker, but whether DC would continue to collect this into the War Games era of Catwoman was another story. Collects the pre-Flashpoint Catwoman series #38-49.
• Children's Crusade
DC recently announced this expanded collection of Neil Gaiman's Children's Crusade Vertigo event, with a new story added. It does seem a little strange to me though that this should only collect the Gaiman material and not the Black Orchid, Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Doom Patrol, and Arcana/Books of Magic annuals that went along with it. That would make it more of a must-buy for me.
• Coffin Hill Vol. 3
• Crisis on Infinite Earths Deluxe Edition
Here's a nice surprise in time for Convergence. If you don't have it, the deluxe size would be a lovely, special-but-not-too-imposing format in which to read Crisis on Infinite Earths.
• Deathstroke: The Terminator Vol. 2: Sympathy for the Devil
Hooray! A second collection of Marv Wolfman's 1990s Deathstroke, the Terminator series! This one collects the "Terminator Hunt" storyline, issues #10-13 and Annual #1 (there was a Superman crossover issue, #68, where Lois Lane's sister Lucy gets caught in the crossfire, that I think they should include here, too). Either this is the last of these Deathstroke collections or something really extraordinary is about to happen, because the next Deathstroke issues are part of the
• Demon: Haunted Glory
Don't let the title fool you; what's really notable about this collection of Garth Ennis's Demon #40-48 and Annual #2 is all Hitman -- the origin of Hitman (also collected in the Hitman books) plus a Demon/Hitman team-up.
• DMZ The Deluxe Edition Book Five
• Earth 2 Vol. 5: The Kryptonian (The New 52)
• Earth 2 Vol. 6 (The New 52)
• Earth 2 World's End Vol. 2 (The New 52)
• Effigy Vol. 1
• Fables: The Deluxe Edition Book Eleven
• Fables: The Wolf Among Us Vol. 1
• FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics Vol. 4
• Flash by Geoff Johns Book One
A paperback of the previously-released Flash by Geoff Johns Omnibus Vol. 1. This one was thinner than the next two, by comparison; I wonder how paperback binding and a paperback spine is going to work when these collections really get to omnibus-size.
• Flash Season Zero
• Flash Vol. 5: History Lessons (The New 52)
• Flash Vol. 6: Out Of Time (The New 52)
• Flash Vol. 7 (The New 52)
Collects Flash #36-40, up to Convergence, plus a story from Secret Origins #7.
• Flinch Book One
• Get Jiro: Blood and Sushi
• Gotham Academy Vol. 2
• Graphic Ink: Darwyn Cooke
• Grayson Vol. 1: Agents Of Spyral (The New 52)
• Grayson Vol. 2 (The New 52)
• Green Arrow by Jeff Lemire Deluxe Edition (The New 52)
I really liked what I've read of Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino's Green Arrow work, and no disrespect to the new team but I was sad to see Lemire leave the book, seemingly somewhat suddenly. This is reported to be Green Arrow issues #17-34, the Futures End issue, and the story from Secret Origins, about three trades worth. Given how quickly this run came and went, I'm glad to see it get this recognition.
• Green Arrow Vol. 4: Blood of the Dragon
Hooray also for the next collection of Mike Grell's Green Arrow (though neither collections of John Ostrander's Martian Manhunter nor Spectre on this list is concerning). This collects issues #21-28 of the 1980s series, including a guest appearance by Warlord Travis Morgan, another of Grell's popular characters.
• Green Arrow Vol. 7 (The New 52)
If I understand correctly this is the sole Green Arrow trade by Arrow writers Andrew Kreisberg and Ben Sokolowski, collecting issues #35-40, before Ben Percy takes over post-Convergence.
• Green Lantern: A Celebration of 75 Years
• Green Lantern/New Gods: Godhead
Collects Green Lantern/New Gods: Godhead #1, Green Lantern #35-37, Green Lantern Corps #35-37, Green Lantern: New Guardians #35-37, Red Lanterns #35-37, Sinestro #6-8, and Green Lantern Annual #3, verily the last Green Lantern crossover before Convergence. Somewhat worrisome is that the already-solicited Green Lantern Vol. 6: The Life Equation collects Green Lantern #35-40 and the annual but not Green Lantern/New Gods: Godhead #1; I really hope the only place to read that isn't just here.
• Harley Quinn Vol. 2: Power Outage (The New 52)
• Harley Quinn Vol. 3 (The New 52)
• He-Man: The Eternity War Vol. 1
• Immortal Doctor Fate
This would seem to collect Dr. Fate material from his Golden Age appearances to 1970s material, to the Dr. Fate miniseries by J.M. DeMatteis and Keith Giffen (Kent Nelson as Fate to Eric Strauss and his mother Linda as Fate), sending just before the ongoing DeMatteis series in the late 1980s.
• Infinite Crisis: Fight For The Multiverse Vol. 2
• Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Two Vol. 2
• Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Three Vol. 1
• John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 12: How to Play with Fire
• Joker: Endgame
Collects the various Batman: Endgame specials: Gotham Academy: Endgame #1, Batgirl: Endgame #1, Batman and Robin: Endgame #1, Arkham Manor: Endgame #1, and Batman Annual #3, back-ups from Batman #35-39.
• Justice League Dark Vol. 6 (The New 52)
• Justice League United Vol. 1: Justice League Canada (The New 52)
• Justice League United Vol. 2: The Infinitus Saga (The New 52)
• Justice League: A League of One
• Kid Eternity Deluxe Edition
I'd have been all over this had it been released when Kid Eternity was regularly appearing in Teen Titans a couple of years ago. That's just me; I'm sure the impetus nowadays is author Grant Morrison.
• MAD Art of Jack Davis: The Complete Collection of His Work from MAD Comics #1-23
• MAD Art of Wally Wood: The Complete Collection of His Work from MAD Comics #1-23
• MAD Art of Will Elder: The Complete Collection of His Work from MAD Comics #1-23
• Mad Max: Fury Road
• Mortal Kombat X Vol. 2
• Multiversity Deluxe Edition
Something special was inevitable for the Multiversity collection, and deluxe format is a satisfactory opening salvo. This includes the Multiversity Guidebook in addition to all the issues.
• Neal Adams Omnibus
• New 52: Futures End Vol. 3
• New Teen Titans Vol. 3
No word on the contents yet, but of course we're still waiting to see if these paperback editions will result in more complete or straightforward collections of New Teen Titans than the omnibuses did.
• Nightwing Vol. 3
No word on the contents other than this is the next collection of the Chuck Dixon series. Last volume collected the same as the original second volume, Rough Justice, issues #9-18. The original volume three collected issues #1/2, #19, #21-22, #24-29. The missing issues, #20 and #23, were respectively parts of the "Cataclysm" and "Brotherhood of the Fist" crossovers; for completeness, I wouldn't mind seeing them restored to this volume.
• Phantom Stranger
Among other issues, this collects the Phantom Stranger material from Action Comics Weekly, making it the third (by my count) collection to include Action Comics Weekly material, after Superman: The Power Within and Nightwing: Old Friends, New Enemies.
• Quarantine Zone
• Red Hood and the Outlaws Vol. 7 (The New 52)
• Robin Vol. 1: Reborn
We know this is a collection of Robin Tim Drake stories by Chuck Dixon, and the apparent presence of artist Tom Lyle suggests this could be one collection of all three of the Robin miniseries that preceded Dixon's ongoing series. If indeed it includes Robin III, that would be the first time that miniseries has been collected. Other Robin material has been collected out of order in Robin: A Hero Reborn and Robin: Tragedy and Triumph, so maybe this new collection series will put all of that back in order.
• Sandman: Overture Deluxe Edition
• Scalped Deluxe Edition Book Three
• Scalped Deluxe Edition Book Two
• Scooby-Doo Team-Up Vol. 2
• Secret Origins Vol. 3 (The New 52)
• Secret Six Vol. 3
No word on the contents, but as Secret Six Vol. 2 collected issues #1-14, the first two (numbered) trades, this could collect Vol. 3 and 4, Danse Macabre and Cats in the Cradle, issues #15-24, and that would leave the fourth new volume to collect the final two trades, issues #25-36.
• Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman Vol. 2
• Showcase Presents: Batman Vol. 6
• Showcase Presents: Blue Devil Vol. 1
Another definitively 1980s series that I've really wanted to read; after Showcase Presents: Booster Gold and Showcase Presents: Blue Beetle, Blue Devil is only logical. Said to collect issues #1-18 of the series plus Fury of the Firestorm #24.
• Showcase Presents: The Flash Vol. 5
• Smallville Season 11 Vol. 7: Lantern
• Star-Spangled War Stories Vol. 1
• Strange Sports Stories
• Suicide Squad Vol. 1: Trial by Fire
I guess this re-print of the already-released collection of John Ostrander's first Suicide Squad issues is meant to coincide with the movie. My hope is that maybe this will finally lead to the release of Suicide Squad Vol. 2: The Nightshade Odyssey, previously solicited and then cancelled; I'd been looking forward to that one.
• Suiciders Vol. 1
• Superman - Action Comics Vol. 6: Superdoom (The New 52)
• Superman - Action Comics Vol. 7 (The New 52)
• Superman Adventures Vol. 1
• Superman Unchained (The New 52)
• Superman: Doomed (The New 52)
• Superman: Earth One Vol. 3
• Superman/Wonder Woman Vol. 2: War And Peace (The New 52)
• Superman/Wonder Woman Vol. 3 (The New 52)
• Swamp Thing by Scott Snyder Deluxe Edition
I liked Scott Snyder's Swamp Thing OK, and the Yanick Paquette artwork is going to be sensational in this large-scale format. Seems to me that if DC is going to do the New 52 Swamp Thing deluxe, only fair that Jeff Lemire's related, superlative Animal Man series get the same treatment.
• Swamp Thing: Darker Genesis
• Sweet Tooth Deluxe Edition Book One
• Teen Titans: Earth One Vol. 1
• Wild Dog: Unleashed
Make that four collections now of Action Comics Weekly material, with this collection of Max Allen Collins's Wild Dog stories. (I mainly remember Wild Dog for the stark-looking DC house ads.) Between this and the Batman: Second Chances, seems about time for a collection of Collins's Ms. Tree.
• Wolf Moon
• Wonder Woman Vol. 6: Bones (The New 52)
• Wonder Woman Vol. 7 (The New 52)
The first volume written by Meredith Finch with artist David Finch.
• Wonder Woman: A Very Selfish Princess
Collecting what will apparently be, but I hadn't heard announced yet, a twelve-part digital series written and drawn by Jill Thompson (Sandman, Dead Boy Detectives).
• Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 1
Not to save the highlight for last, but it seems we can expect the Grant Morrison/Yanick Paquette graphic novel in November. No additional clues on the story aside from that Morrison "once again pushes the boundaries of the graphic novel page in his mind-bending new take on the most powerful woman in the DC Universe."
• Worlds' Finest Vol. 6 (The New 52)
• Y The Last Man Book Three
Maybe not as many real shockers in this list as in the one from last August, but still some stuff to look forward to. Leave a comment and let me know your top picks from the list.