Suicide Squad Vol. 2, Elseworlds Omnibus, Wonder Woman: War of the Gods, Justice League by Jurgens, Aquaman Omnibus by Geoff Johns, Gotham Central Omnibus, Azrael, Black Lightning, Batman Noir: Black Mirror, more in DC Comics Spring 2016 solicitations

Thursday, August 06, 2015

It's DC Comics's Spring 2016 trade paperback and hardcover collections! This list is now complete and updated with my comments, barring any late-breaking additions.

Great long-awaited collections on this list like Wonder Woman: War of the Gods, Superman and the Justice League America by Dan Jurgens (the "Death of Superman"-era run), and a new solicitation of the previously-cancelled Suicide Squad Vol. 2: The Nightshade Odyssey (plus a third volume!). We also see a collection of DC Comics's Elseworlds stories, the new Tony Isabella Black Lightning collection, an Aquaman by Geoff Johns collection, a Gotham Central Omnibus, Batman Noir: Black Mirror, and new numbering for the regular-series Superman trades. Read on for more!

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

100 Bullets Book Five

100 Bullets Book Four

Absolute Transmetropolitan Vol. 2

Collects through the end of the sixth trade paperback.

Absolute Y: The Last Man Vol. 2

Collects through the middle of the seventh trade paperback. I'd guess just one more Absolute collecting Vols. 7-10.

American Vampire Vol. 8

Aquaman By Geoff Johns Deluxe Edition

Said to collect Aquaman #0-16 and Justice League #14-16, which is not actually all of Johns's Aquaman run, just through "Throne of Atlantis," omitting issues #17-25, "Death of a King" (this could, of course, change).

Aquaman Vol. 6: Maelstrom

Aquaman Vol. 7

Art Ops Vol. 1

Astro City Vol. 12

Azrael Vol. 1

As I discussed previously, I really enjoyed the Dennis O'Neil/Barry Kitson take on Jean Paul Valley all those years ago, weird and quirky and introspective. If you only know Azrael from Knightfall, give this a try; it's one of my long-time favorite series.

Bat-Mite

Batgirl Vol. 2

Batman '66 Vol. 4

Batman '66 Vol. 5

Batman Adventures Vol. 4

Batman and Robin Vol. 7: Robin Rises

Batman Arkham: Scarecrow

Batman Beyond Vol. 1: Beyond the Bat

Batman by Ed Brubaker Vol. 1

Said to collect Batman #582-586 and #591-594, which includes conflicts with the Penguin, Deadshot, and Zeiss, the "Batman Dies" mini-event, a tie-in to "Our Worlds at War," and skipping the Officer Down issue and some issues written by Brian K. Vaughn (obviously). Brubaker wrote Batman into the #600s, so there's some material at least for a second volume.

Batman by Neal Adams Omnibus

Batman Noir: Black Mirror

Solicitations have this as Batman #871-877, which I don't believe is right, and I don't believe they'd favor Jock here specifically over Francesco Francavilla. My guess it's indeed the whole Black Mirror, and this wonderfully creepy tale, one of Scott Snyder's best, would be dynamite in just black and white.

Batman Vol. 7: Endgame

Batman Vol. 8

Interesting that Batman apparently isn't being re-numbered in trade, at the same time that books like Batgirl and now Superman (see below) are. Maybe this is just for books with new creative teams or books that were otherwise previously in trouble (renumbering such to separate), neither of which is true for Batman.

Batman: Arkham Knight Genesis

Batman: Arkham Knight Vol. 2

Batman: Europa

Long-stalled miniseries by Brian Azzarello, with at least one issue by Jim Lee. I don't know what to tell you except I'm looking at a listing for a collection of the four issues, due out "forthcoming."

Batman: Legacy/Contagion

Say it with me now: It should actually be Batman: Contagion/Legacy. Respectfully I informed you of this at an earlier juncture. Contents currently listed are Batman: Shadow of the Bat #53-54, Batman #533-534, Detective Comics #700-702, Catwoman #36, Robin #32-33, and Batman: Bane, which is just Legacy, so I'm guessing these aren't actually the full contents. (Update: Title seems to have been changed to just "Legacy," and the contents listed were only the ones in Legacy. Here's hoping a new Contagion trade will be along sometime to round out the set.)

Batman: Road to No Man's Land Vol. 2

Second lead-in volume to No Man's Land is said to contain Batman #560-562, Detective Comics #727-730, Batman: Shadow of the Bat #80-82, Batman Chronicles #15-16, and Azrael: Agent of the Bat #47-49. These were the actually-labeled "Road to No Man's Land" issues (as opposed to Road Vol. 1's "Aftershocks" issues, though happy to see them collected), with stories by Dennis O'Neil and Chuck Dixon (including Bruce Wayne himself trying to prevent "No Man's Land" politically in Washington).

Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga Vol. 3

Batman: War Games Vol. 2

Seems to collect Detective Comics #798, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #183, Nightwing #97, Batman: Gotham Knights #57, Robin #130, Batgirl #56, Catwoman #35-36 and Batman #633, which is Act Two and part of Act 3 of War Games, so either these contents are incomplete or we can expect a third volume (with Stephanie Brown's ultimate resurrection, perhaps, thereby re-shaping War Games?).

Birds of Prey Vol. 2

Continuing the re-collection of Chuck Dixon's Birds of Prey (a common theme on these recent lists is more previously-uncollected Chuck Dixon stuff). Birds of Prey is collected only in crossovers, etc. from issue #7 to about #55.

Bizarro

Black Canary Vol. 1

Black Lightning Vol. 1

As you've read about elsewhere, Tony Isabella and DC have seemed to reconcile, culminating to start with the publication of this collection. Collects mostly likely ten or eleven issues of the 1970s Black Lightning series.

Blackest Night Unwrapped

With Ivan Reis's un-inked and un-colored pencils, as opposed to Batman Noir where it's inked but un-colored.

Catwoman Vol. 5

Catwoman Vol. 7

Constantine; The Hellblazer Vol. 1

Cyborg Vol. 1

DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 1

DC Comics: Elseworlds Vol. 1

No word yet on what this will contain (and it looks to be a paperback volume one, not an omnibus as my headline mistakenly suggests), but I'm hoping it's a publication-order re-collection of all of DC's Elseworlds specials, specifically the old Prestige Format ones. Hardly do we need another collection of the Batman: Red Rain books, but a collection of books like Batman: In Darkest Knight and Superman: Speeding Bullets would be great.

Deathstroke Vol. 2

Deathstroke, the Terminator Vol. 3

Wow! I overlooked this in my list of headliners! Hey, Hix! This is said to collect issues #14-20 of Marv Wolfman's Deathstroke, the Terminator, which means just the Deathstroke parts of the "Total Chaos" crossover with New Titans and Team Titans (and I'm not even upset about that) and then also the no-longer "Uncollected Edition" "Nuclear Winter" (also starting Arsenal).

Demon Vol. 2: The Longest Day

What's funny about the solicitation for this collection of Demon #49-58 by Garth Ennis is that the copy touts "tons of appearances by Hitman!" Poor Etrigan -- upstaged in his own collection. These are actually the last issues of the 1990s Demon series.

DMZ Book One

Doctor Fate Vol. 1

Doomed

Earth 2: Society Vol. 1

Egypt

Fables: The Deluxe Edition Book Twelve

Fables: The Wolf Among Us Vol. 2

Flash By Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato Deluxe Edition

Collects to issue #25, so through Flash: Reverse but not the issues with Deadman that were just by Buccellato in History Lesson.

Flash by Geoff Johns Vol. 2

Flash by Grant Morrison & Mark Millar

Not that it's not nice to have these back in print, but this is just a re-collection of Flash: Emergency Stop and Flash: The Human Race, even possibly (if the solicitations are to be believed) missing some issues that were just by Millar and not both authors. See also Wonder Woman by Mike Deodato; it's not that I'm not glad per se, it's just that we've seen this before (also Supergirl by Peter David and Gary Frank).

Flash: The Silver Age Vol. 1

Flinch Book Two

Gotham Academy Vol. 2

Gotham by Midnight Vol. 2

Gotham Central Omnibus

I still find omnibuses to be an awkward reading experience, but if there was ever a book that deserved better and better formats, it's this one (meanwhile I'm not sure there's an audience for another collection of Kingdom Come).

Graphic Ink: The DC Comics Art of Jim Lee

Green Arrow by Kevin Smith

Green Arrow Vol. 5

Continuing the Mike Grell collections, and with Black Canary, Eddie Fyers, and Shado. Support your Mike Grell collections!

Green Lantern by Geoff Johns Omnibus Vol. 3

Collects through the end of the pre-Flashpoint Geoff Johns/Green Lantern series and the entirety of the New 52. This doesn't, at present, seem to include the non-Green Lantern parts of "Rise of the Third Army" and "Wrath of the First Lantern," but maybe those are coming (or I can't recall; they may not be that essential).

Green Lantern Vol. 6: The Life Equation (The New 52)

Green Lantern Vol. 7

Green Lantern: Lost Army Vol. 1

Green Lantern/New Gods: Godhead

Harley and Ivy: The Deluxe Edition

Harley Quinn and Power Girl

He-Man: The Eternity War Vol. 2

Immortal Doctor Fate

Collects a variety of early to 1980s Dr. Fate stories, including by Paul Levitz and J.M. DeMatteis.

Injustice Year One: The Complete Edition

Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Four Vol. 1

Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Three Vol. 2

Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Three Vol. 2

Invisibles Book One

JLA: Gods and Monsters

John Constantine: Hellblazer Vol. 13

Joker: Endgame

Justice League 3001 Vol. 1

Justice League of America Vol. 1

The new Bryan Hitch series, in hardcover.

Justice League of America: The Silver Age Vol. 1

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

Justice League Vol. 7: Darkseid War

Justice League: Gods And Men (Darkseid War)

This would appear to be the collection that has elsewhere been listed as DC Comics: Darkseid War.

Kill Your Boyfriend/Vinamarama Deluxe

Two Vertigo books by Grant Morrison together.

Kingdom Come 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

Lobo Vol. 2

Lucifer Vol. 1

Manifest Eternity

Martian Manhunter Vol. 1

Midnighter Vol. 1

Mortal Kombat X Vol. 3

New Suicide Squad Vol. 2

Newsboy Legion by Simon and Kirby Vol. 2

Nightwing Vol. 4

Said to collects issues #27-34 of the Chuck Dixon series, spanning Love and Bullets and Darker Shade of Justice.

Omega Men Vol. 1
Omega Men Vol. 1

Happily but confusingly, the upper listing is the new Tom King series, and the lower listing is a collection of classic 1980s Omega Men appearances. This is said to collect Green Lantern #141-144, #161, Action Comics #535-536, New Teen Titans #24-25, New Teen Titans Annual #1, and Omega Men #1-4, which includes the debut appearance of Lobo.

Prez Vol. 1

Quarantine Zone

Red Hood/Arsenal Vol. 1

Robin Vol. 2

Said to collect Robin issues #6-10 by Chuck Dixon, which collects that series's parts of Knightquest and KnightsEnd (this may be an odd collection). The next volume, if it gets the Prodigal material out of the way, would then be the re-introduction of Spoiler into Dixon's Robin series.

Robin: Son of Batman Vol. 1

Scalped Deluxe Edition Book Four

Secret Six Vol. 1
Secret Six Vol. 4

The former is the first collection of the new Gail Simone series (kind of seems awful late, doesn't it?); the latter would seem to collect part of Cats in the Cradle and part of Reptile Brain from the original Simone series, but I'm skeptical that it's parts and not the whole.

Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman Vol. 3

Sinestro Vol. 3

Smallville Season 11 Vol. 8: Chaos

Starfire Vol. 1

Suicide Squad Vol. 2: The Nightshade Odyssey

Once solicited and then cancelled, with the forthcoming movie this collection of the John Ostrander series is back on the schedule again. It's not often we get a second chance; buy this one like crazy, kids.

Suicide Squad Vol. 3

But wait, there's more! This appears to be a third collection of the John Ostrander series, collecting issues #16-22. This is almost, but not quite, Oracle's first appearance (that's in issue #23, which is also an Invasion! crossover). Keep 'em coming!

Supergirl by Peter David & Gary Frank

Also as we've discussed previously, this is basically just a reprint of the previously-published Supergirl trade. David has expressed he's not thrilled, though the story here is pretty top-notch.

Supergirl Vol. 1

Collecting Jeph Loeb's issues starting with Superman/Batman.

Superman & the Justice League America

I've said before that this is my favorite Justice League team -- Booster Gold, Blue Beetle, Fire, Ice, and Guy Gardner, plus Superman, Maxima, and Bloodwynd. As written and drawn by Dan Jurgens, this book was often a fifth "Triangle Title," especially in its crossover with Death of Superman. Glad DC hasn't forgotten about this and glad to see it getting recognition.

Superman Adventures Vol. 2

Superman Vol. 1

Here's a sticky widget. The new post-Convergence storyline "Truth," by Gene Luen Yang and John Romita ... with a new Vol. 1 renumbering. Now, Aquaman, for instance, is getting a new writer in Cullen Bunn, but Bunn's first collection is solicited (above) as Aquaman Vol. 7. Who can tell what books get what numbers these days? Is there a pattern? I'd think it makes it hard for readers and vendors to keep it straight -- Superman Vol. 1 is concurrent with Aquaman Vol. 1 but then also Superman Vol. 1 is concurrent with Aquaman Vol. 7?

Superman: Secret Identity Deluxe Edition

Superman: The Golden Age Vol. 1

Superman: The Men of Tomorrow

Swamp Thing Vol. 7: Season's End

The final collection of Charles Soule's Swamp Thing, ending before Convergence.

Sweet Tooth Deluxe Book Two

Teen Titans Vol. 2

Vertigo Quarterly SFX

We Are Robin Vol. 1

Wonder Woman by Mike Deodato

Kind of funny William Messner-Loebs doesn't get a credit, since I believe he wrote all of these. Astoundingly, according to the solicitations, this is not even a "giant-size" collection of the previously-collected The Contest and Challenge of Artemis; it's just Contest, suggesting there's a volume 2 around the corner. It seems strange to me to re-solicit an out-of-print book with a different name but essentially the same contents, now linked to the artist; the up-side is, 1990s extreme art aside, this was actually an interesting Wonder Woman story and introduced the fan-favorite character.

Wonder Woman Vol. 7

Wonder Woman Vol. 8

Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 1

Seemingly a hardcover release, which we've seen solicited before, so maybe it's been delayed or maybe this is the paperback even though it says hardcover.

Wonder Woman: War of the Gods

If I had to choose just one book on this list ... OK, that would be hard, but War of the Gods would be pretty high up there. I have waited forever for this book, a collection of the 1991 crossover that was the first in-title crossover DC had done in a couple of years, starring Wonder Woman and marking the beginning of the end of George Perez's run on the title. We've talked about this a little bit before already; as I said then, the crossover included Superman versus Quetzalcoatl in Louise Simonson and Jon Bogdanove's Man of Steel; Flash racing Hermes; a pretty bloody issue of Suicide Squad; a good Maxie Zeus story in Batman; Lobo versus Captain Marvel in LEGION and then variously Wonder Woman versus Lobo and the Demon Etrigan; a New Titans issue roundabouts "Titans Hunt"; Pariah from Crisis on Infinite Earths; Captain Atom and Hawk and Dove issues that ended both comics before Armageddon 2001; and Wonder Woman's budding friendships with Dr. Fate Inza Nelson and Hawkwoman Shayera Thal.

Again, I expected none of this to be included in the collection, and indeed it is only said to collect War of the Gods #1-4 and the Wonder Woman tie-in issues, #58-61. I'll take it, and gladly.

World's Finest: The Golden Age Omnibus Vol. 1

World's Funnest

Some nice books here, and especially good to see DC continuing to fill out their 1980s and 1990s collections. You try it now -- if you could pick just one book from this list, what would it be? (Good thing you don't have to!)
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43 comments:

  1. Still loving the influx of late 80s/early to mid 90s material, the Jurgens JLA, Deodato Wonder Woman, etc. Also, the Gotham Central omnibus, a series I've wanted in something better than trades for a long time!

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  2. World's Funnest is getting reprinted! If it's $14.99 like Amazon says, then there's going to be a good amount of extra material since the original is a single Prestige format issue. Maybe the Elseworlds 80 Page Giant could be added...

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  3. Batman Europa? That's gotta be wrong. It was originally solicited as, I think, four painted issues, one by Jim Lee, but none ever saw the light of day and DC always seems a little embarrassed when someone brings it up. Unless it's finally finished?

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    1. Lee hasn't pencilled anything since the 7 pages he did for Justice League #40, which came out in April, so maybe he finally found the time to finish his issue of Batman: Europa. Now if only he got around to continuing All-Star Batman and Robin...

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    2. Yeah, it's a weird listing, but I guess I'd also be surprised if it slipped in there totally accidentally with no one realizing it.

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    3. Well today it was announced that the first issue would be coming out in November, so this solicit is starting to make more sense

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    4. and when it was announced yesterday it was accompanied by dk3 news.

      i hadnt heard of that europa comic. i obviously love the writer and artists involved (not sure ive seen jim lee ink his own pencils before either) so i figure itll be great. should be way better than dk2 and all-star batman and robin at least since frank miller has brian azzarello here to rein him in on the script and andy kubert here to handle the art for him.

      one thing that just came to mind is that i already own dk1 + dk2 in a single absolute edition. rather than wait for a dk4 to exist, since these are coming out at the same time and have similar creative teams \ characters maybe dc will combine them and release all 12 issues as a single absolute?

      that would be excellent -- there is precedent when they combined joker and luthor hardcovers for one absolute to make it bigger too. what do you think are the chances of this?

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  4. Hmmm, no Grayson Vol. 3? DC's getting really slow about collecting Grayson. Nightwing Vol. 4's due out in April.

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  5. I say this most times on your page, but I can not overstate how exciting and surprising it is that DC is continuing to collect the Batman and Superman Adventures comics, easily some of the absolute best Batman and Superman comics ever made. I highly recommend them and I hope they continue to do every series based on the DCAU.

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  6. I understand including Batman Chronicles #15 in the second Road to No Man's Land volume, but hasn't #16 already been reprinted in the first of the new No Man's Land TPBs? Also, I'm curious to find out how DC will handle the rest of Brubaker's Batman run. If they skip issues #599-607, which have already been collected in the new Bruce Wayne: Murderer and Fugitive TPBs, then they could do just one more volume with Batman #595-598 and Detective Comics #777-782 and #784-786.

    I don't think they're going to omit Millar's solo issues (#139-141) from the Flash by Grant Morrison and Mark Millar HC, not only because the catalog shows the cover to #141, but because the Dark Flash arc was based on an idea by Morrison, even though he didn't get a co-plotting credit. As for the deluxe edition of Manapul and Buccellato's run, it should also include issue #0, the first annual and the Villains Month issue featuring the Reverse Flash. Considering the amount of double-page spreads, I think they should make it an omnibus with sewn binding instead of a deluxe HC.

    And would it kill DC to include Wonder Woman #62 (Pérez's final issue) as an epilogue in the War of the Gods TPB?

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    1. With you on all of these suggestions. I was thinking the second Brubaker collection would be awfully short, but I remember him on Batman for longer ... forgot Detective Comics! And double-yes on including Wonder Woman #62 in War of the Gods.

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    2. Is the Flash by Morrison & Millar a complete story? I never read those issues and don't know much about them. As far as I know, it could be a run like Miller an All Star Batman, which ended mid-story.

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    3. (One last try with a different browser. Maybe Blogspot just doesn't like Firefox?)

      The Morrison/Millar Flash run isn’t just a complete story, it's *several* complete stories!

      "Emergency Stop" is a 3-parter in which Wally West has to solve his own murder.
      "The Human Race" is a 3-parter with a cosmic race to the death against Wally's childhood imaginary friend (who turns out to be real after all).
      "The Black Flash" is another 3-parter dealing with speedsters and death, and what happens when you try to stop it.

      In the middle there are two one-shots, one a Jay Garrick spotlight, and one with Wally West vs. Mirror Master.

      The only bit that's incomplete is the Flash chapter of a Flash/Green Lantern/Green Arrow crossover, "Three of a Kind." But the Flash chapter is the conclusion, and is structured differently from the other two parts in that it's a courtroom drama in which the supervillains are on trial for the events in parts one and two.

      http://speedforce.org/2015/07/morrisonmillar-hardcover-2016/

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    4. Thanks Kelson! Sorry about the posting troubles. I've tested Firefox and it works, but every system is different. If anyone else has commenting troubles, be sure to let me know.

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  7. Why no Justice League United Vol. 2 and 3 ?

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  8. If I could only pick one, it would be the Geoff Johns Green Lantern Omnibus Vol 3. I've read through Blackest Night and really enjoyed it, but I've never gotten around to reading the rest. Now I can get it all in one fatal swoop!

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  9. Yes, more Suicide Squad! Now, if only they would continue the Spectre and Martian Manhunter trades... Also, and a little bit offtopic, I can't believe Eye of the Beholder won't be in the Arkham: Two-Face trade!.

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    1. At one point "Eye of the Beholder" (Batman Annual #14) was being used as temporary cover art for Arkham: Two-Face, so I thought it was in there. How'd you hear it wasn't? Great story, that one is.

      I am concerned I haven't seen solicits for another Martian Manhunter or Spectre trade lately. But how are these being advertised, outside of solicitations? House ads? How might a Martian Manhunter or Spectre fan know these are out there?

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    2. I thought the same, until I saw the full solicitations for september: http://www.newsarama.com/24823-dc-comics-full-september-2015-solicitations.html . I hope they just forgot to list it or that there is time for them to add it, but it seems unlikely.
      DC's advertisement for collections of old material is deficient, that's true.

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  10. Very interested by three new trade series -- The Flash: The Silver Age, Justice League of America: The Silver Age, and Superman: The Golden Age (although I'd rather see a Silver Age collection for Superman, honestly; ditto Batman). Could these be DC's answer to Marvel's Epic Collections?

    At any rate, I think at this point we can safely declare the Chronicles trade series officially dead.

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  11. So much good stuff here, I couldn't possibly pick just one. I'm most looking forward to War of the Gods as well- ealry 90's DC crossover fun with Wonder Woman in a central role is awesome and it's been a long time since I read it. The Green Arrow by Kevin Smith, if I had to guess is a deluxe edition of the Absolute which I was hoping would be released since I don't want to spring for the absolute. And the Aquaman omnibus I was hoping would be released though I didn't think it would be this (relatively) quickly. I know it's early yet, but they better include his entire run otherwise I'll keep my money. Those are my top 3, interested to see what the Elseworlds omnibus contains. Lots of great 90's and 80's titles getting reprinted, like Green Arriw and Suicide SQuad which I'm sure is thanks to the success of the shows and (hopefully) the uocoming movie. Which has me hoping that a collection of Waid's Flash run isn't too far off. i know I sound like a broken record but first thing I check for is always a Byrne Man Of Steel omnibus and a reprinting of Robinson's Golden Age. (Not to mention David's Aquaman and Byrne, Rucka and Simone's Wonder Woman) so I guess I'll wait a little longer for those.
    Also I'll be skipping the new Kingdom Come since I have the Absolute and the Graphitti SLipcase, but man 20th anniversary? That was the comic that started it all for me! still remember grtting issue 4 off the newsstand!

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    1. Man of Steel Omnibus would, indeed, be awesome. Followed by a Triangle Titles Omnibus.

      That we're seeing so many Chuck Dixon collections, too, makes me hopeful for a Waid/Flash collection.

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    2. A Man of Steel Omnibus would not be awesome for those of us who have 8 volumes of the TPBs and just want the next one to come out.

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    3. The lack of PAD Aquaman trades still perplexes me. His run is largely considered to be the finest for the character, and considering the forthcoming JL movie and the visual similarities between Momoa-Aquaman and hook-Aquaman, I don't see how this isn't a easy pick for reprint.

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    4. Maybe they think collections of PAD's Aquaman run would sell better if they were released closer to the movie's premiere. At least the upcoming re-issue of the TPB that collected the first nine issues of his Supergirl run disproves the notion that DC's collected editions department had any ill-will towards him

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    5. Yeah, I'd considered that possibility. With Momoa's minor role in next year's Dawn of Justice, as well as the forthcoming JL movie, here's hoping that PAD's Aquaman gets collected some time in 2016. I'm also hoping for new editions of Time and Tide and the Chronicles mini.

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    6. Except is says the Supergirl trade has only 8 issues.

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    7. Couldn't say for sure but I doubt they're leaving out Gary Frank's Supergirl #9. Now whether Peter David's Showcase issue will get in there or not is another story. I'd be surprised if it wasn't a straight reprint of the original trade; remember, all these listings are subject to change.

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    8. @shag I had a general sense there was a DC/Chuck Dixon or Mark Waid feud, but what's the background of the collections department specifically having an issue with Peter David?

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    9. None really, it was just a somewhat popular conspiracy theory because DC hadn't collected anything by Peter David in over a decade, even when the Young Justice cartoon was on, and the fact that he hasn't done any work at DC for the past 12 years led many to believe he left the company on bad terms.

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    10. @jordan I agree for those who have bought the first 7 or however many volumes an omnibus at this point would suck, but since the gap between the last release has been quite a while I wouldn't be surprised if DC just collected the whole run in an omnibus instead of finishing the trades. It wouldn't be the first head scratcher they've done.
      @shagmu that reminds me- a Peter David Young Justice omnibus or trades is something I want also!

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    11. I think whenever any comics reader decides at any point to start buying a collections series -- especially collections of old or classic books -- they've put their chips down and they're risking that some newfangled format might come along and replace it somewhere in the future.

      I feel for what Jordan's saying, honestly I do, that he'd have bought 8 volumes of Man of Steel and then an omnibus would come and replace it. But in the absence of an omnibus in the beginning, the choices are either to start reading the paperbacks since they're the existing collection, or wait 10+ years now to start reading that Superman in hopes of another collecting format. If the paperback series was discontinued, that would suck, but would Man of Steel readers rather have waited 10 more years to read Man of Steel? I'm guessing not.

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  12. Gotham Thrasher8/07/2015 02:06:00 PM

    Choose just one??!! I want them all!!!

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  13. I'm assuming Superman: The Men of Tomorrow is actually Volume 6 of the New 52 era?

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    1. Appears so. In paperback. Possibly the loss of the volume number is because elsewhere, the Gene Luen Yang volume is being labeled Superman Vol. 1, or else the volume number will go back on before publication. Though for some reason it seems the hardcover of this book has been delayed.

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  14. So many great collections in this list. I too want almost all of them! I'm curious about the various Golden and Silver Age collections but I'm most excited at the Elseworlds collection! I've never read Ostrander's Suicide Squad beyond the JLI crossover. Is it as amazing as people say it is?

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    1. It is edgy, at least by 1980s standards, and it's a violent, anyone-can-die-at-any-time comic that manages to avoid the sense of juvenile comic-violence that more recent Suicide Squad iterations have had. I have a high opinion of it.

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  15. Many of this catalogue's entries must be wrong, but I just can't believe how little anger/dissapointment there is considering skipped issues (from previous editions even), repeating issues, shorter volumes (often for the same price) and terrible mapping of Deathstroke the Terminator. Robin vol. 2 and Superman Adventures vol. 2 make no sense at all.

    Did it really come to "eh, it's DC, they're bound to screw up half their books, but at least we get something"?

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    1. From my perspective, at least, I think it's because experience has shown us that the catalog entries are wrong, incomplete, or subject to change. You can write to DC about them (seems Dan DiDio's Facebook page is a good place to start), but a whole lot of times, these issues work themselves out before publication.

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  16. Sweet! Definitely have to check out a lot of the old ones coming out. Also, what is so special about an Absolute Edition? I never really understood them, and would any be worth it?

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  17. Missing the Phantom Stranger TPB that was supposed to be out in December. Now Amazon says it is coming out next May!

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  18. the bryan hitch jla collection seems to be using the cover art from the gods and monsters elseworlds title. do you think the picture is the mistake or do you think the creator's name is the mistake and this is the bruce timm series?

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