Starman Omnibus Vol. 3 is coming, Aquaman by Geoff Johns Omnibus, DCU by Neil Gaiman, Batman Noir: Killing Joke, Supergirl digital series, Sandman Mystery Theatre, Elseworlds: Justice League, more in DC Comics Summer 2016 solicitations
Wednesday, December 02, 2015
We've recently seen a bunch of these listed online including Greg Rucka's Wonder Woman and Checkmate, new Suicide Squad and Elseworlds collections, Batman: Shadow of the Bat, a new edition of Superman: Panic in the Sky and others.
But now we have catalog listings for a bunch more, and they include ... a real, honest-to-gosh Starman Omnibus Vol. 3 listing! I know some of you have been waiting for that a long time. Also a "noir" (black and white) Killing Joke, an omnibus of Geoff Johns's Aquaman, the first hints of an upcoming digital series based on the Supergirl TV show, Matt Wagner's Sandman Mystery Theatre collections, Joe Kelly and company's JLA Vol. 8, Elseworlds: Justice League as well as the Superman book, DC Universe by Neil Gaiman, and still more after that! Read on!
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• Aquaman: Sub Diego Vol. 2
• Static Shock Vol. 1
• Superman and the Justice League of America Vol. 2
A couple of exciting updates. Aquaman: Sub Diego Vol. 2 seems to collect issues #23-29 of that series, which is after the Will Pfiefer run (which is what I think we all thought they were collecting) and into the John Arcudi run, still set in the sunken Sub Diego. The common denominator there is art by Damian: Son of Batman's Patrick Gleason. More Gleason art is never a bad thing and a second collection is exciting when I never expected the first.
Static Shock collects issues #1-22 of the Dwayne McDuffie Milestone series, to go along with the new Icon collection. Only four issues of the original Static series were ever collected, so this is also exciting; included here are parts of the "Worlds Collide" Superman crossover.
Finally, we can stop speculating, there's also a Superman and the Justice League Vol. 2 collection by Dan Jurgens, said to include issues #69-77. This goes through the Justice League parts and into a fairly frightening, alternate reality story ahead of its time; I'm pleased and impressed to see these good stories collected even though Superman's not "there."
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• 52 Book 1
Issues #1-26, whereas the first paperback collected issues #1-13, so this would seem to be a new collection of 52 in two volumes instead of four.
• Absolute Preacher Vol. 1
• All-Star Section Eight
• American Vampire Vol. 8
• Aquaman By Geoff Johns Omnibus
There was previously a solicitation for an Aquaman by Geoff Johns deluxe edition, which was then cancelled ("deluxe" being a larger size hardcover; "omnibus" usually denoting a whole slew of issues). The issues listed for this one, just like that one, are Aquaman #0-16, Justice League #14-16, which goes through "Throne of Atlantis" but omits #17-25, "Death of a King." I would think, especially for an omnibus, that this will end up collecting all the Johns issues.
• Arrow Season 2.5 Vol. 2
• Astro City Vol. 13
• Batgirl Vol. 3
• Batgirl: Cassandra Cain Vol. 2
I acknowledge this is a head-scratcher because Vol. 1 in these reprints of the Kelley Puckett series seems to have just been cancelled. If released, this is supposed to collect issues #13-25, of which issues #15, #16, #21 (a "Joker's Last Laugh" tie-in) have never before been collected.
• Batman & Robin Eternal Volume 2
• Batman Arkham Vol. 4: Killer Croc
So, so curious what will be in this. No word so far.
• Batman Noir: The Killing Joke
A black and white printing of Killing Joke sounds like a cool and scary read to me. Includes the graphic novel and a story from Batman: Black and White.
• Batman: Arkham Knight Vol. 2
• Batman: Arkham Knight Vol. 3
• Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 7
• Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 8
• Batman: Earth One Vol. 2
• Batman: New Gotham
Said to be Greg Rucka's Detective Comics #742-753, which includes all the previously-released Evolution plus a Poison Ivy story, though this is not even close to all of Rucka's Detective work. If you don't know, this is Rucka's run with Shawn Martinbrough using distinct, muted color palettes -- a great read, a visual treat, and it sets the groundwork for both Checkmate and Gotham Central.
• Batman: The Golden Age Omnibus Vol. 2
• Batman: The Golden Age Vol. 1
• Batman/Superman Vol. 4
• Batman/Superman Vol. 5
Pairs the "DC You" Superman with the new armored Batman, by Greg Pak and Adrian Syaf.
• Batman/TMNT Vol. 1
• Best of Looney Tunes Vol. 1
• Best of Vixen
• Checkmate By Greg Rucka Vol. 1
Said to collect Rucka's Checkmate #1-12, which goes right up to the crossover with Judd Winick's Outsiders. Rucka's run (with Eric Trautmann) goes to issue #24 and the start is as good as the finish, so I'm hopeful for a volume 2.
• Clean Room Vol. 1
• Constantine: The Hellblazer Vol. 2
• Daring Adventures of Supergirl Vol. 1
Said to be issues #1-12 of the 1980s series. That book went to issue #23 before Crisis on Infinite Earths (retitled just Supergirl after issue #12), so I'm hopeful there's another collection to follow.
• Dark Night: A True Batman Story
The autobiographical graphic novel by Paul Dini coming from Vertigo.
• DC Super Hero Girls
• DC Universe By Neil Gaiman
Said to include Batman #686 and Detective Comics #853, the Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader stories, plus selections from Secret Origins and Batman: Black and White (also included in the Caped collection), as well as Green Lantern/Superman: Legend Of The Green Flame and a story from Wednesday Comics (shrunk down?).
• DC: The New Frontier
• Demon: The Longest Day
Issues #49-58 of the Garth Ennis run, with, the solicitation promises, lots of Hitman appearances.
• DMZ Book Two
• Doom Patrol Book Two
Collects Grant Morrison's previous Doom Patrol collections "Down Paradise Way" and "Musclebound," issues #35-50.
• Elseworlds: Justice League Vol. 1
No contents listed but the cover (subject to change) suggests Justice Riders, at the least.
• Elseworlds: Superman Vol. 1
Again, no contents listed, but here's the description: "Reimagined with different histories and in different settings, these alternate reality tales see Superman take up Batman’s mantle and a cyberpunk Man of Steel." That's Speeding Bullets, at least (one of my personal favorites); can anyone place the other?
• Flash Vol. 7
• Flash Vol. 8
• Flash: Season Zero Vol. 2
• Graphic Ink: The DC Comics Art of Gary Frank
• Grayson Vol. 3
• Green Arrow Vol. 8
• Green Arrow: A Celebration of 75 Years
• Green Lantern: The Silver Age Vol. 1
• Green Lantern/Green Arrow Vol. 2
• Harley Quinn Book & Mask Set
A Harley Quinn ... mask? And now I totally want a Harley Quinn/The Mask crossover.
• Harley Quinn Vol. 3
• Harley Quinn Vol. 4
• Icon Vol. 1
Said to be issues #1-21, which includes the Icon parts of the Superman crossover "Worlds Collide." Which will read kind of weird without the other parts, but I'll take it. The only other Icon collection went to issue #8, so this is a big one, and another collection of this size could capture the rest of the series, which ended at issue #42.
• Injustice Gods Among Us Year Four Volume 1
• Injustice Gods Among Us Year Four Volume 2
• Jacked Vol. 1
• JLA Vol. 8
Said to be issues #94-106, so Chris Claremont, John Byrne, and Jerry Ordway's Tenth Circle, and Chuck Austen's Pain of the Gods (which I liked even though I don't think anyone else did). Also Joe Kelly, Doug Mahnke, and Tom Nguyen's JLA #100, which pits the JLA against the Elite and lead into Kelly's Justice League Elite miniseries, though I don't as yet see that that's in here.
• John Constantine: Hellblazer Vol. 14
• Justice League of America Vol. 1
• Justice League United Vol. 3
• Justice League Vol. 8: Darkseid War Part 2
• Legends 30th Anniversary Edition
Appears for the moment just to be the John Ostrander/John Byrne crossover miniseries and no extra issues, which is fine but one can dream.
• Legends of the Dark Knight: Jim Aparo Vol. 3
• Lucifer Vol. 1
• New Romancer Vol. 1
• New Suicide Squad Volume 3
• New Teen Titans Vol. 5
For those keeping track of how far these New Teen Titans paperbacks collect, this is up to issue #34, in the Terra Incognito period and still well within what's already been collected.
• Northlanders Book 1
• Omega Men: The Complete Series
The Tom King miniseries.
• Prez: The First Teen President
Said to collect "all the appearances of Prez since his 1973 debut," including Neil Gaiman's Sandman #54, Ed Brubaker's Vertigo Visions: Prez, the first issue of Frank Miller's Dark Knight Strikes Again, a story from Cancelled Comics Cavalcade, and Supergirl #10.
• Red Thorn Vol. 1
• Robin Vol. 3
Said to collect Chuck Dixon's regular series Robin #1-6 and the Annuals #1-2. There's a crossover here with Showcase '94 and I'd be surprised if those issues weren't in there, too. The annuals are an Eclipso: The Darkness Within tie-in (!) and a Bloodlines tie in (!!).
• Roots of the Swamp Thing Vol. 2
• Sandman Mystery Theatre Book 1
A new collections run of the series, said to start with issues #1-12, so that would be previous collections The Tarantula and The Face and the Brute.
• Scalped Deluxe Edition Book Five
• Shadow of the Bat Vol. 1
Said to be issues #1-12 of the series, so that's the previously collected #1-4, "Last Arkham," and ends a couple issues before Knightfall starts.
• Slash & Burn Vol. 1
• Starman Omnibus Vol. 3
I didn't want to get too excited about the resurrection of the previously-cancelled Starman Omnibus Vol. 3 until it looked more official ... but now it's looking more official. Solicited contents are right in line with what was in the Vol. 3 omnibus hardcover. I don't have to tell you to pre-order if you don't want to get stuck in the exact same position with volume 4.
• Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot
• Suicide Squad Vol. 4
Very exciting, if the John Ostrander Suicide Squad collections keep coming out to this point, this one will include all the issues of the Janus Directive crossover: Checkmate #15-18, Suicide Squad #27-30, Manhunter #14, Firestorm #86, and Captain Atom #30.
• Suicide Squad: The Silver Age
• Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures of the 8th Grade (New Edition)
• Supergirl: Digital First Vol. 1
No information on writers yet, but I'm hoping for at least some stories by former Supergirl scribe Sterling Gates, who also wrote for the Flash: Season Zero digital comic.
• Superman - Action Comics Vol. 7
• Superman - Action Comics Vol. 8
• Superman: American Alien
The collection of the Max Landis series.
• Superman: Lois & Clark
• Superman: Panic in the Sky (New Edition)
No contents additions, it doesn't seem, but this remains one of my favorite "Triangle Titles" stories, in which almost all the DC Universe heroes of the time appear without this being the big multi-title affair it would be now. Leads into the recently-solicited Superman and the Justice League collection by Dan Jurgens.
• Superman: The Golden Age Omnibus Vol. 2
• Superman/Wonder Woman Vol. 3
• Superman/Wonder Woman Vol. 4
• Swamp Thing Vol. 3: Trial By Fire
Collects Mark Millar's issues #161-171. It's a little hard to keep up with all these Swamp Thing collections but I don't think this material has ever been collected before.
• Teen Titans: Earth One Vol. 2
Jeff Lemire's first Teen Titans: Earth One volume was great, but the whole story was prologue to the real action getting underway. The description sounds very exciting: "Picking right up after the cliffhanger ending to the first volume, Cyborg, Beast Boy, Terra and Aqualad are in desperate straits -- they’re homeless, destitute, and on the run from Cadmus ... Unfortunately, Cadmus has more surprises up its sleeve ... and a whole new set of teenage weapons, with none of the bothersome morals of the originals!"
• Telos Vol. 1
• Titans Hunt Vol. 1
• Unfollow Vol. 1
• Wonder Woman '77 Vol. 1
• Wonder Woman By George Perez Vol. 1
There had been a solicitation for a second Wonder Woman by George Perez omnibus, collecting previously uncollected material, that now seems to have disappeared. This paperback volume is said to collect issues #1-14, so short of the issues #1-24 in the first omnibus. We can hope maybe this paperback series will eventually get to uncollected material, but it'll be a while.
• Wonder Woman By Greg Rucka Vol. 1
Said to collect Rucka's Wonder Woman issues #195-#213, which is Down to Earth, Bitter Rivals, and Eyes of the Gorgon. Rucka's whole run goes to issue #226, so one more volume should do it. Wonder Woman meets West Wing; this is one of my favorite total runs and highly recommended.
• Y: The Last Man Book Five
I know you're all excited for that Starman book. What else grabs your attention on the list? Sound off in the comments and let me know!