DC Trade Solicitations for August/September 2016 - Arrow: Dark Archer, Batman: Bloom, Omega Men, Superman: Lois & Clark
Friday, April 29, 2016
Among other cool stuff is the collection, finally of Tom King's Omega Men; Dan Jurgens's Superman: Lois & Clark (a bridge between Convergence and Rebirth that shows what an interesting period this was); the next Superman and the Justice League book; and Robin and Superman/Batman books that collect previously-uncollected material.
Let's jump in and take a look.
• Arrow: The Dark Archer TP
The digital tie-in comics to the DC television series have disappointed enough times (with either lack of plot or plots later contradicted by the shows) that I'm not quick to pick them up any more. That said, a tangent story about Malcom Merlyn, and co-written by John Barrowman, is a fine and interesting concept, and maybe telling one long story will read better than the sometimes-choppy digital shorts.
• Batgirl Vol. 3: Mindfields TP
Collecting issues #46-52, this ends the "Burnside" Batgirl series before "Rebirth."
• Batman Vol. 9: Bloom HC
Solicits still say that this collects issues #46-50, so Vol. 10 containing just issues #51-52 still seems to be the plan. But the solicitation for Vol. 9 also says it contains the Detective Comics #27 story, which earlier solicitations had also put in Vol. 10, so it further remains to be seen what fills a full trade for Vol. 10.
• Coloring DC: Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad Vol. 1 TP
Strange to find this on the collections page; I wonder, among other things, what will turn out to be the binding, and how easy or difficult it will be to open it flat to color on (though, when you're already coloring in the book, I guess preserving the binding isn't that much of a big deal).
• Deathstroke Vol. 3: Suicide Run TP
Collects Deathstroke #11-16, with heavy presence by Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad. Do we know if Deathstroke is in the Suicide Squad movie, or is this just a matter of Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad's general popularity being used to bolster this title?
There's still four issues, apparently, until this title is cancelled before "Rebirth." And release notes say Deathstroke #20 doesn't come out until July, which is well after a bunch of the "Rebirth" specials. Is that right or am I reading the wrong thing?
• Earth 2: Society Vol. 2: Indivisible TP
The solicitation says this collects #8-12, but since Earth 2: Society ends with issue #14, I'm guessing either issues #13-14 will be here too, or maybe they'll be collected with the first Earth 2 "Rebirth" issues (not sure if the creative team remains the same).
• Harley Quinn Vol. 5: The Joker’s Last Laugh HC
Clearly I'm not paying enough attention. The Joker is in Harley Quinn? Do I take it this is besides continuity and not anything related to Endgame? Collects issues #22-25, so there's one more collection before "Rebirth," though of course here's another that could collect pre- and post-"Rebirth" issues together.
• Justice League Vol. 8: The Darkseid War Part 2 HC
Collects issues #45-50 and the Darkseid War special. So whereas it's speculation for other titles, this is one that I think we'll definitely see pre- and post-"Rebirth" issues collected together in the next trade,
• Green Lantern Vol. 8: Reflections HC
Collects issues #47-52, ending the series before "Rebirth."
• Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Four Vol. 2 HC
Issues #8-12 plus the Annual #1. Now, Injustice was in Convergence, so I believe this means Injustice now has to go on the DC TPB Timeline ...
• Omega Men: The End Is Here TP
It's taken a while, but Tom King's Omega Men should be done by May, with the collection to follow in August.
• Supergirl Vol. 2: Breaking the Chain TP
Collects the end of the controversial Joe Kelly "Bad (Super)girl" run, plus (compounding the controversy) the Amazons Attack tie-in issues by Tony Bedard. That's issues #11 and #13-22 plus a story from the Infinite Holiday Special (incorrectly dubbed the Infinite Crisis Christmas Special in the solicits). Excluded is issue #12, the Terra issue (tie-in, eventually, to Power Girl) by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti.
So, whereas issues #10-19 and the special were collected in Supergirl: Identity, this new collection skips #12, but it newly collects issues #20-22 that were never collected before.
• Robin, Son of Batman Vol. 2: Dawn of the Demons HC
Collects issues #7-13, the end of Robin, Son of Batman before "Rebirth."
• Robin Vol. 3: Solo TP
I'm pleased to see some uniform trade dress on these Chuck Dixon Robin collections and the common one-word subtitles (so far). After two nice collections of the Robin miniseries and some related Batman and Detective stories, this is the first new collection of the main Dixon series itself.
The contents, Robin #1-6, have been collected before, and need stories from Showcase '94 #5-6 -- the latter aren't mentioned but are hopefully included. Never before collected and included here are Annuals #1-2, an Eclipso: The Darkness Within and Bloodlines tie-in respectively.
• Telos TP
The sole collection of Jeff King's Telos collects issues #1-6. Admittedly I'm less excited about this after Convergence didn't quite meet expectations; at the same time, the presence of a variety of characters from DC's multiverse here might have me flipping through (also the ties to the current Green Lantern series). If the trade arrives; this is one of those, with the series having done so well, where there's a fair chance the trade won't be published or will only be published in digital.
• Teen Titans Vol. 3: The Sum of Its Parts TP
This is said to collect Titans #14-19, but with just three more regular issues before "Rebirth," I wouldn't be surprised if issues #20-22 were added in, too. Includes stories by Scott Lobdell, Will Pfeifer, and Greg Pak, and a "Robin War" tie-in.
• Superman Vol. 2: Return to Glory HC
Gene Luen Yang's second Superman collection includes issues #45-52 and Annual #3, collecting up to the "Rebirth" relaunch.
• Superman: Lois & Clark TP
Collects the Dan Jurgens miniseries bridging Convergence and "Rebirth"
• Superman/Batman Vol. 4 TP
Collects Superman/Batman Vol. 6: Torment and Vol. 7: Search for Kryptonite. "Torment," by Alan Burnett with Dustin Nguyen, is a New Gods story with some interesting developments for characters Orion and Bekka, though its ill-fitting ties to Countdown to Final Crisis harmed it (maybe it'll read better now than then). Michael Green, Mike Johnson, and Shane Davis's "Search for Kryptonite," however, is really fantastic, a study of Superman's Kryptonite weakness that I still hold in high regard. Also included is the never-collected Superman/Batman #43 by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning with Mike McKone.
• Superman and the Justice League of America Vol. 2 TP
The second collection of Dan Jurgens's Justice League America run (one of my favorite Leagues) starts with the "Death of Superman" tie-in issue. Later stories include a surprisingly violent encounter with a classic League villain, plus the origin of Bloodwynd.
• Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot TP
I had mistakenly thought these Suicide Squad: Most Wanted books were team-ups, but given separate Deadshot and Katana collections coming, I recognize now that they're not. Collects the Deadshot half of the six-issue miniseries.
• Wonder Woman Vol. 9: Resurrection HC
The final Meredith Finch volume before "Rebirth" (and the coming of Greg Rucka).
• Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Box Set
An impressive box set that includes the first volumes of the runs by George Perez, Greg Rucka, Gail Simone, and Brian Azzarello. I wouldn't change this necessarily, but if I had to add in any, I'd have included one Phil Jimenez volume and one William Messner-Loebs volume (and after that, maybe John Byrne or the new Wonder Woman: Earth One by Grant Morrison).
In the run-up to Rebirth, what catches your interest ... ?