DC Trade Solicitations (June 2016 Previews) - Flash by Mark Waid Book One, Supergirl by Sterling Gates, Final Days of Superman, Titans Hunt
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Here's the run-down:
• Flash by Mark Waid Book One TP
Surely the highlight of this month is the first volume of the long-awaited collection series of Mark Waid's Flash. This first book collects issues #62-68; #62-65 are the "Flash: Year One" story collected in Flash: Born to Run, and the other issues (involving Aquaman and Pied Piper) are previously uncollected. Also included is a Flash Special with a framing story by Waid, published before his run, and Flash Annual #4, which is an Armageddon 2001(!) annual, and Flash Annual #5, an Eclipso: The Darkness Within annual.
This volume collected seven regular issues; if we count seven more issues, that puts one squarely in the middle of the Flash: Return of Barry Allen storyline. I doubt DC would break that up, so either the next collection is from issues #69-79, or else it's #69-73 with two Green Lantern crossover issues, which would still make seven issues.
I had thought there was significantly more Waid/Flash material before Return of Barry Allen, but I guess not; I didn't realize that was practically the beginning of the run.
• Flash by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato Omnibus HC
Less notable but still a fine read in its own right, this omnibus collects Manapul and Buccellato's issues #0-25 and the Villains Month Reverse Flash issue.
• Coloring DC: Supergirl TP
DC unfortunately starts off a month of strong Supergirl offerings with a bit of controversy. The solicited cover for Coloring DC: Supergirl is a Ian Churchill drawing that's not been received well online. It's hard to say if this was accidental or a conscious choice of "sex sells," but I wouldn't be surprised if this ships with a different cover.
• Supergirl: Who is Superwoman? TP New Edition
• Supergirl: Friends and Fugitives TP New Edition
• Supergirl: Bizarrogirl TP New Edition
If any run deserves another set of collections, it's Sterling Gates's "New Krypton"-era Supergirl stories, which among other things seem to have directly influenced the CBS TV show. These "new editions" don't appear to have any new content, however, and curiously only three of Gates's four collections are getting reprints (missing is Death and the Family, which is surely required reading for this run).
• Adventures of Supergirl TP
Collected this month also is Gates's Adventures of Supergirl digital TV-tie-in miniseries. So if Gates writes the Supergirl digital comic and Gates writes for the Flash digital comic, does that mean Gates could write a digital Supergirl/Flash crossover comic?
• Superman: American Alien HC
Collects the Max Landis miniseries. I haven't known what to make of this. Good? Not good?
• Superman: Savage Dawn HC
• Superman: The Final Days of Superman HC
Closing out the Superman titles before "Rebirth" are these collections of Action Comics, Superman, Batman/Superman, and Superman/Wonder Woman by Aaron Kuder, Gene Luen Yang, Greg Pak, and Peter Tomasi. At least the Superman/Wonder Woman issues are supposed to be collected in their own volume, but whether the connected Superman issues will be as well, or whether this will be it for those issues, remains to be seen. Preferences?
• Superman/Batman: The Saga of the Super Sons TP New Edition
This collection of 1970s-1980s World's Finest stories about Clark Kent Jr. and Bruce Wayne Jr., plus a story from the infamous Elseworlds 80-Page Giant, has been printed before, and there doesn't seem to be new material this time except for the connection to "Rebirth."
• Aquaman: A Celebration of 75 Years HC
Includes stories by Jack Miller, Steve Skeates, and Geoff Johns; I can guarantee what a lot of fans want to see for Aquaman's 75th anniversary is collections of more Peter David material.
• Batman Beyond Vol. 2: City of Yesteryday TP
Collects issues #7-11; there should be one more collection of the Dan Jurgens series before "Rebirth."
• Batman: Arkham: Poison Ivy TP
Collects Batman #181, #339; Batman/Poison Ivy; Batman Chronicles #9; Batman: Shadow of the Bat Annual #3; Detective Comics #23.1; Gotham City Sirens #8; Joker’s Asylum: Poison Ivy #1; Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #42-43; World’s Finest #251-252; and Secret Origins #36. Some of this is uncollected though I don't see anything of continuity significance necessarily.
• Constantine, The Hellblazer Vol. 2: The Art of the Deal TP
Collects issues #7-13, ending the series before "Rebirth."
• Green Arrow Vol. 6: Last Action Hero TP
Continues the Mike Grell Green Arrow collections from issue #39 through the double-sized issue #50.
• Harley Quinn’s Greatest Hits TP
Collects Batman Adventures #12, Batman #613, Gotham City Sirens #7, Suicide Squad #1, Batman #13, Harley Quinn #21, Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad April Fool’s Special #1, and Countdown #10; I don't see much here that hasn't been collected before.
• Justice League 3001 Vol. 2: Things Fall Apart TP
Collects the final issues of Justice League 3001, #7-12.
• Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death TP
Collects the six-issue Poison Ivy miniseries. I can't say this really stuck out to me, seemingly unlikely to be picked up as cannon by future writers (same with some of the other miniseries out at that time like Swamp Thing and Legends of Tomorrow), but I'm certainly glad that the fans who wanted this book got it.
• Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Katana TP
Collects the Katana half of the Deadshot/Katana miniseries. I was surprised to see Katana in Batman Eternal the other day since the character has little to do with him in this continuity (her inclusion being an artifact of what the writers remember from previous continuities). Hopefully the Suicide Squad movie will lead to the character being used better coming up.
• Teen Titans: The Silver Age Omnibus Vol. 1 HC
The contents here, for reference, are the same as Showcase Presents: Teen Titans (minus Brave and the Bold #83 and Teen Titans #19) and the Silver Age Teen Titans Archive Vols. 1-2 (except that also contained Teen Titans #20).
• Titans Hunt TP
Obviously more and more important all the time, this volume collects the eight-issue miniseries that leads into "Rebirth."
So what's on your pull list? No "Rebirth" spoilers -- that's for another thread -- but how's your luck been avoiding those spoilers online?