One headline here is that some of the Rebirth collections seem to collect their Rebirth specials, some don't, and some seem to collect it when it's also collected in their previous trade. All of this information is preliminary and subject to change; make of it what you will.
Another headline is that the earliest these books are solicited for is January, going as late as April. That's Superman Vol. 1, for instance, scheduled for January 10, 2017, and Batman Vol. 1 scheduled for January 17, 2017 (both of these listed as paperback, but again, subject to change). This seems like a long time for these books to arrive given that the last issue included in each, issue #6, arrives in September; however, the second Batman collection comes out in April, so three months between the first and second is quicker than before (same is true for Green Arrow, among others).
Go ahead and dip into the listings and let me know what you think on the other side.
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DC Rebirth Collections
• Action Comics Vol. 1 (Rebirth)
Collects issues #957-926 (the first six issues). Obviously no Rebirth special here since the Superman: Rebirth special by Peter Tomasi would more properly be with his work, not Dan Jurgens's. The solicitation says paperback, but that's subject to change.
• Aquaman Vol. 1 (Rebirth)
Collects issues #1-6. Now, again, all of this is preliminary, but the solicitation doesn't show the Rebirth collection included here, whereas it is supposed to be included in the Aquaman Vol. 8 collection that precedes this one. That's not a guarantee that Dan Abnett's Rebirth special won't be collected with his first issues, but it looks unlikely.
• Batgirl Vol. 1 (Rebirth)
Collects Batgirl #1-6 (title does not have a Rebirth special).
• Batman Vol. 1 (Rebirth)
Collects the Rebirth special and issues #1-6. Here's an instance of apparent double-dipping; the Rebirth special is also said to be included in Batman Vol. 10.
• Batman Vol. 2 (Rebirth)
This should collect Batman 7-12 and the first annual, which means, first, there's going to be annuals, and second, that the Batman chapters of the "Night of the Monster Men" crossover will be collected individually in the Batman trade as well as in the crossover book.
• Batman: Night of the Monster Men
Batman #7-8, Nightwing #5-6, and Detective Comics #941-942; as we see above, it looks like these issues will also be collected in their own trades.
• Cyborg (Rebirth) Vol. 1
Said to collect Cyborg #1-6 and Cyborg: Rebirth, so another where Cyborg Vol. 2: Enemy of the State (pre-Rebirth) is supposed to collect the special and then also this collection.
• Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love
Just surprised to see this so quickly; the collection should be out in April.
• Deathstroke Vol. 1 (Rebirth)
Collects Deathstroke: Rebirth and issues #1-6.
• Detective Comics Vol. 1 (Rebirth)
Collects issues issues #934-939. So far most of the books seem to be sticking to six issues in the first collection, whereas the New 52 collections were more variable (the new Wonder Woman collection seems to be one exception).
• Flash Vol. 1 (Rebirth)
Flash: Rebirth and issues #1-6.
• Green Arrow Vol. 1 (Rebirth)
• Green Arrow Vol. 2 (Rebirth)
No official issue listing for Vol. 1 but we assume issues #1-6 since the second is #7-12.
• Green Lanterns Vol. 1 (Rebirth)
• Green Lanterns Vol. 2 (Rebirth)
First volume is Green Lanterns: Rebirth and issues #1-6; second volume is #7-12.
• Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps Vol. 1 (Rebirth)
The Rebirth special (also said to be collected in the Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion trade) and issues #1-6.
• Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys
• Harley Quinn Vol. 1: Die Laughing (Rebirth)
• Harley's Little Black Book
More Harley Quinn than you can shake a stick at, with the six-issue Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys, the six-issue Harley's Little Black Book, and Harley Quinn Vol. 1: Die Laughing (one of the few Rebirth collections to get a title), collecting the Rebirth special and issues #1-6.
• Hawkman & Adam Strange: Out of Time
Collects the miniseries. I'd hope this would turn into something for Hawkman and/or Adam Strange, but sight unseen I think "super-cosmic" really isn't what audiences want these days, and I would give this better odds if the story were more earthbound a la John Ostrander's Hawkworld.
• Justice League Vol. 1 (Rebirth)
• Nightwing Vol. 1 (Rebirth)
• Suicide Squad Vol. 1 (Rebirth)
• Supergirl Vol. 1 (Rebirth)
• Superman Vol. 1 (Rebirth)
• Titans Vol. 1 (Rebirth)
All of these include the Rebirth special and issues #1-6. Again, the consistency is actually nice, versus the varying collection sizes of the New 52 books, though it remains to be seen how long that lasts.
• Wonder Woman Vol. 1 (Rebirth)
One collection that, at least as far as these solicitations, only collects five regular issues. It's issues #1, #3, #5, #7, and #9, plus the Rebirth special, collecting the "modern day" half of Greg Rucka's story. Seems a shame we'll have to wait longer for the "modern part" to continue, but that's no different for the trade-waiters than it is for the twice-monthly readers.
• Batman/Superman Vol. 6
There's a handful of troublesome "late" books in this list. This should collect the final issues of Batman/Superman, but it's said to come out in March 2017, well after the Rebirth books have started and about seven months after its previous collection. I guess that's about normal but I could see reason to speed this one up to December, even.
• Earth 2: Society Vol. 3
Said to collect issues #13-16 and the Annual #1. The second volume is out in August, so again February seems a long time to wait, though at least this one isn't as continuity-tied as other early/late books.
• Grayson Vol. 5
Should collect issues #19-25. The fourth Grayson volume is out in September, so March isn't an usual wait for Vol. 5, it's just strange when the Rebirth Nightwing Vol. 1 collection comes out the previous month.
• Teen Titans Vol. 4
Said to collect issues #20-24 and the Annual #2, closing out the series before Rebirth.
• Robin: Son of Batman Vol. 2
• Superman Vol. 2
• Wonder Woman Vol. 9
Paperback reprints of hardcovers released in 2016 (nothing to complain about here).
Bronze Age and Beyond
• Batgirl: A Celebration of 50 Years
No word on the contents but I'm rooting for at least a cameo by the Bryan Q. Miller material (maybe the last issue of Miller's run).
• Batman & the Outsiders Vol. 1
Fewer contents than the Showcase Presents Batman and the Outsiders (to issue #12 vs. issue #19). I'm glad to see these reprinted in color but I'm skeptical as to the wide popularity; I hope for a second volume but I'd be surprised if there was one.
• Batman: Knightfall Omnibus Vol. 1
I've been chatting with some of you about this; we don't know what the exact contents will be yet, but of course we're all hoping this is really it, a Knightfall collection with all of "Knightsquest" and etc., everything not collected before.
• Batman: Legacy
In the ongoing saga, for a while we thought we might get a combination Contagion/Legacy collection, which became a Contagion collection, sans Legacy but with more interstitial Batman material than had been collected before. Well, it looks like another Legacy collection is solicited for April; the solicitation text is all wrong (refers to Contagion, wouldn't you know), but following the recent model maybe it will have more uncollected material (what's left in this era, actually?).
• Legends of the Dark Knight: Norm Breyfogle Vol. 2 (Batman)
Another collection of Norm Breyfogle (and one assumes, Alan Grant) material, though the current listings for the contents are the same as Vol. 1.
• Gen 13: The Complete Collection
Said to contain Gen 13 #1/2, Gen 13 Vol. 1 #1-5, Gen 13 Vol. 2 #0-7 and Gen 13 Rave. As one of the commenters mentioned, it does seem like we're gearing up for "Wildstorm: Rebirth."
• Justice League of America: The Bronze Age Omnibus Vol. 1
Collects Justice League of America #77-113; from my point of view, stories previously found in Crisis on Multiple Earths Vols. 2-3.
• Justice League Unwrapped by Jim Lee
Jim Lee's penciled, un-inked Justice League #1-12 (Origin and Villain's Journey, excluding I'm sure the issues not by Lee).
• Justice League: Breakdowns
Collects Justice League America #53-60 and Justice League Europe #29-36 (the solicitation incorrectly calls it Justice League International), the fifteen-part story that ended Keith Giffen and company's bwa-ha-ha-era Justice League. For those of you playing at home, this book ends where the recent Superman and the Justice League collection picks up, and this leaves JLA #36-52 and JLE #11-28 uncollected.
• Last Days of the Justice Society of America
This was the Roy Thomas special that sent the Justice Society off to Ragnarok (and out of day-to-day continuity) after Crisis on Infinite Earths. As a commenter mentions below, it's just a 68-page special, so not a lot for a collection. At just $20, it might be just this special and some filler, but it'd make my year if this contained the four-part Armageddon Inferno, the story that brought the JSA back from Ragnarok. I recall that story being a tad rough, but it is written by John Ostrander with a variety of artists including Walt Simonson, Tom Mandrake, and Art Adams.
• Midnighter: The Complete WildStorm Series
The name calls it "complete," but the solicitation says it only contains issues #1-13, whereas that Wildstorm series actually ran to issue #20. Most of these issues are already collected in three individual volumes. There's a miniseries or two that could have been collected here to really be complete-complete.
• Supergirl: The Bronze Age Vol. 1
Collects Adventure Comics #397-402 and #404-424, Supergirl #1-11, and Superman Family #165. Someone more in the know than me can tell more about these issues, but these see Supergirl go off to college and try a variety of costumes. At first I wondered if this was re-collecting the Daring Adventures of Supergirl issues we just got, but indeed those are two different series (1970s and 1980s).
• Superman: The Man of Tomorrow Book One
This is very exciting. Though the actual triangles wouldn't appear on the covers of the connected Superman titles for a couple years, this looks to be the first hardcover collection of the issues, largely by the Triangle team, that would eventually encompass the Triangle era. The solicitation for this is woefully cut off, but we know this collects at least Adventures of Superman #445-450 and Superman #23 (Action Comics was weekly and somewhat unrelated at this time), which follows immediately from the end of John Byrne's run, the end of which was collected in Superman: Man of Steel Vol. 9. I'd guess it's Superman #23-27, which goes through the Invasion tie-ins; the next volume ought to collect the same issues as found in the Superman: Exile trade, including the return of Action Comics.
Here's hoping this series continues to collect at least through what's not collected by the Death of Superman books, if not beyond. Again, very exciting -- some of the best Superman work of the modern era.
• Swamp Thing: The Bronze Age Omnibus
Said to collects House of Secrets #92 and Swamp Thing #1-25. My records show this 1970s Swamp Thing series only goes up to #24, but maybe I'm wrong. Anyway, I believe only about 10 issues of this have been collected, so that's a nice take if I'm thinking of the right thing.
• Absolute Wonder Woman by Brian Azzarello & Cliff Chiang Vol. 1
• Wonder Woman & the Justice League America Vol. 1
People -- run to pre-order this book. There are stories that I think are great that I've wanted collected for a while (still waiting on the classic Titans Hunt collection), there are stories that I think would make great trades that are being collected (Aquaman: Sub-Diego), and then there are issues I haven't thought of in years, that aren't even particularly good, but that are such a part of the fabric of certain eras of comics that the sudden thought of encapsulating them in a trade is just too good to pass up.
As such we find ourselves with a proposed collection of Justice League America #78-93 and the Annual #7, which stretches from just after "Death of Superman" up to Zero Hour. The issues are, again, not particularly good, they're very much a product of the 1990s, there's a lot of Guy Gardner mouthing off and Booster Gold in a tin suit and Wonder Woman and Captain Atom snarking at one another. These are the comics, lemme tell you, that lead into Extreme Justice. But on the other hand, they're the comics that lead into Extreme Justice. You cannot say no to this collection.
Included here as well are parts of the "Judgment Day" crossover with Justice League Task Force and Justice League Europe, and I'm hopeful those issues end up here, too.
And it's only Vol. 1! Could we actually see a collection of the Gerard Jones-lead Justice League America with Nuklon, Obsidian, and Blue Devil? Pre-order, pre-order, pre-order, people!
• Wonder Woman: Her Greatest Battles
No word on what this contains but I'm pleased by the variety of Wonder Woman material coming out ahead of the movie.
Whew! And this is just the beginning; I expect a larger batch of solicitations in the next couple weeks. Some of you have already chimed in; what's got you most excited here?