DC Comics announces details on first eight DC Rebirth collections

Thursday, September 15, 2016


Ahead of the DC Comics December 2016 solicitations, to be released next week, DC has let retailers know the latest details on the first eight DC Rebirth collections. As we already know, these will all be released in paperback to start out. According to these solicitations, all of these collections will include their titles' "Rebirth" special (which means some double-dipping for those series that also ended their last collections with the "Rebirth" special); also, contrary to previous solicitations, the issue length will vary for these collections, with Green Arrow and Justice League collecting five regular issues where as Flash collects eight regular issues.

I notice also that the Nightwing collection skips the two "Night of the Monster Men" crossover issues, which may not make Nightwing readers happy. I'll be curious to see if these are collected in another book, like Batman or Detective, or if they're only collected in the Night of the Monster Men trade itself.

Here's the listings:

AQUAMAN VOL. 1: THE DROWNING TP
Written by DAN ABNETT
Art by SCOT EATON, BRAD WALKER, ANDREW HENNESSY, PHILIPPE BRIONNES and others
Cover by BRAD WALKER and ANDREW HENNESSY
Aquaman, the King of Atlantis, has never found a true home in either of the worlds that he was born of. In these tales from AQUAMAN: REBIRTH #1 and issues #1-7 of the new series, the King of Atlantis attempts to broker a peace between Atlantis and the surface, but this noble quest might force Aquaman to choose whether to live his life above the waves, or below them. Plus, Black Manta makes his bloody return and seeks to destroy everything and everyone Aquaman loves!
On sale JANUARY 11 * 192 pg, FC, $16.99 US

BATMAN VOL. 1: I AM GOTHAM TP
Written by TOM KING and SCOTT SNYDER
Art by DAVID FINCH and others
Cover by DAVID FINCH
The Caped Crusader has never been stopped. Not by the Joker. Not by Two-Face. Not even by the Justice League. But now, in the wake of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH, Batman faces his most challenging foe ever-the idealistic hero known as Gotham, who wants to save the city from Batman himself! Collects the pages of BATMAN: REBIRTH #1 and issues #1-6 of the new, hit BATMAN series! This collection features a new cover by superstar artist David Finch!
On sale JANUARY 11 * 192 pg, FC, $16.99 US

THE FLASH VOL. 1: LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE TP
Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
Art and cover by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO
A new storm brews over Central City and disproves the old adage about lightning never striking twice! Just as Barry begins to feel overwhelmed fighting crime, a new speedster appears-but just where did this amazing new ally come from? Now, the Fastest Man Alive finds himself in a city of speedsters-and dealing with the reappearance of Wally West! Collects THE FLASH: REBIRTH #1 plus issues #1-8 of the new series.
On sale JANUARY 18 * 216 pg, FC, $17.99 US

GREEN ARROW VOL. 1: THE DEATH AND LIFE OF OLIVER QUEEN TP
Written by BENJAMIN PERCY
Art by OTTO SCHMIDT and JUAN FERREYRA
Cover by JUAN FERREYRA
Green Arrow's life will be forever changed as he is betrayed by those closest to him! A budding relationship with Black Canary forces Ollie to confront the fact that he can't fight "the man" if he is "the man." And one by one, his friends desert him-and all the money in the world won't bring them back when he needs them most. Collects GREEN ARROW: REBIRTH #1 and GREEN ARROW #1-5.
On sale JANUARY 4 * 160 pg, FC, $16.99 US

GREEN LANTERNS VOL. 1: RAGE PLANET TP
Written by SAM HUMPHRIES and GEOFF JOHNS
Art by ETHAN VAN SCIVER, ED BENES, ROBSON ROCHA, TOM DERENICK, NEIL EDWARDS, JACK HERBERT and others
Cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
In these stories from GREEN LANTERNS: REBIRTH #1 and GREEN LANTERN #1-6, new Green Lanterns Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz begin a new era of emerald excitement, tackling the universe's toughest beat: Earth. These rookie Lanterns promised to protect others in brightest day or blackest night, but as the "Red Planet" begins to rise, the duo finds themselves confronted with the unimaginable threat of Bleez and the Red Lanterns!
On sale JANUARY 25 * 168 pg, FC, $16.99 US

JUSTICE LEAGUE VOL. 1: THE EXTINCTION MACHINE TP

Written by BRYAN HITCH
Art by TONY S. DANIEL, BRYAN HITCH, JESUS MERINO, MATTHEW CLARK, SANDU FLOREA and SEAN PARSONS
Cover by TONY S. DANIEL
In these stories from JUSTICE LEAGUE: REBIRTH #1 and issues #1-5 of the new series, a new day dawns for the Justice League as they welcome a slew of new members into their ranks. The question remains though, can the world's greatest superheroes trust these new recruits? And will the members of the League be able to come together against an ancient evil that threatens to reclaim not just the world, but the entire universe?
On sale JANUARY 18 * 168 pg, FC, $16.99 US

NIGHTWING VOL. 1: BETTER THAN BATMAN TP
Written by TIM SEELEY
Art by JAVIER FERNANDEZ
Cover by JAVIER FERNANDEZ
Dick Grayson is back in Gotham City, fighting to reclaim the life that was taken from him! But when a new evil threatens those closest to him, he must once again tear himself away from his home in order to combat this dark force as Nightwing! Collects NIGHTWING: REBIRTH #1 and NIGHTWING #1-4, 7 and 8.
On sale JANUARY 25 * 176 pg, FC, $16.99 US

SUPERMAN VOL. 1: SON OF SUPERMAN TP
Written by PETER J. TOMASI and PATRICK GLEASON
Art by DOUG MAHNKE, PATRICK GLEASON, JORGE JIMENEZ, JAIME MENDOZA and MICK GRAY
Cover by DOUG MAHNKE and JAIME MENDOZA
After the stunning events of DC REBIRTH, the world is left without Superman! Luckily, there is another Man of Steel to fill his shoes: the pre-Flashpoint Kal-El! However, can this new Superman protect the world while raising a super-son with his wife, Lois Lane? And should they help their boy use his new and rapidly increasing abilities, or hide them from the world? Don't miss these stories from SUPERMAN: REBIRTH #1 and SUPERMAN #1-6!
On sale JANUARY 4 * 176 pg, FC, $16.99 US
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26 comments:

  1. I can't wait to get these! My goal is to try and get all of them, but I doubt that will happen. It will be really interesting to see if the Night of the Monster Men crossover trade will only have those issues in it since the Batman vol 1 stops right before the crossover issues. If that's what they plan to do then I'll be on board for that. One of the things I really hated when reading these mini events were the double dipping and just the confusing order of trades to read it in. This way looks simpler.

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    1. I agree. I don't mind at all if the Night of the Monster Men trade is the only place to get those issues, if it's the only place to get those issues. It's when we get into the Batman issues being collected in their own trade but the Nightwing issues being only in the bulk collection that I dislike (for the double-dipping reasons you mentioned), but so far that doesn't appear to be the case.

      Aside, it's so confusing that Batman and Nightwing both launched as Rebirth titles, but Batman will be up to #7 when Nightwing is at #5 for the crossover. Not that issue numbers always line up, but I thought I had it wrong until I double-checked.

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    2. Batman started a month before Nightwing so that's why Batman has two more issues.

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  2. I'm OK with that Nightwing solicit on a few conditions. If Batman Vol 2 is then 9-whatever and if Detective Vol 1 is 934-940 and Vol 2 is 943-whatever, then I'm fine. The Night of the Monster Men trade is already on Amazon I believe. Prevent the double dipping and/or flipping between books that DC was so guilty of during the New 52 with crossovers like Throne of Atlantis and Trinity War. That way it isn't a pain in the ass for completists. Anyone strictly following one of the involved titles would just have one extra book to pick up. But I would guess the majority of Batman, Detective Comics, and Nightwing readers are reading the other two as well. Especially now since all three are getting stellar feedback.

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    1. Green Lantern pocket universe was the worst. Rise of the Third Army, Lights Out, and God Head all one after the other.

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  3. You can count me as another collected edition buyer who's glad that DC will apparently stop with the double-dipping when it comes to collecting crossovers. I'm curious to see how integral "Night of the Monster Men" will be to the ongoing storylines in Batman, Detective Comics and Nightwing, though.

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    1. This is still an "if" as to whether you'll have to double-dip for Night of the Monster Men, just to be clear. Currently the online listing for Batman Vol. 2: I Am Suicide (not the greatest title) has it at issue #7-12 and Annual #1.

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    2. That's probably just placeholder copy. It'll probably be corrected as "#9-15 and Annual #1" or something like that.

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    3. I hope you're right, but what makes you think so, more than that they're going to collect all the Batman issues together but not all the Nightwing issues, just given the relative popularity of one character over the other? (The Nightwing "Monster Men" issues could also be collected in the next Nightwing trade, too.)

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    4. Amazon listings have always been wrong before the official solicits come out

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    5. Those listings are sometime wrong, maybe often, but I wouldn't say "always" necessarily. Anyway, I hope HelloThere is right and the listing does turn out to be wrong.

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  4. Not only are these in TPB, but they're cheap! N52 TPS for top tier books were about $19.99, and the lowest I've seen was $14.99 for titles like Swamp Thing and Red Hood. Very pleased at the fact I'll be able to afford a little bit more.

    However, I want to read Wonder Woman immediately, when the trade is released, but my preference is in HC for Wonder Woman books. The wait time is going to be brutal. I wonder if it will be 6 months to wait for the HC, or if the prices will remain the same as N52 HCs. I also wonder if DC plans to release the HCs like Marvel does, in an Oversized fashion.

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    1. Right -- shoe's on the other foot for hardcover readers now. Whereas it used to be hardcovers came out first (and HC buyers were served first) and then paperback-waiters didn't get their books until twice as long after (usually when the next volume came out in HC), now we've got paperback first. Especially in this initial state when we don't yet know what DC will do with the hardcovers, those waiting for hardcovers for the Rebirth titles have an anxious wait ahead.

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    2. Exactly. I used to have to wait about a year to read the next 6 issues of my favorite series. I wonder what DCs DATA showed when they released Batgirl v.1 in both TP and HC at the same time.

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    3. I'm hoping that they do deluxe hardcovers for the TPBs that sell well.

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  5. I'm just anxious to know if we're getting the trades for the twice a month books twice as fast? Every 3 months instead of every six months?

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    1. Well, looks like Superman and Batman Vols. 1 in January and Vols. 2 in April; Wonder Woman Vol. 1 in March and Vol. 2 in May. So anecdotally, it does look like they're coming out faster.

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  6. I'm all in on Batman, Superman and Green Arrow, based on the buzz.

    Flash, Green Lanterns and Justice League are maybes.

    Aquaman and Nightwing are stuff I'll be happy to read if the library picks them up, but I'm not rushing to buy them or anything.

    Might seem weird that Nightwing is low on my priorities list, since apparently it has been really good and it's written by Tim Seely, but I'm just not really a Nightwing guy.

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    1. Out of those, I've been following Batman, Superman, Nightwing, and Aquaman, and have liked all four. Justice League, I've actually heard bad things.

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    2. Eh, temper your expectations for "Batman". I have no idea why it's getting such good buzz. It's actually kind of a mess. "Superman" and "Green Arrow", however, are absolutely top books. But the very best of Rebirth, in my view, is "Detective Comics". Amazing comic.

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  7. Does this mean we are not going to see any Rebirth hardcovers? The only one I see is Snyder's All-Star Batman. As much as I'm digging that series, I'd still like to see Tom King's Batman Rebirth run in hardcover form.

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    1. Not that there won't be any, but that DC is starting with paperbacks and haven't announced their plan for any hardcovers yet.

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    2. Night of the Monster Men seems to be hardcover as well, though, I suspect that DC might change it down the line.

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    3. I'll make an early guess something involved with Suicide Squad vs. Justice League might be hardcover, too.

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    4. Yep. You can now preorder it on Amazon, to be released June 13.
      https://www.amazon.com/Justice-League-Suicide-Squad-Event/dp/1401272266/

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    5. Maybe they're going to do a "I am Gotham/I am Suicide/I am Bane" collection down the line.

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