DC Rebirth Deluxe Hardcovers, Batgirl Stephanie Brown, Batman Year Two, Zero Year, Batwoman by Rucka, Wonder Woman by Byrne, Aquaman by Johns, Justice League of America: Road to Rebirth, more in DC Comics Summer 2017 solicitations
Friday, December 02, 2016
As we just learned the other day, DC will be collecting the first two volumes of their Rebirth paperbacks in hardcover on the same day as the third volumes are released -- Superman, Batman, Justice League, Hal Jordan and the Green Lanterns, Flash, and Action Comics are all listed below.
There's not a lot on this list that I found very surprising, but we do see the next reprint collections of Dennis O'Neil's Azrael, Marv Wolfman's Deathstroke, the Terminator, Chuck Dixon's Nightwing and Robin, and the post-Crisis Green Lantern series, as well as Supergirl books both from the Peter David run and the later Kara Zor-El stories, and the next volume of Greg Rucka's pre-Flashpoint Wonder Woman.
There's also a new collection of John Byrne's Wonder Woman, a Batman: Zero Hour collection, new collections of Stephanie Brown as Batgirl and Greg Rucka's complete Batwoman stories, more post-Crisis Batman, the end of the "Sub Diego"-era Aquaman stories, Jack Kirby's Super Powers, and a Legion Lost collection that also includes the "Legion of the Damned" issues.
So not a bad take altogether. Let's take a look!
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• Adam Strange: Planet Heist (New Edition)
• Adam Strange: The Silver Age Omnibus
I liked this Adam Strange miniseries when it came out, a prelude to Infinite Crisis's Rann-Thanagar War, by Andy Diggle and Pasqual Ferry, though the miniseries both other creative teams that followed fizzled after a while. This plus the Silver Age Omnibus and Death of Hawkman suggests to me some new emphasis on Adam Strange coming up in Rebirth, maybe a dedicated cosmic DC title besides the Green Lantern franchise.
• Aquaman by Geoff Johns Omnibus
Solicitations still have this book collecting issues #0-16 plus Justice League #14-16, through "Throne of Atlantis." That's surely the most notable part of this run, but to call this an "Aquaman by Geoff Johns Omnibus," it would seem most logical to also include issues #17-25, Johns's "Death of a King" storyline.
• Aquaman Vol. 1 & 2 Deluxe Edition (Rebirth)
As discussed, this is a hardcover collection of the first two paperback volumes of the Rebirth series. Solicitations say issues #1-12 and the Rebirth special, which probably isn't right because that doesn't match the contents of the original collections themselves. This does arrive in stories at the same time as the third paperback volume, and includes "variant covers, concept sketches and other bonus material."
• Aquaman Vol. 3 (Rebirth)
Said to collect issues #11-16. Please tell me the villainous organization here isn't really called NEMO.
• Aquaman: Kingdom Lost
The "Sub Diego" era of Aquaman was most notable, I think, for the initial Will Pfiefer/Patrick Gleason story and not for what came after, though for completeness I'm glad that DC is continuing through the John Arcudi run that ends this series where it collided with Infinite Crisis, with issues #32-39. It only troubles me a bit that there's now just ten issues of this series never collected, issues #5-14 by Rick Veitch (the last two by John Ostrander); not wholly well-remembered, but it leaves a hole where completeness is concerned.
• Azrael Vol. 3
We're still not sure on the contents of these, but if Azrael Vol. 2: Requiem went to issue #12, then this could collect issues #13-20, a slightly large trade but it would collect the "Demon Time" story (with Nightwing), the Contagion crossovers, and the four part "Angel in Flames." Barry Kitson continues on art with Dennis O'Neil until issue #28, which is when this eccentric series was at its best; upcoming stories will tie in to Cataclysm, No Man's Land, Day of Judgment, Joker: Last Laugh, and Bruce Wayne: Murderer/Fugitive.
• Batgirl: Stephanie Brown Vol. 1
Finally, a collection of Bryan Q. Miller's superlative run on Batgirl starring former-Spoiler Stephanie Brown, among the most entertaining and tonally perfect series I've read about a teen vigilante superhero. This is said to collect issues #1-13, so the Batgirl Rising and Flood collections, with the next volume presumably reprinting the Lesson collection (which ended with the Flashpoint/New 52 changeover).
• Batman Arkham: Clayface
• Batman Beyond Vol. 1: The Return (Rebirth)
The first six-issues of the Rebirth series by Dan Jurgens, plus the Rebirth special.
• Batman by Azzarello & Risso Deluxe Edition
Collects "Broken City," plus their Flashpoint miniseries, Wednesday Comics, and a black-and-white story from Gotham Knights #8.
• Batman by Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo Box Set 2
The second box set collects Vols. 4-6, Zero Year: Secret City and Dark City plus Graveyard Shift. Obviously Snyder and Capullo's Batman doesn't divide evenly by three, but Vol. 10 is short so I suspect the next box set will have the final four volumes. Other runs you all think deserve this box set treatment?
• Batman in The Court of Owls: An Adult Coloring Book
• Batman Noir: Dark Victory
• Batman The Caped Crusader Vol. 1
Collects Mike W. Barr's Batman: Year Two and the sequel Full Circle graphic novel. Being "Vol. 1," my hope is that this continues to collect the immediate-post-Crisis Batman issues, which are only collected spottily and especially on the Detective Comics side. Year Two isn't everyone's cup of tea but I liked it, and it directly inspired one of the best Batman movies ever, the animated Mask of the Phantasm.
• Batman Vol. 1 & 2 Deluxe Edition (Rebirth)
• Batman Vol. 3: I Am Bane (Rebirth)
• Batman -- Detective Comics Vol. 9: Gordon at War
• Batman: Haunted Knight (New Edition)
• Batman: The Golden Age Vol. 3
• Batman: Year One (New Edition)
• Batman: Zero Hour
As we had suspected, this is a collection both all the Zero Hour tie-ins across the Batman line and then also the "Zero Month" issues from the same. Sort of a random collection, but a nice slice of history at the same time. The Zero Hour issues feature a time-lost Batgirl Barbara Gordon at the time she was still Oracle, the Golden Age Alfred, and Robin Tim Drake meeting Robin Dick Grayson. The "Zero Month" issues will serve as a cute, short primer on Batman, though of course not a few continuities removed at this point.
• Batman/Superman Vol. 6
• Batman/TMNT Vol. 1
• Batwoman by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III
Most notable about this collection of Greg Rucka and JH WIlliams's Detective Comics Batwoman stories is, with no offense to Williams, the three previously uncollected issues drawn by Jock and Scott Kolins, "Cutter." This completes the pre-Flashpoint collection of Batwoman stories in her "own" title.
• Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye Vol. 1: Going Underground
• Cave Carson: The Silver Age
This appears to be listed as already cancelled.
• Checkmate by Greg Rucka Vol. 2
The first volume was supposed to collect issues #1-12, but seems actually to have the lead-in OMAC Project material. If this has #1-12, then again it would be the original Vols. 1 and 2, A King's Game and Pawn Breaks, with issues #16-22 left to essentially reprint the original Vol. 3, Fall of the Wall.
• Cyborg Vol. 2 (Rebirth)
• Daring Adventures of Supergirl Vol. 2
The second volume of Daring Adventures of Supergirl collects issues #14-23, which is actually when this title became just Supergirl around the Helen Slater movie. This collection includes an Ambush Bug appearance; also shortly after the end of this series is when this Supergirl would die in Crisis on Infinite Earths.
• DC Comics/Dark Horse: Batman vs. Predator
Collects the first, second, and third Batman vs. Predator miniseries.
• DC Covergirls: An Adult Coloring Book
• DC Horror: House of Secrets Vol. 1
Collects House of Secrets #92-97, including the first appearance of Swamp Thing.
• DC Spotlight: Wonder Girl
The cover art shows Cassie Sandsmark, but this "Spotlight" collection seems to equally favor some classic and current Donna Troy adventures. A curious collection -- I wonder if we'll see some other DC Spotlight collections soon or if this also suggests some major happening for one Wonder Girl or another.
• DC Super Hero Girls: A Kids Coloring Book
• DC Super Hero Girls: Summer Olympus
• Deadman by Kelley Jones: The Complete Collection
By Mike Baron with art by Kelley Jones, this is Deadman: Love After Death and Deadman: Exorcism. I wish they had also included Deadman's Batman appearances from about this time by Doug Moench and Jones.
• Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love
• Death of Hawkman
• Deathstroke The Terminator Vol. 4
Collects issues #27-34, the "World Tour" storyline, by Marv Wolfman and penciller Steve Erwin, plus the "Bloodlines" tie-in annual that introduced Gunfire, a New Blood heroes who actually got his own thirteen-issue series.
• Deathstroke Vol. 2 (Rebirth)
• Doom Patrol Vol. 1: Brick by Brick
• Doom Patrol: The Silver Age Omnibus
• Earth 2: Society Vol. 4
This will be the final collection of the New 52 Earth 2: Society series.
• Elseworlds: Justice League Vol. 2
Collects Conjurors #1-3, Flashpoint #1-3 (a Flash Elseworlds, not the reality-changing event), JLA: Act of God #1-3, Superman’s Metropolis, Batman: Nosferatu, and Wonder Woman: Blue Amazon.
• Elseworlds: Superman Vol. 2
The solicitation has the contents of Vol. 1, so it remains to be seen what will be here.
• Flash by Francis Manapul Unwrapped
• Flash Vol. 1 & 2 Deluxe Edition (Rebirth)
• Flash Vol. 3: Rogues Reloaded (Rebirth)
• Flash Vol. 9
• Flash: The Silver Age Vol. 2
• Gotham Academy: Second Semester Vol. 1
Issues #1-6 and the Annual #1.
• Graphic Ink: Eduardo Risso
Also already listed as cancelled.
• Green Arrow Vol. 3 (Rebirth)
• Green Lantern: Hal Jordan Vol. 2
These books fill a nice previously-uncollected hole. The first volume was the two Emerald Dawn miniseries and this is issues #1-12 of the immediately post-Crisis series. These issues follow Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, John Stewart, and G'nort, following the events of Cosmic Odyssey. At this point, the Green Lantern Corps title had been cancelled; Green Lantern: Mosaic, for which I still hope for a collection, began concurrent to issue #25 of this series. The next collection of this series would reflect the events of Justice League International: Breakdowns.
• Green Lantern: The Silver Age Vol. 2
• Green Lanterns Vol. 3 (Rebirth)
• Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Vol. 1 & 2 (Rebirth) Deluxe Edition
• Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps Vol. 2 (Rebirth)
• Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Vol. 3 (Rebirth)
• Harley and Her Gang of Harleys Vol. 2
... How does this have a second volume?
• Harley Quinn Vol. 2: Joker Loves Harley (Rebirth)
• Harley Quinn Vol. 6: Black, White and Red All Over
• Hawkman by Geoff Johns Book One
The flip side of the Adam Strange collections here is that this maybe suggests we're going to get a more recognizable Johns-era Hawkman Carter Hall back.
• House of Mystery: The Bronze Age Vol. 1
• Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Five Vol. 2
• Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Five Vol. 3
• Injustice: Ground Zero Vol. 1
• It's a Bird...(New Edition)
• Jack Kirby's Kamandi Omnibus
Collects Kamandi, The Last Boy on Earth in what seems to be an omnibus format similar to the Jack Kirby's Fourth World omnibuses.
• Justice League of America Vol. 1 (Rebirth)
The first six issues of the Steve Orlando series spinning out of Justice League vs. Suicide Squad.
• Justice League of America: The Road to Rebirth (Rebirth)
Collects the Justice League of America: Rebirth, Ray: Rebirth, Vixen: Rebirth, Atom: Rebirth, and Killer Frost: Rebirth specials.
• Justice League Vol. 1 & 2 Deluxe Edition (Rebirth)
• Justice League Vol. 3 (Rebirth)
This collection of Bryan Hitch's Rebirth Justice League issues #12-17 includes issues #12-13 that tie into Justice League vs. Suicide Squad, and also apparently a story that continues from Hitch's New 52 Justice League series.
• Justice League vs. Suicide Squad
As someone here pointed out, the fact of this in hardcover further suggests that DC's event collections will be hardcover-first. This collects the six-issue miniseries plus Suicide Squad #8-10 and Justice League #12-13. The individual Justice League and Suicide Squad collections each include their own issues but not the event miniseries, suggesting that one would most likely have to double-dip to read the miniseries event proper.
• Justice League/Power Rangers
• Legends of the Dark Knight: Jim Aparo Vol. 3
• Legion Lost: The Complete Saga
Collects the superlative Legion Lost miniseries by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, plus for the first time the "Legion of the Damned" lead-in issues. This is a great read, no doubt, but a miniseries called Legion Worlds followed Legion Lost's somewhat uncertain ending, and I wouldn't have minded if those were included too (DC pre-solicited a Legion Worlds collection in 2013 but later cancelled it).
• Legion of Super Heroes: The Silver Age Omnibus
• Looney Tunes: Greatest Hits Vol. 3
• Midnighter and Apollo
Apparently I mistakenly thought this miniseries was drawn by Midnighter's Aco, when it's actually Fernando Blanco. I believe Blanco's style will probably work here but it's still a disappointment not to get more Aco.
• Midnighter: The Complete Wildstorm Series
For whatever reason this one has come through before, but here it is again, and this time the listing really does look more "complete," with issues #1-20 of the Wildstorm series plus Midnighter: Armageddon from the Wildstorm crossover series. The solicitation just mentions Garth Ennis but there's plenty other writers here, including Brian K. Vaughn, Christos Gage, Keith Giffen, Justin Gray, and Jimmy Palmiotti. All of this has been collected before, though not together.
• Mother Panic Vol. 1: Work in Progress
I recognize that as a mature imprint, the Young Animal books are separate, but it seems too good an opportunity to have Mother Panic in Gothan and not have Batman show up.
• New Super-Man Vol. 1: Made In China (Rebirth)
• New Teen Titans Vol. 1 Omnibus (New Edition)
A new printing of the omnibus but the contents seem the same (this listing omits the New Teen Titans Annual #1, but I'd bet it's in there). The real question is whether they'll reprint the next volumes and if Vol. 3 will remain as is or collect sequential issues instead.
• New Teen Titans Vol. 7
Collecting "Judas Contract," these paperbacks are still within material that's been collected before.
• Newsboy Legion Vol. 2
• Nightwing Vol. 2: Bludhaven (Rebirth)
• Nightwing Vol. 6
Issues #47-60, so parts of the Big Guns and On the Razor's Edge collections. This does mark the end of the previously-collected Chuck Dixon material; issues #61-99 by Dixon and then Devin Grayson are uncollected, so anything beyond this point will be new to trade.
• Planetary Book One
Issues #1-12, including material from the Absolute edition.
• Robin Vol. 4
Said to be Robin #0, #7-13, and the Annual #1. Not sure how that'll read in trade; it's the Robin parts of "Knightsquest" and "Knightsend," a Zero Hour tie-in and "Zero Month" story, and then the Robin parts of "Prodigal." The Annual is an Eclipso: The Darkness Within tie-in.
• Shade the Changing Girl Vol. 1: Earth Girl Made Easy
• Sixpack & Dogwelder: Hard Travelin' Heroz
• Suicide Squad Vol. 2 (Rebirth)
The Justice League vs. Suicide Squad tie-in issues are here, though not the miniseries itself.
• Suicide Squad: A Celebration of 30 Years
Glad to see this. Well deserved. And absolutely no disrespect meant to John Ostrander. But this does weirdly mark the Squad's beginning at 1987 rather than 1959 with Brave and the Bold #25 by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru, even if that iteration is somewhat removed from the present one.
• Super Powers (Backlist)
Collecting all three of the Super Powers miniseries that Jack Kirby took part in. As the solicitation said, this is Kirby's only work with the Justice League; I'm surprised frankly this isn't listed for hardcover.
• Super Powers Vol. 1
The new Art Baltazar and Franco series, which looks awesome and happily follows the Superman Family Adventures continuity.
• Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 1
• Supergirl Book Three
Happily, more of the Peter David/Leonard Kirk Supergirl series. Issues #21-32 delve into the mystery of Comet (former super-horse) and include appearances by the Matrix Supergirl and the Female Furies.
• Supergirl Vol. 3
Additionally, a collection of Kara Zor-El's modern adventures in Action Comics #850 and Supergirl #23-33 by Kelley Puckett (of Batgirl Cassandra Cain fame). This reprints the Beyond Good and Evil and Way of the World collections just before Sterling Gates's run.
• Supergirl: The Silver Age Vol. 1
• Superman For All Seasons (New Edition)
• Superman Reborn
As we now know, the first post-Rebirth Superman crossover, with Superman #18-19 and Action Comics #975-976. A short crossover at that, one month and weekly I think, which is kind of nice, though being collected in a $25 hardcover.
• Superman Vol. 1 & 2 Deluxe Edition (Rebirth)
• Superman Vol. 3: Multiplicity (Rebirth)
• Superman -- Action Comics Vol. 1 & 2 Deluxe Edition
• Superman -- Action Comics Vol. 3
• Superman-Action Comics Vol. 9
• Superman: Savage Dawn
• Superman: The Golden Age Omnibus Vol. 4
• Superman: The Golden Age Vol. 3
• Tales of the Batman: Gerry Conway
• Teen Titans Vol. 1: Damian Knows Best (Rebirth)
Teen Titans: Rebirth and issues #1-6.
• Teen Titans: Earth One Vol. 2
• Teen Titans: The Bronze Age Omnibus
• Sandman: The Golden Age Vol. 1
Also apparently already cancelled.
• Trinity (New Edition)
This is a new paperback edition of the Matt Wagner out-of-continuity miniseries.
• Trinity Vol. 1: Better Together (Rebirth)
• Wasteland Vol. 1
• Watchmen: The Annotated Edition
• Wonder Woman by Greg Rucka Vol. 2
Collects issues #206-217, the Eyes of the Gorgon and Land of the Dead collections. Strange how this keeps happening, but the final volume should basically just reprint the Misson's End trade in full, maybe with the addition of Rucka's Blackest Night: Wonder Woman miniseries.
• Wonder Woman by John Byrne Book One
Here's something unexpected, a collection of John Byrne's Wonder Woman, written and drawn, issues #101-113. This run is notable not just for the Wonder Woman work but also for introducing Wonder Girl Cassie Sandsmark, for revising Donna Troy's origin, for teaming Hippolyta with the Justice Society, appearances by Darkseid, and for leading into the Genesis event. Issues #101 to #112 are previously collected, but #113 is not; Byrne's run went to issue #136.
• Wonder Woman Vol. 3: The Truth (Rebirth)
• Wonder Woman: The Golden Age Omnibus Vol. 2
• Absolute Y: The Last Man Vol. 3
• American Vampire Vol. 9
• American Way 10th Anniversary Edition
• Clean Room Vol. 3
• Dark Night: A True Batman Story
• House of Secrets Book One (Vertigo)
• Lost Boys Vol. 1
• Lucifer Vol. 3
• Sandman Mystery Theatre Book 3
DC calls this a "re-cut collection," which is maybe what these new Nightwing, Robin, etc. books are. This is issues #25-36 and the Sandman Midnight Theatre special, which spans the original Vol. 5 and Vol. 6 collections with "Night of the Butcher," "The Hourman," and "The Python."
• Scalped Book One
• Unfollow Vol. 3: Stop Following Me