Review: Harley Quinn Vol. 3: The Trials of Harley Quinn trade paperback (DC Comics)

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Sam Humphries' Harley Quinn Vol. 3: The Trials of Harley Quinn is a big improvement on the previous volume, back to the levels where I'd say Harley's in good hands after all. Humphries' locale, supporting cast, and general thrust of the Harley Quinn series is different than what came before, but all of these are perfectly workable. Away from some of the character difficulties of Harley Quinn Vol. 2: Harley Destroys the Universe, and with the eight issues collected here all loosely connected under the "Trials of Harley Quinn" moniker — flitting self-referentially in, out, and around DC continuity — this volume flows smoothly; this is plenty fine Harley entertainment.

[Review contains spoilers]

The Christmas issue that begins this book, something of a prologue to the "Trials of Harley" stories, solidifies the break with what came before. Gathered around the table toward the end of the issue are Harley; her mother, father, and brothers; Catwoman (as an awkward stand-in for Poison Ivy); Coach; the Apokoliptian Tina; continuity cop Jonni DC; and prescient young comics artist Meredith Clatterbuck. These final three have been newly introduced to this title by Humphries over the last dozen or so issues; notably, nowhere pictured are Harley's stalwart companions from the Amanda Conner/Jimmy Palmiotti run like Big Tony, Eggy, or Red Tool.

Review: Wonder Woman Vol. 2: Love Is a Battlefield hardcover/paperback (DC Comics)

Sunday, May 31, 2020

In its musings on love and immortality, Wonder Woman Vol. 2: Love Is a Battlefield seems to hint at the upcoming revelations of Wonder Woman #750, on the way to the new DC timeline and the 5G event. That's all in flux now, of course, another element frustrating G. Willow Wilson's run, which we already know has ended with Steve Orlando taking over.

There's nothing particularly off-putting about this volume, which is an improvement over Wilson's previous in that Wilson does more that's new and different here, introducing her own threats and own situations. There's also an issue or so where Diana hardly throws a punch, which I appreciate in terms of emphasizing Wonder Woman as a thinking person and not a bruiser.

Review: Harley Quinn Vol. 2: Harley Destroys the Universe trade paperback (DC Comics)

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Unfortunately, what had seemed a good start to Sam Humphries' Harley Quinn run fizzles out here. I'm not sweating it too much, as news just broke that Humphries run will end with issue #75, which probably means only one more trade to be released before the series apparently relaunches with a new creative team. That's fine; Humphries' Harley Quinn Vol. 2: Harley Destroys the Universe feels off but is by no means terrible, with plenty of fun moments, and of course what we're headed toward here is Harley's intersection with the "Year of the Villain" event. I'm satisfied to bide my time with Humphries for a bit with the promise of something else on the way; is it too much to hope Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti are coming back?

Review: Superman: Action Comics Vol. 3: Leviathan Hunt hardcover/paperback (DC Comics)

Sunday, May 24, 2020

If you like what Brian Michael Bendis is doing with Superman (and/or Event Leviathan) then you probably won't mind Superman: Action Comics Vol. 3: Leviathan Hunt's quirks too much; ditto perhaps if you were a fan of the Triangle Title's "large cast" approach. The flip side is that for a five-issue trade, Superman only appears on about nine of the first 50 pages (or two issues), which may not be to everyone's liking.

[Review contains spoilers]

Largely this volume (and seemingly the next) are about tying together the criminal element Bendis has been introducing in Action with his Event Leviathan crew, and that together with the ongoing "Year of the Villain" event. If one believes the stories of writers' competing fiefdoms across the DC Universe, this is undoubtedly a positive sign, Bendis weaving Scott Snyder's Justice League et al. into the very fabric of his Action Comics work.

Review: Harley Quinn Vol. 1: Harley vs. Apokolips trade paperback (DC Comics)

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Sam Humphries' Harley Quinn Vol. 1: Harley vs. Apokolips is a fine follow-up to the long run that came before. It's mundane to say everything's not the same with the creative change, though Humphries gets a lot closer to the target than I expected and covers the transition well. There is not a lot of Harley's classic supporting cast in this volume, and so perhaps one can better judge the next volume more than this, after Humphries has gotten acclimated a bit, but again, Humphries does his own thing well enough — especially under the auspices of "tighter ties to the DC Universe" — that I don't think long-time fans will be much disappointed.

[Review contains spoilers]

Overlapping a bit the last iteration of this title's dual finales by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti and Frank Tieri respectively, Humphries' start sees Harley taking a vacation to get away from recent tragedies. That's interrupted, appropriately apropos of nothing, by Harley being kidnapped by and transformed into a Female Fury. At play here is Humphries taking Harley immediately out of the familiar and keeping her away for four issues, enough time for Humphries to hit a stride without the added presence of Harley's Brooklyn friends.

DC Trade Solicitations for August 2020 - Post-Crisis Flash by Baron and Messner-Loebs, Robin: 80 Years, Power of Shazam! by Ordway, Green Lantern: Earth One Vol. 2, Batman: Road to No Man's Land Omnibus, Aquaman by Skeates/Aparo

Sunday, May 17, 2020

I couldn't say exactly if this is just what happens in the summer or if current events have caused DC Comics' August 2020 hardcover and paperback solicitations to be a little lighter. But out of 25 books solicited this month, only two are "regular series" collections (and one of those, the second half of a miniseries), and all the rest are older series, graphic novels, and etc.

Among those regular series are Justice League Odyssey Vol. 3: Final Frontier (is it bad I still haven't decided if I like this book?) and Wonder Twins Vol. 2, really kind of some slim pickings for this month (maybe I'll get around to finally finishing Mind MGMT!).

Which is not to say there's not some cool ones among the "reprints" — the long awaited post-Crisis Flash: Savage Velocity, the first Power of Shazam! collection (finally!), and Aquaman: Deadly Waters, completing a trilogy of Silver/Bronze Age Aquaman books. Books Of Magic gets a nice omnibus collection, as does Batman: The Road to No Man’s Land ... y'know, it's not nothing, but it's not a whole lot, either.

Let's take a closer look.

Absolute Transmetropolitan Vol. 1 HC New Edition

Released under the DC Black Label imprint; no contents listed, but the original printing collected Transmetropolitan #1-18, Transmetropolitan: I Hate It Here, and Vertigo: Winter's Edge #2.

Aquaman: Deadly Waters Deluxe Edition HC

Continuing and finishing the Steve Skeates/Jim Aparo run with issues #49-56, following the previous Search for Mera volume; #56 would end that series. Three years after these issues, Aquaman would appear in back-up stories in Adventure Comics and then regain his own series numbered starting with #57, which would be the storyline collected in Death of a Prince. This is a nice trilogy of Silver Age Aquaman that I'd be interested to read all together.

Batman: The Demon Trilogy HC

Have Batman: Birth of the Demon, Batman: Bride of the Demon, and Batman: Son of the Demon been collected together before? Seems only logical.

Batman: The Road to No Man’s Land Omnibus HC

Omnibus of the previous two-volume paperback Road to No Man's Land series. Contents are about the same give or take an issue if the solicitations are to be believed. Said to contain Azrael: Agent of the Bat #40, Azrael: Agent of the Bat #47-52 (previous solicit only went to #50), Batman #554-562, Batman: Shadow of the Bat #73-82, Detective Comics #719-722, Detective Comics #724-729, Catwoman #56-57, Robin #52-54, The Batman Chronicles #12, The Batman Chronicles #14-15, Nightwing #19-20, Batman: Arkham Asylum - Tales of Madness #1, Batman: Blackgate - Isle of Men #1, and Batman: Huntress/Spoiler - Blunt Trauma #1.

Blackest Night Brightest Day Box Set

Twelve hardcovers at $300 total, collecting two enjoyable but pretty gosh darn out of continuity event miniseries; if there's an audience for this, God bless. Not only does it include all of the below, but also nine plastic Corps rings — where those fit in the box, I'm not sure.

  1. Blackest Night: Prelude collects Green Lantern #26-28 and 36-43 and Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns #1
  2. Blackest Night collects Blackest Night #0-8 and pages from Untold Tales of the Blackest Night #1
  3. Blackest Night: Green Lantern collects Green Lantern #44-52
  4. Blackest Night: Green Lantern Corps collects Green Lantern Corps #39-47
  5. Blackest Night: Black Lantern Corps Book 1 collects Blackest Night: Batman #1-3, Blackest Night: Superman #1-3, and Blackest Night: Wonder Woman #1-3
  6. Blackest Night: Black Lantern Corps Book 2 collects Blackest Night: The Flash #1-3, Blackest Night: JSA #1-3 and Blackest Night: Titans #1-3
  7. Blackest Night: Rise of the Black Lanterns collects The Atom & Hawkman #48, Phantom Stranger #42, Green Arrow #30, Adventure Comics #7, Starman #81, The Question #37, Catwoman #83, Weird Western Tales #71, and The Power of Shazam! #38
  8. Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps collects Blackest Night: Tales of the Black Lanterns #1-3, Adventure Comics #4-5, Untold Tales of the Blackest Night #1, stories from Green Lantern #18-20, 40, and 49, Green Lantern/Sinestro Corps: Secret Files, Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Superman-Prime, and pages from Blackest Night #0
  9. Brightest Day: Green Lantern collects Green Lantern #53-62
  10. Brightest Day Book 1 collects Brightest Day #0-11
  11. Brightest Day Book 2 collects Brightest Day #0-11 [obviously TBD]
  12. The Book of the Black collects sketch material (both previously released and new), series proposals, variant covers, posters, all or at least most of the Blackest Night outline scripts, and a few other things

Booster Gold: Future Lost HC

Collects the second half of Dan Jurgen's 1980s Booster Gold series, issues #13-25. Also included is Action Comics #594 and Secret Origins #35, which appeared in the Showcase Presents: Booster Gold black-and-white collection, "pages from" Millennium #3-7 (previously this was listed as the whole issues, but probably this makes more sense), and "more." The previous solicitation suggested the Booster entry from Who’s Who Update 1987 #1 might be there too.

DC Poster Portfolio: Clay Mann TP

Includes covers from Action Comics #959, #961, #964-969, and #983; Batman #36, #50, #78, and #79; Batman Eternal #28, DC Nation #0, Doom Patrol/Justice League Special #1, Harley Quinn #1, Heroes in Crisis #1, Justice League #46, Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #2, and Trinity #3-4 and #12, printed on card stock at 12 x 16.

The Flash: Savage Velocity TP

Solicited before and cancelled, but I'm glad to see it finally on the schedule. Collects Mike Baron's and William Messner-Loebs' Flash immediately post-Crisis on Infinite Earths, issues #1-18 and the first annual, with ties to Millennium. This'll fit real well with the Superman by Byrne books, the new post-Crisis Batman books, Wonder Woman by Perez, and so on. Includes Wally vs. Kilg%re, Velocity 9 (which later appeared in the CW Flash TV series), and Vandal Savage.

gen:LOCK TP

Based on the web show, the comic is written by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly and drawn by Carlo Barbieri, among others. Collects issues #1-7.

Green Lantern: Earth One Vol. 2 HC

Been a while since we've seen an Earth One volume; here's a sequel to Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko's Green Lantern: Earth One. John Stewart and Yellow Lanterns join the fray.

Hellblazer Vol. 23: No Future TP

Collects Hellblazer #261-266, Hellblazer Special: Papa Midnite #1-5, and the Hellblazer: Pandemonium graphic novel.

JLA by Grant Morrison Omnibus HC

Well, this is the big 'un, all 41 issues of Grant Morrison's JLA plus at least the JLA One Million miniseries and the JLA: Earth 2 graphic nove. (We should maybe quibble that Morrison's first JLA: Classified arc should be in there, maybe a Secret Files but oh, well.) Those JLA issues are #1-17, #22-26, #28-31, #34, #36-#41.

Justice League Odyssey Vol. 3: Final Frontier TP

Third collection of the Dan Abnett series; collects #13-18, including "Year of the Villain" issues.

Justice League Unlimited: Galactic Justice TP

One of a couple animated Justice League Unlimited collections solicited lately; this is issues #4, #6, #18, #24, #34, and #46, with Green Lantern John Stewart, Martian Manhunter, Adam Strange, Sinestro, and Space Cabbie.

Lucifer Omnibus Vol. 2 HC

Issues #36-75 by Mike Carey, with the DC Black Label branding (previously this was supposed to say "Sandman Universe" on it, but I'm not sure if that's the case any more).

The Power of Shazam! Book 1: In the Beginning HC

Glad all that waiting paid off — finally, finally, we get the first-ever collection of Jerry Ordway's superlative Captain Marvel series, the longest-running and most substantial Captain Marvel series of the post-Crisis era. Running almost 50 issues, Ordway's Power of Shazam series was tonally similar to his Superman Triangle Titles work, attacking head-on everything from Mr. Mind to Tawky Tawny in ways that preserved the absurdity but updated the concepts for the modern era (without being grim and gritty). All that and one of the few series to directly cross over with James Robinson's Starman. This will have the Power of Shazam graphic novel that started it all off, plus issues #1-12 and a Captain Marvel story from Superman & Batman Magazine #4. Twelve issues per book would finish this off in four books. In hardcover in August.

Robin: 80 Years of the Boy Wonder HC

Said to collect Batman #368, Batman #410, Batman #411, Batman #466, Detective Comics #38, Detective Comics #165, Detective Comics #394-395, Detective Comics #535, Detective Comics #796, Robin #25-26, Batman Chronicles: The Gauntlet #1, World’s Finest Comics #141, Star Spangled Comics #65 and #124, Teen Titans #14, Batman and Robin #0. Mentioned in previous solicitations was Batman Incorporated #1, and Super Sons #5.

RWBY TP

By Marguerite Bennett and Mirka Andolfo, based on the anime series; collects issues #1-7.

The Sandman: The Books of Magic Omnibus Vol. 1 HC

A variety of the appearances of kid mage Tim Hunter collected in one place, though the contents don't mention the original Neil Gaiman miniseries. Collects The Books of Magic #1-32 (of 75 issues total, of which only #1-50 are previously collected), The Children’s Crusade #1-2, Vertigo Preview #1, Vertigo Visions - Doctor Occult #1, Arcana Annual #1, Mister E #1-4, and The Books of Faerie: Auberon’s Tale #1-3. (Earlier solicitations also had Vertigo Gallery: Dreams and Nightmares #1 and Who’s Who #15. This was also previously branded "Sandman Universe: The Books of Magic Omnibus," not just "Sandman: Books of Magic ...")

Super Sons Omnibus HC Expanded Edition

The adventures of Jon Kent and Damian Wayne, all collected together and now including the final twelve issue miniseries. This is Superman #10-11, Superman #37-38, Teen Titans #15, Super Sons #1-16, DC Rebirth Holiday Special #1, Super Sons Annual #1, the Super Sons/Dynomutt Special, and the Adventures of the Super Sons miniseries #1-12.

Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade TP New Edition

New printing of the Landry Q. Walker miniseries collection, now targeted to DC's kids imprint.

Superman vs. Wonder Woman (Tabloid Edition) HC

A team-up, first printed as I understand it in Limited Collectors' Edition #C-54 from 1978, by Gerry Conway and Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez. Set during World War II with, I believe, the Superman and Wonder Woman of Earth-2.

Teen Titans: Raven and Beast Boy HC Box Set

Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo's two young adult graphic novels, in hardcover for the first time.

Wonder Twins Vol. 2: The Fall and Rise of the Wonder Twins TP

Issues #7-12 by Mark Russell and Stephen Byrne as part of Brian Michael Bendis' Wonder Comics imprint; the end of the series unless they renew it.

Wonder Woman Vol. 2: Love Is a Battlefield TP

Paperback by G. Willow Wilson, Cary Nord, and others, following the hardcover. Issues #66-73; the book flips over to #750+ numbering after issue #80.

Review: Batman Vol. 12: City of Bane Part 1 hardcover/paperback (DC Comics)

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Overall I've been enjoying Tom King's zany, experimental take on Batman, but with Batman Vol. 12: City of Bane Part 1, even I can see where this minimalist storytelling hits some difficulty. The trouble, I think, is in the name — I have a sense that the forthcoming Batman: City of Bane: The Complete Collection will be a much better read in that we'll get the introduction and denouement to this story, and not just the introduction.

City of Bane spends a while setting up the new status quo when the status quo is pretty clear, and from there it turns to Batman's recovery from injury, et al., which is not insignificant but in broad strokes we've seen this kind of thing before. There's two major events within the pages of this book, so it's not as though Part 1 doesn't move the story forward, but each has mitigating factors such to lessen one's full enjoyment of them. I tend to think all this could have happened faster and Part 2 come quicker, or again, maybe it'd be better to just read City of Bane all together.

Review: Y: The Last Man Vol. 10: Whys and Wherefores trade paperback (Vertigo/DC Comics)

Sunday, May 10, 2020

I have questioned whether, leading into its 10th volume, Y: The Last Man has lost some of its mojo. If that's the case, then it regains it when it counts, in the final volume, Y: The Last Man Vol. 10: Whys and Wherefores. The final story is epic and controversial, delivering exactly what it should, and smoothing over some recent bumps in the series along the way. And after that, the epilogue is wonderful and bizarre, an unexpected left turn for the series, with an ending rather completely unexpected. If Y did not land every jump it made, it sticks the landing, and that's what it should be remembered for.

[Review contains spoilers]

Among excellent moments throughout the final volume is when Yorick, newly reunited with lost love Beth, discusses the revelations of Y: The Last Man Vol. 9: Motherland. Struggling to describe the happenstance elements that kept him alive when all other men died, Yorick calls it "monkeys and clones and ... some kind of morphing thing" (the psychic morphic resonance). He continues, "As far as answers go, it was ... vaguely unsatisfying." Beth replies that after all they've been through, "Is there any explanation that would have been satisfactory?"

Review: Y: The Last Man Vol. 9: Motherland trade paperback (Vertigo/DC Comics)

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

The penultimate volume of Y: The Last Man brings some answers, but those answers are so far-fetched and improbable as to not really be answers at all. In this way, Y: The Last Man Vol. 9: Motherland does and does not read like the second-to-last volume of the series.

Y is one of those series — mind you, I've been reading it on and off for over 15 years now — that I've had built up in my mind as one of the Vertigo greats, spoken in the same breath as Sandman, Swamp Thing, Hellblazer, and Fables, but now that I'm getting to the end, my esteem is fading. Well-written, sure, topical, sure, and well-drawn, definitely, and Y is certainly better than the dregs sometimes found on the comic book stands. But the "kidnapped and have to break out" pattern of the stories has long since gotten repetitive, and the slow exploration of this world and the little hints as to the origins of the "gendercide" plague, enticing at the beginning, don't offer the same high nine volumes in. Also none of the romantic relationships feel earned to me.

Review: Superwoman Vol. 2: Rediscovery (Rebirth) trade paperback (DC Comics)

Sunday, May 03, 2020

K. Perkins and Phil Jimenez' Superwoman Vol. 2: Rediscovery is fine, as it goes. The story is wildly buffeted by the continuity changes in Superman Reborn, which it really only partially tries to address. Much of the book is then spent getting title character Lana Lang back in the position she was in at the end of the last book, which is a lot of going in circles for just the second volume. For fans of Lana, or Steel John Henry Irons, or some classic one-off villains from the Triangle Titles age, this is satisfactory reading, but it never rises to the level of anything truly shocking or surprising. Nothing about this book is offensively wrong; it just lacks gusto.

[Review contains spoilers]

Jimenez writes a single issue here that, at least to its credit, meta-acknowledges the vagaries of other titles that are affecting this book. Branching off Superman Reborn, the New 52 Superman and Lois Lane come in a dream sequence to a semi-conscious Lana, needing her to give up the red energy source of her powers so they can merge with their Rebirth counterparts (or whatever happens in Reborn). In story, Lana not only acknowledges the strangeness of two sets of Kent-Lanes and the understated continuity changes happening as they speak; she also questions why it is that her own reality (and Steel, and his niece Natasha, etc.) should have to change just to benefit Superman and Lois. The answer is, of course, because he's Superman, and of course Jimenez knows this, but there's something wonderful (almost Grant Morrison-ian) about his writing this relatively minor-ish character asserting her right to her own being just before Jimenez takes his leave.

Review: Y - The Last Man Vol. 8: Kimono Dragons trade paperback (Vertigo/DC Comics)

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

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When I last reviewed Y: The Last Man (some 13 years ago!), I noted that the seventh volume, Paper Dolls, lacked sufficient revelations for a book so far down the line, instead offering a (still enjoyable but) basic Y misadventure of the kind we might've seen way back at the beginning. Y: The Last Man Vol. 8: Kimono Dragons is better on that count, continuing to outline the behind-the-scenes connective tissue between the characters, though it still feels like we're a trade or so away from really understanding what's going on (and two trades, of course, from the end).

If nothing else, the titular "Kimono Dragons" story is more epic in its finale than "Paper Dolls," so Kimono Dragons at least gets one's blood pumping. I'm impatient for answers, which means impatient for the conclusion, and I grant maybe that's missing the point; it does however feel like this tale could be a little shorter than it is.

(No offense intended for reviewing a comic about a pandemic in the midst of a pandemic. This site has always been about reviewing what I'm reading, and this is what I'm reading right now. These days, my interests have been skewing toward post-apocalyptic sci-fi, perhaps looking for context in my only previous experience with times such as these; with slowing trade releases even before the major lockdowns, I've also been trying to go back and complete some series I started but never finished, hence the recent Harley Quinn read-through. Hopefully some escapism only helps, not hurts.)

Review: Harley's Little Black Book hardcover/paperback (DC Comics)

Sunday, April 26, 2020

At 48 pages per issue (when it had ads), the chapters of Harley's Little Black Book feel rightly stuffed. Each one is a kind of mini graphic novel on its own, reminiscent even of the ye olde Prestige Format "graphic novels," and I found I could read about one a night and then I felt "done." That's backhanded praise, but the point is you won't breeze through this one and that's often a good thing.

Finding a plot in this book, to paraphrase, is a tricky endeavor. There's a thread that binds the first three chapters and one that binds the last three, but neither binding is particularly strong nor do they necessarily come of anything — it's best, I found, to think of each of these as happenstance Harley Quinn team-up stories rather than an actual miniseries. Said split between the first and last half also marks where the book changes from traditional team-ups to stories more esoteric; though there's gems throughout, for my tastes the book was stronger at the beginning than the end (put another way, the book weakens as one goes on, though it bounces back toward the finish).

Review: Harley Quinn: Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 3 hardcover (DC Comics)

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

With Harley Quinn: Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 3, the Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti run with this character goes out with a bang. When they finish, one faces the dilemma one always faces at the end of an instant-classic run such as this: would it be better to end the series, expecting that nothing that comes after could be as good as this, or to keep it going so that we still have Harley Quinn, even if what comes after, if lesser, tarnishes the overall reputation of the run?

Fortunately, things are not so bad as all that. To be very sure, Harley loses a step when Conner and Palmiotti leave and Frank Tieri takes over, but a couple factors work in favor of Tieri's stint: he continues what has already been a storyline of his own so far; despite a tonal shift, there are some interesting ideas within Tieri's story; and as it turns out, though it seemed momentarily that Tieri would be Harley's new ongoing writer, he actually isn't. If anything, maybe in the original offing Tieri's story should have been set before the end of Conner and Palmiotti's run, not after, so that Conner and Palmiotti could still have the last word and closing image, but it is what it is. Conner and Palmiotti get seven issues here, Tieri gets eight, and ultimately the good in this book outweighs what's rougher.

Review: Batman: Last Knight on Earth hardcover/paperback (DC Comics)

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Sunday, April 19, 2020

It feels like a long time since we've seen Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo together again. Since their famous Batman collaboration, sure Snyder's gone back to his Dark Knight roots with The Batman Who Laughs, for instance, but not with Capullo. The two teamed for Dark Nights: Metal, but for all the craziness, Metal never captured the magic of Snyder's Batman for me, nor did Capullo's art on the (albeit enjoyable) crossover seem quite up to snuff.

Snyder and Capullo's DC Black Label series Batman: Last Knight on Earth is a cool burst of air, a lush, spacious, clever reminder of Snyder and Capullo's best work. It is more in the vein of their Batman: Zero Year than Metal, perhaps more unusually bright for a Batman story than what one usually expects, but with a summer blockbuster ending akin to the team's Court of Owls. Surely Last Knight is an instant classic, surely there's an Absolute edition in its future, and surely this is a pure example of what DC Black Label can and should do. Last Knight begs for a sequel; hopefully this isn't the last Last Knight after all.

Review: Event Leviathan hardcover/paperback (DC Comics)

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

In concept, Brian Michael Bendis' Event Leviathan seems flawless, collecting the DC Universe's greatest detectives (continuity be damned), taking them seriously, and setting them against a grand conspiracy and twisty whodunit (or "who is it," at least). Even the barest high concept — a Lois Lane/Batman team-up — bespeaks a "what took them so long" success.

In execution, however, Event Leviathan struggles more than expected. The characters are great — the ones included, the way they're written, their interactions. This collection is satisfactorily complete, too, including the Superman: Leviathan Rises special and the Year of the Villain Special short story. But plot-wise, Event Leviathan is a closed circle mystery uncomfortably shoved into the format of a six-issue comics miniseries, and the result is that it never succeeds at being either. Comics is a grand stream of "to be continueds," but Event Leviathan fails to feel complete on its own, nor does it conclusively earn its central revelation.

Review: Harley Quinn: Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 2 hardcover (DC Comics)

Sunday, April 12, 2020

The overarching plot of Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti's Rebirth Harley Quinn series comes much more into focus with Harley Quinn: Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 2 (collecting the Harley Quinn Vol. 3: Red Meat and Harley Quinn Vol. 4: Surprise, Surprise trade paperbacks). The first volume saw Harley doing one crime-stopping favor for Chief of Police Spoonsdale; that continues here to a second job, and then the significant amount of fallout that comes with it.

In the 13 issues (and a special) collected here, I count no less than a half-dozen major plotlines going on, often simultaneously. Though a "comedy book" at its most basic, Conner and Palmiotti don't cut corners in their plotting, with what seems like the lost art of A, B, and C plots exchanging places throughout. Whereas the first 13 issues were more random and disconnected, these 13 issues (are still random but) by and large lead in to one another, through to the final cliffhanger, which sets up the climactic showdown between Harley, Spoonsdale, and the corrupt New York City Mayor DePerto in the next volume.

Review: Harley Quinn: Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 1 hardcover (DC Comics)

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Harley Quinn enters the DC Rebirth with Harley Quinn: Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 1, collecting the Harley Quinn Vol. 1: Die Laughing and Harley Quinn Vol. 2: Joker Loves Harley paperbacks. The stories are not a significant departure from the New 52 era, featuring essentially the same cast of characters and the same vein of humor, though writers Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti have gotten sharper as this series has gone on. In general, despite the book's trademark meandering, if anything this book seems a bit more focused in Rebirth in terms of the supporting cast and reoccurring characters. This is, to an extent, Conner and Palmiotti's second chance at a first start with this series, and one definitely sees here a stronger launch than ye olde Harley Quinn Vol. 1: Hot in the City.

I spot two throughways that might be considered a semblance of a plot in the first 13 issues collected here — one, the build up and momentary resolution of Harley and Poison Ivy's (clearly) romantic relationship, and two, that Harley adopts a life coach in the Nate-Man's hot dog guy. These tent poles draw us through the story and I'm interested to see how they continue to unfold through the rest of the writers' run.

Review: Titans Vol. 6: Into the Bleed trade paperback (DC Comics)

Sunday, April 05, 2020

Titans Vol. 6: Into the Bleed is fine for what it is, the self-referential and inconsequential finale of a series that, though positioned to be a cornerstone of DC Comic's Rebirth, never found its footing. To writer Dan Abnett's credit, the story is still enjoyable, with some unexpected twists. Perhaps the larger question this title, and its cancellation, raises is what is a Titans team when it doesn't contain the Titans, and what place does Titans have in a DC Universe that's got the Teen Titans, three Justice League teams, and the Outsiders already.

[Review contains spoilers]

Into the Bleed collects two main stories — a two-parter that sees the Titans marooned on a far-off planet, and a six-parter in which they chase villain Mother Blood into and out of a dimension based on a Tolkien-esque series of books, "Unearth," which the Titans previously encountered in Titans Vol. 5: The Spark. Which is to say — though both of these stories are rather better than they might have been — the plot is very inward-looking.

Review: Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys trade paperback (DC Comics)

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

In the past, Frank Tieri's stories have been hit-or-miss for me, so I'm pleased to find that his Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys, in collaboration with main Harley writer Jimmy Palmiotti, is so good — especially since Tieri will eventually take over for a time from Amanda Conner and Palmiotti. I dare say, Gang of Harleys is really a lot better than it has any right to be, a Harley Quinn spin-off that no one necessarily asked for, full of action and humor and clever team dynamics. I've no idea if the Gang of Harleys return in Harley Quinn's Rebirth iteration, but I'd be happy to read about them again.

In a number of ways, too, Gang of Harleys serves as a coda to the New 52 Harley Quinn series which, let's not forget, is what launched Harley into the mainstream. The Gang of Harleys is here, but also a bunch of the Brooklyn crew, as well as a couple of surprises. All of that makes this feel like a true sequel to Harley Quinn Vol. 4: A Call to Arms, as well as a celebration of the series so far; again, I don't know to what extent things change or stay the same in Rebirth, but it's nice to get the gang together one last time before the shift.

Review: Batman and the Outsiders Vol. 1: Lesser Gods trade paperback (DC Comics)

Sunday, March 29, 2020

I thought Bryan Hill's Detective Comics lead-in was strong, which makes the failure of his Batman and the Outsiders Vol. 1: Lesser Gods all the more biting. There is just not much here, a lot more telling than showing, big panels that use a lot of space for nothing, and little new or interesting revealed about these characters (put another way, there's a lot of old ground tread). All in all a disappointing debut.

[Review contains spoilers]

A lot of what's in Lesser Gods feels very surface-level. There are at least three different scenes of Black Lightning Jefferson Pierce standing around talking with Bruce Wayne, worrying over the Outsiders team; that this repeats so many times is indicative of the story not really moving forward. Though we saw this somewhat in Detective Comics Vol. 8: On the Outside, there's nothing here to clue us in on Jefferson's personal life, whether he's still also a teacher, and so on. Similarly, whenever scenes cut to Signal and Orphan conversing, they always just so happen to be riding a motorcycle together or playing basketball together; there's no real sense these characters have wants or needs aside from emoting the next element of the plot.

Post-Crisis Flash Wally West again, Batman by Dixon, Batman Family 80th Anniversary Collection, Post-Kirby New Gods, Shazam by Johns Vol. 1, Manhunters: Secret History, Event Leviathan: Checkmate, more in DC Comics Fall 2020 solicitations

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Obviously it's an unusual and frightening time. What's most astounding is how many different facets of life this affects, including the very state of the comics industry and the livelihoods of so many dedicated retailers. There's a GoFundMe, the Comic Book Retailer COVID-19 Relief Fund started by Mad Cave Studios; I've no firsthand knowledge about it but it's the only one I've seen online. In terms of other options for supporting retailers writ large (besides, of course, inquiring with your retailer directly how you might help), one might check in with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund; also the Red Cross has a critical need for blood donations while many people are sheltering in place.

Stay safe out there.

It feels more than strange to be talking comics at a time like this, and especially comics solicitations, when who knows what the comics landscape will look like by the time these books are supposed to come out. But experience has taught me that when things like this take place, the right thing to do is to try to stick to "normal" as much as possible, so here goes.

DC Comics has released their Fall 2020 hardcover and trade paperback solicitations. There are plenty regular series collections I'm looking forward to here, including Superman, Action Comics, and Young Justice. There's not that much in the way of surprises, however, except for instance seeing how DC will be collecting a number of recent Batman family 80th anniversary specials, which gives a sense perhaps of just how not surprising the solicitations are. I mean, there's a couple, sure — what's essentially a Batman by Chuck Dixon omnibus, some post-Kirby New Gods material, the first post-Crisis adventures of Wally West are back on the schedule. So, some, here and there. Books I hope we get to read.

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Let's get to the solicits. I appreciate you all and wish you all well.

100 Bullets Omnibus Vol. 1

Collects 100 Bullets #1-58 and Vertigo: Winter’s Edge #3 of the 100-issue series. Also said to collect 100 Bullets: The Deluxe Edition Book One, 100 Bullets: The Deluxe Edition Book Two, and 100 Bullets: The Deluxe Edition Book Three, which I'm guessing is covers or introductions or such.

Absolute Swamp Thing by Alan Moore Vol. 1 (New Printing)

New printing of the first of three Absolute editions, this is Swamp Thing #20-34 and the Annual #2 by Alan Moore and company.

Absolute Swamp Thing by Alan Moore Vol. 2

Issues #34-50, including the first appearance of John Constantine.

Absolute The Dark Knight (New Printing)

Collects Dark Knight Returns and Dark Knight Strikes Again, with bonus materials, an introduction by Frank Miller, and so on.

Absolute Transmetropolitan Vol. 1 (New Printing)

The original printing collected Transmetropolitan #1-18, Transmetropolitan: I Hate It Here, and Vertigo: Winter's Edge #2.

Amethyst

The six-issue Wonder Comics miniseries by Amy Reeder.

Animal Man by Grant Morrison Book Two Deluxe Edition

The first deluxe edition collected issues #1-13, so this should finish off the series with issues #14-26.

Aquaman Vol. 4

Issues #59-64 by Kelly Sue DeConnick.

ArkhaManiacs

By Art Baltazar and Franco.

Basketful of Heads (Hill House Comics)

Issues #1-7 of the Hill House Comics imprint title.

Batgirl Vol. 8

By Cecil Castellucci, with tie-in to Tom King's "City of Bane."

Batgirl: The New 52 Omnibus

Though it's almost hard to remember at this point, Gail Simone's New 52 Batgirl run really is significant, putting Barbara Gordon back in the cowl for the first time in forever, whereas nowadays Barbara as Batgirl (again) feels pretty natural. Equally longtime Birds of Prey writer Simone also accomplished the transition from Oracle back to Batgirl. All of this makes for a run worth collecting in omnibus; it also bears mentioning that Simone channels the horror genre pretty heavily in this one — arguably too tonally dark for a Batgirl book, but effective nonetheless.

Batman and the Outsiders Vol. 3

Issues #13-17 by Bryan Hill. Gotta say, reading the first volume right now and not digging it.

Batman Adventures: Batgirl - A League of Her Own

Collects the animated-style Batgirl Adventures #1 and Batman: Gotham Adventures #8-9, #22, and #38.

Batman Adventures: Nightwing Rising

Collects The Batman Adventures: The Lost Years #1-5, Batman: Gotham Adventures #1.

Batman Adventures: Robin, the Boy Wonder

Said to collect issues that pit Robin against Harley Quinn, Rupert Thorne, and Dagger Dixon.

Batman Beyond Vol. 8

Issues #43-48 by Dan Jurgens, with the revelation of Batwoman Beyond's identity.

Batman by Paul Dini Omnibus

No small amount of good stuff here, including Paul Dini's excellent, often done-in-one Detective Comics run and his "Hush Saga" through Detective and into Streets of Gotham (I think there was a "Hush Saga" omnibus scheduled at one point and then cancelled, so this is a nice substitute). Collects Detective Comics #821-824, #826-828, #831, #833-834, #837-841, #843-850, #852, and a story from #1000; Batman #685, Batman: Gotham Knights #14, Batman Black and White #3, Batman Black and White Vol. 2 #1, DCU Holiday Special #1, Batman: Streets of Gotham #1-4, #7, #10-14, #16-21, and a story from Batman Annual #1.

Batman by Tom King and Lee Weeks Deluxe Edition

Rather seems like this is just a collection of Batman Vol. 9: Cold Days and Batman Vol. 10: Knightmares in deluxe format, following from the previous Rebirth Batman deluxe format collections. I wonder if the "by Tom King and Lee Weeks" will keep, since Weeks didn't do all of Knightmares. Anyway, I am jealous that the Batman/Elmer Fudd special gets collected here, too.

Batman Family 80th Anniversary Collection

Collects Detective Comics #1000, Detective Comics #1000: The Deluxe Edition (presumably some cover or extra), Detective Comics: 80th Anniversary Giant #1 (formerly Walmart exclusive), Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1, Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1, The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1. I wonder if this is indeed the entirety of all of these issues or just the new material. Anyway, if we'd see a collection of these and I'm glad we are — do these have Scott Snyder-penned "new continuity" stories, or is that just the #750s?

Batman in Brave and the Bold: The Bronze Age Omnibus Vol. 3

Brave and the Bold #157-200 from the 1980s, with Batman teaming up with Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, Black Lightning, Superboy, Swamp Thing and more.

Batman Vol. 1: Their Dark Designs

The first collection of the Batman run by James Tynion with Tony Daniel, in hardcover (and newly renumbered).

The Batman Who Laughs

Paperback of the Scott Snyder series, following the hardcover.

Batman: Creature of the Night

Issues #1-4 by Kurt Busiek and John Paul Leon, in paperback following the hardcover.

Batman: Curse of the White Knight

Hardcover collection of the eight-issue miniseries by Sean Murphy.

Batman: Detective Comics Omnibus

Collects James Tynion's impressive Rebirth run, issues #934-981, and if they're doing it right, presumably some part of Batman: Night of the Monster Men.

Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 3: Greetings from Gotham

Issues #1006-1011 by Peter Tomasi, including appearances by the Spectre Jim Corrigan and Deadshot, in paperback following the hardcover.

Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 4

In hardcover, issues #1012-1017, by Peter Tomasi and featuring Mr. Freeze in a tie-in to "Year of the Villain."

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight The Deluxe Edition

Collects all the various "Gotham by Gaslight" character appearances, including Gotham by Gaslight, Batman: Master of the Future, Convergence: Shazam! #1-2, and Countdown Presents: The Search for Ray Palmer: Gotham by Gaslight.

Batman: Gotham Knights: Contested

So, so glad to see more of Devin Grayson's Gotham Knights collected. If I'm not mistaken, this finishes out Grayson's run short of a couple "Batman: Murderer/Fugitive" tie-in issues.

Batman: Knight Out

We're long overdue for some dedicated Chuck Dixon collections, given his outsized contributions to the Batman titles in the 1990s and on. This collects Detective Comics #703-715 and #717-718, bridging from "Legacy" to "Cataclysm" (and from there to "No Man's Land") and including a Final Night tie-in. Art too by Graham Nolan.

Batman: Road to No Man's Land Omnibus

Omnibus of the previous two-volume paperback Road to No Man's Land series. Contents are about the same give or take an issue if the solicitations are to be believed. Said to contain Azrael: Agent of the Bat #40, Azrael: Agent of the Bat #47-50, Batman #554-562, Batman: Shadow of the Bat #73-82, Detective Comics #719-722, Detective Comics #724-729, Catwoman #56-57, Robin #52-54, The Batman Chronicles #12, The Batman Chronicles #14-15, Nightwing #19-20, Batman: Arkham Asylum - Tales of Madness #1, Batman: Blackgate - Isle of Men #1, and Batman: Huntress/Spoiler - Blunt Trauma #1.

Batman: The Caped Crusader Vol. 5

Collects Batman #466-473 and Detective Comics #639-640, some rather classic early Batman and Robin Tim Drake stories. The latest Dark Knight Detective companion book has only collected through issue #600 of Detective, so it has some catching up to do.

Batman: The Demon Trilogy

Have Batman: Birth of the Demon, Batman: Bride of the Demon, and Batman: Son of the Demon been collected together before? Seems only logical.

Batman: The Golden Age Omnibus Vol. 9

Collects Batman #76-84, plus stories from Detective Comics #192-208 and World’s Finest Comics #63-70.

Batman: The Man Who Laughs Deluxe Edition

Deluxe edition of the graphic novel by Ed Brubaker and Doug Mahnke. Also includes Detective Comics #784-786 by Brubaker and Patrick Zircher, teaming Batman with Green Lantern Alan Scott.

Batman: The Three Jokers

Hardcover collection, with very Killing Joke-esque trade dress, said to be due out in November 2020, by Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok.

Batman: Universe

Paperback of the Brian Michael Bendis/Nick Derington story, following the hardcover.

The Batman's Grave: The Complete Collection

Hardcover of the 12-issue series by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch.

Batman/Superman Vol. 1: Who Are the Secret Six?

Paperback collection by Joshua Williamson, following the hardcover.

Batman/Superman Vol. 2

Second hardcover collection by Joshua Williamson, something like issues #7-10.

Batwoman Omnibus

Collects Detective Comics #854-864, Batwoman #0 (New 52), Batwoman #0-24, and Batwoman Annual #1, being Greg Rucka, JH Williams, and W. Haden Blackman's work on the character, stopping before Marc Andreyko's less-well-regarded run (short of the annual where Andreyko finished up Williams' unfinished run).

Black Adam: The Dark Age Deluxe Edition

Deluxe hardcover of Peter Tomasi and Doug Mahnke's late 2000s miniseries. I reviewed this, finding it a good take on Black Adam's anti-heroism, not to mention that the creative team has gone on to work on Detective Comics itself.

Blackest Night/Brightest Day Box Set

Twelve hardcovers at $300 total, collecting two enjoyable but pretty gosh darn out of continuity event miniseries; if there's an audience for this, God bless. Contents are said to be:
  1. Blackest Night: Prelude collects Green Lantern #26-28 and 36-43 and Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns #1
  2. Blackest Night collects Blackest Night #0-8 and pages from Untold Tales of the Blackest Night #1
  3. Blackest Night: Green Lantern collects Green Lantern #44-52
  4. Blackest Night: Green Lantern Corps collects Green Lantern Corps #39-47
  5. Blackest Night: Black Lantern Corps Book 1 collects Blackest Night: Batman #1-3, Blackest Night: Superman #1-3, and Blackest Night: Wonder Woman #1-3
  6. Blackest Night: Black Lantern Corps Book 2 collects Blackest Night: The Flash #1-3, Blackest Night: JSA #1-3 and Blackest Night: Titans #1-3
  7. Blackest Night: Rise of the Black Lanterns collects The Atom & Hawkman #48, Phantom Stranger #42, Green Arrow #30, Adventure Comics #7, Starman #81, The Question #37, Catwoman #83, Weird Western Tales #71, and The Power of Shazam! #38
  8. Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps collects Blackest Night: Tales of the Black Lanterns #1-3, Adventure Comics #4-5, Untold Tales of the Blackest Night #1, stories from Green Lantern #18-20, 40, and 49, Green Lantern/Sinestro Corps: Secret Files, Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Superman-Prime, and pages from Blackest Night #0
  9. Brightest Day: Green Lantern collects Green Lantern #53-62
  10. Brightest Day Book 1 collects Brightest Day #0-11
  11. Brightest Day Book 2 collects Brightest Day #0-11 [obviously TBD]
  12. The Book of the Black collects sketch material (both previously released and new), series proposals, variant covers, posters, all or at least most of the Blackest Night outline scripts, and a few other things

Booster Gold: Future Lost

Collects the second half of Dan Jurgen's 1980s Booster Gold series, issues #13-25. Also included is Action Comics #594 and Secret Origins #35, which appeared in the Showcase Presents: Booster Gold black-and-white collection, and Millennium #3-7 and Who’s Who Update 1987 #1, which did not (at least the Millennium issues).

Catwoman Vol. 4

The next volume of the Joelle Jones series, issues #20-24.

Cover Run: The Art of Adam Hughes New Edition

New edition of the collection.

Daphne Byrne (Hill House Comics)

Collection of the Hill House imprint series.

DC Comics: The Art of Jim Lee Vol. 2

In hardcover.

DC Comics: The Art of Lee Bermejo

Including work on Batman, Luthor, Before Watchmen: Rorshach, and The Joker.

DC Graphic Novels for Kids Box Set 1

Superman of Smallville, Black Canary: Ignite, and The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid.

DC Graphic Novels for Young Readers Box Set 1

Mera: Tidebreaker, Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale, and Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass.

DC Poster Portfolio: Clay Mann

From Batman, Heroes in Crisis, Action Comics, and more.

DC Poster Portfolio: DCeased

These were pretty clever, including a bevy of horror movie-inspired ones.

DC Poster Portfolio: Francesco Mattina

Covers from Batman and Dark Nights: Metal among others.

DC Super Hero Girls: Midterms

Graphic novel by Amy Wolfram and Yancey Labat, spotlighting Bumblebee, Lois Lane, and Harley Quinn.

DC Universe by Len Wein

Released in hardcover in 2018, this appears to be the paperback of the same. Includes Teen Titans #18, Teen Titans #20, Phantom Stranger #20-24, JLA #100-102, Action Comics #419-420, #422-423, #425-426, #429, and #432, DC Comics Presents #27-29, JLA 80-Page Giant #2, DC Retroactive: Green Lantern - The ’80s: Big Betrayal #1, and Swamp Thing Winter Special #1.

DC's Greatest Detective Stories Ever Told

Interesting collection of not-just-Batman detective stories, including Lois Lane, the Question, Slam Bradley, the Sandman, and Detective Chimp — one maybe senses a bit of Event Leviathan's influence here. Collects Adventure Comics #51, Batman #441, Detective Comics #2, #329, and #572, Lois Lane #1-2, Secret Origins #40, and The Question #8.

DCeased

Paperback collection of the six-issue miniseries and DCeased: A Good Day to Die, following the hardcover.

DCeased: The Unkillables

Paperback collection of the three-issue miniseries, following the hardcover.

The Dollhouse Family (Hill House Comics)

Collection of the Hill House series by M. R. Carey and Peter Gross.

Earth One Box Set

Collects Batman: Earth One Vol. 1, Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 1, and Superman: Earth One Vol. 1.

Event Leviathan

Paperback collection of the Event Leviathan miniseries, following the hardcover.

Event Leviathan: Checkmate

Hardcover collection of the six-issue miniseries.

Fables Compendium One

Collects issues #1-41, Fables: The Last Castle, Fables: 1,001 Nights of Snowfall, and the prose story "A Wolf in the Fold" from the Fables: Legends in Exile collection. This equals about the first six trade paperbacks or the first four/five-ish deluxe editions.

The Flash Vol. 13

Said to be in paperback and collecting issues #75-81, but since that's the contents of Flash Vol. 12, it remains to be seen.

The Flash: Savage Velocity

I believe this has been solicited before and cancelled, but I'm eager for it to finally come out. Collects Mike Baron's Flash immediately post-Crisis on Infinite Earths, issues #1-18 (which would get into issues written by William Messner-Loebs) and the first annual, with ties to Millennium.

The Flash: Year One

Paperback, following the hardcover, of issues #70-75 by Joshua Williamson. I enjoyed this one more than I expected.

Green Lantern by Geoff Johns Book Four

Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns #1 and Green Lantern #26-38, including the Green Lantern: Secret Origin story. Blackest Night, for reference, begins with Green Lantern #43.

The Green Lantern: Season Two Vol. 1

Issues #1-6 in hardcover, by Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp.

Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey: The Hunt for Harley

Collects the four-issue miniseries in hardcover.

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy

Paperback collection of the six-issue miniseries, following the hardcover.

Harley Quinn: The New 52 Box Set

An interesting collection that is not, as one might assume, just the first three volumes of Harley's New 52 series; rather it's Harley Quinn Vol. 1: Hot in the City, the New 52 Suicide Squad Vol. 1: Kicked in the Teeth, and Joker: Death of the Family.

Hercules Unbound

Collects the 1970s series by Gerry Conway with art by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez and Walt Simonson, with appearances by the Atomic Knights and Kamandi. All of that might've made this an interesting collection at a certain point in time — roundabouts Final Crisis or something — but maybe not now.

Heroes in Crisis: The Price and Other Tales

Paperback release, following the hardcover, and collecting Batman #64-65, The Flash #64-65 and Annual #2, and Green Arrow #45, and #48-50.

House of El Book 1

The first of a young adult graphic novel trilogy by Claudia Gray and Eric Zawadzki.

House of Whispers Vol. 3: Whispers in the Dark

Said to collect issues #13-18. The final issue is #22, so it remains to be seen if the rest will be added here or if this will finish off with a four-issue trade.

Injustice: Gods Among Us Omnibus Vol. 2

Collects Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Four #1-12, Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Four Annual #1, Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Five #1-20, Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Five Annual #1, and Injustice: Ground Zero #1-12.

John Constantine: Hellblazer Vol. 23: No Future

Collects Hellblazer #261-266, Hellblazer Special: Papa Midnite #1-5, and Hellblazer: Pandemonium #1.

JSA by Geoff Johns Book Four

Collects JSA #32-45, the Stealing Thunder and Savage Times trades.

Just Imagine Stan Lee Creating the DC Universe Book Two

Just Imagine Stan Lee with John Byrne Creating Robin #1, Just Imagine Stan Lee with Gary Frank Creating Shazam! #1, Just Imagine Stan Lee with Scott McDaniel Creating Aquaman #1, Just Imagine Stan Lee with Chris Bachalo Creating Catwoman #1, Just Imagine Stan Lee with Walter Simonson Creating the Sandman #1, and Just Imagine Stan Lee with John Cassaday Creating Crisis #1.

Justice League by Scott Snyder Book Two Deluxe Edition

Collects Justice League #14-28, being more or less the Justice League Vol. 3: Hawkworld and Justice League Vol. 4: The Sixth Dimension volumes.

Justice League Dark Vol. 4

Collects issues #21-25 and the Annual #2, the first full volume by Ram V after James Tynion's departure.

Justice League International Omnibus Vol. 2

Recent solicitations say this collects Justice League America #31-50, Justice League Europe #7-25, Justice League America Annual #4, Justice League Europe Annual #1, Justice League Quarterly #1, and Justice League International Special #1, which have largely not, to my knowledge, been previously collected. With a recent new paperback released (collecting almost three volumes worth of earlier collections), hopefully there's more to come. One more omnibus would probably finish this, but the paperbacks are, of course, something else.

Justice League Unlimited: Galactic Justice

One of a couple animated Justice League Unlimited collections solicited here; this is issues #4, #6, #18, #24, #34, and #46.

Justice League Unlimited: Time After Time

Collects Adventures in the DC Universe #10, Justice League Adventures #28, 30, and 34, Justice League Unlimited #9, and Justice League Unlimited #19, and for $9.99 apparently.

Justice League Vol. 1

Robert Venditti's issues #40-45, in hardcover.

Legends of the Dark Knight: Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez

Collects Batman #272, #311, #313-314, #318, #321, #336-337, #353 (1940s series), Batman ’66: The Lost Episode #1 (2006), Batman Confidential #26-28 (2006), Batman Family #3 (1975-1978), Batman: Gotham Knights #10 (2000), DC Comics Presents #31 and #41 (1978-1986), DC Special Series #21 (1977), Detective Comics #454, #458-459, #483, and #487 (1937), The Best of the Brave and the Bold #1-6 (1988), The Brave and the Bold #164 and #171 (1955), The Joker #4 (1975), The Untold Legend of the Batman #1-3 (1980), and World’s Finest Comics #244, #255, and #258 (1941 series).

Legends of the DC Universe: Doug Mahnke

Probably some cool stuff in here, and nice to see a "newer" talent like Mahnke get one of these books. I'm hoping we get a Superman: The Man of Steel issue in here, maybe #100. I don't recognize the Batman/Vixen/Lobo/dinosaur cover used for the solicitation of this, though I'm guessing it's from Steve Orlando's Justice League of America.

Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 1

Paperback, following the hardcover, and collecting Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #1-2 and Legion of Super-Heroes #1-6 by Brian Michael Bendis.

Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2

Hardcover collection of issues #7-12 by Brian Michael Bendis.

Lois Lane: Enemy of the People

The 12-issue Greg Rucka miniseries. Hopefully this also has the lead-in short from the Superman: Leviathan Rising special.

The Low, Low Woods (Hill House Comics)

Issues #1-6 by Carmen Maria Machado from the Hill House imprint.

Lucifer Omnibus Vol. 2 (The Sandman Universe Classics)

Issues #36-75 by Mike Carey, with the "Sandman Universe" imprint branding.

Man-Bat: Cries in the Knight

Can't get too excited about a five-issue Man-Bat miniseries that either ignores the character's portrayal in Justice League Dark or is out-and-out out of continuity.

Manhunter by Archie Goodwin and Walter Simonson Deluxe Edition

The award-winning 1970s Detective Comics back-up tales by Archie Goodwin and Walt Simonson, well worthy of a deluxe edition, and as relevant as ever to the DCU. Issues #437-443 and the silent epilogue from an earlier reprint.

Manhunters: The Secret History

Marc Andreyko writing Kate Spencer again is about all I could ask for short of James Robinson bringing Jack Knight out of retirement. Really excited about this, coming in paperback in December.

Mister Miracle: The Deluxe Edition

Deluxe-size edition of the Tom King/Mitch Gerads 12-issue "maxiseries."

New 52 Box Set

Collects Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls, Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Blood, and The Flash Vol. 1: Move Forward.

New Gods Book One: Bloodlines

Collection of the 1980s New Gods stories by Mark Evanier in the wake of Cosmic Odyssey; collects issues #1-14. There were 28 issues of this series total.

New Teen Titans Omnibus Vol. 5

The New Teen Titans #32-49, The New Teen Titans Annual #3 (first appearance of Danny Chase) and #4, Tales of the Teen Titans #91 (as this was a reprint of New Teen Titans #31, this is probably just the cover or a short recap section), Secret Origins #13, Secret Origins Annual #3, and Infinity, Inc. #45. The title became New Titans with issue #50.

New Teen Titans Vol. 12

The New Teen Titans #24-31, Tales of the Teen Titans #84-88 (reprints of some of the former, so probably just covers), and The New Teen Titans Annual #2.

Nightwing New 52 Omnibus

The good Kyle Higgins New 52 run, plus relevant parts of "Death of the Family." Collects Nightwing #0-30, Batman #17, a story from Young Romance: A New 52 St. Valentine’s Day Special #1, Nightwing Annual #1, a story from Secret Origins #1, and apparently material from Nightwing Vol. 1: Traps and Trapezes, Nightwing Vol. 2: Night of the Owls, Nightwing Vol. 3: Death of the Family,Nightwing Vol. 4: Second City, and Nightwing Vol. 5: Setting Son.

Nightwing Vol. 2

Second collection of Dan Jurgens' "Ric Grayson" stories, in paperback.

Phantom Stranger Omnibus

Probably a time, like when Phantom Stranger most recently had a series, that I'd have been much more excited about this; still it's nice to have all of this material in one place. Collects The Phantom Stranger #1-6 (1952), The Phantom Stranger #1-41 (1969), stories from The Saga of the Swamp Thing #1-13, Who’s Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #18, The Brave and the Bold #89, #98, and #145, Showcase #80, Justice League of America #103, House of Secrets #150, DC Super-Stars #18, and DC Comics Presents #25 and #72.

Plunge (Hill House Comics)

Collection of the Hill House imprint title, by Joe Hill and Stuart Immonen.

The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage

Collection of the four-issue miniseries by Jeff Lemire and Denys Cowan.

Red Hood: Outlaw Vol. 4

Paperback collection by Scott Lobdell.

Robin: 80 Years of the Boy Wonder

Said to collect Batman #368, Batman #410, Batman #411, Batman #466, Detective Comics #38, Detective Comics #394, Detective Comics #395, Detective Comics #535, Detective Comics #796, Robin #25-26, Batman Chronicles: The Gauntlet #1, World’s Finest Comics #141, Star Spangled Comics #65 and #124, Teen Titans #14, Batman and Robin #0, Batman Incorporated #1, and Super Sons #5.

Robin: Unmasked

Given that this book is listed in hardcover for $100, I tend to think it's not just Robin #121-125, which was Bill Willingham's debut on the title and which were the contents of a previous Robin: Unmasked paperback. Willingham wrote 25 or so issues of the title, from #121-147; I wouldn't say they were spectacular, including more supernatural material than I particularly enjoy on Robin, but it does include "Spoiler Stephanie Brown as Robin" saga, a crossover with the Batgirl (Cassandra Cain) title, and ties to the Batman crossover "War Games" and Infinite Crisis. So we'll see what this turns out to be.

Sandman Box Set

Slipcase of what looks like the recent 30th anniversary trades.

Sandman: The Books of Magic Omnibus Vol. 1

A variety of the appearances of kid mage Tim Hunter collected in one place, though the contents don't mention the original Neil Gaiman miniseries. Collects The Books of Magic #1-32 (of 75 issues total, of which only #1-50 are previously collected), The Children’s Crusade #1-2, Vertigo Gallery: Dreams and Nightmares #1, Vertigo Preview #1, Vertigo Visions - Doctor Occult #1, Who’s Who #15, Arcana Annual #1, Mister E #1-4, and The Books of Faerie: Auberon’s Tale #1-3.

Sgt Rock: Between Hell and a Hard Place Deluxe Edition

Deluxe-size reprint of the murder mystery/war graphic novel by Brian Azzarello and Joe Kubert.

Shazam by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank Deluxe Edition

Deluxe-size editing of the New 52 Justice League backups that introduced Geoff Johns' new Shazam.

Shazam: The Seven Magic Lands

At long last, a collection of Geoff Johns and Dale Eaglesham's Shazam! regular series, in hardcover. This is said to collect issues #1-12, but given that #13 is Johns' last issue on the title, I wonder if that'll be in there too.

Suicide Squad: Bad Blood

Collects issues #1-6 of the new Tom Taylor series, in hardcover. Supposedly this is an ongoing, though it's surprising not to see "Vol. 1" language there.

Super Friends: Saturday Morning Comics Vol. 2

Super Friends #27-47 from the 1970s, the final issues of the series. By E. Nelson Bridwell and Ramona Fradon, among others.

Super Sons Omnibus Expanded Edition

The adventures of Jon Kent and Damian Wayne, all collected together and now including the final twelve issue miniseries. This is Superman #10-11, Superman #37-38, Teen Titans #15, Super Sons #1-16, DC Rebirth Holiday Special #1, Super Sons Annual #1, Super Sons/Dynomutt Special #3, and Adventures of the Super Sons #1-12.

Super Sons: Escape to Landis

Young adult graphic novel by Ridley Pearson and Ile Gonzalez.

Supergirl Vol. 3: To the Stars

The last collection ended with #33, so this should start with #34, and the last issue of the series is #42. Nine issues is a little long but not unheard of, and the $25 price point in paperback makes it likely. This gets into the "Year of the Villain"/Dark Multiverse material.

Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade

New printing of the Landry Q. Walker miniseries collection, likely now targeted to DC's kids imprint.

Superman in the Fifties

Superman #65, #79, #80, #96, #97, and #127, Action Comics #151, 242, #252, #254, and #255, World’s Finest Comics #68 and #75, Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane #8, Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #13, Adventure Comics #210, and Showcase #9.

Superman Vol. 3: The Truth Revealed

Paperback, following the hardcover, of Brian Michael Bendis' Superman #16-19, and the Heroes and Villains specials.

Superman Vol. 4

In hardcover, collecting issues #20-24.

Superman: Action Comics Vol. 3: Leviathan Hunt

In paperback, following the hardcover; issues #1015-1020.

Superman: Action Comics Vol. 4: Metropolis Burning

In hardcover, guest-starring Young Justice, and tying in to "Year of the Villain," this is issues #1017-1022.

Superman: The Golden Age Omnibus Vol. 7

Action Comics #125-143, Superman #55-65, and World’s Finest Comics #37-47.

Superman: The Man of Steel Vol. 2

Continuing the omnibus-esque collecting of John Byrne's Superman run, this is Action Comics #588-593, Adventures of Superman #429-435, Legion of Super-Heroes #37-38 (1984-), Superman #5-11 , and Who’s Who Update 1987 #2, #4, and #5.

Superman: Up in the Sky

Paperback of the Walmart exclusive stories, following the hardcover.

Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen: Who Killed Jimmy Olsen?

The 12-issue miniseries by Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber; hopefully this has the Superman: Leviathan Rising lead-in story, too.

Superman/Wonder Woman (facsimile edition)

A team-up, first printed as I understand it in Limited Collectors' Edition #C-54 from 1978, by Gerry Conway and Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez. Set during World War II with, I believe, the Superman and Wonder Woman of Earth-2.

Swamp Thing Noir

Collects Alan Moore's The Saga of the Swamp Thing #20-34 and Swamp Thing Annual #2 in black and white.

Swamp Thing: The Bronze Age Vol. 3

Ahead of Alan Moore's run, this is The Saga of the Swamp Thing #6-19 and Saga of the Swamp Thing Annual #1 by Martin Pasko and Tom Yeates.

Swamp Thing: Twin Branches

Young adult graphic novel by Maggie Stiefvater and Morgan Beem.

Teen Titans Go! Roll With It Book 1

The animated Teen Titans take on Dungeons & Dragons, by Heather Nuhfer and P.C. Morrissey.

Teen Titans Vol. 4: Djinn Wars

The next collection by Adam Glass, Robbie Thompson, and Eduarso Pansica, with issues #39-44 and the Annual #2.

Teen Titans: Beast Boy

A follow-up to the Teen Titans: Raven YA graphic novel, by Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo, in paperback.

Teen Titans: Raven and Beast Boy HC Box Set

Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo's two books, in hardcover for the first time.

The Terrifics Vol. 4

Next collection by Gene Luen Yang.

Time Warp: Doomsday Tales and Other Things

Time Warp was a DC sci-fi anthology series from the late 1970s. There were five issues published, plus stories that appeared instead in The Unexpected #195, and a Vertigo one-shot with a story by Damon Kindelof and Jeff Lemire. Solicitations make it sound like the hardcover includes all of these.

Tiny Titans: Beast Boy & Raven

Collects select Beast Boy and Raven stories from Art Baltazar and Franco's Tiny Titans series, being issues #1-6, #8, #12-14, #17, #20, #26-27, and #44.

Transmetropolitan Book Four

Issues #37-48 by Warren Ellis. The series went to issue #60.

Underworld Unleashed: The 25th Anniversary Edition

Said to collect The Unexpected #1, Underworld Unleashed #1-3, Underworld Unleashed: Abyss — Hell’s Sentinel #1, Underworld Unleashed: Apokolips — Dark Uprising #1, Underworld Unleashed: Batman — Devil’s Asylum #1, and Underworld Unleashed: Patterns of Fear #1. Pretty sure that Unexpected is a typo, related to the Time Warp collection.

Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story

Young adult graphic novel by Lauren Myracle and Isaac Goodhart, the Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale team.

We Found a Monster

Young adult graphic novel by Kirk Scroggs, author of The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid.

Wonder Woman by George Perez Vol. 5

Collects Wonder Woman #46-57 and Who’s Who #3-4, #7-8, #13, and #16. This ends just before the War of the Gods crossover; if these paperbacks map to the Perez omnibuses, the next and final one would be War of the Gods #1-4, and Wonder Woman #58-62, #168-169, and #600.

Wonder Woman Vol. 2: Love Is a Battlefield

Paperback by G. Willow Wilson, Cary Nord, and others, following the hardcover.

Wonder Woman: Dead Earth

Hardcover collection of the DC Black Label four-issue miniseries by Daniel Warren Johnson.

Wonder Woman: The Golden Age Omnibus Vol. 5

Action Comics #142, Wonder Woman #35-47, and Sensation Comics #90-104.

Wonder Women of History

As I understand it, a young adult graphic novel featuring illustrated biographies of prominent women, edited by Laurie Halse Anderson.

Y: The Last Man Compendium One

The first 31 issues, being the first five trades — Unmanned, Cycles, One Small Step, Safeword, and Ring of Truth. The next collection should get the rest, #32-60.

Young Justice Vol. 2: Lost in the Multiverse

Paperback of issues #7-12 by Brian Michael Bendis, following the hardcover.

Young Justice Vol. 3

Hardcover collecting issues #13-18 by Brian Michael Bendis.