Infinite Crisis Omnibus, New 52, Knightquest in DC Comics 2012 solicitations

Monday, December 12, 2011

Just a few weeks ago, we learned the full schedule for DC Comics's release of the first collections of their New 52 titles. Today, those collections are available for pre-order -- but that's not the biggest headline in DC's new solicitations.

It's hardcover. It's reportedly 1,152 pages. It retails, before discounts, for $150. It's the long-awaited Infinite Crisis Omnibus.

* Infinite Crisis Omnibus

When DC announced the equally-massive, equally-expensive DC Comics: The New 52 collection of all 52 of their new first issues, I for one wondered if it would have any takers. Obviously it did well, though, because here comes another, almost of the same size and at the same price -- the Infinite Crisis Omnibus.

I applaud DC for this. As opposed to the DC: New 52 hardcover, which I thought would be a funny reading experience, this overstuffed omnibus is an opportunity to collect Infinite Crisis right. If you consider the book has space for almost 52 issues to work with, that would mean they could include Countdown to Infinite Crisis, the four lead-in miniseries (Omac Project, Day of Vengeance, Rann-Thanagar War, and Villains United), each miniseries' respective special, Superman: Sacrifice, JLA: Crisis of Conscience, and the seven-issue Infinite Crisis. That would be an epic, epic reading experience, and a great collection for anyone reading Infinite Crisis for the first time.

This also explains why DC might have collected Final Crisis in an Absolute edition, given that the most relevant parts only consist of five to ten issues or less, whereas Infinite Crisis is a much more sprawling story.

(Now, the fact that DC is collecting this story in this manner even though it's absolutely, entirely out-of-continuity ... well, we'll talk about that below.)

* Superman - Action Comics Vol. 1: Superman and the Men of Steel
* Animal Man Vol. 1: The Hunt
* Batgirl Vol. 1: The Darkest Reflection
* Batman and Robin Vol. 1: Born to Kill
* Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls
* Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 1: Faces of Death
* Batman: The Dark Knight Vol. 1: Knight Terrors
* Batwing Vol. 1: The Lost Kingdom
* Batwoman Vol. 1: Hydrology
* Catwoman Vol. 1: The Game
* Deathstroke Vol. 1: Legacy
* Demon Knights Vol. 1: Seven Against the Dark
* Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. Vol. 1: War of the Monsters
* Green Arrow Vol. 1: The Midas Touch
* Green Lantern Vol. 1: Sinestro
* Grifter Vol. 1: Most Wanted
* Hawk and Dove Vol. 1: First Strikes
* Justice League International Vol.1: The Signal Masters
* Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 1: Hostile World
* Men of War Vol. 1: Uneasy Company
* Mister Terrific Vol. 1: Mind Games
* O.M.A.C. Vol. 1: Omactivate!
* Red Lanterns Vol. 1: Blood and Rage
* Resurrection Man Vol. 1: Dead Again
* Stormwatch Vol. 1: The Dark Side
* Suicide Squad Vol. 1: Kicked in the Teeth
* Superboy Vol. 1: Incubation
* Swamp Thing Vol. 1: Raise Them Bones
* Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Blood

As you know, DC announced their collection plans for the New 52 books a few weeks ago, but now they're coming available for order. What caught my eye here is that the books, every one of them, appear to have subtitles attached, which they did not in DC's original notice.

Granted I have not read Judd Winick's Catwoman yet, and want to try to give it as fair a shot as possible, but the cynical among us will appreciate these two blurbs that DC included on the promotional cover for the new Catwoman collection:

"Judd Winick is bringing Catwoman back to basics starting in September." -- MTV Geek

"One of the men leading the charge for this new era of DC is writer Judd Winick." -- Complex Magazine

From the "you say it best when you say nothing at all" department.

* Challengers of the Unknown Omnibus by Jack Kirby
* Showcase Presents Rip Hunter, Time Master Vol. 1
* Showcase Presents Showcase Vol. 1

With Challengers making headlines again, under Dan DiDio's pen no less, a Challengers hardcover in the Jack Kirby Omnibus style seems a safe bet. I'm glad to see Rip Hunter getting a nod with a Showcase Presents collection, despite that the character doesn't seem to exist in the New 52 (or does he?). And it's probably too much for me to hope that Showcase Presents Showcase is a collection of the Showcase '93 through Showcase '96 series; instead it's probably the 1950s book.

* Batman: Knightfall Vol. 2: Knightquest
* Batman: No Man's Land Vol. 3

That this first collection is called "Knightquest" specifically means that it collects the previously uncollected second "act" of the "Knightfall" storyline, right? If so, that's another one that fans have awaited for a while, and I'm glad to see it. I skimmed the first new No Man's Land collection in a comics shop the other day, and it's just astounding to see Azrael issues in there; here's the third volume right on track.

* Infinity Inc.: The Generations Saga Vol. 2
* Secret Society of Super-Villains Vol. 2
* Wonder Woman: The Twelve Labors

The first Secret Society of Super-Villains collection was supposed to contain the team's entire publication history, including the Secret Society series, Justice League, and Cancelled Comics Cavalcade appearances, but only actually contained the first ten issue of the series and a couple of other appearances. Probably this second volume collects the rest and ends it there.

Quite glad to see Infinity, Inc. getting a second volume; this was one of my personal most-wished-for trades and I'm pleased to own it, but the titular "Generations Saga" actually goes to issue #10 (the first trade collected to issue #4); I'm glad DC won't leave this "incomplete."

Glad to see Wonder Woman getting some collection attention here. "Twelve Labors" is the 1970s storyline that followed Wonder Woman's mod Diana Prince look, returning her to her earlier appearance -- an interesting analogue to today, where Wonder Woman has recently been Diana Price again but no longer seems to be in the New 52.

* Hitman Vol. 7: Closing Time
* JLA Vol. 2
* T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Vol. 2

I was under the impression DC has stopped collecting Hitman, but browsing my local comics shop shelves, I believe its the case the one volume was cancelled and resolicited, and these collections continue as planned. Closing Time ought be the last volume.

There was some controversy over the last paperback deluxe JLA reprint, in that it contained additional issues not collected in the similar JLA hardcover. Remains to be seen if the same will be true here.

I remarked the other day how much DC seems to be behind THUNDER Agents, despite that the book seems to be struggling to find an audience. A recent reprint collection of old THUNDER Agents issues was cancelled; here, however, DC is advance soliciting a collection of the current THUNDER Agents miniseries.

* Batman: Prey
* Green Lantern/Green Arrow
* Superman: Kryptonite Nevermore
* World's Finest

A couple of reprints I can't figure out here -- Batman: Prey by Doug Moench; Green Lantern/Green Arrow and Superman: Kryptonite Nevermore both by Dennis O'Neil; and World's Finest by Dave Gibbons and Steve Rude. The last, especially, is one of my all-time favorites, but were any of these so topical or in-demand as to warrant reprints.

* Brightest Day Vol. 2
* Batman: Bruce Wayne - The Road Home
* Batman: The Streets of Gotham - The House of Hush
* Birds of Prey Vol. 1: Endrun
* First Wave
* Green Lantern: Brightest Day
* Gotham City Sirens: Strange Fruit
* Legion Lost
* Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Odyssey

And then these really had me scratching my head -- paperback collections of a number of series severely out of continuity at this point. The Batman and Green Lantern books I understand, and even Legion Lost is a "new classic," but will anyone be picking up a paperback Wonder Woman: Odyssey, an essentially-Elseworlds story from a bygone continuity? Will there be many takers for Birds of Prey or Gotham City Sirens? For First Wave, for gosh sakes, a noir line otherwise already cancelled?!

I've got all the Infinite Crisis issues already, but I'm already thinking whether that Infinite Crisis Omnibus will be at the top of next year's recommended gift list. So what's caught your attention? What'll you be signing up to pre-order?

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  1. Secret Society of Super Villains Vol 2 HC is the one I want the most. Glad to see it apparently did well enough for them to finish. Also glad to see Infinity Inc is at least finishing the "Generations" storyline for those who were buying it in HC.

    Rip Hunter and Showcase Showcase books are always possibilities but I'll wait to get more info. LOL if it turned the Showcase was collecting the 90's runs I wouldn't need to get them.

    The Wonder Woman Twelve Labors trade is also a possibility just because I've heard of that story for quite a while so I have some interest in reading it.

    Now if I could just figure out why Action Comics Archives Vol 6 still isn't listed on Amazon?

  2. I'm glad DC Comics is reprinting the Denny O'Neil/Neal Adams Green Arrow and Green Lantern in one paperback edition.

    But I was hoping they rather reprint the old hardcover version they had a few years back (with the awesome slipcase). Whatever, I'll take what I can get.

  3. Infinite Crisis Omnibus? Well, that figures since we did get the Absolute Final Crisis and Identity Crisis. I guess I would like to have all three line-up in some uniform fashion on my bookcase. Perhaps it is an Absolute but for whatever reason the name "Absolute" and "Omnibus" was mistaken.

    I agree with Jackie. A nice new edition of Green Lantern/Green Arrow is in order. That's a book that should never go out of print.

    Speaking of GL, Green Lantern Archives Volume 7 is coming out in 2012, too.

  4. I was hoping for an Absolute IC but an omnibus - especially if it collects all the tie-ins and companions is a nice substitute. This solicit leads me to believe that 52 (hopefully including WW3)will see a similar treatment.

    CE - Was the NML new edition you saw printed on nice paper or the same newsprint as previous editions?

    I'm still a NML new editions aren't reprint the Cataclsym lead-in. I've never read it but it is dubbed as a NML prelude but maybe it was only one issue or just a few pages?

  5. Evan, Action Comics Archives Vol. 6 is here:

  6. I don't think the New 52 hardcover will be a "funny reading experience." I bought all 52 #1's (some in print, the rest digitally) and have been working my way through them, decided which series I find interesting enough to start collecting. I'll often read two #1's back-to-back and don't find it particularly disjointed (although for the lesser-written ones, you tend to notice when things are forced, like a "twist ending").

    That being said, I think where the New 52 hardcover does fall down is that any series you decide to collect in trade, will of course have that first issue duplicated. But for someone who wants to try out the full line of the New 52, I can see value in the book.

  7. This Infinite Crisis omnibus almost makes me want to sell my HC and TPBs that comprise the entire story, but I just find the format uncomfortable to read, especially when it collects so many issues. I'd like to know if the New 52 hardcover has decent binding to support so many pages.

    The only omnibus I intend to buy in the near future it the Invisibles one, simply because I've resisted buying the TPBs for so long, hoping for some Absolute volumes. As long as they don't omit the last page of The Invisibles v2 #4 and the "King Mob in Hexy" short story again, it should be a definitive collection.

  8. Never be surprised by reprints of out-of-continuity material. It's more hardcover/softcover double dipping.

  9. If Batman: Prey is the early Legends of the Dark Knight story with Hugo Strange, I remember it being a really good story, and one of the few that I kept when I sold off most of my LOTDK collection. I'm not sure if that's enough to warrant a reprint.

  10. I'll get Infinite Crisis if is done right.

    Knightfall and No Man's Land will be MINE!!!!!!

  11. I'm plain excited about Batman: Knightquest and Batman: Prey. I've been needling Dan Didio very often for reprints of Legends of The Dark Knight series, preferably chronological, and he's always been,"Will pass on your suggestions". Two of them are upcoming (Venom & Prey) which I hope don't get lost in the preorder fracas. Also, Batman: Knightquest is Vol 2? That means the 1st volume of the new printing of Knightfall now contains the earlier 2 volumes worth? Can anyone confirm the contents of JLA Vol 1 in paperback? If possible, No Man's Land Vol 1(Amazon says it isn't released yet)

  12. Also found among the Amazon listings is apparently a softcover edition of Starman Omnibus Vol 1.

  13. Aalok, someone from a Brazillian message board confirmed to me that the JLA Vol. 1 TPB includes the two short stories by Mark Millar and Don Hillsman II from JLA Secret Files #1, which weren't collected in the deluxe hardcover. Other than that, the content is the same (JLA #1-9 plus the lead story from Secret Files #1).

    And I know some people were worried about the new Batman: No Man's Land Vol. 1 because the solicitation copy didn't mention the Batman: No Man's Land one-shot that kicked off the storyline, but I'm pretty sure that was a mistake.

  14. Realitätsprüfung12/12/2011 04:14:00 PM

    Of course they're going to continue to collect pre-new 52 material. People will buy pre-new 52 stories regardless of continuity, for the same reasons we still buy pre and post-Crisis collections - they're good stories, nostalgia, curiousity, etc.

    Also, they're reprinting Batman- Prey and Green Lantern/Green Arrow because there's a proven audience for those collections. When I wanted to get a SC copy of Prey about 5 years ago, it was going for $40-60 on eBay and Amazon. And the 2-volume GL/GA trades went out of print some time ago. The Showcase volume is available, but this new collection will provide readers with a choice of color or B/W.

  15. I'm ninety-nine percent sure the new edition of No Man's Land is printed on glossy, if kind of thin, paper, abu -- maybe someone else can confirm all the way.

    Batman: Cataclysm was a No Man's Land lead-in in the sense that it was the earthquake in Gotham that caused the government to declare Gotham a "no man's land" -- but there was about a dozen issues between Cataclysm and No Man's Land that really acted as a prelude. These No Man's Land trades are great, don't get me wrong, but here I go asking for more -- a Road to No Man's Land trade with some of these issues between Cataclysm and No Man's Land would've been interesting, too.

    From what I hear on the message boards, it is tough to open the DC New 52 hardcover all the way for seeing the full pages and reading at the spine (and seven pounds -- wow!). That gives me pause for the Infinite Crisis book, cool as it is to have the whole thing all together, and I actually hope this is not the direction DC is going overall (with books like the Teen Titans by Geoff Johns Omnibus, etc.). Though I'm in for the Invisibles Omnibus, too -- there's a big difference for me between a book like this collecting issues I have read, and issues I haven't.

  16. More good news: according to DC's March solicitations, the new edition of Batman: Knightfall Vol. 1 will include the Vengeance of Bane special.

  17. I'm tempted to replace my current Knightfall trades if Knightquest doesn't slot in on its own. It's great that Vengeance of Bane is being included, as that was a key issue that was missing. From the current Knightend trade, there were 2 aftermath issues not collected. A (imho not as important) Catwoman issue, and Showcase 10 which dealt directly with Jean-Paul Valley so hopefully that gets collected. So perhaps we won't need to replace the whole thing (I can live without those 3 issues), but I have a feeling the Knighquest trade won't fall in cleanly.

    The other thing to jump out from the March solicitations is the Gotham Shall be Judged trade. This collects the tail end of the last Azrael series and the followup crossover. Considering the last Azrael trade was cancelled, and would have collected all the other issues (7-13), this seems like too much of a tease. If I'm lucky, Killer of Saints will be resolicited. Maybe this gets cancelled as well, given DCs track record as of late.

    Just my 2 cents.

  18. Forgot a couple of things. There are I think 5 or so prelude issues that ran in Batman prior to Knightfall. Doesn't look like those are being included. Along those lines, Sword of Azrael should be part of this as well. Perhaps on the tail end, Prodigal should be included?

  19. Oh man! I'm reading the solicitations for BATMAN: NO MAN’S LAND VOL. 2 TP. Young Justice and Nightwing issues are boing included here!!

    I hope Nightwing taking Blackgate is one of them. I alwasy wanted to see that!

  20. I just tok the liberty to add the pages of Infinite Crisis, Omac Project, Villains United, Day of Vengeance, Ran/Thanagar War and Crisis of Conscience trades.

    All together add 1158 pages. If Infinite Crisis Omnibus will get 1152 pagtes, I don't think there will be anything else beyond those trades.

  21. Closing Time is definitely going to be the last Hitman volume. That was the storyline that brought the book full circle and pretty definitively ended things. The only question is if the two issue JLA/Hitman crossover will be included, as that came out a couple of years ago and serves as a nice lost tale/coda to the whole thing. Since the prior collection collected thirteen issues, if this one does the two issue mini will probably be included.

    I'm glad DC decided to collect it in full.

    I'll probably be replacing my Knightfall trades though, if Knightquest is being collected entirely. Not all of it can be considered "good" and some of the things that happened can be considered dumb - retcon so Selina Kyle and Bruce Wayne meet for the first time plus having Bruces back healed with powers were both crappy moved - but it will finally fill in that nasty gap between Who Rules The Night and Knightsend.

  22. That that the Knightfall Vol 1 will contain Vengeance of Bane is good news. There were more prelude issues which I'd like to see in the collection. Since Doug Moench started his run (481 I think), Bruce has been heading for a breakdown....same for the Detective Comics issues. Also, would be nice if Sword of Azrael was included as a compleat collection which would make the story come full circle - Azrael's intro, his training (Batman 480 onwards), Knightfall (Batman 491 onwards), Knightquest (Batman 501 onwards), and Knightsend (Batman 509 onwards). Lastly, the covers by Kelley Jones were not included in the new edition....and in the older one I've got there are house ads (which is the same as the cover art, without the title logo, that serves the purpose enough actually).

    Batman: Prodigal is a nice story in it's own right, but I don't think relates to Knightfall in any way. It felt more of as Dick Grayson's coming of age story, similar in vein to Batman: A Lonely Place of Dying. Would really love to see a reprint though.

    The erstwhile crossover days of yore are gone, and in that spirit would love seeing a reprint of Batman: Legacy too.

    Batman: Prey clocks in (for now) at 256 pages. It was a 5 issue collection, as were the initial arcs and should be 128/144 pages. My guess is that this one also includes Batman: Terror in it, which was a sequel to Prey, by the same writer/artist team. The later arcs were 2/3/4 issue stories, fit in better as 80pg collections rather than trades. a shame, really.

  23. Quick comment regarding the IC Omnibus -- According to this omnibus collects: Day of Vengeance #1-6, Day of Vengeance: Infinite Crisis Special #1, Rann/Thanagar War #1-6, Rann/Thanagar War:Infinite Crisis Special #1, DC Countdown #1, OMAC Project #1-6, Omac Project:Infinite Crisis Special #1, Wonder Woman #219, Villains United:Infinite Crisis Special #1, Villains United #1-6, Infinite Crisis Secret Files 2006 #1, Infinite Crisis #1-7.

    Don't know how reliable this is, but that would mean no Crisis of Conscience.

  24. That would mean this goes the OMAC Project/Wonder Woman route, rather than the Superman: Sacrifice/Wonder Woman route. Which I recall being just slightly sudden, but still an OK reading experience. Readers may wonder why the Justice League Watchtower is in ruins (though they find out, in flashback, later in the book), but all in all a nice reading experience. The Villains United Special dovetails especially well with the end of Infinite Crisis.

  25. Re: Evan Meadow.
    So psyched about the Starman Omnibus coming to paperback. Been wanting to read it for a while now and not been able to find a decent price for the deluxe. Same with Morrison's JLA, picked up volume 1 not so long ago...looking forward to volume 2.

  26. That also means no Superman/Shazam 3 part prologue where Jean Loring becomes Eclipso (Lightning Strikes Twice, I believe?) included here, which was collected as part of the Day of Vengeance Trade Paperback.

  27. Another thing I just noticed: Amazon lists James C. Owsley (Christopher Priest's real name) as one of the writers of JLA Vol. 2. Maybe it means it will include the lead story from JLA Secret Files #2, which was collected in the JLA: Strength in Numbers TPB but not in the second Deluxe HC.

  28. Interesting how Batman: No Man's Land Vol. 3 shows in Amazon with a $34.99 Retail Price with only 480 pages, whi the first two volumes were $29.99 for more than 500 pages each.

    Well, since that volume hasn't been formally solicited, I'll call it a mistake.

  29. And now DC cancels the first Justice League: Generation Lost TPB:

    At least the hardcovers are still in print, and maybe there's hope DC will solicit a massive TPB collecting all 24 issues one day.

    In other interesting news, DC will release Absolute Batman & Robin next year, collecting Morrison's entire run plus the Batman: The Return one-shot. While I have no interest in replacing my 3 hardcovers, this will be a good opportunity for those who didn't buy the first two HCs, which are now out of print.

  30. Wow, I'm very surprised that Generation Lost was cancelled! I figured that was a sure thing. Looks like I'll be picking it up digitally (hopefully it goes on a $0.99 sale at some point) rather than in softcover like I had planned.

    I guess sales of the hardcovers didn't satisfy DC that there's a market for the softcover? That really bothers me; some people (myself included) don't want to pay extra for a hardcover book, or otherwise prefer the softcover format (as I've mentioned many times, I HATE dustjackets on books; I take them off because they get in the way when I read the book, they are easily ripped, and you can't just get rid of them because the actual hardcover doesn't have the same cover/text on it). Anyway, I don't think poor sales of a hardcover will necessarily mean poor sales of a softcover. I hope that's not DC's new approach to their collections.

  31. Two books (so far) go Absolute; one book doesn't make it to paperback. If you buy too early, you miss out; if you wait, you miss out. Sounds like perfect fodder for an opinion post (but not tomorrow. Tomorrow is Something Else).

  32. So next year (so far) we have:

    Absolute Batman: Dark Victory
    Absolute Final Crisis
    Absolute Batman & Robin: Batman reborn
    Absolute Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps War
    Infinite Crisis Omnibus

    I think all of them (except the Batman & Robin one) are winners, however I hope DC doesn't screw everything up by making the same thing they did with Absolute Identity Crisis... same content as the trades and no new extras.

    If is an Absolute, it NEEDS to have new material.

  33. You know what I would want?

    * Countdown to Infinite Crisis Omnibus
    * ABSOLUTE Infinite Crisis
    * Batman & Robin: Batman Reborn OMNIBUS

    I liked the Infinite Crisis Omnibus idea, but then I thought that Infinite Crisis is a very well self contained story that deserve to be Absoluted. I mean, every Crisis had an Absolute so far; why not Infinite Crisis?

    The complete countdown can be collected in a magnificent Omnibus. Countdown to Infinite Crisis, the four lead-in miniseries (Omac Project, Day of Vengeance, Rann-Thanagar War, and Villains United), each miniseries' respective special, Superman: Sacrifice, JLA: Crisis of Conscience. That would be the perfect lead for the perfect Absolute.

    Batman & Robin... I liked it a lot. Not for an Absolute though. The art goes from the impresively amazing art from Frank Quietly on the first 3 issues, and then goes from good to average. This one should be collected in a massive Omnibus with Return of Bruce Wayne, given that "Return" comes before Batman & Robin must Die. THAT will leave RIP out to be collected in Omnibus too with Battle for the Cowl and Long Shadows.

    What you think of it?

  34. Looking at the reviews, I find the new 52 hardcover is hard to open in the middle, suggesting it has a glued binding. Until I can actually confirm what the status on the spine is (I hear it's glued in the New Teen Titans & Flash Omnibus too) I'm going to stay away from the DC Omnibus area. Also, Marvel puts out a lot of *NEW* material in Omnibus - the out of print Amazing Spiderman by David Michelinie & Todd Mcfarlane, Thor by Walter Simonson (partially), John Byrne's Fantastic Four (partially), Claremont & Lee's Uncanny X-Men and X-Statix. DC is just putting out something it always had in print.

    Also, the contents of Prey now reflect the addition of Terror, by the same creative team, as I had surmised.

  35. Put me also in the camp of those concerned that while the contents of these new, thick omnibuses from DC are pretty cool, I'm concerned their girth will lead to a poor reading experience. What Xavico describes sounds nice otherwise.

  36. I agree with Xavico, except for the idea of collecting R.I.P. in an omnibus along with Battle for the Cowl and Long Shadows. I'd rather have R.I.P. in a massive omnibus along with the contents of Batman and Son, The Resurrection of Ra's Al Ghul (I know a lot of people with disagree with me on that one) and The Black Glove, plus possibly Batman's appearances in 52.

    I also think a Batman & Robin omnibus should include Batman #700-702 in addition to Return of Bruce Wayne, and they should leave Batman: The Return out to be collected in a Batman Incorporated omnibus.

  37. I would have also want Batman RIP together with Batman 6 SOn and The Black Glove, but since a Deluxe Edition is coming up with the last 2, I went with the other RIP idea.

    Aalok, you are correct regarding DC Omnibuses so far.

    Flash Omnibus: Glued binding
    The New Teen Titans Omnibus: Glued binding
    The New 52: Seems to me is also glued, but I can't confirm.

    What I do know for sure is that you can't open the book well in the middle. That's glued binding or crappy alternative binding.

    That doesn't happen with any of my Marvel Omnibuses. As of now, I cancelled my Infinite crisis Omnibus and pre-ordered New X-Men Omnibus, Secret Warrios Omnibus and Ultimate Spiderman Omnibus.

  38. True about Batman RIP. I would also want that together with Batman & Son and The Black Glove, but since those two books were merged on a Deluxe, I thought that might me Volume 1 of a quadrology.

    Volume 2 might be RIP with the lost chapters (Batman 700, 701 and 702), Battle for the Cowl and Long shadows.

    Volume 3 can collect Batman & Robin 1 - 16 and Return of Bruce Wayne 1 - 6.

    Volume 4 can be Batman: The Return plus Batman INC issues.

  39. Knightquest!!! Finaly!!!
    you have no idea how thrilled I am about this. I read DCU comics in continuity and not having that TPB means that I basically put the whole DCU reading on hold for the past few years.
    And yes that means I've yet to read No Man's Land, Birds of Prey, Nightwing, IC, FC... basically anything timeline wise that is after Knightfall.

    I may grab Vol 1 as well since it has Vengeance of Bane and I don't own that one.

    I'm also excited about Prey since I have Shaman and Venom but I'm lacking Terror and Prey.


  40. Mel, I admire not skipping ahead...but you're almost 20 years back by this point! Wow. That's a lot of reading to catch up on!

    I got back into comics a few years ago, and wanted to get "caught up" with the DCU, but basically started around Identity Crisis and went from there (although I did pick up the Flash stories I missed by buying all the TPBs...fortunately regarding Green Lantern, I had no interest in Kyle Rayner, so I only had to track down the Hal Jordan stories Final Night and Day of Vengeance). But here it is, 3 or 4 years later, and I'm STILL playing catchup, waiting on the Green Lantern Brightest Day softcover.

    So, I decided to skip ahead to The New 52. But holding out for Knightsquest...again, wow. That's dedication to continuity!

  41. Just checked DC's full April solicitations, and the solicitation copy for the Infinite Crisis Omnibus oddly makes no mention of Villains United #1-6, the Omac Project and Villains United Infinite Crisis specials and even the main Infinite Crisis mini.

    Since the page count is still listed as 1,152, that info must be wrong. Could it be a holdover from a time when they were going to collect the whole epic in 2 omnibus volumes instead of just one?

    Also, the Batman: The Black Glove Deluxe HC was resolicited for June, but the content listing stayed the same. It seems DC is still not interested in giving Morrison's Batman run the omnibus treatment.