DC Trade Solicitations for October 2019 - Year of the Villain Omnibus, Batman 1989 Movie Adaptation Deluxe, Flash: Year One, Books of Magic 30th Anniversary, Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis Vol. 1, Wonder Twins

July 31, 2019


DC Comics' October 2019 trade paperback and hardcover solicitations arrived at just about the same time as their Spring 2020 catalog; I'll look at the solicitations today and the catalog within the next week. Some listings that seem not-quite-right in the catalog are illuminated by these solicitations, so the two go well together.

In terms of headlines, a collection of older material I'm excited for is Kurt Busiek's Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis Vol. 1, a "One Year Later" title that DC started collecting over ten years ago but never finished. The Batman: The 1989 Movie Adaptation is a nice artifact, too. I'm sure DC hopes the DCeased hardcover will be a big seller (I'm guessing this won't be the last we see of the "DCeased" universe); there's also the DC's Year of the Villain Omnibus, though if these are just unrelated one-offs, I'm not so sure how this'll read in omnibus form necessarily.

Other books I have my eye on are the second volumes of Brian Michael Bendis' Action Comics and Superman, Scott Lobdell's next Red Hood: Outlaw, and a new collection(s) of the original Books of Magic miniseries to feed my growing "Sandman Universe" obsession.

Let's dig in and take a look at it all.

Absolute Fourth World by Jack Kirby Vol. 1 HC

Though the DC Comics Spring 2020 catalog (review forthcoming) says this collects essentially Jack Kirby's entire Fourth World saga, the fact that this says "Vol. 1" makes these October solicitation contents much more probable: just Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #133-145 (supposedly)New Gods #1-6, Forever People #1-6, and Mister Miracle #1-6. On the Jimmy Olsen, issue #140 was reprints and not written by Kirby, so my guess is it's actually #133-139 and #141-145, with #146-148 next time around. Kirby's art in Absolute size ought be pretty cool.

Adventures of the Super Sons Vol. 2: Little Monsters TP

Issues #7-12 by Peter Tomasi and Carlo Barberi.

Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis Vol. 1 TP

Only six issues of Kurt Busiek and Jackson Guice's swords-and-sorcery take on a young Aquaman were ever collected; though the direction didn't last, I enjoyed what I read of it. This collects Aquaman #40-49 of that post-Infinite Crisis era; Tad Williams went on to write another eight issues, which'll likely be collected in Book Two. I'm getting this, no question.

Batman: The 1989 Movie Adaptation Deluxe Edition HC

Hardcover of the well-regarded comics adaptation of Tim Burton's 1989 Batman by Dennis O'Neil and Jerry Ordway, along apparently with black-and-white scans of the original art. Dare we hope this might set the stage for someone to do a Batman '89 mini?

Books of Magic 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition HC
Books of Magic New Edition TP

The upcoming introduction of John Constantine to the Sandman Universe books has piqued my interest enough to want to go back and get some background and then read the first year of these series. That makes these collections of the original Books of Magic miniseries well timed; the only choice is between paperback or deluxe hardcover.

DCeased HC

Hardcover of the six-issue zombie apocalypse book by Tom Taylor, plus the DCeased: A Good Day to Die special. Already this has spawned a series of variant covers; action figures and statues are a lock, and I'll be curious to see how else this bleeds over to the mainstream DCU if it continues to be successful. Taylor writing Injustice vs. DCeased would be brilliant.

DC Holiday Nightmares TP

DC Nuclear Winter Special, Harley Quinn #55, and a story from Swamp Thing Winter Special, by Tom King, Mark Russell, Steve Orlando, Tom Taylor, Paul Dini, Jason Fabok, Jerry Ordway, and Phil Hester, among others.

DC Poster Portfolio: Year of the Villain TP

Covers from the seemingly-increasingly-a-big-deal "Year of the Villain" event.

DC's Wanted: The World's Most Dangerous Super Villains HC

A collection of the 1970s Wanted: The World's Most Dangerous Villains series, issues #1-9, which was itself reprints of earlier villain tales from the 1940s and 1950s — so a reprint of reprints, essentially. For every Joker and Captain Cold here, there's a Signalman and Puppeteer; this seems a less obvious sell than some others. Among issues included are Action Comics #57 and #69, Batman #25, #84 and #112, World’s Finest Comics #6 and #111, Flash #114 and #121, Adventure Comics #72 and #77, Green Lantern #1 and #33, Wonder Woman #36, Sensation Comics #66 and #71, More Fun Comics #65, #73, and #76, Flash Comics #86, #90, and #100, All-American Comics #61, Kid Eternity #15, and Doll Man Quarterly #15.

DC's Year of The Villain Omnibus HC

DC seems pretty all in on "Year of the Villain"; I guess I didn't realize it was an event story per se so much as one of those themed months like they've done before (starring villains, even). In those earlier cases, the all-in-one omnibus didn't quite come together to make a compelling story; curious to see if this will be different given that there doesn't seem to be a designated finale issue, for instance (yet).

Collects Action Comics #1017, Aquaman #54, Batgirl #41, Batman and the Outsiders #7, Batman #82, Batman/Superman #4, Black Adam: Year Of The Villain #1, Catwoman #17, DC’s Year of the Villain #1, Deathstroke #49, Detective Comics #1015, The Flash #82, Harley Quinn #67, Hawkman #18, The Joker: Year of the Villain #1, Justice League #35, Justice League Dark #17, Justice League Odyssey #15, Lex Luthor: Year of the Villain #1, Nightwing #66, Red Hood: Outlaw #40, Riddler: Year of the Villain #1, Supergirl #36, Superman #17, Teen Titans #36, The Terrifics #22, Wonder Woman #82, among others.

Death of Superman: The Wake TP

Collects the digital series that tied in, I believe, with the newest animated movie (I don't think this is a revisiting of the actual original "Death of Superman," but tell me if I'm wrong), by Louise Simonson.

Flash Year One HC

Collecting the story from within Joshua Williamson's Flash ongoing, with art by Howard Porter. I can see why it would behoove DC to have books with "Year One" in the title for all their major properties and recently they rebranded Greg Rucka's inaugural Rebirth Wonder Woman run accordingly. But if this will be semi-tied to current events, like Tom King's Batman Vol. 4: War of Jokes and Riddles, then I'd have preferred they put a volume number on it. Said to be issues #70-75.

The Flash: 80 Years of the Fastest Man Alive HC

Includes Flash Comics #1 (Jay Garrick), Showcase #4 (Barry Allen), Flash #110, #123, and #275 (Wally West, "Flash of Two Worlds," and the death of Iris Allen), and more, plus essays by Mark Waid, Roy Thomas, and Francis Manapul, among others.

Hellblazer by Garth Ennis Omnibus HC

In hardcover, at about 1,300 pages, collecting Hellblazer #41-50, #52-83, and #129-131, Vertigo Jam #1, Hellblazer Special #1, Heartland #1, and Vertigo: Winter’s Edge #2.

Justice League Odyssey Vol. 2: Death of the Dark TP

I'm rather shocked to see that Dan Abnett has taken over this title already from Joshua Williamson; five issues was a pretty short tenure. This collects issues #6-12 by Abnett with Carmine Di Giandomenico and others.

Justice League Vol. 4: The Sixth Dimension TP

Issues #19-28 in paperback, getting in to "Year of the Villain" before "Justice Doom War."

Luthor TP

Black Label edition of the five-issue miniseries from 2005 by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo.

Man and Superman Deluxe Edition HC

This one, originally released as a "100-Page Special," confused me because I thought it was one of the Walmart exclusives, but apparently it wasn't. Now in deluxe hardcover instead of periodical, by Marv Wolfman.

Nightwing: Burnback TP

Listed as written by Dan Jurgens, Scott Lobdell, and Zack Kaplan. Curiously, the solicitation for Burnback describes what seems to be the plot of Nightwing #57-58, with Joker's Daughter, by Lobdell and Kaplan, and says it collects issues #57-62. Meanwhile, over in the DC Spring 2020 solicitations is the book Nightwing Vol. 1: The Gray Son Legacy, pitched as the start of Jurgens' run and collecting issues #59-64. Hopefully, issue-wise at least, the October 2019 solicitation is correct, and DC isn't skipping over issues #57-58. Secondly, I'd as soon they not start renumbering the collections, but I'm more concerned about all the issues being collected.

Red Hood: Outlaw Vol. 2: Prince of Gotham TP

Previously said to collect issues #32-38, now #32-26 and the Annual #3. Ties in to "Year of the Villain."

Robin: The Bronze Age Omnibus HC

College-age adventures of Dick Grayson, including Batman #192, #202, #203, #227, #229-231, #234-236, #239, #240-242, #244, #245, #248, #250, #252, #254, #259, #333, #337-339, and #341-343; Detective Comics #390-391, #394, #395, #398-403, #445, #447, #450, #451 and #481-485; Batman Family #1, #3 and #4-9, and 11-20; World's Finest Comics #200, and DC Comics Presents #31 and #58. Much (all?) of this is before Dick joined the Marv Wolfman-era New Teen Titans; many of these stories were previously reprinted in black-and-white in Showcase Presents: Robin - The Boy Wonder.

Superman: Action Comics Vol. 1: Invisible Mafia TP

Paperback of Brian Michael Bendis and Patrick Gleason's Action Comics #1001-1006.

Superman: Action Comics Vol. 2: Leviathan Rising HC

Brian Michael Bendis' Action Comics #1007-1011 and the Leviathan Rising special.

Superman: City of Tomorrow Vol. 1 TP

For Superman fans like myself who thrilled to "Dark Night Over Metropolis," "Krisis of the Krimson Kryptonite," "Death of Superman," and then one day found ourselves with "Millennium Giants" (if you were there, you'd know), Jeph Loeb and company's Superman was a giant breath of fresh air. Collects Superman #151-154, Superman: Y2K #1, Superman: The Man of Steel #95-98, Adventures of Superman #573-576 and Action Comics #760-763, the Superman: No Limits and Superman: Endgame trades.

Superman Vol. 2: The Unity Saga: House of El HC

Superman #7-14 by Brian Michael Bendis, featuring you-know-who.

Superman: Year One HC

Hardcover of Frank Miller and John Romita's Black Label series.

Teen Titans Go!: Weirder Things TP

Issues #31-36 by Sholly Fisch.

Wonder Twins Vol. 1: Activate! TP

Issues #1-6 of Mark Russell and Stephen Byrne's Wonder Comics series.

Young Justice Book Four TP

Post-"Sins of Youth," this is issues #20-32, which sees the team at the Olympics in Zandia, out in space, and meeting the Forever People, plus a silent issue and an appearance by Spoiler.

So, what are you reading this month?

Comments ( 5 )

  1. 'And then one day found ourselves with "Millennium Giants" (if you were there, you'd know)'.
    What was wrong with Millenium Giants?

  2. Definitely picking up DCeased, the Bendis Superman titles, and Justice League v4. I'll get the Flash 80th anniversary book if and only if the trade dress matches the Superman and Batman ones (a man's got to have a code). I will happily put 10-15 of these 80th anniversary collections on my shelf if they all match. Joker and Catwoman both appeared in the Edelweiss Catalog (I feel like you mentioned that you'd get to those later just for me), Robin, Green Lantern, and Hawkman could/should all get ones in 2020, with Wonder Woman and JSA in 2021 (I'm sure there are others I'm forgetting that merit such a collection).

    I'll probably wait to pick up JL Odyssey until after I've seen a review. As much as I love the whole "read everything to broaden your enjoyment of the story" type build ups to events, JLO sure seems like it's had some troubles behind the scenes and it doesn't strike me that the book will actually enhance my reading experience.

  3. Dare we hope this might set the stage for someone to do a Batman '89 mini?
    Count me in, I want to read stories in the Batman '89 'verse.

    DC's Year of The Villain Omnibus HC
    Unlike the contents of the other collections you listed, this one is alphabetical order, which could mean there is no connective tissue or overarching thread like you said.

    Death of Superman: The Wake TP
    I hadn't heard of this, I want to look into it. Anyone here read it?

  4. Aagh! Superman: City of Tomorrow vol. 1, but no Superman Blue vol. 2??

  5. I'm glad they're continuing the collections of Superman but what I've read of the Jeph Loeb/Ed McGuinness' run it was fairly painful to read. Peter David's Young Justice is a must buy & I'm glad they're close to finishing his run. Maybe an eventual Omnibus? HC of Williamson's Flash yes please, I just wish they were still doing those in the Deluxe HCs. Garth Ennis Hellblazer Omnibus is amazing I hope it isn't cancelled. I own the previous collection of the beginning of Aquaman Sword of Atlantis but never read the ened of the story since they didn't collect anything after Kurt Busiek quit writing the book. Not sure how it goes.


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