Power of Shazam by Ordway, Batman: City of Bane Tie-Ins, Wonder Woman by Messner-Loebs and War of the Gods Omnibus, Post-Crisis Flash Wally West, Event Leviathan, Post-Kirby New Gods, Justice League Quarterly: Conglomerate, more in DC Comics Spring 2020 solicitations

Friday, August 02, 2019

It's DC Comics' Spring 2020 catalog hardcover and trade paperback solicitations! I'm glad to say that after the Fall 2019 catalog didn't contain too many surprises, this new spring catalog has got some good ones, including one that we can check off the "long-awaited" list — The Power of Shazam! by Jerry Ordway Book One!

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That's Ordway's mid-1990s Captain Marvel series, really the last modern time (short of today-ish) that there's been an in-continuity Captain Marvel series regularly interacting with the rest of the DC Universe and starring Billy Batson proper. After that, Judd Winick did a little work with Freddie Freeman as "Shazam" and Billy as the Wizard, but Ordway's was the last really straightaway Cap series — Cap, Mary, Freddie, Uncle Dudly, Tawky Tawny, and so on, done in faithful but modern ways. It's still a wonder this series wasn't collected in time for the Shazam! movie, but I'm glad to see DC filling this important collections gap nonetheless.

Other big ones for me are Flash: Savage Velocity, the Wonder Woman: War of Gods Omnibus, and Wonder Woman by William Messner-Loebs Book One. That's the immediate post-Crisis adventures of Wally West as he takes over the mantle of Flash from Barry Allen, another one that's been a long time coming; what seems to be a collection of the entire War of the Gods inter-title crossover, which is great but maybe a little crazy (and the completist in me wants to say that not doing this with Legends, etc., first is going out of order); and mid-1990s post-War of the Gods stories, including Wonder Woman teaming up with Deathstroke.

Not surprises per se, but also welcome are the next collections in the Batman post-Crisis Caped Crusader and Dark Knight Detective series (no longer cancelled, apparently). The post-Jack Kirby New Gods are getting some love, maybe as movie talk begins to ramp up, in the form of New Gods by Gerry Conway and Mister Miracle by Steve Englehart and Steve Gerber. There's also some weird ones, like Keith Giffen's Justice League: Corporate Maneuvers, and obvious must-buys like the hardcover of Event Leviathan. I also hadn't heard before that apparently Batman: City of Bane has some tie-ins, but there you go.

That's just scratching the surface, so read on for more. All of this information is subject to change before publication. Not all links may be functional yet.

Absolute Daytripper

Solicited and cancelled a couple of times, now back on the schedule for April 2020. The 10-issue Vertigo miniseries by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba from 2010, examining the life and apparent death of an aspiring writer at different moments in his lifetime.

Absolute Fourth World by Jack Kirby Vol. 1

Though the DC Comics Spring 2020 catalog says this collects essentially Jack Kirby's entire Fourth World saga, the fact that this says "Vol. 1" makes me believe the October 2019 solicitations are probably right, and this is just Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #133-139 and #141-145, New Gods #1-6, Forever People #1-6, and Mister Miracle #1-6. Kirby's art in Absolute size ought be pretty cool.

Adventures of Superman by George Perez

In hardcover, curiously seeming to be just six issues according to the solicitation, and some of them inked by Perez and not drawn, and some written by Perez and not drawn. Supposedly it's World’s Finest Comics #300 (Superman and the New Teen Titans, with Marv Wolfman), Action Comics #600 (Superman, Wonder Woman, and Darkseid, with John Byrne), Adventures of Superman #457-459 and #461 (Intergang and lead-up to the "Krypton Man" Eradicator saga), but specifically, for instance, Perez wrote and drew Action Comics #643-645, so I have some expectation these contents might be updated (plus six issues does not make 448 pages).

Adventures of Superman: Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez Vol. 2

Said to include Realworlds: Superman (with Steve Vance) and some Elseworlds — maybe Superman, Inc., also with Steve Vance, or Superman: Kal with Dave Gibbons; also covers from Action Comics, Superman, Superman Family, and Superman Unchained.

Animal Man by Grant Morrison Book One

Paperback of the hardcover released in 2018 (after the omnibus), collecting issues #1-13 and Secret Origins #39. Should be one more book, though it hasn't been solicited yet; I guess the paperback is a good sign this isn't forgotten.

Anti/Hero

Middle-grade OGN featuring new characters by Kate Karyus Quinn.

Aquaman: The Death of a Prince Deluxe Edition

Reprinting the 2011 paperback, now in hardcover, of the 1970s stories by David Michelinie, Jim Aparo, Mike Grell, and Don Newton, in which Aquaman's infant son is murdered. Collects Adventure Comics #435-437, #441-445 and Aquaman #57-63.

Aquaman: The Silver Age Omnibus Vol. 1

Collects Aquaman adventures beginning with Adventure Comics #260 as DC crossed over into the Silver Age, and continuing through early issues of Aquaman's solo series. These are not Aquaman's first appearances, what we might perhaps call "Aquaman: The Golden Age," and curiously I don't see those collected outside the Aquaman: A Celebration of 75 Years anniversary volume (More Fun Comics #73), for instance. If anyone knows why those issues seem to get the short shrift, I'm curious.

Contents are said to be Showcase #30-33, Aquaman #1-18, Brave and the Bold #51, stories from Adventure Comics #260-280, #282, and #284, Detective Comics #293-300, World’s Finest Comics #125-133, #135, #137, and #139, Superman #138 and #148, Action Comics #272, Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #55, and Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane #12 and #29-31.

ArkhaManiacs

New from DC Zoom by Art Baltazar and Franco, and seemingly featuring a not-yet-Batman Bruce Wayne.

The Authority Book One

Warren Ellis' issues #1-12, Planetary/Authority: Ruling the World, and the new story from Wildstorm: A Celebration of 25 Years, in paperback.

The Bat and the Cat: 80 Years of Romance

Hardcover collection of Batman/Catwoman team-ups.

Batman Allies: Alfred Pennyworth

In retrospect this seems inevitable, and if the Batman: Arkham books are selling well spotlighting the villains, then hey, why not? A Batman Allies: Robin book feels like it's been done (see, for instance, Robin, The Boy Wonder: A Celebration of 75 Years), and I for one would like to see DC go more esoteric with this series: Commissioner Gordon, of course, but then Leslie Thompkins, Lucius Fox, Harvey Bullock ... Ace the Bat-Hound? Harold?

Stories include Alfred's first appearance and the stories of his daughter (pre-Crisis, I assume), among others.

Batman Arkham: Victor Zsasz

Tie-in, like the Batman Arkham: Black Mask volume, to the upcoming Birds of Prey movie. Glad as I was that one of my favorite creepy Batman villains made it to TV, and as fun as Anthony Carrigan's portrayal was, it's seeped over into a more talkative, less menacing Zsasz than he was originally; I'm excited for the classic stories from Shadow of the Bat and "Knightfall" to appear here.

Batman Beyond Vol. 6

Issues #30-36 by Dan Jurgens.

Batman Tales: Once Upon a Crime

From DC Zoom, fairytale-inspired stories by the Li'l Gotham team of Derek Fridolfs and Dustin Nguyen.

Batman Vol. 11: The Fall and the Fallen

Issues #70-74 and Batman Secret Files #2 by Tom King, due in January.

Batman Vol. 12: City of Bane Part 1

Batman #75-79 by Tom King, due in April. If King is leaving this title at issue #85 (for Batman/Catwoman), then that's probably just one more regular-series collection.

Batman Vs. Ra's Al Ghul

Hardcover collection of the new Neal Adams six-issue miniseries.

Batman/Superman Vol. 1

In hardcover, the first collection of Josuha Williamson's new series, spinning off of the Batman Who Laughs miniseries.

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III

Issues #1-6 by James Tynion and Freddie Williams.

Batman: Broken City New Edition

New paperback collection of the story by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso collects Batman #620-625, and also other work by the two, stories from Batman: Gotham Knights #8 and Wednesday Comics #1-12. This story wasn't everyone's favorite but I liked the noir reimaginings of some of Batman's villains.

Batman: City of Bane Tie-ins

I don't remember hearing about tie-ins to "City of Bane" and I don't see anything so far in the solicitations, but this won't just be limited to the Batman title, I guess. Due out in April, same as Batman Vol. 12: City of Bane Part 1.

Batman: City of Crime Deluxe Edition

Collects David Lapham's story from Detective Comics #800-808 and #811-814, which commenter Bob Hodges called "one of the bleakest and weirdest Batman stories I've ever read."

Batman: Creature of the Night

Hardcover of the four-issue miniseries by Kurt Busiek and John Paul Leon.

Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 1: Mythology

Paperback of issues #994-999.

Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 3

Issues #1006-1011 by Peter Tomasi with Doug Mahnke and others, guest-starring the Spectre.

Batman: Last Knight on Earth

Three-issue Black Label miniseries by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, due in hardcover in April.

Batman: Overdrive

DC Zoom title by Shea Fontana and Marcelo Di Chiara, about a young Bruce Wayne building the Batmobile.

Batman: Tales of the Demon

Hardcover of the classic Tales of the Demon book, collecting Detective Comics #411, #485, and #489-490, Batman #232, #235, #240, and #242-244 and DC Special Series #15.

Batman: The Caped Crusader Vol. 4

Collects Batman #455-465 and the Annual #15 (Armageddon 2001), including the first time Tim Drake wears the new Robin suit, Jim Gordon's heart attack, the debut of the post-Crisis Ace the Bat-Hound, and appearances by Joe Potato and Harold Allnut. Lots of material by Alan Grant and Norm Breyfogle.

Batman: The Dark Knight Detective Vol. 3

This was solicited for last summer and then cancelled, though that seemed strange because the companion Caped Crusader series was still going on; now it's back on the schedule again. Collects issues #592-600 in the collection series of immediate post-Crisis Batman stories. Includes appearances by Cornelius Stirk and Joe Potato, plus an Invasion! tie-in and the three-issue "Blind Justice" story by Sam Hamm that introduced Henri Ducard to the Batman mythos. The Caped Crusader Vol. 4 book is a bit ahead of this; issues there tie-in to Detective #626, for instance.

Batman: The Golden Age Omnibus Vol. 8

Batman #67-75, Detective Comics #175-191, and World's Finest Comics #54-62.

Batman: Universe

I'm curious to read Brian Michael Bendis' first "now at DC" take on Batman, and of course we know this collection of the Walmart-first stories also introduces Young Justice's Jinny Hex. Due out in hardcover in March.

Batman: White Knight Deluxe Edition

Deluxe-size Black Label hardcover; solicitation doesn't say if this is Sean Murphy's mature readers edition or the previously published one.

Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam! Family Affair

Collecting the Johnny DC kids' Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam! series by Mike Kunkel and later, Art Baltazar and Franco; this went to issue #21, but previously only issues #1-12 were collected in two paperbacks.

Birds of Prey: Mystery & Murder

Said to collect issues #56-67 of the original Gail Simone run, being the Of Like Minds and Sensei & Student collections, minus the one-off issue #68.

The Books of Magic Vol. 2: Second Quarto (The Sandman Universe)

Issues #7-12 of the Sandman Universe series by Kat Howard and Tom Fowler; I'm paying more attention to this now that I know that John Constantine is coming.

Catwoman Vol. 3

Issues #14-19 by Joelle Jones.

DC First Issue Special

Issues #1-13 of DC's 1970s anthology series 1st Issue Special. Stories by Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Walt Simonson, and Mike Grell, with characters like Atlas, Manhunter, Dingbats of Danger Steet, Warlord, Metamorpho, the Creeper, the New Gods, the Green Team, and Lady Cop.

DC Goes to War

Collection of DC war comics, including Sgt. Rock Special #2, Enemy Ace: War in Heaven #1, Enemy Ace: War in Heaven #2, Showcase #57, Our Army at War #67, Our Army at War #83, Our Army at War #233, Our Army at War #235, Boy Commandos #1, Star Spangled War Stories #87, Star Spangled War Stories #183, All-American Comics #48, Weird War Tales #3, G.I. Combat #87, Our Fighting Forces #49, Our Fighting Forces #102, The Losers Special #1, and Military Comics #1.

DC Poster Portfolio: Joshua Middleton

Well-deserved; I am not usually one for variant covers, but Middleton's work always catches my eye, especially what he's done on Aquaman and Batgirl.

DC Poster Portfolio: Year of the Villain

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

DC Super Hero Girls: Powerless

DC Zoom from Amy Wolfram and Agnes Garbowska.

DC Through the Decades: 1980s

An interesting concept, though it's curious they decided to start with the 1980s (and work backwards, maybe?) versus an earlier era. Anyway, selections from Crisis on Infinite Earths, The Man of Steel, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, and Watchmen as curated by Paul Levitz. I wonder what else will be in there, maybe the 1980s flip-side of some of that grim and gritty stuff like Justice League International or Ambush Bug.

DC Universe by Amanda Conner

There have been collections of Amanda Conner's DC work before, some years back, but that those predate Harley Quinn is significant. What sounds interesting here, which I don't think I've heard mentioned for similar books, is that Conner to some extent annotates and discusses the artwork within the book.

DC Year of the Villain Omnibus

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.

DC's Wanted: The World's Most Dangerous Supervillains

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.

Dial H for Hero Vol. 2

Second collection of Sam Humphries' series in Brian Michael Bendis' Wonder Comics imprint. As I understand it, this collection of issues #7-12 will be the end of the series unless it gets another "season."

Doom Patrol by John Byrne Omnibus

As mentioned previously, this is rather surprising, since John Byrne's continuity-light 2004 Doom Patrol series didn't make much of a splash (it reintroduced the Doom Patrol in medias res of a DC Universe that had already met it), though surely the TV show has something to do with it. That said, I admire big chunks of story, and collecting both the introductory JLA: The Tenth Circle story along with all eighteen issues of Byrne's series is, at least, very complete. Here, too, is an (original-er) Doom Patrol appearance from way back in Byrne's Superman #20, plus a story from Secret Origins Annual #1.

Doom Patrol Vol. 1: Weight of the Worlds

Continuation of Gerard Way's Young Animal series.

Doom Patrol: The Silver Age Vol. 2

Collects Arnold Drake's 1960s Doom Patrol #96-107, including crossovers in Challengers of the Unknown #48 and Brave and the Bold #65 (Flash).

Doomsday Clock Part 2

Issues #7-12 of Geoff Johns and Gary Frank's Doomsday Clock, due out in May. I'm sure the deluxe hardcover won't be too far behind.

Event Leviathan

The seven-issue miniseries by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev, in hardcover, coming March 2020.

Ex Machina Compendium 1

Interesting this is called a "compendium" and not an "omnibus," and also that it's "1" but is said to collect all 50 issues of the series. There were a few specials, but not enough to make a whole other book. By Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris; I guess we'll see what's in it.

The Flash by Mark Waid Book Seven

Issues #142-150, the lead-in to and six-part "Chain Lightning" story, plus a Flash Secret Files, the Speed Force special, and the Flash 80-Page Giant. Waid's run continued through issue #159, then issue #162, and then much later, a relaunched issue #231-236, so maybe one more volume, depending.

The Flash of Two Worlds Deluxe Edition

Same contents as the DC Comics Classics Library: Flash of Two Worlds hardcover from back in 2009; that's Flash #123, the first "Flash of Two Worlds" story; #129, another Golden/Silver Age Flash team-up; #137, with a Justice Society cameo; #151, with Jay Garrick and the Shade; and #173, with Kid Flash Wally West.

The Flash Vol. 11: The Greatest Trick of All

The collection immediately preceding Joshua Williamson's new Flash: Year One, collecting issues #66-69, with the Trickster.

The Flash: Savage Velocity

I'm excited for this, a collection of the immediate post-Crisis Flash (Wally West) series. Collects issues #1-18 and the Annual #1 in paperback. 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, a Millennium tie-in, Velocity 9 (which later appeared in the CW Flash TV series), and Vandal Savage. Issues #1-14 are by Mike Baron and #15-18 are by William Messner-Loebs; not sure if those'll actually be included or not.

Freedom Fighters: Death of a Nation

Twelve-issue miniseries by Robert Venditti and Eddy Barrows.

Gotham High

DC Ink graphic novel by Melissa de la Cruz and Thomas Pitilli, imagining Bruce Wayne, Selina Kyle, and Jack Napier in high school.

Green Arrow Vol. 8: The End of the Road

Issues #39-42 and #48-50 by Mairghread Scott, Jackson Lanzing, and Collin Kelly, tying in to Justice League: No Justice and Heroes in Crisis and bringing the series to a close. Issues #43-47 by Julie and Shawna Benson were in Green Arrow Vol. 7; supposedly #45 and #48-50 will be in the Heroes in Crisis: The Price and Other Tales collection.

Green Arrow: Year One Deluxe Edition

Deluxe hardcover edition of the miniseries by Andy Diggle and Jock.

Green Lantern by Geoff Johns Book Three

Collects Green Lantern #18-25, Green Lantern Corps #14-18, Green Lantern Sinestro Corps Special #1, Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Superman Prime #1 and Green Lantern/Sinestro Corps: Secret Files #1, so pretty much all of the "Sinestro Corps War" story, give or take an issue or so (not Green Lantern Corps #19, for instance, but that might be outside this series' purview).

Harleen

Hardcover collection of Stjepan Sejic's three-issue Black Label miniseries.

Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy

Hardcover of the six-issue miniseries by Ram V in the aftermath of Heroes in Crisis.

Harley Quinn & the Gotham Girls

Collection of the 2003 five-issue miniseries, based on the animated web series, by Paul Storrie and Jennifer Graves.

Hellblazer by Garth Ennis Omnibus

In hardcover, at 1,376 pages, collecting Hellblazer #41-50, #52-83, and #129-131, Vertigo Jam #1, Hellblazer Special #1, Heartland #1, and Vertigo: Winter’s Edge #2. Part of the solicitation says "Vol. 1" but I think this is everything John Constantine by Ennis.

High Level Vol. 1

Issues #1-6 from Vertigo by Rob Sheridan and Barnaby Bagenda. As I understand it, #1-6 were supposed to be the first "arc"; my guess is it's just over, but I haven't been able to find whether High Level is moving to another imprint post-Vertigo.

House of Mystery: The Bronze Age Omnibus Vol. 2

Issues #201-226, including Bernie Wrightson, Sergio Aragones, and Jim Starlin.

The House of Whispers Vol. 2 (The Sandman Universe)

Issues #7-12 of the Sandman Universe series by Nalo Hopkinson.

Jack of Fables Deluxe Book Three

Final deluxe edition of Jack of Fables by Bill Willingham and Lilah Sturges, issues #36-50.

The Joker by Brian Azzarello: The Deluxe Edition

Deluxe Black Label hardcover of the graphic novel by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo.

The Joker: 80 Years of the Clown Prince of Crime

Interesting that the solicitation connects this to the Action Comics: 80 Years and Detective Comics: 80 Years collections, though those were title-specific (celebrating 1,000 issues) and this is character-specific; actually seems like a bit of a cheat to me. Said to collect stories from the original Batman #1 to ones by Scott Snyder, Tony Daniel, and Paul Dini (who wrote an especially good one in Detective Comics and I hope that's in here).

Jonah Hex: The Bronze Age Omnibus Vol. 1

The earliest appearances of Jonah Hex from the 1970s: All-Star Western #10-11, Weird Western Tales #12-14 and #16-38, Jonah Hex #1-17, and Justice League of America #159-160. A good portion of this was collected in black-and-white in Showcase Presents: Jonah Hex Vols. 1-2.

Just Imagine Stan Lee Creating the DC Universe Book One

Previously collected in three paperbacks and an omnibus, this is a longer paperback, probably requiring just two volumes to finish.

Justice League Dark Vol. 3: The Witching War

Next collection of James Tynion's Justice League Dark, with the Injustice League Dark.

Justice League of America: A Celebration of 60 Years

Anniversary hardcover for March. The solicitation mentions the League's first appearance and also the Geoff Johns' New 52 run.

Justice League of America: The Nail: The Complete Collection

Paperback collection of Alan Davis' Elseworlds miniseries JLA: The Nail and JLA: Another Nail.

Justice League of America: The Silver Age Omnibus Vol. 1

New printing, apparently, of the 2014 hardcover, but the solicitation also says it collects the League's "first 20 adventures," whereas the 2014 hardcover was over 30 issues, Brave and the Bold #28-30 and then Justice League of America #1-30 from the 1960s.

Justice League of America: The Wedding of the Atom and Jean Loring

Near as I can tell, this replaces the cancelled Justice League of America: The Bronze Age Omnibus Vol. 3, said to collect issues #149-158 from the 1970s and Super-Team Family #13-14 (part of the Jean Loring story). As the solicitation says, while the male Leaguers are at a bachelor party for Atom, the villain Amos Fortune uses Wonder Woman's powers against the League.

Justice League Vol. 5: The Doom War

Issues #26-39 in hardcover by Scott Snyder.

Justice League: Corporate Maneuvers

In a list of most unlikely collections ever, a collection of Keith Giffen and J.M. Dematteis's Conglomerate story, a team of really second-rate heroes led by Booster Gold, from Justice League Quarterly #1-4, would be really high on that unlikely list. I'd love to see it, but I have zero faith this is going to make it to print — I can't imagine what the hook is — and releasing this when all of Justice League International hasn't been collected feels really unfair.

Justice League: Origin Deluxe Edition

Issues #1-12 of the New 52 series, being the Origin and Villain's Journey collections, following the 2017 Absolute edition.

Lost Carnival: A Dick Grayson Graphic Novel

DC Ink graphic novel by Michael Moreci, Sas Milledge, and Phil Hester.

Mister Miracle by Steve Englehart and Steve Gerber

Issues #19-25, The Brave and the Bold #112, #128, and #138, and DC Comics Presents #12. This title picked up the numbering from the Kirby run but started after a three-year hiatus. Brave and the Bold are Batman team-ups; DC Comics Presents has Superman.

My Video Game Ate My Homework

DC Zoom graphic novel by Dustin Hansen.

New Gods by Gerry Conway

Collects the late 1970s post-Kirby relaunch of New Gods, including 1st Issue Special #13, New Gods #12-19 by Gerry Conway and Don Newton, Adventure Comics #459-#460 (the end of the previous series), Super-Team Family #15 (team-up with Flash), and Justice League of America #183-185 (New Gods, Justice League, and Justice Society).

New Teen Titans Vol. 11

Said to collect New Teen Titans #16-23 and Tales of the Teen Titans #75-83 (the latter of which are just reprints of the former, so probably just the covers of those) and Omega Men #34. Features the Omega Men, obviously; Cheshire; and Donna Troy starts an offshoot team including Jason Todd. This is still within the contents of the New Teen Titans Omnibus Vol. 4, due out in November; this paperback collection comes out in May 2020.

Nightwing Vol. 1: The Gray Son Legacy

Contents for this book are listed as #59-64, marking the start of Dan Jurgens' run with "Ric Grayson." Meanwhile, the DC October 2019 solicitations had Nightwing: Burnback, supposed to be issues #57-62 by Jurgens, Scott Lobdell, and Zach Kaplan. Both are technically correct (Lobdell and Kaplan did #57-58), but what book with what contents and volume number actually gets published when (since "Burnback" is set for November and "Gray Son Legacy" is set for May 2020) remains to be seen.

Omega Men by Tom King: The Deluxe Edition

Well deserved to be finally in hardcover; if you didn't buy this before, go and buy it now. A classic by Tom King and Barnaby Bagenda.

The Oracle Code

DC Ink graphic novel by Marieke Nijkamp and Manuel Preitano.

The Power of Shazam! By Jerry Ordway Book One

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.

No word yet on contents, but we know at least this'll have the Power of Shazam graphic novel that started it all off. About 12 issues per book would finish this off in four books. In hardcover in March.

Robin: The Bronze Age Omnibus

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.

Robin: Year One

New collection it seems of the Chuck Dixon/Scott Beatty miniseries.

Sgt Rock: The Lost Battalion

New collection of Billy Tucci's six-issue 2009 miniseries.

Shadow of the Batgirl

DC Ink graphic novel by Sarah Kuhn and Nicole Goux, starring Cassandra Cain, mind you — a nice bit of synchronicity also with the Birds of Prey movie.

Shazam! The World's Mightiest Mortal Vol. 2

Collects Shazam! #19-35 from the 1970s, running parallel to the TV series; these are the final issues of this comic. Creative teams include Elliot S! Maggin and E. Nelson Bridwell.

Six Days: The Incredible Story of D-Day's Lost Chapter

Paperback of the World War II graphic novel by Robert Venditti and Kevin Maurer.

Starman: The Cosmic Omnibus Vol. 1

Well, this is nice and deserved; I'm not sure it'll appease those still waiting for the original Starman omnibuses to finish in paperback, but DC has a tendency to do paperback cutdowns of recent omnibus hardcovers, so maybe there's hope. This collects about half of the James Robinson series, issues #0-42, the Annual #1 (or parts of it), Shade #1-4, Starman Secret Files #1, and the crossover issues Power of Shazam #35-36.

Super Sons: Escape to Landis

DC Zoom by Ridley Pearson and Ileana Gonzales, a sequel to Super Sons: The PolarShield Project.

Supergirl Vol. 3

Note the summary lists this volume as "Marc Andreyko's concluding run on Supergirl," though I'm not sure such has been officially announced yet. Said to collect issues #34-36 "and more," with ties to "Year of the Villain" and "Leviathan Rising." This is after the crossover with Superman with issue #31.

Superman Smashes the Klan

DC Zoom by Gene Luen Yang.

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

Paperback of Superman #7-14.

Superman Vol. 3: The Unity Saga: The President of Earth

Superman #16-21 by Brian Michael Bendis, in hardcover, with appearances by the Legion of Super-Heroes.

Superman/Batman Omnibus Vol. 1

Issues #1-43, which goes way past the Jeph Loeb run to stories by Mark Verheiden, Alan Burnett and Dustin Nguyen, and Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, plus Superman/Batman Annual #1-2, and stories from Superman/Batman: Secret Files #1.

Superman: Action Comics Vol. 2: Leviathan Rising

Paperback edition collecting Action Comics #1007-1011 and the Superman: Leviathan Rising special. Due out in May, the same day as Action Comics Vol. 3.

Superman: Action Comics Vol. 3

Issues #1015-1020 in hardcover, due out the same day as the paperback of the previous volume.

Superman: The Golden Age Vol. 5

World's Finest Comics #6-8, Superman #16-19, Action Comics #48-57.

Superman: The Trial of Superman 25th Anniversary Edition

This one's a head-scratcher for me, because it comes from the same waning years of the Triangle Titles as Superman Blue Vol. 1 where the books were not running on all cylinders and art, especially, was lacking in some areas. Among selling points, I guess, is that it's a "Super-Family" story, including Superboy Kon-El, Supergirl (Matrix), and Steel, but I don't think the book has aged terribly well. I can't see filling a slot for this already-collected Superman trade versus bringing out Superman Blue Vol. 2 — no better quality but at least uncollected.

Superman: Up in the Sky

The Walmart-exclusive stories by Tom King and Andy Kubert. That's a strong team; though I might not ordinarily be so quick to nab a one-off out-of-continuity volume, I'm curious to read King's take on Superman outside of the Batman title.

Swamp Thing by Tim Seeley & Joelle Jones

Collects Tim Seeley and Joelle Jones' Swamp Thing stories from the Walmart 100-page giants, in paperback.

Tales from the DC Dark Multiverse

Being the first hardcover collection, already solicited for March, of the upcoming revisionist takes on Killing Joke, Identity Crisis, Death of Superman, Knightfall, and so on.

Tales of the Batman: Marv Wolfman

In hardcover, collecting Batman #328-335 (assorted stories and the "Lazarus Affair" four-parter), #436-439 ("Batman: Year Three"), Detective Comics #408 ("The House That Haunted Batman," with Len Wein and Neal Adams), The Brave and the Bold #167 (team up with Blackhawk), World's Finest Comics #288 (team up with Superman), and New Teen Titans #37 and Batman and the Outsiders #5 (crossover between the two titles).

Teen Titans Vol. 3

Issues #31-36 in the wake of the Terminus Agenda crossover with Deathstroke, now tying in to "Year of the Villain."

Teen Titans: H.I.V.E. Conquest

Walmart-exclusive stories by Dan Jurgens, from the Teen Titans Giants; I believe Jurgens has another set of stories appearing in Titans Giant that may be collected after this. This one isn't an immediate "get" for me; I'm not sure which Robin this is supposed to be, but the fact that I can't tell from Jurgens' depiction is off-putting for me from the start.

Transmetropolitan Book Three

No contents listed, but the last one was #13-24, so I'd guess this is maybe #25-36, the fifth and sixth original trade paperbacks.

WildCATS: The Authority

Not a small thing for Warren Ellis to be writing a new book with "Authority" in the title. Issues #1-6, with Grifter on the front cover. (Though now apparently the miniseries has been delayed, so obviously that'll affect the trade as well.)

Wonder Twins Vol. 2

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

Wonder Woman & The Justice League Dark: The Witching Hour

Paperback collection of Wonder Woman and Justice League Dark: The Witching Hour #1, Wonder Woman #56-57, Justice League Dark #4 and Justice League Dark and Wonder Woman: The Witching Hour #1. I read this recently and liked it.

Wonder Woman 1984 Mass Market Trade

At first I actually thought this was a movie tie-in, but it's just an anthology collection in time with the movie.

Wonder Woman by Gail Simone Omnibus

Some excellent stories here, including Wonder Woman's truly brutal battle with enemy Genocide, plus a precursor to Gail Simone's Red Sonja stories as Diana teams with various swords and sorcery figures from DC history — plus Diana's relationship with Nemesis Tom Tresser. Collects Wonder Woman #14-44 (pre-Flashpoint), #600, Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #1, and a story from the Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special. A well-deserved accolade by Simone.

Wonder Woman by George Perez Vol. 4

Continuing the cut-down of the Wonder Woman by George Perez omnibuses, this is issues #36-45 and the Annual #2, finishing out the second omnibus (so one more to go, or likely two more paperbacks).

Wonder Woman by William Messner-Loebs Book One

Immediately following War of the Gods and the end of George Perez's run, DC launched William Messner-Loeb's tenure with Wonder Woman Special #1 and a team-up with Deathstroke, suggesting (in implication if not in fact) a tougher, more down-to-earth Wonder Woman. Messner-Loebs would write almost 40 issues, including the introduction of Artemis going in to Wonder Woman #100. This is the aforementioned special and Wonder Woman #63, #64, #67-75, and the Annual #3 ("Eclipso: The Darkness Within" tie-in).

Wonder Woman Through the Years

Another anthology in time for the movie.

Wonder Woman Villains: Cheetah

Clearly the Batman: Arkham and Flash: Rogues books must be doing well; probably no coincidence too that Cheetah's about to be in the next Wonder Woman movie. Collects Wonder Woman #6 (1943) (first appearance, Priscilla Rich), #274, #275 (1980) (first appearance, Deborah Domaine), #9 (1987) (first major appearance, Barbara Minerva), The Flash #219 (2005), Wonder Woman #214 (2005) (crossover with Flash), Justice League #13-14 (2012) (New 52 two-parter), Wonder Woman #23.1 (2013) (New 52 Villains Month issue by John Ostrander), Wonder Woman #8 (2016) (Rebirth origin by Greg Rucka), and Who's Who in the DC Universe #4 (1990) (Priscilla Rich by Trina Robbins).

Wonder Woman: Come Back to Me

The Walmart-exclusive stories by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti.

Wonder Woman: Spirit of Truth

Hardcover of the painted prose story by Paul Dini and Alex Ross.

Wonder Woman: Steve Trevor

I'm highly in favor of these "supporting cast" collections (see also Batman Allies: Alfred); one for Etta Candy would be as interesting as this, tracking how both characters changed from their original appearances with Wonder Woman to post-Crisis to today.

Wonder Woman: War of Gods Omnibus

No contents listed but please, oh please, oh please let this be every tie-in issue of War of the Gods. Not only would that be great, but also a great precedent for omnibuses to come. If you ever wanted to see, among many other things, Etrigan romancing Wonder Woman, and Captain Marvel vs. Lobo, this is the book for you.

World's Finest: The Guardians of Earth

Collects World's Finest Comics #195-214, 1970s team-ups between Superman and Green Lantern, Aquaman, Batman, Hawkman, Green Arrow, the Atom, and the Diana Prince-era Wonder Woman.

Young Justice Vol. 1: Gemworld

Paperback release (following the previous hardcover) of the new Wonder Comics Young Justice #1-6 by Brian Michael Bendis and Patrick Gleason.

Zatanna and the House of Secrets

DC Zoom by Matthew Cody and Yoshi Yoshitana.
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15 comments:

  1. Flash: Savage Velocity and WW by WML are the two most interesting items in here. Three more volumes of early Flash + one last Waid one gets you the whole first run. Almost all of WW v2 will be in trade/HC/Omni format if they give us the rest of WML's run (or at least one more trade to run up to the Deodato one) - just missing the Luke run between Byrne and Jimenez, basically.

    The City of Bane tie-in is also interesting just in the sense that it's ahead of the solicits. I assume it'll be inessential tie-ins (e.g. an issue of Batgirl here, a Nightwing issue there).

    The WW by Gail Simone omni will be my first foray into her run, but I'm looking forward to it.

    While I have no interest in the War of the Gods omni, I appreciate that it will exist. Makes me hopeful for an Armageddon: 2001 collection someday (if I had to bet, I'd put my money on Final Night being the next big event they'll collect like this - plenty of tie-ins, straightforward story - seems too soon for Metal and Flashpoint has that big box set coming out soon).

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  2. That 70s Shazam book was continued in World's Finest Comics #253, which collected issues not printed under the Shazam title. I hope they get into that second volume. The Shazam feature ran for about 30 issues, until the end of the Dollar Comics format, with lots of art by Don Newton. Maybe they'll make up a third volume, as many were just 10 page stories.

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  3. Very sad that the Deluxe Edition hardcovers of Batman and Detective Comics seems to have come to an end. Are we forced to continue/finish our hardcover collection in paperback? Is DC going to try and get us to double dip in a few years?

    Also curious that Tomasi's Detective Comics is soliciting volumes 1 and 3 but skipping 2?

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    1. Detective Comics Vol. 2: Arkham Knight is coming out in December, which is before the period covered by the Spring 2020 catalog. The Vol. 1 that's listed in it is the paperback version, which will come out in February, five months after the hardcover.

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  4. I sure hope the hardcover route works for The Power of Shazam like it did for Batman and the Outsiders and Wonder Woman by John Byrne. Depending on how thick each volume will be (at 400 pages, it looks like Book One will collect the graphic novel and the first 12 issues of the ongoing), maybe the whole run could be covered in just three tomes instead of four.

    Also, assuming The Flash by Mark Waid Book Seven will only collect the portions of The Flash Secret Files #1, Speed Force #1 and The Flash 80-Page Giant #1 that Waid wrote or co-wrote, there should be room for The Life Story of the Flash and issue #1,000,000, which is set between #142 and #143.

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  5. Witching Hour review coming soon?

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  6. "Part of the solicitation says "Vol. 1" but I think this is everything John Constantine by Ennis."

    Volume 2 will feature the Heckblazer material from "Sixpack and Dogwelder." (Kidding, kidding!)

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  7. Whoa whoa whoa - hold up. Does this mean the Trevor Von Eden issues of Worlds Finest are being collected??!?!?!

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  8. Batman Allies: Alfred Pennyworth

    this could be due to the new tv show as well

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  9. Oh, dear. I was hoping Aquaman by Peter David Vol. 3 would be rescheduled for this period.

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    1. You and me both. I do hope they haven't just abandoned this series.

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  10. I suspect the reason the Golden Age Aquaman isn't getting collected is that it's a very different character - he's a human mutated by chemicals with no connection to Atlantis, and I'm not 100% about this, but I think his name isn't even Arthur Curry. DC may just be trying to avoid confusion.

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  11. King/Kubert Superman is indeed excellent, I assure you.

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