DC Trade Solicitations for May 2020 - Justice League Vol. 5: Justice/Doom War, Flash Forward, Year of the Villain TPs, Justice League International Omnibus Vol. 2, Legion: Five Years Later Omnibus, Sandman Deluxe


After a couple of months of 2020 listings that have been a tad slim, I'm happy to see a bunch of notable books in the DC Comics May 2020 trade paperback and hardcover solicitations. I'm a sucker for a mild line-wide event like "Year of the Villain" — not a crossover per se, just some common events reflected over a couple titles to let you know it's all happening at the same time — and a bunch of that comes to roost this month. There's the Justice League Vol. 5: Justice/Doom War, followed by Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen and Year of the Villain: The Infected, and then the next big book after those is Flash Forward, ahead of Dark Nights: Death Metal and Generation Zero. So a lot to look forward to.

And that's not to mention a handful of notable collections of "older" (being the 1980s) material, including the Justice League International Omnibus Vol. 2 (hoping, once again, we might finally see full collections of Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis' Justice League) and also Keith Giffen and company's Legion of Super-Heroes: Five Years Later Omnibus Vol. 1 — these are all series I'd have wanted on my extended to-be-collected list, if not necessarily in omnibus format. I'm also stoked for that Sandman Deluxe Edition Book One, though having just spent a year gathering the 30th anniversary editions, I wish these deluxe would come out faster.

Among the "regular series," I'm interested in the "Year of the Villain"-related volumes of Aquaman, Batgirl, and Flash.

Let's take a look!

Absolute Swamp Thing by Alan Moore Vol. 1 New Printing HC

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 HC

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

Aquaman Vol. 2: Amnesty TP

Paperback of Kelly Sue DeConnick and Robson Rocha's second collection, issues #48-52.

Aquaman Vol. 3: Manta vs. Machine TP

Hardcover of Kelly Sue DeConnick and Robson Rocha's third volume, collecting issues #53-57 (previously solicited as (#54-58) and the Aquaman Annual #2 and starring Aquaman and Aqualad Jackson Hyde, and with a "Year of the Villain: Hostile Takeover" tie-in.

Batgirl Vol. 7: Oracle Rising TP

Tie-in to "Year of the Villain" with new writer Cecil Castellucci, following Mairghread Scott.

• Batman Adventures: Batgirl — A League of Her Own TP

Previously uncollected (according to the solicitations) Batgirl-focused issues from Batman: Gotham Adventures #8-9, #22, and #38, and Batgirl Adventures #1, by Paul Dini and others.

Batman by Grant Morrison Omnibus Vol. 3 HC

Collects Batman: The Return #1, Batman Incorporated (first series) #1-8, Batman Incorporated: Leviathan Strikes! #1, Batman Incorporated (second series) #0-13, and the Batman Incorporated Special #1.

Batman: Arkham Asylum New Edition TP

Resolicitation of the paperback edition with newly remastered Dave McKean artwork.

Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 2: Arkham Knight TP

Paperback, following the hardcover, collecting issues #1001-1005 and the Annual #2 by Peter Tomasi, Brad Walker, and company, and Tomasi's story from Detective Comics #1000.

Batman/Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia Deluxe Edition HC

Deluxe edition of the Greg Rucka/J. G. Jones graphic novel, with a gallery of Jones' covers (from other works, ostensibly).

Catwoman Vol. 3: Friend or Foe? TP

Issues #16-21 (previously solicited as #14-19) by Joelle Jones. Ties in to "Year of the Villain." I'll still be surprised if this book keeps going once Tom King's Batman/Catwoman is on the stands.

Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child Deluxe Edition HC

Collecting the miniseries by Frank Miller and Rafael Grampa, with behind-the-scenes material.

DC Comics: The Astonishing Art of Amanda Conner HC

A second volume dedicated to Amanda Conner, including Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #1-4, Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special #1, The Kamandi Challenge #3, Harley Quinn: Be Careful What You Wish For #1, Batman #68, and the Supergirl stories from Wednesday Comics #1-12.

• DC Graphic Novels for Kids Box Set 1

A grand idea, including Dear Justice League, Superman of Smallville, Black Canary: Ignite, and The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid.

• DC Graphic Novels for Young Adults Box Set 1

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

• DC Poster Portfolio: DCeased TP

Lot of fun ones in here, including movie take-off covers.

• DC Poster Portfolio: Francesco Mattina TP

Covers from Batman and Dark Nights: Metal among others.

Dial H For Hero Vol. 2: New Heroes of Metropolis TP

Second collection of Sam Humphries' series in Brian Michael Bendis' Wonder Comics imprint, issues #7-12.

Flash Forward TP

The six-issue Wally West miniseries by Scott Lobdell and Brett Booth, in paperback. Gotta wonder now if the Free Comic Book Day "Generation Zero" story ought not also be included in here.

The Flash Vol. 11: The Greatest Trick of All TP

Flash #66-69 and the Flash Annual #2 by Joshua Williamson, which follows the "Price" crossover with Batman and precedes Flash: Year One.

The Flash Vol. 12: Death and the Speed Force TP

The solicitation here is still describing Flash: Year One, but issues #76-81 are the ones that followed that story, including "Year of the Villain" tie-in issues. Properly this should also contain a couple backup stories from issue #75.

Green Lantern: 80 Years of the Emerald Knight HC

The latest anniversary hardcover. I'll be curious to see how they spotlight some of the newer Green Lanterns, if at all‚ what issues they might choose for Guy Gardner, John Stewart, Kyle Rayner, Simon Baz, and Jessica Cruz.

• 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.

Hawkman Vol. 3: Darkness Within TP

Hawkman #13-18 by Robert Venditti, including "Year of the Villain" material.

Justice League International Omnibus Vol. 2 HC

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 of America by Brad Meltzer: The Deluxe Edition HC

Collects Brad Meltzer's post-Infinite Crisis Justice League of America run, both "The Tornado's Path" and "The Lightning Saga." The latter of these was a crossover with Geoff Johns' Justice Society of America and also included the Legion of Super-Heroes, way at the start of the lead-in to Countdown to Final Crisis. These stories themselves were very good; Meltzer was followed on Justice League by Dwayne McDuffie.

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

The current solicitation says this is Justice League of America #31-76 and Mystery in Space #75, though that seems rather more like a Vol. 2 than a Vol. 1. If this is a new edition of the Silver Age Omnibus Vol. 1, that original volume collected Brave and the Bold #28-30 and Justice League of America #1-30.

Justice League Vol. 5: Justice/Doom War TP

I thought at first this a paperback reprint, but indeed it's the first printing. Good on DC but rather astounding they didn't switch to hardcover here. Collects issues #29-39, Scott Snyder's final issues on the title.

Legends of the Dark Knight: Matt Wagner HC

Contents include Batman and the Monster Men #1-6, Batman #54, a story from Batman Black and White #3, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #28-30, Batman: The Mad Monk #1-6, and Batman: Riddler: The Riddle Factory. Previous solicitations also included Batman #626-641, Detective Comics #647-649, and Robin II: Joker's Wild #1, which might still be included solely as covers (or not).

Legion of Super-Heroes: Five Years Later Omnibus Vol. 1 HC

Previously solicited a year ago and back on the schedule again, this is Keith Giffen and Tom and Mary Bierbaum's vision of the future Legion's darker future. Collects Legion of Super-Heroes (1989) #1-39, which collects up to where Giffen departed the title, plus Adventures of Superman #478, Timber Wolf #1-5, and the Legion of Super-Heroes Annual #1-3. Previous solicitations also mentioned Who's Who #1-11, #13, #14, #16.

Nightwing Year One Deluxe Edition HC

Deluxe-size collection of Chuck Dixon and Scott Beatty's Nightwing #101-106.

Plastic Man: Rubber Banded: The Deluxe Edition HC

Way back when, the first trade of Kyle Baker's Plastic Man, "On the Lam," was collected with these rubbery covers that felt weird and wouldn't sit right next to other trades on the shelf. Let's not do that again. Ultimately only 14 of Baker's 20 issues from the early 2000s were collected, which is a shame given the brilliant "laughing on the outside, crying on the inside" aesthetic of the book. This hardcover should collect the whole thing.

Red Hood: Outlaw Vol. 3: Generation Outlaw TP

Issues #37-41 by Scott Lobdell, tying in to "Year of the Villain."

The Sandman Deluxe Edition Book One HC

I also just finished collecting the 30th anniversary Sandman paperbacks, and now here comes a hardcover collecting both "Preludes & Nocturnes" and "Doll's House" (issues #1-16) plus the Sandman Mystery Theatre special (appropriate time-wise, though it's really astounding if DC will "add" something to "Preludes & Nocturnes" for the first time in 30 years). Anyway, sorely tempted to double-dip on this.

Super Friends: Saturday Morning Comics Vol. 1 HC

In hardcover, it's the original Super Friends cartoon tie-in comics, Super Friends #1-26, plus the promo Aquateers Meet the Super Friends #1, and stories from Limited Collectors' Edition #C41 and #C-46, by E. Nelson Bridwell with art by Ramona Fradon and others.

Supergirl: Being Super New Edition TP

Paperback of the four-issue miniseries by Mariko Tamaki and Joelle Jones, possibly in a different trim size and with "all-new color," according to the solicitation.

Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen TP

Collecting the four-issue miniseries pitting Lex Luthor against The Batman Who Laughs. It seems now this will also collect the DC's Year of the Villain special (finally, and hopefully the Event Leviathan material too), and "more."

Year of the Villain: The Infected TP

Collects Supergirl #36, Hawkman #18 (also in Hawkman Vol. 3), The Infected: King Shazam #1, The Infected: Scarab #1, The Infected: Deathbringer #1, and The Infected: The Commissioner #1.

Comments ( 3 )

  1. I'll pick up JL v5, Hell Arisen and maaaaaybe The Infected (I've heard nothing positive there, but also little negative), Flash Forward (I'm not in on 5G or whatever, but this series got really solid reviews from Wally fans who hated HiC, so I'll give it a shot), Morrison v3 (cannot wait!) and 5YL. GL 80th is a probable pick up, but I probably won't rush to get it.

  2. DC is soliciting very little that I consider a must for my bookshelf space. I have pre-ordered DOOMSDAY CLOCK PART TWO and SHAZAM!: THE WORLD'S MIGHTIEST MORTAL VOLUME 2 in recent months, but I don't see an 80th anniversary collection for the original Captain Marvel on the horizon nor do I have high hopes for an 80th anniversary JSA collection at this point, and those are two volumes I would happily buy.

    Volumes I continue to hope DC will eventually publish include: SHAZAM!: THE MONSTER SOCIETY OF EVIL DELUXE EDITION (third time solicited is the charm), SHAZAM!: THE WORLD'S MIGHTIEST MORTAL VOLUME 3, JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA: THE 1992 SERIES by Len Strazewski and Mike Parobeck, JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA: THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS, ALL-STAR SQUADRON and INFINITY, INC. collections or omnibuses, and a MR. AND MRS. SUPERMAN collection. A lot of pre-Crisis material, I know, and that list doesn't count quicker trade paperback releases of the hardcover golden, silver, and bronze age omnibus collections or collections of the 1985 OUTSIDERS series that I'm interested in. (Come on, DC! There will soon be three Legion silver age omnibuses, but only one trade paperback volume so far.)

    I apologize for venting, but I want to give DC my money for some collected editions, but they're not offering what I want. What a problem to have, right? Lol Incidentally, THE POWER OF SHAZAM! BOOK ONE: IN THE BEGINNING has a new release date of August 18, 2020, according to Edelweiss+. That's a book I'm looking forward to.

  3. I am begging DC to continue the Superman Exile and Other Stories Omnibus series. With Byrne's Man of Steel trades and then that, it got into my head that I want to 100% completely read all of that era of Superman chronologically (until New 52 I guess, or past there since the character apparently comes back), but then it all stopped being released.


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