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

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

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

Stay safe out there.

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

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

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

100 Bullets Omnibus Vol. 1

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

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

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

Absolute Swamp Thing by Alan Moore Vol. 2

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

Absolute The Dark Knight (New Printing)

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

Absolute Transmetropolitan Vol. 1 (New Printing)

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

Amethyst

The six-issue Wonder Comics miniseries by Amy Reeder.

Animal Man by Grant Morrison Book Two Deluxe Edition

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

Aquaman Vol. 4

Issues #59-64 by Kelly Sue DeConnick.

ArkhaManiacs

By Art Baltazar and Franco.

Basketful of Heads (Hill House Comics)

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

Batgirl Vol. 8

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

Batgirl: The New 52 Omnibus

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

Batman and the Outsiders Vol. 3

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

Batman Adventures: Batgirl - A League of Her Own

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

Batman Adventures: Nightwing Rising

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

Batman Adventures: Robin, the Boy Wonder

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

Batman Beyond Vol. 8

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

Batman by Paul Dini Omnibus

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

Batman by Tom King and Lee Weeks Deluxe Edition

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

Batman Family 80th Anniversary Collection

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

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

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

Batman Vol. 1: Their Dark Designs

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

The Batman Who Laughs

Paperback of the Scott Snyder series, following the hardcover.

Batman: Creature of the Night

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

Batman: Curse of the White Knight

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

Batman: Detective Comics Omnibus

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

Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 3: Greetings from Gotham

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

Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 4

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

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight The Deluxe Edition

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

Batman: Gotham Knights: Contested

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

Batman: Knight Out

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

Batman: Road to No Man's Land Omnibus

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

Batman: The Caped Crusader Vol. 5

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

Batman: The Demon Trilogy

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

Batman: The Golden Age Omnibus Vol. 9

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

Batman: The Man Who Laughs Deluxe Edition

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

Batman: The Three Jokers

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

Batman: Universe

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

The Batman's Grave: The Complete Collection

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

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

Paperback collection by Joshua Williamson, following the hardcover.

Batman/Superman Vol. 2

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

Batwoman Omnibus

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

Black Adam: The Dark Age Deluxe Edition

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

Blackest Night/Brightest Day Box Set

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

Booster Gold: Future Lost

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

Catwoman Vol. 4

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

Cover Run: The Art of Adam Hughes New Edition

New edition of the collection.

Daphne Byrne (Hill House Comics)

Collection of the Hill House imprint series.

DC Comics: The Art of Jim Lee Vol. 2

In hardcover.

DC Comics: The Art of Lee Bermejo

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

DC Graphic Novels for Kids Box Set 1

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

DC Graphic Novels for Young Readers Box Set 1

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

DC Poster Portfolio: Clay Mann

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

DC Poster Portfolio: DCeased

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

DC Poster Portfolio: Francesco Mattina

Covers from Batman and Dark Nights: Metal among others.

DC Super Hero Girls: Midterms

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

DC Universe by Len Wein

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

DC's Greatest Detective Stories Ever Told

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

DCeased

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

DCeased: The Unkillables

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

The Dollhouse Family (Hill House Comics)

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

Earth One Box Set

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

Event Leviathan

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

Event Leviathan: Checkmate

Hardcover collection of the six-issue miniseries.

Fables Compendium One

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

The Flash Vol. 13

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

The Flash: Savage Velocity

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

The Flash: Year One

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

Green Lantern by Geoff Johns Book Four

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

The Green Lantern: Season Two Vol. 1

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

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

Collects the four-issue miniseries in hardcover.

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy

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

Harley Quinn: The New 52 Box Set

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

Hercules Unbound

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

Heroes in Crisis: The Price and Other Tales

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

House of El Book 1

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

House of Whispers Vol. 3: Whispers in the Dark

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

Injustice: Gods Among Us Omnibus Vol. 2

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

John Constantine: Hellblazer Vol. 23: No Future

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

JSA by Geoff Johns Book Four

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

Just Imagine Stan Lee Creating the DC Universe Book Two

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

Justice League by Scott Snyder Book Two Deluxe Edition

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

Justice League Dark Vol. 4

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

Justice League International Omnibus Vol. 2

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

Justice League Unlimited: Galactic Justice

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

Justice League Unlimited: Time After Time

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

Justice League Vol. 1

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

Legends of the Dark Knight: Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez

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

Legends of the DC Universe: Doug Mahnke

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

Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 1

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

Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2

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

Lois Lane: Enemy of the People

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

The Low, Low Woods (Hill House Comics)

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

Lucifer Omnibus Vol. 2 (The Sandman Universe Classics)

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

Man-Bat: Cries in the Knight

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

Manhunter by Archie Goodwin and Walter Simonson Deluxe Edition

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

Manhunters: The Secret History

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

Mister Miracle: The Deluxe Edition

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

New 52 Box Set

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

New Gods Book One: Bloodlines

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

New Teen Titans Omnibus Vol. 5

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

New Teen Titans Vol. 12

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

Nightwing New 52 Omnibus

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

Nightwing Vol. 2

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

Phantom Stranger Omnibus

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

Plunge (Hill House Comics)

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

The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage

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

Red Hood: Outlaw Vol. 4

Paperback collection by Scott Lobdell.

Robin: 80 Years of the Boy Wonder

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

Robin: Unmasked

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

Sandman Box Set

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

Sandman: The Books of Magic Omnibus Vol. 1

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

Sgt Rock: Between Hell and a Hard Place Deluxe Edition

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

Shazam by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank Deluxe Edition

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

Shazam: The Seven Magic Lands

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

Suicide Squad: Bad Blood

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

Super Friends: Saturday Morning Comics Vol. 2

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

Super Sons Omnibus Expanded Edition

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

Super Sons: Escape to Landis

Young adult graphic novel by Ridley Pearson and Ile Gonzalez.

Supergirl Vol. 3: To the Stars

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

Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade

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

Superman in the Fifties

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

Superman Vol. 3: The Truth Revealed

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

Superman Vol. 4

In hardcover, collecting issues #20-24.

Superman: Action Comics Vol. 3: Leviathan Hunt

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

Superman: Action Comics Vol. 4: Metropolis Burning

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

Superman: The Golden Age Omnibus Vol. 7

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

Superman: The Man of Steel Vol. 2

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

Superman: Up in the Sky

Paperback of the Walmart exclusive stories, following the hardcover.

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

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

Superman/Wonder Woman (facsimile edition)

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

Swamp Thing Noir

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

Swamp Thing: The Bronze Age Vol. 3

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

Swamp Thing: Twin Branches

Young adult graphic novel by Maggie Stiefvater and Morgan Beem.

Teen Titans Go! Roll With It Book 1

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

Teen Titans Vol. 4: Djinn Wars

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

Teen Titans: Beast Boy

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

Teen Titans: Raven and Beast Boy HC Box Set

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

The Terrifics Vol. 4

Next collection by Gene Luen Yang.

Time Warp: Doomsday Tales and Other Things

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

Tiny Titans: Beast Boy & Raven

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

Transmetropolitan Book Four

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

Underworld Unleashed: The 25th Anniversary Edition

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

Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story

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

We Found a Monster

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

Wonder Woman by George Perez Vol. 5

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

Wonder Woman Vol. 2: Love Is a Battlefield

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

Wonder Woman: Dead Earth

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

Wonder Woman: The Golden Age Omnibus Vol. 5

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

Wonder Women of History

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

Y: The Last Man Compendium One

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

Young Justice Vol. 2: Lost in the Multiverse

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

Young Justice Vol. 3

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

  1. >>Batman: Knight Out (...) This collects Detective Comics #703-715 and #717-718

    Does anybody know why #716 is left out? It's pencilled by Jim Aparo but written by Chuck Dixon, and I think it does not belong to any crossover event :-/

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  2. I didn't enjoy Simone's run enough on Batgirl to pick up the omnibus, but it's nice and important to get collected. I feel somewhat the same about Batwoman's omni, but the bigger problem is I have all of it in trade, so, oh well.

    Flash: Savage Velocity is great. I'd love to see one more Flash by Waid collection soon, too, to finish that line out. And the Final Flash by Johns one. And maybe let's just have a good Flash book on the stands, too . . .

    On the more current front, Event Leviathan: Checkmate, Three Jokers, Lois Lane, Manhunters: Secret History, Question: Deaths of Vic Sage, WW: Dead Earth, the Bendis Superman books, and LoSH, are all must-buys. We'll see about House of El - DC/WB keep trying to to come up w/a compelling pre-explosion story on Krpton. Maybe this will be the good one?

    Definitely getting the Batman Family 80th Collection (great idea, DC!), the Dini Omnibus (not a big fan of his Hush stuff, but the first half is worth it), Gotham Knights (woo hoo, let's get a volume 3 w/all of Beatty's run), and 'Tec by Chuck Dixon (let's hope we get a Batman volume that also connects Legacy to Cataclysm).

    Debating Underworld Unleashed collection - I think I'd have preferred it as an oversized HC to match up w/the other big crossovers I have in omni format, but I'm just happy to get more archival material.

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    1. "and 'Tec by Chuck Dixon (let's hope we get a Batman volume that also connects Legacy to Cataclysm)."

      There is! Batman by Doug Moench and Kelley Jones collection (2 vols) include those issues. Can't wait to have the Dixon Omnibus! Though I hope we could have also Dixon's run from before Knightfall!

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  3. No JSA 80th anniversary collection??? Color me disappointed even if I'm not surprised. ALL-STAR COMICS #3 had a Winter 1940 cover date (on-sale 11/22/1940, per Grand Comics Database) so 2020 *IS* the 80th anniversary of the FIRST super-team in comics.

    That particular rant behind me, there are some books I'm looking forward to, including SUPERMAN VS. WONDER WOMAN (facsimile edition), PHANTOM STRANGER OMNIBUS, BATMAN IN THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD: THE BRONZE AGE OMNIBUS VOLUME 3, LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT: JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ, and MANHUNTER BY ARCHIE GOODWIN AND WALTER SIMONSON DELUXE EDITION. More recent comics offerings I'm considering the collected edition for include LOIS LANE: ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE and SHAZAM!: THE SEVEN MAGIC LANDS.

    Oh, to have unlimited space for all the books I want . . . :D

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  4. Are you sure Shazam! 13 is Johns' last issue on the book? I mean, I know the most recent solicitations had a new creative team but it seemed more like a filler issue than the start of a new team outright. I could be completely wrong but I'd be quite sad to see Johns leave that book so "early".

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    1. Jeff Loveness has already confirmed on Twitter that he's not the new regular writer on Shazam, and only wrote two one-off issues. Newsarama really jumped the gun with that stupid "DC Welcomes New Shazam Creative Team in June" article when they could have simply asked the guy.

      Also, in a recent interview, Johns mentioned plans of having the JSA show up in an upcoming issue, so I doubt he's off the book.

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    2. All good news. I too would hate to see Johns leave that book so soon.

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  5. Man there's so much here I want to get but I'm really stoked about the Phantom Stranger Omni and the Hercules Unbound. Talk about collecting obscure material! Now if we could only get a Richard Dragon, Kung Fu Fighter collection...

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  6. There's so much here I want to get, but I'm really stoked about the Phantom Stranger Omni and the Hercules Unbound collection. The latter is really obscure but was collected in the Showcase Present Earth after the Great Disaster or whatever it was called. I thought it was pretty good. After seeing solicits for the Wanted reprint book and 1st Issue Special, here's hoping we get more 70s rarities. Richard Dragon, Rima, Ragman, Freedom Fighters...so much good stuff out there.

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    1. Richard Dragon collection coming in early 2021, according to Amazon.

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  7. Indeed there was a paperback called Batman: Birth of the Demon which contains all three Demon Graphic novels, with a similar page count.


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  8. I tracked down a copy of the old Underworld Unleashed TPB in good condition a few months ago, so of course DC had to release a hardcover including more specials. Still, as I recall, Abyss: Hell's Sentinel was the only one that had any bearing on the main mini. Also, I'd like to know if this hardcover will have that special "fifth ink" printing that the single issues had, unlike the old TPB.

    As usual, this catalog is filled with unreliable content listings. For instance, the Justice League volume collecting Venditti's run can't end with issue #45, since that's the second chapter of a four-parter. Also, the second Deluxe HC collecting Snyder's run should include Annual #1, which is a pivotal issue set between Justice League #16 and #17.

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    1. Oops, just realized that Underworld Unleashed: The 25th Aniversary Edition is actually a TPB. That makes me even less motivated to replace my copy.

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