DC Trade Solicitations for June 2021 – Future State: Dark Detective, Taylor's Suicide Squad: Bad Blood, Wonder Woman 80 Years, Green Lantern Season 2 Vol. 2, Sandman Deluxe Book 3

Thursday, March 18, 2021

It did look for a moment like this was going to be a particularly short list, but fear not; there's a full complement of collections in the DC Comics June 2021 hardcover and trade paperback solicitations. I don't know what's going on behind the scenes or why these solicitations were "late" (don't seem so late to me as compared to what it used to be like years ago, but people in the know seemed nervous), but obviously on the fan-side things don't quite feel settled since the recent upheaval. But, books are solicited, so that's something.

I'm still pretty excited for Tom Taylor's Suicide Squad: Bad Blood, even though the recent Teen Titans Vol. 4: Robin No More spoiled a big piece of it for me. We've got the final three Future State collections we were waiting for — Future State: Batman: Dark Detective, Future State: Suicide Squad, and Future State: Wonder Woman — so that'll finish out in July (but still no Endless Winter collection!). Grant Morrison's Green Lantern Season Two comes to a close, too, and the Wonder Woman title reaches the Future State break. Another Sandman deluxe combo edition, too.

How 'bout we take a look at the full (full-full) list?

Batman: The Dark Prince Charming TP

Paperback, following the hardcover, collecting Batman: The Dark Prince Charming #1-2 by European comics creator Enrico Marini.

Batwoman: Elegy TP

Seems like a new printing/reprinting of the already-existing CW-branded edition of the Batwoman: Elegy collection. This particular version of the collection, released in 2019, had Ruby Rose's Batwoman on the cover; though this is a Kate Kane vs. Alice collection (Detective Comics #854-860, this Batwoman's debut in Detective Comics proper by Greg Rucka and JH Williams), it'd be pretty cool if they were reprinting to put Javicia Leslie's Ryan Wilder Batwoman on the cover.

DC Super Hero Girls: Ghosting TP

By Amanda Deibert and Yancey Labat, focused on Diana “Wonder Woman” Prince.

DCeased: Unkillables TP

Paperback collection of the three-issue miniseries, following the hardcover. I loved this book even more than the original DCeased.

Future State: Batman: Dark Detective TP

In paperback in July, this book has Future State: Dark Detective #1–4 (including Grifters and Red Hood) Future State: Catwoman #1–2, Future State: Harley Quinn #1–2, Future State: Robin Eternal #1–2, and Future State: Batman/Superman #1–2.

Future State: Suicide Squad TP

This should be Future State: Suicide Squad #1–2 (including Black Adam), Future State: Teen Titans #1–2, Future State: Shazam! #1–2, and Future State: Swamp Thing #1–2.

Future State: Wonder Woman TP

This should be Future State: Wonder Woman #1–2, Future State: Superman/Wonder Woman #1–2, and Future State: Immortal Wonder Woman #1–2 (including Nubia).

The Green Lantern Season Two Vol. 2 HC

In hardcover, coming in July, the finale of Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp’s The Green Lantern, collecting issues #7–12.

• Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass TP

The YA graphic novel by Detective Comics' Mariko Tamaki and Steve Pugh.

Injustice: Year Zero: The Complete Collection HC

Collects Injustice: Year Zero #1–14, the prequel digital-first series by Tom Taylor, featuring the Justice Society.

Justice League Unlimited: Girl Power TP

Collects Adventures in the DC Universe #3–6 and #9, Justice League Adventures #4, and Justice League Unlimited #20–22 and #35–42, with stories featuring Supergirl, Mary Marvel, and Wonder Woman.

The Last God HC

The DC Black Label fantasy series by Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Riccardo Federici, which moves into the “considering” pile now that Johnson is writing the Super-titles. Collects The Last God #1–12, The Last God: Tales From the Book of Ages #1, and The Last God: Songs of Lost Children #1.

The New 52: 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition HC

At some point this was solicited as a strange collection of rather random New 52 issue #1s (Voodoo, for instance). This solicitation mentions Geoff Johns and Jim Lee's Justice League, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Batman, Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang's Wonder Woman, Grant Morrison and Rags Morales' Action Comics, and Jeff Lemire and Travel Foreman's Animal Man. At 400 pages, obviously that's not all of it, but at least they're plugging the good stuff now.

OMAC: One Man Army Corps by Jack Kirby TP

Collects Kirby’s OMAC: One Man Army Corps #1–8 in paperback; this was previously collected in hardcover.

Preacher: The 25th Anniversary Omnibus Vol. 2 HC

In hardcover, collecting Preacher #34–66, Preacher Special: The Story of You-Know-Who, Preacher Special: The Good Old Boys, Preacher Special: One Man’s War, Preacher: Tall in the Saddle, an introduction by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, and other extras.

The Sandman: The Deluxe Edition Book Three HC

Collecting Sandman #32-50, which is the "A Game of You," "Fables and Reflections," and "Brief Lives" collections, but originally the issues were out of order between these. It's too bad there's no significant extras this time, but having the issues recomposed in order is interesting in and of itself.

The Suicide Squad Case Files 1 HC

Stories featuring first or major appearances by Bloodsport, Mongal, Polka-Dot Man, King Shark, Weasel, and the Thinker — can these all possibly be in the James Gunn movie? It’s Superman #4 and #170, Detective Comics #300, Superboy #9, Fury of Firestorm #38, Suicide Squad Vol. 4 #25, Vigilante #36, and Suicide Squad: Amanda Waller #1.

The Suicide Squad Case Files 2 TP

Stories focusing on Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Rick Flag, Ratcatcher, Savant, Javelin, and Blackguard. Collects Suicide Squad #44, Secret Origins #14, Detective Comics #585, Birds of Prey #58, Batman: Harley Quinn #1, Green Lantern #174, and Booster Gold #1.

Suicide Squad: Bad Blood HC

All 11 issues of the "critically lauded maxiseries" by Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo (and friends), coming in hardcover in April.

Suicide Squad: Their Greatest Shots TP

All of these Suicide Squad books are, of course, timed for the new James Gunn movie. Good that DC already has all of John Ostrander’s Suicide Squad series collected, though indeed that seems to leave us with just anthologies left when DC needs new Suicide Squad books. This collects Suicide Squad #10 (1987) (emphasis on Waller vs. Batman), Suicide Squad #15 (2012) (”Death of the Family” tie-in), Suicide Squad #22 (2013) (including Deadshot, Harley Quinn, and King Shark), Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1 (2016), Suicide Squad #16 (2017) (vs. Lex Luthor), Suicide Squad #20 (2017) (Harley leads the Squad), Suicide Squad #47 (2018) (Captain Boomerang spotlight), and Suicide Squad Special: War Crimes #1 (2016) (John Ostrander special timed to the first Suicide Squad movie).

Supergirl Adventures: Girl of Steel TP

Supergirl’s animated adventures, including Superman Adventures #21, Superman Adventures #39, Superman Adventures #52, and Justice League Unlimited #7.

Superman: Man of Tomorrow Vol. 1: Hero of Metropolis TP

Collecting the digital-first Robert Venditti series, issues #1-6 and #11-15.

Sweet Tooth Compendium

Paperback, collecting Jeff Lemire’s Sweet Tooth #1–40. Interestingly, the description says that the compendium is “a new story-only collection that places the reader directly into the action and doesn’t let up until the very last page!” Is that to say it doesn’t have covers between the issues (which I entirely support, because then the book reads more like a graphic novel!)? Otherwise I’m not sure how to interpret that.

Wonder Woman: 80 Years of the Amazon Warrior: The Deluxe Edition HC

Hardcover tribute volume with reprints and essays, following the similar Action Comics and Detective Comics volumes. Said to include All-Star Comics #8 (first appearance); Sensation Comics #1 (second appearance); Comic Cavalcade #11 (Cheetah); Wonder Woman (vol. 1) #5, #78, #98, #124, #162, #203, and #206; Wonder Woman (vol. 2) #6, #57, #73, and #170; Wonder Woman (vol. 3) #1, #13, #600; Wonder Woman (New 52) #13; Wonder Woman #750; and DC Comics Presents #41.

Wonder Woman: Lords & Liars TP

By Mariko Tamaki and Mikel Janin, collecting Wonder Woman #759-769. This takes us right up to the Future State break.

• You Brought Me the Ocean TP

Alex Sanchez (Rainbow Boys) and Julie Maroh's (Blue Is the Warmest Color) YA tale of Aqualad Jake Hyde.

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10 comments:

  1. From DC Connect, it seems Batwoman: Elegy, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass and You Brought Me The Ocean are included to tie into Pride month but aren't necessarily "new" releases (unless all these titles are getting reprinted).

    Also Suicide Squad Case Files are solicited with book in HC and one in TP format. I'm assuming one is a typo, but which one?

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    1. The "HC" on the listing for The Suicide Squad Case Files 1 is definitely a typo. The book is listed as a TPB everywhere else, and it wouldn't cost US$ 19.99 for 208 pages otherwise.

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  2. Man that is a poor line-up for the Wonder Woman 80th Anniversary book. The Detective Comics and Action Comics 80th books curated by Paul Levitz were so good as they only included standalone issues which makes for a much more satisfying reading experience than just getting the first or last parts of a 6-part story :(

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  3. I’m assuming part of the issues with releasing the solicits is because normally when major conventions happen the solicits come out after the convention because they get announced there. And Wondercon WOULD have been around this time and we don’t know exactly what they have in mind for the virtual version but they may initially been thinking the same thing to not release solicits till after the virtual.

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  4. Both WW books, maybe Taylor's Suicide Squad, and a smattering of Future State stuff for me. I am becoming quite concerned with how little money DC wants from me

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    1. You been reading Morrison's Green Lantern in singles?

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    2. Yes, Green Lantern in singles and then I'll wait for an omnibus - trying not to triple dip on anything anymore (after getting Final Crisis in four formats, I decided to take a hard look at my life).

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    3. I'm with Bob. Other than the Taylor Suicide Squad and the GL book, I have little interest in what's listed here.

      I've always been a DC guy, but the last year or so I've been buying more Marvel than DC. DC just isn't publishing material I want to read. A few scattered titles and that's it.

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    4. If the cover for the WW 80 Years HC is the one that's being shown on Amazon, I'm going to be REALLY unhappy. Give us WW in the same style as the other 80Y HCs!

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    5. That's not the real cover. The Green Arrow 80 Years book out this month only had it's actual cover revealed recently. For months they just used a cover from an old New 52 issue on Amazon and other sites. This will be the same. We'll get new Jim Lee artwork for the Wonder Woman 80 Years book (and the Aquaman 80 Years of the King of the Seven Seas book which is out later in the year).

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