Batman: Shadow War, Shadows of the Bat: House of Gotham and the Tower, Trial of the Amazons, War for Earth-3, Batman and Wonder Woman Earth One Complete Collections, Flash by Waid Omnibus, Superman: Birthright Deluxe, more in DC Comics Fall 2022 solicitations


Looking at the DC Comics Fall 2022 trade paperback and hardcover catalog solicitations, there is very little, almost none, in terms of new collection series of old material or even new volumes continuing existing collections series. I know that will not be what many of you want to see.

There are a lot of reprints of older omnibuses, and there are a lot of good-looking collections of DC’s current major events — Batman: Shadow War, Trial of the Amazons, and War for Earth-3. In addition, there are supplemental volumes collecting lead-in materials to the crossovers — specifically Tales of the Amazons and Batman vs. Robin: Road to War. What I see here (and given especially how books like Robin Vol. 2 and Deathstroke Inc. Vol. 1 dovetail directly into their crossovers) is a DC that’s very organized, hitting its marks, releasing precisely the books it needs to capitalize on where current attention lies.

This will be a controversial thing to say, but given a choice between a DC mostly focused on simply reprinting books it’s released in the past or a DC mostly focused on spiffy collections of its latest books, I’d have to go with the latter. One would hope it’s not an either/or choice, but in today’s climate, it probably is. Just like the adage about how if a shark stops swimming, it dies, if DC stops releasing new material, that’s probably a danger sign. There is not here another Infinity Inc. collection or a Bronze Age Doom Patrol book (though there is a Flash by Mark Waid Omnibus! And a new Milestone Compendium with "Worlds Collide"!), but I take solace, for instance, in a pretty complete set of the big doings over in Detective Comics lately, being Detective Comics Vol. 3: Arkham Rising, Shadows of the Bat: House of Gotham, and Shadows of the Bat: The Tower. These listings could be better, but they sure could be worse, or not at all.

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It’s been nine months, but the new DC seasonal catalog is finally here. Hopefully it’s not another nine months until the next one. Let’s dig in, how about it?

Absolute Doomsday Clock

I mean, so many mixed feelings about Doomsday Clock in general, but if you didn't read it another way, this is a way to read it. I do see a re-read on the horizon for me, in relation to another forthcoming DC book.

The Absolute Multiversity

In Absolute format, collecting Grant Morrison's Multiversity #1-2, Multiversity Guidebook #1, The Society of Super-Heroes #1, The Just #1, Pax Americana #1, Thunderworld Adventures #1, Mastermen #1, and Ultra Comics #1.

Absolute Swamp Thing by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson

Swamp Thing's first appearance in House of Secrets #92 and Swamp Thing #1-13, in Absolute format.

American Vampire 1976

Paperback collection of the 12-issue miniseries by Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque, following the hardcover.

American Vampire Omnibus Vol. 1 (2022 Edition)

New printing of the omnibus by Scott Snyder and company (with a short story bY Stephen King), collecting American Vampire #1–27, American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest #1–6, and American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares #1–5.

American Vampire Omnibus Vol. 2

By Scott Snyder and company, collecting American Vampire #28–34, American Vampire: The Long Road to Hell #1, American Vampire: Anthology #1–2, American Vampire: Second Cycle #1–11, and American Vampire 1976 #1–10 (wondering if that should be #1–12).

[See the latest DC trade solicitations.]

The Animal Man Omnibus (2022 Edition)

Reprints the Animal Man Omnibus, collecting Grant Morrison’s issues #1–26 and the story from Secret Origins #39. At what point did we start calling Buddy Baker “the Animal Man”?

Aquaman: 80 Years of the King of the Seven Seas: The Deluxe Edition

Another of DC's anniversary hardcovers. The solicited contents for this seem way off base, describing a range of 50 to 100 comics, though some of the quirky one-offs named are interesting — JLA: Our Worlds at War #1 and Outsiders: Five of a Kind - Metamorpho/Aquaman #1, for two. Maybe just excerpts thereof? Said to be Aquaman #0-37; JLA: Our Worlds at War #1; Aquaman #17; Outsiders: Five of a Kind - Metamorpho/Aquaman #1; Adventure Comics #120-137, 232-266, and 269-475; More Fun Comics #73; Aquaman #11-35 and 46-62; two different Aquaman #1s; Aquaman Special #1; and Aquaman #25, coming in February 2023.

Aquaman/Green Arrow - Deep Target

Collects the seven-issue miniseries. I wasn’t much moved by this unlikely pairing on the occasion of both characters' anniversaries, but the fact that Brandon Thomas is involved — Aquamen writer, and whose Future State: Aquaman I really enjoyed — makes me slightly curious.


In paperback, collecting the first five issues of the series by Brandon Thomas and Chuck Brown. An unlikely name for a book that’s looking better and better, and maybe this should start a trend at DC — Supermen, Batmen, Robins, and so on.

Arkham City - The Order of the World

In paperback in November, collecting the six-issue miniseries by Dan Watters and Dani (whose art I enjoyed on The Low, Low Woods).

Batgirls Vol. 1

In paperback, collecting Batgirls #1-6 and the short stories from Batman #115-117 by Becky Cloonan and Michael Conrad.

Batman & Robin by Tomasi and Gleason Omnibus (2022 Edition)

New collection of the stories by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason. Includes Batman & Robin #20–22, Batman & Robin #0–40 (New 52), Batman & Robin Annual #1–3, Robin Rises: Omega #1, Robin Rises: Alpha #1, and a story from Secret Origins #4.

Batman Beyond: Neo-Year

In paperback, collecting the six-issue miniseries by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly.

Batman: Black and White Box Set

Five Batman: Black and White trades, apparently to include backup stories from the Gotham Knight series.

Batman Vol. 6: Abyss

Collects Joshua Williamson's interstitial run on Batman between James Tynion and upcoming writer Chip Zdarsky. This is Batman #118-121 and #124; issues #122-123 are part of the Batman: Shadow War crossover with Robin and Deathstroke, Inc.

Batman vs. Ra's al Ghul

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

Batman vs. Robin: Road to War

In paperback in August, these are the stories by Robbie Thompson, Peter Tomasi, and Joshua Williamson across Teen Titans, Detective Comics, and Batman and Detective respectively that lead in to Williamson’s new Robin series and, by association, the “Shadow War” crossover. On one hand, I love these kinds of “follow a storyline, not a title” collections; on the other hand, on the assumption that the Batman/Detective backup stories get included in Williamson’s first Robin collection, there’s nothing here in this collection for me that I haven’t read elsewhere.

On the third hand(?!), I feel like DC seems to be putting a lot of stock in this storyline running up to “Shadow War” — do people need a collection specifically focused a split between Batman and Robin that’s now presumably resolved? Only thing I can think is that maybe the rumors about “Shadow War” tying in some unforeseen way to DC’s next big event are true and that might spark some interest in where it all began.

Anyway, collecting a story from Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 (by Thompson, prelude to the following), Teen Titans #43–44 and the Teen Titans Annual #2 (the inciting incidents of the rift between Batman and Robin Damian Wayne), Detective Comics #1032–1033 (follow-up by Tomasi with Damian quitting as Robin), Batman #106 (part one of a Robin backup story), and Detective Comics #1034 (part two of the backup story).

Batman: Black and White

Collects issues #1–6 of the new series.

Batman: Curse of the White Knight: The Deluxe Edition

Deluxe-size edition of the second book in Sean Murphy’s “White Knight” series.

Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 3: Arkham Rising

In hardcover in September, the third collection by Mariko Tamaki includes Detective Comics #1044–1046 and the 2021 Annual #1.

Batman: Earth One Complete Collection

Glad to still see some life left in the Earth One books. I’ve been expecting this for a while, especially since publication of new Earth One books has slowed to nothing. The Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman books respectively were all meant as trilogies, so collected editions of all three volumes together should make for a particular nice, big graphic novel. Only a little sorry not to see this in hardcover. By Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, coming in August. See the Wonder Woman edition elsewhere in this list.

Batman: Hush 20th Anniversary Edition

Twenty years. Wow. Collects Batman #608-619 and the story from Wizard #0, as well as sketches, character designs, what's called "altered art", and annotations from Jim Lee.

Batman: Joker's Asylum

I recall these one-shots being a pretty easy pass in the late 2000s, outside mainstream events and without particularly mainstream creative teams (though with the benefit of time I see now we have Kelley Jones on Clayface and Guillem March on Poison Ivy). Most relevant I think is that what was once two paperbacks is now one, coming in December. Collects Joker’s Asylum: Joker #1, Joker’s Asylum: Penguin #1, Joker’s Asylum: Poison Ivy #1, Joker’s Asylum: Scarecrow #1, Joker’s Asylum: Two-Face #1, Joker’s Asylum II: The Riddler #1, Joker’s Asylum II: Harley Quinn #1, Joker’s Asylum II: Mad Hatter #1, Joker’s Asylum II: Killer Croc #1, and Joker’s Asylum II: Clayface #1. That’s a full deck!

Batman: Killing Time

It’s pretty awesome to see Tom King back on Batman so soon after the end of Batman/Catwoman; glad that was not the end of the two’s shared history. In hardcover in December, collecting the six-issue heist caper.

Batman: No Man's Land Omnibus Vol. 2

Contents match the third and fourth recent paperback volumes, including Azrael: Agent of the Bat #58-61, Batman #569-574, Batman Chronicles #18, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #122-126, Batman: No Man's Land #0, Batman: No Man's Land Secret Files and Origins #1, Batman: Shadow of the Bat #89-94, Catwoman #75-77, Detective Comics #736-741, Nightwing #38-39, Robin #68-73, and selections from the Batman: No Man's Land Gallery.

Batman: One Dark Knight

In hardcover in July, collecting the three-issue miniseries written and drawn by Jock. If it says DC Black Label on it, it's worth a look for me.

Batman: Shadow War

In hardcover in November, collecting Batman #122–123, Robin #13–14, Deathstroke Inc. #8–9, Shadow War: Alpha #1, Shadow War: Omega #1, and Shadow War Zone #1 by Joshua Williamson and friends.

Batman: Shadows of the Bat: House of Gotham

If I’m understanding correctly, among the 12-part “Shadows of the Bat” story that recently ran weekly in Mariko Tamaki’s Detective Comics #1047–1058, this is the dedicated collection of the “House of Gotham” backup stories by Matthew Rosenberg.

Batman: Shadows of the Bat: The Tower

Collects the main story from the weekly “Shadows of the Bat” event that ran through Mariko Tamaki’s Detective Comics #1047–1058, in hardcover in December.

Batman: The Court of Owls Mask and Book Set

Why is this back out? I mean, great story, but is there something new about the Owls out there other than the recent Batman: The Adventures Continue book? Maybe it’s a spoiler I don’t want to know about. This is a paperback of Scott Snyder’s Batman #1–7 with a Court of Owls mask.

Batman: The Long Halloween: Haunted Knight Deluxe Edition

Once Batman: The Long Halloween made it big, DC released as "Haunted Knight" the three stories Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale did before that which weren't so well known. History repeats itself, as now following the deluxe editions of Long Halloween, Dark Victory, and Catwoman: When in Rome is a deluxe of Haunted Knight, collecting again Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special #1, Batman: Madness - A Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special #1, and Batman: Ghosts, A Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special #1.

Batman: Urban Legends Vol. 3

In paperback, said to collect issues #11–16. Story spotlights include Batman and Zatanna, Ace the Bat-Hound and the Super-Pets, and Wight Witch and Ghost-Maker.

Batman: Urban Legends Vol. 4

Said to be stories of Batman Beyond Terry McGinnis and Batman teamed with Zatanna, plus the placeholder cover has Batman and the Question on it. In paperback in January.


In hardcover in December (same as Tom King’s Batman: Killing Time), collecting the 12-issue miniseries by King and Clay Mann, plus the Batman/Catwoman special.

Black Adam Box Set

It feels a little bit like the late 1990s/early 2000s again, but among the many good things about the forthcoming Black Adam movie is a bevy of Black Adam collections materials. This box set — a Black Adam box set, can you even imagine? — collects what’s now called Black Adam/JSA: Black Reign (formerly JSA Vol. 8: Black Reign, being JSA #56–58 and Hawkman #23–25, with the JSA losing the top billing in their own book), Shazam! Vol. 1 (the Geoff Johns/Gary Frank backup from the New 52 Justice League), and Black Adam: Rise and Fall of an Empire, a cut down of relevant pages from the 52 weekly series.

Black Adam: Rise and Fall of an Empire

This would be kind of a double-dip purchase for me, but at the same time I’m very curious how it’ll read. Essentially this is just the Black Adam material from the 52 weekly series, said to collect stories from 52 #1–3, 6–10, 12–16, 18–26, 29–34, 36–40, 43–50, and 52. It has been a while since I read 52 but I feel like the stories were very interwoven, especially toward the end, and I wonder to what extent a cogent story can be told with just the Black Adam parts and not the Elongated Man or Question parts. At the same time, I’m now very interested in a Pulp Fiction-esque set of interweaving 52 collections, this one with all the Black Adam material, that one with all the Question Renee Montoya material, and so on.

Black Adam: The Dark Age (New Edition)

New printing of the six-issue miniseries by Peter Tomasi and Doug Mahnke, in paperback next July. I reviewed Black Adam: The Dark Age some 10 years ago.

Black Adam/JSA: Black Reign (New Edition)

New edition of JSA Vol. 8: Black Reign, which collected JSA #56–58 and Hawkman #23–25. Apparently getting a movie gives Black Adam top billing in the JSA's own book. I reviewed JSA: Black Reign some 15 years ago.

Black Manta

Collects the six-issue miniseries by Chuck Brown, plus a story from Aquaman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular, leading in to the new Aquamen series.

Blue & Gold

In paperback, collecting the eight-issue miniseries by Dan Jurgens and Ryan Sook in paperback in September..

Blue Beetle: Jaime Reyes Book One

Issues #1-12 of the original Jaime Reyes Blue Beetle series by Keith Giffen and Cully Hamner. It'll be interesting to see if DC will continue this through Jaime's various continuities — this, the post-Crisis series, then the New 52 series, then the Rebirth series. Timed, of course, for the new movie, which I'm eager to see.

Books of Magic Omnibus Vol. 3 (The Sandman Universe Classics)

Collects The Trenchcoat Brigrade #1–4, Vertigo Secret Files: Hellblazer #1, The Names of Magic #1–5, Hunter: The Age of Magic #1–25, and The Books of Magick: Life During Wartime #1–15, with Dylan Horrocks and Si Spurrier.

Brightest Day Omnibus (2022 Edition)

Not really sure why this is being reissued, unless for the movie-prominent Aquaman and movie-adjacent Osiris. Anyway, issues #0-24 of the twice-monthly series. Does not seem to include the related Swamp Thing miniseries.

Catwoman Vol. 1

The first collection of the new run by Toni Howard and Nico Leon, issues #39–44, coming in November.

Catwoman: Lonely City

The four-issue DC Black Label miniseries by Cliff Chiang, in hardcover.

Dark Nights: Metal Omnibus

Given 744 pages, I assume this is more than just the miniseries, but exactly how many ancillary stories are included, it doesn’t say.

DC Dark Knights of Steel Vol. 1

I am excited about this but not sure about the Vol. 1 label, which maybe suggests we won’t get all 12 issues in one book (yet. No doubt even if this is just the first six issues in hardcover, a full version will come around eventually).

DC Horror Presents: Soul Plumber

Connecting the six-issue miniseries in October in hardcover.

DC Poster Portfolio: Brian Bolland

I imagine this’ll have the Joker in it.

DC vs. Vampires Vol. 1

Issues #1-6 by James Tynion. I might also wait for a full collection of this one but I don't feel as strongly as DC collecting only half of Tom King's Human Target (travesty!). Hardcover in September.

Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

At first glance I thought this was another “Death of Superman” omnibus, but it’s actually a deluxe size collection of just the “Doomsday” story. Which ought be pretty cool when you think about the Superman #75 splash pages. Collects Action Comics #683–684, Adventures of Superman #496–498, Superman #73–75, Superman: The Man of Steel #17–19, and Newstime: The Life and Death of Superman.

Deathbed (2022 Edition)

New collection of the 2018 Vertigo miniseries by Joshua Williamson and Riley Rossmo.

Deathstroke Inc. Vol. 1: King of the Super-Villains

In hardcover in August, issues #1-7 by Joshua Williamson and Howard Porter, plus a story from Batman: Urban Legends #6. This ends just before the "Shadow War" crossover, contemporaneous with Batman Vol. 6: Abyss.


In paperback in January, collecting the six-issue CW TV miniseries.

Fables 20th Anniversary Box Set

Not certain, but I expect this collects the four Fables Compendium volumes, being issues #1–150 plus The Last Castle, 1001 Nights of Snowfall, Werewolves of the Heartland, Jack of Fables #33–35, and The Literals #1–3.

The Flash by Mark Waid Omnibus Vol. 1

Collects Flash #62–91, Flash Annual #4–6, Green Lantern #30–31 and #40, Flash Special #1, and Justice League Quarterly #10, being about the first three Flash by Mark Waid paperbacks and collecting among others the “Return of Barry Allen” storyline and the Zero Hour tie-in that debuted Impulse.

The Flash Vol. 17: Eclipse

Issues #772–779 starring Wally West, by Jeremy Adams. This ends just before the War for Earth-3 crossover.

Flashpoint Beyond

I mean, I was going to read it, but I admit I’d written this off as just for the purposes of Flash movie tie-in, given that the saga of these characters seemed well and truly over as of Tom King’s Batman. But I did not expect what Geoff Johns apparently has in store here, and I’m curious where he’s headed with it. In paperback in November.

Future State: Gotham Vol. 2

Issues #8–12 by Dennis Culver and Giannis Milonogiannis.

Grayson: The Superspy Omnibus (2022 Edition)

Collects Grayson #1–20, Grayson: Futures End #1, Secret Origins #8, Grayson Annual #1–3, Robin War #1–2 and Nightwing: Rebirth #1 by Tom King, Tim Seeley, and Mikel Janin.

Hardware: Season One

In hardcover, by Brandon Thomas and Denys Cowan, collecting the first six issues of the new series and Milestone Returns: Infinite Edition #0. Coming in October.

Harley Quinn & the Gotham City Sirens Omnibus (2022 Edition)

Paul Dini’s Gotham City Sirens #1–26 and the Catwoman #83 special.

Harley Quinn Vol. 1: No Good Deed

In paperback, following the hardcover, collecting issues #1–6 by Stephanie Phillips and Riley Rossmo and a story from Batman: Urban Legends.

Harley Quinn Vol. 2: Keepsake

The second volume by Stephanie Nicole Phillips and Riley Rossmo. No contents listed but this should include the issues #8–9 tie-ins to “Fear State”.

Harley Quinn: 30 Years of the Maid of Mischief: The Deluxe Edition

If I’m understanding correctly, there’s going to be a Harley Quinn 30th Anniversary Special, and this is a deluxe hardcover of that story plus the following: Batman Adventures #12, Detective Comics #831, Batman and Robin Adventures #18, Batman: Gotham Adventures #10, Batman: Gotham Knights #14, Harley Quinn #3, Gotham City Sirens #20–21, Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1, Harley Quinn: Be Careful What You Wish For Special Edition #1, Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special #1, Harley Quinn: Make 'Em Laugh #3, and Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red #14.

Harley Quinn: The Animated Series Vol. 1: The Eat. Bang! Kill Tour

Interesting that the collection of the Tee Franklin miniseries is listed as Vol. 1, since it collects the whole thing, issues #1–6. Does this suggest more to come?

House of Mystery: The Bronze Age Omnibus Vol. 3

Issues #227–254 of the 1970s series.

The Human Target Book One

Boo, I say boo, to the hardcover collection of Tom King and Greg Smallwood's The Human Target that only collects issues #1-6. I mean, all best to the creators that maybe the first collection drums up more interest for the end of the series, but I'm holding out for the deluxe collection with all the issues.

I Am Batman Vol. 1

In hardcover, collecting issues #0–5 of the new series by John Ridley.

Icon & Rocket: Season One

In hardcover in August, collecting Icon & Rocket: Season One #1-6 by Reginald Hudlin and Doug Braithwaite.

The Joker Presents: A Puzzlebox

In hardcover in August by Matthew Rosenberg and Jesus Merino, collecting the seven-issue whodunit miniseries. I’m excited to read this one and not figure out who did it before the end (I never do!).

The Joker Vol. 1

In paperback in October, following the hardcover, by James Tynion and Guillem March.

The Joker Vol. 2

The second collection from James Tynion and Guillem March, in hardcover in August, collecting issues #6–9 and the 2021 Annual #1. This title ends with issue #15.

Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity

Paperback of Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity (which I reviewed), following the hardcover, by Kami Garcia.

Justice League Incarnate

In hardcover in September, collecting Joshua Williamson’s multiversal follow-up miniseries to Infinite Frontier.

Justice League Vol. 2

Said to collect Justice League #64–71, but given that Brian Michael Bendis' run ends with #74, I’d be surprised if it’s not the whole thing. In hardcover in November.

Justice League vs. the Legion of Super-Heroes

Premiering in paperback (?), the six-issue miniseries by Brian Michael Bendis and Scott Godlewski, arriving in December.

Kamandi by Jack Kirby Vol. 1

Kamandi #1–20 by Jack Kirby.

The Last God: Book I of the Fellspyre Chronicles

Paperback by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, following the hardcover, and collecting The Last God #1–12, The Last God: Tales From the Book of Ages #1, and The Last God: Songs of Lost Children #1.

Milestone Compendium Two

Great to see a second Milestone Compendium, and it finally collects the “Worlds Collide” crossover with the Superman titles (probably no Colorforms cover though). There’s still material for at least another volume or two. Said to collect Blood Syndicate #13–23, Hardware #13–21, Icon #11–21, Shadow Cabinet #1–4, Static #9–20, Steel #6–7, Superboy #6–7, Superman: The Man of Steel #35–36, and Worlds Collide #1, in paperback in January.

Monkey Prince

In hardcover in January, collecting the first six issues of the series and the debut story from DC Festival of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration by Gene Luen Yang and Bernard Chang.

New Teen Titans Omnibus Vol. 1 (2022 Edition)

Just as this series of New Teen Titans reprints is ending, looks like DC’s going back to print them all over again. Good that they’ll be available, though I wanted to see the series continue on to the New Titans era.

Nice House on the Lake Vol. 2

In paperback in December (too long a wait!), the second collection of the horror series by James Tynion and Álvaro Martínez Bueno.

Nightwing Vol. 1: Leaping Into The Light

By Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo, in paperback following the hardcover, collecting issues #78–83.

Nightwing Vol. 2

I’m not totally sure what this is, because the second collection of Tom Taylor’s Nightwing, called Nightwing: Fear State, is due in hardcover in June (collecting Nightwing #84–88 and Nightwing 2021 Annual), and this is also hardcover and due in December. This is supposed to be Nightwing #95–100, which, best I can think, maybe refers to the end of Devin Grayson’s 2000s run? I don’t know.

Nubia & the Amazons

In hardcover in September by Vita Ayala and Stephanie Williams. Said to collect the story from Infinite Frontier #0 and the six-issue miniseries, seemingly including the “Trial of the Amazons” tie-in issues.

Nubia: Queen of the Amazons

In hardcover in December, following “Trial of the Amazons” — if I understand correctly — this is said to collect Nubia & the Amazons #1 (a backup story, or maybe this is wrong?), Nubia: Coronation Special #1, and Nubia: Queen of the Amazons #1–4.

One-Star Squadron

In paperback in November, the six-issue miniseries by Mark Russell and Steve Lieberman.

The Other History of the DC Universe

In paperback in November, the five-issue miniseries by John Ridley, following the hardcover (my review of Other History of the DC Universe).

The Phantom Stranger Omnibus

This was previously announced in DC Comics Fall 2020 solicitations in March 2020, so not entirely surprising it never made it to print. Here it is again, due out in November 2022. Contents said to be The Phantom Stranger #1-6 (1952), The Phantom Stranger #1-41 (1969), stories from Saga of the Swamp Thing #1-13, Who’s Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #18, Brave and the Bold #89, #98, and #145, Showcase #80, Justice League of America #103, House of Secrets #150, DC Super-Stars #18, Secret Origins #10, and DC Comics Presents #25 and #72.


Various Punchline spotlight and backup stories, including from Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1, Punchline #1, The Joker #1–14, and Batman: Urban Legends. In hardcover in September.

Refrigerator Full of Heads

The Hill House Comics follow-up to Basketful of Heads (which I reviewed), in hardcover in October by Rio Youers and Tom Fowler.


The 14-part digital series collected in paperback in January.

Robin & Batman

In hardcover in August, collecting the three-issue miniseries by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen.

Robin Vol. 2: I Am Robin

In paperback in September, collects Robin #7-12 and Robin 2021 Annual #1 by Joshua Williamson. As with Batman Vol. 6: Abyss and Deathstroke, Inc. Vol. 1, this ends just before the "Shadow War" crossover.

Robins: Being Robin

In paperback in September, collecting the six-issue miniseries by Tim Seeley.


In hardcover in October, collecting the four-issue DC Black Label miniseries by Joshua Williamson and Leomacs.


Paperback of the 12- issue Tom King miniseries, in December.

Sleeper Omnibus (2022 Edition)

Collecting, I think, two “seasons” and about 24 or so issues by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips.

Strange Adventures

Paperback collecting of the 12-issue miniseries by Tom King, following the hardcover. I enjoyed Strange Adventures, though I liked the contemporaneous Rorschach better.

Suicide Squad: Blaze

At this point there’s just no DC Black Label title I’ll say no to, and I’m so impressed with the sometimes-stuffy DC for being willing to lend their mainstream IP to more mature material. Of course the Suicide Squad is a perfect fit, and while I’m a bit leery of what seems like a Squad made up of all new characters, I’m up for it nonetheless. The three-issue miniseries by Simon Spurrier and Aaron Campbell, in December in hardcover.

Suicide Squad: King Shark

I’m not sure I would have run to this one either, despite a writer and an artist I both like, Tim Seeley and Scott Kolins, but Seeley also brings back one of his Nightwing characters, too, and I’m curious how that all works together. The six-issue miniseries, in paperback in September.

Superman and the Authority

In paperback in November, the four-issue miniseries by Grant Morrison and Mikel Janin, following the hardcover.

Superman Red & Blue

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

Superman Vs. Lobo

I'd forgotten about this one in terms of the random, weird DC Black Label material being produced right now. A Superman and Lobo team-up, in hardcover, written by Tim Seeley and Sarah Beattie, and with a Black Label level of maturity? Yeah, I'll read that. Coming in August.

Superman: Action Comics Vol. 2: The Arena

The second collection by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, collected in paperback, and connecting (after a fashion) with Superman and the Authority.

Superman: Birthright: The Deluxe Edition

With Mark Waid making something of a resurgence at DC, it makes sense DC should re-release Birthright, especially with deluxe-size Leinil Francis Yu art. We’re swimming in Superman origin stories now and this story never quite took DC by storm the way I think they hoped it would, but it remains quite decent as a standalone Superman tale.

Superman: Son of Kal-El Vol. 2

The second collection by Tom Taylor and John Timms, including an appearance by Aqualad Jackson Hyde. In November.

The Swamp Thing Volume 2: Conduit

Issues #5–10 by Ram V and Mike Perkins. This finishes the first “season” of the comic, which has recently been extended with a second season of issues #11–16.

Tales of the Amazons

Not unlike Batman vs. Robin: Road to War, this is a hardcover collection of various stories leading up to "Trial of the Amazons." Among the issues said to be collected here are Wonder Woman #781-784, Wonder Woman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 (both also found in the Wonder Woman Vol. 2: Through A Glass Darkly collection), Nubia: Coronation Special #1 (also in Nubia: Queen of the Amazons), and then two issues I don't actually see on DC's schedule: Artemis: Wanted #1 and Olympus: Rebirth #1.

Task Force Z Vol. 1: Death's Door

I’m in to reading the Infinite Frontier era of books now and I’ve been very impressed to see the seemingly random seeds sprinkled early on that have come to fruition later — namely, that DC killing off one of its most well-known villains ultimately results in the Suicide-Squad-with-zombies series Task Force Z. What an insane concept, and at the same time Red Hood Jason Todd’s newest ongoing. I’m excited; issues #1–6 by Matthew Rosenberg with Eddy Barrows arrive in hardcover in September, along with the backup stories from Detective Comics #1041–1043.

Teen Titans Academy Vol. 2: Exit Wounds

In hardcover in July (in time for the paperback of Vol. 1), this is issues #6–12. The series is canceled with issue #15, so maybe we’ll find this collection gets extended.

Titans United

On one hand I’m wary of an obvious TV-aligned Titans miniseries that might try to shoehorn TV continuity into the comics Titans; on the other hand, if this brings some sort of classic Hawk and Dove back to continuity, I’m all for it. And the HBO Max show is a guilty pleasure after all. Collects the seven-issue miniseries by Cavan Scott and Jose Luis, in paperback in September.

Trial of the Amazons

In hardcover in October, collecting the crossover by Becky Cloonan, Michael Conrad, Stephanie Williams, and Vita Ayala.

War for Earth-3

In paperback in September, collecting the crossover issues Flash #780, Suicide Squad #13, and Teen Titans Academy #13 with War for Earth-3 #1–2.

Who's Who Omnibus Vol. 2

Continuing the long-awaited collection series, this is Who’s Who in the DC Universe #1-16 (what I believe is the 1990s "loose-leaf" version), Who’s Who in the Legion of Super-Heroes #1-7, and Who’s Who Update 1993 #1-2.

Wonder Girl: Homecoming

Collects Joelle Jones' Wonder Girl #1-7, Future State: Wonder Woman #1-2, and the vignette from from Infinite Frontier #0. This is all the issues so far that will be released under the "Wonder Girl" banner, with two other solicited issues to be released as Trial of the Amazons: Wonder Girl (and likely collected with that storyline). In hardcover in August.

Wonder Woman Black & Gold

Collects issues #1–6 of the series.

Wonder Woman by George Perez Omnibus (2022 Edition)

Though the solicitation doesn’t indicate, surely this must be a reprint of just the first (of the three) omnibus, collecting George Perez’s Wonder Woman #1–24 and the first annual.

Wonder Woman Vol. 2: Through A Glass Darkly

The second collection of Becky Cloonan and Michael Conrad's run, collecting Wonder Woman #780-784, the Wonder Woman 2021 Annual #1, and (all of, I hope) the Wonder Woman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1. See also the Tales of the Amazons collecting leading up to "Trial of the Amazons."

Wonder Woman: Earth One Complete Collection

All three of Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette’s Wonder Woman: Earth One graphic novels in one collection together, in paperback in November.

Wonder Woman: Evolution

Collects the eight-issue miniseries by Stephanie Nicole Phillips in hardcover in October.

Wonder Woman: The Golden Age Omnibus Vol. 5

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

World of Krypton

Robert Venditti writes some good sci-fi and I could look at Robert Avon Oeming’s art all day, but I’m suspicious of a new World of Krypton miniseries, which at best will come and go without making a ripple, at worst will be half-heartedly taken as definitive by some writer irrespective of the Superman creative team and just end up causing confusion. If I’m overlooking a real gem, let me know. Collects the six-issue miniseries in November in paperback.

Young Justice Book Six

The final collection of the original Peter David series includes Young Justice #44–55 plus the “World Without Young Justice” tie-in issues Robin #101, Superboy #99, and Impulse #85.

Comments ( 28 )

  1. Great to see the Blue Beetle get a new collection. I am worried that Overexposure will ruin Black Adam just like how Overexposure ruined Thanos at Marvel

  2. I'll post longer thoughts later, but just adding the page counts for Metal, Resistance, and the one-shot collections comes to 624, so my guess would be all of that plus the two Dark Days one shots.

  3. I'll buy the Who's Who Vol. 2 Omnibus, and not just because I have volume 1. What I really want is a Secret Origins Omnibus, and I figure buying this might be the best way to make that happen.

    1. I"ve been trying to collect Secret Origins in single issues, and it's incredibly difficult. I've been trying for years and I think i'm still missing a dozen issues. We need that omni!

  4. The Jaime Blue Beetle collection is the kind of thing I would love to buy but can't bring myself to buy because I have no faith in DC to ever release a second volume... and possibly not even the first!

    1. Agreed — unless the movie does gangbusters, I'd generally expect maybe one volume released per movie (on the assumption of sequels). Also it'll be interesting to see if the collections series does continue, whether the various reboots of Jaime Reyes will all exist under the same collection banner.

    2. You don't have the original Jamie tpbs? I bought them all becuase I adored that series so much. Buy the omni- even if DC doens't do a Vol. 2 you'll be pleased with the content of Vol. 1.

  5. I'm shocked that it took DC as long as it has to finish collecting David and Nauck's "Young Justice," but I'm glad they are finishing however late they are.

    And I, too, am worried about the Jaime Blue Beetle. I love that series dearly — a real surprise hit to me — and I worry that if Green Lantern Kyle Rayner couldn't sustain more than two volumes of a similar series, what chance does Jaime Reyes Blue Beetle have, even with a movie?

    1. I feel the same about Young Justic Book Six, which pretty much saved this catalog from being a complete bust for me. Even that Flash by Mark Waid Omnibus doesn't excite me now that I own the entire run in thick trades.

      I think CE is right about the contents, which would match the listed page count, but I wish they could expand it a little bit to include Impulse #86-87, since that two-parter resolves the cliffhanger at the end of the "World Without Young Justice" crossover, which the YJ ongoing didn't deal with at all.

      Lastly, I think Tales of the Amazons will actually collect the backup stories that have been running in the Wonder Woman series since the beginning of the current run, and I suppose Superman: Birthright is getting a deluxe edition because the upcoming Superman book Waid and Hitch are doing for the Black Label imprint is said to be essentially a sequel to it.

    2. Tales of the Amazons bills itself as a Trial of the Amazons lead-in collection, but certainly we know the solicitation contents may not match the final product, so you might be correct in the end.

  6. Okay, I'll be getting a decent amount of stuff in here - a nice return to form (although we need to get back to 90s/00s archival fat trades, I have a list if someone at DC needs help compiling one).

    Metal Omnibus (unless they omit Dark Days, in which case we riot), Multiversity Absolute, and Milestone Compendium v2 are my big ticket items.

    -Aquamen, Black Manta, and A/GA Deep Target: I'll be reading the Aquaman: The Becoming when it comes out, and I'll get these if that piques my interest

    -Batman Killing Time and One Dark Knight: Obvious day one purchases

    -Batman Abyss, Robin, Deathstroke, Shadow War, JL Incarnate: I'll be getting all the Shadow War stuff for sure, and JLI if I enjoy Infinite Frontier (otherwise I'll probably bail on JLI and Dark Crisis - I'm currently in the mindset that I don't need to read every event)

    -Dark Knights of Steel and Human Target: I'm not happy with the choice to split up these releases - will probably pass on these initial offerings. I didn't regret waiting on Doomsday Clock to get it all in one (I haven't decided if I regret the purchase entirely, but that's a separate question)

    -Various Wonder Women books: as soon as I have it clear how to purchase all of that w/the least amount of overlap, I'll go for it.

    -JL/Bendis: DC hates people that want to put Bendis books on their shelves. I don't know how to deal with these HC/SC mixed titles. Well, I do, I buy them then sneer at my shelf

    -The potpourri section: Rogues might be a "if I'm vibing Williamson only" purchase, Robins is a no-brainer for me (I voted for it at every step of the way), and I've been enjoying Suicide Squad so I'll probably grab Earth-3 unless I hear bad things

    -YOUNG JUSTICE!! Finally! Now, let's get Batgirl (Cassandra Cain) v4 (again, I have a longer list, but let's start there since I'm not greedy)

    1. I wished DC would outgrow the habit of collecting half a 12-issue miniseries a long time ago, to no avail. Well, maybe it helps bolster sales on the latter half of the story, but I'll hold for the full collections, too. Add DC vs. Vampires to that list.

    2. I am still waiting for Cass batgirl run to be collected in new trades too. Why dc can't just let Cass be the sole batgirl is beyond me.

  7. I forgot to mention it, but I doubt they'll expand the second Justice League volume by Bendis to include the rest of his run. Issues #72-74 were all slightly extra-sized, so if you combine them with the 2022 annual, you've got more than enough to fill a third volume. Hell, they might even include issue #75 in it, although I think it would make more sense to collect it along with the other preludes to Dark Crisis.

    1. Yeah, I wouldn't balk at #75 being there, but I can also want to see them keeping the Bendis and Williamson trades separate. Both of those are going to sell a ton as is.

  8. I've already pre-ordered ABSOLUTE DOOMSDAY CLOCK and ABSOLUTE SWAMP THING BY LEN WEIN AND BERNI WRIGHTSON. There's not much else I'm thinking about, though the Waid Flash omnibus is a possibility. There are plenty of things I'd buy if DC would solicit them (I have a list!), but I don't foresee a lot of '70s and '80s material (and the 1992 JSA series by Strazewski and Parobeck) having a chance while there is an iffy economy.

  9. Thanks for this! I agree wholeheartedly with you that I would rather DC be putting stuff out than nothing at all. The way things seem to be going for DC, I am afraid of hearing one day that they would be closing up shop.

    My pipe dream would be an All Star Squadron by Thomas and Ordway Omnibus.....but I don't think that's going to happen so I am not going to be letting go of my single issues of that series.

    I have the paperbacks of Mark Waid's run on the Flash so not sure if I will get the omni for that. I am on the fence as I really loved his initial run on the series. I'll certainly pick up the Birthright Deluxe Edition. Not a perfect series by any means (I think it ended rather weakly) - but the writing in the first half is compelling and the artwork throughout is fantastic. DC vs. Vampires seems interesting.

    Will probably skip the absolute Doomsday Clock. Though it's written well, with amazing artwork by Gary Frank.....I just found it to not be really very compelling...certainly I haven't read it more than twice.....and don't feel like revisiting it.

    I gather that DCs budget for printing trades and hardcovers has been downsized, so they are picking and choosing what they feel would sell the best and bring in more revenue.

  10. "I gather that DCs budget for printing trades and hardcovers has been downsized, so they are picking and choosing what they feel would sell the best and bring in more revenue."

    Yeah, not to mention enduring supply chain issues because of the pandemic.

    Anyway, of these listings...The reissue of the Tomasi/Gleason Batman and Robin is tempting for me.

    I do wonder if they're gonna reissue the Super Sons omnibus with updated contents (the Challenge digital series and Tomasi's latest Special).

    1. True....the supply chain has been a mess...and a paper shortage as well.

      Good question about the Super Sons. My son loves those stories, so I got him the original and updated Omnibus collections, but don't think I would upgrade to a third one....will stick with the paperbacks.....

    2. Same. I waited too long to get the Expanded Edition and ended up paying an arm and a leg.

      I love Tomasi and his take on Jon and Damian...but I ain't shelling out another $50-100 just to get Challenge collected in hardback.

      It's not unlike the Johns Aquaman Omnibus. I have the original New 52 hardcovers and I ain't shelling out $50 just to get the Manta/Ocean Master Specials that weren't originally collected.

  11. Instead of an absolute edition, I would love to see an omnibus or deluxe edition that collects DC Universe: Rebirth Special, "The Button" storyline from Batman 21–22 and The Flash 21–22, and Doomsday Clock 1-12.

    Copies of the lintel covers from Batman #21, The Flash #21, Batman #22, The Flash #22, and Doomsday Clock #1 should be included in whatever bonus materials they have room for at the end.

    Too bad DC doesn't have anyone who reads the comments posted on this blog.

    1. Now that would be a buy from me as I enjoyed the Rebirth Special and the Button storyline......that omnibus sounds good.....

      You are right, it is too bad that DC doesn't read the comments on this blog....or it seems.....doesn't really listen to the fans...

    2. It would at some point be interesting to see DC collect in trade form the overarching "Watchmen" storyline of Rebirth. As you mentioned, the Rebirth special, "Button," Doomsday Clock, and before that don't forget "Oz Effect" and maybe selections from Tim Drake's escape from the alt-dimension prison in Detective Comics (at least, "A Lonely Place of Living").

      The problem, of course — and I'm not trying to be snarky — is in the end all these pieces didn't add up to a cogent whole because of delays and DC deciding to take a different direction with Metal/Death Metal. But still, the pieces of this Rebirth era in one volume might be interesting.

    3. I thought about mentioning Oz Effect too, and I agree it would be a nice addition to any hypothetical collection. I left out only b/c I thought "The Button" carried slightly more weight. In addition to the five-issue storyline from Action Comics 987-991, though, I would also include the "Epilogue" from Action #992.

      To your point - there is a common theme running through The Button and Oz Effect from which you can draw a straight line connecting both stories between Rebirth and Doomsday Clock. They both make multiple references to "time being broken" (which the readers understood to be caused by Dr. Manhattan). And, if you want to really scratch beneath the surface, they are all stories that explore the relationship between fathers and sons in the DC Universe in particular (Batman and Thomas Wayne, Superman and Jor-El, Barry and Wally, Clark and Jonathan Kent, ect.).

  12. Is there a third Long Halloween series coming soon? The existing ones are all getting high profile reissues recently, but the special from a short while back isn't finding it's way into any of them, and I wonder if there is any appropriate place to collect it other than with a new, third series.

    1. My general sense was the new Long Halloween special was supposed to kick off annual Batman Halloween specials like DC used to do. Now, that'd still be forever until there was enough for a collection, but that's one way it might happen.

      The other option is, given all this Long Halloween hullabaloo is because of the two-part animated movie, it might be the new special doesn't get collected, or they wait to find some way to collect it once part 2 of the movie comes out.

    2. The movie's definitely part of it.

      But 2022 is also The Long Halloween's 25th anniversary (as it is the 20th for Hush). So I'm not surprised DC's reprinting both stories.

      Green Lantern: Rebirth's 20th is also coming up in the near future. Wonder how they're gonna celebrate that.

  13. What about Wonder Woman by Gail Simone reprint, I guess that will never come out


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