Review: Catwoman Vol. 7: Inheritance trade paperback (DC Comics)

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Seven years later and now I’ve finally read the DC You-era Catwoman Vol. 7: Inheritance, the second part of Genevieve Valentine’s short run on the series. (There are good reasons for finishing reading this run that I left behind in the advent of DC Rebirth, which will become apparent soon.)

I’ve opined many times that comic book endings are hard. Beginnings are full of ambition and all the grand schemes writers can cook up, but by the time crossovers and the needs of other titles have had their way, many a good book limps toward the finish line. Inheritance fares well, actually, but the absence of artist Garry Brown from Catwoman Vol. 6: Keeper of the Castle steals some of what made this book distinctive, at the time too that the story turns more superhero-y in general. Inheritance is still strong, still multi-faceted, but it looks more like everything else on the stands, to its detriment.

Review: Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 4: Riddle Me This hardcover/paperback (DC Comics)

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Sunday, September 24, 2023

I was a little annoyed going in to Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 4: Riddle Me This, given that it was another short trade (a scant three issues, even including the “Gotham Girl, Interrupted” backup stories) following the similarly short Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 3: Arkham Rising, which read like too much filler. Between those two books, of course, was the 12-part Batman: Shadows of the Bat event, which thankfully DC released all in one volume, but it’s made for some slim trades in the interim.

But by and large writer Mariko Tamaki has delivered with her Detective Comics run, and her final volume is no exception. Even at three issues, Riddle Me This turns out to be dense and compelling, buffered by a spotlight on one of my favorite of the new characters Tamaki introduced in Detective. It all falls apart spectacularly in the end, whether due to an unexpected end of the run or just regular storytelling woes, but it’s a good book nonetheless and definitely doesn’t feel as short as it is.

Review: Batgirls Vol. 2: Bat Girl Summer trade paperback (DC Comics)

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

If there was a word that came to me throughout reading Batgirls Vol. 2: Bat Girl Summer, it was “romance.” Becky Cloonan and Michael Conrad’s Batgirls is, and tries to be, a lot of things — buddy comedy, superhero book — but a distinct change from last time to this, perhaps due to the shifting winds of the DC Universe — was romance title.

It is not something DC does all that often (or, perhaps, didn’t used to do all that often), and so in that way it’s appealing. Also that the writers bring exuberance to a certain “ship” that perhaps reflects a certain amount of pent-up fandom demand. In this — and in a book that feels more focused with one two-part story and one four-part story instead of last time’s six-parter, plus maybe a smidgen less irreverence than in Batgirls Vol. 1: One Way or AnotherBat Girl Summer is an improvement for a book that, unfortunately, only has one more volume to go before its cancellation.

DC Trade Solicitations for December 2023 - Knight Terrors, Fourth World Omnibus with Great Darkness, Absolute Superman by Johns, Creature Commandos: Frankenstein, Flash: One-Minute War, Milestone Compendium Three, final Batman: Urban Legends

Sunday, September 17, 2023

Knight Terrors is the big headline in the DC Comics December 2023 trade paperback and hardcover solicitations, some but not all of the Knight Terrors books answering some but not all of our questions about how it’ll be collected. We see three collections here, of five, though four are supposed to come out in February and one in March. It is somewhat unusual for DC to spread the collections of an event over two months, but at the same time DC’s collections releases have seemed slower lately, and I’ll happily take all of Knight Terrors slowly than no collections at all.

Late in looking through these solicitations did I notice that the Fourth World Omnibus Vol. 2 is not simply a reprinting of contents of the original four-volume Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus (all of which was collected in a previous one-volume omnibus too), but rather subsequent New Gods appearances (written by Kirby or not), including the revived Mister Miracle and New Gods series, Great Darkness Saga (!), and more! That’s very cool, and makes one wonder if a “modern stories” Fourth World omnibus isn’t coming up next.

The Milestone Compendium series keeps trucking, I’m glad to see (wish we might get these a little smaller); also I adore that Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. is all of a sudden back in the spotlight. Among regular series, aside from Knight Terrors, I’ve got my eye on Ram V’s second volume of Detective Comics, Batman: Urban Legends Vol. 6, and Flash: The One-Minute War. Can’t argue with an Absolute Superman by Geoff Johns & Gary Frank, though I’d like to see an omnibus collection of more of that era.

Let’s take a look at the full list.

Absolute Superman by Geoff Johns & Gary Frank HC

Said to collect Action Comics #858–863, #866–870 (issues #864–865 were by Geoff Johns but not Gary Frank), #900, Action Comics Annual #10, Superman: Secret Origin #1–6, and Superman: World of New Krypton Special #1, to be released in May. That would be Johns and Frank’s Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes, Brainiac, and Superman: Secret Origin, all of which were great, but one can’t help but feel this lacking a bit without the other, non-Gary Frank Superman stories written by Johns, the most important of which is Last Son (which was drawn, no slouch, by Adam Kubert). Neither does this have Escape From Bizarro World with Eric Powell (and many of these stories were co-written by Richard Donner). Probably what we need are both Superman by Geoff Johns and New Krypton Omnibus collections.

Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 2: Gotham Nocturne: Act I HC

Ram V’s second Detective Comics collection, in hardcover in February 2024. Collects issues #1066–1070 and the Detective Comics 2022 Annual.

Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 3: Arkham Rising TP

Paperback, following the hardcover, by Mariko Tamaki, collecting issues Detective Comics #1044–1046 and Detective Comics 2021 Annual #1.

Batman: Justice Buster Vol. 2 TP

Continuing the manga adventure from the Ultraman team, Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi, a collaboration between DC and Kodansha. Batman and Joker vs. Joe Chill, apparently, plus rumors of a ROBIN computer.

Batman: Urban Legends Vol. 6 TP

Collects issues #18–23, the final issue of the series, coming in January. I’m don’t think the solicitation is quite right, since it mentions things like Dennis Culver’s “Arkham Academy” story that was actually collected in Batman: Urban Legends Vol. 5, but it seems like at least we get a Nightwing story and a Renee Montoya story.

Creature Commandos Present: Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. Book One TP

This collects Grant Morrison’s Seven Soldiers Frankenstein miniseries with Doug Mahnke, and also issues #1–7 of one of my favorite New 52 titles, Jeff Lemire’s Frankenstein, Agent of SHADE. Couldn’t be happier to see all the new DC media news giving Frankenstein a spotlight.

The Flash Vol. 19: The One-Minute War TP

Collects Jeremy Adams' Flash #790–796 and The Flash: One-Minute War Special #1, in paperback in January.

The Fourth World Omnibus Vol. 2 HC

Collects (deep breath) Mister Miracle #19–25; New Gods #12–19; Adventure Comics #459–460; Brave and the Bold #112, #128, and #138; DC Comics Presents #12; First Issue Special #13; Justice League of America #183–185; Legion of Super-Heroes #290–294; Legion of Super-Heroes Annual #3; Secret Society of Super-Villains #1–5; Super Powers #1–5; Super Powers (Vol. 2) #1–6; Super Powers (vol. 3) #1–4; Super Powers Collection #13–23; Super-Team Family #15; and stories from DC Special Series #10 and Legion of Super-Heroes #287. So, not the original Fourth World saga as was collected in the original four-volume Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus series and in a previous all-together omnibus, but also Steve Englehart and Steve Gerber's Mister Miracle continuation, Gerry Conway's New Gods, the famous Legion of Super-Heroes: The Great Darkness Saga, Kirby’s Super Powers stories, and the Justice League of America story “Crisis on New Genesis” — which is to say, subsequent, sometimes non-Kirby-written appearances of the New Gods. With a new intro by “Great Darkness” writer and one-time DC president Paul Levitz and other extras. This one’s awful tempting.

Icon vs. Hardware HC

In hardcover in November, the five-issue miniseries by Reginald Hudlin and Leon Chills. Depending on how far the twist in this one goes, I may find myself catching up on these respective series.

Joker: One Operation Joker Vol. 3 TP

Continuing the manga in which the Joker raises a baby Bruce Wayne, seemingly encountering Alfred and a Robin.

Knight Terrors HC

The Dawn of DC event by Joshua Williamson and Howard Porter, in hardcover on Feb. 6. Collects Knight Terrors #1–4, Knight Terrors First Blood, Knight Terrors: Night’s End, and a story from the Dawn of DC Knight Terrors 2023 FCBD Special Edition (missing from previous solicitations). In early February 2024.

Knight Terrors: Dark Knightmares HC

In hardcover on Feb. 13, collecting Knight Terrors: Batman #1–2, Knight Terrors: Detective Comics #1–2, Knight Terrors: Catwoman #1–2, Knight Terrors: Nightwing #1–2, and Knight Terrors: Robin #1–2. Looking at the Knight Terrors collections to come, the only thing I haven’t yet seen collected is the Joker two-parter; since it’s not here, I venture it’ll be in Knight Terrors: Knockturnal Creatures (not solicited this month).

Knight Terrors: Knightmare League HC

In hardcover on Feb. 20, collecting Knight Terrors: Action Comics #1–2, Knight Terrors: Green Lantern #1–2, Knight Terrors: Superman #1–2, Knight Terrors: The Flash #1–2, and Knight Terrors: Wonder Woman #1–2.

Milestone Compendium Three TP

Collects Deathwish #1–4, Blood Syndicate #24–27 (the series goes to issue #35), Hardware #22–28, Icon #22–27, Static #21–25, Shadow Cabinet #5–13, and Kobalt #1–14.

Monkey Prince Vol. 1: Enter the Monkey TP

Issues #1–6 by Gene Luen Yang and Bernard Chang, in paperback following the hardcover.

Nubia: Queen of the Amazons TP

Paperback in January, following the hardcover, and collecting the Nubia: Coronation Special and Nubia: Queen of the Amazons #1–4. I reviewed Nubia: Queen of the Amazons just this past March.

Peacemaker Tries Hard! HC

The six-issue Black Label miniseries by Kyle Starks and Steve Pugh.

Static: Shadows of Dakota HC

Collects the six-issue Static: Season Two miniseries by Vita Ayala and Nicholas Draper-Ivey, plus Static Team-Up: Anansi. In hardcover in February.

Superman vs. Meshi Vol. 3 TP

Third volume of the food-focused Superman manga, as Superman’s culinary tour of Japan is interrupted by Darkseid.

Review: Batman: Urban Legends Vol. 5 trade paperback (DC Comics)

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Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Batman: Urban Legends Vol. 5 is the volume of the series I’ve most enjoyed since the second one. All the standard disclaimers still apply that Urban Legends seems to have lost its way from its original premise, farther outside the mainstream Bat-narrative than in. Though, of the four stories in Urban Legends Vol. 5, at least two arguably take place in the “now,” so that’s half and half, and that’s generally better than what we’ve been seeing previously.

Writer Brandon Thomas continues to have a great take on this modern-classic incarnation of the Outsiders, particularly offering some positivity and health when Bat-characters aren’t always known for their good work-life balance. New Talent Showcase alum Joey Esposito pens a good Batman murder mystery with a sci-fi Silver Age twist. Of them all, I was least looking forward to the Alfred Pennyworth story, but perhaps not surprisingly, Chris Burnham writes and draws compelling work. And Dennis Culver’s “Arkham Academy” has lots of potential, and hopefully this is just the start.

Four stories; Batman: Urban Legends is still too much a “just because” anthology for me, but each of these was a pleasant surprise.

Review: Gotham Academy: Maps of Mystery #1 comic book (DC Comics)

Sunday, September 10, 2023

What makes a Robin a Robin? Do they need to live in Wayne Manor for a time? Is it important there’s at least one conversation where Alfred tells Bruce, “You’re being too hard on the child” and then consoling the Robin with cookies? If Batman crime-fights with the character and then, in the end, calls the character “Robin,” does that make a Robin a Robin?

[Review contains spoilers]

These questions (for which the answers are “Who knows?” and “Just enjoy it!”) become pressingly important in the context of the recent special Gotham Academy: Maps of Mystery, in which Gotham Academy’s breakout star Maps Mizoguchi appears in a Robin costume more often than not. Clearly, of course — because we haven’t had a multi-part “Battle for the Short Pants” event and Damian Wayne is still scheduled to appear in the new Batman & Robin series — Maps is not replacing Damian as the Robin du jour to appear on T-shirts and lunchboxes. But at the same time Maps comes from the Robin War time period where just calling yourself “Robin” (or wearing red shoes, apparently) made you a Robin, and before the end of the first story, Batman refers to her as Robin …

RSS Feed Updates

Friday, September 08, 2023

Please change your Collected Editions RSS subscription to https://collectededitions.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default.

“I apologize …”

I’ve been doing some infrastructure work on the site (more details to come) and that includes updating the RSS feed. The Feedburner service that managed the RSS feed also let you receive posts by email, but that has been discontinued, and a few other drawbacks lead me to think it’s time to delete the Feedburner feed entirely.

So, I will be shutting down the RSS feed that contains “feedburner” in the URL on November 1, and just running the RSS feed from the blog domain. I apologize; I try to avoid updates that require changes on your end, but this one seems unavoidable. Hopefully if you change the URL in your RSS reader now, the disruption should be minimal.

Just to be clear, the “new” main RSS feed is already running, I still intend to have an RSS feed in perpetuity, and this is no indication of anything happening to the site.

RSS what?

I try to support all the popular ways to keep up with this site — you can just come visit, of course 👋, but also the Facebook page, the Twitter/X feed, and Mastodon. Another of these is RSS, or “Really Simple Syndication”; if that’s not your feed of choice, no problem, don’t worry, and none of the above will affect you.

I personally do most of my blog reading via RSS, a kind of XML feed for individual websites that’s updated every time the website has new content, presented to you via an RSS “reader.” Think about it like an email inbox just for website updates — Google Reader is a well known former example. Here’s the Wikipedia article on RSS, as well as a recent article from The Tyee that does a good job recounting RSS' history, though erroneously suggesting RSS' demise (Birchtree has a good pushback on that one).

I like RSS because by and large it’s open-source, free, anonymous, and easy — following or unfollowing a site is as simple as adding or deleting the feed from my RSS reader. And again, RSS feeds in this context are just XML, so you can customize the presentation of the text however you like, to the extent offered by your reader. If you’re wondering, I use NetNewsWire as my RSS reader — also free, also open-source.

There might be a theme here aborning. Stay tuned …

Review: Batman: Urban Legends Vol. 4 trade paperback (DC Comics)

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Wednesday, September 06, 2023

The Batman: Urban Legends series started well enough, with consequential stories for Red Hood Jason Todd, Grifter, Azrael, Robin Tim Drake, and others, often as lead-in to future series, plus ties to the “Fear State” crossover. But since Batman: Urban Legends Vol. 3, that sense of “consequence” hasn’t been as strong, and that continues into Batman: Urban Legends Vol. 4.

The end of Batman: Fear State also marked the departure of writer James Tynion (and his grand plans) from the Batman franchise, after which the Bat-titles went into something of a holding pattern in expectation of Dark Crisis. With Urban Legends Vol. 4, I tend to wonder if the abrupt change in Bat-plans didn’t take some of the wind out of the sales of this book, too, with the franchise no longer needing or having the big content for an anthology title. Urban Legends Vol. 4 is entertaining in its variety, but ultimately seems composed of a startling number of inventory stories, as if DC is quite simply padding out its pages with whatever’s available until the book can reach its end.

Review: Superman Adventures Vol. 2 trade paperback (DC Comics)

Sunday, September 03, 2023

[A series on DC’s animated tie-in comics collections by guest reviewer Zach King. Zach writes about movies at The Cinema King and about comics on Instagram at Dr. King’s Comics.]

Superman Adventures, Vol. 2 is both a completionist’s dream and nightmare. That’s true not only because it’s a midpoint in the aborted reprints of the DCAU’s Man of Steel book (a conversation for another time) but also to the way that this particular volume reads, the choices its editors made, and the unusual structure imposed on this volume as a standalone anthology book. I didn’t notice these patterns and problems as a young reader, but taking this volume in one sitting, Superman Adventures becomes an exercise in apophenia.

Review: Batman: Shadows of the Bat: House of Gotham hardcover/paperback (DC Comics)

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Wednesday, August 30, 2023

At least one reason for the Batman franchise’s success in comics and beyond is surely the villains; no other DC franchise has such a spate of antagonists that routinely step out of the shadow of their hero — see, at the moment, series running or upcoming for the Joker, Penguin, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, and Poison Ivy.

Matthew Rosenberg’s Batman: Shadows of the Bat: House of Gotham is an ode to this very thing, the staying power and rich characterization of Batman’s villains. Indeed, House of Gotham has both length and width, if you will — it is a travelogue through modern Batman history, on one hand, and also a showcase of Gotham’s villains' lives outside of Batman on the other. Artist Fernando Blanco is brilliant, even at times breathtaking, throughout.

Review: Gotham Academy: Second Semester Vol. 2: The Ballad of Olive Silverlock trade paperback (DC Comics)

Sunday, August 27, 2023

It bears mentioning, here at the end of Gotham Academy’s first-ish tenure with Gotham Academy: Second Semester Vol. 2: The Ballad of Olive Silverlock, just how well artist Adam Archer has done stepping in for original series artist Karl Kerschl from Gotham Academy Vol. 3: Yearbook through to the end.

In an albeit rudimentary comparison, I really couldn’t see marked differences between Archer and Kerschl, and for a series with as distinct an animated look as Gotham Academy, that’s both important and impressive. There’s a section in the back of this volume that I found particularly interesting, showing the layering of Archer and inker Sandra Hope’s figures with the backgrounds by MSSASYK, which reminded me of ye olde animation cels; I thought that seemed on point for Gotham Academy’s overall aesthetic.

Review: Batman: Urban Legends Vol. 3 trade paperback (DC Comics)

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Wednesday, August 23, 2023

I predicted based on reading Batman: Urban Legends volumes 1 and 2 that going forward I’d probably enjoy the collections of shorter stories better than the volumes with just one or two stories in them, and with Batman: Urban Legends Vol. 3, that’s proven itself true. There’s nothing particularly wrong with either of the two stories collected here — Mark Russell and Karl Mostert’s Ace the Bat-Hound story might very well be called a masterpiece — but ultimately the volume left me cold.

Reading Batman: Urban Legends in monthlies, the reader gets at least more than two stories, and that variety allows for range especially in terms of stories' relevance to the rest of the ongoing DC Universe. Urban Legends Vol. 3, however, presents us with two stories where the stakes are relatively low — we know the characters will get out alive, just as we know these events aren’t likely to ever be mentioned again — and so I felt impatient with the book as a whole.

DC Trade Solicitations for November 2023 - DC Power: A Celebration, Black Adam Vol. 2 by Priest, Absolute Justice League by Alex Ross and Paul Dini, Barkham Asylum, Paperbacks of Batman Vol. 6: Abyss, Shadows of the Bat, Nightwing Vol. 2

Sunday, August 20, 2023

It’s a good thing we had the DC Comics Spring 2024 collections solicitations earlier this month, because there’s not a whole lot to get excited about in the DC Comics November 2023 trade paperback and hardcover solicitations.

Notably, things are not as dire as these solicitations might suggest, as these “November 2023” books actually come out in December and January, and both previous and forthcoming solicitations will add some books to those weeks. But indeed, there’s more here for readers who’ve been waiting for the paperbacks of hardcovers than there is for those of us who want the latest and greatest.

To wit, about the only real first-run “regular series” collection in these listings is the second volume of Christopher Priest’s Black Adam, which deals with fallout from Dark Crisis. There is also DC Power: A Celebration that I’m excited about — I’m glad that DC seems to be now regularly reprinting in “collections” form their DC Power, DC Pride, and DC: Festival of Heroes books; not necessarily a “regular series,” but at least a “first-run” collection. Otherwise we’re in to Batman Vol. 6: Abyss1, the Detective Comics Batman: Shadows of the Bat books, Tom Taylor’s Nightwing Vol. 2, and other such paperback reprints of books already released in hardcover.

So a slow month, but also not wholly unexpected as we reach the end of the year. Let’s take a look.

Absolute Justice League: The World’s Greatest Super-Heroes by Alex Ross & Paul Dini (2024 Edition) HC

New printing of the Absolute edition of the illustrated prose books by Alex Ross and Paul Dini. Collects Superman: Peace on Earth, Batman: War on Crime, Shazam!: Power of Hope, Wonder Woman: Spirit of Truth, JLA: Secret Origins, and JLA: Liberty and Justice.

Barkham Asylum TP

DC all-ages title written and drawn by by Yehudi Mercado, including the Joker’s dog Jester and Dr. Hugo Mange.

Batman Vol. 6: Abyss TP

Paperback, following the hardcover, by Joshua Williamson, collecting issues #118–121 and #124 (issues #122–123 are in the Batman: Shadow War collection). Coming in January 2024.

Batman: Shadows of the Bat: House of Gotham TP

Paperback, following the hardcover, collecting the “Batman: Shadows of the Bat: House of Gotham” story from Detective Comics #1047–1058, written by Matthew Rosenberg.

Batman: Shadows of the Bat: The Tower TP

Paperback, following the hardcover, collecting the story from Detective Comics #1047–1058, by Mariko Tamaki. I reviewed Batman: Shadows of the Bat: The Tower just a week ago.

Black Adam Vol. 2: East of Egypt TP

Issues #7–12, the final issues, by Christopher Priest, in paperback in December.

DC Power: A Celebration HC

Hardcover, coming in January, collecting the DC Power: A Celebration Black History Month special, Cyborg #1, and the Black History Month variant covers from 2021 and 2022.

DC vs. Vampires Vol. 1 TP

Paperback, following the hardcover, by James Tynion and Otto Schmidt, collecting issues #1–6, coming in January.

Nightwing Vol. 2: Get Grayson TP

Paperback in December, following the hardcover, of Tom Taylor’s Nightwing #87–91 and Superman: Son of Kal-El #9.

Tales of the Amazons TP

In paperback, following the hardcover, this is backups from Wonder Woman #781–784, a story from the Wonder Woman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1, Artemis: Wanted #1, Olympus: Rebirth #1, and Nubia: Coronation Special #1. I reviewed Tales of the Amazons as part of my recent “Trial of the Amazons” reviews.


  1. I saw an Abyss action figure the other day — an action figure of a character who’s appeared in just six one-off issues of a Batman comic. Astounding!  ↩︎

Review: Superman Adventures Vol. 1 trade paperback (DC Comics)

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

[A series on DC's animated tie-in comics collections by guest reviewer Zach King. Zach writes about movies at The Cinema King and about comics on Instagram at Dr. King’s Comics.]

Although I can still hum the theme tune - indeed, I heard it in my head multiple times while reading Superman Adventures Vol. 1 - for whatever reason, Superman: The Animated Series has never assumed the same place of prominence in my imagination that Batman: The Animated Series will always hold. Its overall legacy hasn’t been quite seismic, but its ripple effects are still being felt today; we have Livewire, yes, but also Clancy Brown’s definitive turn as Lex Luthor. (You could equally argue that Michael Ironside is to Darkseid what Mark Hamill was to The Joker, but we won’t get to Apokolips until Vol. 4.)

Review: Batman: Shadows of the Bat: The Tower hardcover/paperback (DC Comics)

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Sunday, August 13, 2023

Given more or less all the regular space in 12 issues of Detective Comics running weekly, writer Mariko Tamaki does well in Batman: Shadows of the Bat: The Tower, reminding of other such weekly series like Batman Eternal. Such a wide space, for instance, gives room to focus on the inner workings of the villains, for instance, in addition to the Bat-family heroes.

At its best, The Tower is fraught, claustrophobic, and paranoid, with its disaster-movie opening that lets you know that even if things look peaceful now, there’s gory carnage to come. In the way perhaps of long weekly series, however, Tower can’t uphold this the whole time, and the quality dips particularly when Tower strays too far from its original premise and cast. That Tower begins with and then loses its best artist, Ivan Reis, also makes the end seem lesser than the beginning.

Flash by William Messner-Loebs Omnibus, Robin: Tim Drake Compendium, Knight Terrors, Kingdom: 25th Anniversary, JLI Omnibus Vol. 3, Lobo Big Fraggin' Compendium, Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War, more in DC Comics Spring 2024 solicitations

Wednesday, August 09, 2023

This is not, I’ll say up front, an exact or scientific parsing, but of the about 140 books in the DC Comics Spring 2024 trade paperback and hardcover solicitations, about 43 are brand-new regular series collections (31%); 52 are either paperback versions of hardcovers or straight reprints of out-of-print titles (38%); 20 are large form, in the omnibus, compendium, or deluxe family (15%), and 12 are either Webtoon or manga volumes (9%), give or take about 10 books that fall into more than one category.

Put another (two) way(s), books that are already out there in hardcover or paperback is a larger group than brand-new regular series trades, and the split of reprints (and manga and Webtoons) vs. brand-new regular series material is about 60% to 40%.

This is not, I don’t think, “sky is falling” information. Indeed the DC Spring 2024 catalog is specifically targeting the post-Dark Crisis “Dawn of DC” period in which DC has purposefully contracted their line in order to slowly roll out new titles. But for those mostly interested in the newest DC material — those who were around for the material in the new Absolute Superman by Geoff Johns & Gary Frank, for instance — the first months of 2024 might be the time to catch up on Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing’s Star Trek, for instance, or Matthew Klein’s Crashing.

If omnibuses are your thing, wow are you in luck. The Flash by William Messner-Loebs and Greg LaRocque omnibus, for one; also Aquaman by Peter David, Secret Six by Gail Simone, Justice League International Vol. 3, and more. Not to mention big books in general — the Lobo Big Fraggin Compendium, the Robin: Tim Drake Compendium, the Nightwing: A Knight in Bludhaven Compendium, the Kingdom 25th Anniversary deluxe, and the Superman: Emperor Joker deluxe. These are not cheap books to make, and so feel like big bets by DC, a signal to me that the market is good. Omnibus, particularly, is not the format in which I like to read, but apparently there’s a readership that does!

In terms of those regular series, we’ve got of course the Knight Terrors collection here and its related spin-offs; these seem pretty complete to me, as there’s just one miniseries missing that I can spot and I’m guessing that’s a solicitations issue and not an actual omission. Titans, Steelworks by Michael Dorn (!), Wonder Woman by Tom King, a couple of books that seem to spin-off from the events of Knight Terrors even though some complaints I’d heard was that it didn’t tie in to the ongoing series.

Anyway, another season, more books, and some of them very heavy. Let’s take a look.

52 Vol. 1 (New Edition)

New printing of the larger two-volume 52 trades. This should be issues #1–26.

100 Bullets Book One (New Edition)

Issues #1–19 of the Brian Azzarello/Eduardo Risso series.

Absolute All-Star Superman (New Edition)

New printing of the Absolute.

Absolute Final Crisis (New Edition)

New printing of the Absolute by Grant Morrison, J.G. Jones, and company. I still like my review of Final Crisis.

Absolute Justice League: The World's Greatest Super-Heroes by Alex Ross & Paul Dini (New Edition)

New printing of the Absolute edition of the illustrated prose books by Alex Ross and Paul Dini. Collects Superman: Peace on Earth, Batman: War on Crime, Shazam!: Power of Hope, Wonder Woman: Spirit of Truth, JLA: Secret Origins, and JLA: Liberty and Justice.

Absolute Luthor/Joker (2024 Edition)

The Joker graphic novel and Lex Luthor: Man of Steel #1–5 (links to my reviews of each), in two separate volumes, by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo, with behind-the-scenes material.

Absolute Superman by Geoff Johns & Gary Frank

Said to collect Action Comics #858–870, #900, Action Comics Annual #10, Superman: Secret Origin #1–6, and Superman: World of New Krypton Special #1, to be released in May. That would be Johns and Frank’s Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes and Brainiac, both of which were great, but one can’t help but feel this lacking a bit without the other, non-Gary Frank Superman stories written by Johns, the most important of which is indeed name-checked in the solicitation, Last Son (which was drawn, no slouch, by Adam Kubert). I might hope to see that included here, if not also Escape From Bizarro World with Eric Powell (and many of these stories were co-written by Richard Donner).

[See the latest DC trade solicitations.]

Absolute The Dark Knight (New Edition)

Collects Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #1–4 and Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again #1–4, sans the new third series and tie-ins.

Adventures of Superman by George Perez (New Edition)

Includes the Superman/OMAC team-up by Len Wein and George Perez from DC Comics Presents #61, Action Comics #643–652 and the Annual #2 with art by Perez, and then six issues of the New 52 Superman series written by Perez.

Aquaman by Peter David Omnibus

One of a few omnibuses on this list that I’m pleased to see mainly because I’d really like to the trades, in this case, continue. No word on contents aside from Peter David’s four-part Aquaman: Time and Tide miniseries, but David wrote close to 50 Aquaman issues plus four annuals and also the seven-part Atlantis Chronicles miniseries; a super-complete omnibus (or omnibus series) would have all of that. Two previous trades only went up to issue #20; all of this, of course, is the Zero Hour-era harpoon-hand Aquaman.

Batman & Robin by Tomasi & Gleason

The solicitation notes this as the first volume even if the title does not. The recent Batman and Robin Omnibus included 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, so this will be of course some pieces of that.

Batman Beyond: Neo-Gothic Vol. 1

In hardcover in June by Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing, and Max Dunbar. Though called “Vol. 1,” seems to me this is just the entire six-issue miniseries.

Batman Beyond: The Animated Series Classics Compendium - 25th Anniversary Edition

Contents here aren’t totally clear, but reading between the lines, seems like it might be the first Batman Beyond miniseries by Hilary Bader and Rick Burchett, and then some of the earliest issues of the first series, maybe?

Batman Incorporated Vol. 2

In hardcover in March, issues #8–12 of the Ed Brisson series.

Batman: Justice Buster Vol. 2

Continuing the manga adventure from the Ultraman team, Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi, a collaboration between DC and Kodansha. Batman fights crime with the help of his ROBIN computer.

Batman Vol. 1: Failsafe

Paperback of Chip Zdarsky’s first Batman arc, following the hardcover. Collects issues #125–130.

Batman vs. Robin

Paperback collection of the lead-in to Lazarus Planet by Mark Waid.

Batman: Beyond the White Knight

Paperback of the third Sean Murphy “Murphy-verse” series, following the hardcover. Collects Batman: Beyond the White Knight #1–8 and Batman: White Knight Presents: Red Hood #1–2.

Batman: Black Mirror: The Deluxe Edition

Once upon a time, this Scott Snyder guy we’d never heard of before wrote the instant superhero horror classic Batman: The Black Mirror, and the rest is history. Collects Detective Comics #871–877; if anything ever deserved a deluxe, it’s this. Coming in May 2024.

Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 1: Gotham Nocturne: Overture

Paperback of the first Detective Comics volume by Ram V; collects issues #1062–1065.

Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 2

Ram V’s second Detective Comics collection, in hardcover in February 2024. Collects issues #1066–1069.

Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 4: Riddle Me This

Paperback of Mariko Tamaki’s final Detective volume, collecting issues #1059–1061.

Batman: Fortress

Paperback of the eight-issue miniseries by Gary Whitta and Darick Robertson, following the hardcover.

Batman: Gotham Knights: Gilded City

Paperback of the Gotham Knights video game tie-in comic, following the hardcover.

Batman: Justice Buster Vol. 3

Third volume of the manga series.

Batman: The Adventures Continue: Season Three

Hey Zach! Coming in February 2024, the third (and final?) collecting of the new animated Batman comics series.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold Vol. 1

First collection of the new Batman anthology series, coming in hardcover in April. With stories by Tom King and Mitch Gerads, and Dan Mora.

Batman: The Knight Vol. 1

Chip Zdarsky’s 10-issue miniseries, in paperback following the hardcover.

Batman: Wayne Family Adventures Volume Four

Continuing the Webtoons collections, coming in May.

Batman: Wayne Family Adventures Volume Three

Webtoons collection coming in March.

Batman: White Knight Presents: Generation Joker

Katana Collins' six-issue miniseries set in the “White Knight Universe,” as the solicitation calls it (but everyone else knows it as the “Murphy-verse”). Coming in April 2024.

Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War

In hardcover in June, collecting Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War: Battle Lines, Batman #137–138, Catwoman #57–58, and Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War: Scorched Earth. Obviously we’ll have to see how this collection lines up with other individual collections of the same material.

Batman/Superman: World's Finest Vol. 1: The Devil Nezha

Paperback of Detective Comics #1050 and issues 1–5 of the Mark Waid/Dan Mora series, following the hardcover.

Batman/Superman: World's Finest Vol. 3: Elementary

The third volume of the Mark Waid/Dan Mora series, in hardcover in March, and said to collect issues #12–17.

Birds of Prey: Progeny

The most recent Gail Simone Birds of Prey trade, Fighters by Trade, collected issues #81–91. The “Progeny” storyline is issues #92–95 (taking place during “One Year Later” post Infinite Crisis), followed by “Headhunt” (#96–99) and then “Blood and Circuits” (#100–103). Simone’s run for the first Birds of Prey series went to issue #108; no word on Progeny’s contents (coming in March) but that gives you a general idea.

Blood Syndicate Season One

Paperback following the hardcover, and collecting issues #1–6 and a story from Milestone 30th Anniversary Special #1 by Geoffrey Thorne and CHRISSCROSS.

City Boy

Collects issues #1–6 by Greg Pak and Minkyu Jung, spinning out of Lazarus Planet as part of DC’s “We Are Legends” AAPI community-led initiative.

Creature Commandos Present: Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. Book One

One of my favorite New 52 titles, Jeff Lemire’s Frankenstein, Agent of SHADE. Couldn’t be happier to see all the new DC media news giving this a spotlight.

Cyborg Vol. 1: Homecoming

Hardcover collection of the new Cyborg series by Morgan Hampton, coming in April.

Danger Street Vol. 2

Paperback collection of the Tom King miniseries, collecting issues #7–12, following the hardcover. We want the just-one-volume cut!

Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths

Paperback of the Joshua Williamson event, coming in May and following the hardcover. Collects Justice League #75 and the seven-issue miniseries.

Dark Crisis: Young Justice

Paperback of the Meghan Fitzmartin tie-in series, following the hardcover, coming in June.

DC Pride: Brave and Bold

Seems to be the hardcover collection of DC Pride 2023. Among other things, I love the wonderful, random team-ups in this: Alan Scott with Midnighter and Apollo, Natasha Irons and Nubia, Harley Quinn and Crush, and so on.

DC Pride: Love and Justice

In hardcover in May, said to collect DC Pride #1, Mysteries of Love in Space #1, New Year’s Evil #1, and Young Monsters in Love #1. I’m not sure to what extent those contents are right or wrong, and if this will just collect some stories from those books or all of them, but I’d be happy to see an “all of them” collection of those anthologies.

DC vs. Vampires Vol. 2

Paperback, following the hardcover, and collecting issues #7–12 by James Tynion and Matthew Rosenberg.

DC vs. Vampires: All-Out War Vol. 1

Paperback of the companion series, following the hardcover, by Matthew Rosenberg.

DC: Mech

Paperback of the six-issue miniseries by Kenny Porter and Baldemar Rivas, following the hardcover.

Deathstroke Inc. Vol. 2: Year One

Paperback, following the hardcover, of Deathstroke Inc. #10–15 by Ed Brisson.

Duo

Paperback, following the hardcover, of the Milestone series by Greg Pak and Khoi Pham.

Fables: The Deluxe Edition Book Sixteen

In hardcover in May, collecting, I think, the entirety of the mini-relaunch, issues #151–162.

The Flash by Grant Morrison and Mark Millar: The Deluxe Edition

Deluxe collection of Flash #130–141, Green Lantern #96, and Green Arrow #130 by Grant Morrison and Mark Millar, previously released as a hardcover and also as two paperbacks: Flash: Emergency Stop and Flash: The Human Race.

The Flash by William Messner-Loebs and Greg LaRocque Omnibus Vol. 1

Coming in April, with no word on contents yet. William Messner-Loebs wrote Flash #15–61 and sundry, though not all of that was with Greg LaRocque. Couple years back DC released a Flash: Savage Velocity trade that collected issues #1–18 and the first annual from the post-Crisis series, some by Messner-Loebs and some by Mike Baron. Messner-Loebs is facing some challenges and one can hope this omnibus might help, but I would also love to see collections like the Batman: Caped Crusader books that include all of Wally West’s post-Crisis adventures.

The Flash Vol. 1

First collection of the new Simon Spurrier run, in hardcover in July.

The Flash Vol. 20

The final collection by Jeremy Adams, in paperback in April, and collecting presumably Flash #797–800.

The Flash: Year One (New Edition)

New collection of the Flash: Year One story by Joshua Williamson and Howard Porter; this is Flash #70–75 from Williamson’s DC Rebirth run.

Green Arrow Vol. 1

Joshua Williamson’s Green Arrow miniseries has recently been expanded from six to 12 issues, so I’m guessing this is issues #1–6. In hardcover in March.

Green Lantern Vol. 1

In hardcover in June, the new series by Jeremy Adams and Xermanico.

Green Lantern/Green Arrow: Hard Travelin' Heroes Omnibus

No word on contents, but authors are Dennis O’Neil and Neal Adams, so this is at least Green Lantern #76–87 and #89 and the backup stories from Flash #217–219 and #226. I don’t see any indication this has O’Neil and Mike Grell’s Green Lantern #90–106, though it would be fun if it did.

Harley Quinn Vol. 3

Paperback of Harley Quinn Vol. 3: Verdict by Stephanie Phillips, following the hardcover. This was my favorite from Phillips' run so far (and the most recent one I’ve read), issues #13–17.

Harley Quinn Vol. 5

The final volume of Stephanie Phillips' run, collecting issues #21–27 in hardcover in March.

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Redder

The sequel anthology series, in paperback in July.

Hawkgirl Vol. 1

In hardcover in June, the new series by Jadzia Axelrod and Amancay Nahuelpan.

Hitman by Garth Ennis and John McCrea Omnibus Vol. 1

Omnibus of the bestselling series.

The Human Target Book Two

Paperback of the second volume by Tom King and Greg Smallwood. Collects Human Target #7–12 and Tales of the Human Target #1.

I Am Batman Vol. 2: Welcome to New York

Paperback of the John Ridley series, collecting issues #6–10, following the hardcover.

Icon vs. Hardware

In hardcover in November, the five-issue miniseries by Reginald Hudlin and Leon Chills. Depending on how far the twist in this one goes, I may find myself catching up on these respective series.

Identity Crisis 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

Deluxe of the series by Brad Meltzer and Rags Morales, coming in June.

JLA: Year One

Phenomenal 12-issue miniseries by Mark Waid, Brian Augustyn, and Barry Kitson, reimagining the post-Crisis Justice League’s first days.

The Joker Vol. 3

Paperback of the final volume by James Tynion, following the hardcover. I reviewed Joker Vol. 3 just recently; the whole series is great.

Joker: One Operation Joker Vol. 3

Continuing the manga in which the Joker raises a baby Bruce Wayne.

The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing Vol. 2

The second volume by Matthew Rosenberg, in hardcover in April. This collects issues #7–12.

JSA: The Golden Age (New Edition)

New collection of James Robinson’s four-issue Justice Society reimagining, drawn by Paul Smith.

The Jurassic League

Paperback of the six-issue miniseries by Daniel Warren Johnson, following the hardcover.

Justice League Dark: Rebirth Omnibus

I really enjoyed James Tynion’s Justice League Dark, bringing the same team book magic to DC’s supernatural characters as he did to the members of the Bat-family. No word on contents, but this seems to include Ram V’s excellent contributions too. This could be through issue #28 and the annuals, or even the Justice League backup stories.

Justice League International Omnibus Vol. 3

The second Justice League International omnibus, released in 2020, collected up to Justice League America #50 and Justice League Europe #25. The “International” run goes to issues #60 and #36 of those series respectively, so you might assume that’s what will be collected here. Possibly additions might include issues of Justice League Quarterly and a variety of later miniseries — Formerly Known as the Justice League, I Can’t Believe It’s Not The Justice League, and/or Justice League: Generation Lost.

Justice League Vol. 3: Leagues of Chaos

Paperback of the final volume by Brian Michael Bendis, following the hardcover. I reviewed Justice League Vol. 3: Leagues of Chaos earlier this year.

Justice League: The New 52 Book One

New set of collections of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee’s Justice League.

Justice Society of America Vol. 1

First collection of the new series by Geoff Johns and Mikel Janin, in hardcover in February. Collecting issues #1–6.

The Kingdom: The 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

This is an interesting one, the often-overlooked sequel to Kingdom Come by Mark Waid and Ariel Olivetti. Though not particularly well regarded, I actually recall enjoying this a bit, and it was responsible for introducing Hypertime, one of the more sensible of DC’s continuity paradigms. Coming in February.

Knight Terrors

The Dawn of DC event by Joshua Williamson and Howard Porter, in hardcover on Feb. 6. Collects Knight Terrors First Blood, Knight Terrors #1–4, and Knight Terrors: Night’s End.

Knight Terrors Vol. 1: Dark Knightmares

In hardcover on Feb. 13, collecting Knight Terrors: Batman #1–2, Knight Terrors: Detective Comics #1–2, Knight Terrors: Catwoman #1–2, Knight Terrors: Nightwing #1–2, and Knight Terrors: Robin #1–2. Looking at the Knight Terrors collections to come, the only thing I see not collected is the Joker two-parter, which I’d venture will either be here or in Knockturnal Creatures. (Maybe also the Free Comic Book Day story isn’t listed in a collection?)

Knight Terrors Vol. 2: Knightmare League

In hardcover on Feb. 20, collecting Knight Terrors: Action Comics #1–2, Knight Terrors: Green Lantern #1–2, Knight Terrors: Superman #1–2, Knight Terrors: The Flash #1–2, and Knight Terrors: Wonder Woman #1–2.

Knight Terrors Vol. 3: Knockturnal Creatures

In hardcover on Feb. 27, collecting Knight Terrors: Harley Quinn #1–2, Knight Terrors: Poison Ivy #1–2, Knight Terrors: Punchline #1–2, and Knight Terrors: Zatanna #1–2.

Knight Terrors Vol. 4: Terror Titans

In hardcover on March 5, collecting Knight Terrors: Titans #1–2, Knight Terrors: Shazam! #1–2, Knight Terrors: Black Adam #1–2, Knight Terrors: Angel Breaker #1–2, and Knight Terrors: Ravager #1–2.

Lazarus Planet

Paperback coming in July, following the hardcover, and collecting Lazarus Planet: Alpha, Lazarus Planet: Assault on Krypton, Lazarus Planet: We Once Were Gods, Lazarus Planet: Legends Reborn, Lazarus Planet: Next Evolution, Lazarus Planet: Dark Fate, and Lazarus Planet: Omega.

Lobo Big Fraggin Compendium Book One

No word on contents, but includes stories, obviously, written by Keith Giffen and Alan Grant.

Milestone Compendium Book Three

Issues from Static, Icon, Hardware, and Blood Syndicate, at least. The last compendium had about 10 issues from each series, so while this could finish Blood Syndicate (to issue #35), the others still have 25 or more issues, so probably not the last volume.

Monkey Prince Vol. 1: Enter the Monkey

Issues #1–6 by Gene Luen Yang and Bernard Chang, in paperback following the hardcover.

Naomi: Season Two

In paperback following the hardcover, the six-issue miniseries by Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker, and Jamal Campbell.

The New Champion of Shazam!

Paperback of the four-issue miniseries by Josie Campbell and Doc Shaner, plus Lazarus Planet: Once We Were Gods material, following the hardcover.

Nightwing Vol. 3: The Battle for Bludhaven's Heart

In paperback, following the hardcover by Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo, collecting issues #92–96.

Nightwing Vol. 5

The fifth collection from Tom Taylor, in June in hardcover.

Nightwing: A Knight in Bludhaven Compendium Book One

New larger-page-count series of Nightwing collections; this will surely be mostly Chuck Dixon’s run, but this first one also seems to include the Nightwing miniseries by Dennis O’Neil and/or Nightwing: Alfred’s Return by Alan Grant.

Peacemaker Tries Hard!

The six-issue Black Label miniseries by Kyle Starks and Steve Pugh.

The Penguin

First collection of the new series (miniseries?) by Tom King, in hardcover in June.

Poison Ivy Vol. 1: The Virtuous Cycle

Paperback, following the hardcover, by G. Willow Wilson and Marcio Takara. Collects issues #1–6.

Punchline: The Gotham Game

In paperback, following the hardcover, by Tini Howard.

Red Hood: Outlaws Volume One

First volume of the Webtoon series, starring Red Hood Jason Todd, Artemis, and Bizarro, in February.

Red Hood: Outlaws Volume Two

Second volume of the Webtoon series, in July.

Robin: Tim Drake Compendium Book One

I’m not so happy to see this an omnibus instead of more trades, but I am happy to see that interest in this material hasn’t been forgotten on DC’s side. Contents appear to be at least the first Robin miniseries and likely the second and third by Chuck Dixon; not sure if that extends to any of the regular series material. Coming in June.

The Sandman Universe: Nightmare Country

Paperback, following the hardcover, by James Tynion, and collecting the six-issue miniseries in April, in time for the hardcover of the sequel.

The Sandman Universe: Nightmare Country - The Glass House

The newest six-issue Nightmare Country miniseries by James Tynion.

Secret Six by Gail Simone Omnibus Vol. 1

Given that we’ve got full trades already, I’m not mad about this as an omnibus; I’m just even more glad that DC still remembers and appreciates Gail Simone’s Secret Six material. If you have not read this, it is an underrated superhero horror crime gem in the DC library. See my review of Secret Six: The Darkest House.

Seven Soldiers by Grant Morrison Omnibus (New Edition)

New printing of the Grant Morrison connected miniseries masterpiece. Collects Seven Soldiers #0–1, Seven Soldiers: Shining Knight #1–4, Seven Soldiers: Guardian #1–4, Seven Soldiers: Zatanna#1–4, Seven Soldiers: Klarion the Witch Boy #1–4, Seven Soldiers: Mister Miracle #1–4, Seven Soldiers: Bulleteer #1–4, and Seven Soldiers: Frankenstein #1. I reviewed all four volumes of Seven Soldiers.

Shazam! Vol. 1: Thunderstruck

First collection of the new series by Mark Waid and Dan Mora, in June in hardcover.

Spirit World

Paperback collection of the new series by Alyssa Wong and Haining, spinning off from Lazarus Planet as part of DC’s new AAPI community-led initiative. Collects issues #1–6 in April.

Static: Shadows of Dakota

Collects the six-issue Static: Season Two miniseries by Vita Ayala and Nicholas Draper-Ivey. In hardcover in February; seems like this was pushed back from this coming November. Previous solicitation had the Static Team-Up: Anansi special in there, too, but it’s not mentioned now.

Steelworks Vol. 1: A Hero Reborn

Never did think I’d be reading a Steel series by Michael Dorn. In hardcover, in May, collecting issues #1–6.

Super Sons: The Complete Series Vol. 1

In paperback in June. No word on contents, but most likely this is the various omnibuses split down into paperbacks.

Superboy: The Man of Tomorrow

In paperback in March, collecting the six issue miniseries by Kenny Porter.

Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow: The Deluxe Edition

Deluxe edition of the eight-issue miniseries by Tom King and Bilquis Evely, coming in July. I reviewed Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow and loved it.

Superman by Kurt Busiek Book One

The solicitation suggests this will collect at least Kurt Busiek’s Superman: Secret Identity miniseries with Stuart Immonen, though the cover reflects Busiek’s run on Superman from issues #650 to 675. That includes the recently re-collected Superman: Camelot Falls with the late Carlos Pacheco. Busiek also wrote Superman in Action Comics among other things.

Superman Emperor Joker: The Deluxe Edition

one among many good events from the Jeph Loeb Superman era, and certainly deserving of this deluxe edition. Collects Superman #160–161, Adventures of Superman #582–583, Superman: Man of Steel #104–105, Action Comics #769–770 and Superman: Emperor Joker #1. One of these days I’d like to see the powerful epilogue from Action Comics #784 included here too.

Superman Vol. 2: The Chained

Second collection of the new Joshua Williamson run, in hardcover in May, and apparently leading out from Knight Terrors.

Superman vs. Meshi Vol. 3

Third volume of the food-focused Superman manga.

Superman: Action Comics Vol 1: Rise of Metallo

Collects issues #1051–1056 by Philip Kennedy Johnson in paperback, apparently, in March. The backups by Dan Jurgens and etc. are being collected separately.

Superman: Lois & Clark 2: Doom Rising

The backup stories by Dan Jurgens and Lee Weeks from the Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special and Action Comics #1051–1057, in paperback in February. I wonder if new “young Jon Kent” material is a nod toward the character’s two fanbases.

Superman: Son of Kal-El Vol. 3: Battle for Gamorra

In paperback following the hardcover, the final dedicated collection of the Tom Taylor series.

Superman: Space Age

In paperback following the hardcover, the three-issue miniseries by Mark Russell and Mike Allred.

Swamp Thing: Green Hell

Paperback of the three-issue Black Label miniseries by Jeff Lemire and Doug Mahnke, following the hardcover.

Tales From Dark Crisis

In paperback in June, following the hardcover, and collecting Justice League: Road to Dark Crisis #1, Dark Crisis: The Deadly Green #1, Dark Crisis: The Dark Army #1, Dark Crisis: War Zone #1, and Dark Crisis: Big Bang #1.

Task Force Z Vol. 2: What's Eating You?

In paperback, following the hardcover, by Matthew Rosenberg, Eddy Barrows, and company. Task Force Z Vol. 2 had some nice twists, though I ultimately ranked Task Force Z Vol. 1 a little higher.

Teen Titans: Year One (New Edition)

New collection of the six-issue miniseries by Amy Wolfram and Karl Kerschl. Not to be confused with the other Teen Titans origin story solicited here from Mark Waid

Tim Drake: Robin Vol. 2

Second and final collection of the Meghan Fitzmartin series, collecting issues #7–10.

Titans Vol. 1: Out of the Shadows

In hardcover in June, the first volume of the new series by Tom Taylor and Nicola Scott.

Unstoppable Doom Patrol

Spinning out of Lazarus Planet, the first collection by Dennis Culver and Chris Burnham, in hardcover in April.

The Vigil

In paperback in April, issues #1–6 of the new series by Ram V and Lalit Kumar, spinning out of Lazarus Planet as part of DC’s AAPI community-led initiative.

Vixen: NYC Volume Five

In May, collecting the Webtoon series.

Vixen: NYC Volume Four

In March, collecting the Webtoon series.

Vixen: NYC Volume Six

In July, collecting the Webtoon series.

WildC.A.T.s Compendium

The solicitation description seems to be for the first volume of Matthew Rosenberg’s new series, coming later this month in hardcover, though the author credits suggest something more like an anniversary volume with work by Jim Lee and etc. In paperback in July, whatever it may be.

WildC.A.T.s Vol. 2

In hardcover in March, the second collection by Matthew Rosenberg. Said to be issues #7–12.

Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Outlaw

In hardcover in July by Tom King and Daniel Sampere.

Wonder Woman: The Golden Age Omnibus Vol. 6

In hardcover in July, collecting stories from the 1950s with Robert Kanigher and Harry G. Peter.

World's Finest: Teen Titans Vol. 1

In hardcover in May, the newest retelling of the origins of the Titans by Mark Waid and Emanuela Lupacchino. Is this an ongoing?

Zatanna & the Ripper Volume Three

Third Webtoons volume, coming in May.

Zatanna by Paul Dini (New Edition)

New printing of the collection, including Zatanna #1–16, Zatanna: Everyday Magic, and Black Canary and Zatanna: Bloodspell, which I reviewed back in 2014.