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

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!  ↩︎


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