Superman: Triangle Era Omnibus, DC Finest: Catwoman and Zero Hour, DC vs. Marvel omnibuses, DC Compact Comics, Deathstroke Omnibus, Titans: Beast World, House of Brainiac, Battle for the Cowl, Batman: Murderer Turned Fugitive, more in DC Comics Fall 2024 solicitations


The DC Comics Fall 2024 trade paperback and hardcover catalog solicitations seem more focused on collecting classic DC material than recent, previous seasons have.

If you look at Spring 2023, Fall 2023, and Spring 2024, in all of those we were concerned about the dearth of collections of classic material, but we see a lot more here. Most of that is in the new DC Finest, and if I’m predisposed to worry about the longevity of a collections series-within-a-series, then at least between these and the DC Compact Comics, it sure seems like someone in DC collections is thinking about new ways to get material into the hands of fans.

There is a preponderance of Golden Age and Silver Age material among those DC Finest books — Aquaman, Green Lantern, Justice League, Justice Society, Superman, Supergirl, Flash. That’s not where my reading interests lie, but I know it does for some of you. But then also the Green Arrow book, seemingly with Mike Grell stories, or the Wonder Woman book, collecting Gail Simone’s run, or Catwoman: Life Lines, with some of Selina’s early post-Crisis stories. Batman: Year One & Two, maybe the first time those two stories have been collected together, along with the issues published around them from 1987. Little if any of that hasn’t been collected already, but I could make a good list of other series that could be collected in that manner. I’m hopeful.

Also of note is DC Finest: Events: Zero Hour Part 1. I tell you what, about 500 pages under the banner of “DC … Events”? My list is long. Armageddon 2001, Eclipso: The Darkness Within, Bloodlines, War of the Gods, Final Night, Genesis, and on and on. I could do some damage with this one.

Superman: The Triangle Era Omnibus Vol. 1 is obviously also big news here. That’s been a long time coming and I’m elated, but my coverage of it in this post will be light because I’ll be dedicating a whole other post to it soon. Stay tuned.

An oddity on this list is a whole slew of DC hardcovers and their subsequent paperbacks arriving on the same day. Except in special situations, simultaneous release of hardcovers and paperbacks doesn’t make much business sense (hardcovers for readers willing to pay more to read sooner) and I’d think of DC was actually going to do that, we’d have seen a press release. I’m sure if it is the case, some of you trade-only-waiters will be very happy.

There’s other good stuff here, too much in total to mention: Superman: House of Brainiac and Titans: Beast World, the Deathstroke: The Terminator by Marv Wolfman Omnibus Vol. 1 and the two DC vs Marvel omnibuses, Batman: Battle for the Cowl - The Complete Collection and the Batman: Bruce Wayne - Murderer Turned Fugitive Omnibus, and on and on. Enough intro — let’s get to the list.

52 Volume Two (New Edition) TP

Collects the end of the 52 saga, issues #27–52.

100 Bullets: Brother Lono the Deluxe Edition HC

Collects the eight-issue 100 Bullets sequel miniseries by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso, along with a new 100 Bullets story exclusive to the collection.

Absolute Batman: Arkham Asylum (New Edition) HC

New printing of the Absolute Batman: Arkham Asylum. Said to have been color “revived” by artist Dave McKean, and with extras including afterwords by Grant Morrison, McKean, and Karen Berger.

Absolute Batman: Death of the Family HC

Absolute collection of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s noted Batman: Death of the Family crossover (I reviewed it in 2013). Interesting about this volume is that it’s also got the first issue of Tony Daniel’s Batman: Detective Comics: Vol. 1: Faces of Death, a book that’s not really related except that the first issue establishes the Joker’s “new look” that factored into Snyder’s run.

Absolute Batman: The Dark Knight – Master Race (New Edition) HC

New printing of the Absolute Batman: The Dark Knight: The Master Race. Includes the nine-issue miniseries, the mini-comic tie-in issues, and the Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade prequel. By Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, John Romita Jr., Andy Kubert and more.

Absolute Justice (New Edition) HC

Absolute collection of the 12-issue series, pitting the Justice League against the Legion of Doom, written by Jim Krueger and painted by Alex Ross. Have not read this one either, but maybe I should.

Absolute Mister Miracle by Tom King and Mitch Gerads HC

Collects the 12-issue miniseries by Tom King and Mitch Gerads. I reviewed Mister Miracle in 2021 and I think my first paragraph still holds up: “Mister Miracle is dead, Mister Miracle is alive, Mister Miracle is in heaven, Mister Miracle is in hell, Mister Miracle has the opportunity to escape from both but doesn’t take it. All of this is real. None of this is happening. Darkseid is. Batman kills babies. The sins of the father are visited on the son. The Fourth World is always arriving, never arrived. What color were Big Barda’s eyes again? Tom King and Mitch Gerads' collected Mister Miracle isn’t telling.”

Absolute Transmetropolitan Vol. 1 (New Edition) HC

Issues #1–21 in new printing of the Absolute.

Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent TP

Paperback of Tom Taylor’s six-issue miniseries, following the hardcover.

Alan Scott: The Green Lantern TP

The six-issue miniseries by Tim Sheridan and Cian Tormey, in paperback in September, part of DC’s New Golden Age initiative.

All-Star Batman by Scott Snyder: The Deluxe Edition HC

Deluxe edition of Scott Snyder’s All-Star Batman series that followed his Batman proper run. I reviewed All-Star Batman Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy in 2017. I expect this will collect the whole 14-issue series, with artists including John Romita and Rafael Albuquerque; in general I’d say we have some really dynamic Batman stories with great art, only marred by the fact that some of what ties here to Dark Nights: Metal didn’t quite line up and some never manifested and remained unexplained.

Amazons Attack TP

Collecting the start of the new series(?) by Josie Campbell and Vasco Georgiev, in paperback in September.

American Vampire Book One TP

No contents so far, so I’m not sure if this is exactly the same as issues #1–11 in the DC Compact Comics version or not, though at four times the price.

American Vampire Book One: DC Compact Comics Edition TP

Said to collect Scott Snyder’s American Vampire #1–11.

[See the latest DC trade solicitations.]

Animal Man by Grant Morrison and Chaz Truog Compendium TP

Nice to see the artist getting a credit in this title, too. No word on the contents yet, but I wonder at “Compendium” here – is it not “omnibus” only because it’s not hardcover? It’s not as though there’s other material outside the Animal Man title proper by Morrison that could be included in a “compendium,” a la Kyle Rayner appearances outside the Green Lantern title. I did a survey of Grant Morrison’s Animal Man books back in 2007.

Aquaman by Peter David Omnibus HC

One of a few omnibuses on this list that I’m pleased to see mainly because I’d really like the trades to continue. Said to collect Aquaman (1994) #0–49 (though Peter David only wrote to issue #46), Aquaman Annual #1–4, Aquaman: Time & Tide #1–4, Tempest #1–4, “and more.” Two previous trades only went up to issue #20; all of this, of course, is the Zero Hour-era harpoon-hand Aquaman.

The Bat-Man: First Knight Vol. 1 HC

Avoiding spoilers so I’m not wholly sure if this is Elseworlds or related to something I believe is happening in the mainstream Batman titles, but coming in November from Dan Jurgens and Mike Perkins.

Batgirl: Stephanie Brown Vol. 1 (New Edition) TP

A new printing of the Batgirl: Stephanie Brown series, collecting issues #1–12 of Bryan Q. Miller’s superlative series (I reviewed Batgirl Rising in 2010). Sure, I’m happy this is being kept in print, but something else DC could do is give us a compendium collection of all of Spoiler’s early appearances, warts and all.

Batman '66 Omnibus (New Edition) HC

New printing of the omnibus, with Batman '66 #1–30 and Batman '66: The Lost Episode.

The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries Vol. 5 TP

By Sholly Fisch and Dario Brizuela.

Batman & Superman World's Finest: The Silver Age Omnibus Vol. 1 (New Edition) HC

New printing of the classic Superman #76 and World’s Finest #71–116. With a foreword from Mark Waid.

Batman and Robin Vol. 1: Father and Son TP

Joshua Williamson’s new series, in paperback in August.

Batman by Grant Morrison Book One TP

No contents listed, but obviously this is Grant Morrison’s run on Batman and related titles starting with Batman #655.

Batman by Paul Dini Omnibus (New Edition) HC

New edition of the omnibus, collecting Batman #685 (1940-); Batman Annual #1 (2016-); Batman Black and White #3 (2013-); Batman: Gotham Knights #14 (2000-); Batman: Streets of Gotham #1–4, #7, #10–14, and #16–21; DCU Holiday Special #1; Detective Comics #821–824, #826–828, #831, #833–834, #837–841, #843–850, #852, and a story from #1000. Is it weird that the No Man’s Land-era Batman: Harley Quinn one-shot isn’t in here?

Batman by Tom King Book One TP

I guess there have been Batman: Rebirth deluxe editions but not specifically a sequential Batman by Tom King collections run? Anyway, this will collect Batman: Rebirth #1, Batman #1–6 and #9–22 (skipping “Night of the Monster Men” …), Flash #21–22 (but including “The Button”), and – for the first time, maybe? – the Batman/Elmer Fudd Special #1. Individual volumes collected here include I Am Gotham, I Am Suicide, and I Am Bane.

Batman Incorporated: The Complete Series TP

If there is a weird trend among these solicitations, it is taking what were either Infinite Frontier-era miniseries (or, if you’re not feeling charitable, Infinite Frontier-era series that became miniseries when they didn’t quite hit the big time) and publishing them as 12-issue collections when they’ve already been released as two six-issue collections. If you were to ask me to identify books on this list that might not actually see the light of day, these new bigger collections of series that probably sold through whatever limited interest they had in their first round of collections would be high on that list.

That said, this is the new Batman, Incorporated issues #1–12 by Ed Brisson and John Timms.

Batman Vol. 1: I Am Gotham (New Edition) TP

New printing of Tom King’s Batman: Rebirth and issues #1–6. I reviewed I Am Gotham in 2017.

Batman Vol. 2: I Am Suicide (New Edition) TP

New printing of Tom King’s Batman issues #9–15. I reviewed I Am Suicide in 2017.

Batman Vol. 2: The Bat-Man of Gotham TP

Paperback of Chip Zdarsky’s second Batman volume, following the hardcover, and collecting issues #131–136.

Batman Vol. 3: I Am Bane (New Edition) TP

Collects Tom King’s Batman #16–20, #23–24 and “stories from” Batman Annual #1. I reviewed I Am Bane in 2017.

Batman Vol. 3: The Joker Year One HC

Equally possible that DC is seemingly releasing the hardcover and paperback of Chip Zdarsky’s third Batman collection on the same day in September because they’re just that excited to have a “Year One” Joker story on the stands, as it is there’s something hinky with the hardcover/paperback listings in this catalog. Either way, look for this to be re-released as just plain Joker: Year One in time for the new Joker movie or sooner. You can really only go to this well once; I don’t think DC quite got it right with Deathstroke: Year One, but hopefully the Joker book fares better.

Batman Vol. 3: The Joker Year One TP

Paperback of the same.

Batman: Battle for the Cowl - The Complete Collection TP

No contents to tell us how complete the "complete collection" is, but this is the post-Batman RIP event.

Batman: Bruce Wayne - Murderer Turned Fugitive Omnibus HC

It’s perhaps overdue and quite sensible that the awkwardly named Murderer/Fugitive (subsequent events often run together) should be renamed “Murderer Turned Fugitive,” letting alone that a more accurate title would be “Accused of Murder and Turned Fugitive.” Anyway, this collects Batgirl #24, #27, #29, and #33, Batman #599–607, Batman: Gotham Knights #25–32, Batman: The 10-Cent Adventure #1, Birds of Prey #39, #40–41, #43, Detective Comics #766–775, Nightwing #65–66 and #68–69, and Robin #98–99, mapping to the expanded collections from 2014.

Batman: City of Madness HC

Collects the three-issue “cosmic horror” Batman tale by Christian Ward, in hardcover in September.

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

Ram V and Rafael Albuquerque’s second Detective Comics volume, collecting issues #1066–1069, in paperback following the hardcover.

Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 3: Gotham Nocturne: Act II HC

Third collection of Ram V’s run, collecting issues #1071–1075.

Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 3: Gotham Nocturne: Act II TP

Paperback of the same, said to be released on the same day in September, but I’m skeptical.

Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 4: Gotham Nocturne Intermezzo: Batman, Outlaw HC

These are coming fast and furious. Takes place after the "Gotham War" crossover.

Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 4: Gotham Nocturne Intermezzo: Batman, Outlaw TP

Also skeptical about the same December release date as the hardcover.

Batman: Gargoyle of Gotham - The Deluxe Edition HC

In deluxe hardcover, Rafael Grampa’s four-issue miniseries, which also earned mention in Tales From Dark Crisis as taking place on Earth-46.

Batman: Gargoyle of Gotham - The Noir Edition HC

Black-and-white release of the four-issue Rafael Grampa miniseries.

Batman: Hush: DC Compact Comics Edition TP

Batman #608–619 and the story from Wizard #0 by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee.

Batman: Justice Buster Vol. 4 TP

The fourth and final volume of Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi’s Batman manga, originally published in Japan and now translated to English.

Batman: Off-World TP

In paperback in November, the miniseries by Jason Aaron and Doug Mahnke.

Batman: The Arkham Saga Omnibus (New Edition) HC

Collects Batman: Arkham Asylum: The Road to Arkham, Batman: Arkham City #1–5, Batman: Arkham City: End Game #1, Batman: Arkham Knight #1–12, Batman: Arkham Knight Annual #1, Batman: Arkham Knight: Batgirl & Harley Quinn #1, Batman: Arkham Knight Genesis #1–6, Batman: Arkham Knight: Robin Special #1, Batman: Arkham Origins, and Batman: Arkham Unhinged.

Batman: The Cult (New Edition) TP

Not sure what it is with Jim Starlin and Bernie Wrightson’s excellent Batman: The Cult that’s sparking multiple reprints, but this is the non-deluxe version.

Batman: The Cult Deluxe Edition HC

Deluxe edition of Jim Starlin and Bernie Wrightson’s Batman: The Cult miniseries, pitting Batman against Deacon Blackfire. In the course of writing this very paragraph, I’ve realized I have a Cult review that I wrote, just didn’t have a slot to run it on the site, and then forgot about — for, like, a decade. Maybe I’ll rectify that when this deluxe edition gets released in November.

Batman: Wayne Family Adventures Volume Five TP

The finale of season two of the Webtoon series, collecting episodes #98–116. Does anyone reading this follow Webtoon regularly on the web, like in first run? I have questions. Get in touch?

Batman/Dylan Dog TP

Team-up with the Italian comics series.

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

In paperback following the hardcover, collecting issues #12–17.

Batman/Superman: World's Finest Vol. 4: Return to Kingdom Come HC

Well that title’s a spoiler! Should pick up with issue #18, in hardcover in September.

Batman/Superman: World's Finest Vol. 4: Return to Kingdom Come TP

Another claiming to be released on the same day as the hardcover.

Batwoman: Elegy (New Edition) TP

New printing of the Kate Kane stories by Greg Rucka, being Detective Comics issues #854–860. The Batwoman by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III trade has Detective #854–863.

Birds of Prey Vol. 1: Megadeath TP

Kelly Thompson and Leonardo Romero’s issues #1–6, in paperback in August.

Birds of Prey Vol. 2 TP

Second collection, in paperback in January 2025, from Kelly Thompson and Javier Pina.

Birds of Prey: Murder and Mystery (New Edition) TP

New collection of Gail Simone’s first issues on Birds of Prey, #56–67. This is the Of Like Minds and Sensei and Student collections.

Blue Beetle Vol. 1: Scarab War! TP

First collection proper of the Blue Beetle series by Josh Trujillo, due in August, following the Blue Beetle: Graduation Day miniseries.

Blue Beetle Vol. 2 TP

Second collection by Josh Trujillo, due in January 2025.

Brave & Bold Vol. 1: Lords of Luck (New Edition) TP

Did I, uh … did I never read any of the Brave and the Bold series started by Mark Waid after Brave & the Bold Vol. 1: Lords of Luck? That is shocking! Anyway, seems to me having Waid back at DC means this first volume’s getting a reprint (or it’s the similarity between the title and an upcoming movie); maybe other collections will follow if we’re lucky.

Catwoman Vol. 4 TP

By Tini Howard, following the “Gotham War” crossover with Chip Zdarsky’s Batman.

Catwoman: Trail of the Catwoman: DC Compact Comics Edition TP

Collects Catwoman: Selina’s Big Score, Catwoman #1–9, and the backup stories from Detective Comics #759–762 by Ed Brubaker with Darwyn Cooke and more. That’s the Dark End of the Street and Crooked Little Town collections.

Dark Knights of Steel Vol. 2 TP

In paperback, following the hardcover, and collecting issues #7–12 and the Dark Knights of Steel: Tales from the Three Kingdoms special.

DC Finest: Aquaman: The King of Atlantis TP

Looks to be Silver Age Aquaman stories by Jack Miller, Robert Bernstein, and Ramona Fradon.

DC Finest: Batman: Year One & Two TP

This is among the upcoming DC Finest books that we knew about, and we now know it collects Batman #404–414, Batman Annual #11, and Detective Comics #571–581. That’s “Batman: Year One” plus some but not all of the stories from the Batman: Second Chances collection (stories introducing Jason Todd, sans Batman #402–403 and #415–416) and “Batman: Year Two” and give or take the contents of Batman: The Dark Knight Detective Vol. 1 (sans Detective #568–570 and #582). Complete is complete and I’d as soon not have any issues missing, but basically these are the concurrent Batman/Detective issues from 1987.

DC Finest: Catwoman: Life Lines TP

Collects Action Comics #611–614, Catwoman Defiant #1, Showcase '93 #1–4, Catwoman (1989) #1–4, Catwoman (1993) #1–12, and the Catwoman Annual #1.

DC Finest: Events: Zero Hour Part 1 TP

No contents as of yet, but given 496 pages, presumably we’re looking at all the tie-ins over multiple volumes. Coming in December.

DC Finest: Green Arrow TP

The solicitation doesn’t say so, but the cover art is Mike Grell’s and it says “The Longbow Hunters” on it. At 600 pages, looks like this will be going into Grell’s run; happy to see it continue to be accessible but also there’s other titles for which we don’t have a full collections set. Maybe this will go on into the Chuck Dixon material.

DC Finest: Green Lantern: The Defeat of Green Lantern TP

Silver Age Green Lantern stories.

DC Finest: Justice League of America: The Bridge Between Earths TP

No contents yet but this looks to be something to do with the classic “Crisis on Multiple Earths” stories.

DC Finest: Justice Society of America: For America and Democracy TP

What appears to be Golden Age JSA stories.

DC Finest: Legion of Super-Heroes TP

No contents yet, but the subtitle says “Zap Goes the Legion,” a reference to a story in Action Comics #386 from 1970.

DC Finest: Supergirl: The Girl of Steel TP

The cover suggests a collection of Supergirl’s Silver Age debut and early appearances; the solicitation describes early issues of the 2005 Jeph Loeb/Joe Kelly series.

DC Finest: Superman: The Coming of Superman TP

The first two years of Superman’s Golden Age adventures, Action Comics #1–25, Superman #1–5, and New York World’s Fair #1.

DC Finest: The Flash: The Human Thunderbolt TP

Silver Age stories from Flash #105–123 and Showcase #4, #8, and #13–14.

DC Finest: Wonder Woman: Origins & Omens TP

The solicitation says this collects Gail Simone’s Wonder Woman run, including The Circle, Ends of the Earth, Rise of the Olympian (one of my very favorites), and Warkiller. But, if indeed the issues collected are just Wonder Woman (2006) #14–35, Outsiders: Five of a Kind - Wonder Woman/Grace #1 (Marc Andreyko), and Brave & Bold #7 (Mark Waid), then this is not all of Simone’s run, which went from #14–44 plus a story in issue #600.

DC Power 2024 HC

In January 2025, collecting the DC Power 2024 special.

DC Versus Marvel Omnibus HC

As previously announced, due out in hardcover in August, and collecting Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man #1, Marvel Treasury Edition #28, DC Special Series #27, Marvel and DC Present: Featuring the Uncanny X-Men and the New Teen Titans #1, Batman/Punisher: Lake of Fire #1, Punisher/Batman: Deadly Knights #1, Darkseid Vs. Galactus: The Hunger #1, Spider-Man and Batman #1, Green Lantern/Silver Surfer: Unholy Alliances #1, Silver Surfer/Superman #1, Batman/Captain America #1, Daredevil/Batman #1, Batman/Spider-Man #1, Superman/Fantastic Four #1, Incredible Hulk vs. Superman #1, and Batman/Daredevil #1.

DC Versus Marvel: The Amalgam Age Omnibus HC

The crossover event and most of its amalgamated one-shot specials, being DC vs. Marvel #1 and 4 and Marvel vs. DC #2–3, Amazon #1, Assassins #1, Dr. Strangefate #1, Dark Claw #1, Super Soldier #1, Bruce Wayne: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1, Bullets and Bracelets #1, Speed Demon #1, Spider-Boy #1, X-Patrol #1, DC/Marvel All Access #1–4, Bat-Thing #1, Dark Claw Adventures #1, Generation Hex #1, JLX Unleashed #1, Lobo the Duck #1, Super Soldier: Man of War #1, Challengers of the Fantastic #1, Exciting X-Patrol #1, Iron Lantern #1, Magnetic Men Featuring Magneto #1, Spider-Boy Team-Up #1, Thorion of the New Asgods #1, and Unlimited Access #1–4. Due out in August.

DCeased: War of the Undead Gods TP

In paperback, following the hardcover, and collecting the final eight-issue miniseries of the main trilogy.

The Death and Return of Superman 30th Anniversary Collection TP

Feels like it took this an unusually long time to come out (the special was published last November, the “collection” will be out in December), but then again we didn’t used to get “collection” editions of single-issue specials or notable issues. Glad to have an opportunity to read it.

Death: At Death's Door (New Edition) TP

New printing of the classic Sandman manga by Jill Thompson.

Deathstroke: The Terminator by Marv Wolfman Omnibus Vol. 1 HC

Said to collect the 1991 Deathstroke, the Terminator series #1–26, Deathstroke Annual #1–2 (“Eclipso, the Darkness Within” and “Bloodlines” respectively), New Titans #70; Superman #68, and stories from Showcase '93 #6–11. The recent-ish set of Deathstroke paperbacks went up to issue #34, plus all of the extras above, with Deathstroke, the Terminator: Crash or Burn ending with issue #25 and Deathstroke, the Terminator: World Tour collecting #26–34. So, there’s nothing previously uncollected in this book and I’d venture it’s actually going to end with issue #25, not issue #26, but the good news is the next volume ought start to get into uncollected material. This Deathstroke series ran to issue #60 and four annuals.

Detective Comics #1000: The Deluxe Edition (New Edition) HC

New printing of the Detective Comics #1000 anthology, with additional stories by Robert Venditti and Alan Grant.

Elseworlds: Batman Vol. 1 (New Edition) TP

Just in time for DC to relaunch Elseworlds, this is Batman: Holy Terror, Batman: The Blue, the Grey, and the Bat, Robin 3000 #1–2, Batman/Dark Joker: The Wild, Batman/Houdini: The Devil’s Workshop, Batman: Castle of the Bat, Batman: In Darkest Knight (a personal fav), and Batman: Dark Allegiances.

Elseworlds: Batman Vol. 2 (New Edition) TP

This one is wholly Doug Moench, Kelley Jones, and company’s “Red Rain” saga, being Batman & Dracula: Red Rain, Batman: Bloodstorm, and Batman: Crimson Mist.

Elseworlds: Batman Vol. 3 (New Edition) TP

Collects Batman: Brotherhood of the Bat, Batman: Dark Knight of the Round Table #1–2, Batman: Knight Gallery, Batman: Masque, and Batman: Scar of the Bat.

Elseworlds: Justice League Vol. 1 (New Edition) TP

Collects Elseworld’s Finest #1–2, Elseworld’s Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl #1, Justice Riders #1, League of Justice #1–2, Titans: Scissors, Paper, Stone #1, and Wonder Woman: Amazonia #1.

Elseworlds: Justice League Vol. 2 (New Edition) TP

Collects Batman: Nosferatu, Superman: Metropolis, and Wonder Woman: The Blue Amazon (the German Expressionist cinema trilogy by Jean-Marc Lofficier, Randy Lofficier, and Ted McKeever), Elseworlds 80-Page Giant #1 (including the “Letitia Lerner, Superman’s Babysitter,” story that once saw the issue pulped), and JLA: Act of God #1–3.

Elseworlds: Justice League Vol. 3 (New Edition) TP

Collects Conjurors #1–3, Flashpoint (1999) #1–3, Superman and Batman: World’s Funniest #1, JLA: Created Equal #1–2, and Green Lantern: 1001 Emerald Nights.

Elseworlds: Superman Vol. 1 (New Edition) TP

Collects Superman: Speeding Bullets (another favorite), Superman: Kal, Superman: Distant Fires, Superman: A Nation Divided, Superman, Inc., and Superman: War of the Worlds.

Elseworlds: Superman Vol. 2 (New Edition) TP

Collects Son of Superman, Superboy’s Legion #1–2, Supergirl: Wings, and Superman: True Brit.

The Filth (New Edition) TP

New printing of the 13-issue miniseries by Grant Morrison and Chris Weston.

Fire & Ice: Welcome to Smallville TP

Collects the six-issue miniseries and the backup story from Power Girl Special. By Joanne Starer and Natacha Bustos, in paperback in August.

The Flash by Mark Waid Omnibus Vol. 2 HC

No contents quite yet, but the last omnibus ended with issue #91, so this should pick up with the Zero Hour tie-ins and then “Terminal Velocity.” The previous volume contained about 30 Flash issues, so this could go up to #118 (the end of Flash by Mark Waid Book Five and the finale of “Race Against Time”), and then a third volume would have #119–129 and #142–#162.

The Flash Vol. 2 TP

The second collection by Simon Spurrier.

Flashpoint (New Edition) TP

New printing of the event miniseries.

Green Arrow Vol. 2 TP

Collects issues #7–12 of the Joshua Williamson miniseries.

Green Lantern by Geoff Johns Book Four TP

Collects Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns #1 and Green Lantern #26–38, with ties to both Final Crisis and Blackest Night.

Green Lantern by Geoff Johns Book One (New Edition) TP

Collecting Geoff Johns' Green Lantern: Rebirth #1–6, Green Lantern Secret Files 2005 #1, Green Lantern Corps: Recharge #1–5, and Green Lantern #1–3.

Green Lantern by Geoff Johns Book Three (New Edition) TP

Collects Green Lantern #18–25, Green Lantern Corps #14–18, Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special #1, Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Superman Prime #1 and Green Lantern/Sinestro Corps: Secret Files #1. As the contents suggest, this is in large part the Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War volumes of Geoff Johns' Green Lantern run, which I reviewed back in 2008.

Green Lantern by Geoff Johns Book Two (New Edition) TP

Collects Green Lantern #4–20, being roundabouts the No Fear, Revenge of the Green Lanterns, and Wanted: Hal Jordan collections.

Green Lantern Corps by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason Omnibus Vol. 2 HC

Dare I say Peter Tomasi’s Green Lantern Corps was sometimes even better than Geoff Johns' headlining series – exciting, full of weird aliens, often shockingly violent. This collection picks up with Corps' Blackest Night tie-in, Corps #39–47, before Tomasi switched over to Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors, most/all parts of the “War of the Green Lanterns” storyline, and then following Tomasi back to Green Lantern Corps in the New 52 and into the “Wrath of the First Lantern” crossover. There is certainly some material drawn by Patrick Gleason here, but his credit is a little misleading; among other contributors, Fernando Pasarin draws a whole slew of Emerald Warriors and the New 52 run. This book won’t disappoint; I reviewed Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors in 2011.

All told this is said to be Green Lantern Corps #39–47 and #59–60, Green Lantern Corps (New 52) #0–20, Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #1–13, Blackest Night #8, Green Lantern #65–67, Green Lantern (The New 52) #17 and #20, Green Lantern Corps Annual #1, and a story from Green Lantern 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1.

Green Lantern: War Journal Vol. 1: Contagion TP

In paperback in August, the new series by Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Montos.

Green Lantern: War Journal Vol. 2 TP

Second collection by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, in paperback in January 2025.

Green Lantern/Green Arrow: Hard Travelin' Heroes Omnibus HC

Talk about a comprehensive collection! If it involved Green Lantern and/or Green Arrow in the 1970s (or refers back to that point), it seems to be in here.

First up is the “classic” Green Lantern/Green Arrow “Hard-Traveling Heroes” run of Dennis O’Neil and Neal Adams' issues #76–87, #89, and the backups from Flash #217–219. We’ve also got O’Neil’s Green Lantern backups from Flash (with Dick Giordano and Mike Grell, among others), issues #226–228, #230–231, #233–234 (though not Green Lantern’s team-up with Flash in #235 by Cary Bates), #237–238, and supposedly #240–246, though I don’t believe #244 has Green Lantern in it. Then there’s O’Neil and Grell’s Green Lantern/Green Arrow #90–106 (the “Space-Traveling Heroes” era), and O’Neil’s stories all the way through to Green Lantern taking solo billing again with #123.

But — still more — also a smattering of other related issues, including stories from World’s Finest Comics #201, #210, and #255, Brave and the Bold #100, DC Special Series #1, DC Super-Stars #17, and Green Lantern 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1. Nice to see DC bringing all of this together in one place.

Harley Quinn & the Gotham City Sirens: DC Compact Comics Edition TP

Issues #1–13 by Paul Dini and Guillem March. I reviewed Gotham City Sirens: Union and Gotham City Sirens: Song of the Sirens both in 2011.

Harley Quinn Vol. 1: Girl in a Crisis TP

I’m a little behind on my Harley, but it sure seems like DC’s leaning in to this Harley Breaks the Multiverse aesthetic, as that seems the direction of Tini Howard and Sweeney Boo’s first collection. In paperback in September.

Harley Quinn Vol. 2 TP

The second volume of the current run, with stories by Tini Howard with Sweeney Boo and Sam Maggs with Kelley Jones.

Injustice Compendium One TP

Collects Injustice: Gods Among Us #1–12, Injustice: Gods Among Us Annual #1, Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Two #1–12, Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Two Annual #1, and Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Three #1–12.

Jay Garrick: The Flash TP

The six-issue miniseries by Jeremy Adams and Diego Olortegui, part of DC’s New Golden Age line, in paperback in September.

Joe the Barbarian (New Edition) TP

New printing of the eight-issue, late 2000s Vertigo miniseries by Grant Morrison and Sean Murphy.

John Constantine, Hellblazer by Jamie Delano Omnibus Vol. 1 HC

Collecting John Constantine’s early appearances, including the initial issues of the John Constantine: Hellblazer series by Jamie Delano, including issues #1–22, John Constantine: Hellblazer Annual #1, Swamp Thing #65–77, and Sandman #3. Delano and Garth Ennis provide intros, along with the proposal for the Hellblazer series, the full script for issue #2, and other extras.

The Joker by James Tynion IV Compendium TP

Collects Joker #1–15, Joker 2021 Annual #1, and stories from Batman: The Joker War Zone #1 and Batman #100. Specifically in my review of Joker Vol. 3, I mentioned how impressed I was that this 15-issue series works from start to finish and feels so cohesive; this compendium is definitely the way to read this.

Joker: DC Compact Comics Edition TP

The graphic novel by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo; I reviewed Joker: The Deluxe Edition in 2022. Among the DC Compact Comics, this looks to be one of the shortest, at about 136 pages vs. 300–400 pages for the others, all at a $9.99 price point.

Joker: Killer Smile TP

Paperback of the three-issue miniseries by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino, two creators I really like and I’m surprised I haven’t gotten around to reading this yet.

The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing: The Complete Series TP

Another of the end-of-Infinite-Frontier full-series collections, this one the 12 issues by Matthew Rosenberg (with backups?).

Joker: The World HC

Just recently announced, in the vein of Batman: The World (reviewed in 2021), stories of the Joker told by international creators.

JSA Compendium One TP

No contents listed but we can assume this will go through the James Robinson, David Goyer, and Geoff Johns runs.

Justice League: The World's Greatest Superheroes by Alex Ross & Paul Dini (New Edition) TP

Collects Alex Ross and Paul Dini’s illustrated prose books 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, with promotional art and other extras.

Kneel Before Zod TP

In paperback in January 2025, the miniseries by Joe Casey.

Legion of Super-Heroes: The Great Darkness Saga TP

Previous collections of the same have been Legion of Super-Heroes #284–296 and the first annual of that run.

Midnight, Mass. TP

Said to collect the eight-issue miniseries by John Rozum with Jesus Saiz. It does not say whether the six-issue sequel, Midnight, Mass: Here There Be Monsters, with art by Paul Lee, will also be included.

Multiversity: Harley Screws Up the DCU TP

Paperback of the six-issue miniseries by Frank Tieri, following the hardcover.

Nightwing Vol. 5: Time of the Titans HC

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

Nightwing Vol. 5: Time of the Titans TP

Also listed as arriving in September.

Nightwing Vol. 6 HC

In hardcover, arriving in December. I don’t think this is Tom Taylor’s last Nightwing volume, but rather I think there’s at least still one to follow.

Nightwing Vol. 6 TP

Paperback, supposedly to be released on the same day.

Nightwing: Year One 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (New Edition) HC

New printing of the pre-Flashpoint era Nightwing #101–106 by Chuck Dixon, Scott Beatty, and Scott McDaniel, with a variety of behind-the-scenes extras.

Outsiders Vol. 1 TP

First volume of the new series by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly, in paperback in November. I’m excited for this one when it lands; maybe I’ll pair reading it with Lanzing and Kelly’s new Star Trek series.

Poison Ivy Vol. 3: Mourning Sickness HC

Issues #13–18 from G. Willow Wilson and company.

Poison Ivy Vol. 3: Mourning Sickness TP

Paperback supposedly also coming in September.

Poison Ivy Vol. 4: Origin of Species HC

Collecting issues #19–24.

Poison Ivy Vol. 4: Origin of Species TP

Paperback said to be released in December alongside the hardcover.

Power Girl Vol. 1: Electric Dreams TP

Issues #1–7 by Leah Williams and Eduardo Pansica, in paperback.

Red Hood: Outlaws Volume Three TP

Next of the Webtoons collections.

Robin: Son of Batman by Patrick Gleason: The Deluxe Edition HC

Patrick Gleason’s (and also Ray Fawkes’s) DC You Damian Wayne series was a bit unusual, seemingly mostly an exercise in moving Damian out of the way while Batman was otherwise occupied during “Superheavy” (though it did introduce us to the character find of 2015, Goliath). Still, Damian’s popularity surely makes this worth having in print. In 2017 I reviewed Robin, Son of Batman Vol. 1: Year of Blood and Robin, Son of Batman Vol. 2: Dawn of the Demons.

Scalped Omnibus Vol. 1 HC

Collects Jason Aaron’s Scalped #1–29, of 60 issues total.

Scooby-Doo's Greatest Adventures (New Edition) TP

Collects issues including Scooby-Doo #1, #10, #35, #68, and #72; Scooby-Doo Team-Up #2, #5, #7–9, #12, #18, #37, and #40; and Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #48, #51, #54, #71, #78, #79, #83, and #85.

Speed Force TP

Collects the six-issue miniseries by Jarrett Williams and Daniele Di Nicuolo, in paperback. Trying to avoid spoilers, I don’t really know what this is, but a miniseries devoted to kid speedsters Wallace West and Avery Ho? Sign me up.

Static: Shadows of Dakota TP

Paperback, following the hardcover, of the six-issue miniseries by Vita Ayala and Nikolas Draper-Ivey.

Stormwatch Compendium TP

Collects Stormwatch (Vol. 1) #37–50, Stormwatch Preview #1, and Stormwatch (Vol. 2) #1–11, being Warren Ellis' run on the book ahead of Authority.

Suicide Squad: Dream Team TP

Nicole Maines' Suicide Squad miniseries, which we now know leads into DC’s Absolute Power event.

Suicide Squad: Kill Arkham Asylum TP

In hardcover in November, a five-issue prequel to the Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League video game, by John Layman.

Superman '78: The Metal Curtain TP

The next miniseries by Robert Venditti set in the Christopher Reeve Superman movie-verse.

Superman Vol. 1: Supercorp TP

Paperback of Joshua Williamson and Jamal Campbell’s Superman #1–5, following the hardcover.

Superman Vol. 3: Justice Reborn TP

Third collection of Joshua Williamson’s Superman run, issues #16–21.

Superman: Action Comics Vol. 2: To Hell and Back TP

No clear word on contents except that the solicitation suggests this maybe includes, or at least spins out of, the recent Action Comics Presents: Doomsday special.

Superman: Exile and Other Stories Omnibus (New Edition) HC

New printing that collects Adventures of Superman #445–459, Superman #23–27, Action Comics #643–646, and Action Comics Annual #2. That helps a little with what the Triangle Era omnibus omits, but not entirely. More to come in its own post.

Superman: House of Brainiac TP

Collects Action Comics #1064–1066, Superman #13–15, and Superman: House of Brainiac Special #1, said to be “the full House of Brainiac story,” though the stories from Green Lantern and Power Girl are not listed as included.

Superman: Kryptonite: The Deluxe Edition (New Edition) HC

New collection of Superman Confidential #1–5 and #11, made all the more notable by the passing of both creators Darwyn Cooke and Tim Sale.

Superman: Lost TP

In paperback, Christopher Priest and Carlo Pagulayan’s 10-issue epic.

Superman: The Last Days of Lex Luthor HC

In hardcover in November, the three-issue miniseries by former JLA collaborators Mark Waid and Bryan Hitch.

Superman: The Triangle Era Omnibus Vol. 1 HC

Collects Superman #49–64, Adventures of Superman #472–486, Action Comics #659–673, and Superman: The Man of Steel #1–8. I have so much to say about this one that I’ll cover it in its own post, but this essentially spans from “Krisis of the Krimson Kryptonite” to just before “Panic in the Sky.”

Swamp Thing by Mark Millar and Phil Hester Omnibus HC

Collects Swamp Thing (Vol. 2) #140–171, with an introduction by Phil Hester and an afterword by Mark Millar.

Swamp Thing by Nancy A. Collins Omnibus (New Edition) HC

New printing collecting Swamp Thing #110–139, Swamp Thing Annual #6–7, Black Orchid #5, a story from Vertigo Jam #1, and “the original proposal for ‘Arcane Blood,’ an unpublished Swamp Thing miniseries by Collins.”

Swamp Thing by Rick Veitch Book One: Wild Things TP

Focusing on when Rick Vetch took over after Alan Moore, collecting Swamp Thing #65–73, Swamp Thing Annual #3, John Constantine, Hellblazer #4–5, and “material from” Secret Origins #23 and — supposedly — Infinity Inc. #4, though I wonder if it’s actually Infinity Inc. #46 since Swamp Thing was in that issue and it was a Millennium tie-in, same as Swamp Thing #65–66.

Titans: Beast World Tour TP

Collects Titans: Beast World Tour: Metropolis, Titans: Beast World Tour: Gotham, Titans: Beast World Tour: Central City, Titans: Beast World Tour: Atlantis, and Titans: Beast World Tour: Star City.

Titans: Beast World TP

I take issue with calling this “DC’s first-ever Titans-centric crossover” – “Total Chaos” would like a word. No? “Siege of Zi Charam”? Still no? Anyway, collects the six-issue main series, in August.

We3: The 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (New Edition) HC

New 20th anniversary collection of We3 by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely. Dare I admit I’ve never read this? I know, I need to.

Wesley Dodds: The Sandman TP

The six-issue miniseries by Robert Venditti.

WildCATs Compendium One TP

Collecting the Windstorm series by Jim Lee and company, in paperback in November.

WildCATs: The Complete Series TP

Is there an audience out there that didn’t buy Matthew Rosenberg’s end-of-Infinite-Frontier WildCATs series in two volumes already that is going to buy it in one volume now? That’s the bet I wouldn’t be willing to take.

Wonder Woman by George Perez Vol. 1 (New Edition) TP

New printing of the post-Crisis George Perez run. The solicitation says issues #15–24 and Wonder Woman Annual #1, but that’s the second volume; this should be issues #1–14.

Wonder Woman Vol. 2 TP

Second collection of the Tom King run, in paperback in November.

Wonder Woman: Earth One: DC Compact Comics Edition TP

Collects the three graphic novels by Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette.

Wonder Woman: The Golden Age Omnibus Vol. 6 HC

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

Zatanna & the Ripper Volume Four TP

The fourth Webtoons volume.

Comments ( 13 )

  1. Richard ChoateMarch 31, 2024

    I work in a bookstore and same day releases of paperbacks and hardcovers are becoming a trend for certain genres, namely contemporary romance. It doesn’t surprise me that comics is trying a similar maneuver.

    As for the Infinite Frontier series getting Complete Collections, you seem to be missing that the individual volume releases for those were in hardcover. These complete collections are the first time those series are seeing a paperback release. I don’t collect hardcover. Mainly because of DC’s track record of starting a series in hardcover and switching to paperback partway through. Perfect example is Williamson’s Superman collections, also Grayson from a few years ago. So it’s me. I’m the audience they’re catering to with these. And I’m very excited!

    1. Yes! I totally missed that these were the only paperback releases of these former hardcovers, and now it makes much more sense (you people are so smart!). Given DC's spate of miniseries-pretending-to-be-series these past few years, this is an approach that makes a lot of sense — two hardcovers for people really chomping at the bit, and then one "complete" paperback when maybe sales for two paperbacks wouldn't be as strong (maybe a full collection of Priest's Black Adam might still see the light of day some time)? This makes a lot of sense — now I'm curious if there will be more on the way.

  2. UESPA_SputnikMarch 31, 2024

    One thought regarding the simultaneous release of HC and TPB editions: I think that DC is slowly phasing out HC releases for ongoing series and will only continue the HCs for those series that began as hardcover-first releases so that readers can complete their collection in the same format. For example, once Taylor is off Nightwing I expect it to switch to TPB-only releases. So eventually we'll end up in the same situation that we were at the beginning of Rebirth (everything is TPB except maybe the occasional event which will be HC) which is nice because series that crossover actually sync up and you don't have to let the Catwoman TPB sit on your unread pile for 12 months until the corresponding Batman TPB is finally released.

    1. Also a good thought — maybe what we're seeing here is one of those truncated quick-shift times so those waiting on paperback aren't waiting so long as we move from Dawn of DC to whatever's after Absolute Power. I'd believe that for Nightwing, though will Chip Zdarsky's Batman really go to paperback-only? Are they that concerned with getting Wilson's Poison Ivy series lined up? These catalog releases are famously tentative, so I think I'm still waiting on the monthly solicitations before I truly believe it.

    2. If I recall correctly, the latest solicits (June, I think?) already have a few day and date HC and TP collections coming out. I'm super happy about this. Hardcovers should be reserved for prestige minis and graphic novels and for special deluxe editions of 12 or more issues. I really don't need six issues of regular ongoings to be collected in this format.

  3. To your comment about having not read We3, I've read it and will say that it's one of the most heart-wrenching series I've read. It's very well written and illustrated and left me an emotional wreck by the end.

    Strong recommendation but be warned.

    I put it there with Pride of Baghdad in stories told by animals about humanity's cruelty.

    1. Appreciate the comment. Maybe I’ll have to do a read of standalone Morrison books I missed, at some point. But I read your comment and I’m like, I don’t remember an animal in that Tom King book. But that’s Sheriff of Babylon, not Pride of Baghdad. :)

  4. I'm very happy about the DC Finest line, even if I don't think I'll be picking up any of the initial titles. I hope they bounce around a little with these like Marvel does (they were much more bouncy in the past, but now it's more "in the fall we get a modern Spider-man, in the Spring we get the next Silver/Bronze Age Spider-man Epic Collection"). Armageddon: 2001 would be awesome in this format, as would Final Night, Day of Judgement, etc. I'll be waiting on post-Grell Green Arrow for awhile, I'm guessing.

    I'll be getting both Superman omnis and await your future post about them.

    Other than my normal stuff (GL, WW, Superman), I'll give the Golden Age GL and Flash books a shot as well as the Speed Force one. Not sure if I'll be getting Spurrier's run on Flash yet, and I'm waiting to hear if Amazon Attacks is any good.

    I'm really, massively undecided about how much I want to care about Absolute Power, so I don't know about getting the Dreamer/Suicide Squad book. I'm still dithering about getting Knight Terrors, so I think I have some time to worry about this.

    1. I have high hopes for Amazons Attack as I’ve liked the Nubia books by different creators and I’m eager to see if DC can redeem the “Amazons Attack” name (“bees,” etc.). Someone’s got a lot of confidence launching a title under that name.

      Day of Judgment is one I didn’t name, but that’s a good candidate. Also Underworld Unleashed. My feelings are less strong about Joker’s Last Laugh.

    2. One thing I find pretty interesting is how the different publishing initiatives are absolutely in separate eras (but none of them are the 90s except the Aquaman Omni). Early Silver Age GL jn DC Finest, Hard Travelling Heroes in Omni, fat trades for the early 2000s, and if we want to include it, Compendium format for the 90s, and similar for other characters

  5. Another super comprehensive, in-depth and valuable post. Thank you for all the effort you put into this!

    I'm really looking forward to your Superman Triangle Era article, as that is the moment which got me into weekly "Wednesday Warrior" buying.

  6. Very excited for the advent of the Compact and Finest lines. Nothing in there really for me, but making comics accessible in this way is long overdue.

    The DC/Marvel omnibus collections are must-owns for me, even though I have just about all the floppies. It's the principle of the thing for me, even if two of the issues (JLX, Magneto & the Magnetic Men) are missing (because Gerard Jones is... yeah).

    Interesting that the Batman '66 omnibus still doesn't include the Legion of Super-Heroes one-shot written and drawn by Michael Allred (!).

    I wonder if the "Batman by Grant Morrison" trade will begin with "Gothic," but I rather doubt it.

    That Paul Dini Batman omnibus seems to be exclusively from the Morrison era of the Bat-books. But his Harley Quinn one-shot should be reprinted more often! It's a shame it was missing from the expanded NML trades (but not, I believe, from the omnibus).

    Not quite mentioned in the solicit directly, but Joker: The World will have a Three Jokers epilogue in it.

    I'm a little irritated that JSA is switching to compendium mode. They did five trades (thorugh #58) of a "By Geoff Johns" run, but they bungled the sequence of "Black Reign" and printed it out of order.


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