Review: Nightwing Vol. 1: Better than Batman (Rebirth) trade paperback (DC Comics)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Grayson fans will be pleased with a Rebirth Nightwing series that, if not quite as powerful, remains faithful to what came before. That cuts both ways, however, because in many respects Nightwing Vol. 1: Better than Batman is about once-reluctant super-spy Dick Grayson finding himself now hesitant to give up the "shoot first and ask questions later" and "consequences be damned" aesthetic of his days with Spyral.

That's a good way to bridge what was and what is, and I hope former Grayson writer Tim Seeley hasn't said all he's going to say on the matter even as Dick seems to put those ghosts to bed by this book's end. In some respects -- like the first Rebirth Batman volume and the first Rebirth Flash volume -- Seeley's story is too easy, and the speed with which Dick is corrupted and then looses that corruption comes too fast, though Seeley handles the "dubious partner" trope better than those others. Again, in a twice-monthly shipping world, maybe this is a matter of adjusting my own expectations for a story; better, I guess, that a story seems too swift than one that drags on.

Review: Batman Vol. 10: Epilogue hardcover/paperback (DC Comics)

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Batman Vol. 10: Epilogue is a controversial volume, the story contents within notwithstanding, because of DC's decision to shunt just two issues of the Batman regular series to their own volume. I do actually applaud DC's commitment to collecting every single issue of the New 52 Batman series, whether written by series author Scott Snyder or not. If I have a criticism, it's not in the decision to collect the stories -- and so if the decision was to collect or not, then DC made the right one -- but rather that it clearly seems there were other places along the way these stories could have been included other than their own volume. The greatest difficulty is how this volume narratively casts the end of Snyder's Batman run for the uninitiated reader who might not know this "end" wasn't precisely how the end played out order-wise.

Review: All-Star Batman Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy hardcover/paperback (DC Comics)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

One thing that struck me about All-Star Batman Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy was its unexpected level of violence. Clearly All-Star marks a Scott Snyder unrestrained, between the amount of pseudo-cursing, his merciless Batman reminiscent even of Frank Miller's All-Star Batman, and getting his Batman back in the cornfields a la Snyder's Batman: Zero Year. But the sheer volume of stabbings, torture, and other misdeeds surprised me, until I recalled that this all started once upon a time with Snyder's Batman: Black Mirror, which came with its own share of blood and dismemberment.

What this most recent All-Star is, in a certain respect, is a return to Scott Snyder, horror writer, which was not wholly absent in Snyder's mainstream Batman title but was surely toned down a little. And Snyder's All-Star is far from toned down; this is not a Batman cruel by any means, but mouthier than we're used to and with little patience for his enemies. And despite all of this, My Own Worst Enemy's themes are hopeful ones; those who follow Snyder to All-Star after his pantheon of "Gotham Is" Batman stories will certainly find those themes continued.

DC Trade Solicitations for July 2017 - Batman: Knightfall Omnibus Vol. 2: Knightquest, Clayface, Batgirl Stephanie Brown Vol. 1, Grayson Omnibus, Justice League: Darkseid War Omnibus, Harley Quinn by Kesel and Dodson

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Time again for DC Comics's trade paperback and collected hardcover solicitations! July 2017 brings us a couple of Rebirth Vol. 2 and 3 collections; in the past week or so I've been reading a lot of the Rebirth material and I've been enjoying it more and more the farther in I go.

It's also a good month for Batman collections, with the "now more complete than ever" Batman: Knightfall Omnibus Vol. 2: Knightquest, Batman: Shadow of the Bat Vol. 2 (which collects some of the same material, I know), and the first new collection of Bryan Q. Miller's Stephanie Brown Batgirl series. There's also Grayson and Justice League: Darkseid War omnibuses, the Swamp Thing: Bronze Age collection, the 25th anniversary Wildstorm collection with all-new material, and more.

And can you believe the Vigilante Vol. 1 collection by Marv Wolfman finally came out?! Got to pick that up if you want it to continue!

Let's see what July 2017 has to offer ...

Absolute Justice League: Origin HC

Joins Absolute Batman: Court of Owls and Absolute Wonder Woman by Azzarello and Chiang as Absolute editions coming out of the New 52 era.

Aquaman Vol. 3: Crown of Atlantis TP

Collects issues #16-24, which is an impressive nine issues (previous volumes were eight issues each, which is also good). We saw the Rebirth Vol. 1 in January and Vol. 2 in April, and then Vol. 3 will be out in September, so a couple extra months between the second and third volumes, though this is still better pacing than we saw before the issues double-shipped.

Batgirl: Stephanie Brown Vol. 1 TP

Definitely deserving of a new collection series, this is the first twelve issues of Bryan Q. Miller's Batgirl series starring former Spoiler Stephanie Brown, which was funny and exciting and well-written and had a lot of heart. This gets all the way through the previous Batgirl Rising trade and into The Flood, and presumably the next collection will finish out the Flood issues and The Lesson.

Batman Vol. 3: I Am Bane TP

Like Aquaman, Batman sees a January-April-September release schedule. Can't argue with 25 issues in the first year; in comparison, it was roughly three-or-so years before DC collected the same amount of New 52 Batman material.

This collection includes issues #16-20 and #23-24, so jumping over the "Button" material (though the solicitation for issue #24 does mention the aftermath of "Button," so it remains to be seen how this will read).

Batman: Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book One HC

Collects the Rebirth special and issues #1-15, so the first two trades and the "Night of the Monster Men" issues, though I would note that it seems the Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, Aquaman, and Green Arrow deluxe Rebirth hardcovers have all been cancelled.

Batman: Arkham — Clayface TP

Another in the Batman: Arkham series, which have turned out to be interesting spotlights on Batman's foes, occasionally collecting some uncollected gems. Interesting in this one seems to be an emphasis on all the different Clayfaces over the years; the classic Detective Comics stories are #40 (movie star Basil Karlo), #298 (treasure hunter Matt Hagen), and #478 (scientist Preston Payne), plus Outsiders #21 ("Lady Clay" Sondra Fuller), Batman #550 (Cassius "Clay" Payne), Catwoman #4 (Todd Russell), and Batman: Gotham Knights #69-71 (Johnny Williams). Being one of the rare collections of Gotham Knights issues, I'd like to hope this is issues #68-71, all four parts of the "Shape of Things to Come" story, and not just parts two through four. Secret Origins #44 is the origin of the "Mudpack" and Batman Villains Secret Files includes a "Who's Who" of the various Clayfaces. The only issue I can't place here is the apparent inclusion of Batman: Gotham Knights #23.

Batman: Knightfall Omnibus Vol. 2: Knightquest HC

These omnibuses are on their way to being the most complete collection of the "Knightfall" storyline ever, with this one including the yet-still-uncollected Justice League Task Force #5-6 and Batman: Shadow of the Bat #21-23 (the latter of which, when it rains it pours, is also collected in its own volume this month; see below). If the third omnibus collects Legends of the Dark Knight #59-61, we'll finally have all the parts of "Knightfall" in collected print.

Batman: Shadow of the Bat Vol. 2 TP

We discussed in my look at the Fall 2017 DC Comics collections that this was something of a funny trade, collecting as it does parts of "Knightfall," "Knightquest: The Crusade," and "Knightquest: The Search," much of which is also collected elsewhere. Still personally I'm curious to read Alan Grant's work linearly to see what themes or recurring images emerge without the static of the other Bat-title parts; also we've got here Batman: Shadow of the Bat Annual #1, adding to the growing pantheon of collected "Bloodlines" annuals.

Cyborg Vol. 2: Danger in Detroit TP

Collects issues #6-13. I liked the first volume and I'm eager for the second, and eight issues is a nice size, too. This finishes the "Imitation of Life" storyline and into "Danger in Detroit."

Deadman by Kelley Jones: The Complete Collection TP

This includes Jones and Mike Baron's Deadman: Love After Death and Exorcism. and some stories from Action Comics Weekly. As the title suggests, the draw is Jones's art, though for completeness I might have liked to see some of Baron's Deadman stories from Action Comics that weren't drawn by Jones.

Earth 2: Society Vol. 4: Life After Death TP

The final collection of Dan Abnett's Earth 2: Society, issues #17-22.

Grayson: The Superspy Omnibus HC

Among the best things to come out of the New 52/DC You, if you never read Tom King and Tim Seeley's Grayson, this the book for you. This definitive collection includes all the material from all the previous trades, including the Annuals, the two Robin War issues, the Futures End tie-in, and Nightwing: Rebirth.

Green Arrow Vol. 3: Emerald Outlaw TP

Issues #12-17, the entire "Emerald Outlaw" storyline, ending just before "The Return of Roy Harper."

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Vol. 3: The Quest for Hope TP

Issues #14-21, so another eight-issue collection, with the "Quest for Hope" and "Prism of Time" storylines. At this point Robert Venditti is approaching something over 50 issues of Green Lantern in one form or another, which is pretty notable in this day and age.

Harley Quinn by Karl Kesel and Terry Dodson Deluxe Edition Book One HC

The 2000s Harley Quinn series lasted thirty-eight issues, but just twenty-five (and the Our Worlds at War issue) were written by Kesel, and just nineteen were drawn by Dodson. This collects issues #1-8; the entire series (including issues by AJ Lieberman) have been collected in paperback.

Harley's Little Black Book HC

The six issue miniseries with Zatanna, DC Bombshells, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and Lobo.

Justice League of America Vol. 1: The Extremists TP

The first six issues of the new Steve Orlando Justice League of America series; the Rebirth issue is in its own trade with the individual character Rebirth issues.

Justice League: The Darkseid War Saga Omnibus HC

Collects Justice League #40-50, the Darkseid War specials, and the Divergence story.

Legends of the Dark Knight: Jim Aparo Vol. 3 HC

Said to collect Brave and the Bold #152, 154-178, and #180-182, Detective Comics #444-446, #448, #468-470, #480, #492, #493, #495-499, #501, #502, #508, and #509, Batman Family #17, and Untold Legend of the Batman #1-3. Some of this near as I can tell is just cover work, so you'll have to tell me if there's anything super-notable here.

New Teen Titans Vol. 7 TP

This is the "Judas Contract" story and aftermath, though still within the contents of the New Teen Titans Omnibus Vol. 3.

Sixpack and Dogwelder: Hard-Travelin’ Heroz TP

Noonan's Bar cameos in the Batman and Robin Eternal Vol. 1. That is all.

Superman Vol. 3: Multiplicity TP

Collects issues #14-17 and the Annual #1, which is fewer issues than I'd like as compared to some of the others on this list. It ends just before the "Superman Reborn" crossover with Action Comics.

Swamp Thing: The Bronze Age Omnibus HC

This is said to include House of Secrets #92, Swamp Thing #1-24, Saga of the Swamp Thing #1-19, and Saga of the Swamp Thing Annual #1, which brings us right about up to the start of the Alan Moore run.

Wildstorm: A Celebration of 25 Years HC

Surprisingly, not only does this collect classic issues, pinups, and etc., but also new stories, including WildCATS by Brandon Choi and Jim Lee and by Christos Gage and Dustin Nguyen, Authority by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch (the same as in the new Absolute edition?), Gen13 by J. Scott Campbell, and Backlash by Brett Booth.

Wonder Girl: Adventures of a Teen Titan TP

What had been previously solicited as DC Spotlight: Wonder Girl is now Wonder Girl: Adventures of a Teen Titan. I'd wondered what this collection was supposed to be tying in to specifically, maybe something comics-related; I'm revising that guess now but I don't want to say more for spoiler reasons.

Contents-wise, again this is Wonder Woman #105 (Wonder Woman as "Wonder Girl"), The Brave and the Bold #60 (first appearance of Donna Troy), Teen Titans #22 (origin of Donna Troy), Adventure Comics #461 (Wonder Woman and Donna Troy team-up), Wonder Woman #105 and #113 (Cassandra Sandsmark stories by John Byrne), Wonder Woman: Donna Troy #1 ("GirlFrenzy" one-shot), and Wonder Girl #1 (Cassie special in the midst of J.T. Krul's pre-Flashpoint Teen Titans run.

Wonder Woman Vol. 3: The Truth TP

Collects issues #13, #15, #17, #19, #21, #23, and #25, which we now know to be Rucka's last issue of the series, though there should be one more Rucka trade collecting the "Godwatch" issues set between these.

How're you enjoying Rebirth? Any of these books going on your want list? Did you pick up Vigilante?

Review: Batman Vol. 2: I Am Suicide (Rebirth) trade paperback (DC Comics)

Monday, April 17, 2017

Tom King wrote the complicated, wrenching classic that is DC Comics's most recent Omega Men, in addition to being one half of the team that wrote the ever-surprising Grayson and the acclaimed Vision for Marvel. So it was rather a surprise that King's first Rebirth Batman book wasn't stronger, something more than standard superheroics wrapped in fairly common comics tropes.

But, wow. King's Batman Vol. 2: I Am Suicide is good. Astonishingly good. The kind of thing one has come to expect from a Tom King comic, and even then, what a book. I Am Suicide marks the true opening salvo of Tom King's run, the point in which King's run begins to distinguish itself, the point in which King's Batman begins to define the Rebirth era instead of the Rebirth era defining it, the point in which we begin to wonder whether we have another Scott Snyder-level hit on our hands here. It's one of these books that when you begin to suspect everything that could ever be said about Batman has already been said, here comes a volume that decimates that idea completely.

Review: Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 1: Rise of the Batmen (Rebirth) trade paperback (DC Comics)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

James Tynion's Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 1: Rise of the Batmen is startlingly good, in many ways a faithful bridging of DC Comics's pre-Flashpoint and Rebirth continuities, but one that's not beholden to the past. Any number of times Tynion zags where precedent would have told him to zig, creating something that's not simply reminiscent of the past but rather an improvement on it. Artist Eddy Barrows is doing the work of his career, adeptly illustrating all of his pages and offering some fantastically complex two-page spreads, upheld later in the book by Alvaro Martinez. Detective Comics has been in the Batman title's shadow at least the five years of the New 52 if not decades before that, but this is one of the first times in a while where Detective comes off the better and even the more relevant of the two series.

Review: Green Arrow Vol. 2: Island of Scars (Rebirth) trade paperback (DC Comics)

Monday, April 10, 2017

It's perhaps a bit of understatement to call a book involving a high-speed undersea train heist a "down" trade, but it feels like Green Arrow Vol. 2: Island of Scars rests on its laurels after the first volume Rebirth premiere. Perhaps I need to adjust my expectations; after all, when this title's already done a year's worth of stories in six months due to weekly shipping, maybe there's more time for "just because" stories.

If anything, writer Benjamin Percy emphasizes here the Green Arrow/Black Canary relationship, which I find fascinating and problematic all in one. Percy also explicates John Diggle's role in the Rebirth "Team Arrow" and also introduces a blast from Green Arrow's (previous continuity) past. But it's hard to see how the Green Arrow story so far would be much different without these issues, nor does this book definitively suggest where the Green Arrow title is going from here, and the result is a trade that doesn't quite feel complete.

Review: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey Vol. 1: Who is Oracle? (Rebirth) trade paperback (DC Comics)

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Julie and Shawna Benson's Rebirth Batgirl and the Birds of Prey Vol. 1: Who is Oracle? is satisfactorily in the style of Birds of Prey past, with especially funny interplay between Batgirl Barbara Gordon and Black Canary Dinah Lance. It's an enjoyable but not necessarily ground-breaking Birds of Prey tale, at least until the fifth part, when the whole thing cracks wide open and becomes a maniacal meta-commentary on Oracle's role or lack thereof in the New 52. Hints of this wackiness crop up before that point, suggesting this is really the tone the Bensons are going for; a lot of Oracle is devoted to setting up the "new" Birds of Prey team, and I'm eager to see what the writers do "unleashed" now that introductions are out of the way.

Review: Batgirl Vol. 2: Family Business trade paperback (DC Comics)

Monday, April 03, 2017

From the first pages of Batgirl Vol. 2: Family Business, one can clearly see a comic coming into its own. The very origins of DC Comics' DC You era begin and end with Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher, and Babs Tarr's Batgirl series, and it's only right that this title's first DC You volume should up the ante in "Batgirl-ness." This is most apparent in Tarr's use of the super deformed style and other manga tropes to express the characters' emotions, not nearly so pronounced in the previous volume, as well as letterer Steve Wands's word balloons sans black borders. Batgirl Vol. 1: Batgirl of Burnside looked like nothing else in DC Comics's line the first time around, and that's even more true now.

Stewart and Fletcher's stories range from the thrilling to the mundane to the silly, and at times this title finds itself more in the realm of the Harley Quinn-esque situational comedy than the straight superheroics of the rest of the Bat-titles, not that there's anything wrong with that. On the other hand, Family Business is rife, almost overflowing, with Bat-guest stars, an uneasy mix that works when it works and is sure to be controversial when it doesn't.

Review: Batman and Robin Eternal Vol. 2 trade paperback (DC Comics)

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

There's a secret at the center of Batman and Robin Eternal Vol. 2 that reaches back to affect Scott Snyder's entire Batman run from the beginning all the way to the very end. Whether this was always Snyder's intention isn't clear: either Snyder showed so much foresight as to sow the seeds of a character's secret origin nearly five years back and then sat on it until now, or else Snyder was willing to entirely alter one of his signature characters solely for the purpose of this story. It's astounding either way, and insofar as Batman and Robin Eternal is somewhat removed from Bat-continuity proper (at least until Rebirth), equally it proves itself in the end to be just as integral to Snyder's Bat-saga as the main books themselves.

Review: Batman and Robin Eternal Vol. 1 trade paperback (DC Comics)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Batman and Robin Eternal Vol. 1 clearly takes place before the events of Robin War, though I'm glad I read Robin War first. The two books involve many of the same characters and there's similarity at least in the character pairings, but Eternal's scope is much larger and its mystery deeper, and it feels in grandeur like Robin War's follow-up even though it's really the predecessor. Moreover Eternal is clearly the forerunner to James Tynion's Rebirth Detective Comics, given the large role of Red Robin Tim Drake and Spoiler Stephanie Brown, among a variety of the other young members of the Bat-family.

In much the same way Rebirth and the new Detective Comics seem to be mining the 1990s and 2000s Bat-universe, so too does Eternal cover some wonderfully nostalgic territory; there's a particular hero/villain match-up here I never thought I'd see again. At the same time Eternal offers a touch of the modern pop irreverence of Batgirl of Burnside (this being squarely in the DC You, of course) and also the Grayson-inspired penchant for not taking itself too seriously; a character joking about "three beefy Robin boys" isn't something we would've seen back in Contagion.

Review: Cyborg Vol. 1: The Imitation of Life (Rebirth) trade paperback (DC Comics)

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Rebirth Cyborg Vol. 1: The Imitation of Life spends five of its early pages in a jazz club, and the book is rife with enough little moments like these to mark John Semper Jr.'s Cyborg as worth watching. David Walker's Cyborg series from just a year prior started with an epic, self-contained, planet-in-peril story, and Semper's tale is smaller by comparison, often pulling in many different directions and far from wrapped up by the end. In many respects I like this; Semper's book truly feels like the start of a comics series on a meandering journey rather than a graphic novel written for trade and split into issues, and there's something refreshing about that.

The storytelling is far from perfect, but Semper imbues Cyborg and his supporting characters with a lot of heart. Semper also addresses race and the book's location, Detroit, more directly than Walker had a chance to, aspects that look like they'll grow in importance with the next volume.

DC Trade Solicitations for June 2017 - Justice League by Giffen and DeMatteis, Batman: Caped Crusader Post-Crisis, Dixon Nightwing Vol. 6 and Robin Vol. 4, DC Rebirth Omnibus Extended Edition

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Just last week we saw a sneak peek of DC Comics's Fall 2017 collections (links are operational now!), and now here we are with some of those books already showing up in their June 2017 hardcovers and trade paperbacks solicitations. Most notably we see the Justice League International Omnibus now re-named as the Justice League by Giffen and DeMatteis Omnibus; there's also the Harley Quinn by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti Omnibus and the DC Universe: Rebirth Omnibus Expanded Edition, among other big books.

We also see the next volumes in the reprint series of Chuck Dixon's Nightwing and Robin, and also a collection of some immediately-post-Crisis on Infinite Earths Batman stories that I'm pretty excited about. All of this and further indication of how nicely crossovers are being collected in Rebirth, as we see the contents of the next Justice League Rebirth collections.

Let's dip in and take a look.

Justice League by Giffen and DeMatteis Omnibus Vol. 1 HC

What DC's Fall 2017 solicitations had listed as the Justice League International Omnibus is already solicited this month, for September, as Justice League by Giffen and DeMatteis Omnibus Vol. 1. The contents now outpace the six hardcover/paperback Justice League International collections by about a dozen issues or so; the end of Giffen and DeMatteis's run is now within about twenty issues from the end of this, times two series, America and Europe.

Contents are said to be Justice League #1-6, Justice League International #7-25, Justice League America #26-46, Justice League Europe #1-21, Suicide Squad #13, Justice League International Annual #1-3, Justice League America Annual #4, Justice League Europe Annual #1, and possibly more. (A number of people have pointed out that these are too many issues for a 1,000-page omnibus, so we'll see how the contents shake out.)

Given that DC is now doubling-down on their Justice League International collections, we can perhaps surmise that interest in the Justice League: Breakdowns book was so great as to warrant this bigger collection, and not as it seemed that there was too little interest for that book to make it.

At this point I think it's generally accepted that Keith Giffen and JM DeMatteis's "bwa-ha-ha" era of Justice League is just as intrinsic to the fabric of the DC Universe as the Silver Age incarnation or Grant Morrison's JLA, and a comprehensive volume is welcome if not overdue.

Absolute Authority Vol. 1 HC

This is new, and maybe a little controversial, re-releasing an Absolute edition with material not included in the original Absolute edition. Adding to the original issues #1-12 now is the Planetary/Authority graphic novel, and also apparently a "new story by Warren Ellis, Bryan Hitch and Paul Neary." Honestly this would enthuse me more if DC had kept up the Authority franchise; I'm still surprised they went with Stormwatch instead of Authority in the New 52, and unfortunately that title didn't work out so well anyway. All of which leads me to feel that Authority's time has somehow passed (though if the story related to current political events, that'd be interesting) and I'm more likely to browse the new material when it's invariably released in a cheaper edition.

Planetary Book One TP

This is a "new cut" of the Planetary collection ("cut" and "recut" being the word of the day in DC's Fall 2017 solicitations), including about half of the original series (#1-14), a "sneak peak" story, and the same Planetary/Authority graphic novel that's also in the new Absolute Authority collection.

Aquaman: Kingdom Lost TP

This collection by John Arcudi and Patrick Gleason finishes out the Aquaman series that ran parallel to the end of JLA, finishing with a tie-in to Infinite Crisis. The contents are said to be issues #32-39 and the last collection ended with Arcudi's issue #29, which I guess keeps the latter half of this collection series all Arcudi, but in the interest of completeness I wish they'd throw in issues #30-31 by Marc Guggenheim and Andy Clarke, too.

Batman: The Caped Crusader Vol. 1 HC

I'm pleased to see this Batman: The Caped Crusader collection, which appears to collect issues of Batman and Detective Comics that followed Crisis on Infinite Earths and Batman: Year One -- that is, issues that aren't super-duper special, but simply reflect a Batman era that's otherwise mostly uncollected, which for a completist like me is really kind of great.

The contents are Detective Comics #575-584 and Batman #413-420. This does include Batman: Year Two, stories from the recent Jason Todd-centric collection Batman: Second Chances, and Batman: Ten Nights of the Beast, so of about 18 issues, about 12 of them are previously collected, but I'd venture a collection of Ten Nights is pretty hard to find these days, and in all these are some classic, often gritty Batman stories. Stories are by Mike Barr, Jo Duffy, Alan Grant, John Wagner, and Jim Starlin, including two Millennium crossover issues. For those following along at home, the issues around Death in the Family would be coming up in the next volume.

Daring New Adventures of Supergirl Vol. 2 TP

The second volume of Paul Kupperberg's early 1980s Supergirl series saw the release of the Helen Slater movie, causing the title change from "Daring New Adventures" to just "Supergirl." Indeed the volume includes an Ambush Bug guest-appearance. This is the Supergirl who dies in Crisis on Infinite Earths; indeed she has few appearances after this volume before Crisis.

Elseworlds: Justice League Vol. 2 TP

The big draw in this volume are three graphic novels by Jean-Mac Lofficier and Randy Lofficier, Superman: Metropolis, Batman: Nosferatu, and Wonder Woman: Blue Amazon, connected and based on classic German movies. Also included is Doug Moench's three-part JLA: Act of God, about the heroes losing their powers, and the famously pulped Elseworlds 80-Page Giant.

Midnighter: The Complete Wildstorm Series TP

This Midnighter collection has been bopping around DC's solicitations for about a year now, so it's good to see it finally solicited. This is Midnighter #1-20 and the Midnighter: Armageddon special. All of these are collected in other trades, but I imagine fans will like to have them in one place; possibly the only thing this lacks is the Grifter & Midnighter miniseries, also collected on its own.

Nightwing Vol. 6: To Serve and Protect TP

This new collection of Chuck Dixon's Nightwing series collects the contents of the Big Guns and On the Razor's Edge collections, issues #47-60 plus the Nightwing 80-Page Giant special (the Secret Files and Origins, originally in Big Guns, was moved to the new fourth volume). Issues #51 (a profile of the Tad character) and #53 ("Officer Down," part 5) were previously omitted but have been brought back here.

This marks the end of where this Nightwing series has been collected until issue #101. Dixon would write until issue #70 and then Devin Grayson would take over until issue #117, with a variety of writers after that. Which is to say, hopefully there's more reprint Nightwing volumes to follow, and those should begin to collect Nightwing material that's never been collected before.

Robin Vol. 4: Turning Point TP

The fourth new collection of Chuck Dixon's Robin collects the Robin/Huntress stories from Showcase '94 #5-6 and Robin #0 and #6-13 (issue #6 crossed over with Showcase '94). This is, admittedly, an issue of "Knightquest," two parts of "Knightsend," two Zero Hour tie-in issues, and three parts of Prodigal. That's wonky, to be sure (it smoothes out a little after that but there's plenty other events on the horizon), but Dixon has subplots that move laterally through his issues, so I maintain there's some value in reading the issues this way.

• Wonder Woman 100 Project TP

Via Jason Waters on Facebook: "The 'Wonder Woman 100' project is brought to you by the Hero Initiative, a non-profit that raises money for the veterans of the comic book industry who fall on hard times. I've been a fundraiser for them for over a decade. Visit for more info. This is the second DC Comics book we've done."

A covers collection wouldn't usually be for me, but I thought it was interesting this solicitation included "NOTE: There will be ONLY ONE PRINTING OF THIS BOOK EVER! Order yours today!" They're upfront about it, at least.

DC Universe: Rebirth Omnibus Expanded Edition HC

As we discussed the other day, this is the DC Universe: Rebirth Omnibus all over again, just now with Batwoman: Rebirth, Justice League America: Rebirth and its associated specials, the DC Rebirth Holiday Special, and variably I've heard Super Sons #1 is in there, though the solicitation doesn't say it.

This is fine enough; the manner in which some of these are the first part of stories and some of these are self-contained makes for an uncertain reading experience, and had I bought this omnibus just a year ago only for it to be re-released a year later with just seven more issues in it, I might be annoyed, but good that DC's making it complete-er. But I do wonder why not just a Vol. 2, maybe with Justice League vs. Suicide Squad or some other integral part of the Rebirth story; if DC decides to release more Rebirth specials, how much more can they add to this book before it's time to start a new one?

Deathstroke Vol. 2: The Gospel of Slade TP

Collects issues #6-11 of the Christopher Priest series. The next collection was just solicited as issues #12-17, but given that "Lazarus Contract" starts with issue #19, we might expect that'll be #12-18 instead.

Flash Vol. 3: Rogues Reloaded TP

Collects issues #14-20, ending just before the Batman crossover "The Button."

Flash: The Rebirth Collection Deluxe Edition Book One HC

The solicitation says this collects the Rebirth special and issues #1-12, but the second paperback collection goes to issue #13, so most likely this will, too.

Gotham Academy: Second Semester Vol. 1 TP

Collects issues #1-3 and #5-8 of the second series. Issue #4, with guest artist Jon Lam, is scheduled to be in the next collection.

Harley Quinn by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti Omnibus Vol. 1 HC

The solicitation for the first Harley Quinn omnibus basically match what DC released the other day -- Harley Quinn #0-16, , Harley Quinn: Futures End #1, Harley Quinn Invades San Diego Comic Con #1, Harley Quinn Annual #1, Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1, Harley Quinn Valentines Day Special #1, and Harley Quinn & Power Girl #1-6 -- except for the Harley Quinn Director's Cut #0 and the story from Secret Origins #4. Complete as this is, I'd be surprised if those weren't in here.

Injustice Ground Zero Vol. 1 HC

Collects issues #1-6 of the new series. I thought I understood that this was a re-telling of the previous Injustice series from Harley's perspective, but if it's a new story bridging Injustice and Injustice 2, that makes me more interested.

Justice League by Geoff Johns Box Set Vol. 1

I find these box sets -- previously for Snyder and Capullo's Batman -- pretty attractive, with uniform trade dress for the books. This has the first three Justice League volumes -- Origin, Villain's Journey, and Throne of Atlantis -- collecting Justice League #1-17 and Aquaman #15-16.

Justice League Vol. 3: Timeless TP

The previous volume collected Justice League #6-11 and this one picks up with issues #14-19, so indeed it skips the Justice League vs. Suicide Squad issues collected elsewhere.

Justice League: The Rebirth Collection Deluxe Edition Book One HC

Collects the Rebirth special and issues #1-11, which matches what we already know.

Midnighter & Apollo TP

The six issue miniseries by Steve Orlando and Fernando Blanco.

Mother Panic Vol. 1: A Work in Progress TP
Shade, The Changing Girl Vol. 1: Earth Girl Made Easy TP

Each collect the first six issues of the Young Animal series.

• Wonder Woman by Greg Rucka Vol. 2 TP

The second of what must now be three Wonder Woman by Greg Rucka volumes collects issues #206-217, which are the former Eyes of the Gorgon and Land of the Dead collections (missing is Flash #219, which should hopefully be included). Plenty of room in the next volume to completely collect the "Sacrifice" crossover with the Superman titles.

A whole bunch of books solicited lately! Pick one -- ONE -- book that you could purchase; what would it be?

Review: Grayson Vol. 4: A Ghost in the Tomb trade paperback (DC Comics)

Monday, March 20, 2017

As I've mentioned, I'm pleased with DC Comics's decision to include Robin War #1 and #2 in Grayson Vol. 4: A Ghost in the Tomb. Their inclusion means one can read the entirety of Robin War across all the affected series' individual collections if one is so inclined. This is a far better case than Superman: Doomed, for instance, for which certain issues could only be found in the Doomed collection itself, meaning those reading the individual series had to double-dip to read all the parts.

The flip side of that, however, is that whereas Grayson Vol. 4 is technically a six-issue trade, the Robin War material is largely separate from the main Grayson proceedings and is even collected out of order in this collection because of it (Robin War #1, Grayson #15, and Robin War #2 preceding Grayson #13, 14, and 16). In terms of moving the main Grayson story along, then, Ghost in the Tomb is another enticingly, frustratingly short Grayson collection, really collecting just three issues proper. I still think DC made the right collecting decision (except perhaps they could have stuck the Robin War issues in the second We Are Robin collection, though the end of the story affects Grayson most of all), but this is another trade with more or less scant few issues of Grayson, regardless of what interesting things Tim Seeley and Tom King accomplish here.

Review: Future Quest Vol. 1 trade paperback (DC Comics)

Friday, March 17, 2017

[Review by Doug Glassman, who Tumblrs at '80s Marvel Rocks!]

My second reaction to DC's Hanna-Barbera line of comics (with the first being "Wait, what?!") was "They should have done this years ago." IDW already converted the vast majority of Cartoon Network's original cartoons into a clever spoof of crossovers with the Super Secret Crisis War! storyline several years ago. That felt like a major missed opportunity for DC to jump into the youth comic book market. Most of the books in the Hanna-Barbera line hold no interest for me. Some are too needlessly gritty, like Wacky Raceland and Scooby Apocalypse. Others, like the postmodern Flintstones and the upcoming Snagglepuss seem to be trying too hard to make themselves important.

With all that said, Future Quest Vol. 1 is so good that its existence excuses the rest of the line. A lot of the credit goes to the choice of the writer. Jeff Parker greatest talent is his ability to assemble great team stories out of previously-established superheroes, much like Geoff Johns back in his strongest days. If Agents of Atlas was Marvel's version of Johns's JSA, then Future Quest is DC's version of Parker's Kings Watch, with a strong dose of DC: The New Frontier mixed in. Darwyn Cooke's influence is not coincidental: as Parker explains in an epilogue, Cooke helped inspire and plan Future Quest shortly before his death.

Review: Cyborg Vol. 1: Unplugged trade paperback (DC Comics)

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

I admit to being a tad concerned as I started David Walker's Cyborg Vol. 1: Unplugged. I hadn't picked up great things about it by osmosis as the individual issues came out, and also I noted that Walker wasn't continuing with the Cyborg series into Rebirth and even exits this DC You series before the end. But Unplugged is well done, in itself a kind of "Cyborg: Rebirth," and surely a fine basis for an ongoing series if Rebirth writer John Semper keeps up with what Walker has started. Much credit to Geoff Johns, too, for setting up much of this in Justice League; especially with Ivan Reis on the art, Unplugged reads like a natural spin-off of what's been established over there.

[Review contains spoilers]

I might not have always thought the Cyborg Vic Stone character was developed enough apart from the Titans to helm his own series. But again, much credit to Johns, who's been really not-so-subtly writing a Cyborg series within Justice League, throughout but notably in Justice League Vol. 5: Forever Heroes, on which this volume leans heavily. The most important part of this is a supporting cast for Vic all his own, including his father Silas, Sarah Charles, Dr. Thomas Morrow, and Will Magnus and the Metal Men, plus STAR Labs assistant Lori Carmichael. Walker uses them all in this book, and distinctly, continuing to build a unique corner of the DC Universe where Cyborg acts as "agent of" an embattled STAR Labs, not dissimilar to the set-up of the Flash TV series.

DC Rebirth Omnibus Expanded Edition, more Rebirth deluxe hardcovers, Justice League International, Detroit Era, Grayson Omnibuses, Aquaman: Atlantis Chronicles, Absolute Justice League: Origin, more in DC Comics Fall 2017 solicitations

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The DC Comics Fall 2017 trade paperback and hardcover collection solicitations bring with them a new expanded edition of the DC Rebirth Omnibus, an omnibus collection of the Grayson series, a long-awaited collection of Aquaman: The Atlantis Chronicles, and much, much more!

Among a list filled with lots of legitimately cool stuff, we see omnibus collections of both Justice League International and the Justice League "Detroit Era"; a second Batman: Knightfall omnibus (getting closer and closer to completion); more trades of Mark Waid's Flash and Legion of Super-Heroes, Marv Wolfman's Deathstroke, Chuck Dixon's Robin, Peter David's Supergirl, Mike Grell's Green Arrow, and John Ostrander's Suicide Squad -- plus the first collection of Karl Kesel's Superboy and Jim Balent's Catwoman; and deluxe Rebirth hardcovers of Batman, Detective Comics, Green Arrow, Harley Quinn, Justice League of America, Nightwing, Suicide Squad, Superman, Action Comics (Vol. 2 already!), and Wonder Woman.

A couple quick things I've noticed:

• Whereas the paperback collections of Batman, Nightwing, and Detective all omitted their "Night of the Monster Men" crossover issues, the deluxe hardcovers include them. That's interesting and I think a legitimate way to handle the crossover tie-ins in Rebirth -- pull them out to their own collection alongside the paperbacks, but include them inline for true deluxe edition completists. I'll be curious to see if this pattern continues.

• Case in point, the third Superman and Action Comics Rebirth volumes stop just short of the "Superman Reborn" crossover issues, collected here in their own hardcover; however, we see that the deluxe hardcover Action Comics Vol. 2 collects its own "Superman Reborn" issues sequentially with the rest.

• The word "re-cut" or "recut" shows up 6 times in these solicitations, in regards to Batgirl: The Bronze Age Omnibus Vol. 1, Green Lantern: Kyle Rayner Vol. 1, JSA by Geoff Johns Book One, Invisibles Book Two, Sandman Mystery Theatre Book 4, Superboy Book One. Some of you have already speculated that maybe this means there will be some, but not all, of the tertiary material in these books (like just the Kyle parts of a REBELS issue), which I hope isn't the case; I feel books that DC's done this with, like the ye old Batman: Murderer/Fugitive books, read very choppily. I'm hoping it's just a turn of phrase, or in the case of Invisibles and Sandman Mystery Theatre, it simply means these issues have been previously collected but it's a "re-cut" in terms of where the collections begin and end.

Let's take a look at the full list:

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Absolute Authority Vol. 1 New Edition

Absolute Justice League: Origin

Even as we expect some conflating of post-Crisis and New 52 continuities once Rebirth comes to a head, books like this suggest to me that this Justice League origin is going to remain canon, including the fact that the lineup matches the movies.

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

Absolute WildC.A.T.S.

All-Star Batman Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy (Rebirth)

Paperback collection of issues #1-5.

All-Star Batman Vol. 2: Ends of the Earth (Rebirth)

Hardcover of issues #6-9, Scott Snyder with Jock and Giuseppe Camuncoli, among others.

Anarky: The Complete Collection

Among a couple of previously-cancelled trades on this list, here's the Anarky collection again, including Detective Comics #608-609, Batman Chronicles #1, Batman: Shadow of the Bat #40-41, Anarky #1-8. This is plenty "complete," though of course all appearances would include a Robin annual, among other things here and there.

Aquaman Vol. 4 (Rebirth)

Issues #23-28. In the first year are we already halfway to issue #50 on some of these titles?

Aquaman: The Atlantis Chronicles Deluxe Edition

This is literally probably the collection I get asked about most, Peter David's Atlantis Chronicles miniseries that predated David's four-year Aquaman run. Really, really excited to see this see print. My hope is that a new printing of Time and Tide will follow, and from there collections of David's Aquaman series.

Aquaman: The Waterbearer Vol. 2

It's wild to see "Waterbearer Vol. 2"; the first volume was released in 2004, over ten years ago. Given that DC has started releasing the Will Pfeifer/Patrick Gleason issues with #15 of this series, and Waterbearer Vol. 1 ended with issue #4, let's call this #5-14 (probably best to end it all in one volume, since Rick Veitch's run wasn't super-well-received). Now I want to see new collections of Kurt Busiek's Sword of Atlantis.

Art of The Dark Knight III: The Master Race Deluxe Edition

Astro City Vol. 14: Reflections

Astro City Vol. 15: Everyday Heroes

Batgirl & the Birds of Prey Vol. 2 (Rebirth)

Issues #7-12.

Batgirl Vol. 2: Son of Penguin (Rebirth)

Issues #7-11 and "stories from" Batgirl Annual #1. I didn't know the annual had multiple stories, but as my sense is that most of the annual leads into something that will take place in the Supergirl series, maybe there's a Batgirl-centric backup.

Batgirl: The Bronze Age Omnibus Vol. 1

There's a word going around these solicitations; apparently "these hard-to-find 1970s tales featuring Barbara Gordon, a.k.a. Batgirl, are now re-cut and collected in their entirety," whatever "re-cut" means in this context.

Batman '66 Meets Steed & Mrs. Peel

Batman '66 Meets Wonder Woman '77

Batman & Robin Adventures Vol. 2

Batman & Robin by Peter Tomasi & Patrick Gleason Omnibus

Tony Laplume, this one's for you. Seriously, Tomasi and Gleason are a great team, and their Batman and Robin run deserves it's own whole collection, and will probably read more cohesively that way, too. This is said to be Vol. 1, collecting issues #1-20; if so, that stops in the middle of Requiem for Damian, basically bisecting the series.

Batman Arkham: Joker's Daughter

Feels a little bit like scraping the barrel for villains with this one, but despite a promo image that shows the New 52 Joker's Daughter, the solicitation talks about her working with the Teen Titans (and being Two-Face's daughter?), so there ought be some classic Duela Dent material here. I wouldn't mind seeing the recent special by Marguerite Bennett included though, just for completeness.

Batman Beyond Vol. 2 (Rebirth)

Issues #7-12.

Batman in The Brave & the Bold: The Bronze Age Vol. 1

Brave and the Bold #74-91, teaming Batman with the Metal Men, Spectre, Plastic Man, Atom, Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Deadman, Creeper, Flash, Aquaman, Teen Titans, Green Arrow, Sgt. Rock, Wildcat, Phantom Stranger, Adam Strange, and Black Canary (whew!).

Batman Knightfall Omnibus Vol. 2: Knightquest

Collects Justice League Task Force #5-6, Detective Comics #667-675, Robin #1, Batman: Shadow of the Bat #19-28, Batman #501-508, and Catwoman #6-7. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that's most of the never-collected "Search" there, short of Legends of the Dark Knight. That Robin issue is probably #7, not #1. (Robin #1 follows from Detective #668.)

Batman Noir: The Court of Owls

Batman Unwrapped: Death of the Family

Batman Vol. 3: I Am Bane (Rebirth)

Said to collect issues #13-18, but "I Am Bane" actually goes to issue #20.

Batman Vol. 4: The War of Jokes and Riddles (Rebirth)

Spoiler alert ... apparently the next Batman story after I Am Bane is a flashback to a battle between the Joker and the Riddler after Zero Year. This is supposed to collect issues #25-32, which leaves a gap from issue #18 or #20 in the previous volume to #24 here. Issues #21-22 are the "Button" crossover with Flash; #23-24 seem to be "I Am Bane" aftermath stories that'll hopefully be collected here or there.

Batman: A Lot of Li'l Gotham

Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 3: League of Shadows (Rebirth)

Issues #950-956.

Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 4 (Rebirth)

Issues #957-961.

Batman: Detective Comics: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 1 (Rebirth)

The deluxe collection includes issues #934-949, so as you'll see elsewhere, the "Night of the Monster Men" issues that weren't in the paperback are included sequentially in the hardcover.

Batman: His Greatest Adventures

Among a couple of $9.99 "starter" graphic novels here. Sounds like something for the year-end holiday list ...

Batman: Hush 15th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

Fifteen years since Hush ... it's kind of hard to believe ...

Batman: Night of the Monster Men (Rebirth)

Paperback collection of the crossover.

Batman: Shadow of the Bat Vol. 2

Issues #13-24 and the Annual #1, which a little awkwardly are mostly Knightfall tie-in issues, though in a variety of self-contained arcs (starring both Bruce Wayne and Jean-Paul Valley). The annual is a Bloodlines book introducing Joe Public, who also appears in one of the regular issues.

Batman: Shadow of the Bat Vol. 3

This is issue #0, #24-34, and the Annual #2. I appreciate the completeness, but also a bit awkwardly, a lot of this is still parts of Knightsend, a Zero Hour tie-in, and then parts of Prodigal. It's all legitimately by Alan Grant, but I'm not sure how it'll read issue-by-issue in trade.

Batman: The Golden Age Omnibus Vol. 4

Batman: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 1 (Rebirth)

Collects issues #1-12, with the "Night of the Monster Men" crossover issues included.

Batman: Year One (New Edition)

Batman: Year One Deluxe Edition

Batman: Year Two 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

I unabashedly love the doomed romance of Batman: Year Two and I'm glad to see it get a deluxe edition, though I wish the Full Circle follow-up was included.

Batwoman Vol. 1: The Many Arms of Death (Rebirth)

The Rebirth special and issues #1-6.

Blue Beetle Vol. 2 (Rebirth)

Issues #6-12.

Books of Magic Book Two

Captain Atom: The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom

The six-issue miniseries. "Even if you think you know what happened to [Captain Atom] ... you're wrong!"

Catwoman by Jim Balent Book One

I mean, what kind of wonderful world do we live in where we're even getting collections of as deep a 1990s dive as Jim Balent's Catwoman series, with writing by Jo Duffy, Doug Moench, and Chuck Dixon? Lots of Knightfall material in this first one, plus Zero Hour tie-ins.

Checkmate By Greg Rucka Book 2

Collects issues #13-25 of the Greg Rucka/Eric Trautmann series, stories that were published previously in Fall of the Wall and Kobra: Resurrection.

Cyborg Vol. 3 (Rebirth)

Issues #12-18.

Dark Knight III: The Master Race

DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 5

DC Horror: House of Mystery Vol. 1

DC Meets Hanna Barbera

Collects the upcoming crossover annuals specials.

DC Rebirth Omnibus Expanded Edition

Got to say, if I'd already spent $75 on the DC Rebirth Omnibus, only to have another one come out that collected the same stuff plus the Justice League of America Rebirth specials, Batwoman, Super Sons, and the DC Rebirth Holiday Special for $99, I might be a little miffed. Of course, if you held off on the omnibus the first time around, all the more content for you now.

DC Spotlight: Wonder Girl

Previously solicited and now coming around again. This is Wonder Woman #105 (Wonder Woman as "Wonder Girl"), The Brave and the Bold #60 (first appearance of Donna Troy), Teen Titans #22 (origin of Donna Troy), Adventure Comics #461 (Wonder Woman and Donna Troy team-up), Wonder Woman #105 (the other one) and #113 (Cassandra Sandsmark stories by John Byrne), Wonder Woman: Donna Troy #1 ("GirlFrenzy" one-shot), and Wonder Girl #1 (Cassie special in the midst of J.T. Krul's pre-Flashpoint Teen Titans run.

DC Super Hero Girls: Out of the Bottle

DC Super Hero Girls: Past Times at Super Hero High

DC Universe by John Byrne

An impressive deep dive of material, including Untold Legend of Batman #1 (part one of a 1980 origin miniseries), New Teen Titans Annual #2 (origin of Brother Blood), Outsiders #11 (Halo backup story), Green Lantern Annual #3, Secret Origins Annual #1 (Doom Patrol), World of Smallville #1-4, Superman Annual #2 (Maggie Sawyer backup story), World of Metropolis #1-4, Power of the Atom #6 (Chronos), Christmas with Super Heroes #2, Green Lantern: Ganthet's Tale #1 (graphic novel with Larry Niven), The Flash 80-Page Giant #1 (Flash and the Shade), Batman: Gotham Knights #2, DC Comics Presents: Hawkman #1 (Julie Schwartz tribute story), DCU Brave New World #1 (All-New Atom), and DCU Infinite Holiday Special #1 (Green Lantern and Hector Hammond).

Deadman by Kelley Jones: The Complete Collection

Deadman: Love After Death #1-2 and Exorcism #1-2, by Mike Baron and Kelley Jones. That's fine as it goes, but I'm pretty sure Jones did some Batman work with Deadman, with Doug Moench, that might've been nice for this collection too.

Deathstroke the Terminator Vol. 3: Nuclear Winter

This has been cancelled and resolicited a couple times; I'd really like to see these Marv Wolfman Deathstroke collections continue, and I have a soft spot for "Nuclear Winter," so hopefully it makes it this time. Issues #14-23 and Annual #2.

Deathstroke Vol. 3: Twilight (Rebirth)

The second Power Girl, Tanya Spears, hasn't been written very well in the DC You Teen Titans, and I'm very eager to see how and why Christopher Priest is using her over in the Rebirth Deathstroke. Collects issues #12-17.

Doom Patrol Vol. 2

The second Young Animal Doom Patrol collection, which the solicitation says collects issues #1-6, but we can be pretty sure that's not right. Twice the solicitation mentions that Young Animal "bridges the gap between the DC Universe and Vertigo."

Everafter: From the Pages of Fables Vol. 2

Fables The Deluxe Edition Book 15

Flash by Geoff Johns Book Four

Issues #201-212. Collects about half of the third Flash by Geoff Johns omnibus; we're in Ignition/Secret of Barry Allen territory.

Flash by Mark Waid Book Three

Collects issues #83-94, including the "Reckless Youth" story that introduced Impulse Bart Allen, a Zero Hour tie-in ahead of "Terminal Velocity," and an appearance by Bloodlines's Argus (every character is someone's favorite).

Flash Vol. 4 (Rebirth)

Issues #23-28.

Flintstones & the Jetsons Vol. 2

Flintstones Vol. 2: Bedrock Bedlam

Future Quest Vol. 2

Issues #7-12.

Gotham Academy: Second Semester Vol. 2

Collects issues #9-12 and issue #4, which indeed was held out of the first collection.

Grayson: The Superspy Omnibus

Totally deserved. Collects Grayson #1-20, the Secret Origins #8 story, the Annuals #1-3, the Futures End story, and Robin War #1-2. I envy those who'll be reading it for the first time in this format; what a great ride.

Green Arrow Vol. 4 (Rebirth)

Collects issues #12-17.

Green Arrow Vol. 9 (Backlist)

Fantastic -- this finishes up Mike Grell's Green Arrow run with issues #73-80, plus the origin miniseries The Wonder Year. If this finishes out, then sometimes we do get nice things. I'd like to see DC keep on with this at least through issue #100, with issues by Alan Grant, Kevin Dooley, Doug Moench, and Chuck Dixon, if not continuing on to Dixon's Connor Hawke run.

Green Arrow: Archer's Quest (New Edition)

Green Arrow: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 1 (Rebirth)

Did you all really think they wouldn't do this? Collects the Rebirth special and issues #1-12.

Green Lantern: Kyle Rayner Vol. 1

As with the Karl Kesel Superboy collection below, the solicitation calls this a "a new, re-cut graphic novel series." and I'm wondering what that means. Anyway, this collects Green Lantern #51-60, REBELS #1, New Titans #116, and Guy Gardner: Warrior #27-28, which is the main series plus direct crossover issues. A good part of this has not been collected before, and ties into Zero Hour.

Green Lantern: The Silver Age Vol. 2

Green Lanterns Vol. 3 (Rebirth)

Issues #7-14.

Green Lanterns Vol. 4 (Rebirth)

Said to collect issues #22-28, which obviously doesn't match up with the previous solicitation, so there's something still to be worked out here.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Vol. 3: Quest for the Blue Lanterns (Rebirth)

Issues #14-21.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Vol. 4 (Rebirth)

Issues #22-27.

Harley Quinn by Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner Omnibus Vol. 1

The solicitation says "this gigantic compendium series will see Palmiotti and Conner’s run on Harley Quinn collected in full." Contents include Harley Quinn #0-16, Harley Quinn Director's Cut #0, Harley Quinn: Futures End #1, Harley Quinn Invades San Diego Comic Con #1, Harley Quinn Annual #1, Secret Origins #4, Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1, Harley Quinn Valentines Day Special #1, and Harley Quinn & Power Girl #1-6 -- essentially the New 52 Harley Quinn material through Harley Quinn Vol. 3: Kiss Kiss Bang Stab. If you were planning to read this series but haven't yet, this seems like the way to do it.

Harley Quinn by Terry Dodson & Karl Kesel Vol. 1

The Karl Kesel/Terry Dodson Harley Quinn series didn't make as much a splash as the New 52 series, but it has been totally collected. This new collection series starts over, collecting issue #1-9 of 38.

Harley Quinn Vol. 3 (Rebirth)

Should be issues #-13-16.

Harley Quinn Vol. 4 (Rebirth)

Collects issues #17-22.

Harley Quinn: A Celebration of 25 Years

Twenty-five years of Harley Quinn and the character's going stronger than ever. With all the usual suspects -- Paul Dini, Bruce Timm, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Karl Kesel, Terry Dodson, and so on.

Harley Quinn: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 1 (Rebirth)

Collects issues #1-13.

Harley Quinn's Cover Gallery Deluxe Edition

What, you want more Harley? Various depictions on covers from the last 25 years.

Hellblazer Vol. 2 (Rebirth)

Issues #7-12.

House of Secrets Omnibus Vol. 1

Injustice 2 Vol. 1

Issues #1-6 of the prequel to the new game.

Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Three: The Complete Collection

Collects both volumes of the Year Three series by Tom Taylor.

Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Five Vol. 3

The third volume of Year Five; I actually thought DC was done collecting Year Five by now, but apparently it's longer than the previous "seasons."

Injustice: Ground Zero Vol. 1

Injustice: Ground Zero Vol. 2

I do intend to get back to the Injustice books at some point, but I can't say I have much interest in the same story just from Harley Quinn's perspective.

Invisibles Book Two

Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus

This looks to be the entire contents of the four previous Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus books, at $150. The original hardcovers were $50 per, so that's a bargain (aside from being a great story and a historical gem).

JLA: A Midsummer's Nightmare Deluxe Edition

Mark Waid's prelude to Grant Morrison's JLA, now in deluxe format.

JLA: The Nail/Another Nail Deluxe Edition

John Constantine: Hellblazer Vol. 17

John Constantine: Hellblazer Vol. 18: The Gift

Astounding all of the Vertigo Hellblazer isn't collected yet. This gets us into the early #200s, of 300 issues.

JSA by Geoff Johns Book One

Looks to be a paperback collection series of the previous more-issues JSA collections.

Justice League by Geoff Johns Box Set Vol. 1

Following the (good looking) Batman by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo box sets, this one contains Justice League Vols. 1-3: Origin, Villain's Journey, and Throne of Atlantis, with slipcase.

Justice League International Omnibus Vol. 1

All right, so we recently lost the Justice League: Breakdowns collection, but then here's a new JLI omnibus. This collects as much as the first five hardcover/paperback Justice League International collections (the main series through issue #30 and Justice League Europe #1-6, minus an issue of Suicide Squad), so insult to injury over that whole switch to paperback thing, but yay that these are being collected again and here's hoping there's more collections of International and Europe to come.

Justice League of America Vol. 2 (Rebirth)

Issues #7-13.

Justice League of America: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 1 (Rebirth)

Kind of surprised to see this already, but this looks to be the deluxe hardcover collection of the Steve Orlando series, being the Rebirth special and issues #1-12.

Justice League Vol. 4 (Rebirth)

Collects issues #20-25.

Justice League vs. Suicide Squad

Paperback collection of the event miniseries and tie-ins, so yes, you are not stuck with hardcovers for Justice League vs. Suicide Squad nor Batman: Night of the Monster Men.

Justice League: An Adult Coloring Book

Justice League: The Darkseid War Saga Omnibus

Collects Justice League #40-50 and all the Darkseid War specials. It'd be nice to have this all in one book; makes me a little sorry I broke down and bought the individual hardcovers.

Justice League: The Detroit Era Omnibus

Author is listed as Gerry Conway, and the solicitation says "The complete adventures of Aquaman leading the Justice League of America into action are collected here in this oversize omnibus graphic novel!" and "The 'Detroit Era' of the Justice League finally have their adventures collected in their entirety for the first time ever!" No contents listed, but at 800 pages, it would be great if this really was complete, one and done.

Justice League: Their Greatest Triumphs

No contents, but the creators are listed as Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, Grant Morrison, Gardner Fox, and Gerry Conway, among others. The big draw for movie-interested fans is this is 168 pages for just $9.99.

Justice League/Power Rangers

Kid Eternity Book Two

Legend of Wonder Woman

Legion by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning Vol. 1

DC just now cancelled a Legion Lost: The Complete Saga collection (not, I don't think, for the first time), which collected Abnett and Lanning's Legion of Super-Heroes #122-125, Legionnaries #79-81, and Legion Lost #1-12. This is almost the exact same thing minus Legion Lost. Pulling for it to finally make it to publication this time.

Legionnaires Book Two

Continuing the adventures of the Legion of Super-Heroes rebooted by Mark Waid and company after Zero Hour. If this volume collects as much as the last one was supposed to, it should go into a crossover with Karl Kesel's Superboy and an Underworld Unleashed tie-in.

Lobo by Keith Giffen & Alan Grant Vol. 1

We're probably overdue, especially in this day and age of Harley Quinn specials, for a comprehensive collection of Lobo material, the Harley Quinn of the 1980s. Starts out with Lobo #1-4, Lobo Paramilitary Special #1, Lobo's Back #1-4, Lobo: Blazing Chain of Love #1, and Lobo: Infanticide #1-4, coming in January 2018(!).

Looney Tunes: Greatest Hits Vol. 4

Lucifer Vol. 3: Blood in the Streets

MAD 2016 Gross Book

New Super-Man Vol. 2 (Rebirth)

Issues #7-12.

New Teen Titans Vol. 1 Omnibus (New Edition)

We talked about this one the other day; the question is whether the latter volumes will collect this series sequentially when the previous omnibus series didn't.

New Teen Titans Vol. 8

Collecting New Teen Titans #39-40 and Tales of the New Teen Titans #41-44 and Annual #3, this is still within the contents of the Omnibus Vol. 2.

Night Force by Marv Wolfman: The Complete Series

This collection of Marv Wolfman's Night Force #1-14 plus the backup story from New Teen Titans #21 was solicited and cancelled back in 2011-2012 when there was a revival series; hopefully it fares better this time.

Nightwing Vol. 3: Nightwing Must Die (Rebirth)

Collects issues #16-20.

Nightwing Vol. 4: Blockbuster (Rebirth)

Collects issues #21-25.

Nightwing: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 1 (Rebirth)

The Rebirth special and Nightwing #1-15, so also the Nightwing chapters of "Night of the Monster Men," reprinted sequential with the other issues.

Northlanders Book 3

Odyssey of the Amazons

The six-issue miniseries by Kevin Grevious.

Orion by Walt Simonson Book One

This collects some of the previously released omnibus; most likely this paperback series is meant to collect the omnibus's material in a couple of volumes.

Planetary Book One

Red Hood & the Outlaws Vol. 2 (Rebirth)

Collects issues #7-12.

Robin Vol. 5

This next collection of the Chuck Dixon series is supposed to reprint issues #19-33, including tie-ins to Underworld Unleashed, Contagion, and Legacy, and appearances by the Bat-family, Spoiler Stephanie Brown, Wildcat Ted Grant, and Green Arrow Connor Hawke.

Sandman Mystery Theatre Book 4

Issues #37-48, so "The Mist" (tie-in with James Robinson's Starman), "Phantom of the Fair," and "The Blackhawk." We're not quite at Sandman Mystery Theatre material that hasn't been previously collected (issues #53-70), but close.

Savage Things

Scooby Apocalypse Vol. 2

Scooby-Doo Team-Up Vol. 4

Sebastian O/Mystery Play by Grant Morrison: The Deluxe Edition

Shazam: A New Beginning 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

Collects the four issue miniseries that launched from Legends, plus the stories from Action Comics Weekly #623-626. I've wanted to read these for a while.

Smallville Vol. 9: Continuity

I'd have thought all the Smallville comics were collected by now, but apparently not. What seemed like a fun idea at the time has more or less fizzled, I think, but I give DC credit for finishing out the collections.

Suicide Squad Vol. 3 (Rebirth)

Suicide Squad Vol. 4 (Rebirth)

One of these is supposed to collect issues #16-20, but I believe we've seen that the Suicide Squad collections have been running a little behind their originally-solicited contents.

Suicide Squad Vol. 7

Issues #49-58 of the John Ostrander series, so this includes a War of the Gods tie-in issue, and the next volume should complete the run.

Suicide Squad: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 1 (Rebirth)

Collects the Rebirth special, the Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad April Fools' Special, and issues #1-8, so this runs right up to the Justice League vs. Suicide Squad crossover.

Suicide Squad: The Silver Age

Brave and the Bold #25-27 and #37-39, being the original non-villain team lead by Rick Flag.

Super Powers Vol. 1

The Jack Kirby miniseries, solicited and cancelled previously and now back on the list.

Super Sons Vol. 1 (Rebirth)

Collects issues #1-6 of the new series.

Superboy Book One

Couldn't be more excited to finally see the original "Kon-El" Superboy series (aka "The Kid") getting collected. This is issues #0-11, so both the Worlds Collide Milestone crossover and also the Zero Hour tie-in issue, just before Kesel teams Superboy with a proto-Suicide Squad. With Knockout, King Shark, and more. I'm just wondering what the solicitation means by "these now-legendary tales from the 1990s from writer Karl Kesel are recut ..."

Supergirl Book Four

The solicitation for Book Four of the Peter David series is the same as the solicitation for Book Three, but if we figure about ten-fifteen issues, there's a crossover with Young Justice, a tie-in to Day of Judgment, and appearances by Zauriel and the Parasite.

Supergirl Book Three

Collects issues #21-33 of the Peter David series, including the mystery of Comet and appearances by the Matrix Supergirl, the Female Furies, Resurrection Man, and Steel, plus the DC One Million issue.

Supergirl Vol. 2 (Rebirth)

Issues #7-11 and "stories from" Batgirl Annual #1 (see higher in this list).

Supergirl Vol. 4 (2000s Series)

No contents listed. Curiously, the last collection of the 2000s Supergirl series collected up to issue #33, right before the Sterling Gates issues, which were newly reprinted on their own. Now, I don't mind an "omnibus"-type collection of Gates's work, but I wonder if this'll leap over that and go to issues #60-67 by James Peaty, Kelly Sue DeConnick, and Nick Spencer, which were never before collected.

Supergirl: The Silver Age Omnibus Vol. 2

Superman Adventures Vol. 4

Superman and the Miserable, Horrible, No Fun, Really Bad Day

Superman Reborn

Collects Action Comics #973-976 and Superman #18-19 of the Rebirth event that a variant cover recently spoiled for me.

Superman Vol. 4: Black Dawn (Rebirth)

Issues #20-25, following Superman Reborn.

Superman: Action Comics Vol. 4: (Rebirth)

Issues #977-984, so also following Superman Reborn.

Superman: Action Comics Vol. 5: (Rebirth)

Issues #985-990. That's ten issues from #1000, people -- ten issues! I predict the big doings of Rebirth are coming to a head in Action Comics #1000.

Superman: Action Comics: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 2 (Rebirth)

The first second Rebirth deluxe hardcover, said to collect Action Comics #967-984.

Superman: American Alien

Paperback of the Max Landis miniseries. I enjoyed Superman: American Alien a lot.

Superman: An Adult Coloring Book

Superman: Kryptonite Deluxe Edition

A deluxe edition of the story by Darwyn Cooke and Tim Sale that appeared in Superman Confidential #1-5 and #11.

Superman: The Golden Age Omnibus Vol. 5

Superman: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 1 (Rebirth)

Collects the Rebirth special and issues #1-13.

Superman/Batman Vol. 6

No contents listed, but based on previous collections, I believe we're now into the Night and Day and Big Noise collections, including a little Blackest Night tie-in action.

Superwoman Vol. 2 (Rebirth)

Issues #8-12, so issues by both Phil Jimenez and K. Perkins.

Swamp Thing: The Bronze Age Omnibus Vol. 1

Sweet Tooth Book One

Tales of the Batman: Alan Brennert

Looks to be the paperback of the previously-released hardcover, being Brave and the Bold team-ups with Starman Ted Knight, Deadman, Creeper, Hawk and Dove, Black Canary, and more. Art is by Jim Aparo, Joe Staton, and Norm Breyfogle. Also included is the Detective Comics #500 story "To Kill a Legend," and Brennert's alt-history one-shot, the first labeled Elseworlds, Batman: Holy Terror.

Teen Titans Go! Vol. 4

Teen Titans Go!: A Kids Coloring Book

Teen Titans Vol. 2 (Rebirth)

Issues #7-11.

Teen Titans: The Silver Age Vol. 1

Titans Vol. 2 (Rebirth)

Issues #7-10, the Titans Annual, and stories from DC Rebirth Holiday Special.

Titans: The Lazarus Contract

Collects Titans #11, Teen Titans #8, Deathstroke #19, and Teen Titans Annual #1. Of course inquiring minds want to know if we'll see these in their individual trades as well (like "Night of the Monster Men," maybe not in the paperbacks but collected in the hardcovers).

Trillium: The Deluxe Edition

Trinity Vol. 1: Better Together (Rebirth)

The paperback release, coming November 2017, of the hardcover solicited for June 2017.

Two Face: A Celebration of 75 Years

Unfollow Vol. 3

Unwritten The Deluxe Edition Book Two

Very DC Rebirth Holiday Collection

Fairly recent material, this is the DC Rebirth Holiday Special, the Rebirth Batman Annual #1, and the Rebirth Harley Quinn #10. I wouldn't mind a collection of the various recent era-themed DC holiday specials, like DCU Infinite Holiday Special and so on.

Watchmen: The Annotated Edition

Wild Storm Vol. 1

Collects issue #1-6 of Warren Ellis's new "Wild Storm."

Wildstorm: A Celebration of 25 Years

No contents listed, but I'll be curious what gets chosen for this.

Wonder Woman & the Justice League America Vol. 2

No contents here either, but the first volume stopped just short of the "Judgment Day" crossover between the Justice League books, so here's hoping this includes the Justice League America, Task Force, and International issues, too. Of course, if this keeps going, there's not much to collect before this series starts to get in to the Gerard Jones issues.

Wonder Woman Vol. 4: Godwatch (Rebirth)

Issues #16, #18, #20, #22, and #24. Do we know when the switching back and forth is planned to be over?

Wonder Woman: The Golden Age Vol. 1

Wonder Woman: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 1 (Rebirth)

The Rebirth special and issues #1-12. I wonder if these will be staggered or sequential in this volume.

Wonder Woman: The True Amazon