Review: Star Trek: Starfleet Academy trade paperback (IDW Comics)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

I've never been a huge fan of ancillary Star Trek crews, and some aspects of Star Trek: Starfleet Academy are predictably formulaic. But despite my initial misgivings, Starfleet Academy is charming fun, and an impressive demonstration of Star Trek tonal range by IDW Trek writer Mike Johnson (with Ryan Parrott). Derek Charm's animated art style marks an immediate departure from the realism of Tony Shasteen and others.

Like Gotham Academy is for Batman, Starfleet Academy tells a cogent Star Trek story, but with a softer approach that might appeal to a wider audience (and an emphasis too, for the most part, on strong female characters). Johnson and Parrott take the opportunity here as well to introduce some stylings of another Star Trek franchise to the nuTrek comics universe.

Review: The Movement Vol. 2: Fighting for the Future trade paperback (DC Comics)

Monday, August 22, 2016

If Gail Simone's The Movement Vol. 1 did not deliver quite the draining emotional wallop of her later issues of (her original) Secret Six, then Movement Vol. 2: Fighting for the Future shows itself as on its way there had the series continued. Like Secret Six, Movement offers a group of heroes who, if not entirely in the wrong (as the Six often were), have at least largely conflicted motives, and yet Simone managed to wring from them such grace and kindness that it makes their misdeeds that much more gripping. The Movement-centered stories here are great, especially the latter two (as Simone moves from the group's politics to a greater focus on the characters themselves); further there's a Batgirl guest-shot here with surprising bite to it, of a kind it's a little surprising Simone did here and not over in that title itself.

Review: Red Hood and the Outlaws Vol. 6: Lost and Found trade paperback (DC Comics)

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Red Hood and the Outlaws Vol. 6: Lost and Found is a good example why there's such a dichotomy between public perception of this title versus those who actually read the book. Outside, the Ed Benes cover depicts Starfire splayed suggestively across a sports car, breasts in the air, while her male compatriots post superheroically alongside. Inside is a gripping Scott Lobdell story that spotlights Starfire almost entirely, examining her long fight against slavery and bringing her to a wrenching choice between justice and vengeance, not to be missed by Starfire fans.

The Benes covers to issue Red Hood #32 (used as the cover of this book) and #33 don't reflect the plot of the story inside, while the cover to issue #34 by Ken Lashley and Hi-Fi, part three of the three-part story, does. This suggests to me that Benes's work were index covers, pressed into action in this book's switch between creative teams and probably with no input from Lobdell. Ironically, any number of articles online dismiss the book as a whole without referencing the story itself, based solely on the issue #32 cover and Lobdell's (purposeful, I think, but perhaps inartful) early portrayals of Starfire. In this way it's easy to see why Red Hood and the Outlaws gets no respect regardless of what's happening between its covers.

Review: Grayson Vol. 2: We All Die at Dawn trade paperback (DC Comics)

Monday, August 15, 2016

It's an indication of Grayson's prowess that it reminds me of the good DC Comics series of the 1990s and 2000s, interrupted occasionally by profile or "Times Past" issues and it didn't matter because writing, art, and characters were just so entertaining. Grayson Vol. 2: We All Die at Dawn has a lot of that, a beginning issue and an annual that seem like interstitial stories (though everything, of course, ties back in the end). Also this is another deliciously short volume of Grayson, just four issues and an annual; ordinarily that would bother me but it gives the Grayson trades a boutique effect not unlike the short trades coming out of Image.

It's too bad Grayson is no longer ongoing but I certainly can't find fault with writers Tom King and Tim Seeley proceeding to hopefully bring the same level of greatness to Batman and Nightwing respectively.

Review: The Movement Vol. 1: Class Warfare trade paperback (DC Comics)

Thursday, August 11, 2016

It's rare to read a book from DC Comics wholly disconnected from the rest of the DC Universe, and unfortunately those books usually face the same fate as The Movement ultimately did. I had thought Movement Vol. 1: Class Warfare related to writer Gail Simone's Batgirl run, but those ties are not explicit, at least in the first volume.

Irrespective Simone's Movement is enjoyable and ostensibly political, suffering only from the fact that it skips much of the "how" of building a groundswell movement in favor of the later moral "what's next" questions. To that end, even as it was meant to be a foil for (if only in DC's advertising) Art Baltazar and Franco's rich-kid Green Team superhero book, the Movement heroes still seem to have unlimited food, electricity, internet, technology, and so on. There's a fine tale here of Movement's Coral City heroes and citizens versus a corrupt administration and the police caught in the middle, but it's hardly a realistic depiction of this kind of political movement, if one is being sought.

Review: Flash Vol. 7: Savage World hardcover/paperback (DC Comics)

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Monday, August 08, 2016

Surely there's a lot of pressure that goes along with being the writer of a long-standing comics character. I don't envy Tom King on Batman, for instance, having to follow both Grant Morrison and Scott Snyder (though I hear King's doing admirably). In the same way given strong Flash runs already by Mark Waid and Geoff Johns, Robert Venditti and Van Jensen have a lot to live up to.

Venditti has already followed Johns on Green Lantern and delivered some winners. Unfortunately, Venditti, Jensen, and artist Brett Booth's Flash isn't quite as strong as Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul's that immediately preceded it, nor the famous runs before. In Flash Vol. 7: Savage World, Venditti and Jensen continue to try to build new threats for the Flash; I appreciate that the writers don't tread old ground (for the most part), but the villains they're creating aren't strong, so the writers' efforts come off as ephemeral. Compared to copious Flash runs past, unfortunately these latest Flash comics just aren't as good.

Review: Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 7: Anarky hardcover/paperback (DC Comics)

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Thursday, August 04, 2016

Just before the Convergence break there's clearly a lot going on in the Batman-verse -- Endgame in the main title, side-by-side with cosmic shenanigans in Batman and Robin, not to mention Batman Eternal reaching its apex. As is often the case, Detective Comics ends up the title with the least going on; on another day, Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul's tale of an "Occupy Gotham" uprising might be notable, but in comparison it's downright tame. Nonetheless, following the last volume's equally "street level" tale, Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 7: Anarky is enjoyable and well-paced, with an intriguing mystery at the center, and uses a couple of Bat-foes strongly. The writers continue their spotlight on Harvey Bullock, and the Bullock-centricness of this run might be its chief selling point.

Review: Red Hood and the Outlaws Vol. 5: The Big Picture trade paperback (DC Comics)

Monday, August 01, 2016

Part of the brilliance of the Marv Wolfman/George Perez run on Teen Titans was that the team lent itself to telling all sorts of stories. Robin and Kid Flash offered a way in to traditional superheroics, but equally Starfire opened the door to space epics; Raven, to the supernatural; and Wonder Girl, to a variety of Mount Olympus epics. Part of what kept the series fresh is that the characters allowed it to be about anything.

That's a formula fairly well used by now, but I'm reminded of it in reading Red Hood and the Outlaws Vol. 5: The Big Picture. After the previous volume by James Tynion, Vol. 5 sees the book in transition back to original writer Scott Lobdell in Vol. 6, with stories in Vol. 5 by Tynion, Will Pfeifer, and Joe Keatinge. These vary indeed from a mystic battle with Ra's al Ghul to a couple of smaller crime drama/heist capers and two space epics, one with a bunch of DC Universe cameos. Though Big Picture is essentially Red Hood and the Outlaws resetting itself, the stories here are blithe and charming and offer a nice palate cleanser after the heaviness of the previous volume.

Review: Batwoman Vol. 6: The Unknowns trade paperback (DC Comics)

Thursday, July 28, 2016

It pains me to find fault with a book that includes Ragman and Etrigan the Demon, but unfortunately Batwoman Vol. 6: The Unknowns is an ignominious end to this title. What particular pizazz this title had, especially due to artist JH Williams, is gone, and in its place is standard and not particularly nuanced superheroics.

I give writer Marc Andreyko -- whose work on Manhunter, I always want to mention, I adored -- credit for taking this particular Batwoman concept far out of its comfort zone, but it's an experiment than unfortunately fails. A story about Batwoman Kate Kane in space, fighting wizardry, feels no more a Batwoman story than if it starred Aquaman instead.

Further, Andreyko backs himself into a particularly sticky corner with a storyline that ends up involving sex and consent. I don't think Andreyko means ill, but his solution to it is problematic. Layered on top of a low-grade story, this only mars the book further, and the title's cancellation is an unfortunate mercy.

Rebirth collections, Superman Triangle Titles, Flash by Waid Book Two, Justice League: Breakdowns, Zero Hour Legion, Vigilante by Wolfman, 1980s Blue Beetle, more in DC Comics Spring 2017 solicitations

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

When we looked at a bunch of online solicitations the other day, I mentioned that I thought DC Comics's official catalog solicitations were probably just around the corner. Sorry for some repetition, but sure enough, here they are.

We already know about the paperback-first releases of the Rebirth series starting in 2017, and also some great, unexpected collections including Superman: The Man of Tomorrow, beginning to collect the "Triangle Titles"; Wonder Woman and the Justice League, Dan Vado's "Judgment Day"-era stories; Justice League: Breakdowns, the end of Keith Giffen and company's "Justice League International/bwa-ha-ha" days; and the start of a full-color collection of Mike Barr's Batman and the Outsiders.

This updated list has a couple more good ones -- the first collection of the 1980s post-Crisis on Infinite Earths Ted Kord Blue Beetle series, the second Flash by Mark Waid collection, a post-Zero Hour "Legionnaires" collection, and a collection of Marv Wolfman's Adrian Chase Vigilante series.

More details follow the listings, so let's jump in. Note that all of this information is subject to change before publication. Not all links may yet be functional.

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Absolute Preacher Vol. 2

Absolute Wonder Woman by Brian Azzarello & Cliff Chiang Vol. 1

As I mentioned when this was originally solicited, this includes the first three volumes of the New 52 Wonder Woman series.

Action Comics Vol. 1 (Rebirth)

Collects issues #957-#962.

Action Comics Vol. 2 (Rebirth)

Collects issues #963-968.

All Star Batman Vol. 1

American Vampire Vol. 9

Aquaman Vol. 1 (Rebirth)

As before, the solicitation says issues #1-6 without the Rebirth special.

Aquaman Vol. 2: Black Manta Rising

One of the few Rebirth collects solicited so far with a title.

Aquaman Vol. 8

Paperback reprint.

Astro City Vol. 13

Astro City Vol. 14

Azrael Vol. 2: Requiem

The first volume of the reprint of the Dennis O'Neil collected Batman: Sword of Azrael #1-4 and issues #1-6 of the series; though I'd like to see these collections be as large as possible, issues #7-12 would finish the "Fallen Angel" storyline, cover the Underworld Unleashed tie-in, and end with the two-part "Angel Rising."

Batgirl & the Birds of Prey Vol. 1 (Rebirth)

Collects the Rebirth special and issues #1-6.

Batgirl Vol. 1 (Rebirth)

Collects issues #1-6.

Batgirl: A Celebration of 50 Years

No details, but the temporary cover is the cover of Gail Simone's first New 52 issue.

Batgirl: An Adult Coloring Book

Batman '66 Meets John Steed & Emma Peel

Batman '66 Meets The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Batman & Superman in World's Finest: The Silver Age Vol. 1

Collects Superman #76 and World’s Finest Comics #71-94.

Batman & the Outsiders Vol. 1

As mentioned the other day, collects Brave and the Bold #200, New Teen Titans #37, and issues #1-12 of the regular series.

Batman Arkham: Mister Freeze

Batman Beyond Vol. 3

This is said to collect issues #13-18, though the pre-Rebirth series only goes to issue #16; either way this is the series' last collection before Rebirth.

Batman by Brian K. Vaughan

There's a hardcover scheduled for December and this appears to be hardcover too, but I'm wondering if it's the paperback edition instead.

Batman in Hush Part 2: An Adult Coloring Book

Batman Vol. 1 (Rebirth)

Collects the Rebirth special and issues #1-6.

Batman Vol. 10: Epilogue

This listing still has the old contents, Batman #51-52, Annual #4, and a story from Detective Comics #27, rather than the issues, the annual, and the Futures End tie-in and Rebirth special.

Batman Vol. 2 (Rebirth)

This should collect Batman 7-12 and the first annual, including the Batman parts of the "Night of the Monster Men" crossover.

Batman: Knightfall Omnibus Vol. 1

Complete Knightquest. Say it with me. We want complete Knighquest.

Batman: Legacy

Hopefully this will collect the original "Legacy" issues and then some. As Bobby Barrett smartly pointed out on Facebook, making it a Bane-centric book would be pretty cool.

Batman: Night of the Monster Men

Batman #7-8, Nightwing #5-6, and Detective Comics #941-942.

Batman: The Golden Age Omnibus Vol. 3

Batman: The Golden Age Vol. 2

Batman/Superman Vol. 5

Paperback reprint of the hardcover.

Batman/Superman Vol. 6

As discussed the other day, unfortunately this pre-Rebirth collection isn't due out until March 2017.

Blue Beetle Vol. 1

Finally, a collection of the 1980s Blue Beetle series by Len Wein. Issues #1-13 include team-ups with the Question and the Teen Titans, and Legends crossovers. A second collection could complete the series at issue #24 and would see the original Blue Beetle Dan Garrett appear and a Millennium crossover.

Blue Beetle Vol. 1 (Rebirth)

Issues #1-6 and the Rebirth special.

Books of Magic Book One

Cosmic Odyssey: The Deluxe Edition

Can't argue with Mike Mignola's art at deluxe size.

Cyborg (Rebirth) Vol. 1

Issues #1-6 and the Rebirth special.

DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 3

DC Universe by Mike Mignola

Speaking of Mike Mignola, this collects Superman: The World Of Krypton, Action Comics Annual #1, Superman #18 and 23, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #54, Batman: Gotham Knights #36, Swamp Thing Annual #5, Phantom Stranger #1-4, and more.

Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love

The three-issue Sarah Vaughn miniseries.

Deathstroke Vol. 1 (Rebirth)

Collects Deathstroke: Rebirth and issues #1-6.

Deathstroke, the Terminator Vol. 3: Nuclear Winter

This has been on and off the schedule for a while now, the third collection Marv Wolfman's Deathstroke, the Terminator. If we actually see it out, it'll collect issues #14-20, which is the Deathstroke parts of the "Total Chaos" crossover plus "Nuclear Winter" (with Arsenal), this series at its best.

Detective Comics Vol. 1 (Rebirth)

Collects Detective #934-939.

Detective Comics Vol. 2 (Rebirth)

Collects Detective #940-945.

DMZ Book Three

Doom Patrol Book Three

Reprinting Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol #51-63 and Doom Force Special, previously collected in Magic Bus and Planet Love.

Doom Patrol by Gerard Way Vol. 1

Collects the first six issues of the "Young Animal" series.

Doom Patrol: The Silver Age Vol. 1

Earth 2: Society Vol. 3

Collects issues #13-16 and the Annual #1.

Elseworlds: Batman Vol. 3

Collects Brotherhood of the Bat, Scar of the Bat, Dark Knight Dynasty, and Batman: Man-Bat.

Everafter: From the Pages of Fables

Fables: The Deluxe Edition Book 14

Filth New Edition

Flash by Mark Waid Book Two

Solicited as issues #71-82, the Annual #6, and Justice League International [sic] Quarterly #10. This is, of course, the fan-favorite "Return of Barry Allen" storyline, followed by the start of Mike Wieringo on pencils. Issue #82 is part three of the four-part "Back on Track" storyline, so I wonder if issue #83 might make its way in here too. The Annual is a "Bloodlines" crossover; Justice League Quarterly has a Waid/Flash story. Next time: Impulse!

Flash Vol. 1 (Rebirth)

Issues #1-6 and the Rebirth special.

Flash Vol. 2 (Rebirth)

Issues #7-12.

Flintstones Vol. 1

Free Country: A Tale of the Children's Crusade

This collection of the Vertigo crossover event has been knocking around for a while but never quite saw the light of day, but maybe this will do it Correction: Paperback reprint of the deluxe edition. Collects the Children's Crusade two-parter plus annuals from Black Orchid, Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Doom Patrol, and Arcana/Books of Magic.

Future Quest Vol. 1

Gen 13: The Complete Collection

Collects Gen 13 #1/2, Gen 13 Vol. 1 #1-5, Gen 13 Vol. 2 #0-7 and Gen 13 Rave.

Grayson Vol. 5

Said to collect issues #19-25, but given that Grayson ends with issue #20, shagmu suggested the other day that this might be issues #17-20, the Annual #3, and maybe Nightwing: Rebirth.

Green Arrow Vol. 1 (Rebirth)

We don't know for sure but this is most likely issues #1-6 since the next trade collects issues #7-12.

Green Arrow Vol. 2 (Rebirth)

... issues #7-12.

Green Arrow Vol. 8

Glad to see the Mike Grell collctions still going strong. This collects issues #54-62 and Grell's run ended with issue #80, so it might be DC can finish it out in two more trades, though I'd be happy to see these continue into the Connor Hawke era.

Green Lantern: The Silver Age Omnibus Vol. 1

Green Lanterns Vol. 1 (Rebirth)

Green Lanterns: Rebirth and issues #1-6.

Green Lanterns Vol. 2 (Rebirth)

Collects issues #7-12.

Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps Vol. 1 (Rebirth)

Includes the Rebirth special (also said to be collected in the Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion trade) and issues #1-6.

Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps Vol. 2 (Rebirth)

Collects issues #7-12

Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys

Harley Quinn Vol. 1: Die Laughing (Rebirth)

Harley's Little Black Book

The six-issue Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys, the six-issue Harley's Little Black Book, and Harley Quinn Vol. 1: Die Laughing (another of the few Rebirth collections to get a title), collecting the Rebirth special and issues #1-6.

Hawkman & Adam Strange: Out of Time

He-Man/Thundercats

I'm exceptionally excited about this miniseries; both of these are DC properties, I think, but I can only hope someone's working on a DC/IDW crossover of He-Man/Transformers.

Hellblazer Vol. 1 (Rebirth)

Issues #1-6. The solicitation doesn't mention the Rebirth special but I'd be surprised if it wasn't here.

Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Five Vol. 1

Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Five Vol. 2

Collects issues #1-6 and #7-12 respectively.

Invisibles Book One

JLA: The Nail/Another Nail Deluxe Edition

A deluxe edition of the two three-issue Elseworlds miniseries written and drawn by Alan Davis.

John Constantine: Hellblazer Vol. 16

Collects issues #175-188, in Mike Carey's run. Is this right, that all of Hellblazer hasn't been collected yet?

Justice League of America: The Bronze Age Omnibus Vol. 1

Collects Justice League of America #77-113, including stories previously found in Crisis on Multiple Earths Vols. 2-3.

Justice League of America: The Silver Age Vol. 3

Collects issues #20-30.

Justice League United Vol. 3

I'm glad that this is back on the schedule again, just for the completeness of my collection; includes issues #11-16 and the "Divergence" sneak peek.

Justice League Unwrapped by Jim Lee

Jim Lee's penciled, un-inked Justice League #1-12 (Origin and Villain's Journey).

Justice League Vol. 1 (Rebirth)

Issues #1-6 and the Rebirth special.

Justice League Vol. 2 (Rebirth)

Issues #7-12.

Justice League: Breakdowns

As discussed earlier, this is Justice League America #53-60 and Justice League Europe #29-36, the final stories from Keith Giffen's bwa-ha-ha era, leading directly into the recent Superman and the Justice League collections.

Justice League: Gods and Monsters

Paperback reprint of the hardcover, which contained Justice League: Gods and Monsters #1-3, Justice League: Gods and Monsters - Superman, Justice League: Gods and Monsters - Batman, and Justice League: Gods and Monsters - Wonder Woman.

Justice League: Power & Glory

This is a collection of the pre-Rebirth Bryan Hitch Justice League of America series. The solicitation, however, says it collects issues #1-3, #5-12, and the first annual, which doesn't make much sense; at least, issues #4 is part of the "Power and Glory" storyline.

Kid Eternity Book One

Legends Companion

This was on the last round of solicitations and I'm glad it hasn't disappeared entirely. Though there's scant Suicide Squad material here, I can understand DC holding this to come out closer to the movie. Contents still listed as Batman #401, Detective Comics #568, Green Lantern Corps #207, Cosmic Boy #1-4, Justice League of America #259-261, Secret Origins #10 and #14, Fury of Firestorm #55-56, Blue Beetle #9-10, Warlord #114-115, Superman #3, Adventures of Superman #426, and Action Comics #586.

Legionnaires Book One

This is exciting -- a new collection series of the relaunched Legion of Super-Heroes series after Zero Hour. The title says "Legionnaires" and this collects the Legion and Legionnaries titles, but again, this is the "regular" Legion series after Zero Hour by Mark Waid, Tom Peyer, and Tom McCraw. Collects Legion issues #0 and #62-68 and Legionnaires #0 and #19-24, which is the previous Legion of Super-Heroes: The Beginning of Tomorrow collection plus a couple issues. If this keeps going, the next volume should have the "Future Tense" crossover with Karl Kesel's Superboy.

Lucifer Vol. 2: Father Lucifer

Midnighter: The Complete WildStorm Series

Said to collect issues #1-13 of the Wildstorm series, which as I mentioned before isn't actually "complete," so we'll see what happens here.

Nightwing Vol. 1 (Rebirth)

The Rebirth special and issues #1-6.

Quarantine Zone

Raven

Red Hood & the Outlaws Vol. 1 (Rebirth)

Said to collect issues #1-6.

Robin War

Paperback reprint of the hardcover. Collects Robin War #1-2, Robin: Son of Batman #7, Grayson #15, Detective Comics #47, We Are Robin #7, Gotham Academy #13, Red Hood/Arsenal #7 and Teen Titans #15.

Robin: Son of Batman Vol. 2

Paperback reprint of hardcover, collecting issues #7-12.

Scooby Apocalypse Vol. 1

Scooby-Doo Team-Up Vol. 3

Sheriff of Babylon Vol. 2: Pow. Pow. Pow.

Starfire Vol. 2

Collects issues #7-12, the end of the series before Rebirth.

Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Boomerang/Killer Croc/Amanda Waller

Suicide Squad Most Wanted: El Diablo

Suicide Squad Vol. 1 (Rebirth)

Collects the Rebirth special and issues #1-6.

Suicide Squad Vol. 6

Continuing the John Ostrander collections, this collects the "Phoenix Gambit" storyline that jumps one year ahead. This collection also sees Oracle Barbara Gordon become an official member of the Squad.

Super Pets: The Silver Age

I don't know what's collected here but I'm very excited about it.

Supergirl Book Two

Collects issues #10-20 and the second annual of the Peter David series, which is past Gary Frank and into Leonard Kirk's work, including Silver Banshee and Despero, a Genesis crossover, and Legion of Super-Heroes in the annual.

Supergirl Vol. 1 (Rebirth)

Issues #1-6 and the Rebirth special.

Supergirl: The Bronze Age Vol. 1

Collects Adventure Comics #397-402 and #404-424, Supergirl #1-11, and Superman Family #165.

Superman & Batman: Generations

Collects the two John Byrne Elseworlds miniseries as if Superman and Batman's histories had unfolded in real-time, Superman and Batman: Generations and Generations II.

Superman Vol. 1 (Rebirth)

Issues #1-6 and the Rebirth special.

Superman Vol. 2

Paperback reprint of the second pre-Rebirth Gene Luen Yang hardcover collection.

Superman Vol. 2 (Rebirth)

Superman: The Final Days of Superman

Paperback reprint of the hardcover, collecting the crossover: Superman #51-52, Batman/Superman #31-32, Superman/Wonder Woman #28-29, and Action Comics #51-52.

Superman: The Man of Tomorrow Book One

As discussed earlier, this looks to be the first collection of what would become the Superman "Triangle Titles." Unfortunately this listing is also cut off, so we know it will be Adventures of Superman #445-450 and Superman #23, but not where the trade will end. My guess is it's to Superman #27, collecting the run-up to Superman: Exile.

Superman/Batman: Saga of the Super Sons New Edition

Collects World's Finest Comics #215-216, #221-222, #224, #228, #230, #231, #233, #238, #242, #263 and the infamous Elseworlds 80-Page Giant. Like Generations, all of this is obviously to tie in with the new Super Sons series.

Superman/Wonder Woman Vol. 5: A Savage End

The solicitation for the hardcover of this book had it at issues #25-29, omitting the unpublished issues #30-31 that would be included in the Superman: Savage Dawn crossover collection. This paperback listing has issues #25-31, which would be better for those that don't want to buy the full-crossover collection; I hope this is the correct listing.

Swamp Thing: The Bronze Age Omnibus

House of Secrets #92 and Swamp Thing #1-25, many of which are previously uncollected. Issue #25 wasn't published at all, so if this is correct it'll be the very first appearance of that.

Teen Titans by Geoff Johns Book One

Collects issues #1-12, the Wizard #1/2 issue, and the Teen Titans/Outsiders Secret Files. Breaking down the omnibus, essentially, into paperback volumes.

Teen Titans Go!: Ready for Action

Teen Titans Vol. 4

Collects Teen Titans #20-24 and the second annual ahead of Rebirth.

Titans Vol. 1 (Rebirth)

Issues #1-6 and the Rebirth special.

Vigilante

This is the collection of the Vigilante: Southland miniseries by Gary Phillips.

Vigilante by Marv Wolfman Vol. 1

This, on the other hand, is a collection of the first appearances of Marv Wolfman's Vigilante Adrian Chase. The solicit says New Teen Titans Annual #1, but Vigilante was actually in Annual #2, plus the Vigilante series issues #1-6. This was an exceptionally complex series in which Wolfman explored the morality of being a violent costumed vigilante (Chase was a district attorney by day); this is well worth a collection and I'm hopeful we see additional volumes.

Wacky Raceland

Wonder Woman '77 Vol. 2

Wonder Woman & the Justice League America Vol. 1

Go read my impassioned plea for pre-orders of this book. How can you pass up a collection of Justice League stories than span from Death of Superman to Zero Hour and star the proto-Extreme Justice? Classic 1990s material here needs your support!

Wonder Woman by George Perez Book Two

This ends at George Perez's issue #24, so we're still not past what the original paperbacks or the omnibus collected. This era's Wonder Woman #25-57 remains uncollected, and then also #63 to roundabouts #89.

Wonder Woman Vol. 1 (Rebirth)

The Rebirth special and issues #1, #3, #5, #7, #9, the half of Greg Rucka's run set in the present.

Wonder Woman Vol. 2 (Rebirth)

Issues #2, #4, #6, #8 and #10, the half set in the past.

Wonder Woman Vol. 9

The paperback listing, reprinting the hardcover, says only issue #47-52 and not the Rebirth special, though I can't imagine paperback and hardcover would have different contents.

Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 1

Wonder Woman: Her Greatest Battles

Zatanna by Paul Dini

Said to be "all of Paul Dini's acclaimed Zatanna stories," so that's at least Bloodspell, Everyday Magic, and the thirteen-issue 2010 series.

All right, one more time -- what's on your must-buy list from what's coming up from DC Comics?