Zero Hour/Armageddon 2001 Deluxe, Batman: Knightfall Omnibus Vol. 3: Knightsend, Green Lantern: Kyle Rayner Vol. 2, Justice Society by Strazewski and Parobeck, Dark Days: The Road to Metal, more in DC Comics Spring 2018 solicitations

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

It took a little while, but now we finally have the full list of DC Comics's Spring 2018 trade paperback and hardcover solicitations. Some of this already rolled out over the past couple weeks and you'll forgive me if I've mixed and matched some of my previous comments with the new to make one big list. Indeed there's a lot here I'm excited about but not screaming about from the rooftops only because I just waxed poetic about them a few posts ago, including Justice League Task Force, Aquaman by Peter David, a super-comprehensive Batman: Legacy Vol. 2, the post-Crisis Green Lantern Corps: Beware Their Power, and the first collection of the Hawkworld series proper, among others.

No, I'm going to save my excitement for the new items on this list, starting with a deluxe size collection of Zero Hour -- including the two main issues of Armageddon 2001! It is not, I'll acknowledge, the Armageddon 2001 Omnibus I've always dreamed of, but it is going to be pretty cool to see that Dan Jurgens art blown up to deluxe size.

Almost just as exciting is that the third Batman: Knightfall Omnibus includes both "Prodigal" and the never-before-collected "Troika" storyline, truly making the Knightfall omnibuses the comprehensive collections we've been clamoring for. And Green Lantern: Kyle Rayner Vol. 2 includes one of the best Titans crossovers you've never heard of, "The Siege of Zi Charam" (Jarras Minion for the win); maybe this time we'll get the Justice Society: 1992 collection; and the lead-ins to Dark Nights: Metal begin to be collected.

We're not going to talk about Titans: Total Chaos being back on the schedule again. Nope, just going to ignore it, and pre-order it, and hope maybe the cancellation gods don't notice it ...

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Here's the list:

Absolute Preacher Vol. 3

Collects issues #41-66, making it the final Absolute Preacher collection.

Absolute Wonder Woman by Brian Azzarello & Cliff Chiang Vol. 2

This second Absolute volume finishes the Brian Azzarello/Cliff Chiang run, collecting issues #19-35 and #23.2, the Vol. 4: War, Vol. 5: Flesh, and Vol. 6: Bones collections.

Adam Strange: The Man of Two Worlds Deluxe Edition

As I understand it, this post-Crisis Adam Strange miniseries was controversial for a number of reasons, not in the least that it suggests Adam Strange's wife Alanna's father Sardath assaults her, and much of this story was later smoothed out and retconned in JLA among other places. However, like Green Lantern: The Longbow Hunters, Green Lantern: The Road Back, and others, this is another one of those post-Crisis origin books that becomes a fixture of the era and therefore likely deserves collecting; art, in addition, is by Andy Kubert.

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

Paperback release of the hardcover, due out the same time as the hardcover of Scott Snyder's All-Star Batman Vol. 3. Collects issues #6-9, with art by Jock, Tula Lotay, and Giuseppe Camuncoli, plus the "Cursed Wheel" backups.

All-Star Batman Vol. 3: First Ally (Rebirth)

Collects issues #10-14, the final volume of Scott Snyder's All-Star. This is the "First Ally" Alfred spotlight story with art by Rafael Albuquerque.

American Way: Those Above and Below

Aquaman by Peter David Book One

As we were hoping when DC solicited the long-awaited collection of Peter David's Atlantis Chronicles, here comes a collection series of David's Aquaman run. Whether you agree the hook-handed look was a good one for Aquaman or not, it was certainly recognizable, and David's tenure ran almost 50 issues. This first collection is supposed to collect David's Time and Tide miniseries and issues #1-10, but the Zero Month zero issue following Zero Hour ought also be in there too. With appearances by Superboy, Lobo, and Green Lantern Kyle Rayner, this continues DC's recent spate of 1990s-era collections.

Aquaman: The Legend of Aquaman

Though I tend to think of Peter David's Time and Tide as the post-Crisis origin of Aquaman a la Longbow Hunters and Road Home, it's probably actually Robert Loren Fleming and Keith Giffen's Aquaman special and five-issue miniseries, with art by Curt Swan. I'll say this for the various Justice League movies, we sure are getting a lot of collections of long-lost material.

Batgirl & the Birds of Prey Vol. 3 (Rebirth)

Collects issues #14-18, including appearances by Catwoman and Poison Ivy.

Batgirl Vol. 3: Summer of Lies (Rebirth)

The third Rebirth volume by Hope Larson collects issues #12-17 and includes an appearance by Catwoman.

Batgirl: Stephanie Brown Vol. 2

The second volume of the new "omnibus" collections of Bryan Q. Miller's Stephanie Brown Batgirl series collects stories from the Flood and Lesson trades, issue #13-24, including a Supergirl, Squire, and Klarion guest appearances and the superlative final issue. Newly included now is the Bruce Wayne: The Long Road Home: Batgirl special.

Batman '66 Meets Wonder Woman '77

The six issue miniseries by Marc Andreyko and Jeff Parker.

Batman & Superman in World's Finest: The Silver Age Vol. 2

Batman & the Signal

More details on the new Duke Thomas comic by Scott Snyder and Tony Frank. The solicitation reads:

THE SIGNAL, Batman’s trainee and Gotham’s daytime protector, is back with his own three issue miniseries!

Only one teenage hero is prepared for the challenge of safeguarding Gotham in broad daylight—THE SIGNAL. Duke Thomas juggles a new high school and teenage romance as he adjusts to his role as Gotham’s daytime protector and battles new villains. Could a daytime Gotham be even more corrupt than its nighttime counterpart?


Batman and Harley Quinn

Looks to be the collection of the prequel and sequel digital-first comics surrounding the new Batman and Harley Quinn animated movie.

Batman and the Outsiders Vol. 2

A second full-color collection of Mike W. Barr's Batman and the Outsiders series from the 1980s, with art by both Jim Aparo and Alan Davis. The next collection should be able to get through issue #32, after which the book became Adventures of the Outsiders.

Batman Arkham: Hugo Strange

Hugo Strange is a Batman villain used so rarely, and sometimes so inconsistently, that I'm always riveted when he's on the scene. Certainly Gotham has done the character a good turn lately, as did Rebirth. I'll be curious to see what's collected here; there's some Gotham Knights material to mine, I think.

Batman by Neal Adams Book One

I'm pretty sure most of what's collected here has been collected before, but I'm not sure if this is in some way spotlighting something different for Neal Adams or if it's a new edition of an already-published book. Collects Batman #219, Detective Comics #395, 397, 400, 402, 405, and 407, The Brave and the Bold #79-86, and World's Finest Comics #175-176.

Batman Knightfall Omnibus Vol. 3 - Knightsend

Goes to show that if you wait long enough, you might just get everything you want. This third Knightfall Omnibus finally delivers as complete a Knightfall story as we could desire -- not only is DC finally collecting all the missing pieces from "Knightquest," but this one's got not just "Knightsend," but also the "Knightsend: Aftermath" stories, "Prodigal," and at long last the debut of Batman's new costume in "Troika," truly finishing out the "Knightfall" era, plus Nightwing: Alfred's Return and Vengeance of Bane #2. This book does skip over the Zero Hour tie-in stories, though those were just collected in, you guessed it, Batman: Zero Hour.

The contents should be Batman #509-510 and #512-515, Batman: Shadow of the Bat #29-30 and #32-35, Detective Comics #676-677 and #679-682, Robin #8-9 and #11-14, Catwoman #12-13, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #62-63, Showcase ’94 #10, Nightwing: Alfred’s Return #1, and Batman: Vegeance of Bane #2.

Batman Noir: The Dark Knight Strikes Again

Admittedly it's been a long time since I read Dark Knight Strikes Again, I didn't really get it the first time, and it basically put me off the whole Dark Knight saga. I have a sense that's probably true for most people. I wonder how this might read differently without the bold, sometimes purposefully-absurd coloring.

Batman Vol. 5 (Rebirth)

Collects Tom King's Batman #33-37 and Batman Annual #2, at least part of which is the "A Dream of Me" storyline.

Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 5 (Rebirth)

The fifth volume of James Tynion's Detective Comics collects issues #963-968, the two-part "Longer Chains" Spoiler story, plus "A Lonely Place of Living" that takes place concurrent to Superman's "Oz Effect."

Batman: Detective Comics: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 2

Collects the third and fourth paperback collections, issues #950-962.

Batman: Ghosts

Essentially a Sam Kieth spotlight book, this collects both Kieth's Batman Confidential #40-43 and also Batman/Lobo: Deadly Serious #1-2.

Batman: Gothic (New Edition)

A new collection of Grant Morrison and Klaus Janson's Legends of the Dark Knight #6-10.

Batman: Legacy Vol. 2

After delaying their collection of the "Legacy" crossover for a while, DC has delivered well with a Vol. 1 trade that collects a lot of prelude and interstitial material (basically, along with the recent Contagion trade, collecting all Batman material published in this era) and a Vol. 2 that not only collects the rest of "Legacy," but also the related titles Batman: Bane of the Demon #1-4 and Batman: Bane. The issue Catwoman #36 is either missing from these solicitations or was included in Vol. 1 and I just didn't notice it, but I'm sure DC will get that worked out, and in all I am very, very pleased. It was worth the wait, because these are the definitive Legacy collections.

Batman: New Gotham Vol. 2

It would seem then that the Batman: New Gotham collections are just going to collect Greg Rucka's Detective Comics (not that there's anything wrong with that), as this includes issues #755-765. That jumps over issue #754, not included in the last volume -- the individual part of Officer Down -- and continues with Rucka's work from there. It runs right up into Batman: Murderer/Fugitive, after which Rucka left the title (until his Batwoman work), so I'd bet that's probably it for this collection series.

Batman: Super Powers

There's not likely much to see here; this reprints Batman Confidential #50-54, a title that seemingly existed mostly to release sub-continuity stories for the trade, but that never much made a very big splash. The selling point is that the story is by Arrow's Marc Guggenheim, but I don't think I'll be picking this up very quickly.

Batman: Tales of the the Man-Bat

This collects Chuck Dixon and Flint Henry's Showcase '94 #11 and Man-Bat miniseries, and then Bruce Jones's unrelated Man-Bat miniseries from about ten years later that involved the Gotham Knights-era Hush.

Batman: The Dark Knight Detective Vol. 1

We've seen this one pop up a couple times, apparently collecting Detective Comics #575-578, Mike W. Barr's Year Two story, plus the sequel prestige format story Batman: Full Circle. That means no new material collected here, though the hope is that this becomes a collection series of the 1980s immediately-post-Crisis Batman stories.

Batman: The Golden Age Vol. 4

Black Lightning Vol. 2

In time for the new CW television series, this second collection of Tony Isabella's Black Lightning moves from the 1970s series to the 1990s series, collecting issues #1-13. I picked up a lot of this at the time, actually, in part because the Superman Triangle Titles' Gangbuster Jose Delgado was a supporting cast member.

Bug! The Adventures of Forager

Collects issues #1-6 of the Young Animal series by Lee Allred and Mike Allred. I'm not grooving on this one necessarily; I'm leaning more toward the Shade and Mother Panic urban horror than some of Young Animal's wackier material.

Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye Vol. 2

Collects issues #7-12.

Challengers of the Unknown by Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale Deluxe Edition

A deluxe-size collection of the eight-issue miniseries.

Cyborg Vol. 3 (Rebirth)

Collects issues #12-18, including the "Singularity" storyline and an appearance by Beast Boy. Such a lovely thing if John Semper can resurrect the Cyborg/Beast Boy friendship amidst the new/old continuity.

Dark Days: The Road to Metal

Collects Dark Days: The Forge #1, Dark Days: The Casting #1, and the prelude tie-in stories from Nightwing #17 and part of Detective Comics #950. Lands at the end of May 2018 in paperback. I'm pretty excited to start cracking Metal open, and I've still got plenty of events to read before that!

Dastardly & Muttley

Collects issues #1-6 by Garth Ennis.

DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 6

Collects issues #25 and #30-33

DC Comics: The Art of Darwyn Cooke

No word on the contents yet but we know it's going to be gorgeous.

DC Meets Looney Tunes

For those who didn't pick up Batman/Elmer Fudd the first time around, the DC Meets Looney Tunes collection is due out in February 2018. Collects Batman/Elmer Fudd, Jonah Hex/Yosemite Sam, Legion of Superheroes/Bugs Bunny, Lobo/Road Runner, Martian Manhunter/Marvin the Martian, and Wonder Woman/Tasmanian Devil, plus the more animated Superman/Bug Bunny #1-4 from 2000 by Mark Evanier and Joe Staton.

DC Super Hero Girls: Date with Disaster!

DC Universe by Brian K. Vaughan

No question why it behooves DC to have as many collections out there with Brian K. Vaughan's name on it as possible, but this is a pretty eclectic collection. There's Titans #14, a Tempest story; Sins of Youth: Wonder Girl from the middle of that fifth week event; Young Justice #22, a "day in the life" story; the JLA Annual #4 from the 2000 "Planet DC" event; and parts, but not all, of the Kyle Rayner Green Lantern: Circle of Fire story.

DC Universe by Neil Gaiman

Deathstroke The Terminator Vol. 4

Though not given a title, this collection can't be called anything but "World Tour," since it collects Marv Wolfman's issues #27-34 "World Tour" storyline, plus the Bloodlines Annual #2. This gritty 1990s series was Slade Wilson at his best, and an eight-part story sounds like something to really sink ones teeth into. This title becomes Deathstroke, the Hunted with issue #41-47, so conceivably if the next volume went a little large then it could collect all of "Hunted," and then it might be just one or so volumes after that until the title ends with issue #60, except there's a couple Titans and etc. crossovers here and there that we'll have to see how DC collects.

Deathstroke Vol. 4 (Rebirth)

Christopher Priest's fourth volume collects issues #21-26, so immediately following the "Lazarus Contract" crossover with Titans and Teen Titans (the third Rebirth Deathstroke collection stops at issue #18, putting the "Lazarus" issues only in the Lazarus Contract book proper if a deluxe Rebirth Deathstroke hardcover doesn't come around.

Doom Patrol Book Four

Continues the collection of Rachel Pollack's Vertigo run with issues #64-74, Doom Patrol Annual #2, and Vertigo Jam #2. Pollack's run ends with issue #87 so it should be just one more volume to finish this up.

Doom Patrol Vol. 2

We know some issues of Gerard Way's Young Animal Doom Patrol had been delayed, but this collects issues #7-12, scheduled to come out by April 2018.

Elseworlds: Superman Vol. 1

This one keeps popping up in the catalogs every season or so. Will someday collect Superman: Speeding Bullet, Kamandi: At Earth’s End #1-6, Superman: Kal, Superman: At Earth’s End, Superman/Batman: Doom Link, and Superman/Wonder Woman: Whom Gods Destroy #1-4

Flash by Mark Waid Book Four

Solicitations have issues #80-94, which is the contents of Book Three. I'm still thinking something like #95-107, which will collect "Terminal Velocity" and go right up to the "Dead Heat" crossover with Impulse.

Flash Vol. 5 (Rebirth)

Collects issues #28-32 and #34, skipping the DC Metal tie-in issue #33.

Flash: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 2 (Rebirth)

Collects issues #14-27, the third and fourth paperback collections, including the Flash half of the "Button" crossover with Batman.

Flash: The Silver Age Vol. 3

Flashpoint Unwrapped

Future Quest Presents Vol. 1

Collects issues #1-7 of Jeff Parker and Ariel Olivetti's new Future Quest series.

Global Frequency: The Deluxe Edition

All twelve issues of the series by Warren Ellis with art by Lee Bermejo, Glenn Fabry, Steve Dillon, David Lloyd, and Gene Ha.

Green Arrow Vol. 5: Rise of Star City (Rebirth)

Collects issues #21-25, the "Rise of Star City" and "Broken Arrow" stories. The next Green Arrow collection arrives in November and then this one is out in May; it's still a while till we get to the "Hard Traveling Hero" story currently playing out.

Green Lantern Corps: Beware Their Power Vol. 1

This new collections series appears to collect Steve Englehart and Joe Staton's post-Crisis Green Lantern Corps series, starting with the Legends tie-in issue #207 through #215 and the Annuals #2-3. It's kind of funny to start with #207 and not #201, when this series changed from Green Lantern to Corps, but issues #201-206 are in Tales of the Green Lantern Corps Vol. 3, and issues #172 to #200 are in the Sector 2814 trades. So I applaud DC for not making us double-dip even though the collection series name has changed, as has been their custom previously, and I'm eager to see this one play out. The series ends with issue #224, so one more collection should do it (and that one ought include a Millennium tie-in).

Green Lantern: Earth One Vol. 1

Here's the solicitation as listed:

Hal Jordan yearns for the thrill of discovery, but the days when astronaut and adventure were synonymous are long past. His gig prospecting asteroids for Ferris Galactic is less than fulfilling -- but least he's not on Earth, where technology and culture have stagnated. He might be a nobody, but he's in space.

When Jordan finds a powerful ring, he also finds a destiny to live up to. There are worlds beyond his own, unlike anything he ever imagined. But revelation comes with a price: the Green Lantern Corps has fallen, long since murdered by ruthless killing machines known as Manhunters. The odds against reinstating the Corps are nearly impossible ... but doing the impossible is exactly what an astronaut like Hal Jordan was trained to do.

From creator Gabriel Hardman, the critically acclaimed author of INVISIBLE REPUBLIC, comes a soaring new epic original graphic novel in the tradition of the best-selling WONDER WOMAN: EARTH ONE VOL. 1 by Grant Morrison and BATMAN: EARTH ONE VOL. 1 by Geoff Johns! GREEN LANTERN: EARTH ONE VOL. 1 is a radical look at the Lantern mythology and a great entry point for new readers.


Green Lantern: Kyle Rayner Vol. 2

Another "re-cut" collection; I only kind of know what that means, but I like it! It's Ron Marz's Green Lantern #61-69, Annual #4, New Titans #124-125, Darkstars #34, and Damage #16. That's an encounter with Parallax, an Underworld Unleashed tie-in, a "Year One" annual, and astoundingly, the entire "Siege of Zi Charam" crossover from New Titans with Marv Wolfman, Michael Jan Friedman, and Tom Joyner, which I recall being a well-written space opera that I never thought I'd see collected, so this is pretty cool.

Green Lantern: The Silver Age Omnibus Vol. 2

Green Lantern: The Silver Age Vol. 3

Green Lanterns Vol. 5 (Rebirth)

Collects issues #22-27. Issues #22-25 are the "Lost in Space" storyline, and issues #26-27 are the first parts of the ongoing "Out of Time" story. That doesn't end until issue #31, so maybe they're splitting it between two volumes.

Harley Quinn & the Gotham City Sirens Omnibus

Collects all twenty-six issues of Gotham City Sirens plus the Blackest Night tie-in Catwoman #83 that led into a Sirens storyline. It didn't seem like DC was getting a lot of traction releasing these as individual trades, but given Harley's popularity especially, I agree a done-in-one omnibus seems the way to go.

Harley Quinn Vol. 5 (Rebirth)

Collects issues #27-32.

Hawk & Dove: The Silver Age

Collects Showcase #75, Hawk and Dove #1-6, and Teen Titans #21 from the 1960s, with work by Steve Skeates, Steve Ditko, Gil Kane, Neal Adams, and Dick Giordano.

Hawkman by Geoff Johns Book Two

Finishes the paperback collections of Geoff Johns's Hawkman run, with issues #15-25 and the "Black Reign" issues of JSA, #56-58.

Hawkworld Book One: The Byth Saga

Again, no lack of good stuff on this list, as DC finally starts collecting John Ostrander and Tim Truman's 1990s Hawkworld series. As troubled as Hawkman's continuity has become, Thanagarian police officer Katar Hol looks better all the time. Ostrander and Truman's take is gritty and sharp, and I'm excited for this collection and also for it to continue into some later issues where Katar and Shayera interact with more of the DC Universe.

Hellblazer Vol. 3 (Rebirth)

Issues #13-18 sees John Constantine framed for murder -- unless he's the murderer himself!

House of Secrets Book One (Vertigo)

Though the promotional art looks like the classic House of Secrets series, this should be issues #1-5, #7, and #11-16 of the Steven Seagle series. Previously only issues #1-5 were collected in paperback and then the entire twenty-five issue series and some extra were collected as an omnibus, so this looks like a paperback breakdown of the omnibus.

House of Secrets: The Bronze Age Omnibus Vol. 1

Injustice 2 Vol. 1

Injustice 2 Vol. 2

The first volume collects issues #1-6 and the second #7-13 of the Tom Taylor series.

Jack Kirby 100

Collects all the "Jack Kirby 100" one-shots; the collection is due out in February 2018.

Jack of Fables: The Deluxe Edition Book Two

JLA: Year One (New Edition)

We just saw a new deluxe edition of this excellent story by Mark Waid and Barry Kitson, and if that's not the right format for you, here it is again in paperback. Dig that snazzy new Kitson cover.

Joker: An Adult Coloring Book

JSA: The Golden Age (New Edition)

Justice League of America: The Bronze Age Omnibus Vol. 2

I tend to find Bronze Age material more readable than Golden and Silver Age, so this piques my interest. Collects Justice League of America #114-146 and DC Super-Stars #10, including team-ups with the Marvel Family, the Freedom Fighters, and the Justice Society.

Justice League of America Vol. 3: Panic in the Microverse (Rebirth)

You've got to love a book called "Panic in the Microverse." Steve Orlando's Rebirth JLA gets small in the third collection, issues #12-17.

Justice League of America: Power and Glory

Liked this a whole lot more than I thought I would when I recently read it; paperback almost a year after the hardcover is a long time, though. The solicited contents, issues #1-3, #5-12, and Annual #1, are way wrong -- this is issues #1-4 and #6-10.

Justice League Task Force Vol. 1

I have truly now seen everything. This should collect JLTF issues #1-12 with material by such notable writers as David Michelinie, Chuck Dixon, Michael Jan Friedman, Dennis O'Neil, Peter David, and Jeph Loeb. These wonderfully oddball stories of a Justice League of rotating members led by the Martian Manhunter includes appearances by Nightwing and the "Bloodlines" New Bloods, a tie in to Batman: Knightquest, and an all-female Justice League -- including J'onn J'onzz! With issue #13-14, JLTF was part of the "Judgment Day" crossover that should be collected in the next Wonder Woman and the Justice League collection, and after that this becomes more of a "farm team" Justice League title, though notably with the Ray on the team, and written by Mark Waid and Christopher Priest.

Justice League Vol. 5: Legacy (Rebirth)

Collects issues #26-31; as stated before, possibly this could be Bryan Hitch's final volume of the series. DC is really pushing the Justice League movie in these solicitations.

Justice League: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 2 (Rebirth)

The second deluxe hardcover collection of Bryan Hitch's Justice League includes issues #12-25, the third and fourth paperbacks. Hitch, if you hadn't heard, is leaving Justice League, though he's still on the book through issue #31 at least.

Justice Society of America: The Complete Series by Len Strazewski and Mike Parobeck

Really glad to see DC giving this one another try after previous iterations of this collection didn't make it to press. This time it's Len Strazewski's Golden Age-set 1991 eight-issue miniseries, plus Strazewski and Mike Parobeck's 1992 series that lasted ten issues.

Kamandi by Jack Kirby Omnibus

Collects all 40 issues of Jack Kirby's Kamandi run now in one omnibus instead of two.

Kamandi Challenge

Collecting the twelve-issue serial story.

Legends of Tomorrow: The Atom

Interestingly, whereas Legends of Tomorrow was a recent DC anthology series -- named, of course, to coincide with the CW television series -- this appears to be an actual Legends of Tomorrow-themed tie-in collection, with a variety of Atom stories from through the years. Showcase #34 is Ray Palmer's first appearance; Secret Origins #29 is his post-Crisis origin; Atom Special #1 is one of a couple 1990s stories by Tom Peyer (too bad not also the second special); Giant-Size Atom continues Jeff Lemire's story from Adventure Comics (so you'd think those backups would be here too), and then there's the Justice League of America: The Atom: Rebirth special, which is of course about Ryan Coi and not Ray Palmer. I wonder if we'll see more of these, Black Canary or Vixen or Firestorm-themed.

Legionnaires Book Two

Said to collect Legionnaires #69-76, but given how these stories interconnect with Legion of Super-Heroes, I'd be surprised if there were not a requisite number of those in here too.

Mister Miracle Vol. 1

Collects the highly anticipated miniseries by Tom King and Mitch Gerards. I'd like to see this collected in one volume -- Omega Men worked well that way -- so the Vol. 1 appellation concerns me. Here's the solicitation:

From the team behind THE SHERIFF OF BABYLON and the Hugo Award-winning writer of Vision comes a unique new take on one of Jack Kirby’s most-beloved New Gods in MISTER MIRACLE VOL. 1!

From the team behind THE SHERIFF OF BABYLON and the Hugo Award-winning writer of Vision comes a unique new take on one of Jack Kirby’s most-beloved New Gods in MISTER MIRACLE VOL. 1!

Scott Free is the greatest escape artist that ever lived. So great, he escaped Granny Goodness’ gruesome orphanage and the dangers of Apokolips to travel across galaxies and set up a new life on Earth with his wife, Big Barda. Using the stage alter ego of Mister Miracle, he has made quite a career for himself showing off his acrobatic escape techniques. He even caught the attention of the Justice League, who has counted him among its ranks.

You might say Scott Free has everything—so why isn’t it enough? Mister Miracle has mastered every illusion, achieved every stunt, pulled off every trick—except one. He has never escaped death. Is it even possible? Our hero is going to have to kill himself if he wants to find out.


Mother Panic Vol. 2

Collects issues #7-12 before, as I understand it, the first round of Young Animal titles take a creak.

New Teen Titans Vol. 2 Omnibus New Edition

Still hard to say whether these new editions of the New Teen Titans omnibuses are mapping to the originals or not. The solicited contents for this are a little short of the original omnibus, omitting a Tale of the New Teen Titans Annual and issues #42-44. Because that's right in the middle of "Judas Contact," I don't think they'd leave those out; the only possibility, we can hope, is DC might collect this second volume differently so as to make the third omnibus an actual sequential book instead of a writer/artist spotlight volume.

New Teen Titans: The Judas Contract Deluxe Edition

A deluxe-size collection of "Judas Contract," though the contents hew to the most barebones of "Judas" collections, Titans issues #39-44 and the Annual #3. Still nice to see the book in this format and retaining popularity after all this time.

Nightwing Vol. 5: Raptor's Revenge (Rebirth)

Collects issues #30-34 of the Rebirth series.

Nightwing Vol. 7: Shrike

This seventh volume of Chuck Dixon's Nightwing is still within what's been previously collected, though it does collect the previously-uncollected Nightwing: Our Worlds at War and Nightwing: The Target books. Dixon wrote NIghtwing through issue #70 (and then again from issue #101-106), but this volume, collecting issues #54-60, does finish out what's been previously collected for this series. Eager for the next one!

Nightwing: The New Order

The six-issue miniseries by Kyle Higgins. Trevor McCarthy's art wasn't always my favorite on Batwoman but it grew on me, and I think he and Higgins are just right for this. The solicitation curiously describes this as a "'Elseworlds'-style tale."

Nightwing: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 2 (Rebirth)

Collects issues #16-29 of the Rebirth series, the third and fourth paperbacks. Issue #29 is a Metal tie-in.

Planetary Book Two

Collects issues #15-27, Planetary/JLA, and Planetary/Batman. These have been collected plenty of times before but if you haven't seen it, DC's got a nice new "Wildstorm Classic" trade dress for their newest Wildstorm collections.

Red Hood and the Outlaws Vol. 3 (Rebirth)

Collects issues #12-17 of the Scott Lobdell series.

Robin: Year One Deluxe Edition

Scalped Book Two

Scooby Apocalypse Vol. 3

Shade, the Changing Girl Vol. 2

Collects issues #7-14 of the Young Animal series.

Sheriff of Babylon: The Deluxe Edition

Sleeper Book One

Suicide Squad Vol. 5 (Rebirth)

Collects issues #21-25 of the Rob Wiliams Rebirth series.

Suicide Squad: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 2 (Rebirth)

Collects the third and fourth paperbacks in hardcover.

Super Sons Vol. 2 (Rebirth)

Issues #6-11, including appearances by the Teen Titans.

Supergirl Vol. 3 (Rebirth)

The third collection of Steve Orlando's Supergirl includes issues #12-14, with appearances by the Legion of Super-Heroes' Emerald Empress and New Super-Man Kong Kenan.

Supergirl: The Silver Age Omnibus Vol. 2

Superman Reborn (Rebirth)

A paperback collection of the Superman-titles crossover, Action Comics #973-976 and Superman #18-19.

Superman Vol. 5: Imperious Lex (Rebirth)

No contents on the fifth Rebirth Superman volume, but it ought start with issue #27 and the "Imperious Lex" storyline goes through at least issue #33.

Superman: Action Comics Vol. 5: (Rebirth)

Collects issues #993-999. As we discussed, Action Comics #1,000 is getting close ...

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

The second deluxe hardcover collection of the Rebirth Action Comics includes issues #967-984, so including the "Superman Reborn" crossover issues that were omitted from the paperback.

Superman: Exile Omnibus

I was sorry to see the Superman: Man of Tomorrow collection cancelled some months ago, which seemed to collect the post-John Byrne proto-"Triangle Titles" stories on the way to "Death of Superman" and beyond. We see now thankfully a new hardcover collection, dubbed Superman: Exile Omnibus, though the contents are still uncertain. This is supposed to be Superman #23-27, Adventures of Superman #445-459, Action Comics #643-646, and Action Comics Annual #2; that's the "Exile" story and then some for Adventures and Action, but Superman should be through about issue #36 or #37 to keep up with the rest. (Man of Tomorrow had Superman through #27, like this, Adventures through #450, and no Action).

This book would end kind of in the middle of things, so maybe we can hope that DC is ditching the Man of Tomorrow Book One, Book Two, etc. for a series of individual, sequential volumes, like the next one might be Superman: Day of the Krypton Man Omnibus or Krisis of the Krimson Kryptonite.

Superman: President Luthor (New Edition)

For some reason DC thinks a collection of stories about businessman Lex Luthor becoming president might be of interest right now. A previous collection of these stories came out in 2003 (part of a nice series of collections of the Jeph Loeb et al run); the solicitations for this new edition seem to omit some of that book's issues, which I hope is just an oversight, but the better thing is that this collection includes James D. Hudnall and Eduardo Barreto's prestige format one-shot Lex Luthor: The Unauthorized Biography, which I still think is one of the greatest post-Crisis Lex Luthor stories ever told.

Superman: The Coming of the Supermen

Superman: The Golden Age Vol. 4

Superman: The Many Worlds of Krypton

Collects Superman #233, #236, #238, #240, #248, #257 & #266, Superman Family #182, World of Krypton (1979) #1-3, and World of Krypton (1987) #1-4. Paul Kupperberg writes and Howard Chaykin draws the earlier miniseries; John Byrne and Mike Mignola did the latter.

Superman: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 2

Collects issues #14-25 and Annual #1, the third and fourth paperbacks, including "Multiversity" and parts of Superman Reborn.

Superwoman Vol. 3 (Rebirth)

Issues #13-18. The solicitation calls this "the finale of one of the most unique tales in DC history," so it's possible the K. Perkins story ends with issue #18.

Tales of the Batman: Gene Colan Vol. 2

Teen Titans by Geoff Johns Book Two

Issues #13-20 and sundry, through the fourth original paperback, The Future is Now. These Geoff Johns paperbacks should go into the mid-forties of the title.

Titans Vol. 3 (Rebirth)

The third of Dan Abnett's Rebirth Titans collections includes issues #13-16, which means both issues #11 and #12 are omitted between the second and third volumes. That's interesting because only issue #11 is a "Lazarus Contract" tie-in, while issue #12 is an aftermath issue. It's not listed for the Lazarus Contract collection either, so possibly there's an adjustment coming to one solicitation or the other.

Titans: Total Chaos

I have been excited about this before and I'll believe it when I see it. "Total Chaos" is not quite as good a story as "Titans Hunt" that preceded it, though I grant "Total Chaos" has the crossover cache -- really what we need are collections of "Titans Hunt" and "Total Chaos," though I won't turn away any Team Titans material. By Marv Wolfman and Tom Grummett among others, this is from about twenty issues when the adult Titans were at their absolute best. A whole bunch of Team Titans #1 were released with the same main story but different back-up stories -- talk about a sales trick! -- and this collection darn well better reprint all of those.

Vertigo by Ed Brubaker

This is an interesting concept -- just stories published by Vertigo by a specific creator. Collects Brubaker's Vertigo Visions: Prez, a story from Winter's Edge #2, Gangland #3, and then the Dead Boy Detectives four-issue miniseries.

Wild Storm Vol. 2

Issues #7-12 of the new Warren Ellis series

WildC.A.T.S. Book One

Collects WildC.A.T.S. #0-7 and Cyberforce #1-3, a "re-cut" series that ought mean it follows the team into appearances in other titles.

Wonder Woman by George Perez Vol. 3

The next paperback collection of the George Perez series collects issues #25-35,

Wonder Woman Vol. 5: Heart of the Amazon (Rebirth)

The fifth Rebirth volume by Shea Fontana and Mirka Andolfo.

Wonder Woman: Forgotten Legends

Another uprooting of popular post-Crisis on Infinite Earths mythos, this collects the Legend of Wonder Woman miniseries by Kurt Busiek and Trina Robbins that bridged the gap between the end of Crisis and George Perez's seminal run. Robbins here also became the first woman to draw Wonder Woman for publication. Also Busiek's Wonder Woman #318, another by Robbins from Wonder Woman Annual #2, and Wonder Woman Gallery.

Young Justice Book Two

Collects issues #8-18 of Peter David's Young Justice series (at last!), plus the Secret Files and the 80-Page Giant. Among other things there's a crossover with David's Supergirl series here (the Supergirl issue doesn't seem to be collected, but I don't recall it being all that essential to the story; also those issues should be along in the fourth Supergirl by Peter David collection). There's also a "Day of Judgment" tie-in issue here; the next collection should also include the Sins of Youth event issues.

Zero Hour/Armageddon 2001: The Deluxe Edition

It is not an Armageddon 2001 omnibus of the two original issues, Alien Agenda, Inferno, and all the annuals. I originally, no kidding, felt a little sad about that. Thinking about it for a while, however, putting Armageddon 2001 in front of Zero Hour in one reading sitting is actually pretty cool; one does get to follow both Waverider and Monarch/Extant through quite a few adventures. So Armageddon 2001 #1-2, Showcase '94 #8-9, and Zero Hour #4-0; I kind of think this needs Justice League Europe Annual #2 or a good text page between the parts of Armageddon 2001, but still, all of this in deluxe size? Not too, too shabby.

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39 comments:

  1. Good to see a SoB Deluxe edition, I think that means Omega Men is the only part of the trilogy not in HC.
    For those of us who put the trade in wait for trade, it's nice to see SCs of Batman Gothic and JLA Year One.
    It seems like DC is recollecting a bunch of the Batman Confidential arcs. I know Batman is Batman but nobody really cared about these books when they were out, I wonder what's driving this when there's a lot of better Batman to collect (Still waiting on that Shaman Reprint DC)
    That Dark Days book is going to be really thin. Not how I would collect the event and means we're probably going get all of the Metal tie-ins in like 4 or more trades.
    In terms of big trade collections, good to see the next volumes of Kyle Raynor GL, Flash, Nightwing, StephGirl Hawkman, Teen Titans, Young Justice, New Gotham, and Legacy are all scheduled. Disappointed at the lack of Rucka Wonder Woman v3 and Checkmate v2.
    Also, are they done collecting Cass Batgirl?
    Not a fan of how the New Teen Titans paperbacks have stopped and now we're jumping around to different events and to collect Judas Contract yet again.
    Loving the new Brubaker collections, there was a similar uptick in Rucka books before he returned to DC, but that's just me hoping.
    Disappointed in the naming change (another Harley and friends book) but Gotham City Sirens in an Omnibus sounds cool.

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    1. Checkmate by Greg Rucka Vol. 2 is slated for January 2018. As for the third and last volume of his first Wonder Woman run, I'd bet on July 2018, since there was a similar yearlong wait between the first two.

      Sadly, it doesn't look like the new, thicker Cassandra Cain and Birds of Prey TPBs are continuing past vol. 3. The most recent volumes came out in January, and there are no new ones coming out from now until May 2018.

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    2. Yeah, that kind of delay is what made us think the Ostrander Martian Manhunter and Spectre books were done for, too.

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    3. Just one more Batgirl trade (getting us to 50) would be fantastic. I love the arc that concludes in #50.

      BoP-lot of Dixon work left. Probably 3 trades worth. I'm in the middle of volume 2, and don't think I'd buy anymore. Just didn't click for me.

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    4. Vague recollection, I do think Hunt for Oracle was about the high point of Dixon's BOP run and I'm not sure there was much super-notable after that till Gail Simone came on.

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  2. I thought Zi Charam was terrible, one of many poorly conceived crossovers that plagued Darkstars near the end of its run, but will Kyle Rayner vol. 2 have the first ever collected issue of Darkstars?

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    1. Yes, that would be the first collected issue of Darkstars. I have fond memories of Zi Charam -- some hard moral decisions for the Titans and it got them into a cosmic setting where we didn't usually find them? Ron Lim art? Or am I remembering with rose-colored thinking?

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    2. It might read better if you're following a different series into it-- as someone who read it as part of Darkstars, it did them no favors. It has a very repetitive structure, like those old Silver Age JLA/JSA team-ups where everyone splits up into pairs and has near-identical adventures.

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  3. I'm really psyched to see more Kyle Rayner era collections, especially if they are including his Titans appearances. Those stories were my first real gateway into DC. I am just surprised how long it took them to go back and collect this stuff.

    It seems like DC historically has just reprinted the same stuff over and over again. Like James said, how many different collections of the Judas Contract do we need? There are so many great Titans stories they can collect, including Titans Hunt. I am glad they are finally collecting Total Chaos but why has it taken so long.

    BTW- do you know if there is any word on whether they are going to be collecting Green Arrow after the Grell stuff is done? I'm really hoping they collect the Dixon/Connor Hawke stuff.

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    1. Ditto on seeing Connor Hawke as GA! Love that guy.

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    2. Yeah, I'd also like to see post-Grell Green Arrow collected. They could even ditch the numbering and collect issues #81-90 as "Green Arrow: Crossroads", while #0 and #91-101 could be called "Green Arrow: The Death of Oliver Queen".

      After that, the Connor Hawke portion of the series could be covered by 3 thick volumes, crossovers included. It would be our best hope to see "The Brotherhood of the Fist" fully collected.

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    3. I mean, Connor's a passing mention on Arrow, so I'm not too hopeful for collections, but then again, DC's on a Chuck Dixon kick these days, so ... maybe? Certainly I'd buy it.

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  4. I am totally pumped for Knightfall V3. The V2 solicitation has to be missing the LoDK issues from Knightquest: The Search - no way they are this thorough w/V3 (and all the prelude issues in V1) and omit those from V2. Super happy to get The Troika and VoB 2.

    The Zero Hour collection is also great news. My copy is pretty beaten up and looks a bit out of place w/other big events on the shelf. A thicker collection (w/Armageddon) will look lovely.

    That Dark Days collection is a bit concerning - that's a thin collection (although, having read The Forge and The Casting, it's super dope and ought to be read by anyone). Metal has a bunch of unrelated tie-ins (the Gotham story is 4 issues, the JL story is 4 issues, the 7(?) Dark Knights one-shots, Batman Lost & Hawkman Found, then the main mini) - I'd hate to see that come in as 4 more tie-in trades. I'll get the Metal in floppy format, then maybe wait for an omnibus?

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    1. To clarify, I meant the tie-ins are unrelated to each other, not to Metal

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    2. At least I'd hope they'd put the Gotham and Justice League stories together in one trade, and then OK the Dark Knights books in another with Batman Lost and Hawkman Found, and then the main mini -- so maybe they can do it in four with Dark Days: Road to Metal?

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    3. I wouldn't be shocked if Hawkman Found and Batman Lost ended up in the main trade like Superman Beyond in Final Crisis.

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  5. I've already pre-ordered Hawkworld vol. 1 and Aquaman by Peter David vol. 1 from Amazon. Doom Patrol vol. 2 (Gerard Way) will probably be late but I'll be getting that as well. Looking forward to Legionnaires book 2. I won't hold my breath on that JSA trade collecting the Mike Parobeck run though. Love to have it, but I think DC has solicited it once or twice before only to cancel it.

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    1. Anything in particular about the second Legionnaries book or just the fact of it? Snapshot of what the Legionnaires and Legion issues of that span have in them?

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  6. FYI, the material in the Hawk and Dove Silver Age book were collected in the Teen Titans Silver Age Omnibus. Just finished reading that one, and they were included in chronological order with the regular Titans book.

    Wish there was another Legion book from the Bronze Age, but I suspect that most of the vol 1 we just saw published was supposed to be Archives #14, and so the material was all ready to publish. Crossing my fingers it shows up soon, though.

    That sure is a long time between Hawkman by Geoff Johns. Almost a year between them.

    I'm wondering if Green Lantern's next Omnibus will be labeled Bronze Age. After this second volume of the Silver Age, the next issues are the classic Adams/O'Neil stories which run for 14 issues, then the book was canceled before being brought back in 1976 after four years. The revival was O'Neil/Grell, and definitely Bronze Age. I guess the Adams issues can be considered Bronze Age.

    Still hoping for All-Star Squadron, Thriller, Sgt Rock, and Freedom Fighters collections from the Bronze Age. Unknown Soldier was also a pretty solid title, too.

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    1. On the Legion front, at least back in May, Levitz seemed to think SUPERBOY AND THE LEGION VOL. 2 was a sure thing: https://www.facebook.com/paul.levitz/posts/1664778603550389

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    2. Do you think DC will ever collect past, say, issue #251? That stretch of issues between Levitz's first and second run are pretty bad. Gerry Conway and Roy Thomas just didn't have a good handle on the Legion, and I'm not sure Joe Staton was a good artist for the title, either. Jimmy Janes/Dave Hunt did a decent job, and then there are the hate-em-or-love-em Ditko-drawn issues (collected in one of his omnibi). I'd love to see it for completion's sake, but wonder if anyone else does. There were some great George Perez covers, though.

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  7. Have the Titans reprints completely skipped Titans Hunt?! It is without a doubt one of the best Titans stories.

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    1. The new TPBs haven't covered that storyline yet, but should get there around vol. 10 or 11. And assuming the new version of New Teen Titans Omnibus Vol. 3 won't skip any issues, I believe Vol. 4 would cover "Titans Hunt" among other stories.

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    2. Big assumption that the new New Teen Titans Omnibus Vol. 3 won't skip any issues. Not to get my hopes up, I'm thinking this is a straight reprint of what we got before.

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    3. I'm hopeful because the new version of the second omnibus, if the solicitation copy is to be believed, won't be a straight reprint of the original edition: it won't skip New Teen Titans #38 (which had been shifted to the third omnibus), and it won't include Tales of the New Teen Titans #42-44 and Tales of the New Teen Titans Annual #3 (all four chapters of "The Judas Contract").

      If that's correct, then it's a guarantee that the new edition of Vol. 3 won't be a straight reprint either, since at the very least they'll have to add "The Judas Contract" and subtract issue #38. That would be an opportunity for DC to address our complaints and do what should have been done the first time: keep collecting Wolfman's New Teen Titans sequentially instead of skipping the issues Pérez didn't draw or co-plot.

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    4. Finger so crossed ... and we have to wait until February to find out?! Or at least until there's a solicitation for Vol. 3 ...

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  8. I'm glad dc are collecting the Atom's stories. Hopefully they will collect Firestorm's fairly soon.

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  9. Regarding the Wonder Woman: Forgotten Legends listing, Trina Robbins recently pointed out that Ramona Fradon was actually the first woman to draw Wonder Woman for publication, in the Super Friends series.

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  10. No love for Robin Year One? Hoping this means deluxe editions of Batgirl and Nightwing as well.

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    1. It's a good story; I've just read it a bunch. Scott Beatty is super-excited on Facebook though. The new solicitation tries to say the book takes place "after the events of Batman: Dark Victory"; that couldn't be more false but I guess we chalk it up to marketing.

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  11. Is it too much to hope that a collection of the Hawk and Dove 1988 miniseries and 1989-1991 series will follow the Silver Age one?

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    1. I would enjoy that. I'm not optimistic for it, but there's interesting stuff there, including a War of the Gods tie and how the book did (or didn't) lead in to the aforementioned Armageddon 2001.

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  12. So does anyone think we will get the Legionnaires Book Two? Those Mark Waid/ Tom Peyer/ Tom McCraw issues are great fun and tie into mid to late 90's DC Universe better than other incarnation of the Legion of Super-Heroes. However if we do, those issue numbers are not correct. Legionnaires would be #25-31, Annual #2 and Legion of Super-Heroes would be #69-74 , Annual #6. Also included would be the Superboy #21 (part one of Future Tense storyline). Also including two more issues (Legion #75, Legionnaires #32) would put the Underworld Unleashed crossover in the TPB. Those issues also strand Jenny Ognats (XS) in the 20th century for her Flash/ Impulse crossover in the Mark Waid written "Dead Heat" storyline. Legion #75 says to pick up Impulse #11.

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    1. I think Book Two would either have to stop with "Future Tense" or right before that. Otherwise, it would be significantly bigger than Book One, possibly over 500 pages long.

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    2. So looking in to this, the issues #69-76 listed for Legionnaires must be Legion of Super-Heroes instead, which ended with issue #68 in the last Legionnaries book. So that would be both the "Future Tense" and also Underworld Unleashed stories, so that's going to be Legionnaires from #25 to about issue #32 or #33, and yeah, if they're doing it right, also Superboy #21. Legionnaires Book One was about 15 issues; this would be about #18-20. Too much you think or just right?

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    3. Too much, considering the fact that Legion of Super-Heroes Annual #6 and Legionnaires Annual #2 are both double-sized. That's why I think Legionnaires #30 is a more likely ending point, but if they manage to squeeze in "Future Tense" and even the Underworld Unleashed tie-ins, I won't complain.

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    4. I was going to speculate that would be the first ever issue of Karl Kesel's Superboy collected, but there's an issue in the Young Justice: Sins of Youth trade.

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  13. According to the Edelweiss website, the Zero Hour HC won't include Armageddon 2001 anymore. Also, the Superman: Exile Omnibus was retitled Superman: Exile and Other Stories Omnibus, although the incorrect content listing remains.

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    1. Yeah, that's a bummer. I wonder why that happens the way it does. I can only hope there was such a groundswell of excitement for a collection including Armageddon 2001 issues that DC reconsidered their original plans and have finally decided to gift me with my Armageddon 2001 Omnibus.

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