DC Solicitations: May 2020

By February 24, 2020 Comics, News

An advanced look at what’s coming between May and August this year from DC’s collected editions department.

ABSOLUTE SWAMP THING BY ALAN MOORE VOL. 2 HC
written by ALAN MOORE
art by STEPHEN BISSETTE, RICK VEITCH, JOHN TOTLEBEN, and STAN WOCH
cover by JOHN TOTLEBEN
Collecting issues #35-50 of Alan Moore’s seminal Swamp Thing run in oversize Absolute format, this volume brims with horrors including underwater vampires, a werewolf with an unusual curse—and the debut of John Constantine! Plus, Swamp Thing’s quest for self-discovery comes to its shattering conclusion, and a harbinger of doom awakens an evil beyond comprehension—bringing together Constantine, Deadman, the Phantom Stranger, the Spectre and others.
RESOLICIT | ON SALE 10.21.20
$99.99 US | 424 PAGES | 8.25” x 10.875”
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-779502827
DC BLACK LABEL | AGES 17+
This title is resolicited. All previous orders are canceled.

The recently cancelled Absolute Swamp Thing volume 2 has been resolicited, with a delayed date of 21/10/2020. Anyone claiming this book has been actually cancelled is wrong, it’s just delayed. As per the latest trend at DC, all ‘Vertigo’ titles are now labelled ‘DC Black Label’.

ABSOLUTE SWAMP THING BY ALAN MOORE VOL. 1 HC NEW PRINTING
written by ALAN MOORE
art by STEPHEN BISSETTE, JOHN TOTLEBEN, SHAWN McMANUS, DAN DAY, RICK VEITCH, ALFREDO ALCALA, and others
cover by STEPHEN BISSETTE and JOHN TOTLEBEN
The sold-out Absolute edition is back! This first of three volumes includes Alan Moore’s first Swamp Thing story, issue #20’s “Loose Ends,” a prelude to his haunting origin story, “The Anatomy Lesson,” which reshapes Swamp Thing’s mythology with terrifying revelations. Collects Saga of the Swamp Thing #20-34 and Swamp Thing Annual #2.
ON SALE 10.07.20
$99.99 US | 448 PAGES | 8.25” x 10.875”
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-8493-0
DC BLACK LABEL | AGES 17+

Volume 1 of the hotly anticipated and delayed-twice A4 slipcase edition of Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing has gotten a second printing. Hopefully this will fix the scary spine issues with the end product anyone with the first printing faced, but it will not ‘fix’ the recolouring, which was not very popular at all. Although it is very pretty.

BATMAN ADVENTURES: BATGIRL — A LEAGUE OF HER OWN TP
written by PAUL DINI, TY TEMPLETON, and SCOTT PETERSON
art by RICK BURCHETT and TIM LEVINS
cover by BRUCE TIMM
In these previous, uncollected stories inspired by the hit Batman: The Animated Series, Batgirl swings across the rooftops of Gotham City alongside Batman, Nightwing, and Robin to battle the likes of Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Ra’s al Ghul. She even finds time to team up with her father, Commissioner Gordon, to catch two escaped convicts. Collects the all-ages Batgirl Adventures #1 and Batman: Gotham Adventures #8-9, #22, and 38!
ON SALE 06.10.20
$9.99 US | 6” OF 9” | 152 PAGES
FC

Continuing the recent love DC has shown the 90s Batman: The Animated Series, a new paperback collecting Batgirl Adventures #1 (one shot) and Batman: Gotham Adventures #8, #9, #22 and #38 has been solicited for June. None of these issues have been collected in a collected edition before, so this is nice. Especially for fans of Batgirl and B:TAS!

BATMAN BY GRANT MORRISON OMNIBUS VOL. 3 HC
written by GRANT MORRISON
art by YANICK PAQUETTE, CHRIS BURNHAM, FRAZER IRVING, DAVID FINCH, DECLAN SHALVEY, SCOTT CLARK, CAMERON STEWART, and JORGE LUCAS
cover by CHRIS BURNHAM
Batman’s war on crime goes global! Bruce Wayne is back under the cowl, and to better serve his mission, he’s trained heroes around the world, along with the help of longtime allies such as Catwoman and Batwoman. But the threat of Leviathan looms…Collects Batman: The Return #1, Batman Incorporated (Series 1) #1-8, Batman Incorporated: Leviathan Strikes! #1, Batman Incorporated (Series 2) #0-13, and Batman Incorporated Special #1.
ON SALE 08.19.20
$75.00 US | 688 PAGES | 7.0625” x 10.875”
FC | ISBN: 978-1-77950-271-1

August sees the final third of the Grant Morrison Batman epic in omnibus edition. Following on from the end of the second volume, we see Bruce Wayne finally return as Batman and set up Batman Inc.

LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT: MATT WAGNER HC
written by MATT WAGNER
art and cover by MATT WAGNER
Writer/artist Matt Wagner’s noir tales of the Dark Knight are collected in a single volume for the first time! Batman has spent his first year fighting organized crime—but nothing in his early career as the Caped Crusader has prepared him for the new menace facing Gotham City: super-villains! Plus, Two-Face creates an army of deformed slaves! Collects Batman and the Monster Men #1-6, Batman and the Mad Monk #1-6, Batman: Riddler: The Riddle Factory #1, Batman #54, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #28-30, and a story from Batman Black and White #3.
ON SALE 06.03.20
$49.99 US | 488 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-77950-259-9

This standard sized hardcover will fit snugly within the writer and artist-centric ‘Legends of the Dark Knight’ and ‘Tales of Batman’ standard sized hardcovers DC have been publishing for nearly a decade. Unfortunately we don’t yet know if the spine will match previous volumes’ style or if it’ll go off on a tangent like Jim Aparo volume 2’s did. Regardless of the mismatching spines though, this material is solid and a must have for Batman fans.

DARK KNIGHT RETURNS: THE GOLDEN CHILD DELUXE EDITION HC
written by FRANK MILLER
art and cover by RAFAEL GRAMPá
Frank Miller’s return to the Dark Knight universe gets the deluxe edition treatment!
It’s been three years since the events of Dark Knight III: The Master Race. Lara has spent the time learning to be more human, and Carrie Kelley has been growing into her new role as Batwoman. But a terrifying evil has returned to Gotham City, and Lara and Carrie must team up to stop this growing threat—and they have a secret weapon. Young Jonathan Kent, “the golden child,” has a power inside of him unlike anything the world has ever seen, and it’s about to be unleashed…
Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child is Frank Miller’s return to the world of the Dark Knight, and joining him is superstar artist Rafael Grampá, the mastermind behind the groundbreaking Mesmo Delivery, plus behind-the-scenes materials.
ON SALE 06.10.20
$17.99 US | 80 PAGES
7.0625” x 10.875”
FC | ISBN: 978-1-77950-391-6
DC BLACK LABEL | AGES 

The fourth instalment in Miller’s ‘The Dark Knight’ saga will shortly be available in deluxe trim hardcover. Some fans may enjoy this, but this is Frank Miller at his absolute bat-shit craziest. You’ve been warned!

DC COMICS: THE ASTONISHING ART OF AMANDA CONNER HC
written by AMANDA CONNER, JIMMY PALMIOTTI, DARWYN COOKE, TOM KING, and others
art by AMANDA CONNER
cover by AMANDA CONNER
In a sequel to DC Comics: The Sequential Art of Amanda Conner, we present more of the ultra-talented Ms. Conner’s comics, including Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #1-4, Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special #1, The Kamandi Challenge #3, Harley Quinn: Be Careful What You Wish For #1, Batman #68, the Supergirl stories from Wednesday Comics #1-12, and more.
ON SALE 06.03.20
$39.99 US | 256 PAGES
7.0625” x 10.875”
FC | ISBN: 978-1-77950-176-9

This new book, showcasing the artwork of Amanda Conner, is solicited as a deluxe sized hardcover. This writer expects this book to be cancelled and resolicited as standard sized to match the previous book and other books of its type. The material here is less a cohesive story (Imagine taking a story from Kamandi Challenge out of context! Poor show!) and more a celebration of Conner’s exquisite art.

HARLEY QUINN: THE NEW 52 BOX SET
written by AMANDA CONNER, JIMMY PALMIOTTI, ADAM GLASS, SCOTT SNYDER, PETER J. TOMASI, and others
art by CHAD HARDIN, FEDERICO DALLOCCHIO, GREG CAPULLO, JASON FABOK, and others
In the past decade, Harley Quinn grew from a fan favorite to a mainstream sensation, and this box set collects three volumes that helped bring the character to new levels of popularity! In Harley Quinn Vol. 1: Hot in the City, witness Harley’s big move to Coney Island as she becomes a roller derby queen—all while continuing her criminal career! Then, alongside villains such as Deadshot and King Shark, she’s recruited by the government to take on deadly missions in Suicide Squad Vol. 1: Kicked in the Teeth! Plus, Harley is drawn into the madness of the Bat-Family’s darkest hour in The Joker: Death of the Family!
ON SALE 09.16.20
$59.99 US
FC

It is expected that this boxset simply be a thin cardboard slipcase around three paperbacks – that’s not to say the material isn’t good. It is, however, already available in superior editions. I would recommend the omnibus editions, although they do not collect Suicide Squad. Yet.

GREEN LANTERN: 80 YEARS OF THE EMERALD KNIGHT HC
written by BILL FINGER, JOHN BROOME, DENNIS O’NEIL, LEN WEIN, ALAN MOORE, RON MARZ, GEOFF JOHNS, and others
art by MARTIN NODELL, GIL KANE, NEAL ADAMS, DAVE GIBBONS, DARWYN COOKE, and others
new cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
DC celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Emerald Knight with this new hardcover collection of the best Green Lantern tales across the decades! This new hardcover celebrates the legacy of Green Lantern, from the debut of Alan Scott in 1940, to the character’s rebirth in 1959 as test pilot Hal Jordan—part of a vast Green Lantern Corps that serves justice across the galaxy—to John Stewart, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, Jessica Cruz, and beyond. Included in this title are some of the greatest Green Lantern tales ever, featuring stories and art by comics’ top talents.
ON SALE 06.10.20
$29.99 US | 7.062” x 10.875” 400 PAGES | FC
ISBN: 978-1-77950-279-7

This book is again solicited with a deluxe sized trim, but without the deluxe nametag. If this proceeds, I would expect the spine to match the recent Detective Comics and Action Comics deluxe editions. That said, most celebratory anniversary hardcovers tend to be standard sized.

JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL OMNIBUS VOL. 2 HC
written by KEITH GIFFEN, J.M. DEMATTEIS, and others
art by KEITH GIFFEN, CHRIS SPROUSE, MIKE McKONE, MARSHALL ROGERS, DARICK ROBERTSON, and others
new cover by KEVIN MAGUIRE
Maxwell Lord’s domination of the Justice League continues in this second omnibus of never-before-collected issues! As the League franchises out to Antarctica, Lord Havok and the Extremists arrive on Earth to continue their galactic conquest, and Blue Beetle and Booster Gold come up with another of their countless schemes. Collects Justice League America #31-50, Justice League Europe #7-25, Justice League America Annual #4, Justice League Europe Annual #1, Justice League Quarterly #1, and Justice League International Special #1.
ON SALE 08.26.20
$125.00 US | 7.0625” x 10.875” | 1192 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-77950-296-4

Justice League International Omnibus volume 2 brings us one step closer to a near complete Justice League run in oversized hardcover, right back from the very first issue. This is an unexpected surprise, given the first volume didn’t sell very well and was plagued with a couple of unforgivable printing errors. Hopefully, with this book may come a silent and corrected reprint of volume 1. Stay tuned and we’ll announce this if we get any information!

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA BY BRAD MELTZER: THE DELUXE EDITION HC
written by BRAD MELTZER and GEOFF JOHNS
art by ED BENES, DALE EAGLESHAM, SHANE DAVIS, GENE HA, and others
cover by ED BENES
New York Times bestselling novelist Brad Meltzer’s entire run on Justice League of America is collected for the first time! After the darkest hour in the history of the DC Universe, Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman meet to choose who will make up the new Justice League of America. Then, the new team discovers that several members of the Legion of Super-Heroes are in the present! With the help of the Justice Society of America, Superman and his team must track down all seven Legionnaires to discover why these heroes have traveled back in time! Collects Justice League of America (2006) #0-12 and Justice Society of America (2006) #5-6.
ON SALE 06.10.20
$39.99 US | 7.0625” x 10.875” | 470 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-77950-245-2

This fairly modern story is a hefty one, written by superstar mainstream political thriller novelist Brad Meltzer with help from comic book legend Geoff Johns. Awesome to see it soon available, and in deluxe hardcover too!

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: THE SILVER AGE OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC NEW EDITION
written by GARDNER FOX and DENNIS O’NEIL
art by MIKE SEKOWSKY and others
cover by MIKE SEKOWSKY and MURPHY ANDERSON
In these epics from Justice League of America #31-76 and Mystery in Space #75, the World’s Greatest Super Heroes face Brain Storm, the Key, the Royal Flush Gang, Felix Faust, and numerous threats from across the cosmos! Guest-starring Metamorpho, the Justice Society of America, and more!
ON SALE 08.26.20
$99.99 US | 7.0625” x 10.875”
888 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-77950-174-5

Unfortunately this new edition features a completely new dust jacket design, which is very far removed from subsequent volumes. I would assume this is the new style of cover for these books. Great, if you’re new to this game. Less great, if you already have the others and have been waiting patiently for a reprint.

LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES: FIVE YEARS LATER OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC
written by KEITH GIFFEN, TOM BIERBAUM, MARY BIERBAUM, DAN JURGENS, and AL GORDON
art by KEITH GIFFEN, JASON PEARSON, COLLEEN DORAN, CURT SWAN, STUART IMMONEN, DAN JURGENS, and others
cover by DUSTY ABELL and BOB SMITH
It’s the Legion of Super-Heroes like you’ve never seen them before, as the United Planets becomes a darker place, with familiar characters changed and the Earth overtaken by alien invaders—prompting the Legion to take on these dangerous new threats. Now this bold era of DC history is collected in an omnibus edition! Collects Legion of Super-Heroes #1-39, Timber Wolf #1-5, Legion of Super-Heroes Annual #1-3, and Adventures of Superman #478.
ON SALE 08.12.20
$150.00 US | 7.0625” x 10.875” | 1,424 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-77950-313-8

This is a very hotly anticipated collection collects over three years of the series that started in 1989. This is the period where Keith Giffen started pencilling and writing the series on his own for a bit, and the legendary team led by Superboy wasn’t allowed to even mention Superboy. Yep.

NIGHTWING YEAR ONE DELUXE EDITION HC
written by SCOTT BEATTY and CHUCK DIXON
art and cover by SCOTT McDANIEL and ANDY OWENS
Since being cut loose by Batman, Dick Grayson is Robin no more. Unsure of what to do and where to turn, he seeks solace from familiar sources—including Superman, Batgirl, and Deadman. Unable to avoid fighting crime, Grayson begins a new odyssey, donning a new uniform and gaining a new heroic identity. Collects Nightwing #101-106.
ON SALE 06.24.20
$29.99 US | 7.0625” x 10.875”
160 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-77950-257-5

Following on from ‘Robin: Year One’ and ‘Batgirl: Year One’, the third ‘Year One’ collaboration between Chuck Dixon and Scott Beatty is finally releasing in a matching deluxe edition. This material is golden, you can’t really get much better Nightwing material than this. Once these are finished, we can only hope for Robin and Nightwing omnibus editions to match!

PLASTIC MAN: RUBBER BANDED: THE DELUXE EDITION HC
written by KYLE BAKER and SCOTT MORSE
art by KYLE BAKER and SCOTT MORSE
cover by KYLE BAKER
In this title that collects Plastic Man’s 2004 series in its entirety for the first time, Plastic Man must come to terms with his criminal past when the FBI assigns him to catch his underworld alter ego, Eel O’Brian. Can Plas clear his name? Maybe, with the help of his beautiful, ruthless new partner, FBI Agent Morgan. Or maybe not, thanks to the completely useless help of his old crime-fighting sidekick, Woozy Winks.
Collects Plastic Man #1-20.
ON SALE 06.17.20
$69.99 US | 7.0625” x 10.875” | 496 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-77950-484-5

The first deluxe edition by DC to feature Plastic Man in a starring role. And with twenty issues, it’s going to be closer to an omnibus than a deluxe edition. Be sure to check this one out!

THE SANDMAN DELUXE EDITION BOOK ONE HC
written by NEIL GAIMAN with MATT WAGNER
art by SAM KIETH, MIKE DRINGENBERG, CHRIS BACHALO, MICHAEL ZULLI, TEDDY KRISTIANSEN, and others
new cover by DAVE McKEAN
The first volume of The Sandman is collected for the first time in a deluxe edition!
As the story begins, an occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. After his 70-year imprisonment and eventual escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On his arduous journey, Morpheus encounters Lucifer, John Constantine, and an all-powerful madman. Collects The Sandman #1-16 and Sandman Midnight Theatre #1, featuring the one and only meeting of Morpheus and Wesley Dodds, the Golden Age Sandman.
ON SALE 06.17.20
$49.99 US | 7.0625” x 10.875”
528 PAGES | FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-9932-3
DC BLACK LABEL | AGES 17+

This series is already available in deluxe size, despite what the solitication says, in three omnibus editions which are complete. They may be more expensive, but three readily available omni are better than collecting this series as it releases over the next five or six years. Hardcore fans may opt for the Absolute editions instead, given the extremely high quality paper and A4 sized page in luxury slipcase. But this edition will please newcomers.

SUPER FRIENDS: SATURDAY MORNING COMICS VOL. 1 HC
written by E. NELSON BRIDWELL and others
art by RAMONA FRADON, RIC ESTRADA,and others
cover by ALEX TOTH
From the Hall of Justice come these tales of the Justice League of America, inspired by their hit 1970s animated TV series. In these tales, the Justice League of America assembles to battle evil in the form of Queen Hippolyta, the Riddler, the Ocean Monster, and many more.
Collects Super Friends #1-26, Limited Collectors’ Edition #C41, #C46, and the ultra-rare Aquateers Meet the Super Friends #1.
RESOLICIT | ON SALE 06.03.20
$69.99 US | 520 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-9542-4
This item is resolicited. All previous orders are canceled.

This is a new solicitation of a previously cancelled collection. Dimensions are missing, so expect this to be resolicited again with the correct details, hopefully in time for the June release slot. This is strictly for fans of the cartoon, the material is dated and probably more for the more mature reader or archivist.

BATMAN/WONDER WOMAN: THE HIKETEIA DELUXE EDITION HC
written by GREG RUCKA
art by J.G. JONES and WADE VON GRAWBADGER
cover by J.G. JONES
The celebrated Wonder Woman/Batman tale returns in a new deluxe edition! An ancient, long-forgotten ritual bonds Diana to a young lady from Gotham City with a deeply troubled past. Worse yet, Wonder Woman is forced into the role of her teacher and protector, and soon discovers that she also must stand between her student and the earthly justice that the Dark Knight so rightly seeks. Includes a gallery of covers by J.G. Jones!
ON SALE 06.03.20
$29.99 US | 7.0625” x 10.875” | 128 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-77950-216-2

I am perhaps biased, but Greg Rucka is easily one of the best writers of this generation. This features Rucka’s earlier work with Wonder Woman, prior to his two ongoing series. This is from 2000, and isn’t Rucka’s best work with Wonder Woman, but it’s not to be missed!

BATMAN: THE ADVENTURES CONTINUE #1
written by PAUL DINI and ALAN BURNETT
art by TY TEMPLETON
cover by DAVE JOHNSON
variant cover by DAN MORA
blank variant cover
From the visionary producers of Batman: The Animated Series come all-new stories in this seminal animated world. In this opening chapter, Wayne Enterprises in Gotham City is attacked by a giant robot that steals an entire room from the laboratory. Who’s controlling the robot? How will Batman stop the mechanized menace? And what does it all have to do with Lex Luthor’s sudden appearance in Gotham?
ON SALE 05.06.20
$3.99 US | 1 OF 6 | 32 PAGES
FC | DC

I wouldn’t normally include single issues or miniseries, but this one caught my eye and it should you, too. Paul Dini and Alan Burnett return to the world of Batman: The Animated Series, in comic form, with art from returning ‘Batman Adventures’ artist Ty Templeton. It’s digital first, so consider ordering it on your Comixology account. Hopefully this will receive a hardcover release rather than a standard paperback upon its release after the series’ conclusion. I wouldn’t expect it until January next year, though.

GREEN LANTERN 8OTH ANNIVERSARY 100-PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR #1
written by GEOFF JOHNS, MARIKO TAMAKI, PETER J. TOMASI, JEFF LEMIRE, ROBERT VENDITTI, DENNIS O’NEIL, SINA GRACE, CHARLOTTE FULLERTON, RON MARZ, JAMES TYNION IV, and others
art by IVAN REIS, FERNANDO PASARIN, DARRYL BANKS, MIKE GRELL, RAFA SANDOVAL, and others
cover by LIAM SHARP

1940s variant cover by NICOLA SCOTT
1950s variant cover by MATT TAYLOR
1960s variant cover by DOUG MAHNKE
1970s variant cover by NEAL ADAMS
1980s variant cover by DAVID FINCH
1990s variant cover by PHILIP TAN
2000s variant cover by IVAN REIS and OCLAIR ALBERT
2010s variant cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
blank variant cover

In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil could ever escape their sight! The Green Lanterns are celebrating 80 years of keeping the DC Universe safe. Join us to see tales of all of the universe’s most legendary Green Lanterns: Alan Scott, Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, Jessica Cruz, Simon Baz, and appearances from other cosmic favorites! A legendary lineup of creators including Geoff Johns, Peter J. Tomasi, Jeff Lemire, Ivan Reis, and others will be keeping the galaxy glowing bright!
PRESTIGE FORMAT
ON SALE 05.20.20
$9.99 US | 96 PAGES
FC | DC
This issue will ship with 10 covers.

Again, I wouldn’t normally mention this, but this is a special one. This prestige format issue will be ‘square bound’ like #Detective Comics #1000 and Action Comics #1000 before it, essentially making this a thin paperback with a proper spine unlike an ordinary issue. I would also expect a deluxe edition of this full book in addition to the 80th anniversary hardcover in this round of solicitations, around December time.

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