DC Comics has released their November 2011 Solicitations.
The biggest surprise has to be the reprint of DC Comics Presents: Elseworlds 80-Page Giant #1. First published in June 1999, the book was quickly pulled of shelves due the the controversial Letitia Lerner, Superman’s Babysitter by Kyle Baker, co-written with Liz Glass. It won the 2000 Eisner Award, Best Short Story and was reprinted in Bizarro Comics HC, but oddly enough the rest of the 80-Page Giant never saw print and demanded over $100 on eBay! The Superman Jr. is No More! story by Bob Haney and Kieron Dwyer eventually did see print in Batman/Superman: Saga of the Super Sons TPB (2007). I did a podcast feature on the Super-Sons back in November 2010.
It’s also nice to see, not one but, two Archives on the list: Batman Volume 8 and MAD Volume 3 (of 4). You may recall that Volume 1 was released in 2002 and Volume 2 followed in 2007. That’s one every 5 years! Well, at least DC is consistent.
Let’s take a look at the other Collected Editions:
BATMAN: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS HC
Written by BRUCE JONES
Art and cover by SAM KIETH
On sale JANUARY 11 • 112 pg, FC, $22.99 US
In this original graphic novel, Batman meets his foe The Mad Hatter for the very first time – landing The Dark Knight in a Wonderland he could never have imagined, hot on the heels of a white rabbit. But is this strange place real or a hallucination? Robin and Alfred believe he’s deep in delirium – but if that’s the case, how does he manage to resolve several mysteries that have plagued Gotham City for decades…
This fantastic tale is spun by renowned comics writer Bruce Jones (THE INCREDIBLE HULK) with surreal art by Sam Kieth (THE MAXX, BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM – MADNESS, LOBO).
BATMAN ARCHIVES VOL. 8 HC
Written by BILL FINGER, EDMOND HAMILTON and JOE SAMACHSON
Art by BOB KANE, LEW SAYRE SCHWARTZ, DICK SPRANG, WIN MORTIMER and others
Cover by BOB KANE
ADVANCE SOLICITED • On sale APRIL 25 • 224 pg, FC, $59.99 US
The Caped Crusader began his third decade of crimefighting with these tales from DETECTIVE COMICS #155-171, Batman introduces the new, updated Batmobile, has his secret identity revealed to the underworld, meets The Red Hood for the first time and much more!
Written by D. CURTIS JOHNSON and J.H. WILLIAMS III
Art by J.H. WILLIAMS III, MICK GRAY, CHARLIE ADLARD, YANICK PAQUETTE, BOB HALL, ERIC CANETE, EDUARDO BARRETO, RICK BURCHETT, GREG SCOTT and others
Cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III
On sale DECEMBER 21 • 352 pg, FC, • $29.99 US
Collecting a cult favorite series from the 1990s spotlighting the amazing artwork of J.H. Williams III, CHASE stars Agent Cameron Chase. On field assignment for the Department of Extranormal Operations, a government agency with jurisdiction over superhuman activity, she’s about to encounter some unexpected surprises, as her own mysterious powers come into play – powers she doesn’t fully understand.
This spectacular collection includes appearances by Batman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Martian Manhunter, Teen Titans, the Justice Society of America and more, in stories from CHASE #1-9 and #1,000,000, BATMAN #550, DC UNIVERSE SECRET FILES #1, SECRET FILES GUIDE TO THE DC UNIVERSE 2000 #31, SUPERMAN: OUR WORLDS AT WAR SECRET FILES #1, JSA SECRET FILES #2, THE FLASH SECRET FILES #3, THE JOKER: LAST LAUGH SECRET FILES #1, BATGIRL SECRET FILES #1 and HAWKMAN SECRET FILES #1.
BATMAN AND ROBIN:DARK KNIGHT, WHITE KNIGHT HC
Written by PAUL CORNELL, PETER J. TOMASI and JUDD WINICK
Art by SCOTT MCDANIEL, PATRICK GLEASON, GUILLEM MARCH, GREG TOCCHINI and others
Cover by PATRICK GLEASON
On sale JANUARY 25 • 208 pg, FC, $22.99 US
The Dark Knight and the Boy Wonder face foes new and old, including the mysterious White Knight, the villainous Absence and the renegade Robin of the past, Jason Todd, in tales from BATMAN AND ROBIN #17-25!
BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT VOL. 1 – GOLDEN DAWN DELUXE EDITION HC
Written by DAVID FINCH and GRANT MORRISON
Art by DAVID FINCH, JAY FABOK, SCOTT WILLIAMS, BATT and RYAN WINN
Cover by DAVID FINCH
On sale JANUARY 4 • 160 pg, 7.0625” x 10.875”, FC, $24.99 US
Delving into the supernatural side of Gotham City, this tale from acclaimed writer/artist David Finch explores the horrific murder of one of Bruce Wayne’s childhood friends…and the terrible ramifications the brutal crime has on Batman’s life, collected from BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #1-5!
This deluxe volume also includes a short tale from SUPERMAN/BATMAN #75 and BATMAN: THE RETURN #1, written by Grant Morrison and illustrated by Finch!
LOBO UNBOUND TP
Written by KEITH GIFFEN
Art by ALEX HORLEY, MIKE DECARLO and ANDY KUHN
Cover by ALEX HORLEY
On sale DECEMBER 28 • 192 pg, FC, $17.99 US • MATURE READERS
The six-issue miniseries from Keith Giffen and Alex Horley is collected at last! Lobo’s sunk as low as an intergalactic bounty hunter can sink – and now, he’s vowed to climb back to the top of the heap by getting himself crowned the greatest mass murderer ever known!
R.E.B.E.L.S.: STARSTRUCK TP
Written by TONY BEDARD
Art by CLAUDE ST. AUBIN and SCOTT HANNA
Cover by AARON LOPRESTI
On sale DECEMBER 21 • 176 pg, FC, $17.99 US
In this new volume collecting issues #21-27, the clash between Vril Dox’s space cops and the Green Lantern Corps escalates – is war inevitable? As the R.E.B.E.L.S. openly challenge the Green Lantern Corps for the hearts and minds of the galaxy, Starfire learns the horrifying truth about the Psions – the alien race that destroyed her people.
HITMAN VOL. 5: TOMMY’S HEROES
Written by GARTH ENNIS
Art and cover by JOHN MCCREA
RESOLICITED • On sale DECEMBER 14 • 352 pg, FC, $29.99 US
When British S.A.S. commandos and a troop of mafia soldiers target Tommy Monaghan and his partner, Natt, they must stand side by side in a fight they cannot win. Then, Tommy and his comrades sign up for mercenary action in Africa against super-powered opponents. Collected from HITMAN #23-36 and 1,000,000.
Retailers: This title is resolicited. All previous orders are cancelled.
GREEN ARROW: SALVATION HC
Written by J.T. KRUL and JASON PATRICK
Art by DIOGENES NEVES and AGUSTIN PADILLA
Cover by RODOLFO MIGLIARI
On sale JANUARY 4 • 192 pg, FC, $22.99 US
After the events of BRIGHTEST DAY, Oliver Queen has stood as the guardian of a mysterious forest that has sprouted in the middle of Star City! In this new volume collecting issues #8-15, Green Arrow defends the forest as a modern day Robin Hood from all that would do it harm. But how will Oliver’s actions pave the way for Earth’s new protector?
HAWKMAN BY GEOFF JOHNS OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC
Written by GEOFF JOHNS and JAMES ROBINSON
Art by PATRICK GLEASON, RAGS MORALES, SCOT EATON, DON KRAMER, ETHAN VAN SCIVER, JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ and others
Cover by ANDREW ROBINSON
On sale JANUARY 25 • 688 pg, FC, $75.00 US
Geoff Johns’s complete, acclaimed run on HAWKMAN, from issues #1-25, are collected in hardcover for the first time, along with JSA #56-58 and HAWKMAN SECRET FILES! These stories, also featuring the talents of James Robinson, Rags Morales, Patrick Gleason and many others, reintroduced Hawkman into the DCU as he tries to reunite with Hawkgirl.
But with no memory of their past lives together, Kendra wants nothing to do with Hawkman – that is, until she learns that the deaths of her parents years ago were actually murders, and she is forced to enlist Hawkman’s help in unlocking the mystery and finding their killer!
WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS AFTERMATH HC
Written by TONY BEDARD, PETER J. TOMASI and SCOTT KOLINS
Art by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA, TYLER KIRKHAM, BATT, RANSOM GETTY, ANDY SMITH, RON FRENZ, JOHN DELL, CHRIS BATISTA, DANIEL HDR, KIETH CHAMPAGNE, SCOTT KOLINS and JOE PRADO
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
On sale JANUARY 18 • 208 pg, FC, $25.99 US
In the aftermath of “War of the Green Lanterns,” The Green Lantern Corps must pull themselves together in order to resume policing the universe. But the Green Lanterns find that doing so is more difficult than they ever imagined. Don’t miss this new hardcover collecting GREEN LANTERN CORPS #61-63, GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD WARRIORS #11-13 and WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS: AFTERMATH #1-2.
SUPERBOY: SMALLVILLE ATTACKS TP
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by PIER GALLO and MARCO RUDY
Cover by PHIL NOTO
On sale DECEMBER 7 • 256 pg, FC, $24.99 US
What mysteries lurk beneath the surface of this all-American town – and what are their ties to Superboy? While Superboy tries to fit in at Smallville High, he races Kid Flash, faces the sultry threat of Poison Ivy and battles Superman’s old foe, Doomsday! Collecting SUPERBOY #1-6!
SUPERMAN: SECRET ORIGIN TP
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by GARY FRANK and JON SIBAL
Cover by GARY FRANK
On sale DECEMBER 7 • 224 pg, FC, $19.99 US
Writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank bring you a startling new look at the beginnings of Lex Luthor, The Legion of Super-Heroes, Lois Lane, Metallo, Jimmy Olsen, The Parasite and more of your favorite characters from the Superman family in this new trade paperback collecting the acclaimed six-issue miniseries!
SPIRIT WORLD HC
Written by JACK KIRBY, MARK EVANIER, STEVE SHERMAN and SERGIO ARAGONES
Art by JACK KIRBY, VINCE COLLETTA, MIKE ROYER and SERGIO ARAGONES
Cover by JACK KIRBY and NEAL ADAMS
ADVANCE SOLICITED • On sale APRIL 11 • 108 pg, 10” x 13.5”, B&W/FC, $39.99 US
After leaving Marvel Comics at the end of the 1960s, Jack Kirby came to DC Comics, where he soon created the series of superhero comics known collectively as “The Fourth World.” But before that came SPIRIT WORLD, a magazine that delved into the occult and the supernatural.
Now, DC reprints that hard-to-find title for the very first time in this new hardcover, including four stories completed for the second issue that appeared in WEIRD MYSTERY TALES 1-3 and FORBIDDEN TALES OF DARK MANSION #6, plus a pin-up version of the striking cover image by Kirby and Neal Adams!
SHOWCASE PRESENTS: WONDER WOMAN VOL. 4 TP
Written by BOB KANIGHER and BILL FINGER
Art by ROSS ANDRU, IRV NOVICK, WIN MORTIMER and MIKE ESPOSITO
Cover by ROSS ANDRU and MIKE ESPOSITO
On sale DECEMBER 14 • 520 pg, B&W, $19.99 US
It’s another value-priced collection of Wonder Woman adventures from issues #157-177 featuring Supergirl, Cheetah, Egg Fu and many more!
ROOTS OF THE SWAMP THING TP
Written by LEN WEIN
Art by BERNIE WRIGHTSON and NESTOR REDONDO
Cover by BERNIE WRIGHTSON
On sale DECEMBER 28 • 320 pg, FC, $29.99 US
The tales that made Swamp Thing a fan-favorite are collected in trade paperback! Featuring the first appearance from HOUSE OF SECRETS #92, along with SWAMP THING #1-13 and moody art by legendary artist Bernie Wrightson.
WEIRD WORLDS TP
Written by KEVIN VANHOOK, AARON LOPRESTI and KEVIN MAGUIRE
Art by JERRY ORDWAY, AARON LOPRESTI and KEVIN MAGUIRE
Cover by AARON LOPRESTI
On sale DECEMBER 14 • 200 pg, FC, $17.99 US
The maniacal Lobo, hot-headed Tanga and mysterious Garbage Man star in this new title collecting the 6-issue WEIRD WORLDS miniseries.
THE SPIRIT VOL. 2: THE CLOCKWORK KILLER TP
Written by DAVID HINE and MATTHEW STURGES
Art by MORITAT and VICTOR IBANEZ
Cover by LADRONN
On sale DECEMBER 21 • 200 pg, FC, $24.99 US
The widow Ophelia Ottoman is the gorgeous heir of the most powerful crime family in Central City. So why did she marry a loser like Jimmy Bauhaus? Find out in these stories from issues #8-14!
SUPERGIRL: GOOD-LOOKING CORPSE TP
Written by NICK SPENCER and JAMES PEATY
Art by BERNARD CHANG, CHRISCROSS and MARC DEERING
Cover by MAHMUD ASRAR
On sale DECEMBER 7 • 176 pg, FC, $17.99 US
Someone is trying to kill the young heroes of the DC Universe in these stories from SUPERGIRL #60-67! Who is this villain, and how can Supergirl stop him? Maybe her friends can help – namely, Batgirl, Blue Beetle, Miss Martian, Static and Robin!
DC COMICS PRESENTS: SUPERMAN: SECRET IDENTITY #2
Written by KURT BUSIEK
Art and cover by STUART IMMONEN
On sale NOVEMBER 30 • 96 pg, FC, $7.99 US
Reprinting issues #3-4 of the original miniseries! Pursued by agents of his own country who want to “draft” him into service, Clark has one overriding concern beyond his own freedom: The safety and security of his wife and children!
DC COMICS PRESENTS: BATMAN – DON’T BLINK #1
Written by DWAYNE MCDUFFIE
Art by VAL SEMEIKS and DAN GREEN
Cover by BRIAN STELFREEZE
On sale NOVEMBER 30 • 96 pg, FC, $7.99 US
Blink, the blind man who can see through the eyes of whomever he touches, is back in this story from BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #164-167!
GREEN LANTERN SUPER-SPECTACULAR #3
Written by GEOFF JOHNS, DENNIS O’NEIL and J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
Art by IVAN REIS, JESUS SAIZ, NEAL ADAMS and OCLAIR ALBERT
Cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
On sale NOVEMBER 2 • 96 pg, FC, $7.99 US
It’s another magazine-sized serving of GREEN LANTERN tales some of comics’ top creators! Don’t miss these stories from BLACKEST NIGHT #0 and 1, GREEN LANTERN/GREEN ARROW #76 and a team-up with Dr. Fate from THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #30.
DC COMICS PRESENTS: SUPERMAN – THE KENTS #1
Written by JOHN OSTRANDER
Art by TIMOTHY TRUMAN and MICHALE BAIR
Cover by TIMOTHY TRUMAN
On sale NOVEMBER 9 • 96 pg, FC, $7.99 US
The first four issues of the 12-part maxiseries are back, with a tale of the reconstruction period in which Silas Kent and his family make their way to Kansas, only to run afoul of murderous Luther Reid.
DC COMICS PRESENTS: BATMAN – BAD #1
Written by DOUG MOENCH and A.J. LIEBERMAN
Art by BARRY KITSON and GREG SCOTT
Cover by BARRY KITSON
On sale NOVEMBER 2 • 96 pg, FC, $7.99 US
Jordy is big and simple. Hewould never use his enormous strength to hurt someone – but inside him lurks something bad. Can Batman remove the demonic Bad without destroying Jordy? Reprinted from BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #146-148, plus a tale from LOTDK #179 starring Fat Man and Little Boy.
DC COMICS PRESENTS: ELSEWORLDS 80-PAGE GIANT #1
Written by CHUCK DIXON, KYLE BAKER and others
Art by KYLE BAKER, AARON LOPRESTI and others
Cover by TY TEMPLETON
On sale NOVEMBER 30 • 96 pg, FC, $7.99 US
A legendary “lost” comic is back! Don’t miss President Superman confronting the indignities of “Scandalgate,” the return of the Super- Sons, the Birds of Prey newspaper comic strip, the adventures of Superman’s babysitter, a classic KINGDOM COME parody, and more!
DC COMICS PRESENTS: THE LIFE STORY OF THE FLASH #1
Written by MARK WAID and BRIAN AUGUSTYN
Art by GIL KANE, JOE STATON and TOM PALMER
Cover by GLEN ORBIK
On sale NOVEMBER 16 • 96 pg, FC, $7.99 US
This striking tale combines comic-book illustration and prose to follow Barry Allen from his humble childhood to his noble death, detailing his transformation from police scientist to one of the DC Universe’s most dynamic heroes.
TINY TITANS: THE TREEHOUSE AND BEYOND TP
Written by ART BALTAZAR and FRANCO
Art and cover by ART BALTAZAR
On sale DECEMBER 14 • 128 pg, FC, $12.99 US
In this new collection of issues #33-38, the Tiny Titans take a look at look-alikes, meet their counterparts from another world, travel to the center of the Earth and more!
A 2011 EISNER AWARD WINNER!
CARTOON NETWORK 2-IN-1: BEN 10 ULTIMATE ALIEN / GENERATOR REX TP
Written by AMY WOLFRAM, JAKE BLACK and others
Art by ETHEN BEAVERS, MIN S. KU, MIKE BOWDEN and others
Cover by MIN S. KU
On sale DECEMBER 21 • 144 pg, FC, $12.99 US
Don’t miss this new title collecting the best of BEN 10: ULTIMATE ALIEN and GENERATOR REX in stories from CARTOON NETWORK ACTION PACK #48-51, 54, 56, 57 and 59!
THE MAD ARCHIVES VOL. 3 HC
Written and illustrated by The Usual Gang of Idiots
ADVANCE SOLICITED • On sale APRIL 4 • 224 pg, 6.625” x 10.1875”, FC, $59.99 US
This new hardcover collects MAD #13-18 from the 1950s, as originally published by E.C. Comics. In it, the Usual Gang of Idiots takes on: • “Robinson Crusoe” • Sherlock Holmes • “Julius Caesar”
• The movie “The Wild Ones” • TV’s Howdy Doody • Prince Valiant
Written by DOUGLAS RUSHKOFF
Art and cover by GORAN SUDZUKA and JOSE MARZAN JR.
On sale JANUARY 25 • 152 pg, FC, $24.99 US
The Adolescent Demo Division are the world’s luckiest teen gamers. Raised from birth to test media, appear on reality TV and enjoy the fruits of corporate culture, the squad develop special abilities that make them the envy of the world – and a grave concern to their keepers.
One by one, they “graduate” to new levels that are not what they seem. But their heightened abilities can only take them so far as the ultimate search for their birth families leads to an inconceivably harrowing discovery.
Written by Douglas Rushkoff, world-renowned media theorist, Frontline TV correspondent and author (Ecstasy Club, Media Virus and Program or Be Programmed, TESTAMENT), with full color art by Goran Sudzuka and Jose Marzan Jr. (Y: THE LAST MAN).
HELLBLAZER VOL. 2: THE DEVIL YOU KNOW TP NEW EDITION
Written by JAMIE DELANO
Art by RICHARD PIERS RAYNER, BRYAN TALBOT, DAVID LLOYD and others
Cover by JOHN CASSADAY
On sale DECEMBER 28 • 304 pg, FC, $19.99 US • MATURE READERS
In these tales from issue #10-13, THE HORRORIST #1-2 and ANNUAL #1, Constantine wins his first victory in the war with Nergal and encounters a woman who is the embodiment of the world’s horrors.
FABLES VOL. 16: SUPER TEAM TP
Written by BILL WILLINGHAM
Art by MARK BUCKINGHAM, STEVE LEIALOHA, ERIC SHANOWER and TERRY MOORE
Cover by JOAO RUAS
On sale DECEMBER 7 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US • MATURE READERS
Now why would we saddle a FABLES book with a title like “Super Team”? And why does snotty little Pinocchio think he needs to design tight-fitting costumes for a carefully selected group of Fables? Find out in these stories from FABLES #101-107, including a special story illustrated by Terry Moore (Echo, Strangers in Paradise).
HOUSE OF MYSTERY VOL. 7: CONCEPTION TP
Written by MATTHEW STURGES, MATT WAGNER, CHRIS ROBERSON, PETER MILLIGAN and MIKE CAREY
Art by DAVID LLOYD, MICHAEL ALLRED, DARWYN COOKE, PETER GROSS, LUCA ROSSI, GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI, STEFANO LANDINI and others
Cover by ESAO ANDREWS
On sale DECEMBER 28 • 160 pg, FC, $14.99 US • MATURE READERS
In these stories from issues #31-35 and HALLOWEEN ANNUAL #2, Fig learns why the Pair of Conception chased her into the House of Mystery.
THE SANDMAN VOL. 7: BRIEF LIVES TP NEW EDITION
Written by NEIL GAIMAN
Art by JILL THOMPSON and VINCE LOCKE •
Cover by DAVE MCKEAN
On sale DECEMBER 7 • 168 pg, FC, $19.99 US • MATURE READERS
Dream’s loopy sister, Delirium, convinces him to go on a quest for their missing brother, Destruction, in this new edition of the classic title collecting THE SANDMAN # 41-49.
PREACHER BOOK SIX HC
Written by GARTH ENNIS
Art by STEVE DILLON and JOHN MCCREA
Cover by GLENN FABRY
On sale JANUARY 11 • 384 pg, FC, $39.99 US • MATURE READERS
In this final PREACHER hardcover, Jesse Custer makes amends with his girlfriend, Tulip, then seeks revenge against his former friend and compatriot Cassidy for the things the Irish vampire did to her when they both believed the Preacher to be dead. Collecting #55-60 plus the special PREACHER: TALL IN THE SADDLE.
VERTIGO RESURRECTED: SGT. ROCK – BETWEEN HELL AND A HARD PLACE #1
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art and cover by JOE KUBERT
On sale NOVEMBER 30 • 96 pg, FC, $7.99 US • MATURE READERS
Brian Azzarello teams with artist Joe Kubert for a World War II graphic novel that puts Sgt. Rock in the midst of a murder mystery behind enemy lines. When four German prisoners are slaughtered, Rock must find the killer and keep the men of Easy Company alive.
VERTIGO RESURRRECTED: MY FAITH IN FRANKIE #1
Written by MIKE CAREY
Art by SONNY LIEW and MARK HEMPEL
Cover by MARK HEMPEL
On sale NOVEMBER 2 • 96 pg, FC, $7.99 US • MATURE READERS
MY FAITH IN FRANKIE tells the story of a girl who discovers that having your own deity isn’t all it’s cracked up to be – particularly when your god turns out to be jealous! Reprinting the 4-issue miniseries.