Having already taken a look at DC and Vertigo’s single-issue periodicals going on sale in September 2013, it’s time to check out what for many readers is the main event of any comic book shipping schedule: the collected editions, which compile and usually complete comics stories initially serialized monthly in 20-page pamphlet-style comics you totally can’t put on a shelf. Courtesy of DC Comics, Below you will find an advance look at cover artwork and hype copy for new original graphic novels, trade paperbacks, hardcovers and omnibuses coming from DC and Vertigo later this year.
GREEN LANTERN CORPS VOL. 2: ALPHA WAR TP
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art by FERNANDO PASARIN, CAFU, SCOTT HANNA and MARC DEERING
Cover by FERNANDO PASARIN
On sale DECEMBER 4 • 192 pg, FC, $16.99 US
When the Alpha Lanterns, the internal police force for the Corps, arrest Green Lantern John Stewart for the murder of a fellow Lantern, it sends shock waves throughout the entire Corps—especially since Stewart refuses to defend himself against the charges. Now, in these tales from issues #8-14 and 0, it’s up to Guy Gardner and the rest of the Green Lanterns to break Stewart out and bring down the emotionless Alpha Lanterns.
GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS VOL. 3: LOVE AND DEATH HC
Art by AARON KUDER, ANDREI BRESSAN, ANDRES GUINALDO and others
On sale JANUARY 29 • 288 pg, FC, $24.99 US
In this new hardcover collecting issues #0 and 13-20 of the hit series, Kyle Rayner and his fellow Lanterns must join forces to beat back “The Third Army” and survive “The Wrath of the First Lantern!” Green Lantern Kyle Rayner must master the emotional spectrum to stand a chance against The Third Army. But even then, a more dangerous threat lurks in the shadows: The First Lantern!
BATMAN—THE DARK KNIGHT VOL. 3: MAD HC
Art by ETHAN VAN SCIVER and SZYMON KUDRANSKI
Cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
On sale JANUARY 15 • 176 pg, FC, $24.99 US
In this new collection of issues #16-21 and BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT ANNUAL #1, Batman discovers a trail of bodies but no leads. His detective skills are put to the test as the Mad Hatter begins kidnapping Gotham City citizens for an unknown purpose. But as The Dark Knight delves deeper into this mystery, he soon realizes that this is unlike any other Mad Hatter case. The Hatter’s gory past will be revealed, and Batman’s resolve will be put to the test!
BIRDS OF PREY VOL. 3: A CLASH OF DAGGERS TP
Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI and GAIL SIMONE
Art by ROMANO MOLENAAR, VICENTE CIFUENTES, JUAN JOSE RYP, DANIEL SAMPERE and ADMIRA WIJAYA
On sale DECEMBER 18 • 160 pg, FC, $14.99 US
The Birds of Prey lose one member but gain another in these tales from issue #13-17 and BATGIRL ANNUAL #1, all while the team itself is pulled apart by personal demons and a traitor in their midst.
THE FLASH VOL. 2: ROGUES REVOLUTION TP
Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL and BRIAN BUCCELLATO
Art by FRANCIS MANAPUL, MARCUS TO, MARCIO TAKARA, SCOTT KOLINS and others
On sale DECEMBER 4 • 176 pg, FC, $16.99 US
The Rogues Gallery is united for the first time in The New 52 in this title collecting issues #0, 9-12 and THE FLASH ANNUAL #1! Who is behind their sudden organization, and why are they after their Captain Cold?
THE FURY OF FIRESTORM, THE NUCLEAR MAN VOL. 3: TAKEOVER TP
Art and cover by DAN JURGENS and RAY McCARTHY
On sale DECEMBER 18 • 176 pg, FC, $16.99 US
In these stories from issues #13-20, Ronnie and Jason have managed to get their superpowered alias in check, but with Super-Villains like Multiplex and agents of Project N.O.W.H.E.R.E., Firestorm’s future is uncertain.
THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN VOL. 2: WANTED TP
Written by TOM DeFALCO and ROB LIEFELD
Art by JOE BENNETT and ART THIBERT
On sale DECEMBER 4 • 288 pg, FC, $19.99 US
Hawkman is closer to discovering who he really is and why he is being hunted, but with deadly assassins at his throat, he may never learn the entire truth! Collecting THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN #0 and 9-20!
NIGHTWING VOL. 3: DEATH OF THE FAMILY TP
Written by TOM DeFALCO, KYLE HIGGINS and SCOTT SNYDER
Art by ANDRES GUINALDO, EDDY BARROWS, JUAN JOSE RYP, GREG CAPULLO and others
Cover by EDDY BARROWS and EBER FERREIRA
On sale DECEMBER 25 • 176 pg, FC, $16.99 US
In this title collecting NIGHTWING #13-18 and BATMAN #17, The Joker returns to Gotham City, and he’s more dangerous than ever! The Joker sets his twisted sights on the members of the Bat-Family and hits them where it hurts—and for Dick Grayson, that means going after the family he’s built up for the past year at Haly’s Circus!
TEEN TITANS VOL. 3: DEATH OF THE FAMILY TP
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL and FABIAN NICIEZA
Art by BRETT BOOTH, NORM RAPMUND, TYLER KIRKHAM, EDDY BARROWS and EBER FERREIRA
On sale DECEMBER 18 • 160 pg, FC, $14.99 US
The team is finally reunited in the wake of “DEATH OF THE FAMILY,” but something is very wrong with Red Robin! What did The Joker do? As Red Robin’s condition worsens, he and the team must face an even greater threat when the new Dr. Light is sent for Solstice! Learn more in these stories from TEEN TITANS #0, 15-17, BATMAN #17 and RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #16!
SUPERMAN—ACTION COMICS VOL. 2: BULLETPROOF TP
Written by GRANT MORRISON, SHOLLY FISCH and MAX LANDIS
Art by RAGS MORALES, GENE HA, CULLY HAMNER, BEN OLIVER, CAFU, BRAD WALKER, RYAN SOOK and others
On sale DECEMBER 11 • 224 pg, FC, $16.99 US
This new ACTION COMICS title features President Superman, Nimrod the Hunter, The Forgotten Superman and much more! Plus: meet “The Boy Who Stole Superman’s Cape,” in a tale from Clark Kent’s early days in Metropolis. Collecting ACTION COMICS #9-12, 0 and ACTION COMICS ANNUAL #1.
SUPERMAN VOL. 3: FURY AT THE WORLD’S END HC
Art by KENNETH ROCAFORT, AARON KUDER, TYLER KIRKHAM and others
Cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
On sale JANUARY 8 • 144 pg, FC, $22.99 US
H’El has come to Earth in these stories from SUPERMAN #0 and 13-17! When a mysterious ghost from Krypton’s past comes to Metropolis in hopes of finding the lost planet’s last son, his arrival comes with disastrous consequences for not just Superman, but also for Superboy and Supergirl. H’El has decided that Earth is the place to resurrect Krypton, but the price the lives of everyone on the planet! Guest-starring the Justice League, Wonder Woman, Orion and more!
THE BATMAN/JUDGE DREDD COLLECTION TP
Written by ALAN GRANT and JOHN WAGNER
Art by SIMON BISLEY, CAM KENNEDY, CARL CRITCHLOW, GLENN FABRY, and others
Advance solicited • On sale DECEMBER 4 288 pg, FC, $19.99 US
When Batman crosses paths with the grim and gritty Judge Dredd, things are bound to get ugly! In these tales from the 1990s, the two crimefighters face The Riddler and The Joker and battle extradimensional gladiators. Plus: Don’t miss Judge Dredd’s battle with the Main Man himself – Lobo! This amazing title collects BATMAN/JUDGE DREDD: JUDGMENT ON GOTHAM, BATMAN/JUDGE DREDD: VENDETTA IN GOTHAM, BATMAN/JUDGE DREDD: THE ULTIMATE RIDDLE, BATMAN/JUDGE DREDD: DIE LAUGHING #1-2 and LOBO/JUDGE DREDD: PSYCHO BIKERS VS. MUTANTS FROM HELL!
THE PLANETARY OMNIBUS HC
Art by JOHN CASSADAY, JERRY ORDWAY, PHIL JIMENEZ and ANDY LANNING
On sale JANUARY 22 • 864 pg, FC, $75.00 US
Hailed as a timeless story that turned modern super hero conventions on their heads, PLANETARY stars an inter-dimensional peace-keeping force including Elijah Snow, Jakita Wagner, and The Drummer. Tasked with tracking down evidence of super-human activity, these mystery archaeologists uncover unknown paranormal secrets and histories, such as a World War II supercomputer that can access other universes, a ghostly spirit of vengeance, and a lost island of dying monsters. Now, the entire series is collected in hardcover, including PLANETARY #1-27, PLANETARY/BATMAN #1, PLANETARY/JLA #1 and PLANETARY/AUTHORITY #1.
GEARS OF WAR BOOK THREE TP
Written by KAREN TRAVISS and JOSHUA ORTEGA
Art by LEONARDO MANCO, COLIN WILSON and others
On sale DECEMBER 25 • 256 pg, FC, $19.99 US
The best-selling Epic Games franchise continues with these tales from issues #14-24 featuring the story “Dirty Little Secrets” from best-selling author Karen Traviss that bridges the gap between the Gears of War 2 and Gears of War 3 video games.
CREATURE COMMANDOS TP
Written by J.M. DeMATTEIS, MIKE W. BARR and ROBERT KANIGHER
Art by PAT BRODERICK, JOHN CELARDO, FRED CARILLO and others
On sale JANUARY 25 • 288 pg, FC, $19.99 US
In one of DC’s strangest comics ever, a werewolf, a vampire, a gorgon, and Frankenstein’s monster fight against the German forces during World War II. Collecting stories from WEIRD WAR TALES #93, 97, 100, 102, 105, 108-112, 114-119, 121 and 124!
DEADMAN BOOK FOUR TP
Written by BOB HANEY, LEN WEIN and GERRY CONWAY
Art by RIC ESTRADA, JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ, JIM APARO and others
On sale JANUARY 4 • 168 pg, FC, $14.99 US
Deadman continue his quest to bring his killer to justice while battling occult menaces in stories from DC SPECIAL SERIES #8, DC COMICS PRESENTS #24 and stories from ADVENTURE COMICS #459-466, guest starring Superman, Batman, Sgt. Rock and more!
DOCTOR MID-NITE TP NEW PRINTING
Art and cover by JOHN K. SNYDER III
On sale DECEMBER 11 • 160 pg, FC, $14.99 US
The classic adventure is back in print! Dr. Pieter Cross uses his scientific genius and acquired wealth to assume the identity of vigilante Doctor Mid-Nite. As Doctor Mid-Nite, he swears to protect the downtrodden from the vermin that prey on them. But in order to fulfill his mission, he must take down an evil criminal triumvirate bent on profiting from the demise of his city.
SHOWCASE PRESENTS: STRANGE ADVENTURES VOL. 2 TP
Cover by GIL KANE and JOE GIELLA
RESOLICIT • On sale DECEMBER 18 • 520 pg, B&W, $19.99 US
These 1950s science fiction tales from STRANGE ADVENTURES #74-93 star weird alien creatures and intrepid space explorers. Stories include “The Metal Spy from Space,” “The Secret of the Man-Ape,” “The Hungry Meteorite,” “The Day Science Ran Wild,” and many more.
This title is resolicited. All previous orders are canceled.
SUPERMAN VS. MONGUL TP
Written by LEN WEIN, PAUL LEVITZ and ALAN MOORE
Art by JIM STARLIN, CURT SWAN, DAVE GIBBONS and others
On sale DECEMBER 18 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US
Superman battles the intergalactic conqueror known as Mongul in these tales from the late 1970s and early 1980s from DC COMICS PRESENTS #27-28, 36 and 43 and SUPERMAN ANNUAL #11. Guest-starring Wonder Woman, Batman, Supergirl and more!
DC COMICS ESSENTIALS: JUSTICE LEAGUE #1
Art and cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
On sale OCTOBER 2 • 64 pg, FC, $1.00 US • RATED T
The issue that kicked of DC Comics—The New 52 is reprinted in this promotionally priced special! Don’t miss the start of the story that brought together Batman, Green Lantern, and the rest of the Justice League!
DC COMICS ESSENTIALS: GREEN LANTERN #1
Art by DOUG MAHNKE, CHRISTIAN ALAMY and TOM NGUYEN
Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
On sale OCTOBER 16 • 64 pg, FC, $1.00 US • RATED T
This first DC Comics—The New 52 issue stars Sinestro, who must enlist the help of Hal Jordan to free the people of Korugar from the grip of his former army of Yellow Lanterns!
VERTIGO ESSENTIALS: FABLES #1
Written by BILL WILLINGHAM
Art by LAN MEDINA and STEVE LEIALOHA
On sale OCTOBER 23 • 64 pg, FC, $1.00 US • MATURE READERS
The first issue of Bill Willingham’s Eisner Award-winning series is reprinted in this new edition. Don’t miss the issue that introduced the Fables of legend into New York City—and asked the question “Who killed Rose Red?”
VERTIGO ESSENTIALS: Y: THE LAST MAN #1
Written by BRIAN K. VAUGHAN
Art by PIA GUERRA and JOSE MARZAN, JR.
On sale OCTOBER 30 • 64 pg, FC, $1.00 US • MATURE READERS
A science-fiction epic begins in the first issue of the hit series Y: THE LAST MAN, as a mysterious plague wipes out every male on Earth—with the exception of escape artist Yorick Brown and his pet monkey, Ampersand.
YOUNG JUSTICE VOL. 4: INVASION TP
Written by GREG WEISMAN • Art and cover by CHRISTOPHER JONES
On sale DECEMBER 11 • 128 pg, FC, $12.99 US
In this action-packed collection from issues #20-25 of the all-ages series, Young Justice adds to its ranks in an effort to battle the impending invasion by The Collector of Worlds and Brainiac!
FABLES VOL. 19: SNOW WHITE TP
Written by BILL WILLINGHAM
Art by MARK BUCKINGHAM, STEVE LEIALOHA and SHAWN McMANUS
Cover by MARK BUCKINGHAM
On sale DECEMBER 18 • 176 pg, FC, $16.99 US • MATURE READERS
In these stories from FABLES #124-129, Castle Dark is back in the hands of the Fables as Bigby sets off from Fabletown in Brian Rose’s blood-fueled sports car to track down two abducted cubs. Unfortunately for Snow White, besides suffering the trauma of her missing cubs, a long-forgotten secret threatens to sabotage her marriage to Bigby.
This volume also collects the backup stories starring Bufkin and Lily from issues #122-134 and the full-length tale from #124.
SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING
BOOK FIVE TP
Written by ALAN MOORE
Art by RICK VEITCH, JOHN TOTLEBEN and ALFREDO ALCALA
Cover by RICK VEITCH and JOHN TOTLEBEN
On sale DECEMBER 25 • 168 pg, FC, $14.99 US • MATURE READERS
This volume continues Alan Moore’s award-winning run on SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING with issues #51-56! Swamp Thing returns from hell only to learn that Abby has fled Gotham City, where he runs afoul of Batman, Lex Luthor and the Gotham City Police Department.
DMZ DELUXE EDITION BOOK ONE HC
Written by BRIAN WOOD
Art by RICCARDO BURCHIELLI
Cover by BRIAN WOOD
On sale JANUARY 15 • 304 pg, FC, 7.0625” x 10.875”, $29.99 US • MATURE READERS
The first 12 issues of Brian Wood’s acclaimed series are collected in hardcover for the first time! In this near future epic, photojournalist Matty Roth lands a dream gig following a war journalist into the heart of the DMZ. Things soon go terribly wrong, and Matty finds himself lost and alone in a world he’s only seen on television.