Having taken a look at December's periodical releases from DC's New 52, Vertigo, Before Watchmen and DC Kids lines, 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. Below you will find the cover artwork and hype copy for new original graphic novels, trade paperbacks, hardcovers and omnibuses coming from DC Comics and Vertigo this December (and in beyond, in some cases), including Bruce Jones and Sam Kieth's Batman: Through the Looking Glass, Steve Gerber and Brian Hurtt's Hard Time Vol. 2, more from John Byrne and Jerry Ordway's Superman: Man of Steel collection, and omnibus editions of Warren Ellis' Global Frequency, Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' Sleeper, and Steven T. Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen's House of Secrets.

BATMAN: THE NIGHT OF THE OWLS HC

Written by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV, TONY S. DANIEL, JUDD WINICK, PETER J. TOMASI, DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI, GAIL SIMONE, SCOTT LOBDELL, KYLE HIGGINS, JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI

Art by GREG CAPULLO, JASON FABOK, TONY S. DANIEL, DAVID FINCH, MARCOS TO, PATRICK GLEASON, TRAVEL FOREMAN, ARDIAN SYAF, KENNETH ROCAFORT, GUILLEM MARCH, EDDY BARROWS, MORITAT and others

Cover by GREG CAPULLO

On sale FEBRUARY 13 • 360 pg, FC, $29.99 US

• In this new hardcover, evil spreads across Gotham City as Batman's allies, including Red Robin, Batwing, Robin, Batgirl, the Birds of Prey, Nightwing and even Catwoman find themselves in a battle coming from all sides.

• The Court of Owls makes its move against justice in this sprawling tale of corruption and violence.

• Collects BATMAN #8-9, BATMAN ANNUAL #1, DETECTIVE COMICS #9, BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #9, BATWING #9, BATMAN AND ROBIN #9, RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #9, BIRDS OF PREY #9, BATGIRL #9, NIGHTWING #8-9 and ALL-STAR WESTERN #9.

BATGIRL VOL. 2: KNIGHTFALL DESCENDS HC

Written by GAIL SIMONE

Art by ARDIAN SYAF, VICENTE CIFUENTES and ED BENES

Cover by STANLEY "ARTGERM" LAU

On sale FEBRUARY 6 • 192 pg, FC, $24.99 US

Back in her role as Batgirl, Barbara Gordon faces the deadly new gentleman killer Grotesque, who stalks the streets of Gotham City.

• Plus: The Court of Owls sets its sights on Commissioner Gordon; and an innocent woman sentenced to Arkham Asylum emerges more dangerous than the inmates she was locked up with!

• Collects BATGIRL #7-13 and 0.

ANIMAL MAN VOL. 2: ANIMAL VS. MAN TP

Written by JEFF LEMIRE

Art by TRAVEL FOREMAN, STEVE PUGH, JEFF HUET, TIMOTHY GREEN II and JOSEPH SILVER

Cover by TRAVEL FOREMAN

On sale JANUARY 9 • 176 pg, FC, $16.99 US

• In this second ANIMAL MAN collection, when Buddy goes missing, his family receives assistance from John Constantine and the Justice League Dark.

• Plus, learn the history between The Red, the Green, and the Rot!

• Collects ANIMAL MAN #7-11 and 0 and ANIMAL MAN ANNUAL #1

THE CULLING: RISE OF THE RAVAGERS TP

Written by SCOTT LOBDELL and TOM DeFALCO • Art by R.B. SILVA, PETE WOODS, BRETT BOOTH, IG GUARA and others •

Cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND

On sale JANUARY 23 • 176 pg, FC, $16.99 US

• The Teen Titans and the teen heroes from LEGION LOST are trapped in a deadly arena where young teen metahumans must fight each other to the death for survival! Can they defeat the teen death squad known as The Ravagers?

• Collects LEGION LOST #8-9, SUPERBOY #8-9, TEEN TITANS #8-9 and TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #1

BLUE BEETLE VOL. 2: BLUE DIAMOND TP

Written by TONY BEDARD

Art by IG GUARA, J.P. MAYER, MARCIO TAKARA, TYLER KIRKHAM and BATT

Cover by PAUL RENAULD

On sale JANUARY 30 • 224 pg, FC, $16.99 US

• In this second BLUE BEETLE collection, Jaime Reyes struggles with the curse of the scarab that is the source of his powers, a loathsome threat emerges: a predator who stalks runaway children!

• Collects BLUE BEETLE #7-12 and GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #9


JUSTICE LEAGUE VOL. 1: ORIGIN TP

Written by GEOFF JOHNS

Art and cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS

On sale JANUARY 30 • 192 pg, FC, $16.99 US

• Now in trade paperback from comics superstars Geoff Johns and Jim Lee!

• In a universe where Super Heroes are strange and new, Batman has discovered a dark evil that requires him to unite the World Greatest Heroes! Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg unite for the first time to form the JUSTICE LEAGUE!

• Don't miss the thrill-a-minute collection of the first six issues of the best-selling comic!

BATWOMAN VOL. 1: HYDROLOGY TP

Written by J.H. WILLIAMS III and W. HADEN BLACKMAN

Art by J.H. WILLIAMS III, AMY REEDER and others

Cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III

On sale JANUARY 16 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US

• Collecting issues #0-5 of the DC Comics – The New 52 series!

• Who or what is stealing children from the barrio, and for what vile purpose? Will Kate train her cousin, Bette Kane (a.k.a. Flamebird) to join her battle against crime? And why is a government agency suddenly taking an interest in her?

GREEN ARROW VOL. 2: TRIPLE THREAT TP

Written by ANN NOCENTI

Art by HARVEY TOLIBAO

Cover by HOWARD PORTER

On sale JANUARY 23 • 160 pg, FC, $14.99 US

• When Green Arrow meets genetically modified triplets known as Skylark, he is entranced by their beauty and the new technology they give him. But what is the truth about their father, King Leer, and his work?

• Collects GREEN ARROW #7-13.


GREEN LANTERN VOL. 1: SINESTRO TP

Written by GEOFF JOHNS

Art by DOUG MAHNKE and CHRISTIAN ALAMY

Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO

On sale JANUARY 2 • 160 pg, FC, $14.99 US

• The first six issues of the star-spanning series from DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 are collected in trade paperback, with stories by superstar writer Geoff Johns and artist Doug Mahnke!

• There's an unexpected new Green Lantern in town: Sinestro. And now, this renegade GL has set a course for Korugar with one purpose: To free his homeworld from the scourge of his own Sinestro Corps - with the not-so-willing help of Hal Jordan!

WONDER WOMAN VOL. 1: BLOOD TP

Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO

Art by CLIFF CHIANG and TONY AKINS

Cover by CLIFF CHIANG

On sale JANUARY 9 • 160 pg, FC, $14.99 US

• The first six issues of the DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 series, now in trade paperback!

• Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons, has kept a secret from her daughter all her life - and when Wonder Woman learns who her father is, her life will shatter like brittle clay.

JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL VOL. 2: BREAKDOWN TP

Written by DAN JURGENS, GEOFF JOHNS, DAN DIDIO, ETHAN VAN SCIVER and JOE HARRIS

Art by AARON LOPRESTI and others

Cover by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND

On sale JANUARY 2 • 200 pg, FC, $16.99 US

• The plan was for the JLI was to be Earth's official protectors. But once Breakdown and the Burners attacked, that all came to a swift end.

• Plus: It's the JLI vs. O.M.A.C.!

• Collects JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #7-12, THE FURY OF FIRESTORM: THE NUCLEAR MEN #9 and JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL ANNUAL #1.

BATMAN/DEATHBLOW DELUXE EDITION HC

Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO

Art by LEE BERMEJO and TIM BRADSTREET

Cover by LEE BERMEJO

On sale FEBRUARY 20 • 168 pg, FC, 7.0625" x 10.875", $22.99 US

• One is the World's Greatest Detective. The other is a black-ops killer. What happens when the two meet? We'll never know because Michael Cray, code name Deathblow, is dead. The Dark Knight faces the daunting task of finishing a job that someone else started, but for unknown reasons refused to finish. That someone was Michael Cray.

• Collects BATMAN/DEATHBLOW: AFTER THE FIRE #1-3.

BATMAN, INCORPORATED TP

Written by GRANT MORRISON

Art by YANICK PAQUETTE, CHRIS BURNHAM,

MICHEL LACOMBE, SCOTT CLARK, CAMERON STEWART and DAVE BEATTY

Cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III

On sale JANUARY 2 • 264 pg, FC, $19.99 US

• The first eight issues of the 2010 series plus BATMAN, INCORPORATED: LEVIATHAN STRIKES #1, now in trade paperback!

• The World's Greatest Detective teams up with Catwoman, Batwoman and Batman, Incorporated representatives on international crimefighting missions against Lord Death Man in Japan, Argentina and more!

BATMAN: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS TP

Written by BRUCE JONES

Art and cover by SAM KIETH

On sale JANUARY 9 • 112 pg, FC, $14.99 US

• In this original graphic novel, Batman meets The Mad Hatter for the 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?


BATMAN: ARKHAM UNHINGED HC

Written by MARLY HALPERN-GLASER, PAUL CROCKER, SEFTON HILL, DEREK FRIDOLFS and PAUL DINI

Art by MIKE S. MILLER, SIMON COLEBY, PETE WOODS and more

Cover by DAVE WILKINS

Resolicit • On sale FEBRUARY 6 • 160 pg, FC, $22.99 US

• Collects BATMAN: ARKHAM UNHINGED #1-5!

• Inspired by the best-selling videogame Batman: Arkham City and featuring Hugo Strange, Harley Quinn, The Joker, The Penguin and more!

Retailers: This title is resolicited. All previous orders are cancelled.

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT – GOLDEN DAWN TP

Written by DAVID FINCH and GRANT MORRISON

Art by DAVID FINCH, JASON FABOK and more

Cover by DAVID FINCH

On sale JANUARY 23 • 160 pg, FC, $14.99 US

• This tale explores the murder of one of Bruce Wayne's childhood friends!

• Collects BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #1-5, plus a story from SUPERMAN/BATMAN #75 and BATMAN: THE RETURN #1!


BATMAN AND ROBIN: DARK KNIGHT VS. WHITE KNIGHT TP

Written by PAUL CORNELL, PETER J. TOMASI and JUDD WINICK

Art by GUILLEM MARCH, PATRICK GLEASON, SCOTT McDANIEL and more

Cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY

On sale JANUARY 30 • 208 pg, FC, $16.99 US

• The Dark Knight and the Boy Wonder face foes new and old, including the mysterious White Knight, the villainous Absence and Jason Todd!

• Collected from BATMAN AND ROBIN #17-25!

HARD TIME VOL. 2: SIXTEEN TP

Written by STEVE GERBER

Art and cover by BRIAN HURTT

On sale JANUARY 2 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US

• After being convicted of a high-school shooting, 16-year-old Ethan Chiles is sentenced to 50 years in prison. But something powerful is growing in Ethan, giving him an almost uncontrollable power.

• In this second collection, Ethan leaves solitary confinement and rejoins the prison's general population. But can his strange power keep him and his few friends alive?

• Collects HARD TIME #7-12.

JLA VOL. 3 TP

Written by GRANT MORRISON

Art by HOWARD PORTER, JOHN DELL, MARK PAJARILLO and WALDEN WONG

Cover by HOWARD PORTER and JOHN DELL

On sale JANUARY 16 • 344 pg, FC, $24.99 US

• Collecting tales from JLA #22-26, 28-31 and 1,000,000!

• The JLA's very first foe, Starro the Conqueror, returns in this title now in trade paperback!

WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS: AFTERMATH TP

Written by TONY BEDARD, PETER J. TOMASI and SCOTT KOLINS

Art by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA, TYLER KIRKHAM and more

Cover by DAVE JOHNSON

On sale JANUARY 9 • 208 pg, FC, $16.99 US

• Collecting GREEN LANTERN CORPS #61-63, GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD WARRIORS #11-13 and WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS: AFTERMATH #1-2!

• In the aftermath of "War of the Green Lanterns," the Green Lantern Corps must pull themselves together in order to resume policing the universe.

ABSOLUTE BATMAN AND ROBIN: BATMAN REBORN HC

Written by GRANT MORRISON

Art by FRANK QUITELY, DAVID FINCH,

PHILIP TAN, ANDY CLARKE, CAMERON STEWART, DUSTIN NGUYEN and more

Cover by FRANK QUITELY

Resolicit • On sale JANUARY 9 • 488 pg, FC, 8.25" x 12.5", $99.99 US

• Collects BATMAN AND ROBIN #1-16 and BATMAN: THE RETURN #1!

• The DYNAMIC DUO battles the CIRCUS OF STRANGE!

• The new Batman and Robin must deal with the return of THE JOKER!

Retailers: This title is resolicited. All previous orders are cancelled.

SHOWCASE PRESENTS: THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA VOL. 6 TP

Written by LEN WEIN, DENNIS O'NEIL, CARY BATES and others

Art by DICK DILLIN and others

Cover by NICK CARDY

On sale JANUARY 23 • 528 pg, B&W, $19.99 US

• In this new, value-priced collection of stories from the 1970s, the JLA faces foes including Felix Faust, the Shaggy Man, Eclipso, Amazo, the Injustice Society and more.

• Collects JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #107-132.


SUPERMAN: LAST SON OF KRYPTON TP

Written by RICHARD DONNER and GEOFF JOHNS

Art by ADAM KUBERT, GARY FRANK and JON SIBAL

Cover by ADAM KUBERT

On sale JANUARY 9 • 288 pg, FC, $19.99 US

• Collects ACTION COMICS #844-846, 851, 866-870 and ACTION COMICS

ANNUAL #11!

• It's Superman vs. Superman Revenge Squad and the Phantom Zone criminals – with the life of Christopher Kent hanging in the balance!

• Plus: The "Brainiac" epic that set the stage for "New Krypton."

SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL VOL. 7 TP

Written by JOHN BYRNE and JERRY ORDWAY

Art by JOHN BYRNE, JERRY ORDWAY and others

Cover by JOHN BYRNE

On sale JANUARY 16 • 192 pg, FC, $19.99 US

• In these tales from 1987, Superman battles familiar foes including Brainiac, Lex Luthor and Toyman, and fights alongside Green Lantern and The Spectre.

• Collects SUPERMAN #13-15, ACTION COMICS #596-597 and ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #436-438.


THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN TP NEW EDITION

Written by JERRY ORDWAY, DAN JURGENS, LOUISE SIMONSON and ROGER STERN

Art by JON BODGANOVE, TOM GRUMMETT, BUTCH GUICE, DAN

JURGENS and others

Cover by DAN JURGENS and JERRY ORDWAY

On sale JANUARY 30 • 160 pg, FC, $14.99 US

• The classic collection returns in a newly recolored edition.

• Can even Superman stop the unstoppable creature called Doomsday? If the assembled might of the JLA can't do it, what hope does he have?

• Collects SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL #18-19, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #69, SUPERMAN #74-75 and ACTION COMICS #684.

GREEN LANTERN: THE ANIMATED SERIES TP

Written by ART BALTAZAR, FRANCO and IVAN COHEN

Art by DARIO BRIZUELA and LUCIANO VECCHIO

Cover by DARIO BRIZUELA

On sale JANUARY 16 • 128 pg, FC, $12.99 US

• Collects GREEN LANTERN: THE ANIMATED SERIES #0-5!

• What happens when Hal Jordan and Kilowog find a power ring abandoned in space?

• More stories from the all-ages series!

A.D.D.: ADOLESCENT DEMO DIVISION TP

Written by DOUGLAS RUSHKOFF

Art and cover by GORAN SUDZUKA and JOSE MARZAN, JR.

On sale JANUARY 23 • 152 pg, FC, 6.75" x 9", $16.99 US • MATURE READERS

The original graphic novel, now in trade paperback! Raised from birth to appear on reality TV, the Adolescent Demo Division have special abilities that make them the envy of the world – and a concern to their keepers. But the search for their birth families leads to a harrowing discovery.


FABLES: THE DELUXE EDITION BOOK 6 HC

Written by BILL WILLINGHAM

Art by MARK BUCKINGHAM, JIM FERN, SHAWN McMANUS, STEVE LEIALOHA and others

Cover by JAMES JEAN

RESOLICIT • On sale FEBRUARY 20 • 224 pg, FC, 7.0625" x 10.875",

$29.99 US • MATURE READERS

In this FABLES collection featuring issues #46-51 of the Eisner Award winning series, the threat of the Adversary looms ever closer as the drums of war begin their steady beat. The Fables prepare for battle, but first they must find their would-be commander: Bigby Wolf!

Retailers: This title is resolicited. All previous orders are cancelled.

FABLES VOL. 18: CUBS IN TOYLAND TP

Written by BILL WILLINGHAM

Art by MARK BUCKINGHAM, STEVE LEIALOHA and SHAWN McMANUS Cover by JOAO RUAS

On sale JANUARY 16 • 192 pg, FC, $16.99 US • MATURE READERS

In these tales from FABLES #114-121, a harrowing epic starts when Snow and Bigby's cub Therese receives a Christmas gift from an unknown admirer. This red plastic boat may hold the key to a deep, disturbing secret that will incite a series of soul-crushing events for the denizens of Fabletown. Plus, don't miss Bufkin's (mis)adventures in Oz!

GLOBAL FREQUENCY TP

Written by WARREN ELLIS

Art and cover by GARRY LEACH, GLENN FABRY, STEVE DILLON, ROY A. MARTINEZ, JON J. MUTH, DAVID LLOYD, SIMON BISLEY, CHRIS SPROUSE, KARL STORY, LEE BERMEJO, TOMM COKER, JASON PEARSON and GENE HA

Cover by BRIAN WOOD

On sale JANUARY 30 • 288 pg, FC, $19.99 US • MATURE READERS

Collecting the entire GLOBAL FREQUENCY 12-issue series in one volume! Global Frequency is a worldwide rescue organization that offers a last shred of hope when all other options have failed. Manned by 1,001 operatives, the Frequency is made up of experts in fields as diverse as bio-weapon engineering and Le Parkour Running. Each agent - equipped with a special mobile vid-phone - is specifically chosen by Miranda Zero, enigmatic leader of the Global Frequency, based on proximity, expertise, and, in some cases, sheer desperation!

HOUSE OF SECRETS OMNIBUS HC

Written by STEVEN T. SEAGLE

Art by TEDDY KRISTIANSEN, DUNCAN

FEGREDO, DEAN ORMSTON and others

Cover by TEDDY KRISTIANSEN

On sale FEBRUARY 13 • 752 pg, FC, $75.00 US • MATURE READERS

In this hardcover collecting HOUSE OF SECRETS #1-25, a story from VERTIGO: WINTER'S EDGE #1 and the 2-part FAÇADE miniseries, teenage runaway Rain Harper becomes part of a supernatural justice system in a haunted mansion. Five otherworldly spirits known as the Juris summon people to judge them for their secrets. Acting as a "witness," Rain must try to save the defendants from their sentences.

SLEEPER OMNIBUS HC

Written by ED BRUBAKER

Art by SEAN PHILLIPS, COLIN WILSON and JIM LEE

Cover by SEAN PHILLIPS

On sale FEBRUARY 27 • 720 pg, FC, $75.00 US • MATURE READERS

Collecting POINT BLANK #1-5, SLEEPER #1-24, COUP D'ETAT: SLEEPER #1 and COUP D'ETAT: AFTERWARD #1, SLEEPER tells the story of agent Holden Carver, a reluctant double agent without hope of rescue. Tao, the criminal mastermind whose organization Carver has infiltrated, had Carver's only lifeline, spymaster John Lynch, shot, leaving him in a coma. Tao's cut off every means of escape, and he's persuaded Carver to join him...for real this time.

SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING BOOK 3 TP

Written by ALAN MOORE

Art by STEPHEN BISSETTE, JOHN TOTLEBEN, RICK VEITCH and others

Cover by STEPHEN BISSETTE and JOHN TOTLEBEN

On sale JANUARY 2 • 208 pg, FC, $19.99 US • MATURE READERS

Collecting issues #35-42 of Alan Moore's award-winning SWAMP THING, this volume brims with visceral horrors including underwater vampires, a werewolf under an unusual curse, and the debut of John Constantine!