Having taken a look at August'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 August (and in beyond, in some cases), including the second volume of J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis' Superman: Earth One graphic novel series, Ronald Wimberly's Prince of Cats graphic novel, and the second volume of Leslie Klinger's The Annotated Sandman.SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE VOL. 2 HC

Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI

Art and cover by SHANE DAVIS and SANDRA HOPE

On sale OCTOBER 31 • 136 pg, FC, $22.99 US

The highly anticipated sequel to the #1 New York Times best-selling graphic novel SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE by acclaimed writer J. Michael Straczynski and superstar artist Shane Davis is here!

Young Clark Kent continues his journey toward becoming the World's Greatest Super Hero but finds dealing with humanity to be a bigger challenge than he ever imagined! From a ruthless dictator to a new love interest who's NOT Lois Lane, things are never easy for this emerging Man of Steel. And the worst is yet to come, in the form of a man-monster with an insatiable appetite, the Parasite! The only thing that might appease his hunger is The Last Son of Krypton! But that will also mean he will have Superman's powers without his conscience, and Kal-El learns to live without powers beyond those of mere mortals.

GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS VOL. 1 – THE RING BEARER HC

Written by TONY BEDARD

Art by TYLER KIRKHAM, BATT and HARVEY TOLIBAO

Cover by TYLER KIRKHAM and BATT

On sale OCTOBER 17 • 160 pg, FC, $22.99 US

• The first collection of the DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 series!

• The New Guardians struggle with their new mission – and battle the evil of INVICTUS!

• Collects GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #1-7!


BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT VOL. 1 – KNIGHT TERRORS HC

Written by DAVID FINCH, PAUL JENKINS and JOE HARRIS

Art by DAVID FINCH, ED BENES and RICHARD FRIEND

Cover by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND

On sale OCTOBER 3 • 208 pg, FC, $24.99 US

• Collecting the acclaimed DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 series!

• Features BATMAN'S battles with THE SCARECROW and BANE, plus the mystery of THE WHITE RABBIT!

• Collects BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #1-9!

BIRDS OF PREY VOL. 1: TROUBLE IN MIND TP

Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI

Art by JESUS SAIZ and JAVIER PINA

Cover by JESUS SAIZ

On sale SEPTEMBER 12 • 160 pg, FC, $14.99 US

• The first collection of the new BIRDS OF PREY series!

• The team struggles to stop bombs from killing the citizens of GOTHAM CITY. Plus: Is BLACK CANARY guilty of murder?

• Collects BIRDS OF PREY #1-7!


THE FURY OF FIRESTORM: THE NUCLEAR MEN VOL. 1 – THE GOD

PARTICLE TP


Written by ETHAN VAN SCIVER and GAIL SIMONE

Art by YILDIRAY CINAR and NORM RAPMUND

Cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER

On sale SEPTEMBER 12 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US

• Two FIRESTORMS make their explosive returns in the DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 series!

• As RONNIE RAYMOND and JASON RUSCH learn to work together, they learn that they are hardly the only FIRESTORMS!

• Collecting THE FURY OF FIRESTORM: THE NUCLEAR MEN #1-6!

LEGION LOST VOL. 1: RUN FROM TOMORROW TP

Written by FABIAN NICIEZA and TOM DeFALCO

Art by PETE WOODS and MATT CAMP

Cover by PETE WOODS

On sale SEPTEMBER 19 • 160 pg, FC, $14.99 US

• Collecting the present-day LEGION LOST series!

• Stranded in the 21st century, can this cadre of LEGIONNAIRES adjust to a different world?

• Collects LEGION LOST #1-7!


TEEN TITANS VOL. 1: IT'S OUR RIGHT TO FIGHT TP

Written by SCOTT LOBDELL

Art by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND

Cover by BRETT BOOTH

On sale SEPTEMBER 5 • 168 pg, FC, $14.99 US

• SCOTT LOBDELL and BRETT BOOTH usher in a new era for the TEEN TITANS!

• Meet a new TITANS team, including new members SKITTER and BUNKER!

• Collecting TEEN TITANS #1-7!


VOODOO VOL. 1: WHAT LIES BENEATH TP

Written by RON MARZ and JOSH WILLIAMSON

Art by SAMI BASRI and HENDRY PRASETYA

Cover by SAMI BASRI

On sale SEPTEMBER 26 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US

• The first collection of the DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 series!

• Who is Voodoo? Is she hero, villain – or both? Learn the truth about Priscilla Kitaen as she leaves a trail of violence across America.

• Collects VOODOO #1-6!


LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT: ALAN DAVIS HC

Written by MIKE W. BARR and others

Art by ALAN DAVIS, PAUL NEARY and MARK FARMER

Cover by ALAN DAVIS

On sale OCTOBER 10 • 272 pg, FC, $39.99 US

• Batman stories from legendary artist ALAN DAVIS collected at last!

• Collects DETECTIVE COMICS #569-575, BATMAN: FULL CIRCLE #1 and a story from BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #25.

BATMAN: KNIGHTFALL VOL. 3 – KNIGHTSEND TP NEW EDITION

Written by DENNIS O'NEIL, DOUG MOENCH, ALAN GRANT, JO DUFFY and CHUCK DIXON

Art by VARIOUS

Cover by KELLEY JONES

On sale SEPTEMBER 5 • 652 pg, FC, $29.99 US

• The third and final volume of the epic 1990s tale that broke Batman's back, collected in full for the first time.

• Collects BATMAN #509-514, BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT #29-34, DETECTIVE COMICS #676-681, BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #62-63, ROBIN #8-13 and CATWOMAN #12-13.

BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY TP

Written by PAUL DINI

Art by CARLOS D'ANDA, DUSTIN NGUYEN, BEN HERRERA, TED NAIFEH and DEREK FRIDOLFS

Video game art cover

On sale SEPTEMBER 12 • 168 pg, FC, $16.99 US

• Now in trade paperback – the epic story bridging the smash-hit video games Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City!

• Collecting the 5-issue miniseries, including five digital-first chapters.


BRIGHTEST DAY VOL. 3 TP

Written by GEOFF JOHNS and PETER J. TOMASI

Art by PATRICK GLEASON, ARDIAN SYAF, SCOTT CLARK and others

Cover by IVAN REIS

On sale SEPTEMBER 12 • 224 pg, FC, $16.99 US

• In this final BRIGHTEST DAY volume, the mystery of the heroes' and villains' return is resolved and the secret of the white forest is revealed.

• Collecting issues #17-24!


THE FLASH VOL. 2: THE ROAD TO FLASHPOINT TP

Written by GEOFF JOHNS and SCOTT KOLINS

Art by FRANCIS MANAPUL and SCOTT KOLINS

Cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL

On sale SEPTEMBER 26 • 120 pg, FC, $14.99 US

• Make way for Hot Pursuit – the latest speedster to come out of the Speed Force!

• Collects THE FLASH #8-12!

LOBO: PORTRAIT OF A BASTICH TP NEW PRINTING

Written by KEITH GIFFEN and ALAN GRANT

Art by CHRISTIAN ALAMY, SAM KIETH and SIMON BISLEY

Cover by SIMON BISLEY

On sale SEPTEMBER 26 • 208 pg, FC, $19.99 US •

Don't miss a new edition of the title collecting the LOBO and LOBO'S BACK miniseries! First, Lobo is sent to capture a teacher who makes life miserable for him. Then, Lobo takes on the most dangerous being in the universe – and is promptly killed and reincarnated as an angry woman!


SHOWCASE PRESENTS: AMETHYST, PRINCESS OF GEMWORLD VOL. 1 TP

Written by DAN MISHKIN and GARY COHN

Art by ERNIE COLON, RIC ESTRADA and others

Cover by ERNIE COLON

On sale SEPTEMBER 19 • 648 pg, B&W, $19.99 US • RATED T

• The legendary 1980s fantasy series is collected at last!

• Collects LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #298, AMETHYST, PRINCESS OF GEMWORLD #1-12, AMETHYST ANNUAL #1, DC COMICS PRESENTS #63 and AMETHYST #1-11.


GREEN LANTERN: WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS TP

Written by GEOFF JOHNS, PETER J. TOMASI and TONY BEDARD

Art by DOUG MAHNKE, FERNANDO PASARIN, ED BENES and others

Cover by IVAN REIS and OCLAIR ALBERT

On sale SEPTEMBER 5 • 272 pg, FC, $16.99 US

• With the entire Corps against them, the four Earthborn GLs must make a choice that will rank among the most memorable in GL history.

• Collecting GREEN LANTERN #63-66, GREEN LANTERN CORPS #58-60 and GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD WARRIORS #8-10!


GREEN ARROW: THE LONGBOW HUNTERS TP NEW EDITION

Written by MIKE GRELL

Art and cover by MIKE GRELL

On sale SEPTEMBER 12 • 160 pg, FC, $14.99 US

• A new edition of the title collecting the 3-issue 1987 miniseries!

• Oliver Queen gives up his trick arrows and settles down in Seattle with Dinah Lance. But Ollie's world collides with one of unspeakable violence involving the beautiful and mysterious archer known as Shado.


GREEN ARROW: THE ARCHER'S QUEST TP NEW EDITION

Written by BRAD MELTZER

Art and cover by PHIL HESTER and ANDE PARKS

On sale SEPTEMBER 12 • 176 pg, FC, $14.99 US

• The Emerald Archer returns from the dead and sets off on an adventure that tests his courage and brings formerly hidden facets of the Green Arrow legend to light.

• New edition of the classic title collecting GREEN ARROW #16-21.

PENGUIN: PAIN AND PREJUDICE TP

Written by GREGG HURWITZ

Art by SZYMON KUDRANSKI and JASON PEARSON

Cover by SZYMON KUDRANSKI

On sale SEPTEMBER 19 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US

• Learn how young Oswald Cobblepot went from being the apple of his mother's eye to the leader of underworld gangs and adversary of The Caped Crusader!

• Collecting the 5-issue miniseries from GREGG HURWITZ and SZYMON

KUDRANSKI, plus: JOKER'S ASYLUM: THE PENGUIN #1.


THE STARMAN OMNIBUS VOL. 2 TP

Written by JAMES ROBINSON

Art by TONY HARRIS, J.H. WILLIAMS III and others

Cover by TONY HARRIS

On sale SEPTEMBER 5 • 416 pg, FC, $29.99 US

• In this second STARMAN volume, Jack Knight's disturbing dreams

drive him to New York City to meet the Golden Age SANDMAN!

• Collecting STARMAN #17-29, STARMAN ANNUAL #1 and stories from SHOWCASE '95 #12 and SHOWCASE '96 #4-5.


THE SUPERMAN CHRONICLES VOL. 10 TP

Written by JERRY SIEGEL

Art by VARIOUS

Cover by JACK BURNLEY

On sale SEPTEMBER 5 • 168 pg, FC, $14.99 US

• In these 1942 stories, Superman battles The Night Owl, Nazi sympathizers, the mysterious "Man with the Cane," and a mad scientist who brings characters from newspaper comic strips to life.

• Collecting SUPERMAN #18-19, ACTION COMICS #53-55 and WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #7!

SUPERMAN: THE BLACK RING VOL. 2 TP

Written by PAUL CORNELL and GAIL SIMONE

Art by PETE WOODS and others

Cover by DAVID FINCH

On sale SEPTEMBER 19 • 224 pg, FC, $16.99 US

• LEX LUTHOR'S quest for the Black Lantern energy takes him to Arkham Asylum for a close encounter with THE JOKER, and then into conflict with Larfleeze, the Orange Lantern.

• Collects ACTION COMICS #896-900, SECRET SIX #29 and ACTION COMICS ANNUAL #13!

STORMWATCH VOL. 2 HC

Written by WARREN ELLIS

Art by TOM RANEY, BRYAN HITCH and others

Cover by BRYAN HITCH and PAUL NEARY

On sale OCTOBER 17 • 384 pg, FC, $29.99 US

• This second volume of stories by WARREN ELLIS includes the debuts of the APOLLO and MIDNIGHTER, as well as THE BLEED.

• Collects STORMWATCH #48-50, plus issues #1-11 from the second series!

FRINGE: BEYOND THE FRINGE TP

Written by JOSHUA JACKSON, JHONEN VASQUEZ and others

Art by BECKY CLOONAN, JORGE JIMENEZ, TOM MANDRAKE, MIKE S. MILLER and others

Cover by DREW JOHNSON

On sale SEPTEMBER 5 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US

Collecting the entire original, digital-first series never before in print!

A tale from Fringe star Joshua Jackson explores key events between seasons 3 and 4, Jhonen Vasquez and Becky Cloonan tell the story of Nina Sharp's robotic arm, and five more tales from beyond the Fringe!

PRINCE OF CATS TP

Written by RONALD WIMBERLY

Art and cover by RONALD WIMBERLY

On sale SEPTEMBER 5 • 144 pg, FC, $16.99 US • MATURE READERS

This hip-hop retelling of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet focuses on Tybalt (derisively referred to as "the Prince of Cats") and his Capulet crew as they do battle nightly with the hated Montagues. Set in a Blade Runner-esque version of Brooklyn, PRINCE OF CATS is a mix of urban drama, samurai action and classic Shakespearean theater...all written in iambic pentameter!

Don't miss this original graphic novel written and illustrated by Ronald Wimberly (SENTENCES: THE LIFE OF M.F. GRIMM)!

DEATH: THE DELUXE EDITION HC

Written by NEIL GAIMAN

Art by CHRIS BACHALO, MARK BUCKINGHAM, MARK PENNINGTON, MIKE DRINGENBERG, MALCOLM JONES III, COLLEEN DORAN, DAVE McKEAN and JEFF JONES

Cover by DAVE McKEAN

On sale OCTOBER 3 • 320 pg, FC, 7.0625" x 10.875", $29.99 US • MATURE READERS

Now in DC's acclaimed deluxe format, this new hardcover collects all things Death, including DEATH: THE HIGH COST OF LIVING #1-3, DEATH: THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE #1-3, plus extras including "Death Talks about Life" AIDS pamphlet, stories from VERTIGO: WINTER'S EDGE #2 and THE SANDMAN: ENDLESS NIGHTS, the short story "The Wheel" from the 9-11 tribute book, SANDMAN #8 and #20, and art from the DEATH GALLERY!

THE ANNOTATED SANDMAN VOL. 2 HC

Written by LESLIE S. KLINGER

THE SANDMAN written by NEIL GAIMAN

Art by KELLEY JONES, MIKE DRINGENBERG, MALCOLM JONES III, MATT WAGNER, DICK GIORDANO, GEORGE PRATT, P. CRAIG RUSSELL, SHAWN McMANUS, COLLEEN DORAN, BRYAN TALBOT, GEORGE PRATT and STAN WOCH

Cover by DAVE McKEAN

On sale OCTOBER 24 • 520 pg, B&W, 11.5" x 11.75", $49.99 US • MATURE READERS

THE ANNOTATED SANDMAN VOL. 2 collects issues #21-39 of Neil Gaiman's THE SANDMAN, with annotations by Leslie Klinger (The Annotated Sherlock Holmes, The Annotated Dracula) to all the historical and literary references contained in the series. This edition includes the now legendary SEASON OF MISTS storyline, as well as A GAME OF YOU.

THE SANDMAN SLIPCASE SET

Written by NEIL GAIMAN

Art by VARIOUS

Cover by DAVE McKEAN

On sale NOVEMBER 7 • FC, 3.375" w x 10.3125" h x 6.75" d • $199.99 US • MATURE READERS

Retailers: A version of this slipcase containing only THE SANDMAN VOL . 10: THE WAKE TP NEW EDITION will be made available at a later date.

This beautiful slipcase set includes all ten individual trade paperback volumes of Neil Gaiman's seminal, award-winning fantasy series.

This set features the entire New York Times best-selling graphic novel series featuring painstakingly recolored pages for the Absolute Editions, plus box art by Dave McKean.

SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING BOOK 2 TP

Written by ALAN MOORE

Art by STEPHEN BISSETTE, JOHN TOTLEBEN, SHAWN McMANUS and others

Cover by STEPHEN BISSETTE and JOHN TOTLEBEN

On sale SEPTEMBER 26 • 224 pg, FC, $19.99 US • MATURE READERS

Collecting SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING #28-34 and SWAMP THING ANNUAL #2, the Earth Elemental says goodbye to the illusion of his own humanity after learning that he is 100 percent plant, meets a crew of benevolent alien invaders and consummates his relationship with Abigail Arcane as only he could.

V FOR VENDETTA BOOK & MASK SET

Written by ALAN MOORE

Art and cover by DAVID LLOYD

On sale OCTOBER 3 • 296 pg, FC, $24.99 US, 11.78" h x 8.25" w x 5.218" d • MATURE READERS

The best-selling graphic novel that defined sophisticated storytelling is offered in a unique new way in the V FOR VENDETTA BOX AND MASK SET!

The set includes a trade paperback edition of Alan Moore's terrifying portrait of totalitarianism and resistance, superbly illustrated by artist David Lloyd, along with the famed V mask in PVC with white elastic band, offered in a window box.