DC Comics and Vertigo Graphic Novels & Collected Editions on Sale in April 2012 [Solicitations]
Having taken a look at April’s titles from DC’s New 52, Vertigo 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 April and beyond, including more of the first New 52 collections, Anthony Bourdain’s Get Jiro!; Absolute Sinestro Corps War; and a new printing of Ed Brubaker’s Deadenders.BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS VOL. 1 – FACES OF DEATH HC
Written by TONY S. DANIEL
Art by TONY S. DANIEL, RYAN WINN and
Cover by TONY S. DANIEL
On sale JUNE 6 • 176 pg, FC, $22.99 US
As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics – The New 52 event, DETECTIVE COMICS is relaunched for the first time! With the first seven hard-hitting issues from acclaimed writer/artist Tony S. Daniel, Bruce Wayne returns as Batman – and sets his sights on the Gotham Ripper, who in turn has his sights on Batman. Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne explores a budding romance with TV journalist Charlotte Rivers, who’s visiting Gotham City to cover the gruesome slayings. But time is running out as Commissioner Gordon and Batman work to uncover the secret of the dread Dollmaker!
BATWOMAN VOL. 1: HYDROLOGY HC
Written by J.H. WILLIAMS III and W. HADEN BLACKMAN
Art by J.H. WILLIAMS III and AMY REEDER
Cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III
On sale JUNE 13 • 160 pg, FC, $22.99 US
As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics – The New 52, Batwoman’s new series begins from the team of J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman with this title collecting issues #0-5!
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), as her sidekick? How will she handle unsettling revelations about her father, Colonel Jacob Kane? And why is a certain government agency suddenly taking an interest in her? These are some of the questions that will be answered in these spectacular stories!
CATWOMAN VOL. 1: THE GAME TP
Written by JUDD WINICK
Art and cover by GUILLEM MARCH
On sale MAY 16 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US
Collecting the first six issues of the DC Comics – The New 52 series! Meet Selina Kyle, also known as Catwoman. She’s addicted to the night. Addicted to shiny objects. Addicted to Batman. Most of all, Catwoman is addicted to danger. She can’t help herself, and the truth is – she doesn’t want to. She’s good at being bad, and very bad at being good. But this time, Selina steals from the wrong man, and now he’s got her. He wants his stuff back, he wants answers and he wants blood. Writer Judd Winick begins a new chapter for CATWOMAN – let’s hope she makes it out alive!
ANIMAL MAN VOL. 1: THE HUNT TP
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by TRAVEL FOREMAN, JEFF HUET and JOHN PAUL LEON
Cover by TRAVEL FOREMAN
On sale MAY 2 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US
One of the breakout hits from DC Comics – The New 52! In these tales from issues #1-6 of the new series, Buddy Baker has gone from “super” man to family man – but is he strong enough to hold his family together when Maxine, his young daughter, starts to manifest her own dangerous powers? As these new abilities continue to terrify Buddy and his wife Ellen, things take a turn for the worse as Buddy and Maxine begin a journey into the heart of The Red. Don’t miss the amazing series from writer Jeff Lemire (SWEET TOOTH) and artist Travel Foreman (The Immortal Iron Fist)!
GREEN ARROW VOL. 1: THE MIDAS TOUCH TP
Written by J.T. KRUL, KEITH GIFFEN and DAN JURGENS
Art by DAN JURGENS, GEORGE PEREZ and RAY McCARTHY
Cover by DAVE WILKINS
On sale MAY 30 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US
In this title collecting the first six issues of the DC Comics – The New 52 event, Oliver Queen is armed with cutting-edge weaponry and illegally gained intel (courtesy of his team at QCore)! As Green Arrow, he’s shooting first and asking questions later as he travels the world to bring outlaws to justice…and breaking every law there is in the process.
JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL VOL. 1: THE SIGNAL MASTERS TP
Written by DAN JURGENS
Art by AARON LOPRESTI, MATT RYAN and MARCO CASTIELLO
Cover by AARON LOPRESTI
On sale MAY 9 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US
In this title collecting the first six issues of the DC Comics – The New 52 series, the United Nations brings together Batman, Booster Gold, Green Lantern Guy Gardner, August General in Iron, Fire, Ice, Vixen and Rocket Red to form a new group called Justice League International! With the growing presence of super beings around the world, the JLI are charged with promoting unity and trust. But can they discover the mystery behind the giant alien Signalmen who are appearing all over the globe without killing each other first?
ABSOLUTE GREEN LANTERN: SINESTRO CORPS WAR HC
Written by GEOFF JOHNS, DAVE GIBBONS and PETER J. TOMASI
Art by ETHAN VAN SCIVER, IVAN REIS, PATRICK GLEASON, ANGEL UNZUETA, OCLAIR ALBERT, PRENTIS ROLLINS and DREW GERACI
Cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
ADVANCE SOLICITED • On sale SEPTEMBER 26 • 368 pg, FC, 8.25″ x 12.5″, $99.99 US
This massive, slipcased edition collects GREEN LANTERN #21-25, GREEN LANTERN CORPS #14-19 and GREEN LANTERN: SINESTRO CORPS SPECIAL #1! Sinestro – Hal Jordan’s former mentor and archnemesis – has gathered an army of soldiers fueled by the fear they instill in others, including Arkillo, Karu-Sil, the Cyborg- Superman and more of the most terrifying villains the universe has ever seen!
STORMWATCH VOL. 1: THE DARK SIDE TP
Written by PAUL CORNELL
Art by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA and AL BARRIONUEVO
Cover by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA
On sale MAY 23 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US
Stormwatch returns in this DC Comics – The New 52 title collecting the first six issues of the team’s new series! Jack Hawksmoor, Midnighter, Apollo, The Engineer and Martian Manhunter comprise a dangerous super human police force whose existence is kept secret from the world. This covert team of sci-fi super heroes must battle the Earth’s moon itself and find a way to hide its monstrous metamorphosis from the rest of the Earth! Featuring writing from Doctor Who and SUPERMAN: THE BLACK RING scribe Paul Cornell, and art from rising star Miguel Sepulveda.
THE INFINITE CRISIS OMNIBUS HC
Written by BILL WILLINGHAM, DAVE GIBBONS, GEOFF JOHNS, GREG RUCKA and JUDD WINICK
Art by JUSTINIANO, RON WAGNER, IVAN REIS, MARCO CAMPOS, JOE PRADO, MICHAEL BAIR, JACK JADSON, JOE BENNETT, RAGS MORALES, JESUS SAIZ, JIMMY PALMIOTTI, PHIL JIMENEZ, ANDY LANNING, CLIFF RICHARDS, DAVID LOPEZ, TOM DERENICK, KARL KERSCHL and others
Cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
On sale JUNE 27 • 1,152 pg, FC, $150.00 US
This incredible omnibus hardcover collects the many titles from the 2005 event that rocked the DC Universe, including DAY OF VENGEANCE #1-6, the DAY OF VENGEANCE INFINITE CRISIS SPECIAL #1, RANN/THANAGAR WAR #1-6, RANN/THANAGAR WAR INFINITE CRISIS SPECIAL #1, THE OMAC PROJECT #1-5, DC COUNTDOWN #1 and WONDER WOMAN #219.
OMAC robots are rampaging, magic is dying, villains are uniting, and a war is raging in space. And in the middle of it all, a critical moment has divided Earth’s three greatest heroes: Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. It’s the DCU’s darkest day, and long-lost heroes from the past have returned to make things right in the universe…at any cost.
GREEN LANTERN: BRIGHTEST DAY TP
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by DOUG MAHNKE, SHANE DAVIS and CHRISTIAN ALAMY
Cover by DOUG MAHNKE
On sale MAY 16 • 256 pg, FC, $19.99 US
Exploding out of BLACKEST NIGHT comes the next exciting chapter in the Green Lantern mythos: “New Guardians,” from issues #53-62 of the hit series! Forced to band together during the rise of the Black Lanterns, Hal Jordan, Sinestro, Carol Ferris, Saint Walker, Atrocitus, Indigo-1 and Larfleeze must agree to disagree if their next mission is to succeed. But when one of the strangest beings from Green Lantern’s past returns, the future of the Lanterns and the universe at large once again falls into question.
BATMAN: THE BLACK GLOVE DELUXE EDITION HC
Written by GRANT MORRISON
Art by ANDY KUBERT, J.H. WILLIAMS III, TONY S. DANIEL, JOHN VAN FLEET, RYAN BENJAMIN, JESSE DELPERDANG, JONATHAN GLAPION and SANDU FLOREA
Cover by ANDY KUBERT
Retailers: This item is resolicited. All previous orders are cancelled.
RESOLICIT • On sale JUNE 20 • 384 pg, FC, 7.0625″ x 10.875″, $29.99 US
Comic-book legend Grant Morrison (ACTION COMICS) joins forces with top artists including Andy Kubert (FLASHPOINT), J.H. Williams III (BATWOMAN) and Tony S. Daniel (DETECTIVE COMICS) in this deluxe hardcover collecting BATMAN #655-658, 663-669 and 672-675! First, Batman receives the greatest shock of his life when he discovers that he has a son. And sparks fly when Damian is introduced to Robin, the Boy Wonder. Which young hero will carry on the legacy as Gotham City’s protector? Then, Batman and a group of global heroes face a killer on a mysterious island, and Batman relives an adventure in the life of young Bruce Wayne: the hunt for his parents’ killer.
BRIGHTEST DAY VOL. 2 TP
Written by GEOFF JOHNS and PETER J. TOMASI
Art by IVAN REIS, PATRICK GLEASON, ARDIAN SYAF, SCOTT CLARK and JOE PRADO
Cover by DAVID FINCH and SCOTT WILLIAMS
On sale MAY 9 • 240 pg, FC, $19.99 US
Once dead, twelve heroes and villains were resurrected by a white light from deep within the earth. Now, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Firestorm, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Deadman, Jade, Osiris, Hawk, Captain Boomerang and Zoom must discover the mysterious reason behind their return and uncover the secret that binds them all.
In this second volume, collecting issues #8-16 of the series, learn whether Deadman is truly destined to wield the White Lantern and who the new Aqualad is. Plus, Firestorm’s dueling alter egos take a bizarre journey, while Martian Manhunter returns to Mars to learn about the strange creature that is stalking him.
BATMAN: BRUCE WAYNE – THE ROAD HOME TP
Written by VARIOUS • Art by VARIOUS • Cover by SHANE DAVIS
On sale MAY 16 • 200 pg, FC, $17.99 US
Now in trade paperback, this title collects the eight BRUCE WAYNE: THE ROAD HOME specials: BATMAN & ROBIN #1, RED ROBIN #1, BATGIRL #1, OUTSIDERS #1, CATWOMAN #1, ORACLE #1, COMMISSIONER GORDON #1 and RA’S AL GHUL #1 as Batman returns to Gotham City.
BATMAN: PREY TP
Written by DOUG MOENCH • Art by PAUL GULACY, TERRY AUSTIN and JIMMY PALMIOTTI • Cover by PAUL GULACY and TERRY AUSTIN
On sale MAY 30 • 256 pg, FC, $24.99 US
From the pages of LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #11-15 and 137-141! Batman must confront the sinister Dr. Hugo Strange, a man with a deadly secret who is determined to kill the Dark Knight. Who is the fearsome Night Scourge, and what is his link to the GCPD? And how does Catwoman fit into all this?
BATMAN AND ROBIN: BATMAN AND ROBIN MUST DIE TP
Written by GRANT MORRISON • Art by CAMERON STEWART, FRAZER IRVING and DAVID FINCH • Cover by FRANK QUITELY
On sale MAY 2 • 168 pg, FC, $17.99 US
In this volume collecting BATMAN AND ROBIN #13-16 and BATMAN: THE RETURN #1, the new Batman and Robin must deal with the return of The Joker, then face the final confrontation with The Black Glove. Plus: What happens to Dick Grayson after the “real” Batman returns?
BLACKEST NIGHT SPECIAL EDITION #1
Written by GEOFF JOHNS • Art and cover by PHILIP TAN
On sale APRIL 11 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US
GREEN LANTERN #40-41, two key chapters from the BLACKEST NIGHT saga, are reprinted in this new special, previously available only in the DC Direct BLACKEST NIGHT ACTION FIGURE BOX SET.
CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN OMNIBUS BY JACK KIRBY HC
Written by DAVE WOOD and JACK KIRBY • Art by JACK KIRBY, WALLACE WOOD, MARVIN STEIN and others • Cover by JACK KIRBY
On sale JUNE 20 • 320 pg, FC, $39.99 US
Now in one amazing volume collecting SHOWCASE 6, 7, 11 and 12 and CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN #1-8, these are the original 1950s tales of four death defying adventurers and their incredible exploits.
SGT. ROCK ARCHIVES VOL. 4 HC
Written by ROBERT KANIGHER • Art and cover by JOE KUBERT
ADVANCE SOLICITED • On sale SEPTEMBER 19 • 256 pg, FC,
In this new, high-quality archive collecting tales from OUR ARMY AT WAR #126-139, Sgt. Rock battles a German sergeant who is his opposite number, protects a young war refugee, clashes with other Army sergeants, attempts to rescue a captured soldier and more.
DC UNIVERSE: LEGACIES TP
Written by LEN WEIN • Art by SCOTT KOLINS, ANDY KUBERT, JOE KUBERT, GEORGE PEREZ, J.H. WILLIAMS III and others
Cover by ANDY KUBERT and JOE KUBERT
On sale MAY 9 • 336 pg, FC, $24.99 US
Acclaimed writer Len Wein chronicles the DC Universe’s epic history in this title spanning five generations of heroes starring Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Justice League of America, The Teen Titans and more. Collecting the ten-issue miniseries!
LEGION LOST TP
Written by DAN ABNETT and ANDY LANNING • Art by OLIVIER COIPEL, PASCAL ALIXE and ANDY LANNING • Cover by OLIVIER COIPEL
On sale MAY 30 • 296 pg, FC, $29.99 US
The Legion of Super-Heroes finds itself stranded in a distant galaxy, on the home planet of the vicious alien race known as the Progeny, in this new hardcover collecting the cult favorite 12-issue epic. While some of our heroes struggle to repair their damaged spaceship, the rest attempt to forge an alliance with the peaceful Kwai.
SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SEA DEVILS VOL. 1 TP
Written by ROBERT KANIGHER, BOB HANEY and others • Art by RUSS HEATH, IRV NOVICK, GENE COLAN and others • Cover by RUSS HEATH
On sale MAY 23 • 512 pg, B&W, $19.99 US
In these stories from SHOWCASE #27-29 and SEA DEVILS #1-16, the Sea Devils battle creatures beneath the waves including The Octopus-Man, the Undersea Ghost, The Flame-Headed Watchman and more.
STARMAN OMNIBUS VOL. 1 TP
Written by JAMES ROBINSON • Art by TONY HARRIS, WADE VON GRAWBADGER and others • Cover by TONY HARRIS
On sale MAY 30 • 448 pg, FC, $29.99 US
The first volume of the series collecting the classic super hero series of the 1990s is now available in trade paperback. In these stories from issues #0-16 of the hit series, Jack Knight – antiques collector and dealer – inherits the name and powers of his father’s old Starman identity from his older brother, who has been assassinated.
SUPERMAN: GROUNDED VOL. 1 TP
Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI and G. WILLOW WILSON
Art by EDDY BARROWS, J.P. MAYER and LEANDRO OLIVEIRA
Cover by JOHN CASSADAY
On sale MAY 9 • 168 pg, FC, $17.99 US
Top comics writer J. Michael Straczynski takes Superman on a journey across the U.S., originally presented in SUPERMAN #700-706. After the devastating events of WAR OF THE SUPERMEN, Superman looks to reconnect with the roots of his mission by crossing the U.S. on foot.
BATMAN: KNIGHTFALL VOL. 2: KNIGHTQUEST TP NEW EDITION
Written by CHUCK DIXON, ALAN GRANT, DOUG MOENCH and others
Art by VARIOUS • Cover by MIKE DEODATO JR.
On sale May 23 • 656 pg, FC, $29.99 US
Batman battles Bane in this second KNIGHTFALL new edition, featuring many chapters that were not including in the previous edition! Collecting DETECTIVE COMICS #667-675, BATMAN #501-508, BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT #19-28, CATWOMAN #6-7 and ROBIN #7!
GET JIRO! HC
Written by ANTHONY BOURDAIN and JOEL ROSE
Art and cover by LANGDON FOSS
On sale JUNE 27 • 160 pg, FC, $24.99 US • MATURE READERS
Don’t miss this original graphic novel from Anthony Bourdain, renowned chef, New York Times bestselling author (Kitchen Confidential, Medium Raw) and star of the Emmy-winning hit travel show No Reservations and the brand new series The Layover! Co-written with Joel Rose (LA PACIFICA, Kill Kill Faster Faster) this stylized send-up of food culture and society features spectacular detailed and dynamic art by Langdon Foss.
In a not-too-distant future of food obsessed L.A., where master chefs rule the town like crime lords and people literally kill for a seat at the best restaurant, Jiro, a renegade and ruthless sushi chef arrives in town with strong ideas of his own. It’s a bloody culinary war of epic proportions, and in the end, no chef may be left alive!
FABLES VOL. 1: LEGENDS IN EXILE TP NEW EDITION
Written by BILL WILLINGHAM
Art by LAN MEDINA, STEVE LEIALOHA and CRAIG HAMILTON
New cover by MARK BUCKINGHAM
On sale MAY 9 • 144 pg, FC, $12.99 US• MATURE READERS
It’s a new edition of the classic first FABLES collection featuring issues #1-5 of the awardwinning series, with updated trade dress!
This first FABLES volume introduces Fabletown, and the murder mystery of Snow White’s party-girl sister, Rose Red. It’s up to Bigby, Fabletown’s sheriff, and a reformed and pardoned Big Bad Wolf, to determine if the culprit is Bluebeard, Rose’s ex-lover and notorious wife killer, or Jack, her current live-in boyfriend and former beanstalk-climber.
This new edition features a brand-new painted cover by Mark Buckingham, as well as the short FABLES comic from PETER & MAX, presented here for the first time in color! VERTIGO
Written by ED BRUBAKER
Art by WARREN PLEECE, RICHARD CASE, JAY STEPHENS and CAMERON STEWART
Cover by PHILIP BOND
On sale MAY 16 • 392 pg, FC, $29.99 US • MATURE READERS
In this stylish science fiction epic from award-winning writer Ed Brubaker, a drug-dealing car thief must discover the secret behind his visions to save the world. Twenty years after the devastating Cataclysm, society has been separated into sectors in which the rich are able to enjoy machine-generated weather and sunlight while the poor are forced to live an eternally dank and dark existence. Banished to the dismal Sector 5, the angst-ridden Beezer discovers that the corrupt city police are hunting him because of his experiential visions of a pre-apocalyptic world. Now Earth’s reluctant savior must learn his true origin and the meaning of his visions before he is captured and killed.
For the first time, Vertigo collects the entire sixteen-issue run of DEADENDERS, along with a tale from WINTER’S EDGE #3.
AMERICAN VAMPIRE VOL. 2 TP
Written by SCOTT SNYDER • Art by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE and MATEUS SANTOLUCO • Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
On sale MAY 2 • 160 pg, FC, $17.99 US • MATURE READERS
In this title collecting issues #6-11 of the hit series, it’s Las Vegas circa 1935, and Skinner Sweet and our gal Pearl must learn the hard way that the bloodsuckers in Hollywood were nothing compared to the ones in Sin City.
THE SANDMAN VOL. 9: THE KINDLY ONES TP NEW EDITION
Written by NEIL GAIMAN • Art by MARC HEMPEL, D’ISRAELI, TEDDY
KRISTIANSEN, CHARLES VESS and others • Cover by DAVE McKEAN
On sale MAY 2 • 320 pg, FC, $19.99 US • MATURE READERS
A new edition of the classic title reprinting issues #57-69 of THE SANDMAN and “The Castle” from VERTIGO JAM, with pivotal events that laid the groundwork for the finale of THE SANDMAN.