DC Comics and Vertigo Graphic Novels & Collected Editions on Sale in March 2012
Having taken a look at March'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 next March and beyond, including Batman: Death by Design by Chip Kidd and Dave Taylor, Justice League: Origin by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee & Scott Williams, and new editions of 1990s Batman storylines "Knightfall" and "Venom."JUSTICE LEAGUE VOL. 1: ORIGIN HC
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
On sale MAY 2 • 176 pg, FC, $24.99 US
Comics superstars Geoff Johns and Jim Lee make history with the first hardcover collection of a DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 series! 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 hardcover collecting the first six issues of the best selling comic!
BATMAN VOL. 1: THE COURT OF OWLS HC
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art by GREG CAPULLO and JONATHAN GLAPION
Cover by GREG CAPULLO
On sale MAY 9 • 176 pg, FC, $24.99 US
Following his groundbreaking, critically acclaimed run on DETECTIVE COMICS, writer Scott Snyder (American Vampire) begins a new era of The Dark Knight with artist Greg Capullo (Spawn) and a new beginning for BATMAN! In this hardcover collecting the first six issues, a series of brutal murders rocks not only Gotham City to its core but also the Caped Crusader himself when the prime suspect is one of Batman's closest allies – Dick Grayson!
GREEN LANTERN VOL. 1: SINESTRO HC
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by DOUG MAHNKE and CHRISTIAN ALAMY
Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
On sale MAY 16 • 160 pg, FC, $22.99 US
The first six issues of the star-spanning series from DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 are collected in hardcover, 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 HC
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art by CLIFF CHIANG and TONY AKINS
Cover by CLIFF CHIANG
On sale MAY 30 • 160 pg, FC, $22.99 US
The first six issues of the critically acclaimed new WONDER WOMAN series are collected in hardcover! 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. The only one more shocked than Diana by this revelation? Bloodthirsty Hera – so why is her sinister daughter, Strife, so eager for the truth to be told? Superstar writer Brian Azzarello creates a new direction for one of DC's best-known heroes, with spectacular art by Cliff Chiang and Tony Akins!
BATMAN: NO MAN'S LAND VOL. 2 TP NEW EDITION
Written by GREG RUCKA, KELLEY PUCKETT, CHUCK DIXON, DENNIS O'NEIL, JOHN OSTRANDER, LARRY HAMA and others
Art by MIKE DEODATO JR., DAMION SCOTT, SCOTT BEATTY, ROGER ROBINSON, SCOTT McDANIEL, DAN JURGENS, BILL SIENKIEWICZ, JIM BALENT, RICK BURCHETT and others
Cover by ALEX MALEEV
On sale APRIL 11 • 512 pg, FC, $29.99 US
In this second NO MAN'S LAND collection, Batman and his allies continue their fight to save Gotham City in its darkest hour. Assuming a new persona as Batgirl, the Huntress joins forces with Barbara Gordon, while Nightwing tries to help the city's remaining citizens. But is this a fight Batman cannot hope to win? This massive volume collects BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #119-121, BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT #87 and 88, BATMAN #567 and 568, DETECTIVE COMICS #734 and 735, YOUNG JUSTICE IN NO MAN'S LAND #1, ROBIN #67, AZRAEL: AGENT OF THE BAT #56, BATMAN CHRONICLES #17, NIGHTWING #35-37 and CATWOMAN #72-74, including chapters never previously reprinted.
BATMAN: KNIGHTFALL VOL. 1 TP NEW EDITION
Written by CHUCK DIXON, DOUG MOENCH and ALAN GRANT
Art by GRAHAM NOLAN, EDUARDO BARRETO, JIM APARO, NORM BREYFOGLE, JIM BALENT, TOM MANDRAKE, KLAUS JANSON, BRET BLEVINS, MIKE MANLEY, RICK BURCHETT and others
Cover by MIKE DEODATO JR.
On sale APRIL 25 • 640 pg, FC, $29.99 US
In the first installment of this classic storyline, the Dark Knight's greatest enemies have all simultaneously escaped from Arkham Asylum and are preying on Gotham City. With his city under siege, Batman pushes his body to the limit as he takes on The Joker, the Mad Hatter, Poison Ivy, Killer Croc, The Riddler and the Scarecrow. But things get much worse when Bane, the man behind all the madness, confronts an exhausted Batman – and breaks his back.
This massive first KNIGHTFALL volume collects BATMAN: VENGEANCE OF BANE SPECIAL #1, BATMAN #491-500, DETECTIVE COMICS #659-660, SHOWCASE '93 #7 and 8 and BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT #17-18, including chapters never previously reprinted.
GOTHAM CENTRAL BOOK FOUR: CORRIGAN TP
Written by GREG RUCKA and ED BRUBAKER
Art by STEVE LIEBER, KANO and STEFANO GAUDIANO
Cover by JOSHUA MIDDLETON
On sale APRIL 25 • 224 pg, FC, $19.99 US
Witness the gritty side of the GCPD from their perspective, as teens dressed as Robin the Boy Wonder start turning up dead in this final GOTHAM CENTRAL collection featuring issues #32-40.
THE GREEN LANTERN ARCHIVES VOL. 7 HC
Written by JOHN BROOME and GARDNER FOX
Art by GIL KANE and SID GREENE
Cover by GIL KANE and MURPHY ANDERSON
ADVANCE SOLICITED • On sale AUGUST 22 • 256 pg, FC, $59.99 US
In these high-flying tales from GREEN LANTERN #48-57, Green Lantern battles the evil of villains Sinestro, Major Disaster and many more!
BATMAN: GOTHAM SHALL BE JUDGED TP
Written by DAVID HINE, FABIAN NICIEZA and PETER GALLOWAY
Art by CLIFF RICHARDS, GUILLEM MARCH, FREDDIE WILLIAMS II and others
Cover by GUILLEM MARCH
On sale APRIL 4 • 200 pg, FC, $19.99 US
In these stories from AZRAEL #14-18, BATMAN #708 and 709, RED ROBIN #22 and GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #22, Azrael and his Angels of Death invade Gotham City. It's up to Dick Grayson, Tim Drake and Selina Kyle to prove that their city is worth saving.
BATMAN: VENOM NEW EDITION
Written by DENNIS O'NEIL
Art by TREVOR VON EEDEN, RUSSELL BRAUN and JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ
Cover by TREVOR VON EEDEN
On sale APRIL 18 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US
A new edition of the classic tale from BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #16-20, introducing the strength-enhancing drug Venom. After Batman fails to save a young girl, he becomes addicted to Venom – and his entire life begins to spiral out of control.
LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES: WHEN EVIL CALLS TP
Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Art by PHIL JIMENEZ, YILDIRAY CINAR, FRANCIS PORTELA and others Cover by YILDIRAY CINAR
On sale APRIL 11 • 320 pg, FC, $29.99 US
In these tales from LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #11-16, ADVENTURE COMICS #523-529 and LEGION OF SUPER-VILLAINS #1, the team uncovers a Durlan assassination plot and new Legionnaires learn the ropes at the Legion Academy.
JACK KIRBY'S FOURTH WORLD OMNIBUS VOL. 2 TP
Written by JACK KIRBY
Art and cover by JACK KIRBY and MIKE ROYER
On sale APRIL 4 • 396 pg, FC, $29.99 US
In this second "Fourth World" volume, collecting NEW GODS #4-6, FOREVER PEOPLE #4-6, SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #141-145 and MISTER MIRACLE #4-6, the evil Darkseid's schemes continue to unfold while the New Gods, Forever People, Mister Miracle and other heroes battle his minions!
SECRET SOCIETY OF SUPER-VILLAINS VOL. 2 HC
Written by GERRY CONWAY and BOB ROZAKIS
Art by MIKE VOSBURG, RICH BUCKLER, DICK DILLIN, ALEX SAVIUK, JOE ORLANDO and others
Cover by RICH BUCKLER
On sale MAY 16 • 208 pg, FC, $24.99 US
Don't miss this second helping of tales of villainy from SECRET SOCIETY OF SUPER-VILLAINS #11-15, DC SPECIAL #27, DC SPECIAL SERIES #6, SUPER-TEAM FAMILY #13-14, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #166-167 and a story from CANCELLED COMICS CAVALCADE #2.
HITMAN VOL. 6: FOR TOMORROW TP
Written by GARTH ENNIS • Art by JOHN McCREA and others
Cover by JOHN McCREA
On sale APRIL 11 • 336 pg, FC, $29.99 US
This latest collection of HITMAN tales, all collected for the first time from issues #37-50, begins when Tommy Monaghan heads to Ireland to learn the dark truth about his past – and why his parents abandoned him. Plus: A plague of the undead, a showdown with Ringo Chen and more!
TEEN TITANS: PRIME OF LIFE TP
Written by J.T. KRUL
Art by NICOLA SCOTT, EDUARDO PANSICA and others
Cover by NICOLA SCOTT and DOUG HAZLEWOOD
On sale APRIL 11 • 200 pg, FC, $19.99 US
Collecting TEEN TITANS #93-100! Strange disappearances on an archeological dig prompt Wonder Girl's mother to ask the team for help – but they'll have to defeat an ancient menace first! With new teammate Solstice at their side, the teenaged heroes must drive demonic forces from our world or be conquered!
SHOWCASE PRESENTS: ALL-STAR SQUADRON VOL. 1 TP
Written by ROY THOMAS and GERRY CONWAY
Art by RICH BUCKLER, DICK GIORDANO, JERRY ORDWAY, ADRIAN GONZALES and DON HECK
Cover by JOE KUBERT
On sale APRIL 18 • 528 pg, B&W, $19.99 US
In these stories from JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #193 and ALL-STAR SQUADRON #1-18, the All-Star Squadron has been founded on Earth II by the lost heroes from the JSA to stop Per Degaton from delivering mystic weapons to the Axis powers!
SUPERMAN: SECRETS OF THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE TP
Written by JERRY SIEGEL, JERRY COLEMAN, ROY THOMAS, JERRY ORDWAY, GEORGE PEREZ, ROGER STERN, MARK SCHULTZ, GEOFF JOHNS and RICHARD DONNER
Art by JOHN SIKELA, WAYNE BORING, ROSS ANDRU, MIKE MIGNOLA, CURT SWAN, DOUG MAHNKE, PHIL JIMENEZ and others
Cover by ROSS ANDRU and DICK GIORDANO
On sale APRIL 18 • 200 pg, FC, $19.99 US
Don't miss these tales of Superman's Fortress of Solitude! They're collected here for the first time from SUPERMAN #17, ACTION COMICS #241 and 261, ACTION COMICS ANNUAL #2 and #10, SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL #100, and the hard-to-find DC SPECIAL SERIES #26, previously available in tabloid format!
GEARS OF WAR VOL. 2 TP
Written by MIKE CAPPS and JOSHUA ORTEGA
Art by LIAM SHARP, SIMON BISLEY, TREVOR HAIRSINE and others
Cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
On sale APRIL 25 • 176 pg, FC, $14.99 US
The newest volume based on the best-selling Epic Games franchise is here in trade paperback, collecting issues #7-13 and bridging the gap between the first Gears of War game and the second!
CINDERELLA: FABLES ARE FOREVER TP
Written by CHRIS ROBERSON
Art by SHAWN McMANUS
Cover by CHRISSIE ZULLO
On sale APRIL 18 • 160 pg, FC, $14.99 US • MATURE READERS
Fabletown's favorite secret agent and bon vivant Cinderella is back on the job in this title collecting the hit miniseries! Someone is killing sorcerers out on the Farm, and all signs point to Cinderella's archnemesis from the old days. The only problem is, Cinderella has always believed that her nemesis has been dead for years.
FABLES DELUXE EDITION BOOK FIVE HC
Written by BILL WILLINGHAM
Art by MARK BUCKINGHAM, STEVE
LEIALOHA, DAVID HAHN, LAN MEDINA and others
Cover by JAMES JEAN
On sale MAY 30 • 304 pg, FC, $29.99 US • MATURE READERS
In these tales from FABLES #34-45, Boy Blue undertakes a mission of revenge as he uncovers the Adversary's true identity! Plus, Jack's adventures in Hollywood and Mowgli's return to Fabletown!
AARON AND AHMED TP
Written by JAY CANTOR
Art and cover by JAMES ROMBERGER
On sale APRIL 25 • 128 pg, FC, $17.99 US • MATURE READERS
"What causes terrorism?"
After his fiancée dies on 9/11, this question plagues Aaron Goodman. It makes him give up his career as a doctor to become an interrogator at Guantanamo Bay. It leads him to meme theory, as he wonders if there could be a cold science behind the conversion of people into suicide bombers. And ultimately, it brings him to Ahmed, a Gitmo prisoner who promises the answers to all of Aaron's questions, and in the process, he'll take Aaron from Guantanamo Bay to the jihadist camps in Pakistan, back to Ground Zero in New York City. But where do Ahmed's real loyalties lie? From where did that loyalty spring? To answer that, Aaron will have to reexamine everything he believes and stare down one of the most compelling questions of the 21st century.
MacArthur Prize fellow and novelist Jay Cantor (Krazy Kat, Great Neck) joins artist James Romberger (THE BRONX KILL) for this unforgettable and pressingly relevant graphic novel.
SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING BOOK ONE TP
Written by ALAN MOORE
Art by STEPHEN BISSETTE, DAN DAY and
Cover by STEPHEN BISSETTE and JOHN TOTLEBEN
On sale APRIL 4 • 208 pg, FC, $19.99 US • MATURE READERS
Now in trade paperback, this title collects issues #20-27 of the seminal horror series, starting with "The Anatomy Lesson," a haunting origin story with terrifying revelations.
BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN DELUXE EDITION HC
Written by CHIP KIDD
Art and cover by DAVE TAYLOR
On sale MAY 30 • 112 pg, 6.75" x 10.25", FC, $24.99 US
In this new, original graphic novel from superstar writer/designer Chip Kidd and artist Dave Taylor, Gotham City is undergoing one of the most expansive construction booms in its history. The most prestigious architects from across the globe have buildings in various phases of completion all over town. As chairman of the Gotham Landmarks Commission, Bruce Wayne has been a key part of this boom, which signals a golden age of architectural ingenuity for the city. And then, the explosions begin.
All manner of design-related malfunctions – faulty crane calculations, sturdy materials suddenly collapsing, software glitches, walkways giving way and more – cause casualties across the city. This bizarre string of seemingly random catastrophes threatens to bring down the whole construction industry. Fingers are pointed as Batman must somehow solve the problem and find whoever is behind it all.