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Sneak Peeks into DC’s 2008 Collected Editions

One of my favorite “slow day at work” pastimes is to log onto Amazon.com and gaze into the future. I’m referring, of course, to their Advanced Book Search Page. With the right set of variables you can find all sorts of things. Today it’s all about the just-added-to-databases early-2008 publishing schedule for DC Comics. So set the year to 2008, the publisher to “DC Comics” (or “Vertigo” or “Wildstorm” to make sure you hit those publishing branches) and you just might find…

Say, is that Showcase Presents: Legion of Super-Heroes Volume 2, hitting shelves in April? Because long-time readers of Comics Alliance will know just how crazy the first volume was. (And what a coincidence, that should also include Jim Shooter’s first Legion stories, just in time for him to take over the current book with issue #37. This second Showcase will have the same contents as Volumes 4-6 of the Archive Editions.) Also in the Showcase Presents front is a surprise in the form of a Booster Gold collection at the end of March. Presumably that means the problems with reprinting later material in this format is now resolved and we might get the postponed Showcase Presents: Suicide Squad before too much longer. (One of my all-time favorite comics, I might add.)

There are lots of other “heeeyyy” things in the DC publication schedule, though. A hardcover Starman: The Complete Saga series sounds awfully intriguing, and at 448 pages is going to collect an awful lot of issues. And I’d love to revisit Grant Morrison and Mark Millar’s short-lived Aztek: The Ultimate Man series (which really deserved better sales to go beyond ten issues). Oh, and more Batman than you can shake a stick at. Gee, you’d think there’s some movie hitting screens in 2008.

And that’s not even including things in the Wildstorm line, like the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier Absolute Edition now scheduled for June 2008, a second volume of the late, lamented Stormwatch: PHD (trust me, this book was fantastic), a hardcover (and with almost 300 pages) edition of Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris’s Ex Machina, and (because I know you Comics Alliance fans love this show) a Supernatural: Origins collected edition.

By the time I’ve bought myself copies of the final edition of Y: The Last Man (June? Can I wait that long?), a rushed-into-bookstores Faker from Mike Carey and Jock, the third Absolute Sandman, or (best of all) a sixth Sandman Mystery Theatre collection… I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling broke. But in a good way, right?

What books are you looking forward to from the future?

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