DC COLLECTIONS FOR NOVEMBER
The September solicitations from DC are out now. While everyone is distracted by which New 52 titles are coming and going, I'm jumping to the back of the listings to see which collected editions we're getting. Those are always more fun and likely to provide more surprises.
For fans of Amanda Conner who can't get enough collections of her work (see IDW's recent "Art of" book), it's DC's turn this month to solicit one. "DC Comics: The Sequential Art of Amanda Conner" is a very specific title, promising to collect such runs as "JLA Classified" #1-4, "Birds of Prey" #47-49, "and more." It's 304 pages, so they have some room. All the titles specifically named in the write-up get you very close to that number, I have to think. So the unnamed stuff might just be "bonus material" or another eight page story someone hasn't dug up yet. I was hoping the four issue "Terra" mini would be in there, but it doesn't look like it'll fit. Maybe Volume 2?
If Archie can stop fighting amongst themselves for a little bit, maybe they can go to Konami and re-license the Nintendo classic and get the "Bayou Billy" back in print again.
Failing that, wait a couple of months and Image will reprint "The Pro" for the eight thousandth time. It amazes me how many editions and reprintings that book has seen in its lifetime. Congrats to Conner, Garth Ennis, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Paul Mounts on that book's success.
In any case, DC's Conner collection will run $30, but won't be out until November.
A week later, DC publishes "52 Omnibus." The state of printing in the world today is such that putting 52 full color comics under one cover isn't so tough anymore, so long as you can find someone willing to pay $100 or more for it. In this case, it's $150 for the maxi-series from Keith Giffen, Greg Rucka, Grant Morrison, Mark Waid, and friends. It runs a mind-numbing 1,216 pages.
You can spend a looong week reading it, or prop open a dungeon door with it, too. That's value for your money!
But wait, does November seem too early a publication date for a book solicited for September in June? Then may I present "Wonder Woman: The Amazon Princess Archives Volume 1." It collects "Wonder Woman" #98-110 from the 1950s for $75. It's available on February 27th, 2013. You have nearly nine months to save up for that one. Save your pennies, but pre-order today!
Remember that book that Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso were doing together, "Spaceman"? It came and it left pretty darn quick, but DC is nice enough to put all of the issues together as a hardcover for $25. It's also a November release.
And if you ask some people, they'll tell you the series died because people were buying "Before Watchmen" instead. It's just that nuts out there.
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