Coming Attractions: Fall 2011: DC Comics

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Well, DC has had a spectacular Fall so far, launching the New 52 comic books.  But what of their strong graphic novel line?  What’s new (and old) on bookshelves this season?

Quite a bit!  Absolute editions, omnibuses, deluxe editions, licensed products, and the usual titles.

Click on the titles to be taken to the DC Comics website.  Caveat lector: DC, which has a very good website, does not list EANs for all of their titles.

Absolute Editions

DC usually offers at least one new Absolute edition in the Fall, for those who buy awesome graphic novels for their loved ones (Mom, my wish list is here).  This season, they’ve issued new printings of backlist titles (how amazing is that… they stay in print for years!) as well as offering some new titles.

Written by ALAN MOORE
Art by J.H. WILLIAMS III, MICK GRAY, ERIC SHANOWER, CHRIS SPROUSE and KARL STORY
Cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III
[The final volume in the series.  Will it come with the poster?]
Written by GRANT MORRISON
Art and cover by FRANK QUITELY

Absolute Sandman, Volume 5

Written by NEIL GAIMAN, P. CRAIG RUSSELL and MATT WAGNER
Art by YOSHITAKA AMANO, TEDDY KRISTIANSEN, P. Craig Russell, Milo Manara, Bill Sienkiewicz, Miguelanxo Prado, Barron Storey, Glenn Fabry, and Frank Quitely and others
Cover by DAVE MCKEAN

Absolute Identity Crisis

Written by BRAD MELTZER
Art and cover by RAGS MORALES and MICHAEL BAIR

Omnibus/Archives

These are big thick regular sized hardcover volumes which either wouldn’t work with the art enlarged, or there aren’t enough buyers for a more expensive Absolute edition, or a single volume works better.  DC still has an archives line, but these are usually reserved for older material from before the Crisis Age.

by Various, Various (Illustrator)
[Were I a creator for DC, I'd feel slighted if DC couldn't list my contribution.  "Various"?  I can understand if there are a few creators who might have done one issue, but how about listing the names which contributed a significant chunk of material.  ESPECIALLY for an archive edition, which DC reserves for it's best stories.  Okay... they list them on their website.  "Written by OTTO BINDER and others; Art by WAYNE BORING, KURT SCHAFFENBERGER and others; Cover by CURT SWAN and STAN KAYE".  Looks like DC needs to update Books In Print.]

The Steve Ditko Omnibus, Volume 1

Written by STEVE DITKO, MICHAEL FLEISHER, PAUL LEVITZ and others
Art by STEVE DITKO, WALLACE WOOD and others
Cover by STEVE DITKO

Steve Ditko Omnibus, Volume 2

Written by STEVE DITKO, LEN WEIN, PAUL LEVITZ, MARK MILLAR and others
Art by STEVE DITKO and others
Cover by STEVE DITKO

Written by Marv Wolfman
Art by GEORGE PEREZ, CURT SWAN, ROMEO TANGHAL and others
Cover by GEORGE PEREZ

Sugar and Spike Archives, Volume 1

Written by SHELDON MAYER
Art and cover by SHELDON MAYER

Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus, Volume 1

Written by JACK KIRBY
Art and cover by JACK KIRBY and VINCE COLLETTA
[This is the paperback edition of the hardcover, published in May 2007.  $10 cheaper.]

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Omnibus

Written by ALAN MOORE
Art and cover by KEVIN O’NEILL

Kamandi, The Last Boy On Earth Omnibus, Volume 1

Written by JACK KIRBY
Art by JACK KIRBY, MIKE ROYER and D. BRUCE BERRY
Cover by JACK KIRBY and MIKE ROYER
[Previously published as two archive volumes for $100, this edition costs $50.]

Spy vs. Spy by Prohias Omnibus

Written by ANTONIO PROHIAS
Art and cover by ANTONIO PROHIAS

The Legion of Super-Heroes: The Curse Deluxe Edition

Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Art by KEITH GIFFEN, LARRY MAHLSTEDT and others
Cover by KEITH GIFFEN

Deluxe Editions

Hardcovers with something extra?  Better paper?  I’m not exactly sure.  But DC uses this for their top tier titles.  I’m thinking it’s where titles go before there are enough issues for an omnibus.  Ten years later, these titles will probably become Absolute Editions.

Written by GRANT MORRISON
Art by YANICK PAQUETTE, MICHEL LACOMBE and CHRIS BURNHAM
Cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III
Written by BILL WILLINGHAM
Art by SHAWN MCMANUS, PAUL GUINAN, MARK BUCKINGHAM and others
Cover by JAMES BENNETT
[Dear Warner Brothers Entertainment: Poker is still a hot commodity.  "Proposition Player" would be a very inexpensive movie to produce, as it takes place in Las Vegas.  Sure, you'd need some CGI for the celestial figures, but it would be far less than "Mirrormask".  Release it under New Line or Castlerock.]

100 Bullets Book One

Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art by EDUARDO RISSO
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON

Joe the Barbarian Deluxe Edition

Written by GRANT MORRISON
Art and cover by SEAN MURPHY

Licensed Titles

DC has a very active licensing division.  Almost every Holiday season, there are at least one or two gift books being offered by other publishers.  Usually, these titles have a long shelf life as well (although the new edition of the DC Encyclopedia had it’s legs cut out from beneath).  They also have a strong presence in the children’s market, with many easy-to-read tie-ins and the occasional Johnny DC title.  Aw yeah, Super Pets!

by Daniel Wallace, Mark Hamill (Introduction)
[Let's see if this works... nope, can't paste the preview script from their website here.  Click the title above to see a slide show from the book!]

The Batman Files

by Matthew Manning
[Click the title above, there's a Google preview available!]

Other Titles

DC collects just about everything into a collection, since the library, school, and bookstore markets are quite strong.  Surprisingly, one does not see many DC graphic novels in the remainder market.  Perhaps that is because DC expects the titles to eventually sell out, even if it takes a few years to do so via the Direct Market.

Written by GRANT MORRISON
Art by J.H. WILLIAMS III, SIMONE BIANCHI, CAMERON STEWART, FRAZER IRVING, RYAN SOOK and MICK GRAY
Cover by RYAN SOOK

A.D.D.: Adolescent Demo Division

Written by DOUGLAS RUSHKOFF
Art and cover by GORAN SUDZUKA and JOSE MARZAN JR.

Written by LEN WEIN
Art by BERNIE WRIGHTSON and NESTOR REDONDO
Cover by BERNIE WRIGHTSON
[Hey, IDW?  Could you do one of those nice Artist Editions of this title?  Thank you.]
[This is the paper edition of the DC Comics Classic Library hardcover which was published in June 2009.]
Written by KEITH GIFFEN
Art by ALEX HORLEY, MIKE DECARLO and ANDY KUHN
Cover by ALEX HORLEY
[You know what's missing from comics?  A Lobo/Deadpool crossover.  Add the Elders of the Universe as the foils.]
Written by MARV WOLFMAN
Art and cover by GEORGE PEREZ

Cover Story: The DC Comics Art of Brian Bolland

Written by BRIAN BOLLAND
Art and cover by BRIAN BOLLAND

Written by SHOLLY FISCH
Art by RICK BURCHETT and others
Cover by RICK BURCHETT
[Ut oh... the third season is the last.  Will this mean the end of this fun team-up series from Johnny DC?  How fun?  Well, there was the Batman/Wonder Woman wedding, a mystery in Kandor, surrealism in Wonderland, Guy Gardner and a mystery villain, and Clayface vs. the Martian Manhunter!]
[You know what would have been cool?  Hire Frank Jacobs to pen a musical issue, in the style of his MAD Musicals like "The Ring and I"!  Is the Musical Meister available?  Call his agent!]

DC Comics: The New 52

by Too Many Cooks

Marzi

Written by MARZENA SOWA
Art and cover by SYLVAIN SAVOIA

A Flight of Angels

Written by HOLLY BLACK, BILL WILLINGHAM, ALISA KWITNEY, LOUISE HAWES and T.D. MITCHELL
Conceived and illustrated by REBECCA GUAY

Legends of the Dark Knight: Marshall Rogers

Written by STEVE ENGLEHART and others
Art by MARSHALL ROGERS, TERRY AUSTIN and others
Cover by MARSHALL ROGERS

Showcase Presents: The Spectre, Volume 1

Written by GARDNER FOX, MICHAEL FLEISHER and others;
Art by MURPHY ANDERSON, NEAL ADAMS, JIM APARO and others;
Cover by APARO

Comments

  1. Medieval Guy says:

    “Deluxe Editions” are oversized…not Absolute-sized but the same dimensions as Marvel’s oversized books.

  2. Michael says:

    League of Extraordinary gentlemen is published be Vertigo now? Last I saw Top Shelf was putting it out.

  3. Medieval Guy says:

    Top Shelf has the new stuff. DC still has the old stuff (that they originally published).

  4. Deluxe editions are oversized, that’s true. But they vary in content. Usually when the trades were published before, you’ll get a deluxe edition that contain two trade paperbacks, so between 10 to 14 issues, which was the case for Y the Last Man and Fables. My guess is that it’s the same for 100 Bullets.

    But if it is the first time that the material is collected, like for example Batman inc., it contains only one trade paperback, so between 5 to 7 issues. The paperback will be released later in nine or twelve months. Will they release in two or three years deluxe DELUXE editions? Who knows?

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