Mister Miracle to Mera – More Big Books from DC Comics for 2018 and 2019

Posted by March 20, 2018 Comment

We’ve been running lost of DC Comics collections of late thanks to a bevvy hitting online catalogues such as Edelweiss, Amazon, Penguin Random House and now the June solicits. So here are a few more. Some are the return of old favourites such as putting John Byrne‘s classic Superman & Batman: Generations, Howard Chaykin and Dan Brereton‘s Batman: Thrillkiller and Greg Rucka and Klaus Janson‘s Batman: Death And The Maidens back into print or the expected, such as getting a third box set of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo‘s Batman.

We’ve also run listings for lots of Omnibuses and hardcovers, the reissuing of Chuck Dixon‘s Knightfall saga here and here, the cover to the Absolute Killing Joke, the relaunching of the Harley Quinn collections, the collection of Don McGregor and Gene Colan‘s Nathaniel Dusk, new 30th Anniversary editions of Sandman here and here, DC Comics’ Essential Line, Action Comics #1000 getting a hardcover, a new Justice League.

All these at a time when DC Comics are dropping their prices in the UK.

But there a few more of note. As Mera gets a DC Ink YA novel and her own series ahead of the Aquaman movie, so DC did into her back catalogue, with the first Aquaman by Jim Aparo. What image will they use for the cover though?

Aquaman: The Search for Mera Deluxe Edition
Steve Skeates, Jim Aparo
04 December 2018 Hardcover
$34.99

Aquaman and his world are shaken to their core with the disappearance of his wife and queen of Atlantis, Mera.

Steve Skeates and Jim Aparo began their acclaimed Aquaman run with the epic tale of Mera’s disappearance and Aquaman’s quest to get her back, collected now in this Deluxe Edition. While Aquaman desperately searches for his missing wife and queen, Mera, Atlantis plunges into the grips of a new enemy, a politician named Narkran, who plans to rule the underwater kingdom with an iron fist! Aquaman’s quest takes him to depths high, and low and he will battle all who stand in his way, including his archnemesis Black Manta, who attempts to exploit Aquaman’s desperation. Collects Aquaman #40-48.

The DC/Boom crossover finally gets a collection.

Justice League/Power Rangers
Tom Taylor, Stephen Byrne
27 November 2018 Trade Paperback
$16.99 160 pages

It’s team-up time! Two of pop culture’s greatest teams collide in the graphic novel you thought you’d never see in JUSTICE LEAGUE/POWER RANGERS! The Justice League have never met heroes like these teenagers with attitude before!

When a teleporter accident brings the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from Angel Grove to Gotham City, Batman isn’t sure what to make of these masked martial artists and their highly suspicious giant robot dinosaurs. It’s time to call in the DC Universe’s greatest heroes — the Justice League!

But the League and the Rangers will have to get over their distrust quickly, because the fate of two worlds is on the line! When the Power Rangers crossed between worlds, they weren’t alone — Lord Zedd came with them. And when Zedd meets Brainiac, neither the DC Universe nor the Rangers’ home Earth is safe.

But when these two mighty teams join forces, they morph into a fighting force like neither world has ever seen!

Writer Tom Taylor (INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US) and artist Stephen Byrne (GREEN ARROW) bring together the classic Power Rangers lineup and the greatest superheroes of the DC Universe in this crossover sensation. Collects JUSTICE LEAGUE/POWER RANGERS #1-6.

Rather than two lots of six issues, Mister Miracle will be going all in… even if June gives us a skip month.

Mister Miracle
Tom King, Mitch Gerads
20 November 2018 Trade Paperback
$24.99 300 pages

From Hugo Award-winning writer Tom King and artist Mitch Gerads, the team behind The Sheriff of Babylon, comes an ambitious new take on one of Jack Kirby’s most beloved New Gods in Mister Miracle! One of the best-reviewed series of the year and already a classic in the making, this Mister Miracle is magical, dark, intimate and unlike anything you’ve read before.

Scott Free is the greatest escape artist who ever lived. So great, he escaped Granny Goodness’ gruesome orphanage and the dangers of Apokolips to travel across galaxies and set up a new life on Earth with his wife, Big Barda. Using the stage alter ego of Mister Miracle, he has made quite a career for himself showing off his acrobatic escape techniques. He even caught the attention of the Justice League, who has counted him among its ranks.

You might say Scott Free has everything—so why isn’t it enough? Mister Miracle has mastered every illusion, achieved every stunt, pulled off every trick—except one. He has never escaped death. Is it even possible? Our hero is going to have to kill himself if he wants to find out. Collects Mister Miracle #1-12.

And something to sit next to your Crisis On Infinite Earths Omnibus…

Crisis on Infinite Earths Companion Deluxe Edition Vol. 1
13 November 2018 Hardcover
$75.00

All the tie-in stories to Marv Wolfman and George Perez’s CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS are finally collected in this massive deluxe compendium, CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS COMPANION DELUXE EDITION VOL. 1!

In 1985, DC Comics dramatically altered comics’ original universe with CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS, a 12-issue series that rocked the comics community. This landmark graphic novel is one of the most nuanced, sweeping sagas ever told. Now, all the tie-in stories are finally collected in this massive deluxe compendium CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS COMPANION DELUXE EDITION VOL. 1!

This hardcover edition features all the action that spilled over into numerous comic books from Marv Wolfman and George Perez’s unbelievable graphic novel, including tales with the Justice League, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and the New Teen Titans, as well as cult classic characters like the Omega Men and Firestorm!

CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS COMPANION DELUXE EDITION VOL. 1 is a must-have for all collectors and fans of the original CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS series, as well as any completists who have yet to see many of these stories recollected in print! This graphic novel includes JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #244, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA ANNUAL #3, GREEN LANTERN #194, WONDER WOMAN #327-328, LOSERS SPECIAL #1, INFINITY INC. 318-20, DC COMICS PRESENTS #87-88, OMEGA MEN #31, BLUE DEVIL #17-18, NEW TEEN TITANS #13-14, ALL-STAR SQUADRON #50-51 and FURY OF FIRESTORM #87.

Gardner Fox’s Adam Strange is also tipped for revival.

Adam Strange: The Silver Age Vol. 1
22 January 2019 $29.99
424 pages

From one of comics’ most critically acclaimed authors, Gardner Fox, the Silver Age adventures of Adam Strange kick off in paperback as this classic DC archaeologist transforms into a cosmic hero!

Born at the dawn of the Space Age, planet-hopping adventurer Adam Strange embodies America’s fascination with all things extraterrestrial. Debuting in 1958 in the pages of DC Comics’ SHOWCASE, Adam Strange was an archaeologist working in South America when he was whisked away by a Zeta Beam to the futuristic planet Rann, which circled the star Alpha Centauri.

There, the displaced Earthman met and fell in love with the beautiful Alanna and kicked off a series of intergalactic adventures that bounced him back and forth on the Zeta Beam like a yo-yo, alternating between his normal life on Earth and defending Rann from a seemingly endless barrage of weird threats and invaders. ADAM STRANGE: THE SILVER AGE VOL. 1 collects the galaxy-spanning adventures of Adam Strange, first published in SHOWCASE #17-19 and MYSTERY IN SPACE #53-79.

But this may be my favourite, Legends Of The Dark Knight being reprinted and recut as Shaman

Batman: Shaman
15 January 2019 $16.99
400 pages

The classic Batman series from the 1990s is collected in a new graphic novel series with three tales by some of the Dark Knight’s greatest writers: Grant Morrison, Dennis O’Neil and Doug Moench.

First, in a story written by legendary Batman writer Dennis O’Neil, Batman returns from a case to find Alfred missing, while rumors of human sacrifice and strange, primitive rituals circulate in Gotham City. The second story, written by Grant Morrison and featuring art by Klaus Janson (BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS), the Dark Knight Detective must defeat an immortal killer while dealing with a terrifying horror from Bruce Wayne’s youth. And in the third story, written by Doug Moench with art by Paul Gulacy, Batman confronts one of his oldest foes, Dr. Hugo Strange, who has formed a Gotham City task force to stop the Dark Knight. Collects BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #1-15.

And Neal Adams gets a second…

Batman by Neal Adams Book Two
08 January 2019 Trade Paperback
$24.99 240 pages

Neal Adams’ seminal Batman tales are collected in a new trade paperback graphic novel series, continued here in BATMAN BY NEAL ADAMS BOOK TWO!

Over the years, many artists have contributed to the look of one of the most iconic characters in popular culture: Batman. The most influential and popular may be Neal Adams, who in the late 1960s put the Caped Crusader back in the shadows and updated his image for a new generation of fans. Now, Adams’ moody tales of the Dark Knight from the early 1970s are collected in trade paperback again, including a team-up story co-starring Deadman and the debut of the bestial Man-Bat. Collects BATMAN #219, DETECTIVE COMICS #395, #397, #400, #402, #404 and #407-408, and THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #86 and #96.

Mike Mignola gets a spotlight…

THE DC UNIVERSE BY MIKE MIGNOLA TP

Written by NEIL GAIMAN, JOHN BYRNE, PAUL KUPPERBERG, ROGER STERN, JERRY ORDWAY and GEORGE PEREZ

Art by MIKE MIGNOLA and others

Cover by MIKE MIGNOLA

This new title collects Mike Mignola’s work on comics including SUPERMAN: THE WORLD OF KRYPTON #1-4, ACTION COMICS ANNUAL #2, SUPERMAN #18 and #23, BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #54, BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #36, SWAMP THING ANNUAL #5, PHANTOM STRANGER #1-4 and more! Also collects dozens of covers by Mignola!

And a certain New Gods movie on the way means we may be getting a lot of these…

ORION BY WALTER SIMONSON BOOK ONE TP

Written by WALTER SIMONSON and others

Art by WALTER SIMONSON, JOHN BYRNE, FRANK MILLER, DAVE GIBBONS, ERIK LARSEN, ARTHUR ADAMS, HOWARD CHAYKIN and others

Cover by WALTER SIMONSON

Legendary writer/artist Walter Simonson takes on Jack Kirby’s Fourth World! These tales star the heroes and villains of the Fourth World as Darkseid seeks the Anti-Life Equation and Orion battles to stop him! This volume includes material from ORION #1-11, SHOWCASE ’94 #1, DC UNIVERSE HOLIDAY BASH #1, NEW GODS SECRET FILES #1, SECRET ORIGINS OF SUPER-VILLAINS 80-PAGE GIANT #1, LEGENDS OF THE DC UNIVERSE 80-PAGE GIANT #2 and more!

On sale JULY 11 • 368 pg, FC, $29.99 US

(Last Updated March 20, 2018 3:59 am )