By Todd Allen
Yesterday, DC announced their book line-up (HC/TPB) for Spring 2013. OK, you’re expecting a regular slate of New 52 collections. But what else is in there and does anything indicate a new series is in the works? This time out, not that much. Shazam and the Metal Men being the odd things popping up. Plenty of pre-movie Superman, though. You can follow the link or I can save you a little time. Here are the highlights:
Hard Time Vol. 2: Sixteen TP
Writer: Steve Gerber
Artist: Brian Hurtt
Collects: Hard Time #7-12
$14.99 US, 144 pg
I seriously doubt Hard Time is coming back, but this was an under-appreciated series from the late Steve Gerber. A sort of meditation on the post-Columbine justice system with some super powers thrown in on the side. It deserves to be in print.
Showcase Presents: Justice League of America Vol. 6 TP
Writers: Len Wein, Felton Marcus, Dennis O’Neil, Cary Bates, Elliot S. Maggin, Gerry Conway and Martin Pasko
Artists: Dick Dillin, Dick Giordano, Frank McLaughlin
Collects: Justice League of America #107-132
$19.99 US, 528 pg
Always nice to see the Showcase line going strong. Vol. 7 should contained Steve Engleharts highly influential, yet oddly unheralded run, probably most notable for introducing the robotic Manhunters into the Green Lantern mythology.
Superman: The Man of Steel Vol. 7 TP
Writers: John Byrne and Jerry Ordway
Artists: John Byrne, Jerry Ordway, Keith Williams, Leonard Starr, Karl Kesel and John Beatty
Collects: SUPERMAN #13-15, ACTION COMICS #596-597 and ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #436-438
$19.99 US, 192 pg
That’s right, Vol. 7. Byrne wasn’t on Superman that long chronologically, but doing three books at once, he cranked out a lot of material in that time. Say, is there a Superman film coming out in ‘13?
Batman/Deathblow Deluxe Edition HC
Writer: Brian Azzarello
Artists: Lee Bermejo and Tim Bradstreet
Collects: Batman/Deathblow: after the fire #1-3
$22.99 US, 168 pg
Now there’s a blast from the past (2002). I believe that’s the first Azzarello / Bermejo collaboration. Before Luthor. Before they sold a gazillion copies of Joker. Probably should have been back in print earlier. It may or may not mean Deathblow’s getting more prominent in ‘13.
Green Arrow: Salvation TP
Writers: J.T. Krul and Jason Patrick
Artists: Diogenes Neves and Agustin Padilla
Collects: Green Arrow #8-15
$16.99 US, 192 pg
A television show will unearth some more pre-relaunch material.
Showcase Presents: Sgt. Rock Vol. 4 TP
Writer: Robert Kanigher
Artists: Joe Kubert, Russ Heath and Jack Abel
Collects: OUR ARMY AT WAR #181-216
$19.99 US, 520 pg
Showcase keeps marching on.
Superman: For Tomorrow TPDisplay Comments Add a Comment
Writer: Brian Azzarello
Artists: Jim Lee, Scott Williams, Richard Friend,