The monthly review continues, this time with DC and Marvel titles!

What’s big?  Well, Marvel is pushing their John Carter titles to promote the movie (including reprinting a Bronze Age storyline which takes place between the third and fourth paragraphs of chapter 27 of Burroughs’ novel A Princess of Mars!)

Then there’s a few Avengers titles to tie in with the summer movie, a retelling of the Fantastic Four, and a new person in the Spidey suit (in a series which is a reboot of a reboot of the ongoing Spider-Man series).  There’s also an X-Men series written by the director of the upcoming Avengers movie.  And, for some reason, two Daredevil collections.  If you’ve ever wondered what the Justice League would be like as zombies, Marvel delivers.  (Wait, didn’t DC already do that with Blackest Night?)

DC reprints their classic crossover stories with Marvel (don’t ask which versions, or where it fits in the canon… just read and enjoy.)  There’s also a collection of secret origins from the Silver Age (DC version 2.0, we’re now in DC 4.0), and a nice Showcase collection of pre-Vertigo horror comics!

Titles have links embedded, where I could find them.

And now, my boilerplate:

So, here’s what caught my eye.  Please comment below, and please feel free to mention titles I may have marginalized or overlooked.  My tastes are eclectic, but there’s stuff which doesn’t interest me, or doesn’t evoke much of a response.  I respect everyone who manages to publish something, but with some 400 graphic novel titles a month, I have to be selective.

CAVEAT:  As I discovered while doing the publisher posts, that some titles have been canceled or postponed.  The titles below, the information is subject to change.  Some may already be out and on sale, some may be vaporous.  Covers and text are supplied by the publishers.

I am employed as a bookseller.  Nothing I say here or anywhere else online has any connection to my employer.  I know my employer can take umbrage at any association people may make between my private and professional activities, so I’m careful to let sleeping Axolotl lie.


DC/Marvel Crossover Omnibus, Volume 1

[No page on the DC website.  The cover shown was used on the previous “volume two” collection.]

9781401232306, 1401232302

Summary: The two greatest comic book publishing companies, DC Comics and Marvel Comics, get together in this hardcover omnibus and let their finest heroes face off against each other as well as their greatest villains.


John Carter : World of Mars

Peter David, Luke Ross
9780785160410, 0785160418

Summary: Captain John Carter finds himself on a strange new world where he must fight for his very life — and for the heart of a princess! Edgar Rice Burroughs’ legendary novels come to life in this action-packed, all-new, re-envisioned adventure! Meet the Tharks, terrible warrior race of Mars! See Woola, the scariest guard dog you’ll ever lay eyes upon! Gasp as John Carter battles the great white apes of Barsoom! And hold your breath as he first lays eyes upon the woman who will change his life forever: the proud and beautiful Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium!



Marvel Zombies Supreme

Frank Marafino, Fernando Blanco
9780785151685, 0785151680

Summary: The Squadron Supreme: heroes from another dimension, stranded on our Earth and sworn to protect it. Now, this super-powered team hungers for human flesh as a result of the mad science of Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S.! When Jill Harper’s military special-ops team receives a distress call from a P.E.G.A.S.U.S. facility in lockdown, they get a lot more than they bargained for! Researchers at Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S. cloned the members of the Squadron Supreme for medical science, but their creations are monstrously imperfect and need to consume human flesh to survive. Now, Harper and her team must find a way to stop these hyper-powerful zombie clones before they escape and begin feeding on the population — and their only hope lies in a long-dead former Avenger returned to life!



Red Skull: Incarnate

Mirko Colak, Greg Pak
9780785152071, 0785152075

Summary: Witness the chilling creation of Marvel’s greatest monster, and liberty’s greatest enemy. As Berlin descends into chaos and ruin, sinister forces are on the rise…and the men who will form the Nazi Party ascent to power. Against this tragic backdrop of history, a boy comes of age: Johann Schmidt. Orphan, thug, urchin–Johann has nothing–and how far he would go for power will change the world. Greg Pak, the writer of X-MEN: MAGNETO-TESTAMENT, and breakout artist Mirko Colak (SECRET WARRIORS) bring to life the twisted birth of the Red Skull.



Astonishing X-Men By Joss Whedon & John Cassaday Ultimate Collection, Book 1

Joss Whedon, John Cassaday
9780785161943, 0785161945

Summary: Expectations were high when Joss Whedon was announced as the writer of the new ASTONISHING X-MEN series. With Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Whedon had created one of the most popular TV shows of the 1990s; now, teamed with superstar artist John Cassaday, he was taking on the best-selling X-Men. Their storyline took inspiration from the classic sagas of the ’70s and ’80s, while forging ahead with a thoroughly modern take on the mutant team. From the opening pages of a Sentinel attack to the unexpected return of a beloved X-Man, Whedon and Cassaday kept fans breathlessly awaiting each new chapter of their epic story. Now, the complete saga — acclaimed as “Series of the Year”‌ by Wizard magazine and a “Must Have Gift”‌ by TV Guide — is collected across two softcover volumes.

COLLECTING: Astonishing X-Men 1-12


Daredevil By Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark Ultimate Collection – Book 1

Michael Lark, Ed Brubaker, David Aja
9780785163343, 0785163344

Summary: The critically acclaimed, award-winning creative team of Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark make their explosive debut! For the past few years, Matt Murdock’s life has been teetering on the edge of destruction. Now, pushed beyond the limit, Matt finds himself behind the eight ball with no clear way out, the people he calls friends slowly deserting him, and Hell’s Kitchen gradually slipping out of control. The question is, when his back is against the wall. just how far will Daredevil go to get back what is his? Plus: a special episode focusing on Daredevil’s best friend, Foggy Nelson. Spinning out of the stunning finale of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev’s ground-breaking run, Brubaker and Lark pick up the billy club and run as hard and as fast as they can to leave their own mark on one of comics’ most enduring legends.



The Avengers Omnibus, Volume 1

Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
9780785158462, 0785158464

Summary: The Avengers, comics’ greatest super team, burst onto the scene in 1963 at the forefront of revolutionary Marvel Age of Comics. Iron Man, Thor, the Incredible Hulk, Ant-Man and the Wasp joined together to face the menace of Loki — and set off on a streak of tales that nearly 50 years later still sets the trend for super-hero epics. From Captain America’s return from the icy depths of the Atlantic to the first appearances of classic enemies like Kang the Conqueror to the game-changing introduction of a trio of former villains into their ranks — Avengers was a bona-fide comic-book blockbuster! And you’ll experience every story, every villain, even every letters page in this painstakingly restored Omnibus collection — written by Stan “The Man”‌ Lee, and illustrated by Jack Kirby and Don Heck. It’s a must-have for every Marvel fan’s collections — so reserve your copy today, True Believer!



Daredevil By Mark Waid, Volume 1

Paolo Manuel Rivera, Mark Waid, Marcos Martin
9780785152378, 0785152377

Summary: THE DEVIL IS REBORN. RENEWED. RESURRECTED. With new enemies, new friends and that same old “grinnin’ in the face of hell”‌ attitude, the Man Without Fear is back in action and leading with his face! Mark Waid (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, Irredeemable, RUSE) joins neo-legendary artists Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin for a new spin on Daredevil that will leave you gasping for air. Having turned his world upside during the past several years, Matt Murdock realizes justice may not be blind to his past and villains may not be the only ones looking for answers. Bring it on! If Matt Murdock could see what he was doing, he’d be terrified.



DC Universe: Secret Origins

9781401234034, 1401234038

Summary: The classic Silver Age titles are collected in hardcover for the first time, including SECRET ORIGINS #1, MORE SECRET ORIGINS #1, EVEN MORE SECRET ORIGINS #1 and WEIRD SECRET ORIGINS #1! Don’t miss the origins of Wonder Woman, the Superman/Batman team, The Challengers of the Unknown, Martian Manhunter, the Justice League of America, Aquaman, The Flash, The Atom, Bizarro and more!


Showcase Presents Ghosts

[Contributors can be found here.]
9781401233174, 1401233171

Summary: From the 1970s comes this value-priced collection of classic ghost stories, featuring stories like:
• “Ghost in the Iron Coffin”
• “The Tattooed Terror”
• “Death Held the Lantern High”
• “The Dark Goddess of Doom”
• “The Haunted Hero of Saint Helena”
• “The Screaming Skulls”


Batman: Gates of Gotham

Scott Snyder, Kyle Higgins, Trevor Mccarthy
9781401233419, 1401233414

Author Bio: Scott Snyder has been published in Zoetrope, Tin House, One-Story, Epoch, Small Spiral Notebook and other journals. He most recently has co-written AMERICAN VAMPIRE for Vertigo/DC Comics, along with horror-master Stephen King, BATMAN, DETECTIVE COMICS and SWAMP THING.

Summary: Batman stands today as one of the most recognizable characters in pop culture, and along with the Batcave and the Batmobile, Gotham City itself stands as one of the most identifiable aspects of Batman lore. This trade explores not only the history of the city but its dark secrets and deadly denizens as well, giving readers a whole scale look at world of Batman.Writer Scott Snyder (AMERICAN VAMPIRE) teams with Kyle Higgins to pen the story, which features various members of the Batman family uniting to solve a mystery that travels through multiple eras of Gotham City.


John Carter: A Princess of Mars

Roger Langridge, Filipe Andrade
9780785160427, 0785160426

Summary: Captain John Carter finds himself on a strange new world where he must fi ght for his very life – and for the heart of a princess! Edgar Rice Burroughs’ legendary novels come to life in this action-packed, all-new re-envisioned adventure! Meet the Tharks, terrible warrior race of Mars! See Woola, the scariest guard dog you’ll ever lay eyes upon! Gasp as John Carter battles the great white apes of Barsoom! And hold your breath as he first lays eyes upon the woman who will change his life forever – the proud and beautiful Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium!



John Carter, Warlord of Mars Omnibus

Marv Wolfman, Gil Kane, Walter Simonson, Peter Gil…
9780785159902, 0785159908
Summary: Marvel’s top talents of the 1970s take on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ savage swordsman of Barsoom! John Carter, a hunted soldier on the Western frontier, is transported to an alien world filled with six-armed aliens, sinister super-science and the love of his life, the incomparable Dejah Thoris! A must-have science-fiction epic in the Mighty Marvel Manner!

Captain America by Ed Brubaker, Volume 1

Steve McNiven, Ed Brubaker
9780785157083, 0785157085
Summary: Best-selling Cap writer Ed Brubaker and superstar artist Steve McNiven bring you the next huge chapter in Steve Rogers’ life, and it’s a perfect jumping-on point for fans of the Cap movie! A funeral for a fallen friend turns into a race against time as the original Captain America makes his explosive return! Find out the secrets of the mission that went wrong in WWII, and why old friends are now old enemies! It’s all-out Cap action and history the way you like it,in a cage match for your comic-reading pleasure.
COLLECTING: Captain America (2011) 1-5

Fantastic Four: Season One

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, David Marquez
9780785156413, 0785156410
Summary: In Manhattan’s most famous skyscraper, the Baxter Building, scientific genius Reed Richards hatches a plan that will change the lives of those he loves most — and the very course of human history — in a way no one could have ever imagined. Revisit the story that irrevocably altered comics and pop culture in this all-new graphic novel, modernizing the journey of Reed Richards, Susan Storm, Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm as they travel to the stars — and return with fantastic, devastating results! Plus: Witness the FF’s cataclysmic first battles with the Mole Man, Dr. Doom and Prince Namor, the mysterious Sub-Mariner, in a way you’ve never seen before. You only think you know the story! Also features FANTASTIC FOUR #570 by Jonathan Hickman and Dale Eaglesham.

Marvel Firsts : The 1970s, Volume 1

9780785163800, 0785163808

Summary: When the swingin’ seventies arrived, Marvel was there to welcome it with a host of new characters and titles! Assembled in one volume for the very first time are the fabulous first issues of dozens of Marvel’s finest offerings from the seventies, including the likes of Dracula, Man-Thing, Luke Cage, and Tigra, not to mention such solo breakouts as the Black Widow and the Beast. Westerns, war, sci-fi, super heroes, monsters and mutants!



Ultimate Comics Spider-Man By Brian Michael Bendis, Volume 1

Sara Pichelli, Brian Michael Bendis
9780785157120, 0785157123

Summary: The year’s most-talked about story! Miles Morales IS the new Spider-Man! What’s the secret behind his powers, and how will he master them? What new and familiar enemies will rise to challenge this all-new Spider-Man? And will Miles live up to Peter Parker’s legacy? Also includes ULTIMATE COMICS FALLOUT #4, featuring the very first appearance of Miles Morales!



Ender’s Shadow: Ultimate Collection

Sebastian Fiumara, Mike Carey
9780785163381, 0785163387
Summary: Adapting sci-fi legend Orson Scott Card’s classic novel! The alien Formics twice attacked the human race. We barely won. Now, the International Fleet is drafting brilliant kids to train them to command our forces in the next war. And from the teeming legions of unwanted children, Sister Carlotta has plucked a promising candidate: Bean, with a staggering brilliance as unexplainable as his mysterious origins. But just as the prodigiously talented Bean’s mentor, Ender Wiggin, is shipped off to Command School, Bean is thrust into an existential crisis: the discovery of a long-lost brother and the return of his worst enemy. Worse, it’s a crisis engineered by the very leaders depending on his graduation to Command School!

The Twelve, Volume 1

J. Michael Straczynski, Chris Weston
9780785123248, 0785123245
Summary: Yesterday’s Men of Tomorrow – today! The Phantom Reporter. Electro. The Black Widow. The Laughing Mask. The Blue Blade. Dynamic Man. Master Mind Excello. Mister E. The Fiery Mask. The Witness. Rockman. Captain Wonder. Laying dormant for sixty years, they awaken in a tormented world that needs them more than ever. But has the world grown beyond their brand of old-fashioned heroism? Writer J. Michael Stracyzynski (TV’s Babylon 5, THOR) and artist Chris Weston (The Invisibles, FANTASTIC FOUR: THE FIRST FAMILY) present the first half of this post-modernist tale of sacrifice, betrayal and human nature.

Superman: The Black Ring, Volume 1

Paul Cornel, Pete Woods
9781401230340, 1401230342

Author Bio: Paul Cornell is a British writer best known for his work in television drama as well as Dr. Who fiction and as the creator of one of the Doctor’s spin-off companions. He has written for other television dramas including Robin Hood, Primeval, Casualty, Holby City and Coronation Street. His comics work includes Captain Britain and MI-13, Black Widow: Deadly Origin and Dark X-Men, as well as ACTION COMICS.

Summary: When Lex Luthor finally regained control of LexCorp, he thought he had everything he wanted. But in BLACKEST NIGHT, he briefly became an Orange Lantern and got a taste of true power. Now he’ll do anything – anything – to get that power back. Buckle in for a greatest hits tour of the DCU’s most wanted as Lex Luthor begins an epic quest for power, all brought to you by new ongoing writer Paul Cornell (Dr. Who, Captain Britain and MI-13) and artist Pete Woods (WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON), with covers by David Finch (BRIGHTEST DAY, Ultimatum)!

Wonder Woman : Amazon. Hero. Icon.

Bob Greenberger, George Perez
$14.98 [hardcover!]
9780789324160, 0789324164
[Issued in 2010 as a $35.00 hardcover.]
Author Bio: Robert Greenberger is a writer and editor from New York City. A lifelong fan of comic books and science fiction, he began his career with Fangoria before becoming Associate Editor for Starlog. While at Starlog he created Comics Scene, the first nationally distributed magazine to focus on comic books, comic strips, and Greenberger joined DC Comics in 1984 and worked on various DC Comics’ projects including Who’s Who, Crisis on Infinite Earths, Star Trek, Suicide Squad, Warlord, Doom Patrol, Lois Lane, Action Comics Weekly, Time Masters, Secret Origins, The Hacker Files among many others. Currently, Greenberger writes for such clients as Weekly World News, Platinum Studios, scifi.com, DC Comics, and Marvel.
Summary: Wonder Woman is a comprehensive look at the first and most important female super hero of DC Comics, from the Golden Age to the present day. Wonder Woman is the most popular female super hero of all time and a cultural icon. During her existence, she has served in the army, renounced her powers at the height of the feminist movement, and helped launch Gloria Steinem’s Ms. magazine. She has been—and continues to be—a trailblazing role model to girls and women and an integral part of the cultural zeitgeist. Loosely chronological, Wonder Woman explores idiosyncratic creator William Moulton Marston’s interest in ideas of a “new woman” for the twentieth century; costume and character story changes over the decades; the influence on all other female comic book characters since her inception; and how Wonder Woman is still powerful and relevant in today’s comic book renaissance. The book contains more than 250 Wonder Woman illustrations, including covers, interior comic art, and sketch treatments, beginning with her inception in the early 1940s to present-day treatments of the character. Celebrated artists include Alex Ross, Jim Lee, George Perez, and Brian Bolland, to name only a few. The book will also feature rare covers and pin-up posters created for past special-edition comic books. Wonder Woman is certain to appeal to fanboys and fangirls, collectors, and newcomers to the comic book genre alike.


John Rozrum, Irving Frasier
9781401233464, 1401233465
Author Bio: John Rozum is an American writer of comic books who is best known for his work for Milestone Comics (where he wrote Xombi and Kobalt); he has also worked for Topps Comics (where he wrote comic-book adaptations of The X-Files) and Marvel Comics. In 2009, NBC announced that they were beginning an adaptation of Rozum’s Vertigo Comics series, Midnight, Mass.He has also written several children’s books.
Frazer Irving is a British comic book artist known for the 2000 AD series Necronauts. Since breaking into the American market he has worked on a number of superhero titles, including BATMAN & ROBIN: BATMAN MUST DIE, SEVEN SOLDIERS OF VICTORY and BATMAN: THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE all written by Grant Morrison.
Summary: Writer John Rozum and artist Frazer Irving (BATMAN AND ROBIN) team up to deliver the finest in contemporary urban horror – with a super hero twist in this sensational graphic novel! XOMBI centers around David Kim, a medical researcher who was attacked in his laboratory by strange creatures and left for dead. His supernaturally induced mortal injuries were repaired by nanomachines injected into his body. The combination of science and the supernatural has had two consequences. 1) He cannot die. Ever. He can self-heal any wound, any disease, never has to brush his teeth, diet, worry about aging, or use a toilet. The nanomachines in his body process everything and keep him in peak physical condition. This condition brought on BY artificial means is what makes him a xombi. 2) He has now become a magnet for supernatural phenomenon. All manner of really strange stuff occurs with him somehow winding up in the center of it.


Ultimate Comics Hawkeye by Jonathan Hickman

Rafa Sandoval, Jonathan Hickman
9780785162278, 0785162275
Summary: Hawkeye’s back in a bad way. Armed and dangerous, Clint Barton is tasked with his most perilous mission yet. And what he discovers will reverberate across the entire Ultimate Universe when finds himself in the middle of an international arms race. But on the brink of obtaining a serum that will change the course of mutant history, has the eagle-eyed hero aimed too high to succeed?
COLLECTING: Ultimate Hawkeye 1-4


  1. “a Bronze Age storyline which takes place between the third and fourth paragraphs of chapter 27 of Burroughs’ novel A Princess of Mars!”

    Why do I have this dreary feeling that it was written by Roy Thomas?

  2. Pretty sure the DC/Marvel Crossover Omnibus was never actually solicited and won’t be out in February. I hope to see it eventually–I pre-ordered a copy from Amazon in May of 2011.

  3. @Joe S. Walker – Torsten is alluding to this line in A PRINCESS OF MARS: “For nine years I served in the councils and fought in the armies of Helium as a prince of the house of Tardos Mors.”

    When the John Carter, Warlord of Mars series–which was mainly written by Marv Wolfman–launched, Wolfman stated that it took place during that nine-year gap.

    I should know this stuff–my company’s own edition of the novel comes out tomorrow. ;-)

  4. Yes, DC/Marvel Crossover Omnibus, Volume 1 was cancelled back in November. My industry source did not remove it from its listings. Hence the boilerplate…

    Yup! “Warlord of Mars” was written by Roy Thomas, with art by Gil Kane and Dave Cockrum! (And many others!)


  5. “Yup! “Warlord of Mars” was written by Roy Thomas, with art by Gil Kane and Dave Cockrum! (And many others!)”

    True, but at least the first arc, “The Air-Pirates of Mars,” was written by Wolfman.


    I think Thomas came in as the series progressed. And then, of course, there was the Marvel Star Wars Annual that was originally an unpublished Warlord of Mars two-parter that was completed before the John Carter series was canceled…

  6. >> I think Thomas came in as the series progressed. >>

    He didn’t.

    Marvel’s WARLORD OF MARS series was written mostly by Marv Wolfman (16 issues), and then Chris Claremont (11 issues). The final issue was written by Peter Gillis.

    The annuals were written by Marv, Chris, Bill Mantlo and Alan Weiss.

  7. “Marvel’s WARLORD OF MARS series was written mostly by Marv Wolfman (16 issues), and then Chris Claremont (11 issues). The final issue was written by Peter Gillis.”

    I stand corrected. Thanks for the info. I’d forgotten the others’ involvement, but I definitely remembered Wolfman launching the series.

  8. Torsten – I’m not sure why you keep citing the GCD. It’s a great reference cite, but it doesn’t back you up on Roy writing WARLORD OF MARS, since he didn’t.

    Roy wrote TARZAN, which was licensed by Marvel at the same time. Maybe that’s what you’re thinking of?


  9. That Showcase Presents: Ghosts Vol. 1 initially shipped to comics shops Nov. 23, according to CBG’s Comics in Your Future database, updated weekly at CBGXtra.com.

    I know that Bud Plant and other sources got additional copies earlier this month, so that may account for it popping up on Torsten’s list now.

  10. Hey, Geem… read the boilerplate!

    I post this stuff to remind people of titles they might have overlooked. There are plenty of websites which balleen Amazon and other sources searching for the latest announcements of titles not available for another six months.

    The Beatrix herself just posted a listing from DC Comics’ Fall list.

    I also tend to wait until the actual month, as many publisher websites do not advertise the titles until “on sale now”! I wrote about my frustrations here:

    WHOOPS! Sorry… got Roy Thomas confused with Marv Wolfman. Mr. Busiek, once again, is correct.

    Hmmm… Showcase Ghosts did ship to bookstores in November. The link to DC’s website states: “On Sale February 8, 2012”.

  11. The reason for Showcase Presents: Ghosts appearing now after initially coming out in November is that all copies were recalled after it was discovered that it was missing a page.