A while back, I logged some week-to-week posts on DC’s digital reprint program through Comixology. It’s been a while, and their digital offerings have matured, so I thought I’d take another look at what they’re adding each week. Currently, they seem to be doing about 30 books a week. I might not list all the issue numbers going forward – if the 90s Superman titles continue moving forward at two of each a week, there’s not much value in listing each issue. But let’s take a look at this week’s, and let’s see where the patterns take us, shall we?

 

90s Superman: DC is following the 90s Superman titles (soon to be the 2000s Superman, as this week’s titles are from December 1999) pretty quickly, giving us 8 issues of the books every week. There’s a lot of material to get through, but that’s still an admirable clip. We may only have a few more weeks of this, judging by Action Comics (the one title of the bunch that doesn’t change its numbering and continues for a long while) – 761 is the most recent issue, and Action already seems to be in the digital library from 769 on. Superman, Adventures of Superman and Superman: Man of Steel have bigger gaps, though. 

Action Comics 760, 761

Adventures of Superman 574, 575

Superman 152, 153

Man of Steel 95, 96

 

Arion: 11, 12

DC has been adding two issues of Arion: Lord of Atlantis a week for the last 6 weeks. There are 35 issues and a special, so there's a way to go before the series is completed.

DC Comics Presents: 75, 76

DCCP started out at a faster pace, but has been going two a week for a little while now. There are about 20 issues to go. Bonus: More Arion this week, in issue 75!

Guy Gardner: Warrior: 33

11 issues to go.

Huntress: 19, 4-issue 1994 series

We wrap up the Cavalieri/Staton ongoing that introduced Helena Bertinelli, and then power through a Chuck Dixon mini from 1994. Will Huntress return next week, or will we move on?

Justice League America (Bwa-ha-ha) 51, 52

This one has a ways to go before having everything available.

Manhunter: 34

Four more issues till it’s all there!

Mister Miracle: 23-25

This wraps up the 70s run – Kirby and then Marshall Rogers, it’s all there! (I think DC also recently wrapped the 70s Return of the New Gods run, too.)

Superman (Bronze Age): 233

This is an interesting one. The Kryptonite Nevermore cover – I’m surprised it wasn’t available before this. Will DC continue from here? Their 70s Superman offerings on Comixology are paltry.

Wanderers: 7, 8

This 80s Legion spinoff ran 13 issues, so we’re almost there.

Wonder Woman (Silver Age): 130, 131

DC has been making silver age Wonder Woman stories available, probably wishing to expand their catalog in anticipation of the movie. At this point the silver age issues go from 112-131, with a couple of gaps.

Swamp Thing (Diggle/Dysart run): 25

4 more issues to go.

Trigger: 5

This Vertigo sci-fi series lasted 8 issues. I don’t remember it at all.

 

That’s a pretty exhaustive look at this week’s offerings. Next week, I’ll probably just note new additions (what will replace Mister Miracle? The '89 and '96 series have already been collected, so we might be in for something new. And there might be more Huntress comics that haven't been reprinted yet, but Comixology has a bunch of them listed already, and the Bat-universe is so sprawling it's tough to search), unexpected omissions, breaks from the patterns, and go forward from there. 

And to make things easy to follow:
Week 2. (April 6, 2017)

Week 3 (April 13, 2017)

Week 4 (April 20, 2017)

Week 5 (April 27, 2017)

Week 6 (May 4, 2017)

Week 7 (May 11, 2017)

Week 8 (May 18, 2017)

Week 9 (May 25, 2017)

Week 10 (June 1, 2017) -- All the golden age Wonder Woman goodness!

Week 11 (June 8, 2017)

Week 12 (June 15, 2017)

Week 13 (June 22, 2017)

Week 14 (June 29, 2017)

Week 15 (July 6, 2017)

Week 16 (July 13, 2017) -- Our Worlds at War! Underworld Unleashed!

Week 17 (July 20, 2017) -- The Great Ten! More Wonder Woman!

Week 18 (July 27, 2017) -- Batman Confidential and Deathblow? Young Heroes in Love?? Doom Patrol!

Week 19 (Aug 3, 2017) -- Some Bronze-age Batman!

Week 20 (Aug 10, 2017) -- Loeb/Sale Challengers begins!

Week 21 (Aug 17, 2017) -- Silver Age Challs!

MIDWEEK SALE BLAST (Aug 22, 2017): Wildstorm!

Week 22 (Aug 24, 2017) -- Holding pattern...

Week 23 (Aug 31, 2017) -- chugging along

Week 24 (Sept 7, 2017) -- Same old, but with newer Challengers

Week 25 (Sept 14, 2017) -- Baron/Jones Deadman debuts

Week 26 (Sept 21, 2017) -- Holding steady, with more Deadman

Week 27 (Sept 28, 2017) -- Deadman in Action Comics Weekly?

Week 28 (Oct 5, 2017) -- A slow swerve into Batman

Week 29 (Oct 5, 2017) -- Doom Patrol finishes in the smallest week ever

The Gap List: a list of unexplained or awkward skips.

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With two more weeks of 2023 under our belts, let's see what the DC digital archives have brought us!

Stormwatch 35: By Drew Bitner & Renato Arlem. Chapter 5 of the Fire From Heaven crossover. (15 issues to go.)

Gen 13 23, 34:  By Brandon Choi & Al Rio. More time-travel shenanigans.  

Secret Society of Super-Villains 15: By Bob Rozakis and Mike Vosburg. The super-villains begin their assault on the Justice Society! This is the final issue of the series, but so far DC Special 6 and Super-Team Family 13 & 14 are only available in the collection Secret Society of Super-Villains volume 2 (for Ultra subscribers only). The volume also contains the group's next appearance, in JLA 166-168, which are also available as individual issues.

Batman: Journey Into Knight 1, 2: By Andy Helfer and Tan Eng Huat. I can't find confirmation of this anywhere, but from the look of Batman's costume and the "Dark Knight Dawning" blurb on the cover of issue 1, this looks like an untold tale set shortly after Batman: Year One.   (10 issues to go)

Artemis: Requiem 2, 3: By William Messner-Loebs and Ed Benes. Artemis takes the code-name Requiem and works with a group of ghost-hunters. Hips don't lie. (3 issues left)

Justice Society of America 1: By Len Strazewski and Mike Parobeck. The JSA decides to come out of retirement. A fondly remembered series finally joins the DCUI! (9 issues left)

This is the reading order of the Fire from Heaven crossover that I pulled from Wikipedia. I've bolded the issues that already appear on DCUI. As you can see, there's still a lot missing.


Prelude

Fire From Heaven #½
Sword Of Damocles #1
Sigma #1
Deathblow #26

Chapters

Fire From Heaven #1
Backlash #19
Gen¹³ #10
Wetworks #16
Stormwatch #35
Sigma #2
WildC.A.T.s #29
Deathblow #27
Gen¹³ #11
Backlash #20
Wetworks #17
Stormwatch #36
WildC.A.T.s #30
Sigma #3

Finale:

Sword Of Damocles #2
Fire From Heaven #2
Deathblow #28

Here are this week's archival goodies!

Stormwatch 36: By Drew Bitner, Scott Clark, & Renato Arlem. Chapter 6 of the Fire From Heaven crossover; I've bolded it in the crossover list above. (14 issues to go.)

Gen 13 23, 34:  By Brandon Choi, Gary Frank, and Al Rio. This is part of Wildstorm's "New Horizons" initiative -- a line-wide jumping-on point from June 1997 -- it's got a wrap-around cover and a recap page. The team has escaped a brutal future (in 2027!) and now they've come back to the present (1997) to prevent it!  

Batman: Journey Into Knight 3: By Andy Helfer and Tan Eng Huat. Batman continues his investigation into a mysterious plague in Gotham.   (9 issues to go)

Artemis: Requiem 4: By William Messner-Loebs and Ed Benes. Artemis goes on a talk show to discuss demon-hunting. (2 issues left)

Justice Society of America 2: By Len Strazewski and Mike Parobeck. The Atom and Wildcat join Flash and Green Lantern on the team. We also check in with the Hawks. The JSA keeps foiling the plans of a mysterious mummy-type person. Low-key adventure, and Mike Parobeck's art is SO much fun. I was 22 when this came out in 1992...and the JSAers, due to magic, were feeling "around 60" even though they were older. Now I'm 53, and crimefighting at 60 honestly seems more plausible to me from this vantage point (for someone who actually stayed in shape, that is). Back then it seemed impossibly old. (8 issues left)

Also JSA 1 has blessed me with this panel, which I intend to deploy with all necessary sarcasm.


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