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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Here's this week's DC backlist.

Hardware 42: By John Rozum and Prentis Rollins. Hardware and Hard Co. vs. Cadaver and Hypo! (8 issues to go)

Captain Carrot 15:  The second part of the Just a Lotta Animals crossover.  Written by E. Nelson Bridwell, drawn by Scott Shaw! (5 issues to go)

Wetworks 6: By Mike Carey and Whilce Portacio. Vascar teams with the Night Tribes to rid the earth of humankind! 

WildCATS Trilogy 1: By Brandon Choi, Dafydd Wyn, and Jai Lee. This is the first of a three-part miniseries. Grifter is captured by the Coda, but it's Zealot to the rescue!

We should be learning about what August has in store for us soon. Icon, Static, and WildCATS Trilogy should all need replacements, and as of next week, we're going up to 5 comics a week. So we'll have a lot of new stuff to look forward to!

August's DCUI plans have been posted, and there's good news and bad news. Well... bad news for me, as there's a lot of Wildstorm in the bunch, and I don't have a lot of interest in those titles. That said, other people might love 'em. And I guess this is an easy way for me to give Gen 13 a try. 

Good news... at the end of August, DC is increasing their backlist releases to 6/month. That's great!

Bad news: DC stopped re-releasing Captain Carrot with 16, so there'll be 4 issues left un-digitized.

Good news (for Wildstorm fans): After WildCATS Trilogy, WildCATS will continue from issue 13. Also, Gen13 and Stormwatch are coming, and Wetworks will continue. Unlike Milestone, these are being rolled out on a weekly schedule, instead of every other week. They take up a lot of slots. 

Good news: Secret Society of Super-Villains starts at the end of August!

I'm looking forward to the Secret Society because I don't have all the issues from when they first came out. Now if DC would only release some of their other "lost treasures" from the 1970s...

I'd love to see that!

I think Secret Society was released in a couple collections a while back. So they've got updated files for all those pages. Sadly, I don't think we'll see a forgotten book like Rima digitized until after someone thinks they can make money off it in print, too.

Lee Houston, Junior said:

I'm looking forward to the Secret Society because I don't have all the issues from when they first came out. Now if DC would only release some of their other "lost treasures" from the 1970s...

The Nestor Redondo artwork is a good enough reason to collect Rima. If they could throw in the old Classics Illustrated adaptation of Green Mansions, that would be a good bonus.

I haven't even heard of Green Mansions, but I certainly agree on Redondo!

PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod said:

The Nestor Redondo artwork is a good enough reason to collect Rima. If they could throw in the old Classics Illustrated adaptation of Green Mansions, that would be a good bonus.

Green Mansions is the book that Rima comes from. Audrey Hepburn played her in the movie adaptation. 

Here's this week's DC backlist!

Icon 42: Raquel's grandmother dies unexpectedly. Virgil and Augustus try to help her come to terms with it.  By Dwayne McDuffie and Mark Bright. Final issue*

Static 43: By Joe Illidge and Wilfred. Static teams up with Brickhouse to fight his best friend, Frieda? She's possessed. (2 issues to go)

Captain Carrot 16: The Zoo Crew fights a War Wheel parody, the Screeching Tire. Has a really strange line of cover copy: "And you think the ECONOMY'S in trouble?" Written by Roy Thomas and Scott Shaw!, drawn by Rick Hoberg. (4 issues to go -- though they're not on schedule.)

Wetworks 7: By Mike Carey and Peter Gross. Vascar and the vampires take over an air force base. (8 issues to go.)

WildCATS Trilogy 2: By Brandon Choi, Dafydd Wyn, and Jai Lee. Part 2 of a three-part miniseries. Zealot and Artemis battle to the death, then are confronted by the rest of the Coda Sisterhood. 

* DC has a listing for Icon 43 on August's schedule, but as far as I can tell, that book doesn't exist. I guess we'll find out what's what on August 9.

Here's this week's DC backlist, the first for the month of August! Five books from the rich and storied history of DC comics! (Oh, wait... it's one book from Milestone, and four books from Wildstorm, 3 of which were actually published by Image. Oh, bother.)

Hardware 43: By Joe Illidge and Prentis Rollins. Hardware winds up in an interdimensional war! (7 issues to go)

Gen 13 0:  From the cover image DC uses, this was probably originally published as Gen 13 -1.   Written by Jim Lee & Brandon Choi, art by Ryan Benjamin. This volume of the series lasted to issue 77, starting out at Image and then moving to DC with issue 37. Issue -1 was published between issues 16 and 17.

Stormwatch 13: By Ron Marz and Matt Broome. This is the original Stormwatch series, which lasted 50 issues before the book became The Authority. Marz took over scripting with issue 10, and Broome began drawing the book with issue 11 and lasts till the begging of issue 20. Marz sticks around until issue 24 or 25; 25 isn't indexed on the GCD, so it's tough to tell, but he's gone by issue 26. Issues 0-12 are already on DCUI. 

Wetworks 8: By Mike Carey and Whilce Portacio. The vampires have broken the truce and declared all-out war. Part 3 of the 4-part "The Scapegoat Effect." (7 issues to go.)

WildCATS Trilogy 3: By Brandon Choi, Dafydd Wyn, and Jai Lee. The 3-issue miniseries concludes. It will be replaced on the schedule by further issues of the original WildCATS series, staring with issue 13 in two weeks. 

Next week DC had Icon 43 on their schedule, and issue that doesn't exist. They've replaced it with issue 42... but they gave us that last week. So we'll see what we get, if anything.

Well, mystery solved! This week's schedule included Icon 43, a book that didn't exist. So the question was... what book would replace it on the 5-books-a-week archive releases. And the answer is...

Oh, well.

Here's what's on our plate, otherwise.

Static 44: By M.D. Bright and Jeff Moore. Under a spectacular black and white cover by John Paul Leon, Static starts the new school year and faces a foe he can't see. (1 issue to go)

Gen 13 1:  Written by J. Scott Campbell & Brandon Choi, art by Campbell and Joe Benitez. This book was released with 13 covers, and it looks like DC picked the worst of them for the digital edition. The first issue of a 39-issue ongoing.

Stormwatch 14: By Ron Marz and Matt Broome & Joe Phillips. Stormwatch is in Rwanda, but Battalion sneaks back to their HQ so he can kill his imprisoned father.  

Wetworks 9: By Mike Carey and Dave Taylor. The classic Wetworks team faces off against all of Earth's vampires. (6 issues to go.)

I'll get to this week's releases soon, but I wanted to mention that DC just put all of the main Sandman series up on DCUI. This is issues 1-75, although I don't see the Sandman Special up yet, nor do I see The Dream Hunters, Endless Nights, or Sandman: Overture. My guess is we'll see the Sandman Special added soon, as that was an important part of the original run, but the others won't appear right now.  

The Sandman launch seems to have bobbled DC's usual backlist releases. So far I haven't seen Hardware 44 or Stormwatch 15 at all, and at least one of the other books isn't working yet. But this is what we've got this week so far.

Gen 13 2:  By Jim Lee and J. Scott Campbell. Right now this is just cover -- clicking it doesn't open the book. But I'm sure that'll be taken care of soon.

WildCATS 13:  This is the original WildCATS series, which at this point was being written by Chris Claremont and drawn by Jim Lee. I never knew that! Issues 1-12 were already available, so this is the first book to continue the run. 

 

Wetworks 10: By J.M. DeMatteis and Joel Gomez do a fill-in issue that asks... can an android die? (5 issues to go.)

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