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.
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.
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
This week's the same as last week, guys -- there's just a little more of it.
Detective Comics: This time we get 304-309, along with Annual #7. Six more books, bringing us to 27 books in the 300s; we've got 3 annuals left to go; this one's an Elseworlds annual featuring Pirate Batman.
Teen Titans: The mid-70s issues continue with 47 and 49. 48 was already available, as it featured the Joker's Daughter. The series runs to 53.
And Swamp Thing guest appearances: Only Challengers of the Unknown 85 this week. Two more issues to go.
DC's got crime comics on sale this week. I took the opportunity to buy the first trade of Bendis & Oeming's The United States of Murder and the first three issues of American Carnage, since I shifted over to digital on that book when I couldn't find issue 4. There's plenty of great stuff available, including Gotham Central, Hitman, and the underseen Vertigo punk romp Last Gang in Town -- a good fit for Tank Girl fans.
They have offered Last Gang In Town for awhile--I bought it the last time they had a Vertigo sale. Still haven't read it, though.
Another week of Titans, Tec, and Swamp Thing! 13 issues in all.
We get the last two issues of Challengers of the Unknown (guest-starring Swamp Thing): 86 & 87.
We get the last four issues of Teen Titans, 50-53. These are the first issues of Teen Titans I remember reading!
And we jump ahead a few years in Detective Comics, into the New Look issues, 360-365. They're probably more interesting than those earlier issues to most readers.. and they bring us to 33 books in the 300s... a full third! Also, we get Annual 8.
But that's the end of this Titans run, and the end of this Challengers series, so who knows what'll happen next week?
And that's it! DC's got a Vertigo sale going, as well as its ongoing Shazam sale through the end of the month.
We've got 11 issues this week, and some real surprises! Let's go!
First of all, we only get one issue of Detective Comics this week, issue 366. We don't even get an annual, leaving issues 9 and 10 out in the cold.
Next up, we've got Deadman 1 & 2. This is the reprint series from the 80s, which represented Deadman's original stories from Strange Adventures on bright Baxter paper. I don't know how well that will translate to pixels, but for my money, these Baxter reprints were the best way to enjoy these stories. IIRC, there might be some Neal Adams stories from House of Mystery backing up a few of these issues, too. This lasted 7 issues.
We also have America vs the Justice Society #1, by Roy Thomas, Rick Buckler, Rafael Kanayan, and Jerry Ordway. I'm honestly surprised this four-part miniseries wasn't available already. The late Batman's journal offers evidence that puts the JSA on trial!
And then we've got two Lois Lane comics: Superman's Girlfriend, Lois Lane #1 (only the second issue of that series made available!) and Lois Lane #1, the first chapter of a hard-hitting two-part miniseries by Mindy Newell and Gray Morrow from the late 80s.
We've also got Justice League of America Annual 1, a battle with Dr. Destiny by Paul Levitz, Len Wein, and Rick Hoberg.
Amazingly, we've also got Hourman #1, from Ahoy's Tom Peyer and Rags Morales. It lasted 25 issues, and that team lasted through the end of the run (though there were some art fill-ins).
And finally, we've got Tales of the Green Lantern Corps 1-3 from Mike W. Barr, Len Wein, and Joe Staton. It's a great three-parter from 1981 that features the first appearance of Nekron.
Sales-wise, we've got the DC Villains sale and the DC Zombie Apocalypse sale, both ending on Monday. The Zombie sale encompasses a lot of DC's supernatural output, zombie or not -- Swamp Thing, Hellblazer, Deadman are all there. And the Villains sale has a bunch of Ostrander-era Suicide Squad trades on sale... they're purportedly what James Gunn is drawing inspiration from with his new Suicide Squad movie. Plus, Deathstroke/Yogi Bear is just 99 cents! I think I'll get that one, at least.
Also, I should mention that among the Suicide Squad books on sale this week is The Janus Directive, an interagency crossover between Checkmate and Task Force X. It might be the closest thing to the upcoming Event Leviathan story in DC history, and Bendis and Steve Epting gave it a shoutout by putting the title on the shelf of a bookstore in the recent Action Comics. I've got all the Suicide Squad comics from this era, but I bought this one digitally a while ago to reread without fishing out the issues of Captain Atom and Checkmate that it crosses over with.
Viva variety! We've got thirteen new releases today, and they're ALL OVER THE PLACE.
Let's start with continuations.
We've got Detective Comics 367
Plus Hourman 2 & 3.
Plus, Justice League of America Annual #3. (We had #1 last week, and #2 was released way back in 2012).
We've also got some continuations of limited series, with:
America vs the Justice Society #2.
Deadman (baxter reprints) 3 & 4
and Tales of the Green Lantern Corps Annual 1. (Although this is listed on Comixology as Green Lantern Annual 1, which, for all I know, the indicia says it is. But the cover says otherwise. Regardless, the regular GL run is also where Annual 2 resides.)
So that's eight issues. Now what's new?
A whole bunch of limited series and special issues, that's what.
First up, Armageddon 3000 issue 1.
Also, the first issue of the Dr. Mid-Nite 3 parter by Matt Wagner/John K. Snyder.
Issues 1 and 2 of JLA: Paradise Lost, the 3-part mini focusing on Azrael, the angel from the Morrison/Porter JLA series. (The mini is by Mark Millar and Ariel Olivetti; why they didn't wrap it up with issue 3, who knows?)
And finally, there's DC Comics Presents Flash, one of eight 2004 specials that were tributes of Julius Schwartz, in which a classic DC cover was used as a springboard for two new stories, the way Schwartz used to commission stories for some of his titles. As far as I can tell, this is the first of these specials to appear on Comixology.
And speaking of Flash, it's Flash Week in the Comixology sale. Lots of great material there, including the 4th Silver Age paperback collection, which is basically the second half of the second omnibus...and features about 10 issues the Archives never made it to. I snapped that one up for $6, quick as you please! (Plenty of other good stuff in there as well!)
After last week's explosion of new titles in the mix, this week we get continuations on pretty much everything.
Among the miniseries, we get some final issues: Armageddon 2001 #2, JLA: Paradise Lost #3, and the last issue of Mindy Newell/Gray Morrow's Lois Lane miniseries, #2. (We also get the second issue of the Silver Age's Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane, but that's not a miniseries.)
Also we have a few minis still chugging along: America vs the Justice Society #3, Deadman 5 & 6, and Dr. Mid-Nite #2. Also, we've got a quasi-miniseries, three more of the DC Comics Presents one-shots celebrating Julius Schwartz: this time, Green Lantern, Hawkman, and Justice League of America. That's four down in total, with four more to go.
Another one-shot from Wildstorm: Backlash and Taboo's African Adventure, from 1999. Also from Wildstorm is WildCATS Annual #1 from 1998, by James Robinson and Larry Stroman. It's part three of the "Devil's Night" story.
And then we've got the other two ongoing DC series with an issue apiece: Detective Comics #368 and Hourman #4.
DC's sale this week is "bingeworthy reads" -- basically collected editions of longer runs. If you feel like diving into the Invisibles, the whole thing is there for $42. That said, there's huge disparity in the collections -- Volume 4 only has 4 issues, while Volume 7 has 12 -- all for the same $5.99 price tag.
Just seven books this week! Let's get to 'em.
First up, we wrap three miniseries, with America vs the Justice Society 4, Dr. Mid-Nite 3, and Deadman 7.
Next, we continue Detective Comics with 271, the Batgirl-gets-a-run-in-her-tights cover. I'm surprised this one wasn't already up. It's two issues from last week's 368, but the two issues between were already available.
We get two issues of Hourman this week, issues 5 and 6.
And finally, we get WildC.A.T.S Special #1 from 1993. Comixology helpfully notes that the "story takes place after WILDC.A.T.S: COVERT ACTION TEAMS (1992) #4 and before WILDC.A.T.S TRILOGY (1993) #1."
And that's it!
There's a big Memorial Day sale -- too much to enumerate, but you'll probably find something you'll like. There's also a "Recent Hits" sale that has a lot of recent single issues for a buck apiece.
Another really light week. This might be the new normal for a while. Probably a result of both the recent layoffs and staff hours being divided by the DC Universe app.
Detective Comics continues with 373 and 374. (372 was already available.)
In Wildstorm news, we get two of the earliest issues of Gen 13: issues 0 and 2, from 1994. (#1 was already available.)
Superman's Girlfriend, Lois Lane continues after a few weeks' hiatus with #3.
We also get Batman Family #2.
And that's it! Six books!
This week's sale is DC Essentials. There are some neat choices included, like Daytripper and Snagglepuss, and some recent ones, like the 80th anniversary Action Comics collection, and Bendis's recent Man of Steel series.
I've been meaning to comment on some of the previous posts, Rob, but better late than never I guess.
I read that 2 issue Lois Lane mini a few years back. I initially bought it for the Gray Morrow art. It was a neat little series.
I've always meant to read the America vs the Justice Society, when Jeff recommended it to me, but I still haven't. I also don't want to buy it digitally, until I finish cataloging my boxes of unread comics. I may have bought it already.
I was very late to the Hourman series. I bought a nice little run from my LCS out of his 50¢ boxes, and that was a fun series. I highly recommend it.
Thanks for commenting, Trav! I liked that Lois series, too -- and might give it a reread if I spot in in my longboxes. And Hourman was a real treat!