We all use Amazon.com around here, right? Right. And you know how every now and then, Amazon will greet you at its homepage with a “Hey, here’s some stuff you might be interested in!”, right?
Well, last night when I logged on to Amazon to check on an order, Amazon chose to greet me with the following piece of information that hasn’t broken out wide yet: in June of next year, DC will for the first time ever print their anthology series “Solo.” 12-issue limited series sees talented folks like Paul Pope, Tim Sale, Mike Allred, Jordi Bernet, Darwyn Cooke and more throwing their spins on all sorts of classic DC characters in short stories, similar to what DC did with their Wendesday anthology but a million times better. It has never been collected before and it is worth every penny, so you can finally stop hunting for it in shops and on eBay and get yourself the whole series in one Deluxe Hardcover for $49.99 – or $31.49 right now if you pre-order on Amazon.
But wait! There’s more!
There’s going to be a whole slew of great hardcovers coming from DC next year that haven’t been fully announced yet, yet thanks to Amazon we now know about. There’s the Absolute Superman/Batman Omnibus v1, collecting what appears to be the first two arcs of Jeph Loeb’s rather entertaining run on the book (seriously), the 12 issues of Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch’s Authority that was just announced in the March solicits, Batgirl and Robin Year Ones collected into a single book and — are you ready for this? — an omnibus of Siegel and Shuster’s classic Golden Age Superman. Wow.
Now, in regards to the Superman omnibus, it’s rather murky. On the one hand, having Siegel and Shuster’s comics in a hardcover book sounds beyond appealing. On the other hand, it’s hard to look at that book without being reminded of the lengthy lawsuit the Siegel and Shuster estates have been in with DC for fifteen years now. It’s hard not to want it, but I’d also say it’s a bit awkward to justify buying it. At least, for me. You can make the call for yourself, though.
Oh, and to top it all off, the second volume of Ed Brubaker’s Catwoman run is scheduled for June.
In case you didn’t know, if you pre-order something on Amazon you are guaranteed the lowest price it ever gets as your final order. If you pre-order a book at $10, for example, and the price goes down to $5 in between then and when the book comes out, you’ll pay $5. It doesn’t help your local shop any, but given how expensive some of these books are, you may want to keep that in mind.