- Posted by Johanna on October 28, 2008 at 9:27 pm
- Category: Graphic Novel News
DC stated today that their plans to reissue the Transmetropolitan collections, first announced almost two years ago, have changed.
Previously, they were going to combine the first two books into one. Now, they’re just rearranging the material to better balance the sizes of the books. Instead of 3 and 9 issues, it’ll be 6 and 6. That means that they won’t have to renumber all the following volumes.
Book 0 (collecting two special issues) is being combined with book 10, as previously announced, but it’s staying number 10 instead of becoming 9. Plus, they’re moving a Vertigo’s Edge story from book 3 to book 4. That seems like a small change, but I don’t know the stories. The full announcement follows, with proposed release dates.
This is a good example of why book collections should be thought through from the beginning. Once a book is in print, it should stay there, and trying to reconfigure a series on the fly just causes confusion and stocking issues.
The TRANSMETROPOLITAN VOL. 1: BACK ON THE STREET NEW EDITION TP now will include issues #1-6 of the original series, which were previously available in volumes 1 and 2 of the collected editions. It will be advance-solicited in the December Previews to arrive in stores in March.
Following that, the TRANSMETROPOLITAN VOL. 2: LUST FOR LIFE NEW EDITION TP now will include issue #7-12 of the original series; this title previously collected issues #4-12. It is scheduled to arrive in stores in May.
The TRANSMETROPOLITAN VOL. 3: YEAR OF THE BASTARD NEW EDITION TP now will include issues #13-18 of the series; this title previously collected these issues as well as a story from VERTIGO WINTER’S EDGE #2. It is scheduled to arrive in stores in August.
The TRANSMETROPOLITAN VOL. 4: THE NEW SCUM NEW EDITION TP now will include issues #19-24 of the series, as well as the story from VERTIGO WINTER’S EDGE #3 and the addition of the story from VERTIGO WINTER’S EDGE #2. In-store date for VOL. 4 will be announced later.
The TRANSMETROPOLITAN VOL. 10: ONE MORE TIME NEW EDITION TP now will include issues #55-60 of the series, as well as the Specials TRANSMETROPOLITAN: I HATE IT HERE and TRANSMETROPOLITAN: FILTH OF THE CITY. The specials were previously available in TRANSMETROPOLITAN VOL. 0: TALES OF HUMAN WASTE; This volume will no longer be available once current stock is gone. In-store date for VOL. 10 will be announced later.
These volumes are being reconfigured due to retailer requests for a more consistent page count in the series’ early volumes. Please note that this supersedes the previous announcement regarding this series. Volumes 5-9 will remain in print in their current configuration.