DC Comics has announced two new collections to tie in with upcoming mass media versions of some of their properties.
First, The Losers is going to be a movie in April 2010, so DC is reprinting the first two volumes as one bigger, 12-issue collection at a customer-friendly price of $19.99. It’s due out January 2010, and the thicker book should given interested readers more to dive into. I’m not particularly interested in the plot — Special Forces seek revenge after being betrayed — but the cast is good, with Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Chris Evans being highlights for me.
More my speed is the FOX TV series Human Target starring Mark Valley (Boston Legal, Swingtown, Fringe). (I’ve always though he should play Captain America, myself.) It’s starting in January, so DC’s releasing a new collection then. Peter Milligan’s four-issue miniseries (illustrated by Edvin Biukovic) will be reprinted along with his Final Cut graphic novel (art by Javier Pulido). The new title is Human Target: Chance Meetings. (Cause the character’s name is Christopher Chance!)
This is the kind of smart marketing I like to see, putting out books that make it easy for interested viewers to read more.