DC Comics Spotlight Products shipping December, 2002

Wed, September 18th, 2002 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

The return of the King!


AQUAMAN

Banished from Atlantis! Branded a traitor! Every denizen of the deep programmed to deliver him a death sentence…

It's Aquaman as you've never seen him before!

The King of the Seven Seas makes his long-anticipated return to monthly comics with AQUAMAN - a new ongoing series that combines the talents of acclaimed storyteller Rick Veitch (GREYSHIRT: INDIGO SUNSET, Brat Pack), hot young penciller Yvel Guichet (JLA, BATMAN: HARLEY QUINN), inker Mark Propst, and stunning cover artist Alex Maleev (Daredevil, BATMAN: NO MAN'S LAND), to deliver an exciting new era in the life of the underwater crusader.

The aftermath of the epic JLA storyline "The Obsidian Age" has left Aquaman hated by his former subjects and exiled from the life-giving ocean he once called home. The king they called Orin is judged guilty of high treason for crimes committed during "The Obsidian Age." His sentence: death. Left to perish on an exposed reef, Aquaman discovers - to his horror - that all the creatures of the sea are instructed to attack him without mercy, and that he must now turn to other bodies of water for sanctuary. In a mysterious freshwater lake he finds refuge and much more, as he is granted amazing new powers and a brand-new mission in life! The oceans may be off-limits, but the Lady of the Lake has presented him with his true destiny.

AQUAMAN presents a refreshing new take on this classic, fan-favorite character - delivering amazing new adventures that readers never expected to see, and surprises as only Veitch can provide!

This project is supported with a full-color poster, house and trade ads, and a minisite at www.dccomics.com.

AQUAMAN is an ongoing series edited by Dan Raspler. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores December 11 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

The '80s sensation returns!


ROBOTECH

An alien spacecraft crash-lands in the South Pacific. Over the next ten years, scientists study and adapt the alien technology into powerful "mecha" - much needed in a large, looming interplanetary war into which the Earth is unwillingly drawn…

Welcome to ROBOTECH - a new #0 issue and 6-issue miniseries from WildStorm Productions featuring characters from the wildly popular animated series! Debuting with two issues in December, this highly anticipated return of Robotech features stories from the Macross Saga - focusing on the original cast of characters: Roy Fokker, Rick Hunter, Lynn Minmei, Claudia Grant, Henry Gloval, and the arrival of the SDF-1.

First up, Tommy Yune - the man behind DANGER GIRL: KAMIKAZE and SPEED RACER: BORN TO RACE - teams up with co-writer Jay Faerber (Noble Causes, THE TITANS) to bring you a special 12-page story in ROBOTECH #0. And getting just one fan-favorite artist wasn't enough for this important tale, so we've got four: Jim Lee (BATMAN), Lee Bermejo (BATMAN/DEATHBLOW: AFTER THE FIRE), Al Garza (GEN13), and Carlos D'Anda (RESIDENT EVIL) - all combining their talents in a "jam" story that needs to be seen to be believed!

After a rescue mission, Captain Rick Hunter comes across Roy Fokker's Veritech, set to be dismantled. The sight of Roy's "old bird" takes Rick back to the day Roy left Pop Hunter's Air Circus to fight in the world war.

If that doesn't whet your appetite for Robotech excitement, this issue also features a special pinup section featuring the eye-popping artwork of Adam Warren, Kaare Andrews, Randy Green, Long Vo, Dustin Nguyen, and Keron Grant! Plus, a text piece by Yune (who provides the cover) exploring Robotech's past, present, and future!

Then, just two weeks later, it's ROBOTECH #1 - the beginning of a 6-issue monthly miniseries written by Yune & Faerber and featuring art by Long Vo (X-Men: Evolution, Last Shot: First Draw) & Udon, a cover by Yune, and a variant cover by Steve Skroce (Wolverine). In issue #1, Ace fighter pilot Roy Fokker has gone to war and is making himself a legend through his tenacity and raw ability. But skills in the air alienate him from his comrades, as he often outlives his wingmen. His next mission, though, tests even his ability and brings him into conflict with someone familiar to any Robotech fan: Captain Gloval! And there's a new challenge on the horizon for both of them...one that's about to crash onto Macross Island!

This project is supported with a full-color poster, house and trade ads, a co-op ad slick, and a minisite at www.dccomics.com.

ROBOTECH #0 is a 32-page WildStorm Productions one-shot edited by Ben Abernathy, arriving in comic-book stores December 4 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S. ROBOTECH is a 6-issue WildStorm Productions miniseries also edited by Abernathy. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores December 18 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S. Note: This issue will ship with two covers. All orders will be filled with Tommy Yune (50%) and Steve Skroce (50%).

GOTHAM CENTRAL

They are Gotham City's finest! And living in the shadow of the Dark Knight just makes the detectives of Gotham's police force determined to prove they have what it takes to enforce the law in a city rife with criminals…with or without Batman's help.

GOTHAM CENTRAL is a powerful new ongoing series that debuts with two issues in December! Masterfully written by Greg Rucka (DETECTIVE COMICS, Queen & Country) & Ed Brubaker (BATMAN, CATWOMAN), and beautifully brought to life by artist Michael Lark (BATMAN: NINE LIVES), GOTHAM CENTRAL focuses on the daily grind of the police detectives of Gotham - taking readers to a part of Batman's world they've only glimpsed before. Fan favorite characters like Rene Montoya, Crispis Allen, Maggie Sawyer, and Commissioner Aikens (the man who replaced James Gordon) are joined by an expanded cast of both familiar and new faces. Readers learn just how difficult it is to solve crimes and prevent murders in Gotham, especially when the biggest obstacle is Batman!

In issue #1, a tense drama begins in rapid-fire fashion with the all too familiar cry of "officer down!" - and the race is on to stop a major Batman villain while solving the crime before the Dark Knight intervenes. But between the emotion of losing one of their own and the labyrinth of clues left behind, the chances of success for Montoya, Allen and Co. don't look good…

Then three weeks later in issue #2, the detectives' best lead to solving the murder of their fellow officer has reached a dead end, and time is running out. When they discover the killer's real target, can they hope to arrive in time?

Issue #3 follows in January only two weeks later, and then the title maintains a regular monthly schedule, with Rucka and Brubaker writing solo on alternating story arcs thereafter.

This project is supported with a full-color poster, house and trade ads, and a minisite at www.dccomics.com.

GOTHAM CENTRAL is an ongoing series edited by Matt Idelson. Issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores December 4, and issue #2 arrives in comic-book stores December 26. Each issue is 32 pages with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

WAR STORY: J FOR JENNY

"No enemy aircraft will fly over the Reich territory." - Herman Goering

It's late 1943, and with the war now turning towards victory for the Allies, great firebombing raids are being launched against German cities and industries. The Americans bomb by day and the British by night - up to a thousand bombers at a time hitting cities like Hamburg, Bremen and Berlin, razing them all. But no matter how tough you are as part of a bombing crew, sooner or later you find yourself wondering who is underneath you when you drop the mother lode…

Writer Garth Ennis returns for another hard-hitting tale of war in WAR STORY: J FOR JENNY - a 64-page VERTIGO one-shot reuniting Ennis with legendary artist David Lloyd (V FOR VENDETTA, WAR STORY: NIGHTINGALE), with a cover designed by Terry Marks. The Americans may have had the B-17 Flying Fortress, but the English had the Lancaster bomber - a built-to-spill flying tank that was loaded to the gills, punching Swiss-cheese holes in German industrial facilities. Jenny is one of Britain's tough-as-leather Lancaster bombers, and this is her tale - as her crew wreaks havoc on cities all across Nazi Germany.

J FOR JENNY - the second tale in the latest wave of WAR STORY one-shots - shows the very human side of war, living up to the brutal realism and in-your-face storytelling that made the first WAR STORY chronicles such a hit.

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WAR STORY: J FOR JENNY is a 64-page VERTIGO one-shot edited by Will Dennis and is suggested for mature readers. It arrives in comic-book stores December 11 with a cover price of $4.95 U.S.

HELLBLAZER SPECIAL: LADY CONSTANTINE

"I have, in my time, found little use for convention - especially insofar as it involves being dictated to by men..." - Johanna Constantine

The year is 1785, and Johanna Constantine is a woman way ahead of her time. Ancestor of HELLBLAZER's John Constantine, and herself a dabbler in the shadowy world of the occult, Johanna finds herself embroiled in a desperate battle to locate the world's most coveted - and deadliest - mystical prize. An infernal box which, if opened, could reveal the secrets of the universe, or unleash all the savage powers of Hell...or both.

HELLBLAZER SPECIAL: LADY CONSTANTINE is a 4-issue VERTIGO miniseries written by Andy Diggle (2000AD) with art by award-winning artist Goran Sudzuka (OUTLAW NATION), and super-sexy painted covers by Phil Noto (BIRDS OF PREY, Beautiful Killer).

After being hired by British Secret Intelligence to hunt down the box, Johanna must enlist the aid of allies both human and otherwise if she is to seize the prize from an ancient and unstoppable foe - as the very fate of the world hangs in the balance. And being a Constantine, she knows that if you play with Hellfire, you're liable to get burned...

LADY CONSTANTINE combines the horror of HELLBLAZER, the wit and charm of THE SANDMAN and the otherworldly imagination of SWAMP THING in a sweeping supernatural action-adventure. Johanna Constantine: magician, adventurer, rogue. She may be many things, but she's no lady...

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HELLBLAZER SPECIAL: LADY CONSTANTINE is a 4-issue VERTIGO miniseries edited by Will Dennis and is suggested for mature readers. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores December 18 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.

THE AUTHORITY: SCORCHED EARTH

WildStorm's most powerful super-team, the Authority, has faced alien threats, rogue super-humans and even the Earth itself in its quest to protect the planet. But can even the powerhouse members of this group stop an oncoming supernova?

The widescreen action and intense characterization you've come to expect from the Authority continues in THE AUTHORITY: SCORCHED EARTH - a 48-page Eye of the Storm one-shot brought to you by writer Robbie Morrison and artist Frazer Irving. Both creators are best known for their phenomenal work on 2000AD and are on the fast track to comics stardom! Topping this one-shot is a gorgeous cover painted by Ashley Wood (AUTOMATIC KAFKA).

In SCORCHED EARTH, the birth of a new being has caused the Sun to rapidly age, causing a potential supernova five billion years early! While the easy solution would be to kill the newborn entity, the consequences of such an action could spell doom for the entire solar system! Will the return of a long-forgotten ally turn the tide of battle? Will our heroes prevail against incredible odds? Or is mankind doomed to extinction?

SCORCHED EARTH is a one-shot that will be on fire, as the story - and its creators, Morrison and Irving - are sure to be talked about for some time to come!

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THE AUTHORITY: SCORCHED EARTH is a 48-page WildStorm Productions one-shot edited by Ben Abernathy and is suggested for mature readers. It arrives in comic-book stores December 18 with a cover price of $4.95 U.S.

BATMAN/ALIENS II

They're the most dangerous creatures in the universe. Relentless and bloodthirsty, these Aliens will stop at nothing to sate their constant hunger. But in the human hero known as Batman, they may have met their match again.

BATMAN/ALIENS II is a 3-issue Prestige Format miniseries written by Ian Edginton (Aliens vs. Predator: Eternal), with art by Staz Johnson (ROBIN, CATWOMAN) & James Hodgkins (JENNY SPARKS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE AUTHORITY), that finds a Gotham City construction crew uncovering a sealed vault that houses an unspeakable horror.

Eighty years ago, an expedition to the South Pole uncovered a crashed spaceship - a spaceship containing the savage Aliens. Now, after years of lying dormant in hibernation, a nearly desiccated Alien escapes into the modern world. And it's very, very hungry!

Now the Alien has been unleashed upon an unsuspecting Gotham City. And only one man has a chance of stopping this murderous beast - the Dark Knight Detective known as Batman!

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BATMAN/ALIENS II is a 3-issue Prestige Format Elseworlds miniseries edited by Michael Wright. The 48-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores December 26 with a cover price of $5.95 U.S. Copublished with Dark Horse Comics.

BATGIRL: YEAR ONE

Barbara Gordon is currently known throughout the DC Universe as the information powerhouse called Oracle. But before that, she was better known to the world as Batgirl!

The creators of ROBIN: YEAR ONE return with another look into the past of one of comics' most popular characters! BATGIRL: YEAR ONE is a 9-issue miniseries written by Chuck Dixon (Way of the Rat, BIRDS OF PREY, NIGHTWING) & Scott Beatty (BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS), with art and covers by Marcos Martn & Alvaro Lopez (BIRDS OF PREY, ROBIN).

Barbara, following her chance meeting with the Boy Wonder at the end of ROBIN: YEAR ONE, aspires to become a vigilante herself. But between the skepticism of Batman and the watchful eye of her adoptive father, James Gordon, she's finding entry to the hero biz difficult at best. And in her first time out of the gate, she must take on Killer Moth! Laugh if you want, but there's a reason they call him "Killer" - and this is one enemy who'll come back to haunt Barbara!

YEAR ONE tells the full story of Barbara Gordon's rise as a super-hero, chronicling the lessons she learned and the powerful choices she made that continue to make her one of the most captivating characters in comics today.

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BATGIRL: YEAR ONE is a 9-issue miniseries edited by Matt Idelson. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores December 18 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.

WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL #1 (1967) 80-PAGE GIANT

During the 1960s, 80-Page Giants were a popular comics format that contained a fistful of stories in one jam-packed issue for a modest price. Most of DC's iconic characters had an 80-Page Giant, save for one curious exception: Wonder Woman. That is…until now!

Rescued from the vault of lost annuals, WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL #1 (1967) is an 80-page one-shot collecting four of the Amazon Princess's classic adventures! First up is a tale that is considered one of her best Golden Age escapades: "Villainy Incorporated," reprinting WONDER WOMAN (first series) #28. This story inspired the recently concluded serial in the current incarnation of WONDER WOMAN. Also included are "Eagle of Space" from issue #105, "Wanted: Wonder Woman" from issue #108 and "Revolt of Wonder Woman!" from issue #144!

With the writing talents of Robert Kanigher and Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston, and the fine art of Ross Andru, Mike Esposito and Golden Age great Harry G. Peter, this is one Annual you don't want "lost" again - so don't be caught without it!

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WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL #1 (1967) is an 80-page one-shot arriving in comic-book stores December 18 with a cover price of $4.95 U.S.

April 2003 is…


SUPER FRIENDS MONTH!

"Their mission: To fight injustice. To right that which is wrong. And to serve all mankind!"

Relive those fond memories of the Super Friends in April, 2003 - as DC Comics brings you a slew of new goodies for "Super Friends! Month" - items that you won't be able to pass up!

If you grew up watching the Saturday morning adventures on TV, then you'll be happy to stroll down memory lane with the SUPER FRIENDS! TRUTH, JUSTICE AND PEACE! trade paperback - a 144-page follow-up to last year's successful collection, starring Superman, Batman & Robin, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Wonder Twins, and others. Written by E. Nelson Bridwell, this volume showcases the art of Ramona Fradon, Bob Smith and Vince Colletta - with a dynamic cover portraying the Super Friends by legendary artist Alex Toth! TRUTH, JUSTICE AND PEACE! reprints material from SUPER FRIENDS #10, 12, 13, 25, 28, 31, and 37, plus the backups from #29 & 36 - featuring appearances by the likes of Supergirl, the Demon, Swamp Thing, the Global Guardians, TNT & Dyna-Mite, Man-Bat, Bizarro, Solomon Grundy, Felix Faust, Black Orchid, Gorilla Grodd, and more!

Then look out for an exciting new series of Super Friends DC Direct product starting in April! First up is the SUPER FRIENDS!: SUPERMAN AND LEX LUTHOR DELUXE ACTION FIGURE SET - featuring articulated action figures of the Man of Steel and his archenemy as they appeared on the classic animated show. Then get set for the SUPER FRIENDS!: WONDER WOMAN AND CHEETAH DELUXE ACTION FIGURE SET - featuring figures of the Amazing Amazon and her feline-inspired nemesis. Both Deluxe Action Figure sets include Super Friends logo bases, a variety of cool and fun accessories (see DC Direct listings for full details), and are packaged in newly designed, full-color window boxes. Four more SUPER FRIENDS! DELUXE ACTION FIGURE SETS are scheduled for release in 2003!

Still want more Super Friends? Then be sure to catch the SUPER FRIENDS!: BATMAN MAQUETTE - the first in a line of five limited-edition Super Friends maquettes due in 2003, based on the character designs of the animated show. This cold-cast porcelain maquette stands approximately 8 3/4" tall x 5" wide x 4 1/2" deep and is packaged in a full-color box. Plus, no Super Friends fan's wall is complete without the SUPER FRIENDS! POSTER, showcasing the exciting artwork of Alex Toth (comic-book great and character designer for the original Super Friends animated show), originally published as the cover for 1976's LIMITED COLLECTOR'S EDITION #C-41. This 24" x 36" poster features a cheerful depiction of the Super Friends and is perfect for framing!

Finally, look for upcoming news about Super Friends from Warner Home Video! With so many Super Friends items in April, you'll be in nostalgia heaven!

"Super Friends! Month" is supported with a full-color poster and house ads.

SUPER FRIENDS!: TRUTH, JUSTICE AND PEACE! is a 144-page trade paperback, advance-solicited and arriving in comic-book stores April 2, 2003, with a cover price of $14.95 U.S. SUPER FRIENDS!: SUPERMAN AND LEX LUTHOR DELUXE ACTION FIGURE SET and SUPER FRIENDS!: WONDER WOMAN AND CHEETAH DELUXE ACTION FIGURE SET are both advance-solicited and arrive in comic-book stores April 2 and 30, 2003, respectively. Please consult your retailer for pricing information. The SUPER FRIENDS!: BATMAN MAQUETTE is advance-solicited, arriving in comic-book stores April 9, 2003, with a price of $89.95 U.S. The SUPER FRIENDS! POSTER is advance-solicited, arriving in comic-book stores April 23, 2003, with a price of $7.95 U.S.

BIRDS OF PREY #50

With the debut of the much anticipated Birds of Prey live-action TV series on The WB! this fall, exciting changes are in store for its comic-book inspiration! BIRDS OF PREY #50 is the debut of a 6-issue run by a creative team that will take the lives of Black Canary and Oracle to new heights!

Critically acclaimed creator Gilbert Hernandez, Time Magazine's "Hot Pick for comics creator of 2001" (along with his brother Jaime, for their legendary comic Love and Rockets) hops on board as writer, with Casey Jones (Excalibur) providing art and Phil Noto continuing on covers.

In issue #50, a perfect jumping-on point for new readers, we discover that Black Canary's had it! After one exhausting adventure after another, she's ready for some "Dinah downtime." First stop: the hairdresser's to get her roots done and to mull over the fact that she's…growing younger? But before you can say "Silver Age," Canary's abducted by an apelike creature in protective body armor. After a fierce battle, the creature turns out to be Java - the caveman bodyguard of industrialist Simon Stagg (and longtime DCU readers know that if Stagg is around, a certain DCU fan-favorite character is sure to be close by). The normally slow-witted Java appears even more deluded than usual, mistaking Canary for his unrequited love, Sapphire Stagg! Meanwhile, Barbara is "bothered" by an old acquaintance…

The action and adventure continues for our pair of heroines, with an added touch of unpredictability!

BIRDS OF PREY is an ongoing series edited by Lysa Hawkins. Issue #50 is 32 pages and arrives in comic-book stores December 18 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

BIRDS OF PREY DELUXE ACTION FIGURE SET

The upcoming Birds of Prey TV show has inspired DC Direct to create action figures of the comic-book versions of the characters! The BIRDS OF PREY DELUXE ACTION FIGURE SET features The Huntress, Oracle and Black Canary packaged together so that all the action and excitement of these beautiful crusaders for justice can be yours!

BLACK CANARY - wearing her latest costume from the BIRDS OF PREY comic book - features twelve points of articulation, stands approximately 6" tall and comes with a removable belt. THE HUNTRESS features twelve points of articulation, stands approximately 6" tall and comes with two crossbows (each approximately 1" long and 1/2" wide) and a soft vinyl, non-removable cape. ORACLE features seven points of articulation and sits approximately 4 3/4" tall in a wheelchair (the figure and wheelchair are one piece), that features functioning wheels and a laptop computer. The set also comes with two bases (approximately 5" wide x 2 3/4" deep) featuring the BIRDS OF PREY logo and is packaged in a 4-color window box.

The BIRDS OF PREY DELUXE ACTION FIGURE SET is advance-solicited and arrives in comic-book stores March 5, 2003. Please consult your retailer for pricing information.

Will Eisner's THE NAME OF THE GAME SOFTCOVER

Following the success of MINOR MIRACLES (the first original addition to DC's Will Eisner Library), one of comics' most influential and groundbreaking storytellers presents the 176-page softcover version of the acclaimed, Eisner Award-winning THE NAME OF THE GAME.

Written and illustrated by Will Eisner, THE NAME OF THE GAME is a tumultuous generational saga of a wealthy Jewish family's assimilation into New York society, spanning the first half of the 1900s. It's also the story of the American Dream, and the game of marrying for social advantage. With this book, the author relates in modern form the classic fairy tale story of the pauper's hope of advancement by marrying into royalty.

Conrad and Alex Arnheim are two rich sons who inherited their family's successful garment business, and over the years, they each, in turn, destroy the family legacy. Conrad, the adored eldest son, grows up to be a ruthless businessman and womanizer, true to no one but himself. Alex becomes a life-long alcoholic, destroying himself and those who love him. An emotionally rich tale, THE NAME OF THE GAME delves into the lives of the many people who are connected to the Arnheims, painting a compelling picture of life, family, religion, and social status from the turn of the century through post-World War II America.

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THE NAME OF THE GAME is a 176-page softcover edited by Karen Berger, arriving in comic-book stores December 26 with a cover price of $19.95 U.S.

"Cycles," Part 1


Y - THE LAST MAN #6

"...this book blew us away..." - Wizard: The Comics Magazine

Critics and readers have been raving about the new VERTIGO series that takes a look at what the world would be like if the entire male population died out…save for one man and his pet monkey.

Y - THE LAST MAN #6 begins an all-new 5-part story "Cycles," and is the perfect jumping-on point for new readers who are just hearing about this exciting new series. Written by Brian K. Vaughan, with art by Pia Guerra & Jos Marzan, Jr., and painted covers by J.G. Jones, Y #6 reveals more about the mystery of why the men may have died out - while throwing more puzzling questions into the mix.

In "Cycles," Yorick Brown and his companions embark on an important quest. Riding the rails across a radically transformed America, the last man on Earth is pursued by several competing factions, including the deadly Daughters of the Amazon. Meanwhile, things get worse for Hero, Yorick's missing sister.

Fans have been won over by this refreshing new series - and just look at what some critics have to say: "This is easily Vertigo's best offering since LUCIFER, and possibly even PREACHER. Yes, it's that good." - RevolutionSF.com. "Vaughan introduces a far-flung and quirky cast of characters, builds tension very effectively and sets up a status quo where literally anything could happen next." - The Fourth Rail. "This book is going to be the next big thing... Get in on the ground floor now. You won't be sorry." - Ain't It Cool News.

Y - THE LAST MAN is an ongoing VERTIGO series edited by Steve Bunche and is suggested for mature readers. Issue #6 is 32 pages and arrives in comic-book stores December 18 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.

SWAMP THING: DARK GENESIS - NEW EDITION TRADE PAPERBACK

He has become a modern legend, this mysterious creature of the Louisiana bayou. Feared as a monster, hailed as a god, by turns wonderfully benevolent and pitiless in his wrath, the Swamp Thing has carved his unique niche in the American Landscape.

Writer Len Wein and legendary horror artist Bernie Wrightson, the original creators of the most complex creature in comics, brought the "Swamp Thing" to life in an 8-page story from HOUSE OF SECRETS #92. Now that classic story, plus the first ten issues of SWAMP THING Volume One, are reprinted in a new edition of SWAMP THING: DARK GENESIS - a 240-page VERTIGO trade paperback.

In DARK GENESIS, learn the astonishing secret of Swamp Thing's "birth"; share the forbidden passions of Anton Arcane and the measureless sorrow of the Patchwork Man; shiver to the timeless horror of the witch named Rebecca Ravenwind and of a tortured Scottish werewolf. These eleven stories are not merely acknowledged classics of the comics field; they are an incredible reading experience, and the ideal introduction to the many-faceted creature known as Swamp Thing.

SWAMP THING: DARK GENESIS is a 240-page VERTIGO trade paperback and is suggested for mature readers. It arrives in comic-book stores December 11 with a cover price of $19.95 U.S.

No More Happily Ever After…


FABLES: LEGENDS IN EXILE TRADE PAPERBACK

Her apartment's a bloody crime scene. Her body's nowhere to be found. And it's not a simple case of murder. What horrifying thing has happened to beloved fairytale character Rose Red?

You'll be surprised to learn the answer, as VERTIGO's new hit series gets its first collection with FABLES: LEGENDS IN EXILE - a 128-page trade paperback collecting the first five issues of the sold-out, critically acclaimed, fan-favorite title. Created and written with predatory wit by Bill Willingham (Coventry, THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: MERV PUMPKINHEAD - AGENT OF DREAM), LEGENDS IN EXILE features the art of Lan Medina (Aria, WONDER WOMAN SECRET FILES), Steve Leialoha (THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: PETREFAX) and Craig Hamilton (THE SPECTRE). This collection also includes a new FABLES prose story by Willingham and a new painted cover by James Jean.

When a group of fairytale characters are exiled from their respective homelands, they're forced to take up secret residence in modern day New York City. But life in the "real" world among the "mundanes" isn't easy for these displaced refugees - especially after their community is rocked by the apparent murder of Rose Red.

The primary suspect in Red's death is her latest boyfriend, Jack - an unrepentant rascal who's caused no end of trouble for the Fable community since his beanstalk-climbing days. It's up to Deputy Mayor Snow White and a reformed Bigby Wolf, Fabletown's one-man police force, to sniff out whodunnit to Snow's estranged, party-girl sister. Can the reluctant partners solve the mystery of Rose Red's murder without killing one another in the process?

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FABLES: LEGENDS IN EXILE is a 128-page VERTIGO trade paperback and is suggested for mature readers. It arrives in comic-book stores December 11 with a cover price of $14.95 U.S.

GREYSHIRT: INDIGO SUNSET TRADE PAPERBACK

From the pages of TOMORROW STORIES comes one of AMERICA'S BEST COMICS' most intriguing characters: Greyshirt! Who is Greyshirt and how did he come to be? What is the real story behind Indigo City's champion? Where did his career begin?

The answers are found in GREYSHIRT: INDIGO SUNSET, a 224-page trade paperback collecting the 6-issue miniseries from AMERICA'S BEST COMICS, written and illustrated by Greyshirt co-creator Rick Veitch (AQUAMAN, Brat Pack). The savage and startling origin of Greyshirt is revealed in a decades-spanning epic, as Veitch takes the character he co-created with Alan Moore and gives him greater depth and purpose. INDIGO SUNSET follows our hero through a variety of adventures, with an added twist: Each 24-page chapter is supplemented by an 8-page installment from the Indigo Sunset newspaper (including such comic strips as "Weeping Gorilla!"). The chapters and newspaper articles are interrelated, offering a different view of events occurring in the lead chapters.

INDIGO SUNSET also features contributions by some of comics' finest creators, including Russ Heath, David Lloyd, Al Williamson, Dave Gibbons, and Frank Cho!

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GREYSHIRT: INDIGO SUNSET is a 224-page AMERICA'S BEST COMICS trade paperback arriving in comic-book stores December 11 with a cover price of $19.95 U.S.

PROMETHEA BOOK TWO TRADE PAPERBACK

The second volume of the critically acclaimed, multiple award-winning series PROMETHEA is every bit as good as, if not better than, the first volume - and we don't make that statement lightly!

PROMETHEA BOOK TWO is a 176-page trade paperback from AMERICA'S BEST COMICS, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by J.H. Williams III, Mick Gray, and Jos Villarrubia, with a cover pencilled by Williams and painted by Villarrubia. BOOK TWO follows Sophie Bangs, the latest in a long line of Prometheas, on a winding journey of discovery as she continues to learn the secrets of the Immateria...and herself. Her transcendental adventure brings young Sophie to realms of magic and wonder that none have experienced before. Collecting PROMETHEA issues #7-12, BOOK TWO contains such fan-favorite stories as "Rocks and Hard Places," where Sophie learns about the Promethea named Bill, and "Sex, Stars, and Serpents," where Sophie learns some…er…valuable lessons.

Moore - the most lauded writer in the history of comics - and the fan-favorite art team of Williams & Gray combine their talents for a unique vision in comics that Entertainment Weekly has given an "A-" - describing the creative team as "seemingly hell-bent on reinventing the art of comics storytelling."

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PROMETHEA BOOK TWO is a 176-page trade paperback from AMERICA'S BEST COMICS, arriving in comic-book stores December 11 with a cover price of $14.95 U.S.

RESIDENT EVIL: CODE VERONICA BOOK FOUR TRADE PAPERBACK

The most faithful adaptation of a video game ever seen in comics comes to a shattering conclusion in this volume, translated into English (from the original Hong Kong manga) by Ted Adams and Kris Oprisko (RESIDENT EVIL: FIRE AND ICE).

RESIDENT EVIL: CODE VERONICA BOOK FOUR is a 144-page WildStorm Productions trade paperback originally written by Lee Chung Hing and illustrated by Hui King Sum that finds Chris Redfield tracing his sister Claire to Antarctica, where she and Steve have run afoul of the insane Alexia Ashford. Of course, landing in the midst of an Umbrella base and actually rescuing his sister are two different things - even for someone who's tangled with as many of Umbrella's sinister creations as Chris. And not only are there monsters to battle, but Alexia has an evil plot of her own, which ties into long-hidden secrets of her upbringing. Before this tale is over, everyone is changed, for better or for worse…

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RESIDENT EVIL: CODE VERONICA BOOK FOUR is a 144-page WildStorm Productions trade paperback and is suggested for mature readers. It arrives in comic-book stores December 4 with a cover price of $14.95 U.S.

THE J. SCOTT CAMPBELL DANGER GIRL SKETCHBOOK NEW PRINTING

The first time we offered this sought-after volume, it was an instant sell-out - so don't let it slip through your fingers twice! Fans thirsting for more of artist J. Scott Campbell's juicy artwork now have a second chance with THE J. SCOTT CAMPBELL DANGER GIRL SKETCHBOOK - a 64-page Prestige Format one-shot of glorious Campbell DANGER GIRL art and other goodies that fans won't be able to live without.

This jam-packed collection includes tons of behind-the-scenes material, such as ultra-rare production drawings from the DANGER GIRL video game, action figures and PVCs. Plus, there are breakdowns for DANGER GIRL pages, rarely seen covers, two amazing Danger Girl animation flip-books that run along the inside corner flaps, and many more enticing treasures to discover and drool over. The DANGER GIRL SKETCHBOOK is a treat for any and all who appreciate terrific comic-book art - and especially helpful for the aspiring comics artist who desires a glimpse of those cool behind-the-scenes secrets that we always hear about but have never gotten to see…until now!

This book is printed on two different stocks of paper - one glossy, the other matte - to enhance your viewing experience. With approximately half of the sketchbook in color and the rest in black-and-white, the art in the DANGER GIRL SKETCHBOOK - some created exclusively for this volume - amply proves why Campbell is one of the most sought-out artists in the business!

THE J. SCOTT CAMPBELL DANGER GIRL SKETCHBOOK is a 64-page CLIFFHANGER PRODUCTIONS Prestige Format one-shot arriving in comic-book stores December 26 with a cover price of $6.95 U.S.

THE FLASH: THE RETURN OF BARRY ALLEN - NEW EDITION TRADE PAPERBACK

During Mark Waid's popular run on THE FLASH, the fan-favorite writer penned the now-classic story "The Return of Barry Allen" - featuring the miraculous reappearance of the Scarlet Speedster of the Silver Age!

Now the previously sold-out collection of this storyline returns in a new printing of THE FLASH: THE RETURN OF BARRY ALLEN - a 192-page trade paperback by Waid and artists Greg LaRocque & Roy Richardson. This fast-paced volume reprints THE FLASH #74-79, where current Flash Wally West faces his uncle Barry - seemingly back from the dead - with open arms. But what is the incredible secret behind his reappearance?

The RETURN OF BARRY ALLEN features a host of other super-speedsters, including Golden Age Flash Jay Garrick, the reintroduction of Johnny Quick, and the first reappearance of the zen master of speed, Max Mercury! Capping off this volume is a sensational new cover by Brian Bolland - an homage to the cover of SHOWCASE #4, Barry Allen's first appearance!

THE FLASH: THE RETURN OF BARRY ALLEN is a 192-page trade paperback arriving in comic-book stores December 4 with a cover price of $12.95 U.S.

SUPERMAN: "Lost Hearts"

Metropolis reporter Lois Lane may have won Superman's heart, but she was not the Man of Steel's first love. Growing up in Smallville, young Clark Kent believed that one day he would marry his high school sweetheart, Lana Lang. Now, as adults, Lana has suddenly disappeared, and Superman is determined to find her. Before it's over, their relationship will take an unexpected turn.

"Lost Hearts" is a 4-part storyline running through all the Superman books in December, with chapters alternately written by Geoff Johns and Joe Kelly, and featuring stunning painted covers by John Van Fleet!

In SUPERMAN #189 (with art by Pascual Ferry), Lana answers a call for help from the slums of Washington D.C. and mysteriously vanishes! Her husband, Vice President Pete Ross, calls Clark Kent to help. But this might not be a job for Superman, as he realizes there are darker forces at work. Then in ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #611 (with art by Dwayne Turner & Danny Miki), Superman - who has been forced to go underground in his quest for Lana - encounters a mysterious young woman calling herself Girl 13. Does she hold a clue to Lana's disappearance, or will her presence drag Superman further into the underworld?

In SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL #133 (with art by Tom Raney & Scott Hanna), Superman is gravely affected by the things he's seen and has given in to despair. Could the world be losing its greatest hero? Finally, in ACTION COMICS #798 (with art by Ferry), the search for Lana ends, but not as you'd expect. Will the two lost souls of Lana and Clark rekindle the romance from their childhood in Smallville? And what key does Girl 13 have to saving them?

SUPERMAN #189, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #611, SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL #133, and ACTION COMICS #798 are all 32-page issues edited by Eddie Berganza. They arrive in comic-book stores December 4, 11, 18, and 25, respectively, with a cover price of $2.25 U.S. each.

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