DC Comics Spotlight Projects for May, 2003

Wed, February 19th, 2003 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

Official Press Release

Widescreen entertainment at its finest!


THE AUTHORITY Volume 2

The controversial, hard-hitting super-hero team that spawned countless imitators returns in a new ongoing series…and this time, there are no limits!

May marks the return of Jack Hawksmoor, the Midnighter, Apollo, the Engineer, Swift, and the Doctor…and their greatest adventures are yet to come. This series will have it all: action! adventure! complex international politics! interdimensional invasions!

THE AUTHORITY Volume 2, a new Wildstorm Eye of the Storm title, features the creative team behind the 3-part THE AUTHORITY: High Stakes story that ran in March's STORMWATCH: TEAM ACHILLES #9, SLEEPER #3 and WILDCATS VERSION 3.0 #8: writer Robbie Morrison (THE AUTHORITY: SCORCHED EARTH, 2000 A.D.) and artists Dwayne Turner (ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN, Curse of Spawn) and Sal Regla (STORMWATCH: TEAM ACHILLES). The series kicks off with the 4-part story arc "Reality Incorporated."

When a mysterious series of attacks is launched against major population centers across the world, the Authority rushes to the scene, containing the assault in classic, widescreen style. But they soon learn that the attacks aren't arbitrary - they're in retaliation for an Earth-based, galaxy-spanning war that has been waged for decades! The truth behind this dimensional destruction will surprise even the Authority!

Meanwhile, popular opinion slowly turns against the self-proclaimed protectors of Earth…and everyone knows that the key to survival in our pop culture-oriented society is popularity!

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

THE AUTHORITY Volume 2 is an ongoing Wildstorm Eye of the Storm series edited by Ben Abernathy and is suggested for mature readers. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores May 7 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.

Tragedy shatters two teams forever!


THE TITANS/YOUNG JUSTICE: GRADUATION DAY

It's graduation day for the members of Young Justice and the Titans. But these young heroes won't be hearing the familiar chords of "Pomp and Circumstance"…they'll be marching to a funeral dirge!

The fate of two teams - and two heroes - is decided in THE TITANS/YOUNG JUSTICE: GRADUATION DAY, a 3-issue miniseries written by Judd Winick (GREEN LANTERN) with art by Al Garza (GEN13) & Trevor Scott (BLACK SUN) that ships biweekly beginning in May and leads directly into two of this summer's hottest new launches: OUTSIDERS and TEEN TITANS!

A mysterious conglomerate offers to sponsor both the Titans and Young Justice. Before the heroes can decide whether to accept the offer, Indigo, a mysterious cyborg girl from the future, attacks - seriously wounding several members of the two teams. The battle carries over to S.T.A.R. Labs, where Superman lends the two ailing teams a helping hand. But will it be enough?

It all leads to a pulse-pounding conclusion that will leave more than one longtime fan-favorite character dead - and both young teams shattered forever. The big question is: Who will die? How will the remaining heroes pick up the pieces and carry on?

This project is supported with trade ads, house ads, a HORIZON preview, and a minisite at www.dccomics.com.

THE TITANS/YOUNG JUSTICE: GRADUATION DAY is a 3-issue miniseries edited by Eddie Berganza. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores May 14, issue #2 arrives in comic-book stores May 28, and issue #3 arrives in comic-book stores June 11. All have a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

All-star creators tackle the world's original super-team!


JSA: ALL-STARS

Why did Hawkgirl, Doctor Fate, Star-Spangled Kid, Hourman, Doctor Mid-Nite, and Mister Terrific choose the path of heroism? Can their legacies be exploited and corrupted? The strange new leader of the Injustice Society plans to find out - and the JSA is playing right into his hands!

JSA: ALL-STARS is an 8-issue miniseries modeled after the classic Golden Age ALL STAR COMICS (starring the Justice Society of America) that brings the new generation of JSAers into the spotlight - thanks to a star-studded array of talented creators! Issues #1 and #8 feature full-length bookend stories, while issues #2-7 each feature a lead story starring a Modern Age JSA member co-written by David S. Goyer (JSA, JLA/JSA: VIRTUE & VICE) & Geoff Johns (THE FLASH, HAWKMAN) with art by Sal Velluto & Bob Almond (BLACK PANTHER). Plus, each issue also includes a Golden Age backup story by various creators, including Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon & Michael Lark, Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale, Howard Chaykin, Brian Azzarello & Eduardo Risso, James Robinson & Tony Harris, and Darwyn Cooke. And fan-favorite artist John Cassaday (PLANETARY, Captain America) provides a series of stunning covers!

JSA: ALL-STARS #1 puts the entire team in jeopardy, and only by going off on their own can they tackle the enemy in their midst. Issues #2-7 spotlight different team members as they revisit the past and make peace with their individual mistakes - or face dire consequences! And the action all leads up to a pulse-pounding conclusion in issue #8!

This project is supported with trade ads, house ads, a HORIZON preview, and a minisite at www.dccomics.com.

JSA: ALL-STARS is an 8-issue miniseries edited by Peter Tomasi. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores May 7 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

Welcome to the scariest corner of Gotham City!


ARKHAM ASYLUM: LIVING HELL

Arkham Asylum. The very mention of the name sends chills down the spine of every rational person in Gotham. The city's worst elements end up there, sharing space with the likes of The Joker, Two-Face and the Riddler.

ARKHAM ASYLUM: LIVING HELL is an edgy 6-issue miniseries sprung from the devious mind of writer Dan Slott (BATMAN ADVENTURES, Ren & Stimpy) and rendered by upcoming DETECTIVE COMICS artist Ryan Sook (THE SPECTRE, SUPERMAN: MAN OF TOMORROW) with stunning painted covers by Eric Powell (The Goon). Reminiscent of the HBO series Oz, ARKHAM ASYLUM: LIVING HELL is a creepy prison drama that introduces readers to the dark underbelly of Gotham's notorious "House of Madness."

Warren White, the finance world's "Great White Shark," thought he could beat his jail rap for embezzlement by pleading insanity. Little did he know that there's a good reason why no one cops an insanity plea in Gotham City! Now he's the "New Fish" in Arkham Asylum…and if he wasn't crazy before, he sure as hell will be when the asylum's twisted inmates are done with him!

ARKHAM ASYLUM: LIVING HELL includes appearances by many favorites, including Batman, The Joker, Two-Face and The Riddler. Readers also will be introduced to a host of new residents of the Gotham crazyhouse as well, such as Humpty Dumpty, who breaks things in order to put them back together again…even people! Then there's Death Rattle, a man who claims to see dead people…dead people who goad him into committing grisly crimes! And the Junkyard Dog, who digs up dirt on Gotham's elite…literally! Of course, they're just crazy…right? Warren White is about to find out!

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ARKHAM ASYLUM: LIVING HELL is a 6-issue miniseries edited by Dan Raspler. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores May 21 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

Mankind's last line of defense!


HUMAN DEFENSE CORPS

When alien invaders, monsters, demons and ghosts knock on the USA's door, who's President Luthor gonna call?

The Human Defense Corps, of course! Sure, the JLA has saved America time and time again, but what if Superman, Wonder Woman or Green Lantern weren't available in a time of need? That's why the United States Armed Forces developed a Sixth Branch; a military response force on call to handle metahuman, extrahuman or extraterrestrial threats to national security.

The adventures of that new force come into focus in HUMAN DEFENSE CORPS, a 6-issue DCU miniseries written by Ty Templeton (BIGG TIME, BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES) with pencils by hot newcomer Clement Sauv, Jr. and inks by Juan Vlasco.

The Corps is a standing force of 10,000 soldiers equipped with cutting-edge weaponry and the training to deal with threats beyond the scope of a normal grunt's imagination. HUMAN DEFENSE CORPS follows a young man on his 2-year tour of duty, from boot camp to campaigns on the Moon, Apokolips, and Hell itself! No matter how fantastic the locales and opponents, HUMAN DEFENSE CORPS tells gritty tales of courage under fire, moments of truth and betrayal, and brave individuals who put their lives on the line for the good of their country.

THE HUMAN DEFENSE CORPS combines the hard-hitting storytelling of classic war comics like OUR ARMY AT WAR and STAR SPANGLED WAR STORIES with an edgy, X-Files-like sensibility that's sure to appeal to today's readers. In the words of writer Templeton, "Just think of it as 'Saving Private Mulder.'"

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

HUMAN DEFENSE CORPS is a 6-issue miniseries edited by Dan Raspler. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores May 28 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

One miniseries in Bangkok…


VERTIGO POP!: BANGKOK

VERTIGO POP!, the series featured in THE FACE's Top Ten list and in SPIN, MOJO and ain'titcoolnews.com presents another mega-cool skewed reality series: VERTIGO POP!: BANGKOK.

The city of Bangkok is more than just a decadent backdrop; it's also a main character in the story. Writer Jonathan Vankin (VERTIGO POP! TOKYO, THE BIG BOOK OF THE '70s) explains, "Bangkok has the right combination of peace and danger, beauty and sleaze. It's a city full of secrets - where everything is out in the open." Penciller Giuseppe Camuncoli (HELLBLAZER, SWAMP THING) and inker Shawn Martinbrough (BATMAN) capture the essence of this forbidden metropolis with their bold, detailed line work and haunting character portraits.

Marz is a grade-D actor who wants to be like Tom Cruise. Tuesday is a left-wing activist who wants to be like Noam Chomsky. They're a mismatched couple, and to make matters worse, Tuesday just found out that Marz cheated on her. Financed by his residuals from a cheesy cable movie, they travel to Thailand, her dream vacation spot, hoping for an exotic, fix-it-quick relationship getaway. Instead, they end up embroiled in an international sex scandal, far over their heads in a land they can never understand.

The series is at once a look at two young sisters who work as prostitutes in the city's notorious sex trade industry, and how one couple's last-ditch effort to save their own broken relationship becomes a misguided quest to save two young girls from a life of abuse and crime.

From the dangerous streets of Patpong, Bangkok's infamous red light district, to posh spa hotels and kick-boxing tournaments, sex, lies and elephants collide in this 4-issue, one-of-a-kind miniseries.

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VERTIGO POP!: BANGKOK is a 4-issue VERTIGO miniseries edited by Shelly Bond and is suggested for mature readers. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores May 7 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.

The world's greatest showman…a secret agent?


BARNUM! HARDCOVER

According to P.T. Barnum, "There's a sucker born every minute." So is it any surprise that Barnum hoodwinked the American public by leading a secret life as an agent for the U.S. government?

Audacious co-creators/writers Howard Chaykin & David Tischman (AMERICAN CENTURY, SON OF SUPERMAN) and artist Niko Henrichon (THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT DREAMS…BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK) join forces to bring audiences BARNUM!, a 128-page VERTIGO hardcover graphic novel that takes a provocative look into the double life of master showman P.T. Barnum.

When brilliant inventor Nikola Tesla, the mind behind such revolutionary concepts as radio transmission and wireless communication, teams with a cadre of the world's richest men with a plot to destroy America, the government calls on P.T. Barnum to intercede.

Barnum is aided by his right-hand man, Bailey - at once his best friend and adversary - and a team of the wildest circus freaks on the planet, including a teenaged human fly, a midget strongman, a sword-swallowing rubber man, a man-hating mesmer, an empath who can speak to animals, and the legendary Siamese twins Chang and Eng. All have unique performing abilities and the private passion to put their talents to good use as undercover government operatives. Barnum and his group fly in space-age airships and whirligigs, use the first computer to navigate giant missiles, and go toe-to-toe with some of the nastiest gangs in New York. Will that be enough to stop Tesla and his cohorts?

BARNUM! is historical fiction in the spirit of Wild Wild West and THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN that's knee-deep in circus freaks, science geeks and political espionage. And if P.T. Barnum's involved, this adventure is guaranteed to be the Greatest Show on Earth!

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BARNUM! is a 128-page original VERTIGO graphic novel edited by Shelly Bond and is suggested for mature readers. It arrives in comic-book stores May 28 with a cover price of $29.95 U.S.

BATMAN: CONTAGION - NEW PRINTING TRADE PAPERBACK

Plague in the streets! A city in the throes of chaos! Gotham's wealthiest citizens locked in a luxury ghetto, willing to pay any price for a cure. A band of heroes desperate for a solution...

This is the world the Dark Knight must face in BATMAN: CONTAGION, a new printing of the 264-page trade paperback collecting the shocking storyline that led the way to BATMAN: CATACLYSM and ultimately BATMAN: NO MAN'S LAND. CONTAGION features the talents of writers Chuck Dixon, Alan Grant, Dennis O'Neil, Doug Moench, and Christopher Priest, with artists Barry Kitson, Mike Wieringo, Matt Haley, Jim Balent, Tommy Lee Edwards, Kelley Jones, Graham Nolan, Vince Giarrano, Dick Giordano, Frank Fosco, and others, and features a new cover by Rodolfo Damaggio and Bill Sienkiewicz. This volume reprints AZRAEL #15-16, BATMAN #529, BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT #48-49, BATMAN CHRONICLES #4, CATWOMAN #31-32, DETECTIVE COMICS #695-696, and ROBIN #27-28.

A mysterious and lethal virus is unleashed on the unknowing inhabitants of Gotham City, causing excruciating pain - and ultimately, death - within 48 hours of contact. Batman, Robin and Nightwing must race to contain the chaos while finding a cure - with the help of unlikely allies Azrael, Huntress, Catwoman and Poison Ivy.

But can the Dark Knight and his crew stop an invisible enemy? And what happens when one of them is infected?

BATMAN CONTAGION - NEW PRINTING is a 264-page trade paperback arriving in comic-book stores May 7 with a cover price of $19.95 U.S.

Aquaman lives!


JLA: THE OBSIDIAN AGE BOOK ONE TRADE PAPERBACK

Superman, alone among the JLA, believed Aquaman didn't die during the alien invasion of Earth in OUR WORLDS AT WAR. His faith is rewarded with evidence that Aquaman was instead hurled 3,000 years back in time. Now the JLA must stage a daring rescue mission - despite Green Lantern's premonitions that this mission will cause his own death!

JLA: THE OBSIDIAN AGE BOOK ONE is a 160-page trade paperback collecting the first half of the epic "Obsidian Age: The Hunt for Aquaman" saga from JLA #66-71, written by Joe Kelly (ACTION COMICS), with art by Doug Mahnke (SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL) & Tom Nguyen and Yvel Guichet (AQUAMAN) & Mark Propst. BOOK ONE, featuring a new cover by Mahnke as well as bonus sketch pages with comments from Kelly, introduces the enigmatic Manitou Raven and the threat of the Ancients, and also features a new cover by Mahnke and a sketchbook section showing how Kelly and Mahnke designed the Ancients. BOOK TWO will be solicited for August release.

When the JLA travels back in time, they discover a civilization that the fabled ATLANTIS CHRONICLES never mentioned. Thousands of Atlanteans are enslaved by a group known as the Ancients, and finding Aquaman means stopping the Ancients and freeing their captives.

Meanwhile, with the JLA gone, Batman's emergency plan is put into effect, and a new JLA is assembled, composed of Nightwing, Green Arrow, the Atom, Hawkgirl, Firestorm, and more! This new group must come together in time to protect the Earth from whatever is draining the planet of its precious water.

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JLA: THE OBSIDIAN AGE BOOK ONE is a 160-page trade paperback arriving in comic-book stores May 14 with a cover price of $12.95 U.S.

THE NEW TEEN TITANS: THE TERROR OF TRIGON TRADE PAPERBACK

Evil has always been an intangible concept…but now it lives! It breathes! And the New Teen Titans don't stand a chance of stopping it…the demon called Trigon.

THE NEW TEEN TITANS: THE TERROR OF TRIGON is a 144-page trade paperback collecting the most exciting - and devastating - storyline from one of the most popular comics of the 1980s! When THE NEW TEEN TITANS was at its height of popularity - thanks to the fan-favorite creative team of writer Marv Wolfman and artists George Prez & Romeo Tanghal - the teen team supreme was launched into a second title: a deluxe, direct-market-only version that would take super-hero storytelling to new heights!

THE TERROR OF TRIGON, featuring a new cover by Phil Jimenez, collects the first five issues of THE NEW TEEN TITANS Volume 2, and also includes redesigned Titans profiles from the first volume of WHO'S WHO: THE DEFINITIVE DIRECTORY OF THE DC UNIVERSE.

The most mysterious Titan, Raven, has been battling her (literal) inner demons for some time now, but she can no longer hold back the evil that is her father Trigon. Now the otherworldly demon has breached his dimensional prison, conquering the Earth - and Nightwing, Starfire, Cyborg, Changeling, and the rest of the Titans are mankind's only hope of defeating him.

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THE NEW TEEN TITANS: THE TERROR OF TRIGON is a 144-page trade paperback arriving in comic-book stores May 28 with a cover price of $17.95 U.S.

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA ARCHIVES Volume 8 HARDCOVER

After guiding The World's Greatest Heroes in their adventures for nearly a decade, writer Gardner Fox and artist Mike Sekowsky were moving on - meaning some big changes were in the air, leaving new writer Dennis O'Neil and new artist Dick Dillin to take charge of the World's Greatest Heroes! The first work of this new creative team is seen in JUSTICE LEAGUE ARCHIVES Volume 8, a 240-page hardcover reprinting JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #61-66, and 68-70 (plus the cover to #67, which was a reprint from 1967-68), which showcases this transition of creative teams. This archive also features the art of Sid Greene, George Roussos, Neal Adams, and more, as well as a cover by Sekowsky and Jerry Ordway.

Featured in this volume are: another annual team-up of the JLA/JSA (in which they face the treacherous T. O. Morrow) that also introduces the mysterious Red Tornado; the cosmic challenge of the Chaos Maker; a tale guest-starring The Creeper and Mind-Grabber Kid; the return of the crafty criminal The Key; and an adventure in which the members of the JLA go head-to-head with their own individual foes!

Plus, how can a small-time dictator challenge the JLA? And is Green Arrow really a murderer? All this and more can be found in this volume featuring a new introduction by O'Neil, plus a cover by Sekowsky, newly inked by Jerry Ordway!

JUSTICE LEAGUE ARCHIVES Volume 8 is a 240-page hardcover, arriving in comic-book stores May 7 with a cover price of $49.95 U.S.

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS ARCHIVES Volume 2 HARDCOVER

The T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents - the secret team of super-technology-powered policemen - return in a second Archive volume reprinting the hard-to-find T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #5-7 and Dynamo #1, with an introduction by film producer Michael Uslan and noted comics historian Robert Klein! T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS ARCHIVES Volume Two is a 224-page hardcover featuring stories and art by creator Wally Wood and some of his friends in the comics industry - and what friends they were: Steve Ditko, Reed Crandall, Mike Sekowsky, George Tuska, Steve Skeates, Bill Pearson, Dan Adkins, and others!

This volume features the continuing struggle of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. vs. the Warlords; Noman facing Demo's caveman-like minions; Dynamo battling an android double; the return of the Iron Maiden; Dr. Sparta and The Red Star; the intro of Lightning's archnemisis The Warp Wizard; Noman battling the mysterious Mr. Image; "Menace from the Moon," a space-age tour de force by Wally Wood at his sci-fi best; and…the shocking death of one of the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents!

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS ARCHIVES Volume 2 is a 224-page hardcover arriving in comic-book stores May 21 with a cover price of $49.95 U.S.

HELLBLAZER: FREEZES OVER TRADE PAPERBACK

Award-winning, hard-boiled writer Brian Azzarello (100 BULLETS) returns for another collection of his run on HELLBLAZER and continues to bring John Constantine to vivid life in the company of vicious men.

Reprinting issues #157-163 of the VERTIGO series, HELLBLAZER: FREEZES OVER collects the "…Freezes Over" storyline illustrated by Marcelo Frusin (HELLBLAZER: GOOD INTENTIONS). Also included is the one-shot "…And Buried?" illustrated by Steve Dillon (PREACHER) and the 2-part "Lapdogs and Englishmen" illustrated by Guy Davis (SANDMAN MYSTERY THEATRE) under a cover by Tim Bradstreet.

In these three episodes, after another unwelcome meeting with FBI Agent Turro, Constantine continues his journey through America's back roads. After participating in a tense encounter at a snowed-in roadhouse - where the differences between myth and reality are chillingly illustrated - he finds himself thinking back to the past, when magic was still more of a sideline than a curse and the costs of dealing in it were only beginning to make themselves known.

And don't miss May's HELLBLAZER #184, written by Mike Carey (LUCIFER) and illustrated by Frusin, for the first of three linked stories that provide a great jumping-on point for new readers. In "he Wild Card," John encounters an old friend in Brazil and is drawn into a game of poker…a game with terrifyingly high stakes.

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HELLBLAZER: FREEZES OVER is a 168-page VERTIGO trade paperback and is suggested for mature readers. It arrives in comic-book stores May 14 with a cover price of $14.95 U.S.

TRANSMETROPOLITAN: DIRGE TRADE PAPERBACK

There's a storm coming to The City - in more ways than one!

TRANSMETROPOLITAN: DIRGE, a 144-page VERTIGO trade paperback, collects issues #43-48 of the groundbreaking title. And this eighth collection by writer Warren Ellis (PLANETARY, GLOBAL FREQUENCY) with art by Darick Robertson & Rodney Ramos and a cover by Robertson is not to be missed!

DIRGE sees all hell breaking loose as a nameless sniper terrorizes the Print District and a raging superstorm clears the streets of The City. Worse is to come, however, when outlaw journalist Spider Jerusalem's strange illness is finally diagnosed, and the stakes in his battle with the President are raised dramatically.

TRANSMETROPOLITAN: DIRGE is a 144-page VERTIGO trade paperback and is suggested for mature readers. It arrives in comic-book stores May 21 with a cover price of $14.95 U.S.

THE HOUSE ON THE BORDERLAND SOFTCOVER

It sits astride two worlds - our bleak world of colorless normality and the realms of cosmic horror where reason may yet have a last chance to conquer fear. Forgotten until now, the House on the Borderland awaits you.

THE HOUSE ON THE BORDERLAND, a 96-page VERTIGO graphic novel by comics legend and illustrator Richard Corben (HELLBLAZER, Heavy Metal, Den) and scripter Simon Revelstroke, is available in a softcover edition for the first time. Their work is based on The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson, a timeless tale initially published in 1908 that tells a story of supernatural paranoia blending science fiction, fantasy and Lovecraftian horror in a potent mix.

Featuring an introduction by comics legend Alan Moore that offers an appreciation of Hodgson's contribution to the horror pantheon, THE HOUSE ON THE BORDERLAND is a must-read for connoisseurs of the genre, offering a phantasmagoric tour of the razor-thin line between fantasy and reality, life and sleep, hope and death.

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THE HOUSE ON THE BORDERLAND is a 96-page VERTIGO softcover suggested for mature readers and arriving in comic-book stores May 7 with a cover price of $19.95 U.S.

PROMETHEA BOOK THREE TRADE PAPERBACK

The third thrilling collection of the critically acclaimed, award-winning PROMETHEA is back, offered as a softcover version of the original hardcover!

PROMETHEA BOOK THREE is a 224-page trade paperback from AMERICA'S BEST COMICS reprinting PROMETHEA #13-18, written by Alan Moore with art and cover by J.H. Williams III & Mick Gray.

Featuring the first half of a cosmic road trip, this volume finds Promethea and Barbara traveling an unlikely path. Their wanderings take them through the many realms of Heaven and Hell, visiting manifestations of great visions and visionaries. Meanwhile, back on Earth, Stacia is the acting Promethea - protecting and serving the people of New York while Promethea is away. Is she up to the task?

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PROMETHEA BOOK 3 is a 224-page AMERICA'S BEST COMICS trade paperback arriving in comic-book stores May 21 with a cover price of $14.95 U.S.

The saga continues!


ROBOTECH: THE MACROSS SAGA Volume Two TRADE PAPERBACK

An entire generation thrilled to the star-spanning adventures of Robotech in the '80s. Now old-time fans and new readers alike can revisit the classic comics of that era with a second trade paperback!

ROBOTECH: THE MACROSS SAGA Volume Two from WildStorm Productions picks up where the first volume left off, reprinting issues #7-12 of Comico's initial Robotech comics in a 176-page trade paperback that checks in at the easily portable size of 5 3/4" by 8 1/4"! Written by Jack Herman with art by Mike Leeke, Reggie Byers, Sam Kieth, Tom Poston, and Chris Kalnick, this second of six volumes continues reprinting the entire Comico run, adapted from the Robotech TV series. ROBOTECH: THE MACROSS SAGA Volume Two also boasts a cover based on production art from the television show.

The overwhelming forces of the alien Zentraedi have assaulted the planet Earth, hoping to capture the massive warship, the SDF-1. The fighting has moved to the outer rim of the solar system, as Admiral Gloval and his crew fight a desperate battle for survival!

As the battle rages, Minmay finds success in the first Miss Macross Contest. Meanwhile, Rick, Lisa, and Ben become unwitting captives of the Zentraedi and discover that there's more to this invasion than meets the eye! It's groundbreaking, epic science fiction at its best!

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ROBOTECH: THE MACROSS SAGA Volume Two from WildStorm Productions is a 176-page trade paperback measuring 5 3/4" by 8 1/4". It arrives in comic-book stores May 7 with a cover price of $14.95 U.S.

Multidimensional misadventures!


THE MANY WORLDS OF TESLA STRONG

Get ready for a spectacular romp through a dozen dizzying dimensions by some of the best comics artists in the world!

When Solomon, Tom Strong's talking simian ally, accidentally becomes lost in another dimension, it's up to Tom's daughter Tesla to save the day! Her misadventures are told in THE MANY WORLDS OF TESLA STRONG, a 64-page Special written by Peter Hogan (THE SANDMAN: DREAMING) & Alan Moore (TOM STRONG, PROMETHEA) with art by a top-notch roster of comics talent, including Arthur Adams, J. Scott Campbell, Claudio Castellini, Frank Cho, Jos Lus Garcia-Lpez, Michael Golden, Adam Hughes, Phil Noto, Jason Pearson, Chris Sprouse and Karl Story! What's more, THE MANY WORLDS OF TESLA STRONG boasts two covers; one by Adams and a variant by Bruce Timm.

Tesla, using her father's Searchboard to retrieve the marooned monkey, travels to many exotic locales and visits some rather unusual versions of Millennium City! The settings range from tropical jungles to an underwater city and many more in between, each more spectacular than the last. Will Tesla be able to save Solomon and still get home in time for dinner?

THE MANY WORLDS OF TESLA STRONG is a 64-page Special from America's Best Comics edited by Scott Dunbier. It arrives in comic-book stores May 14 with a cover price of $5.95 U.S. Note: THE MANY WORLDS OF TESLA STRONG will ship with two covers. All orders will be filled with Arthur Adams (50%) and Bruce Timm (50%).

Designed by Jim Lee!


BATMAN STATUE

From the Gothic rooftops towering over the shadowy streets below, Batman stands watch over the slumbering populace! Now, the Dark Knight - as envisioned by one of the most popular Batman artists of all time - can keep vigil on your bookshelf!

The BATMAN STATUE - the first DC Direct statue designed by fan-favorite artist Jim Lee - is a limited-edition, cold-cast porcelain statue sculpted by Tim Bruckner. This handsome statue, featuring the Dark Knight in a dramatic pose, is hand-numbered, hand-painted, and stands approximately 11 1/2" tall x 6 1/2" wide x 7 1/4" deep. The BATMAN STATUE is the perfect companion piece to Jim Lee and Jeph Loeb's landmark "Hush" storyline! Plus, stay tuned for the follow-up piece: a Catwoman statue designed by Lee!

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The BATMAN STATUE is advance-solicited and arrives in comic-book stores September 3 with a price of $195.00 U.S.

Introducing the latest item from the DC Direct Gallery!


THE JOKER MARIONETTE

Presenting THE JOKER MARIONETTE, the inaugural marionette in the DC Direct Gallery, a collection of high-end collectibles executed with an incredible level of quality and attention to detail!

THE JOKER MARIONETTE is available in a numbered, limited edition of 777 pieces. The marionette features hand-painted, cold-cast porcelain hands, feet and head, with meticulously detailed craftsmanship. The Joker stands 18" tall and is dressed in his famous tailored three-piece suit, including pleated pants, a satin-lined coat, suspenders, buttons and cufflinks!

In addition, THE JOKER MARIONETTE features a Bat-Shaped hand control with nine removable strings, an adjustable black enamel metal stand, and hang-tag booklet outlining instructions for use. It is packaged in an elegant black, foil-stamped gift box with a protective shipping carton.

The DC Direct Gallery features limited-edition, high-end collectibles, with superb quality and exquisite detail. DC Comics' top artists and characters are used in the gallery collection. All DC Direct Gallery pieces sport elegant gift box packaging, a certificate of authenticity, and much more. Future gallery products include limited-edition statues, vehicle replicas, deluxe bookends, prop replicas, marionettes and collectors plates.

This project is supported with a full-color poster.

THE JOKER MARIONETTE is advance-solicited and arrives in comic-book stores September 24 with a price of $295.00 U.S.

Based on the hit Justice League Animated show!


WONDER WOMAN MINI-MAQUETTE

You loved 2002's sold-out JUSTICE LEAGUE ANIMATED MAQUETTE line…now get ready for the highly collectible mini-maquette line based on the same great heroes!

The 8-piece JUSTICE LEAGUE ANIMATED MINI-MAQUETTE line kicks off this September with the WONDER WOMAN MINI-MAQUETTE, a hand-painted, cold-cast porcelain statue measuring approximately 5 1/2" tall x 2" wide x 1 3/4" deep. This is a reduced version of the original maquette, with a newly designed base. The mini-maquette is packaged in a 4-color window box.

Future mini-maquettes include Superman, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, Hawkgirl, The Flash and Aquaman. Collect them all!

The JUSTICE LEAGUE ANIMATED: WONDER WOMAN MINI-MAQUETTE is advance-solicited and arrives in comic-book stores September 17 with a price of $29.95 U.S.

The first in a series of VERTIGO mini-busts!


VERTIGO: MERV PUMPKINHEAD MINI-BUST

Resident handyman and caretaker for the Dream Lord's castle, Mervyn Pumpkinhead isn't afraid to voice his opinion - at least not while Morpheus is away.

Now, the VERTIGO: MERV PUMPKINHEAD MINI-BUST inaugurates a new line of VERTIGO mini-busts set for release throughout 2003 and 2004! Designed by fan-favorite artist Kevin Nowlan and sculpted by Barsom, the VERTIGO: MERV PUMPKINHEAD MINI-BUST is a limited-edition, hand-painted, hand-numbered, cold-cast porcelain statue measuring approximately 5 7/8" tall.

Future mini-busts will include Morpheus, set for release in November 2003, followed by Desire, Lucifer, Despair, The Corinthian, Daniel and Delirium!

This project is supported with a full-color poster.

The VERTIGO: MERV PUMPKINHEAD MINI-BUST is advance-solicited and arrives in comic-book stores September 17 with a price of $45.00 U.S.

Special low-priced offer…$19.95!


BATMAN ARCHIVES Volume 1- New Printing HARDCOVER

For over a decade, DC's award-winning Archives have presented classic comics in attractive, durable hardcover volumes featuring high-quality paper stock and top-notch color separations - making comics that haven't been in print for decades available to today's readers!

Now DC's first Archive goes back to press with the BATMAN ARCHIVES Volume 1 - New Printing - offered for a limited time at the super-low price of only $19.95 U.S.! That's a whopping 312-page hardcover for under 20 bucks (initial orders only)!

BATMAN ARCHIVES Volume 1 features unforgettable stories written by Bill Finger and illustrated by Batman creator Bob Kane and others, including the very first appearance of Batman and his earliest adventures! Volume 1 reprints the Batman stories from DETECTIVE COMICS #27-50 (1939-1940), including all the original covers. This new printing has been expanded to include story credits, a contents page, and biographies. Also included is a battle with the Joker and the first appearances of Prof. Hugo Strange, Clayface, and Robin, the Boy Wonder!

BATMAN ARCHIVES Volume 1 - New Printing is a great way for retailers to introduce the joy of DC Archive Editions to new readers. The $19.95 price will be printed on the back cover in the UPC box as well as on a special promotional note on the front cover. It is available for $19.95 for initial orders only; reorder and backlist copies will be available at the regular price of $49.95. Don't miss your chance to stock up on this classic volume at less than half the regular cover price! Start your holiday shopping now!

BATMAN ARCHIVES Volume 1 - New Printing is a 312-page hardcover advance-solicited for release in comic-book stores August 27 with a cover price of $19.95 U.S. for initial orders only. Reorder copies will be available at a cover price of $49.95.

GREEN ARROW #26

Monsters, hitmen, carnage, and lots of action mark the debut of of a new writer on GREEN ARROW!

Judd Winick (GREEN LANTERN, Pedro & Me, The Adventures of Barry Ween, and the highly anticipated THE TITANS/YOUNG JUSTICE: GRADUATION DAY and OUTSIDERS series) launches the Emerald Archer on a relentless quest for justice! Winick is aided and abetted by the fan-favorite art team of Phil Hester & Ande Parks, with striking covers by Matt Wagner.

Winick's first story arc is the 6-part "Straight Shooter," which leads Ollie down a road of deception, danger, and tragedy. Star City is getting a facelift, but gentrification has its costs. Green Arrow has always been a man of the people, but now he has to prove it…little does he know that he has to prove it against a 3-ton ogre! And Black Lightning pays a visit to Star City…but does he come as a friend or foe?

And don't miss GREEN ARROW #25, also released in May, featuring the penultimate chapter of the Green Arrow/Green Lantern crossover "Black Circle: Urban Knights!"

GREEN ARROW is an ongoing series edited by Bob Schreck. The 32-page issue #25 arrives in comic-book stores May 7 and the 32-page issue #26 arrives May 21, both with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

GREEN LANTERN #165

Starting in May, a whole new creative team will lead Kyle Rayner on an interplanetary trail through broken worlds and lost legacies!

New writer Ben Raab (GREEN ARROW, Excalibur) and consummate artists Rick Burchett (BATMAN: THE 10-CENT ADVENTURE, BATMAN/HUNTRESS: CRY FOR BLOOD) & Rodney Ramos (TRANSMETROPOLITAN) bring in new characters, old favorites and major changes to the supporting cast starting in GREEN LANTERN #165! Adrift in space, Kyle must summon the surviving Green Lanterns to Oa to take down the Black Circle Syndicate. Kyle needs their help - after all, he can't stop an entire intergalactic crime organization alone! The only catch? He's going to have to prove the title of Green Lantern is still worth fighting for. And don't miss the startling return of Kilowog!

This trailblazing new direction comes just two weeks after the jaw-dropping conclusion to the Green Arrow/Green Lantern crossover "Black Circle: Urban Knights" in GREEN LANTERN #164!

GREEN LANTERN is an ongoing series edited by Bob Schreck. The 32-page issue #164 arrives in comic-book stores May 14 and the 32-page issue #165 arrives May 28, both with a cover price of $2.25 U.S.

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