DC Comics Spotlight Projects for July, 2003

Tue, April 22nd, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

Think you know the legend of the Man of Steel? You don't know anything!


SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT

The origin of Superman is the stuff of legends…a modern mythology that has become part of the unique fabric of American society. Now, two of comics' hottest creators - writer Mark Waid and artist Leinil Yu - take on that classic tale, retelling the legendary story for a new generation!

SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT, a 12-issue maxiseries written by Waid (KINGDOM COME, JLA) with art and covers by Leinil Yu & Gerry Alanguilan (HIGH ROADS, Wolverine), sheds new light on Superman's timeless origin tale, revealing unseen facets of the Last Son of Krypton's birth and evolution into Earth's champion.

"What makes SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT exciting to write is how we take nothing for granted about the legend. Why does Clark Kent wear a costume? Why THAT costume? How could you possibly meet Superman and not recognize him as Clark? And, most important, WHY does Superman do what he does?" Waid says in regard to the upcoming series, which kicks off with an extra-sized 40-page first issue at no extra cost. "BIRTHRIGHT isn't just a dream project - it's a Superman I promise you've never seen before and one you ABSOLUTELY never EXPECTED to see!"

Return to Krypton as Jor-El wrestles with the idea of sending his son into the unknown, unsure whether young Kal-El will make it to Earth. Travel back to Smallville, as young Clark Kent becomes aware of his alien origins and meets the man who will become his greatest foe. Journey with Clark as he travels the globe seeking answers about his adopted world and the feelings and morals that define him…answers that lead him to Metropolis and the beginning of a legend!

This project is supported by trade and house ads, a full-color poster, a preview in Wizard magazine, and a minisite at www.dccomics.com.

SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT is a 12-issue maxiseries edited by Eddie Berganza. The 40-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores July 2 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S. Subsequent issues will be 32 pages each with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.

EMPIRE

For 10 long years, he has dominated the world, crushing humanity beneath his iron heel. Now, with 6 billion people in his totalitarian grasp, Golgoth is finding out that running a global empire is no easy task!

The result of the creative fusion between two critically acclaimed creators, writer Mark Waid (KINGDOM COME, THE FLASH) and artist Barry Kitson (JLA: YEAR ONE, THE TITANS) & James Pascoe (AZRAEL: AGENT OF THE BAT), EMPIRE is an atypical comic-book tale…one told from the perspective of a villain rather than a hero. Get ready for the return of EMPIRE, debuting in June with a #0 issue that collects the two previously released Gorilla Comics issues under a new cover by Kitson, leading into a new 6-issue miniseries in July!

The masked Golgoth has proven himself to be an unstoppable tyrant, commanding armies that have marched across the globe and back, eradicating every significant military force on Earth and crushing all who opposed his will. But now that Golgoth holds the world in his steely grasp, he wonders…can his closest staff members be trusted? Golgoth must contend with a never-ending onslaught of those seeking to oppose his reign, from aliens to freedom fighters. EMPIRE mixes political intrigue with all-out action, as seen through the cold eyes of a ruthless dictator!

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

EMPIRE #0 is a retro-resolicited 64-page Special that arrives in comic-book stores June 25 with a cover price of $3.95. EMPIRE is a 6-issue miniseries edited by Joey Cavalieri. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores July 30 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

It's The Party From Hell…


AT DEATH'S DOOR SOFTCOVER

Get ready for an authentic manga of the Sandman mythos - at a unique manga digest size - by Jill Thompson, based on Neil Gaiman's "Season of Mists" storyline and featuring appearances by every member of the Endless.

AT DEATH'S DOOR is a 208-page VERTIGO softcover written & illustrated by Jill Thompson (THE SANDMAN, Scary Godmother) and published in a manga-style digest size of 5" x 7 1/2" in black-and-white with gray tones. Told as a traditional girls' manga tale - or shojou - AT DEATH'S DOOR is replete with family drama, tragic love stories, strong interpersonal relationships, dramatic pacing, symbolism, and a cast of alluring, androgynous characters with a flair for fashion. Also incuded: a special sketchbook section, an introduction to the character Death, and summaries of the 10-volume Sandman library.

AT DEATH'S DOOR reveals what Death and her sisters were up to as Morpheus decided what to do with the key to Hell. After the Sandman cut off Lucifer's wings, the Morningstar abdicated his kingdom and left the Key to Hell in Morpheus's hands…which meant that Hell's nastiest denizens were free to vacate the premises. Unfortunately for Death, they ended up in her apartment. Little sisters Delirium and Despair decide to throw a party for the dead - which quickly gets out of control. It's up to Dream's older sister Death to figure out how to save the day and the afterlife - not to mention the carpet.

This project is supported by trade and house ads, a (PROMOTIONAL ITEM TBD), and a minisite at www.vertigo.com.

AT DEATH'S DOOR is a 208-page black-and-white VERTIGO softcover measuring 5" x 7 1/2" and edited by Shelly Bond. It is suggested for mature readers and arrives in comic-book stores July 16 with a cover price of $9.95 U.S.

She's the court of last resort…


FALLEN ANGEL

Welcome to Bete Noire, a mysterious city not far from New Orleans, with origins shrouded in tales of black-hearted cutthroats and mystic priests. Quiet, almost mundane by day, Bete Noire shadows seem imbued with life by night. Criminals conduct their business unafraid, and the uncommon is commonplace. And moving through it all like broken glass - smooth, yet cutting - is the woman called the Fallen Angel.

FALLEN ANGEL, a new ongoing monthly series created and written by New York Times best-selling author Peter David with art by David Lopez (LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT) & Fernando Blanco (Star Wars) and covers by Brian Stelfreeze, explores the world of Bete Noire and its most enigmatic inhabitant: the hooded woman nicknamed the "Fallen Angel," who helps people in need when they find themselves at a crossroads in their lives.

But the Fallen Angel's help isn't always what it seems. If she deems you worthy, she can be your savior. If not, you'll walk away from her worse off than you were before…if at all. When a desperate woman seeks her aid in locating her runaway teenage son - rumored to have become a prostitute - the Fallen Angel realizes that neither mother or son are what they claim to be...and that puts her in direct conflict with the androgynous Bumper Ruggs and her crew, the Muscle Men!

This project is supported by house ads, a preview in DC Horizon, and a minisite at www.dccomics.com.

FALLEN ANGEL is an ongoing series edited by Lysa Hawkins. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores July 9 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

Most kids fight to party on the weekends…they fight to save lives!


TEEN TITANS

What do teenage super-heroes do on the weekends? They hang with the Teen Titans!

TEEN TITANS, a new monthly series written by fan-favorite scribe Geoff Johns (JSA, THE FLASH), marks penciller Mike McKone's (SUPERMAN, Exiles) first regular series for DC and features inks by Marlo Alquiza (ACTION COMICS, The Tenth). The team of McKone & Alquiza provides one cover, while Fathom's Michael Turner provides a second cover! The series kicks off with an extra-sized first issue at no extra cost, as Superboy, Wonder Girl, Robin and Impulse jump back into the super-team business!

These teen heroes have gone through some tough times, losing friends in battle and seeing their teams splintered. But they're resilient…and they're out to prove that the DC Universe ain't just a teenage wasteland! As the series begins, Superboy, Wonder Girl, Robin and Impulse seek advice from their mentors, and each is inspired to come together under the "leadership" of Starfire, Beast Boy and Cyborg - founding members of the original New Teen Titans. But these kids aren't used to taking orders - and the older Titans aren't used to giving them!

Don't miss the dawn of a new era for the Teen Titans, guest-starring Superman, Batman and both The Flash and Jay Garrick, the Golden Age Flash!

This project is supported by house and trade ads, a full-color poster, a preview in Wizard #141, and a minisite at www.dccomics.com.

TEEN TITANS is an ongoing series edited by Eddie Berganza. The 40-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores July 16 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE JUSTICE LEAGUE

Unscrupulous businessman Maxwell Lord never misses the chance to cash in on a scheme, no matter how harebrained. And his latest plan may be his wackiest yet: reuniting the classic '80s super-team Justice League!

The creative team responsible for JUSTICE LEAGUE - writers Keith Giffen (LOBO, LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES) & J.M. DeMatteis (THE SPECTRE, BATMAN: ABSOLUTION) and artists Kevin Maguire (JLA: CREATED EQUAL, JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE CREATING THE FLASH) & Joe Rubinstein (SUPERMAN) - returns for FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE JUSTICE LEAGUE, a 6-issue miniseries that reunites Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, Fire, Elongated Man, Captain Atom and…Mary Marvel?

Lord plans to set up the former JLIers up as a super-team for hire in a suburban strip mall, but his scheme is met with hostility from neighborhood locals. And who knows what villains will crawl out of the woodwork to exact revenge on the former Justice League? Can this ragtag band of reluctant heroes convince Max to stop this madness?

This project is supported by house and trade ads, a preview in DC Horizon, and a minisite at www.dccomics.com.

FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE JUSTICE LEAGUE is a 6-issue miniseries edited by Dan Raspler and Mike Carlin. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores July 2 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

The magic is back!


ARROWSMITH

Welcome to the world of Fletcher Arrowsmith…a world very much like our own, but with one big difference: In his world, tales of folklore and legend - wizards, trolls, dragons, magic - are real! It's 1915, the world is at war, and Fletcher aims to stay alive!

ARROWSMITH is a 6-issue Cliffhanger! miniseries that reunites the acclaimed Avengers team of writer Kurt Busiek (ASTRO CITY: LOCAL HEROES) and artists Carlos Pacheco & Jsus Merio (JLA/JSA: VIRTUE & VICE) to create a coming-of-age story set in a magical new world filled with exciting new characters!

Join teenager Fletcher Arrowsmith as he runs away from home and takes his first faltering steps into a confusing world, shedding his romantic illusions as he discovers the dangers of unstable alliances and ancient, unleashed evil. World War I is just getting under way, and more advanced weaponry and armament are proving to be as important as magical power and creatures.

Arrowsmith needs to choose sides in the struggle, but he soon realizes that if the so-called good guys win, the world will be forever changed. But will it be for better or worse? Will he be able to find his place - and himself - in this world?

This project is supported by house and trade ads, a full-color poster, a preview in WildStorm Horizon, and a minisite at www.wildstorm.com.

ARROWSMITH is a 6-issue Cliffhanger miniseries edited by Scott Dunbier. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores July 16 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.

What if man wasn't the first intelligent species on Earth?


EXTINCTION EVENT

Since mankind took its first faltering steps from the primordial ooze, staking a claim as master of this planet, we've always believed we were Earth's most advanced species.

We were wrong.

EXTINCTION EVENT is a 5-issue miniseries from WildStorm Productions written by popular science fiction author Robert Weinberg (The Science of Super-Heroes, Nightside) with art and covers by Brett Booth (THUNDERCATS: THE DOGS OF WAR) that explores the idea that man was preceded by a more technically advanced civilization. And now they're back.

When a massive earthquake in the Texas desert unearths evidence of such a civilization, the government recruits a team of specialists to discover the origins of this advanced race and learn what happened to them. But these questions soon take a back seat to a more immediate concern - one that will turn this mission into an adventure of Jurassic proportions!

Over 65 million years ago, mutated, intelligent raptors ruled the globe. When they discovered that a gigantic meteor was on a collision course with Earth, they tunneled far beneath the planet's surface and entered cryogenic sleep, planning to return once the globe had recovered. But their wake-up mechanism failed and the dinosaurs slept…until now. They've awakened, and they want their world back.

Three men and three women are now all that stands between intelligent, carnivorous dinosaurs and the survival of humanity. It's going to be an extinction event - but for which species?

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EXTINCTION EVENT is a 5-issue WildStorm Productions miniseries edited by Alex Sinclair. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores July 2 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.

For these demons, it's all about souls!


THE POSSESSED

Last year over 765 cases of demonic possession were reported. Already this year, that number has doubled.

Welcome to the demon-infested world of THE POSSESSED, a 6-issue Homage Comics miniseries from the fertile mind of writers Geoff Johns (JSA, THE FLASH) & Kris Grimminger (Witchblade) and artist Liam Sharp (GLOBAL FREQUENCY, The Incredible Hulk)!

Since the dawn of mankind, spirits and demons of hellish origin have infested the Earth through the possession of human hosts. The world's religions have striven to develop a means to combat this evil: exorcism. But today, the battle for a soul's salvation must take on a new, militant form. With a combination of ancient tools and advanced, technological firepower, an elite group of men and women face these unseen horrors without hesitation - an army of exorcists in soldiers' clothing, putting their souls on the line for all humanity.

As children, each of them was possessed. As adults, they have become our world's greatest force against the evils of the afterlife. They have become…The Possessed!

This project is supported by trade and house ads, a preview in WildStorm Horizon, and a minisite at www.wildstorm.com.

THE POSSESSED is a 6-issue Cliffhanger Productions miniseries edited by Ben Abernathy and is suggested for mature readers. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores July 23 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.

A hunter becomes the hunted!


RED

Everyone has a talent…a special ability or proficiency to be exploited or used for personal gain. Some people possess artistic or athletic talent…but Paul Moses has a talent for murder.

RED, an explosive 3-issue Homage Comics miniseries written by the critically acclaimed Warren Ellis (PLANETARY, ORBITER) with art by Cully Hamner (THE AUTHORITY), tells the tale of Paul Moses, a man whose taste for violence was matched only by his ability to dish it out.

As a C.I.A. operative, Moses made use of his unique talents for a lifetime, shuttling around the world from one hotspot to the next, dealing justice in its harshest form. Then he retired, content to live out his remaining years in peace. Moses thought he could put it all behind him. Moses was wrong.

When a new administration takes over the White House, it brings about a political change that directly affects the C.I.A. The new regime decides Moses knows too much, and has to die…but killing him is easier said than done. Don't miss this action-packed story of survival and revenge!

This project is supported by house ads, a preview in WildStorm Horizon, and a minisite at www.wildstorm.com.

RED is a 3-issue Homage Comics miniseries edited by Ben Abernathy. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores July 30 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.

BATMAN #617
Over the course of nine issues, the ultra-talented - and ultra-popular - team of Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee and Scott Williams have woven a web of mysteries beneath the surface of the 12-part arc "Hush." And with three issues left until the saga's conclusion, things are really heating up!

In BATMAN #617, the relationship between Batman and Catwoman continues to get more serious, and everyone seems happy about it…except for Robin, the Boy Wonder!

It seems Batman's young ward has some issues with Catwoman and the secrets she knows. He's intent on confronting her…but does he have what it takes to take her out? It all leads up to Batman making the most startling discovery of all…and this story isn't called "The Grave" for nothin'! Don't miss the latest chapter of the most talked-about story of the year!

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BATMAN is an ongoing series edited by Bob Schreck. The 32-page issue #617 arrives in comic-book stores July 30 with a cover price of $2.25 U.S.

EYE OF THE STORM ANNUAL

Get ready for a mind-bending blend of some of today's hottest creators, mixed with the coolest WildStorm Eye of the Storm characters, all under a smokin' new Whilce Portacio cover!

It's the 48-page EYE OF THE STORM ANNUAL, featuring the blistering return of Wetworks, one of the most popular teams of the '90s, in a story plotted and illustrated by Portacio. What's more, this annual includes the Eye of the Storm debut of red-hot writer Geoff Johns (JSA, THE FLASH), who contributes a tale illustrated by Jason Pearson (Body Bags)!

The EYE OF THE STORM ANNUAL also reunites the creative team of Micah Ian Wright and Tomm Coker (BLOOD AND WATER) for a tale of StormWatch's Jukko! Throw in a visually stunning Grifter story written by Wright with art by Carlos D'Anda, and this annual has the trappings of an instant classic!

EYE OF THE STORM ANNUAL is a 48-page Eye of the Storm Special edited by Scott Dunbier and Ben Abernathy that is suggested for mature readers. It arrives in comic-book stores July 23 with a cover price of $4.95 U.S.

Faster, pussycat…steal, steal!


CATWOMAN: SELINA'S BIG SCORE SOFTCOVER

Wizard's "Best Graphic Novel of 2002," CATWOMAN: SELINA'S BIG SCORE, is now available as a 96-page softcover! Written and illustrated by Darwyn Cooke (CATWOMAN, X-Statix), SELINA'S BIG SCORE finds Catwoman presumed dead, cut off from her fortune and desperate to make a lot of money...fast. When she hears about a mob train full of unmarked cash, Selina assembles a crew of professional thieves to help her take it down. She needs the money badly...but is she ready for the consequences? What follows is a hard-boiled slice-of-crime story in the tradition of The Usual Suspects - a story that doesn't pull punches, with twists and turns that leave readers constantly guessing.

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CATWOMAN: SELINA'S BIG SCORE is 96-page softcover that arrives in comic-book stores July 16 with a cover price of $17.95 U.S.

BATGIRL: DEATH WISH TRADE PAPERBACK

Does Cassandra Cain have a death wish?

Not long ago, she faced the greatest living martial artist - Lady Shiva - and survived! Now Shiva is back in Gotham for a rematch, and only one of the two fighters will walk away…

BATGIRL: DEATH WISH is a 176-page collection reprinting BATGIRL #17-20, 22, 23, and 25, written by Kelley Puckett and Chuck Dixon, with art by Damion Scott & Robert Campanella. In DEATH WISH, Batgirl fights the good fight in a handful of adventures guest-starring Batman, Robin and Spoiler. Only something's distracting her - the indomitable teen is letting punches connect, and that never happens. The reappearance of her father, the assassin Cain, isn't making things any easier. And on an important anniversary, she vows that "Nobody dies tonight" - but can she really keep that promise?

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BATGIRL: DEATH WISH is a 176-page trade paperback arriving in comic-book stores July 30 with a cover price of $14.95 U.S.

Battling for supremacy in the killer skies!


ENEMY ACE: WAR IN HEAVEN TRADE PAPERBACK

From 1914 to 1918, Hans Von Hammer earned the nickname "The Hammer of Hell" in the blood-drenched skies of World War One. It's now 1942. World War Two rages…and blood is still falling from the sky!

ENEMY ACE: WAR IN HEAVEN is a 128-page trade paperback that reprints the original 2-issue miniseries written by Garth Ennis with art by Chris Weston, Russ Heath and Christian Alamy, wrapped in a new cover by acclaimed military painter Jim Deitz.

Russia has joined the battle against Hitler, and Von Hammer, the finest pilot Germany has ever known, is now a 46-year-old man with plenty of enemies in the Nazi regime. He wishes to live out his life within the solitary confines of his family estate in Bavaria, hoping against hope that he never has to step into the cockpit of a fighter plane again…but that's not gonna happen!

Plus, this volume includes a classic Enemy Ace tale by creators Robert Kanigher and Joe Kubert reprinted from STAR-SPANGLED WAR STORIES #139!

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ENEMY ACE: WAR IN HEAVEN is a 128-page trade paperback that arrives in comic-book stores July 2 with a cover price of $14.95 U.S.

FABLES: ANIMAL FARM TRADE PAPERBACK

Since its inception, FABLES has thrilled fans and critics alike, as writer Bill Willingham has used classic fairytale characters to create an exciting new mythology!

FABLES: ANIMAL FARM, written by Willingham with art by Mark Buckingham and Steve Leialoha and a new painted cover by James Jean, is a 128-page VERTIGO trade paperback collecting the second story arc of the wildly popular series, originally printed in FABLES #6-10.

ANIMAL FARM takes readers to upstate New York, where all the non-human Fable refugees have settled The Farm, secured by magic from outside view. Unfortunately, all is not well at The Farm, as rabble-rousing radicals have staged an uprising bent on forcing an armed return to the Homelands to liberate them from the Adversary - and Snow White and Rose Red have stumbled upon the conspiracy at just the wrong time.

The sisters had hoped to resolve their differences on The Farm, but instead they'll have to keep one step ahead of a pack of zoological "revolutionaries," including Goldilocks, just to stay alive! This new trade also includes a special sketchbook section featuring art by Willingham, Buckingham, and Jean.

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FABLES: ANIMAL FARM is 128-page VERTIGO trade paperback that is suggested for mature readers. It arrives in comic-book stores July 23 with a cover price of $12.95 U.S.

IN THE SHADOW OF EDGAR ALLAN POE SOFTCOVER

Edgar Allan Poe was haunted by dark moods and darker thoughts, resulting in disturbing stories of high complexity, supernatural terror and exquisite mental turmoil. But were the demons that drove him real?

That possibility is explored in the softcover edition of the 96-page VERTIGO hardcover IN THE SHADOW OF EDGAR ALLAN POE - written by award-winning novelist Jonathan Scott Fuqua (The Reappearance of Sam Webber) and featuring the photographic art team behind VEILS and I, PAPARAZZI: Steve Parke & Stephen John Phillips. Comics Buyer's Guide made IN THE SHADOW OF EDGAR ALLAN POE its Pick of the Week, saying, "it eloquently pays homage to the genius that was Poe."

When a lost diary purported to be written by Poe falls into the hands of Sterling Tuttle, the Poe scholar uncovers a side of the writer that few people ever suspected. In the diary, the voice of the long-dead author reaches out from beyond the grave to give a chilling account of his tortured life. Haunted by the ghosts of his tragic past and the burden of relentless alcoholism, Poe soon finds that his creativity may depend on actual demons who have an unsavory agenda of their own…

IN THE SHADOW OF EDGAR ALLAN POE is a 96-page VERTIGO softcover that is suggested for mature readers. It arrives in comic-book stores July 9 with a cover price of $17.95 U.S.

JIMMY OLSEN: ADVENTURES BY JACK KIRBY TRADE PAPERBACK

Jack Kirby took comics fandom by surprise with his move to DC Comics in 1970…and then used the monthly comic SUPERMAN'S PAL, JIMMY OLSEN to introduce his Fourth World concepts to the DC Universe!

The full-color JIMMY OLSEN: ADVENTURES BY JACK KIRBY, written and pencilled by Kirby with inks by Vince Colletta and others, collects SUPERMAN'S PAL, JIMMY OLSEN #133-139 and #141 in a handsome, 192-page trade paperback. This full-color volume - the first DC archive offered at a new, smaller size with a new, smaller price - features an introduction by comics historian and former Kirby assistant Mark Evanier as well as a new cover based on an unused Kirby cover sketch from 1971 newly inked by Steve Rude!

JIMMY OLSEN: ADVENTURES BY JACK KIRBY includes the explosive debut of a number of major characters who would become players in Kirby's Fourth World, including the unforgettable Darkseid as well as the cloned Guardian, Morgan Edge, Dubbilex, and the Cadmus Project. This is a volume no DC Universe reader or Kirby collector should be without!

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JIMMY OLSEN: ADVENTURES BY JACK KIRBY is 192-page trade paperback that arrives in comic-book stores July 23 with a cover price of $19.95 U.S.

CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN ARCHIVES Volume 1 HARDCOVER

Four years before Jack Kirby and Stan Lee created Marvel's Fantastic Four, there was another adventurous foursome presented by Kirby that set forth to discover the secrets of the universe…the Challengers of the Unknown!

CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN ARCHIVES Volume 1 is a 168-page hardcover that collects SHOWCASE #6-7, 11-12, and CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN #1-2, circa 1957-1958, written by Jack Kirby and Dave Wood with art and cover by Kirby and others and an introduction by Paul Kupperberg!

The Challengers were test pilot Ace Morgan, daredevil/mountain climber Red Ryan, heavyweight boxing champ Rocky Davis, and Professor Haley, a scientist specializing in underwater exploration - four men who barely survived the crash of a small aircraft and considered themselves to be living on borrowed time! After avoiding such a devastating fate, they dedicated themselves to a life of harrowing adventures, all in the name of good. Nothing was deemed too dangerous for the Challengers - after all, they should have been dead already!

The fearsome foursome faced the impossible and the unimaginable at every turn - don't miss this chance to relive their earliest adventures!

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CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN ARCHIVES VOLUME 1 is a 168-page hardcover that arrives in comic-book stores July 2 with a cover price of $39.95 U.S.

ROBOTECH: THE MACROSS SAGA Volume Three TRADE PAPERBACK

The all-time classic space drama continues, adapted from the fan-favorite cartoon of the '80s!

ROBOTECH: THE MACROSS SAGA Volume Three from WildStorm Productions continues the six-volume series, reprinting issues #13-18 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 and Markalan Joplin with art by Mike Leeke, Mike Chen, and Harrison Fong, this trade paperback continues reprinting the entire Comico run of Robotech comics and boasts a cover based on production art from the television show.

In Volume Three, the battle for possession of the massive ship heats up as the Zentraedi desperately fight for galactic supremacy! Meanwhile, the distance between Rick and Minmay grows with the arrival of her anti-war cousin, Lynn Kyle!

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ROBOTECH: THE MACROSS SAGA Volume Three from WildStorm Productions is a 176-page trade paperback measuring 5 3/4" by 8 1/4." It arrives in comic-book stores July 9 with a cover price of $14.95 U.S.

SUPERGIRL: MANY HAPPY RETURNS TRADE PAPERBACK

Just when Linda Danvers finally believed she was the one and only Supergirl, a spacecraft crashed down outside Leesburg - a spacecraft whose only passenger was…Supergirl?

SUPERGIRL: MANY HAPPY RETURNS is a 144-page trade paperback that collects SUPERGIRL #75-80, the sold-out final issues of the series, written by Peter David with art by BIRDS OF PREY's Ed Benes (who provides a new cover) & Alex Lei with an introduction by David.

Linda's discovery of the new Supergirl - Kara Zor-El - sends her on a quest of self-discovery, as she sets about solving the mystery of her origins. The Supergirls try to settle into new roles at Leesburg High School, with Linda working as a substitute art teacher and Kara as a student, but eventually they become embroiled in a clash with Xenon that threatens to destroy them both. Will Kara make the ultimate sacrifice so that Linda may live?

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SUPERGIRL: MANY HAPPY RETURNS is 144-page trade paperback that arrives in comic-book stores July 9 with a cover price of $14.95 U.S.

SWAMP THING: REUNION TP

Alan Moore's groundbreaking run on SWAMP THING was a comic-book revolution, changing the way stories were told and becoming an instant classic.

Now the final issues of that historic run are collected in one volume, SWAMP THING: REUNION, written by Alan Moore (with Steve Bissette & Rick Veitch) and featuring art by Veitch, Bissette, Alfredo Alcala, John Totleben, and Tom Yeates.

REUNION collects issues #57-64 of this legendary VERTIGO foundation title. This includes Moore's now-famous final Swamp Thing stories "Mysteries in Space" (#57), "Exiles" (#58), "Loving the Alien" (#60), "All Flesh Is Grass" (#61), "Loose Ends (Reprise)" (#63), and "Return of the Good Gumbo" (#64), as well as the Steve Bissette-written "Reunion" (#59) and the Rick Veitch-written "Wavelength" (#62). Together, they chronicle Swamp Thing's epic journey across the stars from the distant, mysterious blue planet back home to Earth and his love, Abby - and the amazing alien worlds he crosses along the way.

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SWAMP THING: REUNION is 176-page VERTIGO trade paperback suggested for mature readers. It arrives in comic-book stores July 30 with a cover price of $19.95 U.S.

Collecting the all-star anthology!


TOMORROW STORIES BOOK 1 TRADE PAPERBACK

Alan Moore's innovative anthology, the multiple Eisner and Harvey Award-winner TOMORROW STORIES, in a softcover format!

TOMORROW STORIES BOOK 1, written by Alan Moore with art by Jim Baikie, Hilary Barta, Melinda Gebbie, Kevin Nowlan, and Rick Veitch and a cover by Nowlan, collects TOMORROW STORIES #1-6 in a softcover version of the original hardcover.

Book 1 features 24 complete stories, featuring all your favorite AMERICA'S BEST COMICS characters! Read of the secret goings-on in the sleepy Kansas hamlet, Queerwater, as boy genius Jack B. Quick wreaks havoc while studying for his arithmetic exam! Thrill to the daring escapades of Indigo City's most mysterious science-hero citizen, the man called Greyshirt! Meanwhile, gasp at the sheer naughtiness of the radiant Cobweb, shake your head in utter disbelief at the First American and USAngel, and don't even ask how Splash Brannigan got in here!

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TOMORROW STORIES BOOK 1 is a 176-page AMERICA'S BEST COMICS trade paperback arriving in comic-book stores July 30 with a cover price of $17.95 U.S.

The galaxy-spanning adventure continues!


PROMETHEA BOOK 4 HARDCOVER

The highly acclaimed Promethea saga has won numerous awards and earned repeated praise from the mainstream press, including Entertainment Weekly and Time.com. The stories of PROMETHEA are a beautiful, rich tapestry whose strands are woven with spirit, love, and ultimately, the perseverance of the human soul.

Now, experience the saga once again in a new hardcover volume! PROMETHEA BOOK 4 is a 208-page hardcover from AMERICA'S BEST COMICS reprinting PROMETHEA #19-25 written by Alan Moore with art and cover by J.H. Williams III & Mick Gray.

Book 4 features the conclusion of Promethea's sprawling tour of the higher realms of the spirit. The FBI continues its investigation into Promethea, while Sophie and Barbara travel to the furthest ends of the universe, encountering the Tree of Life and scaling its heights. But will they be able to come back to the mortal plane?

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PROMETHEA BOOK 4 is a 208-page AMERICA'S BEST COMICS hardcover arriving in comic-book stores July 2 with a cover price of $24.95 U.S.

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT ARCHIVES Volume Four HARDCOVER

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT ARCHIVES VOLUME 4 is a 224-page hardcover that collects BATMAN #13-16 (from 1942-1943), written by Batman forefathers Bill Finger, Don Cameron and Jack Schiff with art by Batman creator Bob Kane, George Roussos, Jerry Robinson, Jack Burnley and a cover by Robinson. Plus, comics journalist and historian Bill Schelly contributes an introduction!

This fourth volume features the introduction of Bruce Wayne's faithful butler Alfred, as the Batman and his trusty sidekick Robin once again face off against the Joker, Catwoman, and the Penguin. These tales and others serve as a fascinating insight into the evolution of one of comics' greatest legends. Villains beware! The Dark Knight is here!

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT ARCHIVES Volume Four is a 224-page hardcover that arrives in comic-book stores July 30 with a cover price of $49.95 U.S.

The dawn of a new era for Cutter and the Wolfriders!


ELFQUEST: 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Celebrating both the 25th Anniversary of Elfquest's debut and the beginning of DC's line of Elfquest publications and products, DC is proud to present ELFQUEST: 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION, a 40-page one-shot created by Wendy and Richard Pini that reprints the introductory story from the now-classic Elfquest #1, originally published in 1978!

Newly relettered and recolored by Wendy Pini and featuring the classic cover image from Elfquest #1, this story introduces readers to the Wolfriders and their proud leader, Cutter. It begins a story that has become the most successful fantasy/adventure saga the comics world has ever seen, well-known for its unique visual appeal and inventive characters.

This issue is the inaugural item in an expansive Elfquest line from DC that will include color hardcover archives, black-and-white trade paperbacks and collected editions, DC Direct items, and new, original material! ELFQUEST: 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION also features an interview with the Pinis discussing DC's publishing plan for Elfquest's rich library of stories and previewing the first all-new Elfquest story in years, THE SEARCHER AND THE SWORD.

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ELFQUEST: 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION is a 40-page Special that arrives in comic-book stores July 2 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S. Retailer note: A limited quantity of copies will be distributed at Elfquest events and at ComiCon International: San Diego, from July 17-20.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: A NEW BEGINNING - NEW PRINTING TRADE PAPERBACK

In 1987, a new generation of the World's Greatest Super-Heroes took center stage. But they were the most unlikely grouping of heroes you'd ever expect!

The classic comedy/action era of the Justice League returns in July with FORMERLY KNOWN AS JUSTICE LEAGUE, but the first adventures of this rag-tag group can be found in JUSTICE LEAGUE: A NEW BEGINNING - a new printing of the trade paperback that collects JUSTICE LEAGUE #1-6 and JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #7. Written by Keith Giffen & J.M. DeMatteis, with art by Kevin Maguire, Al Gordon and Terry Austin, this incarnation of the League features Batman, Blue Beetle, Martian Manhunter, Guy Gardner, Black Canary, Mister Miracle, Dr. Fate, Booster Gold, Doctor Light, and the power of Shazam!

Can this new Justice League work as a functioning unit to stop terrorists at the U.N., a brigade of Rocket Reds, the Royal Flush Gang, the mysterious Gray Man, and other threats - or will they succumb to in-fighting and bad jokes? Rediscover the book that redefined the term "super-hero team!"

JUSTICE LEAGUE: A NEW BEGINNING is a 192-page trade paperback arriving in comic-book stores July 2 with a cover price of $12.95 U.S.

 
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