DC Comics Spotlight Articles for product shipping June, 2004

Mon, April 12th, 2004 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

JUSTICE LEAGUE ELITE

They do the jobs too dirty for the JLA

Springing from a schism among the World's Greatest Super-Heroes in JLA #100, JUSTICE LEAGUE ELITE is the explosive spinoff team that's not afraid to cross the lines the JLA won't! Only Joe Kelly's action-packed brand of storytelling combined with the combustive art and covers of Doug Mahnke & Tom Nguyen could present this brash new super-team - that made its mega-popular debut in the pages of ACTION COMICS #775 - in its hard-hitting, incendiary glory! JUSTICE LEAGUE ELITE is a 12-issue maxiseries that kicks off in July.

Led by Vera Black - sister of the Elite's controversial original leader, Manchester Black - the Elite features both new and classic heroes, including several current JLA members!

Black hires the no-nonsense government watchdog Al-Sheikh to monitor the Justice League Elite's every move and keep the team honest. But can this mismatched band of former assassins and disillusioned heroes fight clean when they can't even get along with one another?

And don't miss a brand-new printing of ACTION COMICS #775, the issue Wizard Magazine called "Joe Kelly's greatest work ever!" ACTION COMICS #775 ships on July 8 and features the debut of Manchester Black and the original Elite!

This project is supported by house and trade ads.

JUSTICE LEAGUE ELITE is a 12-issue maxiseries edited by Mike Carlin. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores July 21 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S. The 48-page ACTION COMICS #775 (Second Printing) arrives in comic-book stores on July 8 with a cover price of $3.75 U.S.

DOOM PATROL

The World's Strangest Heroes are back, in the way that only John Byrne can deliver!

Hot on the heels of the blockbuster JLA story arc "The 10th Circle" from issues #94-100, DOOM PATROL is a new monthly series beginning in June. DOOM PATROL reintroduces the fan-favorite team in all-new electrifying adventures - featuring dazzling story & pencils by Byrne, that shows why Byrne excels at revitalizing classic characters, with inker extraordinaire Doug Hazlewood (THE FLASH) along for the ride!

Meet Robot Man, a human brain inside the body of a mega-powerful robot! Elasti-Girl, a beautiful adventurer with the ability to grow to the size of a building! Former test pilot Negative-Man, whose body is now home to an amazing creature crackling with dark energy! And Niles Caulder, paraplegic genius and team leader!

DOOM PATROL also features a host of young new super-heroes: the powerful psychic Nudge, the mysterious Vortex, and the raging multi-armed ape Grunt. Add the JLA's Faith, and you've got the world's strangest heroes…together again for the first time!

Don't miss a refreshing new take on one of the DCU's most beloved super-teams!

This project is supported by a full-color 11" x 34" promo poster, house and trade ads.

DOOM PATROL is an ongoing series edited by Mike Carlin. The 32-page issue #1 is retro-solicited to arrive in comic-book stores June 30 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S. The 32-page issue #2 arrives in comic-book stores July 28 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

THE BOOKS OF MAGICK: LIFE DURING WARTIME

Neil Gaiman's original character Timothy Hunter, the British boy destined to become the world's greatest mage and one of VERTIGO's signature characters, returns - older, cooler and more confident - in the compelling new ongoing series THE BOOKS OF MAGICK: LIFE DURING WARTIME.

Gaiman plots the initial story arc with British television drama writer Si Spencer, who writes the series with Gaiman continuing as consultant. Dean Ormston (LUCIFER, THE SANDMAN) provides moody, evocative art, while fan-favorite Frank Quitely (BITE CLUB covers, THE SANDMAN: ENDLESS NIGHTS, JLA: EARTH TWO) delivers sensational painted covers.

Set ten minutes into the future, in alternate universes where battles on Earth and Faerie overlap, this new take on 19-year-old Tim is loaded with dystopian undercurrents and psychological horror, set against a background of contemporary global politics.

It's the Tim Hunter we know… or is it? After all, this Tim is living in London, with his mother (who no longer appears to be dead). He's reunited with his former girlfriend Molly. His best friends are a brother and sister called Cat and Dog - who may make Tim's life a little too interesting for his own good. It's a world without even the memory of magic.

Meanwhile, somewhere else, a magical war is in progress. John Constantine and Zatanna are living under seige - and only the legendary Tim Hunter can save them. Don't miss a free 8-page preview of this great entry point for new readers in this monthh's SWAMP THING #5.

This project is supported by a full-color 11" x 34" promo poster, house ads, and a minisite at www.vertigo.com.

THE BOOKS OF MAGICK: LIFE DURING WARTIME is an ongoing VERTIGO series edited by Shelly Bond and is suggested for mature readers. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores July 8 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

Sometimes the cure is deadlier than the disease


BLOODHOUND

Get ready to meet ex-cop Travis Clevenger, whose unique brand of justice earned him the nickname BLOODHOUND! Bloodhound is the star of a new ongoing series from writer Dan Jolley (FIRESTORM, JSA: THE LIBERTY FILES) and artists Leonard Kirk (JSA, SUPERGIRL) & Robin Riggs (SUPERGIRL). Featuring stunning painted covers by Dave Johnson (100 BULLETS, BATMAN, RED SON), it's a debut readers won't soon forget!

BLOODHOUND #1 introduces "Bloodhound" Clevenger in the maximum-security prison that's been his home for the last three years, ever since he was sentenced for killing his former partner on the Atlanta police force.

Now, the F.B.I. needs Clev's special talent: an uncanny knack for profiling and capturing metahuman criminals who don't wear flashy costumes. The F.B.I.'s after a serial killer who brutally rapes and murders his pretty young victims. And his latest target has a special connection to Clevenger: She's the teenage daughter of the man he killed.

They offer Bloodhound a deal: help them with their case, and he'll get his 20-year sentence reduced. Will he take their offer or remain behind bars? And if he does go free, how can the F.B.I. control him?

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BLOODHOUND is an ongoing series edited by Ivan Cohen. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores July 14 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.

BATMAN: THE ORDER OF BEASTS

Shrouded in mystery, a secret society convenes with the supposed purpose of bringing new leadership to wartime England. One by one, its members are found murdered, the killings oddly but subtly connected by a thread only the Dark Knight can see…

The mystery unfolds in BATMAN: THE ORDER OF BEASTS, a 48-page Prestige Format Special painted by Eddie Campbell (From Hell) and co-written by Campbell and Darren White.

Campbell tells the story of a young Batman who must hone his new detective skills while using them to penetrate the veil surrounding the Order of Beasts. But can he discover the identity of the murderer while navigating the nighttime landscape of a city that's unfamiliar to him?

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BATMAN: THE ORDER OF BEASTS is a 48-page Prestige Format Special edited by Joey Cavalieri. It arrives in comic-book stores July 14 with a cover price of $5.95 U.S.

CATWOMAN MOVIE COLLECTOR SERIES

This CATWOMAN is captivating. She had to be vulnerable. She had to be beautiful. She had to be tough as nails. The comic-book feline now comes to the big screen in a movie from Warner Bros. Pictures starring Halle Berry that presents a whole new world and a whole new hero. The action, adventure and romance of heroic proportions is captured through DC Direct's CATWOMAN MOVIE COLLECTOR SERIES. The Catwoman movie starring Halle Berry will be released by Warner Bros. Pictures in Summer 2004.

The CATWOMAN MOVIE COLLECTOR SERIES features three stunningly sculpted pieces:

CATWOMAN MOVIE STATUE: HALLE BERRY AS CATWOMAN
o Retro-solicited in stores June 23, 2004.


o Measures approximately 7 1/2" tall x 5 1/2" wide x 6 3/4" deep and is packaged in a 4-color box


o Includes a full-color certificate of authenticity


o Limited edition of 1,250 pieces


o $175.00 U.S.

CATWOMAN MOVIE MINI-BUST: HALLE BERRY AS CATWOMAN
o Retro-solicited in stores June 30, 2004.


o Measures approximately 6" tall and is packaged in a 4-color box


o Limited edition of 1,500 pieces


o $45.00

CATWOMAN MOVIE MAQUETTE: HALLE BERRY AS CATWOMAN
o Retro-solicited in stores June 30, 2004.


o Measures approximately 12 1/2" tall and is packaged in a 4-color box


o Includes a full-color certificate of authenticity


o Limited edition of 1,250 pieces


o $150.00

CATWOMAN: THE MOVIE

Meet Patience Phillips, a shy, sensitive artist working for cosmetic giant Hedare Beauty. When she stumbles on a dark secret at the company, she finds herself in the middle of a dangerous corporate conspiracy. What happens next changes Patience forever. In a mystical twist of fate, she is transformed into…Catwoman!

Get ready for CATWOMAN: THE MOVIE, the exciting adaptation of this summer's hot action adventure flick starring Halle Berry, Benjamin Bratt, Sharon Stone, Lambert Wilson, and Frances Conroy! CATWOMAN: THE MOVIE is adapted by writer Chuck Austen (Uncanny X-Men, ACTION COMICS) with art by SMALLVILLE's Tom Derenick & Adam DeKraker and a stunning cover by superstar artist Jim Lee (BATMAN, SUPERMAN)!

Witness the origin of this Catwoman, as the black-clad heroine bares her claws to exact her own form of revenge! This Special also features a section of Lee's sketches of Halle Berry drawn on the set of the film, showing the development of the Catwoman costume.

The CATWOMAN MOVIE ADAPTATION is also available in CATWOMAN: THE MOVIE AND OTHER TALES, a 128-page trade paperback that collects three memorable Catwoman tales from recent years and features a movie photo cover. Included here is Catwoman's modern origin from CATWOMAN (first series) #0 (written by Doug Moench with art by Jim Balent & Bob Smith), and a story from CATWOMAN (second series) #11 (written by Steven Grant with art by Brad Rader, Mark Lipka & Dan Davis)

This project is supported by house ads.

CATWOMAN: THE MOVIE is a 64-page Special edited by Tom Palmer, Jr. It is retro-solicited to arrive in comic book stores on June 30 with a cover price of $4.95 U.S. CATWOMAN: THE MOVIE AND OTHER TALES is a 128-page trade paperback that is retro-solicited to arrive in comic-book stores June 30 with a cover price of $9.95 U.S.

CATWOMAN: NINE LIVES OF A FELINE FATALE TRADE PAPERBACK

Timed in advance of the release of the upcoming Catwoman movie from Warner Bros. Pictures, CATWOMAN: NINE LIVES OF A FELINE FATALE reflects on Catwoman's more than 60 years in comics! Featuring a new cover by Brian Bolland and introduction by Catwoman Executive Producer Michael Uslan (BATMAN: DETECTIVE No. 27), this volume contains nine tales!

These stories originally appeared in BATMAN #1, DETECTIVE #203, SUPERMAN'S GIRLFRIEND LOIS LANE #70-71, BATMAN #197, BATMAN #210, BATMAN #392, CATWOMAN #54, BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES #4, and CATWOMAN SECRET FILES #1, and include the work of Ed Brubaker, Michael Avon Oeming, Bob Kane, Bill Finger, and more! Plus, this collection features Catwoman pinups from throughout the years by George Prez, Mark Stutzman, Adam Hughes, Jim Balent & Joe Jusko, Brian Stelfreeze, and more!

This project is supported by house ads.

o 208-page trade paperback


o $14.95 U.S.


o Retro-solicited; in stores June 30

BATMAN: HUSH VOL. 1 TRADE PAPERBACK

Three creative heavyweights…one iconic character. It was a recipe for success from the outset, and the team-up of writer Jeph Loeb with artists Jim Lee & Scott Williams produced the best-selling BATMAN tale in years. Now, the first five chapters - originally presented in the sold-out BATMAN #608-612 and the best-selling hardcover collection - are available in July as an affordable trade paperback: BATMAN: HUSH Vol. 1 TP!

In addition to a cover by Lee & Williams, BATMAN: HUSH also features the four pages of story added for the hardcover edition as well as the two pages initially available exclusively on dccomics.com.

The story picks up with Batman hot on the trail of Killer Croc, piecing together the mystery behind a $10 million stash swiped by Catwoman. The clues lead the Dark Knight to Metropolis where he squares off against old foe Poison Ivy and confronts Superman!

This project is supported by house ads.

o 128-page trade paperback


o $12.95 U.S.


o In stores July 21

JUSTICE LEAGUE SERIES 2 ACTION FIGURES

Get ready for the stunning second series of JUSTICE LEAGUE ACTION FIGURES! Following the sold-out first series, this wave is based on some of the JLA's most popular Satellite-era members.

Four new figures are offered: ELONGATED MAN, FIRESTORM, THE ATOM, and ADAM STRANGE. ELONGATED MAN stands approximately 6 3/4" tall (with a 1" neck extension that makes him 7 3/4" tall). FIRESTORM - soon to be seen in this summer's IDENTITY CRISIS - stands approximately 7 1/4" tall and has multiple points of articulation. THE ATOM stands approximately 6 1/2" tall and includes a medium Atom measuring 2" tall and a miniature Atom measuring 1" tall sitting in his JLA chair. ADAM STRANGE stands approximately 7" tall and includes a ray gun and a holster. Each figure features multiple points of articulation, includes a JLA base, and is packaged in a 4-color blister.

Plus, the initial series of sold-out JUSTICE LEAGUE ACTION FIGURES - AQUAMAN, THE FLASH, GREEN LANTERN (KYLE RAYNER), WONDER WOMAN, and SUPERMAN - is offered again to coincide with Series 2! Each figure features accessories and a JLA base. The SUPERMAN ACTION FIGURE included in this set was originally offered in the SUPERMAN line of action figures offered in early 2003.

Don't miss these great figures celebrating DC's classic heroes, perfect for holiday shopping!

This project is supported by a full-color 11" x 17" promo poster.

The JUSTICE LEAGUE: ADAM STRANGE ACTION FIGURE, JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE ATOM ACTION FIGURE, JUSTICE LEAGUE: ELONGATED MAN ACTION FIGURE, and JUSTICE LEAGUE: FIRESTORM ACTION FIGURE are advance-solicited, sold separately and arrive in comic-book stores November 24. Please consult your retailer for pricing information. Retailers please note: The JUSTICE LEAGUE SERIES 2: ELONGATED MAN, FIRESTORM, THE ATOM, and ADAM STRANGE ACTION FIGURES are intended for individual sale to consumers but are sold to retailers in inner and master case assortment as well as singles. Consult your retailer order form for packaging details and pricing. This product is being offered simultaneously beyond the comic-book specialty market.

SUPERMAN STATUE

The stellar partnership of superstar artist Jim Lee and brilliant sculptor Tim Bruckner continues with DC Direct's stunning SUPERMAN STATUE, the third in a series following the CATWOMAN STATUE and the sold-out BATMAN STATUE!

Sculpted by Bruckner based on Lee's cover for SUPERMAN #204, the SUPERMAN STATUE captures the Man of Steel in all his glory, standing approximately 10" tall by 6" wide by 9" deep. Available in time for holiday shopping, this beautiful SUPERMAN STATUE is packaged in a 4-color box.

This project is supported by a full-color 11" x 34" promo poster and trade ads.

The SUPERMAN STATUE is advance-solicited to arrive in comic-book stores on November 24 with a price of $195.00 U.S.

A Tribute to Julius Schwartz!


DC COMICS PRESENTS

To commemorate Julius Schwartz's tremendous contributions to comics, DC celebrates his legacy with eight stand-alone Specials showcasing his unique vision released under the umbrella title DC COMICS PRESENTS! Orchestrated by the DCU and VERTIGO editors who knew him best, DC COMICS PRESENTS pays tribute to the legend via one of his best-known editorial trademarks: the cover-driven story.

Some of comics' biggest names take up Schwartz's challenge, with eight classic covers providing inspiration for two 11-page stories each by teams who either worked with Julie or were inspired by his work. Each issue includes Harlan Ellison's moving tribute to Julie plus stunning re-creations of the original covers that serve as the inspiration for this once-in-a-lifetime tribute.

These titles ship one per week in July beginning with:

DC COMICS PRESENTS: BATMAN
The cover of BATMAN #183 - lovingly re-created by Adam Hughes - inspires two different stories of a seeming "couch potato" Dark Knight by Geoff Johns & Joe Staton and Len Wein & Javier Pulido.

DC COMICS PRESENTS: MYSTERY IN SPACE
Alex Ross pays tribute of MYSTERY IN SPACE #82 as the teams of Grant Morrison & Jerry Ordway and Elliot S! Maggin & J.H. Williams III share their takes on spaceman Adam Strange having to decide the fate of two worlds.

DC COMICS PRESENTS: GREEN LANTERN
Brian Bolland reinterprets the cover of GREEN LANTERN #31, where Hal Jordan offers "Power Rings for Sale," as Brian Azzarello, Norm Breyfogle & Sal Buscema and Marty Pasko, Scott McDaniel & Andy Owens join forces to tell two surprising stories based on the original cover image.

DC COMICS PRESENTS: HAWKMAN
Jos Luis Garca-Lpez takes Hawkman and a winged gorilla from the cover of HAWKMAN #6! Writer Kurt Busiek & artist Walter Simonson and DC veteran Cary Bates & artist John Byrne rise to the challenge!

And in August, look for one-shots showcasing Superman, The Flash, The Atom, and the Justice League of America, featuring the work of Stan Lee, Darwyn Cooke, Paul Levitz, Keith Giffen, Dennis O'Neil, Doug Mahnke, Jeph Loeb, Dave Gibbons, Mark Waid, Harlan Ellison, and more!

This project is supported by house ads.

DC COMICS PRESENTS is a series of eight Specials shipping weekly in July and August. DC COMICS PRESENTS: BATMAN arrives in comic-book stores July 7. DC COMICS PRESENTS: MYSTERY IN SPACE arrives in comic-book stores July 14. DC COMICS PRESENTS: GREEN LANTERN arrives in comic-book stores July 21. DC COMICS PRESENTS: HAWKMAN arrives in comic-book stores July 28. Each issue is 32 pages and has a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

Europe's greatest graphic novels invade the U.S.!


HUMANOIDS

In 1975 three renowned French graphic novel authors - Moebius, Dionnet and Druillet - founded Metal Hurlant magazine and led Humanoides Associes publishing house to publish the works of cutting-edge artists and revolutionized the world of graphic novels. Beginning this July, through an exclusive agreement with DC Comics, worldwide English language rights to the fantastic catalogue of Humanoids material is available to a broader audience!

THE TECHNOPRIESTS VOL. 1 TRADE PAPERBACK

In the epic science-fiction saga THE TECHNOPRIESTS VOL. 1, Alexandro Jodorowsky - co-creator of The Metabarons and The Incal and writer/director of the notorious cult films El Topo, Santa Sangre and Holy Mountain - collaborates with artists Zoran Janjetov and Fred Beltran to create a universe that is truly imaginative and limitless.

In this 160-page trade paperback, the young boy called Albino - the illegitimate son of a pirate - has only one goal: to become a member of the Technoguild and create the video games that influence every citizen in the galaxy, or die trying…and he just might! The path to become a Technopriest is a difficult one, and Albino must face


many trials before he can fulfill his destiny.

o 160-page trade paperback


o $14.95 U.S.


o Measures 7 3/8" x 10 1/5"


o In stores July 14


o Suggested for mature readers

TOWNSCAPES TRADE PAPERBACK

Writer/director of the upcoming film Immortal, Enki Bilal is recognized as one of the world's most talented graphic artists. TOWNSCAPES is a 176-page trade paperback that collects an amazing trilogy, consisting of "The Cruise of Lost Souls," "Ship of Stone," and "The Town That Didn't Exist," in which Bilal collaborates with writer Pierre Christin to tell three tales of modern-day towns caught up in fantastic circumstances. This collection, written by Christin with art by Bilal, features brand-new colors by Dan Brown.

In "The Town That Didn't Exist," a small town fallen on hard times is revitalized by the unusual vision of an insightful young woman. "Ship of Stone" is the story of a fishing village and a ghost as they confront a group of unscrupulous property developers. And "The Cruise of Lost Souls" tells the tale of a mysterious military device and its surprising effects on a remote farming town.

o 176-page trade paperback o $17.95 U.S.


o Measures 7 3/8" x 10 1/5" o In stores July 28


o Suggested for mature readers

THE HORDE TRADE PAPERBACK

With the 144-page trade paperback THE HORDE, writer/artist Baranko (Exterminator 17, Metal Hurlant) has created his own futuristic epic!

In the year 2040, a new Russian dictator has a unique vision: to create an empire reaching from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic in the spirit of Genghis Khan and his Golden Horde. To do this, his Secret Service must find the corpse of the latest reincarnation of Ghengis Khan. But their paths will cross with the last Chechen, the survivor of a nuclear holocaust who has nothing to lose and nothing to fear - especially not the Russian army and Secret Service!

o 144-page trade paperback


o Measures 7 3/8" x 10 1/5"


o Suggested for mature readers


o $17.95 U.S.


o In stores July 21

METAL HURLANT #12

METAL HURLANT - one of the most historically important and influential comics anthologies of modern times, and better known in the U.S. as Heavy Metal - is available in English through DC Comics beginning with July's issue #12!

In METAL HURLANT #12, Rick Spears and Rob G (BATMAN, Teenagers From Mars) headline this issue with a beautifully brutal tale from the trenches. This issue also includes a new story by Ladronn (Hip Flask) and Alexandro Jodorowsky (Metabarons). Plus, Stefano Raffaele's (Hawkeye) horrific love story "Fragile," Guy Davis (BATMAN: NEVERMORE) introduces a major character in the continuing "The Zombies That Ate The World," and more!

o 64-page magazine


o Suggested for mature readers


o $3.95 U.S.


o In stores July 28

SUPERMAN #207

The dream team of writer Brian Azzarello (100 BULLETS, BATMAN) and superstar artists Jim Lee & Scott Williams (BATMAN) continue the landmark story "For Tomorrow" in SUPERMAN #207.

Caught in the midst of bloody civil war, Superman has vowed not to take sides…but how long can he stay on the sidelines after being attacked by the nearly unstoppable monster who first reared his ugly head in SUPERMAN #206? And if he's forced to choose sides, can he truly trust those he's sworn to defend in a country where nothing is what it seems?

SUPERMAN is an ongoing series co-edited by Eddie Berganza and William Dennis. The 32-page issue #207 arrives in omic-book stores July 28 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

SUPERMAN/BATMAN #12

Things heat up for the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight in SUPERMAN/BATMAN #12, written by Jeph Loeb with stunning art by Michael Turner. Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman have traveled to Apokolips to rescue Kara Zor-El…but does she want to be saved? Direct Currents turned to Jeph Loeb for some answers and insights!

Q: What can readers expect in SUPERMAN/BATMAN #12?

A: Things go a little…unexpected. Okay, a lot unexpected. We don't know a whole lot about Kara, and in this issue, we might find out some things we'd rather not.

Q: What made you want to bring back Supergirl?

A: I didn't bring back anyone! This story is called "The Supergirl from Krypton." What happens to her in these six issues marks the beginning of a new person in Superman's life and in the DCU.

Q: What's it like working with Michael Turner?

A: It's just fun. We've been friends for a long time and see this story very, very similarly. It's like I write it, and he draws it, and I'm constantly amazed by the results - and also by our colorist supreme Peter Steigerwald and my good luck charm, the ever-crafty Richard Starkings, who are both bringing a look to the book that is pretty spectacular.

Q. In "The Supergirl from Krypton," you get to write all three of DC's classic trinity of heroes. Do you have a favorite?

A. They're all great. I'm honored to play with them - even for a short time.

SUPERMAN/BATMAN is an ongoing series edited by Eddie Berganza. The 32-page issue #12 arrives in comic-book stores July 21 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.

JLA #101-106: "The Pain of the Gods"

The JLA has saved countless lives - even entire planets. But what happens when they fail? Who can understand the grief and guilt such tragedies can inflict upon beings with the powers of gods - but souls that are human?

The team of Chuck Austen (ACTION COMICS, Uncanny X-Men) and Ron Garney (Captain America, JLA: OUR WORLDS AT WAR) - in his first story arc for DC - explore this powerful aspect of the World's Greatest Super-Heroes in the titanic 6-part story arc "The Pain of the Gods," beginning biweekly in July with JLA #101 and 102!

Superman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Wonder Woman, and Batman each are forced to face a time when they were unable to save an innocent or prevent disaster. Like the bonds shared by police officers and firefighters, the JLA teammates must help each other process the pain and go on with their lives and their mission.

Don't miss some of the most emotionally gripping JLA stories ever!

JLA is an ongoing series edited by Mike Carlin. The 32-page issue #101 arrives in comic-book stores July 14 with a cover price of $2.25 U.S. The 32-page issue #102 arrives in comic-book stores July 28 with a cover price of $2.25 U.S.

WONDER WOMAN #206-210: "Stoned"

Her name is Medousa - the fabled Gorgon whose gaze turns her victims into stone. In ancient legend, she was beheaded by Perseus and left for dead. Now the snake-headed harridan has been restored to life with a single purpose: killing Wonder Woman!

Medousa's first strike against the Amazing Amazon comes in July's WONDER WOMAN #206, Part 1 of the 5-part "Stoned," from the acclaimed creative team of writer Greg Rucka (WONDER WOMAN: THE HIKETEIA, GOTHAM CENTRAL), artists Drew Johnson & Ray Snyder, and cover artist J.G. Jones. The challenges of the modern world require Medousa to find new allies in her quest for vengeance, all who share her goal to destroy Diana.

In the coming months, Medousa's attacks exact a terrible cost to Wonder Woman and culminate in a battle that will confirm Diana's role as the DCU's greatest warrior!

WONDER WOMAN is an ongoing series edited by Ivan Cohen. The 32-page issue #206 arrives in comic-book stores July 21 with a cover price of $2.25 U.S.

WONDER WOMAN: DOWN TO EARTH TRADE PAPERBACK

When Diana pens a book that shares her beliefs with everyone, it ignites a firestorm of controversy - and even gets the attention of the Olympian Gods! Now Wonder Woman faces her most personal battle yet, as she confronts attacks on all levels, from Cale to Dr. Psycho to Silver Swan and even the War God Ares himself!

It all goes down in WONDER WOMAN: DOWN TO EARTH, a 160-page trade paperback collecting WONDER WOMAN #195-200, the acclaimed debut story arc written by Greg Rucka (WONDER WOMAN: THE HIKETEIA) with art by Drew Johnson & Ray Snyder! DOWN TO EARTH features additional art by Eric Shanower, plus pinups by Brian Stelfreeze, Steve Rude, Stuart Immonen and Eduardo Risso, and a cover by J.G. Jones!

This project is supported by house ads.

o 160-page trade paperback


o $14.95 U.S.


o In stores July 14

BIRDS OF PREY #69-74: "Between Dark and Dawn"

Red-hot writer Gail Simone (ROSE & THORN) is joined by a pair of fantastic art teams for "Between Dark and Dawn," a thrilling 6-part story shipping biweekly that kicks off in July's BIRDS OF PREY #69-70! Ed Benes & Alex Lei will alternate art duties with Ron Adrian (Coven: Tooth & Nail) & Rob Lea for the duration of the story. Stunning covers are provided by Mark Texeira (Black Panther) and Greg Land (Sojourn), who also alternate throughout the course of the story.

Huntress goes undercover to infiltrate a religious cult with a dangerous secret and a hidden operative, while Canary and Oracle uncover the true nature of Sovereign Brusaw's organization. It all leads to the Huntress's battle against former Justice Leaguer Vixen!

BIRDS OF PREY is an ongoing series edited by Lysa Hawkins and Joan Hilty. The 32-page issue #69 arrives in comic-book stores July 8 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S. The 32-page issue #70 arrives in comic-book stores July 21 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

A new way to read your favorite cartoons!


KIDS' WB! JAM-PACKED ACTION!

Now kids can read their favorite episodes of KIDS' WB! shows!

KIDS' WB! JAM-PACKED ACTION! is a 96-page Special featuring stories from actual episodes of Mucha Lucha, Xiaolin Showdown, Teen Titans Go! and Scooby-Doo!

The stories included in KIDS' WB! JAM-PACKED ACTION! - which is comparable in size to DC's Digest-Sized Trade Paperbacks at 5" x 7" - feature high-quality screen captures and dialogue straight from the shows' scripts. The slam-bang action of these four great stories make this new project a guaranteed hit with fans of the shows and animation in general!

KIDS' WB! JAM-PACKED ACTION! is a 96-page Special edited by Ben Abernathy that measures 5" x 7". It is retro-solicited to arrive in comic-book stores on June 30 with a cover price of $7.99 U.S.

THE POSSESSED TRADE PAPERBACK

From Wizard Magazine Top Ten writer Geoff Johns (JSA, THE FLASH) & Kris Grimminger (Witchblade), with stunning art and cover by Liam Sharp (Hellspawn) comes a tale of horror that tears into the very depths of mankind's soul! THE POSSESSED is a 144-page Cliffhanger trade paperback that collects the thrilling 6-issue miniseries.

When demons walk the Earth, humanity's only hope lies in the hands of a band of exorcists, trained in combat and hardened by one common element: They all were once possessed. Utilizing ancient tools and high-tech weapons, they fight against the forces of darkness...but what happens when they lose faith?

This project is supported by house ads.

o 144-page Cliffhanger trade paperback


o Suggested for mature readers


o $14.95 U.S.


o In stores July 8

THE MAXX BOOK THREE TRADE PAPERBACK

Get ready for the third thrilling collection of THE MAXX - written by Sam Kieth and William Messner-Loebs with stunning art and a new cover by Kieth - that collects issues #14-20 of the acclaimed series.

In this installment, the psychological exploration of the Maxx's soul mate Julie deepens as she separates herself from him, plunges into denial, dyes her hair red, escapes into sexual excess…and gets pregnant! Meanwhile, the Maxx returns to the Outback to discover who he is. Don't miss this multilayered, in-depth look into the psyche of a troubled hero, told only as Sam Kieth could!

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o 160-page Cliffhanger trade paperback


o $17.95 U.S.


o Suggested for mature readers


o In stores July 21

SEBASTIAN O TRADE PAPERBACK

Long out of print, SEBASTIAN O helped launch VERTIGO and further propelled the career of white-hot comics writer Grant Morrison. Now the 3-issue miniseries, illustrated by Steve Yeowell (THE INVISIBLES), returns in an 80-page trade paperback that includes a new text piece by Morrison and rare developmental drawings by Yeowell.

Telling the story of an iconoclastic, flamboyant assassin in a decadent, high-tech 1890s England, SEBASTIAN O - an early inclusion in the genre now known as "steampunk" - accompanies its jaded hero on the hunt for the mastermind who condemned him to Bedlam for his moral outrages against a computerized Victorian society. Dispatching his foes with well-paced bullets and well-turned phrases, Sebastian tracks down his nemesis through his old associates in the scandalous Club de Paradis Artificiel, whose surviving members have somehow managed to evade the harsh punishment he received. But the closer Sebastian gets to his quarry, the more prophetic the club name seems - and the wilder the quest for truth becomes.

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o 80-page VERTIGO trade paperback


o Suggested for mature readers


o $9.95 U.S.


o In stores July 21

100 BULLETS: SAMURAI TRADE PAPERBACK

Brian Azzarello's and Eduardo Risso's VERTIGO crime saga 100 BULLETS continues its collected editions with 100 BULLETS: SAMURAI, reprinting issues #43-49 of the critically acclaimed and award-winning ongoing series. This seventh volume, featuring the story arcs "Chill in the Oven" and "In Stinked," features a new cover by Dave Johnson and an introduction by legendary Argentinean comics writer Carlos Trillo.

This 168-page trade paperback returns first to the character of Loop Hughes, who is joined in prison by Lono, and then to Jack Daw, who finds himself in a roadside zoo face to face with several varieties of wild animals - both two- and four-legged!

And don't miss the start of a new storyline beginning


in 100 BULLETS #51, also shipping in July!

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o 168-page VERTIGO trade paperback


o Suggested for mature readers


o In stores July 28


o $12.95 U.S.

THE FLASH: BLITZ TRADE PAPERBACK

In THE FLASH: BLITZ, a massive 224-page collection reprinting THE FLASH #192-200, Wizard Magazine's "Breakout Talent of 2002" Geoff Johns (JSA, TEEN TITANS) and artists Scott Kolins (The Avengers) & Doug Hazlewood (DOOM PATROL), with additional art by Phil Winslade, pit DC's Fastest Man Alive against his greatest foes!

This collection features two thrilling storylines, "Run Riot," in which Gorilla Grodd runs amok in Iron Heights - along with some of the deadliest villains in the DCU, including Dr. Alchemy, Peek-A-Boo, Tar Pit, and Double Down; and the life-changing "Blitz," in which The Flash must face his opposite number: Professor Zoom, who'll risk anything to bring down the Scarlet Speedster and all he holds dear. Not even Jesse Quick, Jay Garrick and Impulse can prevent the carnage!

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o 224-page trade paperback


o $19.95 U.S.


o In stores July 7

GREEN LANTERN/GREEN ARROW VOL. 2 TRADE PAPERBACK

Get ready for a second collection of award-winning, influential, and hard-to-find material chronicling the adventures of two of DC's emerald-garbed heroes!

GREEN LANTERN/GREEN ARROW Vol. 2 is a 200-page trade paperback collecting GREEN LANTERN #83-87 and #89 and THE FLASH #217-219, completing the entire celebrated run by Dennis O'Neil and Neal Adams! This volume includes the groundbreaking "Snowbirds Don't Fly" drug abuse story, as well as the introduction of Green Lantern John Stewart to the DCU. Also this volume includes the never-before-reprinted story "Powerless Power Ring" for The Flash #226! This volume features a cover by Adams and also includes the work of inkers Dick Giordano (who provides an introduction) and Bernie Wrightson!

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o 200-page trade paperback


o $12.95 U.S.


o In stores July 14

ALL STAR ARCHIVES VOL. 10 HARDCOVER

Don't miss the latest hardcover collection featuring the Golden Age adventures of the classic Justice Society of America! ALL STAR ARCHIVES VOLUME 10 is a 224-page Archive Edition reprinting ALL-STAR COMICS #44-48, orginally published between December 1949 and August 1950 and featuring the work of writer John Broome and artists Irwin Hasen, Arthur Peddy, Bob Oksner and Bernard Sachs. In addition, this Archive features an introduction by Roy Thomas.

In this volume, comics' first "super-team" faces racketeering in Hollywood, cosmic criminals, and a modern day Billy the Kid! Plus, the team assists an amateur detective and inspires a bedridden boy to live!

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o 224-page hardcover


o $49.95 U.S.


o In stores July 14

CRISIS ON MULTIPLE EARTHS VOL. 3 TRADE PAPERBACK

Fan-favorite painter Alex Ross provides the stunning cover for CRISIS ON MULTIPLE EARTHS Vol. 3, a 192-page trade paperback collecting the classic JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #91-92, #100-102, #107-108 and #113 (circa 1971-1974)! These classic issues are written by Mike Friedrich and Len Wein (who also provides the introduction), with art by Dick Dillin, Joe Giella and Dick Giordano and a new painted cover by Alex Ross!

This round of JLA/JSA team-ups includes the legendary search through time for the Seven Soldiers of Victory, the discovery of Earth-X and the Freedom Fighters and answers the question: Whatever happened to Sandman's partner Sandy?

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o 192-page trade paperback


o $14.95 U.S.


o In stores July 28

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