DC Comics Solicitations for product shipping August, 2004

Mon, May 17th, 2004 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

DC Comics has provided CBR News with covers and solicit information for product shipping August, 2004.

The biggest Batman event of 2004 begins here!


BATMAN: THE 12-CENT ADVENTURE
Written by Devin Grayson


Art by Ramon Bachs & Raul Fernandez


Cover by Jason Pearson

The explosive three-month Batman event WAR GAMES kicks off here, in a special low-priced comic!

Stephanie Brown has patrolled the streets of Gotham as Spoiler, and more recently as Robin. But tonight she's flying solo, and a seemingly easy mission is about to turn deadly!

Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne attends a hospital dedication where an old foe lurks with an apocalyptic new mission. Before this night is over, the face of Gotham will be changed forever, as the stage is set for a bloody gang war!

Be sure to follow the story through the Batman titles this month, starting in DETECTIVE COMICS #797!


FC / 32 pgs / Special / $0.12 US / On sale Aug 4 Edited by Matt Idelson

DETECTIVE COMICS #797
Written by Andersen Gabrych, Shane McCarthy


Art by Pete Woods & Nathan Massengill, Tommy Castillo & Rodney Ramos


Cover by Jock


WAR GAMES: ACT 1, PART 1! Gotham erupts in a massive gang war the likes of which have never been seen! Can Batman stem the tides of war? And in the backup story, Part 1 of the 3-part "Low," as the Riddler faces off against Poison Ivy!


On sale Aug 4 o 40 pg, FC, $2.95 US

LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #182
Written by A.J. Lieberman


Art by Brad Walker & Troy Nixey


Cover by Brian Haberlin


WAR GAMES: ACT I, PART 2! With the gang war raging and only Batgirl at his side, Batman is badly outnumbered. And when Batman tries to control of the path of violence, the heroes suffer their first casualty.


On sale Aug 11 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

NIGHTWING #96
Written by Devin Grayson


Art by Mike Lilly & Andy Owens


Cover by Scott McDaniel & Owens


WAR GAMES: ACT 1, PART 3! With Batman in trouble, Dick Grayson must put aside his own feelings and return to Gotham City. But when Tarantula comes along for the ride, will the Batman family survive the shakeup?


On sale Aug 11 o 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #56
Written by A.J. Lieberman


Art by Al Barrionuevo & Francis Portella


Cover by Jae Lee


WAR GAMES: ACT 1, PART 4! As gang war rages, Batman and Batgirl must save the innocent and stem the violence. Batman launches an effort to turn the tides of war, but he reckoned without Tarantula!!


On sale Aug 18 o 40 pg, FC, $2.95 US

ROBIN #129
Written by Bill Willingham


Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli & Lorenzo Ruggiero


Cover by Dustin Nguyen


WAR GAMES: ACT 1, PART 5! The Odessa Mob has put a contract out on Henry Aquista's daughter Darla, but Scarface wants a piece of the action, too. And that means double trouble for Darla, unless her friend Tim Drake can save the day!


On sale Aug 18 o 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

BATGIRL #55
Written by Dylan Horrocks


Art by Sean Phillips


Cover by James Jean


WAR GAMES: ACT 1, PART 6! Batgirl scours the streets and rooftops in search of a former ally. But when news comes of a gun battle across town, Batgirl must decide between continuing the search and running a gauntlet of gun-toting gangsters to get to her teammates.


On sale Aug 18 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

CATWOMAN #34
Written by Ed Brubaker


Art and cover by Paul Gulacy & Jimmy Palmiotti


WAR GAMES: ACT 1, PART 7! The battle to control Gotham spills into the East End when Mr. Freeze targets the Lucky Hand Triad. But Catwoman's not about to hand it over to the underworld without a fight!


On sale Aug 25 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

BATMAN #631
Written by Bill Willingham


Art by Kinsun & Nathan Massengill


Cover by Matt Wagner


WAR GAMES: ACT 1, PART 8! The ultimate gang war has engulfed Gotham City, and it's about to strike close to home for one member of the Batman family. With Scarface shooting it out against gun-toting thugs, can Batman and company keep innocents from falling in the crossfire?


On sale Aug 25 o 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

BATMAN/CATWOMAN: TRAIL OF THE GUN #1
Written by Ann Nocenti


Art and cover by Ethan Van Sciver

The race for the ultimate weapon is on in this 2-issue Prestige Format miniseries by Ann Nocenti (Daredevil) & Ethan Van Sciver (New X-Men)!


The entire underworld is pursuing a gun that never misses. Catwoman considers the firearm to be the score of a lifetime, affirming forever her reputation as Queen of Thieves…if only she can keep it out of the hands of rival criminal factions. But she has one more competitor: the Dark Knight, who wants the weapon out of circulation for good!


PRESTIGE FORMAT


FC / 48 pgs / (#1 of 2) / $5.95 US / On sale Aug 4 Edited by Joey Cavalieri

BATMAN: DEATH AND THE MAIDENS TP
Written by Greg Rucka


Art and cover by Klaus Janson

A trade paperback collecting the thrilling 9-issue miniseries by acclaimed novelist Greg Rucka (Smoker, A Fistful of Rain) with art by Klaus Janson (BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS)!


A dying Ra's al Ghul has no choice but to beg Batman, his greatest nemesis, for help against a woman who once shared his life, centuries ago. In exchange, he offers the Dark Knight a chance of a lifetime - the ability to speak with his dead parents. But what Batman's parents have to say to him will profoundly affect both the man and the hero.


This collection also includes an introduction by series editor Matt Idelson and behind-the-scenes unused pages and sketches featuring commentary by Janson.


FC / 224 pgs / Trade Paperback / $19.95 US /


On sale Aug 18

BATMAN ADVENTURES #17
Written by Ty Templeton


Art by Rick Burchett & Terry Beatty


Cover by Kelsey Shannon


Last issue! A terrifying dream sets events in motion as Batman faces his ultimate foe…and we don't mean The Joker! Don't miss this breathtaking final issue!


On sale Aug 18 o 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

BIRDS OF PREY #71
Written by Gail Simone


Art by Ron Adrian, Alex Lei & Rob Lea


Cover by Mark Texeira


"Between Dark and Dawn" continues in the third of six biweekly issues! Huntress's mission to the backwoods compound of a sinister Oregon cult goes seriously wrong. And in Gotham, Barbara's being stalked by something cyber-deadly, but how can she fight what she can't see?


On sale Aug 4 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

BIRDS OF PREY #72
Written by Gail Simone


Art by Ed Benes


Cover by Greg Land & Jay Leisten


"Between Dark and Dawn" continues in the fourth of six biweekly issues! Vixen and Huntress fight their way to a faceoff with Sovereign Brusaw, Canary races through Gotham trying to prevent a series of cult-inspired suicides…and you won't believe who Oracle's about to fight!


On sale Aug 18 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

ROBIN: UNMASKED! TP


Written by Bill Willingham


Art by Rick Mays, Francisco Rodriguez de la Fuente, & Aaron Sowd


Cover by Jason Pearson

Critically acclaimed, Eisner Award-winning writer Bill Willingham (FABLES) has taken over the life of Tim Drake, Robin -- and the Boy Wonder's life has been a rollercoaster ride ever since!


ROBIN: UNMASKED! collects issues #121-125, featuring pencils by Rick Mays and Francisco Rodriguez de la Fuente, with inks by Aaron Sowd and a new cover by Jason Pearson.


Batman turns up the heat on his young ward's training just as Tim is about to encounter the most bloodthirsty killer of his career! And if that weren't bad enough, it's Tim's first day at a new school, with a student body tangled in social spider webs!


As Robin deals with the deadly Johnny Warlock, an even bigger threat is about to turn our hero's life upside down: Tim's own dad!


FC / 128 pgs / Trade Paperback / $12.95 US /


On sale Aug 11

GOTHAM CENTRAL #22
Written by Ed Brubaker


Art and cover by Michael Lark & Stefano Gaudiano


At last, the truth about the infamous High School Baseball Massacre is revealed! Just what part did the Mad Hatter play in the murders years ago? And how will this come to a peaceful resolution when ex-Detective Bullock is involved?


On sale Aug 11 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

SCRATCH #3
Written by Sam Kieth


Art and cover by Kieth


The thrilling miniseries by Sam Kieth continues! If Zack & his new female friend Sage are trying to save an entire town, then why does that town want them dead?


On sale Aug 4 o (3 of 5) o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

ACTION COMICS #818
Written by Chuck Austen


Art by Ivan Reis & Marc Campos


Cover by Arthur Adams


Guest-starring Wonder Woman and Superboy! An injured Superman is surrounded inside STAR Labs with no way to get through the hordes of villains outside. And when one of those villains makes it inside, things get even worse!


On sale Aug 11 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #631
Written by Greg Rucka


Art by Matthew Clark & Nelson


Cover by Gene Ha


Superman learns that seemingly unrelated events might not be as random as he thought. Could the mastermind behind last issue's hostage situation play a bigger role against the Man of Steel?


On sale Aug 18o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

SUPERMAN #208
Written by Brian Azzarello


Art and cover by Jim Lee & Scott Williams


The JLA guest stars as "For Tomorrow" marches on with Part 5 of 12! Just when the Man of Steel thought he could catch his breath, he comes face- to-face with new obstacles - namely, his allies in the JLA!


On sale Aug 25 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

MAJESTIC #1 (of 4)
Written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning


Art by Karl Kerschl


Cover by Ed McGuinness & Dexter Vines

A new 4-issue miniseries that picks up where the events of January's "Strange New Visitor" storyline in the Superman books left off, by the same creative team!


The brilliant mind of Mr. Majestic has been anything but idle since his arrival in the DCU, and Superman isn't happy with what he's been up to. With the Eradicator hot on his trail, Majestic must find a way back to the Wildstorm Universe!

FC / 32 pgs / (1 of 4) / $2.95 US / On sale Aug 4 Edited by Tom Palmer Jr.

SUPERMAN ADVENTURES VOL. 1: UP, UP AND AWAY! TP
Written by Mark Millar


Art by Aluir Amancio & Terry Austin


Cover by Mike Manley & Austin


The adventures of the Man of Steel are in two digest-sized books! Volume 1 - reprinting SUPERMAN ADVENTURES #16, 19, and 22-24 - features Brainiac, the Parasite, Lex Luthor, Mr. Mxyzptlk, Bizarro, Lobo, and Darkseid!


On sale Aug 18 o 5.125" x 7.562" o 112 pg, FC, $6.95 US

SUPERMAN ADVENTURES VOL. 2: THE NEVER-ENDING BATTLE TP
Written by Mark Millar


Art by Aluir Amancio, Mike Manley, Terry Austin


Cover by Manley & Austin


A new digest reprinting five issues of the comic inspired by the animated TV show, written by Mark Millar! Volume 2 - reprinting SUPERMAN ADVENTURES #25-29 - turns up the heat with stories featuring Brainiac, Lex Luthor, the Parasite, Lobo, Bizarro and more!


On sale Aug 18 o 5.125" x 7.562" o 112 pg, FC, $6.95 US

SUPERMAN/BATMAN #13
Written by Jeph Loeb


Art and cover by Michael Turner


The startling conclusion to the year's most talked-about storyline explodes as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman battle Darkseid! Kara Zor-El has all the makings of a Supergirl…but is that who she really is?


RETAILERS NOTE: This issue will ship with two covers. All orders will be filled with covers spotlighting Supergirl (50%) and Darkseid (50%).


On sale Aug 18 o 32 pg, FC, $2.95 US

SUPERMAN: GODFALL HC
Written by Michael Turner & Joe Kelly


Art by Talent Caldwell & Jason Gorder


Cover by Turner

A sleek hardcover collecting the sold-out 6-part storyline! Earth's protector is missing in this adventure collecting ACTION COMICS #812-813, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #625-626 and SUPERMAN #202-203, written by Michael Turner & Joe Kelly (JLA) with art by Talent Caldwell (Fathom: Killian's Tide) & Jason Gorder (Witchblade). Somehow, the Man of Steel finds himself on his native world of Krypton. Can he escape and return to Earth?


GODFALL features a new cover by Turner, an introduction by Kelly, plus behind-the-scenes sketches, designs and more!


FC / 112 pgs / Hardcover / $19.95 US / On sale Aug 4

SUPERMAN: THE GREATEST STORIES EVER TOLD TP
Written by Jerry Siegel, William Woolfolk, Edmond Hamilton, Jim Steranko, Elliot S. Maggin, John Byrne,


and Joe Kelly


Art by Joe Shuster, Al Plastino, Curt Swan, Murphy Anderson, Steranko, Byrne, Dick Giordano, Mike Mignola, Doug Mahnke, Lee Bermejo, and various


Cover by various

Superman's career is chronicled in SUPERMAN: THE GREATEST STORIES EVER TOLD, a unique collection of some of the Man of Steel's most classic adventures! Reprinted are: Superman's origin (SUPERMAN #1); the story "What if Superman Ended the War?" (Look Magazine); "Three Supermen From Krypton!" (SUPERMAN #65); "The Last Days of Superman" (SUPERMAN #156); "Must There Be a Superman?" (SUPERMAN #247); "The Exile at the Edge of Eternity" (SUPERMAN #400); the modern-day re-telling of Superman's origin (MAN OF STEEL #1); "Return to Krypton" (SUPERMAN #18); and "What's so funny about Truth, Justice & The American Way?" (ACTION COMICS #775)! This volume also features an introduction by Michael Uslan (BATMAN: DETECTIVE No. 27).


FC / 192 pgs / Trade Paperback / $19.95 US / On sale Aug 11

ACTION HERO ARCHIVES VOL. 1 HC
Written by Steve Ditko, Joe Gill & David Kaler


Art by Ditko, Rocke Mastroserio & Frank McLaughlin


Cover by Ditko


At the height of comics' Silver Age, artist Steve Ditko was winning praise for his spectacular work on Marvel's Amazing Spider-Man and Dr. Strange. At the same time, Ditko was also creating powerful tales of another hero: Captain Atom, published by Charlton Comics as part of its "Action Hero" line! DC's first archive of Charlton material gathers some of Ditko's greatest Captain Atom adventures, originally published from 1960-1966 in SPACE ADVENTURES #33-42 and CAPTAIN ATOM #78-82!


On sale Aug 25 o 224 pg, FC, $49.95 US

AQUAMAN #21
Written by Will Pfeifer


Art and cover by Patrick Gleason & Christian Alamy


"With the Fishes," Part 1of 3. "Sub Diego" faces a new wave of crime as a meta-powered criminal caught in the collapse finds his powers even more formidable in his watery new home!


On sale Aug 11 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

BLOODHOUND #2
Written by Dan Jolley


Art by Leonard Kirk & Robin Riggs


Cover by Dave Johnson


The DC Universe's toughest new hero has been unleashed… but now he's getting, well, leashed! Will an electronic tracking collar be enough to keep this hound under control? And how will he track down the serial killer who's kept the FBI in the dark?


On sale Aug 11 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

CAPER #11
Written by Judd Winick


Art and cover by Tom Fowler


Lou and Richie are having a hell of a time. They have a severed hand in a cooler; they're being chased by well-dressed men with uzis; a squad of porn stars on motorcycles want to "chat" with them; and their only allies are a legion of drag queens!


MATURE READERS


On sale Aug 25 o 32 pg, FC, $2.95 US

CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN #3
Written by Howard Chaykin


Art and cover by Chaykin


Five extraordinary survivors of a not-so-random terrorist attack put the pieces of their giant jigsaw puzzle back together just in time for their faces to be plastered all across the media as the perps! But the mystery deepens as their personal histories are revealed, and they discover that all are connected by a lot less than six degrees.


On sale Aug 18 o (3 of 6) o32 pg, FC, $2.95 US

DC COMICS PRESENTS: THE ATOM #1
Written by Dave Gibbons, Mark Waid


Art by Pat Oliffe & Livesay, Dan Jurgens


Painted cover by Brian Bolland


The explosive cover of THE ATOM #10 inspires two stories in this tribute to legendary DC editor Julius Schwartz! Dave Gibbons (WATCHMEN) teams with Pat Oliffe & Livesay, while Mark Waid (SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT) is joined by Dan Jurgens to tell the tales.


On sale Aug 18 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

DC COMICS PRESENTS: THE FLASH #1
Written by Dennis O'Neil, Jeph Loeb


Art by Doug Mahnke & Mark Farmer, Ed McGuinness & Dexter Vines


Painted cover by Alex Ross


The cover of THE FLASH (original series) #163 inspires two remarkable stories, in which the Scarlet Speedster begs readers to pick up the issue because his "life depends on it!" Taking up the challenge are the teams of Dennis O'Neil & Doug Mahnke and the SUPERMAN/BATMAN team of Loeb, McGuinness & Vines!


On sale Aug 11 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

DC COMICS PRESENTS: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1
Written by Peter David & Harlan Ellison, Marv Wolfman


Art by Joe Giella, Dustin Nguyen


Cover by Jos Lus Garcia-Lopz


DC's tribute to Julius Schwartz concludes with this one-shot, inspired by the cover to JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #53. Peter David and acclaimed author Harlan Ellison team with classic Silver Age artist Joe Giella (BATMAN) for one story, while Marv Wolfman (THE NEW TEEN TITANS) and Dustin Nguyen (BATMAN) take the challenge for a second tale.


On sale Aug 25 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

DC COMICS PRESENTS: SUPERMAN #1
Written by Stan Lee, Paul Levitz


Art by Darwyn Cooke & J. Bone, Keith Giffen


Cover by Adam Hughes


This tribute issue features the first Superman story ever written by legendary Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee! Lee & Darwyn Cooke (DC: THE NEW FRONTIER) and the classic LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES team of Paul Levitz & Keith Giffen each share stories inspired by the cover to SUPERMAN (original series) #264.


On sale Aug 4 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

DOOM PATROL #3
Written by John Byrne


Art by Byrne & Doug Hazlewood


Cover by Byrne


It's a "Cold Night's Death" when mysterious creatures from before the dawn of time draw the Doom Patrol to the Antarctic, where the team is tested for the first time! With uniforms and everything!


On sale Aug 25 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

ENGINEHEAD #5
Written by Joe Kelly


Art and cover by Ted McKeever


In Arizona's wintery desert, Enginehead must deal with a band of terrorists transporting a smart bomb. What he's going to do about will defy belief, good sense, and the rules of hygiene!


On sale Aug 4 o (5 of 8) o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

FALLEN ANGEL #14
Written by Peter David


Art by David Lopez & Fernando Blanco


Cover by Phillip Bond


It's a typical evening at the favorite drinking establishment in Bete Noire. Every single cast member comes wandering through Dolf's bar, each caught up in their own problems...not realizing they're interrelated, and only the Fallen Angel can solve them in one stroke!


MATURE READERS


On sale Aug 18 o 32 pg, FC, $2.95 US

FRACTION #5
Written by David Tischman


Art and cover by Timothy Green II


Trent's lured three old friends to a showdown, and now he must depend on Pete, Mike and Ford to survive. Plus, the Suit's creator is revealed! All the power and none of the responsibility - divided by four!


On sale Aug 18 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

FIRESTORM #4
Written by Dan Jolley


Art and cover by ChrisCross & Rob Stull


Jason Rusch struggles with living a normal life while simultaneously exploring his newfound abilities. But Jason soon realizes that becoming one of the most powerful people on the planet comes with a price, as he's visited by some very suspicious members of the JLA and accosted by an obsessed fan with metahuman powers of her own, in Part 1 of "Everybody Wants You."


On sale Aug 4 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

THE FLASH #213
Written by Geoff Johns


Art by Howard Porter & Livesay


Cover by Ethan Van Sciver


A prologue to "Sins of the Father," a 3-part story crossing over with IDENTITY CRISIS beginning next month! Wally West is about to learn that having a secret identity isn't all it's cracked up to be when he's accused of a crime by Keystone Police. But as the Flash tries to clear Wally's name, an old villain stops him and all of Keystone dead cold. Meet the Slowest Man Alive: The Turtle!


On sale Aug 25 o 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

GREEN ARROW #42
Written by Judd Winick


Art by Phil Hester & Ande Parks


Cover by Marcos Martin & Alvaro Lopez


In Part 2 of "New Blood", the public and the press are up in arms over a series of brutal murders. A mysterious man known as Brick goes after the heads of all the crime families in Star City. Can Ollie and Connor take out this new kingpin of crime?


On sale Aug 11 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

GREEN LANTERN #180
Written by Ron Marz


Art by Luke Ross & Rodney Ramos


Cover by Brandon Peterson


Part 5 of the 6-part "Homecoming?" Kyle Rayner heads for the one place he knows he'll be welcomed: home. But he's soon confronted by the villain who has stalked him since his return to Earth - and this time only one of them will walk away!


On sale Aug 25 o 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

GREEN ARROW: ARCHER'S QUEST TP
Written by Brad Meltzer


Art and cover by Phil Hester & Ande Parks


A thrilling trade paperback collecting GREEN ARROW #16-21 by Brad Meltzer (IDENTITY CRISIS)! The Emerald Archer returns from the dead and sets off on an adventure that tests his courage and brings formerly hidden facets of the Green Arrow legend to light. Featuring an introduction by Senator Patrick Leahy, a foreword by Greg Rucka (WONDER WOMAN), Meltzer's original notes to the series, and the script to issue #16.


On sale Aug 18 o 176 pg, FC, $14.95 US

GREEN LANTERN: PASSING THE TORCH TP
Written by Judd Winick


Art by Dale Eaglesham & Rodney Ramos


Cover by Ariel Olivetti


The final arc of the GREEN LANTERN run by acclaimed writer Judd Winick (GREEN ARROW, OUTSIDERS) is collected in this new trade paperback! With Jade at his side, Kyle Rayner, Green Lantern of Earth, takes to stars, where he encounters action and intrigue on Oa, home planet of the Guardians of the Universe! Collects GREEN LANTERN #156 and 158-161.


On sale Aug 25 o 128 pg, FC, $12.95 US

HARD TIME #7
Written by Steve Gerber


Art and cover by Brian Hurtt


With Ethan stuck in solitary, the aftershocks of his super-powered feats continue to shake B-block, as hardened gangbangers feel real fear for the first time. All the power and none of the responsibility - behind bars!


On sale Aug 4 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

HAWKMAN #31
Written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray


Art by Ryan Sook & Mick Gray


Cover by Greg Land & Jay Leisten


The "Fate's Warning" arc reaches its dramatic and startling conclusion! With the St. Roch police force police closing in and Hawkman wanted for murder, the winged heroes race against the clock to rescue jazz singer Domina Paris from the clutches of a sadistic killer who believes he is the reborn soul of St. Roch himself!


On sale Aug 18 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

The DCU's biggest event of 2004 continues!


IDENTITY CRISIS #3
Written by Brad Meltzer


Art by Rags Morales & Michael Bair


Cover by Michael Turner

The mysterious murders in the DCU continue to fuel the flames of unrest in both the heroic community AND the emerging cabal of villains! And if the knock-down, drag-out battle supreme between Deathstroke the Terminator and the Justice League is any indication, things are going to get far worse before they get better!


FC / 40 pgs / Monthly / (3 of 7) / $3.95 US / On sale Aug 11 Edited by Mike Carlin

H-E-R-O #19
Written by Will Pfeifer


Art by Dale Eaglesham & Wade von Grawbadger


Cover by Kelsey Shannon


In Part 1 of the 4-part"Picking up the Pieces," the battle is over, but the war continues! The heroes have suffered devasting losses, and the villain has fled with the H-device. Now he's building an army of former H-E-R-Os while Robby Reed, the original user, tries to figure out a way to fight a super-powered army - alone.


On sale Aug 18 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

JSA #64
Written by Geoff Johns


Art by Jerry Ordway & Wayne Faucher


Cover by Ethan Van Sciver


The 2-part "Waking the Sandman" concludes! With the help of Cave Carson, the JSA travel to the epicenter of strange tremors deep beneath the Earth's crust in search of Sand. But what they find isn't what they expect! Meanwhile, Dr. Fate faces-off against the all-new, all-different…"Sandman"?


On sale Aug 11 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

JLA #103
Written by Chuck Austen


Art and cover by Ron Garney


"The Pain of the Gods" continues as Green Lantern John Stewart crosses the line in dealing with a sleazeball criminal. How far is "too far" when meting out justice?


On sale Aug 11 o 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

JLA #104
Written by Chuck Austen


Art and cover by Ron Garney


"The Pain of the Gods" is inflicted on J'Onn J'Onzz, the Martian Manhunter! MM feels more human than alien when he finds himself involved in a classic detective case with shades of noir. How involved in his human life should he become?


On sale Aug 25 o 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

JSA: STRANGE ADVENTURES #1
Written by Kevin J. Anderson


Art by Barry Kitson & Gary Erskine


Painted cover by John Watson

Renowned science fiction novelist Kevin J. Anderson (THE SAGA OF SEVEN SUNS: VEILED ALLIANCES) comes to the DCU for this 6-issue miniseries starring the World's First Super-Team!


Set during the Golden Age, STRANGE ADVENTURES begins when fumbling Johnny Thunder decides to become a big-time pulp writer by chronicling the adventures of the JSA. Taken under the writing wing of legendary, real-life science-fiction Grand Master Jack Williamson, Johnny tries his best - and when a deadly new villain called Lord Dynamo appears on the scene, flying a deadly zeppelin crewed by robot zombies, it's up to Johnny and Jack to help Hawkman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Starman, Dr. Mid-Nite, Sandman and the rest of the JSA save the day!


FC / 40 pgs / Monthly / (1 of 6) / $3.50 US / On sale Aug 18 Edited by Peter Tomasi

JUSTICE LEAGUE ELITE #2
Written by Joe Kelly


Art and cover by Doug Mahnke & Tom Nguyen


Sister Superior, a.k.a. Vera Black, infiltrates the Blood Brothers' terrorist organization disguised as Deathstroke…only to be found out, totally compromising the Elite's first official mission under Al Shiekh's watch!


On sale Aug 4 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES #34
Written by Stuart Moore


Art by Tim Levins & Mick Gray


Cover by Butch Lukic


A bullet from the alley where Batman's parents died! A broken piece of baby Superman's rocketship! What secret villain is gathering up deadly relics from the past, and how does Wonder Woman fit into his plot to destroy the Justice League?


On sale Aug 4 o 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

KINETIC #6
Written by Kelley Puckett


Art and cover by Warren Pleece


Tom has an incredible super-power, but that doesn't make things better with his mom, help him get a date, or change the fact that he's a loser. All the power and none of the responsibility - or perks!


On sale Aug 25 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

THE LEGION #37
Written by Gail Simone


Art by Dan Jurgens & Andy Smith


Cover by Greg Land & Jay Leisten


"For No Better Reason," Part 3 of 4. With power out across Metropolis, Karate Kid is left alone to face the escaping prisoners of the Oasis One. Meanwhile, the plan of the mysterious villains becomes clearer…and it could spell the end of the entire Legion.


On sale Aug 11 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

THE LEGION #38
Written by Gail Simone


Art by Dan Jurgens & Andy Smith


Cover by Kevin Nowlan


The series finale and the thrilling conclusion to the 4-part "For No Better Reason!" Devil, Arrow, Canary and Lantern have sworn to destroy the Legion on its own turf, and with the Legion's big guns out of the picture, it looks like they just might do it!


On sale Aug 25 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

THE LEGION: FOUNDATIONS TP
Written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning


Art by Chris Batista, Chip Wallace, Leonard Kirk, Dave Cockrum, Tony Harris, Tom Feister, Paul Rivoche, Eric Wight, and various


Cover by Harris & Feister


The Legion embarks on a monumental mission by introducing the team's newest member: Superboy! As FOUNDATIONS begins, the Teen of Steel becomes the latest Legionnaire…but is it the Superboy from the 21st Century, or someone new? This 176-page collection reprints THE LEGION #25-30 and material from THE LEGION SECRET FILES 2003.


On sale Aug 4 o 176 pg, FC, $19.95 US

MANHUNTER #1
Written by Marc Andreyko


Art by Jess Saiz & Jimmy Palmiotti


Cover by Jae Lee

Kate Spencer is a top federal prosecutor, one of the best lawyers in L.A., and the most driven woman alive. The prosecution of super-villains is her life's work - and the fact that they never go away for good has begun to torment her. When a case she's lost leads to the murder of innocents, Kate makes her move - a move that shocks her more than anyone.


Breaking the laws she's upheld for so long, Kate raids an evidence locker of confiscated metahuman weaponry. Raging into the night, tracking the perp who's eluded justice in the courts, she delivers a long-overdue eye for an eye! She's found her true calling. She is the Manhunter. And she likes it!


FC / 32 pgs / Monthly / $2.95 US / On sale Aug 18 Edited by Joan Hilty

THE MONOLITH #7
Written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray


Art by Tomm Coker


Cover by James Jean


"Friendly Fire" Part 2 of 3, featuring guest artist Tomm Coker (BLOOD & WATER) and guest-starring Batman! The Incinerator has sworn to keep New York City terror-free by waging a one-man campaign of hate and providing some incendiary terror of his own! Can the Monolith help Batman track him down?


On sale Aug 4 o 32 pg, FC, $2.95 US

OUTSIDERS #15
Written by Judd Winick


Art and cover by Tom Raney


The Outsiders vs. The Fearsome Five! Things get ugly when team-leader Nightwing puts the Outsiders in serious danger to save the day!


On sale Aug 18 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

PLASTIC MAN #9
Written by Kyle Baker


Art and cover by Baker


"Continuity Bandit," Part 2 of 2. Plastic Man waves through a confusing muddle of interlocking storylines and wildly varying art styles to track down a villain who's messing with Plas's life and the entire DCU!


On sale Aug 18 o 32 pg, FC, $2.95 US

RICHARD DRAGON #4
Written by Chuck Dixon


Art and cover by Scott McDaniel & Andy Owens


The Circle of Six aims to take over the drug trade in the Motor City. Can Dragon and Bronze Tiger thwart their plans…even if it means a confrontation with Lady Shiva? Plus, the never-before-told story of the first Dragon/Shiva battle!


On sale Aug 25 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

TEEN TITANS #14
Written by Geoff Johns


Art by Tom Grummett & Marlo Alquiza


Cover by Ed McGuinness & Dexter Vines


"Beast Boys and Girls," Part 2 of 3! An entire school has been infected by the rare virus Sakutia - the disease that transformed Gar Logan into Beast Boy. Now the Titans are out to cure the kids, and the parents are out to hang Beast Boy…for being contagious!


On sale Aug 11 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

TEEN TITANS GO! #10
Written by J. Torres


Art by Todd Nauck & Lary Stucker


Cover by Dave Bullock


A vile, muck-covered creature from the depths of the ocean is menacing Jump City. Could teen hearthrob Aqualad be behind it?


On sale Aug 25 o 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

TOUCH #5
Written by John Francis Moore


Art and cover by Wes Craig & Prentis Rollins


Cooper is in trouble, trying to help the out-of-control, super-powered daughter of a billionaire. When his latest client causes a deadly accident, Cooper has a choice: trust a total stranger with his secret and empower them to save him, or die a lonely death. All the power and none of the responsibility - except to himself!


On sale Aug 18 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

WONDER WOMAN #207
written by Greg Rucka


Art by Drew Johnson & Ray Snyder


Painted cover by J.G. Jones


Medousa has returned in Part 2 of "Stoned" in need of an ally - will Veronica Cale be able to help her destroy their common foe? Meanwhile, tensions mount between the U.S. and Themyscira, and an enemy of Wonder Woman finds an unusual way to reach out and touch the Amazing Amazon.


On sale Aug 25 o 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

WEIRD SECRET ORIGINS 80-PAGE GIANT
Written by Gardner Fox, Bob Haney, Dave Wood, France Herron, Jack Miller, Robert Kanigher and Jerry Siegel


Art by Howard Sherman, Howard Purcell, Sheldon Moldoff, Carmine Infantino, George Roussos, Gray Morrow, Wayne Boring, Stan Kaye and Bernard Baily


Cover by Jerry Ordway


The final 80-page Giant has been rescued, bringing a close to a beloved era! Under a new cover by Jerry Ordway, this book includes the secret origins os these "weird" DC characters: Dr. Fate (MORE FUN COMICS #55), Enchantress (STRANGE ADVENTURES #187), Animal Man (STRANGE ADVENTURES #180), Congorilla (ACTION COMICS #247), El Diablo (ALL-STAR WESTERN #3), Bizarro (WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #181), and The Spectre (MORE FUN COMICS #52-53)!


On sale Aug 25 o 80 pg, FC, $5.95US

CARTOON CARTOONS #33
Written by Robbie Busch, Tom Warburton, Jim Alexander and Jono Howard


Art by Kim Arndt, John Delaney, Mike Kazaleh, Vincent Deporter


Cover by Arndt & Robert Smith


The Kids Next Door face down a ferocious beast, Dexter turns real life into TV time, and the Eds discover gold in their backyard!


On sale Aug 25 o 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

CARTOON NETWORK JAM-PACKED ACTION!
Written by Various


Art by Various


Production art cover


A 96-page Special featuring stories from actual episodes of the Cartoon Network series Megas XLR, Billy and Mandy, Samurai Jack, and Kids Next Door! The stories included here feature high-quality screen captures and text 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! Featuring a free bonus DVD of Cartoon Network's hit Megas XLR!


Retro-solicited; on sale July 21 o 5" x7" o96 pg, FC, $7.99 US

ELFQUEST: THE GRAND QUEST VOL. 4 TP
Written by Richard & Wendy Pini


Art and cover by Wendy Pini


More classic adventure from Wendy and Richard Pini, as the elves continue their struggle deep within Blue Mountain and learn more about their heritage. But can they regain their freedom when the evil Winnowill wants them as her servants?


On sale Aug 25 o 5" x7" o 192 pg, B&W, $9.95 US

LOONEY TUNES #117
Written by Earl Kress, Sam Agro


Art by Omar Aranda & Alberto Saichann


Cover by Alvarez & DeCarlo


Elmer hunts the rare jackalope - but will he bag Bugs or Daffy? Plus, a batch of Looney folk tales, from "Little Chicken" to "The Wolf Who Cried Boy"!


On sale Aug 4 o 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

POWERPUFF GIRLS #53
Written by Ian Boothby


Art and cover by Phil Moy & TBD


There's a new Professor in town, and his special spray stops crime! Could this put both Professor Utonium and the Powerpuff Girls out of work?


On sale Aug 18 o 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

THE SPIRIT ARCHIVES VOL. 14 HC
Written by Will Eisner


Art and cover by Eisner


The adventures of Will Eisner's most famous creation continue in this volume reprinting the Spirit newspaper sections from 1/5/47-6/29/47. Featuring appearances by Ebony, Dolan and Ellen, the seductive P'Gell, Hoagy the Yogi, Silken Floss, Saree and more, plus an introduction by Jim Vance.


On sale Aug 4 o 196 pg, FC, $49.95 US

SCOOBY-DOO #87
Written by John Rozum, Ivan Velez Jr. and Robbie Busch


Art by Joe Staton, Robert Pope, Dave Hunt & Scott McRae


Cover by Staton


Mystery Inc. surfs with sharks and jousts with jesters at a medieval fair. Plus, a puzzle-story where you can help the gang pick out the right monster from a crowd!


On sale Aug 11 o 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

MAD #445
Written and illustrated by The Usual Gang of Idiots


When getting ready to hit the beach, don't forget that MAD's a surefire chick magnet. It's as essential as sunscreen!


On sale Aug 4 o 48 pg, FC/B&W, $3.99 US

MAD COLOR SPECIAL #10
Written and illustrated by The Usual Gang of Idiots


It's more cover-to-cover color that will have your head spinning! Featuring classic MAD articles, most in color for the first time! If you couldn't make out what something was in black-and-white, it becomes all too clear here. Don't you wish you didn't know?


On sale Aug 11 o 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US

ABSOLUTE PLANETARY HC
Written by Warren Ellis


Art and cover by John Cassaday

Since its debut, PLANETARY has been hailed as a timeless story that turned modern superhero conventions on their heads. Now, for the first time, this groundbreaking series is available in the Absolute format: a whopping oversized slip-cased collection!


Witness the stunning adventures of the Archeologists of the Unknown, as they delve into the dark, secret places that most would fear to tread. As an added bonus, this collection includes the full script from Planetary #1.


FC / 320 pgs / $49.95 US / Advance-solicited; on sale Oct 6

THE AUTHORITY: HUMAN ON THE INSIDE HC
Written by John Ridley


Art and cover by Ben Oliver

From acclaimed novelist and screenwriter John Ridley (Three Kings, Everybody Smokes in Hell) and hot new artist Ben Oliver (Puncture) comes the WildStorm event of the year!


The Authority, Earth's last of defense, have performed God-like acts in their defense of the planet, whether defeating ancient gods or fending off interdimensional invasion forces. But these brave acts haven't always endeared them to many in power...particularly in the United States. The President, tired of being embarrassed by what he views as a bunch of costumed freaks, sets a plan in motion that could very well destroy the Authority from the inside...a plan so cunning and unexpected, it'll shake the Authority to their very core. And with an unexpected threat from the future on Earth's doorstep, if could very well mean global extinction!


FC / 96 pgs / Mature Readers / Hardcover / $24.95 US / Advance-solicited; on sale Sept 15 Edited by Ben Abernathy

ASTRO CITY SPECIAL
Written by Kurt Busiek


Art by Brent Anderson


Cover by Alex Ross


The adventures of Astro City return in a 40-page Special! His name is Supersonic, and he was one of the greatest heroes of the 1960s. Today, though, he's long-retired - but he's the only man who can save Astro City from a rampaging engine of destruction. Discover the hero he was, the man he is, and the difference between the two!


On sale Aug 18 o 40 pg, FC, $3.95 US

THE AUTHORITY #14
Written by Robbie Morrison


Art and cover by Whilce Portacio & Sal Regla


The origins of Jack Hawksmoor are a mystery to everyone, including himself - until now. When Jack's former girlfriend turns up brutally murdered, it will be difficult for 'The God of Cities' to reconcile that period of his life, because of a secret he's long tried to forget…


MATURE READERS


On sale Aug 11 o 32 pg, FC, $2.95 US

THE AUTHORITY: MORE KEV #3
Written by Garth Ennis


Art and cover by Glenn Fabry


Saving the world is an everyday occurrence for the Authority…but not for Kev Hawkins! The odds of his surviving this mission are pretty low, so he enlists his S.A.S mates to watch his back - and that's just out of fear of his "partners" Apollo and the Midnighter!


MATURE READERS


On sale Aug 25 o (3 of 4) o 32 pg, FC, $2.95 US

EX MACHINA #3
Written by Brian K. Vaughan


Art by Tony Harris & Tom Feister


Cover by Harris


The action-packed new political thriller continues with Part 2 of the 4-part"State of Emergency!" Former superhero and current New York Mayor Mitchell Hundred must deal with mysterious figure assassinating snow-plow drivers.


MATURE READERS


On sale Aug 18 o 32 pg, FC, $2.95 US

SLEEPER SEASON TWO #3
Written by Ed Brubaker


Art and cover by Sean Philips


Lynch tries to gain back Holden's trust by leading him to a woman who knows many of Tao's secrets…secrets the master manipulator would prefer to keep out of Holden's hands. And what does all this have to do with an assassination in Cairo?


MATURE READERS


On sale Aug 25 o 32 pg, FC, $2.95 US

THUNDERCATS: ENEMY'S PRIDE #3
Written by John Layman


Art and cover by Joe Vriens and Roberto Campos


Panthro is gone, and Lion-O is demented, dangerous, and more powerful than ever! New Thundera stands on the brink of war, and to save their planet, the remaining Thundercats must take down their king and his entire ThunderGuard army!


On sale Aug 4 o (3 of 5) o 32 pg, FC, $2.95 US

WILDCATS VERSION 3.0 #24
Written by Joe Casey


Art by DuncanRouleau & John Dell


Cover by Dustin Nguyen


Don't miss the climactic finale of Coda War One in this thrilling final issue! Jack Marlowe makes a fateful decision that will either save the lives of his friends in Greece or guarantee their deaths!


MATURE READERS


On sale Aug 4 o 32 pg, FC, $2.95 US

WILDCATS/CYBERFORCE: KILLER INSTINCT TP
Written by Jim Lee, Marc Silvestri, Brandon Choi, and


Eric Silvestri


Art by Lee, Scott Williams, & Marc Silvestri


Cover by TBD


A new collection reprinting the "Killer Instinct" crossover originally published as WILDC.A.T.S: COVERT ACTION TEAMS #5-7 and Cyberforce (ongoing series) #1-3. Will the mysterious Misery get between Warblade and Ripclaw, and tear two teams apart?


On sale Aug 4 o 160 pg, FC, $14.95 US

THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN VOL. 2 TP
Written by Alan Moore


Art and cover by Kevin O'Neill

The second volume of the smash-hit series is finally in paperback! Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill return with the further adventures of The League of Extraordinary Gentleman in this collection that reprints the best-selling second 6-issue miniseries.


It's one month after the events in LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN VOL. 1, and the skies over England are filled with flaming rockets as Mars launches the first salvo of an invasion. Only our stalwart adventurers - Allan Quatermain, Mina Harker, Captain Nemo, Hawley Griffin, and Mr. Edward Hyde - can save mother England and the very Earth itself. But there are many startling revelations along the way, including the blossoming of love and the uncovering of a traitor in their midst!


Also included in this volime is an almanac of fantastic places that spans the entire globe as well as special supplemental material by Moore & O'Neill not found in the original periodicals!


FC / 228 pgs / Trade Paperback / $14.95 US / On sale Aug 4

PROMETHEA #31
Written by Alan Moore


Art by J.H. Williams III & Mick Gray


Cover by Williams III


What do you do the day after the world ends? This is it, the end of the story - the one that answers all the questions! And whatever you do, do not miss issue #32!


On sale Aug 25 o 32 pg, FC, $2.95 US

TERRA OBSCURA VOL. 2 #1
Written by Alan Moore & Peter Hogan


Art and cover by Yanick Paquette & Karl Story

Tom Strange and the heroes of Terra Obscura return for another outing following 2003's critically acclaimed series! The heroes have finally adjusted to the society that spent 30-years without them...and more importantly, society has acclimated to having science heroes again! Things have returned to normal for the members of S.M.A.S.H., until a mysterious object appears on the edge of their galaxy - on a collision course with Terra Obscura!


What's more, the object appears to be the spacecraft of long-lost legendary hero Captain Future, but in a twisted and distorted way. And as the ship nears, time anomalies begin to crop up over the entire planet, wreaking terrible havok. Can Tom Strong and the other heroes unravel this mystery before it spells doom for the entire planet?


FC / 32 pgs / (1 of 6) / $2.95 US / On sale Aug 18

I AM LEGION: THE DANCING FAUN
Written by Fabien Nury


Art and cover by John Cassaday

Superstar artist John Cassaday (PLANETARY) joins European comics/screenwriter Fabien Nury for a breathless World War II spy/supernatural thriller!


December, 1942. As World War II rages, two supernatural entities pursue their own relentless combat. It's a conflict that involves ideologies as much as men, with the course of the war itself at stake!


Amidst this chaos, the Nazis pursue a top-secret project, code-named "LEGION," centering on a young Romanian girl with apparent supernatural talents…and her abilities could give the Nazis unimaginable power...


On sale Aug 18 / Prestige Format / 64 pgs / FC / $6.95 US

DEICIDE VOL. 1 TP
Written by Carlos Portela


Art and cover by Das Pastoras


This lushly painted trade paperback features a unique mix of action and humor from the first two chapters of DEICIDE, as well as the short story "The Lion's Share," which introduced the earliest incarnation of the DEICIDE characters.


MATURE READERS


On sale Aug 18 o 7 3/8" x 10 3/16 " o112 pg, FC, $14.95 US

THE HOLLOW GROUNDS TP
Written by Luc Schuiten


Art and cover by Francois Schuiten


This trade paperback collects all three books in Francois Schuiten's THE HOLLOW GROUNDS trilogy. The chapters included are "Carapaces," "Zara," and "Nogegon," telling the tale of a hollow planet inhabited only by women, and the startling appearance of men.


MATURE READERS


On sale Aug 25 o 7 3/8" x 10 3/16 " o 192 pg, FC, $19.95 US

THE METABARONS TP
Written by Alexandro Jodorowsky


Art and cover by Juan Gimenez


Discover the lineage of the galaxy's ultimate warrior in this new edition featuring the complete original artwork! This first collection introduces the Metabarons' ancestors and reveals their origins in a galaxy corrupted by greed, power and terror.


MATURE READERS


On sale Aug 11 o 7 3/8" x 10 3/16 " o 136 pg, FC, $14.95 US

100 BULLETS #52
Written by Brian Azzarello


Art by Eduardo Risso


Painted cover by Dave Johnson


It's big trouble in the Big Easy! As Wylie Times continues his vacation of vengence against the ever-mysterious Agent Graves, he soon realizes he's not the only player in town with similar plans. But will Wylie's trip end on the business end of an untraceable gun?


MATURE READERS


On sale Aug 11 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

BITE CLUB #5
Written by Howard Chaykin & David Tischman


Art by David Hahn


Cover by Frank Quitely


While Leto learns more of the truth behind his father's murder, the still-wounded Carrie has a disturbing meeting with the Vampire Crime Unit, and Danny Del Toro brings a gun to school. Hell hath no fury like the son of a vampire mobster.


MATURE READERS


On sale Aug 11 o (5 of 6) o 32 pg, FC, $2.95 US

FABLES #28
Written by Bill Willingham


Art by Tony Akins & Jimmy Palmiotti


Cover by Frank Quitely


"War Stories," Part 1 of 2. It's Germany, 1944, and Bigby Wolf, a member of Dog Company, is sent to the hills to find a monster named after a certain doctor who's too tough to kill…because he's already dead.


MATURE READERS


On sale Aug 11 o 32 pg, FC, $2.95 US

THE SANDMAN: ENDLESS NIGHTS SC
Written by Neil Gaiman


Art by P. Craig Russell, Milo Manara, Bill Sienkiewicz, Miguelanxo Prado, Barron Storey, Glenn Fabry, and Frank Quitely; painted cover and book design by Dave McKean


Cover by Dave McKean

Joined by a dream-team of artists from around the world, Neil Gaiman - the Hugo Award-winning, New York Times best-selling author of American Gods and the children's book Coraline - returned to the beloved characters he made famous for THE SANDMAN: ENDLESS NIGHTS, the comics event of 2003. Now this landmark work is available in a beautiful softcover edition.


Alternately haunting, bittersweet, erotic and nightmarish, the seven stories in this book - one for each of the Endless siblings, each illustrated by a different artist - reveal strange secrets and surprising truths. In addition to the seven tales of the Endless, THE SANDMAN: ENDLESS NIGHTS includes a biography section in the spirit of the Sandman collections (designed by Dave McKean) and a summary of each volume in the Sandman Library.


FC / Mature Readers / 160 pgs / Oversized Softcover / 7.125" x 10.875" / $17.95 US / On sale Aug 11

THE BOOKS OF MAGICK: LIFE DURING WARTIME #2
Co-plotted by Si Spencer & Neil Gaiman


Written by Spencer


Art by Dean Ormston


Cover by Frank Quitely


Zatanna finds herself under attack as the siege at Krakow continues, and Constantine refuses help from two new allies. Meanwhile, a mysterious stranger arrives in Tim's little town and quickly insinuates himself into his circle of friends…but does he have malevolent ulterior motives?


MATURE READERS


On sale Aug 4 o 32 pg, FC, $2.95 US

HELLBLAZER #199
Written by Mike Carey


Art by Marcelo Frusin


Painted cover by Tim Bradstreet


The shocking conclusion to the 3-part "Stations of the Cross" story arc! When all intrigues are laid bare and all masks thrown aside, John must look to one old enemy to save him from another. But sometimes the helping hand is a lot more dangerous than the one that stabs you in the back.


MATURE READERS


On sale Aug 25 o 32 pg, FC, $2.75 US

HUMAN TARGET #13
Written by Peter Milligan


Art by Javier Pulido


Cover by John Watkiss


The conclusion to the 2-part "Crossing the Border." The mystery surrounding Mary White sends Chance across the Mexican desert to encounter some harrowing discoveries regarding the U.S. sex trade. And in L.A., Mary must beguile a bloodthirsty crimelord…or face lethal consequences.


MATURE READERS.


On sale Aug 18 o 32 pg, FC, $2.95 US

THE LOSERS #15
Written by Andy Diggle


Art by Al Garza


Cover by Jock


A stand-alone story featuring guest art by Al Garza (GEN13). The deadly Afghan warrior Aisha sheds light on her personal history as she returns to the Middle East to sever ties to her past once and for all. Assuming she lives that long…


MATURE READERS


On sale Aug 25 o 32 pg, FC, $2.95 US

LUCIFER: MANSIONS OF THE SILENCE TP
Written by Mike Carey


Art by Peter Gross, Ryan Kelly, Dean Ormston and David Hahn


Cover by Christopher Moeller


The sixth collection of the hit series from the world of THE SANDMAN, reprinting issues #36-41. The strange crew of Lucifer Morningstar voyages on a ship made of dead men's nails in search of the soul of Elaine Belloc, the daughter of the Archangel Michael and the girl who gave her life to save Lucifer's.


MATURE READERS


On sale Aug 4 o 144 pg, FC, $14.95 US

LUCIFER #53
Written by Mike Carey


Art by Peter Gross & Ryan Kelly


Cover by Michael Kaluta


"The Wolf Beneath the Tree," part 3 of 4. Elaine, Michael and Lucifer embark on a dangerous quest to save an entire creation…or possibly two. But the journey entails horrific sacrifices as they make their way toward the tree at the roots of the worlds. And they know that Fenris the wolf will be waiting for them.


MATURE READERS


On sale Aug 18 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

SWAMP THING #6
Written by Andy Diggle


Art and painted cover by Enrique Breccia


The exciting conclusion to the 6-part "Bad Seed" story arc! Sargon's trap is sprung, and John Constantine must play the most dangerous game of his life. Alec Holland is reunited with the Swamp Thing, only to face some murderous consequences and the death of a loved one. Now he must make the ultimate sacrifice: die to save the world, or remake it in his own image.


MATURE READERS


On sale Aug 4 o 32 pg, FC, $2.95 US

TRANSMETROPOLITAN: TALES OF HUMAN WASTE TP
Written by Warren Ellis


Art by Darick Robertson, Tony Harris, Chris Sprouse, J. Scott Campbell, Eduardo Risso, John Cassaday, Glenn Fabry, Steve Dillon, Tim Bradstreet, Dave Johnson, David Mack, Javier Pulido, Cameron Stewart, Mark Buckingham, Brian Michael Bendis, Judd Winick, Klaus Janson, and various


Cover by Darick Robertson


TALES OF HUMAN WASTE completes the TRANSMETROPOLITAN library, collecting the two Prestige-format one-shots TRANSMETROPOLITAN: I HATE IT HERE and TRANSMETROPOLITAN: FILTH OF THE CITY, as well as the 8-page Christmas story from VERTIGO: WINTER'S EDGE 2. Written by Warren Ellis, this collection features a host of one- and two-page pieces from comics' finest artists illustrating excerpts from the Word columns of crazed outlaw journalist Spider Jerusalem.


MATURE READERS


On sale Aug 4 o 112 pg, FC, $9.95 US

WE3 #1
Written by Grant Morrison


Art and cover by Frank Quitely

The Incredible Journey meets The Terminator in WE3 - a heartbreaking animal adventure like no other.


The eagerly awaited reunion of the white-hot team of Grant Morrison (JLA, New X-Men) and Frank Quitely (THE AUTHORITY, New X-Men), WE3 is their most ambitious collaboration yet - their own unique attempt to create a 'Western manga' - in a wild adventure that readers of any age can enjoy.


They're the ultimate cyborg assassins; armed with missiles, poison gas, state-of-the-art computer technology and unbreakable exo-skeletons. The government has spent millions to fuse the firepower of a battalion with the nervous systems of a dog named Bandit, a cat named Tinker, and a rabbit named Pirate.


As part of a program to replace human soldiers with expendable animals, the U.S. government has transformed three ordinary pets into the ultimate killing machines. But now, those three animals have seized the chance to make a last, desperate run for 'Home'. A run that will turn into a breathless hunt to the death against the might of the entire military/industrial complex. Prepare for adrenaline rushes and flowing tears as the world's deadliest, most misunderstood animals make a spectacular, unforgettable bid for freedom!


FC / Mature Readers / 40 pgs / Monthly / (1 of 3) / $2.95 US / On sale Aug 18 Edited by Karen Berger

WHY I HATE SATURN TP - New Printing
Written by Kyle Baker


Art and cover by Baker


Kyle Baker's long out-of-print classic is back! An urban tale of sardonic, cynical Anne, a columnist for a major metropolitan newspaper, whose life takes a turn for the weird with the arrival of her space-case sister.


MATURE READERS


On sale Aug 25 o 208 pg, B&W, $14.95 US

THE WITCHING #3
Written by Jonathan Vankin


Art by Leigh Gallagher, Ron Randall & Dan Green


Cover by Tara McPherson


It's mayhem in the mosh pit when Osiris and Kara headline a huge outdoor concert. The savage crowd turns against Kara, but she discovers that her stuffed kitty may have strange powers that can save her from a brutal assault.


MATURE READERS


On sale Aug 25 o 32 pg, FC, $2.95 US

Y: THE LAST MAN #25
Written by Brian K. Vaughan


Art by Pia Guerra & Jose Marzan, Jr.


Painted cover by Massimo Carnevale


The conclusion of the two-part "Tongues of Flame" storyarc! The last man on earth is searching for forgiveness from what remains of the Catholic Church, but a trinity of women will do whatever it takes to stop him. Plus, another figure from Yorick's past makes a surprise appearance.


MATURE READERS


On sale Aug 4 o 32 pg, FC, $2.95 US

BATMAN UTILITY BELT REPLICA

The Dark Knight keeps his highly advanced technological gadgets and weapons concealed in his utility belt - and now you can own a replica of this important part of his arsenal!


This replica of the BATMAN UTILITY BELT includes many features that replicate the gadgets that Batman uses to battle villains. This high-end limited edition replica is a life-sized, fully-lined genuine leather belt with Solid-state construction measuring approximately 44" long, weighing approximately five pounds. Included are a real metal electro-plated belt buckle and nine spring-activated capsules with a gold-tone finish. In addition, the UTILITY BELT features a retractable microphone with movable dial for a faux belt radio. The belt is enclosed in a display case with a removable acrylic top and a solid wood lacquer base, and comes with a 4-color certificate of authenticity. This replica is packaged in a gold-foil stamped black gift box. No more than 2500 edition pieces will be produced.


Replica / $350.00 US / Advance-solicited; on sale Dec 1

BATMAN SNOWGLOBE
Sculpted by John G. Mathews


The caped crusader Batman teams up with his most trusted ally, Robin in this beautiful snowglobe. This Dynamic Duo fight to protect Gotham from such villains as Harley Quinn and The Joker, the deadly clown prince of crime. This limited-edition, hand-painted cold-cast porcelain snowglobe measures xx" tall x xx" wide x xx"deep, includes a 4-color Certificate of Authenticity and is packaged in a 4-color box.


Snowglobe / xx" H x xx" W x xx" D


$89.95 US / Advance-solicited; on sale Dec 8

BATMAN & CATWOMAN JAPANESE IMPORT STATUE
This companion piece to the upcoming BATMAN IMPORT STATUE (in stores in June) was produced by highly respected Japanese toy and collectible company Kotobukiya, and licensed by DC Comics for distribution in Japan only. Now, under special arrangement with Kotobukiya, DC Direct brings you this finely-detailed and ultra- stylized Batman statue, featuring Batman and Catwoman in their game of bat & cat. This resin statue is restricted to an edition of only 2400 pieces worldwide - with 2100 of these pieces only available through DC Direct!!


Statue/ 9.6" H x 6.7" W x 3.7" D


$150.00 US / Advance-solicited; on sale Sept 22

CLASSIC ANIMATION MAQUETTE SERIES: SUPERMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES: BIZARRO
Sculpted by John G. Mathews


Bizarro is a distorted, imperfect version of the Man of Steel who tries to take Superman's place as Metropolis's defender! This limited edition, hand-painted cold-cast porcelain maquette that brings the animated version of Bizarro to life includes a 4-color Certificate of Authenticity and is packaged in a 4-color box.


Maquette / 9 1/2" H x 4 1/4" W x 4 3/8" D


$89.95 US / Advance-solicited; on sale Dec 8

BATMAN JAPANESE IMPORT COLLECTOR ACTION FIGURES WAVE 2: BATMAN
Manufactured by Japanese toy manufacturer Yamato exclusively for the Japanese toy market, these limited-edition Batman figures are available in the US & Canada only under special arrangement with DC Direct! This figure includes a Gotham City nightscape featuring the Bat Signal, as well as a diorama base measuring 9" high x 3.8" wide x 4" deep. The figure also comes with an alternate arm and is limited to only 8000 pieces.


Action Figure / 6.2" H


PI / Retro-solicited; on sale Aug 25

BATMAN JAPANESE IMPORT COLLECTOR ACTION FIGURE WAVE 2: THE PENGUIN
The PENGUIN IMPORT COLLECTOR ACTION FIGURE comes with a water-sewer inspired diorama base measuring 6.2" high x 4.5" wide x 4"deep, as well as an umbrella (2.7" long) and a "rubber" duckie ( .7"). This figure is limited to only 8000 pieces.


Action Figure / 5.9" H


PI / Retro-solicited; on sale Aug 25

BATMAN JAPANESE IMPORT COLLECTOR ACTION FIGURE WAVE 2: POISON IVY
The POISON IVY IMPORT COLLECTOR ACTION FIGURE comes with an amazing garden diorama base measuring 6.6" high x 4.9" wide x 3.5" deep, as well as a perfume bottle (.3" high). This figure is limited to only 8000 pieces.


Action Figure / 7" H


PI / Retro-solicited; on sale Aug 25

BATMAN JAPANESE IMPORT COLLECTOR ACTION FIGURE WAVE 2: THE RIDDLER
The RIDDLER IMPORT COLLECTOR ACTION FIGURE comes with a puzzle-inspired "Riddle Me This"diorama base measuring 6.4" high x 4.3" wide x 3.3" deep, as well as a cane measuring 4.9". This figure is limited to only 8000 pieces.


Action Figure / 5.7" H


PI / Retro-solicited; on sale Aug 25

DC: GREEN LANTERN MINI-BUST
Designed & Sculpted by Karen Palinko


A classic mini-bust celebrating Hal Jordan, the legendary Silver Age Guardian of The Universe! This limited edition, hand-painted cold-cast porcelain mini-bust is packaged in a 4 color box.


Mini-bust / xx" H x xx" W x xx" D


$45.00 US / Advance-solicited; on sale Dec 1

DC COMICS POCKET SUPER HEROES SUPERMAN BOX SET
DC Direct continues its line of Pocket Super Heroes Box Sets! The DC COMICS POCKET SUPER HEROES SUPERMAN BOX SET features five figures: Superman , Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Lex Luthor & Steel. The figures each measure approximately 3.25" tall, and are packaged together in a 4-color window box with a Superman JLA chair accessory to complete the JLA table set.


Box Set / 3 1/4" H


PI / Advance-solicited; on sale Dec 1

TEEN TITANS: BEAST BOY MAQUETTE
Sculpted by Karen Palinko.


Based on the hit series Teen Titans on Cartoon Network and the Kids WB! Beast boy is known as the shape-shifter. He has the ability to transform himself into any animal -from a wolf to a pterodactyl. This limited edition, hand-painted, cold-cast porcelain maquette includes a 4-color Certificate of Authenticity and is packaged in a 4-color box.


Maquette / 6 1/2" H x 4 1/2" W x 4 1/2" D


$69.95 US / Advance-solicited; on sale Dec 15

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