DC Comics Solicitations for Product Shipping October, 2005

Mon, July 18th, 2005 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

DC Comics has provided CBR News with their solicitation text and cover images for comics and product shipping in September of 2005.

DC Solicitations - Last Six Months

Written by Steve Niles

Art and cover by Scott Hampton

Acclaimed writer Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) joins distinctive painter Scott Hampton (BATMAN: NIGHT CRIES) for a 3-issue Prestige Format miniseries that uncovers the investigation of grisly murders outside Batman's usual territory…in the Gotham suburbs! Commissioner Gordon calls on the Dark Knight for help in solving the mystery, although Batman has never delved into the suburbs of Gotham before. But the series of murders is so shocking that Batman must respond, despite being in unfamiliar territory!

On sale Oct 5 o 1 of 3 o Prestige Format o 48 pg, FC, $5.99 US Edited by Joey Cavalieri

Written by Frank Miller

Art and cover by Jim Lee & Scott Williams

Creative titans Frank Miller, Jim Lee & Scott Williams continue their striking new vision of the Dark Knight in this tale of young Dick Grayson's transformation from orphaned acrobat into the Batman's first sidekick: Robin, the Boy Wonder!

On sale October 26 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by David Lapham

Art by Ramon Bachs & Nathan Massengill

Cover by Lapham

Part 10 of the 12-part "City of Crime!" Bruce Wayne forgoes cape and cowl to investigate the mysteries of Gotham's seediest neighborhood, Crown Point. Plus, Gordon's back in town to help Robin uncover the Ventriloquist's secrets…only Scarface ain't talkin'.

On sale Oct 5 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

Written by A.J. Lieberman

Art by Al Barrionuevo & Bit

Cover by Claudio Castellini

Batman and Hush race to find the former Clayfaces and unravel the mystery of the shapechangers! Just when Hush thought he had control over this new Clayface, he's proven wrong. Dead wrong! And when is one Clayface too many?

On sale Oct 19 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

Written by Judd Winick

Art by Doug Mahnke & Tom Nguyen

Cover by Jock

An INFINITE CRISIS tie-in! The Villains United want a piece of Gotham, and Black Mask is just the man to deliver it. Batman has his hands full with the criminals of Gotham, but before he can neutralize Deathstroke and company, Red Hood plans to take matters into his own hands!

On sale Oct 19 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

Written by J.H. Williams III & Dan Curtis Johnson

Art and cover by Seth Fisher

The conclusion of the 5-part "Snow," featuring Batman's first confrontation with Victor Fries - a.k.a. Mr. Freeze! And what "conclusion" will Batman draw from his experiences with a strike force?

On sale Oct 12 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

Written by Grant Morrison

Art and cover by Dave McKean

In celebration of the 16th anniversary of the critically acclaimed Batman story that helped launch the U.S. careers of Grant Morrison and Dave McKean, DC Comics is proud to present a softcover edition of the ARKHAM ASYLUM ANNIVERSARY EDITION, reprinting the now-classic confrontation between the Dark Knight and his archnemeses the Joker, Two-Face, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, and more in the black heart of Gotham City's house for the criminally insane.

This graphic novel is well known for its psychological intensity and probing portraits of Batman and the Joker, as well as groundbreaking art that influenced scores of artists by introducing a new school of storytelling and technique to comics. This special edition also includes Morrison's complete original script annotated by both himself and editor Karen Berger, many of his original thumbnail breakdowns, step-by-step samples of how the story and art came together and much more!

On sale October 5 o 212 pg, FC, $17.99 US o MATURE READERS

Written by Andersen Gabrych

Art by Pop Mhan & Jesse Delperdang

Cover by Tim Sale

Don't miss the debut of new penciller Pop Mhan (ROBIN) and cover artist Tim Sale (BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN)! Encased in ice by Mr. Freeze and held hostage by Nyssa, Batgirl is offered a choice: regain her destiny with the legendary League of Assassins or die a slow, frozen death!

On sale Oct 19 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

Written by Andy Helfer

Art by Tan Eng Huat

Cover by Pat Lee

Batman seeks clues about the mysterious plague unleashed on Gotham in the depths of the subway system and has a close encounter with an express train! Meanwhile, the Carrier makes an alliance that could lead to even more trouble for Gotham.

On sale Oct 19 o 3 of 12 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

Written by Jeph Loeb

Art and cover by Tim Sale

Reoffered to coincide with Loeb & Sale's CATWOMAN: WHEN IN ROME HC, this volume collects their earlier acclaimed collaboration taking place during Batman's early days of crimefighting. This collection tells the story of a mysterious killer who murders his prey only on holidays.

On sale Oct 5 o 368 pg, FC, $19.99 US o Relist

Written by Judd Winick

Art by Doug Mahnke, Tom Nguyen and others

Cover by Matt Wagner

Shocking revelations and age-old foes make this new collection - featuring BATMAN #635-641 - a must-have! Batman is confronted with a hidden face from the past - it's the return of the Red Hood! With Black Mask controlling the Gotham underworld, what role will Red Hood have when all is said and done?

On sale Oct 26 o 176 pg, FC, $9.99 US

Written by Jeph Loeb

Art and cover by Tim Sale

The Eisner Award-winning team of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale returns to further the exciting adventures they began in BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN and followed in BATMAN: DARK VICTORY! Collecting the 6-part series that guest-starred Batman and a host of Gotham's most colorful and dangerous villains, WHEN IN ROME chronicles Catwoman's mysterious trip to Italy and her dealings with the deadly Falcone crime family. It's an incredible tale of Gotham's sexiest cat burglar!

Advance-solicited; on sale November 2 o 160 pg, FC, $19.99 US

Written by Will Pfeifer

Art by Pete Woods

Cover by Adam Hughes

Some of the nastiest villains in the DCU have laid siege to the East End, and Catwoman is the only thing keeping them from running riot! But now that she's dead center in their sights, even Batman won't be able to

talk her off a path that leads straight into the heart of danger!

On sale Oct 26 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

Written by Greg Rucka & Ed Brubaker

Art by Kano & Stefano Gaudiano

Cover by Sean Phillips

The conclusion of the "Dead Robin" storyline! The cops have a dead kid in a Robin outfit, and the evidence is pointing inescapably toward Batman. But how can they catch the Dark Knight? Plus, the leak within the GCPD is revealed!

On sale Oct 5 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

Written by Devin Grayson

Art by Cliff Chiang & Ande Parks

Cover by Phil Hester & Parks

A VILLAINS UNITED tie in! Dick Grayson is working for…Deathstroke the Terminator? Nightwing is no more - Dick Grayson's in a new outfit, and he's got a brand-new bag of dirty tricks. And those who thought he was simply "going undercover" are in for a rude awakening…

On sale Oct 12 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

ROBIN #143
Written by Bill Willingham

Art and cover by Scott McDaniel & Andy Owens

An OMAC PROJECT tie-in! As the dreaded OMACs scour Bldhaven for all costumes, Robin finds himself in the unenviable position of trying to save the newly resurrected Darla Aquista - the very girl who swore to use her demonic powers to rid the world of Robin!

On sale Oct 19 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

Written by Mark Verheiden

Art and cover by Ed Benes

The world is going to hell as the CRISIS begins - this is too big a job even for Superman! But what has changed that scares those closest to the Man of Steel?

On sale October 5 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

Written by Gail Simone

Art by John Byrne & Nelson

Cover by Dan Jurgens & Wayne Faucher

The Spectre has come for Satanus, Metropolis's resident demon! On All Hallow's Eve, the dead will rise to protect their dark master - and Superman is caught in the middle! But Lois has her own demons to confront when her dead father returns…

On sale October 12 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

Written by Greg Rucka

Art and cover by Karl Kerschl

While Superman deals with a full-on Omac assault, Lois discovers an alarming connection between her would-be assassin and the Dark Knight! Meanwhile, Luthor is back in Metropolis to build a new power base…starting with the Parasite!

On sale October 19 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

Written by Judd Winick

Art and cover by Joshua Middleton

Continuing the pulse-pounding tale of the first meeting of the Last Son of Krypton and Earth's Mightiest Mortal by Judd Winick (OUTSIDERS, BATMAN) and Joshua Middleton (Nyx)! Superman and Shazam have joined forces to defend Fawcett City Museum from creatures unleashed by mysterious cult members. But in the confusion, the cult manages to slip away with some precious artifacts that will help them summon an even greater evil force. And what roles do Lex Luthor and Dr. Sivana play in the cult's plans?

On sale October 5 o 2 of 4 o 40 pg, FC, $3.50 US

Written by Jeph Loeb

Art and cover by Ian Churchill & Norm Rapmund

Supergirl knows that someone other than Batman has been spying on her - and now it's time to find out who! But when her investigation leads to the Outsiders, there's no stopping the Girl of Steel! Plus, is romance blossoming for Kara Zor-El?

On sale October 12 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Jeph Loeb

Art and cover by Ed McGuinness & Dexter Vines

As superstars Jeph Loeb, Ed McGuinness & Dexter Vines rocket "With a Vengeance" toward its conclusion, the fate of the universe hangs in the balance unless the World's Finest Team - The Dark Damsel Detective and The Woman of Steel, that is - can stop it! There's nothing more incredible than the debut of Batwoman and Superwoman! Guest-starring Superlad!

On sale October 26 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Jerry Siegel

Art by John Forte, Wayne Boring and Curt Swan

Cover by Jamie Hernandez

Reoffered to coincide with SUPERMAN IN THE FORTIES, this hilarious collection reprints stories from ADVENTURE COMICS #285-295, featuring 15 nonsensical tales of Bizarro's twisted heroics and insane interactions with Bizarro-Lois, Bizarro-Lex Luthor, and more!

On sale Oct 19 o 192 pg, FC, $14.95 US o RELIST

Written by Jerry Siegel, Bill Finger, Don Cameron and others

Art by Joe Shuster, Wayne Boring, Jack Burnley and others

Cover by Shuster

The latest in DC's decade-by-decade celebration of the best stories featuring the Man of Steel collects stories from ACTION COMICS #1, 2, 14, 23, 64, 93, 107, SUPERMAN #1, 23, 40, 53, 58, 61, SUPERBOY #5, the Superman daily newspaper strip, Look magazine and WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #37, covering his 1938 debut through the 1940s!

On sale Oct 19 o 192 pg, FC, $19.99 US

Written by Otto Binder, Jerry Coleman, Bill Finger, and others

Art by Wayne Boring, Curt Swan, Kurt Schaffenberger, and others

Cover by Boring

Reoffered to coincide with SUPERMAN IN THE FORTIES, this volume collects SUPERMAN (first series) #65, 79, 80, 96, 97, and 127; ACTION COMICS #151, 242, 252, 254, and 255; WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #68 and 75; SHOWCASE #9, SUPERMAN'S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE #8; ADVENTURE COMICS #210; and SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #13!

On sale Oct 19 o 192 pg, FC, $19.99 US o Relist

Written by Jerry Siegel and various

Art by Curt Swan, Wayne Boring, Neal Adams and various

Cover by Swan


On sale Oct 19 o 240 pg, FC, $19.95 US o Relist

Written by Geoff Johns

Art by Phil Jimenez & Andy Lanning

Covers by Jim Lee & Sandra Hope

and George Prez

It's finally here: the comics event so massive that it built over the first half of 2005, through COUNTDOWN, DAY OF VENGEANCE, RANN/THANAGAR WAR, VILLAINS UNITED and THE OMAC PROJECT! Prepare for the dawn of the DCU's darkest day in INFINITE CRISIS, a 7-issue miniseries written by Geoff Johns (GREEN LANTERN, JSA) with art by Phil Jimenez (OTHERWORLD, Uncanny X-Men) & Andy Lanning (OTHERWORLD) and covers by George Prez (CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS) and Jim Lee (BATMAN, SUPERMAN) & Sandra hope! Surrounded by their most fearsome enemies, the world's greatest heroes are divided within and without. DC's icons - Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman - are joined by Nightwing, Supergirl, Donna Troy, Superboy, Robin, Wonder Girl, Green Lantern, the Flash and more as they face their most dire hour. What happens next will destroy friendships and lives, dictating the direction of the universe for the next generation! Years in the making, the greatest event to hit the DCU in over two decades is about to explode - don't miss out! Retailers please note: This issue will ship with covers by Lee & Williams (50%) and Prez (50%).

On sale October 12 o 1 of 7 o 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US Edited by Eddie Berganza

Written by John Arcudi

Art by Andy Clarke & Leonard Kirk

Cover by Patrick Gleason

An OMAC PROJECT tie-in! Black Manta begins the water-breather gene therapy that will transform him forever! Aquaman must ask Geist to save Mera's life, but when the OMAC is activated by Brother Eye, it's Aquaman's life that may be lost!

On sale Oct 5 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

Written by John Byrne & Will Pfeifer

Art by Byrne & Dan Green

Cover by Byrne

What is manipulating Etrigan to face challenges throughout a succession of strange worlds and time periods?

On sale Oct 5 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

Written by Gail Simone

Art by Joe Bennett & Jack Jadson

Cover by Adriana Melo & Will Conrad

The two masterminds behind DCU's heroes and villains meet at long last, as Oracle and the Society's Calculator face off!

On sale Oct 19 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

Written by Bob Harras

Art by Javier Pulido & Alvaro Lopez

Cover by Marcos Martin

Major Zanetti thought he knew everything about his new powers. He thought wrong. While he goes on the hunt for invading Rifters, Talia al Ghul shows the extent of her control over two of the DCU's most dangerous groups: H.I.V.E. and Kobra!

On sale Oct 12 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

Written by John Byrne

Art by Byrne & Doug Hazlewood

Cover by Byrne

With the Chief missing and presumed dead, the surviving Patrollers learn more of the mysterious origin of Negative Man - and his unexpected connection to Vortex. Meanwhile, a face from the past returns to threaten the comatose Nudge and her family.

On sale Oct 26 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

Written by Stuart Moore

Art by Jamal Igle, Rob Stull, Patrick Olliffe and Simon Coleby

Cover by Matt Haley

An OMAC PROJECT tie-in! Following the events of VILLAINS UNITED, a de-powered and weakened Firestorm seeks help at S.T.A.R. Labs San Francisco, which is under attack by a mysterious, unseen menace. Enter OMAC - its mission: kill the Nuclear Man!

On sale Oct 5 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

Written by Joey Cavalieri

Art by Val Semeiks & Livesay

Cover by Art Thibert

A exciting new creative team comes aboard as THE FLASH speeds toward . . . the end? The past always seems to catch up with the Fastest Man Alive, and as Infinite Crisis approaches, Wally West reflects on his life with his wife and kids and sees that the end may be near.

On sale October 26 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

Written by Geoff Johns

Art and cover by Ethan Van Sciver

Mutilated by the events of REBIRTH, Black Hand returns to wreak horrifying vengeance! Meanwhile, the bizarre experiments of a new alien race come to light with their current prisoner: Green Lantern. And how does this all connect with the Rann/Thanagar War?

On sale October 26 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Geoff Johns & Dave Gibbons

Art and cover by Patrick Gleason & Christian Alamy

The 6-issue miniseries following the adventures of the Green Lantern Corps continues! The first assignment for two rookie Lanterns may be their last. Plus, Kyle Rayner meets an old love, and the biggest Green Lantern of all comes under attack.

On sale October 19 o 2 of 5 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Judd Winick

Art by Ron Garney & Bill Reinhold

Cover by James Jean

"Heading Into the Light," Part 2 of 4. On the trail of Dr. Light, Green Arrow and Black Lightning are sidetracked by an attack by Mirror Master and Killer Frost! It's a wall-to-wall slugfest, but is their appearance a coincidence or part of a more sinister plot?

On sale Oct 12 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray

Art and cover by Joe Bennett & Ruy Jose

The Hawks' year of mystery, madness and mayhem comes to it's startling and violent resolution in a battle not to be missed! Questions will be answered, blood will be spilled and only Hawkman knows the truth behind the plot to destroy him! Guest-starring the JSA.

On sale Oct 12 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

JLA #120 & 121
Written by Bob Harras

Art by Tom Derenick & Dan Green

Covers by Daniel Acua

Don't miss the first two chapters of "World Without a Justice League," written by Bob Harras (Avengers, BREACH) with art by Tom Derenick (BIRDS OF PREY) & Dan Green (JLA) and covers by Daniel Acua (Claus & Simon), shipping biweekly in October! There has been a great Crisis of Conscience, and the JLA as we know it is no more. Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman are at odds…now it's time for Aquaman, Green Arrow, and Black Canary to bring the League back to basics. But this World Without a Justice League may be just what an old villain with some new tricks has been hoping for!

And in #121, the remaining founding members of the JLA attempt to recruit new teammates, but will they want to be a part of a League that has resorted to some questionable tactics of late? Nightwing must decide to help re-form the JLA or support his mentor in keeping the team disbanded!

JLA #120 on sale October 12 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

JLA #121 on sale October 26 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

Written by Warren Ellis

Art and cover by Gary Erskine

In part 3 of a 4-part story, Jack Cross heads to Guantanamo Bay to personally cross-examine an inmate with ties to a plan to use a terrifying weapon of mass destruction!

On sale Oct 26 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

Written by Warren Ellis

Art by Butch Guice

Cover by Michael Stribling

Part 4 of the 6-part "New Maps of Hell." Batman and The Flash team up to try to close the gateway to Hell, stopping more nightmarish creatures from coming to Earth, only to place the entire Justice League face-to-face with evil incarnate!

On sale Oct 26 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

JSA #78
Written by Keith Champagne

Art by Don Kramer & Champagne

Cover by Alex Ross

A DAY OF VENGEANCE tie-in! The JSA desperately seeks Dr. Fate to help them find the missing Jakeem and Thunderbolt. Meanwhile, as the Spectre's rampage continues, the team's greatest enemy has found the opening he needs to destroy the JSA once and for all!

On sale Oct 5 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

Written by Geoff Johns

Art and cover by Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti

The story you've waited years for comes to a mind-boggling conclusion! Power Girl's origin is finally revealed, and it promises to redefine the Mistress of Might and uncover truths that will serve as a prelude to Infinite Crisis and beyond!

On sale Oct 19 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

Written by Jim Krueger & Alex Ross

Art by Doug Braithwaite & Ross

Cover by Ross

The unbelievable bimonthly 12-part maxiseries created by Alex Ross (KINGDOM COME), Jim Krueger (Earth X) and Doug Braithwaite (Paradise X) continues! The Riddler leads Batman into a mystery within a mystery through his compulsion to speak the truth through riddles. Does he hold the key to the reason the villains are helping mankind? Plus, Aquaman falls victim to one of the DCU's most nefarious criminals! Featuring painted art by Ross over Braithwaite's layouts!

On sale October 19 o 2 of 12 o 40 pg, FC, $3.50 US

Written by Judd Winick

Art by Matthew Clark & Art Thibert

Cover by Daniel Acua

A Day of Vengeance tie-in! The Fearsome Five return to settle the score with the Outsiders, boasting a new recruit of unbelievable power - and the crisis rocking the magic realms raises the stakes to an unimaginable level!

On sale October 5 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

Written by Judd Winick

Art by Carlos D'Anda, Karl Kerschl, Dan Jurgens, and others

Cover by Doug Mahnke

The thrilling third collection of the hot title collects OUTSIDERS #16-23! This volume includes the 3-part "Most Wanted" story arc featuring television personality John Walsh, as well as an IDENTITY CRISIS tie-in story guest-starring Batman!

On sale Oct 19 o 192 pg, FC, $14.99 US

Written by Bob Haney and Gardner Fox

Art by Ramona Fradon, Jack Sparling, Mike Sekowsky and others

Cover by Sal Trapani

This massive black-and-white volume collects all Metamorpho's Silver Age adventures, from THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #57-58, 66, 68, METAMORPHO #1-17, and JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #42! Guest-starring Batman, the Justice League of America, the Metal Men and more!

On sale Oct 5 o 560 pg, B&W $16.99 US

Written by Mark Waid

Art by Barry Kitson & Mick Gray

Cover by Kitson

On the eve of galactic destruction, with the dream of a United Planets dissolving into hopelessness, only an all-out brawl between the Legion and the agents of Terror Firma can halt the coming invasion --provided a key player in the war finds within herself an unexpected power!

On sale Oct 26 o 40 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Marc Andreyko

Art by Javier Pina, Steve Sadowski, Andrew Pepoy, Sean Phillips and Fernando Blanco

Cover by Jesus Saiz

To become Manhunter, Kate Spencer broke into an evidence locker and stole a powerful super-suit - but she had no idea where it came from! The suit's secret history comes to life in this stand-alone issue!

On sale Oct 19 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

Written by Scott Beatty

Art by Keron Grant

Cover by Ed McGuinness

Featuring a cover by Ed McGuinness (Superman/Batman)! With the evil Witchazel, Monkey-in-the-Middle, and Dino-Mite hot on his heels, things are looking pretty bad for Mikey Devant - especially since the Coalition of Crime thinks he really is the son of Vulcan!

On sale Oct 5 o 5 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Jack Cole

Art and cover by Cole

Another amazing volume of peak-period Plastic Man stories by Cole at his zany best! This volume collects PLASTIC MAN #7-8 and Plastic Man's adventures from POLICE COMICS #66-71. Plas and Woozy travel way out West, meet Stretcho the India Rubber Man, visit Hollywood, tail a homicidal hat and more!

On sale Oct 26 o 240 pg, FC, $49.99 US

Written by Dave Gibbons

Art and cover by Ivan Reis & Marc Campos

The war takes an ugly, brutal turn as two worlds and countless lives are ripped asunder, setting the stage for the galaxy's greatest battle and leading into the INFINITE CRISIS!

On sale October 5 o 6 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

Written by Mike Allred & Lee Allred

Art and cover by Mike Allred

Join Mike Allred, the creator of Madman and The Atomics, as he takes a whirlwind tour of the DCU! First stop: Hourman, as we find out exactly how much super-heroing a hero can do.

The craziness continues as two super-teams are pitted against each other in "Doom Patrol vs. Teen Titans." In "Batman A-Go-Go!", the Caped Crusader is taken on a kooky psychedelic journey. Allred visits Jack Kirby's Fourth World as Lightray and Orion put Mister Miracle to the test in "Fourth World Wager." Can Scott Free really get out of any trap? And it's all capped off with "Comic Book Clubhouse," featuring just about every DC hero!

On sale October 26 o 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US

Written by Grant Morrison

Art and cover by Frazer Irving

Klarion has reluctantly returned to his lost colony of Puritans in Limbo Town, far below New York City, to warn them of an impending invasion. Instead of being welcomed as a savior, he is captured, tried, and sentenced to be burned alive. Can Klarion and Teekl convince the people of Limbo Town that not only their entire way of life is in danger, but their whole world?

A Soldier must die - will it be Klarion the Witchboy?

On sale October 19 o 4 of 4 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Grant Morrison

Art by Ryan Sook & Mick Gray

Cover by Sook

Zatanna and Misty search for the 7 Unknown Men of Slaughter Swamp, only to find themselves face to face with a menace beyond imagination! The unexpected return of an almost unstoppable Golden Age master villain could spell doom for the Mistress of Magic unless she gets her groove on fast. Will Zatanna regain her powers in time for the ultimate magical duel with the ultimate cosmic criminal ? With a storyline leading directly into the epic SEVEN SOLDIERS #1, the answer may not be what you expect!

A Soldier must die - will it be Zatanna?

On sale October 5 o 4 of 4 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Geoff Johns

Art by Carlos D'Anda & Marlo Alquiza

Cover by Tony S. Daniel & Alquiza

The Red Hood pays the Titans a visit to claim his rightful place…over Robin's dead body! And what does Donna Troy's return mean for the team?

On sale October 19 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

Written by Gail Simone

Art by Dale Eaglesham & Wade von Grawbadger

Cover by J.G. Jones

The red-hot miniseries comes to its deadly conclusion as the secret identity of the mysterious Mockingbird is revealed! This shocking revelation promises to shake the DCU to its core and leads straight into 2005's biggest event: Infinite Crisis!

On sale October 12 o 6 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

Written by Bruce Jones

Art by Ben Oliver

Covers by Michael Golden

The thrilling 6-issue miniseries set in Metropolis continues! Seeing the Vigilante in front of you means certain death! But is Dr. Powell really his next target? Unlock the mystery behind the Vigilante in the second issue of this action/psychological thriller by Bruce Jones (Hulk) and Ben Oliver (THE AUTHORITY: HUMAN ON THE INSIDE)!

On sale October 26 o 2 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Greg Rucka

Art by Rags Morales & Mark Propst

Cover by J.G. Jones

In the aftermath of DC SPECIAL: THE RETURN OF DONNA TROY, Donna seeks out Wonder Woman and finds her and Supergirl in the middle of a fight with VILLAINS UNITED's Cheetah! But it's Donna's meeting with Supergirl that will have surprising ramifications for all three heroines. Is this a harbinger of things to come? Plus, Wonder Woman makes a decision that she's been building to for months…but will someone else beat her to the punch?

On sale October 26 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

Written by Bill Matheny

Art by Christopher Jones & Terry Beatty

Cover by Jeff Matsuda

Based on the hit cartoon on The Kids' WB! He was once Bruce Wayne's closest friend… now he's Batman's most dangerous enemy. It's Batman vs. Clayface!

On sale Oct 12 o 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

Written by Adam Beechen

Art by Carlo Barberi & Walden Wong

Cover by Kelsey Shannon

When demons seize control of Limbo, Deadman recruits the mystical members of the Justice League to save the hereafter!

On sale Oct 5 o 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

Written by J. Torres

Art by Todd Nauck & Lary Stucker

Cover by Sean Galloway

After an accident with a mystical power stone, the Teen Titans get a little mixed up! Everyone on the team has switched powers, and nobody's happy about it!

On sale Oct 26 o 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

MAD #459
Written and illustrated by The Usual Gang of Idiots

A spook-tacular issue of MAD, perfect for giving to trick-or-treaters!

On sale Oct 5 o 48 pg, FC/B&W, $3.99 US

Written and illustrated by The Usual Gang of Idiots

A jam-packed new issue of MAD CLASSICS, featuring the Best of the Web, MAD Marginals, Reader's Choice picks, and much more!

On sale Oct 12 o 96 pg, FC/B&W, $4.99 US

Written by Jim Alexander,

Sholly Fisch, John Rozum and Tom Warburton

Art by Jeff Albrecht, John Delaney, Gary Fields, Maurice Fontenot, Matthew I. Jenkins, Jorge Pacheco and the Iguana

Cover by Robert Pope

To what lengths will the nefarious Heinrich Von Marzipan go to claim the lost temple of the Choco-Logs? The Kids Next Door will find out! And Dexter shows Dee-Dee just how spooky science can be!

On sale Oct 26 o 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

Written by Sholly Fisch

Art and cover by Dave Alvarez & Mike DeCarlo

It's time for monster madness and sheer mayhem! Join Tweety

as a mad scientist brings about a personality crisis! Witch Hazel courts Elmer Fudd! And learn how to care for your monster!

On sale Oct 5 o 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

Written by Amy Keating Rogers and John Rozum

Art by Christopher Cook, Ricardo Garcia-Fuentes and Mike DeCarlo

Cover by Phil Moy

Mojo Jojo is cooking up trouble! Or so the Powerpuff Girls believe after the plotting primate opens his own restaurant! Plus, you can help the Powerpuffs save a costume party from Gangreen Gang disaster!

On sale Oct 19 o 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

Written by John Rozum and Robbie Busch

Art by Joe Staton, Robert Pope, Leo Batic, Scott McRae and Horacio Ottolini

Cover by Joe Staton

Aaaa-choo! Mystery Inc. dusts up trouble when they investigate a rare book enigma! Also, driving school has never been so scary!

On sale Oct 12 o 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

Written by Wendy & Richard Pini

Art and cover by Wendy Pini

This third thrilling volume collects Elfquest #11-15! The Wolfriders are taken as slaves into the towering and mysterious Blue Mountain, stronghold of the ancient elves called the Gliders. Featuring all-new lettering, a new cover by Wendy Pini and an introduction by David Wise & Audry Taylor!

On sale Oct 12 o 224 pg, FC, $49.99 US

Written by Wendy & Richard Pini

Art and cover by Wendy Pini

The saga continues in this volume collecting ElfQuest: Kings of the Broken Wheel #5-7! Rayek has taken Leetah, Suntop and Ember where no one may follow: into the mists of time itself. Ten thousand years in the future, the travelers will reappear - but by

then mortal Wolfriders will long be dead!

On sale Oct 26 o 7.362" x 5" o 224 pg, B&W, $9.99 US

Written and illustrated by Narita Minako

CMX. Anise can't believe her luck when she finds herself in the same high school as famous former child star Siva. Although the cool and handsome Siva seems unapproachable, Anise manages to become his friend. But her happiness turns to surprise when she discovers Siva's secret: for years, he's been switching identities with his twin brother, Cipher!

On sale October 5 o 5" x 7.375" o 192 pg, B&W, $9.99 US oTEEN

Written and illustrated by TANEMURA ARINA

CMX. The international blockbuster manga - which also spawned a hit anime series - comes to the U.S.! By day, Kusakabe Maron is an ordinary high school girl with more than her share of problems. But by night, she is Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne, the reincarnation of Joan of Arc! Her mission: to hunt down demon-possessed paintings and exorcise the evil spirits! Too bad accomplishing this mission puts her into conflict with the authorities, who view her as a mysterious stranger vandalizing works of art. With only the help of angel-in-training Finn, she must survive high school during the day and battle evil by night!

On sale October 26 o 5" x 7.375" o 176 pg, B&W, $9.99 US o ALL AGES

Story by Ishinomori Shotaro

Art by Meimu

CMX. The manga behind the cult favorite animated series seen on Cartoon Network is here! What happens when a robot suffers an identity crisis? On the surface, Jiro appears to be a normal teenage boy - he's riddled with self-doubt, has trouble making friends, and owns a guitar he doesn't know how to play. But he's really Kikaider, a super-powered android with a secret "Gemini" device implanted in his brain to help simulate human qualities. Professor Gill, a former associate of Kikaider's creator, is hunting for the Gemini device… and he'll go to any lengths to recover it!

On sale October 19 o 5" x 7.375" o 204 pg, B&W, $9.99 US o MATURE READERS

Written and illustrated by Aoike Yasuko

CMX. The fan-favorite spy saga continues! A sunken World War II relic holds the secrets Eroica, the Major, and a KGB agent desperately want. For Eroica and the gang, the prize will be riches beyond their wildest dreams. It's a mission of utmost importance

(as usual) for the Major, but an old and vengeful nemesis, Mischa the Bear Cub, wants the secrets to destroy the Major - and the West!

On sale October 12 o 5" x 7.375" o 224 pg, B&W, $9.99 US o TEEN

Written and illustrated by Tsukuba Sakura

CMX. Summer vacation is a time for sun, sand, and getting swept away - literally! When Kanade and her friends head to the beach, she and Namiki fall prey to the vicious undertow, causing them to disappear into the great big sea. Now, Arou must channel every last shred of his power and resourcefulness, or he might lose his true love forever!

On sale October 19 o 5" x 7.375" o 200 pg, B&W, $9.99 US o ALL AGES

Illustrated by Sho-u Tajima

Written by Eiji Otsuka

CMX. Don't miss the thrilling series finale! Madara has joined forces with Seishinja and Kaos to challenge Kageo and the remaining Moki army. Will they have enough strength to crush this threat? Even if they prevail, will they have the power to confront and defeat Miroku, the demon emperor? Or will eternal darkness be cast upon the land?

On sale October 5 o 5" x 7.375" o 184 pg, B&W, $9.99 US MATURE READERS

Written and illustrated by Matoh Sanami

CMX. Hiryu and Ryukei were just a couple of good-hearted bandits - until they met Princess Ryurei and discovered they were, in fact, Dragon Lords. They have embraced their destiny and unlocked their dragon spirits, but the journey has just begun. The sinister Lord Torao, leader of the Tiger Clan, has sent his top warriors out with one mission: to destroy the Dragon Clan. But, standing up to seasoned assassins and toppling the most dangerous man in the world is going to take a lot of training, and time is not a luxury of the hunted.

On sale October 26 o 5" x 7.375" o 200 pg, B&W, $9.99 US o TEEN

Written by Will Pfeifer

Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli & Sandra Hope

Covers by Alex Ross and Jim Lee

One of the DCU's mightiest champions explodes straight from the pages of SUPERMAN/BATMAN and into the WildStorm Universe! But will the local heroes welcome Captain Atom with open arms or attack him, fearing him as the latest threat to their universe? Join Will Pfeifer (CATWOMAN, BLOOD OF THE DEMON), Giuseppe Camuncoli (THE INTIMATES, BATMAN) and Sandra Hope (ROBIN) as they explore the differences between both universes through the eyes of Captain Atom and begin a story that could lead to Armageddon in the WildStorm Universe! Plus, this special debut issue features two covers: one by award-winning painter Alex Ross and the other by fan-favorite Jim Lee! Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers by Ross (50%) and Lee & (50%).

On sale October 19 o 1 of 9 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US Edited by Alex Sinclair

Plotted by Alan Moore

Written by Leah Moore & John Reppion

Art by Shane Oakley & George Freeman

Cover by Dave Gibbons

Penny is determined to rescue her father, and her new allies are almost convinced that it's worth the risk. After all, if the government kept the old comics folk around, surely there's one heck of a weapons cache to be found, too. But will the prisoners of The Castle be waiting when their small band arrives?

On sale Oct 26 o 4 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Kurt Busiek

Art by Brent Anderson

Cover by Alex Ross

The fifth volume in the ASTRO CITY collection includes ASTRO CITY VOL. 2 #21-22, ASTRO CITY: LOCAL HEROES #1-5 and the ASTRO CITY special, plus the the short story from DC's SEPTEMBER 11th VOL. 2 and the promotional story done to announce the LOCAL HEROES miniseries! This softcover edition features a new painted cover by Alex Ross!

On sale Oct 12 o 256 pg, FC, $17.99 US

Written by Kurt Busiek

Art by Brent Anderson

Cover by Alex Ross

Reoffered to coincide with ASTRO CITY: LOCAL HEROES, this volume collects the miniseries telling the tale of reformed criminal Steeljack, who's investigating a series of supervillain murders. But as he solves the mystery, Steeljack soon finds that he may be the next victim!

On sale Oct 12 o 224 pg, FC, $19.95 US o Relist

Written by Joe Casey

Art by Al Garza

Cover by Rian Hughes, Giuseppe Camuncoli & Sandra Hope

Halo CEO Jack Marlowe visits the Seminary, and all hell breaks loose when the kids revolt! Will they finally be the heroes they've been studying to become? Too many secrets. Too many questions. Will the students learn the answers, or will they all die horrible deaths?

On sale Oct 5 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Ed Brubaker

Art by Dustin Nguyen & Richard Friend

Cover by Nguyen

The startling conclusion of the critically acclaimed series! Jenny Quantum and the Authority square off against Henry Bendix in a last brutal stand, a vicious battle for the very heart of their team!

On sale Oct 19 o 12 of 12 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o Mature Readers

Written by Garth Ennis

Art by Carlos Ezquerra

Cover by Glenn Fabry

Kev Hawkins has been party to some terrible events while in the service of the S.A.S. While ruminating over his betrayal at the hands of a mate, Kev recalls a crucial moment in his career that will define the man he will become. Can he live up to the motto "Who dares, wins"?

On sale Oct 26 o 3 of 5 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o Mature Readers

Written by Brian K. Vaughan

Art by Tony Harris & Tom Feister

Cover by Harris

The surprising conclusion of the 2-part cross-country adventure "Off the Grid!" Having left the relative safety of City Hall, former super-hero Mitchell Hundred races across America - and down memory lane - to rescue an important figure from his past.

On sale Oct 19 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS

Written by Tommy Yune, Jason Waltrip & John Waltrip

Art and cover by Omar Dogan & Udon Studios

The legendary Robotech saga continues! After 20 years, the mysterious circumstances behind the disappearance of Admiral Rick Hunter will be revealed in this 5-issue miniseries featuring much of the original Robotech cast as well as a behind-the-scenes look into the production of the upcoming Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles DVD!

In 2022, an Expeditionary Force departed from Earth in search of the homeworld of the Robotech Masters. However, its discovery would spark an interstellar conflict that would last decades. An uneasy alliance is finally reached, but a secret pact with an enemy within the ranks threatens to start a new war that could destroy the Expeditionary Force and the human race!

And in issue #2, the treachery of General Edwards is revealed, but not before the SDF-3 is nearly destroyed! When betrayal harms the very ones that he loves, how far is Admiral Rick Hunter willing to go to take retribution? With their flagship in ruins, Rick sends Captain Vince Grant with the upgraded battlefortress Tokugawa in hot pursuit to the Invid homeworld of Optera, but will it be enough to take on Edwards's new alien technology?

On sale Oct 5 and Oct 19 o 1 and 2 of 5 o 32 pg, FC, $3.50 US Edited by Ben Abernathy

Written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning

Art by Georges Jeanty & Trevor Scott

Cover by Neil Googe

Majestic, Zealot and Desmond begin to unlock the secrets of the ancient Kherubim legacy. The slumbering technology could cause the termination of the human race, but Majestic and his allies must get past Wyvern first. But is Wyvern really one of Desmond's most aggressive industrial competitors, or something much worse?

On sale Oct 12 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Devin Grayson

Art and cover by Brian Stelfreeze

In this stunning conclusion of the 6-part miniseries by Grayson and Stelfreeze, the secrets of the Matador are revealed, leaving Isabel more isolated than ever! Can Detective Cardona bring justice to those already lost to her city's war, or will the corruption engulfing Miami finally claim Isabel, too?

On sale Oct 5 o 6 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Andy Diggle

Art by Leinil Yu & Gerry Alanguilan Cover by Yu

The acclaimed series continues as Reizo prepares a bold plan

to assault the government facility where an android army is being assembled to combat the Yakuza. But first he must visit the legendary cybernetic weapons-maker known as The Blacksmith, while ruthless Yakuza warlord Hideaki grows suspicious of his newfound ally...

On sale Oct 26 o 4 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Brett Lewis

Art and cover by John Paul Leon

The little girl's trail leads Kris to the Caucasus Mountains and even more mystery. Why would a Boy Scout operation need radiation containment gear? Kris is forced to recruit criminals to raid the group with the hope of finding the girl, but does she really need rescuing?

On sale Oct 12 o 3 of 8 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS

Written by J. Scott Campbell & Andy Hartnell

Art and cover by Campbell

The second pulse-pounding issue of the newest creation from the Danger Girl creators J. Scott Campbell and Andy Hartnell! After the earth-shaking events of last issue, the Wildsiderz begin to gel as a team as they learn more about their fantastic new abilities and unique powers. But can they stop the nefarious Dr. Spydre from stealing the Wildsiderz technology and using it to achieve his sinister plans? Retailers please note: This issue features two covers by J. Scott Campbell, shipping in a 50/50 ratio.

On sale October 12 o 2 of 5 o 32 pg, FC, $3.50 US

Written by Robbie Morrison

Art by Talent Caldwell,

Horacio Domingues and Matt Banning

Cover by Caldwell & Banning

WildStorm's hot new miniseries continues! Nemesis has taken her hostage - the child Kara - to a safe house in Manhattan while she plots her next move…until a Daemonite assault force disrupts everything! Meanwhile, learn the tumultuous past Nemesis shares with Zealot - and the truth is astounding!

On sale October 12 o 2 of 9 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Peter Hogan

Art and cover by Chris Sprouse & Karl Story

ABC. A sequel to the Snow Queen story from TOM STRONG #24! Ice people are on the loose in Millennium, and they're robbing banks! Could Greta Gabriel's heart have grown so cold?

On sale Oct 12 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Paul Di Filippo

Art and cover by Jerry Ordway

ABC. In response to Commissioner Traynor's being ousted from Top 10, a large number of officers show their solidarity by staging a mass resignation. Plus, Joe Pi continues his dangerous undercover assignment.

On sale Oct 19 o 3 of 5 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Joe Benitez & Marcia Chen

Art and covers by Benitez & Joe Weems

The hunt begins as the thrilling new miniseries continues! Rival parties, both mortal and Immortal, race to find and capture the new Wraithborn. Meanwhile, Melanie continues her everyday routine, oblivious of both her new powers and "popularity." Who - or what - will find her first? Retailers please note: This issue features two covers by Benitez & Weems, shipping in a 50/50 ratio.

On sale October 26 o 2 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Alan Moore & Steve Moore

Art by Kevin Nowlan, Hilary Barta, Rick Veitch and Melinda Gebbie

Cover by Nowlan

Alan Moore returns to some of his most memorable characters in a thrilling 64-page Special illustrated by some

of comics' greatest artists! Jack B. Quick returns in a spellbinding 16-page story; the secret origin of the Cobweb is finally revealed; Splash Brannigan dives into the murky end of the pool; and the first part of a brilliant new Jonni Future story is told! Plus, don't miss a lovely Greyshirt tale dedicated to the man who inspired his creation: Will Eisner.

On sale October 26 o 64 pg, FC, $6.99 US

Written by Alan Moore

Art by Kevin Nowlan, Rick Veitch, Hilary Barta, and others

Cover by Kevin Nowlan

ABC. Join Jack B. Quick, Greyshirt, Splash Brannigan, The First American and Cobweb as they scurry, lurk, ooze, trip and slink their way through an amazing lineup of diverse adventures! Brought to you by Alan Moore and a wide array of comics talent!

On sale Oct 19 o 160 pg, FC, $17.99 US

Written by Alan Moore

Art by Kevin Nowlan, Rick Veitch, Hilary Barta, and others

Cover by Kevin Nowlan

ABC. Reoffered to coincide with TOMORROW STORIES BOOK TWO, this volume features more amazing tales of Alan Moore's classic characters Jack B. Quick, Greyshirt, Splash Brannigan, Cobweb, and more!

On sale Oct 19 o 176 pg, FC, $17.95 US o Relist

Written by Brian Azzarello

Art and cover by Marcelo Frusin

Fresh off his white-hot run on SUPERMAN, Eisner award-winning writer Brian Azzarello (100 BULLETS, BATMAN) has created a Western for the new millennium. Reuniting with HELLBLAZER artist Marcelo Frusin, Azzarello has fashioned a tough-as-nails monthly series that combines all the bloody action and atmosphere of a Sergio Leone film with the provocative storytelling of HBO's Deadwood. The extra-sized 40-page issue #1 is just $2.99; future issues are 32 pages.

Wes Cutter is a wanted man running from a violent past - the horrors of the Civil War, a brutal stint in a Union prison camp, and the savage fallout of Reconstruction. Now he's on a quest for the one thing in short supply: peace. Joining Wes is his beautiful wife Ruth, a woman who has been to hell and back herself - and hides dark secrets of her own. The road they travel will be a bloody one, leaving a trail of bodies stretching from Missouri to the Pacific Ocean. This is a tale only Azzarello - the mind behind some of the hardest-hitting comics of the last decade - could tell.

On sale October 26 o 40 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS o Edited by Will Dennis

100 BULLETS #65
Written by Brian Azzarello

Art by Eduardo Risso

Cover by Dave Johnson

Check back in with Loop, Lono and Victor, as the felonious trio leaves Chicago and hits the road in search of revenge. Their targets: any remaining members of the Trust stupid enough to cross their path. But can the three trust each other enough to work together, or will road rage get the better of them?

On sale Oct 12 o 32 pg, FC, $2.75 US o MATURE READERS

Written by Si Spencer Consulting by Neil Gaiman

Art by Dean Ormston Cover by Duncan Fegredo

In the explosive grand finale of the series, Tim Hunter, his owl Yo-Yo and his new partner-in-crime Jackie tie up loose ends in London. But at what cost to the planet at large? And one of the main players won't live to see the light of a new day. Final issue.

On sale Oct 19 o 32 pg, FC, $2.75 US o MATURE READERS

Written by Grant Morrison

Art by Richard Case, Kim DeMulder, Kelley Jones and others

Cover by Brian Bolland

The World's Strangest Heroes continue their adventures in this third volume collecting Grant Morrison's career-launching run on DOOM PATROL. Reprinting issues #35-41 of the series, DOWN PARADISE WAY features the debut of Danny the Street, the first appearance of Flex Mentallo, and, through it all, an incredible saga of cosmic war and super-evolving consciousness!

On sale Oct 12 o 192 pg, FC, $19.99 US o MATURE READERS

Written by Mike Carey

Art by Frazer Irving Cover by Tim Bradstreet

A special stand-alone issue featuring art by Frazer Irving (SEVEN SOLDIERS: KLARION THE WITCHBOY). Back from the depths of Hell (literally) and devastated by the soul-wrenching events that took place there, John Constantine recalls the first time he ever worked his own unique brand of conjuring - with an emphasis on "con."

On sale Oct 19 o 32 pg, FC, $2.75 US o MATURE READERS

Written by Pat McGreal & David Rawson

Art by Chas Truog & Rafael Kayanan

Cover by Stephen John Phillips & Richard Bruning

The passions of one of history's greatest artists are captured in this volume collecting the dark and provacative 10-issue Vertigo maxiseries. Framed around the story of Salai, a young man whose beauty entrances the great maestro, CHIAROSCURO follows the struggles and triumphs of da Vinci's illustrious career, from his early work in Florence and Milan to the painting of the Mona Lisa and his epochal rivalry with Michaelangelo.

On sale Oct 19 o 264 pg, FC, $24.99 US o MATURE READERS

Written by Bill Willingham

Art by Mark Buckingham & Steve Leialoha

Cover by James Jean

In the first issue of the 4-part "Arabian Nights (and Days)," wayward foreigners have started showing up in Fabletown - much

to the dismay of the longtime residents. These new Fables are not European and are in danger of throwing the comfortably Eurocentric Fabletown into chaos. Once more, Prince Charming is in over his head and must call on the help of a Fable character not seen in these pages for far too long.

On sale October 12 o 32 pg, FC, $2.75 US o MATURE READERS

Written by Andy Diggle

Art and cover by Jock

Part 1 of "Endgame." It's all been building to this: With New Jerusalem behind him, Max lays it all on the line - his plans, his origins, and the stakes, which are nothing short of global. Now it's Max vs. the Losers with the world hanging in the balance, and the Losers will have to play every card in their hand to win.

On sale Oct 26 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS

Written by Mike Carey

Art by Peter Gross & Ryan Kelly

Cover by Michael Wm. Kaluta

"Morningstar," Part 4 of 6. The Silver City has fallen, and with the arrival of a devastating third force, the war in Heaven is over. But the fate of Creation must now be decided amidst the blood and rubble, and hybrid angel Elaine Belloc is at the centre of Lucifer's plans.

On sale Oct 19 o 32 pg, FC, $2.75 US o MATURE READERS

Written by Dave Gibbons

Art and cover by Gibbons

Don't miss this softcover edition of the acclaimed original hardcover graphic novel by one of comics' most esteemed names, Dave Gibbons (co-creator and artist of WATCHMEN and Give Me Liberty, writer of THE RANN/THANAGAR WAR).

Lel and Bok - two best friends - want nothing more than to join the Originals, the top gang on the streets. Through them, they'll meet the high-speed world of hover scooters, all-night clubs, and, for Lel, the girl of his dreams in particular. But with the fast life comes tough foes, and tribal loyalty will teach them the unforgettable meaning of unforgivable loss.

Neither a science-fiction story nor set in a mundane reality, THE ORIGINALS takes place in a world both familiar and strange, where the young are angry, loyal and stylish. And the only thing more important than who your friends are is who your friends hate.

"THE ORIGINALS is as smart as a fashion-forward suit…has the powerful tug of a timeless fable." -Entertainment Weekly

On sale October 26 o 6.875" x 9" o 160 pg, B&W, $17.99 US o MATURE READERS

Written by Grant Morrison, Garth Ennis, Bill Willingham, Mike Carey and Matt Wagner

Art by Steve Dillon, Scott Hampton, Steve Leialoha,

Guy Davis, Lan Medina and Steve Yeowell

Cover by John J. Hill

VERTIGO: FIRST OFFENSES is a special volume created to introduce new readers to comics' most provocative imprint. Collecting the premiere issues of five of Vertigo's signature series, this 168-page trade paperback is priced at a mere $4.99 US, allowing thrill-seeking ordinary civilians the chance to do hard time with some of comics' heaviest hitters. Included are THE INVISIBLES #1 (written by Grant Morrison and illustrated by Steve Yeowell), FABLES #1 (written by Bill Willingham and illustrated by Lan Medina & Steve Leialoha), PREACHER #1 (written by Garth Ennis and illustrated by Steve Dillon), SANDMAN MYSTERY THEATRE #1 (written by Matt Wagner and illustrated by Guy Davis) and THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: LUCIFER #1 (written by Mike Carey and illustrated by Scott Hampton).

On sale October 5 o 168 pg, FC, $4.99 US o MATURE READERS

Written by Joshua Dysart

Art and cover by Richard Corben

Internationally acclaimed artist Richard Corben (SOLO, HELLBLAZER) returns to SWAMP THING for a pivotal tale in one of comics' most enduring sagas. Wearied by tumultuous recent events, Swamp Thing attempts to escape by creating smaller and smaller versions of himself. Finally, he shrinks into a quantum state, exploring the subatomic universe. But what is John Constantine doing there?

On sale Oct 5 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS

Written by Brian K. Vaughan

Art by Pia Guerra & Jos Marzan Jr.

Cover by Massimo Carnevale

"Paper Dolls" Part 2 of 3. How has the world of media changed since the onset of the mysterious man-killing plague? Yorick Brown finds out the hard way as he and his companions encounter a tenacious journalist dedicated to exposing the story of the century…by any means necessary.

On sale Oct 5o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS

Designed by Wayne Enterprises Applied Sciences, the "Tumbler" was a military prototype bridging vehicle that was never put into production. When Bruce Wayne discovers the camouflaged car in storage and takes it for a test drive - his only question is "Does it come in black?" This limited-edition hand-painted cold-cast porcelain BATMOBILE replica measures approximately 4.25" high x 6.5" wide x 10" deep, includes a full-color Certificate of Authenticity and is packaged in an elegant black gift box with foil stamping. Limited edition of 1000.

On sale October 5 o Replica o $195.00 US

Sculpted by Jonathan Matthews

The world will never know another superhero like Superman. Invulnerable to all but Kryptonite, Superman defends truth and justice, protecting Metropolis from all evildoers! This powerful statue of Superman flying over the famous Daily Planet building represents new heights for DC Direct! For the first time the Daily Planet Globe rotates underneath the Man of Steel's watchful gaze with the touch of a button. This limited edition, hand-painted cold-cast porcelain deluxe statue measures approximately 14" high x 6" wide x 6" deep, includes a full-color Certificate of Authenticity and is packaged in a four-color box. Due to the mechanical features of this statue, minimal assembly will be required.

Advance-solicited; on sale March 8 o Statue o $225.00 U.S.

Set in the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain, V For Vendetta tells the story of a mysterious revolutionary who finds an unlikely ally in a mild-mannered young woman. The screenplay by Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski is based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Alan Moore (Watchmen, From Hell) and David Lloyd. Originally published by DC Comics as a 10 part series in 1988, V For Vendetta has been praised for its vision, potency and eloquence. Moore is widely considered to be one of the finest comics writers of all time, and has been credited with single-handedly expanding the potential of the comic book medium with his work.

This limited edition, hand-painted cold-cast porcelain replica measures approximately 10.5" high x 6.5" wide x 7" deep and is displayed on a sculpted base. This replica was constructed from a mold of the actual movie prop, includes a full-color Certificate of Authenticity, and is packaged in an elegant black gift box with foil stamping. Limited edition of 500.

On sale October 26 o Prop Replica o $195.00 US

Hal Jordan was first the Green Lantern Corps' most stalwart ally. Then he was its most fearsome enemy. Now, Hal Jordan - Earth's own Green Lantern - is an exciting new addition to DC Direct's line of realistically proportioned, super-heroic 1/6-scale figures! This deluxe collector figure includes a "light up" lantern and a display stand. Packaged in a deluxe 4-color window box with a 5th panel.

Advance-solicited; on sale March 1 o Deluxe Collector Figure o $59.99 US

Designed by Adam Hughes

Sculpted by John G. Mathews

Continuing the stunning line of WOMEN OF THE DC UNIVERSE busts! Poison Ivy is the mistress of plant life who turned to crime to support her botanical experiments and extravagant lifestyle. This limited edition, hand-painted, cold-cast porcelain bust measures approximately 5.75" tall x 2.25" wide

and x 2.5" deep, and is packaged in a four-color box.

Advance-solicited; on sale March 22 o Bust o $45.00 US

Designed by Identity Crisis cover artist Michael Turner! Batman's mind was altered like many villains of the JLA, representing one of the shocking events in this series that changed the way heroes and villains interact in the DCU! This figure features multiple points of articulation and a display base. Packaged in a 4-color blister.

Advance-solicited; on sale March 15 o Action Figure o 7" H o PI

Ralph Dibny was the original stretching sleuth of the JLA. His loss became the focal point of the events that unraveled in Identity Crisis. This figure features multiple points of articulation and a display base. Packaged in a 4-color blister.

Advance-solicited; on sale March 15 o Action Figure o 6.75" H o PI

The fastest man alive, The Flash, is torn between his loyalty to his friends and revealing what he knows about the JLA's dark secret! This figure features multiple points of articulation and a display base. Packaged in a 4-color blister.

Advance-solicited; on sale March 15 o Action Figure o 6.75" H o PI

Black Canary is a stunning combination of beauty and power. She holds a dark secret as part of the "shadow league" that tampers with the minds of many villains of the DCU. This figure features multiple points of articulation and a display base. Packaged in a 4-color blister.

Advance-solicited; on sale March 15 o Action Figure o 6.5" H o PI

The son of the original Captain Boomerang has willingly taken up the mantle of his father's legacy and weaponry as a deadly new addition to Flash's rogues gallery! This figure features multiple points of articulation and a display base. Packaged in a 4-color blister.

Advance-solicited; on sale March 15 o Action Figure o 6.75" H o PI

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