DC Comics Spotlight projects for product shipping October, 2001

Tue, July 17th, 2001 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

Official Press Release

Comics' strangest super-team is back!
DOOM PATROL

Every once in a while a comic book comes along that changes the way you think about comics. The Doom Patrol did that - twice. First, the initial series introduced the concept of the infighting super-hero team, as well as the grotesque hero. Decades later, the team did a 180-degree turn as its writers introduced the "surreal-hero." Now comics' quirkiest super-team is all set to do it again.

DOOM PATROL is an ongoing series written by the wildly imaginative John Arcudi (GEN13, BRASS), who teams up with one of the most refreshing artists seen in a long time, newcomer Tan Eng Huat. Arcudi and Tan bring a new level of energy and excitement to the Doom Patrol, providing a unique twist this time around that nobody saw coming: the team is bought and paid for and becomes corporate!

Multibillionaire Thayer Jost is looking to buy his very own superteam to boost his own ego, market his company, and…maybe sell some T-shirts while he's at it. Discovering veteran hero Cliff Steele, formerly known as Robotman, Jost buys Steele's services and leadership skills, as well as the Doom Patrol name. Four new members round out the latest incarnation of the team: Ava, a sullen and intense woman with super-powerful tentacles; Fever, who has the ability to raise temperatures to an alarming intensity; Kid Slick, the frictionless super-hero, who can travel at great speeds and become bulletproof; and Ted Bruder, who has the ability to see sixty seconds into the future.

This latest incarnation of the Patrol seems promising at first, but they're barely a team at all, always on the verge of collapse. Can Steele manage to keep things together? Will he even want to? And what has become of the original Doom Patrol? Hints are dropped that will have longtime fans of the series enthralled, while new readers will be hooked on the new team's outcome.

Arcudi promises some truly original twists and turns, leaving readers continually guessing as to what comes next, while Malaysian artist Tan's frenetic, highly detailed artwork grows by leaps and bounds with every new issue! Comics' weirdest superteam is back. And they're stranger than ever!

This project is supported with a 4-color 22" x 34" retail poster and house and trade ads.

DOOM PATROL is an ongoing series edited by Andy Helfer. Issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores October 3 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

THE JOKER: LAST LAUGH

He's one of the sickest, most insane villains of the DC Universe, responsible for the crippling of Barbara Gordon (the first Batgirl), the deaths of Jason Todd (the second Robin) and Sarah Gordon, and the murders of thousands of others. But it looks like the joke's on the Joker this time as he discovers a terrible truth: He's dying. Only the Joker plans to go out with a bang…determined to have the last laugh…

THE JOKER: LAST LAUGH is a 6-issue weekly miniseries tying into nearly every DCU ongoing book for the month of October (with issue #6 coming out the first week of November), plus a Secret Files issue that features a prelude story to the whole event. LAST LAUGH is by the writing team behind the popular ROBIN: YEAR ONE miniseries, Chuck Dixon & Scott Beatty, with art by Pete Woods, Rick Burchett, Marcos Martin, Walter McDaniel, Andy Kuhn, Ron Randall, and others, with covers by Brian Bolland (#1 and #6) and Scott McDaniel & Klaus Janson (#2-5).

LAST LAUGH begins in the Slab, the maximum security incarceration prison for super-powered criminals, where the Joker discovers his clock is running out. Using the venom that transformed him into the pasty-faced sociopath that he is, the Joker decides to share it with countless other super-villains - ensuring his legacy lives on! The Joker's army of super-powered followers escape the Slab to spread their insanity across the globe! The JLA, JSA, Young Justice, the Titans, and other heroes intervene - only to find themselves contending with "Jokerized" versions of their most deadly foes! Before he breathes his last breath, the Joker's determined to see as many heroes as possible go down with him - especially a certain member of the Batman family…..

Each week, the DCU titles that cross over with LAST LAUGH feature a different ("jokey") banner adorning their covers. Plus the entirety of each week's tie-in books share a different cover artist: Walter Simonson (Week 1), Ed McGuinness & Jason Martin (Week 2), Tim Sale (Week 3), Jim Lee (Week 4), and Bill Sienkiewicz (Week 5)! By the time LAST LAUGH is over, lives will be altered, a ridiculous amount of property will be destroyed, and a host of brand-new baddies will be introduced to the DCU!

This project is supported with a 4-color poster, house and trade ads, and a website promotion at www.dccomics.com.

THE JOKER: LAST LAUGH is a 6-issue weekly miniseries edited by Matt Idelson. The 40-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores October 3, with a cover price of $2.95 U.S. Issue #6 is advance-solicited and arrives in comic-book stores November 7.

THE JOKER: LAST LAUGH infects the following issues in October:

In stores October 3:

  • THE JOKER: LAST LAUGH Secret Files #1

  • THE JOKER: LAST LAUGH #1

  • AZRAEL: AGENT OF THE BAT #83

  • ORION #19

  • YOUNG JUSTICE #38

    In stores October 10:

  • THE JOKER: LAST LAUGH #2

  • BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #22

  • BIRDS OF PREY #36

  • IMPULSE #79

  • NIGHTWING #62

  • SUPERMAN #175

    In stores October 17:

  • THE JOKER: LAST LAUGH #3

  • ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #597

  • BATGIRL #21

  • DETECTIVE COMICS #763

  • HARLEY QUINN #13

  • JSA #29

  • THE SPECTRE #10

  • SUPERBOY #93

    In stores October 24:

  • THE JOKER: LAST LAUGH #4

  • THE FLASH #179

  • GREEN LANTERN #143

  • SUPERGIRL #63

  • SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL #119

  • WONDER WOMAN #175

    In stores October 31:

  • THE JOKER: LAST LAUGH #5

  • ACTION COMICS #784

  • BATMAN #596

  • JLA #59

  • ROBIN #95

  • THE TITANS #34

    In stores November 7:

  • THE JOKER: LAST LAUGH #6

    A new era for the 31st Century…
    THE LEGION

    Half their number was lost. The other half was without hope. The Legion of Super-Heroes officially disbanded following the "death" of eleven members. But now these missing heroes have triumphantly returned. How will the 31st century's greatest heroes react to a world they no longer recognize?

    THE LEGION is a new ongoing series written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning and illustrated by Olivier Coipel & Lanning - the same creative team behind the critically acclaimed LEGION LOST maxiseries - that picks up where LOST and the LEGION WORLDS miniseries left off. The missing Legionnaires have returned to find everything they've ever known changed in their absence. Despite appearances, the galaxy has fallen on hard times under new president Leland McCauley. In addition to financial crises, the Milky Way is threatened by increasingly frequent planetary invasions from Robotica - a world of artificial sentients bent on reshaping everything they encounter. With the planets no longer united, the Legionnaires may be the only hope for unity…something McCauley and his super-powered bodyguards, the Oversight Watch, don't want to see happen!

    A new era dawns as the Legion slowly rebuilds itself with a new structure, new members and a new purpose. But with these changes come new inner conflicts and unexpected surprises - while in the background, a surprising villain lurks and schemes, ready to destroy the Legion before it even has a chance to come back together fully.

    This project is supported with a 4-color 17" x 22" retail poster and house and trade ads.

    THE LEGION is an ongoing series edited by Mike McAvennie. Issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores October 24 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

    DANGER GIRL: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION HC

    J. Scott Campbell's action-packed, sexy and daring CLIFFHANGER PRODUCTIONS creation, DANGER GIRL, has been a bona fide hit from the get-go. Now the complete adventure is yours to own with DANGER GIRL: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION, a 256-page hardcover written by Campbell & Andy Hartnell, with luscious art by Campbell (who provides a new cover) & Alex Garner!

    Abbey Chase, an expert in rare antiquities and an adventuress of the highest caliber, is recruited by Deuce, leader of the ultra-secret spy group known as Danger Girl. Chase's expertise is needed to assist in the recovery of several mystical artifacts coveted by agents of the sinister Hammer Syndicate, a fascist organization whose final objective is world domination. What part these artifacts play in the equation is unknown, but the Danger Girls will do whatever is necessary to find out. Abbey, accompanied by fellow team members Sydney Savage, Natalia Kassle and Silicon Valerie, along with brash secret agent Johnny Barracuda, navigate a trail fraught with intrigue, betrayal, deception, and, most of all, danger, as they strive to make the world a safer place.

    This sizzling hardcover collection has it all: the complete saga of DANGER GIRL issues #1-7, and the ultra-rare introductory short story from the NEW HORIZONS VOYAGER PACK (originally polybagged with GEN13 #25) that introduced the Danger Girls. Plus, a comprehensive cover gallery section featuring every single DANGER GIRL cover - including variants by CLIFFHANGER co-founders Joe Madureira and Humberto Ramos. You'll also be wowed by the wonderful sketchbook section (containing material not seen in the J. SCOTT CAMPBELL DANGER GIRL SKETCHBOOK) - with running commentary from the magic pencil of J. Scott Campbell!

    But that's not all! THE COMPLETE COLLECTION also contains an introduction by Bruce Campbell (no relation to J. Scott), noted actor (Army of Darkness, Xena) and DANGER GIRL fan!

    This project is supported with house ads.

    DANGER GIRL is a 256-page hardcover from CLIFFHANGER PRODUCTIONS, arriving in comic-book stores October 31 with a cover price of $34.95 U.S.

    GREYSHIRT: INDIGO SUNSET

    From the pages of TOMORROW STORIES comes one of AMERICA'S BEST COMICS' most intriguing characters: Greyshirt! Who is Greyshirt and how did he come to be? What is the real story behind Indigo City's champion? Where did his career begin?

    The answers are found in GREYSHIRT: INDIGO SUNSET, a 6-issue miniseries from AMERICA'S BEST COMICS, written and illustrated by Greyshirt co-creator Rick Veitch (SWAMP THING, Bratpack). INDIGO SUNSET follows our hero through a variety of adventures, with an added twist: In addition to a 24-page lead story, each issue also contains an 8-page supplement from the Indigo Sunset newspaper (including such comic strips as "Weeping Gorilla!"). The stories and newspaper articles are interrelated, offering a different view of events occurring in the lead stories.

    Future issues of INDIGO SUNSET feature contributions by some of comics' greatest creators: Russ Heath, David Lloyd, Al Williamson, Dave Gibbons, and Frank Cho!

    This project is supported with house ads.

    GREYSHIRT: INDIGO SUNSET is a 6-issue AMERICA'S BEST COMICS miniseries edited by Scott Dunbier. The 32-page issue #1 (with no ads) arrives in comic-book stores October 24 with a cover price of $3.50 U.S.

    WAR STORY: D-DAY DODGERS

    Last month DC announced the first of four VERTIGO one-shots by writer Garth Ennis (PREACHER, Punisher) that explore the true horrors of World War II. The second of these 64-page Specials, WAR STORY: D-DAY DODGERS, has Ennis collaborating with artist John Higgins (PRIDE & JOY), to deliver a heart-pounding tale of war that will leave readers breathless.

    It's September 1944, roughly three months after the forces of Operation Overlord stormed the beaches of France on D-Day. While the Allied armies push their way eastward reclaiming France from the Germans and capturing headlines around the world, there are still thousands of war-weary, largely forgotten young men fighting in blood, dust, snow and mud on the Italian countryside.

    These now thinning regiments in Italy (the people are mostly English, Scottish and Irish soldiers) have been intensely fighting the enemy over the treacherous mountain terrain for months. But they fight another enemy as well - the insidious enemy of political pandering on the home front. Dubbed the "D-Day Dodgers" in England - for being in Italy and "missing" all the action on D-Day - these young men are asked to keep fighting, and dying, while being considered cowards back home.

    D-DAY DODGERS tells the story of David Ross - a green English officer - and the squadron of battle-scarred vets he is sent to fight with who are facing ever unbeatable odds. Their stories are told against the backdrop of a "suicide mission" to take a nameless hill for matters of political expediency and public relations. D-DAY DODGERS is an action-packed war story that also stands as a moving tribute to the thousands of young men who make the ultimate sacrifice in every war, yet are too often misunderstood and mistreated (when they are remembered at all) by the politicians and people back home.

    This project is supported with house ads.

    WAR STORY: D-DAY DODGERS is a 64-page VERTIGO one-shot coedited by Tony Bedard and Will Dennis, and is suggested for mature readers. It arrives in comic-book stores October 17 with a cover price of $4.95 U.S.

    THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: THE CORINTHIAN - DEATH IN VENICE

    The Sandman created the nightmare known as the Corinthian to be the dark mirror of humanity. But the Corinthian was flawed, and fled to the waking world to indulge in a banal lust to kill. He became so ruthless that, eventually, Morpheus recaptured and destroyed him, but not before the Corinthian's deeds inspired others, known as "serial killers," to follow his bloody path through the waking world.

    THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: THE CORINTHIAN - DEATH IN VENICE is a 3-issue VERTIGO miniseries written by Eisner Award-Nominated writer Darko Macan (WEIRD WAR STORIES, Grendel Tales) and illustrated by Danijel Zezelj (EL DIABLO), with painted covers by Dave McKean, detailing what happened before the Corinthian was primed to take on the mantle of the Dark Mirror. Set in 1920 during the opulence that is the annual Italian Carnivale, DEATH IN VENICE exposes the raging social circles of the decadent elite and the notorious working class. The story follows a serial killer-in-training as he searches for the one person who can teach him how to do what he believes he was created to do best: to kill.

    The man in question is Charles Constantine, a distant relation of John Constantine, but Charles is not a mage like his cousin. He's just an ordinary, trepidatious man haunted by his time served in the World War and now hunted by the terrible nightmare that is the Corinthian. Will it cost him his life, or just his sanity?

    This project is supported with house and trade ads.

    THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: THE CORINTHIAN - DEATH IN VENICE is a 3-issue VERTIGO miniseries edited by Shelly Bond and is suggested for mature readers. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores October 17 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

    JLA: GATEKEEPER

    In last year's GREEN LANTERN ANNUAL #9, a new super-hero named Sala - an incarnation of the Babylonian deity Istar - battled side-by-side with Green Lantern Kyle Rayner against an evil ancient pantheon that has haunted humanity since Sumerian times. While these forces of evil were stopped temporarily, Sala was left trapped in the Babylonian hellworld they came from and Green Lantern vowed to return one day, with help, to rescue her.

    Kyle keeps his promise in JLA: GATEKEEPER, a 3-issue miniseries in the Prestige Format by critically acclaimed writer/artist Tim Truman (HAWKWORLD, JONAH HEX: TWO-GUN MOJO), featuring painted covers by Truman. Kyle and his JLA teammates - with the help of the mystical powers of the JSA's Dr. Fate - venture through a one-way portal into a prehistoric demon pit to rescue Sala. Meanwhile, the ancient order of gods, monsters and demons has set its sights on a demonic invasion of the Earth.

    The JLA battles a host of monstrous creatures and deadly new adversaries in the effort to find Sala, but the hard part is managing to stay alive as they journey into the heart of darkness. The JLA soon discovers that this is about more than just saving a friend. It's about saving the world from the terrible, evil forces that dwell in this hellish realm. And if they succeed in their mission, how will they find their way back home?

    This project is supported with house ads.

    JLA: GATEKEEPER is a 3-issue Prestige Format miniseries edited by Peter Tomasi. The 48-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores October 17 with a cover price of $4.95 U.S.

    JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE AND DAVE GIBBONS CREATING GREEN LANTERN

    The roster of heroes created by living legend Stan Lee and some of the greatest artists in comics gains a new member - one who may be the most powerful of them all - in October, as Lee is joined by artist Dave Gibbons (WATCHMEN) to introduce a new vision of Green Lantern. But he's a champion unlike any GL showcased before in comics. To start with, he's been handpicked to be a hero by the Earth itself!

    Inked by another legendary creator, Dick Giordano (MAN OF STEEL), JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE AND DAVE GIBBONS CREATING GREEN LANTERN introduces Len Lewis, a brilliant young archaeologist obsessed with uncovering the mythical Tree of Life. Convinced it can be found in Central Africa, he embarks on an expedition to root it out and uncover its secrets. What he doesn't know is that this mission will make him the target of a vast global conspiracy aimed at keeping the tree's location a secret. He also can't imagine that finding the Tree will change his life...forever.

    Transformed by the Tree's power into the vessel for the Earth's life energies, Lewis is given a grave responsibility: to defend the world from the forces that are dedicated to destroying the planet...not the least of which is the mysterious Reverend Dominic Darrk, who has made his presence known in every JUST IMAGINE... project to date.

    Rounding out the issue are two covers - the front one by Gibbons, and the back cover by Harvey Award winner Adam Hughes (WONDER WOMAN) - and a backup "On the Street" tale written by Michael Uslan (with dialogue by Uslan & Lee). This issue's backup tale is illustrated by another legendary team, Greg & Tim Hildebrandt (SUPERMAN: LAST GOD OF KRYPTON).

    This project is supported with house ads.

    JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE AND DAVE GIBBONS CREATING GREEN LANTERN is a 48-page one-shot in the Prestige Format edited by Mike Carlin. It arrives in comic-book stores October 17 with a cover price of $5.95 U.S.

    MAD: NEUMANISMS

    Looking for that perfect, idiotic gift for your idiotic friends? Look no further than MAD: NEUMANISMS, a boxed set of MAD goodies that's so much fun, you may just keep it for yourself and tell your friends to get lost!

    Featuring cover art by Michael Elins, MAD: NEUMANISMS is the ultimate collector's package and includes NEUMANISMS, an all-new 96-page (5 1/2" x 5") hardcover collection of Alfred E. Neuman's classic pearls of idiocy, taking up from where a previous volume - The Half-Wit and Wisdom of Alfred E. Neuman - left off. Written by the Usual Gang of Idiots, NEUMANISMS features all-new illustrations by award-winning cartoonist Sergio Aragons (FANBOY, Groo)!

    Also included with MAD: NEUMANISMS in a boxed set is a MAD magnetic word jumble (refrigerator not included) that allows you to make your own stupid "Neumanisms" to confound friends and loved ones. Plus, four MAD full-color postcards (mail carrier not included) allow you to send lame-o catch phrases that are sure to make your correspondents groan. Finally, the MAD: NEUMANISMS set is made complete with the fully posable ALFRED E. NEUMAN ACTION FIGURE, with spinning-head action (the same one offered from DC DIRECT, sans sandwich board).

    MAD: NEUMANISMS is a boxed set containing a 96-page (5 1/2" x 5") hardcover and action figure. It arrives in comic-book stores October 10 with a cover price of $24.95 U.S. (cheap!).

    JSA: DARKNESS FALLS TP

    Heroes of the present and legends of the past come together to form the Justice Society of America! Now honored as heroes, the new JSA continues to endure the trials that made the Justice Society heroic icons. But as heroes continue, so must evil…

    JSA: DARKNESS FALLS is a 232-page trade paperback cowritten by David S. Goyer & Geoff Johns, with art by Stephen Sadowski, Michael Bair, Buzz, Marcos Martin, and Keith Champagne, and a new cover by Sadowski & Mark Farmer. Reprinting JSA #6-15, DARKNESS FALLS shows the JSA called upon once again to save the planet from malevolent forces that threaten the very fiber of the universe! But this time it's personal, as the foe they are fighting is a darkness-consumed Obsidian - son of Alan Scott, Sentinel. If that weren't enough, the original super-team also must confront the return of the Injustice Society and face the time-shattering threat of Extant, who killed several members of the original Justice Society during ZERO HOUR.

    This project is supported with house ads.

    JSA: DARKNESS FALLS is a 232-page trade paperback, arriving in comic-book stores October 10 with a cover price of $19.95 U.S.

    FARSCAPE: WAR TORN

    Farscape, the Sci-Fi Network's hit television series, comes to comics courtesy of WildStorm Productions in FARSCAPE: WAR TORN - a 2-issue Prestige Format miniseries written by Marv Wolfman (CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS) with art by Robert Teranishi (STAR TREK: VOYAGER - PLANET KILLER) and featuring stunning photo covers.

    American astronaut John Crichton, along with his shipmates aboard the sentient spacecraft Moya - Aeryn Sun, D'Argo, Rygel, Zhaan, and Chiana - arrive in a system featuring two different civilizations. Desperate for supplies, Crichton, Zhaan, and Chiana land on the Kylei, a tropical planet populated by a spiritual society. Meanwhile, Aeryn, D'Argo, and Rygel go to the Garangee, a rocky planet with hard, industrious people.

    The Kylei and the Garangee have been at war over a third world, Tivara. Both claim it is their holy land, a place where infinite knowledge can be gained, knowledge that Crichton and company must have. The Moya's crew must tread a delicate path to avoid fanning the flames of war between the two opposing civilizations, while attempting to gain access to the information that could lead the travel-weary crew back to their homes.

    This project is supported with house and trade ads and a website promotion at www.wildstorm.com.

    FARSCAPE: WAR TORN is a 2-issue Prestige Format miniseries from WildStorm Productions, edited by Neal J. Pozner. The 48-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores October 24 with a cover price of $5.95 U.S.

    THE BOOKS OF MAGIC: DEATH AFTER DEATH

    Young Timothy Hunter has managed to lose nearly everything he's cared for since he started messing around with magic, and he's finally come to the only sensible conclusion: Give the magic away.

    THE BOOKS OF MAGIC: DEATH AFTER DEATH is a 232-page trade paperback collecting writer John Ney Rieber's final story arc from THE BOOKS OF MAGIC #42-50, featuring art by Peter Gross (LUCIFER), Temujin, Jill Thompson (THE LITTLE ENDLESS STORYBOOK), and Richard Case (HUNTER: THE AGE OF MAGIC), with a cover by Michael Wm. Kaluta.

    Giving up all his magic, of course, doesn't work out the way Tim thinks it will - what with a war between Heaven and Hell being waged solely around him, and the lives of his family hanging in the balance. Actually, the fate of the entire world is dependent upon Tim's actions - a position that Tim is getting awfully tired of finding himself in, especially since he's already released his magic back into the world. But if he can find the right course to steer through the angels, demons and assorted deities swirling around him, it could mean a reasonably normal life for his father and new stepmother, not to mention himself. DEATH AFTER DEATH proves that you can go home again - just don't expect it to look the same when you get there.

    This project is supported with house ads.

    THE BOOKS OF MAGIC: DEATH AFTER DEATH is a 232-page VERTIGO trade paperback suggested for mature readers, arriving in comic-book stores October 31 with a cover price of $19.95 U.S.

    THE SANDMAN: THE ENDLESS WALL SCROLL

    They are the worlds' oldest family, existing since the dawn of time. And it is said they will live long after humanity ceases to be. They are…the Endless.

    The fan-favorite VERTIGO character the Sandman, and his six powerful siblings, are featured in THE SANDMAN: THE ENDLESS WALL SCROLL - debuting another new product line from DC DIRECT. Featuring art by Mike Dringenberg from a poster that has been out of print for almost a decade, THE ENDLESS WALL SCROLL portrays a gathering of the Endless family, including Dream (the Sandman, Morpheus), Death, Destiny, Desire, Delirium, Despair, and Destruction. THE ENDLESS WALL SCROLL is printed in full color on nylon - and while it's not "endless" in size, it does make a beautiful addition to any wall, hanging approximately 27" high x 40" wide.

    THE SANDMAN: THE ENDLESS WALL SCROLL is advance-solicited and arrives in comic-book shops January 16, 2002. It has a price of $19.95 U.S.

    GODDESS TP

    Six years ago, a unique, fully-painted miniseries from VERTIGO burst onto comics store shelves in a explosion of blood and weird, glowing, green energy. Now GODDESS, by writer Garth Ennis (PREACHER, Punisher) and artist Phil Winslade (WONDER WOMAN: AMAZONIA, Daredevil/Spider-Man), is collected into a single 256-page trade paperback, along with a foreword by Winslade and a collection of never-before-seen sketches and character designs.

    GODDESS tells the story of Rosie Nolan, a wee Irish girl who suddenly manifests the unlikely ability to perform impossible feats of telekinesis (such as splitting Scotland off from England and moving it a hundred miles north), as well as having an uncannily empathic relationship with animals. After saving the life of sad-sack narrator Jeff at the zoo, Rosie hooks up with him, her overzealous environmentalist friend Mudhawk, and his ticked-off ex-girlfriend Sam. Soon after, the group is on the lam from a rogue CIA agent who wants to capture Rosie's power for the betterment of the United States' government, and a really rogue police constable who has a more personal agenda: bloody revenge. From there, the chase takes them, courtesy of Rosie's uncontrollable, godlike powers, around the globe and up to the Arctic Circle, with mayhem and strangeness trailing in their wake. There, the startling truth about Rosie's abilities is revealed. But who will be left alive to hear it?

    This project is supported with house ads.

    GODDESS is a 256-page VERTIGO trade paperback suggested for mature readers, arriving in comic-book stores October 10 with a cover price of $19.95 U.S.

    Her mind's all that matters…
    ZERO GIRL TP

    Writer/artist Sam Kieth's popular ZERO GIRL miniseries was a wild, quirky, and truly original project that delighted fans of Kieth's previous work on The Maxx, while expanding into new territory. Now the hit miniseries is collected in ZERO GIRL, a 144-page HOMAGE COMICS trade paperback written and illustrated by Kieth, who also provides a new painted cover.

    ZERO GIRL is the story of a high-school misfit coming of age. Young Amy Smootster - weirdness magnet that she is - has never been the most popular girl in school. She can speak to insects and believes that circles are good and squares evil. Awkward and different, she doesn't quite fit into any social circle, and she likes it that way. But strange things seem to happen when Amy is around - the spontaneous appearance of puddles of water, for instance - and it has made her the target of relentless bullies. With the aid of a sympathetic guidance counselor whom she develops a mad crush on, Amy explores the meaning of her surreal abilities and discovers her place in the world.

    Complementing the storyline are Kieth's inimitable illustrations. Amy's world takes on a quirky life of its own thanks to Kieth's delicately beautiful linework. ZERO GIRL offers a striking visual experience and poignant story sure to thrill longtime fans and new readers alike.

    ZERO GIRL is 144-page trade paperback from HOMAGE COMICS, arriving in comic-book stores October 24 with a cover price of $14.95 U.S.

    THE AUTHORITY #27

    The 4-part "New World Order" began with a bang in THE AUTHORITY #22, with a shocking ending that left most of the members of the Authority for dead. Then before "New World Order" could continue, an all-new Authority replaced the old team in the 4-part "Transfer of Power."

    Now WildStorm Productions presents the continuation of one of the most eagerly-anticipated stories of the year, the long-awaited Part 2 of "New World Order" in THE AUTHORITY #27 - written by Mark Millar (Ultimate X-Men) and featuring the eye-popping artwork of Arthur Adams (Monkeyman & O'Brien). Finally - the shocking truth about what happened to the Authority. The old, original, real Authority, that is. Where are they and what have they been doing all this time? The answer is here...and it ain't for the timid!

    THE AUTHORITY has become a fan-favorite title for delivering hard-hitting storylines that have readers never knowing what to expect next. "New World Order" is no exception, and the finale is sure to leave fans breathless!

    THE AUTHORITY #27 is a 32-page WildStorm Productions issue edited by John Layman, arriving in comic-book stores October 3 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

    How far should you go for a friend?
    FOUR WOMEN

    Earlier this year, Sam Kieth, the mastermind behind The Maxx, delivered ZERO GIRL, a series that was met with universal critical acclaim. Now HOMAGE COMICS is proud to introduce Kieth's latest project: FOUR WOMEN - a 5-issue miniseries written and illustrated by Kieth (who also provides painted covers) that is unlike any told in comics before - and we don't say that lightly!

    FOUR WOMEN is the story of Bev, Donna, Marion, and Cindy - four friends who start out driving to a wedding together…only they never make it. While driving through the desert, their car breaks down - and from that point, they end up taking an entirely different kind of journey. A journey that leads them to their own Hell and back. A nightmare of mayhem that causes them to question their friendships, their lives, and even themselves.

    We see their story through the eyes of Donna, as she tries to pull her life back together after the horrors she's seen. But her therapy ends up taking her much further than she ever could have suspected. In the end, FOUR WOMEN has surprise after surprise that will keep you guessing as the mysteries unfold. What dark secret - and terrifying revelation - has bound these women together? And did they all make it back safely or not? FOUR WOMEN is a story about strength, the will to survive, and the endurance of friendship.

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    FOUR WOMEN is a 5-issue HOMAGE COMICS miniseries edited by Scott Dunbier and is suggested for mature readers. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores October 10 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.

    SUPERGIRL: WINGS

    Writer J.M. DeMatteis (THE SPECTRE, GREEN LANTERN: WILLWORLD) teams up with artist Jamie Tolagson (The Crow, LEGION WORLDS) to bring an Elseworlds tale unlike any other in SUPERGIRL: WINGS - a Prestige Format one-shot.

    In WINGS, we meet Matrix - an angel who's lost her way in her mission to care for human souls. Wanting to disassociate herself from humanity, she is taken down a road of self-discovery that ultimately brings her closer to one particular soul - that of Linda Danvers. Along the way, Matrix finds aid (and obstacles) from several other members of the DC Universe, including Elseworlds versions of Zauriel, the Phantom Stranger, Aquaman, Clark Kent, and the Spectre. Unfortunately, it's Linda's association with a man known as Buzz that may lead both her and Matrix down a path from which they may never return!

    SUPERGIRL: WINGS is sure to appeal to fans of SUPERGIRL, Elseworlds twists on familiar DC characters, beautiful art, and readers of sophisticated entertainment.

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    SUPERGIRL: WINGS is a 48-page Elseworlds Prestige Format one-shot edited by Mike McAvennie. It arrives in comic-book stores October 10 with a cover price of $5.95 U.S.

    SUPERGIRL ARCHIVES VOL. 1 HC

    Escaping the fate of Argo, Krypton's last surviving city, Kara Zora-El is sent to Earth in a rocket to be reunited with her long-lost cousin, Superman. Under the Man of Steel's guidance, Kara is trained to become one of Earth's greatest heroes!

    So begins SUPERGIRL ARCHIVES Volume 1, a 228-page hardcover written by Jerry Siegel and Otto Binder, with art by Jim Mooney and Al Plastino and an all-new cover by Frank Miller! Volume 1 showcases the origin and first appearances of the Girl of Steel, reprinting not only the classic Supergirl stories from ACTION COMICS #252-268, but also the time Superman encountered a prototype "Supergirl" from SUPERMAN #123, which preceded ACTION COMICS #252 by eight months!

    These early adventures of Supergirl show her adopting the secret identity of Linda Danvers and performing her super-heroic actions while hidden away from society, giving her the status of "Superman's Secret Weapon." Supergirl inevitably becomes a public figure, breaking the bonds of the 20th century to fight alongside the Legion of Super-Heroes and Tommy Tomorrow! And let's not forget her adventures with Streaky, the Super-Cat!

    Featuring an introduction by Dark Horse Comics editor Diana Schutz, SUPERGIRL ARCHIVES Volume 1 is chock-full of charming stories that return us to simpler times, as a 15-year-old girl learns to fly and becomes one of history's greatest heroes!

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    SUPERGIRL ARCHIVES Volume 1 is a 228-page hardcover, arriving in comic-book stores October 17 with a cover price of $49.95 U.S.

    CLASSIC SUPERMAN MINI-BUST

    For the past few years, DC DIRECT has been a leader in comics-related action figures, statues, PVC sets, posters, and other retail merchandise. Now DC DIRECT is proud to introduce a new line of products: affordable, beautifully-sculpted mini-busts featuring DC's finest characters!

    Leading the way in this new series of mini-busts from DC DIRECT is the Man of Steel with the CLASSIC SUPERMAN MINI-BUST - advance-solicited this month and due to arrive in January, 2002.

    The first series of mini-busts will feature DC's classic characters, beginning with this portrayal of a retro-style Superman, poised in mid-flight. The CLASSIC SUPERMAN MINI-BUST is approximately 6.25" in length to the tip of his out-stretched hand and 5" wide, standing on a base that measures 5" wide x 4" diameter x 1/4" high, and is packaged in a 4-color box. A CLASSIC BATMAN MINI-BUST will follow soon after, with a release date of March, 2002. Further DC DIRECT busts are planned for release every other month after that for the forseeable future.

    The CLASSIC SUPERMAN MINI-BUST is advance-solicited and arrives in comic-book shops January 16, 2002. It has a price of $45.00 U.S.

    BATGIRL: A KNIGHT ALONE TP

    Once, she could sense an opponent's attack coming. She was the ultimate fighting machine. All that has changed.

    With her fighting abilities impaired, Batgirl faces her greatest challenge in BATGIRL: A KNIGHT ALONE, a 160-page trade paperback collection written by Kelley Puckett, with art by Damion Scott & Robert Campanella (who provide a new cover), Coy Turnbull, Dan Davis, and John Lowe.

    Reprinting BATGIRL #7-11, #13 and #14, A KNIGHT ALONE has Lady Shiva returning to Gotham with her usual agenda: find a worthy foe and challenge him or her to a deathmatch. In this case, it's the new Batgirl! But Lady Shiva's not the only force in Gotham City to take notice of Cassandra Cain. A secret government agency is determined to capture Gotham's newest crimefighter and will not stop until she is under their control. With the odds stacked against her, Cassandra continues the never-ending quest for justice.

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    BATGIRL: A KNIGHT ALONE is a 160-page trade paperback, arriving in comic-book stores October 3 with a cover price of $12.95 U.S.

    "JOSIE MAC" in DETECTIVE COMICS #763

    From acclaimed writer Judd Winick (GREEN LANTERN, Pedro And Me) and exciting up-and-coming artist Cliff Chiang (WONDER WOMAN: OUR WORLDS AT WAR) comes the haunting tale of Josephine MacDonald, a GCPD cop with an extraordinary ability.

    "Josie Mac" is an 8-part backup serial that begins in DETECTIVE COMICS #763, introducing Josie and her hidden talent. Lost items seem to call out to Josie, seeking their missing owners, and only Josie has what it takes to find them. Her talent is both a blessing and a curse - and right from the start it's going to get her into deep trouble, landing a major stick of political dynamite on her desk in the form of a missing persons case. "Josie Mac" examines the latest addition to the police squad of Gotham City and the terrible burden she must carry.

    DETECTIVE COMICS #763 is a 40-page issue edited by Bob Schreck, that includes an 8-page "Josie Mac" backup edited by Matt Idelson. It arrives in comic-book stores October 17 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

    BATMAN ARCHIVES Volume 1 HC - NEW PRICE

    For over a decade, DC's award-winning Archives series has presented classic DC material in attractive, hardcover volumes featuring high-quality paper stock and improved color separations - offering material that hasn't been in print for decades in an easily attainable, affordable format for today's readers.

    Now one of DC's earliest Archives is made even more affordable with the BATMAN ARCHIVES Volume 1 - offered at a super-low price of only $19.95! That's a whopping 304 pages in hardcover format for less than twenty bucks!

    BATMAN ARCHIVES Volume 1 features stories written by Bill Finger and illustrated by Batman creator Bob Kane and others, including the very first appearance of Batman and his first several adventures! Volume 1 reprints all the Batman stories from DETECTIVE COMICS #27-50 (1939-1940), including all the original covers! Also included is a rematch with the Joker and the first appearances of Prof. Hugo Strange, Clayface and Robin, the Boy Wonder!

    With BATMAN ARCHIVES Volume 1 now available at an irresistably low price, it makes the perfect gift for a friend, or an affordable way to begin your library of DC Archives books!

    BATMAN ARCHIVES Volume 1 HC is a 304-page hardcover, arriving in comic-book stores October 3 with a cover price of $19.95 U.S.

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