DC Comics Spotlight projects for product shipping June, 2002

Tue, March 19th, 2002 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

Wallow In It


THE FILTH

Since word first broke about writer Grant Morrison's new creator-owned series, the comics community has been abuzz with one question: Just what is THE FILTH?

Here's what we can tell you: Morrison's return to VERTIGO with this 13-issue maxiseries guarantees readers the heady brew of big ideas, exotic locales and bizarre action that they've come to crave from the fan-favorite writer. Fans have had their imagination rocked by his previous groundbreaking works such as ANIMAL MAN, DOOM PATROL and THE INVISIBLES, and watched as the writer helped reinvent and revitalize JLA and X-Men. Now, joined by the stunning visuals of penciller Chris Weston (Ministry of Space, THE INVISIBLES) & inker Gary Erskine (THE AUTHORITY), Morrison's new series THE FILTH shows all the signs of an instant classic. And speaking of notable art, the covers by progressive designer Carlos Segura stretch the boundaries of what has been previously seen, continuing VERTIGO's commitment to cutting-edge comics.

Then there are those prosthetically outfitted dolphins in scuba gear, the hard-smoking chimpanzee who dresses like a guard at the Kremlin and the cryptic pronouncements that something sneaky is going on right under our very noses. World-class weirdness, to say the least. You've seen the images. You've heard the buzz ("THE FILTH is everything I can't do in a mainstream comic like X-Men," says Morrison). The time for THE FILTH is now. What does all this have to do with the Way We Live Today? Want to know more about THE HAND and STATUS: Q? That would be telling… And our lips are sealed until June 5th!

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

THE FILTH is a 13-issue VERTIGO maxiseries edited by Karen Berger and is suggested for mature readers. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores June 5 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.

WONDER WOMAN: THE HIKETEIA HARDCOVER

It is an ancient, long-forgotten Greek ritual: the Hiketeia. An almost-holy contract binding two parties in mutual protection and care. When a troubled young woman from Gotham City named Danielle performs the ceremony for a surprised Wonder Woman, the Amazon must accept its pact which then can never be broken - for refusing it would guarantee retribution from the gods…

WONDER WOMAN: THE HIKETEIA is a 96-page hardcover written by Greg Rucka (DETECTIVE COMICS, Queen & Country) and gorgeously illustrated by J.G. Jones (Marvel Boy, Black Widow) & Wade von Grawbadger (STARMAN), that finds our heroine suddenly caught between a rock and a hard place by the sworn oath of the Hiketeia.

Wonder Woman's problems only worsen when, forced into the role of teacher and protector, she discovers she also must stand between her student and the earthly justice that her fellow JLA teammate Batman so rightly seeks. It seems the Dark Knight has uncovered Danielle's deeply troubled past and has come to take her back to Gotham.

Trapped with the gods watching above and Batman on the ground, Diana must now find a solution to a seemingly insoluble problem - one that, as in all Greek Tragedy, may end in death…

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

WONDER WOMAN: THE HIKETEIA is a 96-page hardcover edited by Bob Schreck, arriving in comic-book stores June 19 with a cover price of $24.95 U.S. Note: A softcover edition will not be offered with an in-store date earlier than December, 2002.

SMALLVILLE ACTION FIGURES

Every week, devoted TV viewers tune into the hit series Smallville on The WB Network, featuring tales of a teenaged Clark Kent before he became Superman! Now, coming in October, DC Direct debuts its beautifully-sculpted SMALLVILLE ACTION FIGURES!

Played by actor Tom Welling on the show, the SMALLVILLE: CLARK KENT ACTION FIGURE features a striking likeness, standing approximately 6 3/8" tall with 7 points of articulation, and thermal chromatic hands that change color (from Kryptonite poisoning). Clark also comes packaged with a removable backpack and a 1 1/4" block of Kryptonite.

The SMALLVILLE: LANA LANG ACTION FIGURE stands approximately 5 3/4" tall with 11 points of articulation. Lana (played by actress Kristin Kreuk) comes with two pompoms that the figure can hold and a synthetic jewel Kryptonite replica of her necklace on a 18" chain that fans can wear.

The SMALLVILLE: LEX LUTHOR ACTION FIGURE stands approximately 6 1/8" tall with 7 points of articulation. Lex (played by Michael Rosenbaum) comes with a hinged laptop computer emblazoned with the LuthorCorp logo and a LuthorCorp annual report.

All three figures come with their own collectible trading card from Inkworks featuring a photo of the character and are packaged individually in 4-color blister packs.

These figures are supported with a 4-color poster, house and trade ads, and a minisite at www.dccomics.com/dcdirect.

The SMALLVILLE: CLARK KENT ACTION FIGURE, the SMALLVILLE: LANA LANG ACTION FIGURE and the SMALLVILLE: LEX LUTHOR ACTION FIGURE are all advance-solicited, sold separately and arrive in comic-book stores October 2. Please consult your retailer for pricing information. Retailers please note: These figures are intended for individual sale to consumers but are packaged together as an assortment. Consult your retailer order form for packaging details. These figures are being offered simultaneously beyond the comic-book specialty market.

"High On Life" Part 1 of 2


HELLBLAZER #175

VERTIGO's longest-running title begins a dramatic new direction with its unprecedented 175th issue. After his epic journey through the American heartland, John Constantine is at last coming home.

With HELLBLAZER #175, LUCIFER writer Mike Carey (a four-time Eisner nominee) takes the helm as Constantine returns to Britain to settle some family business, instead finding himself in the middle of a supernatural range war. Carey opens his run on the book with "High On Life," a 2-part story set in Constantine's hometown of Liverpool. The story also sees the return to HELLBLAZER (for two performances only) of PREACHER artist Steve Dillon, whose collaboration with writer Garth Ennis marks one of the classic eras of the title. Tim Bradstreet continues to provide arresting painted covers.

So far as the world at large is concerned, Constantine died in a prison riot a year-and-a-half ago - and being dead has its advantages for someone with John's peculiar lifestyle. But he needs to set the record straight with what's left of his family. So he returns to Liverpool, the place of his birth, to see his sister Cheryl. There he finds her living in a rotting council block plagued by suicides and inexplicable acts of violence: a killer with a straight-edged razor is stalking the city; a strange old woman is dogging John's movements; and there's a mysterious agenda being played out that seems to promise nothing but evil for the last surviving members of the Constantine family. It's enough to make a man blow his cover...while this new storyline will blow your mind.

HELLBLAZER #175 is a 32-page issue edited by Will Dennis and is suggested for mature readers. It arrives in comic-book stores June 26 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

Experience the Future at…


100%

Six star-crossed characters meet in the urban twilight of Manhattan 2038 - a perversely safe future city where the citizens wear ID tags and police cruisers stalk the streets like slow-moving sharks. This is the world of 100%, a new 5-issue VERTIGO miniseries in black-and-white (with gray-tones) from writer/artist Paul Pope (HEAVY LIQUID, THB) - a sci-fi "graphic movie" that Gear Magazine has already proclaimed "uncanny," adding "Pope is one of the most consistently inventive comics artists of his generation."

Three separate-but-interconnected stories unfold in 100%, like a six-piece jigsaw puzzle set on a unique sci-fi gameboard. There's Daisy, the mysterious, fiery new go-go dancer, who makes sparks fly with the (not-so-average) busboy John. There's Strel, the club manager/mother goddess, pursued by Haitous, a former heavyweight champion fighter. And then there's Kim, the jittery barbabe, charmed by the magnetic Eloy, an artist obsessed with coaxing the perfect pitch from a chorus of 100 tea kettles.

Filled with wit, sex, charm, and a level of menace rarely seen in today's comics, 100% - conceived and begun before the events of September 11th - is a frightful, prescient view into what America might look like tomorrow. And it's a future full of unpleasant contradictions - a sci-fi fishbowl world where the search for honesty continues, whether or not America remains the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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

100% is a 5-issue VERTIGO miniseries in black-and white (with gray-tones) edited by Shelly Bond and is suggested for mature readers. The 48-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores June 12 with a cover price of $5.95 U.S.

Behold! The Champion of the Dream Realm!


JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE WITH WALTER SIMONSON CREATING SANDMAN

For the past year, readers have witnessed a project that once seemed impossible take shape, as comic-book legend Stan Lee joined some of comics' greatest artists to create original characters based on the names of some of DC's signature heroes in the JUST IMAGINE… series of one-shots. In June, as previously unguessed-at connections between the earlier installments have become clear, Stan teams with Walter Simonson (ORION, Thor) to introduce a new champion with a familiar name in JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE WITH WALTER SIMONSON CREATING SANDMAN.

JUST IMAGINE…SANDMAN finds Earth menaced by a mysterious sickness that is causing worldwide panic as people fall asleep, but never wake up again. When a strange green mist approaches Earth, a panicky U.S. Government fears something even more terrifying is in store, and sends a mission into space to analyze the possible threat. But the mission has been compromised as astronaut Larry Wilton is menaced by an on-board saboteur…one under the influence of the malevolent Reverend Dominic Darrk. With his tether cut during a space walk, Wilton's life seems certain to end, but instead of dying, his near-unconscious body drifts into the mist cloud.

When Wilton awakes, he finds himself in a strange, otherworldly place…one its inhabitants refer to as the Dream Realm. There he meets a woman known as Oracle, who reveals that the Realm is tied to the coma plague…and that the souls of all those afflicted will be lost if Wilton does not take the mantle of the Realm's guardian - the Sandman - and confront its evil master. But what connection does the deathlord of the Dream Realm have to Reverend Darrk? And will the Sandman be able to master the full range of powers spawned from his mystic amulet in order to save the world from the coma plague and the even greater Crisis that is to come?

This penultimate chapter features two covers - one by Simonson and the other by Adam Hughes (WONDER WOMAN) - as well as an "On the Street" backup written by Michael Uslan with art by ??.

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JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE WITH WALTER SIMONSON CREATING SANDMAN is a 48-page Prestige Format one-shot edited by Mike Carlin. It arrives in comic-book stores June 12 with a cover price of $5.95 U.S.

JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE CREATING THE DC UNIVERSE BOOK ONE TRADE PAPERBACK

It was one of the most talked-about projects of 2001! Living legend Stan Lee - the co-creator of X-Men, Spider-Man, the Hulk and the Marvel Universe - joined with some of comics' greatest artists to create several original characters based on the names of classic DC characters! Now the first four of these unforgettable one-shots is collected in JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE CREATING THE DC UNIVERSE - a 224-page trade paperback that also includes a gallery of sketches and "behind-the-scenes" material.

The first of three volumes, this trade paperback collects JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE WITH JOE KUBERT CREATING BATMAN, JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE WITH JIM LEE CREATING WONDER WOMAN, JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE WITH JOHN BUSCEMA CREATING SUPERMAN, JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE WITH DAVE GIBBONS CREATING GREEN LANTERN, and five Profile Pages from JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE SECRET FILES #1! Featuring the writing talents of Stan Lee (with Michael Uslan co-writing the "On The Street" backup stories), this volume displays an amazing roster of artists: Joe Kubert, Jim Lee & Scott Williams, John Buscema, Dave Gibbons & Dick Giordano, Michael Wm. Kaluta, Gene Colan & Tom Palmer, Kyle Baker, and Jos Luis Garci-Lopez. Plus, all the back covers by Adam Hughes are included, while the volume itself is topped with a cover by Stuart Immonen!

JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE CREATING THE DC UNIVERSE BOOK ONE is a 224-page trade paperback arriving in comic-book stores June 26 with a cover price of $19.95 U.S.

JLA: DESTINY

The Man of Steel. The Dark Knight. They are the World's Finest heroes…but what would life be like without them? A world where their absence has had just as great an impact as their existence has had in this reality. A world where the super-criminals are less afraid, more confident, better organized, and more focused…

Welcome to the Elseworld of JLA: DESTINY - a 4-issue miniseries in the Prestige Format that tells the story of this contentious, frightening place where global terrorism masquerades as super-politics. Written by John Arcudi (DOOM PATROL, GEN13), with art and covers by Tom Mandrake (MARTIAN MANHUNTER, THE SPECTRE), JLA: DESTINY is set in a world that desperately needs a Justice League of its own.

Here, everything you know about the DC Universe is wrong: The JLA started from humble (yet oddly recognizable) beginnings through the efforts of just one man. It grew and evolved to combat the increasingly nasty world it eventually came to police. The League isn't tempered by the forces of will from two iconic personalities. Rather, it's torn by the changes it has seen. New heroes jockey to fill the void, barely able to keep pace with new villains and their endless campaigns of terror. And behind it all, a crisis is building that this Justice League of America isn't prepared to meet…

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JLA: DESTINY is a 4-issue Prestige Format Elseworlds miniseries edited by Peter Tomasi. The 48-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores June 5 with a cover price of $5.95 U.S.

BLACK SUN

Hong Kong: it's one of the grandest cities in the world with over two thousand years of secrets! But Maggie Sun (introduced in the pages of THE ESTABLISHMENT) is about to learn why some secrets are best left hidden in BLACK SUN - a 6-issue miniseries from WildStorm Productions!

Written by Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated writer Marc Andreyko (Jinx: Torso, Sam & Twitch) with stunning art and covers by Trevor Scott (THE AUTHORITY) using cutting-edge digital techniques, BLACK SUN is an action/thriller that will leave you breathless!

While investigating a bizarre waterfront crime, young hotshot police detective Maggie Sun discovers this isn't just another petty theft. In fact, a centuries-old hellish plot is about to be unleashed by the Demon Lord Azuras. With the help of a mystical black zhenzhu (pearl), Maggie alone has the power to battle Azuras and his demon minions. But does the answer to defeating Azuras lie in her own family's dark past? Will Maggie defy fate or will she succumb to the fearsome demon lord, who damns herself and the rest of the world?

This project is supported with house and trade ads.

BLACK SUN is a 6-issue WildStorm Productions miniseries edited by Aaron Watanabe and Jeff Mariotte. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores June 19 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.

100 BULLETS: A FOREGONE TOMORROW TRADE PAPERBACK

The fourth collection of Brian Azzarello's and Eduardo Risso's acclaimed VERTIGO series is the biggest volume yet. Collecting eleven issues, the 100 BULLETS: A FOREGONE TOMORROW trade paperback reprints 100 BULLETS #20-30, weighing in at 264 pages.

The story of Agent Graves, Mr. Shepherd, and the mysterious Minutemen continues through the multipart storylines "Selfish and Out to Sea," "Red Prince Blues," and the return of Dizzy in the 3-chapter capper "Contrabandolero!," as well as the opening one-shot "The Mimic" and the infamous assassination one-shot, "Idol Chatter," featuring a brand-new view of the death of a President. Plus, in "Mr. Branch and the Family Tree," we follow Paris-based conspiracy nut Mr. Branch as he relates tales of the various main characters of the series, featuring full-page pinups by Frank Miller, Jim Lee, Dave Gibbons, J.G. Jones, Paul Pope, Lee Bermejo, Tim Bradstreet, Joe Jusko, Jordi Bernet, and Mark Chiarello.

More light is shed on the history of the Minutemen and the organization that created them, what is planned for their future, and the conflict between Graves and the Trust that lies at the heart of everything. A FOREGONE TOMORROW is wrapped within a striking, all-new cover painting by Dave Johnson.

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100 BULLETS: A FOREGONE TOMORROW is a 264-page VERTIGO trade paperback and is suggested for mature readers. It arrives in comic-book stores June 19 with a cover price of $17.95 U.S.

JONNY DOUBLE TRADE PAPERBACK

Before their critically acclaimed collaboration on 100 BULLETS, writer Brian Azzarello and artist Eduardo Risso gained notoriety with a 4-issue noir miniseries from VERTIGO that cleverly updated a classic DC character.

Now that much-demanded tale is collected in a new 104-page VERTIGO trade paperback that includes a brand-new extended ending, featuring new story pages not included in the original miniseries.

JONNY DOUBLE tells the sordid story of one Jonny Double, a down-on-his-luck P.I. in San Francisco who knows he's way past his prime. Desperate for rent money, he agrees to keep tabs on a rich man's wayward 20-something daughter Faith. But Faith has other plans, and after seducing Jonny, she draws him into a tangled scheme with her small-time criminal friends to rob a long-dormant bank account that may have once belonged to Al Capone. But things go sour in a hurry when the account turns out to be not so dormant, and Jonny, Faith, and their gang are suddenly being hunted by unknown killers - and menaced by betrayal from within.

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JONNY DOUBLE is a 104-page VERTIGO trade paperback and is suggested for mature readers. It arrives in comic-book stores June 5 with a cover price of $12.95 U.S.

CODENAME: KNOCKOUT #14

For over a year, Angela Devlin and Go-Go Fiasco have been unique even among VERTIGO characters: globe-trotting, bed-hopping super-spies with a penchant for jumping the fence between good and evil (and G.O.O.D. and E.V.I.L.). But things are about to change, starting with CODENAME: KNOCKOUT #14 - a stand-alone issue that kicks off a new direction for the series, by writer Robert Rodi and artists Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti. Plus, this issue also features two "Deviant Covers" by two of the industry's hottest artists: the infamous Jim Lee (WILDCATS) and the enigmatic J. Scott Campbell (DANGER GIRL)!

The conclusion to Angela's and Go-Go's first year's adventures found the pair solidly in the camp of Angela's crime-boss father, Damon Devlin. Now that allegiance is catching up to them, as they're hunted by a new crime-busting organization, H.E.A.V.E.N., and its strangely familiar operatives: a sexy secret agent with ties to two opposing agencies, and her partner, a fast-talking gay whiz kid!

Introducing: Divinita Beastly and Ravish Kinkimanboi - Britain's top espionage team! And while they have a lot in common with Angela and Go-Go, it's the differences that prove explosive! Will they become our heroes' allies...or their replacements? Yeah baby!!

CODENAME: KNOCKOUT #14 brings in an array of wild new allies and wily new adversaries - sending Angela and Go-Go back stateside for a series of adventures that rip aside the secrecy shrouding their origins, unveiling threats and dangers uncomfortably close to home.

CODENAME: KNOCKOUT #14 is a 32-page issue edited by Will Dennis and is suggested for mature readers. It arrives in comic-book stores June 26 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S. Note: This issue will ship with two covers. All orders will be composed of covers by Jim Lee and Sandra Hope (50%) and J. Scott Campbell (50%).

GREEN LANTERN: BRIGHTEST DAY/BLACKEST NIGHT

Before Kyle Rayner, before Hal Jordan, there was one man who bore the ring as the original Emerald Gladiator: Alan Scott, Green Lantern! Now travel back in time with us to the height of the Golden Age, circa World War II, as we recount the tale of Scott's first encounter with one of his greatest adversaries ever!

GREEN LANTERN: BRIGHTEST DAY/BLACKEST NIGHT is a 48-page Prestige Format one-shot written by Steven T. Seagle (THE CRUSADES, Uncanny X-Men) and exquisitely painted by John K. Snyder III (DOCTOR MID-NITE). When a planeload of mysterious foreigners carrying a secret weapon is forced to land in the wilds of Gotham City's Slaughter Swamp, radio announcer Alan Scott springs into action as Green Lantern! But the rescue attempt is thwarted by a malevolent brute Scott has never before seen. Fans of DC history will thrill to read about the Golden Age Green Lantern's first colossal run-in with the grotesque gargoyle called Solomon Grundy!

Told from the point of view of both Alan Scott (in lavish color) and Grundy (in chilling black-and-white), BRIGHTEST DAY/BLACKEST NIGHT is a heart-stopping race against time to save lives and the free world…but from what? The murderous man-monster that stalks the swamps? The gang of would-be world-smashers who were on the plane? Or the true threat, the secret cargo that's an early component of the American nuclear arms effort, which could turn brightest day…into blackest night!?!?

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GREEN LANTERN: BRIGHTEST DAY/BLACKEST NIGHT is a 48-page Prestige Format one-shot edited by Dan Raspler, arriving in comic-book stores June 19 with a cover price of $5.95 U.S.

JSA: DARKNESS FALLS TRADE PAPERBACK

Heroes of the present and legends of the past came 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 finds 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 fight 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.

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JSA: DARKNESS FALLS is a 232-page trade paperback, arriving in comic-book stores June 12 with a cover price of $19.95 U.S. Note: This is a resolicitation. All previous orders have been cancelled.

GREEN LANTERN ARCHIVES Volume Four HARDCOVER

"In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight! Let those who worship evil's might beware my power - Green Lantern's light!"

With these words, dauntless test pilot Hal Jordan came to wield the greatest power in the universe: the Green Lantern! Now thrill to more exciting adventures of the Emerald Gladiator of the Silver Age as they are collected in GREEN LANTERN ARCHIVES Volume Four - a 216-page hardcover featuring a foreword by former DC editor Jack C. Harris.

With stories written by John Broome and Gardner Fox, featuring classic art by the likes of Gil Kane, Joe Giella (with an assist from Murphy Anderson), Frank Giacoia, and Sid Greene, the Green Lantern's light perhaps was never more radiant than it was during these halcyon days of comicdom.

Reprinting eight complete issues (GREEN LANTERN Vol. 1 #22-29), Volume Four finds the Emerald Gladiator doing battle with the Tattooed Man, Sonar, Star Sapphire, the Shark and other extraordinary foes. Brightest days, indeed!

GREEN LANTERN ARCHIVES Volume Four is a 216-page hardcover, arriving in comic-book stores June 26 with a cover price of $49.95 U.S.

EVERQUEST: TRANSFORMATION

Following the successful EVERQUEST: THE RUINS OF KUNARK one-shot, WildStorm Productions presents a brand-new story based on Sony Online Entertainment's award-winning EverQuest - the most successful online fantasy role-playing game ever (with over 400,000 subscribers)!

EVERQUEST: TRANSFORMATION is a 48-page Prestige Format one-shot written by Devin Grayson (BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS, USER), who is no stranger to the online gaming world herself. The eye-popping art is provided by the TALEWEAVER art team of Philip S. Tan & Gary Mayoralgo, with a dazzling cover by Whilce Portacio (X-Force) & Richard Friend (STEAMPUNK). TRANSFORMATION is a perilous adventure in which a Dark Elf warrior and an unusual band of misfits must find a lost piece of mystical armor. Can this motley crew survive the dangers of Norrath to claim their prize? Or will they succumb to death's cold embrace?

TRANSFORMATION continues the series of EverQuest projects from WildStorm Productions, featuring characters and events from the online game, produced by some of the most talented creators in the industry today!

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EVERQUEST: TRANSFORMATION is a 48-page Prestige Format WildStorm Productions one-shot edited by Aaron Watanabe and Jeff Mariotte. It arrives in comic-book stores June 26 with a cover price of $5.95 U.S.

RESIDENT EVIL: CODENAME VERONICA Volume One TRADE PAPERBACK

You've played the hot-selling videogame! You've seen the blockbuster movie! You've read the American comic book from WildStorm Productions! And now, for the first time ever, you can read the Hong Kong version of the Resident Evil comics adapted into English!

RESIDENT EVIL: CODENAME VERONICA Volume One is a 144-page WildStorm trade paperback originally written by Lee Chung Hing and illustrated by Hui King Sum, and translated into English dialogue by Ted Adams & Kris Oprisko (RESIDENT EVIL: FIRE & ICE). After barely surviving her experience in Raccoon City (as told in Capcom's Resident Evil 2), Claire Redfield searches for clues that will help her learn the whereabouts of her missing brother, Chris.

To her horror, she discovers the evil Umbrella Corporation has headquarters outside of Raccoon City. Flesh-eating zombies, monstrous beasts and strange mutations are spreading around the globe. While she searches for her brother, Claire begins to uncover the details behind the bio-tech conspiracy.

Originally published in Hong Kong, this faithful adaptation captures all of the excitement, action and frightening horror of the Resident Evil games.

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RESIDENT EVIL: CODENAME VERONICA Volume One is a 144-page WildStorm Productions trade paperback and is suggested for mature readers. It arrives in comic-book stores June 12 with a cover price of $14.95 U.S.

The Hammer of Hell takes flight!


ENEMY ACE ARCHIVES Volume One HARDCOVER

ENEMY ACE DELUXE ACTION FIGURE

His name was Baron Hans von Hammer, and he was the greatest fighter pilot of World War I. But when he first appeared in 1965, he wasn't exactly the kind of war hero that comics fans were used to reading about…

Treat yourself to one of the finest war features ever with ENEMY ACE ARCHIVES Volume One - a 224-page hardcover advance-solicited for arrival in October that reprints the Enemy Ace stories from OUR ARMY AT WAR #151-155, SHOWCASE #57 & 58 and STAR-SPANGLED WAR STORIES #138-142. Von Hammer - the "Enemy Ace" - piloted his red Fokker DR-1 triplane in the skies above the trenches of WWI Europe, driven more by duty and honor than bloodlust. "Enemy Ace" was the first regular feature in comics to "dare to reveal the enemy side of the war" and remains a singular achievement in comics.

The brainchild of prolific writer Robert Kanigher and classic war artist Joe Kubert (who provides the introduction to this volume), Von Hammer struggled as much with his conscience as he did with his enemies. Hating war, he did his duty for his country to the best of his ability, aided by his trusted Black Wolf companion. These stories are packed with beautifully orchestrated dogfights that unfold across the pages - each one ending with Von Hammer's famous salute to his fallen foe. Seldom, if ever - especially in war comics - has the hero's character been explored in such depth. The ten stories collected in this volume are not only some of the best war stories ever, but also feature explorations of Von Hammer's background, while introducing his most famous adversary, the Hangman.

Also advance-solicited this month, and due to arrive the same day as the Archive Edition, is the ENEMY ACE DELUXE ACTION FIGURE from DC Direct! Enemy Ace stands approximately 6 1/4" tall without his helmet and comes packaged with the Black Wolf, his companion from the woods around his ancestral home. The great Black Wolf is 2" tall and 4" long. This deluxe set also includes a 3" long replica of his Fokker DR-1.

These items are supported with house and trade ads.

ENEMY ACE ARCHIVES Volume One is a 224-page hardcover. It is advance-solicited and arrives in comic-book stores October 2 with a cover price of $49.95 U.S. The ENEMY ACE DELUXE ACTION FIGURE is advance-solicited and arrives in comic-book stores October 2. Please consult your retailer for pricing information.

BATMOBILE REPLICA: 1950s EDITION

Buckle yourself in and get ready to hit the road with DC Direct's first in a series of vehicle props, the BATMOBILE REPLICA: 1950s EDITION. This finely crafted, cold-cast porcelain, hand-painted replica brings to life one of the most famous vehicles in comics, the sleek Batmobile - as driven by Batman and Robin in the '50s.

The Batmobile measures approximately 11" long x 3 1/2" tall x 4 1/2" wide, on a base measuring 9" deep x 12 1/2" long x 2" high, and is set on an art-deco-themed base. The Batmobile features light-up headlights, taillights and the eyes of the Bat-emblem on the front of the vehicle, and is removable from its base, but does not have rolling wheels. (The light-up feature works when the vehicle is on the base, using an "on/off" switch with 30-second timer to conserve batteries). Also included is a 3 1/2" x 5" Batmobile "title" document and a 16" x 22" blueprint of the Batmobile. This vehicle comes packaged with batteries in a 4-color box. Look for more replica edition vehicles from DC Direct in the months to come!

The BATMOBILE REPLICA: 1950s EDITION is advance-solicited, arriving in comic-book stores September 4 with a price of $195.00 U.S.

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