DC Comics Spotlight Project for November, 2002

Thu, August 22nd, 2002 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

JLA/JSA: VIRTUE & VICE HARDCOVER

A time-honored tradition is updated - and upgraded - for a new generation of heroes!

The World's Greatest Heroes (the JLA) and the Original Super-Team (the JSA) have teamed up to save the world again and again in times of crisis. This year, the two groups engage in a world-shaking adventure that results in an all-out slugfest - so colossal that only a 96-page hardcover can contain it!

JLA/JSA: VIRTUE & VICE, advance-solicited this month for arrival in December, is an epic that fans have been clamoring for! The talents of acclaimed writers David S. Goyer (JSA) & Geoff Johns (THE FLASH, Avengers) combine with the powerhouse art team of Carlos Pacheco & Jess Merio (Avengers Forever, Fantastic Four) for a tale with real, dramatic impact on the lives of the two popular super-hero teams. Villains from the rich histories of both groups hatch an insidious scheme that lays waste the heroes and the world they defend. But of course, these are no ordinary heroes...

What starts as a friendly get-together between the JLA and JSA degenerates into a destructive mle…and from the ashes rises a villainous uber-team made up of select members from each team. What's made these heroes of virtue turn into agents of vice? And who can possibly stop them once they get really mad? It's up to the remaining members of both teams to save the day. But they'll have to defeat their friends to do it!

Before our heroes clash in VIRTUE & VICE, be sure to catch the exciting prelude in JLA/JSA SECRET FILES #1 this November! Fan-favorite artist Steve Sadowski returns to the exploits of the JSA, joining Goyer & Johns for a tale that reveals surprising connections between the two teams. Plus: AQUAMAN writer Rick Veitch offers a peek at the new series in a short story illustrated by Dietrich Smith; and a brief preview of JLA/AVENGERS with art by George Prez! All this and profiles of some of the two teams' newest members, allies, and more!

This project is supported with a full-color poster, a preview in Wizard: The Comics Magazine, house and trade ads, and a minisite at www.dccomics.com.

JLA/JSA: VIRTUE & VICE is a 96-page hardcover edited by Dan Raspler. It is advance-solicited to arrive in comic-book stores December 4 with a cover price of $24.95 U.S. Note: A softcover version will be available no earlier than June, 2003. JLA/JSA SECRET FILES #1 is a 64-page one-shot edited by Ivan Cohen arriving in comic-book stores November 6 with a cover price of $4.95 U.S.

10 years after the comics event of the era


SUPERMAN: DAY OF DOOM

A decade ago, the unthinkable happened: Superman, one of the most widely recognized icons on the planet, was killed at the hands of the unstoppable force known as Doomsday. Superman's death was not only a major shock to the populace of the DC Universe, but to the rest of the world as well.

Now the man behind that infamous story - Dan Jurgens - returns to the Man of Steel for a reflective look into the event that had a major impact in the comics world as well as the media. SUPERMAN: DAY OF DOOM is a 4-issue weekly miniseries written and pencilled by Jurgens (Thor), with inks by Bill Sienkiewicz (Elektra: Assasin), taking place in the present day while flashing back to that tragic event.

The story begins in DAY OF DOOM #1, where we meet Ty Duffy - a new reporter for the Daily Planet assigned to do a story on the anniversary of Superman's death. Duffy starts by interviewing those who suffered through Doomsday's rampage, beginning with former JLA members Booster Gold and Blue Beetle. Meanwhile, the Man of Steel himself is investigating some random accidents that may not be so random after all - and they seem to be happening along the same path that led Doomsday to Metropolis…

Then, in DAY OF DOOM #2, the Planet's new reporter continues his interviews, this time widening his subjects to the ordinary civilians who were there that day and the horrors they saw. It wasn't just Superman who died that day. Duffy also interviews the Prankster and other lower-tier villains who tried to take credit for that day's tragedy. Meanwhile, Superman continues to investigate more mysterious accidents, as the clues to an emerging threat become clearer.

In DAY OF DOOM #3, Duffy interviews a priest and gets the perspective of those who must go on. How lucky do the living feel after massive tragedies? When's the next time this will happen - and will it be worse, especially after yet another massive accident occurs? Finally, in DAY OF DOOM #4 (advance-solicited for arrival December 4), Duffy explores the ways we can restore hope and how we can make the best of troubled times. But that proves difficult when all hell breaks loose - the mystery of who is causing the accidents along Doomsday's path is revealed, and a deadly new threat emerges from the ashes of destruction! Will tragedy once again befall Metropolis's most famous icon on the anniversary of his death?

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SUPERMAN: DAY OF DOOM is a 4-issue weekly miniseries edited by Eddie Berganza. Issues #1, 2 and 3 are 32 pages and arrive in comic-book stores November 13, 20, and 27, respectively. The 32-page issue #4 is advance-solicited and arrives in comic-book stores December 4. All issues have a cover price of $2.95 U.S.

MEK

Tattoos, piercings, even brandings - each of these fetishes began as an underground subculture and have exploded onto the mainstream of today. So what will be the hottest next trend among the youth of the future? Mechanical enhancements. Elective cyborging. A bizarre technology used for effect that is called simply MEK.

MEK is a 3-issue miniseries from HOMAGE COMICS, brought to you by the imaginative mind of writer Warren Ellis (TRANSMETROPOLITAN, PLANETARY, GLOBAL FREQUENCY), and featuring the crisp art of Steve Rolston (Queen & Country) & Al Gordon (TOM STRONG). Sarissa Leon, one of the progenitors of MEK culture, has returned home to Sky Road to find the city overrun with these technological marvels - her "cyborg children."

But these aren't your clean-lined cyborgs of videogames and popular movies. These are weird, spiky, buzzing, sexy, scary, transgressive people. Like any youth culture in its early iteration, it's kind of unsettling...

Now Sarissa has found her former lover RJ Coin - another one of the original MEK developers - shot to death. She's determined to find out who is responsible and the reasons he was murdered. But will she have the strength to follow the trail to its conclusion?

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MEK is a 3-issue HOMAGE COMICS miniseries edited by Ben Abernathy. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores November 13 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.

THUNDERCATS SOURCEBOOK

WildStorm Productions scored a hit with its revival of the ultra-popular '80s sensation Thundercats, with a successful #0 issue and 5-issue miniseries. Now everything you ever wanted to know about these Cats is available to you in the THUNDERCATS SOURCEBOOK - a 32-page one-shot chock-full of facts, stats, and, best of all, eye-popping artwork by WildStorm's finest!

Written by THUNDERCATS writer Ford Lytle Gilmore, this invaluable volume will take you deep into the world of everyone's favorite felines, supplying crucial data on the likes of Lion-O, Cheetara, Mumm-Ra, the Thunderkittens, Snarf, and so much more! Every major character is profiled in this extensively illustrated extravaganza! And just wait until you hear some of the stellar artists who have lined up to do the profile pinups: Jim Lee, Arthur Adams, Al Garza, Kaare Andrews, Humberto Ramos, Dustin Nguyen, Ed McGuinness…and that's just the beginning!

Fans never have seen such an array of popular artists tackling such a beloved cartoon property. This one's sure to add to the huge Thundercats following. Don't be left out!

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THUNDERCATS SOURCEBOOK is a 32-page WildStorm Productions one-shot edited by Jeff Mariotte, arriving in comic-book stores November 13 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.

WAR STORY: THE REIVERS

North Africa, 1942: The stillness of the desert night is shattered as a British SAS patrol charges onto a German airfield, destroying everything in sight. Two heavily armed jeeps - filled with the British army's "best of the best" - tear up and down rows of aircraft, machine-gunning them into scrap metal, cutting down any guards foolish enough to get in the way. Then the shadow raiders speed back into the desert darkness, leaving chaos and death in their wake…

This is how award-winning writer Garth Ennis (PREACHER, HITMAN, Punisher) begins his latest round of hard-as-nails stories of war. The first set of four WAR STORY tales garnered huge acclaim, and now Ennis is back with WAR STORY: THE REIVERS - the first of four 64-page VERTIGO one-shots that show all the bloody action, black humor and deadly horror of war the way it really is. THE REIVERS - illustrated by Cam Kennedy (2000 A.D.)- is everything you've come to expect from one of the most popular and critically acclaimed comic-book writers of our time.

The SAS are the original Special Forces: the toughest, deadliest crews, usually fighting deep behind enemy lines and using whatever means necessary to get the job done - never taking prisoners. THE REIVERS tells the story of one such SAS unit fighting Germans in the North African desert during World War II. A unit led by two young officers: Barclay, a by-the-numbers soldier who just wants the job done right, and Nixon, a reckless breakneck who seems to revel in the chaos of war. Their struggle for control of the unit ultimately determines the success or failure of their missions, and literally the life or death of the men in their charge.

THE REIVERS is the first of four hard-hitting, stand-alone issues by Ennis followed by J FOR JENNY (art by David Lloyd), CONDORS (art by Carlos Ezquerra) and ARCHANGEL (art by Gary Erskine) - unforgettable tales of war in all its horror, power and glory.

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WAR STORY: THE REIVERS is a 64-page VERTIGO one-shot edited by Will Dennis and is suggested for mature readers. It arrives in comic-book stores November 13 with a cover price of $4.95 U.S.

VERTIGO POP!: LONDON

Rocky Lamont - rock 'n' roll legend - has seen it all. Fame, fortune, a virtual harem of adoring groupies, mind-bending drugs... But now, after nearly forty years at the forefront of pop royalty, Rocky has turned 60 and his youth is gone. Or is it?

Get ready for the latest VERTIGO series to touch upon world pop culture, VERTIGO POP!: LONDON - a 4-issue miniseries brought to you by two popular Brits of the comics world, writer Peter Milligan (HUMAN TARGET: FINAL CUT, X-Force) and artist Philip Bond (ANGEL & THE APE, KILL YOUR BOYFRIEND). When a long-forgotten gift from an Eastern guru may hold the key to restoring Rocky's vigor, the rock star leaps at the chance. But at what unholy price? And what does all of this mean for a handsome but talentless young street-singer?

Truly a man out of time, Rocky is an aging relic of an era when rock was a celebration of youth, and now he is at odds with the music of the disenfranchised contemporary youth scene. The people surrounding him only serve as constant reminders of the youth that has slipped away from him: the former "white witch" ex-wife who now hates his guts, a bodacious and whip-smart young trophy wife with a lot more on the ball than anyone realizes, his randy privileged daughter, and a drug-addicted would-be "next big thing in rock" all figure into Rocky's quest for restored vitality and the shocking means by which he intends to achieve his wish.

LONDON takes the reader on a journey into the jaded world of rock 'n' roll's fading elder statesmen and the desperate, ferocious attempt to hold on to what once was. Youth and popularity may fade, but why go gracefully into that good night?

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VERTIGO POP!: LONDON is a 4-issue VERTIGO miniseries edited by Karen Berger and is suggested for mature readers. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores November 6 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.

JLA: SECRET ORIGINS OVERSIZED SOFTCOVER

They are the multiple award-winning creators behind SUPERMAN: PEACE ON EARTH, BATMAN: WAR ON CRIME, SHAZAM!: POWER OF HOPE, and WONDER WOMAN: SPIRIT OF TRUTH. Next year, writer Paul Dini and painter Alex Ross will unite once again for JLA: LIBERTY AND JUSTICE. But first, they present a special prelude: JLA: SECRET ORIGINS - a 48-page oversized (10" x 13 1/2") one-shot featuring all your favorite heroes together!

SECRET ORIGINS features an all-star lineup of DC's greatest icons: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Flash, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Green Arrow, the Atom, Hawkman & Hawkgirl, Plastic Man, and Captain Marvel! It contains a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the members of the Justice League and how they became the heroes they are today, as interpreted by Ross and Dini. This graphic volume reprints the double-page origins of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel (a popular feature from their previous collaborations), and includes eight all-new origin spreads, plus an original 5-page framing sequence focusing on the team's commitment to helping humankind through all forms of adversity. Plus: exclusive interviews with the creators, reprintings of classic Alex Ross artwork, as well as preview art and sketches for the upcoming JLA: LIBERTY AND JUSTICE - all in an oversized format that's a feast for the eyes!

Also solicited this month, for arrival in February, is the JLA: SECRET ORIGINS BY ALEX ROSS POSTER, featuring Ross's amazing cover art on a 24" x 36" poster!

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JLA: SECRET ORIGINS is a 48-page oversized softcover (10" x 13 1/2") coedited by Charles Kochman & Joey Cavalieri. It arrives in comic-book stores November 13 with a cover price of $7.95 U.S. JLA: SECRET ORIGINS BY ALEX ROSS POSTER is advance-solicited and arrives in comic-book stores February 26 with a price of $7.95 U.S.

BATMAN: FAMILY

In the wake of "Bruce Wayne: Fugitive," Batman is busily attempting to reconstruct his life. But between a spiking crime spree that could leave countless innocents dead, and a newly arrived vigilante whose violent methods border on the extreme, the Dark Knight must rely on his extended "family" more than ever before.

BATMAN: FAMILY is an 8-issue weekly miniseries beginning in late October, written by John Francis Moore (DETECTIVE COMICS, X-Force), with art and covers by Stefano Gaudiano & Rick Hoberg. The saga begins in the extra-sized BATMAN: FAMILY #1: THE TRACKER, where we discover that in Bruce Wayne's long absence, Wayne Enterprises has been slowly slipping from his grasp. Now, as Batman squares off against an enemy who will stop at nothing to wrest his legacy from him, he must also contend with the deadly new vigilante who's recently arrived on the scene (featured in the backups of DETECTIVE COMICS #773-775). But this potential rival will be needed as an ally, as a wave of new villains begins terrorizing Gotham!

The following week, in BATMAN: FAMILY #2: ATHENA, readers will meet the mysterious leader of the new wave of criminals who vows vengeance on Batman for very personal reasons. Athena begins her assault by targeting the Spoiler, who recently lost her gig as a member of BIRDS OF PREY. Will Spoiler prove to be the weak link in Batman's family of allies? Then, in BATMAN: FAMILY #3: BUGG & DR. EXCESS, get ready for two new terrors! Bugg has eyes everywhere in Gotham, watching, recording, learning - with the heroes of Batman's circle in his sights. And what Bugg learns, Dr. Excess uses with terrible results. But what is their involvement in a spate of bizarre incidents in which normal people are transformed into raging psychotics? Black Canary aims to find out, and she's not alone as the vigilante Orpheus returns to help safeguard the city.

In BATMAN: FAMILY #4: SUCIDE KING, prepare for the ultimate terror - a killer so fearless he won't hesitate to sacrifice his own life to kill and maim. Now, the Suicide King is after the heads of organized crime in Gotham City - but not for heroic reasons. This deadly minion faces pursuit on two fronts, as the Huntress and D.E.O. agent Cameron Chase are on to him. Too bad for them! When this issue is over, Huntress will no longer be a help to Batman or a threat to Gotham's newest menace! Then in BATMAN: FAMILY #5: FREEWAY, meet the right-hand man to Gotham's newest crime lord. Freeway pulls strings, manipulates people, and gets things done, regardless of who gets hurt. Now he's targeted Robin, and Freeway isn't a man known to fail. When Robin falls into his trap, the identities of all the Bat-heroes are in danger, and this time acrobatics won't be enough!

The weekly action concludes in December, as more of Batman's family faces a growing "family" of menacing villains.

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BATMAN: FAMILY is an 8-issue weekly miniseries edited by Matt Idelson. The 48-page issue #1 is retrosolicited, arriving in comic-book stores October 30 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S. Issues #2, 3, 4, and 5 are 32 pages and arrive in comic-book stores November 6, 13, 20, and 27, respectively, with a cover price of $2.25 U.S. each.

BATMAN: ABSOLUTION HARDCOVER

"No miracles, no mercy. Above all…no redemption."

Ten years ago, an attack on Wayne Enterprises by the Children of Maya - a group of urban terrorists - left behind blood and bodies and a furious Bruce Wayne…determined to bring those responsible to justice! He is, after all, Batman. How long could these killers possibly elude him?

BATMAN: ABSOLUTION is a 96-page original hardcover written by J.M. DeMatteis (THE SPECTRE) and lushly painted by newcomer Brian Ashmore that finds the Dark Knight - after a decade of frustration - in India. Having stalked his prey across the United States and Europe, Batman's sources tell him the architect behind the Wayne bombing, Jennifer Blake, is now in hiding there.

In the course of a harrowing journey that takes him from the Taj Mahal to the hidden temple of a great Indian saint, Batman finds all his precious concepts of crime and punishment, justice and retribution, God and man, turned inside out. His health will be shattered, and he will be near death…finding himself at the center of a literal firestorm during which he must question whether any human being can truly change - and whether a mass murderer could possibly be worthy…of absolution.

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BATMAN: ABSOLUTION is a 96-page hardcover coedited by Matt Idelson & Dennis O'Neil, arriving in comic-book stores November 27 with a cover price of $24.95 U.S.

DESPERADOES: QUIET OF THE GRAVE TRADE PAPERBACK

Gideon Brood and his eclectic band of Desperadoes return in a collection of the 5-issue HOMAGE COMICS miniseries that was nominated for International Horror Guild and Bram Stoker awards! DESPERADOES: QUIET OF THE GRAVE is a 128-page trade paperback from acclaimed writer Jeff Mariotte and legendary artist John Severin (who provides a new cover), featuring an introduction by Brian Keene - horror writer, novelist and Stoker Award-winner (for the nonfiction Jobs in Hell).

QUIET OF THE GRAVE picks up the story of the Desperadoes - Brood, Jerome Betts, Abby DeGrazia, and Race Kennedy - as they relax in the small town of Luttrell in the Arizona Territory following the events of their first appearance in A MOMENT'S SUNLIGHT. With a price still on their heads for an accidental shooting in New Mexico, however, their peace is naturally short-lived. When Brood must kill a young would-be bounty hunter, his anger with the danger he's put his friends in forces him to try to leave them behind. Of course, neither Brood nor his friends give up on anything easily, and soon Race and Abby are hot on his trail, while Betts searches for his new object of affection…now the bait in a real hunter's trap.

But while a chance encounter with a slick-talking treasure hunter reunites them in time to turn the tables on their hunter, what waits for them back in Luttrell is much, much worse - and bullets just won't kill it.

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DESPERADOES: QUIET OF THE GRAVE is a 128-page HOMAGE COMICS trade paperback, arriving in comic-book stores November 20 with a cover price of $14.95 U.S.

Meanwhile, 15 years later…


ZERO GIRL II

Amy Smootster and Tim Foster are back! And they're pretty much where they left off. But this time the obstacle to their affections is of an entirely different sort.

Sam Kieth, the popular writer/artist of FOUR WOMEN, The Maxx and Wolverine/Hulk, is back with another 5-issue miniseries featuring the wild, quirky, and truly original concept that proved to be a critical hit! ZERO GIRL II continues the misfit adventures of Amy and her unusual and strange abilities.

When we last saw Amy, she was coming of age in high school - where her habits of talking to insects and leaving spontaneous puddles of water at her feet weren't exactly winning any friends. Amy's mad crush on her counselor Tim wound up going nowhere, and readers were left pondering whether the two would ever wind up happily ever after.

Now, several years later, Amy is trying to use Tim's stepdaughter to get to the man she still hasn't let go of. This, ironically, forms an unintentional triangle for a woman whose life has been dominated by circles and squares. What else would you expect from Zero Girl?

ZERO GIRL II offers a striking visual experience and poignant story, where the only thing you can be certain of is to expect the unexpected.

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ZERO GIRL II is a 5-issue HOMAGE COMICS miniseries edited by Scott Dunbier. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores November 6 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.

JSA: THE RETURN OF HAWKMAN TRADE PAPERBACK

He was one of the greatest heroes who ever lived - until his disappearance left a gaping void in the DC Universe. Now Hawkman's triumphant return is the only thing that may change the tide of an epic war between the JSA and the omnipotent soul-eater of the planet Thanagar - Onimar Synn.

The Winged Warrior's return to DC continuity is collected in JSA: THE RETURN OF HAWKMAN - a massive 256-page trade paperback reprinting JSA #16-25 that includes the epic "Injustice Be Done" saga that rocked the members of the DCU's Original Super-Team and led into the "Return of Hawkman" storyline. Written by David S. Goyer & Geoff Johns, with art by Stephen Sadowski, Steve Yeowell, Rags Morales, Michael Bair, and others, THE RETURN OF HAWKMAN finds the JSA attacked by Johnny Sorrow and the newly formed Injustice Unlimited!

The JSA is pushed to the limit as the assault from Injustice Unlimited comes hard and fast from many places at once. Before the members of the Justice Society can get their bearings, Hawkgirl discovers her shocking true connection to the Hawkman lineage and her role in the search for the missing hero.

It's non-stop action, JSA-style!

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JSA: THE RETURN OF HAWKMAN is a 256-page trade paperback arriving in comic-book stores November 27 with a cover price of $19.95 U.S.

HARLEY QUINN #26

From breaking free of her former puddin', to starting her own group of henchmen, to visiting the shining city of Metropolis and the dark pits of Hell - everyone's favorite Cupid of Crime has had her share of zany adventures! Now the unpredictable Harley Quinn faces even greater challenges, while getting an all-new creative team to boot!

MTV and movie writer Andy Lieberman (Crazy Cool, The Jon Stewart Show) hops aboard with HARLEY QUINN #26, bringing along the amazing artistic talents of Mike Huddleston (The Coffin, Cable) & Troy Nixey (BATMAN: THE DOOM THAT CAME TO GOTHAM)!

The action explodes as Harley finds herself moments from a very watery death. Meanwhile, she's wanted for the murder of a GCPD officer and the late cop's partner, Bishop, is going to bring her in, no matter who gets in the way. Somehow, Harley's gotten herself into a fix again, and she barely has any time to get herself out of it!

All the action, all the intrigue, and 100% more rubber ducks. It's a new take on Harley Quinn, and it starts now!

HARLEY QUINN is an ongoing series edited by Matt Idelson. The 32-page issue #26 arrives in comic-book stores November 13 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

Time lies when you're having fun!


FOREVER MAELSTROM

It's the question you've been asking since reading the headline at the top of this article:

"Who is Forever Maelstrom?"

He's an erudite 21st-century professor at Princeton who packs lecture halls with his unique perspective on history. He's an overmuscled lothario whose exploits take him around the world and through the timestream. He's also the title character in FOREVER MAELSTROM, a time-spanning, outlandish 6-issue comic-book adventure from writers Howard Chaykin & David Tischman (AMERICAN CENTURY, GREEN LANTERN: EVIL'S MIGHT) with stylish art by John Lucas (SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL) and Eduardo Barreto (SUPERMAN: SPEEDING BULLETS) and dazzling covers by Lucas, inked by John Cassaday (PLANETARY, Captain America)!

In FOREVER MAELSTROM #1, we meet "the Paul Bunyan of time" as he inspires Ben Franklin, drinks with Hemingway, gives dating tips to the Marquis de Sade, and breaks…uh, bread with Queen Victoria. But just as we begin to get a handle on his time-tripping exploits, a mysterious villain known as Praetor launches an attack on time itself. With the fabric of past, present and future unraveling and reknitting simultaneously, and alternate timelines collapsing onto each other with unbelievable results, only Forever has any hope of mending the damage. But he'll need the help of an assortment of colorful characters, including his faithful talking timberwolf (don't ask) and a group of teenaged mutant heroes!

Forever must gather five mystical gems scattered among different timelines to bring back the 21st century he remembers. But that's not going to be easy. Forever must beat his foe to the jewels while winning motorized chariot races in a wholly modern Roman Empire, dodging velociraptors in the days of knights, surviving a world where all gods are created equal, escaping a robot-ruled New York, and, most unlikely, keeping his raging libido under wraps!

We'd say time is running out, but, honestly, we don't have the time!

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FOREVER MAELSTROM is a 6-issue miniseries edited by Mike Carlin. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores November 20 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.

BATMAN: BRUCE WAYNE - FUGITIVE VOLUME ONE TRADE PAPERBACK

Bruce Wayne is missing.

Indicted for the killing of Vesper Fairchild (shown in the BATMAN: BRUCE WAYNE - MURDERER TP), Bruce is sent to Blackgate Prison…only to escape, launching a citywide manhunt. Now one of the most electrifying storylines of the year continues in BATMAN: BRUCE WAYNE - FUGITIVE Volume One, a 160-page trade paperback collecting all the relevant elements from the first half of the groundbreaking "Fugitive" event.

Featuring the writing talents of Chuck Dixon, Ed Brubaker, Devin Grayson, and Kelley Puckett, Volume One's impressive lineup of artists includes Scott McDaniel (who provides a new cover), Roger Robinson, Rick Leonardi, Damion Scott, Trevor McCarthy, Phil Noto, William Rosado, Dave Ross, Sean Philips, and more! Reprinted in their entirety are the following issues: BATMAN #601 & 603, BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #27-28, BATGIRL #27 & 29, BIRDS OF PREY #41 & 43, and NIGHTWING #68- 69.

Batman now has gone to ground - renouncing his true identity and operating deeper in the shadows than ever before. It falls to his extended family - Nightwing, Robin, Oracle, Batgirl, Spoiler, and Alfred - to figure out who really did commit the murder. While the clues point to a possible setup, no one can deny that those same clues might point to Batman's actual guilt.

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BATMAN: BRUCE WAYNE - FUGITIVE Volume One is a 160-page trade paperback arriving in comic-book stores November 20 with a cover price of $12.95 U.S.

BATMAN: YEAR TWO - FEAR THE REAPER - NEW EDITION TRADE PAPERBACK

Why doesn't Batman use a gun in his war on crime? And what happens when he meets Joe Chill - the man who murdered his parents? The Dark Knight's second year on Gotham's streets found him still fresh as a crimefighter, forging relationships with Commissioner Gordon and others while facing some of the most difficult decisions of his life.

Due to popular demand, the long out-of-print and controversial storyline, "Batman: Year Two," is collected again - and now includes the follow-up one-shot sequel! BATMAN: YEAR TWO - FEAR THE REAPER is a 176-page trade paperback collecting DETECTIVE COMICS #575-578 written by Mike. W. Barr (who provides a new introduction), and featuring the artwork of Alan Davis & Paul Neary and Todd McFarlane & Alfredo Alcala. This new edition also collects BATMAN: FULL CIRCLE, by Barr, Davis and inker Mark Farmer.

In "Year Two," Batman ends up in violent conflict with Gotham City's first vigilante, the scythe-wielding Reaper - now a brutal killer. Batman has no choice but to make a desperate alliance with Joe Chill to bring the Reaper down! Then in FULL CIRCLE, the Reaper is back - spreading his menace and madness throughout Gotham! Batman must confront the secrets of his parents' murders once again - at the risk of his own sanity…

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BATMAN: YEAR TWO - FEAR THE REAPER - NEW EDITION is a 176-page trade paperback, arriving in comic-book stores November 13 with a cover price of $17.95 U.S.

Hometown boy makes good


SUPERMAN FOR ALL SEASONS TRADE PAPERBACK

The writer/artist team of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale - best known for their award-winning work on BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN and BATMAN: DARK VICTORY - took a groundbreaking look at the Man of Steel in SUPERMAN FOR ALL SEASONS, which told the story of Clark Kent's physical and emotional journey from the plains of Smallville to the concrete canyons of Metropolis. Now the popular, Eisner Award-nominated miniseries is collected in one striking volume, the SUPERMAN FOR ALL SEASONS trade paperback.

Combining Loeb's and Sale's masterly storytelling with sumptuous blue-line color by Bjarne Hansen (all of whom were nominated for Eisner Awards), SUPERMAN FOR ALL SEASONS follows Clark's tenuous first steps toward the realization that even his great power has limits...and that, ultimately, the most powerful man alive is only a man. Leaving Smallville behind, he meets the woman he will one day marry, earns the hatred of his deadliest foe, and learns the lessons that will transform a simple farmboy into the greatest champion of justice the world has ever known.

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SUPERMAN FOR ALL SEASONS is a 208-page trade paperback. It is retro-solicited, arriving in comic-book stores October 30 with a cover price of $14.95 U.S.

SUPERMAN ACTION FIGURES

Due to popular demand, DC Direct presents its latest line of action figures based on current interpretations of the Man of Steel and his friends & foes - advance-solicited this month for arrival in March.

Look, up in the sky...and over on the toy rack! It's Superman, and he's the first in a new series of figures that also includes Bizarro and Brainiac 13, solicited this month. Supergirl, the Cyborg Superman and Doomsday will be offered in the months to come. Rocketed to Earth from the doomed planet Krypton, the infant Kal-El was reared by Smallville farmers Jonathan and Martha Kent to become the mighty Man of Steel, Superman! Now the World's Greatest Hero comes to life in the SUPERMAN ACTION FIGURE, standing approximately 6 1/2" tall and featuring an incredible 21 points of articulation!

The line of figures continues with Bizarro, an imperfect copy of Superman with a twisted sense of logic. Created from a biological scan of Superman, but without benefit of the Man of Steel's unique Kryptonian DNA, Bizarro is a twisted parody of the world's most famous super-hero. The SUPERMAN: BIZARRO ACTION FIGURE stands approximately 6 5/8" tall and also features an incredible 21 points of articulation.

From out of the future, Brainiac 13 is the living computer bent on claiming our Earth as his own...starting with the city of Metropolis, whose computers and systems it has upgraded and placed under its own control! This menacing nemesis of Superman is now available as the highly detailed SUPERMAN: BRAINIAC 13 ACTION FIGURE, standing approximately 7 1/4" tall and featuring 11 points of articulation.

All three figures come packaged with an "S" Shield display base in 4-color resealable packaging.

The SUPERMAN ACTION FIGURE, SUPERMAN: BIZARRO ACTION FIGURE and SUPERMAN: BRAINIAC 13 ACTION FIGURE are all advance-solicited, sold separately and arrive in comic-book stores March 19, 2003. Please consult your retailer for pricing information.

Every picture tells a story…


I, PAPARAZZI SC

Jake "Monster" McGowran is a modern-day bounty hunter armed with a camera. As one of New York City's paparazzi, he's brutal and ruthless as he stalks his prey, pursuing celebrities at any cost to obtain the perfect picture and the top-dollar paycheck. But what happens when McGowran stumbles across something vast, horrifying and impossible to explain?

It could be his ticket to fortune, or the last shot he ever takes.

I, PAPARAZZI is a 96-page VERTIGO softcover version of 2001's hardcover by two of the amazing talents who brought you the astonishing VEILS - writer Pat McGreal (CHIAROSCURO) and photo artist Stephen John Phillips (IN THE SHADOW OF EDGAR ALLAN POE, 20/20 VISIONS). Joined by state-of-the-art digital designer Steven Parke (IN THE SHADOW OF EDGAR ALLAN POE), I, PAPARAZZI is a visual tour de force, delivering a hallucinatory, psychological thriller - an edgy combination of social satire and eerie suspense in the vein of Fight Club and American Psycho.

I, PAPARAZZI recounts one night in the life of "Monster" McGowran. One night when he captures just the right photo at exactly the wrong time. One night in which he unexpectedly finds himself swept up in a brief and passionate love affair with a beautiful fashion model who guards a tragic past. One night that takes a left turn into weirdness when he's beaten to a pulp by the bodyguards of an inscrutable young movie star.

Monster goes after the star with a vengeance, vowing to ruin the actor with a few well-placed, scandalous shots. After tracking him to the most exclusive party in town - featuring some surprising cameos by renowned film, music and comics celebrities - Monster accidentally uncovers something strange, secret and clearly not meant to be discovered. Something that slithers into every nook and cranny of day-to-day existence. Something that wants to protect itself and keep its agenda under wraps. Something that must stop McGowran from developing the roll of film in his camera…at any cost.

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I, PAPARAZZI is a 96-page VERTIGO softcover edited by Karen Berger and is suggested for mature readers. It arrives in comic-book stores November 6 with a cover price of $19.95 U.S.

THE INVISIBLES: THE INVISIBLE KINGDOM TRADE PAPERBACK

Award-winning writer Grant Morrison's wholly original, uniquely subversive VERTIGO series THE INVISIBLES is complete. Now, the final, massive volume of his magnum comics opus is collected in THE INVISIBLES: THE INVISIBLE KINGDOM - a 288-page trade paperback reprinting all twelve issues of the third volume of THE INVISIBLES.

Featuring a brand-new cover from the incomparable Brian Bolland (whose original covers for the series are also included), this volume is illustrated by a healthy stable of some of comics' finest artists: Frank Quitely, Chris Weston, Jill Thompson, Philip Bond, Sean Phillips, Cameron Stewart, Ashley Wood, Mark Buckingham, Michael Lark, Warren Pleece, Jay Stephens, Steve Yeowell, John Ridgway, Steve Parkhouse, Rian Hughes, Paul Johnson, the Pander Bros., Dean Ormston, John Stokes, and even one page of pencils by Morrison himself!

What is the final fate of the Conspiracy? What becomes of the Invisibles? And where did they come from? All this and more is revealed in THE INVISIBLE KINGDOM - the greatest meta-collection ever to come out of the New World DisOrder! Download it now!

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THE INVISIBLES: THE INVISIBLE KINGDOM is a 288-page VERTIGO trade paperback and is suggested for mature readers. It arrives in comic-book stores November 13 with a cover price of $19.95 U.S.

THE SPIRIT ARCHIVES VOLUME NINE HARDCOVER

The comprehensive, multiple award-winning collection of Will Eisner's indelible creation, The Spirit, continues with THE SPIRIT ARCHIVES Volume Nine - a 204-page hardcover reprinting the newspaper Spirit sections from July 2 to December 31, 1944.

At this point in time, Eisner had been spirited away by the United States Army for the duration of World War II. But while he was gone, the Spirit strips were executed by the more-than-capable members of Eisner's staff: writers Manly Wade Wellman and William Woolfolk, and legendary artists Lou Fine and Jack Cole!

Together they produced the further adventures of The Spirit, Ebony, Commissioner Dolan and Ellen: a mysterious murder at the circus (with a Bengal tiger tossed in for good measure); a Leading Lady facing death in the footlights; the secret of a sinister shipwreck; the return of the super-spy Satin; the frightful Dread Dragon Society; the mysterious Metal Monsters; the murder of society climber Miss Meda; and much more!

Plus, this hardcover features a portfolio section of artwork produced by Eisner for the Army during WW II!

THE SPIRIT ARCHIVES Volume Nine is a 204-page hardcover arriving in comic-book stores November 6 with a cover price of $49.95 U.S.

PLASTIC MAN ARCHIVES VOLUME FOUR HARDCOVER

The fun and adventure continues with a new volume of the award-winning series featuring everyone's favorite pliable hero! PLASTIC MAN ARCHIVES Volume Four is a 216-page hardcover written and illustrated by the legendary Jack Cole who really hits his stride in this era as Plas and Woozy's hijinks become even more outrageous!

The silliness begins with a mysterious murder in Woozy's boarding house and moves on to Woozy being hired as a store detective to foil (with the help of Plas) a tsunami of shoplifting. Then the diabolical Dr. Dratt and his "illuminating gas" give the daffy duo a run for their money. Next, Plas and Woozy assist a nutty professor in establishing a claim to a radium mine in the Arctic. If that weren't enough, our heroes also investigate the murder at The Home for the Aged (though in Cole's hands, it's more of an asylum), assist millionaire Cyrus Van Rooten in settling an old score with a tribe of Indians, get mixed up in a mystery in a maniacal medical school, and visit Futura, a city of the future that's still plagued by crime! And that's not all!

Reprinting POLICE COMICS #40-49 and PLASTIC MAN #3 (1945-46), this volume features a half-dozen more adventures, including the first Woozy Winks solo story and an unusual Plastic Man prose story. Plus, an introduction by renowned European comics historian Andreas Knigge!

PLASTIC MAN ARCHIVES Volume Four is a 216-page hardcover arriving in comic-book stores November 20 with a cover price of $49.95 U.S.

DIVINE RIGHT BOOK TWO TRADE PAPERBACK

In DIVINE RIGHT BOOK ONE, we learned what happens when an ordinary guy ends up with the WildStorm Universe's most coveted secret. Now in the 192-page trade paperback DIVINE RIGHT BOOK TWO, the adventures of Max Faraday - slacker pizza-delivery guy turned omnipotent super-being - are about to reach the crescendo from where there's literally no turning back.

In the second volume of artist/creator Jim Lee's and scripter Scott Lobdell's saga of the ultimate super-hero, we witness the amazing tale of Faraday's rise to godlike power and awareness, and his tragic downfall. Reprinting DIVINE RIGHT #8-12 and the one-shots DIVINE INTERVENTION: WILDCATS #1 and DIVINE INTERVENTION: GEN13 #1, BOOK TWO collects the entire "Divine Intervention" storyline, featuring additional art by Carlos D'Anda and others.

Featuring a virtual Who's Who of heroes of the WildStorm Universe, this volume is topped with a new cover by Lee, and contains a collection of sketches, preliminary designs and alternate cover art.

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DIVINE RIGHT BOOK TWO is a 192-page WildStorm Productions trade paperback, arriving in comic-book stores November 6 with a cover price of $17.95 U.S.

WILDCATS: STREET SMART TRADE PAPERBACK

It was the first new book to be released by WildStorm Productions under the auspices of DC Comics. Now a 160-page trade paperback, WILDCATS: STREET SMART reprints the first six issues of WILDCATS Volume 2, topped with a striking cover by Travis Charest!

Written by Scott Lobdell (HIGH ROADS) with Joe Casey (ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN), and illustrated by Charest & Richard Friend with additional art by Bryan Hitch, Carlos D'Anda, Scott Benefiel, and others, STREET SMART opens six months after Grifter walked away from the remains of the WILDC.A.T.S. Reuniting with his former teammates, there's little time to reminisce as our heroes - significantly changed in their short time apart - embark on a globe-trotting journey that takes them to Venice, Miami, Detroit, Ireland, Los Angeles, and New York in an unforgettable adventure. Also included in this volume is a cover gallery that displays not only all of Charest's dazzling covers from the series, but also the variant covers from WILDCATS Volume 2 #1 by Jim Lee, J. Scott Campbell, Joe Madureira, Humberto Ramos, Simon Bisley, and Arthur Adams!

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WILDCATS: STREET SMART is a 160-page WildStorm Productions trade paperback, arriving in comic-book stores November 13 with a cover price of $14.95 U.S.

 
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