DC Comics Solicitations for July, 2003

Tue, April 22nd, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

DC UNIVERSE: BATMAN

DETECTIVE COMICS #784
Written by Ed Brubaker and Judd Winick; art by Patrick Zircher, Aaron Sowd, and Cliff Chiang; cover by Tim Sale


In stores July 2. "Made of Wood," Part 1 of 3, guest-starring JSA's Golden Age Green Lantern Alan Scott! A serial killer has scrawled an eerily familiar message on the statue of the city's most hallowed Golden Age hero…but to what demonic place will the trail lead? Only one light can illuminate the diabolical destination - that of the Green Lantern! Plus, a back-up story by Judd Winick (GREEN ARROW) and Cliff Chiang (BEWARE THE CREEPER) that features the return of Josie Mac, who gets transferred to the pages of GOTHAM CENTRAL!


FC, 40 pg. $2.75

BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #169
Written by Tom Peyer; art and cover by Tony Harris


In stores July 9. Part 1 of "Irresistible," a 3-part story arc by Tom Peyer (LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES, HOURMAN) and Tony Harris (JSA: THE UNHOLY THREE, STARMAN)! Frank Sharp wasn't blessed with good looks…in fact, he's probably one of the ugliest men alive. Fortunately, nature balanced that by giving him the unique ability to make people do whatever he wants, just by shaking their hands. Frank uses his gift to work his way through Gotham's worlds of politics and crime…but how long will it be before Batman comes calling?


FC, 32 pg. $2.50

BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #43
Written by Scott Beatty and John Ostrander; art by Dave Ross, John Floyd and Philip Bond; cover by Brian Bolland


In stores July 16. A new arc begins, as events in the present force Bruce Wayne and Barbara Gordon to reflect on the short life of Jason Todd, the second Robin. Thrill to an untold tale of the original Batgirl and that era's Robin in a story that brings new details and perspective to the Jason Todd tragedy, plus learn about a pivotal event in Batman's life which may cost him dearly in the present! And in the black-and-white backup, "Snap," rival paparazzi vie for a coveted shot of the Batman. But will their fierce competition for a scoop have lethal repercussions?


FC/B&W, 40 pg. $2.75

BATMAN #617
Written by Jeph Loeb; art and cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams


In stores July 30. With just three issues to go, the mystery of "Hush" deepens! For months, the relationship between Batman and Catwoman has been heating up. Everyone seems happy about it, except for Robin, the Boy Wonder! Robin's got some issues with Catwoman and the secrets she knows. Does Batman's young partner have the stuff to take out Catwoman? Or will the Cat swallow the little bird? It all leads up to Batman making the most startling discovery of all…and here's a hint: The story is titled "The Grave!" For more information, see the feature article.


FC, 32 pg. $2.25

ARKHAM ASYLUM: LIVING HELL #3
Written by Dan Slott; art by Ryan Sook and Jim Royal; painted cover by Eric Powell


In stores July 2. Humphry Dumpler had a bad life. Humphry Dumpler caused lots of strife. With all the destruction and mechanical mayhem, can Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) put everything back together again? It's the shocking origin of Arkham's most well-behaved inmate!


FC, 32 pg. (3 of 6) $2.50

BATGIRL #42
Written by Dylan Horrocks; art by Adrian Sibar and Andy Owens; cover by James Jean


In stores July 23. The all-new, all-diabolical Dr. Death debuts! A scientist who studies murder in all its most painful and hideous manifestations puts his new formula for chemical terror on the auction block in Gotham City! Can Batman and Batgirl find the auction in time to prevent the sickest minds in the world from laying their hands on "Death in a Bottle?" Featuring a cover by FABLES' James Jean!


FC, 32 pg. $2.50

BATGIRL: DEATH WISH TP
Written by Kelley Puckett and Chuck Dixon, art and cover by Damion Scott and Robert Campanella


In stores July 30. Collecting BATGIRL #17-20, 22, 23, and 25! Batgirl fights the good fight in a fistful of adventures guest-starring Batman, Robin and Spoiler! For more information, see the feature article.


FC, 176 pg. Trade Paperback $14.95

BATGIRL: A KNIGHT ALONE TP - relist
Written by Kelley Puckett; art by Damion Scott, Coy Turnbull, Robert Campanella, Dan Davis, and John Lowe; cover by Scott and Campanella


In stores July 30. Reoffered to coincide with BATGIRL: DEATH WISH TP, this second collection of BATGIRL reprints issues #7-11, 13, and 14. Batgirl's powers have gone haywire, and Lady Shiva's looking for a fight!


FC, 160 pg. Trade Paperback $12.95

BATGIRL: YEAR ONE #8
Written by Scott Beatty and Chuck Dixon; art and cover by Marcos Martin and Alvaro Lopez


In stores July 16. The miniseries nears its thrilling conclusion! Ah…a night out for Batgirl and Robin. Dinner and a movie? Flowers and whispered sweet nothings? Meaningful sidelong gazes? Nah. How about a runaway subway train, a hostage situation and the super-powered maniac called Blockbuster?


FC, 32 pg. (8 of 9) $2.95

BATMAN ADVENTURES #4
Written by Ty Templeton and Dan Slott; art by Rick Burchett, Templeton, and Terry Beatty; cover by Bruce Timm


In stores July 16. Featuring two exciting tales of the Dark Knight! Batman confronts an old foe - Ra's Al Ghul - in a very old place: Easter Island! Plus, in the back-up story, see the World's Greatest Detective squeeze info out of a bad guy in a scary but scientific way!


FC, 32 pg. $2.25

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT ARCHIVES VOL. 4 HC
Written by Bill Finger and Don Cameron, art by Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson, George Roussos, Jack Burnley and various; cover by Robinson


In stores July 30. The latest hardcover collection of Batman's Golden Age adventures! Collecting BATMAN #13-16 from 1942-1943, featuring the very first appearance of Bruce Wayne's faithful butler Alfred! The Batman and his trusty sidekick Robin once again face off against the Joker, Catwoman, and the Penguin! For more information, see the feature article.


FC, 224 pg. Hardcover $49.95

BATMAN: NEVERMORE #4
Written by Len Wein; art by Guy Davis; painted cover by Bernie Wrightson


ELSEWORLDS. In stores July 2. Edgar Allan Poe's investigations into the Raven Murders have brought him closer to madness than he could have ever imagined. With the body count rising, The Batman and Poe learn the killer has marked them for death!


FC, 32 pg. (4 of 5) $2.50

BIRDS OF PREY #57
Written by Gail Simone; art and cover by Ed Benes and Alex Lei


In stores July 23. The new creative team of Gail Simone, Ed Benes and Alex Lei puts the Birds through their paces! Black Canary, seriously injured in last issue's ambush, is used as leverage in a contest of wills between Oracle and the brilliant extortionist, Savant. Backed into a corner and faced with the demand to turn over her secret files on everyone - including Bruce Wayne - Babs reluctantly calls for help from a person she trusts only slightly more than Savant himself: the Huntress!


FC, 32 pg. $2.50

CATWOMAN #21
Written by Ed Brubaker; art and cover by Cameron Stewart


In stores July 30. Selina and Holly continue their no-rules, no-holds-barred road trip with a stopover in Keystone City! It's supposed to be a simple vacation, until a certain member of The Flash's Rogue's Gallery blackmails Selina into helping him pull off a major score. And with Captain Cold on one side and the law on the other, how can our feline fatale escape unscathed?


FC, 32 pg. $2.50

CATWOMAN: SELINA'S BIG SCORE SC
Written and illustrated by Darwyn Cooke; pinups by Mike Allred, Shane Glines, Jaime Hernandez, Adam Hughes, Mike Mignola, Kevin Nowlan, Steranko, and Daniel Torres; painted cover by Cooke


In stores July 16. The acclaimed hardcover that earned a 10-out-of-10 rating on TheFourthRail.com returns in a gorgeous softcover edition! This tale takes place just prior to CATWOMAN #1, as Selina is presumed dead and desperate for cash. Can her assembled crew of thieves pull off one big heist? For more information, see the feature article.


FC, 96 pg. Softcover $17.95

CATWOMAN: THE DARK END OF THE STREET TP - relist
Written by Ed Brubaker; art by Darwyn Cooke and Mike Allred; cover by Cooke


In stores July 16. Reoffered to coincide with CATWOMAN: SELINA'S BIG SCORE SC, this trade paperback collects the first four issues of the hit CATWOMAN series, plus the lead-in backup tales from DETECTIVE COMICS #759-762! Last seen at death's door, Selina Kyle - Catwoman - has disappeared and is presumed dead. But the mysterious circumstances of her death draw the attention of a certain roughneck private eye: Slam Bradley!


FC, 136 pg. Trade Paperback $12.95

GOTHAM CENTRAL #9
Written by Greg Rucka; art and cover by Michael Lark


In stores July 16. "Half a Life," Part 4 of 5! Renee Montoya finds herself behind bars and out of options until an old admirer comes to her temporary rescue. But the disgrace she's suffered is nothing compared to the horror she's about to face, as the true manipulator behind her fall from grace reveals himself in devastating fashion! Meanwhile, Crispus Allen finds himself with a new partner, as Josie Mac joins the cast of GOTHAM CENTRAL! Could she be the one person who can save Montoya before her hidden stalker's revenge is complete? Be sure to check out the GOTHAM CENTRAL back-up story in DETECTIVE COMICS #784!


FC, 32 pg. $2.50

HARLEY QUINN #34
Written by A.J. Lieberman; art and cover by Mike Huddleston and Troy Nixey


In stores July 2. Harley Quinn ain't exactly the loving, nurturing type. She's more the stab-you-and-pick-your-pocket-before-you-hit-the-floor type. So why is she feeding and protecting an orphaned 11-year-old girl? And why not, when Harley's after a score worth $500,000? Can she keep the kid away from the bounty hunters hot on her trail?


FC, 32 pg. $2.50

HARLEY & IVY: LOVE ON THE LAM - relist
Written by Judd Winick; painted art and cover by Joe Chiodo


In stores July 2. Reoffered to coincide with THE HARLEY QUINN STATUE (offered in Previews Volume XIII #1). Before Harley Quinn got her own monthly series, she teamed up with Poison Ivy for an unforgettable night on the town filled with wacky hijinx and unfortunate scenarios. These two ladies of Gotham are lovingly brought to life by writer Judd Winick (GREEN LANTERN, OUTSIDERS) and painter Joe Chiodo (DANGER GIRL SPECIAL, The Mechanic).


FC, 48 pg. Prestige Format $5.95

NIGHTWING #83
Written by Devin Grayson; art by Rick Leonardi and Jesse Delperdang; cover by J.H. Williams III


In stores July 9. Amy knows Dick Grayson's secret…but what will she do with that information? Will she turn her former partner in to the Bldhaven P.D.? Will she turn a blind eye to his nocturnal activities? Whatever the outcome, Dick's life will never be the same! Meanwhile, Nightwing tries to solve the murder of Chief Redhorn, but sometimes an investigation uncovers answers better left hidden…


FC, 32 pg. $2.25

ROBIN #116
Written by Jon Lewis; art by Pete Woods and Andrew Pepoy; cover by Jo Chen


In stores July 23. A new phase in Robin's life is about to begin! A very special day for Tim Drake turns terrifying when it becomes apparent one of his enemies has learned his identity and is striking back! Even Batman can't decipher the true mystery behind this apparent first volley against Robin, and it's not until the Teen Wonder unravels the puzzle that the devastating truth becomes clear!


FC, 32 pg. $2.25

DC UNIVERSE: SUPERMAN

ACTION COMICS #805
Written by Joe Kelly; art by Pascual Ferry, Jason Pearson, and Cam Smith; cover by Dave Bullock


In stores July 2. The breathtaking conclusion to "The Harvest!" This is it: the final battle between Superman and General Zod! Who will reign supreme? There can be only one winner…and Lex Luthor is looking to fix the outcome!


FC, 32 pg. $2.25

ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #618
Written by Joe Casey; art by Charlie Adlard; cover by Lee Bermejo


In stores July 9. The Mxy Twins have gotten rid of Earth's gravity, with devastating consequences. Superman must find a way to restore order to the world, and the solution isn't as easy as getting the twins to say their names backwards. Can he find the answer before it's too late?


FC, 32 pg. $2.25

SUPERMAN #195
Written by Steven T. Seagle; art and cover by Scott McDaniel and Andy Owens


In stores July 23. From the pages of SUPERMAN: THE 10-CENT ADVENTURE, Superman enters the fortress of the Futuresmiths - only to be caught in a time loop! But a new Supergirl is there to help, setting the stage for what's to come in SUPERMAN #200!


FC, 32 pg. $2.25

JIMMY OLSEN: ADVENTURES BY JACK KIRBY TP
Written by Jack Kirby; art by Kirby and Vince Colletta; cover by Kirby and Steve Rude


In stores July 23. Collecting SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #133-139 and #141, circa 1970-1971, featuring appearances by Superman, the cloned Guardian, Morgan Edge, Dubbilex, and the Cadmus Project, plus the first hint of Darkseid! All recolored material with a new cover showcasing an unused Kirby cover sketch from 1971, newly inked by Steve Rude. For more information, see the feature article.


FC, 192 pg. Trade Paperback $19.95

JACK KIRBY'S FOURTH WORLD TP - relist
Written by Jack Kirby; art and cover by Kirby and Mike Royer


In stores July 23. Reoffered to coincide with JIMMY OLSEN: ADVENTURES BY JACK KIRBY VOLUME 1. The concluding trade paperback collection of Kirby's legendary "Fourth World" saga reprints MISTER MIRACLE #11-18 (in black-and-white, with gray tones). FOURTH WORLD finds New Gods Scott Free, Big Barda and Oberon facing a mind-bending menagerie of villains including Mystivac, Granny Goodness, Doctor Bedlam, Vermin Vunderbar and Kanto, the master assassin!


B&W, 192 pg. Trade Paperback $12.95

SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT #1
Written by Mark Waid, art and cover by Leinil Yu and Gerry Alanguilan


In stores July 2. A 12-issue maxiseries that marks Mark Waid's return to DC and Leinil Yu's DC Universe debut, kicking off with an extra-sized first issue at no extra cost! Everyone knows Jor-El sent his infant son to Earth to avoid death on Krypton…now, BIRTHRIGHT takes a closer look at Jor-El's emotional struggles with the decision. Plus: Kal-El's early days on an alien world, and the discoveries that set him on the path to becoming a legend! For more information, see the feature article.


FC, 40 pg. (1 of 12) $2.95

SUPERMAN: METROPOLIS #6
Written by Chuck Austen; art and cover by Danijel Zezelj


In stores July 16. Believing it's really Lena Luthor, the Tech takes human form and leaves the city's machinery to run uncontrolled. Plus, Jimmy's falling in love with the ghost in the machine!


FC, 32 pg. (6 of 12) $2.95

SUPERMAN & BATMAN: GENERATIONS III #7
Written and illustrated by John Byrne; cover by Byrne


ELSEWORLDS. In stores July 9. In the 26th century, Superman returns to Earth after 500 years of exile…but what he finds is a world he barely recognizes! Who is the mysterious Superwoman who looks so much like his long-lost Lois? And how did the attacking Parademons become so powerful? The answers are revealed in a 2-part story!


FC, 32 pg. (7 of 12) $2.95

SUPERMAN #1 CHROMIUM MILLENNIUM EDITION - relist
Written by Jerry Siegel; art and cover by Joe Shuster


In stores July 2. Reoffered to coincide with SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT #1. The Man of Steel's phenomenally successful debut in 1938's ACTION COMICS #1 was followed one year later by this incredible first issue - the first time a single character carried an entire comic book by himself!


FC, 64 pg. PI

SMALLVILLE #3
Written by Mark Verheiden and Clint Carpenter; art by Renato Guedes, Tom Derenick, and Norm Rapmund; cover by John Van Fleet


In stores July 16. A special issue devoted to fan-favorite Lex Luthor! What makes the young Lex tick? Find out in this issue's lead story! And read the adventures of "Warrior Angel" in a special comic-within-a-comic, inspired by Lex's favorite comic book from the TV show. Plus, an interview with actor Michael Rosenbaum and the continuing episode guide to season 1.


FC, 48 pg. $3.95

SUPERGIRL: MANY HAPPY RETURNS TP
Written by Peter David; art and cover by Ed Benes and Alex Lei


In stores July 9. Collecting the hard-to-find final 6 issues of SUPERGIRL, #75-80, in one handy volume featuring an intro by Peter David and a new cover by Ed Benes! There are two Supergirls…but which one's the real deal? Linda Danvers isn't sure whether Kara Zor-El is for real, but she plans to find out. Can both of them survive the confrontation? For more information, see the feature article.


FC, 144 pg. Trade paperback $14.95

DC UNIVERSE

AQUAMAN #8
Written by Rick Veitch; art by Yvel Guichet and Mark Propst; cover by Ethan Van Sciver


In stores July 16. Aquaman faces the unexpected return of his greatest foe, Black Manta! The King of the Seas is faced with the ultimate choice: to save the villain who killed his only son, or let him die?


FC, 32 pg. $2.50

BATMAN/SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN: TRINITY #2
Written and illustrated by Matt Wagner; cover by Wagner


In stores July 30. Matt Wagner's (Grendel, Mage) tale of Superman and Batman's first encounter with Wonder Woman continues! Superman pursues a nuclear threat as the Purge comes to Gotham, and the villain's plot to bring about global chaos creeps closer to fruition! Wonder Woman finds herself alone against the twisted fury of Bizarro! And can Batman find a rogue missile in time to avert catastrophe in the city he has sworn to protect?


FC, 64 pg. (2 of 3) Prestige Format $6.95

CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN ARCHIVES VOL. 1 HC
Written by Jack Kirby and Dave Wood; art by Jack Kirby, Roz Kirby, Marvin Stein, Bruno Premiani, and George Klein; cover by Jack Kirby


In stores July 2. Four years before Jack Kirby and Stan Lee created Marvel's Fantastic Four, there was another adventurous foursome co-created by Kirby that set forth to challenge the unknown. Now witness those early adventures again in a specially priced hardcover volume that collects SHOWCASE #6, 7, 11, and 12, and CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN #1 and 2, originally published in 1957-1958. For more information, see the feature article.


FC, 168 pg. Hardcover $39.95

DOOM PATROL #22
Written by John Arcudi; art and cover by Tan Eng Huat


In stores July 9. Final issue! In a desperate attempt to save a team member's life, the Doom Patrol turns to Doc Magnus…but is it too late?


FC, 32 pg. $2.50

EMPIRE #0
Written by Mark Waid; art by Barry Kitson and James Pascoe; cover by Kitson


Retro-solicited; in stores June 25. Collecting the first two issues of EMPIRE, originally published by Gorilla Comics! For 10 years, one man has marched forward, unflinching in his desire for world domination. Golgoth's monarchy spans the globe and holds 6 billion people in its totalitarian grasp. Now that he has achieved his dream, his nightmares are just beginning, as he realizes that running a massive global empire is no easy task! For more information, see the feature article. Note: This is a retro-solicit.


FC, 64 pg. $4.95

EMPIRE #1
Written by Mark Waid; art by Barry Kitson and James Pascoe; cover by Kitson


In stores July 30. Continuing the Empire saga with a bold new start! The unstoppable tyrant Golgoth and his conquering armies have eradicated every significant military force on Earth, bringing the world into the grasp of a dictator. But can the members of his staff be trusted? Heavy is the head that wears the crown! For more information, see the feature article.


FC, 32 pg. (1 of 6) $2.50

ENEMY ACE: WAR IN HEAVEN TP
Written by Garth Ennis and Robert Kanigher; art by Chris Weston, Russ Heath, Christian Alamy and Joe Kubert; painted cover by Jim Deitz


In stores July 2. From 1914 to 1918, Hans Von Hammer earned the nickname "The Hammer of Hell" in the bloody skies of World War I. Now it's World War II, and blood rains from the skies once again! Von Hammer, the finest pilot Germany has ever known, is now a 46-year-old man with plenty of enemies in the Nazi regime. This edition also includes a classic World War One Enemy Ace tale by creators Robert Kanigher and Joe Kubert reprinted from STAR-SPANGLED WAR STORIES #139! For more information, see the feature article.


FC, 128 pg. Trade Paperback $14.95

FALLEN ANGEL #1
Written by Peter David; art by David Lopez and Fernando Blanco; cover by Brian Stelfreeze


In stores July 9. A new monthly series by fan-favorite writer Peter David and the hot new art team of David Lopez & Fernando Blanco! Welcome to Bete Noire, a place that superstition calls the City that Shapes the World. And Bete Noire's most mysterious inhabitant is the Fallen Angel! When a mother turns to her for help finding her son, it puts the Angel in direct conflict with Bumper Ruggs and the Muscle Men! For more information, see the feature article.


FC, 32 pg. $2.50

THE FLASH #200
Written by Geoff Johns; art by Scott Kolins and Doug Hazlewood; cover by Kolins


In stores July 30. The conclusion of "Blitz" hits like a ton of bricks as The Flash faces his final confrontation with his opposite number, Zoom! If The Flash manages to stop Zoom, he'll pay a horrible price. Only with the help of his friends from the past can Wally put his life back on track…but in a way you'll never anticipate! The biggest change in the life of Wally West since he first donned the Flash costume happens in this special, extra-sized anniversary issue!


FC, 48 pg. $3.50

FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE JUSTICE LEAGUE #1
Written by Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis; art and cover by Kevin Maguire and Joe Rubinstein


In stores July 2. Reuniting the creative team behind the classic '80s JUSTICE LEAGUE! Maxwell Lord tries to base a super-team-for-hire in a suburban strip mall, but his plan is met with hostility by the locals. Can reluctant heroes Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, Fire, Elongated Man, Captain Atom and Mary Marvel convince Max to stop the madness? For more information, see the feature article.


FC, 32 pg. (1 of 6) $2.50

GREEN ARROW #28
Written by Judd Winick; art by Phil Hester and Ande Parks; cover by Matt Wagner


In stores July 9. "Straight Shooter," Part 3 of 6! After a tough battle with the ogre of the Lamb Valley District, things begin to heat up between Ollie and Joanna Pierce…but can our torn, tattered hero step up to the challenge? Meanwhile, Connor has concerns over a lack of communication from their favorite medical examiner, so it's off to the morgue!


FC, 32 pg. $2.50

THE GREEN ARROW BY JACK KIRBY - relist
Written by Dave Wood, Ed Herron and Bill Finger; art by Jack Kirby and Roz Kirby; cover by Jack Kirby


In stores July 2. Reoffered to coincide with CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN ARCHIVESVOLUME 1, also featuring work by Jack Kirby. Eleven little-seen adventures of Green Arrow by one of comics' greatest creators ever - Jack Kirby - are collected here in this special "annual." Reprinting the Green Arrow stories from ADVENTURE COMICS #250-256 and WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #96-99 (1958-1959).


FC, 72 pg. $5.95

GREEN LANTERN #167
Written by Ben Raab; art by Rick Burchett and Rodney Ramos; cover by Ariel Olivetti


In stores July 30. "The Blind," Part 2 of 2! Set to consume Earth, Green Lantern must thwart The Blind and Shiro Nova in space combat! But just when things are going well, Lianna joins the party…and everything goes straight down the drain! Meanwhile, on Earth, John Stewart comes home from saving the world to find Merayn's made a life-changing decision!


FC, 32 pg. $2.25

HAWKMAN #17
Written by Geoff Johns; art by Rags Morales and Michael Bair; painted cover by John Watson


In stores July 9. The conclusion to the 3-part story "The Thanagarian," guest-starring Animal Man! Hawkwoman has finally tracked down the final fate of her ex-partner, and what it means to the world of the Animal Avatars. But an unexpected tag-along will send Shayera's life in an entirely new direction!


FC, 32 pg. $2.50

H-E-R-O #6
Written by Will Pfeifer; art by Kano; painted cover by John Van Fleet


In stores July 16. Young Andrea Allen has found the H-E-R-O device! Just in time, too, because her middle school has been overrun by super-heroes, super-villains, and invaders from another dimension. Can she sort this mess out before she gets expelled?


FC, 32 pg. $2.50

H-E-R-O DOUBLE FEATURE - relist
Written by Will Pfeifer; art by Kano; painted cover by John Van Fleet


In stores July 16. Collecting the sought-after, sold-out H-E-R-O #1 and 2! Jerry Feldon sees Superman in action and, realizing he can never be like the Man of Steel, falls into a deep depression…until he happens upon the H-E-R-O device, which grants him the powers that separate super-heroes from normal men! Retailers please note: This item is available in limited quantities; orders may be allocated.


FC, 48 pg. $4.95

HUMAN DEFENSE CORPS #3
Written by Ty Templeton; art and cover by Clment Sauve Jr. and Juan Vlasco


In stores July 16. The 6-issue miniseries spotlighting the exploits of Earth's human defenders continues! The Corps contends with bloodsucking demons, a raging inferno, and razor-sharp barbed wire…and what happens when they open their eyes is pretty scary, too! Join America's last defense against the forces of the unexplained as they discover "What Dreams May Come!"


FC, 32 pg. (3 of 6) $2.50

JLA #83
Written by Joe Kelly; art by ChrisCross and Tom Nguyen; cover by Doug Mahnke and Nguyen


In stores July 30. President Luthor has Qurac on his hit list, and heaven help any hero who stands in the way! Now Superman finds himself in a living nightmare as his fellow Leaguers fall one by one to Lex's executive order: support the war or be "neutralized!"


FC, 32 pg. $2.25

JLA: SCARY MONSTERS #5
Written by Chris Claremont; art by Josh Hood and Sean Parsons; cover by Arthur Adams


In stores July 23. The Justice League questions Wonder Woman's loyalty as the Amazon's monstrous transformation continues unabated. Faced with the horrifying reality of the demons invading the Carmody house, the JLA's only hope may lie with the unfolding story of Kishana's origin!


FC, 32 pg. (5 of 6) $2.50

JSA #50
Written by David S. Goyer and Geoff Johns; art by Leonard Kirk and Keith Champagne; wrap-around cover by Carlos Pacheco and Jess Merio


In stores July 9. The giant-sized climactic chapter of "Princes of Darkness!" Mordru and Obsidian continue their reign of darkness over the world, threatening to destroy it. But the JSA has allies that will help turn the tide of this war! The final battle between Sentinel and Obsidian - father and son - concludes. Plus, Power Girl makes a shocking discovery, and a member of the JSA makes the ultimate sacrifice!


FC, 56 pg. $3.95

JSA: ALL-STARS #3
Written by David S. Goyer, Geoff Johns and Darwyn Cooke; art by Barry Kitson and Cooke; cover by John Cassaday and Mark Lewis


In stores July 2. The landmark miniseries continues! In the 16-page lead story, travel to Salem, Massachusetts - home to legends both good and evil, including Hector Hall, this generation's Doctor Fate! The DC Universe's ultimate sorcerer takes center stage as he confronts the one power of Fate he's been trying to ignore. Plus, a back-up tale of the Golden Age Doctor Fate, Kent Nelson, written and illustrated by Darwyn Cooke (CATWOMAN: SELINA'S BIG SCORE).


FC, 32 pg. (3 of 8) $2.50

JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE WITH KEVIN MAGUIRE CREATING THE FLASH - relist
Written by Stan Lee and with Michael Uslan; art by Kevin Maguire, Karl Story, and Sergio Aragons; covers by Maguire and Story and Adam Hughes


In stores July 2. Reoffered to coincide with FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE JUSTICE LEAGUE #1, also featuring art by Kevin Maguire. Mary Maxwell thought her father was just a dreary scientist. Little did she know that his research would transform her into a super-fast adventurer and make her the target of a covert group with the ability to travel through time! Plus: a backup story written by Michael Uslan with Lee and art by MAD-man Sergio Aragons!


FC, 48 pg. Prestige Format $5.95

JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES #21
Written by John Ostrander; art by Min S. Ku and Rob Leigh; cover by Eric Wight


In stores July 2. An escaped prisoner is being chased by the alien Dominators, and the Justice League is split down the middle whether to provide Sanctuary or give her over to this alien authority...on the other hand, she may have diabolical plans of her own for the League!


FC, 32 pg. $2.25

JUSTICE LEAGUE: A NEW BEGINNING TP - new printing
Written by Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis; art by Kevin Maguire, Al Gordon and Terry Austin; cover by Maguire


In stores July 2. A perfect companion piece to FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE JUSTICE LEAGUE #1! This new printing of the classic trade paperback collects JUSTICE LEAGUE #1-6 and JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #7, featuring the initial adventures of the unlikely super-team made up of Batman, Blue Beetle, Martian Manhunter, Guy Gardner, Black Canary, Mister Miracle, Dr. Fate, Booster Gold, Doctor Light and Shazam! For more information, see the feature article.


FC, 192 pg. Trade paperback $12.95

KINGDOM COME TP - relist
Written by Mark Waid; painted art and cover by Alex Ross


ELSEWORLDS. In stores July 16. Timed to coincide with the release of the KINGDOM COME: SUPERMAN, WONDER WOMAN, HAWKMAN and GREEN LANTERN ACTION FIGURES (offered in Previews Volume XIII #1), this best-selling trade paperback reprints the miniseries that introduced a bold new future for the DC Universe.


FC, 232 pg. Trade paperback $14.95

THE KINGDOM TP - relist
Written by Mark Waid; art by various; cover by Mike Zeck and John Beatty


ELSEWORLDS. In stores July 16. Timed to coincide with the KINGDOM COME: SUPERMAN, WONDER WOMAN, HAWKMAN and GREEN LANTERN ACTION FIGURES (offered in Previews Volume XIII #1), this handsome collection reprints the miniseries and one-shots that served as a follow-up to KINGDOM COME and introduced the concept of Hypertime to the DC Universe.


FC, 232 pg. Trade paperback $17.95

THE LEGION #22
Written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning; art by Chris Batista and Mark Farmer; cover by Tony Harris and Tom Feister


In stores July 30. "Dream Crime" Part 4 of 5, featuring the return of a pair of lost Legionnaires! Evil has gained control of the entire United Planets, and Dreamer is down! Who's left to help? Hold on tight for the return of Karate Kid and Ferro!


FC, 32 pg. $2.50

LOBO UNBOUND #2
Written by Keith Giffen; painted art and cover by Alex Horley


In stores July 2. The miniseries following the exploits of the galaxy's badder-than-ever bastich continues! Lobo finds himself on a planet of ticking time bombs! For these beings, self-explosion isn't just a form of expression - it's a way of life! And things go from bad to worse when a new villain steps in to menace everyone's favorite anti-hero! Featuring all the vulgarity and sheer cheekiness you know and love, plus so much more!


MATURE READERS


FC, 32 pg. (2 of 6) $2.95

THE NEW T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS #2
Written by Marc Andreyko; art by Manuel Garcia and Jimmy Palmiotti; painted cover by J.G. Jones


In stores July 9. A bold new era for the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents continues! The team comes together as danger looms on the horizon. While the Dynamo and No-Man take center stage in the fight against the Alpha-Human threat, tempers flare as the rest of the Agents get reacquainted!


FC, 32 pg. $2.95

OUTSIDERS #2
Written by Judd Winick; art and cover by Tom Raney and Scott Hanna


In stores July 23. Continuing the edgy new series that reinvents the Outsiders for a new generation! The Gorilla Fighters bust up New York as their battle with the Outsiders continues, and the madman behind it all is revealed as he kidnaps President Luthor! Plus, Jade's debut on the team!


FC, 32 pg. $2.50

THE POWER COMPANY #18
Written by Kurt Busiek; art and cover by Tom Grummett and Prentis Rollins


In stores July 9. Final issue bonanza! As the series ends, the heroes of the Power Company are left wondering whether the firm will survive a hostile takeover. Plus, the battle-scarred final fate of the Haunted Tank!


FC, 32 pg. $2.75

SWEATSHOP #4
Written by Peter Bagge; art by Johnny Ryan, Stephanie Gladden, and Jim Blanchard; cover by Bagge


In stores July 30. This isn't your father's "Freddy Ferret!" Mel Bowling's lovable, huggable, furry comic-strip character has been updated for the '80s! Unfortunately, the '80s are long gone. Freddy's now dark, edgy, nasty, grim and gritty!


FC, 32 pg. $2.95

TEEN TITANS #1
Written by Geoff Johns; art by Mike McKone and Marlo Alquiza; covers by McKone & Alquiza and Michael Turner


In stores July 16. The debut issue of DC's hottest new super-team, featuring guest appearances by Superman, Batman, The Flash, and Jay Garrick! What do teenage super-heroes do on the weekends? They hang with the Teen Titans! The invitations go out to a handful of reluctant heroes: Superboy, Robin, Impulse and Wonder Girl. Walk into the new Titans Tower with Cyborg and Starfire as they gather together the next generation of Titans in this explosive extra-sized issue at the regular-issue price! For more information, see the feature article. All orders will be filled with covers by Mike McKone & Marlo Alquiza (50%) and Michael Turner (50%).


FC, 40 pg. $2.50

Don't miss the CLASSIC TEEN TITANS ACTION FIGURE BOX SET, advance-solicited in the February 2003 Previews for August release.

WONDER WOMAN #194
Written by Walter Simonson; art by Jerry Ordway and P. Craig Russell; cover by Adam Hughes


In stores July 23. "The Game of the Gods" concludes! At the center of the universe, the ancient threat known as the Shattered God stands on the brink of bending all existence to his will. Restored to full power, Diana learns the secret behind her recent transformation, but will it be enough to turn the battle? Or will an unexpected champion be forced to make an incredible sacrifice?


FC, 32 pg. $2.25

YOUNG JUSTICE: SINS OF YOUTH TP - relist
Written by Peter David and various; art by Todd Nauck, Lary Stucker and various; cover by Mike Wieringo and Terry Austin


In stores July 9. Reoffered to coincide with FALLEN ANGEL #1, also written by Peter David. Featuring all 12 parts to this age-switching epic featuring Young Justice, the JLA, the JSA, and more!


FC, 320 pg. Trade Paperback $19.95

DC: BEYOND THE UNIVERSE

ELFQUEST: 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION
Written by Wendy and Richard Pini; art and cover by Wendy Pini


In stores July 2. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Elfquest and the beginning of DC's new line of Elfquest publications! This special issue reprints 1978's now-classic Elfquest #1, a story that introduced Cutter and the Wolfriders and launched what has become the most successful fantasy/adventure series the world of comics has ever seen! Plus, a sneak peek at future Elfquest projects! For more information, see the feature article.


FC, 40 pg. $2.95

CARTOON CARTOONS #20
Written by Michael Kraiger, Sholly Fisch, Jim Alexander and Joe Edkin; art by Robert Pope, Neal Sternecky, Enis Temizel, Scott Underwood, Dan Davis, Tim Chi Ly and Angus Bungay; cover by Neely


In stores July 23. Johnny Bravo puts on a spellbindingly disastrous magic show, and Ed Edd & Eddy build a water slide that turns out to be a real washout! Plus, Cow & Chicken and Courage the Cowardly Dog!


FC, 32 pg. $2.25

LOONEY TUNES #104
Written by Jesse Leon McCann, Dan Slott, Frank Strom and Robbie Busch; art by David Alvarez, Neal Sternecky, Scott McRae, Pablo Zamboni, Ruben Torreiro, Walter Carzon and Horacio Ottolini; cover by Alvarez & Mike DeCarlo


In stores July 2. Foghorn Leghorn rigs a beauty contest, Sylvester and Tweety go on safari, and Daffy Duck hunts the fabled "Treasure of Ali's Mama!"


FC, 32 pg. $2.25

THE POWERPUFF GIRLS #40
Written by Ian Boothby; art and cover by Phil Moy


In stores July 16. A hot debate breaks out in Pokey Oaks Kindergarten: How did the Powerpuff Girls come to be? Every kid's got a different story…just wait til you hear 'em!


FC, 32 pg. $2.25

SCOOBY-DOO #74
Written by John Rozum; art by Joe Staton and Horacio Ottolini; cover by Staton and Hunt


In stores July 9. A salute to classic Scooby-Doo villains, featuring "Who's Who"-style entries on some of the weirdest bad guys ever!


FC, 32 pg. $2.25

WILDSTORM

21 DOWN #11
Written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray; art by Jess Saz and Palmiotti; painted cover by Joe Jusko


In stores July 2. "Roadside Attractions," Part 4. By all appearances, the town of Big Tuna, Texas is average…but strange, almost magical things are happening on its lonely backroads. Mickey and Preston have no idea that their time together is running out and death is lurking around every curve! Meanwhile, in a secret underground laboratory, Mickey's daughter Alex stares down The Company Man, a metahuman assassin unleashed to stop her at all costs!


FC, 32 pg. $2.95

ARROWSMITH #1
Written by Kurt Busiek; art and cover by Carlos Pacheco and Jesus Merno


CLIFFHANGER PRODUCTIONS. In stores July 16. A bold new 6-issue miniseries from two of the industry's most acclaimed creators: Kurt Busiek and Carlos Pacheco! It's 1915, and young Fletcher Arrowsmith lives in a troubled times, where magic is every bit as important as arms in the first World War! Arrowsmith longs for adventure in a world in which the highest call to answer is a call to duty, and the loftiest goal is to maintain one's honor! For more information, see the feature article.


FC, 32 pg. (1 of 6) $2.95

THE AUTHORITY #3
Written by Robbie Morrison; art by Dwayne Turner and Sal Regla; cover by Turner and Regla


EYE OF THE STORM. In stores July 2. Widescreen action continues! Reality Incorporated's horrifying shock troops have begun their assault on the Carrier! Caught unaware and separated, the Authority fights a desperate battle for survival. But the odds are against them, and the foes they face have a few tricks up their sleeve.


MATURE READERS


FC, 32 pg. $2.95

EXTINCTION EVENT #1
Written by Robert Weinberg; art by Brett Booth and Sal Regla; cover by Booth


In stores July 2. What if humans weren't the first intelligent species on Earth? Since the dawn of time, man has believed himself to be the most advanced species to ever inhabit the planet. We were wrong. When a Texas earthquake unearths evidence of an advanced civilization thousands of years old, a team of specialists is dispatched to investigate. But what they find will turn this mission into an adventure of Jurassic proportions! For more information, see the feature article.


FC, 32 pg. (1 of 5) $2.50

EYE OF THE STORM ANNUAL
Written by Geoff Johns, Micah Ian Wright, and Whilce Portacio; art by Portacio, Tomm Coker, Carlos D'Anda, and Jason Pearson; cover by Portacio


EYE OF THE STORM. In stores July 23. An action-packed, double-sized extravaganza featuring the return of Wetworks! A special anthology featuring some of the WildStorm Universe's hottest characters and some of comics' top creators! For more information, see the feature article.


MATURE READERS


FC, 48 pg. $4.95

GEN13 #11
Written by Chris Claremont; art and cover by Al Garza and Sandra Hope


In stores July 9. Two Caitlin Fairchilds - both look real, but only one of them is real! The new Gen13 team must choose which one to trust, which one to fight for…and if they choose wrong, more than their own lives will be forfeit! Plus, more on the mysterious Gaby Sabian: Whose side is he really on? More on the malevolent Chrome; who are they, what are they and what's their deadly agenda? And most of all, what the heck does all this have to do with Victory Comics and its publisher, Meghan Ford?


FC, 32 pg. $2.95

GLOBAL FREQUENCY #10
Written by Warren Ellis; art by Tomm Coker; cover by Brian Wood


In stores July 30. "Superviolence." It's a title that says it all, and then some! In a secret BIOWAR facility somewhere in Texas, a security breach has occurred. Under cover of night, a single agent has been sent to kill all personnel and release floating terror into the skies. In response, Miranda Zero sends in her own lone agent. Now two men are locked in deady hand-to-hand battle, enduring unimaginable pain!


FC, 32 pg. (10 of 12) $2.95

THE POSSESSED #1
Written by Geoff Johns and Kris Grimminger; art and cover by Liam Sharp


CLIFFHANGER PRODUCTIONS. In stores July 23. A shocking new series from red-hot writers Geoff Johns (JSA, HAWKMAN) and Kris Grimminger (Witchblade) featuring the incredible art of Liam Sharp (The Incredible Hulk)! Since the dawn of mankind, demons have sought to infest the Earth using humans as host bodies. Now the demons are upping the ante, and only a group of people once possessed as children can stand against them! They are…The Possessed! For more information, see the feature article.


MATURE READERS


FC, 32 pg. (1 of 6) $2.95

ROBOTECH: LOVE AND WAR #2
Written by Jay Faerber and Ken Siu-Chong with Tommy Yune; art by Long Vo and Jo Chen; covers by Long Vo and Adam Warren


In stores July 2. The miniseries featuring two stories in each issue continues! After the climatic events surrounding the Zentraedi assault on Earth, Max's life on the SDF-1 returns to a certain degree of normalcy. Drafted into flight school, he becomes fast friends with Ben Dixon. But the Zentraedi have plans for the rogue battleship, and the beautiful Miriya has a hand to play in it! In the backup, the filming of Little White Dragon continues! Lynn Kyle revels in his role as Kai-Fun, and Minmay is enjoying the production and attention, too. But she misses Rick, and decides to surprise him with a picnic lunch! All orders will be filled with covers by Long Vo (50%) and Adam Warren (50%).


FC, 32 pg. (2 of 6) $2.95

ROBOTECH: THE MACROSS SAGA VOL. 3 TP
Written by Jack Herman, Markalan Joplin; art by Mike Leeke, Mike Chen and Harrison Fong; production art cover


In stores July 9. The digest-size reprinting of Comico's classic "Robotech: The Macross Saga" continues! Reprinting issues #13-18, we follow the lives of the crew of the SDF-1 through their amazing trials and tribulations! The battle for possession of the massive ship heats up as the Zentraedi desperately fight for supremacy. Meanwhile, the distance between Rick and Minmay grows with the arrival of her anti-war cousin, Lynn Kyle! Plus…the death of a legend! For more information, see the feature article.


FC, 176 pg. (5 3/4" x 8 1/4") Trade Paperback $14.95

SLEEPER #7
Written by Ed Brubaker; art and painted cover by Sean Phillips


EYE OF THE STORM. In stores July 16. Just when Holden Carver thought his life was complicated enough, things get worse! Someone on the right side of the law is trying to contact him, and they're using Lynch's old codes. Is it a trick, or has Lynch emerged from his coma? The only way to find out may be to risk everything!


MATURE READERS


FC, 32 pg. $2.95

STORMWATCH: TEAM ACHILLES #13
Written by Micah Ian Wright; art by C.P. Smith and Bill Sienkiewicz; cover by Whilce Portacio


EYE OF THE STORM. In stores July 9. The story of Project Entry continues in this action-packed issue! Through the horrors of Project Entry, we learn what put Ben Santini on his path to forming Team Achilles. Secrets revealed! A comrade laid to rest! A new threat introduced! And enter…The Suiciders!


MATURE READERS


FC, 32 pg. $2.95

THUNDERCATS: DOGS OF WAR #2
Written by John Layman; art by Brett Booth; covers by Booth and Ben Oliver


In stores July 30. The exciting new ThunderCats miniseries continues with New Thundera in jeopardy! The ThunderCats are at war with alien invaders! Thundera is in ruins after the initial War Dog assault, and an ultimatum has been delivered to Lion-O: surrender or face extermination! In order to survive, the 'Cats must turn to the one helping hand no one expects - Mumm-Ra! All orders will be filled with covers by Brett Booth (50%) and Ben Oliver (50%).


FC, 32 pg. (2 of 5) $2.95

TOKYO STORM WARNING #2
Written by Warren Ellis; art and cover by James Raiz and Andrew Currie


CLIFFHANGER PRODUCTIONS. In stores July 9. The miniseries pitting giant robots against nuclear monsters continues! What would really happen if a giant robot was thrown into a building? Zoe Flynn, a U.S. pilot on a military exchange program, may just find out, as she's thrust into a war between machines and monsters! Training on simulators didn't prepare Zoe for the awesome challenge of piloting an ARCangel, and now she'll need every weapon at her disposal to save Tokyo - and herself - from the immense creatures that seem to randomly appear, mysteriously drawn to the center of the city!


FC, 32 pg. (2 of 3) $2.95

WILDCATS Version 3.0 #12
Written by Joe Casey; art by Dustin Nguyen and Richard Friend; cover by


Nguyen and Rian Hughes.


EYE OF THE STORM. In stores July 23. Jack Marlowe may be advancing his plans to make HALO a global brand name, but humanity isn't necessarily happy about it! A number of cast members return to the fold as Version 3.0 closes out its first year in style…but the best is yet to come! Don't miss the comic Comics International calls "insightful, intelligent and action-packed!"


MATURE READERS


FC, 32 pg. $2.95

AMERICA'S BEST COMICS

PROMETHEA #27
Written by Alan Moore; art by J.H. Williams III & Mick Gray; cover by Williams III


In stores July 23. An ABC crossover, as Tom Strong makes a guest appearance! Sophie Bangs, still in Millennium City, lives a quiet but happy life. She's left the guise of science-heroine behind and now revels in routine daily pleasures. But all things must pass, and that time has come for Sophie! The subject of an intensive manhunt for the last three years, she's been traced to Millennium - where a confrontation with Tom Strong forces her to once again take on the form of Promethea…no matter what the cost!


FC, 32 pg. $2.95

PROMETHEA BOOK FOUR HC
Written by Alan Moore; art by J.H. Williams III & Mick Gray; cover by Williams III & Jose Villarrubia


In stores July 2. The conclusion of Promethea's sprawling tour of the higher realms of the spirit is collected in this hardcover reprinting PROMETHEA #19-25! Alan Moore's and J.H. Williams III's highly acclaimed, Eisner-winning saga has been lauded by the mainstream press in such publications as Entertainment Weekly and on Time.com. For more information, see the feature article.


FC, 192 pg. Hardcover $24.95

PROMETHEA BOOK ONE SC - relist
Written by Alan Moore; art by J.H. Williams III and Mick Gray; cover by Williams III and Jose Villarrubia


In stores July 2. Reoffered to coincide with PROMETHEA BOOK FOUR HC, the first six issues of the acclaimed series are collected here - featuring the incredible, genre-bending tales of the imagination by writer Alan Moore and artists J.H. Williams III & Mick Gray (with one passage by guest-artist Charles Vess). See why PROMETHEA is one of the most talked-about comics series!


FC, 160 pg. Softcover $14.95

TERRA OBSCURA #2
Written by Alan Moore and Peter Hogan; art and cover by Yanick Paquette and Karl Story


In stores July 23. The adventurous ABC miniseries continues, torn from the pages of TOM STRONG! Enter private detective Grant Halford, a.k.a. former science hero The Magnet. His friend and former partner, Lance Lewis, has been murdered in Las Vegas, and the magnetically charged gumshoe intends to find the culprit responsible! But his investigation takes an unexpected turn and he crosses paths with old friends! Meanwhile, the mysterious blackout plague is spreading, causing more death and destruction…where are S.M.A.S.H. when their world needs them?


FC, 32 pg. (2 of 6) $2.95

TOM STRONG'S TERRIFIC TALES #8
Written by Alan Moore and Steve Moore; art by Jason Pearson, Arthur Adams, Alan Weiss, and Kevin Nowlan; cover by Adams


In stores July 30. Jason Pearson returns to the pages of TOM STRONG'S TERRIFIC TALES! Remember the Tom Strong Adventure Hour cartoon? The good one, from the 1960s? This issue takes readers behind the scenes for a look back at that show to reminisce and find out what it was really like! Plus, brand new adventures of Jonni Future and Young Tom Strong!


FC, 32 pg. $2.95

TOMORROW STORIES BOOK ONE TP
Written by Alan Moore; art by Jim Baikie, Hilary Barta, Melinda Gebbie, Kevin Nowlan, and Rick Veitch; cover by Nowlan


In stores July 30. Alan Moore's multiple Eisner and Harvey Award-winning anthology is collected here in all its glory! Read about the secret goings-on at the sleepy Kansas hamlet, Queerwater, as boy genius Jack B. Quick wreaks havoc while studying for his arithmetic exam! Thrill to the daring escapades of Indigo City's most mysterious science-hero citizen, the man called Greyshirt! Plus, gasp at the sheer naughtiness of the radiant Cobweb, shake your head in utter disbelief at the First American and USAngel, and don't ask us how Splash Brannigan got in here! For more information, see the feature article.


FC, 176 pg. Trade Paperback $17.95

HOMAGE COMICS

KURT BUSIEK'S ASTRO CITY: LIFE IN THE BIG CITY TP - relist
Written by Kurt Busiek; art by Brent Anderson and Will Blyberg; painted cover by Alex Ross


In stores July 16. Reoffered to coincide with ARROWSMITH #1, also written by Kurt Busiek, this handsome trade paperback collects the original award-winning 6-issue ASTRO CITY miniseries that introduced Samaritan, the Honor Guard and more.


FC, 192 pg. Trade paperback $19.95

RED #1
Written by Warren Ellis; art and cover by Cully Hamner


In stores July 30. From fan-favorite scribe Warren Ellis and artist Cully Hamner comes a story of survival and revenge! Everyone's got a talent, but Paul Moses has a talent for murder…and the CIA has taken full advantage of that talent for much of his life. Now that he's in retirement, though, they want him dead, and it sends him on a furious path for revenge…and survival! For more information, see the feature article.


FC, 32 pg. (1 of 3) $2.95

VERTIGO

100 BULLETS #46
Written by Brian Azzarello; art by Eduardo Risso; painted cover by Dave Johnson


In stores July 2. "Chill in the Oven," Part 4. Hell breaks loose, as Loop finds himself caught between a rock, a hard place, a psychotic animal, and a sadistic guard. His only chance of survival is to throw in with one of them for the throwdown, but which one? Three will kill him; one will help him live. It's a wild stab in the dark that lies at the heart of Graves' plan.


MATURE READERS


FC, 32 pg. $2.50

AMERICAN CENTURY #26
Written by Howard Chaykin and David Tischman; art by Lan Medina and John Stokes; painted cover by Glen Orbik


In stores July 23. In "Smackdown," Harry creates Starburst Comics' newest costumed hero, and Tiny Tim wrestles with his conscience…for the championship belt. Plus, the return of an old flame as a familiar Hollywood starlet takes on Broadway.


MATURE READERS


FC, 32 pg. $2.75

BEWARE THE CREEPER #4
Written by Jason Hall; art and cover by Cliff Chiang


In stores July 30. Pursued through the lively Parisian nightlife above and the murky sewers below, The Creeper continues to stay one step ahead of the police as secrets are discovered and lives are lost. But has The Creeper taken her "art crimes" too far? And when innocents start dying, can a drop in her popularity be far behind? These shocking answers and much more, all in the penultimate chapter of this scandalous tale.


MATURE READERS


FC, 32 pg. (4 of 5) $2.95

BLOOD AND WATER #5
Written by Judd Winick; art by Tomm Coker; cover by Brian Bolland


In stores July 9. The pulse-pounding conclusion to the 5-part miniseries. Adam and Nikki will stand and fight, but are they ready to face the most ancient and terrifying form of their Vampire heritage? Adam may be ready to defend his eternal life, but the real reasons these monsters have come looking for him may be the most horrifying realization of all.


MATURE READERS


FC, 32 pg. (5 of 5) $2.95

DEATH: AT DEATH'S DOOR SC
Written by Jill Thompson; art and cover by Thompson


In stores July 16. A manga digest, printed in black, white, and gray tones, featuring appearances by Sandman and all his siblings. In an original story that parallels the events of SANDMAN: SEASON OF MIST, the minions of Hell end up in Death's apartment. Sisters Delirium and Despair decide to throw a party for the dead - which quickly gets out of control. It's up to Dream's older sister Death to figure out how to save the day and the afterlife…not to mention the carpet. For more information, see the feature article.


MATURE READERS


B&W, 208 pg. Softcover (5" x 7 1/2") $9.95

THE SANDMAN: BRIEF LIVES SC - relist
Written by Neil Gaiman; art by Jill Thompson and Vince Locke; painted cover by Dave McKean


In stores July 16. Reoffered to coincide with DEATH: AT DEATH'S DOOR, also featuring art by Jill Thompson, this haunting volume collects THE SANDMAN #41-49, issues containing Morpheus' and Delirium's search for their missing brother.


MATURE READERS


FC, 256 pg. Softcover $19.95

Look for the MORPHEUS MINI-BUST, offered elsewhere in the DC section of Previews. And be on the lookout for the DC Direct DEATH MANGA STATUE, solicited in next month's Previews.

FABLES #15
Written by Bill Willingham; art by Mark Buckingham and Steve Leialoha; painted cover by James Jean


In stores July 9. "Storybook Romance," Part 2 of 4. Romance is in the air…well, sort of. When Bigby and Snow White wake up in the middle of the woods, they don't know where they are, how they got there, or why the hell they went camping with only one sleeping bag. But they've got bigger problems, as a sniper's bullet sends their car over a cliff.


MATURE READERS


FC, 32 pg. $2.50

FABLES: ANIMAL FARM TP
Written by Bill Willingham; art by Mark Buckingham and Steve Leialoha; cover by James Jean


In stores July 23. Collecting FABLES #6-10, the second story arc of the fan-favorite, critically acclaimed VERTIGO series. Travel to upstate New York, where the non-human Fable characters have found refuge on a farm, miles from mankind. But all is not well on the farm - and a conspiracy to free them from the shackles of their perceived imprisonment may lead to a war that could wrest control of the Fables community away from Snow White. Starring Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Plus, a sketchbook section featuring art by Willingham, Buckingham and Jean. For more information, see the feature article.


MATURE READERS


FC, 128 pg. Trade Paperback $12.95

FABLES: LEGENDS IN EXILE TP - relist
Written by Bill Willingham; art by Lan Medina, Steve Leialoha and Craig Hamilton; painted cover by James Jean


In stores July 23. Reoffered to coincide with FABLES: ANIMAL FARM TP. When a group of fairytale characters are exiled from their respective homelands, they're forced to take up secret residence in modern day New York City. But life in the "real" world among the "mundanes" isn't easy for these displaced refugees - especially after their community is rocked by the apparent murder of Rose Red. It's up to Deputy Mayor Snow White and a reformed Bigby Wolf, Fabletown's one-man police force, to sniff out whodunnit to Snow's estranged party-girl sister.


MATURE READERS


FC, 128 pg. Trade Paperback $9.95

THE FILTH #12
Written by Grant Morrison; art by Chris Weston and Gary Erskine; cover by Carlos Segura


Resolicited; in stores July 23. The penultimate issue of the 13-issue miniseries! Following last issue's revelations, it's time to meet Mother Dirt and learn the secret origins of the Hand organization and of Life on Earth itself. What are we? Who are we? Why did it have to be his way? Amnesiac Hand officer Ned Slade recovers more horrors from his memory as the pieces of a vast, terrifying jigsaw fall into place. Learn the Hidden History of Existence in THE FILTH #12 - "Schizotype." Note: This is a resolicitation. All previous orders have been cancelled.


MATURE READERS


FC, 32 pg. (12 of 13) $2.95

HELLBLAZER #186
Written by Mike Carey; art by Marcelo Frusin; painted cover by Tim Bradstreet


In stores July 30. "The Third Worlds" trilogy reaches its climax in "The Pit," with John and Angie traveling to Tasmania to nail down the details of the shadow dog's last appearance on Earth. But when John becomes trapped in the nightmares of the dead, an ancient warrior queen rises with a deadly agenda of her own…and Angie is left alone to pick up the pieces.


MATURE READERS


FC, 32 pg. $2.75

HUNTER: THE AGE OF MAGIC #25
Written by Dylan Horrocks; art by Richard Case and Steve Bird; painted cover by Chris Bachalo


In stores July 9. Final issue. As the series draws to a close, a new Age of Magic has dawned, and at its heart stands a young man named Tim Hunter. After years of struggling to make sense of the world and his place in it, Tim has finally embraced his destiny as the voice of magic. As Tim as explores the landscapes of his world - a world where ancient spirits walk the streets of London, faerie ride on the Underground and paintings come to life - he learns that the greatest magic of all is the magic of everyday life.


MATURE READERS


FC, 32 pg $2.75

IN THE SHADOW OF EDGAR ALLAN POE SC
Written by Jonathan Scott Fuqua; art and cover by Stephen John Phillips and Steven Parke


In stores July 9. When a journal purported to be written by Edgar Allan Poe falls into the hands of Poe scholar Sterling Tuttle, the voice of the long-dead author reaches out from beyond the grave to give a chilling account of his tortured life. Haunted by the ghosts of his tragic past and the burden of relentless alcoholism, Poe soon finds that his creativity may depend on actual demons who have an unsavory agenda of their own… For more information, see the feature article.


MATURE READERS


FC, 96 pg. Softcover $17.95

THE LOSERS #2
Written by Andy Diggle; art and cover by Jock


In stores July 30. The edgy new series kicks off its first extended story arc with "Goliath" part 1 of 5. Shoot to kill. Play to win. Nothing to lose. It's time to up the ante as the outlaw Special Forces unit known as The Losers turns its attention to the global oil conglomerate Goliath. What is the company's sinister secret, and how is it connected with the conspiracy at the heart of the C.I.A.? The Losers plan to find out, and use the information to buy back their lives.


MATURE READERS


FC, 32 pg. $2.95

LUCIFER #40
Written by Mike Carey; art by Peter Gross and Ryan Kelly; painted cover by Christopher Moeller


In stores July 23. The thrilling conclusion to the 5-part "Naglfar." It's Armageddon from all angles as Lucifer and Michael confront their father. And ably abetted by what remains of her crew, Mazikeen brings the airship home, only to face some nasty surprises.


MATURE READERS


FC, 32 pg. $2.50

SWAMP THING: REUNION TP
Written by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette, and Rick Veitch; art by Rick Veitch, Alfredo Alcala, John Totleben, Steve Bissette, Tom Yeates; cover by John Totleben


In stores July 30. The concluding trade paperback collecting Alan Moore's groundbreaking run on SWAMP THING, REUNION reprints issues #57-64 of this legendary VERTIGO foundation title. For more information, see the feature article.


MATURE READERS


FC, 200 pg. Trade Paperback $19.95

SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING TP - relist
Written by Alan Moore; art and cover by Steven Bissette and John Totleben


In stores July 30. Reoffered to coincide with SWAMP THING: REUNION TP, this volume contains issues #21-27 of Alan Moore's acclaimed run on SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING. Included among these stories is "The Anatomy Lesson," the story that forever redefined the long-established character.


MATURE READERS


FC, 176 pg. Trade Paperback $12.95

VERTIGO POP!: BANGKOK #3
Written by Jonathan Vankin; art and cover by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Shawn Martinbrough


In stores July 2. After they snatch Taeng from the possessive clutches of American sex-tourist Benny, Marz and Tuze go on the lam from corrupt policemen who demand the young prostitute's return. Meanwhile, Tuze sets her own dangerous plan in motion, while Marz and Julien embark on an all-night journey to find the white elephant. Retrieving the sacred animal is the only way to keep Benny out of Bangkok prison, but the lovesick Benny may have already slipped beyond the point of salvation.


MATURE READERS


FC, 32 pg. (3 of 4) $2.95

WAR STORY: JOHANN'S TIGER - relist
Written by Garth Ennis; art by Chris Weston and Gary Erskine; photo cover


In stores July 2. Reoffered to coincide with ENEMY ACE, WAR IN HEAVEN TP, also written by Garth Ennis, is the first of Ennis' WWII stories that tell it like it really was. JOHANN'S TIGER is the tale of a German Tiger tank commander and his crew.


MATURE READERS


FC, 64 pg. $4.95

Y: THE LAST MAN #13
Written by Brian K. Vaughan; art by Pia Guerra and Jos Marzan, Jr.; painted cover by J.G. Jones


In stores July 16. "One Small Step," Part 3 of 5. As a Soyuz escape vehicle leaves the International Space Station, chaos erupts below. Five women risk their lives to make sure that Yorick Brown, the only man on Earth, is not the last. And the terrifying, true motivation of Yorick's foreign pursuers is finally revealed.


MATURE READERS


FC, 32 pg. $2.95

MAD

MAD MAGAZINE #432
Written and illustrated by the Usual Gang of Idiots


In stores July 2. In honor of Independence Day, we humbly suggest that you show your independence by using your hard-earned cash to liberate as many copies of this issue of MAD from newsstands and book stores as possible!


FC/B&W, 48 pg. Magazine Format $3.50

MAD XL #23
Written and illustrated by the Usual Gang of Idiots


In stores July 9. More Best of the Web, MAD Marginals XL, a Readers' Choice poll winner, a MAD Moldy Oldie, and a special creator of the month highlight this summer fun issue!


B&W, 96 pg. Magazine Format $4.99

DC DIRECT

Retailers, please note: Unless otherwise specified, the following items are manufactured to order, so only limited quantities may be available for reorder. Final products may differ from images shown. These items are advance-solicited. Orders must be placed with those for July-released product, solicited in this month's issue of Previews. Some of these products may also be offered simultaneously beyond the comic-book specialty market.

GREEN LANTERN: HAL JORDAN STATUE
Sculpted by William Paquet


Advance-solicited; in stores November 5. Summoned to a crashed spaceship by the dying alien Abin Sur, Hal Jordan was presented with the ring of power and became Green Lantern, one of a band of intergalactic peacekeepers. The GREEN LANTERN STATUE is a limited-edition, hand-painted, cold-cast porcelain statue measuring approximately 12" tall x 4 1/2" wide x 7 1/2" deep and is packaged in a 4-color box.


FC, Statue $195.00

JUSTICE LEAGUE ANIMATED: MARTIAN MANHUNTER MINI-MAQUETTE
Sculpted by John G. Mathews


Advance-solicited; in stores November 12. Third in the series of mini-maquettes that includes Wonder Woman, Superman, Green Lantern, Hawkgirl, The Flash, Batman and Aquaman, based on the highly collectible, sold-out 2002 maquette line! J'onn J'onzz is the sole survivor of an ancient Martian race who came to Earth to warn of an impending invasion and helped to form the Justice League! Martian Manhunter is a hand-painted, cold-cast porcelain mini-maquette measuring approximately: 6" tall x 2 1/2" wide x 1 3/4" that features a newly designed, sculpted base and is packaged in a 4-color window box. Collect all eight!


FC, Mini-Maquette $29.95

JUSTICE LEAGUE ANIMATED: SUPERMAN WALL PLAQUE
Sculpted by John G. Mathews


Advance-solicited; in stores November 19. DC Direct's exciting line of sculpted wall plaques based on the super-heroic stars of the hit Justice League Animated series on Cartoon Network continues! Bursting free of the strongest chains forged by man, the Justice League Animated: Superman Wall Plaque proves that nothing on Earth can hold back the MAN OF STEEL! Other heroes featured in this series include Batman, Green Lantern, Superman, The Flash, Hawkgirl and Martian Manhunter. The JUSTICE LEAGUE ANIMATED SUPERMAN WALL PLAQUE is a fully sculpted, hand-painted, cold-cast porcelain wall relief, measuring approximately 5" tall x 7 1/2" wide x 2" deep. Packaged in a 4-color box.


Liven up your walls! Collect all seven!


FC, Wall Plaque $39.95

SUPER FRIENDS!: BATMAN & SCARECROW DELUXE ACTION FIGURE SET
Advance-solicited; in stores November 19. Continuing the line of Super Friends! Deluxe Action Figure Sets! Gotham City's Caped Crusader may not know the meaning of fear…but is even Batman immune to the Scarecrow's fear-inducing toxin? Batman and Scarecrow both measure approximately 6 3/4" tall, feature multiple points of articulation, and include a Super Friends logo base. Scarecrow features a Belt Magnet Ray, and the set also includes a miniature Batplane measuring approximately 3 1/2" long. Packaged in a 4-color window box. Collect all six Super Friends! Deluxe Action Figure Sets!


FC, Action Figure Set PI

SUPER FRIENDS!: ROBIN & THE RIDDLER DELUXE ACTION FIGURE SET
Advance-solicited; in stores November 19. Next in the line of Super Friends! Deluxe Action Figure Sets! He's the junior half of the Dynamic Duo, the boy wonder known as Robin! But the last laugh is on the Riddler if he thinks that just because he's still a kid, Robin isn't a force to be reckoned with! Robin and the Riddler both measure approximately 6 1/4" tall, feature multiple points of articulation, and include a Super Friends logo base. The Riddler comes with a remote control "mind device" measuring approximately 1" from side to side, and this set also includes a miniature Batmobile measuring approximately 3 1/2" from front to back. Packaged in a 4-color window box. Collect all six Super Friends! Deluxe Action Figure Sets!


FC, Action Figure Set PI

VERTIGO: SANDMAN MORPHEUS MINI-BUST
Designed by Kevin Nowlan, sculpted by Barsom


Advance-solicited; in stores November 26. Continuing the new line of Vertigo Mini-Busts! He is known by many names: Sandman, Dream, Lord Shaper…Morpheus, the melancholy ruler of the Dreaming, where dreams can reward…or punish. Asleep or awake, there isn't a being alive whose fate Morpheus has not touched! The VERTIGO: SANDMAN MORPHEUS MINI-BUST is a limited-edition, hand-painted, cold-cast porcelain statue measuring approximately 6" tall packaged in a 4-color window box. The VERTIGO: MORPHEUS MINI-BUST also features a ruby clasp on Morpheus's cloak made of red translucent resin.


FC, Mini-bust $45.00

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