DC Comics Spotlight Articles for product shipping October, 2003

Tue, July 15th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

The historic comics event decades in the making!


AVENGERS/JLA #2

It's time for Round Two, as the comic-book event of the year continues!

Superstar creators Kurt Busiek and George Prez continue the titanic team-up between the World's Greatest Super-Heroes and Earth's Mightiest Heroes in AVENGERS/JLA #2, the second installment of the long-awaited, Prestige Format 4-issue miniseries co-published by DC and Marvel!

The threats that brought the heroes together in the first issue now promise to tear the teams apart, and the battles you've longed to see just may cause the end of the universe! Featuring appearances by Superman, Captain America, Batman, Thor, Wonder Woman, Wasp, Green Lantern, Iron Man, and a cast of hundreds - including, ultimately, every member of the JLA and Avengers ever!

Look for issue #3 next month from Marvel and #4 from DC in December!

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AVENGERS/JLA is a 4-issue Prestige Format miniseries co-published with Marvel Comics and co-edited by Mike Carlin and Tom Brevoort. The 48-page issue #2 arrives in comic-book stores October 22 with a cover price of $5.95 U.S.

A bold new story arc from the award-winning creative team of 100 BULLETS!


BATMAN #620: "BROKEN CITY"

For the past year, Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee and Scott Williams have taken the Dark Knight on a thrill-packed voyage titled "Hush." Now, the award-winning creative team of 100 BULLETS brings their unique voice and vision to the next chapter of Batman's career with the exciting new 6-part tale, "Broken City," beginning in BATMAN #620!

Killer Croc as a street-hustlin' pimp? The Joker coming to the aid of Batman? You've never seen the streets of Gotham like this before! Bringing the same neo-noir flavor and grimy realism that have distinguished 100 BULLETS, red-hot writer Brian Azzarello (JONNY DOUBLE, Banner), Eisner Award-winning "Best Artist" Eduardo Risso (BATMAN: BLACK AND WHITE, JONNY DOUBLE) and cover artist Dave Johnson (SUPERMAN: RED SON) weave a Batman tale that will haunt you long after you've finished it.

A dead girl's body is found in the Gotham Landfill, and as Batman delves into the case, he reflects on the dark city he has made his home. He knows - or thinks he knows - who the killer is, but when the truth is revealed, the Dark Knight might not even know who he is anymore.

Plus, don't miss Brian Azzarello's original VERTIGO hardcover SGT. ROCK: HELL AND A HARD PLACE, illustrated by Joe Kubert and offered elsewhere in the DC section of Previews!

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

"Broken City" is a 6-part BATMAN story arc edited by Will Dennis and Bob Schreck. The 32-page issue #620 arrives in comic-book stores October 29 with a cover price of $2.25 U.S.

Does a Gotham without darkness need a Dark Knight?


BATMAN: CITY OF LIGHT

Imagine a Gotham City with no shadows…a city in constant illumination, where darkness has been abolished. What would happen to crime? What role would the Dark Knight serve in this Neo-Gotham?

Welcome to BATMAN: CITY OF LIGHT, an 8-issue miniseries written by the Pander Brothers (Grendel, Exquisite Corpse, Triple X) and Mark Paniccia (Bulletproof Monk) and illustrated in distinctive style by the Panders and Alvaro Lopez (BATGIRL: YEAR ONE)!

Renowned architect Evan Slate has proposed to turn Gotham into a "City of Light," building up the crumbling metropolis with a mysterious glowing material imbued with a "genetic signature." Will there be a need for Batman in such a city?

Meanwhile, Batman is challenged by another of Gotham's most talented artisans: the evocative painter Rahn, who won't rest until he gets the Dark Knight to pose for him. As Batman struggles with his inner demons, Batgirl must face a mysterious bomber named Purge!

This project is supported with trade and house ads and a minisite at www.dccomics.com.

BATMAN: CITY OF LIGHT is an 8-issue miniseries edited by Bob Schreck. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores October 1 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.

This time the joke's on the Clown Prince of Crime…


BATMAN/JOKER: SWITCH

Has someone finally pulled the ultimate joke on the Joker?

That unlikely scenario plays out in BATMAN/JOKER: SWITCH, a Prestige Format Special written by Devin Grayson (NIGHTWING, BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS) with breathtaking painted art and cover by John Bolton (BATMAN: MAN-BAT, THE BOOKS OF MAGIC)!

The Joker awakens drugged and confused on the streets of London…and he's undergone a shocking transformation. Can Batman find his arch-nemesis before he carves up all of England looking for the source of his mutilation? And even if he can, does Batman have any chance at stopping the man who's finally turned the Joker into a victim of a sadistic joke?

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BATMAN/JOKER: SWITCH is a 64-page Prestige Format Special edited by Michael Wright that arrives in comic-book stores October 29 with a cover price of $6.95 U.S.

Judd Winick weaves a sordid 12-part organized crime tale!


CAPER

In turn-of-the-century San Francisco - a city run by organized crime - two lethal killers are about to turn on their own!

Get ready for CAPER, a 12-issue maxiseries written by Judd Winick (GREEN ARROW, GREEN LANTERN, BLOOD AND WATER) that turns the genre of crime comics on its ear! Organized into three 4-issue story arcs, CAPER's first arc features art and covers by Farel Dalrymple (Pop Gun War), while the following two arcs are illustrated by artists John Severin (DESPERADOES: QUIET OF THE GRAVE) and Tom Fowler (Grendel), respectively.

The first arc focuses on brothers Izzy and Jacob Weiss, button men for San Francisco's Jewish Mafia. They've done dirty work for years, but now their Boss has pushed them too far. It's about crime. It's about the double cross, the triple cross, the lies, and the murder. It's a caper!

This project is supported with trade and house ads and a minisite at www.dccomics.com.

CAPER is a 12-issue miniseries edited by Bob Schreck. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores October 29 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.

The Teen of Steel returns!


THE LEGION #25: "Foundations"

Hot off the popular "Dream Crime" storyline, the Legion is set to embark on another monumental mission: "Foundations," a 6-part adventure that celebrates the Legion's 45th anniversary by introducing the team's newest member: Superboy!

Writers Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning and acclaimed new regular artists Chris Batista & Chip Wallace are joined by legendary LEGION artist Dave Cockrum (Uncanny X-Men), Paul Rivoche (DR. FATE covers), newcomer Eric Wight, and regular LEGION cover artists Tony Harris (STARMAN) and Tom Feister for THE LEGION #25, the extra-sized first installment of a story that promises to profoundly effect the Legion for years to come. And to add to the excitement, the first three parts of "Foundations" will ship bi-weekly!

As "Foundations" begins, the Legion gains a new member…one who looks a lot like a certain member of the Teen Titans: Superboy! But is it the Superboy from the 21st century - or someone entirely new? The mystery of his identity begins here! And by the last page of THE LEGION #25, a dead hero returns, a young man finds his destiny, and an apocalyptic darkness prophesied in "Dream Crime" rears its hellish head!

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THE LEGION is a monthly ongoing series edited by Stephen Wacker. The 48-page issue #25 arrives in comic-book stores October 29 with a cover price of $3.95 U.S.

LOONEY TUNES BACK IN ACTION: THE MOVIE

The Looney Tunes are back this November in a major motion picture from Warner Bros. starring Steve Martin, Jenna Elfman, Brendan Fraser, Timothy Dalton, Heather Locklear, and more. And you can experience all the thrills and chills that await you at the theater in LOONEY TUNES BACK IN ACTION: THE MOVIE, an action-packed comic adaptation written by Bill Matheny with art by David Alvarez and Duendes Studio!

The movie brings stunning Looney Tunes animation into a live-action world. When Daffy Duck gets booted from the Warner Bros. lot, he finds himself on a madcap around-the-world mission to find a mysterious gem called the Blue Monkey...with Bugs in tow!

LOONEY TUNES BACK IN ACTION: THE MOVIE is a 56-page Special edited by Joan Hilty arriving in comic-book stores October 22 with a cover price of $3.95 U.S.

Kubert & Azzarello take on the legendary war hero…


SGT. ROCK: BETWEEN HELL AND A HARD PLACE

Joe Kubert: living legend - the artist who made Sgt. Rock world-famous.

Brian Azzarello: red-hot, award-winning writer of 100 BULLETS, Banner, and now BATMAN.

These extraordinary creators have teamed up to create a new adventure for the men of Easy Company in SGT. ROCK: BETWEEN HELL AND A HARD PLACE, an original 144-page VERTIGO hardcover graphic novel.

November, 1944. In and around the Hrtgen Forest, some of the most brutally intense combat of World War II is underway. In the middle of this meat grinder, Sgt. Rock and the men of Easy Company - Ice Cream Soldier, Bulldozer, Wildman, Little Sure Shot, and others - sneak behind enemy lines to capture a group of German Intelligence officers. After a grueling night of battle, with the enemy nowhere to be found, Easy Company finds their prisoners slaughtered…all but one who somehow managed to escape.

In the midst of war, where men are trained to kill without remorse, and with no commanding officer to consult, Sgt. Rock finds himself hunting a killer.

Kubert and Azzarello tell a hard-boiled, realistic tale that treats these seminal characters with the respect they deserve and will leave readers begging for more.

This project is supported with a preview in Wizard magazine, a full-color poster, trade and house ads, and a minisite at www.vertigocomics.com.

SGT. ROCK: BETWEEN HELL AND A HARD PLACE is a 144-page VERTIGO hardcover graphic novel edited by Will Dennis and is suggested for mature readers. It arrives in comic-book stores October 22 with a cover price of $24.95 U.S.

The Norse Gods help Hitler win World War II…


LIFE EATERS HARDCOVER

Imagine a world in which the Axis forces of World War II - sliding toward inevitable defeat - were suddenly propelled to victory over the Allies…prompted by aid from the ancient gods of Norse mythology!

Welcome to the alternate reality of LIFE EATERS, a 144-page WildStorm hardcover graphic novel written by award-winning author David Brin (The Postman, Earth, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - FORGIVENESS) with lush painted art by Scott Hampton (THE BOOKS OF MAGIC, The Upturned Stone). These acclaimed creators weave a tapestry of a world turned upside down, in which Gods walk among us and change the course of human history! This tale is based upon Brin's Hugo-nominated novella "Thor Meets Captain America"

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

LIFE EATERS is a 144-page WildStorm hardcover graphic novel edited by Scott Dunbier. It arrives in comic-book stores October 8 with a cover price of $24.95 U.S.

DC DIRECT EXCLUSIVE BATMAN KUBRICK™ SET

Introducing the World's Greatest Detective's family and foes in their newest form!

The 5-figure DC DIRECT EXCLUSIVE BATMAN KUBRICK™ SET includes 2 1/2" figures of Batman, Robin, Batgirl, Mr. Freeze and Scarecrow. Batman and Robin are exclusive to this set. Each figure features multiple points of articulation and comes packaged in a Japanese-language collectible window box. Don't miss out on this limited edition set manufactured by Medicom Toy Corp. exclusively for DC Direct!

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The DC DIRECT EXCLUSIVE BATMAN KUBRICK™ SET is advance-solicited and arrives in comic-book stores December 17, 2003.

KEY TO FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE REPLICA

Hidden within the frozen Arctic cliffs rests the massive door to Superman's Fortress of Solitude, too heavy for any human to move. Only the golden, arrow-shaped key, disguised as an airline guidepost, can unlock the secrets Superman keeps hidden from the outside world.

Now, you can own the KEY TO THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE REPLICA, a limited-edition, hand-painted 1:32 scale prop replica of that famous piece of comic lore! The replica is gold plated, includes a certificate of authenticity, and is removable from the base. The KEY TO THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE REPLICA measures approximately 10" and is packaged in an elegant gift box with foil stamping.

This project is supported by a full-color poster.

The KEY TO THE FORTRES OF SOLITUDE REPLICA is advance-solicited and arrives in comic-book stores February 11, 2004 with a price of $195.00 U.S.

THE TEEN TITANS SWINGIN' ELSEWORLDS SPECIAL

Set your time machines back to the swingin' '60s as the original Teen Titans - Robin, Wonder Girl, Kid Flash, Speedy, and Aqualad - find themselves on an amazing adventure to rescue the King of Camelot himself: President John F. Kennedy!

THE TEEN TITANS SWINGIN' ELSEWORLDS SPECIAL is a new Prestige Format Elseworlds Special written by classic TEEN TITANS writer Bob Haney and illustrated by the snappiest artists around: Jay Stephens (Jetcat Clubhouse) and Mike Allred (Madman, X-Statix) with a new cover by legendary TEEN TITANS artist Nick Cardy!

The Titans soon find out that they're the ones who may need the rescuing, and only the heroism of the 35th President of the United States can save the teenage wonders! In a word…it's swingin'!

THE TEEN TITANS SWINGIN' ELSEWORLDS SPECIAL is a 48-page Elseworlds Special edited by Dan Raspler and Stephen Wacker arriving in comic-book stores October 8 with a cover price of $5.95 U.S.

A sport so extreme, most people don't believe it exists!


KAMIKAZE

Nothing's hotter than extreme sports, and now creators Humberto Ramos and Francisco Herrera are putting their unique spin on this world of full-on action and excitement!

KAMIKAZE is an action-packed new 5-issue Cliffhanger! miniseries written by Humberto Ramos (OUT THERE, CRIMSON), with collaborators Francisco Herrera (Venom) and Olallo Rubio, who also provide interior art. The series features covers by Herrera and Carlos Cuevas.

Could Stone really be dead? Extreme sports crew Zyon, Andy, Tyra, and Tisha must piece together the mystery of their guru Stone's disappearance...a mystery that may just put them in the middle of Kamikaze, a new sport so secretive, so dangerous that many have doubted its existence! Can any of them survive this deadly encounter?

This project is supported with a preview in WildStorm Horizon, trade and house ads, and a minisite at www.wildstorm.com.

KAMIKAZE is a 5-issue Cliffhanger! miniseries edited by Alex Sinclair. Issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores October 15 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.

TWO-STEP

Tony Ling's a Zen gangster. Rosi Blades is a bored camgirl. They've never met, but this unlikely pair is about to embark on the chase of a lifetime through the streets of London!

TWO-STEP is a 3-issue Cliffhanger! miniseries written by Warren Ellis (TOKYO STORM WARNING, ORBITER) with art by Amanda Conner (GateCrasher) and Jimmy Palmiotti (21 DOWN, RELOAD) that sends readers on a madcap thrill-ride rife with babes, brawls and bullets!

Rosi walks through the streets of London, broadcasting everything she sees to the 'Net. She looks for trouble to boost her online hit count…and it's trouble she finds when a runaway gangster zooms past her, chased by Tony. Tony's after a stolen case, and soon Rosi finds herself caught up in a war between these gangsters as the hunted flees the hunter! But what's in the case the gangster stole from Tony…and was it really stolen?

This project is supported with a preview in WildStorm Horizon, trade and house ads, and a minisite at www.wildstorm.com.

TWO-STEP is a 3-issue Cliffhanger! miniseries edited by Alex Sinclair and is suggested for mature readers. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores October 8 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.

THUNDERCATS: HAMMERHAND'S REVENGE

Hammerhand and the Berzerkers are back - and they've captured Hachiman in an attempt to ransom him to the Japanese Empire! But Hachiman has a close friendship with Lion-O…which spells trouble for the bad guys!

THUNDERCATS: HAMMERHAND'S REVENGE is a 5-issue miniseries written by Fiona Avery (Tomb Raider: Journeys, Rising Stars: Bright) with art and cover by Carlos D'Anda (GEN13). Carlos Meglia (SUPERMAN/TARZAN, Star Wars: Underworld) provides an alternate cover for issue #1.

When the Thundercats learn of Hachiman's kidnapping, they agree to help, despite Snarf's objections. Lion-O and the others rush toward a confrontation with Hammerhand, unaware that this is exactly what he'd hoped for. He plans to use the ransom money from the Samurai Empire to build his Pirate Kingdom…and ultimately to destroy the Thundercats once and for all!

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THUNDERCATS: HAMMERHAND'S REVENGE is a 5-issue WildStorm Productions miniseries edited by Alex Sinclair. Issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores October 15 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.

Dare to Dial!


H-E-R-O: POWERS AND ABILITIES TRADE PAPERBACK

In H-E-R-O: POWERS AND ABILITIES, three ordinary people discover an extraordinary instrument that gives them amazing abilities...but are these "gifts" or a "curse"? Written by Will Pfeifer (FINALS, BIZARRO COMICS) and illustrated by Kano (ACTION COMICS) with a cover by John Van Fleet, this 144-page trade paperback collects the sold-out H-E-R-O #1-6, and finds Jerry Feldon, Matt Allen and Andrea Allen dealing with their newfound situations in dramatically different ways.

Updating the classic DC concept DIAL "H" FOR HERO, POWERS AND ABILITIES - affordably priced under $10.00 U.S. - features an introduction by Geoff Johns, and includes all six original painted covers by Van Fleet.

Plus, don't miss H-E-R-O #9, also shipping in October. It kicks off a new storyline introducing Tony Finch, a Gotham City native determined to use the H-E-R-O device to become the greatest super-villain of all time!

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o 144-page trade paperback


o In stores October 22


o $9.95 U.S.

WORLD'S BEST COMICS: THE GOLDEN AGE DC ARCHIVES SAMPLER

Start with four classic Golden Age tales, then add a super-low price of 99 cents and a checklist of every Archive published to date, and you've got the WORLD'S BEST COMICS: THE GOLDEN AGE DC ARCHIVES SAMPLER - a special publication that gives new readers a chance to sample the thrills of Golden Age comics!

This Special features four stories starring Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Plastic Man. "The Construction Conspiracy" (originally presented in SUPERMAN #6, September/October 1945), written by Jerry Siegel with art by Joe Shuster, is a classic "social issues" story that features Superman confronting corrupt politicians and contractors. "The Riddle of the Missing Card" (originally presented in BATMAN #5, Spring 1941), written by Bill Finger with art by Bob Kane, pits the Dynamic Duo against The Joker.

"Mission to Planet Eros" (originally presented in SENSATION COMICS #11, November 1942), written by William Moulton Marston with art by H.G. Peter, sends Wonder Woman and Etta to the planet Eros…need we say more? And in "The Granite Lady" (originally presented in POLICE COMICS #51, February 1946), written and illustrated by Jack Cole, Plas and Woozy face one of their most infamous femmes fatales.

o 48-page Special


o In stores October 1


o $0.99 U.S.

BATMAN: TERROR TRADE PAPERBACK

In the early days of Batman's crimefighting career, the brilliant, twisted Hugo Strange pushed the Dark Knight to the very edge of insanity.

Now, Strange is back in BATMAN: TERROR - a 128-page trade paperback written by Doug Moench and pencilled by Paul Gulacy. Joined by inker Jimmy Palmiotti, Moench and Gulacy conjure up a story of retaliation, betrayal and murder! Reprinting BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #137-141, TERROR features a new cover by Gulacy.

Strange has enlisted the help of Jonathan Crane - the fear-inducing rogue known as the Scarecrow! But the Scarecrow has his own plans to defeat Gotham City's vigilante, and they involve Catwoman - who still holds a place in Batman's heart.

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o 128-page trade paperback


o In stores October 15


o $12.95 U.S.

THE ATOM ARCHIVES Vol. 2 HARDCOVER

Following the resounding success of the revival of The Flash, Green Lantern and the JLA, editor Julius Schwartz, the "architect of the Silver Age," turned his attention to another of DC's then-fallow Golden Age Heroes: the Atom!

Now a second helping of these classic Silver Age adventures can be enjoyed in THE ATOM ARCHIVES Volume 2, collecting THE ATOM #6-13, written by Gardner Fox with art by Gil Kane, Murphy Anderson and Sid Greene with a cover by Kane. Plus, this Archive features an introduction by noted writer and comics historian Roy Thomas.

Volume 2 includes the Mighty Mite's first team-up with Hawkman and Hawkgirl, the classic villainy of Dr. Light, the return of Chronos, an encounter with Edgar Allan Poe, and 10 more exciting adventures!

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o 216-page Hardcover


o In stores October 22


o $49.95 U.S.

ALL-STAR ARCHIVES Vol. 9 HARDCOVER

1948 continued a banner period for the JSA. New writers with fresh approaches and new artists with more sophisticated styles raised the bar for comics' premier super-team, and this volume chronicles this classic era every step of the way!

ALL-STAR COMICS ARCHIVES Volume 9 collects ALL-STAR COMICS #39-43, written by John Broome with art by Alex Toth, Carmine Infantino, Irwin Hasen, and Arther Peddy and a cover by Hasen. This volume also includes an introduction by noted comics writer Roy Thomas.

This volume features the JSA in "Fairyland" facing the evil of Queen Lorelei; a whole host of witches, ogres and classic fairy folktales folk; a tale dealing with the problem of juvenile delinquency; a classic confrontation with the Injustice Society which steals many of the nation's landmarks; and a battle with Professor Zodiac, the master of Alchemy!

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o 224-page Hardcover


o In stores October 8


o $49.95 U.S.

CRISIS ON MULTIPLE EARTHS VOL. 2 TRADE PAPERBACK

Because you demanded it, we're back with another batch of the historic meetings between the legendary Justice League of America and Justice Society of America, collected in CRISIS ON MULTIPLE EARTHS Volume 2!

This trade paperback collects JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #55-56, 64-65, 72-73, and 83-84, with the first two adventures written by Gardner Fox with art by Mike Sekowsky and Sid Greene, and the final two written by Denny O'Neil with art by Dick Dillin and Joe Giella. These stories feature the Earth-2 Robin, the deaths of Larry Lance and the Spectre, and the introduction of the Silver Age Red Tornado! All this, plus an introduction by Martin Pasko and a new cover painting by Jerry Ordway!

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o 208-page trade paperback


o In stores October 29


o $14.95 U.S.

SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL Volumes 1 and 2 TRADE PAPERBACK

For the first time, DC offers a chronological reprinting of the new era for Superman that began in the late '80s! SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL Volume 2 collects SUPERMAN (current series) #1-3, ACTION COMICS #585-587 and ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #424-426 - landmark issues that reintroduced the likes of Lex Luthor, Metallo, and Darkseid in stories written by John Byrne and Marv Wolfman and illustrated by Byrne, Terry Austin, Dick Giordano, and Jerry Ordway! This volume features an introduction by Byrne and a new cover by Ordway.

Also in stores in October is a new printing of SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL Volume 1, a 160-page trade paperback with a new cover by Ordway that collects John Byrne's classic 6-issue miniseries that reinvented Superman!

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o 224-page trade paperback


o In stores October 1


o $19.95 U.S.

BATMAN: ABSOLUTION SOFTCOVER

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 elude him?

BATMAN: ABSOLUTION is a softcover edition of the 96-page original hardcover written by J.M. DeMatteis (THE SPECTRE, BROOKLYN DREAMS) and lushly painted by Brian Ashmore (Hulk: Nightmerica), 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 bombing 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.

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o 96-page Softcover


o In stores October 8


o $17.95 U.S.

HELLBLAZER: RAKE AT THE GATES OF HELL TRADE PAPERBACK

Garth Ennis's and Steve Dillon's run on the VERTIGO mainstay title HELLBLAZER paved the way for their blockbuster series PREACHER. Now their final tale of John Constantine is collected in HELLBLAZER: RAKE AT THE GATES OF HELL, a new trade paperback wrapped in a cover by Glenn Fabry that reprints HELLBLAZER #78-83 as well as the one-shot special HEARTLAND.

In a terrifying and moving finale to Ennis's and Dillon's years of storytelling with the deadpan cockney magician John Constantine, RAKE AT THE GATES OF HELL follows Constantine as he heads towards a final showdown with a revenge-crazed Satan during a raging race riot. And in addition to desperately trying to save his dwindling number of living friends, Constantine also has one final reunion with his lost love Kit, whose family history is detailed in the 58-page story HEARTLAND, set in her hometown of Belfast.

Plus, don't miss the start of the 5-part storyline "Staring at the Walls" beginning in HELLBLAZER #189, shipping October 22.

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o 224-page VERTIGO trade paperback


o Suggested for mature readers


o In stores October 8


o $19.95 U.S.

ANIMAL MAN: DEUS EX MACHINA TRADE PAPERBACK

Long before The Filth, writer Grant Morrison was turning reality inside out with his legendary work on ANIMAL MAN and DOOM PATROL, helping to break the ground that VERTIGO would take root in. Now ANIMAL MAN: DEUS EX MACHINA completes the collection of Morrison's legendary reimagining of Animal Man. In stories written by Morrison with art by Chas Truog, Doug Hazlewood, Paris Cullins, Mark Farmer, and Steve Montano.

Reprinting ANIMAL MAN #18-26, DEUS EX MACHINA follows Buddy Baker (a.k.a. Animal Man) through an incredible odyssey of discovery, traveling from spiritual enlightenment to the blackest depths of grief and culminating in a meeting with the Creator himself (in the form of Grant Morrison!). This hefty 232-page collection also features a brand-new painted cover by renowned artist Brian Bolland.

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o 232-page VERTIGO trade paperback


o Suggested for mature readers


o In stores October 1


o $19.95 U.S.

THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: TALLER TALES TRADE PAPERBACK

Fans of both The Sandman and the Eisner Award-nominated Bill Willingham, creator and writer of FABLES and PROPOSITION PLAYER, won't want to miss THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: TALLER TALES. This new VERTIGO trade paperback collects all of Willingham's stories from the world of the Dreaming.

TALLER TALES reprints THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: MERV PUMPKINHEAD, AGENT OF D.R.E.A.M.; THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT DREAMS… BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK; and THE DREAMING #55, plus the 4-issue miniseries THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: THE THESSALIAD. This collection features art from a breathtaking array of comics' finest including Mark Buckingham, Shawn McManus, Zander Cannon, Adam Hughes, Phil Jimenez, Michael Kaluta, Kevin Nowlan, Paul Pope, and more.

Concentrating on the unique cast from Neil Gaiman's Sandman mythos - and adding some new ones to the mix - the whimsical tales collected here feature a James Bond-style adventure for Merv Pumpkinhead; an educational journey through the Dreaming; a quest for vengeance with the witch Thessaly; and a diverting survey of dream-related facts, all from the perspective of one of the most unique voices in comics: Willingham.

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o 224-page Trade paperback


o Suggested for mature readers


o In stores October 15


o $19.95 U.S.

21 DOWN TRADE PAPERBACK

Meet Preston Kills, a 20-year-old tattoo artist who can see the moments just before and after a person's death. But will this power end up killing him?

Preston's story is told in 21 DOWN, a 176-page WildStorm Productions trade paperback written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray with art by Jesus Saiz & Palmiotti that collects the critically acclaimed "Conduit" story arc originally presented in 21 DOWN #1-7.

Preston is blindsided by the arrival of Mickey Rinaldi, a sexy FBI agent who claims to be looking for anyone connected to Herod, the man who granted Preston his power. And when Preston's brother Robert, a detective with the Brooklyn Police Department, asks to use his power to find a killer terrorizing fetish clubs, he stumbles into an even greater mystery…

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o 176-page WildStorm Productions trade paperback


o In stores October 22


o $19.95 U.S.

BATGIRL FIRST APPEARANCE POSTER

DC Direct is proud to present the BATGIRL FIRST APPEARANCE POSTER, the first in a series of posters featuring art by the fan-favorite artist Brian Bolland. Bolland is the critically acclaimed illustrator of BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, and has contributed covers to ANIMAL MAN, WONDER WOMAN, BLOOD AND WATER, BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS, THE FLASH, and more.

This full-color, 24" x 36" poster reproduces the thrilling cover of BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #43, featuring Batgirl, Batman and Robin charging into action.

The BATGIRL FIRST APPEARANCE POSTER is advance-solicited and arrives in comic-book stores February 18, 2004 with a price of $7.95 U.S.

 
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