DC Comics Solicitations for Product Shipping August, 2006

Mon, May 15th, 2006 at 12:00am PDT

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Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

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DC Solicitations - Last Six Months

BATMAN AND THE MAD MONK #1
Written by Matt Wagner


Art and cover by Wagner


Join Matt Wagner as he revisits the early career of the young Batman in another adventure inspired by DC's Golden Age in this blood-curdling sequel to BATMAN AND THE MONSTER MEN!


The Dark Knight is learning that there are more twisted faces of evil than those worn by the street criminals and mobsters of Gotham. Now, Batman must counter sinister machinations and new dimensions of wickedness as he confronts the hooded menace of the Mad Monk!


On sale August 23 o 1 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $3.50 US

BATMAN AND THE MONSTER MEN TP
Written by Matt Wagner


Art and cover by Wagner


Matt Wagner takes the Dark Knight through his


sophomore season in this new trade paperback collecting


the 6-issue miniseries! Batman has spent his first year fighting organized crime - but nothing thus far in his early career as the Caped Crusader has prepared him for the new menace facing Gotham: super-powered villains! Retailers, please see the order form for a special order incentive.


On sale August 23 o 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US

CATWOMAN #58
Written by Will Pfeifer


Art by David Lopez & Alvaro Lopez


Cover by Adam Hughes


The life of Catwoman's child is in danger, and the only person who can save her is Zatanna. But how will Zatanna react when Catwoman needs her to alter more villains' minds?


On sale August 16 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

BATMAN: SON OF THE DEMON TP - New Printing
Written by Mike W. Barr


Art by Jerry Bingham


Cover by Andy Kubert


A new printing of the classic work tying into the BATMAN story by Grant Morrison & Andy Kubert, in standard comics size for the first time! When a terrorist achieves control over the weather, Batman teams with Ra's al Ghul. But Batman finds himself torn between stopping the ruthless terrorist and protecting al Ghul's daughter Talia, the woman who may be carrying his unborn child!


On sale August 2 o 80 pg, FC, $5.99 US

BATMAN #656
Written by Grant Morrison


Art by Andy Kubert & Jesse Delperdang


Cover by Kubert


What do you get when you add one Batman, fifty Ninja Man-Bats and the British Prime Minister's wife? Welcome to a glittering night of mayhem among the rich and famous, as Batman faces down a whole army of winged horrors in a no-holds barred, bone-crunching superbrawl among the treasures of London's Pop Art museum. And when the Dark Knight's done, an even greater shock awaits, as we finally meet a startling NEW addition to the Batman family in "Man Bats of London," - Part 2 of the 4-part "Batman and Son," by comics legends Grant Morrison (ALL STAR SUPERMAN, SEVEN SOLDIERS) and Andy Kubert (Ultimate X-Men, 1602)! And don't miss the stunning New Printing of BATMAN: SON OF THE DEMON, solicited on page 60!


On sale August 23 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

DETECTIVE COMICS #822
Written by Paul Dini


Art by J.H. Williams III


Cover by Simone Bianchi


The team of writer Paul Dini (BATMAN: WAR ON CRIME, Batman: The Animated Series), artist J.H. Williams III (PROMETHEA, SEVEN SOLDIERS) and cover artist Simone Bianchi (SEVEN SOLDIERS: SHINING KNIGHT) deliver another intriguing tale of the Dark Knight!


When a young socialite is murdered, her grief-stricken uncle turns to the newly reformed Riddler to find her killer. No longer the villain of old, the Riddler has turned his brilliant brain to crime-solving, and to the surprise of both the police and Batman, he's actually good at it. Has Gotham's most pernicious puzzler turned over a new leaf, or is it all a cover for a darker scheme?


Prepare for twists, turns and betrayals every step of the way as Batman and the Riddler forge an uneasy alliance to track down the mysterious murderer!


On sale August 2 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

BATGIRL: DESTRUCTION'S DAUGHTER TP
Written by Andersen Gabrych Cover by Tim Sale


Art by Pop Mhan, Ale Garza, Andy Kuhn and others


Learn the fate of Batgirl in this new trade paperback collecting BATGIRL #65-73! Batgirl has known her father was the deadly mercenary David Cain - but who was her mother? Her quest for truth brings her face-to-face with Lady Shiva and Nyssa. Will she find the answers she's looking for, or will she regret taking this journey?


Advance-solicited; on sale September 20 o 224 pg, FC, $19.99 US

BATMAN: FACE THE FACE TP
Written by James Robinson


Cover by Simone Bianchi


Art by Leonard Kirk, Don Kramer, Patrick Gleason and others


It's One Year Later…and who is the mysterious vigilante who's been murdering Gotham's highest-profile villains? Find out in this new collection featuring the 8-part "Face the Face" saga from DETECTIVE COMICS #817-820 and BATMAN #651-654! Batman must uncover the murderer's identity - even as he finds himself in the unlikely role of protecting some of his oldest foes!


Advance-solicited; on sale September 6 o 192 pg, FC, $14.99 US

BATMAN: GOTHAM BY GASLIGHT TP
Written by Brian Augustyn


Cover by Mike Mignola


Art by by Mignola, Eduardo Barreto and P. Craig Russell


Presenting for the first time the adventures of the Victorian Era Batman in one 112-page edition! This volume includes the breakthrough Elseworlds specials GOTHAM BY GASLIGHT and MASTER OF THE FUTURE that pit the Dark Knight againt Jack the Ripper and a death-dealer from the skies over Gotham!


On sale August 30 o 112 pg, FC, $12.99 US

BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #209
Written by Bruce Jones


Art and cover by Ariel Olivetti


Part 3 of the 5-part "Darker Than Death," written by Bruce Jones (MAN-BAT) with fully rendered color art by Ariel Olivetti (SPACE GHOST)! Is the hostage Batman risked everything to save already beyond his - or anyone's - help?


On sale August 9 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

MAN-BAT #5
Written by Bruce Jones


Art and cover by Mike Huddleston


The shocking miniseries conclusion! All roads have led to the secret hideout of Black Mask, where Kirk Langstrom faces a crucial turning point that will allow him to regain his humanity - or lose it once and for all to the beast known as Man-Bat! And with Hush in the mix, Langstrom's chances for salvation are slim, even with Batman's help!


On sale August 30 o 5 of 5 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

NIGHTWING #123
Written by Bruce Jones


Art by Robert Teranishi & Bit


Cover by Jock


Featuring guest art by Robert Teranishi (SAGA OF SEVEN SUNS: VEILED ALLIANCES)! There's a fire-throwing killer on the streets, targeting the few people Nightwing can trust. The race is on for Nightwing to stop the fires while dodging the bullets and spotlights of the NYPD!


On sale August 9 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

ROBIN #153
Written by Adam Beechen


Art by Freddie E. Williams II


Cover by Patrick Gleason & Prentis Rollins


Robin and the new Captain Boomerang take a thrill ride through Gotham's forgotten super-villain hideouts in a race against time to find an armed nuclear weapon!


On sale August 16 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

SHOWCASE PRESENTS: BATMAN VOL. 1 TP
Written by Bill Finger, Ed "France" Herron, Gardner Fox and John Broome


Art by Bob Kane, Carmine Infantino, Joe Giella, Sheldon Moldoff and others


Cover by Kane


The spotlight's on Batman in this volume featuring Detective Comics #327-342 and Batman #164-174! The Dynamic Duo take on some of their most enduring Rogues Gallery members, including Penguin, the Riddler, and the Outsider in these classic Silver Age stories from the era of famed editor Julius Schwartz!


On sale August 30 o 552 pg, B&W, $16.99 US

SUPERMAN #655
Written by Kurt Busiek


Art and cover by Carlos Pacheco & Jesus Merino


Halfway across the world from Metropolis lies a dark secret from another planet, one not even Superman may be able to contain. What is this threat, and why has a certain time-traveling magician taken interest?


On sale August 9 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

ACTION COMICS #842
Written by Kurt Busiek & Fabian Nicieza


Art by Pete Woods


Cover by Dave Gibbons


Part 2 of the stunning, DCU-spanning 3-part story written by Kurt Busiek & Fabian Nicieza with art by Pete Woods (CATWOMAN) and a cover by Dave Gibbons (WATCHMEN, THE ORIGINALS)! An alien race is collecting unique specimens from Earth, and Superman's on the list! When tossed in with heroes and villains alike, it'll be up to the Man of Steel to lead the charge against their interstellar jailers! Guest-starring Nightwing, Firestorm, Aquaman and more!


On sale August 30 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

SUPERGIRL #9
Written by Joe Kelly


Art and cover by Ian Churchill & Norm Rapmund


Don't miss a turning point in Kara's life as some of the missing time from One Year Later is revealed! When Kara returned from space, she found Paradise Island gone, Superboy dead and Superman powerless. Feeling very much alone, she found romance with someone that no hero will condone. Who is Supergirl's boyfriend?


On sale August 2 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

SUPERMAN: UP, UP AND AWAY! TP
Written by Kurt Busiek & Geoff Johns


Cover by Terry & Rachel Dodson


Art by Pete Woods and Renato Guedes


It is One Year Later…and no one has seen or heard from the Man of Steel. In this collection featuring SUPERMAN #650-653 and ACTION #837-840, as Clark Kent concentrates on his career, the need for the Man of Steel has remained as strong as ever - especially now that Lex Luthor has returned to Metropolis, with his thirst for power fully intact!


Advance-solicited; on sale September 27 o 192 pg, FC, $14.99 US

SUPERMAN: INFINITE CITY SC
Written by Mike Kennedy


Art and cover by Carlos Meglia


Don't miss this softcover edition of the acclaimed hardcover written by Mike Kennedy (Star Wars: Underworld) and featuring distinctive visuals by Carlos Meglia (ACTION COMICS)! Welcome to Infinite City, where futuristic technology and magic co-exist. But can Superman defeat his doppleganger, the Warden, so that he and Lois Lane may return home?


Advance-solicited; on sale September 13 o 96 pg, FC, $17.99 US

SUPERMAN/BATMAN #29
Written by Mark Verheiden


Art and cover by Ethan Van Sciver


In Part 2 of "The Enemies Among Us," Hal Jordan goes mad just as space villains that once plagued the Green Lantern are attacking Earth. Superman and Batman look to the rest of the Corps for help, and instead find Kilowog gone rogue!


On sale August 16 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

SHOWCASE PRESENTS SUPERMAN VOL. 1 TP
Written by Jerry Siegel, Bill Finger and others


Art by Curt Swan, Dick Sprang and others


Cover by Swan & George Klein


This volume collects SUPERMAN #122-133 and ACTION COMICS #241-257, featuring the birth of the Silver Age Superman mythos, including the first appearances of Supergirl, Brainiac, the Fortress of Solitude and more!


On sale August 2 o 560 pg, B&W, $9.99 US o Relist

SHOWCASE PRESENTS THE SUPERMAN FAMILY VOL. 1 TP
Written by Otto Binder


Art by Curt Swan, Ruben Moreria, Ray Burnley and others


Cover by Swan & Stan Kaye


A volume spotlighting Superman's girlfriend Lois Lane and pal Jimmy Olsen, collecting the first 22 issues of SUPERMAN'S PAL, JIMMY OLSEN and Lois's first solo outing from SHOWCASE #9!


On sale August 2 o 576 pg, B&W, $16.99 US o Relist

THE ALL-NEW ATOM #2
Written by Gail Simone


Art by John Byrne & Trevor Scott


Cover by Ariel Olivetti


Ryan investigates disappearances in Ivy Town and stumbles on the shambling creature M'ngalah and his deformed hordes! Meanwhile, one of The Waiting is given a version of the Atom's bio-belt and becomes the hyper-violent Dwarfstar! What's the connection between all these mysterious events in Ivy Town?


On sale August 2 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

BIRDS OF PREY #97
Written by Gail Simone


Art by Paulo Siqueira & Robin Riggs


Cover by Jerry Ordway


Concluding the 2-part story arc "Headhunting!" Black Alice is torn between good and evil. For which side should she use her magical abilities? As the Huntress and Black Canary pull her towards the Birds, powerful others are influencing Alice's darker tendencies.


On sale August 16 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

BLUE BEETLE #6
Written by Keith Giffen & John Rogers


Art by Cully Hamner


Cover by Duncan Rouleau


A jaw-dropping secret about the Beetle's armor is revealed in this can't-miss issue!


On sale August 23 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

CHECKMATE #5
Written by Greg Rucka


Art by Jesus Saiz


Cover by Lee Bermejo


Three candidates compete to become Black Queen's Knight in the sensational stand-alone tale "Selection."


On sale August 16 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

THE CREEPER #1
Written by Steve Niles


Art by Justiniano & Walden Wong


Cover by Justiniano


He's back for the first time in a new 6-issue miniseries written by horror maven Steve Niles (BATMAN: GOTHAM COUNTY LINE, 30 Days of Night) with art by Justiniano & Walden Wong (DAY OF VENGEANCE)!


TV pundit Jack Ryder - whose successful show "You Are Wrong" continues to aggravate the nation - runs afoul of a doctor who transforms him into a strange new weapon in Gotham's war on crime! The 21st century just got a little stranger! For a signed edition, see the Dynamic Forces section of Previews.


On sale August 2 o 1 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US Edited by Joey Cavalieri

FIRESTORM: THE NUCLEAR MAN #28
Written by Stuart Moore


Art by Jamal Igle & Keith Champagne


Cover by Brian Stelfreeze


Beginning the biggest Firestorm storyline yet: the 4-part "In My Father's House!" Firestorm investigates his girlfriend Gehenna's mysterious past - and finds a new nuclear-powered menace - as his family life turns to chaos! Is it all connected? And who is the other Firestorm?


On sale August 9 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

THE FLASH: FASTEST MAN ALIVE #3
Written by Danny Bilson & Paul DeMeo


Art by Karl Kerschl


Cover by Ken Lashley


Who's giving the Flash a run for his money as the new hero of Keystone? Illustrated by guest artist Karl Kerschl!


On sale August 16 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

GREEN ARROW #65
Written by Judd Winick


Art and cover by Scott McDaniel & Andy Owens


Part 1 of the new story "Away Game" - a 3-part flashback explaining what happened to Ollie a year ago after he was left for dead with Mia and Connor. After making it to a desert island, the three lick their wounds and plan a return to full power!


On sale August 9 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

52: WEEKS 13-17
Written by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid


Breakdowns by Keith Giffen


Art by various


Backup feature by Waid and various


Covers by J.G. Jones


In WEEK 13, featuring art by Todd Nauck & Marlo Alquiza, it's the resurrection of Sue Dibny! But are the Elongated Man's ex-teammates here to help, or hurt? Plus, the origin of Elongated Man by Mark Waid and Kevin Nowlan!


In WEEK 14, with art by Dale Eaglesham & Art Thibert, Steel faces a turning point, and Montoya and the Question go international! Plus, the origin of Steel by Waid and Jon Bogdanove!


It's the death you never expected in WEEK 15, featuring art by Shawn Moll & Tom Nguyen! Plus, the origin of Metamorpho by Waid & Eric Powell (The Goon)!


Celebrate the nuptials of Black Adam and Isis in WEEK 16, illustrated by Joe Bennett & Ruy Jose! Plus, the origin of Black Adam by Waid and J.G. Jones!


WEEK 17 features art by Chris Batista, Jack Jadson & Ruy Jose, and can be described in one word: Lobo! Plus, the origin of Lobo by Waid and Giffen!


52: A year without Superman; a year without Batman; a year without Wonder Woman…but not a year without heroes.


Week 13 on sale August 2 o Week 14 on sale August 9 o Week 15 on sale August 16 o Week 16 on sale August 23 o Week 17 on sale August 30 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

THE ENEMY ACE ARCHIVES VOL. 2 HC
Written by Robert Kanigher and Joe Kubert,


Art by Joe Kubert, Russ Heath, Frank Thorne and Neal Adams


Cover by Kubert


Death stalks the skies above Europe once more in this second volume of THE ENEMY ACE ARCHIVES, reprinting the classic adventures of World War I German fighter ace Hans von Hammer from


the pages of STAR SPANGLED WAR STORIES from 1969 through 1976!


Advance-solicited; on sale September 6 o 196 pg, FC, $49.99 US

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #3
Written by Dave Gibbons


Art and cover by Patrick Gleason & Prentis Rollins


The explosive conclusion of the 3-part "To Be a Lantern!" On Oa, a murderer is brought to justice and a Lantern is laid to rest, while on Thanagar, a brave warrior's life is changed, perhaps forever.


On sale August 9 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

HAWKGIRL #55
Written by Walter Simonson


Art and cover by Howard Chaykin


Hawkgirl is torn by the sudden, mysterious return of Hawkman - but facing off against the deadly and progressively more powerful Maww may just be enough to keep her from finding out their deadly connection!


On sale August 23 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

JLA CLASSIFIED #26
Written by Peter Milligan


Art by Carlos D'Anda


Cover by Howard Porter


Kicking off "Kid Amazo," a 5-part story written by Peter Milligan (X-Men) with art by Carlos D'Anda (OUTSIDERS)! Professor Ivo and Amazo have hatched an unusual experiment that just might mean the downfall of the JLA - but could their experiment turn on them?


On sale August 2 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

JONAH HEX #10
Written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray


Art and cover by Phil Noto


In this gothic tale of horror and honor illustrated by artist Phil Noto (DANGER GIRL, Beautiful Killer), Jonah Hex finds himself at odds with the most ruthless, inbred family of killers he's ever come across. Deep in the Louisiana swamplands, two men and a pregnant woman end up in the wrong place at the wrong time - and it's up to Jonah Hex to set things straight!


On sale August 2 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

JONAH HEX: A FACE FULL OF VIOLENCE TP
Written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray


Art by Luke Ross and Tony DeZuniga


Cover by Tim Bradstreet


DC's legendary gunslinger returns in this action-packed collection featuring the first six issues of the acclaimed new series! The mysterious bounty hunter and thinking man's killer was a hero to some; a villain to others; and wherever he rode, people spoke his name in whispers.


Advance-solicited; on sale September 6 o 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US

SHOWCASE PRESENTS JONAH HEX VOL. 1 TP
Written by John Albano & Michael Fleischer


Art by Tony DeZuniga, Jos Lus Garcia-Lpez and others


Cover by Luis Dominguez


Reoffered to coincide with JONAH HEX: A FACE FULL OF VIOLENCE! Witness the earliest adventures of DC's legendary gunslinger from ALL-STAR WESTERN #2-8 and #10-11, WEIRD WESTERN TALES #12-14 and #16-33!


On sale August 2 o 540 pg, B&W $16.99 US o Relist

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1
Written by Brad Meltzer


Art by Ed Benes & Sandra Hope


Two standard covers by Ed Benes


Variant cover by Michael Turner


It begins here - a bold new era for the World's Greatest Heroes by New York Times best-selling author Brad Meltzer and superstar artist Ed Benes! It's Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman…and the true roster of members who will become the new Justice League of America. Join us as we head into "The Tornado's Path." Retailers please note: this issue will ship with two covers by Ed Benes, one featuring Green Lantern and Green Arrow (cover A, left half of art above) and one featuring Superman and Batman (cover B, right half of art above). For a signed edition, see the Dynamic Forces section of Previews. A variant cover by Michael Turner is also available - see order form for details.


On sale August 16 o 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US

ION #5
Written by Ron Marz


Art by Greg Tocchini & Jay Leisten


Cover by Kalman Andrasofszky


Green Lantern and Ion - side-by-side against one of their greatest foes! With the source of Kyle's strange behavior finally revealed, how will our heroes deal with the consequences? Meanwhile, on Earth, the outcome of one of Ion's recent battles has unexpected repercussions for Kyle's new friends.


On sale August 16 o 5 of 12 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

JSA CLASSIFIED #15 & 16
Written by Steve Englehart


Art by Tom Derenick & Mark Farmer


Cover by Mike Zeck & Jerry Ordway


Shipping twice in August, Parts 2 and 3 of the 3-part "Double Trouble!" In issue #15, Star Girl, Vixen and Gypsy attempt to raise the stakes, but they find themselves at the mangling paws of a Wildcat gone mad! Can these three fare any better than the rest of the JSA, or will Amos Fortune and the Gambler succeed in cashing in the young heroines' chips?


And in issue #16, the stakes are raised for one final battle for the villains' fun and profit. Will Stargirl and Wildcat, teamed with Vixen and Gypsy, be enough to turn the tables so the JSA can go home winners? Place your bets, folks!


Issue #15 on sale August 9; issue #16 on sale August 23 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

JUSTICE VOL. 1 HC
Written by Jim Krueger & Alex Ross


Art by Doug Braithwaite & Ross


Cover by Ross


The Justice League of America is reimagined by fan-favorite painter Alex Ross (JLA: LIBERTY & JUSTICE, KINGDOM COME) and writer Jim Krueger (Earth X, Universe X) with pencil art by Doug Braithwaite (Paradise X) painted by Ross in this fantastic new hardcover collecting the first four issues of the best-selling maxiseries!


The members of the fabled Justice League of America are about to learn they aren't the only ones who can band together toward a common goal. The greatest criminal masterminds of our time appear to be acting in concert - but with a surprising plan that seeks to achieve more good than the JLA ever could! This first volume of three contains expanded character bios and sketches.


For a signed edition, see the Dynamic Forces section of Previews.


Advance-solicited; on sale September 13 o 160 pg, FC, $19.99 US

JSA: MIXED SIGNALS TP
Written by Geoff Johns and Keith Champagne


Art by Don Kramer, Dale Eaglesham, Jim Fern and others


Cover by Alex Ross


Collecting JSA #76-81! Following the events of DAY OF VENGEANCE, the DCU's magic-based heroes are vulnerable - and the ancient magician Mordru plans to take full advantage of the situation. Meanwhile, the fate of Atom Smasher is decided, the OMACs attack, and Green Lantern is drafted to help in an intergalactic war!


Advance-solicited; on sale September 20 o 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US

MANHUNTER #25
Written by Marc Andreyko


Art by Javier Pina & Fernando Blanco


Cover by Jesus Saiz


The solo adventures of Kate Spencer come to a stunning conclusion - but her new life as a dark hero has only just begun! Final issue.


On sale August 16 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

JUSTICE #7
Written by Jim Krueger & Alex Ross


Art by Doug Braithwaite & Ross


Cover by Ross


With Green Lantern out of the way, Brainiac advances his plan! The Justice League meets in the Fortress to reconnoiter…and enlist the aid of Metamorpho and the Doom Patrol!


On sale August 30 o 7 of 12 o 40 pg, FC, $3.50 US

INFINITE CRISIS HC
Written by Geoff Johns


Art by Phil Jimenez, George Prez, Jerry Ordway,


Ivan Reis, Andy Lanning and others


New cover by Jimenez


The 7-issue miniseries event that rocked the entire DC Universe in 2005-2006 - a sequel to the epic CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS - is now collected in an amazing hardcover collection! Written by Geoff Johns (GREEN LANTERN, TEEN TITANS) with art by a who's who of comics' greatest talents - including Phil Jimenez, George Prez, Jerry Ordway and more, this hardcover is a must-have for any DC collector.


OMAC robots are rampaging, magic is dying, villains are uniting, and a war is raging in space. And in the middle of it all, a critical moment has divided Earth's three greatest heroes: Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. It's the DCU's darkest day, and long-lost heroes from the past have returned to make things right in the universe...at any cost. Heroes will live, heroes will die, and the DCU will never be the same again!


This exhaustive volume also contains every cover and variant produced for the project, annotations, character designs, excerpts from scripts, unused scenes, and much more! For a signed edition, se the Dynamic Forces section of Previews.


Advance-solicited; on sale September 20 o 264 pg, FC, $24.99 US

IDENTITY CRISIS TP
Written by Brad Meltzer


Art and cover by Rags Morales & Michael Bair


The best-selling, critically acclaimed comics event written written by New York Times best-selling author Brad Meltzer (GREEN ARROW) with art by Rags Morales & Michael Bair (WONDER WOMAN) is now available in a stunning softcover edition! This volume collects 2004's evocative 7-issue miniseries that took all-too-human look into the lives of super-heroes, and the terrible price they pay for doing good.


When the spouse of a JLA member is brutally murdered, the entire super-hero community searches for the killer, fearing their own loved ones may be the next targets! But before the mystery is fully solved, a number of long-buried secrets rise to the surface, threatening to tear apart and divide the heroes before they can bring the mysterious killer to justice.


Bonus features for this edition include extended commentary by Meltzer and Morales, the rest of the creative team talking about their favorite moments, a look at Morales's sketchbook and more!


On sale August 16 o 264 pg, FC, $14.99 US

MARTIAN MANHUNTER #1
Written by A.J. Lieberman


Art and cover by Al Barrionuevo & Bit


Exploding from the pages of BRAVE NEW WORLD, Martian Manhunter stars in his first solo adventure in over five years! Written by A.J. Lieberman (Harley Quinn, BATMAN: Gotham Knights), who's reunited with the artistic team of Al Barrionuevo and Bit (BATMAN: Gotham Knights), this series will change the way you see the last son of Mars!


Since coming to Earth, J'onn J'onzz has strived to fit in with his adoptive people, even altering his appearance in order to not frighten Earthlings. And in that time, he has struggled between following the ways and customs of his people and becoming human.


But now everything he believed about his past has been shattered, and his tolerance for the failings of humanity is at an end. On a mission to seek the real facts about his past and his long-lost race, Martian Manhunter will stop at nothing to discover the truth about himself and the world he lives in!


On sale August 9 o 1 of 8 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US Edited by Matt Idelson

THE NEXT #2
Written by Tad Williams


Art and cover by Dietrich Smith & Walden Wong


The new miniseries by fantasy writer Tad Williams heats up! The Iron Ring has sent the emissary called Sion to bring the Next back to their home for judgment and sentencing…but they can't go back without killing Monikka! And even Superman has a tough time going up against Sion…


On sale August 9 o 2 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

OMAC #2
Written by Bruce Jones


Art and cover by Renato Guedes


The last OMAC managed to escape Firestorm - now he finds himself in Las Vegas, but still with a deadly mission to complete at the heart of the United States' military. Success in this mission will unleash an even greater danger, but what chance do any of Earth's heroes have against the One Man Army Corps?


And while the man who has become OMAC is far from the war machine that is OMAC, what hope does he have to prevent freedom's downfall when he doesn't even know the menace he carries inside him?


On sale August 2 o 2 of 8 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

OUTSIDERS #39
Written by Judd Winick


Art by Matthew Clark & Art Thibert


Cover by Daniel Acua


For these heroes, being an Outsider is in their DNA. But so are a few other things, as the team's about to learn!


On sale August 2 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

THE SHAZAM! FAMILY ARCHIVES VOL. 1 HC
Written by various


Art by Mac Raboy, Al Carreno Marc Swayze and C.C. Beck


Cover by Mac Raboy


A stunning Golden Age Archive featuring the adventures of Captain Marvel, Jr. and the origin of Mary Marvel from MASTER COMICS 23-32, CAPTAIN MARVEL JR. #1 and CAPTAIN MARVEL ADVENTURES #18! Plus, a foreword by comics historian P.C. Hamerlinck.


Advance-solicited; on sale September 27 o 228 pg, FC, $49.99 US

RUSH CITY #1 & 2
Written by Chuck Dixon


Art by Timothy Green II


Covers by Jock


Master of action Chuck Dixon (NIGHTWING, Punisher) puts the pedal to the metal as a new hero burns rubber down the mean streets of New York City! When someone is lost in Manhattan - and time is running out - there's only one person to call: Rush! Who is the man behind the wheel? How do the scars of his past guide his future? And what is his secret to rocketing through the world's most exciting city? In this action-packed first issue, Rush is called in to rescue a young diabetic girl who must be found...before death finds her first!


And in issue #2, what is Rush desperately racing through - and under - the streets of New York City to find...and why is special guest Black Canary also on the hunt? Jump on board for an adrenaline rush of sonic screams, hot motorcycles and fishnet stockings!


Issue #1 retro-solicited; on sale July 19;


issue #2 on sale August 16 o 1 & 2 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

SECRET SIX #4
Written by Gail Simone


Art by Brad Walker & Jimmy Palmiotti


Cover by Karl Kerschl


It's the Secret Six versus the Doom Patrol, fresh off their appearance in Teen Titans! As the Six hunt down the villain who has been targeting them, they uncover some startling secrets. What does the all-new Doom Patrol have to do with all of it?


On sale August 23 o 4 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

SHOWCASE PRESENTS CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN VOL. 1 TP
Written by Jack Kirby, Dave Wood and Ed Herron


Art by Kirby, Bob Brown, Wally Wood and others


Cover by Kirby


Collecting Showcase Presents #6, 7, 11, 12 and Challengers of the Unknown #1-18 (1957-1959)! Relive the classic Silver Age adventures of Jack Kirby's Challengers of the Unknown - a team brought together by fate dedicated to a life of harrowing adventure in the name of good!


Advance-solicited; on sale September 27 o 540 pg, B&W $16.99 US

SOLO #12
Written by Brendan McCarthy, Tom O'Connor,


Jono Howard and Robbie Morrison


Art and cover by McCarthy


It's the final issue of Solo, and we're going out with a bang! Artist/writer Brendan McCarthy (Judge Dredd, Rogan Gosh, Skin) lends his unique style to some of DC's biggest icons: Batman. Superman, the Flash, and even JSA villain Johnny Sorrow! His take on the "World's Finest" is guaranteed to be like nothing you've seen before. And you won't believe what else is spawned from McCarthy's fevered imagination!


On sale August 30 o 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US

SUPERGIRL AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #21
Written by Mark Waid & Tony Bedard


Art by Barry Kitson, Adam DeKraker & Mick Gray


Cover by Kitson


The Legion struggles against the mighty giants of Colossal Boy's hometown! And with Brainiac's resurrection plan in action, can the Legion trust him to play god?


On sale August 23 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

TRIALS OF SHAZAM! #1
Written by Judd Winick


Art and cover by Howard Porter


Acclaimed writer Judd Winick (OUTSIDERS, GREEN ARROW) redefines the mighty Captain Marvel in a 12-issue maxiseries featuring a stunning new art style for fan-favorite illustrator Howard Porter (THE FLASH, JLA)!


The world is in magical turmoil as Captain Marvel tries to keep everything under control in the aftermath of the events of DAY OF VENGEANCE. And with the rest of the Marvel Family powerless, it's all up to him - unless some drastic changes occur fast. Luckily, everything changes by this issue's end!


On sale August 30 o 1 of 12 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

TEEN TITANS #39
Written by Geoff Johns


Art by Tony Daniel & Kevin Conrad


Cover by Daniels


Part 2 of "Titans Around the World!" It's off to Tokyo to meet one of the many mysterious Teen Titans members from the missing year: the world's greatest teen magician - the all-new Zatara! Plus, Robin and Wonder Girl learn a horrific secret about one of their former members.


On sale August 9 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

SHADOWPACT #4
Written by Bill Willingham


Art by Steve Scott & Wayne Faucher


Cover by Scott


A special issue featuring guest art by Steve Scott (JLA) spotlighting a night in the life of Blue Devil! Demons have tracked Blue Devil to his hometown, and the resultant battle may leave it in shambles! It's wild action from writer Bill Willingham (FABLES)!


On sale August 16 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

THE WARLORD #7
Written by Bruce Jones


Art and cover by Bart Sears


Brovis forms an uneasy alliance with Travis Morgan's friends - uneasy for them, that is!


On sale August 23 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

UNCLE SAM AND THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS #2
Written by Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti


Art and cover by Daniel Acua


The Brave New World continues as the all-new Freedom Fighters set out on their latest mission - to arrest Uncle Sam!


On sale August 30 o 2 of 8 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

WONDER WOMAN #3
Written by Allan Heinberg


Art and cover by Terry Dodson & Rachel Dodson


The adventures of the all-new Wonder Woman continue in Part 3 of the 5-part "Who is Wonder Woman" as three of her predecessor's most powerful enemies unite to declare war on the Amazing Amazon. But when Wonder Woman attempts to answer their challenge, she discovers a heroic figure from her past literally beating her to the punch. But who is the gods' new avatar? And where does that leave the new Wonder Woman?


On sale August 9 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

THE BATMAN STRIKES! #24
Written by Matt Manning


Art by Wes Craig & Terry Beatty


Cover by Dave McCaig


It's a wild night in Gotham City! Batman and Batgirl know that Catwoman's planning to steal a priceless piece of art. But can they keep an eye on her when some of Gotham's most dangerous criminals are loose?


On sale August 9 o 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED #24
Written by Adam Beechen


Art by Carlo Barberi & Zach Howard


Cover by Ty Templeton


Starro has taken over the Watchtower and enslaved the minds of the Justice League's most powerful members! Can Martian Manhunter save his friends and defeat this monster from outer space?


On sale August 2 o 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

TEEN TITANS GO! #34
Written by J. Torres


Art by Todd Nauck & Lary Stucker


Cover by Sean Galloway


Kid Flash and Mas y Menos run a circuitous race for charity around the world, but the speedsters can't help but make detours along the way to thwart some super villainy!


On sale August 30 o 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

CARTOON NETWORK ACTION PACK #4
Written by Man of Action, Robbie Busch and others


Art by Christopher Cook and others


Cover by Matt Jenkins


Another action-packed issue featuring Ben 10, Juniper Lee, and the Powerpuff Girls' rivals the Rowdyruff Boys!


On sale August 9 o 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

CARTOON NETWORK BLOCK PARTY #24
Written by Abby Denson, Scott Cunningham and John Rozum


Art by Chris Cook, Gary Fields, Scott Roberts, Al Nickerson and Scott McRae


Cover by Robert Pope & Mike DeCarlo


Kaz is tired of Ami and Yumi hogging the spotlight - he's ready for a taste of fame! Plus, meet Grim's prize-winning hound: Cerberus!


On sale August 23 o 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

PRINCESS NATASHA #3
Written by Leila Strachan


Art and cover by Christopher Cook & Al Nickerson


How much harm can hamsters cause? Ask Natasha as she races to save her ambassador and national animal from Lubek's diabolical Robot Hamsters!


On sale August 16 o 3 of 4 o 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

LOONEY TUNES #141
Written by Sholly Fisch, Robbie Busch, Frank Strom and Earl Kress


Art by Pablo Zamboni, Walter Carzon, Leo Batic, Mike DeCarlo, Horacio Ottolini and Ruben Torreiro


Cover by Scott Gross


Porky takes Sylvester in for a dental check-up, not suspecting that he's meeting a doctor who believes all toothaches can be cured by brain removal!


On sale August 2 o 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

SCOOBY-DOO #111
Written by Chuck Dixon, Scott Cunningham and Sholly Fisch


Art by Scott Jeralds, Scott Neely and others


Cover by Robert Pope & Scott McRae


The ghoulish Ghastley family is back - and once again in need of Mystery, Inc's help! Then Shaggy and Scooby leave the gang behind to investigate the disappearance of the president of their favorite fast food chain! All this and some sinister sounds, too. Jinkies!


On sale August 16 o 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

MAD #469
Written and illustrated by The Usual Gang of Idiots


Madcap summer hilarity as only the Usual Gang of Idiots can deliver!


On sale August 2 o 48 pg, FC/B&W, $3.99 US

MAD CLASSICS #9
Written and illustrated by The Usual Gang of Idiots


A jam-packed new issue of MAD CLASSICS, featuring the Best of the Web, MAD Marginals, Reader's Choice picks, and much more!


On sale August 9 o 96 pg, FC/B&W, $4.99 US

EMMA VOL. 1
Written and illustrated by Kaoru Mori


CMX. Meticulously researched and beautifully rendered, EMMA is a beloved, award-winning series that was adapted into an acclaimed anime series in Japan. In Victorian-era England, a young girl is rescued from a life of destitution and raised to become a proper British maid. Emma meets William, the eldest son of a wealthy family, and immediately falls in love with him. William shares her feelings, but the strict rules of their society prevent their relationship from ever coming out in the open. Traditional class distinctions and rich, historical details provide the backdrop for this appealing romance.


Advance-solicited; on sale September 20 o 5" x 7.375" o 192 pg, B&W, $9.99 US o TEEN+

KAMIKAZE KAITO JEANNE VOL. 5
Written and illustrated by Arina Tanemura


CMX. As this best-selling series continues, the good news is that Maron and Chiaki seem to be making headway in their relationship after Chiaki shares the secret that's been eating away at him. The bad news is the secret devastates Maron and brings about the loss of her power! Plus, a lighthearted back-up story features Access Tyme, whose wish finally comes true!


Advance-solicited; on sale September 27


5" x 7.375" o 168 pg, B&W, $9.99 US o TEEN

FROM EROICA WITH LOVE VOL. 7
Written and illustrated by Yasuko Aoike


CMX. The world's most flamboyant art thief and his hard-nosed NATO nemesis continue their globe-spanning contest of wills! First the Major had to protect the British crown. Now, with the entire world watching him-and what could be worse for a secret agent?-he must protect the Queen of England herself. But in the end, it's Eroica who looks to be wearing the crown. As for the Major, his day is about to get worse-much worse!


Advance-solicited; on sale September 13


5" x 7.375" o 200 pg, B&W, $9.99 US o TEEN

LAND OF THE BLINDFOLDED VOL. 9
Written and illustrated by Sakura Tsukuba


CMX. Events race to a dramatic conclusion in this series finale! With Arou's birthday approaching, Namiki plots to spoil Kanade's plans for a surprise party and drive a wedge between the couple. But when Kanade and some classmates find themselves lost in the mountains during an unexpected blizzard, Arou takes matters into his own hands, pushing his powers to the limit in a desperate attempt to save the girl he loves!


Advance-solicited; on sale September 13


5" x 7.375" o 200 pg, B&W, $9.99 US o ALL AGES

MOON CHILD VOL. 4
Written and illustrated by Reiko Shimizu


CMX. Jimmy is still confused between his life as a human boy and his future as a mermaid. Should his twin brothers interfere in their brother's dangerous relationship with a human? Because when Jimmy once again morphs into the woman named Benjamin, Art is intrigued by the beautiful stranger. If he falls in love, it could be the end of the world!


Advance-solicited; on sale September 20


5" x 7.375" o 192 pg, B&W, $9.99 US o TEEN

OYAYUBIHIME INFINITY VOL. 2
Written and illustrated by Toru Fujieda


CMX. The acclaimed new series continues! Tsubame originally thought he was destined to be with Kanoko, but she rejected him. Now Kanoko and friends have begun searching for a person with a butterfly-shaped birthmark on her thumb - the sign of a time-spanning connection from a past life - to find Tsubame's supposed true love. Who was this person, and what's she like now? But Tsubame might not be ready to give up on Kanoko just yet. He's got to persuade her that love is more important than fate.


Advance-solicited; on sale September 27


5" x 7.375" o 192 pg, B&W, $9.99 US o TEEN

PIECES OF A SPIRAL VOL. 5
Written and illustrated by Kaimu Tachibana


CMX. Family intrigue and demonic double-crossing lead Sakuya and Wakyo, the reincarnated brothers, into deadly conflict with the forces of darkness. Sajo, underling of the demon Garai, duped them into setting his boss free. Now Sajo prepares to seize the powers they inherited from Bishu, Garai's son!


Advance-solicited; on sale September 6


5" x 7.375" o 192 pg, B&W, $9.99 US o TEEN

SEIMADEN VOL. 6
Written and illustrated by You Higuri


CMX. Following last volume's shattering events, Laures is barely alive. He finds shelter with Iria, a girl who seems to be a sympathetic ally. But she turns out to be the sister of Karon, lord of Hades, who desires to conquer Laures and use him for his own plans for world domination! And can Roddrick be a town's savior against an invading demon horde?


Advance-solicited; on sale September 27


5" x 7.375" o 180 pg, B&W, $9.99 US o TEEN

BATTLER BRITTON #2
Written by Garth Ennis


Art by Colin Wilson


Cover by Garry Leach


Tempers flare in the wake of repeated clashes between the Yanks and their newly arrived Brit Associates. As Battler tries to create a new camaraderie, both camps display heroism in the face of death - and for one of their number, it's too close a call!


On sale August 2 o 2 of 5 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

THE BOYS #1 & 2
Written by Garth Ennis


Art and covers by Darick Robertson


"This book will out-PREACHER PREACHER." - Garth Ennis


Garth Ennis (Preacher) and Darick Robertson (Transmetropolitan), co-creators of two of the most thought-provoking comics of the last decade, introduce their first original collaboration for a new monthly series: THE BOYS - a dark, twisted look at super powers, super-people, and the men and women who make sure the world's "heroes" never go too far.


With a quarter-million super-powered beings in the world, someone's got to watch what's going on beneath all those masks and capes. In a U.S.A. uncomfortably like our own, that task falls to The Boys, a government-funded group of operatives dedicated to keeping the "supes" in line.


Team leader Billy Butcher, described by a confidential C.I.A. report as "the most lethal individual ever encountered by this agency," is on the hunt for new recruits - but it takes something special to join this outfit. You have to be smart. You have to be strong. And you have to hate supes with every ounce of black passion in your heart.


Issue #1 on sale August 16; issue #2 on sale August 30


32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS Edited by Ben Abernathy

THE AMERICAN WAY #7
Written by John Ridley


Art and cover by Georges Jeanty & Karl Story


Open combat has erupted in the ranks of the Civil Defense Force, and the New American is at the center of it! With America's super-heroes fighting before television cameras, the President makes a difficult decision about America's super-hero civil war!


On sale August 30 o 7 of 8 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

CLAW THE UNCONQUERED #3
Written by Chuck Dixon


Art and cover by Andy Smith


A dark prophecy is fulfilled as a monstrous evil walks the land, drinking the blood of innocents and killing all who oppose it. The destiny of this invincible, demonic force is forever entwined with that of Claw the Unconquered. Can even the cursed barbarian warrior stop hell that threatens the world?


On sale August 23 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

EX MACHINA #23
Written by Brian K. Vaughan


Art by Tony Harris & Tom Feister


Cover by Harris


Part 3 of the 4-part "Smoke Smoke." In the past, the super-heroic Great Machine pursues a drug dealer in a high-speed chase, while in the present, Mayor Mitchell Hundred struggles with crime and punishment in the arena of New York's marijuana laws.


On sale August 23 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US MATURE READERS

GEN13: WHO THEY ARE AND HOW THEY CAME TO BE TP
Written by Brandon Choi, Jim Lee and J. Scott Campbell


Art and cover by Campbell & Alex Garner


A new collection presenting the original 5-issue miniseries that launched the phenomenal GEN13 team and the career of J. Scott Campbell! Aided by former Team Seven leader John Lynch, five teenagers with remarkable power must make their escape from the clutches of Ivana Baiul's array of killers from Internal Operations!


Advance-solicited; on sale September 6 o 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US

A MAN CALLED KEV #2
Written by Garth Ennis


Art by Carlos Ezquerra


Cover by Glenn Fabry


After fleeing the United Kingdom in search of a new beginning, Kev tracks down an old friend and his beloved tiger. What he discovers, though, will have a profound effect on his future - if he can escape the sins of a past that are about to come crashing down on everyone he knows!


On sale August 9 o 2 of 5 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

ROKKIN #2
Written by Andy Hartnell


Art and wraparound cover by Nick Bradshaw & Jim Charalampidis


Bloody and left for dead, Arness is alone and awaiting his fate - which turns out to be something totally unexpected! Now, granted a wondrous power from a magical stone, he must escape captivity and journey in search of new comrades - allies to help him in his quest - while learning how to deal with his strange new power.


On sale August 16 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

MANIFEST ETERNITY #3
Written by Scott Lobdell


Art and cover by Dustin Nguyen


The innovative series leaps forward 25 years into the intergalactic war! Enter the Spellbreaker, a warship with a deadly mission in service of mankind's empire and operated by a motley crew of humans, aliens, and...children? Space battles with baby dragons and fisticuffs with goblin infiltrators are just the tip of the iceberg!


On sale August 2 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

WILDCATS: NEMESIS TP
Written by Robbie Morrison


Art by Talent Caldwell, Horacio Domingues, Andy Smith and Matt "Batt" Banning


Cover by Caldwell & Banning


A stunning new volume collecting the exciting 9-issue miniseries chronicling the life and adventures of Charis Adrastrea as she becomes Nemesis - the only warrior who can strike fear and hatred into the hearts of Zealot and her Coda sisters!


Advance-solicited; on sale September 13 o 208 pg, FC, $19.99 US

WINTER MEN #5
Written by Brett Lewis


Art and cover by John Paul-Leon


It's the holiday season, and Kris and Nina must attend Zuko's Christmas party. Too bad the Scouts decide to spoil the festivities by attacking and killing most of Zuko's men. Drost turns to the Siberian for help, but will even he make a difference?


On sale August 9 o 5 of 8 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US MATURE READERS

TOM STRONG BOOK SIX HC
Written by Alan Moore, Michael Moorcock and others


Art by Chris Sprouse, Jerry Ordway, Ben Oliver and others


Cover by Sprouse & Jose Villarrubia


Alan Moore and Chris Sprouse return for one grand, final story in which Tom Strong and family are on hand for the apocalypse. All this and more awaits in this wondrous final installment of the Tom Strong saga collecting issues #31-36 of the classic series!

DEADMAN #1
Written by Bruce Jones


Art and cover by John Watkiss


The superstar veteran team of fan-favorite writer Bruce Jones (NIGHTWING, THE WARLORD) and innovative artist John Watkiss (SANDMAN MYSTERY THEATRE, TRIGGER) explores the mysteries of life - and love - after death in this original re-imagining of the classic DC character. Combining over-the-top action and brain-tingling speculation, this is Deadman as only Vertigo could deliver in an ongoing series about sex and string theory; parapsychology and political conspiracy; where the "wonder years" and the afterlife are just two dimensions of the same reality.


Brandon Cayce is cocky young pilot for a major airline who likes to fly right and party all night. With his older brother Scott at the controls, Brandon is "deadheading" a free flight with a hangover that won't quit. Without warning, Scott deliberately crashes the plane into a downtown London skyscraper. Brandon is killed in a horrifying wreck, along with everyone on board.


And his day only gets worse from there.


To survive his own demise, Brandon must confront these riddles head-on, until he realizes that the person with the answers may be his late brother's own wife - a woman he once loved himself. And when he encounters her again, he finds that his love for her is one part of himself that will never die.


On sale August 16 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS Edited by Jonathan Vankin


Advance-solicited; on sale September 27 o 160 pg, FC, $24.99 US

PRIDE OF BAGHDAD HARDCOVER
Written by Brian K. Vaughan


Art and cover by Niko Henrichon


From one of America's most acclaimed comics writers - a startlingly original look at life on the streets of Baghdad during the Iraq War inspired by true events.


In his award-winning work on Y: THE LAST MAN and EX MACHINA (one of Entertainment Weekly's 2005 Ten Best Fiction titles), writer Brian K. Vaughan has displayed an understanding of both the cost of survival and the political nuances of the modern world. Now, in this provocative graphic novel, Vaughan examines life on the streets of war-torn Iraq. The experience is made all the more evocative by the lush, spectacular artwork of Niko Henrichon (BARNUM!).


In the spring of 2003, a pride of lions escaped from the Baghdad Zoo during an American bombing raid. Lost and confused, hungry but finally free, the four lions roamed the decimated streets of Baghdad in a desperate struggle for their lives. In documenting the plight of the lions, PRIDE OF BAGHDAD raises questions about the true meaning of liberation - can it be given, or is it earned only through self-determination and sacrifice? And in the end, is it truly better to die free than to live life in captivity?


Based on a true story, Vaughan and Henrichon have created a unique and heartbreaking window into the nature of life during wartime, illuminating this struggle as only the graphic novel can.


Advance-solicited; on sale September 13 o 136 pg, FC, $19.99 US o MATURE READERS


Edited by Will Dennis

100 BULLETS #75
Written by Brian Azzarello


Art by Eduardo Risso


Cover by Dave Johnson


You know the drill by now: Graves approaches someone down on their luck, gives them the infamous briefcase, and then that person must decide what to do with it. But when Lono is factored in with an offer - and another side of the story in the case - could Agent Graves' mysterious plans be in jeopardy?


On sale August 9 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS

AMERICAN VIRGIN #6
Written by Steven T. Seagle


Art by Becky Cloonan


Cover by Joshua Middleton


"Spiritual and grungy, a whole original piece of work."


- Entertainment Weekly


In Part 2 of the 4-part "Going Down," it's con season! For charismatic youth minister Adam Chamberlain, that means heading to Australia for a Christian speakers booking convention. After the life-rocking events Adam's been through, is it time to leave the past and forge a new future? Or is something more going on?


On sale August 30 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS

BITE CLUB: VAMPIRE CRIME UNIT #5
Written by Howard Chaykin & David Tischman


Art by David Hahn


Cover by Chaykin


The bloodsucking miniseries concludes as Lieutenant Fortine gets an offer he can't refuse - or can he? Carrie finds out revenge is a dish best served cold-hearted, as Risa takes a bite into crime. And the killer of he drug-addicted stripper and the homosexual tattoo artist is revealed!


On sale August 30 o 5 of 5 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS

DMZ #10
Written by Brian Wood


Art by Riccardo Burchielli


Cover by Wood


In the mind-bending conclusion of the 5-part "Body of a Journalist" story arc, Matty finds himself in a very different place than when and where he began, and the very nature of his status in the DMZ could be changed forever.


On sale August 9 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS

FABLES #52
Written by Bill Willingham


Art by Mark Buckingham & Steve Leialoha


Cover by James Jean


Part 1 of the new 4-part story "Sons of the Empire." What's it like being the firstborn son of a bloodthirsty emperor whose empire encompasses more than a thousand kingdoms, scattered over a hundred worlds? Poor little Pinocchio is suffering seriously divided loyalties between his father, the Adversary, and his fellow Fable refugees in the Mundy world. What does he do while his father hosts a secret conference of the imperial elite to decide the ultimate fate of Fabletown? Plus, this issue contains the first of four short self-contained backup stories featuring Rapunzel.


On sale August 9 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS

THE EXTERMINATORS #8
Written by Simon Oliver


Art by Chris Samnee


Cover by Philip Bond


A special stand-alone issue with guest art by rising star Chris Samnee (Queen and Country) presents Henry with a problem that could turn out more tragic than any pitched battle with bugs: the dreaded "two girlfriends" conundrum - proving that the only force more potent than nature is the human heart.


On sale August 2 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS

LOVELESS #10
Written by Brian Azzarello


Art and cover by Marcelo Frusin


Part 2 of "Thicker Than Blackwater." While the notorious Bloody Bill terrorizes the town of Blackwater, Wes realizes that his own plans for revenge and redemption must be put on hold. But will Wes be able to put an end to the outlaw's brutality given their shared past?


On sale August 23 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS

JACK OF FABLES #2
Written by Bill Willingham & Matthew Sturges


Art by Tony Akins & Andrey Pepoy


Cover by James Jean


So Jack's gone and got himself kidnapped, bloodied, broken, and spirited away to a mysterious prison camp called the Golden Boughs Retirement Village. For any other Fable this would spell a mess of trouble, but for Jack it's no more than a…okay, it's also a mess of trouble for him, but he'll stay undaunted when he meets the enigmatic author of his current dilemma: the mysterious Mr. Revise!


On sale August 23 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS

HELLBLAZER #223
Written by Denise Mina


Art by Cristiano Cucina


Cover by Lee Bermejo


"Mina's vivid slang and pervasive dread work wonders for grown-up comics." -Entertainment Weekly


A stand-alone story from John Constantine's recent past finds him repaying a debt to a fellow magus who's dying - along with the city of London itself. The killer? A terror that at first seems supernatural in origin, but turns out to be all too realistic in this memorable story from the mind of Denise Mina, guest-illustrated by Cristiano Cucina.


On sale August 16 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS

THE LOSERS VOL. 5: ENDGAME TP
Written by Andy Diggle


Art by Jock and Colin Wilson


Cover by Jock


The saga of the Losers comes to its explosive conclusion with ENDGAME, collecting issues #26-32 of the acclaimed Vertigo series. It's a white-knuckle ride into nuclear brinksmanship as the team forces a final confrontation with the rogue C.I.A. agent Max, only to discover the shocking secrets behind not only their foe but also one of their own!


Advance-solicited; on sale September 27 o 168 pg, FC, $14.99 US o MATURE READERS

THE LOSERS VOL. 4: Close quarters TP
Written by Andy Diggle


Art by Jock and Ben Oliver Cover by Jock


Reoffered to coincide with THE LOSERS: ENDGAME, this is the fourth volume of the explosive espionage thriller, collecting issues #20-25. A reunion with the traitor Roque in the Company-created bank Cayman Credit Internationale leads the Losers to a cargo ship off the Azores - and a discovery that raises the stakes higher than anyone could have guessed.


On sale August 2 o 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US o MATURE READERS o Relist

OTHERWORLD BOOK ONE TP
Written by Phil Jimenez


Art by Jimenez & Andy Lanning


Cover by Jimenez


Hot off his work on INFINITE CRISIS, writer/artist Phil Jimenez delivers an epic saga - combining the dramatic setup and ensemble cast of Lost with the fantasy of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and mind-bending technology of The Matrix. BOOK ONE of OTHERWORLD takes readers on an exciting adventure filled with widescreen action that's sexy, smart and unlike anything Vertigo has done before!


Advance-solicited; on sale September 20 o 176 pg, FC, $19.99 US o MATURE READERS

TESTAMENT #9
Written by Douglas Rushkoff


Art and cover by Liam Sharp


Part 2 of the 3-Part "Down to Egypt." What happens when the gods have a plan for you, and that plan involves sleeping with someone you're trying to avoid? The Biblical Judah found out the hard way - and so will Jake when Dinah lures him into a sexual initiation of her own. And Pierre Fallow and his disciple Alec plan to seduce the world's youth with a paradise of consumerism that, like all visions of heaven, is too good to be true.


On sale August 16 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS

Y: THE LAST MAN #48
Written by Brian K. Vaughan


Art by Goran Parlov & Jos Marzan, Jr.


Cover by Massimo Carnevale


Featuring guest art by Goran Parlov! The final and most important "secret origin" issue of the series reveals the untold story behind former Israeli Defense Forces leader Alter Tse'elon. What drives this female soldier's hunt for the last man on Earth, and what will Alter find that could mean the end of Yorick Brown?


On sale August 2 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS

THE FLASH 13" DELUXE COLLECTOR FIGURE
The Flash - the "Fastest Man Alive" - is an exciting addition to DC Direct's line of realistically proportioned, super-heroic 1:6-scale figures! This deluxe collector figure comes clothed in an authentically detailed fabric costume and includes a display stand.


Packaged in a deluxe 4-color window box with a fifth panel.


Advance-solicited; on sale January 24


Collector figure o $59.99 U.S.

JSA ACTION FIGURES
Advance-solicited; on sale January 17 o Action Figure o PI

MR. TERRIFIC 6.5"


HAWKGIRL 6.5"


DR. MIDNITE 6.5"


HOURMAN 6.75"


THE GOLDEN AGE ATOM 2 PACK 6"

BATMAN SERIES 1 MINI FIGURES BY KOTOBUKIYA
Imported exclusively by DC Direct! Formerly released in Japan as mystery box collectibles, this is the first time these figures have been sold fully assembled. Featuring Batman, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, The Joker, Robin & the Batmobile, these 3" figures are individually packaged in a 4-color blister card.


Retrosolicited; on sale July 19 o Mini Figures o 3"H o PI

WOMEN OF THE DC UNIVERSE: POWER GIRL BUST
Designed by Adam Hughes


Sculpted by John G. Mathews


Feel the power! Continuing the stunning line of WOMEN OF THE DC UNIVERSE BUSTS designed by award-winning illustrator Adam Hughes, this limited edition, hand-painted, cold-cast porcelain bust measures approximately 5.625" tall x 4" wide and x 2.25" deep, and is packaged in a four-color box.


Advance-solicited; on sale January 10


Bust o $ 45.00 U.S.

BATMAN BLACK & WHITE STATUE
Designed by Paul Pope


Sculpted by Jean St. Jean


Certain to be another sought-after addition to DC Direct's collection of BATMAN BLACK & WHITE STATUES, this original creation designed by Paul Pope presents his unique vision of the Caped Crusader. Painted in monochromatic tones, this limited-edition statue reflects the mood of BATMAN: BLACK AND WHITE VOL. 1 and 2, the stunning collections of short stories by award-winning talent. The statue measures approximately 6.5" tall x 4.5 " wide x 3.5" deep. It features a logo-shaped base, and is packaged in a black-and-white box.


Advance-solicited; on sale January 3 o Statue o $59.99 US

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