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Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2000

DC COMICS FOR MARCH

Following are DC Comics' solicitations for March, with information coming from the company.

BATMAN TITLES

BATMAN #589

Written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Scott McDaniel and Karl Story, cover by McDaniel.

Part 2 of the 3-Part "Close Before Striking." Batman hunts down Scarface before the deadly gangster can cause any more harm, while the origin of Batman's "Matches Malone" alias is finally revealed as the real Matches struggles for his life.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on March 7.

BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #141

Written by Doug Moench, art and cover by Paul Gulacy and Jimmy Palmiotti.

The conclusion of the 5-part "Terror." The Scarecrow unleashes the ultimate deathtrap for Batman, in the Horror House redesigned with only one purpose -- to destroy the Dark Knight. But the Scarecrow hasn't counted on Hugo Strange who rises from the dead yet again to kill both Batman and Scarecrow.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on March 14.

DETECTIVE COMICS #756

Written by Greg Rucka and Jordan B. Gorfinkel, art by Coy Turnbull, Jeff Johnson, Dan Davis, and Dan Panosian, cover by Dave Johnson.

"Lord of the Ring," Part 2, continued from the events of Superman #168. Batman is in the White House, attempting to steal the Kryptonite ring from President Luthor. But he's going to have to get through the Man of Steel first. Plus, a backup story of the Jacobian.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on March 21.

BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #15

Written by Devin Grayson and Tom Peyer, art by Roger Robinson, Gene Colan and John Floyd, cover by Brian Bolland.

Poison Ivy escapes Arkham and heads for a "Save the Rainforest" benefit where she decides to take a few hostages - including Robin's father, Jack Drake! When Batman and Robin arrive, they find the hostages now under Ivy's control -- and ordered by Ivy to attack. Plus, a Black and White backup feature written by Tom Peyer and illustrated by Gene Colan.

40 pages, $2.50, in stores on March 28.

AZRAEL: AGENT OF THE BAT #76

Written by Dennis O'Neil, art by Sergio Cariello and James Pascoe, cover by Tony Harris and Ray Snyder.

When a small town is victimized by a gang of ruthless murderers, only a mysterious stranger can stop them...and justice comes in the form of Azrael. But how will Jean Paul Valley's unorthodox new approach to peacekeeping work against a vengeful ex-con with a deeply personal mission? Plus, Batman helps Azrael establish a permanent headquarters.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on March 14.

BATGIRL #14

Written by Kelley Puckett, art and cover by Damion Scott and John Lowe.

A shadowy government agency is tracking down Gotham's newest hero: Batgirl. Meanwhile, the teen joins forces with Batman to take down a cadre of hitmen whose last target hit a little too close to home.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on March 7.

BATMAN ARCHIVES VOL. 5 HARDCOVER

Written by Alvin Schwartz, Don Cameron and Bill Finger, art by Win Mortimer, Dick Sprang, Bob Kane, Jack Burnley and various, cover by Mortimer.

Batman and Robin battle gangsters, corruption, blackmail, and a motley assortment of evil-doers in this fifth installment of the Batman Archives, reprinting Batman's appearances in Detective Comics #103-119 (1945-46). Featuring an introduction by Dennis O'Neil.

228 pages, $49.95, in stores on March 14.

BATMAN BEYOND #19

Written by Hilary Bader, art by Craig Rousseau and Rob Leigh, cover by Brian Stelfreeze.

Ma Mayhem's boys, Carl and Slim, have just busted their dear old Ma out of jail so they can spend some time with her -- oh, and perhaps plan a kidnapping or two! This dysfunctional family is up to no good, and it's up to Batman to put an end to their family reunion.

32 pages, $1.99, in stores on March 28.

BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES #36

Written by Scott Peterson, art by Tim Levins and Terry Beatty, cover by Bob Smith and Beatty.

Guest-starring Superman. The Man of Steel is tracking down a Metropolis mobster who's hiding out in Gotham, but he needs the help of Gotham's hometown hero on his search. Besides, only Batman knows where to get the best Italian food in Gotham at 4 a.m.

32 pages, $1.99, in stores on March 7.

BATMAN: GOTHAM NOIR

Written by Ed Brubaker, art and painted cover by Sean Phillips.

His wife and daughter have left him. His career as a policeman is long over. A drinking problem and memories of unspoken tragedy threaten his very sanity. Now James Gordon is drawn into a dizzying world of murder, corruption and a mysterious figure that haunts the city streets in this Prestige Format Elseworlds one-shot. In a last-ditch effort to regain some of the self-respect he's poured away, Gordon agrees to play bodyguard to a friend of his ex-lover, club owner Selina Kyle. But when his client -- a beautiful young woman with mysterious connections to a long-abandoned missing-persons case -- winds up dead, with a blacked-out Gordon beside her, he finds himself the only suspect. Hunted by the law (including his old friend, D.A. Harvey Dent), the Mob, and a maniacally twisted hired assassin, Gordon's one faint hope may lie with the costumed vigilante rumored to stalk Gotham's most vile criminals. But is the Bat real, or just a liquor-fueled hallucination? And will the former cop survive long enough to learn the truth?

64 pages, $6.95, in stores on March 14.

BATMAN: HOLLYWOOD KNIGHT #2

Written by Bob Layton, art and cover by Dick Giordano.

The Elseworlds miniseries continues. Suffering a serious injury to the head, actor Byron Wyatt is now convinced he has always been his most famous role...Batman. Now "Batman" is set on getting revenge against studio mogul Jack "the Joker" Napier for Wyatt's "murder."

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on March 21.

BATMAN: NO MAN'S LAND VOL. 5 TRADE PAPERBACK

Written by Greg Rucka, Devin Grayson and Jordan B. Gorfinkel, art by Greg Land, Sergio Cariello, Dale Eaglesham, Damion Scott, Pablo Raimondi, and various, cover by Land and Drew Geraci.

The final volume in the "No Man's Land" saga collects Batman #573-574, Batman: Legends of The Dark Knight #126, Batman: No Man's Land #0, Batman: Shadow of The Bat #94 and Detective Comics #740-741.

208 pages, $12.95, in stores on March 7.

BIRDS OF PREY #29

Written by Chuck Dixon, art and cover by Butch Guice.

Part 2 of the 3-part "History Lesson." Black Canary is lost in the past looking for the murderous Ravens, but her one possible ally -- a Viking -- has hidden motives. And Canary's knowledge of how history will play out, especially who lives and who dies, just may get her killed.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on March 21.

CATWOMAN #92

Written by John Francis Moore, art and cover by Staz Johnson and Wayne Faucher.

John Francis Moore begins a startling three-issue story. For months, there have been two Catwomans running around, but the truth behind the matter lies in a most unexpected place, as Catwoman discovers someone very close has turned on her! And if she didn't have enough problems already, what the heck is she doing breaking into Arkham Asylum?

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on March 28.

HARLEY QUINN #6

Written by Karl Kesel, art and cover by Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson.

With her henchmen -- the Quinntettes -- anxious to score some moolah, Harley finds that being the leader of the pack isn't all it's cracked up to be. She figures the best way to keep the puppies at bay is to rob someone very rich, and who better than Bruce Wayne? Harley and Batman's first out-of-costume meeting (well, sort of). Plus: a cameo by Oracle, and a surprise Amazonian guest-star.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on March 14.

NIGHTWING #55

Written by Chuck Dixon, art and cover by Greg Land and Drew Geraci.

An emergency team fights to save Clancy's life, while Dick can only watch helplessly by her side. Meanwhile, Blockbuster tests his newest weapon, Shrike, on his own elite team of mercenaries - in preparation for unleashing Shrike against Nightwing.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on March 14.

ROBIN #88

Written by Chuck Dixon and Scott Beatty, art by Pete Woods and Andrew Pepoy, cover by Woods and Jesse Delperdang.

Following the traumatic events of last issue, Robin finds himself angry, betrayed, and with no one but Alfred to turn to. So when Robin's academy buddy Danny Temple proposes a little road trip, it seems like the perfect chance to get away from those super-hero blues. But Danny is harboring a terrible secret, and a violent, spectacular attack on the shore of North Carolina will begin to shed light on the surprising truth.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on March 21.

SUPERMAN TITLES

SUPERMAN #168

Written by Jeph Loeb, art and cover by Ed McGuinness and Cam Smith.

Part 1 of a 2-part World's Finest crossover, continuing in Detective Comics #756 this month. Lois seeks out Batman, the one person who can retrieve President Luthor's Kryptonite ring. But Lois and the Dark Knight have an obstacle in their way -- the Man of Steel.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on March 7.

ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #590

Written by Joe Casey, art by Derec Aucoin and Jose Marzan Jr., cover by Michael Golden.

Superman must undertake his first mission for President Luthor when the country of Bialya takes an American hostage. But can the Man of Steel risk becoming Luthor's lackey, even if it means saving a life?

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on March 14.

SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL #112

Written by Mark Schultz, art by Doug Mahnke, Dale Eaglesham and Tom Nguyen, cover by Lee Bermejo.

There's been a breakout at Stryker's Island. This looks like a job for...Superdog!? Krypto's powers are growing under Earth's yellow sun and now he's more than ready to strut his stuff alongside his powerful master: Superman.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on March 21.

ACTION COMICS #777

Written by Joe Kelly, art and cover by Kano and Marlo Alquiza.

A horror grown from Superman's very own body is unleashed -- and this "Kancer" may be unstoppable. But the true threat lies in the shadows, and with it comes much more death and destruction as it introduces a major new player in the Man of Steel's life.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on March 28.

SUPERBOY #86

Written by Joe Kelly, art by Paco Medina and Keith Champagne, cover by Pascual Ferry and Champagne.

Investigating a genetic anomaly deep in a Louisiana bayou, Superboy finds himself cast to a fate worse than death...matrimony. It's the wedding of the century as the Kid struts down the aisle with a shotgun at his back and Gorgeous Gilly (of Emperor Joker fame) at the altar. Watch as Superboy battles for his freedom against the in-laws. Witness Gorgeous Gilly slip into a wedding garter (eew)! And see how Superboy survives his strangest-backwater-drinking-moonshine-out-of-a-pumpkin adventure yet.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on March 21.

SUPERBOY'S LEGION #2

Written by Mark Farmer, art and cover by Alan Davis and Farmer.

Elseworlds. When the Legion suffers defeat at the hands of the Fatal Five, a devastated Superboy may well give up on the dream that inspired him to form his own Legion of Super-Heroes. Even worse, the villains' abduction of Brainiac 5 leads to their invasion of the planet Colu, whose super-intelligent beings can provide untold power to the Fatal Five's leader, a man who's already been secretly influencing the 30th-century universe for over a thousand years.

48 pages, $5.95, in stores on March 28.

SUPERGIRL #56

Written by Peter David, art and cover by Leonard Kirk and Robin Riggs.

Not even Supergirl may be able to help when Buzz's stalkers finally catch up to him! And Buzz is in for the shock of his life when he comes face to face with the one person he never expected to meet...his daughter.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on March 28.

SUPERMAN ADVENTURES #55

Written by Dean Motter, art by Aluir Amancio and Terry Austin, cover by Mike Manley and Austin.

"Kryptonite No More," Part 2. The world is free of Kryptonite, thanks to Lex Luthor's bid to turn its radiation into a safe energy source and render it harmless to Superman...but it comes with a price.

32 pages, $1.99, in stores on March 21.

DC UNIVERSE TITLES

ENEMY ACE: WAR IN HEAVEN #1

Written by Garth Ennis, art by Chris Weston and Christian Alamy, cover by Alamy.

Hans Von Hammer, the greatest fighter pilot of World War I known as the Enemy Ace, finds himself in the midst of the Second World War -- and he cannot ignore the call to battle.

48 pages, $5.95, in stores on March 28.

THE FLASH #172

Written by Geoff Johns, art by Scott Kolins and Doug Hazlewood, cover by Brian Bolland.

Part 3 of the 4-part "Blood Will Run." Flash has been captured by the cult that's been murdering all the people of Keystone that the Scarlet Speedster has ever rescued. Now, alone, he faces Cicada, the creepy, charismatic leader of the cult, and the magnificently menacing Magenta.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on March 28.

THE FLASH AND GREEN LANTERN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD TRADE PAPERBACK

Written by Mark Waid and Tom Peyer, art by Barry Kitson and Tom Grindberg, cover by Kitson.

A trade paperback collection of The Flash and Green Lantern: The Brave and The Bold mini-series, capturing the spirit of many eras of comics in one unique and unlikely friendship.

144 pages, $12.95, in stores on March 21.

GREEN ARROW #2

Written by Kevin Smith, art by Phil Hester and Ande Parks, cover by Matt Wagner.

Part 2 of Kevin Smith's much-anticipated "Quiver" storyline continues, reestablishing the Emerald Archer into the DCU. Oliver Queen is back in Star City, busting the heads of corrupt fat-cats and sleazy politicians. But he must grapple with a spotty memory while hot on the trail of the murderous Star City Slayer.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on March 28.

GREEN LANTERN #136

Written by Judd Winick, art by Dale Eaglesham and Jordi Ensign, cover by Darryl Banks and Rich Faber.

The stunning conclusion of the five-part "While Rome Burned!" Kyle and the JLA battle the yellow ringslinger, Alex Nero, while all of New York City teeters on the brink of annihilation. Meanwhile, Kyle's personal life takes an unexpected turn.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on March 6.

GREEN LANTERN: 1001 EMERALD NIGHTS

Written by Terry Laban, painted art and cover by Rebecca Guay.

Elseworlds. Sheherezade learns that the Sultan is not the monster she imagined and decides that, rather than overthrow him by force, she will steer him down a gentler, more just path using the power of stories. By telling fantastical tales of Al Jhor Dan, a fisherman who commands a mighty, jade-colored genie by means of a magic lamp, she strives to inspire Rayner to a nobler reign. With parallels to Hal Jordan's fall from grace in Zero Hour and analogs to a host of familiar characters from throughout the DC Universe, Green Lantern: 1001 Emerald Nights is a mixture of LaBan's inventive concepts and Guay's breathtaking art.

64 pages, $6.95, in stores on March 21.

IMPULSE #72

Written by Todd Dezago, art by Carlo Barbieri and Juan Vlasco, cover by Ethan Van Sciver and Wayne Faucher.

Sinister forces have come to Manchester, and they've kidnapped Carol. Meanwhile, Max Mercury faces a foe he hasn't seen in nearly a century. Both of these occurrences kick off a series of events that will drastically change Impulse's life.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on March 14.

JLA #52

Written by Mark Waid, art and cover by Bryan Hitch and Paul Neary.

Clark Kent! Wally West! Kyle Rayner! John Jones! Eel O'Brien! What happens when the World's Greatest Secret Identities want to make their own marks in the world? It's private lives out of control, but is there someone pulling the strings?. Plus, the mysterious creatures known as the Cathexis make their extradimensional ambitions known.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on March 28.

JLA: BLACK BAPTISM #1

Written by Sean Smith and Ruben Diaz, art by JesFAs Saiz and Fernando Blanco, cover by Tim Bradstreet.

The JLA must stop the rampage of a mob of demons to protect the Sentinels of Magic, but they're going to need some help from the outcast street-mage called Faust! Unfortunately, Faust just happens to be the son of one of the JLA's greatest enemies.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on March 14.

JSA #22

Written by David S. Goyer and Geoff Johns, art by Buzz, Rags Morales and Michael Bair, cover by Bair.

A prologue to the return of Hawkman. A special "split screen" issue featuring two parallel stories -- one in the distant past and one in the present -- as the truth about Hawkgirl's troubled origins begins to reveal itself. Guest starring Nabu the Wise and Prince Khufu Kha-taar.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on March 21.

LEGENDS OF THE DC UNIVERSE #40

Written by Rich Faber and Todd Dezago, art by Drew Johnson and Faber, painted cover by Tony Harris.

"Lessons in Time," Part 1 of 2 -- featuring the mite-ey Atom. Ray Palmer always wondered whether he did more good in his role as the super-hero Atom, or as an Ivy Town University Professor. The answer comes when the Atom's arch-foe, Chronos the Time Thief, attempts to expand the experimental timespace rift known as the Time Pool. Atom's only chance of keeping Ivy Town from being swallowed up by history itself may not lie with his size-changing powers, but with his ability to teach and inspire his laziest student.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on March 21.

LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES ARCHIVES VOL. 10 HARDCOVER

Written by Cary Bates and E. Nelson Bridwell, art by Dave Cockrum, George Tuska, Mike Grell, and Murphy Anderson, cover by Cockrum.

A volume reprinting the Legion appearances from Superboy (first series) #172-202, featuring the first comics work by artists Mike Grell and Dave Cockrum, the first two appearances of Wildfire (then called ERG-1), and the star-studded wedding of Bouncing Boy and Duo Damsel among other highlights. Note: This is a corrected version of a previously solicited hardcover.

232 pages, $49.95, in stores on March 7.

MARTIAN MANHUNTER #30

Written by John Ostrander, art and cover by Tom Mandrake.

There's a new drug on the street and its name is BRZK, and the results are literally explosive. The drug's source is off-world, and the Martian Manhunter must find the one responsible for its appearance here on Earth before the streets run red with blood.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on March 7.

ORION #12

Written by Walter Simonson, art by Simonson and Jim Lee, cover by Simonson.

Orion returns to Apokolips -- only to find that no living being on that benighted planet can say no to him. Justeen decides she must act now. And what of New Genesis while Orion rules its rival world? Plus, a New Gods backup tale written by Simonson and illustrated by Lee.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on March 21.

THE SPECTRE #3

Written by J.M. DeMatteis, art and cover by Ryan Sook.

"Redeeming the Demon," part 2 of 3. It's World's Finest team-up action as the new host of the wrath of God, Hal Jordan, comes face to face with his two former JLA teammates, Superman and Batman. But will they realize it's Hal in time to save him from the spirit goddess Mistos, or will she put an end to The Spectre's redemption before it's barely begun?

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on March 7.

STARMAN #77

Written by James Robinson, art by Peter Snejbjerg, painted cover by Andrew Robinson.

The much anticipated 3-part storyline, "1951," begins. The penultimate Starman story sends Jack Knight back to Opal's past, to an encounter with the Starman of 1951. This mysterious Starman of yore must unite with Jack in foiling the Mist's plans to steal Opal's scientific secrets, turning the tide of the Cold War in Russia's favor. Who is the Starman of 1951? Action, answers, and the last-minute appearance of a hero from DC's Golden Age.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on March 14.

TITANS #27

Written by Jay Faerber, art by Paul Pelletier and Bud LaRosa, cover by J.H. Williams III and Mick Gray.

Ambushed by Quraci assassins while attempting to sneak a glimpse of her daughter, the terrorist outlaw Cheshire is saved by the mysterious Epsilon -- only to be turned over to the police to stand trial for murder. When the D.E.O. arrives to take Epsilon into custody, the Titans decide it's time to take a stand against the government - fighting for the hero who just might turn out to be the newest Titan.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on March 21.

WONDER WOMAN #168

Written by Phil Jimenez and George Perez, art by Jimenez and Andy Lanning, cover by Adam Hughes.

George Perez returns to co-write the character he made popular, in Part 1 of the 2-part "Paradise Island Lost." There's trouble in Paradise... The two tribes of Amazons that live on Themyscira have their allegiance tested as their differences come to a head, and a civil war is inevitable. But will Diana and Troia side with or against Hippolyta, the Queen Mother of the Amazons?

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on March 28.

YOUNG JUSTICE #31

Written by Peter David, art and cover by Todd Nauck and Lary Stucker.

Some truths are revealed about the team's new mysterious member, Empress, while she's out on a date with...Lil' Lobo?

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on March 7.

DC: BEYOND THE UNIVERSE

CARTOON CARTOONS #3

Written by Robbie Busch, art by Robert Pope and Dan Davis, cover by C. Martin Croker.

It's time for the annual Lemmy Awards...and the "Space Ghost: Coast to Coast" show is nominated for 11 of 'em. Unfortunately, so is "The Brak Show." Put on your tuxedos and get ready for an all-star showdown featuring mayhem, dancing girls and lots of pie.

32 pages, $1.99, in stores on March 21.

DEXTER'S LABORATORY #21

Written by Bobbi J.G. Weiss and John Rozum; art by Mike Manley, Eduardo Savid and Jeff Albrecht; cover by Bill Wray,

Dexter's family is planning to move? What has the boy genius done to deserve this -- and what can he do to stop it? Plus, Dexter dares Dee-Dee to zip her lip for an entire hour.

32 pages, $1.99, in stores on March 28.

LOONEY TUNES #76

Written by Jennifer Moore and Sean Carolan, Terry Laban and James Denning; art by Leo Batic, David Alvarez, John Costanza, and Mike DeCarlo; cover by Neal Sternecky and DeCarlo.

Lola Bunny is back! The Looney lady with an attitude kicks off a new life of adventure by delivering pizza to Atlantis - and becoming the terror of the deep when Atlantis won't pay up. Plus, Fog gives Dawg a makeover, and Elmer tries to hunt Daffy Duck...by the book.

32 pages, $1.99, in stores on March 7.

THE POWERPUFF GIRLS #13

Written by Bobbi JG Weiss and Frank Strom, art by Cindy Morrow, Stephanie Gladden and Mike DeCarlo, cover by Phil Moy.

"Who said that?" "What's crawling down my neck?" "Everyone's watching me!" The Girls are all paralyzed by a peculiar paranoia. Plus, the Gangreen Gang's first Powerpuff comics appearance.

32 pages, $1.99, in stores on March 21.

SCOOBY-DOO #46

Written by Dan Abnett and Bob Fingerman; art by Anthony Williams, Dan Davis, Dan DeCarlo, and Mike DeCarlo; cover by Joe Staton and Dave Hunt.

When a horror novelist is stalked by one of his own ghouls, it's up to Mystery Inc. to trap the terror. Plus, the gang stumbles across a Florida motel plagued by monster vermin -- in a story featuring the art of Dan DeCarlo.

32 pages, $1.99, in stores on March 14.

WILDSTORM TITLES

GEN13 #63

Written by Adam Warren, art by Ed Benes and Vince Russell, cover by Warren.

A pleasant sailboat outing with the Gen13 kids unexpectedly degenerates into superhuman violence, corporate jet hijacking, neurochemical manipulation, and (worst of all) references to really, really atrocious songs from the '80s. Needless to say, this issue of Gen13 is all about pain and suffering.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on March 21.

GEN-ACTIVE #5

Written by Jay Faerber, Eric DeSantis and Jai Nitz, art by Cully Hamner, Trevor Scott and Jim Mahfood, cover by Frank Quitely and Trevor Scott.

Sublime learns more about her Gen-Active heritage in what's guaranteed to be the strangest father/daughter story of the year. Plus, go honky-tonkin' with Sideways Bob and Ladytron. And catch up with the malevolent band of misfits known as The Freaks. This issue will ship with a variant cover. All orders will be comprised of covers by Brian Stelfreeze (50 percent and Frank Quitely and Trevor Scott (50 percent).

48 pages, $5.95, in stores on March 7.

JEZEBELLE #3

Written by Ben Raab, art and cover by Steve Ellis and Mark Irwin,

As the souls of her fellow high school students hang in the balance, Harper Harrison must face destiny and assume the mystical mantle of her ancestors by becoming the next Jezebelle. But first, she'll have to survive a reunion with her family's arch-nemesis: the demon Ghoulgotha.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on March 28.

THE MONARCHY #2

Written by Doselle Young, art by John McCrea and Garry Leach, cover by McCrea.

The ongoing series spinning out of The Authority continues. Once one of WildStorm's most powerful heroes, Union was last seen blowing his brains out in the pages of The Authority #21. Now he's back from the dead, methodically slaughtering a select group of Wall Street investors. The question is why, and how does this fit in with Jackson King and Christine Trelane's secret agenda? The first piece of the puzzle falls into place.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on March 21.

PLANETARY #14

Written by Warren Ellis, art and cover by John Cassaday.

You know who The Fourth Man is by now -- this is the story of how he was lost. Elijah Snow's story moves into the 1990's, showing the vicious game between The Four and Planetary -- Snow, Jakita Wagner, the young Drummer, and Ambrose Chase. This is also how it all went horribly wrong. Now Snow, founder of Planetary, richest man on Earth and the greatest investigator in the world, is back. And he's not playing any more games.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on March 14.

PLANETARY: THE FOURTH MAN? HARDCOVER

Written by Warren Ellis, art and cover by John Cassaday.

The second hardcover collection of the hit series by Warren Ellis and John Cassaday reprints issues #7-12, where the mystery of The Fourth Man -- the mysterious benefactor of Planetary -- unfolds.

144 pages, $24.95, in stores on March 28.

RESIDENT EVIL: FIRE & ICE #4

Written by Ted Adams and Kris Oprisko, art by Shawn Crystal and John Nyberg, cover by Lee Bermejo.

Deep in a snowswept Alaskan waste, Charlie Team finds the Umbrella complex. But most of the team is already inside, in the clutches of evil scientists -- and they've already been injected with an experimental Umbrella virus. Meanwhile in Mexico, the remaining members of the team Are really in for trouble, as the series reaches an explosive conclusion.

32 pages, $2.50, arrives in store on March 28.

STAR TREK: VOYAGER -- PLANET KILLER #3

Written by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith, art and cover by Robert Teranishi and Claude St. Aubin.

With a Doomsday Machine plowing through one planet after another, time has run out for the crew of Starship Voyager and the residents of a solar system's inhabited worlds. Janeway doesn't like to admit defeat, but this may be one time she has no choice. On the bright side, she won't have to live with the humiliation for long, as Voyager is next in line to be consumed by the massive engine of destruction. Can she and her crew pull off a miracle?

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on March 28.

WILDCATS VOLUME 2 #21

Written by Joe Casey, art and cover by Steve Dillon.

Special guest artist Steve Dillon concludes a two-part story. It's all-out action as the FBI finally captures Jeremy Stone. Plus, Grifter battles Agent Orange, an unstoppable mystery-man who may one day become an important component in the Wildcats' scattered lives.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on March 7.

AMERICA'S BEST COMICS

TOM STRONG #13

Written by Alan Moore, art by Chris Sprouse, Kyle Baker, Russ Heath, Peter Poplaski, and Al Gordon, cover by Sprouse and Gordon.

Tom Strong and family star in a riveting new adventure told in four parts. Joining the Strongs is none other than that Heroic Hare, Warren Strong.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on March 21.

HOMAGE COMICS

STRAY

Written by Scott Lobdell, art and cover by Adam Pollina.

The fate of humanity rests in the hands...er, paws of a mangy dog and the struggling actress who befriends him in a high-spiritedscience-fiction comedy adventure.

48 pages, $5.95, in stores on March 14.

ZERO GIRL #4

Written and illustrated by Sam Kieth, painted cover by Kieth.

Mr. Foster is questioned by the police, both about the ugly crime in the alley and his involvement with Amy. Meanwhile, Amy and Tim finally have it out on the bleachers after school, as Amy's rival begins to mutate into something else altogether. Oh yeah, and a lot of things come alive and try to eat them.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on March 14.

VERTIGO TITLES

100 BULLETS #22

Written by Brian Azzarello, art by Eduardo Risso, painted cover by Dave Johnson.

"Sell Fish and Out to Sea" Part 2 of 2. Jack Dau's troubles continue as he searches for a reason to act on the information from Agent Graves. Jack may be a self-destructive junkie, but he's no killer -- or so, he'd like to believe. Question is, what's the truth worth to a man who's spent his life lying to himself?

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on March 7.

AMERICAN CENTURY #1

Written by Howard Chaykin and David Tischman, art by Marc Laming and John Stokes, painted cover by Chaykin.

A decorated WWII vet bails on the trappings of suburban America rather than serve in the Korean conflict, hijacking a plane to begin an extraordinary life of action and adventure that spans the entire globe.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on March 21.

THE CRUSADES #1

Written by Steven T. Seagle, art by Kelley Jones and Jason Moore, painted cover by Bill Sienkiewicz.

Tensions mount as the body count rises in Vertigo's newest urban-horror monthly. After her run-in with the rampaging Knight in last month's The Crusades: Urban Decree, Venus begins to doubt her own senses and seeks out professional help. Meanwhile, as the violence in the streets continues, the manic radio talk-show host Anton Marx fans the reactionary flames of San Francisco public opinion.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on March 7.

DEADENDERS #15

Written by Ed Brubaker, art by Warren Pleece and Cameron Stewart, cover by Philip Bond.

"Behind the Wheel" Part 2 of 3. Reeling from the knowledge of the sad truth of the Cataclysm, Anna and Beezer fall in with a group trying to end the cruel experiments they barely escaped. But as usual, appearances and actions are equally deceiving, and a friend dies to prove this point.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on March 21.

THE DREAMING #60

Written by Caitlin R. Kiernan, art by Christian Hojgaard and Ron Randall, painted cover by Dave McKean.

Final issue. The conclusion of the 4-part "Rise." The series comes to an apocalyptic finish as Echo's relentless attempt to destroy Abel and Eve is thwarted. But it's Daniel's fateful decision - and the most shocking revelation of the series -- that will forever haunt the mercurial landscape of the Dreaming.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on March 21.

EL DIABLO #3

Written by Brian Azzarello, art by Danijel Zezelj, painted cover by Tim Sale.

Vertigo's twist on a classic DC Western character continues. Riding into Halo, Sheriff Stone and his posse find themselves not only up against up El Diablo, but also the horrifying past the mysterious outlaw is bent on digging up. Closets may be hard to find on the Western frontier, but every man is still forced to carry skeletons -- skeletons that El Diablo knows far too well.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on March 28.

HELLBLAZER #160

Written by Brian Azzarello, art by Marcelo Frusin, painted cover by Tim Bradstreet.

Part 3 of the 4-part "Freezes Over." The power may be out, but secrets are brought to light in a tiny roadhouse in the midst of a violent snowstorm. We all know that John Constantine has his share of ghastly secrets, but he's not the only traveler trapped in the blizzard with something to hide. There are others in the roadhouse with things they'd rather keep hidden -- things they're willing to kill for.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on March 28.

HOUSE OF SECRETS: FACADE #1

Written by Steven T. Seagle, painted art and cover by Teddy Kristiansen.

The House, Rain Harper and the ghostly Juris are back -- and so is the sickly compelling allure of people's secrets. What horrifying secret in Rain's past is coming back to haunt her?

48 pages, $5.95, in stores on March 7.

THE INVISIBLES: APOCALIPSTICK TRADE PAPERBACK

Written by Grant Morrison, art by Jill Thompson, Chris Weston, John Ridgway, Steve Parkhouse, Paul Johnson, Dennis Cramer, and Kim Demulder, cover by Brian Bolland.

Apocalipstick picks up where The Invisibles: Say You Want A Revolution trade left off, reprinting issues #9-16 of the first volume of The Invisibles -- focusing on the mysterious origin of Lord Fanny, the transvestite shaman.

208 pages, $19.95, in stores on March 28.

LUCIFER #12

Written by Mike Carey, art by Peter Gross, Dean Ormston and Ryan Kelly, cover by Duncan Fegredo.

Part 3 of the 4-part "Children & Monsters." Lucifer's grand plan of his own cosmos nears its moment of realization, but now he must leave the gate in the hands of the demon Musubi while he quests for the final element. In London, Elaine Belloc discovers that her past links her not only to David Easterman, but also to a disturbed creature called Cal who seems to be an adolescent angel. Meanwhile, Heaven's invasion of Los Angeles begins.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on March 7.

THE NAMES OF MAGIC #4

Written by Dylan Horrocks, art by Richard Case, painted cover by John Bolton.

Tim's quest takes him back to Faerie, but the Walker and Nick are captured by Auberon. To rescue them, Tim must overcome his own past and rely on Iolanthe to repay the life-debt she owes him. Meanwhile, Lily's search for Tim leads him to Molly's door.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on March 28.

OUTLAW NATION #7

Written by Jamie Delano, art by Goran Sudzuka and Sebastijan Camagajevac, painted cover by Glenn Fabry.

Ruth, recovering from the surprise of finding Story Johnson resurrected and back in her life, delivers him a few shocks of her own. A little family feuding forces Asa to teach Kid Gloves a lesson about respect with a punishment that will put Story and Gloves face to face.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on March 21.

SWAMP THING #13

Written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Rick Magyar, painted cover by David MackIn stores March 14.

Part 3 of the 6-part "Red Harvest." As if two dangerous girls running around weren't enough, Tefe and Heather confront two radical eco-terrorists whose actions make even Tefe question how much is too much. Meanwhile, Agent Orange and Kilroy are at the mercy of Kudzu.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on March 14.

TRANSMETROPOLITAN #44

Written by Warren Ellis, art by Darick Robertson and Rodney Ramos, cover by John Cassaday.

"Dirge," Part 2 of 3. The City is slowly falling down. Lunatics are on the streets, unchecked by a seemingly absent police force. This would be one of the biggest stories in the City's history -- if the Print District hadn't been turned into Sniper Alley. There's only one major journalist with the freedom and the ability to get to the bottom of what's happening -- and he, propped up by his filthy assistants, might be going crazy.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on March 14.

USER #3

Written by Devin Grayson, painted art by John Bolton and Sean Phillips, painted cover by Bolton.

In the powerful conclusion, Meg's online deathmatch goes disastrously wrong. With her fantasy life now as shattered as her real life, she must decide if either of them is worth living any more.

48 pages, $5.95, in stores on March 28.

WEIRD WESTERN TALES #2

Written by Joe Pruett, Darco Macan and Joe R. Lansdale, art by Marcelo Frusin, Paul Gulacy and Sam Glanzman, cover by Dave Taylor.

The weirdness continues with three new tales of the West. Joe Pruett and Marcelo Frusin tell a Westworld-style story in "First Among Men." Darco Macan and Paul Gulacy weave a slick but creepy campfire ghost story about a horse named "Palomino." Joe R. Lansdale and Sam Glanzman re-team on a western parable called "Devil's Sombrero."

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on March 14.

UPCOMING DC DIRECT

Following are upcoming products from DC Direct, with information from DC Comics.

AQUAMAN WATER GLOBE

Sculpted by Sam Greenwell.

The latest addition to DC Direct's line of snow globes features Aquaman, the King of the Seven Seas. Hero of ocean and land, and member of the JLA, Aquaman sits majestically upon the regal throne of Atlantis, the seat of his underwater kingdom. Depicted in his classic Silver Age style, the regal Aquaman Water Globe stands approximately 7" tall (including a base depicting Aquaman's most faithful subjects, the creatures of the sea, with steps leading up to the royal throne) with a 4.25" diameter, and features the cold-cast porcelain King of the Seven Seas surrounded by schools of fish. Each limited-edition globe is packaged in a 4-color box with a Certificate of Authenticity.

$79.95, in stores on June 13.

BATMAN BY ALEX ROSS POSTER

Painted art by Alex Ross.

Batman's continuing war on crime is celebrated in this new 4-color poster from celebrated artist and painter Alex Ross. Featuring the dark and brooding image of the Dark Knight that graced the back cover of the award-winning Batman: War on Crime oversized graphic novel, the 4-color Batman Alex Ross poster is 22" x 34" and is a powerful addition to DC's continuing series of paintings by Alex Ross.

$7.95, in stores on April 25.

SHAZAM! BY ALEX ROSS POSTER

Painted art by Alex Ross.

Captain Marvel, the world's mightiest mortal, possesses great power...and his example has given the world hope for its future. Featuring the painted image from the back cover of the Shazam!: Power of Hope oversized graphic novel, this 4-color Alex Ross poster is 22" x 34" and can be displayed alone or side-by-side with others in the set.

$7.95, in stores on April 25.

DEATH STATUE

Sculpted by Barsom, based on designs by Chris Bachalo.

Featuring a faithful recreation of the haunting retail Death Poster art by Chris Bachalo, the elegant cold-cast porcelain Death Statue is approximately 8" tall x 3" wide x 3" deep, featuring a seductive and seated Death on a base representing the debris of some of the lives she has touched.

$195, in stores on June 27.

GREEN LANTERN ALAN SCOTT POWER RING PROP

Sculpted by William PaquetAdvance.

He was the first man on Earth to wear a ring of power and be known as Green Lantern. Now, Alan Scott, hero of the Golden Age, becomes the first of our world's Green Lanterns to appear in this new DC Direct series of Green Lantern Ring Props (future props willfeature Hal Jordan, Kyle Rayner and Sinestro). The original GL's ring is faithfully recreated in coated green metal with a faux green gemstone at its center, set in a base against a fully sculpted, cold-cast porcelain bust (standing approximately 5" tall and 3.75" wide) of the hero himself. The "one-size" ring is removable from the base but is not intended to be worn. Inscribed around the base is the legend "Earth's First Green Lantern, Alan Scott." Comes in 4-color box packaging with a Certificate of Authenticity.

$89.95, in stores on July 11.

JLA SILVER AGE VILLAINS PVC SET

The Silver Age JLA fought some of the strangest and most powerful villains in comics history. Now these villains from Earth, space and beyond are available in the JLA Silver Age Villains PVC Set from DC Direct. This 7-piece set includes Kanjar Ro, Amazo, Despero, Queen Bee, Dr. Light, The Key and Felix Faust as carefully crafted figures ranging from 3.75" to 4.25" tall.

$39.95, in stores on July 25.

MAD BLACK SPY SOFT TOY

He's a spy of the first magnitude, the bomb-throwing enemy of the White Spy -- and in a world gone MAD, he's now a soft toy. From the pages of MAD Magazine come DC Direct's latest soft toy, the MAD Black Spy. Standing approximately 7" tall, the toy has embroidered details on his face, and wields removable plush bombs (that can stick to his hands) for the ultimate in plush explosive power. Packaged in a 4-color window box.

$14.95, in stores on July 11.

MAD WHITE SPY SOFT TOY

Watch out Black Spy! Your nemesis, the White Spy, is ready for bomb-throwing action. From the pages of MAD Magazine comes another great soft toy from DC Direct. Designed for use with the MAD Black Spy Soft Toy (sold separately), the MAD White Spy stands approximately 7" tall and wields his own removable plush bombs which can stick to his hands. Packaged in a 4-color window box.

$14.95, in stores on July 11.

MARTIAN MANHUNTER ACTION FIGURE

He's a green man from Mars...but there's nothing little about this action figure rendition of Martian Manhunter. J'onn J'onzz was plucked from his home planet to Earth in an experiment gone horribly wrong and dedicated his incredible array of super-powers to fighting evil both by himself and as a founding member of the original JLA. The Martian Manhunter action figure stands approximately 6.5" tall and features multiple points of articulation for action-packed display and a soft vinyl non-removable cape. Packaged in a 4-color blister pack.

Price TBA, in stores on July 18.

RED TORNADO ACTION FIGURE

The Red Tornado action figure stands approximately 6.25" tall and features multiple points of articulation for action-packed poses, ready to whip himself in a whirlwind of power to fight crime. Red Tornado comes with a soft vinyl non-removable cape. Packaged in 4-color blister pack.

Price TBA, in stores on July 18.

THE SILVER AGE FLASH DELUXE ACTION FIGURE SET

The Silver Age Barry Allen Flash is reunited with his young sidekick, Kid Flash (aka Wally West, in his original all-red costume)! Together, they stand poised to race through time itself to right wrongs on the Cosmic Treadmill. The Cosmic Treadmill (measuring approximately 6" wide x 4" deep x 4.5" tall) is non-functioning and features no moving parts. The Flash stands approximately 6.25" tall, while Kid Flash stands approximately 5.5" tall. Both figures feature multiple points of articulation and can be posed on the Cosmic Treadmill in dynamic running poses. The two speedsters come packaged together in a striking 4-color window collector's box.

Price TBA, in stores on June 4.

SUPERMAN: MAN AND MACHINE MINI-STATUE

The Superman: Man and Machine Statue is recreated as a limited-edition mini-statue from DC Direct, featuring the Man of Steel locked in a life-and-death struggle with a killer robot. Measuring approximately 5 4/3" high x 4 3/8" wide x 3 5/8" deep, this carefully crafted cold-cast porcelain mini-statue is a stylish addition to any display.

Sculpted by William Paquet, based on designs by Jerry Ordway.

JSA BOOKENDS

Sculpted by William Paquet.

They were the world's first super-team...the Golden Age's Justice Society of America. Now this team of heroes comes to life in the JSA Bookends, a graphic recreation of the classic cover to All-Star Comics #3, the 1941 comic that featured their first appearance as a team. The JSA Bookends (each side measuring approximately 6" wide x 6" deep x 6.75" tall) feature the heroes seated around the conference table in their headquarters, with The Flash, The Spectre, The Atom, and Sandman on one side and Hawkman, Green Lantern, Dr. Fate, and Hourman on the other.

$295, in stores on July 25.

WONDER WOMAN TIARA, BRACELETS AND EARRINGS PROP SET

Wonder Woman is recognized the world over for her distinctive tiara, bracelets and earrings, and now you can be the proud owner of these time-honored symbols of the Amazing Amazon and her Amazon heritage with the Wonder Woman Tiara, Bracelets And Earrings Prop Set from DC Direct. Crafted from resin, these are recreations of Wonder Woman's famous super-hero accessories, set in a stunning base that features etched artwork depicting the history of the Amazons from their creation to the crowning of young Princess Diana as Wonder Woman. The inside of the bracelets are inscribed with the code of the Amazons. These finely crafted and detailed props can be removed from the base but are not designed to be worn (or to deflect actual bullets).

$149.95, in stores on Aug. 1.

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