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Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001

DC COMICS FOR APRIL

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

BATMAN TITLES

BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #142

Written by Chuck Dixon; art by Jim Aparo and John Cebollero; cover by Cebollero.

Part 1 of the 4-part "The Demon Laughs." Batman's arch-nemesis, Ra's al Ghul, has come to the conclusion that he's missing the one ingredient necessary to fulfill his ambition of worldwide domination. And the man who holds that missing ingredient is none other than the Joker. For the first time, the Demon teams up with the Clown Prince of Crime to destroy the Dark Knight, and take over the world.

32 pages, $2.25, arrives in stores on April 4.

BATMAN #590

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

Concluding the 3-part "Close Before Striking." Batman's longtime alter-ego, "Matches Malone," has a deadly encounter with Scarface. Will Matches be able to come out of this unscathed? Meanwhile, Batman just may slip into madness as he tries to reconcile his alter-egos.

32 pages, $2.25, arrives in stores on April 11.

DETECTIVE COMICS #757

Written by Greg Rucka and Jordan B. Gorfinkel; art by Rick Burchett, Jeff Johnson, Rodney Ramos, and Dan Panosian; cover by Dave Johnson.

In "Air Time," Batman engages in a high-speed chase with a band of murderous gangland thugs while a family lies helpless at the bottom of Gotham Harbor. Can Batman defeat the brazen criminals and follow the clues to their innocent victims? Plus, a backup story of the Jacobian.

40 pages, $2.50, arrives in stores on April 18.

BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #16

Written by Devin Grayson and Alan Grant; art by Roger Robinson, Enrique Breccia and John Floyd; cover by Brian Bolland.

Part 1 of the 2-part "Matatoa." Batman must face a seemingly immortal madman named Matatoa who seeks to take the life of an undefeated warrior -- and Batman's the only one Matatoa has heard tales of. Plus, a black-and-white backup written by Alan Grant and illustrated by Enrique Breccia.

40 pages, $2.50, arrives in stores on April 25.

AZRAEL: AGENT OF THE BAT #77

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

A murder in a neighboring town leads the Avenging Angel to investigate, only to find that the man responsible is a foe unlike any Azrael has ever faced. How will Azrael fare against the mysterious and toxic Mr. Prymm -- especially since the gigantic villain is somehow unaffected by Jean Paul's newest weapon, the "Angel's Wrath?"

32 pages, $2.50, arrives in stores on April 11.

BATGIRL #15

Written by Kelley Puckett; art by Damion Scott and Robert Campanella; cover by Scott and John Lowe.

Someone's driving the citizens of Gotham to commit ghastly murders, and it's up to Batgirl to stop him. But when Batgirl herself falls under the influence of a mysterious stranger, will she become his latest engine of destruction?

32 pages, $2.50, arrives in stores on April 4.

BATMAN BEYOND #20

Written by Jason Hernandez-Rosenblatt; art by Craig Rousseau and Rob Leigh; cover by Brian Stelfreeze.

Terry comes across a childhood friend who has started to run with the wrong crowd, specifically the gang known as the Jokerz. Can Terry keep his old friend from going down the wrong path and beginning a life of crime -- or is this a job for Batman?

32 pages, $1.99, arrives in stores on April 25.

BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES #37

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

While attempting to save a damsel in distress, Batman finds himself facing the Joker and the Penguin. But something is not quite right...because Batman is missing. Robin and Nightwing cannot find their mentor anywhere and they fear the worst. Will Batman face defeat before Robin and Nightwing can uncover his whereabouts? All is not what it seems in this issue.

32 pages, $1.99, arrives in stores on April 4.

BATMAN: HOLLYWOOD KNIGHT #3

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

The Elseworlds mini-series concludes. In the Golden Age of Hollywood, studio-magnate-turned-actor Byron Wyatt has lost himself in his on-camera character: the Batman. Meanwhile, rival studio chief Jack "the Joker" Napier makes an all-out play to take over his business.

32 pages, $2.50, arrives in stores on April 18.

BATMAN: LEAGUE OF BATMEN #1

Written by Doug Moench; art by Mark D. Bright and Romeo Tanghal; painted cover by John Van Fleet.

Elseworlds. In an apocalyptic future Gotham, the only hope humanity has to survive lies in the sudden appearance of a league of warriors, who all wear the symbol of the Bat.

48 pages, $5.95, arrives in stores on April 11.

BIRDS OF PREY #30

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

Part 3 of the 3-part "History Lesson!" As the raging hordes close in on Canary and her unlikely allies, the Ravens, Oracle tries desperately to pierce the misty veil of time to contact her missing colleague. But if she succeeds, then not only will Canary be saved, but Cheshire will return to the present as well, where she'll murder several helpless S.T.A.R. Labs employees. Either way, Canary can't win.

32 pages, $2.50, arrives in stores on April 18.

CATWOMAN #93

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

Sometimes ignorance is better than the truth, and after what Selina Kyle learned about the second Catwoman last issue, she's wishing she never got out of bed! But that's small potatoes compared to facing off with the one villain who's been able to get under her skin: the Scarecrow. If Selina doesn't take the straw man down, she's finished. But with her psyche so fractured, can she ever hope to survive?

32 pages, $2.25, arrives in stores on April 25.

HARLEY QUINN #7

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

Guest-starring Big Barda. The siege of Wayne Manor continues, as Harley and the Quinntettes square off against the Riddler and his gang -- while Barda tries to keep order and the Manor in one piece. But Harley is determined to leave with some loot first -- even if it means a few Quinntettes get toasted in the process. Meanwhile, the Stooges lay a trap for Harley which they know she can't resist.

32 pages, $2.25, arrives in stores on April 11.

NIGHTWING #56

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

Tad and Dudley have had enough and are planning to break out of prison at any cost. Meanwhile, Blockbuster prepares to unleash his latest weapon -- the assassin known as Shrike -- on an unsuspecting Nightwing.

32 pages, $2.25, arrives in stores on April 11.

ROBIN #89

Written by Chuck Dixon and Scott Beatty; art and cover by Pete Woods and Andrew Pepoy.

Tim's just learned the truth about Danny Temple, and now it's going to get him killed -- unless that annoying gaggle of robot assassins is after something besides Robin. Then it's time for a trip to the Himalayas in pursuit of Danny, and forces even more sinister than Robin's expecting. But with Robin and Batman on -- shall we say -- "shaky ground," is Tim running into water that's way over his head?

32 pages, $2.25, arrives in stores on April 18.

SUPERMAN TITLES

SUPERMAN #169

Written by Marv Wolfman; art by Paco Medina and Juan Vlasco; cover by Dale Keown.

"Infestation," the 4-part storyline that runs through all the Superman books in April, begins here. The alien Korsa Majalis journeys to Earth to enlist Superman's aid, after Korsa's planet is corrupted and turned into energy by the sentient space virus Viroxx. But is Superman enough to halt the course of this seemingly unstoppable cosmic disease?

32 pages, $2.25, arrives in stores on April 4.

ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #591

Written by Marv Wolfman; art by Paco Medina and Walden Wong; cover by Dale Keown.

"Infestation," Part 2 of 4. Superman returns home after he apparently destroys Viroxx, but the virus strikes back at the thing he holds closest to his heart: Lois. Superman watches in horror as his wife is transformed into a mindless anti-body and is sent to claim more worlds for Viroxx.

32 pages, $2.25, arrives in stores on April 11.

SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL #113

Written by Marv Wolfman; art by Paco Medina and Walden Wong; cover by Dale Keown.

"Infestation," Part 3 of 4. After losing Lois to Viroxx, Superman finds his wife leading the virus to infect more planets. In order to save his wife, Superman must destroy the one thing that could end up saving the lives of millions of others. Meanwhile, Viroxx reveals its next stage of evolution and its next target: Earth.

32 pages, $2.25, arrives in stores on April 18.

ACTION COMICS #778

Written by Marv Wolfman; art by Paco Medina and Walden Wong; cover by Dale Keown.

The conclusion to the 4-part "Infestation!" The planet-devouring Viroxx comes to claim Earth, and Superman has his hands full. Can he stop Korsa -- driven mad by his thoughts of revenge - from killing Lois, an anti-body of Viroxx who is holding onto her last shred of humanity?

32 pages, $2.25, arrives in stores on April 25.

SUPERBOY #87

Written by Joe Kelly and Eddie Berganza; art and cover by Pascual Ferry and Keith Champagne.

The super-villain Shrapnel is responsible for killing one of Superboy's closest friends, and the Kid wants revenge. He may have to wait, though, when he's contacted from beyond the grave by Deadman. What does Boston Brand want with Superboy? Even more important, will more than one person be laid to rest by the end of this issue?

32 pages, $2.25, arrives in stores on April 18.

SUPERGIRL #57

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

Supergirl has to save Buzz from a family reunion of the worst kind, as the demon-turned-human is forced to come face-to-face with the daughter he never knew! And judging from her insect-like features and ill temper, "Daddy's Little Girl" has plenty of issues to settle with him.

32 pages, $2.25, arrives in stores on April 25.

SUPERMAN ADVENTURES #56

Written by Dan Jolley; art by Neil Vokes and Terry Austin; cover by Mike Manley and Austin.

In "Poker Face," the galactic bounty hunter Lobo loses in a poker game, but his bet was the planet Earth. Now the alien winner has taken claim and control of the world, leaving it up to Superman to save the day once again. But the alien isn't about to give up his prize that easily...

32 pages, $1.99, arrives in stores on April 18.

DC UNIVERSE TITLES

ENEMY ACE: WAR IN HEAVEN #2

Written by Garth Ennis; art by Russ Heath; painted cover by Christian Alamy.

The riveting war saga concludes. The Germans manage to put the first fighter jets into combat against the encroaching Americans and British fighter planes, as the untold tale of the "Hammer of Hell's" experience in World War II comes to a close. Will the aging ace survive the horrors he's forced to face?

48 pages, $5.95, arrives in stores on April 25.

THE FLASH #173

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

The conclusion to the 4-part "Blood Will Run." The Flash has found himself an uneasy idol of the murderous cult that has killed innocent victims in his name. This issue has everything, including Jesse Quick, Magenta, and a final-page cliffhanger that will send you reeling.

32 pages, $2.25, arrives in stores on April 25.

GREEN ARROW #3

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

The third part of Kevin Smith's "Quiver" storyline finds Ollie knee-deep in battling drug dealers and corrupt politicians. Meanwhile, a menace from the deep blue sea threatens to throw Star City into chaos. His name...Black Manta.

32 pages, $2.50, arrives in stores on April 25.

GREEN LANTERN #137

Written by Judd Winick; art and cover by Darryl Banks and Rich Faber.

In "The Bonds of Friends and Lovers," Kyle's life takes a dramatic turn when he receives some unexpected surprises from all the people around him, including his on-again off-again girlfriend Jade and Kyle's assistant, Terry.

32 pages, $2.25, arrives in stores on April 4.

GREEN LANTERN ARCHIVES VOL. 3 HC

Written by Gardner Fox and John Broome; art by Gil Kane, Joe Giella and Murphy Anderson; cover by Kane and Giella.

The third volume in this Archive series reprints Green Lantern (2nd series) #14-21 (1962-63), featuring the first appearances of the villainous Sonar (the man who conquered sound) and Star Sapphire.

216 pages, $49.95, arrives in stores on April 25.

GREEN LANTERN: DRAGON LORD #1

Written by Doug Moench; art and cover by Paul Gulacy and Josef Rubinstein.

The story of the first Green Lantern from Earth, Jong Li of Feudal China, unfolds. Will the mystic who has devoted his life to selflessness be able to wield the mighty power of the Green Lantern ring in order to save the life of a helpless woman and her son?

48 pages, $4.95, arrives in stores on April 18.

IMPULSE #73

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

In "The Dark Tomorrow," Impulse follows Carol into the time in which he came from -- the 30th Century. But Carol's kidnapper has created a troop of super-speedsters in order to slow Impulse down.

32 pages, $2.50, arrives in stores on April 11.

JLA #53

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

All over the globe, dreams are coming true at an alarming rate -- even those of the JLA. But who is responsible? And can the World's Greatest Heroes set things back to normal? With things going so well for Superman, Green Lantern and the rest, do they even want to?

32 pages, $2.25, arrives in stores on April 25.

JLA: BLACK BAPTISM #2

Written by Sean Smith and Ruben Diaz; art by Jess Saiz and Keith Champagne; painted cover by Tim Bradstreet and Grant Goleash.

The newest JLA mini-series continues. Whoever is hunting the mages of the DC Universe has set their sights on Arkham Asylum. Batman and the rest of the JLA are powerless to stop the coming of the Black Baptism without help from the outcast hero Faust -- but is Faust on the side of the angels or in league with the devil?

32 pages, $2.50, arrives in stores on April 11.

JSA #23

Written by David S. Goyer and Geoff Johns; art by Stephen Sadowski and Michael Bair; painted cover by Andrew Robinson.

"The Return of Hawkman" begins with the much-anticipated return of the Winged Wonder. The JSA is summoned to the planet Thanagar where a battle has begun with the omnipotent soul-eater Onimar Synn. Only the triumphant return of the long-lost hero may turn the tide of this war.

32 pages, $2.50, arrives in stores on April 18.

LEGENDS OF THE DC UNIVERSE #41

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

Final issue. "Lessons in Time," Part 2 of 2 -- starring the Atom. Professor Hyatt's miraculous invention, the Time Pool, has gone out of control, and now Ivy University is overrun by dinosaurs, futuristic fighters, and other time anomalies. Professor Ray Palmer, a.k.a. the Atom, must find a way to shut down the Time Pool before the damage is irreparable. But his only shot at success depends not on his size-changing powers, but on his ability as a teacher. And the person he needs most is his slackest student ever.

32 pages, $2.50, arrives in stores on April 18.

LEGION WORLDS #1

Written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning; art by Yvel Guichet and Dexter Vines; cover by John Cassaday.

A new mini-series starring the 31st Century's greatest heroes begins. On "Earth," the Legion has been disbanded, and M'Onel prepares for an inevitable war while battling an amped-up Tharok.

48 pages, $3.95, arrives in stores on April 18.

MARTIAN MANHUNTER #31

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

The conclusion to "Altered Egos." John Jones has been infected with the BRZK drug by Kanto, Master Assassin of Apokolips. But the only person who might be able to save John is...the Martian Manhunter?

32 pages, $2.50, arrives in stores on April 4.

ORION #13

Written by Walter Simonson; art by John Byrne, Simonson and Terry Austin; cover by Simonson.

Guest-starring the JLA and Captain Marvel, in a special 2-part story written by Walt Simonson and illustrated by John Byrne and Terry Austin! Now that Orion possesses the Anti-Life Equation, the World's Greatest Heroes are concerned about Orion's seemingly limitless power. Will the new ruler of Apokolips bring the "benefits" of his rule to Earth? Plus, a backup tale written and illustrated by Simonson has the denizens of Apokolips arming themselves against New Genesis.

32 pages, $2.50, arrives in stores on April 18.

THE SPECTRE #4

Written by J.M. DeMatteis; art by Ryan Sook and Mark Propst; cover by Sook.

"Redeeming the Demon" Part 3 of 3. Just when Hal Jordan has succeeded in finally containing the bristling Wrath of God, an unexpected intervention from Superman and Batman threatens to undo everything and jeopardizes Hal's new role as the Spectre. Will Hal's soul survive as he discovers the true secrets behind the Spectre's mission?

32 pages, $2.50, arrives in stores on April 4.

STARMAN #78

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

"1951," Part 2 of 3! Even as the Mist's theft of Opal's science continues, Jack, Hourman and the Starman of 1951 begin to think there's more to the Mist's plans. How do events in 1951 tie into the mental breakdown of Ted Knight? Find out, as Jack Knight's adventure in times past continues.

32 pages, $2.50, arrives in stores on April 11.

STARMAN: TO REACH THE STARS TRADE PAPERBACK

Written by James Robinson and Jerry Ordway; art by Tony Harris, Peter Krause, Gary Erskine, Matt Smith, Mike Mayhew, Wade von Grawbadger, Ray Snyder, and Dick Giordano; painted cover by Harris

Jack Knight prepares for his ultimate trip to the stars -- but first he goes toe to toe with Captain Marvel, and asks for help from the JLA. This trade reprints Starman #39-45 and The Power of Shazam! #36. 192 pages, $17.95, arrives in stores on April 25.

THE TITANS #28

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

"The All-Nighter." A new direction for the Titans begins as Titans Tower is visited by a group of mysterious children who want nothing less of the super group...than to move in! Who are these kids? Where do they come from? And how is their presence going to change the future of the Titans?

32 pages, $2.50, arrives in stores on April 18.

WONDER WOMAN #169

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

Concluding the 2-part "Paradise Island Lost," co-written by George Perez. This issue features a special wraparound cover at no extra cost depicting an epic Amazon battle drawn by Adam Hughes, and a 5-page section inked by Perez. It's a major turning point for the people of Paradise Island as the civil war reaches its climax -- but not without one heavy casualty. Plus the Golden Age Fury unleashes her wrath on Wonder Woman, who refuses to take arms against her sisters.

32 pages, $2.25, arrives in stores on April 25.

YOUNG JUSTICE #32

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

The wild origin of the team's newest member, Empress, finally is revealed as her bizarre mystery date with L'il Lobo continues. Yup, looks like the littlest, nastiest Czarnian has a thing for the girl with the blades. And what he's done to meet her approval just isn't right. Is the world ready for a nice Lobo?

32 pages, $2.50, arrives in stores on April 4.


BEYOND THE DC UNIVERSE TITLES

THE SPIRIT ARCHIVES VOL. 4 HARDCOVER

Written and illustrated by Will Eisner; cover by Eisner.

The latest volume in the popular Archive series collecting the complete appearances of Will Eisner's The Spirit reprints the newspaper Spirit Sections from January 4 to June 28, 1942.

224 pages, $49.95, arrives in stores on April 11.

CARTOON CARTOONS #4

Written by Scott Cunningham, Paul Kupperberg and Moe Willems; art by Tim Harkins, Gary Fields, Willems, and Jonathan Royce; cover by Harkins.

Is it curtains for Courage the Cowardly Dog when a cuddly demon-kitty steals Muriel's heart -- and soul? Plus, Johnny Bravo turns invisible and fast-growing wool creates curly chaos for Sheep in the Big City.

32 pages, $1.99, arrives in stores on April 18.

DEXTER'S LABORATORY #22

Written by James Denning and John Rozum; art by John Delaney, Erik Doescher and Jeff Albrecht; cover by Bill Wray.

It's Mother's Day, but Dexter just can't give his mom flowers without something going horribly wrong, can he? Plus, Dee-Dee dares Dexter to go off the high dive.

32 pages, $1.99, arrives in stores on April 25.

LOONEY TUNES #77

Written by Neal and Debbie Sternecky, Mike DeCarlo and James Denning; art by Neal Sternecky, Leo Batic, Walter Carzon, Horacio Ottolini, and DeCarlo; cover by Sternecky and DeCarlo.

Coyote learns seven different sports in order to nab the Roadrunner, but strikes out big time; Foghorn tries to land a hot date for Dawg; Plus, duck season can't begin unless Elmer can get Daffy out of bed.

32 pages, $1.99, arrives in stores on April 4.

THE POWERPUFF GIRLS #14

Written by John Rozum; art and cover by Phil Moy

D-uh, it's the Amoeba Boys' first appearance in The Powerpuff Girls. When Townsville's lamest villains decide to become Townsville's lousiest superheroes, the Girls rush to stop the Boys in their slimy tracks.

32 pages, $1.99, arrives in stores on April 18.

SCOOBY-DOO #47

Written by Brett Lewis and Scott Cunningham; art by Joe Staton, Dave Hunt and Karen Matchette; cover by Staton and Hunt.

The Mystery Inc. gang goes batty investigating trouble at a creepy coal mine. Plus, Scooby sings the blues as a heavy metal ghost haunts his own recording studio.

32 pages, $1.99, arrives in stores on April 11.

WILDSTORM PRODUCTIONS TITLES

GEN13 #64

Written by Adam Warren; art by Kaare Andrews and Jason Martin; cover by Warren.

Part 1 of the 2-part "Superhuman Like You." The Gen13 kids get a taste of the colorful and bizarre "paranormal scene" in San Diego, which has become the newest mecca for the "young, hot and gen-active." Since most of the issue takes place in a hotel bar, it runs a gauntlet of bad pickup lines, overpriced drinks, and laughably pretentious conversations...until, as is usually the case when superhumans gather, superhuman violence erupts.

32 pages, $2.50, arrives in stores on April 18.

GEN13: SCIENCE FRICTION

Written by Tom Simmons; art by Matt Haley and Aaron Lopresti; cover by Haley and Simmons.

The Gen13 kids jump at the chance to see a rerelease of one of their all-time favorite sci-fi movies -- only to discover that the cute and cuddly creatures featured in the film actually exist, and have come to claim Caitlin Fairchild as their queen.

48 pages, $5.95, arrives in stores on April 11.

THE J. SCOTT CAMPBELL DANGER GIRL SKETCHBOOK

Written and illustrated by J. Scott Campbell; cover by Campbell.

A jam-packed collection of rare Danger Girl sketches fills this 56-page one-shot, including production drawings for the Danger Girl video game and action figures, plus breakdowns of the comic, rarely-seen covers, and lots more.

56 pages, $6.95, arrives in stores on April 11.

JEZEBELLE #4

Written by Ben Raab; art by Steve Ellis, Mark Irwin and Luke Rizzo; cover by Ellis and Irwin.

"Seance and Sensibility," Part 1. Harper Harrison is learning what it means to wear the Jezebelle mantle, but there are some things a fledging Battlemage simply should never attempt -- such as contacting the dead, visiting the underworld, and opening a mystical rift between worlds! Things go horribly wrong as the techno-monster The Cretin and his legion of mecha-demons are unleashed upon the world.

32 pages, $2.50, arrives in store on April 18.

THE MONARCHY #3

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

The ongoing series spinning out of The Authority continues. Addie Vochss has led a quiet, ordinary, uneventful life. But she was never meant to. Like Elijah Snow, Jenny Sparks and John Cumberland -- also born on January 1st, 1900 -- Addie Vochss is a Millennium Baby. But somewhere, somehow, her destiny was misplaced. Now, it's coming back for her -- with a vengeance -- and only The Monarchy stands between this mysterious old woman and a flock of deadly Fevermen.

32 pages, $2.50, arrives in stores on April 18.

STAR TREK: OTHER REALITIES TP

Written by Peter David, Tony Isabella, Bob Ingersoll, and K.W. Jeter; art by Aaron Lopresti, Toby Cypress, Mike Collins, and various; painted cover by Lopresti.

WildStorm's first collection of their hit Star Trek comics contains the Star Trek: All of Me one-shot, the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - N-Vector mini-series and the Star Trek: New Frontier - Double Time one-shot.

192 pages, $14.95, arrives in stores on April 11.

STEAMPUNK #8

Written by Joe Kelly; art and cover by Chris Bachalo and Richard Friend.

The conclusion to the 3-part "Mechanica Sundown." Cole makes a major discovery regarding his shrouded past, but it may not matter, as Cole and Co. have to defend a savage attack on Sundown Labs. Plus, a visit to Stonehenge...or, at least, the Steampunk equivalent of Stonehenge...

32 pages, $2.50, arrives on stores on April 25.

WILDCATS VOLUME 2 #22

Written by Joe Casey; art and cover by Sean Phillips.

One of the most popular and highly-requested Wildcats returns to the series! Grifter is confronted by a ghost from his past, one he believed long dead. But a vicious cadre of Coda warriors may ensure this reunion won't last.

32 pages, $2.50, arrives in stores on April 4.

AMERICA'S BEST COMICS TITLES

PROMETHEA #14

Written by Alan Moore; art and cover by J.H. Williams III and Mick Gray.

Sophie is reunited with Barbara as her road-trip odyssey into the Imateria continues. Their first port of call: the Lunar Realm of Dreams and Imagination -- a surreal and mystical land where they encounter Sophie's long dead great great grand uncle. Meanwhile, Stacia finds that being the interim Promethea is a bit more than she had anticipated.

32 pages, $2.95, arrives in stores on April 25.

TOP TEN BOOK ONE TRADEPAPERBACK

Written by Alan Moore; art by Gene Ha and Zander Cannon; cover by Ha.

The adventures of Precinct Ten, in the super-powered city of Neopolis, are featured in this softcover version of the sold-out hardcover. Reprinting the first seven issues of the Eisner Award-Winning title for "Best New Series," plus a cover gallery and sketchbook section featuring art by series artist Gene Ha.

208 pages, $14.95, arrives in stores on April 18.

HOMAGE COMICS TITLES

ZERO GIRL #5

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

The weird mini-series concludes. After Tim finds where Amy disappeared to, Amy's whole world literally melts into thousands of hostile square objects that surround them. Will she be willing to save her and Tim's butt now, in exchange for some mind-numbing pain somewhere down the road? And will her relationship with Tim survive? Will she?

32 pages, $2.95, arrives in stores on April 4.

VERTIGO TITLES

100 BULLETS #23

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

"Red Prince Blues," Part 1 of 2. The return of Megan Dietrich -- as The Trust convenes to deal with the threat Agent Graves portends, revealing more about this mysterious organization and its relationship to Graves. Agent Graves may think he's one step ahead of The Trust, but is he really just walking into a deadly trap set for him long ago?

32 pages, $2.50, arrives in stores on April 4.

AMERICAN CENTURY #2

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

The action intensifies in the new Vertigo monthly. Hell gets hotter for Harry Kraft -- who finds Guatemala a whole 'nother smoke after dodging the draft and blowing out of Suburban America in 1950. Nobody told Harry he was jumping from the frying pan into the fire - as he's instantly caught up in international espionage and foreign affairs with a string of lethal lovelies. And why does every friend he makes turn up dead?

32 pages, $2.50, arrives in stores on April 18.

CODENAME: KNOCKOUT #0

Written by Robert Rodi; art by Louis Small, Jr. and George Freeman; painted cover by Joe Chiodo,

Vertigo's sexy spy thriller satire debuts with a special teaser #0 issue. Angela St. Grace and her sidekick Go-Go Fiasco become embroiled in their very first case in the lead story. Plus, a behind-the-scenes look at early design sketches by Louis Small, Jr. and commentary on the genesis of Codename: Knockout by Robert Rodi.

32 pages, $2.50, arrives in stores on April 25.

THE CRUSADES #2

Written by Steven T. Seagle; art by Kelley Jones and Jason Moore; painted cover by Christopher Moeller.

Vertigo's newest urban-horror monthly continues. Speculation about the identity and intentions of a Dark Ages Knight lopping off limbs in the streets of present-day San Francisco escalates. As fact-checker Venus Kostopikas turns her methods of inquisition in toward her own hazy recollections of The Knight, her sometimes boyfriend, and all-times obnoxious radio personality Anton Marx makes a startling revelation about his own personal knowledge of the mounted man of mayhem carving up his city's inhabitants. And what part does the Pope play in the blood-bath?

32 pages, $2.50, arrives in stores on April 4.

DEADENDERS #16

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

Final Issue. "Behind the Wheel" Part 3 of 3. The closing chapter of the series answers all the burning questions since issue #1. Beezer and Anna's quest comes to its searing conclusion as the secrets of the Cataclysm are finally revealed and the lives of the kids of Sector 5 are changed forever.

32 pages, $2.50, arrives in stores on April 18.

EL DIABLO #4

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

Vertigo's twist on a classic DC Western character concludes. Some men will go to extreme and brutal lengths to hide the secrets deep within them. And some...some don't even know they exist. This final chapter brings the miniseries to its fateful ending, as Sheriff Moses Stone comes face to face with not just the outlaw El Diablo, but also a past Stone buried long ago.

32 pages, $2.50, arrives in stores on April 25.

HELLBLAZER #161

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

Concluding the 4-part "Freezes Over." The legendary serial killer known as The Iceman reveals himself. Bodies are piling up as fast as the snow outside as Constantine and the other denizens of a tiny roadhouse struggle to survive a murderous blizzard, trapped not only by the weather, but by a madman on a mission.

32 pages, $2.50, arrives in stores on April 25.

HOUSE OF SECRETS: FACADE #2

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

The conclusion to the mini-series. "The Salem Seven" enact the arcane rites of their annual reunion. But what begins as an expedition into the creepy woods of Salem to disavow "Satan," ends as an arresting excursion into the past of childhood friends with lingering and deadly secrets. What happened in the woods a decade ago? Who is the betrayer intent on escaping their secrets even at the cost of the lives of the Salem Seven? And how can Rain unlock her past to save herself and her closest friends from the deadly Juris haunting the new East-coast House of Secrets?

48 pages, $5.95, arrives in stores on April 4.

LUCIFER #13

Written by Mike Carey; art by Peter Gross and Ryan Kelly; cover by Duncan Fegredo.

The conclusion of the 4-part "Children & Monsters." With Sandalphon flushed out of hiding, and the truth of Elaine's origins finally revealed, all of Lucifer's schemes are coming to fruition. But the gate is in the hands of the angelic host, and there's more blood to be spilled before the Morningstar can pull off his greatest act of rebellion -- an act that will put him in direct conflict with Heaven.

32 pages, $2.50, arrives in stores on April 4.

THE NAMES OF MAGIC #5

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

The spell-binding miniseries concludes. Tim and his companions arrive in Tintagel, only to find both The Lotus and Beric's war party have caught up with them. As the battle rages, Tim has a final confrontation with Merlin and the secret of his identity finally is revealed, setting the stage for the new monthly series Hunter: The Age of Magic, debuting this summer.

32 pages, $2.50, arrives in stores on April 25.

OUTLAW NATION #8

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

Women, tequila and guns spell trouble for Story as he tries to find his son, stay out of Gloves' radar and keep it all together. When U.S. Marshals come knocking on Jenny's door for answers to the missing sheriff, Martin plays hero, "Johnson" style, and suddenly it's all about to blow up in their faces.

32 pages, $2.50, arrives in stores on April 18.

PREACHER: ALAMO TRADE PAPERBACK

Written by Garth Ennis; art by Steve Dillon; cover by Glenn Fabry

The tale of Jesse Custer and his search for a missing God reaches its violent, blood-soaked conclusion in the ninth and final Preacher trade, reprinting Preacher #59-66.

240 pages, $17.95, arrives in stores on April 4.

THE QUOTABLE SANDMAN HARDCOVER

Written by Neil Gaiman; art by various; painted cover by Dave McKean.

This unique mini-sized hardcover contains the most memorable quotes from Neil Gaiman's The Sandman series, accompanied by illustrations of the Sandman and his family, the Endless, by a remarkable ensemble of artists.

96 pages, $9.95, arrives in stores on April 18.

SWAMP THING #14

Written by Brian K. Vaughan; art by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Marc Hempel; painted cover by David Mack.

Part 4 of the 6-part "Red Harvest." Tefe learns more about the tree-sitting girl who may or may not have been murdered, and Tefe and Heather are forced to choose sides between either the radical environmentalists or the well-intentioned loggers. Meanwhile, the DDI director sends Agent Romero on a mission to kidnap the parents of Tefe's former human identity, Mary Conway.

32 pages, $2.50, arrives in stores on April 11.

TRANSMETROPOLITAN #45

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

Concluding the 3-Part "Dirge." There's a sniper loose in the Print District. There's a story not getting told because the media's grinding to a halt. The cops are nowhere to be seen. It's a conspiracy. A good old-fashioned conspiracy. And the only people who can tell it to the City are the outlaw journalists who don't work out of the Print District anymore: Spider Jerusalem and his filthy assistants. But they may not get the chance...

32 pages, $2.50, arrives in stores on April 11.

WEIRD WESTERN TALES #3

Written by Scott Cunningham, Nicholas Burns and Brett Lewis; art by Danijel Zezelj, Doug Wheatley and Eduardo Risso; painted cover by Fastner and Larson.

The weirdness continues with three new tales. Scott Cunningham and Danijel Zezelj tell a story of intergalactic homesteaders in "Settlers." Nicholas Burns and Doug Wheatley deal with the struggle for a viscous man's eternal soul in "The Confession of Gabriel Winters." And in "Once Upon a Time in the Future," writer Brett Lewis and artist Eduardo Risso tell an alternative past tale in an America where a lone Marshal gets a fighting chance to end the Civil War after 100 years of fighting.

32 pages, $2.50, arrives in stores on April 11.


DC DIRECT

BATMAN BY ALEX ROSS POSTER

Painted art by Alex Ross.

Batman's continuing war on crime is celebrated in this poster from Alex Ross -- and it makes a perfect addition to the line of posters by Ross capturing DC's greatest heroes in classic 3/4 body-shot poses. This 22Úquot; x 34Úquot; poster features the dark and brooding image of the Dark Knight that graced the back cover of the Batman: War on Crime oversized graphic novel.

$7.95, arrives in stores on May 23.

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 22Úquot; x 34Úquot; poster can be displayed alone or side-by-side with others in the set.

$7.95, arrives in stores on May 23.


CAPTAIN COLD ACTION FIGURE

Leonard Snart was a small-time crook who got his hands on advanced cyclotron technology, enabling him to construct a super-freezing gun and create the identity of Captain Cold. Now, one of the Barry Allen Flash's earliest foes comes to life in this new action figure, standing approximately 6.125Úquot; tall, and featuring multiple points of articulation and a cold ray gun. Packaged in a 4-color blister pack.

Price TBA, arrives in stores on Aug. 15.


MIRROR MASTER ACTION FIGURE

From out of the Silver Age Barry Allen Flash's past comes the villainous Mirror Master. Sam Scudder discovered how to create realistic illusions using mirrors and from there built a criminal arsenal of mirror-based gimmicks that more than once almost lead to the Flash's defeat. The Mirror Master action figure is no pale reflection of this criminal mastermind, standing approximately 6.375Úquot; tall, featuring multiple points of articulation and packaged with a Úquot;mirrorÚquot; ray gun. Packaged in a 4-color blister pack.

Price TBA, arrives in stores on Aug. 15.


SINESTRO ACTION FIGURE

Sinestro, the renegade Green Lantern, comes to life in all his evil glory in this sinister action figure. With an evil grin and his yellow power ring from the Weaponers of Qward, Sinestro turned against the Guardians of the Universe and more than once almost succeeded in destroying the Green Lantern Corps. Sinestro stands approximately 6.375Úquot; tall and features multiple points of articulation. Also included is a one-size-fits-all replica of his yellow power ring.

Price TBA, arrives in stores on Aug. 15.


STAR SAPPHIRE ACTION FIGURE

Star Sapphire was one of Green Lantern Hal Jordan's deadliest foes...and the one enemy that he dared not harm. Because beneath the façade of Star Sapphire was Carol Ferris, the love of Hal's life who unwittingly and unbeknownst to her was transformed into the villainess with the power to destroy through her mighty star sapphire gem. Now Star Sapphire is a dynamic new action figure, standing approximately 6.15Úquot; tall and featuring multiple points of articulation. The figure comes packaged with a purple translucent Úquot;star sapphire gemÚquot; display base that can be used to pose the figure. Packaged in a 4-color blister pack.

Price TBA, arrives in stores on Aug. 15.


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 feature the heroes seated around the conference table in their headquarters, with The Flash, The Spectre, The Atom, and Sandman on one side (measuring 6.5Úquot; high x 6.75Úquot; deep x 6Úquot; wide) and Hawkman, Green Lantern, Dr. Fate, and Hourman on the other (measuring 7.5Úquot; high x 6.75Úquot; deep x 6Úquot; wide).

$295, arrives in stores on July 25.


SILVER AGE WONDER WOMAN AND WONDER GIRL DELUXE ACTION FIGURE SET

Wonder Woman and her teenaged counterpart, Wonder Girl, were the greatest heroines of the Silver Age and now they're back in this deluxe action figure set. Wonder Woman stands approximately 6.25Úquot; tall and comes with a detachable golden lasso and a white cloth toga that can be gathered with the lasso at the waist and features multiple points of articulation. Wonder Girl stands approximately 5.75Úquot; tall and also has a detachable golden lasso and toga and features multiple points of articulation. This set also comes with a multi-pegged Greco-Roman inspired base suitable for posing both figures. Packaged in a 4-color window box.

Price TBA, arrives in stores on Aug. 22.

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 incredible heritage. 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). This limited-edition prop set comes with a Certificate of Authenticity in 4-color window box packaging.

$149.95, arrives in stores on Aug. 1.

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