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Saturday, September 21, 2002

SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL ENDS

DC Comics announced on Friday that Superman: The Man of Steel #134 will be the final issue of the title.

The book, written by Mark Schultz with art by Brandon Badeaux and Mark Morales, will arrive in stores on Jan. 2. The 40-page issue finds Lois Lane concerned that Superman is spending more and more time as the Man of Steel…and less and less time as Clark Kent. Meanwhile, Steel finds the damage done to him during "Ending Battle" is irreparable, forcing him to don the Entropy Aegis armor one last time.

The situation leads directly into Superman/Darkseid: Apokolips Now, which reaches stores on Jan. 30. The 48-page one shot written by Mark Schultz with art by Mike McKone and a cover by Kilian Plunkett.

Here's how DC describes the issue:

"In this all-out action story, the Superman family - including Supergirl, Superboy, Krypto and the Eradicator - travels to Apokolips on a rescue mission to free John Henry Irons, trapped by Darkseid in a deadly new armor. Can Superman defeat Darkseid in one-on-one combat, where the winner takes all? And what will happen if Desaad adds the intelligent Doomsday Rex to the mix?"

"In the spirit of auld lang syne, we're ringing in the new year with this special, extra-sized farewell issue of Man of Steel from Mark," said senior editor Eddie Berganza. "Mark's done some terrific, innovative work on his run of Man of Steel, and the whole team's going to miss him.

"The other Superman writers call him 'Dr. Science,' He's great at coming up with scientific explanations for the technical points of stories, and at pointing out - and even better, fixing - plot holes."

Along with Superman/Darkseid: Apokolips Now, Schultz has several other projects in development with DC, including the Pocket Books novel Justice League of America: The Flash - Stop Motion, which is expected to reach stores next year.

DC also announced that Superman: The 10-Cent Adventure will be moved back one week to hit stores on Jan. 8. This is followed on Jan. 15 by Action Comics #799 and on Jan. 23 by Adventures of Superman #612.

CROSSGEN FIRST LOOKS

   For covers and four- or five-page previews of CrossGen Comics titles arriving in stores next week, CLICK HERE.

    Titles include Route 666 #4, Crux #18 and Scion #28.

LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN COMPENDIUM

DC Comics announced on Friday that The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume II #2 has sold out and that the publisher will collect the first two issues of the new mini-series.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume II: Bumper Compendium Edition Parts 1 and 2 will reach stores on Oct. 16. The 48-page special collects the lead stories by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill from Volume II #1 and 2, with a cover by O'Neill. As in the original The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Bumper Compendium Editions, this new collection eschews the series' back-up features or other material.

"Alan and Kevin established an incredibly high level of quality in the first League mini-series, and they've maintained that - maybe even improved on it - in the new series," said WildStorm editor Scott Dunbier.

"I mean, I've already seen what they have in store for the team in upcoming issues, and all I can say is you're going to be as surprised and amazed as I was!"

BRIEFLY

  • Marvel Comics has released the cover to Alias #16, which goes on sale on Nov. 6. The issue starts a new story arc as Jessica crosses paths with another member of her old gang and the budding relationship between Jessica and Scott Lang (Ant-Man) heats up

  • Smallville star Tom Welling will be a guest on Live with Regis and Kelly and MTV's Total Request Live on Monday.

  • "Mainstream," the episode of X-Men: Evolution scheduled to air on Sept. 28, was directed by Frank Paur. The episode will include a mutant who returns from the second season.

  • Coming Monday: Spider-Man movie news -- and much more!!!
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