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Tuesday, September 16, 2003

DC COMICS FOR DECEMBER

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

BATMAN TITLES

DETECTIVE COMICS #789

Written by Paul Bolles and A.J. Lieberman; art by Mike Lilly, Dan Davis, Jean-Jacques Dzialowski and Dan Green; cover by Tim Sale.

The thrilling conclusion to the 2-part "The Randori Stone." Batman's in a race against time to find the secrets of an ancient talisman. If he fails, a mystically enhanced escaped convict will destroy the entire Gotham justice system. And in the backup by A.J. Lieberman, Jean-Jacques Dzialowski and Dan Green, the Tailor supplies high-tech weapons and equipment to those with enough cash. But in Gotham City, no one operates outside the reach of Batman.

40 pages, $2.75, in stores on Dec. 3.

BATMAN #622

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

Part 3 of the 6-part "Broken City" by the creative team of 100 Bullets. The hunt for murderer Angel Martinez continues, and the closer Batman gets to him, the more his own dark past comes into focus. With brand new villains Fat Man and Little Boy hard on his trail, Batman's troubles are going to get worse before they get better.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Dec. 24.

THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN! TP

Written and illustrated by Frank Miller; cover by Miller

Frank Miller's sequel to The Dark Knight Returns is collected in trade paperback form for the first time. This volume includes the complete 3-part story, plus sketches and other exciting material. The Dark Knight returns once again to wage a new war on a diseased world that's become completely lost.

256 pages, $19.95, in stores on Dec. 17.

BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #174

Written by John Wagner; art and cover by Chris Brunner.

The origin of Rough Justice is revealed. Batman barely escapes the Gotham Police Department's trap, and Bruce Wayne becomes the focus of Rough Justice's attention when they're forced to seek "contributions" from Gotham's elite to fund their expensive war on crime.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 10.

BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #48

Written by Scott Beatty and Eric Cherry; art by Roger Robinson, Cherry and John Floyd; cover by Alfred Kamajian.

Batman, Nightwing and Robin are hot on the trail of Bane! The carnage leads them to the Himalayas, where Bane has found the base of the terrorist group Kobra - the base that contains the secret behind Bane's quest! And in the back-up story by Eric Cherry, an aging gangster attempts to play Batman against a group of up-and-coming hoodlums.

40 pages, $2.75, in stores on Dec. 17.

BATGIRL #47

Written by Dylan Horrocks; art by Rick Leonardi and Jesse Delperdang; painted cover by James Jean

The Doll Man lurks beneath the streets of Gotham City, abducting debutantes and models and remaking them to satisfy his own twisted needs. Can Batgirl find this psychopath before he strikes again?

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 17.

BATMAN ADVENTURES #9

By Vito Delsante and Gabe Soria; art and cover by Dean Haspiel

Indie comics star Dean Haspiel provides guest art as Batman beats a death trap and Bruce Wayne stumps a head shrinker.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Dec. 17.

BATMAN: CITY OF LIGHT #3

Written by the Pander Brothers and Mark Paniccia; art by the Pander Brothers and Alvaro Lopez; cover by the Pander Brothers.

The mini-series presenting a Gotham City bathed in light continues. Batman slips further into self-annihilation, as he tries in vain to deal with a death he could not prevent. Meanwhile, Batgirl is forced to take his place as the dark avenger of Gotham City. But can she - or anyone - save a Gotham without Batman?

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 3.

BATMAN: DEATH AND THE MAIDENS #5

Written by Greg Rucka; art and cover by Klaus Janson.

The mini-series by Greg Rucka and Klaus Janson continues to heat up. Batman has made a deal with the devil, accepting a gift from his ultimate foe: Ra's al Ghul. Now his past and present collide as he seeks to make peace with the most horrific nightmare from his childhood. And while Batman is temporarily out of the picture, the only person Ra's fears is creating her greatest weapon in her war with al Ghul…

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 10.

BIRDS OF PREY #62

Written by Gail Simone; art and cover by Ed Benes and Alex Lei.

There's trouble brewing for the Birds. A still- recovering Canary goes to China on a mission of mercy and runs into Lady Shiva, who has an agenda of her own.Meanwhile, Oracle's personal life is a shambles and now her work seems to be as well as the information she feeds out to her various heroes starts going strangely and dangerously awry.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 24.

CATWOMAN #26

Written by Ed Brubaker; art and cover by Paul Gulacy and Jimmy Palmiotti.

The new art team continues their streak as Catwoman takes another brutal turn. Selina's plan to take back the East End from the Mob hits a snag when an innocent girl is kidnapped. But was the kidnapping staged to lure Catwoman into the open?

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 24.

GOTHAM CENTRAL #14

Written by Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka; art by Michael Lark and Stefano Gaudiano; cover by Lark.

The acclaimed series hits another turning point as the Joker's reign of terror in Gotham City continues. While the GCPD race against the clock to prevent him from claiming another victim, the story leaks to the media and widespread panic hits Gotham.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 10.

NIGHTWING #88

Written by Devin Grayson; art by Shane Davis and Andy Owens; cover by Brian Ewing.

Blockbuster turns up the heat on Nightwing by employing Gotham City's most incendiary killer, Firefly, in an issue guest-penciled by Shane Davis. Can Nightwing stop the ferocious firestarter from destroying the last vestige of his childhood - Halley's Circus?

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Dec. 17.

NIGHTWING/HUNTRESS TP

Written by Devin Grayson; art and cover by Greg Land and Bill Sienkiewicz.

When an undercover cop is killed, apparently by a mob boss, the worlds of Nightwing and the Huntress collide in this trade paperback that collects the 4-issue Nightwing/Huntress mini-series. As the two heroes approach the policeman's brutal murder from very different angles - Nightwing looking for justice and the truth, Huntress looking for vengeance - they find that opposites really do attract.

96 pages, $9.95, in stores on Dec. 31.

ROBIN #121

Written by Bill Willingham; art by Rick Mays and Aaron Sowd; cover by Jason Pearson.

The first issue by writer Bill Willingham and art team Rick Mays and Aaron Sowd. While Batman turns up the heat on Robin's training, Tim's encounters the most bloodthirsty killer of his career - one destined to make his life a living hell.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Dec. 17.



SUPERMAN TITLES

ACTION COMICS #810

Written by Joe Kelly; art by Pascual Ferry and Cam Smith.

Superman takes Lois on a whirlwind trip around the world as they celebrate New Year's in every time zone and help people around the world along the way.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Dec. 3.

ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #623

Written by Joe Casey; art by Derec Aucoin; cover by Kevin Nowlan.

Take a walk down Memory Lane…or rather Santa Claus Lane, as Superman and Lois recount stories such as "The Secret of the Phantom Quarterback," "Crisis on Earth Mind," and "The Day the Earth Divided."

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Dec. 10.

SUPERMAN #200

Written by Steven T. Seagle; art and cover by Scott McDaniel and Andy Owens.

A 48-page extravaganza featuring the final battle between Superman and the Futuresmiths. The shocking revelation of who they really are, the final fate of Metropolis, and a look at possible future origins of Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, and Superman. Plus, an appearance by Supergirl and a shocking ending you won't want to miss. Also featuring a tour of Metropolis featuring designs by Lee Bermejo and Leinil Yu.

48 pages, $3.50, in stores on Dec. 24.

SUPERMAN/BATMAN #5

Written by Jeph Loeb; art and cover by Ed McGuinness and Dexter Vines.

Even though the whole world is against them, Superman and Batman still have one thing... family. The two heroes are joined by Supergirl, Nightwing, Robin, Superboy, Huntress, Krypto and more as they take on Luthor and those allied with him.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 24.

SUPERMAN: THE KANSAS SIGHTING #2

Written by J.M. DeMatteis; art and cover by Jamie Tolagson.

The 2-issue Prestige mini-series exposing Jor-El's early forays to Earth via Kryptonian "UFOs" concludes. Will Clark Kent come to terms with the sins Jor El may have committed in making sure Earth was safe for his infant son?

64 pages, $6.95, in stores on Dec. 17.

SUPERMAN: METROPOLIS #11

Written by Chuck Austen; art by Teddy Kristiansen; cover by Ashley Wood.

The city is under control of Killgrave, who sends Metropolis itself against Superman, while Jimmy tries to bring back to life the one woman who can save them all.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 17.

SUPERMAN & BATMAN: GENERATIONS III #12

Written and illustrated by John Byrne; cover by Byrne.

Elseworlds. The astonishing maxi-series ends with the destruction of the Earth itself. In the wake of this cataclysm, will even the ultimate sacrifice of the world's few surviving heroes be enough to stop Darkseid from enslaving the rest of the universe?

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 10.

SUPERGIRL ARCHIVES VOL. 2 HC

Written by Jerry Siegel and Otto Binder; art by Jim Mooney, Wayne Boring and Curt Swan and others; cover by Swan.

Get ready for 20 Supergirl classic in a volume collecting stories from Action Comics #269-285, originally published between 1960 and 1962. Witness Supergirl's adoption, debut, first romance and more.

240 pages, $49.95, in stores on Dec. 24.

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DC UNIVERSE TITLES

AQUAMAN #13

Written by John Ostrander; art by James Bosch and Ray Snyder; cover by Bosch and Wade Von Grawbadger.

Aquaman must face a perfect storm to save three people caught on a small sailboat in the midst of a raging hurricane. This isn't a foe that can be outfought or outsmarted. Can any of them survive - including Aquaman? Illustrated by guest artists James Bosch and Ray Snyder.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 10.

AVENGERS/JLA #4

Written by Kurt Busiek; art and cover by George Pérez.

Celebrate the finale of the biggest crossover in comics history. The World's Greatest team-up of Earths' Mightiest Heroes climaxes with the fate of both universes hanging in the balance. Co-published with Marvel Comics.

48 pages, $5.95, in stores on Dec. 31.

BAD GIRLS #5

Written by Steve Vance; art by Christine Norrie and Daniel Krall; cover by Darwyn Cooke.

Dead girls tell no tales, unless the girl is named Destinee! The late, lamented Bad Girl is back…or is she? Meanwhile, Lauren's love life gets complicated, and the Girls discover they possess a previously unsuspected power! But will it save them from The Men In Suits?

32 page, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 3.

CAPER #3

Written by Judd Winick; art and cover by Farel Dalrymple.

The adventures of Jewish Mafia hitmen Izzy and Jacob Weiss continue in 1906. Unfortunately, Jacob's love affair could get them both killed, because he's with the same girl that's being pursued by his own mob boss. Part 3 of this 12-part look at the underbelly of the crime world.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 31.

CINNAMON: EL CICLO #5

Written by Jen Van Meter; art by Francisco Paronzini and Robert Campanella; cover by Howard Chaykin.

The mini-series concludes with a bang. Cinnamon storms a Hollywood Hills estate side-by-side with her street-tough nemesis Mace Samuels to rescue the runaway that brought them together. Will this be the gunslinger's ticket out of L.A. - or her tombstone?

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 17.

THE DEMON: DRIVEN OUT #4

Written by Joshua Dysart; art by Pop Mhan and Art Thibert; cover by Mhan.

Jason Blood enters the gangland world of the Yakuza to confront the runaway Demon - even as Ame Okumura struggles to break free from her imprisonment within Etrigan.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 17.

DR. FATE #5

Written by Christopher Golden; art by Don Kramer and Prentis Rollins; cover by Paul Rivoche.

The startling conclusion to the 5-issue miniseries! Nabu has always expressed doubts about Hector Hall's worthiness to bear the mantle of Fate. Now - pitted against an enemy even Nabu fears, with the lives of his friends and perhaps the world in balance - it's time to find out if Doctor Fate can do what must be done.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 10.

EMPIRE #6

Written by Mark Waid; art by Barry Kitson and James Pascoe; cover by Kitson

The mini-series concludes, Golgoth almost single-handedly conquers his enemies and wins the planet Earth on his own - but at a fantastic price…a loss that no man should endure.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 31.

FALLEN ANGEL #6

Written by Peter David; art by David Lopez and Fernando Blanco; cover by Brian Stelfreeze.

The thrilling conclusion to the 4-part "Little Better Than a Beast!" Asia provides Lee with a bizarre hallucinogen that completely alters her perceptions, and she begins to see Bete Noire in a totally different way. It's as if the entire city is falling away, until the only things that remain are herself…and the Beast.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 10.

THE FLASH #205

Written by Geoff Johns; art and cover by Alberto Dose.

"Ignition," Part 5 of 6, guest-starring Batman! The Fastest Man Alive struggles to protect Keystone City's police officers as the true identity of their killer is revealed. The Flash wants to bring the murderer to justice, but so does a Rogue who operates outside the law. Plus, a visit from the new Rogue Profiler for the K.C.P.D. is anything but pleasant for Wally West and his wife Linda.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Dec. 31.

FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE JUSTICE LEAGUE #6

Written by Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis; art and cover by Kevin Maguire and Joe Rubinstein.

The former members of the Justice League match wits with the universe's regal re-decorator - Manga Khan! At stake: the lives of L-Ron and G'nort. Thrilling stuff, indeed. Guest-starring the JLA. (No, really!)

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 3.

GREEN ARROW #33

Written by Scott Beatty; art by Shawn Martinbrough and Mark McKenna; cover by Brian Bolland.

A special issue featuring guest creative team Scott Beatty, Shawn Martinbrough and Mark McKenna and guest-starring Superman and Plastic Man! Someone has put the Arrowcar in an online auction…and Scavenger wants it! Will Ollie enter the bidding or let a madman own a piece of super-hero history?

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 17.

GREEN LANTERN #172

Written by Ben Raab; art by James Bosch and Rodney Ramos; cover by Keron Grant.

Green Lantern must rescue Amon Sur's associates from a rival cartel of cosmic arms dealers. To maintain his cover and prove his loyalty to the Black Circle, Kyle must kill the kidnappers. Will he do it? Meanwhile, on Earth, Merayn's job hunt takes a turn for the deadly when hi-tech thieves raid the bank where she's interviewing…and only she can stop them.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Dec. 31.

GREEN LANTERN: WILLWORLD SC

Written by J.M. DeMatteis; art and cover by Seth Fisher.

How did a young Hal Jordan master one of the most powerful weapons of the universe as Green Lantern? One of Hal's earliest adventures is revealed, as he finds himself alone on a world formed entirely of the imaginations of other Green Lanterns.

96 pages, $17.95, in stores on Dec. 24.

HAWKMAN #22

Written by Geoff Johns; art by Rags Morales and Michael Bair; cover by Morales.

The stunning conclusion to the 3-part "The Headhunter!" In a bizarre twist, Hawkman must face off against himself as the Headhunter continues his strange mission of preserving the savage within. Meanwhile, Hawkgirl unearths the origins of St. Roch's newest urban myth only to discover another mystery within the "City the Saints Forgot."

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 3.

H-E-R-O #11

Written by Will Pfeifer; art by Kano; painted cover by John Van Fleet.

Metropolis archaeologists find some rather unusual ancient cave art featuring what looks to be a prehistoric super-hero. Go back thousands of years to those thrilling bygone days of early man and see what happens when the H-Dial falls into the hands of a Cro-Magnon.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 10.

ICANDY #4

Written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning; art by Kalman Andrasofszky; cover by Scott Iwahashi.

Candy clings to life as her brother Matt tries to convince a doctor that his sister is really a living video game character. Can Matt get help before they're captured by the sinister Agent Korben? Plus, Matt's dad discovers some strange happenings at work that might provide clues to Candy's true origin.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 24.

JLA #91

Written by Denny O'Neil; art by Tan Eng Huat; cover by Doug Mahnke and Tom Nguyen. Comics legend Denny O'Neil and hot artist Tan Eng Huat kick off the 3-part "Extinction" arc. The JLA finds itself in a dilemma when a mysterious, shapeshifting creature from another planet gets blasted into our solar system through a tear in space. Is the creature friend or foe? Turns out to be both - in that order.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Dec. 24.

JSA #55

Written by Geoff Johns; art by Leonard Kirk and Keith Champagne; cover by Carlos Pacheco and Jésus Meriño.

Spotlighting Green Lantern, the Flash, Wildcat and Hawkman. The four original members of the Justice Society head to northern Maine on Christmas Eve to help a dear old friend and super-hero in his own right: Santa Claus. Or is it a long-lost former member that needs a little Christmas cheer?

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 10.

JSA: ALL-STARS #8

Written by Geoff Johns; art by Sal Velluto, Bob Almond; cover by John Cassaday and Mark Lewis.

The character-centered mini-series comes to a heartfelt conclusion. At last, Justice Society regroups after confronting people and events of the past! But what was the true purpose of these visits? And how will the JSA stop a power they can't control? Guest-starring the Spectre.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 3.

JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES #26

Written by Ken Rothstein; art and cover by Chris Jones and Dan Davis.

The League's strangest adventure concludes as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the Martian Manhunter join forces with outer-space hero Adam Strange to confront an enemy that promises to destroy everything Adam holds dear…including the planet Rann.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Dec. 3.

THE LEGION #28

Written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning; art by Chris Batista and Chip Wallace; cover by Tony Harris and Tom Feister.

"Foundations" reaches a deadly turning point as the mysterious Clark Kent finds his way to Smallville 3003 and Kid Quantum resigns as Legion leader. It all happens just in time for the reigniting of the fires of Apokolips and the rebirth of evils both ancient and new.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 24.

OUTSIDERS #7

Written by Judd Winick; art by Tom Raney and Scott Hanna; cover by Raney.

It's not double vision - there really are two Metamorphos. But which one's real? He's the one who plans to absorb the fake. Meanwhile, meet Timothy Karnes - a once and future villain called Sabbac. Chances are he's not coming for tea.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 17.

PLASTIC MAN #1

Written by Kyle Baker; art and cover by Baker.

Kyle Baker takes on the pliable Plastic Man in a new monthly series! Issue #1 features a retelling of Plas' origin as well as a great new tale that pits Plas against his criminal past.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 3.

PLASTIC MAN LOST ANNUAL

Written by Jack Cole, Dave Wood, Steve Skeates, and Arnold Drake; art by Cole, Jim Mooney, Gil Kane, and Ramona Fradon; cover by Cole.

A freewheeling collection of Plastic Man stories spanning three decades. Reprinting stories from Police Comics #1, Police Comics #13, House of Mystery #160, Plastic Man Vol. 2 #1, and Plastic Man Vol. 2 #11, featuring the origin and first appearance of Plastic Man and his sidekick Woozy Winks and much more.

80 pages, $6.95, in stores on Dec. 17.

REIGN OF THE ZODIAC #5

Written by Keith Giffen; art by Colleen Doran and Bob Wiacek; cover by Tony Harris.

On Eidolon, the House of Virgo unearths a long-lost Boot Portal, but it may possess a fatal flaw. Meanwhile, the half-breed accused of helping two lovers escape forms a wary alliance with her Arian guard. And on Earth, the warrior sisters of the wayward bride arrive, determined to kill her.

32 pages, $2.75, in stores on Dec. 31.

ROSE & THORN #1

Written by Gail Simone; art by Adriana Melo and Dan Green; cover by Adam Hughes.

A new mini-series written by Gail Simone. A radical new psychiatric therapy is tested to the limits when girls' dormitory inmate Rhosyn Forrest unleashes a second personality on an unsuspecting Metropolis! One woman, two people: the sweet, innocent Rose…and the deadly, dangerous Thorn.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 17.

STARMAN: STARS MY DESTINATION TP

Written by James Robinson and David S. Goyer; art by Peter Snejbjerg, Keith Champagne, Stephen Sadowski, Chris Weston, and John McCrea; cover by Tony Harris.

Jack Knight continues his star-spanning journey through space - accompanied by his blue-skinned comrade Mikaal and his Mother Box-produced hologram of his father, Ted Knight - to find the brother of his lady love, Sadie, in this volume collecting Starman #55-60. But Jack and his crew become prisoners of the empire, and must stoke the fires of revolution in order to escape a despot's grasp - with the help of guest-stars such as Omega Men's Tigorr and New God's Fastbak.

144 pages, $14.95, in stores on Dec. 31.

TEEN TITANS #6

Written by Geoff Johns; art and cover by Mike McKone and Marlo Alquiza.

The JLA has promised to keep out of the Teen Titans' business - but promises are made to be broken. Much like arms, according to Starfire.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 10.

TEEN TITANS GO! #2

Written by J. Torres, art by Todd Nauck and Lary Stucker; cover by Dave Bullock.

The new monthly comic adapting the Cartoon Network animated series continues. Get ready for the Beast Boy that cried wolf. Having a sense of humor isn't always such a good thing…at least that's what Beast Boy's teammates think, since they tend to be the victims to his jokes. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice…uh-oh, trouble's afoot and there are no teammates to lend a hand.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Dec. 24.

WONDER WOMAN #199

Written by Greg Rucka; art by Drew Johnson and Ray Snyder; cover by Phil Noto

Diana confronts her greatest enemy face-to-face as "Down to Earth" nears its explosive conclusion. And while conflict on Olympus threatens to shake the foundations of Wonder Woman's life, mortal forces conspire to bring her down once and for all.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Dec. 24.

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BEYOND DC UNIVERSE TITLES

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS ARCHIVES VOL. 3 HC

Written by Wally Wood, Bill Pearson and Steve Skeates; art by Wood, Dan Adkins, John Giunta, Ralph Reese, Mike Sekowsky, Manny Stallman, Chic Stone, George Tuska, Al Williamson, and Ogden Whitney; cover by Wood.

The T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents are back in a handsome hardcover volume collecting 1966's T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #8-10 and Dynamo #2. These issues, masterminded by comics legend Wally Wood, feature the introduction of Raven, the fall of the Warlords, and atomic explosions, spaceships and international intrigue galore.

224 pages, $49.95, in stores on Dec. 10.

CARTOON CARTOONS #25

Written by Robbie Busch; art by Gary Fields, Scott Underwood, Angus Bungay and Mike Wetterhahn, Tim Chi Ly, Robert Pope, Jeff Albrecht; cover by Gary Fields.

Get down with the greatest Cartoon Network characters around for this 25th-issue dance party. Ed, Edd & Eddy, Dexter, Johnny Bravo and Courage the Cowardly Dog strut their stuff.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Dec. 24.

LOONEY TUNES #109

Written by Sholly Fisch; art by Omar Aranda and Alberto Saichann; cover by Aranda and Saichann.

Hysterical history issue! Join the Looney Tunes gang as they stumble through prehistoric times, the Roman Empire, the Gold Rush, the Roaring Twenties, and outer space!

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Dec. 3.

THE POWERPUFF GIRLS #46

Written by Robbie Busch; art by Ricardo Garcia Fuentes and Mike DeCarlo; cover by Phil Moy.

Mojo Jojo uses superstitions to take over Townsville. Plus, Princess Morbucks makes the kids of Pokey Oaks crazy for her special snack food - way too crazy.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Dec. 17.

SCOOBY-DOO #79

Written by John Rozum and Alex Simmons; art by Joe Staton, Karen Matchette, Stephen DeStefano and Dave Hunt; cover by Staton and Hunt.

Two creepy castles for the price of one issue. Shaggy poses as a prince to investigate a royal haunting, and a beautiful ghost stalks a castle-turned-hotel.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Dec. 10.

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WILDSTORM TITLES

ARROWSMITH/ASTRO CITY

Written by Kurt Busiek; art by Carlos Pacheco, Brent Anderson, and Jesus Merino; cover by Alex Ross.

A special book featuring tales from two WildStorm series. Get ready for two 8-page prelude stories - one for each book - as well as maps, behind-the-scenes sketchbook art by Alex Ross, Brent Anderson and Carlos Pacheco, and an interview with Kurt Busiek about the future of both series. This Special is a perfect introduction to new readers of either series, and a special treat for ongoing readers of both.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 3.

THE AUTHORITY #8

Written by Robbie Morrison; art and cover by Dwayne Turner and Sal Regla.

With half its members forcibly converted into religious fanatics by the Reverend John Clay, and the world rapidly falling under the oppressive rule of The Church of Transcendence, The Authority becomes the target of the deadliest witch-hunt in history.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 3.

THE AUTHORITY/LOBO CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

Written by Keith Giffen and Alan Grant; art and cover by Simon Bisley.

The crossover that no one expected! When Jenny Quantum discovers a book chronicling Lobo's assassination of Santa Claus in the bowels of the Carrier, she reacts like any child would: She wants Lobo punished. Unbeknownst to our heroes, the Main Man himself has set his sights on the Authority for a whole different reason…and when these trains collide, it ain't gonna be pretty.

48 pages, $4.95, in stores on Dec. 10.

GEN13 #16

Written by Chris Claremont; art by Ramón F. Bachs and Sandra Hope; cover by Alé Garza and Carlos D'Anda.

The original Gen13 is back in this series finale. The price of their return may be too great to bear when all reality is put at risk. In order for the world to survive, must they die again? Not if the new team has anything to say about it.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 10.

KAMIKAZE #3

Written by Humberto Ramos, Olallo Rubio and Francisco Herrera; art and cover by Herrera and Carlos Cuevas.

The mini-series blending high action, extreme sports, and deadly mystery continues! Determined to find out what really happened to their mentor, Tisha, Tyra and Andy set off on a road trip, following lead after lead about the Kamikaze. At the local skate camp, they encounter a potential member of their new crew…but on their way to Arizona, the brakes on their van fail! Is this a test of the Kamikaze or simply an accident? And will any of them survive to discover the Kamikaze? 32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 17.

MASKS: TOO HOT FOR TV!

Written by Ed Brubaker, Marc Andreyko, Judd Winick, Jill Thompson, and Patton Oswalt; art by Doug Mahnke, Whilce Portacio, Richard Corben, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Tony Akins, cover by Glenn Fabry.

In the time-honored tradition of reality television comes Masks: Too Hot For TV!, a behind-the-scenes look at the day-to-day drudgery of life as a super-hero. In the spirit of Cops, the POV of this one-shot is from the brave cameramen who ride - or fly - along with the media's favorite super-heroes.

48 pages, $4.95, in stores on Dec. 31.

PLANETARY #18

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

Get ready for "The Gun Club." The game's afoot. Elijah Snow is building his own conspiracy to bring down the Four, and he's targeting William Leather first. But what does his plan, which entangles Anna Hark and John Stone, have to do with the first moonshot...in 1851?

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 31.

THE POSSESSED #6

Written by Geoff Johns and Kris Grimminger; art and cover by Liam Sharp.

Christian, the leader and founder of the Possessed, has become their deadliest enemy. Get ready for the climatic confrontation between the Possessed and the ultimate evil lurking within Ironwood - an evil that makes even Father Burroughs' faith falter.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 17.

THE SAGA OF SEVEN SUNS HC

Written by Kevin J. Anderson; art by Robert Teranishi; cover by Steven Youll.

Novelist Kevin J. Anderson's popular science fiction series The Saga of Seven Suns comes to comics as an original hardcover graphic novel! As the human race expands into the stars, they find themselves caught up in the politics and long-standing feuds of several powerful alien races.

96 pages, $24.95, in stores on Jan. 14.

SLEEPER #12

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

The conclusion to Season One of Sleeper! Tao's secret agenda is finally revealed...or is it? Does he know Holden really is working for the enemy? Has he known all along? Was Holden really captured by the good guys, or has it all been a terrifying manipulation?

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Dec. 17.

SLEEPER: OUT IN THE COLD TP

Written by Ed Brubaker; art and cover by Sean Phillips.

A new volume collecting issues #1-6 of the critically acclaimed series. Sleeper is the story of deep-cover agent Holden Carver and the deadly game of cat-and-mouse he plays with Tao, an amoral master of manipulation.

144 pages, $17.95, in stores on Dec. 17.

STORMWATCH: TEAM ACHILLES #18

Written by Micah Ian Wright; art by C.P. Smith and Eric Nguyen; cover by Michael Golden.

It's cover-to-cover action as the origin of Citizen Soldier is finally revealed! Limping back to his base of operations, Soldier finds Stormwatch waiting for him - and ready to pounce.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 10.

STORMWATCH: TEAM ACHILLES VOL. 2 TP

Written by Micah Ian Wright; art by Whilce Portacio, Mark Texeira, Tomm Coker, CP Smith, Sal Regla, and Bill Sienkiewicz; cover by Portacio.

Collecting issues #7-11 of the series - five short stories that spotlight the members of Team Achilles. Created and funded by the United Nations, Stormwatch: Team Achilles is a group of highly trained human operatives armed with the latest weaponry and gadgets and given a mission: to police the world's growing superhuman population. Led by former Black Razor, Ben Santini and featuring an international cast, these are gritty stories of hard-edged, military fiction with political undertones.

160 pages, $14.95, in stores on Dec. 24.

THUNDERCATS: HAMMERHAND'S REVENGE #3

Written by Fiona Avery; art by Carlos D'Anda; covers by D'Anda and Whilce Portacio and Brett Booth.

The swashbuckling adventure continues as the Thundercats make it through the Eternal Forest, only to be ambushed by the Berserkers. It's an all-out battle that causes the Sword of Omens to summon Lion-O. Unfortunately, he's held prisoner by the Griffins! Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. All orders will be filled with covers by Carlos D'Anda & Whilce Portacio (50 percent) and Brett Booth (50 percent).

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 10.

THUNDERCATS: ORIGINS - HEROES AND VILLAINS #1

Written by Ford Gilmore and Ken Siu-Chong; art by various; cover by Udon Studios.

Take a peek at the early history of the Thundercats' friends and foes in a pair of Specials shipping bi-weekly! Issue #1 tells the origin of the dread Mumm-Ra - how he went from being a royal aide to the arch-enemy of the Thundercats! Plus, the tale of how Cheetara discovered her super-speed and met Lion-O, and a look at the history of Thundera.

48 pages, $3.50, in stores on Dec. 3.

TWO-STEP #3

Written by Warren Ellis; art and cover by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti.

The chase continues as Rosi and Tony flee Filthy Ron. Tony decides to deal with the Quarrys and get them off their backs. It's the climactic fight scene featuring all out sedan-shagging action that cannot be missed. Could this all really be a love story?

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 10.

WILDCATS VERSION 3.0 #17

Written by Joe Casey; art by Francisco Ruiz Velasco and Sean Phillips; cover by Dustin Nguyen and Rian Hughes

Sean Phillips returns to Wildcats for a flashback sequence that bridges the events of Version 3.0 and the Volume 2. As Jack Marlowe confronts Wax on his personal agenda in the NPS, some previously unrevealed history finally comes to light. This issue also features the debut of new artist Francisco Ruiz Velasco.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 24.

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AMERICA'S BEST COMICS TP

Written by Alan Moore, Steve Moore and Peter Hogan; art by Arthur Adams, Sergio Aragones, Jim Baikie, Kyle Baker, Hilary Barta, J. Scott Campbell, Zander Cannon, John Cassaday, Claudio Castellini, Frank Cho, Dame Darcy, José Luís Garcia-Lopéz, Melinda Gebbie, Alan Gordon, Michael Golden, Gene Ha, Adam Hughes, Phil Noto, Kevin Nowlan, Kevin O'Neill, Jason Pearson, Humberto Ramos, Alex Ross, Eric Shanower, Chris Sprouse, Karl Story, Bruce Timm, John Totleben, Rick Veitch and J.H. Williams III; cover by Adams, Barta, Ha, Nowlan, Sprouse, Story, Veitch and Williams

A Who's Who of fantastic comics creators comes together for this handsome volume collecting the America's Best Comics Special, The ABC Sketchbook, and The Many Worlds of Tesla Strong. A full-length novella, a sampling of wondrous short stories, and a selection of beautiful design sketches by some of the best artists.

192 pages, $17.95, in stores on Dec. 10.

TERRA OBSCURA #6

Written by Alan Moore and Peter Hogan; art and cover by Yanick Paquette and Karl Story.

The thrilling mini-series concludes with an oversized final issue! It all comes down to this, as our gallant heroes confront the source of the null field…and it's not what anyone expects. Will our valiant heroes survive the encounter?

40 pages, $3.95, in stores on Dec. 26.

TOM STRONG #24

Written by Peter Hogan; art and cover by Chris Sprouse and Karl Story.

Greta Gabriel, Tom Strong's ill-fated lover, died in 1928, the result of a cryogenics experiment gone awry. Or did she? More than 70 years later, an accident uncovers the body of his lost love, and while she may be stone cold, she's still alive. Now Tom, guilt-ridden over what happened to Greta, must help her fit into the 21st century.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 10.

TOM STRONG'S TERRIFIC TALES #9

Written by Alan Moore and Steve Moore; art by Michael Kaluta, Arthur Adams, Alan Weiss, Bruce Timm and Steve Leialoha; cover by Kaluta.

Three amazing tales in one spectacular issue. First, legendary creator Michael Kaluta teams with Alan Moore for a tour of the Golden Age of Millennium City. Next, in Part 1 of a 2-part story by Art Adams and Bruce Timm, Jonni Future faces off against Cancer Blue, a conglomeration of cyber-technology that has kidnapped Jermaal. Finally, on Attabar Teru, Young Tom Strong confronts ghosts from his past.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 24.

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VERTIGO TITLES

100 BULLETS #48

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

"In Stinked," Part 2. Jack and Mikey are up to their eyeballs in it, having walked straight out of a drug-induced stupor into a Wonderland-type zoo where the animals are big game and people would rather hunt them than admire them. Lions and tigers and fat Mafiosi in cheap velour track-suits make for an interesting family outing.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 10.

BLOOD AND WATER TP

Written by Judd Winick; art by Tomm Coker; cover by Brian Bolland

Judd Winick puts a decidedly Vertigo twist on the vampire lifestyle in this trade paperback collecting the 5-issue miniseries. Adam Heller is dying, but before he can take the big dirt nap, his best friends offer him a chance at immortality. Before he knows it, Adam is a vampire, and they're everything you'd ever want: hot, scary, and dressed to kill. But when a darker side of their vampire legacy comes looking for Adam, the eternal party crashes to a bloody halt.

128 pages, $17.95, in stores on Dec. 3.

FABLES #20

Written by Bill Willingham; art by Mark Buckingham and Steve Leialoha; painted cover by James Jean.

The mysterious stranger in red is the talk of the town - Fabletown, to be specific. What happens when her old nemesis Bigby Wolf is the one assigned to debrief her? Meanwhile, Prince Charming has started his campaign to become the new mayor, and he's making lots of promises…

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 10.

HELLBLAZER #191

Written by Mike Carey; art by Marcelo Frusin; painted cover by Tim Bradstreet.

Part 3 of the 5-part "Staring at the Wall." The Beast is burning its mark into the world, and John Constantine's fragile coalition has fallen apart in death and recrimination. It looks as though John's fortunes have finally reached rock bottom. But when he faces the Beast in its lair, things get unimaginably worse.

32 pages, $2.75, in stores on Dec. 31.

HUMAN TARGET #5

Written by Peter Milligan; art and cover by Javier Pulido.

The conclusion to the 2-part "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." Most guys train their entire lives to play Major League baseball. Christopher Chance has less than a few days. Disguised as a professional ball player, Chance walks into a baseball scandal involving death, drugs, and illegal gambling as he asks himself, exactly how much corruption is there at the heart of the Great American Pastime?

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 17.

THE LOSERS #7

Written by Andy Diggle; art by Doug Alexander Gregory; cover by Jock.

Part 1 of the 2-part "Downtime," featuring guest artist Doug Alexander Gregory. It's time for The Losers to sit back and take stock after the disastrous consequences of their first major mission. While Jensen attempts to decrypt a top-secret data disk stolen from the CIA, Clay's search for the truth behind the mystery agent Max reunites him with the general who originally put the Losers team together. Meanwhile, Aisha returns to New York to settle some unfinished business.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 24.

LUCIFER #45

Written by Mike Carey; art by Ted Naifeh; painted cover by Tara McPherson.

Downtrodden paralegal John Sewell has a whole lot of problems in his life. But when an obnoxious spirit possesses his body, he finds that there are worse things than a cheating girlfriend, a corrupt boss and a derailed career. Featuring guest art by Ted Naifeh.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 17.

VERTICAL

Written by Steven T. Seagle; art by Mike Allred and Philip Bond; cover by Allred.

It's half the width of a normal comic, but double the excitement in Vertical, the final special format book in Vertigo's 10th anniversary. Brando is a handsome 21-year-old daredevil riddled with cuts and bruises, and a mysterious past that compels him to leap off the world's tallest structures. Zilly Kane is a young, white-haired fashionista climbing the ladder of 1960s Manhattan to find fame and fortune. Will Brando pull Zilly down as he falls toward his fate, or will Zilly lift Brando up as she ascends to hers?

64 pages, (3 1/4" x 10 1/4"), $4.95, in stores on Dec. 24.

Y: THE LAST MAN #17

Written by Brian K. Vaughan; art by Paul Chadwick and José Marzan, Jr.; painted cover by J.G. Jones.

Part 2 of the 2-part "Comedy & Tragedy," featuring guest penciller Paul Chadwick. It's opening night of the all-female Fish & Bicycle Theater Company's controversial new play. But if a mysterious visitor from Japan gets her way, the show may have the shortest run in the history of modern drama. When the curtain finally falls, will anyone be alive to see it?

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 3.

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