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Tuesday, February 17, 2004

DC COMICS FOR MAY

Following are DC Comics' soliciations for May, with information coming from the company.

BATMAN TITLES

DETECTIVE COMICS #794

Written by Andersen Gabrych and A.J. Lieberman; art by Pete Woods, Cam Smith, Jean-Jacques Dzialowski and Dan Green; cover by Tim Sale.

Tarantula and Orpheus guest-star in Part 1 of "The Rotting," a new 2-part story! Can Batman stop a terrible blight from wiping out the citizens of Gotham? And will his quest bring him into conflict with a beautiful but deadly vigilante from Bludhaven? Plus, in the backup, the conclusion to "The Tailor." As the Tailor gets ready to go head-to-head in a battle he knows he can't win, he makes preparations for the only things in Gotham City that he cares about.

40 pages, $2.95, in stores on May 5.

BATMAN #627

Written by Judd Winick; art by Dustin Nguyen and Richard Friend; painted cover by Matt Wagner

The 5-part "As the Crow Flies" continues as Batman ships biweekly in May. This issue features one of a trio of painted covers by Trinity's Matt Wagner that includes Adventures of Superman #628 and Wonder Womaon #204. The Penguin has teamed up with the Scarecrow to slice off a big piece of Gotham's underworld. Can Batman and Robin possibly stop this unholy alliance?

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on May 12.

BATMAN #628

Written by Judd Winick; art by Dustin Nguyen and Richard Friend; painted cover by Matt Wagner.

Part 3 of the 5-issue "As the Crow Flies," as Batman ships biweekly in May. The Penguin's alliance with the Scarecrow seems to be more lethal than even the Penguin expected. What sort of horrors are being unleashed on an unsuspecting Gotham City -- and does Batman have a prayer of stopping them?

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on May 26.

BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #179

Written by A.J. Lieberman; art by Greg Scott; cover by Jorgé Zaffino.

The mind-bending origin of Fat Man and Little Boy, from Batman's "Broken City," in a stand-alone issue written by A.J. Lieberman with art by Greg Scott. From their debut in Japan to the real reasons behind why they're in Gotham City, learn the secrets behind Batman's newest foes.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 12.

BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #53

Written by A.J. Lieberman; art by Al Barrionuevo and Francis Portela; cover by Lee Bermejo.

The arc of extra-length stories continues with a tale featuring Hush and guest-starring Green Arrow. One of the deadliest villains from Batman's past has returned, one so powerful he's even gone toe-to-toe with the JLA. But unknown to him, the mystery villain is the one with a target on his back this time, and the hunter in question is none other than Hush. Hush's quest takes him to Star City, where he must face not only Batman but Green Arrow, too.

40 pages, $2.95, in stores on May 19.

BATGIRL #52

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

Poison Ivy has taken over a portion of Gotham City, and Batmanıs nowhere to be found. Does Batgirl stand a chance against one of the Dark Knightıs deadliest adversaries? And even if she can resist the power of Pamela Isley, will she be able to fend off the full-out feral attack of former Batgirl -- now Oracle -- Barbara Gordon?

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 26.

BATMAN ADVENTURES #14

Written by Ty Templeton and Dan Slott; art by Rick Burchett and Terry Beatty; cover by Kelsey Shannon.

The Gray Ghost returns. Batman's childhood idol goes missing while filming the new Gray Ghost movie. Is something sinister afoot? And in the backup, written by Dan Slott, a favorite old Gray Ghost episode stirs childhood memories in Batman -- and helps him solve a crime.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on May 19.

BATMAN: CITY OF LIGHT #8

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

This conclusion to the dramatic mini-series finds Batman face-to-face with the Purge, and with the fate of Gotham resting in his hands. Does the newly reborn Dark Knight have what it takes to rid the city of its greatest threat?

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on May 5.

BATMAN: CYBER REVOLUTION #1

Written by Ron Perazza; art by Francisco Rodriguez de la Fuente and Aaron Sowd; covers by Michael Golden.

An all-new mini-series spotlighting Batman and a team of his allies as they head to the future! This tale, set in the not-too-distant future, ties in with Mattelıs newest, most innovative toy line ever! The Joker has come into possession of a computer virus -- one that will reshape the world in his own horrific image. Now Batman, Oracle, Nightwing, Robin, and Black Canary must battle armies of robots that have assumed the most nightmarish forms of Batmanıs famed Rogues Gallery.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on May 26.

BATMAN: HARLEY & IVY #2

Written by Paul Dini; art by Bruce Timm and Shane Glines; painted cover by Timm.

It's a rumble in the jungle as the mini-series by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm continues. Harley and Ivy hunt down the priceless Zombie Root in lawless Costa Verde, but will the homicidal loggers Slash and Burn bag them first? And can Ivy resist the siren song of the rainforest?

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 26.

BIRDS OF PREY #67

Written by Gail Simone; art by Ed Benes and Alex Lei; cover by Greg Land and Matt Ryan.

The action-packed finale to the 6-part "Sensei and Student" story arc, guest-starring Catwoman, Shiva, and Cheshire. All the answers are revealed as Black Canary assembles a strike team of the world's deadliest women to rescue Oracle.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 19.

CATWOMAN #31

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

Following the tragic and brutal events of the last issue, Selina Kyle is nowhere to be found. Is she in the hands of an ancient Egyptian cult that seems to have its own plans for our Feline Fatale?

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 26.

GOTHAM CENTRAL #19

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

Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark return to launch an all-new arc sure to intrigue Gotham Central readers and longtime Batman fans alike. Driver finds himself in the middle of a hostage situation that quickly turns deadly, leaving him and Josie Mac with more questions than answers. But their resulting investigation reveals a link to a 10-year old mass-murder case and a disgraced detective not seen in the Bat-books in years: Harvey Bullock. Even more disconcerting, all that leads back to a very familiar face from Batman's Rogues Gallery.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 12.

NIGHTWING #93

Written by Devin Grayson; art and cover by Patrick Zircher and Andy Owens.

The final chapter in the year-long saga that has seen Nightwing lose his job, his love, his home and several of his closest friends! Tonight, itıs just Nightwing vs. Blockbuster ‹ the deadliest of adversaries in their final face-off. This is an issue people will be talking about for years.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on May 12.

ROBIN #126

Written by Bill Willingham; art and cover by Damion Scott.

Batgirl artist Damion Scott signs on as new regular series artist just in time for Batman's search for a new Robin! Tim Drake has given up the mantle once held by Dick Grayson and the late Jason Todd. Now Batman must find a new teen hero to wear the cape. But who will be his choice? It's a decision that will affect the DC Universe for years to come.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on May 19.

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SUPERMAN TITLES

ACTION COMICS #815

Written by Chuck Austen; art by Ivan Reis and Marc Campos; cover by Arthur Adams.

The Superman revolution continues as the Man of Steel gets ready for round two with Gog. Superman battles for his life -- and those of the Teen Titans -- against a foe fueled by an unholy rage.

32 pages, $2.59, in stores on May 12.

ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #628

Written by Greg Rucka; art by Matthew Clark and Nelson; cover by Matt Wagner.

Wonder Woman and Green Lantern guest stars in an issue featuring one of a trio of covers by Matt Wagner that includes with Batman #627 and Wonder Woman #204. Superman and Green Lantern encounter a mystery in space that will reveal a new threat to the Man of Steel. Meanwhile, Lois Lane is headed for a war zone and asks for Wonder Womanıs help. And Clark Kent is in some serious trouble too.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 19.

SUPERMAN #205

Written by Brian Azzarello; art and cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams

Brian Azzarello, Jim Lee and Scott Williams continue to tear up the Man of Steel in "For Tomorrow," Part 2 of 12. As if the mysterious vanishings around the globe weren't enough for the Man of Steel, Superman soon finds himself standing in the middle of a conflict between two warring nations. But when Big Blue unseats a ruthless dictator, will he inadvertently cause more harm than good?

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 26.

SUPERMAN/BATMAN #10

Written by Jeph Loeb; art and cover by Michael Turner.

The mystery of the Supergirl from Krypton continues. Hidden away on Paradise Island, Wonder Woman begins training the beauitful young strange visitor. But when Darkseid and The Female Furies come for her, Superman and Batman join the Amazons in a battle that leads to an unexpected death.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on May 19.

SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT #10

Written by Mark Waid; art and cover by Leinil Yu and Gerry Alanguilan.

Faced with the knowledge of what Lex Luthor has planned for Metropolis, Clark Kent is ready to throw in the towel and head back to Smallville. But is there a greater threat from Krypton that only Superman can prevent?

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on May 5.

SMALLVILLE #8

Written by Clint Carpenter; art by Tom Derenick, Adam DeKraker and Renato Guedes; cover by John Van Fleet.

It's the conclusion of the special Smallville multi-media crossover that began in Smallville #7 and continued on the TheWB.com/Smallville! Continuing the story that started in issue #7, Chloe Sullivan uncovers a Kryptonite-fueled conspiracy in a secret laboratory and reunites with some old "friends." And in a special back-up story, get inside the mind of Lex Luthor as we reveal what happened to him as a patient in Belle Reve Sanitarium.

48 pages, $3.95, in stores on May 19.

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DC UNIVERSE TITLES

AQUAMAN #18

Written by Will Pfeifer; art by Patrick Gleason and Christian Alamy; cover by Alan Davis and Mark Farmer.

"American Tidal" by the new creative team of Will Pfeifer, Patrick Gleason and Christian Alamy continues. Just as Aquaman discovers that the disaster that sunk San Diego was caused deliberately, he and Lorena are attacked by a man-made sea beast sent to prevent anyone from learning the truth. Thousands have died already -- will Aquaman and Lorena be next?

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 12.

BATMAN/SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN: TRINITY HC

Written by Matt Wagner; art and cover by Wagner.

The sold-out miniseries by Matt Wagner is back as a hardcover. Witness the first meeting of three DC icons as they join forces to combat Ra's al Ghul and his mad quest to remake the world in his own terrible image.

208 pages, $24.95, in stores on May 19.

CAPER #8

Written by Judd Winick; art and cover by John Severin.

The thrilling wrap-up of the second Caper arc. The sex and murder scandal that started as a self-contained incident has exploded into a maelstrom that threatens to take the accused murderer John Hawks down, along with everyone close to him. But the truth behind it all will startle and shock their world. And be back next month for a new 4-part story illustrated by Tom Fowler.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on May 26.

DC 100-PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR: WORLDıS GREATEST SUPER-HEROES FACSIMILE EDITION

Written by Gardner Fox, Jerry Siegel, Robert Kanigher and various; art by Mike Sekowsky, Joe Kubert, Bernard Baily, Ralph Mayo, Bernard Sachs, Joe Samachson, Jon Koziak and various; cover by Neal Adams.

In stores May 5. A stunning facsimile of the classic 1971 collection DC 100-Page Super Spectacular. Reprinted here are stories from Justice League of America #21-22, The Brave & The Bold #34, More Fun Comics #55, Adventure #190, Action Comics #146, and a previously unpublished story featuring Wildcat by Robert Kanigher and Jon Koziak.

96 pages, $6.95, in stores on May 5.

DC: THE NEW FRONTIER #4

Written by Darwyn Cooke; art and cover by Cooke.

Darwyn Cooke's sprawling history of the DCU continues, now shipping bimonthly. It's a mystery in space as Superman, the Suicide Squad, and the Challengers of the Unknown encounter a frightening extraterrestrial lifeform. Could this hideous creature have anything to do with the sense of impending doom all the heroes are experiencing? Plus, Hal Jordan is grounded!

64 pages, $6.95, in stores on May 26.

EMPIRE TP

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

The mini-series mixing political intrigue and all-out action returns as a trade paperback featuring rare material! Empire looks at the world through the eyes of a dictator scheming to maintain his tenuous grasp over an entire planet. Can anyone be trusted? This collection reprints Empire #0-6 plus a rare 5-page preview and a sketchbook section by Kitson.

208 pages, $14.95, in stores on May 12.

ENGINEHEAD #2

Written by Joe Kelly; art and cover by Ted McKeever.

The innovative mini-series by Joe Kelly and Ted McKeever that's all gears and guts continues. Now the six are one, and the age-old question rears its ugly head: "Why am I here?" Witness as this bizarre construct of steel and humanity struggles to discover its mission in life. Enginehead must take it all apart before he can put it all back together in working order.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 5.

FALLEN ANGEL #11

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

The conclusion to "The Shard" storyline. As Black Mariah hovers near death, the Fallen Angel has her final confrontation with Wilde. Meanwhile, Shadow Boxer learns of Juris' involvement with the Angel, which could lead to the destruction of the entire power structure of Bête Noire...with cataclysmic results for the world!

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on May 12.

FIRESTORM #1

Written by Dan Jolley; art and cover by ChrisCross and John Dell.

The fan-favorite DC character burns his way back into the DCU in a startling new series by Dan Jolley, ChrisCross and John Dell. Teenager Jason Rusch has his hands full as a teenager dealing with an abusive dad and a local criminal for whom he unwisely agreed to do a job. But things are going to get a lot more complicated once heıs granted the powers of Firestorm. Donıt miss this hot new take on a classic character.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 5.

THE FLASH #210

Written by Geoff Johns; art by Howard Porter and Livesay; cover by Michael Turner.

Guest-starring classic New Teen Titans Nightwing, Cyborg, Raven, and Starfire. Ever wonder why The Flash attracts so many enemies? So does he. And with the help of his closest friends and fellow heroes, The Flash is about to find out just what it is that makes him a favored target among super-villains.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on May 26.

FRACTION #2

Written by David Tischman; art by Timothy Green II; cover by Tomer Hanuka.

The new DC Focus series revolving around four friends who steal an armored battlesuit continues. In the wake of a disastrous robbery committed with their stolen battlesuit, the bond between childhood friends starts to break. Key players in their lives are drawn into the secret of the suit -- and each man begins turning to his own extreme measures using his piece. One tries to cash it in...one saves a life...and one kills!

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 19.

GREEN ARROW #38

Written by Judd Winick; art by Phil Hester and Ande Parks; cover by Marcos Martîn and Alvaro Lopez.

Part 5 of the dramatic 6-part "City Walls," guest-starring Batman. Demon hordes have overrun Star City. Batman faces innumerable obstacles trying to break through the mystical barrier surrounding the city. Only Ollie, Connor and a rag-tag group of cops and crooks can save the cityıs inhabitants now. Will Oliver's Army save the day?

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 12.

GREEN LANTERN #177

Written by Ron Marz; art by Luke Ross and Rodney Ramos; cover by Brandon Peterson.

Part 2 of the 6-part "Homecoming?," written by Ron Marz with art by Luke Ross and Rodney Ramos. Kyle Rayner is back on Earth, but he finds it might be the last place he's needed...or wanted. Being forced to face a major change in his relationship with Jade is the least of his worries when Kyle realizes one of his deadliest enemies is on the loose and on his trail, with murder in mind.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on May 26.

GREEN LANTERN/GREEN ARROW VOL. 1 TP

Written by Dennis OıNeil; art by Neal Adams, Dan Adkins, Bernie Wrightson, Frank Giacoia, Dick Giordano; cover by Adams and Giordano

Collecting Green Lantern #76-82, featuring groundbreaking work by two of comics' greatest talents: Dennis OıNeil and Neal Adams. In these award-winning stories, Green Lantern Hal Jordan continues his usual cosmic-spanning adventures, using his amazing Power Ring to police Sector 2814 against universe-threatening menaces. Meanwhile, on Earth, Oliver Queen, the archer known as Green Arrow, confronts menaces of a different kind: racism, poverty, drugs, and other social ills.

176 pages, $12.95, in stores on May 26.

HARD TIME #4

Written by Steve Gerber; art by Brian Hurtt; cover by Tomer Hanuka

DC Focus. Young prison inmate Ethan Harrow's mysterious power is gaining strength, skill, and even a physical form, exiting his body and slipping from cell to cell as he sleeps at night. And during his waking hours, Ethan is haunted by the crime that incarcerated him as he receives shocking letters from his mother and from the girl whose life he saved that terrible day.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 5.

HAWKMAN #28

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray; art by Ryan Sook and Mick Gray; cover by Greg Land and Jay Leisten.

The new regular creative team of writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray and artists Ryan Sook and Mick Gray kick off their run with "Fate's Warning," a 4-part tale that sends Hawkman on a new flight pattern! When Hawkman is powerless to stop the brutal murder of an innocent woman, he becomes haunted by countless memories of Hawkgirl's various deaths. To make matters worse, a maniacal killer who adorns his victims with makeshift wings is stalking the streets and alleys of St. Roch...and Hawkman and Hawkgirl are the prime suspects.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 19.

H-E-R-O #16

Written by Will Pfeifer; art by Dale Eaglesham and Wade von Grawbadger; cover by Jason Pearson.

"Good Guys and Bad Guys" continues. Imagine a serial killer. Now imagine one whoıs all-powerful, thanks to the H-E-R-O device. Robby Reed, who used the device himself years ago, follows the trail of bodies in the killer's wake, hoping he can stop the super-powered maniac. Reed enlists the aid of Jerry Feldon (the star of H-E-R-O #1-4), promising him the secret of unlocking his own super powers...if he's willing to put his life on the line!

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 12.

JLA #98

Written by John Byrne and Chris Claremont; art and cover by Byrne and Jerry Ordway.

In the penultimate chapter of "The Tenth Circle" by Byrne, Claremont and Ordway, the horrified JLA learns about the vampire coven's genocidal plans. Could it be that the World's Greatest Super-Heroes are no match for this growing evil tide? And will the JLA convince the mysterious but powerful super-group that has been shadowing them to step out of the shadows and lend a hand?

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on May 12.

JLA #98

Written by John Byrne and Chris Claremont; art and cover by Byrne and Jerry Ordway

It's the cataclysmic ending to the Byrne-Claremont-Ordway "The Tenth Circle" saga! It's an all-out battle, as the JLA tries to save Superman and the victims of the vampire coven and avert worldwide doom. Plus, the fantastic secret of the JLAıs mysterious helpers is revealed -- and a new legend is born!

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on May 26.

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: ANOTHER NAIL #1

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

Elseworlds. The sequel to Alan Davis' mini-series Justice League of America: The Nail. The JLA comes to terms with its newest recruit -- Superman -- and faces a sprawling adventure that catapults them to other worlds, other dimensions, other eras, and even the mystical realms that lead to Hell itself.

48 pages, $5.95, in stores on May 19.

JSA #61

Written by Geoff Johns; art by Don Kramer, Tom Mandrake, and Keith Champagne; cover by Ethan Van Sciver.

As the dead continue to rise, the JSA is faced with a horrible decision regarding how to stop them. Meanwhile, Mr. Terrific and Doctor Mid-Nite come face to face with a being who left a hole in the JSA roster many years ago -- and heıs all for making the JSA suffer again. And the Spectre loses something he desperately needs.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 12.

JSA: ALL STARS TP

Written by Geoff Johns, David S. Goyer, Michael Chabon, Jeph Loeb, Howard Chaykin, James Robinson, Brian Azzarello and Darwyn Cooke; art by Sal Velluto, Bob Almond, Michael Lark, Tim Sale, Chaykin, Eduardo Risso, Tony Harris and Cooke; cover by John Cassaday.

A massive 192-page trade paperback collecting the critically acclaimed 8-issue mini-series featuring work by a star-studded arrary of todayıs hottest creators. Can the legacies of the classic JSA members be exploited and corrupted? The strange new leader of the Injustice Society plans to find out.

192 pages, $14.95, in stores on May 26.

JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES #31

Written by Josh Siegal; art and cover by Chris Jones and Dan Davis.

A child's life is struck by tragedy, and the Justice League must help him face the future. When the heroes don't realize their actions may jeopardize the fate of the world, the only one who can stop them is The Phantom Stranger.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on May 5.

KINETIC #3

Written by Kelley Puckett; art by Warren Pleece; cover by Tomer Hanuka.

DC Focus. The tale of a sickly young man granted powers beyond his imagination continues. Tom's beginning to realize that his newfound super-powers may be more than just a crazy daydream. But with no comic-book mentor to guide him, he's going to have to learn how to handle himself on his own and hope he doesn't kill himself in the process. Plus, a cameo by a most powerful entity.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 26.

THE LEGION #33

Written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning; art by Chris Batista and Chip Wallace; cover by Batista and Lanning

Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning wrap up their 5-year run on The Legion as Livewire finds himself in a fight for his life and the life of every Legionnaire against the deadly aliens from Legin Lost: the Credo.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 26.

THE LIGHT BRIGADE #4

Written by Peter Tomasi; art and cover by Peter Snejbjerg

The explosive final issue of the series that melds the supernatural edge of Preacher with Saving Private Ryan. The series comes to a mind-blowing conclusion as The Light Brigade clashes with Zephon, now in possession of The Sword. It's a fight to the death with hundreds of Zephonıs undead minions within the walls of the ancient monastery that the Light Brigadeıs soul-searching journey has led them to.

48 pages, $5.95, in stores on May 26.

THE MONOLITH #4

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray; art and cover by Phil Winslade.

DC's horrific new defender sets out on a new 2-part story -- "Last Rites!" The Monolith reaches into the city to find evil. Something ancient and sinister lurks beneath Journey's End Cemetery, while a mysterious priest hunts the undead through the back alleys of Brooklyn. Plus, Alice and Tilt are faced with the responsibility of teaching their new protector to adapt in a new century.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on May 5.

OUTSIDERS #12

Written by Judd Winick; art by Tom Derenick and Kevin Conrad; cover by Ian Churchill.

A special issue guest-starring Psimon, the old Teen Titans fearsome foe with guest art by Tom Derenick and Kevin Conrad. Psimon is on the loose -- and that canıt be good for a team comprised of former Titans like Nightwing and Arsenal. And is Roy really ready for battle?

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 19.

PLASTIC MAN #6

Written by Kyle Baker; art and cover by Baker.

This is it! The conclusion to the 6-part "Eel O'Brien on the Lam" saga! (We can only stretch it so far!) But this is the real conclusion to the story...no kidding! (Actually, there'd better be kidding in a book like this!)

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on May 5.

RICHARD DRAGON #1

Written by Chuck Dixon; art and cover by Scott McDaniel and Andy Owens.

Get ready for martial arts mayhem as Chuck Dixon, Scott McDaniel and Andy Owens reintroduce one of DC's toughest street fighters. When a mysterious figure begins assembling a strike team of the world's greatest assassins, Bronze Tiger sees the coming of a deadly storm. Tiger seeks out Richard Dragon, who's withdrawn from society, battling pit fighters and his own internal demons in the bowels of a Far East nightclub. Can he be coaxed back into the fray?

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 26.

ROSE & THORN #6

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

It's the shocking finale to the mini-series. Rose is at the mercy of the insane escaped inmate Ashleigh, and Thorn is nowhere to be found. Will the two sides of Rhosyn Forrest reconcile in time to save both their lives? And who is "Wild Rose"? Plus, a heart-rending betrayal that will alter Rose and Thorn's lives forever.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on May 19.

TEEN TITANS #11

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

Part 3 of the 4-part "Raven Rising." It's up to Raven and the last standing Titan to save their teammates from Brother Blood's clutches. But with Deathstroke and the Ravager in their way, along with hundreds of Brother Blood cult members, it looks like the bloodletting has only begun.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 12.

THE NEW TEEN TITANS ARCHIVES VOL. 2 HC

Written by Marv Wolfman; art by George Perez, Romeo Tanghal and Carmine Infantino; cover by Perez and Tanghal.

The second archive edition collecting the classic New Teen Titans issues of the 1980s. This archive reprints The New Teen Titans (volume one) #9-16, plus Best of DC (Blue Ribbon Digest) #18, with the Titans heading to Mount Olympus, taking on the Brotherhood of Evil, and more.

240 pages, $49.95, in stores on May 19.

TEEN TITANS GO! #7

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

Starfire's big sister Blackfire is back with a vengeance! Will the Titans become victims of their sibling rivalry?

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on May 26.

TOUCH #2

Written by John Francis Moore; art by Wes Craig and Prentis Rollins; cover by Tomer Hanuka.

DC Focus. Hit the Vegas Strip in the series that looks at good vs. greed. In the debut issue readers learned about Rory, the all-American hero. This month, the focus shifts to his shifty manager Cooper, who has his own problems including a lawsuit and a super-powered stalker.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 12.

WONDER WOMAN #204

Written by Greg Rucka; art by Drew Johnson and Ray Snyder; painted cover by Matt Wagner,

Batman guest-stars in an issue featuring a Trinity-themed cover by Matt Wagner, part of a trio that includes with Adventures of Superman #628 and Batman #628. As "Bitter Pills" continues, Diana's search for help with the Silver Swan leads her to the same destination as Batman's investigation of the Keyes murder: Veronica Cale. But there's something in Cale's closet that will have unexpected consequences for Wonder Woman in a shocking surprise ending.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on May 19.

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BEYOND THE DC UNIVERSE TITLES

A GREGORY TREASURY VOL. 2 TP

Written by Marc Hempel; art and cover by Hempel.

Collecting the third and fourth volumes of Marc Hempel's classic series into a single manga-sized book. A Gregory Treasury Vol. 2 features all-out pandemonium as Gregory is placed in a foster home thatıs more dysfunctional than the ol' asylum. All this, plus a special bonus section of unpublished and rarely seen Gregory strips and illustrations.

144 pages, black and white, $9.95, in stores on May 12.

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS ARCHIVES VOL. 4 HC

Written by Wally Wood and Steve Skeates; art by Wood, Dan Adkins, Mike Sekowsky, Gil Kane, Manny Stallman, Chic Stone, and Ogden Whitney; cover by Wood.

More classic 1960s adventures can be found in this Archive Edition collecting Thunder Agents #11, NoMan #1-2, and Dynamo #3. NoMan faces an Egyptian succubus, S.P.I.D.E.R. assassins, time-traveling aliens, the Last Subterranean and more. Plus, an introduction by Wally Wood biographer Bhob Stewart.

216 pages, $49.95, in stores on May 5.

CARTOON CARTOONS #30

Written by Tom Warburton, Jim Alexander and Charlie Boatner; art by Maurice Fontenot, Matt Jenkins, and Robert Pope; cover by Fontenot and Jared Deal.

The Kids Next Door run a major mission -- against Numbah Five's own big sister! Plus, Johnny Bravoıs forced to sell his playthings at a yard sale, and Dexter tries to improve the Easter Bunny with science/

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on May 26.

LOONEY TUNES #114

Written by Sholly Fisch; art by Omar Aranda, Alberto Saichann and Mike DeCarlo; cover by Aranda and Saichann

Look for the ACME Label. In this issue, take a wild ride through the history of ACME products, from cream-pie-throwing biplanes to joy-buzzer salesmen, starring the whole Looney Tunes gang!

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on May 5.

THE POWERPUFF GIRLS #50

Written by Amy Rogers; art by Phil Moy and Christopher Cook; cover by Chris Savino and Moy.

It's a 50th issue celebration not to be missed, as we experience the TV episode that never was. In a tale originally intended to be a Powerpuff Girls episode, the Girls are sucked through a dimensional portal into a world where they're the villains. It's a brave new world featuring The Powerpunk Girls, Oppressor Plutonium, and the brave, heroic monkey hero Jomo Momo -- in "Deja View!"

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on May 19.

SAMURAI JACK SPECIAL #1 -- NEW PRINTING

Written by Genndy Tartakovsky; art by Lynn Naylor and Bill Wray; painted cover by Wray.

The origin story and first great adventure of the samurai star of Cartoon Network's hit show returns as a spectacular super-sized comic, timed to coincide with the Samurai Jack DVD. Coming from the past and flung into the far future, Samurai Jack must find a way back home somewhere in this new, hostile land.

64 pages, $3.95, in stores on May 5.

SCOOBY-DOO #84

Written by Robbie Busch and Frank Strom; art by Joe Staton, Scott McRae, Karen Matchette and Scott McRae; cover by Staton.

A ghost-loving town is haunted by its own founder -- a vengeful pirate! Plus, Scooby and Shaggy get into a scrape involving spies and secret sauce at a creepy burger joint.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on May 12.

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WILDSTORM TITLES

THE AUTHORITY #12

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

Yielding to international pressure, the Authority allows the reunion of Jenny Quantum and her estranged mother aboard the Carrier, an event that results in one of the year's most shocking moments -- a moment that could threaten to destroy not only our own world, but also every alternate Earth in the Multiverse.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on May 19.

THE AUTHORITY: MORE KEV #1

Written by Garth Ennis; art and cover by Glenn Fabry.

Garth Ennis and Glenn Fabry join forces for a 4-issue mini-series that takes aim at one of the most unique characters in the Wildstorm Universe: Corporal Kev Hawkins. An alien armada stands poised to assault the planet Earth, bent on destruction and genocide. The Authority are in shambles following an initial encouter with the invaders, leaving Kev alone to fight them off. Is the world doomed?

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on May 26.

ROBOTECH: INVASION #5

Written by Jay Faerber and Ken Siu-Chong; art by Takeshi Miyazawa and Omar Dogan; cover by Tommy Yune.

In the final chapter of the Invasion saga, Lancer must weigh the price of loyalty and love in an explosive confrontation that will force him to reevaluate his crusade against the Invid, until a massive new invasion force arrives from the Robotech Expedition. In the companion story, Karl Riber is driven to make a heart-wrenching decision at Mars Base that will affect the future of his fiancée and the rest of the Earth. Admiral Lisa Hayes must deal with the burden of burying Robotechnology's most incredible secret.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on May 5.

STORMWATCH: TEAM ACHILLES #22

Written by Micah Ian Wright; art by Clement Sauve; cover by Jason Pearson

Santini and Team Achilles reluctantly travel to Africa to help out their new ally, Giant, a.k.a. The Hallibastard. He seeks to stomp out local opposition to his Corporate Masters. But as new friends and enemies emerge, StormWatch must ponder: Who's playing whom?

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on May 12.

THUNDERCATS: DOGS OF WAR TP

Written by John Layman; art by Brett Booth, Joe Prado, Al Vey and Eric Nguyen; cover by Booth and Vey.

The 'Cats hold on fans of ı80s animation continues! When a vicious gang of warriors known as the Dogs of War threatens to shatter the idyllic peace of Thundera, Lion-O may be forced to call on his old foe Mumm-Ra for aid. Will this union be enough to fend off the pack of heinous hounds?

128 pages, $14.95, in stores on May 19.

WILDCATS Version 3.0 #21

Written by Joe Casey; art by Duncan Rouleau and John Dell; cover by Dustin Nguyen.

Grifter's team of operatives is assembled in Europe, but will they be too late to save Zealot before sheıs tortured to death by the Coda order? Meanwhile, a deadly scheme moves forward against Jack Marlowe and the Halo Corporation...initiated by none other than Agent Wax.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on May 5.

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AMERICA'S BEST COMICS TITLES

PROMETHEA #30

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

Everything must go as the landmark series nears its conclusion. As the apocalypse continues to extend its reach from Sophie's mom's apartment to encompass the city and the world, various persons converge on their home to put a stop to it -- including America's Best, and perhaps more significantly, the last Painted Doll.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on May 26.

TERRA OBSCURA TP

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

Collecting the 6-issue mini-series. How would you adjust to the world if you'd been frozen for 30 years? That's the problem the heroes of Terra Obscura have faced. But now a threat unlike anything they've seen before is spreading across the United States == a mysterious plague spreading like a cancer, making all technology useless and reverting mankind back to the Stone Age. Where are the heroes when their world needs them the most?

160 pages, $14.95, in stores on May 12.

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VERTIGO TITLES

BITE CLUB #2

Written by Howard Chaykin and David Tischman; art by David Hahn; painted cover by Frank Quitely.

Hot girls in bikinis collide with blood smoothies as this new mini-series continues. Leto Del Toro, the first vampire priest in history, has just inherited the family business. But can a son of the church make his dead father proud by running Miami's nastiest crime cartel?

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on May 12.

FABLES #25

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

In the penultimate issue of "March of the Wooden Soliders," Bigby arrives at the farm in upstate New York only to be greeted gun-first by an army of wooden soldiers. Meanwhile, back in Manhattan, the fate of Fabletown hangs in the balance as a very pregnant Snow White encounters a nasty surprise of her own.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 12.

THE FILTH TP

Written by Grant Morrison; art by Chris Weston and Gary Erskine; cover by Carlos Segura.

Grant Morrison's 13-issue maxiseries is collected in one volume. This imaginative series was a heady brew of big ideas, exotic locales and bizarre action, featuring some of the wildest imagery in all of comics, including prosthetically outfitted dolphins in scuba gear and a hard-smoking chimpanzee in Kremlin garb.

320 pages, $19.95, in stores on May 5.

HELLBLAZER #196

Written by Mike Carey; art by Chris Brunner; painted cover by Tim Bradstreet

"Out of Season," Part 2 of 2, featuring guest artist Chris Brunner. In the bleak setting of a British seaside resort town in the dead of winter, John Constantine confronts the madman Gill and is subjected to a terrible test to see if he is worthy to walk in a psychotic's footsteps.

32 pages, $2.75, in stores on May 26.

HUMAN TARGET #10

Written by Peter Milligan; art by Cliff Chiang; cover by John Watkiss

It's sex and violence with a cynical twist in this stand-alone story. Chance impersonates an old friend who's just escaped from prison and plans to lure the police away from him so the convict can have five nights alone with his beautiful wife. But in Chance's world, love and sex can be two very different things and this famous ladies' man has more up his sleeve than just romance.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on May 19.

THE LOSERS #12

Written by Andy Diggle; art and cover by Jock.

The conclusion to the 4-part "Island Life." Their escape plan has been shot down in flames. They're split up and pinned down in a ruined town on the edge of an active volcano. And there's a napalm air-strike with their name on it closing in at Mach 2. Sound like trouble? Itıs all in a day's work for the Losers.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on May 26.

LUCIFER #50

Written by Mike Carey; art by P. Craig Russell; painted cover by Christopher Moeller

It's an extra-sized 50th issue celebration featuring art by Eisner Award-winner P. Craig Russell in a story titled "Lilith." At the dawn of Creation, there was a woman who defied both God and man for the sake of her own idea of love. Dark secrets and dirty politics collide as the true origins both of the Silver City and Lucifer's relationship with Mazikeen are revealed.

48 pages, $3.50, in stores on May 19.

MIDNIGHT, MASS: HERE THERE BE MONSTERS #5

Written by John Rozum; art by Paul Lee; cover by Tomer Hanuka.

Paranormal investigators Adam and Julia Kadmon confront the army of Magellan, the creature who believes he is the chosen savior of the monster race. Without brute force on their side, the Kadmons will need to summon every magic spell they've got -- and they'll need to remember the saying "Know thine enemy..."

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on May 26.

ORBITER SC

Written by Warren Ellis; art and cover by Colleen Doran.

A softcover edition of Warren Ellis' and Colleen Doran's original Vertigo graphic novel. When a space shuttle crash lands on Earth after being missing for a decade, it unlocks a mystery that will unfold deep in outer space. Can a team of three specialists cheated out of their dream of spaceflight discover the nature of this bizarre space-borne anomaly?

104 pages, $17.95, in stores on May 12.

THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: THESSALY -- WITCH FOR HIRE #4

Written by Bill Willingham; art by Shawn McManus; painted cover by Tara McPherson.

The 4-issue mini-series concludes. Calmly sipping tea, Thessaly waits as the hideous Chaos beast approaches, leaving a path of destruction and mayhem in its wake. It looks like the ever-resourceful witch is fresh out of ideas and her doom is drawing nigh. Or does Fetch have one final trick up his ghostly sleeve to save his true love?

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on May 5.

SEAGUY #1

Written by Grant Morrison; art and covers by Cameron Stewart.

Award-winning writer Grant Morrison charts new territory with a 3-issue miniseries filled with colorful heroes, sinister theme parks, beautifully bearded women, a cigar-smoking tuna fish, and art by Cameron Stewart. Set in a world where all the major battles have been won, Seaguy is a wistful, would-be hero who, with his pal Chubby Da Choona, embarks on a fantastical, picaresque voyage through a post-Utopian world filled with bizarre adventure and terrible sacrifice.

40 pages, $2.95, in stores on May 19.

SWAMP THING #3

Written by Andy Diggle; art and painted cover by Enrique Breccia.

Tefe is reluctant to embrace the godlike destiny which Sargon has promised her -- until she discovers the wonders of the "morphogenic field," otherwise known as The Red, where all flesh is one. But does her father, the Swamp Thing, truly covet and fear her power over the flesh? And if so, to what extremes would he go to ensure she never becomes a threat to him?

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on May 5.

TRANSMETROPOLITAN: ONE MORE TIME TP

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

The final trade collecting Warren Ellis' and Darick Robertson's towering Transmetropolitan. Witness the final fate of journalist Spider Jerusalem as he faces his final showdown with the U.S. President.

144 pages, $14.95, in stores on May 19.

Y: THE LAST MAN #22

Written by Brian K. Vaughan; art by Goran Parlov and José Marzan, Jr.; painted cover by Aron Weisenfeld.

Part 2 of the 3-part "Widow's Pass," featuring guest artist Goran Parlov. It's guns, alcohol, and a monkey as the last man on Earth's standoff with the female survivors of an Arizona militia group continues. Plus, Agent 355 gives Yorick the one thing he never expected to get from her, and Dr. Mann reveals a horrific secret.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on May 5.

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