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Monday, September 13, 2004

DC COMICS FOR DECEMBER

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

BATMAN TITLES

DETECTIVE COMICS #801

Written by David Lapham and Mike Carey, art by Ramon Bachs and Nathan Massengill and John Lucas, cover by Lapham.

Part 1 of the sprawling 12-part saga "City of Crime." Gotham City at night is no place for children, as Batman knows all too well. As the Dark Knight tries to shut down a drug ring that's turned deadly, Bruce Wayne must contend with a wayward 14-year-old who's getting dangerously close to Gotham's underworld. Plus, in the backup, Part 1 of the 4-part story "The Barker" -- written by Mike Carey with art by John Lucas -- featuring the return of a classic Golden Age character! There's been a murder under the Big Top, but once it's clear the authorities will be no help, it's up to the carnies and sideshow freaks to get to the bottom of a crime no one wants to touch.

40 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 1.

BATMAN #635

Written by Judd Winick, art by Doug Mahnke and Tom Nguyen, cover by Matt Wagner.

Part 1 of the 4-part "Under the Hood." In the wake of "War Games," Batman must deal with a city in turmoil. While battling new criminal chieftains raiding his city, Batman is confronted with a face from the past -- or rather, a hidden face from the past. Welcome the return of the Red Hood.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Dec. 29.

BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #60

Written by A.J. Lieberman, art by Javier Piña and Francis Portela, cover by Jae Lee.

Writer A.J. Lieberman returns to Gotham Knights -- and so does Hush. Hush returns to make Batman's life a living nightmare, and this time he's got a very personal target in mind. But Hush didn't count on Batman's receiving help from one of the Dark Knight's greatest foes.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 15.

BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #186

Written by Shane McCarthy, art by Tommy Castillo and Rodney Ramos, cover by Sean Phillips.

Part 2 of the 5-part "Riddle Me That!" There's an all-new Riddler wreaking havoc on the streets of Gotham -- and he's three steps ahead of the Bat. Can Batman save a nosy graduate student from a horrific death and stop a bombing on a local commuter train?

32 pages, $2.50 in stores on Dec. 8.

ROBIN #133

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

Part 3 of the 4-part Robin/Batgirl crossover "Fresh Blood!" Someone is making a major play to fill the power vacuum in Blüdhaven. But who? Shrike? Brutale? Or is Blockbuster somehow still pulling the strings? Robin and Batgirl pound the pavement -- and a few heads -- to uncover the leader of the Blüdhaven underworld.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Dec. 15.

BATGIRL #59

Written by Andersen Gabrych, art and cover by Alé Garza and Jesse Delperdang.

The pulse-pounding conclusion of the 4-part Robin/Batgirl crossover "Fresh Blood!" Batgirl and Robin find themselves in the fight of their lives as they are forced to bust up a bevy of Blüdhaven baddies, including Brutale and the Trigger Twins. But that's nothing compared to their ultimate battle...against each other.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 29.

CATWOMAN #38

Written by Scott Morse, art by Paul Gulacy and Jimmy Palmiotti, cover by Morse.

Scott Morse comes aboard for a 3-part story introducing Gotham's newest bad guy: Wooden Nickel! He's gunning for Catwoman...but why? And what will he do once he's learned her real identity?

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 15.

CATWOMAN: WHEN IN ROME #4

Written by Jeph Loeb, art and cover by Tim Sale.

For the first time ever: Catwoman vs. Wonder Woman's foe, Cheetah. It's a catfight that only the Eisner Award-winning team of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale can deliver. The 6-issue miniseries kicks into high gear as Catwoman takes on Rome...and the sexy-but-deadly Cheetah. Claws, blood and hot girls -- when in Rome, do as the Roman crime bosses do.

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on Dec. 22.

NIGHTWING #100

Written by Devin Grayson, art by Mike Lilly and Andy Owens, cover by Scott McDaniel and Owens.

The tension has been building for months, and now it explodes in this extra-sized 100th issue spectacular. Ever since Blockbuster's murder, Dick Grayson has buckled under the burden of unbearable guilt. Now, with the events of "War Games" behind him, Nightwing must find an inner focus that has eluded him and mete out justice -- and it all begins with Tarantula. Get ready for the battle everyone's been waiting for: Nightwing vs. Tarantula.

40 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 8.

BIRDS OF PREY #77

Written by Gail Simone, art by Ed Benes and Alex Lei, cover by Jason Pearson.

"Hero Hunters," Part 2 of 4! The Birds' new anti-vigilante mission pits them against the female terror Harvest who kills criminals mercilessly but is the hero of the heartland.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 15.

GOTHAM CENTRAL #26

Written by Greg Rucka, art by Jason Alexander, cover by Michael Lark.

Featuring guest art by Jason Alexander and guest-starring Catwoman. Josie Mac and Driver investigate the murder of a famous televangelist. The evidence points to Catwoman -- but can Josie find the truth when she must keep her powers a secret?

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 8.

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SUPERMAN TITLES

SUPERMAN #212

Written by Brian Azzarello, art and cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams.

The epic Azzarello, Lee and Williams run continues as the Man of Steel disappears. Another round of vanishings take place -- but this time, Superman is one of the victims! Thrust into a strange world Superman comes face-to-face with an old -- and deadly -- foe. The source of the vanishings is finally revealed, but will Kal-El even be able to return to Earth to put things right?

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 29.

ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #635

Written by Greg Rucka, art by Matthew Clark and Andy Lanning, cover by J.H. Williams III.

The new Parasites continue to feed on those close to Superman! Meanwhile, Lt. Lupe is on the hunt for Ruin, the mysterious man behind the Man of Steel's recent troubles.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 15.

ACTION COMICS #822

Written by Chuck Austen, art by Ivan Reis and Marc Campos, cover by Ian Churchill.

Guest-starring Superboy! Clark and Lois go back to Smallville for the holidays hoping to escape the hustle and bustle of Metropolis. There's just one problem: Lana Lang is in town, too! What starts out as an ordinary dispute turns into something more sinister...

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 8.

SUPERMAN/BATMAN #15

Written by Jeph Loeb, art and cover by Carlos Pacheco and Jesus Merino,

A resistance rises up against the tyranny of Superman and Batman in Part 2 of the 5-part "Absolute Power!" But will the super-powered and strangely familiar Freedom Fighters save this dark world or make it even worse?

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 1.

SUPERMAN/BATMAN #16

Written by Jeph Loeb, art and cover by Carlos Pacheco and Jesus Merino.

Things heat up for the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight in Part 3 of the 5-part "Absolute Power!" Is there a world for Superman and Batman to rule, or have the hunted become the prey? Guest-starring unexpected arrivals from throughout the DCU.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 22.

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DC UNIVERSE TITLES


AQUAMAN #25

Written by John Arcudi, art and cover by Patrick Gleason and Christian Alamy.

New series writer John Arcudi joins artists Patrick Gleason & Christian Alamy for a new tale set in Sub Diego. It's been eight long months since the sinking of San Diego, and the shock of a new world and a new life for those who survived the cataclysm is beginning to wear off. The citizens of Sub Diego are coping with their loss in all too familiar -- and all too deadly -- ways. And while they adapt to their less and less alien environment, the bigger question is, can Aquaman adapt as well?

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 8.

ADAM STRANGE #4

Written by Andy Diggle, art and cover by Pascal Ferry.

The spine-tingling adventures of the DCU's premier science-fiction hero continue as the search for Rann leads Adam to seek help from DC's strangest space-faring team: the Omega Men.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 29.

BLOODHOUND #6

Written by Dan Jolley, art by Leonard Kirk and Robin Riggs, cover by Dave Johnson.

Bloodhound returns to prison in an arresting 2-part story! There's a new warden in town with a mad-on for Clev, and a psychic who doesn't like the 'hound either. But is this metahuman baddie an inmate...or a cop? And how will a caged Clevenger solve this mystery?

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 8.

DC: THE NEW FRONTIER VOL. 1 TP

Written by Darwyn Cooke, art and cover by Cooke.

Acclaimed writer/artist Darwyn turns his attention to the dawn of the Silver Age in DC: The New Frontier -- which takes readers on a journey from the end of the Golden Age to the genesis of a bold new heroic era in the late 1950s. Volume One collects DC: The New Frontier #1-3 plus the three extra pages originally seen only in Wizard.

World War II is over. The Cold War has begun. The Age of the Superhero is in decline. But where are the heroes of tomorrow?

The New Frontier recounts the dawning of the DCU's Silver Age from the perspective of those brave individuals who made it happen. Encounter "keepers of the flame" including Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman, who survived the anti-hero sentiment of the Cold War, as well as eager newcomers like test pilot Hal Jordan and scientist Barry Allen, poised to become the next generation of crimefighters.

208 pages, $19.95, in stores on Dec. 22.

DEADSHOT #1

Written by Christos N. Gage, art by Steven Cummings and Jimmy Palmiotti, cover by Mike Zeck and Jerry Ordway.

What happens when a man with a death wish finds something to live for? Deadshot, an expert marksman and cold, efficient killer, believes he has no reason to live...until he learns he has a daughter! When he discovers she's living in a neighborhood plagued by violence, he decides to clean up the area, by any means necessary! Part film noir and part classic Western, Deadshot tells the story of a violent man who must take on local mobs, corrupt cops, and even a former Suicide Squad member to give his daughter a life of peace and security.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 1.

DOOM PATROL #7

Written by John Byrne, art by Byrne and Doug Hazlewood, cover by Byrne.

Part 1 of a new 2-part story! The Devolutionists strike, turning back the evolutionary clock on innocents the world over! The Doom Patrol is sent to intercept this new cult and their actions, only to find that what their team devolves into might be a bigger threat.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 29.

FALLEN ANGEL #18

Written by Peter David, art and cover by David Lopez and Fernando Blanco.

The Fallen Angel's last stand against the agents of the Hierarchy happens here! Lee has fought and fought to be the master of her own destiny, but no matter how hard she's fought, her freedom's been in other people's hands.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 1.

FIRESTORM #8

Written by Dan Jolley, art by Jamal Igle and Rob Stull, cover by Matt Haley.

"Heroes" features the debut of new regular penciller Jamal Igle. Jason Rusch faces turmoil from without and within, as his father gives him the harshest of ultimatums. But when Jason tries to help someone in need, he discovers that no good deed goes unpunished...

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 1.

GREEN ARROW #45

Written by Judd Winick, art by Phil Hester and Ande Parks, cover by Marcos Martín.

The dramatic conclusion of "New Blood!" Ollie faces off against the murderous crime kingpin Brick -- and the fate of Star City hangs in the balance! Plus, a major revelation shakes up the world of the Emerald Archer.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 8.

GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH #3

Written by Geoff Johns, art and cover by Ethan Van Sciver.

As his willpower grows, Hal Jordan continues to fight the forces of the Spectre. But is the world ready for him? And what exactly does Hal Jordan's return mean to the Guardian, Ganthet? Plus, Green Arrow makes a startling discovery as a hero from the stars returns.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 22.

HAWKMAN #35

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, art by Joe Bennett and Ruy Jose, cover by Ryan Sook and Mick Gray.

The new art team of Joe Bennett and Ruy Jose takes flight for the start of a storyline that promises to take the classic DC character on a year-long ride that he may not survive. Hawkman and Hawkgirl face unspeakable horrors as a ghost ship bearing mysterious cargo arrives in the port of St. Roch, while a riot breaks out at Belle Reve prison. Several of Hawkman's forgotten foes gather in secret, as a sorcerer unleashes an army of flesh-eating zombies on the unsuspecting populace of St. Roch, and a tower of darkness rises to seal off the city from the outside world. It's the beginning of a year of hell for Hawkman, and the hero's journey takes him to places he never wanted to go.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 15.

IDENTITY CRISIS #7

Written by Brad Meltzer, art by Rags Morales and Michael Bair, cover by Michael Turner.

It's the shocking conclusion of the most talked-about comic book event of the year. For the past seven months, a new level of humanity has been brought to the DC Universe. Here's where it all comes together. Lives are saved but souls are wrecked as this landmark story concludes.

40 pages, $3.95, in stores on Dec. 15.

THE FLASH #217

Written by Geoff Johns, art and cover by Howard Porter and Livesay.

The events of Identity Crisis affect the Flash's world as a gathering of unlikely individuals pay their last respects to the fallen and Wally West makes a monumental decision about his personal life. Plus, the upcoming "Rogues War" begins to take shape. And just what is Batman¹s problem with Wally?

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Dec. 29.

JLA: ANOTHER NAIL TP

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

A new trade paperback collecting the 3-issue miniseries JLA: Another Nail, written by fan-favorite Alan Davis with art by Davis & Mark Farmer! This gorgeously rendered collection picks up where their critically acclaimed miniseries The Nail left off -- and this time, the action goes far beyond the confines of Earth!

In the outer reaches of space, a cosmic war between the New Gods has set events in motion that may change Earth and the entire universe forever. Can the JLA come to terms with their newest recruit -- Superman -- as a sprawling adventure unfolds? This time, the battle takes them to other worlds, other dimensions, other eras, and even the mystical realms that lead to Hell itself.

160 pages, $12.95, in stores on Dec. 1.

HARD TIME #11

Written by Steve Gerber, art and cover by Brian Hurtt.

DC Focus. Inside or outside State Penitentiary, it's all about survival, as a cellblock vendetta follows an inmate's loved ones home.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 1.

JLA CLASSIFIED #2

Written by Grant Morrison, art and cover by Ed McGuinness and Dexter Vines.

Part 2 of a 3-part story. With the whereabouts of the JLA still a mystery, Batman is forced to face off against Gorilla Grodd and his army...with the aid of a Justice League of the Dark Knight's own design.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 22.

JUSTICE LEAGUE ELITE #6

Written by Joe Kelly, art and cover by Doug Mahnke and Tom Nguyen.

Things heat up for the Elite as the 12-issue maxi-series continues with an issue guest-starring the JSA. The Justice League Elite has gone into deep cover (as new characters) to infiltrate an alien "street gang" when the inevitable happens: They meet other good guys -- the JSA -- and must stay "in character" as bloodthirsty menaces to keep from blowing their operation.

32 pages, $2.50, in sores on Dec. 15.

JLA #109

Written by Kurt Busiek, art and cover by Ron Garney and Dan Green.

Part 3 of the 8-part "Crime Syndicate of Amerika!" The Crime Syndicate of Amerika invade Earth and make themselves at home, robbing, pillaging and causing general unrest. How long before the JLA can put a stop to this?

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Dec. 8.

JSA #68

Written by Geoff Johns, art by Don Kramer and Keith Champagne, cover by Alex Ross.

Part 1 of the 5-part "JSA/JSA," featuring painted covers by Alex Ross on the first two issues. In 1951, the JSA disbanded due to pressure from the House Un-American Activities Committee. They were destined to re-form and continue their fight for justice...that is, until now! Something has changed history, and the JSA will never be heard of again. It's up to the JSA of today to travel back in time and convince their predecessors to once again don their masks and stop Degaton's insidious plan. But for one member, this mission will become much more personal than anyone could have imagined.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 8.

THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #1

Written by Mark Waid, art and cover by Barry Kitson.

The early days of the 31st century are a Golden Age for the galaxy, as poverty, famine, war and disease have become relics of the past, not only on Earth but on most other known worlds. The Dawning Millennium is utopian: shining, optimistic, bright...and deadly dull. That is, until a bright, defiant, energized team of super-powered teenagers from different worlds is assembled! They form a team of passionate activists and fierce dreamers crusading to make a difference and leave their mark on a society that has forgotten how to fight for change, Every issue of this monthly series will be a 40 pages for $2.95. Get ready for The Legion of Super-Heroes: fighting for justice and tolerance while learning from -- and learning to tolerate -- one another.

40 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 29.

JSA: STRANGE ADVENTURES #5

Written by Kevin J. Anderson, art by Barry Kitson and Gary Erskine, cover by John Watson.

While the JSA works to rebuild a devastated city, Johnny Thunder stands alone, barely clinging to the hope that Thunderbolt is alive. And Lord Dynamo has aspirations of his own, as two normal men are faced with the responsibility of saving the world.

40 pages, $3.50, in stores on Dec. 29.

MANHUNTER #5

Written by Marc Andreyko, art by Jesus Saiz and Jimmy Palmiotti, cover by Jae Lee.

Guest-starring the JLA! As the heroes of the DC Universe reel from several deaths in their community, Manhunter resolves to track a hero-killer on her own -- but can she find him before the JLA does?

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 22.

OUTSIDERS #19

Written by Judd Winick, art by Carlos D'Anda, cover by Doug Mahnke.

The shocking conclusion of the 3-part "Most Wanted," guest-starring John Walsh, host of America's Most Wanted. Arsenal's daughter is missing, and her life hangs in the balance! Can the Outsiders find her in time?

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 29.

THE MONOLITH #11

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

In Part 1 of a 2-part story, Alice goes missing after she investigates a women's safehouse. The Monolith and Tilt rip through Brooklyn in a quest to find her, and wind up on the wrong side of the law. What follows is a showdown with a ring of slave traders collecting girls from the streets and selling them to the highest bidder.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 1.

PLASTIC MAN #13

Written by Kyle Baker, art and cover by Baker.

More cool craziness from the mind of Kyle Baker. There's a reason why this series won both Harvey and Eisner awards. Find out with this action-packed new story.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 15.

SOLO #2

Written by Richard Corben and John Arcudi, art and cover by Corben.

The series spotlighting the singular vision of top artists continues with an issue by Richard Corben featuring five horrifying tales of terror, suspense, intrigue and action. Corben brings life to a mummy in ancient Egypt, takes us into the trenches of a futuristic war, straps on a six-shooter for a good old- fashioned western, and then brings about the plague! And as if that isn't enough, Corben teams up with writer John Arcudi for a not-so-solo story of the Spectre, Jim Corrigan.

48 pages, $4.95, in stores on Dec. 22.

TEEN TITANS #19

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

The 3-part "Titans Tomorrow" concludes! The Teen Titans continue their desperate attempt to return home 10 years in the past, where they've made a frightening decision about the future. But to protect this future, Batman, Superman and the other adult Titans are willing to sacrifice everything.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 15.

THE QUESTION #2

Written by Rick Veitch, art and cover by Tommy Lee Edwards.

The exciting new miniseries continues as Vic Sage lands in Metropolis with a splash! While Lex Luthor unveils plans for his beloved city, The Question stalks the streets searching for answers. And when an attack draws Superman away, he starts to get them.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 1.

RICHARD DRAGON #8

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

As Bronze Tiger fights for his life in a Detroit hospital, Richard Dragon is asked to do the impossible: infiltrate the organization of the murderous drug-lord Soldado. Plus, Motown receives a visit from one of DC's baddest martial arts heroes.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 22.

WONDER WOMAN #211

Written by Greg Rucka, art by Sean Phillips, cover by Drew Johnson and Ray Snyder.

Wonder Woman deals with shocking repercussions in a stand-alone issue featuring art by Sean Phillips. As the Embassy staff mourns the tragic loss they suffered at the hands of Medousa, Diana must face the realization that things have irrevocably changed for her and her allies.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Dec. 22.

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS ARCHIVES VOL. 1 HC

Written by Alvin Schwartz, Edmond Hamilton and Bill Finger, art by Curt Swan, Win Mortimer, Dick Sprang, Stan Kaye, Charles Paris and John Fischetti, cover by Dick Sprang.

A new printing of the archive collecting classic tales featuring Superman and Batman! This collection includes tales from Superman #76 and World's Finest Comics #71-85 (1952-1956).

224 pages, $49.95, in stores on Feb. 9.

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JOHNNY DC TITLES


THE BATMAN JAM-PACKED ACTION

Written and art by various.

This issue adapts the first two episodes of the new animated series The Batman. The stories printed in this new Jam-Packed Action volume -- comparable in size to DC's digest-sized trade paperbacks at 5"x 7" -- feature high-quality screen-captures and dialogue straight from the shows' scripts. The slam-bang action in these two great stories is a guaranteed hit with fans of the shows and animation in general.

96 pages, $7.99, in stores on Dec. 8.

THE BATMAN STRIKES! #4

Written by Bill Matheny, art by Christopher Jones and Terry Beatty, cover by Jeff Matsuda.

The young Dark Knight faces a foe who's twice his size with the wiles of 10 men: the mighty Bane.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Dec. 8.

JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED #4

Written by Adam Beechen, art by Carlo Barberi and Walden Wong, cover by Ben Caldwell.

When a young boy on the planet Rann wonders why his world doesn't have its own heroes, Adam Strange must show him what it means to be a hero.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Dec. 1.

CARTOON NETWORK BLOCK PARTY #4

Written by Jesse Leon McCann, John Rozum and Scott Cunningham, art by John Delaney, Jeff Albrecht, Mike Wetterhahn, Tim Chi Ly, and Gary Fields, cover by Robert Pope.

Courage the Cowardly Dog chases a monstrous catfish, and the Grim Reaper tells goofy bedtime stories to Billy & Mandy. Plus, match wits with boy genius Dexter in two fun puzzle-stories.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Dec. 22.

LOONEY TUNES #121

Written by Sam Agro, Bill Matheny, Earl Kress and Jesse Leon McCann Art by Walter Carzon, Leo Batic, Ruben Torreiro, Horacio Ottolini and Mike DeCarlo, cover by Batic and Ottolini.

Pepe Le Pew stinks up outer space, Witch Hazel's betrayed by her broom, and Porky goes shopping at Crazy Daffy's, where the customer is almost always rightŠ

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Dec. 1.

SCOOBY-DOO #91

Written by John Rozum, Ivan Velez and Sholly Fisch, art by Robert Pope, Dave Hunt, Joe Staton and Scott McRae, cover by Joe Staton.

Can the gang subdue a spirit who's also a legend of Hong Kong cinema? Plus, mini-mysteries where you have the chance to save the day with Mystery Inc.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Dec. 8.

TEEN TITANS GO! #14

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

Speedy joins the Titans as Plasmus returns to menace the city.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Dec. 22.

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BEYOND THE DCU TITLES


SPACE GHOST #2

Written by Joe Kelly, art by Ariel Olivetti, cover by Alex Ross.

The miniseries revealing the true origin of the animation star continues! Everyone believes Space Ghost is deadŠincluding the former lawman himself! Now he must drag himself back from the brink of extinction on a strange ghost planet armed with a newfound arsenal and a desire to even the score against his colleagues on the elite force that put him there!

On sale Dec 22 € 2 of 6 € 32 pg., FC, $2.95 US

MAD #449

Written and illustrated by The Usual Gang of Idiots.

Trade in that lump of coal for a fun-filled issue of MAD.

48 pages, black and white, $3.50, in stores on Dec. 1.

MAD XL #31

Written and illustrated by The Usual Gang of Idiots.

Another jam-packed issue of MAD XL contains the Best of the Web, MAD Marginals XL, our featured Writer of the Month, more Readers' Choice picks, and other fun features.

96 pages, black and white, $4.99, in stores on Dec. 8.

ELFQUEST: THE GRAND QUEST VOL. 6 TP

Written by Richard and Wendy Pini, art and cover by Wendy Pini.

The Grand Quest continues in this volume reprinting Elfquest #18-20 with a new cover by Wendy Pini. Cutter and his tribemates are reunited as they seek the legendary Palace of the High Ones. But betrayal and death line the way when they're driven into a brutal conflict against murderous trolls who guard the Palace.

224 pages, $9.95, in stores on Dec. 22.

ELRIC: THE MAKING OF A SORCERER #2

Written by Michael Moorcock, art and cover by Walter Simonson.

The mini-series continues. Young Elric embarks on a dream quest of two years: the dream of water, in which he confronts his rival Yrkoon, as well as a powerful water elemental and a Lord of Chaos. Can dragons and armies restore a kingdom to its rightful heir?

48 pages, $5.95, in stores on Dec. 29.

TOE TAGS FEATURING GEORGE ROMERO #3

Written by George Romero, art by Tommy Castillo and Rodney Ramos, cover by Bernie Wrightson.

George Romero (Dawn of the Dead) weaves a tale of the dead vs. the living as Damien Cross -- who exists somewhere between the two -- fights for control of Earth. The power elite keep a stranglehold on the world's riches while an army of dead scourge the countryside!

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 1.

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS ARCHIVES VOL. 5 HC

Written by Wally Wood, Steve Skeates and various, art by Wood, Dan Adkins, Gil Kane, Steve Ditko, Chic Stone, Ogden Whitney and George Tuska, cover by Wood.

Dynamo, NoMan, The Raven and Lightning are back! This volume collects T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #12-14 and Dynamo #4 (1967-69) with a foreword by Bill Schelly.

216 pages, $49.95, in stores on Dec. 29.

ROBO-HUNTER: VERDUS TP

Written by John Wagner, art by Ian Gibson and José Luis Ferrer, cover by Gibson.

2000 A.D. Sam Slade used to be one of the best robo-hunters in the business. But he's getting old, and old means slow -- which means dead! That is, until Sam takes on the biggest case of his life. Verdus was a paradise planet. And while colonists made their long journey there, a self-replicating robot was sent out to prepare the planet. Since the humans arrived, all contact with the colony has been lost.

But the lightspeed journey to Verdus has been sabotaged, and relativistic effects have made Slade a much younger man. Now his trouble's just starting in this classic adventure.

136 pages, black and white, $14.95, in stores on Dec. 1.

SHIMURA TP

Written by Robbie Morrison, art by Frank Quitely, Colin MacNeil, Robert McCallum, Simon Frasier, Dylan Teague, Duke Mighten and Cyril Julien, cover by Quitely.

2000 A.D. Get ready for a tale set in 2117 A.D. Hondo City -- the Tokyo of Judge Dredd's world -- created by Robbie Morrison and Frank Quitely, based on designs by Colin MacNeil, and featuring additional art by Robert McCallum, Simon Fraser, Dylan Teague, Duke Mighten and Cyril Julien!

Hondo City straddles the border between ancient Samurai values and bleeding-edge technology. Law is enforced by the Judge-Inspectors, merging ancient and modern into a justice system ready for this new world. But the past is hard to forget -- especially for Judge-Inspector Shimura. Determined to stop the organized "Yakuza" crime syndicates, he fights corruption and crime wherever he can find it, with the help of Aiko Inaba, a rare female Judge trainee in a world that ignores women.

224 pages, $19.95, in stores on Dec. 8.

TRANSGENESIS: 2029 VOL. 1: FIDES TP

Written by Anne Ploy, art and cover by Didier Pagot.

Humanoids. In the year 2029, the country's new theocratic government has developed a bio-engineered virus called "Fides" that kills anyone who doubts the state religion. Now theology student Marie Appton must risk everything to stop the Fides program and put an end to the dictatorship.

104 pages, $14.95, in stores on Dec. 29.

THE WHITE LAMA VOL. 2: ROAD TO REDEMPTION TP

Written by Alexandro Jodorowsky, art and cover by Georges Bess

Humanoids. The mystical adventure story draws to its suspenseful conclusion! When the Grand Lama Mipam died, he left his monastery open to corruption. Now Gabriel, the reincarnation of the Grand Lama, must complete his training and confront his enemies!

160 pages, $17.95, in stores on Dec. 15.

BOUNCER: RAISING CAIN TP

Written by Alexandro Jodorowsky, art and cover by François Boucq

Humanoids. Alexandro Jodorowsky and François Boucq partner up for a Western tale of a washed-up, one-armed gunslinger and his nephew's quest for revenge!

The Bouncer is the law inside the Inferno Saloon, but he's got no life left beyond its walls. When his 15-year-old nephew shows up with tales of a one-eyed man who killed the boy's mother, father and dog, the Bouncer finds himself pulled once more into the legacy of violence and degradation that has marked their family for two generations.

128 pages, $17.95, in store on Dec. 22.



WILDSTORM TITLES


ASTRO CITY: THE DARK AGE #1

Written by Kurt Busiek, art by Brent Anderson, cover by Alex Ross.

Beginning the longest, most earth-shaking, most-requested Astro City epic ever. In the early '70s, in the wake of a global catastrophe, two brothers deal with family secrets and social upheaval. Their story involves heroes from Jack-in-the-Box to the Blue Knight, newcomers like the Apollo Eleven, and the unsettling events leading to the final fate of the Silver Agent!

The Dark Age unfolds in four 3-issue arcs that stretch across Astro City's darkest era. Find out why the '70s were so troubled through the eyes of two men who survived its depths.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 22.

THE AUTHORITY: REVOLUTION #3

Written by Ed Brubaker, art by Dustin Nguyen and Richard Friend, cover by Nguyen.

America is in a full-scale revolution! While the Authority combats the chaos spreading through its country, attempts at locating the super-villains responsible are coming up empty. Could there be a saboteur in their midst?

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 22.

EX MACHINA #7

Written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Tony Harris and Tom Feister, cover by Harris .

The political thriller heats up with Part 2 of the 5-part "Tag." In the past, the super-heroic Great Machine learns more about his strange powers from the NSA. In the present, Mayor Mitchell Hundred sends shockwaves across the country with a stunning announcement. And in the future, a violent showdown looms between this retired hero and the supernatural terror stalking the subway tunnels beneath NYC.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 15.

BATMAN/DANGER GIRL

Written by Andy Hartnell, art by Leinil Yu and Gerry Alanguilan, covers by Yu and J. Scott Campbell.

Danger comes to Gotham City in this action-packed 48-page special. Danger Girl mentor Deuce dispatches Abbey Chase, Sydney Savage, Johnny Barracuda and Valerie on an assignment in Gotham City, home base of Batman! Meanwhile, Donavin Crane -- archnemesis of the girls -- is also in the big G, and forms an unlikely alliance with one of Batman's greatest foes. Adventure, mirth and mayhem ensue as the Dark Knight joins forces with the hottest spy chicks in comics.

This issue ships with two covers. All orders will be filled with covers by Leinil Yu (50 percent) and J. Scott Campbell (50 percent).

48 pages, $4.95, in store on Dec. 8.

THE INTIMATES #2

Written by Joe Casey, art by Giuseppe Camuncoli, Sandra Hope and Jim Lee, cover by Lee and Rian Hughes.

The teen angst builds to fever pitch as The Intimates continues. Adolescent angst can be a lot to swallow, and the digestive system of the average teenaged super-hero must learn to cope. As for life outside the Seminary walls, Punchy and Duke are determined to experience some of it. Plus, a guest lecture from Mr. Majestic's former sidekick Desmond.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 1.

GLOBAL FREQUENCY: DETONATION RADIO TP

Written by Warren Ellis, art by Lee Bermejo, Simon Bisley, Tomm Coker, Gene Ha, Jason Pearson, Chris Sprouse and Karl Story, cover by Brian Wood.

The concluding volume includes issues #7-12 of the maxi-series that's soon to be a series on the WB. From the streets of Los Angeles to the sewers below New York City, Global Frequency is always watching. There are 1,001 people on the Frequency -- from 16-year-old computer experts to retired police detectives -- and each one brings their own unique abilities to the GF table. Each mission is coordinated at GF central by Aleph, who dispatches the appropriate agents at the behest of Miranda Zero, founder and overseer of the Frequency. Together, all these pieces form one concise unit whose goal is simple: to save the day when all hope is lost.

144 pages, $14.95, in stores on Dec. 8.

OCEAN #3

Written by Warren Ellis, art by Chris Sprouse and Karl Story, cover by Michael Golden.

The mini-series by Warren Ellis continues. Doors, a multiplanetary corporation manned by modern-day indentured servants, is in orbit around Europa -- and they'll do anything to gain alien weapons technology first, no matter how many lives it costs!

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 15.

THE RAZOR¹S EDGE: WARBLADE #3

Written by John Ridley Art and cover by Simon Bisley

Warblade finds himself thrown into a world of hurt! By "saving" a woman from imminent death, he's signed what could amount to his death warrant. Can Reno Bryce draw on the bravery that made him a hero -- even without his powers?

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 29.

SLEEPER SEASON TWO #7

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

It's the battle of the hidden agendas as Holden and Miss Misery are stuck on a deadly mission with Peter Grimm -- and secrets abound on all sides! Meanwhile, Tao tightens his grip on Holden. Is he getting suspicious, just being careful, or has Holden been betrayed?

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 22.

THE SAGA OF SEVEN SUNS: VEILED ALLIANCES SC

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

A softcover version of the 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, $17.95, in stores on Dec. 15.

TOM STRONG #30

Written by Ed Brubaker, art by Duncan Fegredo, cover by Chris Sprouse and Karl Story.

ABC. The conclusion of "The Terrible Life of Tom Strong!" Tom Strong, hero of Millennium City, is no more. One day Tom wakes up to discover he's a middle-aged man in a loveless marriage, working at a meaningless job. Will this new direction be any closer to our own version of Tom Strong?

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 8.

WILD GIRL #2

Written by Leah Mooreand John Reppion, art by Shawn McManus and J.H. Williams II, cover by McManus .

ABC. The story of Rosa Torez continues in this mini-series. Rosa makes a new friend, Hylax, in whom she trusts and confides completely -- and yet she still feels uneasy around him. Could it be because he keeps referring to her as the "Chosen One," or the fact that Hylax is a German Shepherd?

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 8.

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VERTIGO TITLES


100 BULLETS #56

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

The 6-part "Wylie Runs the Voodoo Down" concludes as all hell breaks loose in the Big Easy in a showdown between Wylie, Shepherd, Dizzy and a mystery guest with intentions all his own. Will the slacker-turned-Minuteman be able to walk away in one piece, or is this the end of the line for yet another player?

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 8.

ADVENTURES IN THE RIFLE BRIGADE TP

Written by Garth Ennis, art by Carlos Ezquerra, cover by Brian Bolland.

When the chips are down, there's only one team to call to keep Britannia ruling the waves: the Rifle Brigade. This new trade paperback collects the 3-issue Vertigo miniseries Adventures in the Rifle Brigade and its sequel, Operation Bollock. Ey-oop! Yer aht of order!

144 pages, $14.95, in stores on Dec. 8.

ANGELTOWN #2

Written by Gary Phillips, art and cover by Shawn Martinbrough.

The murder mystery thickens as bounty hunters, crooked cops and mobsters continue the hunt for a pro basketball player accused of murder. But after an encounter with a pair of ruthless thugs, will Hollis even be alive to act on this new lead?

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 8.

BARNUM! SC

Written by Howard Chaykin and David Tischman, art and cover by Niko Henrichon.

Get ready for a softcover edition of the 128-page original hardcover graphic novel Barnum. When brilliant inventor Nikola Tesla and a cadre of the world's richest men plot to destroy America, secret agent P.T. Barnum must assemble a team of the wildest circus freaks on the planet to save the world!

128 pages, $19.99, in stores on Dec. 29.

BLOOD: A TALE TP

Written by J.M. DeMatteis, art and cover by Kent Williams.

One of the most beautiful artistic achievements in comics is collected again.Telling the richly metaphorical tale of Blood, a young vampire, Blood: A Tale follows the endless cycle of life and death to find the seeds of redemption in a fever-dream of a dying king, love eternal, and a life of bloodlust.

192 pages, $19.95, in stores on Dec. 22.

THE BOOKS OF MAGICK: LIFE DURING WARTIME #6

Written by Si Spencer, consulting by Neil Gaiman, art and cover by Duncan Fegredo.

A friendly dice game turns disastrous for Tim Hunter and his best mates. Told from Dog's point of view, it's one wild night in the city, full of smoky dance clubs and double dares that get deadly. Featuring guest art by Duncan Fegredo.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 22.

FABLES #32

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

It's going to be a long, dark winter for the denizens of Fabletown. Prince Charming discovers that keeping campaign promises is a lot harder than making them. Beauty and the Beast find that filling Snow and Bigby's shoes may be more than they can handle. A body is found under mysterious circumstances and an unexpected guest arrives at the Farm.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 8.

HELLBLAZER #203

Written by Mike Carey Art by Leonardo Manco Cover by Tim Bradstreet

"Reasons to be Cheerful," Part 2 of 4. As Constantine's three very illegitimate children continue to hunt and destroy his closest friends and allies, John finds aid from a highly unlikely -- and as yet anonymous -- source. But does this mystery helper really have Constantine's best interests at heart?

32 pages, $2.75, in stores on Dec. 29.

HUMAN TARGET #17

Written by Peter Milligan, art by Cameron Stewart, cover by John Watkiss.

Featuring guest art by Cameron Stewart. If anyone from Maggie Stains' past recognizes her, she¹ll be dead on sight -- unless Christopher Chance can help her become someone else. But what happens when a man who can barely recall his identity creates someone else's -- especially a woman's?

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 15.

JOHN CONSTANTINE: HELLBLAZER -- ALL HIS ENGINES HC

Written by Mike Carey. art and cover by Leonardo Manco

When a mysterious worldwide plague puts millions of people into deadly comas -- including Chas Chandler's granddaughter, Tricia -- Earth's foremost expert on the bizarre, John Constantine, steps in with the "cure." John is happy to do a favor for his oldest and closest friend, but in scratching the surface of this seemingly personal tragedy, he finds a mad demon in a body woven out of cancer cells; a plot to build franchised Hells in the cities of men and unleash a plague of coma cases stretching from London to L.A. To rescue a single innocent child from the clutches of this evil, both John and Chas will have to face temptations they never dreamed of, forging alliances with monsters every bit as terrible as the ones they're fighting. And in the end, when he's out of gas and in the hands of his enemies, the Hellblazer is always up for that one last desperate game of poker...

128 pages, $24.95, in stores on Jan. 19.

THE LOSERS #19

Written by Andy Diggle, art and cover by Jock.

The conclusion of the 4-part "The Pass." It's 1989, and deep in the heart of an Afghan warlord's fortress, a terrible secret waits to be uncovered. The Losers are about to discover just how their CIA handler Max betrayed America, and he doesn't intend to let them escape with the knowledge alive.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 22.

LUCIFER #57

Written by Mike Carey, art by Peter Gross and Ryan Kelly, cover by Michael Wm. Kaluta.

In the conclusion of a 2-part story, Lilith returns to claim her rightful place at the head of the Lilim with an agenda that includes summary executions and bloody rebellion. But the blind spot in her schemes -- and those of her mysterious comrades in arms -- is the fate of Lucifer and Elaine.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 15.

SWAMP THING #10

Written by Joshua Dysart, art and cover by Enrique Breccia.

In "Love in Vain" Part 2 of 4, it's the return of Anton Arcane...and this time, he's in love. Arcane and his demon-lover consummate their relationship, spreading a terrible infection through the Green and into the swamp. But as Swamp Thing tries to cure the disease, Arcane plans a hellish fate for the town of Houma.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 1.

SWAMP THING: BAD SEED TP

Written by Andy Diggle Art and cover by Enrique Breccia

The first story arc of the acclaimed return of Swamp thing is collected in Bad Seed, reprinting issues #1-6 of the new ongoing series.

Bad Seed finds the Swamp Thing joined to the Earth itself, surpassing even his old power as the champion of the Green, and no longer inhibited by the human conscience of his original template, Alec Holland. Without this constraint, the Swamp Thing threatens to re-balance the natural world at the cost of countless human casualties -- including his own daughter Tefé and his love, Abby -- unless the man who originally showed him his true nature, John Constantine, can find a way to stop him.

144 pages, $9.95, in stores on Dec. 15.

TRIGGER #1

Written by Jason Hall, art and cover by John Watkiss.

Welcome to the world of tomorrow, where anyone could be a Trigger...even you. In the not too distant future, 87% of America's corporations have been consolidated into one government-sanctioned corporate entity: Ethicorp. The result has allowed our country's citizens to live safely and securely in a clean, terror-free, and productive environment. Society is dosed on nonstop Vid feeds, feel-good drugs, clean sex and low crime. And most people happily embrace Ethicorp's corporate motto: "We Get the Bad Out!" This is the world of TRIGGER, an all-new ongoing futuristic thriller that captures the look and feel of Blade Runner, Minority Report and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow!

To keep society so "shiny," Ethicorp secretly controls legions of high-tech killers -- known on the street as "Triggers" -- that act as one-man (or woman) judge, jury and executioner whenever Ethicorp sees something "bad." But be careful, because ³bad,² like beauty, is often in the eye of the beholder.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 15.

THE WITCHING #7

Written by Jonathan Vankin, art by Leigh Gallagher and Dan Green, cover by Tara McPherson

It's California or bust for Elsa and Sook as they hit the open roads of the Great American Southwest in Elsa¹s souped-up European sports car. But their journey suffers an interruption when Elsa's rogue spaceship, commandeered by an insane old general, crashes in a fiery wreck on the side of the desert freeway.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 22.

Y: THE LAST MAN #29

Written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Pia Guerra and Jose Marzan Jr., cover by Massimo Carnevale.

Part 3 of the 5-part "Ring of Truth." With Yorick near death and Dr. Mann frantically trying to save him, Agent 355 meets with the fearsome Setauket Ring and Yorick's sister Hero in a desperate attempt to get Yorick's engagement ring back. However, while 355's away, Mann makes a startling discovery about Yorick...

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 1.

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