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Monday, February 14, 2005


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



Written by Scott Beatty, art by Kilian Plunkett and Serge LaPointe, photo cover.

Batman Begins explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knightıs emergence as a force for good in Gotham. In the wake of his parentsı murder, disillusioned industrial heir Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful. He returns to Gotham and unveils his alter ego: Batman, a masked crusader who uses his strength, intellect and an array of high-tech deceptions to fight the sinister forces that threaten the city.

64 pages, $5.99, in stores on June 22.


Written by Scott Beatty, Dennis O'Neil, Greg Rucka, Ed Brubaker and Bill Willingham, art by Kilian Plunkett and Serge LaPointe, Dick Giordano, Rick Burchett and Rodney Ramos, Scott McDaniel and Andy Owens and Tom Fowler, photo cover.

Batman Begins explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knightıs emergence as a force for good in Gotham. collection that also features a quartet of classic Batman tales! In addition to the Warner Bros. Pictures movie adaptation by Scott Beatty, Kilian Plunkett and Serge LaPointe, this volume also includes a rare Batman story from Secret Origins TP by Dennis O'Neil and Dick Giordano, plus stories from Detective Comics #757 by Greg Rucka, Rick Burchett and Rodney Ramos, Batman #604 by Ed Brubaker, Scott McDaniel & Andy Owens, and Batman: Legends Of The Dark Knight #168 by Bill Willingham & Tom Fowler.

160 pages, $12.99, in stores on June 22.


Written by David Lapham and Scott Beatty, art by Ramon Bachs and Nathan Massengill, and Jeff Parker, cover by Lapham.

In Part 6 of the 12-part "City of Crime," the number of missing people is skyrocketing, an army of faceless goons is out for Batman's blood, and the Ventriloquist is homicidal! Plus, part 1 of the 2-part "Regnum Defende," by Scott Beatly and Jeff Parker.

40 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 4.


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

Superman guest-stars in Part 2 of "Family Reunion!" Batman travels to Metropolis to visit an old friend, known to the world as the Man of Steel! Meanwhile, the mysterious Red Hood joins Onyx in an attack on Gotham's sadistic crime boss, the Black Mask.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on May 25.


Written by A.J. Lieberman, art by Al Barrionuevo and Bit, cover by Cliff Chiang.

Itıs the shattering conclusion of Ivy's quest/ With Batman giving her unlikely aid, Ivy is bound and determined to become a normal human again. But Hush isnıt going to let her win. With the lives of her park orphans in the balance, will Ivy make the ultimate sacrifice?

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 18.


Written by J. Torres, art by David Lopez and Fernando Blanco, cover by Cliff Chiang.

Concluding an exciting 2-part adventure! Mr. Freeze bids farewell to Gotham City ‹ via a permanent deep freeze! Both Batman and Bruce Wayne must determine Freezeıs motives in order to stop him from icing all of downtown Gotham.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 11.


Written by Bruce Jones, art by Sean Murphy, cover by Zach Howard and Jay Leisten.

Writer Bruce Jones makes his DCU debut, teaming with red-hot newcomer Sean Murphy and cover artists Zach Howard and Jay Leisten for a 2-issue series delving into the background of one of the Dark Knightıs most fearsome foes. Think you know everything there is to know about the Scarecrow and his origin? Think again! Year One: Batman/Scarecrow goes back to the very beginning, to Jonathan Craneıs birth and questionable lineage, and follows his story up to his first appearance taking on Batman and Robin. A trail of death and straw leads the Dynamic Duo in a race to identify and stop Gothamıs newest serial killer, but the demons that shaped the Scarecrow arenıt so easily revealed.

48 pages, $5.99, in stores on May 25.


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

The acclaimed 6-issue Batman story by the creative team of 100 Bullets now in paperback! In this story from Batman #620-625, Batman investigates the discovery of a girlıs body in the Gotham landfill.

144 pages, $14.99, in stores on May 25.


Written by Bruce Jones, Steve Purcell and others, art by Ed Barrows, Mike Mignola, Kevin Nowlan and others, cover by Barrionuevo and Bit.

A surprising Special exploring the world of the Batmanıs enemies -- through the eyes of one of their own! Learn why Gotham City is such a magnet for crime and discover the secrets of the shape-changing supervillain Clayface! Plus, profiles of Batmanıs foes.

48 pages, $4.99, in stores on May 18.


Written by Steve Englehart, art and covers by Marshall Rogers and Terry Austin.

One of the most popular Batman creative teams ever reunites for a twice-monthly- shipping 6-issue mini-series. Writer Steve Englehart and artists Marshall Rogers and Terry Austin set a high standard with their acclaimed run on Detective Comics in the late 1970s! Now that team is back with Batman: Dark Detective, a miniseries that pits the Dark Knight against the most famous and feared members of his Rogues Gallery.

In the startling debut issue, the Joker enters a gubernatorial election using the campain slogan ³Vote for me or Iıll kill you!² Will it persuade voters? Plus, Bruce Wayneıs old love interest Silver St. Cloud returns, as do Two-Face and the Scarecrow!

And the action continues in the startling second issue, as the Scarecrow manages to overcome Batman in the one location where heıs most vulnerable: the Batcave! Meanwhile, the Bruce Wayne/Silver St. Cloud relationship heats up.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 4 and May 18.


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

The über-assassin Deathstroke has maneuvered Batgirl into a deathtrap! Now she must square off against the daughter of the DCUıs deadliest hit man. And just who is this daughter of the stone cold killer? You know this belle of the blade asŠthe Ravager.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 25.


Written by Paul Jenkins, art and Jae Lee, cover by Sean Phillips.

A rash of brutal murders is plaguing Gotham City, and the possible suspect has just escaped from Arkham Asylum! Two-Face is free, and the horror has only just begun. With the aid of a mad doctor, Two-Face will attempt to control his "Jekyll and Hyde" syndrome once and for allŠeven if it means experimenting on everyone in Gotham -- including the Batman.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 18.

ROBIN #138

Written by Bill Willingham, art by Damion Scott and Sandra Hope, cover by Chris Brunner.

Robinıs been assailed from all sides since he began roosting in the ıHaven ‹ now itıs time for Tim Drake to take the fight to its source! Heıs gunning for the man who put the price on his head: the Penguin!

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on May 18.


Written by Greg Rucka, art by Stefano Gaudiano and Kano, cover by Cliff Chiang.

Time has run out for Officer Kelly. He's been transformed into a raging monster and is running amok through the streets of Gotham -- and the GCPD has no choice but to take him down. Plus, Allen and Montoya feel the pressure as they try to reason with Dr. Alchemy.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 11.


Written by Greg Rucka, art by Michael Lark, Jason Pearson, William Rosado, Cam Smith and Steve Mitchell, over by Michael Lark.

The Eisner-winning story arc focusing on Renee Montoya presented in Gotham Central #6-10! Plus, stories from Batman Chronicles #16 and Detective Comics #747 providing additional details on Montoya and a new cover by Lark.

168 pages, $14.99, in stores on May 25.


Written by Andersen Gabrych, art by Rick Burchett and Alvaro Lopez, cover by Jock.

In an issue by the guest-team of Andersen Gabrych, Rick Burchett & Alvaro Lopez, Killer Croc rolls into the East End tearing up anyone dumb enough to get in a croc/human's way! And where Croc goes, can Onyx be far behind? Confused? So's Catwoman, but she hardly has time to ask questions.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 25.


Written by Devin Grayson, art and cover by Phil Hester and Andy Parks.

Nightwing's in New York and on his own, working his way deeper into a world more dangerous than he could ever know. There's weaponry of frightening power on the streets, and Dick must find out where it's coming from before innocents are killed -- if he can keep from being blown away in the process.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on May 11.


Written by Chuck Dixon, art by Greg Land, Rick Leonardi, Trevor McCarthy, Mike Lilly, Drew Geraci, Jesse Delperdang, Mark Farmer and John Lowe, cover by Land.

A collection featuring Nightwing #52 and 54-60. When an army of ninjas arrive in Blüdhaven, theyıre only a harbinger of the deadliest threat yet.

192 pages, $14.99, in stores on May 25.

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Written by Gail Simone, art by John Byrne and Nelson, cover by Byrne.

John Byrne returns to illustrate the adventures of the Man of Steel, joined by writer Gail Simone and inker Nelson. Expect high adventure, slam-bang action and insightful character moments as Superman faces both new and familiar threats. It all kicks off in this issue as Dr. Polaris seeks Supermanıs protection from a new mistress of magnetism: Repulse.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 18.


Written by Greg Rucka, art and cover by Karl Kerschl.

Hot off his critically acclaimed work on the Majestic mini-series, artist Karl Kerschl joins writer Greg Rucka as Superman's world is shattered. The Man of Tomorrow won't know who's friend or foe, and it all begins with the shocking unmasking of Ruin.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 25.


Written by Mark Verheiden, art and cover by Ed Benes.

Former Smallville Supervising Producer Mark Verheiden joins with superstar artist Ed Benes to begin a new chapter in Superman's life! After the events of the past months, Superman has left Metropolis and created a new Fortress of Solitude in the Amazon jungle. Lois and Jimmy come to find him, only to meet some unexpected resistance and the emergence of a new major threat to the entire DCU.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 11.


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

Part 2 of the 6-part "With a Vengeance," by the fan-favorite team of writer Jeph Loeb and artists Ed McGuinness & Dexter Vines. Are Superman and Batman guilty of murder? The Maximums certainly think so -- and where they come from, it's an eye for an eye! The battle of the century continues as The World's Finest duo take on the super squad of avenging heroes -- to the death. Join Superman/Batman's original creative team supreme for whatıs certain to be one of the most talked-about events of the year.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 18.


Written by Brian Azzarello, art and cover by Lee Bermejo.

Guest-starring Batman! When youıre Lex Luthor, itıs wise to keep your friends close and your enemies closer -- especially the enemies who live in Gotham City. Has the Dark Knight sold out his longtime Kryptonian ally, or is he simply watching his friend's back?

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 4.


Written by Jerry Siegel and Don Cameron, art by Jack Burnley, Sam Citron, John Sikela and others, cover by Citron.

A new volume collecting Action Comics #53-68 (1942-1945) featuring an intro by William Schelly. This volume contains classic Golden Age tales -- many reprinted for the first time -- including the first appearance of the Toyman, the return of the Prankster, and more.

224 pages, $49.99, in stores on May 4.


Written by Chuck Austen, art by Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Marc Campos and John Sibal, cover by Reis and Campos.

Collecting Action Comics #814-819, plus backups from #812-813! Itıs relentless action for the Man of Steel as he faces a horde of enemies from Darkseid to Weapons Master. Will he have enough strength in the end to face the villainous Gog?

160 pages, $14.99, in stores on May 11.


Written by Mike Kennedy, art and cover by Carlos Meglia.

When powerful weapons ravage Metropolis, Clark Kent and Lois Lane travel to an old midwestern town to discover their roots. What they find is the abandoned town of Infinite City! After traveling through a portal, they're transported to a place beyond their imagination, where futuristic technology and magic coexist. But not everyone is happy living there, and they want to come to our world, no matter what the price. Can Superman defeat his doppelganger, the Warden -- a being as powerful as he? And what of the architect behind it all: Jor-El?

96 pages, $24.99, in stores on June 22.

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

Black Manta is back. Aquaman's deadliest enemy returns with all the power, resources and legal protection of a multinational corporation behind him! Plus, Aquagirl leads a group of Sub Diegans to Atlantis -- but they may wish theyıd never come.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 11.


Written by Gail Simone, art by Joe Bennett and Jack Jadson, cover by Adriana Melo.

Everyone plays, no one quits. Black Canary and special guest WIldcat fight for their lives in southeast Asia, while Oracle faces the malignancy growing within her own body. And back in the states, Helena gambles everything in facing her past.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 18.


Written by John Byrne, art by Byrne and Nekros, cover by Byrne.

Guest-starring Batman and Zatanna, who investigate the new manifestation of Etrigan in Gotham City! Plus, the start of the most amazing mystery that dark city has ever seen.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 4.


Written by Bob Harras, art by Marcos Martin and Alvaro Lopez, cover by Martin.

The fallout from Breachıs battle with the JLA continues! While Breach rages against his inability to stop a new threat, evil is afoot. Plus, Tim comes face-to-face with Mac; more on the mysterious Tobias Underwood; and Macıs wife is revealed.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 11.


Written by Bill Willingham, art by Justiniano and Walden Wong, cover by Walter Simonson.

Spinning out of the events of Marchıs DC Countdown, a reality-bending 6-issue mini-series. The uneasy alliance known as the Shadowpact has formed to protect the world from another unholy partnership: the Spectre and the new Eclipso, who wage a fearsome campaign to wipe out all magic.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 18.


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

Guest-starring Metamorpho! The horrible truth of the Chiefıs past comes to light as an old adversary returns to finish the job he started so long ago ‹ and this time, Niles Caulder must die! Plus, one team member returns to an old look, and another makes a fateful decision.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 25.


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

The conclusion of the "Sacred Cows" arc! The Fallen Angel goes toe-to-toe with Sachs and Violens for her life. Meanwhile, the power players of Bête Noire are about to turn on each other, and very few will be left when the explosions stop and the smoke clears! Final issue.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 4.


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

Part 3 of the 6-part "Rogue War," guest-starring Jay Garrick and Kid Flash. Much to the Flash's horror, a new ally arrives to help turn the tide of war. But an unexpected friend emerges, and the Rogues are in for the fight of their lives.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on May 25.


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

³The Return of Ronnie Raymond² concludes as questions are answered and Firestorm's battle with some of his worst enemies comes to an explosive conclusion! But this deadly end only may open the door to an entirely new status quo for the Nuclear Wonder.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 4.


Written by Geoff Johns, art and cover by Carlos Pacheco and Jesus Merino.

Strap in and hang on as one of DCıs greatest icons, Hal Jordan returns to the forefront of the DCU in a new monthly series. Green Lantern challenges your imagination and leaves you breathless as you witness the adventures of one of the greatest heroes in the DCU. From the runways at Edwards Air Force Base to the darkest corner of Space Sector 2814, the Green Lantern will proudly shine his light! This special 40-page debut issue kicks off the 3-part tale ³No Fear.² Spinning out of the pages of Green Lantern: Rebirth, Hal Jordan returns to the DCU as the Emerald Warrior, ready to reclaim his life and the light of the Green Lantern. But the forces of darkness have already begun to rise, looking to claim the power of the Green Lantern for themselves.

40 pages, $3.50, in stores on May 25.


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

Hawkman meets with master mystic Dr. Fate in preparation for his final battle with the dealdy amalgam of his worst enemies! But with battle comes lossŠand this loss promises to be the worst he has ever suffered.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 18.


Written by Geoff Johns, art by Rags Morales, José Luís García-López, Scot Eaton, Michael Bair and Ray Kryssing, cover by Andrew Robinson.

A new trade paperback collecting Hawkman #15-22! The mystic Highwayman comes to St. Roch seeking to claim Hawkmanıs tortured soul.

192 pages, $17.99, in stores on May 4.


Written by Ben Raab, art by Justiniano and Walden Wong, cover by Justiniano.

The mini-series continues. The secret fraternity Delta Chi Delta, sworn to protect the human race, confronts Earthıs biggest threat ‹ Paracelsus, the genetic wizard who has created the lifeform that could corrupt humanity forever.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 18.

JLA #114

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

The 8-part "Syndicate Rules" concludes! It's the final showdown -- the Qwardians vs. the Crime Syndicate, with the JLA trapped in the middle! Itıs a slam-bang, all-action finale with revelations and upheavals that'll change the CSA -- and the JLA as well.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on May 11.


Written by Judd Winick. art by Tom Fowler and Rodney Ramos, cover by James Jean.

Get ready for an extra-sized anniversary issue guest-starring Batman -- and the Outsiders! It's a battle royal in Star City as Green Arrow and his Team Green join forces with Gotham City's Dark Knight and the Outsiders to take on the robotic menance of the Duke of Oil, the impossibly lethal Drakon, the brutal Brick, and the man pulling everyone's strings: The Riddler.

40 pages, $3.50, in stores on May 11.


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

Part 4 of the 6-part "I Can't Believe It's Not the Justice League!" It's a rescue mission to Hell to save Booster Gold, Blue Beetle, and the Elongated Man from the Eternal Damnation of slinging burgers to monsters, demons and zombies! But it's not all fun and games for the Super Buddies, as they'll soon see.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 18.


Written by James Robinson, art and cover by Paul Smith.

A new edition of the classic collection reprinting the classic miniseries by James Robinson and Paul Smith. Don't miss this unique look at the classic heroes of the JSA in a tale pits them against the greatest evil of their time.

200 pages, $19.99, in stores on May 4.

JSA #73

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

Tying into Day of Vengeance, the sequel to last year's bestselling "Black Reign" begins here with Part 1 of the 3-part "Black Vengeance!" Free from the soul of Hal Jordan and evil of Parallax, the Spectre journeys to deliver vengeance across the globe -- and it begins in the homeland of Black Adam. Captain Marvel returns to the JSA as the team ventures once again into enemy territory to face one of the most powerful forces in the DCU.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 11.


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

London has become Manchester Blackıs battlefield! The Elite are fragmented, and even the might of the JLA is no match against Manchester and Eve. Only the return of a fallen hero will bring the Elite together before the JLA -- and all of London -- pay the ultimate price.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 4.


Written by Marc Andreyko, art by Javier Pina and Jimmy Palmiotti, cover by Jesus Saiz.

"Manhunted" begins! The Shadow-Thiefıs trial comes to a shocking close ‹ just as the stalker of ex-Manhunters goes public! And Kate Spencerıs being watched by someone who knows way too much about her...

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 18.


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

The secret of the threat from beyond the stars is revealed, causing a chain reaction that affects every Legionnaire and every life in the galaxy! If you thought you knew which side to root for in the 31st century -- think again.

40 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 25.


Written by Greg Rucka, art by Jesus Saiz, cover by Ladrönn.

The gripping miniseries spinning out of DC Countdown continues. When the JLA discovers the existence of the powerful, hero-monitoring Brother Eye satellite, battle lines are drawn between Batman and Superman! And Checkmate operative Sasha Bordeaux struggles with a secret act of treason -- just as her agency commands the OMAC Project to kill.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 25.


Written by Geoff Johns and Ben Raab, art by Justiniano and Chris Ivy, and Tom Grummett and Lary Stucker, cover by Ed McGuinness and Dexter Vines.

Explore the origins of Gar Logan in an action-packed new collection featuring the 3-issue Beast Boy mini-series as well as the explosive 3-part story "Wild Kingdom" presented in Teen titans #13-15. This volume features an introduction by writer Geoff Johns.

168 pages, $9.95, in stores on May 4.


Written by Kyle Baker, art and cover by Baker.

The jaw-dropping conclusion of a hilarious 2-part tale! Edwina, Plastic Man and Agent Morgan's adopted "daughter" go on a double date with a guy Plas can't stand. Hilarity ensues. (And no, that's not the guy's name.)

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 18.


Written by Geoff Johns, art by Matthew Clark and Mark Farmer, cover by Mike McKone and Marlo Alquiza.

"The Insiders," a 4-part crossover between the Teen Titans and Outsiders, begins here, in an issue featuring guest art by Matthew Clark and Mark Farmer. For months, Superboy has been taunted by the secrets of his DNA -- that he's a clone created from Superman and Lex Luthor. But who cloned him, and why? Meanwhile, the Titans and the Outsiders are rocked to the core as they face two of the most powerful villains in the DCU in an all-out war to destroy the young teams! Alliances will change and bonds will be broken as the teams face their greatest challenge to date.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 18.


Written by Judd Winick, art by Carlos DıAnda, cover by Mike McKone and Marlo Alquiza.

Part 2 of the 4-part "The Insiders" crossover with Teen Titans. Secrets are revealed and Indigo's origin is explored as the Outsiders join the Titans for an all-out battle against two of DC's most powerful villains.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 25.


Written by Dave Gibbons, art and cover by Ivan Reis and Marc Campos.

Rocketing out of DC Coutndown and the death-defying conclusion of the Adam Stranger miniseries, the space heroes of the DCU take center stage in a galaxy-shattering story. This star-spanning six-issue miniseries will bring worlds to war and citizens to their knees. Adam Strange, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Hawkgirl and a cast of DC's greatest space adventurers come together to face an evil forged in the depths of Thanagar; an evil that threatens to bring down two planets and countless civilizations.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 11.


Written by Grant Morrison, art and cover by Simone Bianchi.

Grant Morrison and artist Simone Bianchi continue the exciting bimonthly tale of the Shining Knight lost in the 21st century. Justin -- the Shining Knight -- is now without his trusty steed Victory. After escaping from a police car on Sunset Boulevard, Justin is left to wander the toxic, sun-drenched backstreets of Los Angeles. Delirious and confused, it seems to Justin that the Sheeda won, creating a world of poison air and synthetic life. Now, with magical broadsword in hand, the Knightıs crusade begins anew.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 4.


Written by Grant Morrison, art and cover by Cameron Stewart.

Grant Morrison's towering Seven Soldiers saga continues in a bimonthly miniseries with stunning art by Cameron Stewart. The Guardian's encounter with the rival subway pirates NoBeard and AllBeard turns into a wild race through a labyrinth of secret Masonic subway tunnels underneath New York City. Their goal? To find a radioactive gem known as the Foundation Stone of Manhattan, an object that the dreaded Sheeda wish to possess and use for their own nefarious ways.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 18.


Written by Gail Simone, art by Dale Eaglesham and Wade von Grawbadger, cover by J.G. Jones.

Spinning directly from the pages of DC Countdown, the villains of the DCU are now organized and deadlier than. But within the ranks of the world's vilest villains something perhaps even more wicked is brewing, and only the mysterious being code-named Mockingbird has all the answers.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 4.


Written by Michael Fleisher, art by Jim Aparo, Ernie Chua, Frank Thorne, cover by Aparo.

Collecting stories from Adventure Comics #431-440 and Wrath Of The Spectre #4! One of DC's most powerful characters returns in stories that shocked and thrilled readers.

200 pages, $19.99, in stores on May 18.

WONDER WOMAN #216 & 217

Written by Greg Rucka, art by Rags Morales and Michael Bair, covers by J.G. Jones.

Two biweekly issues concluding "The Bronze Doors" featuring art by Identity Crisis team Rags Morales and Michael Bair. In Wonder Woman #216, the Teen Titansı Wonder Girl guests in a story that finds the blinded Diana going into the depths of Hell in search of a valuable prize.

And in Wonder Woman #217, "The Bronze Doors" close with a bang as Diana's quest comes to an unexpected end. Wonder Woman and Wonder Girl are on a mission into the Ancient Greek lands of the dead. Will our heroines return unscathed? And what reward will Diana demand for her service?

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 11 and May 25.


Written by Paul Dini and Alex Ross, art and cover by Ross.

A massive slipcased hardcover, featuring the stunning art of the Eisner Award-winning team of the incomparable Alex Ross and writer Paul Dini! Between 1998 and 2003, Paul Dini, the Emmy Award-winning producer of Batman Beyond and The New Batman/Superman Adventures, joined forces with superstar illustrator Alex Ross to create six oversized tabloid editions of stories featuring the World's Greatest Super-Heroes: Superman: Peace on Earth, Batman: War on Crime, Shazam!: Power of Hope, Wonder Woman: Spirit of Truth, JLA: Secret Origins, and JLA: Liberty & Justice. These classic works for all ages feature the iconic DC characters in a unique storytelling format that combines aspects of both comics and picture books. Also included are several pages of promotional art, preliminary art and thumbnails, art done for DC Direct product, model-to-finished-painting comparisons, reflections by the book's creators, and much more! This landmark volume also features an introduction by noted book designer and author Chip Kidd, a new painted cover by Alex Ross, and an 8-page foldout of the JLA: Liberty & Justice poster featuring every member of the JLA by Ross.

396 pages, $49.99, in stores on July 6.

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

The Joker's back! But he's never been seen like this before. Why is the Clown Prince of Crime claiming that he's sane? It's up to Batman to find out before the Joker is free of Arkham forever.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on May 11.


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

The Batman stands ready to strike in this new digest-sized collection from Johnny DC! Reprinting the first five issues of the brand-new series The Batman Strikes -- based on the hit new Kids' WB show -- Crime Time boasts five action-packed adventures.

104 pages, $6.99, in stores on May 4.


Written by J. Torres, art by Todd Nauck and Lary Stucker, cover by Sean Galloway.

Johnny Rancid makes a deal with the devil to become a big-time rock star! But his new singing voice raises the dead! When zombies wreak havoc all over the city, it's up to the Teen Titans to get things under control and stop him from getting his songs on the radio.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on May 25.


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

The League travels back in time to Camelot, to help Shining Knight defend his kingdom against the schemes of Morgan Le Fey and her army of black knights. And what role does Vixen play in all of this?

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on May 4.


Written by Adam Beechen, art by Carlo Barbieri, Walden Wong and Ethen Beavers, cover by Ben Caldwell.

Leaping straight out of their hit new Cartoon Network show, the World's Greatest Heroes have hit the stands in the sizzling-hot Johnny DC series Justice League Unlimited -- and this inaugural manga-sized collection reprints their first five issues.

104 pages, $6.99, in stores on May 18.


Written by Jesse McCann, Robbie Busch and Jono Howard, art by Scott Neely, Scott Underwood and Angus Bungay, cover by Robert Pope.

Dexter tackles math -- and math fights back! Plus, the Eds find themselves getting in touch with their softer sides, while Grim takes the spotlight in high-fashion hijinks.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on May 25.


Written by Jesse McCann and Frank Strom, art by Leo Batic, Pablo Zamboni, Omar Aranda, Ruben Torreiro and Horacio Ottolini, cover by David Alvarez and Mike DeCarlo

It's all-out historical hysterics as Porky and Daffy join Ulysses on his eventful voyage home from Troy. Plus, food fun from Claude the Cat and Witch Hazel.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on May 4.


Written by Robbie Busch and Jon Lewis, art by Chris Cook and Mike DeCarlo, cover by Phil Moy.

Amoeba Boys keep falling on Townsville. And the only way the Powerpuffs can beat the Boys is to save them from themselves.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on May 18.


Written by John Rozum, art by Joe Staton and Horacio Ottolini, cover by Staton.

Animal antics haunt Daphneıs aunt, while an entire town fears a mysterious monster heading right for their homes.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on May 11.

MAD #454

Written and illustrated by The Usual Gang of Idiots.

Purchase this issue of MAD, and madcap hilarity will ensue! Guaranteed or your money back!* (*Not really)

48 pages, black and white, $3.50, in stores on May 4.

MAD XL #33

Written and illustrated by The Usual Gang of Idiots.

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

96 pages, black and white, $4.99, in stores on May 11.

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Written and illustrated by Fujii Mihona.

Two tough kogals from a neighboring town try to take over Ran's turf! What happens when Ran loses her home court advantage after she and her friends stray several stops down the train line to another, slightly less popular area? When Ran and her pals do some window shopping in nearby Ikebukuro, they run into a couple of formidable 'bukuro kogals, led by Honda Mami, self-styled boss of Ikebukuro, along with her best friend, Harue, who seems to have a past connection to Ran's best friend, Miyu. What starts as a minor accident escalates into a series of attacks on Ran and her friends. Although their opening scuffle ends without bloodshed, it does set off a vendetta. While Mami schemes to take Ran down several pegs by taking over Shibuya herself, Harue tries dredging up Miyu's shameful past for her own revenge.

192 pages, black and white, $9.99, in stores on May 25.


Written and illustrated by Takahashi Miyuki.

Find out why Musashi #9 has won legions of fans in Japan, where itıs a million-seller several times over! Nothing has ever been what it seems for 17-year-old Tachibana, especially since Shinozuka Kou (a.k.a. Musashi Number Nine) suddenly entered his life. Tachibana is slowly falling into Shinozukaıs world of dangerous covert operations ‹ a world he is ill prepared for. His growing attraction jeopardizes Musashi #9 mission as he increasingly becomes a liability to her. And Shinozuka starts entertaining some of Tachibana's romantic thoughts, caring in ways that may ultimately compromise their relationship.

192 pages, black and white, $9.99, in stores on May 11.


Written and illustrated by Ariyoshi Kyoko.

A young girl dreams of becoming a beautiful prima ballerina! But there are many challenges on the way to the top of the professional dance world. When three of Hijiri Masumiıs talented classmates are chosen for a special performance in Russia, the ballet capital of the world, she is fortunate enough to join them as a backstage crewmember. But fate intervenes again when one of her classmates is injured and Masumi is chosen as a substitute dancer for the rehearsals. Will Masumi succeed as she is thrust upon the world stage?

208 pages, black and white, $9.99, in stores on May 4.


Written and illustrated by Oh! Great.

The action-packed series continues! It's spring break for the students at the Todoh High School, but instead of some much-needed R & R, the Juken Club boys (Nagi, Bob, and Takayanagi) spend their week off training at the Natsume compound under Maya's strict tutelage. During the week, Maya and the rest are forced to reevaluate their opinions of Nagi's skills, especially at certain transcendent moments when he seems to be much more than just a wise-cracking freshman.

184 pages, black and white, $9.99, in stores on May 18.

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Written and illustrated by Fujii Mihona.

Written by Pat Mills, art and cover by Simon Bisley.

The A.B.C. Warriors are back in this explosive collection written by Pat Mills and featuring the ultra-dynamic art of Simon Bisley. When the far-future evil empire of Termight begins experimenting with time-travel, they unleash a force that could destroy the entire universe.

136 pages, black and white, $14.99, in store on May 18.


Written by Dan Abnett, art by Sean Phillips, Greg Staples, Simon Davis, Steve Yeowell and others, cover by Davis.

Finnigan Sinister and Ramone Dexter are gunsharks: hired killers with chalk outlines around their souls. In Slay Per View, Ramone's got a serious problem -- he thinks he might be a notorious serial killer called the Blevmoi Butcher.

240 pages, $19.99, in stores in May 4.


Written by John Wagner and Alan Grant, art by Brett Ewins, Cliff Robinson, Robin Smith, Barry Kitson, Jeff Anderson and Will Simpson, cover by Arthur Ranson.

Cassandra Anderson is a member of Psi-Division, the psychic section of the Justice Department. A precognitive telepath and empath, she can detect crimes before theyıre even committed. In this first collection of Anderson stories, Cassandra must face the horror of the Dark Judges once more, enter a demonic realm in a quest to save a young boy's life, and face Orlok, the terrifying assassin who nearly destroyed Mega-City One.

192 pages, black and white, $14.99, in stores on May 11.

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Written by Geoff Johns and Kris Grimminger, art and cover by Butch Guice.

An action-packed tale of Greek gods as epic in scope as the legends from which it springs! This new story is available in English for the first time in this edition. Chaos ensues as a group of brash archaeology students and a team of ruthless mercenaries are trapped together on the legendary Mount Olympus ‹ a mountain populated by the deadliest monsters known to Greek legend! Managing a tenuous pact with the mercenaries, the students must combine their knowledge of mythology with the mercenariesı combat skills as they fight for their lives against the monsters of Olympus.

112 pages, $14.99, in stores on May 18.


Written, art and cover by Marc Malés.

A heart-wrenching story of two people learning to rely on each other to overcome the pain of their physical and emotional wounds as their relationship blooms into one of trust and rebirth. In the golden age of radio, the attractive and sexy voice of Lloyd Goodman ‹ the playboy of radio ‹ fills the airwaves. But he has a secret ‹ his voice is as dazzling as his face is repulsive. Lloyd is so embarrassed by his appearance that he hides it by hiring a handsome stand-in for public appearances. Finally fed up with maintaining the lie, Lloyd disappears from the limelight. Helen, a stunningly beautiful woman, fights with the terrible memories of her twin sisterıs death; memories that threaten to tear her hold on reality to shreds. Wandering through the countryside, Helen has a chance encounter with the now reclusive Lloyd Goodman. Their meeting will send them down paths that will change their lives forever.

128 pages, black and white, $14.99, in stores on May 25.


Written by Alexandro Jodorowsky, art and cover by Juan Gimenez.

The history of the ultimate bloodline of warriors continues! Steelhead, the ruthless cyborg Metabaron, shakes the galaxy with a reign of violence. But when he falls in madly in love with Doña Vicenta, Steelhead decides to prove himself worthy of love.

136 pages, $14.99, in stores on May 11.

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

The team has lost sight of finding the culprit responsible for the mysterious figure behind Paul Revere and the Sons of Liberty! It will take the teamıs most inexperienced member to put the pieces together, but will she be too late to stop the inevitable?

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 18.


Written by Howard Chaykin, art and cover by Chaykin.

Howard Chaykin's new series continues. Now that Tucker Foyle has returned home to Columbia, things continue to heat up. Later, Tucker learns tragic news of his past and ultimately makes a fateful decision.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 25.


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

In this special stand-alone issue -- a perfect jumping-on point for new readers -- Mayor Hundred's administration wages war against the countless fortune tellers who cost gullible New Yorkers hundreds of thousands of dollars every year. But when a mysterious palm reader knows intimate details about the super-heroic Great Machine's past, the Mayor must make a difficult decision about his own future.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 18.


Written by Warren Ellis, art and cover by J.H. Williams III.

Desolation Jones -- the lone survivor of a horrific experiment called the Desolation Test -- just lived through a full year of constant, sleepless agony. A former British intelligence operative, the retired Jones is making ends meet in the private sector as a detective-for-hire to the covert community of ex-spooks who are living whatever life they can in L.A. It's a dirty, ugly job, but someone has to do it -- and that man is Desolation Jones.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 11.


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

It's the last day of the school year! But what does it mean for a facility like the Seminary? And what secrets are revealed just as summer vacation kicks into high gear? An ominous warning from the faculty sets the stage for future teenage drama.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 4.


Written by Howard Chaykin, art and cover by Russ Heath.

The conclusion. Hugo Danner continues of search for his true self and his place in this world, but how can he help people when all they see is a pariah? And what happens when he realizes that all his powers cannot help him when his true foe is human nature?

48 pages, $5.99, in stores on May 25.


Written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, art by Juan Santacruz and Sal Regla, cover by Ed McGuinness and Dexter Vines.

"Demon Night" begins as Majestros returns to Earth, only to discover it isn't the Earth he remembers at all! A shocking threat returns, as does a face from the past. Get ready for action and suspense on a nightmare world.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 11.


Written by Devin Grayson, art and cover by Brian Stelfreeze.

An explosive mini-series pitting Lt. Isabel Cardona against a deadly serial killer. Dismissed as a quota minority hire by her work peers, Cuban-born and Florida-bred Detective Isabel Cardona makes no friends on the Miami force by insisting that a series of seemingly unrelated murder cases lead to an urban-legend killer known only as ³The Matador.² Proving his existence soon becomes her only way to prove her sanity ‹ but how close to the dangerous Matador will Cardona have to get to make that happen?

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 4.


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

The secret history of The Drummer is revealed at last. With Elijah now hiding his actions from the rest of the team, it's down to The Drummer to work out what Elijah's really doing, what he should be doing, and why...

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 25.


Written by Jason Pearson and Ed Brubaker, art and cover by Pearson.

The battlefield has changed, but Redbird is still at war! Things have gotten out of hand at her apartment complex, and it's time to start making things right. It's going to be more difficult than she thought, though, as she learns that corrupt police detectives might be involved with some of her tenants.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 25.


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

It's the big showdown as the 12-issue series reaches its towering conclusion! Tao, Lynch, and their personal pawn, Holden Carver. reach the end of their tangled web of deceit. Who will die? Who will live? And what price will they pay?

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 25.


Written by John Layman, art and cover by Joe Vriens, Sacha Heilig and Roberto Campos.

Collecting the mini-series. What happens when the biggest threat to the Thundercats comes from within? Friend turns against friend in this tale of adventure, bravery and treachery.

128 pages, $14.99, in stores on May 4.


Written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, art and cover by Juan Santacruz.

Thought to be dead, the Righteous has escaped from a Viridian prison and resumed his bid for world domination. Plus, Michael comes face to face with the man who murdered his mother -- but will he share her fate?

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 4.


Written by Alan Moore, art and cover by Gene Ha.

The Eisner Award-winning team that brought you Top Ten reunites for an original hardcover graphic novel that delves into the past, revealing the origins of Neopolis and the first officers of Top Ten. Neopolis is the city of the future, but it's also full of the roughest and toughest heroes and villains the world has ever known. You've met the cast of Top Ten -- Smax, King Peacock, Toybox, Joe Pi and more. Now meet their forebears, who blazed the trail and made Neopolis the city it is today.

112 pages, $24.99, in stores on May 25.

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100 BULLETS #61

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

As the elite members of the Trust continue to die at the hands of the ruthless Minutemen, Benito Mediciıs star begins to rise. But when Agent Graves shows up on the scene, will this put a wrench in the plans, or will it simply solidify whatıs been put into action?

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 11.


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

Part 2 of a Boy Blue story, in which he continues his dark and dangerous quest to find his lost love through lands wrecked and ravaged by the Adversaryıs evil will. But Blue will stop at nothing to find his lost love, even when the enemies set before him grow increasingly more deadly.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 11.


Written by Si Spencer, consulting by Neil Gaiman, art by Dean Ormston, cover by Frank Quitely.

Beginning a new story arc. In the aftermath of Cat's revelation, Tim must deal with an irate lover while coming face to shadowy face with the Queene of Faerie. Meanwhile, Zatanna finally unites the Books of Magick to bring about a last-minute victory for the allied forces, but Constantine has one last card to play.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 18.


Written by Mike Carey, art by Leonardo Manco, cover by Tim Bradstreet.

Part 2 of the 6-part "Down in the Ground Where the Dead Men Go." Constantine and his all-too-familiar guide take the back road into Hell as John searches for the kidnapped soul of a loved one. But he finds an especially dangerous opponent from his past who knows him as well as he knows himself.

32 pages, $2.75, in stores on May 25.


Written by Mike Carey. art by Steve Dillon and Marcelo Frusin, cover by Glenn Fabry.

A new trade paperback collecting issues #175-180 of the flagship Vertigo series. In pursuit of his runaway niece Gemma, Constantine faces a crew that thinks they can use her as a goad to make him do their bidding. But Constantine has never been known for taking orders ‹ or for his forgiving nature.

208 pages, $12.99, in stores on May 11.


Written by Mat Johnson, art by Tony Akins and Dan Green, cover by Ronald Wimberly.

In colonial New York, Papa Midnite is determined to stoke the fires of a slave rebellion, conjuring magical visions of a Manhattan under African rule by any means necessary. His inflammatory methods could lead to freedom for the island's captive Africans, but they're just as likely to bring about greater tragedy.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 4.


Written by Andy Diggle, art and cover by Jock.

Max's plans enter their final, fatal stage in Part 2 of the 3-part "Anti-Heist." 300 pounds of weapons-grade plutonium will fall into the wrong hands if the Losers can't convince a transport ship that they're not the enemy. But it may already be too late, because there's a submarine on the horizon aiming to kill, one helmed by an adversary who knows the Losers' tricks all too well...

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 25.


Written by Andy Diggle, art by Jock, Nick Dragotta, and Alé Garza, cover by Jock.

This third volume of the Eisner-nominated Vertigo thriller collects three linked stories from issues #13-19 that take the hard-luck, black-ops band from Quatar to Turkmenistan amidst oily dealings and flying bullets. When it comes to action-packed espionage, this Trifecta is a sure thing.

168 pages, $14.99, in stores on May 18.


Written by Mike Carey, art by Colleen Doran, cover by Michael Wm. Kaluta.

Guest artist Colleen Doran illustrates a stand-alone tale. Amids the worldıs gathering chaos, Solomon delivers his brutal verdicts on those he finds guilty. But when he takes a leaf from Lucifer's book and tries to redefine his role and methods, the great judge loses control of an explosive situation.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 18.


Written by Hans Rodionoff and Ray Fawkes, art and cover by Mike Huddleston.

The provocative mini-series continues as Kaley Markowicz struggles to piece together a life she can't remember. Terrifying images of the creature that attacked her begin to surface in her thoughts, but what do they mean? Did it really happen? Will it happen again?

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 11.


Written by Phil Jimenez, art and cover by Jimenez and Andy Lanning.

Phil Jimenezıs imaginative 12-issue series heats up! After a vicious battle with the cyborgs, Siobhan and her friends are taken to Otherworld, where they are immediately divided: half go to a world ruled by magic, and the other half find themselves in a world created by technology. While both sides are shown the beauty of their respective worlds, evil and danger lurk just beneath the surface.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 25.


Written by Garth Ennis, art by Steve Dillon, cover by Glenn Fabry.

A new edition of the classic collection featuring the landmark Preacher #1-7. Jesse Custer begins a violent and riotous journey across the country joined by his girlfriend Tulip and the hard-drinking Irish vampire Cassidy.

200 pages, $14.99, in stores on May 11.


Written by Garth Ennis, art by Steve Dillon, cover by Glenn Fabry.

Continuing the new editions of the classic Preacher trade paperbacks. This volume contains Preacher #8-17, in which Custer heads to the south to confront the extremely dysfunctional family that abused him as a child.

232 pages, $14.99, in stores on May 11.


Written by Garth Ennis, art by Steve Dillon, cover by Glenn Fabry.

The third new edition in the Preacher series, collecting issues #18-26. Learn the origin of Cassidy as Jesse Custer heads for France to rescue the Irish vampire from the clutches of religious fanatics.

264 pages, $14.99, in stores on May 11.


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

Artist Enrique Breccia returns for Part 1 of the 4-part tale "Healing the Breach." A forgotten figure from Alec Hollandıs early years appears in the swamp, seeking healing and perhaps redemption. And it may not be mere coincidence that his visit comes at a time when the waters of Louisiana face an ecological threat such as no one has ever encountered -- not even Swamp Thing.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 4.


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

Prepare yourself for the mind-bending conclusion of the 6-part "Pulled!" In an exhaustive search to find answers to the ever-changing world around him, Carter Lennox takes a trip into his own subconscious. What he finds will not only shock him, it just may kill him.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 18.


Written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Goran Sudzuka and José Marzan Jr., cover by Massimo Carnevale.

Part 2 of the 4-part "Girl on Girl." The swashbuckling adventure continues on board an old cruise ship rechristened The Whale, where the last man on Earth meets an alluring young captain. As romance blossoms in some cabins, betrayal, deceit and murder flourish below deck.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 4.

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