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Sunday, July 17, 2005


SAN DIEGO -- Mark Waid has signed an exclusive two-year contract with DC Comics and will be writing a new Brave and the Bold series, it was announced on Saturday at the DC Comics panel.

Waid will also have some editorial responsibility, similar to Geoff Johns and Grant Morrison.

Waid currently writes Legion of Super-Heroes for DC.

In other news from the panel

* DC formally announced The Spirit ongoing by Darwyn Cooke and the Batman/The Spirit one-shot by Cooke and Jeph Loeb. Both were first announced at The Spirit movie panel on Thursday.

* Writer Geoff Johns on the Infinite Crisis event: "Everybody's working very hard to get the DC Universe up a couple notches and hopefully blow the roof off."

* Villains United #6 in October reveals the secret identity of the mysterious Mockingbird.

* Rann-Thanagar War #6 in October will lead directly into Infinite Crisis.

* In November, DC will release Crisis on Infinite Earths: The Absolute Edition, a deluxe, oversized slipcased set featuring the full 12-issue maxi-series written by Marv Wolfman and pencilled by George Pérez, with a second volume presenting special behind-the-scenes features. Pérez also creates new covers for both volumes.

* Teen Titans #29, he Red Hood pays the Titans a visit to claim his rightful place. "It's basically Jason Todd vs. Tim Drake, which I think is going to be cool," said writer Geoff Johns. The issue has art by Carlos D'Anda and a cover by Tony Daniel.

* Writer Judd Winick said the Fearsome Five will return in Outsiders #29 in October, with art by Matthew Clark and Art Thibert and a cover by Daniel Acuna.

* In October's Green Lantern #6, written by Geoff Johns with art by Ethan van Sciver, Black Hand returns to wreak horrifying vengeance while the bizarre experiments of a new alien race come to light. "I'm grateful to everyone who has given Hal Jordan a chance," Johns said.

* Jimmy Palmiotti, who writes Hawkman with Justin Gray, said that #45 in October will end the current arc and that Hawkman #47 will show effects of the Rann-Thanagar War.

* In Firestorm #18 in October, following events in Villains United, a weakened Jason Rusch seeks help at S.T.A.R. Labs San Francisco, which is under attack by an OMAC bent on putting Firestorm in his grave. The issue is written by Stuart Moore with art by Jamal Igle and a cover by Matt Haley.

* Manhunter writer Marc Andreyko said that the "Manhunted" story line will conclude with a reveal of who's been killing Manhunters. And in October's Manhunter #14, Kate Spencer at last discovers the secrets of her super-suit.

* Day of Vengeance takes its toll on the JSA in October¹s issue #78 as Dr. Fate must help the team find the missing Jakeem and Thunderbolt, while the Spectre's rampage continues. The story is by Geoff Johns, with art by Don Kramer and a cover by Alex Ross.

Johns will take a break from JSA to concenctrate on Infinite Crisis, with Keith Champagne filling in.

* Grant Morrison's Seven Soldiers continues in October, with the first issues of Frankenstein, with art by Doug Mahnke, and Bulleteer, with art by Yanick Paquette and Karl Story.

* Jonah Hex, by Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray and Luke Ross, launches in November. Phil Noto has done the cover for #3.

* A new Elfquest mini-series, Elfquest: Discovery by Wendy and Richard Pini, is targeted for next year. The underwater society of the Wave Dancers had been hidden from land-dwellers for untold ages... until Cutter's son emerges from his deep sleep feeling compelled to find his lifemate, who happens to be one of the Wave Dancers.

* In Shazam/Superman: First Thunder #2, by Judd Winick and Joshua Middleton, Superman and Shazam join forces to defend the Fawcett City Museum from creatures unleashed by mysterious cult members. And what roles do Lex Luthor and Dr. Sivana play in the cult's plans?

"Josh is doing the art of his life," Winick said.

* Joe Kubert's six-part mini-series, Sgt. Rock: The Prophecy, will start in January.

* In October¹s Supergirl #3, Supergirl learns that someone has been spying on her -- and now it's time to find out who.

* In October's Legion of Super-Heroes #11, the dream of a United Planets may be dissolving into hopelessness when an all-out brawl breaks out between the Legion and the agents of Terror Firma. The issue is written by Mark Waid with art by Barry Kitson and Mick Gray.

* The "With a Vengeance" story continues in Superman/Batman written by Jeph Loeb and illustrated by Ed McGuinness and Dexter Vines. In October's #24, the fate of the universe hangs in the balance unless Batwoman and Superwoman can save the day -- with the help of Superlad.

* In Adventures of Superman #645 in October, while Lois Lane discovers an alarming connection between her would-be killer and Batman, the Man of Steel faces an OMAC assault. The issue is by writer Greg Rucka and artist Karl Kerschl.

* In Superman #222, Crisis begins and what¹s happened to the Man of Steel that scares those closest to him? The issue is written by Mark Verheiden, with art by Ed Benes.

* In Batman #646, the evildoers of Villains United want a piece of Gotham City -- and Black Mask is just the guy to deliver it! But before Batman can stop the Society, the Red Hood takes matters into his own hands. The issue is written by Judd Winick, with art by Doug Mahnke and Tom Nguyen and a cover by Jock.

* As previously announced in the Batman panel, Paul Pope is writing and drawing Batman: Year 100, a 4-issue Prestige format miniseries starting early next year. In the year 2039, in a city overrun by technology, Batman's legacy lives on -- but federal police agents believe he's a murderer, and they're out to stop him at any cost.

* Tom Fontana, creator and head writer of HBO¹s Oz and co-creator of Homicide: Life on the Streets, makes his comics debut with the original graphic novel Batman: Hopelessness & Faith. Illustrated by Cliff Chiang, the story shows what happens when Batman learns the hard way how his actions are enabling some of his greatest foes.

* Matt Wagner's Batman and the Monster Men is scheduled for November. The story begins as Batman battles a legion of horrors created by Professor Hugo Strange.

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