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DC Comics Spotlight Articles for product shipping April, 2004

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DC Comics Spotlight Articles for product shipping April, 2004

Die now, Live Forever

BITE CLUB

BITE CLUB is The Sopranos with vampires, a new 6-issue miniseries that paints Miami red with the infected blood of a dysfunctional mafia family. From critically acclaimed writers Howard Chaykin & David Tischman, the team that brought you SON OF SUPERMAN and THE SECRET SOCIETY OF SUPER-HEROES, BITE CLUB is an explosive new monthly series that blows the neck out of every vampire story you’ve ever read. BITE CLUB is illustrated in a bold, clean style by David Hahn (Private Beach, ROBIN), and features amazing painted covers by fan-favorite Frank Quitely (THE SANDMAN: ENDLESS NIGHTS, New X-Men

When Eduardo Del Toro is brutally murdered, he leaves control of the cartel to his youngest son, Leto – Miami’s first vampire priest – a principled young man who wants nothing to do with the family business. But the mob is also in Leto’s blood, and his conflict between “God” and “Godfather” is the explosive backdrop for this hard-hitting, post-modern take on vampire mythology – that includes blood smoothies, SPF 150 suntan lotion, and dentures with retractable fangs.

THE FAMILY:

o Eduardo Del Toro, Jr.: A coke-snorting hitman with a taste for violence.

o Leto Del Toro: Eduardo’s youngest son, a priest who inherits the cartel.

o Risa Del Toro: A sexy and vicious businesswoman who’s made Vamp Records the hottest indie label in town.

o Danny Del Toro: A teenage loner, angry enough to ignite a race war at his exclusive private school.

o Arabella Del Toro: Eduardo’s widow, a trophy wife with a secret life and a nasty streak of kleptomania.

This project is supported with trade and house ads.

BITE CLUB is a 6-issue VERTIGO miniseries edited by Shelly Bond and is suggested for mature readers. The 32-page issue #1 is scheduled to arrive in comic-book stores on April 14 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.

JLA: KID AMAZO HARDCOVER

What if everything you thought you knew about yourself was a lie? What if instead of an ordinary student, you were the secret son of JLA super-villain Amazo?

JLA: KID AMAZO is a stunning new 96-page hardcover graphic novel written by the super-hot Peter Milligan (HUMAN TARGET, X-Statix) and illustrated by cutting-edge artist Rob Haynes (Daredevil: Ninja, JLA-Z) answering these questions by shining a light on Pete Halloran, one of the JLA’s newest – and strangest – adversaries!

When Pete discovers to his horror that he is really the “son” of the android Amazo – and hard-wired to fight his “father’s” sworn enemies, the JLA – his life is turned upside-down. At first, he resists his violent destiny. But will his bizarre cyborg nature win out over the stability of his everyday life? And what happens when the JLA must confront not just one but two adversaries who possess all their powers?

This project is supported with a 6-page preview in an upcoming DC Horizon, trade and house ads.

JLA: KID AMAZO is a 96-page original hardcover graphic novel edited by Mike Carlin. It is advance-solicited to arrive in comic-book stores on May 5 with a cover price of $24.95 U.S.

BATMAN: HARLEY & IVY MINISERIES

The highly anticipated miniseries by the superstar creators of Batman: The Animated Series kicks off in April’s BATMAN: HARLEY & IVY #1! Written by the Eisner award-winning team behind BATMAN: MAD LOVE, Paul Dini (JLA: LIBERTY & JUSTICE) & Bruce Timm (BATMAN: ADVENTURES), HARLEY & IVY takes a closer look at the relationship between two of Batman’s sexiest foes: the mirthful Harley Quinn and the deadly Poison Ivy! HARLEY & IVY also features inker Shane Glines as well as painted covers by Timm.

Harley has just royally screwed up Ivy’s theft of a rare Zombie Root. Unfortunately, the snafu sends the duo back to Arkham – and Ivy vows she’ll never work with Harley again. But Harley won’t be denied, and when Ivy breaks out of Arkham and heads for South America to find a new Zombie Root, she’s right behind her!

Everyone’s favorite femmes fatales are about to find themselves up against oily politicians, cutthroat mercenaries, Batman…and even Hollywood!

This project is supported with trade and house ads and a minisite at www.dccomics.com.

BATMAN: HARLEY & IVY is a 3-issue miniseries edited by Joan Hilty. The 32-page issue #1 is scheduled to arrive in comic-book stores on April 28 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

ENGINEHEAD

Six desperate heroes sacrifice their lives to fuse into one being with the potential to change the entire DC Universe in ENGINEHEAD, a bold new 8-issue miniseries written by Joe Kelly (ACTION COMICS) with art by the critically acclaimed Ted McKeever (Ultimate Marvel Team-Up, The Matrix Comics).

Enginehead is the ultimate “mechanic,” a human machine forged from the bodies, powers, and weapons of six individuals from the DCU: Professor Emil Hamilton, Automan, Rosie the Riveter, Ford, Brainstorm and Doctor Cyber. Like a real mechanic, he’s charming, secretive, gruff, knowledgeable…and you never really know for sure what he did to fix things. You just know it works.

The six partially mechanical heroes merge to become Enginehead – a “heavy metal real-time” mechanical being and the newest anti-hero in the DCU. Built by its creator as a tool to further a noble plan, Enginehead takes up residence in Irontown, a new DC locale. This book meshes the action and inspiration of a DC super-hero comic with the depth and conceptual grittiness of a VERTIGO title.

Weaving strong characterization, high concepts, and big-wheel action against a gothic-mechanical backdrop, ENGINEHEAD is a loud, industrial-strength story built to thrill!

This project is supported with house ads and a 6-page preview in an upcoming DC Horizon.

ENGINEHEAD is an 8-issue miniseries edited by Bob Schreck. The 32-page issue #1 is scheduled to arrive in comic-book stores on April 7 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

SUPERMAN #204

JIM LEE.

Do we have your attention?

You’ve been hearing the buzz for months, and now the main event is finally here! Fresh off his blockbuster run on BATMAN, Lee – Wizard Magazine’s Best Artist of 2003 – is getting back in the ring to go twelve rounds with the Man of Steel. Along with inker extraordinaire Scott Williams, the “Hush” art team is going to give you a Superman like none you’ve ever seen before.

BRIAN AZZARELLO.

Every great fighter needs a great sparring partner, and this time around, Eisner Award-winning writer Azzarello, hot off his own best-selling 6-issue run on BATMAN, delivers the goods.

Together, these heavyweights present “For Tomorrow” a 12-part storyline sure to grab readers by the throat and hold on tight. It kicks off in SUPERMAN #204, an extra-sized 40-page issue!

A cataclysmic event has struck the earth. Millions of people have vanished without a trace. No one is left unaffected – not even Superman. A year has passed, and Superman is left with many questions and very few answers. For a hero who tries to have all the answers, it’s torture.

And just as the action heats up and the stakes are raised, one huge question emerges: Just how far is Superman willing to go “For Tomorrow”?

This project is supported with a full-color 22″ x 34″ promo poster, a 6-page preview in Wizard #149, trade and house ads, and a minisite at www.dccomics.com.

SUPERMAN is an ongoing series edited by Eddie Berganza. The 40-page issue #204 is scheduled to arrive in comic-book stores on April 28 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

ACTION COMICS #814

April’s sweeping changes for the Man of Steel don’t stop with Brian Azzarello’s & Jim Lee’s SUPERMAN and Greg Rucka’s & Matthew Clark’s ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN!

Fresh off the innovative SUPERMAN: METROPOLIS, writer Chuck Austen (Uncanny X-Men), along with stellar interior artists Ivan Reis (Captain Marvel, Lady Death) & Marc Campos, takes ACTION COMICS to a new level with issue #814! Throw in the talents of legendary artist Arthur Adams (TOM STRONG’S TERRIFIC TALES, Monkeyman & O’Brian) on covers, and ACTION COMICS becomes a sure-fire hit!

This dynamic new creative team weaves a thrilling tale that exposes a day in the life of Superman…a day that’s far from ordinary! There are robbers to catch, children to save, and the hordes of Apokolips to stop…and Darkseid’s minions provide only a hint of the threats that challenge the Man of Tomorrow. Plus, Clark’s job at the Daily Planet is in jeopardy. But is Lois trying to hide that news from him?

This project is supported with a full-color 22″ x 34″ promo poster, a 6-page preview in Wizard #149, trade and house ads, and a minisite at www.dccomics.com.

ACTION COMICS is an ongoing series edited by Eddie Berganza. The 32-page issue #814 is scheduled to arrive in comic-book stores on April 14 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #627

The bold new era for the Man of Steel doesn’t stop with Jim Lee’s & Brian Azzarello’s SUPERMAN #204! The change is reflected in ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN, as fan-favorite writer Greg Rucka (WONDER WOMAN, BATMAN: DEATH AND THE MAIDENS) brings his top-notch brand of super-heroes with a noir twist to a surprising storyline for the Man of Steel.

Rucka is joined by dynamic interior artists Matthew Clark (Felon, Inhumans) & Nelson (TEEN TITANS) and cover artist Gene Ha (TOP 10) for issue #627. This daring new creative team brings a distinctive style to Superman in a story that brings an old foe back to Metropolis – a myserious foe with murder…and something much more sinister in mind for the denizens of the City of Tomorrow!

Meanwhile, Clark Kent starts a new reporting assignment working alongside the Special Crimes Unit, while Lois hunts down the story of the century! Don’t miss out on the start of something big for Superman in 2004!

This project is supported with a full-color 22″ x 34″ promo poster, a 6-page preview in Wizard #149, trade and house ads, and a minisite at www.dccomics.com.

ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN is an ongoing series edited by Eddie Berganza. The 32-page issue #627 is scheduled to arrive in comic-book stores on April 21 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

BATMAN #626: “As The Crow Flies”

In the wake of the best-selling “Hush” and “Broken City” story arcs, the Dark Knight is poised for a monumental tale picking plot threads from those two stories! Written by award-winner Judd Winick (OUTSIDERS, GREEN ARROW) with stunning art by WILDCATS VERSION 3.0’s Dustin Nguyen & Richard Friend and dramatic painted covers by Matt Wagner (BATMAN/SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN: TRINITY, Grendel), this is an issue not to be missed!

It all begins in BATMAN #626, part 1 of the 5-part thriller “As the Crow Flies!” The Gotham underworld is thrown into turmoil as its crimelords are slipping into a rabid – and murderous – frenzy. Is it coincidence, or part of an elaborate and sinister power play? One thing’s for sure: The machinations of Scarecrow and The Penguin will have Batman hard-pressed to restore order!

This project is supported with a full-color 11″ x 34″ promo poster, trade and house ads, and a minisite at www.dccomics.com.

BATMAN is an ongoing series edited by Bob Schreck. The 32-page issue #626 is scheduled to arrive in comic-book stores on April 28 with a cover price of $2.25 U.S.

TOUCH

TOUCH, a new DC Focus series written by John Francis Moore with art by Wesley Craig & Prentiss Rollins and a cover by Tomer Hanuka (MIDNIGHT MASS: HERE THERE BE MONSTERS), chronicles Goodman’s rise and fall on the glitzy streets of Sin City.

Meet Rory Goodman. He’s super-strong, invulnerable, charismatic and Las Vegas’ newest star. But being able to punch through buildings isn’t going to help when his greatest threat is right under his nose.

The secrets behind Rory’s life and powers all lie in the hands of his friend and agent, Cooper Santiago. But Santiago – who makes a living finding people with powers – harbors a dangerous secret of his own. Is he out to make the world a better place, or just make a quick profit off the bizarre abilities he uncovers? Can anyone be trusted in a world where what’s on the surface is the only thing that counts?

This project is supported with trade and house ads and a minisite at www.dccomics.com.

TOUCH is an ongoing DC FOCUS series edited by Matt Idelson. The 32-page issue #1 is scheduled to arrive in comic-book stores on April 14 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

FRACTION

Does power corrupt? You better believe it.

FRACTION, a new DC Focus series written by David Tischman (BARNUM, SON OF SUPERMAN) with stunning art by Timothy Green II (Star Wars) and covers by Tomer Hanuka, revolves around four tough young men from Philadelphia’s mean streets whose idea of a high school reunion is pulling off a drunken robbery for old times’ sake. But what they end up stealing is the four components to a high-tech suit of battle armor: a helmet, chestplate, gauntlets and boots, each with incredible abilities. One game of rock-paper-scissors later, they’ve divided the parts among themselves – and a tight knot of lifelong friendships unravels.

The suit’s components will change each man’s life, inspiring paranoia, in-fighting, the wildest of hopes and dreams – and the chance to either play hero, or become one hell of a villain. Meanwhile, someone out there will stop at nothing to get the whole suit back.

The ex-con. The family man. The mama’s boy. The angry punk. How far will each friend go for a piece of the action? Will the suit – and its mysteries – outlast them all?

This project is supported with trade and house ads and a minisite at www.dccomics.com.

FRACTION is an ongoing DC FOCUS series edited by Joan Hilty. The 32-page issue #1 is scheduled to arrive in comic-book stores on April 21 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

WONDER WOMAN #203: “Bitter Pills”

Following the critically acclaimed “Down to Earth” storyline, Batman comes to Wonder Woman’s aid in WONDER WOMAN #203, part 1 of the 3-part “Bitter Pills” from writer Greg Rucka, who brought these heroes together in 2002’s critically acclaimed WONDER WOMAN: THE HIKETEIA. Rucka is joined by interior artists Drew Johnson & Ray Snyder, and cover painter J.G. Jones!

When Darrel Keyes, head of the anti-Wonder Woman group “Protect Our Children” was murdered on the steps of the Themysciran Embassy, the ensuing riot was just one of a torrent of crises facing Diana. Now, as the changes that befell her island home drastically alter her responsibilities in the DCU, Diana doesn’t have the time necessary to focus on the murder. Clearly, Wonder Woman needs help… and who better to solve a mystery than the Dark Knight Detective?

But Batman quickly discovers the connection between Keyes’ death and another murder: one orchestrated by well-respected businesswoman Veronica Cale. Is Wonder Woman finally going to learn that the Texas billionaire is the villain behind so many of her recent troubles? Or will another deception muddy the waters even further?

WONDER WOMAN is an ongoing series edited by Ivan Cohen. The 32-page issue #203 is scheduled arrive in comic-book stores April 21 with a cover price of $2.25 U.S.

BATMAN IN WORLD’S FINEST ARCHIVES VOL. 2 HARDCOVER

DC continues collecting the early adventures of the Dark Knight in BATMAN IN WORLD’S FINEST ARCHIVES VOL. 2, a new 228-page hardcover collecting a treasure trove of rare material.

This volume features 16 adventures of Batman and Robin from WORLD’S FINEST COMICS #17-32 (1941-1948), one of which has ever been reprinted since it originally appeared! A rich vein of seldom-seen comics history is now re-presented for fans both old and new, showcasing the classic early work of Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson, Dick Sprang, Jack Burnley and others. These are early Batman and Robin stories at their most exciting! Plus, this volume features an introduction by comics historian Bill Schelly.

o 228-page hardcover

o In stores April 14

o $49.95 U.S.

THE SPIRIT ARCHIVES Vol. 13 HARDCOVER

“THE SPIRIT still crackles with the energy of an artist consumed with the excitement of cascading new ideas. Inspired by the Hollywood noir movies of the period, Eisner brought something brand new into the world – not ‘movies-on-paper’ but picture-writing that keeps moving in your head.” – ART SPIEGELMAN

“One of the field’s masters.” – LIBRARY JOURNAL

“The Citizen Kane of comics.” – USA TODAY

Long recognized as one of the most gifted and ambitious creators in comics, Will Eisner’s reputation grew exponentially with the material presented in THE SPIRIT ARCHIVES VOL. 13.

This handsome 196-page hardcover presents seven Spirit sections originally published between July and December, 1946, just a year after Eisner’s honorable discharge from the Army. His work here revolutionized comics, presenting new methods of storytelling, previously unseen depths of characterization, and a boldly original art style.

This volume features a cover by Eisner and an introduction by comics historian R.C. Harvey.

o 196-page hardcover

o In stores April 28

o $49.95 U.S.

JLA: RULES OF ENGAGEMENT TRADE PAPERBACK

Three star-spanning tales of the JLA are collected in JLA: RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, a 144-page trade paperback reprinting JLA #77-82. This collection features stories written by Joe Kelly and Rick Veitch, with stunning art by Darryl Banks & Wayne Faucher, Doug Mahnke & Tom Nguyen, and Duncan Rouleau & Aaron Sowd, with a cover by Mahnke & Nguyen.

In RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes must confront Mnemon’s attack on the solar system, followed by a visit to an alien world as the team tries its hand at being proactive. But the resulting conflict within the team and on the world of Kylaq heightens tensions between the heroes! The collection’s final story featured is the 3-part “White Rage,” in which a commune of metahumans comes under attack and the JLA is all that stands between them and the U.S. Army.

This project is supported with house ads.

o 144-page trade paperback

o In stores April 7

o $12.95 U.S.

SMALLVILLE TRADE PAPERBACK

Nine exciting comics stories featuring characters from the hit show from the WB! explode in SMALLVILLE, a 160-page trade paperback collecting material from SMALLVILLE: THE COMIC and SMALLVILLE #1-4! This volume, which features a painted cover by John Van Fleet and an introduction by Smallville TV series consulting producer Jeph Loeb (BATMAN, SUPERMAN/BATMAN) – is written by Mark Verheiden, Clint Carpenter, and Michael Green, with art by Roy Allan Martinez, Kilian Plunkett, John Paul Leon, Renato Guedes, Tom Derenick, Mark Morales, Oclair Albert, Norm Rapmund, and Adam DeKraker.

Witness young Clark Kent’s battles with a raptor-like Kryptonite freak in Smallville and another foe he can’t even see! Watch as strange things happen at the Miss Smallville beauty pageant, then find out what Chloe did on her summer internship at the Daily Panet! Plus, one of Lex’s old friends is murdered, and he’s the prime suspect! All this, and much, much more!

This project is supported with house ads.

o 160-page trade paperback

o In stores April 7

o $9.95 U.S.

BATGIRL: FISTS OF FURY TRADE PAPERBACK

The collected adventures of Batgirl continue in BATGIRL: FISTS OF FURY, collecting BATGIRL #15-16, 21, and 26-28. This fourth BATGIRL trade paperback features the work of writers Kelley Puckett and Scott Peterson and artists Damion Scott, Phil Noto, Vincent Giarrano, Robert Campanella, and Jesse Delperdang.

In this action-packed volume, Batgirl faces the deadliest of Gotham’s villains: the Joker! The Clown Prince of Crime gets the “Last Laugh” when Cassandra and guest-star Spoiler must defeat a “Jokerized” Shadow Thief. Then, can Batgirl stop the father of a young boy from making a lethal mistake? And just who are the mysterious agents that are after our heroine?

This project is supported with house ads.

o 144-page trade paperback

o In stores April 14

o $14.95 U.S.

BATMAN: GOTHAM CENTRAL TRADE PAPERBACK

Living in the shadow of the Bat has given the detectives of Gotham’s police force the determination to prove they have what it takes to enforce the law in a city rife with criminals – with or without Batman’s help.

Their stories are told in BATMAN: GOTHAM CENTRAL, a 128-page trade paperback collecting the first five issues of the critically acclaimed series by fan-favorite writers Greg Rucka & Ed Brubaker with moody, evocative art and a cover by Michael Lark. Plus, this volume features sketchbook material by Lark and an introduction by Mystery Grandmaster Lawrence Block.

When Mister Freeze takes down one of their own, the cops of the G.C.P.D. make it their business to bring him in. It’s a race against time to stop the super-powered villain and solve the crime before the Caped Crusader intervenes and a young girl’s murderer gets away!

This project is supported with house ads.

o 128-page trade paperback

o In stores April 28

o $9.95 U.S.

RED/TOKYO STORM WARNING TRADE PAPERBACK

Wildstorm’s series of flipbook trade paperbacks continues with this 144-page volume, reprinting the explosive espionage-thriller RED and the action-packed giant-robot adventure of TOKYO STORM WARNING, both from the wild imagination of critically acclaimed writer Warren Ellis!

In RED, Ellis and artist Cully Hamner (BATMAN: TOUCH) bring us a stark tale of revenge, as retired CIA killer Paul Moses finds himself forced back into the game by a change in administration. This is the tale of one man, trained in the art of murder, against the agency that educated him.

In TOKYO STORM WARNING, with art by James Raiz (Warlands: Age of Ice) & Andrew Currie (The Ultimates), Ellis imagines a world in which the atomic bomb was dropped on Tokyo instead of Hiroshima, leading to a radically different future. Can American test pilot Zoe Flynn help turn the tide against massive monsters using futuristic ARCangels?

This project is supported with house ads.

o 144-page Cliffhanger! trade paperback

o In stores April 7

o Suggested for mature readers

o $14.95 U.S.

FABLES: STORYBOOK LOVE TRADE PAPERBACK

FABLES: STORYBOOK LOVE is the third collection of writer Bill Willingham’s runaway VERTIGO hit FABLES, collecting eight issues and featuring art by Bryan Talbot, Lan Medina, Mark Buckingham, Linda Medley, Steve Leialoha and Craig Hamilton.

Included in this volume is the 4-part title story originally presented in FABLES #14-17, featuring the final showdown between Snow White, Bigby Wolf and Goldilocks. Also included is “A Sharp Operator” from FABLES #12-13, a 2-part caper story that dramatically demonstrates the dangers of trying to shine the light of publicity on the Fables, as well as the one-shots “Bag o’ Bones” and “Barleycorn Brides” from FABLES #11 and #18. All this, plus a new wraparound cover by FABLES cover artist James Jean.

This project is supported with house ads.

o 192-page VERTIGO trade paperback

o In stores April 21

o Suggested for mature readers

o $14.95 U.S.

HUMAN TARGET: STRIKE ZONES TRADE PAPERBACK

Writer Peter Milligan and artist Javier Pulido continue the tale of professional assassin decoy Christopher Chance in HUMAN TARGET: STRIKE ZONES, a new VERTIGO trade paperback collecting the first five issues of the acclaimed new series.

HUMAN TARGET: STRIKE ZONES picks up Chance’s story immediately following the graphic novel HUMAN TARGET: FINAL CUT,

as Chance jets from Hollywood to New York City. His strange profession continues to blur the boundaries between illusion and reality, leaving him ever more uncertain about who he really is – and how much that really matters.

This project is supported with house ads.

o 128-page VERTIGO trade paperback

o In stores April 7

o Suggested for mature readers

o $9.95 U.S.

WONDER WOMAN STATUE

The stunning art of Adam Hughes explodes into three-dimensional form for the first time with the breathtaking WONDER WOMAN STATUE, sculpted by Tim Bruckner!

Designed with the intensity and beauty only Hughes can deliver and sculpted with the fluidity of Bruckner’s greatest pieces, this limited-edition, hand-painted, cold-cast porcelain statue portrays the Amazon Warrior in battle with the dreaded hydra. This statue measures approximately 11″ inches tall x 7 1/2″ wide x 7″ deep and is packaged in a 4-color box.

This project is supported with a full-color promo poster and trade ads.

The WONDER WOMAN STATUE is advance-solicited. It arrives in comic-book stores August 25, 2004 with a price of $195.00 U.S.

JLA: ONE MILLION TRADE PAPERBACK

One of the most exciting events in DC history is collected in JLA: ONE MILLION, reprinting the complex story taking place in our own 20th century and in the far-flung 853rd century – one million months after the publication of ACTION COMICS #1. This volume is a new printing of the previously released DC ONE MILLION trade paperback.

Including the popular miniseries that tied the event together – written by Grant Morrison (JLA) with art by Val Semeiks and Prentis Rollins – the 208-page JLA: ONE MILLION tells the story of the JLA’s first meeting with their successors, an encounter that nearly becomes their doom thanks to the machinations of the immortal Vandal Savage and the sentient super-computer Solaris, the Tyrant Sun. Reprinting DC ONE MILLION #1-4 and the #1,000,000 issues of JLA and STARMAN in their entirety, along with portions of the tie-in issues of DETECTIVE COMICS, GREEN LANTERN, RESURRECTION MAN, and SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF TOMORROW, the collection also includes text pages summarizing the nonreprinted tie-in issues.

This project is supported with house ads.

o 208-page trade paperback

o In stores April 21

o $19.95 U.S.

SUPERMAN/BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES HARDCOVER

What do you get when you pair up DC’s heaviest hitters – and comics’ most iconic characters – with two of the most popular creators in the industry, writer Jeph Loeb (BATMAN: HUSH) and artist Ed McGuinness (SUPERMAN)? You get one of the hottest comic books on the stands – one that sold out several printings of its debut issue: SUPERMAN/BATMAN!

Now, the first six issues of this hit series are collected in the 160-page hardcover SUPERMAN/BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES, with Loeb & McGuinness joined by inker Dexter Vines to tell a story so jam-packed with action, guest-stars and surprises that it will leave your head spinning!

President Lex Luthor accuses Superman of a horrible act against mankind, and assembles a top-secret team of powerhouse super-heroes to bring in the Man of Steel – dead or alive! But with the help of the Dark Knight Detective, Superman plans to turn the tables on his arch-nemesis, and the “World’s Finest” duo is prepared to topple Luthor’s reign once and for all.

Also included is a 2-page tale from SUPERMAN/BATMAN SECRET FILES 2003, written by Loeb and illustrated by his BATMAN: LONG HALLOWEEN and SUPERMAN FOR ALL SEASONS collaborator, Tim Sale. Plus, a new cover and sketchbook section by McGuinness!

This project is supported with house ads.

o 160-page hardcover

o In stores April 21

o $??.95 U.S.

H-E-R-O #15

It’s a changing of the guard in H-E-R-O #15, as new series penciller Dale Eaglesham (GREEN LANTERN, Sigil) jumps on board, and longtime classic H-E-R-O device owner Robby Reed returns!

In H-E-R-O #15, written by Will Pfeifer with art by Eaglesham & Wade von Grawbadger and a painted cover by John Van Fleet, Robby Reed comes back in search of the H-E-R-O device, an item he held in his ownership for longer than any character in the DC Universe. For years, he transformed into heroes like “Giant Boy,” “King Kandy” and “The Mighty Moppet.” Now, decades later, he shows up at the door of Jerry Feldon – last seen using the device in H-E-R-O #1-4 – and tells him that, together, they’ve got to track the device down!

Over a few beers at a local bar, Reed addresses some of the burning questions prompted by his reappearance: How did a nice kid with a magic device turn into a ruthless escaped convict? If he doesn’t have the H-E-R-O device anymore, why does he still have the powers? And, if he has the powers anyway, why is he so desperate to find that gizmo?

H-E-R-O is an ongoing series edited by Peter Tomasi. The 32-page issue #15 is scheduled to arrive in comic-book stores on April 14 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

Kyle Rayner’s final victory!

GREEN LANTERN #176: “Homecoming?”

The new creative team of returning writer Ron Marz, artists Luke Ross (Spectacular Spider-Man, Scion) & Rodney Ramos and cover artist Brandon Peterson (Ultimate X-Men, Mystic) takes over the adventures of the Emerald Avenger in GREEN LANTERN #176, as Kyle’s creator returns to write one more story that sets the stage for the future of GREEN LANTERN!

After more than a year in space, Kyle Rayner finally returns to Earth. But he soon learns that sometimes you can’t go home again, as he finds life has gone on without him in Part 1 of the 6-part “Homecoming?”

Everywhere he turns, from his girlfriend Jade to his place within the JLA, Kyle is confronted by the possibility that he’s not needed. The hard truths he faces are just the beginning of his woes in an arc in which the “last” Green Lantern will be forced to question the role he’s taken on, and his very future as GL!

GREEN LANTERN is an ongoing series edited by Peter Tomasi. The 32-page issue #176 is scheduled to arrive in comic-book stores on April 28 with a cover price of $2.25 U.S.

Y: THE LAST MAN #19: “Widow’s Pass”

Wizard Magazine’s “Best Book of 2003” begins the 3-part story “Widow’s Pass,” featuring guest artist Goran Parlov (Terminator 3: Before the Rise), in Y: THE LAST MAN #19. Written by Brian K. Vaughan with inks by José Marzan Jr. and a painted cover by Aron Wiesenfeld, “Widow’s Pass” finds Yorick, Agent 355, Dr. Mann, and Ampersand the monkey on their way to San Francisco.

Unfortunately for them, a pit-stop in a small Arizona town brings them face-to-face with a heavily armed anti-American militia made up of female survivors. These women think the U.S. government is responsible for the death of all men…and they may be right. Will they convince Yorick’s companions?

Y: THE LAST MAN is an ongoing series edited by William Dennis and is suggested for mature readers. The 32-page issue #19 is scheduled to arrive in comic-book stores on April 7 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.

HELLBLAZER #195: “Out of Season”

John Constantine is on the run again – from an inexplicably obsessed serial killer…a voluptuous demon…and his own past.

It all goes down in HELLBLAZER #195, the first installment in the 2-part “Out of Season,” written by Mike Carey with art by Leonardo Manco and a painted cover by Tim Bradstreet.

But unknown to Constantine, unseen powers are making sure that everything he’s fleeing catches up with him. And with a bad case of amnesia, chances are Constantine won’t even see the onslaught coming.

HELLBLAZER is an ongoing series edited by William Dennis and is suggested for mature readers. The 32-page issue #195 is scheduled to arrive in comic-book stores on April 28 with a cover price of $2.75 U.S.

ARTIST SIGNATURE SERIES: ACTION FIGURE EXCLUSIVE EDITION BATMAN: HUSH BY JIM LEE

For the first time ever, the DC Direct Gallery invites collectors behind the scenes with the introduction of the ARTIST SIGNATURE SERIES: ACTION FIGURE EXCLUSIVE EDITION BATMAN: HUSH BY JIM LEE!

This ultimate, high-end set was created with the most discriminating collector in mind. Fans of Batman, Jim Lee and action figures will now have a chance to own a piece of DC Comics action figure history! This masterpiece features a dramatic new paint variant of the BATMAN ACTION FIGURE from the “Hush” story arc designed by Jim Lee and sculpted by Tim Bruckner, plus a resin replica of the original sculpture created from Jim Lee’s designs and an unpainted PVC pre-production “test-shot” used to approve production molds. In addition, all three figures will be numbered.

This deluxe signature series set will be packaged in a deluxe gold foil-stamped gift-display box with a double-panel lid. A signed replica of Jim Lee’s original concept art, suitable for framing, is displayed on one of the inside cover panels. The opposite panel displays both a 4-color Certificate of Authenticity autographed by DC Direct premier sculptor Tim Bruckner and a mini-booklet that tells the story of how an action figure is made.

This is first in a series and will prove to be a fan-favorite in years to come!

The ARTIST SIGNATURE SERIES: ACTION FIGURE EXCLUSIVE EDITION BATMAN: HUSH BY JIM LEE is advance-solicited. It arrives in comic-book stores August 18, 2004 with a price of $250.00 U.S.

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