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DC Comics Spotlight Articles for product shipping June, 2004

Official Press Release

The deadliest secret…

IDENTITY CRISIS

At the end of 2003, Wizard Magazine declared IDENTITY CRISIS the number one pick in its 2004 preview, calling it "the next great DC epic… a redefining of the DCU from top to bottom."

IDENTITY CRISIS is not a crossover in the traditional sense, but its effects will be reflected throughout the DCU titles. Its repercussions are so profound, so encompassing, IDENTITY CRISIS already is inspiring creative talent to incorporate direct effects as well as subtle nuances into upcoming storylines. It will have an impact on how the DCU is perceived both immediately and in the future.

IDENTITY CRISIS is a 7-issue DCU limited series by New York Times best-selling author Brad Meltzer (The Zero Game, GREEN ARROW: ARCHER'S QUEST), illustrated by the JSA and HAWKMAN team of Rags Morales & Michael Bair, with covers by Aspen Studios' Michael Turner (SUPERMAN/BATMAN).

By the end of June's issue #1, you'll realize you're seeing the DCU from a whole new perspective. You'll suspect a most dangerous secret held by the members of the JLA - a secret they'll fight to keep, a secret they're willing to sacrifice themselves for. But this sacrifice, this victim seems almost too much for them to bear.

You'll know enough to hold your breath until issue #2 to see who may be the next victim - and what other secrets may be revealed.

Meltzer, a gifted suspense storyteller known as much for his thorough research as for his arresting plots, melds his uncanny knack for dramatic pacing with his passionate knowledge of DCU heroes and their histories. Morales, always a master craftsman, delivers on a grand scale, balancing action-packed sequences with evocative moments of revealing characterization. Bair, with his dramatic inking style, brings an added dynamism to Morales' detailed pencils. Turner, one of the most popular artists of our time, adds compelling cover art that blends his modern artistic sense with a fan's reverence for these classic characters… and their fates.

This project is supported with a full-color, 22" x 34" poster, a 5-page preview in Wizard #150, trade and house ads, and a minisite at www.dccomics.com. Retailers, please consult your Order Form for a special ordering incentive.

IDENTITY CRISIS is 7-issue limited series edited by Mike Carlin. The 48-page issue #1 is scheduled to be in stores on June 9 with a price of $3.95 U.S. Subsequent issues are 40 pages at $3.50 U.S.

JLA #100

The Elite is dead…long live the Elite!

The extra-sized JLA #100 marks the long-awaited return of one of the toughest, rawest super-groups in the DCU, brought to you by the powerhouse team of writer Joe Kelly and artists Doug Mahnke & Tom Nguyen - the same team behind the Elite's stunning debut in ACTION COMICS #775!

The JLA is torn apart literally when Vera Black makes her debut as leader of the Elite, the controversial super-team previously led by Manchester Black, her deceased brother. Now, Black is back to clear her family name and to show the JLA how things should be done!

The shockwaves from this landmark issue changes the JLA as we know it, dividing its ranks and setting the stage for July's 12-issue maxiseries JUSTICE LEAGUE ELITE #1, also by Kelly, Mahnke & Nguyen!

JLA is an ongoing series edited by Mike Carlin. The 48-page Issue #100 arrives in comic-book stores June 30 with a cover price of $3.50 U.S.

SUPERMAN #206

Azzarello. Lee. Williams.

Three of the industry's brightest stars continue to light up the Man of Steel in SUPERMAN #206, the third thrilling chapter in the year-long saga "For Tomorrow!"

Life isn't getting any easier for the Man of Tomorrow. As Superman continues to struggle with the mysterious disappearances happening around the world, he finds himself stuck in the middle of a civil war. And just when he figures out who the good guys are, his world is flipped upside down.

With breathtaking art and cover by Jim Lee & Scott Williams and a stunning story from Brian Azzarello, this issue is not to be missed!

SUPERMAN is an ongoing series co-edited by Eddie Berganza and Will Dennis. The 32-page issue #206 arrives in stores June 23 with a cover price of $2.50.

THE WITCHING

"THE WITCHING has such sharp humor and such beguiling characters, at first you don't even notice the mounting sense of menace. Excellent stuff." - Mike Carey, writer of LUCIFER, HELLBLAZER, and MY FAITH IN FRANKIE

Black magic. Occult sex rites. Gothic death rock. Cults, conspiracies and car crashes. What? Like those are bad things? Actually, they're all part of the mix in THE WITCHING, a new ongoing series from VERTIGO that reinvents the ancient Triple Goddess archetype for our maniacal new millennium.

Sex, death and a weird stuffed kitty collide in THE WITCHING, written by Jonathan Vankin (VERTIGO POP: TOKYO, THE BIG BOOK OF GRIMM) with pencils by talented newcomer Leigh Gallagher, inks by Ron Randall and intriguing cover art by painter Tara McPherson (THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: THESSALY - WITCH FOR HIRE).

Forget everything you thought you knew about witchcraft. Three hot new witches - so new that some of them haven't figured out yet that they are witches - become mysteriously united…and the American melting pot will never be the same.

THE WITCHING peels back the wet T-shirt of America and exposes the magic beneath the surface of our collective dream. It's the story of Elsa Grimston, a witch who's fed up with the modern world. Her one wish is to escape planet Earth and relax in her cozy little home - on the dark side of the moon. But before Elsa can settle down deep in a crater named after her father, she's forced to undergo one last mission. She's been ordered by one of VERTIGO's most popular characters - someone who doesn't take "no" for an answer - to perform a task so severe on a global scale that one witch couldn't possibly do it alone.

Elsa's only hope is to recruit two other witches to create a trinity of power. The quest takes her to the stuffy suburbs of Dallas, Texas, where she finds Sook, a shy Korean teenager with a hidden wild streak. Elsa also enlists Kara, a budding young pop star known as the "Goth Britney Spears," whose overbearing stage mother and superstar boyfriend are getting more than a little on her nerves. Will The Three Witches unite to form a unique triad for the 21st century, or kill one another in the process?

Don't miss a free 8-page preview of THE WITCHING in FABLES #26, shipping on June 9.

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THE WITCHING is an ongoing VERTIGO series edited by Shelly Bond and is suggested for mature readers. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores June 2 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.

Super-hero adventure meets political thriller!

EX MACHINA

deus ex machina (DAY-us ex MAH-kin-ah): Literally, "god from the machine." A person or force that arrives to provide an improbable solution to an impossible situation.

The science fiction action of Unbreakable collides with the fast-paced political intrigue of The West Wing in EX MACHINA, an explosive new ongoing WildStorm series co-created by acclaimed writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y - THE LAST MAN, Ultimate X-Men) and Eisner Award-winning artist Tony Harris (STARMAN, JSA: THE LIBERTY FILES). Harris makes his triumphant return to monthly comics with this extra-sized 40-page premiere issue priced at just $2.95!

Set in the modern-day real world, EX MACHINA tells the story of civil engineer and lifelong comics fan Mitchell Hundred, who becomes America's first living, breathing super-hero after a strange accident gives him amazing powers. When he eventually tires of risking his life merely to help maintain the status quo, Mitchell retires from masked crime-fighting and runs for Mayor of New York City, winning by a landslide. But what happens next for Mayor Hundred?

EX MACHINA is an intelligent, exciting, and often challenging look at the nature of politics and heroism in a post-9/11 world.

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

EX MACHINA is an ongoing WildStorm series edited by Ben Abernathy and is suggested for mature readers. The 40-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores June 16 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S. Subsequent issues are 32 pages with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.

CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN

Howard Chaykin, one of comics' most innovative creators, acclaimed for his groundbreaking series AMERICAN FLAGG and for redefining both BLACKHAWK and THE SHADOW, now turns his attentions to CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN. This 6-issue WildStorm miniseries features the same sense of style and electrifying panache that so distinguishes Chaykin's work.

Five extraordinary people with seemingly nothing in common share the bond of surviving a cataclysmic event. In a world devoid of superheroes, they will come together and discover that all they know has been a lie - that the world we live in is not the one we believe it to be. To survive they must unite and face the true masters of our universe. It's a world where literally anything can happen, and probably will - as if living on borrowed time wasn't enough!

And don't miss the CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN ARCHIVES VOL. 2 HC, also shipping in June, collecting material by Jack Kirby, Wally Wood and more!

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CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN is a 6-issue miniseries edited by Scott Dunbier and is suggested for mature readers. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores on June 16 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.

ELFQUEST: THE SEARCHER AND THE SWORD HARDCOVER

For over 25 years, Wendy and Richard Pini have delighted millions of readers around the world with their continuing tale of the elfin Wolfriders. Led by Cutter, the tribe has experienced triumph and tragedy, loss and gain. Now, their story continues in an original full-color hardcover graphic novel - ELFQUEST: THE SEARCHER AND THE SWORD, the first new Elfquest tale in years written by Wendy & Richard Pini and illustrated by Wendy Pini!

The elves must adapt to a world without the Troll smiths, who forged their weapons and tools. Treestump decides it's high time an elf mastered the art of metallurgy, something never before attempted by the Wolfriders.

Meanwhile, Shuna, the adopted human daughter of Cutter and Leetah, must recover from her parents' violent deaths. Painfully aware of her human heritage, Shuna embarks on a quest to unite elves and humans in peace.

In these two quests, two heroes will change the Wolfriders' way forever!

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ELFQUEST: THE SEARCHER AND THE SWORD is a 96-page hardcover edited by Bob Greenberger. It is advance-solicited to arrive in comic-book stores July 21 with a cover price of $24.95 U.S.

ELFQUEST: THE GRAND QUEST VOL. 3TRADE PAPERBACK

DC's re-presentation of classic Elfquest material continues with ELFQUEST: THE GRAND QUEST VOL. 3, a new digest-sized, black-and-white trade paperback collecting ElfQuest #8-11, written by Wendy and Richard Pini with art and a new cover by Wendy Pini.

In this action-packed volume, Cutter and Skywise find themselves deep in the forbidden grove, reunited with Leetah and several of the other elves. Joined by the talkative Petalwing, they make their way past danger until they arrive at the foot of the Blue Mountain, said to be home of another elf tribe. What they find, though, will change their lives forever!

o 192-page black-and-white trade paperback

o Measures 5" x 7 3/8"

o In stores June 30

o $9.95 U.S

Sam Kieth, Batman, & werewolves…oh my!

SCRATCH

Get ready for a moody, mysterious new tale involving Batman confronting the world of the supernatural, as only master storyteller Sam Kieth can deliver!

SCRATCH is a 5-issue miniseries written and illustrated by Kieth (THE MAXX, ZERO GIRL, EPICURUS THE SAGE) that finds the Dark Knight investigating the disappearances of several young children in a small town.

Implicated in the disappearences is a young werewolf, barely out of adolescence. But this lycanthrope, known as "Scratch," discovers there's more to his town than meets the eye. Can Batman get to the bottom of the mystery before more people are killed?

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SCRATCH is a 5-issue miniseries series edited by Joey Cavalieri. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores June 9 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.

BATMAN HUSH SERIES 2 ACTION FIGURES

Comics superstars Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee & Scott Williams joined forces for the "Hush" storyline running through BATMAN #608-619 - and it's proven to be one of the most popular and successful Batman adventures in recent years. Now, following up on the successful first wave of action figures based on this thrilling tale, DC Direct proudly presents the BATMAN HUSH SERIES 2 ACTION FIGURES!

This second collection of figures features a number of classic characters, all designed by Jim Lee and sculpted by Tim Bruckner and John G. Mathews. The CATWOMAN ACTION FIGURE measures approximately 6 1/2" tall and comes with removable goggles and a whip. The NIGHTWING ACTION FIGURE measures approximately 6 1/2" tall and comes with fighting sticks. The HARLEY QUINN ACTION FIGURE measures approximately 6 3/8" tall and comes with a hammer and pistol. THE RIDDLER ACTION FIGURE measures approximately 6 3/8" tall and comes with a cane and hat. The SUPERMAN measures approximately 6 3/4" tall and comes with a rubbled themed base. Each of the other figures come with a Batman-themed base, feature multiple points of articulation, and come packaged in a 4-color window box. Don't miss the perfect companion set to the now-classic "Hush!"

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The BATMAN: HUSH 2 CATWOMAN ACTION FIGURE, BATMAN: HUSH 2 HARLEY QUINN ACTION FIGURE, BATMAN: HUSH 2 NIGHTWING ACTION FIGURE, BATMAN: HUSH 2 SUPERMAN ACTION FIGURE, and BATMAN: HUSH 2 THE RIDDLER ACTION FIGURE are advance-solicited, sold separately and arrive in comic-book stores May 19, 2004. Please consult your retailer for pricing information. Retailers please note: Four of the BATMAN: HUSH 2 ACTION FIGURES are available in Inner and Master Case assortment as well as singles: CATWOMAN ACTION FIGURE, HARLEY QUINN ACTION FIGURE, NIGHTWING ACTION FIGURE, and SUPERMAN ACTION FIGURE. The BATMAN: HUSH 2 THE RIDDLER ACTION FIGURE is only available for order in Inner and Master Case assortments. Consult your retailer order form for packaging details.

ARTIST SIGNATURE SERIES: ACTION FIGURE EXCLUSIVE EDITION KINGDOM COME: SUPERMAN BY ALEX ROSS

DC Direct continues its Gallery line of ultimate high-end collectibles with the ARTIST SIGNATURE SERIES: ACTION FIGURE EXCLUSIVE EDITION KINGDOM COME: SUPERMAN BY ALEX ROSS!

This boxed set is designed for the most discriminating of action figure, Superman and Alex Ross collectors, and includes reproductions of all stages of the KINGDOM COME SUPERMAN ACTION FIGURE's development. This set includes a resin reproduction of the original sculpture by Tim Bruckner created from Alex Ross's designs, an unpainted PVC pre-production "test-shot" of the figure used to approve production molds, and a final painted variant action figure exclusive to this set!

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 Alex Ross'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.

Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance to own a piece of action figure history!

The ARTIST SIGNATURE SERIES: ACTION FIGURE EXCLUSIVE EDITION KINGDOM COME: SUPERMAN BY ALEX ROSS is advance-solicited. It arrives in comic-book stores October 27 with a price of $250.00 U.S.

One of the most acclaimed books of 2003 comes back with a bang!

SLEEPER SEASON TWO

SLEEPER has received accolades across the board! Entertainment Weekly called it "a perfectly paranoid super-powered espionage tale" and Wizard Magazine said it was "the most underrated title on the racks."

Now, the series written by the acclaimed Ed Brubaker (GOTHAM CENTRAL, CATWOMAN) with compelling art by Sean Phillips (HELLBLAZER, Kingpin) returns for another 12 issues with a new status quo! Following hot on the heels of the popular COUP D'ÉTAT event and the SLEEPER prelude in COUP D'ÉTAT: AFTERWORD, SLEEPER SEASON TWO has one-time deep cover agent Holden Carver going native.

Carver's former handler, John Lynch, is out of his coma, with a mission from the "Powers That Be" to bring Carver back under his control. But can Lynch pull it off now that Holden has thrown his lot in with Tao? And what is Holden's life like now that he's given up hope he'll ever be redeemed?

Super-powered heists and high-tech action abound in this debut issue as Holden is forced to confront these questions and more!

SLEEPER SEASON TWO is a 12-issue WildStorm maxiseries edited by Scott Dunbier and is suggested for mature readers. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores June 30 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.

SLEEPER BOOK 2: ALL FALSE MOVES TRADE PAPERBACK

"Delivers nonstop entertainment from cover to cover."

- Wizard Magazine

SLEEPER BOOK 2: ALL FALSE MOVES is a 144-page WildStorm trade paperback written by Ed Brubaker (CATWOMAN, GOTHAM CENTRAL) with art and a new cover by Sean Phillips (HELLBLAZER, HAWKMAN). This volume collects the further adventures of Holden Carver from issues #7-12 of SLEEPER, just in time for the highly anticipated debut of SLEEPER SEASON TWO, also in June!

Carver is a man caught between two worlds, a former high-ranking agent for a covert government agency who was forced into a deadly undercover mission with no way back in from the cold. Now he lives one day at a time, trying to elude detection and not be found out as...what? A good guy? The lines have blurred beyond recognition for Carver. Is there no chance of salvation? Redemption?

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o 144-page WildStorm trade paperback

o Suggested for mature readers

o $17.95 U.S.

o In stores June 23

War, Adventure, Romance...Magic!

ARROWSMITH: SO SMART IN THEIR FINE UNIFORMS TRADE PAPERBACK

Magic and mystery mix with military might in ARROWSMITH, a 160-page CLIFFHANGER PRODUCTIONS! trade paperback collecting the inventive, beautifully illustrated 6-issue miniseries written by Kurt Busiek (ASTRO CITY, SUPERMAN: SECRET IDENTITY) with art by Carlos Pacheco & Jésus Meriño (JLA/JSA: VIRTUE & VICE).

Welcome to the world of teenager Fletcher Arrowsmith…a world very much like our own, but with one big difference: In his world, the stuff of folklore and legend - wizards, trolls, dragons, magic - are real. It's 1915, the world is at war, and Arrowsmith aims to stay alive!

Fletcher runs away from home and takes his first faltering steps into a confusing world, shedding his romantic illusions as he discovers the dangers of unstable alliances and ancient, unleashed evil. Arrowsmith needs to choose sides in the struggle, but he soon realizes that if the so-called good guys win, the world will be forever changed. But will it be for better or worse? Will he be able to find his place in this world?

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o 160-page CLIFFHANGER PRODUCTIONS! trade paperback

o $14.95 U.S.

o In stores June 30

JLA/AVENGERS: THE COLLECTOR'S EDITION OVERSIZED, SLIPCASED HARDCOVER

It's an event that will never be forgotten.

That's why the once-in-a-lifetime crossover event that brought these two historic super-teams together and rocked the comics world receives the deluxe treatment it deserves in August! JLA/AVENGERS: THE COLLECTOR'S EDITION is an oversized, slipcased two-volume set collecting the legendary 4-issue miniseries with a full complement of bonus features!

The 224-page first volume in the slipcase contains the 4-issue miniseries written by Kurt Busiek (ASTRO CITY, SUPERMAN: SECRET IDENTITY) with stunning art by George Pérez (WONDER WOMAN) and introductions by Stan Lee and the late Julius Schwartz, the architects of the original iterations of the Avengers and the Justice League of America, respectively. This volume also features a key to the characters on the intricately detailed cover of JLA/AVENGERS #3.

The 64-page Compendium, featuring a new cover by Pérez, contains the original 21 pages of pencils from cancelled 1980s crossover by Pérez and writer Gerry Conway, plus an article on it by former DC editor K.C. Carlson, a look at several other unofficial crossovers, and more! But that's not all - this volume also features the JLA/AVENGERS miniseries proposal and plot synopses, and annotated notes from Busiek for all the obscure characters and creatures crammed into the pages.

There are no plans to reprint this historical set, so this is the only opportunity to own the material reprinted in the Compendium. Don't miss out on what's sure to be a crown jewel in any comics collection!

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o 224-page hardcover

o Advance-solicited; in stores August 11

o $75.00 U.S

o Co-published with Marvel Comics

FIRESTORM #2

Jason Rusch's volatile tenure as the Nuclear Man continues in FIRESTORM #2, written by Dan Jolley with art and a cover by ChrisCross & Dan Green!

In part 2 of the 3-part "Eye Contact," all Hell has broken loose in Jason's life, as he tries in vain to master the powers of Firestorm that he's mysteriously received. What's standing in his way? Stevie Golek, the criminal Jason agreed to work for prior to gaining powers!

Now Jason's desperate to save his own life - but the price to do so may be too terrible even to consider!

FIRESTORM is an ongoing series edited by Peter Tomasi The 32-page issue #2 arrives in comic-book stores June 23 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

RICHARD DRAGON #2

Chuck Dixon & Scott McDaniel return to the site of their first legendary collaboration - Blüdhaven - in an issue guest-starring Nightwing!

The new chronicles of the DCU's toughest street fighter continue in RICHARD DRAGON #2, written by Dixon with art and a cover by McDaniel & Andy Owens.

Dragon and Bronze Tiger have tracked the sinister Circle of Six to Gotham's trouble-plagued sister city, Blüdhaven. But with eight of the world's greatest martial artists throwing down, is there anything to keep the city from going up in smoke? Just a guy named Nightwing! One thing's for sure: There's no shortage of action here!

RICHARD DRAGON is an ongoing series edited by Michael Wright. The 32-page issue #2 arrives in comic-book stores June 30 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

ROBIN #127

The adventures of the new female Robin by Bill Willingham (FABLES) and Damion Scott (BATGIRL) continue, as she teams with Batman for the first time in ROBIN #127!

The streets of Gotham can be unkind, and unfortunately for the new Robin, the mercurial Batman can be worse! Just how will she fare in her initial full-blown adventure with the Dark Knight?

Meanwhile, what's become of yesterday's Boy Wonder? How is Tim Drake taking the news of his successor, and what will he do with his life now that he's no longer a Caped Crusader?

Don't miss the landmark first adventure of the Dark Knight with his new sidekick - the Girl Wonder!

ROBIN #127 is an ongoing series edited by Michael Wright. The 32-page issue #127 arrives in comic-book stores June 23 with a cover price of $2.25 U.S.

BATGIRL #53

There's a new Girl Wonder in Gotham City…and she's about to join forces with Batgirl for the first time!

Cassandra Cain teams up with the new Robin in BATGIRL #53, written by Dylan Horrocks with art by Rick Leonardi & Jesse Delperdang and a cover by James Jean!

And what famous foe is the fodder for these femmes fatales? None other than the sinister and crafty Penguin, who's in for a double dose of Gotham Girl Power!

Take our advice - don't miss this issue!

BATGIRL is an ongoing series edited by Michael Wright. The 32-page issue #53 arrives in comic-book stores June 30 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

BATMAN: BROKEN CITY HARDCOVER

Witness 100 BULLETS creators Brian Azzarello's & Eduardo Risso's unique vision of Gotham City in BATMAN: BROKEN CITY, a 144-page hardcover that collects the acclaimed BATMAN #620-625 and features a new cover by fan-favorite artist Dave Johnson!

Bringing the same neo-noir flavor and gritty realism that have distinguished 100 BULLETS, red-hot writer Azzarello (JONNY DOUBLE, Banner), Eisner Award-winning "Best Artist" Risso (BATMAN: BLACK AND WHITE, JONNY DOUBLE) and cover artist Johnson (SUPERMAN: RED SON) weave a Batman tale that both haunts and thrills.

A dead woman's body is found in the Gotham Landfill, and as Batman delves into the case, he reflects on the dark city he has made his home. He knows - or thinks he knows - who the killer is, but when the truth is revealed, the Dark Knight might not even know who he is anymore.

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o 144-page hardcover

o In stores June 16

o $24.95 U.S.

100 BULLETS #50

The greatest crime of all time is revealed in an issue so shocking, you'll scream "Croatoa" in your sleep.

The Eisner Award-winning series 100 BULLETS hits the halfway point in the extra-sized issue #50, and the creative team of Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso - hot off their critically acclaimed run on BATMAN - delivers the goods in a big way.

Readers get answers to some of the series' burning questions as the ever-mysterious Agent Graves is up to his old tricks with yet another desperate victim receiving the now infamous attaché and the curse of 100 untraceable bullets.

100 BULLETS #50 serves as the perfect jumping-on point for new readers as a deadly new character is introduced to the fold. Could he be just another pawn in the grand scheme of things, or does he have ties to the ruthless Minutemen?

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100 BULLETS is an ongoing VERTIGO series edited by Will Dennis and is suggested for mature readers. The 40-page issue #50 arrives in stores June 9 with a cover price of $3.50 U.S.

SEAGUY #2

Grant Morrison's & Cameron Stewart's charming 3-issue VERTIGO miniseries about a hero in a post-Utopian world continues in SEAGUY #2.

The hunt is on, with everyone from I-Police security forces to seafaring pirates on the lookout for our hapless heroes, Seaguy and Chubby Da Choona.

Protecting their newfound friend, Xoo, will send Seaguy and Chubby running across land, sea and through the ruins of submerged clockwork cities. But even if they survive the dark chocolate ice floes of Antarctica or the horrors of Forget-Me Pie, the greatest heartbreak of all might come when the pals come face to face with face with the deadly Wasps of Atlantis.

SEAGUY is an 3-issue VERTIGO miniseries edited by Karen Berger. The 32-page issue #2 arrives in comic-book stores June 23 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

WAR STORIES VOL. 1 TRADE PAPERBACK

War is hell. Just ask Garth Ennis, the award-winning writer who masterminded VERTIGO's critically acclaimed WAR STORIES series.

Now the first quartet of one-shots - some of the finest war comics ever to see print in the modern era - are collected in the 240-page WAR STORIES VOL. 1, featuring astonishing art by Dave Gibbons (WATCHMEN), John Higgins (WORLD WITHOUT END), David Lloyd (V FOR VENDETTA), and the team of Chris Weston & Gary Erskine (THE FILTH). This labor of love by the renowned Ennis (PREACHER, HELLBLAZER, HITMAN, The Punisher), WAR STORIES VOL. 1 tells four very different tales from four viewpoints on World War II. WAR STORIES VOL. 1 also includes a new afterword by Ennis.

This project is supported by house ads and a minisite at www.vertigocomics.com.

o 240-page VERTIGO trade paperback

o Suggested for mature readers

o $19.95 U.S.

o In stores June 9

HELLBLAZER: HIGHWATER TRADE PAPERBACK

Collecting all of Eisner Award-winning writer Brian Azzarello's remaining issues of HELLBLAZER (#164-174), HELLBLAZER: HIGHWATER is a hefty 264-page trade paperback that brings John Constantine's trek across America to a shattering finale and answers the burning questions that put him on the road in the first place.

Through the story arcs "Highwater" and "Ashes & Dust" - each illustrated by the incredible art of Marcelo Frusin, Azzarello's collaborator on HELLBLAZER: GOOD INTENTIONS and HELLBLAZER: FREEZES OVER - the answer to why Lucky Fermin killed himself is laid out as Constantine rounds up all the loose threads and finally confronts the dark figure behind it all. Also included are two one-shots: "A Fresh Coat of Red Paint," with art by Guiseppe Camuncoli (Spider-Man's Tangled Web), and "Chasing Demons," with art by Cameron Stewart (SEAGUY),

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o 264-page VERTIGO trade paperback

o Suggested for mature readers

o $19.95 U.S.

o In stores June 2

FALLEN ANGEL TRADE PAPERBACK

Welcome to Bête Noire, a mysterious city not far from New Orleans, with origins shrouded in tales of black-hearted cutthroats and mystic priests. It's a city with a most unique denizen: the mysterious, hooded woman known as the Fallen Angel!

FALLEN ANGEL, a 144-page trade paperback written by New York Times best-selling author Peter David with art by David Lopez (BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT) & Fernando Blanco (Star Wars), collects issues #1-6 of the critically acclaimed series. This thrilling collection features an introduction by writer Harlan Ellison and a painted cover by fan-favorite Brian Stelfreeze.

The Fallen Angel helps people in need when they find themselves at a crossroads in their lives. But her help isn't always what it seems. If she deems you worthy, she can be your savior. If not, you'll walk away worse off than you were before…if at all!

And don't miss FALLEN ANGEL #12, featuring a flashback story that explains the origins of the romance between the Fallen Angel and Doctor Juris!

This project is supported with house ads.

o 144-page trade paperback

o Suggested for mature readers

o In stores June 16

o $12.95 U.S.

JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE CREATING THE DC UNIVERSE VOLUME 3 TRADE PAPERBACK

JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE CREATING THE DC UNIVERSE VOL. 3 is a 224-page trade paperback collection the final four issues of Stan Lee's celebrated re-interpretation of the DC Universe! This volume features an introduction by movie producer Michael Uslan (BATMAN: DETECTIVE No. 27), an afterword by Stan "The Man" himself, and a breathtaking new cover by Adam Hughes.

This time Stan teams with Scott McDaniel (NIGHTWING) to reinvent Aquaman, Walter Simonson (Thor, ORION) for Sandman, and Chris Bachalo (SHADE, THE CHANGING MAN, Uncanny X-Men) for Catwoman. It wraps up with a brand-new CRISIS, drawn by PLANETARY's John Cassaday! Plus, all four artists share their remembrances and sketch material.

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o 224-page trade paperback

o In stores June 9

o $19.95 U.S

THE MAD BATHROOM COMPANION VOL. 4 TRADE PAPERBACK

Back by popular demand!

The MAD Bathroom Companion - the Gushing Fourth Edition - is flush with classic material written and illustrated by "The Usual Gang of Idiots." To continue the high standard of excellence maintained by the BATHROOM COMPANION series, "The Usual Gang of Idiots" have delved into the very bowels of their rich comedic vault!

After three self-defecating books, many thought we couldn't go any more - but we pushed on! This hot new release from MAD will have you laughing so hard you won't be able to hold it in!

o 288 pg. Black-and-white trade paperback

o Measures 5 1/2" x 7 3/4"

o In stores June 16

o $9.95 U.S.

BATMAN ADVENTURES DIGEST-SIZED TRADE PAPERBACKS

The animated adventures of the Dark Knight Detective make up the newest addition to DC's growing line of digest-sized collections! These two volumes collect five issues each of the titles inspired by the hit Batman: The Animated Series from Warner Bros. animation, and feature Batman, Robin, Batgirl, Catwoman, and a host of the most famous villains! BATMAN ADVENTURES VOL. 1: ROGUES' GALLERY (reprinting BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES #50 and BATMAN ADVENTURES #1-4) showcases the worst of those foes, while VOL. 2: SHADOWS & MASKS (reprinting BATMAN ADVENTURES #5-9) goes even deeper into the life of the Dark Knight.

These two volumes feature the work of writers Dan Slott, Ty Templeton, Gabe Soria, Scott Peterson, and Vito Delsante with art by Rick Burchett, Ty Templeton, Tim Levins, Terry Beatty and Dean Haspiel. ROGUES' GALLERY features a cover by fan-favorite Bruce Timm, while SHADOWS & MASKS has cover art by Kelsey Shannon!

o 112-page trade paperbacks

o Measures 5 1/8" x 7 9/16"

o In stores June 2

o $6.95 U.S. each

BATMAN ILLUSTRATED BY NEAL ADAMS VOL. 2 HARDCOVER

Few artists have left as profound an impact on Batman as the legendary Neal Adams! Now, DC is proud to present BATMAN ILLUSTRATED BY NEAL ADAMS VOL. 2, the second in a trilogy of oversized hardcovers chronologically collecting Adams' enduring, classic work on one of comics' most iconic heroes.

In this 236-page volume's eleven stories, Adams is paired for the first time with acclaimed writer Dennis O'Neill. Covers and stories are included from BATMAN, DETECTIVE COMICS, THE BRAVE & THE BOLD and WORLD'S FINEST, and the volume features a new cover by Adams and introductions by Adams and longtime collaborator Dick Giordano. Other writers featured include Mike Friedrich, Frank Robbins, Len Wein, and Marv Wolfman.

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o 240-page hardcover

o In stores June 30

o $49.95 U.S

CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN ARCHIVES VOL. 2 HARDCOVER

CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN ARCHIVES VOLUME 2 is a 168-page hardcover presenting CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN #3-8 by Jack Kirby, circa 1958-59. Making this volume even more special, Kirby is inked by fellow comics legend Wally Wood - a pairing of two of the greatest illustrators in comics! Other creators featured here include writers Ed Herron and Dave Wood and inker Marvin Stein. Like the first volume, CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN VOL. 2 is offered at the special low price of $39.95 U.S.

In these classic tales, Kirby creates a parade of 1950s foes, a mysterious "star stone" that bestows super-powers, a planet populated by robots, and more! Plus, this collection features an introduction by John Morrow, editor/publisher of The Jack Kirby Collector.

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o 168-page hardcover

o In stores June 9

o $39.95 U.S

SUPERMAN IN WORLD'S FINEST ARCHIVES VOL. 1 HARDCOVER

Get ready for SUPERMAN IN WORLD'S FINEST ARCHIVES VOLUME 1, a 260-page hardcover collecting 16 adventures of Superman from 1940-1944, virtually all unseen for over 60 years! A rich vein of comics history is now re-presented, showcasing classic early work by Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Jack Burnley, and more!

Collected from WORLD'S FAIR COMICS, WORLD'S BEST COMICS, and WORLD'S FINEST COMICS (before the series starred Batman), these early stories feature Superman at the peak of his "social crusader" period, along with the origin of Metallo and early appearances of Perry White and Jimmy Olsen. Plus, an introduction by movie producer Michael Uslan (BATMAN: DETECTIVE No. 27)!

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o 260-page hardcover

o In stores June 2

o $49.95 U.S

ON THE ROAD TO PERDITION BOOK THREE: DETOUR

Get ready for ON THE ROAD TO PERDITION: DETOUR, the hard-boiled finale of the 3-volume prequel to the graphic novel and Oscar-winning movie ROAD TO PERDITION!

Written by Max Allan Collins, this explosive original graphic novel features art by both José Luís Garcia-López (ON THE ROAD TO PERDITION BOOK ONE: OASIS) & Steve Lieber (ON THE ROAD TO PERDITION BOOK TWO: SANCTUARY) and a cover by Lieber!

In the days of Al Capone, only one city was as corrupt as Chicago: Kansas City. That's where gangster Michael O'Sullivan, on the run from the crime syndicate that destroyed his family, prepares himself for a climactic showdown with the murderous kingpin's heir whose history - and destiny - is completely entangled with his own!

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ON THE ROAD TO PERDITION BOOK THREE: DETOUR is a 96-page black-and-white original Paradox Press graphic novel edited by Joan Hilty and is suggested for mature readers. It measures 5 1/2" x 8" and arrives in comic stores June 30 with a cover price of $7.95 U.S.

CAPER #9

The 12-issue, crime-laden, critically acclaimed maxiseries CAPER races into its third and final story arc this June with issue #9, written by award-winning Judd Winick (OUTSIDERS, BATMAN) with art and a cover by Tom Fowler (Grendel)!

This 4-issue arc - filled with severed limbs, guns, assassins, drag queens, and porn stars - centers around Louis Weiss, a delivery man for organ transplants in modern-day San Francisco. Unfortunately for Weiss, one delivery has led to much more than he bargained for, as a severed hand with a strange tattoo leads to a city-wide chase through some of the dirtiest parts of California.

Don't miss the explosive climax to the maxiseries that's reinventing crime comics!

CAPER is a 12-issue miniseries edited by Bob Schreck and is suggested for mature readers. The 32-page issue #9 arrives in stores on June 30 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.

PLANETARY: LEAVING THE 20th CENTURY HARDCOVER

"Provocative, eminently addictive, and top of its class." - Entertainment Weekly

Get ready for PLANETARY: LEAVING THE 20TH CENTURY, the third hardcover collection of the acclaimed WildStorm series by Warren Ellis and John Cassaday! This stunning volume collects PLANETARY #13-18, featuring the continuing adventures of Elijah Snow, Jakita Wagner and the Drummer - the Archaelogists of the Unknown - as they piece together the mysteries of the world and begin a direct campaign against the four people hoarding Earth's unnatural secrets for themselves!

In this volume, Snow initiates the second part of his comeback plan to stop The Four, makes a startling revelation about his past, and uncovers informationon the world's first moon shot…in 1851! As more and more secrets crumble, more and more new mysteries rise to take their place!

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o 144-page WildStorm hardcover

o $24.95 U.S.

o In stores June 30

THUNDERCATS: ENEMY'S PRIDE MINISERIES

It's 'Cat vs. 'Cat with the fate of civilization in the balance in THUNDERCATS: ENEMY'S PRIDE, a 5-issue WildStorm miniseries written by John Layman (THUNDERCATS: DOGS OF WAR) with art and covers by the talented team at UDON Studios!

Something's not right in the Cats' Lair. Lion-O - Lord of the Thundercats, bearer of the Sword of Omens and Eye of Thundera - is not himself. He's acting strangely, talking to himself, and making reckless decisions. Dangerous decisions. Worse yet, nobody else sees it. Only the Thunderkittens are trying to warn everybody that something is wrong - but who's going to listen to a couple of kids?

After facing a multitude of villains and threats, the Thundercats discover the greatest menace of all may come from within.

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THUNDERCATS: ENEMY'S PRIDE is a 5-issue WildStorm miniseries edited by Alex Sinclair. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores June 2 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.

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