DC Comics spotlight projects for October, 2002

Loeb & Lee on BATMAN monthly!


Ever since the news broke last spring, fans and readers alike have waited breathlessly for this moment: Jim Lee pencilling Batman! You've seen the sketches and previews in Wizard: The Comics Magazine. You read about it online. You've been awed by the posters and banners at the summer conventions. Now, one of the most anticipated events of the year is here!

BATMAN #608 is the start of "Hush" - a 12-part, uninterrupted storyline where superstar artist Lee unleashes his talent on one of DC's greatest icons. Joining Lee is someone who is no stranger to the World's Greatest Detective: writer Jeph Loeb, who has spun such classic maxiseries as the Eisner and Wizard Award-winning BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN and BATMAN: DARK VICTORY, and who now brings his powerful storytelling abilities to the monthly title. Beautifully inked by Scott Williams, "Hush" is a bold new adventure in the life of the Dark Knight, and surely will set a new standard for Batman stories for years to come.

The details of "Hush" have been kept tightly under wraps, as it features more surprises than readers can imagine. What we can tell you is that it features a wide array of friends and foes from the Batman cast, including Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Killer Croc, the Joker, Two-Face, Huntress, and - before it's all done - a certain Man of Steel. There will be action, murder, mystery, romance…and death in a story that will keep you guessing right up until the end!

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BATMAN is an ongoing series edited by Bob Schreck. Issue #608 is 32 pages and arrives in comic-book stores October 23 with a cover price of $2.25 U.S.

Rescuing a mad world


There are 1001 people on the Global Frequency, connected across a worldwide telecommunications spider web from Nova Scotia to Tasmania. You'll never know when you'll get the call, but when you do you have 30 minutes to save the world. Global Frequency - the last, best line of defense that you have never heard of. And if you're lucky, you never will.

WildStorm Productions is proud to present a bold new project from the fertile imagination of writer Warren Ellis (THE AUTHORITY, TRANSMETROPOLITAN). GLOBAL FREQUENCY is a 12-issue maxiseries with each issue drawn by a different, brilliant comics artist suited to that issue. Issue #1 features art by Garry Leach (THE AUTHORITY, Miracleman), and future contributors include Steve Dillon, Gene Ha, Glenn Fabry, and David Lloyd. Brian Wood designs and creates the distinctive covers for all 12 issues.

Global Frequency is an independent defense intelligence organization with a thousand and one agents all over the world. Everyone's a potential member but they don't know they're needed until they hear that unusual cell phone tone - and within moments, you might see them leaving their house in a hurry, wearing a jacket or shirt with the distinctive Global Frequency symbol. It's now their time to defend the world!

Who's on the other end of the phone line? The call itself comes from Aleph, central dispatcher for the Global Frequency, and she gets her orders from Miranda Zero (not her real name, but the only one you're getting), creator and operator of the organization. Her true identity was erased from the world's records the moment she went into business.

And the Global Frequency's mission? It's here to clean up after the 20th century - to keep an eye on the bad, mad things in the dark that the public never found out about. All the black projects, the deranged science, the chilly encounters with the unknown, the Cold War traps - they're all sitting there like landmines. Eventually someone will trip over one of them. The Global Frequency is there to catch them when they fall, and defuse the mines before they explode into mainstream consciousness, causing more pain and horror than they have already.

So who will be the next person to answer the Global Frequency? There's only one way to find out…

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GLOBAL FREQUENCY is a 12-issue WildStorm Productions maxiseries edited by Scott Dunbier. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores October 23 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.


At the close of the immensely popular VERTIGO series THE SANDMAN, Lyta Hall's young son became the new Dream King. But what became of Lyta herself?

Her story unfolds in THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: THE FURIES - an original 96-page VERTIGO hardcover graphic novel written by Mike Carey (LUCIFER, HELLBLAZER), with photo-realistic paintings by John Bolton (THE BOOKS OF MAGIC, USER). In the three years since Daniel left to fulfill his destiny, Lyta has suffered greatly from the loss of her only son. Born half-human and half-Fury, Lyta has always connected more with her human side. But now the bloodline that has made her kin to the Furies - a terrifying trio of spirits who exact an inimitable brand of vengeance - has taken over her senses…and her sanity.

In an effort to escape her pain and unravel her mysterious heritage before it consumes her, Lyta accepts a job with a traveling theatre troupe on its way to Athens, Greece - the very location where her mother was blessed - or cursed - with the power of the Furies. But the journey ahead proves to be far more harrowing than anything Lyta has encountered, as a series of cruel and familiar mythological figures set their sights on destroying the Furies - and plan to use Lyta Hall as the ultimate pawn. Lyta finally sees the son she thought she lost forever, but is the fateful reunion with the new Lord of Dreams everything she expected?

Set in the historically rich city of Athens, the dark netherworld of Hades and the ethereal realms of existence above and in between, this mythological maelstrom of dark secrets and deception chronicles one woman's explosive journey from emotional hell to salvation.

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THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: THE FURIES is a 96-page VERTIGO hardcover edited by Shelly Bond and is suggested for mature readers. It arrives in comic-book stores October 30 with a cover price of $24.95 U.S.


The eagerly anticipated sequel to BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS is gathered together for the first time with THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN - a 256-page hardcover written and illustrated by Frank Miller with magnificent colors by Lynn Varley.

This incredible volume, designed by multiple award-winner Chip Kidd, features an introduction by Miller commenting on returning to the world he created fifteen years ago. The book includes the complete 3-part story, plus sketches, color samples and other never-before-seen material.

It's been three years since the events of THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, and everything is just fine - at least on the surface. What the world at large doesn't know is that it's a total sham. A perfectly choreographed, pretty little world where everything that's ugly, or even potentially disturbing, is all nicely wrapped up with neat little ribbons and swept under the carpet.

Only he knows better. He's watched it fester to near-breaking point, and it's time for the only free man left who can effect any real change to bring it all down around their ears once and for all.

The Dark Knight returns once again with a vitality unseen since the first years of his war on crime. Together with his army of Bat-soldiers, including Carrie Kelly - formerly Robin, and now the new Catgirl - the Dark Knight wages a new war on a diseased world that's become completely lost.

THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN features appearances by such DC icons as Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, Martian Manhunter, the Atom, the Question, and more. But are they still the World's Greatest Heroes?


Over five years since it was last published in hardcover form, one of the most groundbreaking comic-book tales ever created returns in a new hardcover edition, also featuring a dust jacket designed by Chip Kidd!

Writer/artist Frank Miller's classic tale BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS - NEW EDITION is a 224-page saga of a dark world and even darker knight. Joined by inker Klaus Janson and frequent colorist collaborator Lynn Varley, Miller reinvented the Batman story with this masterful tale taking place ten years after the Dark Knight retired from crimefighting.

But crime itself has not gone away, and the man who was Batman is unable to exorcise the bitter memories of his parents' murders - making the long suppressed voice of his vigilante side aching to break through once more.

The Dark Knight returns in a blaze of glory, fighting a new generation of crime in Gotham City. And he is not alone - soon he is joined by teenager Carrie Kelly who becomes an all-new Robin to complete the Dynamic Duo. But can they handle the likes of Two-Face and the Joker, when time has only made them crazier and deadlier than ever? And what of a certain Man of Steel, who disapproves of his former crimefighting friend's methods?

THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS has been hailed as a comics masterpiece and is one of the most influential stories ever told in this medium. If you've never read this seminal work, then here's your chance to experience it in a handsome new hardcover volume.

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THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN is a 256-page hardcover arriving in comic-book stores October 30 with a cover price of $29.95 U.S. BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS - NEW EDITION is a 224-page hardcover arriving in comic-book stores October 30 with a cover price of $24.95 U.S. Note: A softcover version of THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN will be available no earlier than April, 2003.


J. Scott Campbell's action-packed, sexy and daring CLIFFHANGER PRODUCTIONS creation, DANGER GIRL, was a bona fide hit from the get-go. Now the complete adventure is yours to own with DANGER GIRL: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION, a 262-page trade paperback written by Campbell & Andy Hartnell, with luscious art by Campbell & Alex Garner!

Abbey Chase, an expert in rare antiquities and an adventuress of the highest caliber, is recruited by Deuce, leader of the ultra-secret spy group known as Danger Girl. Chase's expertise is needed to assist in the recovery of several mystical artifacts coveted by agents of the sinister Hammer Syndicate, a fascist organization whose final objective is world domination. What part these artifacts play in the equation is unknown, but the Danger Girls will do whatever is necessary to find out. Abbey, accompanied by fellow team members Sydney Savage, Natalia Kassle and Silicon Valerie, along with brash secret agent Johnny Barracuda, navigate a trail fraught with intrigue, betrayal, deception, and, most of all, danger, as they strive to make the world a safer place.

This sizzling collection has it all: the complete saga of DANGER GIRL issues #1-7, and the ultra-rare introductory short story from the NEW HORIZONS VOYAGER PACK (originally polybagged with GEN13 Volume One #25) that introduced the Danger Girls. Plus, a comprehensive cover gallery section featuring every single DANGER GIRL cover - including variants by CLIFFHANGER co-founders Joe Madureira and Humberto Ramos. You'll also be wowed by the wonderful sketchbook section (containing material not seen in the J. SCOTT CAMPBELL DANGER GIRL SKETCHBOOK) - with running commentary from the magic pencil of J. Scott Campbell!

But that's not all! THE COMPLETE COLLECTION also contains an introduction by Bruce Campbell (no relation to J. Scott), noted actor (Army of Darkness, Xena) and DANGER GIRL fan!

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DANGER GIRL is a 262-page trade paperback from CLIFFHANGER PRODUCTIONS, arriving in comic-book stores October 9 with a cover price of $19.95 U.S.


They're baaaaaaaaack!

In a new collection featuring the World's Greatest Heroes, some of the JLA's deadliest foes return. During the team's battle with the alien sentergy known as ID (reprinted in JLA: DIVIDED WE FALL), the horrifying White Martians were set loose!

JLA: TERROR INCOGNITA is a 144-page trade paperback featuring the epic storyline written by Mark Waid, with art by Bryan Hitch & Paul Neary (who provide the cover) and Mike S. Miller & Dave Meikis. After years of psychic imprisonment the White Martians have returned to wreak vengeance on their captors - the JLA - with a plan to systematically destroy each of our heroes and disable the Earth's ability to create their one weakness: fire! Can even the combined might of the JLA triumph over an army of invisible, super-strong telepaths bent on galactic conquest?

Reprinting JLA #55-60, TERROR INCOGNITA also collects THE JOKER: LAST LAUGH crossover issue (written by Chuck Dixon & Scott Beatty with art by Darryl Banks & Wayne Faucher) that featured a "Jokerized" version of Doctor Polaris wreaking havoc on Earth's magnetic poles. Plus, a classic Christmas tale titled "'Twas the Fight Before Christmas" (written by Waid with art by Cliff Rathburn & Neary), in which our heroes learn a most important holiday lesson during a fight with the demon Neron.

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JLA: TERROR INCOGNITA is a 144-page trade paperback arriving in comic-book stores October 9 with a cover price of $12.95 U.S.


One of the grandest, most breathtaking adventures of the JLA unfolds in this 112-page softcover graphic novel written and fully painted by the brilliantly gifted Christopher Moeller (LUCIFER covers).

JLA: A LEAGUE OF ONE is an epic in which the Justice League is divided against itself in a heartbreaking battle to the death. An ancient, evil dragon awakens from his subterranean slumber once again to menace a world that's forgotten such monsters of flame and guile ever existed. But the new world of today has its own Round Table of protectors in the form of the JLA.

When Wonder Woman goes to the infallible Amazon oracle and learns that the JLA is destined to die in battle against the dragon, she must make the most difficult decision of her life - embarking on a terrible, unwinnable quest to thwart fate, putting her at odds with those she loves most. In A LEAGUE OF ONE, Superman, Batman and the rest of the League learn that while some heroes may be Wonder Woman's match, none surpass her. A LEAGUE OF ONE is a sumptuous visual feast, a rich tapestry of storytelling that is poetic in its soaring beauty.

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JLA: A LEAGUE OF ONE is a 112-page softcover edited by Dan Raspler, arriving in comic-book stores October 16 with a cover price of $14.95 U.S.


With Batman's 300th appearance in DETECTIVE COMICS, editor Julie Schwartz decided to give Batman and Robin a "new look." In 1964, the sales on these characters - believe it or not - were low and in need of a kick-start. But in the hands of Schwartz's talented team of writers and artists, the Dynamic Duo were revitalized and regained their popularity!

By popular demand, DC inaugurates a new Archive series with BATMAN: THE DYNAMIC DUO ARCHIVES Volume One - a 240-page hardcover advance-solicited for arrival in February. Written by Gardner Fox and John Broome, and illustrated by Carmine Infantino & Joe Giella, these celebrated stories have never been collected before! THE DYNAMIC DUO ARCHIVES Volume One gives comics fans the opportunity to watch a new editorial approach grow and mature.

This volume reprints DETECTIVE COMICS #327-339 - considered to be the first "Silver Age" adventures of Batman & Robin. Some of the pulse-pounding tales you can expect within include "The Joker's Last Laugh," "The Man Who Stole From Batman," "Batman's Super-Powered Punch," and "Batman Battles the Living Beast-Bomb!" All this, plus an Elongated Man story!


Following the success of the SILVER AGE SUPERMAN & LOIS LANE DELUXE ACTION FIGURE SET, DC Direct is proud to present the much-demanded Dynamic Duo featured in the SILVER AGE BATMAN & ROBIN DELUXE ACTION FIGURE SET - advance-solicited to arrive the same week as the BATMAN: DYNAMIC DUO ARCHIVES Volume One!

As a child, Bruce Wayne witnessed the murder of his parents and dedicated his life to combating crime as Batman. After Dick Grayson's parents were killed by gangsters, Wayne took the boy in and trained him to become Robin, the Boy Wonder. Now the classic Silver Age look of Batman and Robin is immortalized in this Deluxe Action Figure Set, sculpted by Tim Bruckner.

Batman stands approximately 6 1/4" tall while Robin stands approximately 5 3/4" tall. Both action figures feature eleven points of articulation. This set also includes two 1" long Batarangs, a 12" long Batrope with a suction cup, and a (9 1/2" wide x 4 1/4 deep x 3/4" tall) base in the shape of a Gotham City rooftop. Both figures and accessories are packaged in a 4-color window box.

BATMAN: THE DYNAMIC DUO ARCHIVES Volume One is a 240-page hardcover. It is advance-solicited for arrival in comic-book stores February 12, 2003 with a cover price of $49.95 U.S. The SILVER AGE BATMAN & ROBIN DELUXE ACTION FIGURE SET is advance-solicited for arrival in comic-book stores February 12, 2003. Please consult your retailer for pricing information.


Superman…Batman. Metropolis…Gotham City. Light…Dark. Yin…Yang.

They are the World's Finest heroes, and they couldn't be more different. One is a shining beacon of hope and protector to the citizens of the sparkling city of Metropolis. The other hides in shadows and strikes fear into the evildoers who dwell in crime-ridden Gotham City.

But they have more in common than they realize. For one, they're both orphans of a sort. These similarities, as well as their differences, are explored in full in SUPERMAN/BATMAN: WORLD'S FINEST - a new edition of the 160-page trade paperback written by Dave Gibbons, with art by Steve Rude & Karl Kesel, and a painted cover by Rude.

You also couldn't get two more different villains than Lex Luthor and The Joker. Defeated over and over by their heroic counterparts, the two criminal masterminds decide to make a deal: switch both cities and adversaries - and maybe, they'll be rid of the World's Finest once and for all!

Gibbons's masterly script explores the deep psychological contrasts and conflicts that drive each hero in their quests for justice, while Rude's & Kesel's beautiful renderings of the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight will take your breath away!

SUPERMAN/BATMAN: WORLD'S FINEST - NEW EDITION is a 160-page trade paperback arriving in comic-book stores October 9 with a new, lower cover price of $14.95 U.S.


The first collection of BIRDS OF PREY stories is back in print, just in time for the new TV series to debut on the WB network!

BIRDS OF PREY - NEW EDITION is a 208-page trade paperback featuring a new cover by Matt Haley & Wade Von Grawbadger (which will soon be offered as a DC Direct poster!). In these action-packed stories, Black Canary puts the past behind her - with more than a little help from Oracle - adopting a new costume and a new attitude as she faces threats in an array of international locales. As a rocky partnership develops between the Canary and the wheelchair-bound Oracle - who offers (sometimes unwanted) counsel via satellite uplink - the Canary is assisted by unlikely allies such as Catwoman, the Huntress and Lois Lane! Along the way, the duo face drug smugglers, human slave traders and a man who has wronged not only the Canary, but the Catwoman and Huntress as well!

Written by Chuck Dixon (with Jordan B. Gorfinkel), and illustrated by Gary Frank & John Dell, Haley & Von Grawbadger, Stefano Raffaele & Bob McLeod, and Jennifer Graves & Stan Woch, this collection reprints the duo's first pairing in the BLACK CANARY/ORACLE: BIRDS OF PREY one-shot, the 4-issue BIRDS OF PREY: MANHUNT miniseries, and the BIRDS OF PREY: REVOLUTION one-shot. Plus, the BIRDS story from SHOWCASE '96 #3 is also included.

Featuring one of the most original and dynamic pairings of crime-fighting heroines, BIRDS OF PREY reveals the intense relationship that still has comics fans talking - and that inspired the TV show!

BIRDS OF PREY - NEW EDITION is a 208-page trade paperback, arriving in comic-book stores October 2 with a cover price of $17.95 U.S.


With one mighty word - "Shazam!" - young Billy Batson becomes the World's Mightiest Mortal! THE SHAZAM! ARCHIVES Volume Three is a 216-page hardcover continuing the early adventures of Captain Marvel - written by C.C. Beck and others, with art by Beck, George Tuska, Mac Raboy and Pete Costanza.

The adventures of Captain Marvel really start hitting their stride in this volume, featuring an introduction by movie producer Michael Uslan and reprinting stories from AMERICA'S GREATEST COMICS #1, CAPTAIN MARVEL ADVENTURES #2 & 3, and WHIZ COMICS #21-24 (1941). With the release of the Captain Marvel movie serial, Fawcett Comics began to diversify its top super-hero with a Captain Marvel Club for its readers, merchandise and the comics introduction of characters from the serial.

Volume Three finds the "Big Red Cheese" facing his most nefarious foe, Dr. Sivana, who shrinks poor Billy Batson and the lovely Beautia down to insect size, where they face a myriad of microscopic menaces! Sivana also returns in a second tale with a mysterious paralyzing gas to confound our hero, and, just for good measure, a third story as the brains behind a primitive foe that goes by the name of the Beast Ruler. But that's not all! This volume also contains the very first appearance of the Three Lieutenants Marvel and the comics introduction of Whitey Murphy (from the movie serial). Plus, Captain Marvel confronts the menace of a ship-scuttling saboteur, intrigue in a temple in Central America, spies at our nation's capital, ocean-going saboteurs, invading spider men from Mars, pirates, arsonists, and more! As a bonus, a 2-page text piece is included which was the first installment of a prose adaptation of the serial The Adventures of Captain Marvel.

THE SHAZAM! ARCHIVES Volume Three is a 216-page hardcover arriving in comic-book stores October 30 with a cover price of $49.95 U.S.


As the ongoing series came to a close in September, discover for yourself why VERTIGO readers rave about writer Warren Ellis's and artist Darick Robertson's series with TRANSMETROPOLITAN: SPIDER'S THRASH - a 144-page trade paperback reprinting TRANSMETROPOLITAN #37-42 and featuring an introduction by filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (p, Requiem for a Dream).

The hammer has come down on him, but outlaw journalist Spider Jerusalem has managed to stay one step ahead of his detractors - i.e., the President of the United States and his authoritarian lackeys in publishing and law enforcement.

After losing his byline, bank account and apartment, Jerusalem and his Filthy Assistants have legged it underground, the better to implement his plan. What plan, you ask? Why, the plan to bring down the President, of course! As Ellis, Robertson and inker Rodney Ramos show you, the stakes are about to become much higher than anything previously hinted at. SPIDER'S THRASH follows Jerusalem and his crew as they prepare for the coming battles, and visits the darkened, forgotten corners of the City and their broken and struggling denizens - desperate for someone to continue telling the truth.

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TRANSMETROPOLITAN: SPIDER'S THRASH is a 144-page VERTIGO trade paperback and is suggested for mature readers. It arrives in comic-book stores October 16 with a cover price of $14.95 U.S.


Colin Blakeney, 21st-century inventor of the technology that will give the world the transporter and the holodeck, is the victim of a treacherous attack that beams him out of his world and into…forever.

So begins STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION® FORGIVENESS - a softcover version of WildStorm Productions' acclaimed hardcover, written by bestselling science fiction novelist David Brin (The Postman, the Uplift Storm trilogy, Brightness Reef, Glory Season) and beautifully painted by Scott Hampton (BATMAN: NIGHT CRIES, Black Widow: Breakdown).

Three hundred years after Blakeney's disappearance, the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise™ NCC-1701-E detect a stray transporter beam in deep space. On their way to an encounter with the Palami - a hostile race that may be preparing for interstellar war - Captain Picard and his crew have other things on their minds. But when they realize that there's a living being inside the wayward beam, they bring it aboard - and encounter a mystery for the ages!

With the sure fictional hand and scientific expertise his legions of readers have come to expect, Brin turns his attention to the universe of Star Trek® - and to the comics medium - for the first time. Hampton's painted artwork on other comics projects has won accolades from fans around the world and has established his reputation as one of the finest painters working in the graphic-novel medium. FORGIVENESS is a masterly work that must not be missed by any fan of Star Trek, arresting comics art or great science fiction.

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STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION® - FORGIVENESS is a 96-page WildStorm softcover edited by Jeff Mariotte. It arrives in comic-book stores October 2 with a cover price of $17.95 U.S.


The hot-selling videogame that spawned a hit movie continues as a spine-tingling comic-book saga! RESIDENT EVIL: CODE VERONICA BOOK THREE is a 144-page trade paperback from WildStorm Productions that continues to adapt the Hong Kong version of the Resident Evil comics into English!

Originally written by Lee Chung Hing and illustrated by Hui King Sum, and translated into English dialogue by Ted Adams & Kris Oprisko (RESIDENT EVIL: FIRE & ICE), BOOK THREE finds Claire Redfield captured and locked in an island prison by agents of the evil Umbrella corporation. But when the Umbrella-created monstrosities on the island get loose, Claire wins her freedom the hard way by battling creature after creature. Encountering another human - a young man named Steve who has his own reasons for hating Umbrella - the two join forces in an effort to get off the island on a stolen plane. But Alfred Ashford, the Umbrella madman who runs the island prison, is quick to follow them. Claire and Steve learn that Umbrella's reach is truly global.

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RESIDENT EVIL: CODE VERONICA BOOK THREE is a 144-page WildStorm Productions trade paperback and is suggested for mature readers. It arrives in comic-book stores October 2 with a cover price of $14.95 U.S.


Just when the Authority is at the height of their power, they are shattered and defeated in the blink of an eye. Taking their place is a new team with the same powers, looking vaguely similar, but possessing none of the original team's empathy, kindness, and humanity. How could this happen? And what is the fate of the original team's members?

All these questions are answered in THE AUTHORITY: TRANSFER OF POWER - the fourth WildStorm Productions trade paperback collecting THE AUTHORITY #22-29, finishing the book's current run. Featuring stories from Mark Millar and Tom Peyer, and art from Frank Quitely, Dustin Nguyen, Art Adams, and Gary Erskine, TRANSFER OF POWER vividly demonstrates how power corrupts - especially when the people given the power are corrupt to begin with! Government sponsored and approved, focus-group tested, ethnically and politically diverse, the new Authority plays by a different rule book. They are the keepers of the new world order, and pity anyone dumb enough to stand in their way.

This "Eye of the Storm" volume also introduces (and shows the final fate of) the ultimate super-powered being, Seth - the nastiest creation ever to be dreamed up in an unaccountable black-ops government lab!

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THE AUTHORITY: TRANSFER OF POWER is a 192-page WildStorm Productions trade paperback and is suggested for mature readers. It arrives in comic-book stores October 16 with a cover price of $17.95 U.S.


VERTIGO's hot new series begins a new 5-part story arc - "Animal farm" - featuring the pencils of Mark Buckingham (THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: MERV PUMKINHEAD - AGENT OF DREAM, Peter Parker: Spider-Man). Buckingham joins regular writer Bill Willingham, inker Steve Leialoha and cover painter James Jean with FABLES #6.

Fabletown's Deputy Mayor Snow White is left physically exhausted, spiritually drained, and in need of a big rest - now that her sister's murder has been solved, and the guilty parties have been punished. So she decides to personally drive one errant Colin Piggy back up to the Farm, the remote, upstate annex where the non-human Fables reside. But rest and relaxation will have to wait for our heroine. Something wicked is brewing in upstate New York and Snow White's untimely arrival lands her in the thick of it.

While comics fans have been won over by the charm and wit of FABLES, just look at what the critics have been saying: "[Willingham's] juxtaposition of old stories through the eyes of modern society is clever and entertaining." - Fourth Rail. "…instantly compelling, more than enough to make us come back each month." - Cinescape.com. "…a strong addition to VERTIGO's stable, and one that every fan should take a look at." - Snap Judgments. "A real success" - Icomics.com.

FABLES is an ongoing VERTIGO series edited by Shelly Bond and is suggested for mature readers. Issue #6 is 32 pages and arrives in comic-book stores October 9 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.


DC Direct has been a leader in comics-related product, ranging from action figures to statues to posters and much more! Now a brand new product line will be hitting comic-book stores early next year, with the addition of Wall Plaques!

From the hit Cartoon Network animated series comes the JUSTICE LEAGUE ANIMATED: BATMAN WALL PLAQUE - advance-solicited this month for arrival in January, 2003. This is the first in an exciting new line of fully-sculpted wall reliefs that will also feature Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Superman, and the Flash!

The Dark Knight is shown as he appears in the Justice League animated series, in a hand-painted, cold-cast porcelain wall relief sculpted by John G. Mathews. The Wall Plaque measures approximately 4 1/2" tall x 8" wide x 2 1/2" deep, and is packaged in a 4-color box. Liven up your walls by collecting all five JUSTICE LEAGUE ANIMATED WALL PLAQUES in 2003!

The JUSTICE LEAGUE ANIMATED: BATMAN WALL PLAQUE is advance-solicited. It arrives in comic-book stores January 22, 2003 with a price of $39.95 U.S.


They're comics' strangest super-team…and they're about to get even stranger…

The Doom Patrol has gone through their share of weird and deadly adventures - from the final tragic mission of the original group, to the current incarnation's first outing as a corporate super-team! But nothing's prepared them for what happens in DOOM PATROL #13, the first of a 2-part story featuring the wild and visionary drawings of guest-artist Seth Fisher (GREEN LANTERN: WILLWORLD, THE FLASH: TIME FLIES)!

Joined by regular writer John Arcudi and artist Tan Eng Huat (who returns to interior art duties with issue #15) on covers, Fisher illustrates a tale that will have fans talking. Robotman finds a tie-pin in a strange antique box - a pin that once belonged to Dr. Niles Caulder, the chief of the original Doom Patrol. And once Robotman makes the connection, he and the entire modern-day team are transformed into…the original team?!?

Old and new fans alike will be dying to know what this means for the future of comics' beloved team of super-misfits!

DOOM PATROL is an ongoing series edited by Andy Helfer. Issue #13 is 32 pages and arrives in comic-book stores October 2 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

The return of Kara Zor-El!


With her personal journeys ended - no Earth Angels, no Chaos Streams, no demons to fight - Linda Danvers now can claim to be the one and only Supergirl, right? Wrong! When a spacecraft crashes down outside Leesburg, Supergirl races over to the destroyed craft to look for survivors, and finds...Supergirl?!?

Fifteen-year-old Kara Zor-El makes her debut again for the first time in SUPERGIRL #75, written by Peter David and featuring the new art team of Ed Benes (GEN13, CODENAME: KNOCKOUT) & Alex Lei, and cover artist Rob Haynes! No hoaxes. No imaginary stories. No Elseworlds here. This is Kara Zor-El, and Linda Danvers - no stranger to conflicts with duality - becomes immersed in a mystery that will shake her very identity and existence. Who is this young girl wearing the "S"? Where did she come from, and how does she have more powers and abilities than Linda? Is this part of a larger dilemma, and if so, who else is involved? Linda's going to have more than her share of questions over the next several months, and she very well may not like the answers, nor will she like the fates that await both her and Kara.

SUPERGIRL #75 is a great jumping-on point for the next stage of Supergirl's life, a story for which writer David plans on pulling out all the stops. Two Supergirls. One outcome. The question to ask: Which one?

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SUPERGIRL is an ongoing series edited by Mike McAvennie. Issue #75 is 32 pages and arrives in comic-book stores October 23 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

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