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CATWOMAN

Cover     As the last series starring Catwoman drew to a close, the feline anti-heroine lay injured, unconscious, and barely alive beneath the streets of Gotham City. Following the investigation into her "death" by private investigator Slam Bradley (seen in the 4-part backup serial in DETECTIVE COMICS #759-762), Selina Kyle makes her triumphant return in CATWOMAN — a stylish new ongoing series written by Ed Brubaker (BATMAN, THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: DEAD BOY DETECTIVES), with the first 4-issue arc illustrated in a bold, noir-ish style by penciller Darwyn Cooke (BATMAN: EGO) and inker Mike Allred (X-Force, Madman)! Then beginning with issue #5, Brad Rader (THE BATMAN ADVENTURES, Batman: The Animated Series) & Armando Gil take over the art chores.

     The new volume of CATWOMAN is a stylistic departure from the previous series and sets a surprising new course for Selina Kyle and her feline alter-ego. Catwoman is back, with a new look and a new take on life, but it comes with a cost. Meanwhile, a serial killer is racking up bodies in her old haunts, taking her back to a life she thought she'd left behind permanently. And wait'll you see who walks back into her life!

     This is the beginning of something special, so gear up!

     This project is supported with a 4-color poster, house and trade ads, and a website promotion at www.dccomics.com.

     CATWOMAN is an ongoing series edited by Matt Idelson. Issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores November 28 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.


WONDER WOMAN: SPIRIT OF TRUTH

     They've brought you SUPERMAN: PEACE ON EARTH, BATMAN: WAR ON CRIME, and last year's SHAZAM!: POWER OF HOPE — now the multiple award-winning creative team of writer Paul Dini (BATMAN: HARLEY QUINN) and painter Alex Ross (KINGDOM COME) bring their fourth collaboration to life with WONDER WOMAN: SPIRIT OF TRUTH.

Cover     SPIRIT OF TRUTH finds the Amazon Princess at an impasse. She has lofty goals and ideals for the world beyond Paradise Island, but her message of peace, understanding, and fellowship is rejected because of the way she is perceived. In her role as the Amazons' ambassador, not every nation is willing to embrace her — despite her actions and best intentions. Wonder Woman puts down a terrorist junta, dispatches high-tech thieves and other troublemakers, but to advance her mission in Man's World, she must seek the counsel of the only one she can trust.

     Powerfully written by Dini, with staggering painted art by Ross that combines traditional comic-book storytelling and the illustrated-text format of storybooks, SPIRIT OF TRUTH finds Wonder Woman — like her lasso which reveals falsehood and fabrication on the part of her enemies — uncovering the truth behind who she is, what she represents, and the task ahead of her.

     This project is supported with a 4-color poster, a co-op ad slick, and house and trade ads.

     WONDER WOMAN: SPIRIT OF TRUTH is an 64-page oversized softcover (measuring 10" x 13 1/2"), co-edited by Charles Kochman and Joey Cavalieri. It arrives in comic-book stores November 14 with a cover price of $9.95 U.S.


Will Eisner's
THE NAME OF THE GAME
HARDCOVER

     Following the success of last year's MINOR MIRACLES (the first original addition to DC's Will Eisner Library), one of comics' most influential and groundbreaking storytellers returns with an all-new 176-page hardcover, THE NAME OF THE GAME.

Cover     Written and illustrated by Will Eisner, THE NAME OF THE GAME is a tumultuous generational saga of a wealthy Jewish family's assimilation into New York society, spanning the first half of the 1900s. It's also the story of the American Dream, and the game of marrying for social advantage. With this book the author relates in modern form the classic fairy tale story of the pauper's hope of advancement by marrying into royalty.

     Conrad and Alex Arnheim are two rich sons who inherited their family's successful garment business, and over the years, they each, in turn, destroy the family legacy. Conrad, the adored eldest son, grows up to be a ruthless businessman and womanizer, true to no one but himself. Alex becomes a life-long alcoholic, destroying himself and those who love him. An emotionally rich tale, THE NAME OF THE GAME delves into the lives of the many people who are connected to the Arnheims, painting a compelling picture of life, family, religion, and social status from the turn-of-the-century through post World War II America.

     This project is supported with house and trade ads.

     THE NAME OF THE GAME is a 176-page hardcover, arriving in comic-book stores November 21 with a cover price of $29.95 U.S. [New Release Date: December 5]


Welcome to the neighborhood.
JLA/HAVEN: ARRIVAL

     When a city from space crash-lands in California — skidding across hundreds of miles of cities and towns — only the World's Greatest Super-Heroes can hope to contain the massive damage. But when that city proves to be populated mostly with super-beings from another world, even the Justice League of America may not be enough to stem the disaster in JLA/HAVEN: ARRIVAL — a Prestige Format one-shot presenting an event that drastically alters the landscape of not just California, but the DC Universe itself.

Cover     Written by comics newcomers Ashley-Jayne Nicolaus & Matthew P. Schuster and showcasing vivid, career-high-point art and covers by Ariel Olivetti (X-Man), JLA/HAVEN: ARRIVAL introduces the inhabitants of Haven, whose escape from an otherworldly tyrant has brought them to an even greater calamity. Colliding with the Earth, hundreds of thousands of "Havenites" have already died, despite the efforts of their city's greatest champions — the super-heroic Alliance.

     As the Alliance struggles in rescue efforts while bridging cultural and lingual gaps with the JLA, the city of Haven may survive to find a new — and surprising — place in post-war United States of America. But how will the Luthor Administration respond to this unexpected arrival? And can anyone — Luthor, the JLA, the Alliance, or even the villains and traitors within Haven's midst — predict what will happen when the being who drove Haven away follows her prey to Earth?

     JLA/HAVEN: ARRIVAL introduces scores of bizarre and intriguing new alien characters, and sets the stage for the upcoming HAVEN: THE BROKEN CITY maxiseries (solicited next month). Both thrilling and emotionally involving, the story of the Havenites begins here, as the JLA attempts to save those in the path of the city's progress from being destroyed, while at the same time helping them find a safe place on a strange new world.

     This project is supported with a 4-color poster, house and trade ads, and a website promotion at www.dccomics.com.

     JLA/HAVEN: ARRIVAL is a 48-page one-shot in the Prestige Format edited by Mike Carlin, arriving in comic-book stores November 7 with a cover price of $5.95 U.S.


JLA: RIDDLE OF THE BEAST
HARDCOVER

     In a universe of darkness, a world without a name struggles to heal itself after generations of war. And against murderous odds, a solitary boy must lay claim to his heritage, and topple walls of ignorance and fear in order to save his home.

Cover     In the tradition of The Lord of the Rings, The Wheel of Time and The Chronicles of Amber comes JLA: RIDDLE OF THE BEAST — a 104-page Elseworlds hardcover (advance-solicited this month for arrival in December) that has everything lovers of high fantasy look for. Written by Alan Grant and featuring characters and creatures designed by Michael Wm. Kaluta, the most distinctive aspect of this graphic novel is the variety of artistic visions employed. To best dramatize the multitude of settings and characters, each individual chapter of RIDDLE OF THE BEAST is rendered by a different one of today's top comics painters, including Carl Critchlow, Simon Davis, Glenn Fabry, Jon Foster, Rafael Garres, Doug Alexander Gregory, Alex Horley, Hermann Mejia, Jim Murray, Andrew Robinson, Liam McCormick-Sharp, Gregg Staples, Saverio Tenuta, John Watson, and Martin T. Williams. Taking full advantage of each artist's stylistic strengths, the cities and wilderness of the Nameless World are realized to their fullest.

     In a peaceful corner of a land plagued by hideous creatures and fractured by war, a young hero named Robin is sent on a lonely quest to unify the feuding lords of the sundered realms against the menace of the risen Beast. But as mighty as the armies of the Beast have become, it is ignorance and arrogance that are Robin's keenest enemies. Robin's journeys take him through a DC Universe never before conceived: from the cliffside huts of Haven, past the haunted Crags of Gotham, through the deeply forested realm of Amazonia, down to the squalid streets of the City of the Center, and finally up the jeweled towers of fabled Kryptonia — all this to bring together an alliance that will fight for the good of the world. Each newly reinterpreted and redesigned member of the JLA plays a part in this tale, though some are more recognizable than others...

     Sword fights, sprawling battles, demonic uprisings, and creatures that beggar description all fill this high-fantasy Elseworlds epic — complete with colorful fully-rendered maps, a compelling world-history in true Swords and Sorcery tradition, and a gorgeous cover painting (with a special foil-stamping) by Justin Sweet!

     This project is supported with house and trade ads.

     JLA: RIDDLE OF THE BEAST is a 104-page Elseworlds hardcover edited by Dan Raspler. It is advance-solicited and arrives in comic-book stores December 5 with a cover price of $24.95 U.S. [New Release Date: November 28]


THE DEADMAN COLLECTION
DELUXE SLIPCASED HARDCOVER

     "Rama Kushna has given me the power to move among the living, until I find my murderer! And I will find him — if it takes an eternity!" — Deadman

Cover     Everyone's favorite dead super-hero, Deadman, was last seen in the DEADMAN: DEAD AGAIN miniseries and is soon set to star in an ongoing DEADMAN series starting in December. Now his earliest adventures — most of them illustrated by the legendary Neal Adams (THE GREEN LANTERN/GREEN ARROW COLLECTION) — are collected in THE DEADMAN COLLECTION, a massive 356-page deluxe slipcased hardcover that features the writing talents of Adams, Bob Haney, Jack Miller, Arnold Drake, Robert Kanigher, and Dennis O'Neil, with additional art by Carmine Infantino and George Tuska.

     Upon his death, circus acrobat Deadman (Boston Brand) is endowed with the ability to enter and possess bodies of the living by a mysterious supernatural being named Rama Kushna. Brand is given these abilities for a single purpose: to wreak vengeance against his murderer, "The Hook." So begin the stories found in THE DEADMAN COLLECTION, reprinting STRANGE ADVENTURES #205-216, THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #79, 86 and 104, selected stories from AQUAMAN (Volume One) #50-52, and CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN #74 — all of which were originally published in 1967-1970 and 1985.

     Featuring new (slipcase) cover art by Neal Adams, and introductions by Adams, Drake and Infantino, this stellar collection offers for the first time in a deluxe hardcover format a complete compilation of Adams's classic art for Deadman (including a story newly re-inked by Adams) — and an opportunity to follow, from his very first appearance, Deadman's quest for vengeance.

     This project is supported with house and trade ads.

     THE DEADMAN COLLECTION is a 356-page deluxe slipcased hardcover, arriving in comic-book stores November 7 with a cover price of $75.00 U.S. [New Release Date: November 14]


GREEN LANTERN: LEGACY — THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF HAL JORDAN
HARDCOVER

     Hal Jordan was one of the greatest Green Lanterns who ever lived, and his life as a Green Lantern affected far more people than anyone could have known. Now, the pieces he has left in his wake are coming together, and the results will shock and amaze you.

Cover     GREEN LANTERN: LEGACY — THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF HAL JORDAN is a special 112-page hardcover written by Joe Kelly (ACTION COMICS) and illustrated by Brent Anderson (KURT BUSIEK'S ASTRO CITY, Rising Stars) and Bill Sienkiewicz (Elektra: Assassin), chronicling the life of a tragic hero, through his times of heroic bravery to his final attempt at redemption. Starting at Hal's funeral, LEGACY follows Tom Kalmaku, Hal's mechanic and confidante through his career as Green Lantern, and portrays the betrayal Tom felt after Hal's fall from grace.

     Tom then is left to deal with the greatest of Hal's legacies: a young boy claiming to be Hal's son, who has a connection to one of the universe's greatest powers. But first the pair must figure out why a dark figure has come from outer space to make sure no descendant of Hal Jordan survives.

     Interweaving action and drama from Hal's heroic career with the reactions of loved ones, LEGACY — which takes place prior to Hal's transformation into the Spirit of Vengeance known as the Spectre — is a sweeping tale of family, friends, vengeance…and redemption.

     This project is supported with house and trade ads.

     GREEN LANTERN: LEGACY — THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF HAL JORDAN HC is a 112-page hardcover edited by Bob Schreck, arriving in comic-book stores November 28 with a cover price of $24.95 U.S. [New Release Date: April 24]


Fast...and Furious!
JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE WITH KEVIN MAGUIRE CREATING THE FLASH

     This November, having already seen living legend Stan Lee's take on Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern in the JUST IMAGINE… one-shots, readers may think they're done being surprised. But they'll change their minds — quickly — when they see the heroine making her debut in JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE WITH KEVIN MAGUIRE CREATING THE FLASH!

Cover     With art by Maguire (JLA: CREATED EQUAL, X-Men Forever) & Karl Story (BATMAN, NIGHTWING), JUST IMAGINE...FLASH introduces Mary Maxwell, a beautiful 20-year-old college senior who escapes the dreariness of her home life — where she's raised by her widower scientist father — by immersing herself in the world of comic books. Little does she know that the tedium at home is just a front, and that her father's top-secret research on ways to change human DNA to endure the stresses of time travel has made the Maxwell family targets of the would-be world conquerors known as S.T.E.A.L.T.H.!

     While fleeing the S.T.E.A.L.T.H. agents, Mary is exposed to a mysterious green mist — one with connections to other JUST IMAGINE... one-shots — leaving her strangely drained of energy. Her father devotes himself to researching a cure for her listlessness, grafting the DNA of one of nature's speediest creatures — the hummingbird — onto Mary's own. But the process has unexpected consequences, giving Mary incredible speed and the ability to exceed the velocity of light itself! But how will she use her powers to stop S.T.E.A.L.T.H., especially since they've used her father's research and are now capable of traveling through time?

     Introducing the final hero to play a role in December's JUST IMAGINE...JLA one-shot, JUST IMAGINE...FLASH features two covers — the front by Maguire & Story, the back by Adam Hughes (WONDER WOMAN) — and a backup story written by Michael Uslan with Lee and illustrated by Sergio Aragonιs (MAD Magazine, FANBOY).

     This project is supported with house ads.

     JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE AND KEVIN MAGUIRE CREATING THE FLASH is a 48-page one-shot in the Prestige Format, edited by Mike Carlin. It arrives in comic-book stores November 14 with a cover price of $5.95 U.S. [New Release Date: November 28]


BATMAN: THE ANKH

     Ancient Egypt. An army of mummies. Powerful magic. A raided tomb. All this and more is found in BATMAN: THE ANKH, an enthralling new 2-issue Prestige Format miniseries reuniting the acclaimed team behind BATMAN: THE CHALICE — writer Chuck Dixon (NIGHTWING, ROBIN, BIRDS OF PREY) and painter John Van Fleet (AMERICAN CENTURY covers).

Cover     Set before the events of "Officer Down," THE ANKH finds some of Gotham's wealthiest citizens suddenly vanishing without a trace. As Batman begins his investigation into the missing millionaires, Commissioner James Gordon calls in the Dark Knight to help track down a number of disappearing Egyptian artifacts. Batman, Robin and Gordon discover that the new addition to Gotham's Rogues Gallery — the seemingly immortal sorceress known as Khatera Thal — may be the thread that's connecting all of the crimes.

     But what is the secret and tragic origin behind Khatera? Why, in the subterranean corridors of Gotham, is she recreating an ancient palace from the Middle Kingdom? And what power does Khatera have over the mindless savage known as Killer Croc?

     BATMAN: THE ANKH effortlessly brings the ancient ways of the past to an unprepared present era, as Batman faces a threat unlike anyone — or anything — he's faced before.

     This project is supported with house ads.

     BATMAN: THE ANKH is a 2-issue Prestige Format miniseries edited by Matt Idelson. The 48-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores November 28 with a cover price of $5.95 U.S.


JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES

     Forged from the fires of Justice, Truth and Honor comes JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES, based on the Cartoon Network's brand new action-adventure show debuting the same week the comic arrives — with issue #1 featuring a cover penciled by the show's cocreator Bruce Timm and painted by the incomparable Alex Ross!

Cover     In a Watchtower satellite high above the earth there are assembled the World's Greatest Heroes: Superman! Wonder Woman! Batman! Martian Manhunter! Green Lantern! Hawkgirl! The Flash! These are humanity's greatest hope against evil from Earth and beyond. The team's adventures explode in each issue, which are standalone stories written and drawn by some of the top names in the industry — giving some of the best talents in comics a chance to try their hand with these world-known icons!

     In issue #1, written by Ty Templeton with art by Min S. Ku & Dan Davis, the JLA faces a deadly alien threat! When a meteor lands in an American suburb, the League is called on to investigate. Soon they are drawn into an intergalactic conflict, but it seems as if the real threat may be one of their own…Green Lantern! Our heroes' adventures may be over as soon as they've begun!

     This project is supported with house ads.

     JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES is an ongoing series edited by Dan Raspler. Issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores November 14 with a cover price of $1.99 U.S.


GREEN LANTERN: TRAITOR
TRADE PAPERBACK

     Abin Sur. Hal Jordan. Kyle Rayner. Three men sworn to protect the innocent who share the same legacy. All have been chosen to wield the power of the ultimate weapon. They are Green Lanterns, given a sole charge: Let no evil escape their sight!

Cover     GREEN LANTERN: TRAITOR is a 144-page trade paperback collecting the three connected stories from LEGENDS OF THE DC UNIVERSE (issues #20, 21, 28, 29, 37, and 38). Written by Steven Grant (X-Man) with inks by Klaus Janson (BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS) and a new painted cover by Greg Staples, TRAITOR is a tale of three heroes, illustrated by three different pencilers, separated by time but sharing the same impossible goal — to put an end to the planet-shattering force that is possibly the greatest evil to face the Green Lanterns: Traitor. A warrior genetically engineered to be the ultimate conqueror, Traitor has sworn to eradicate the only force to give pause to his brutal conquests: Green Lantern…any Green Lantern.

     In the first chapter, Mike Zeck pencils a story of Abin Sur, long before he passed his ring on to Hal Jordan, in a Wild West adventure that introduces the threat of Traitor. Then legendary Silver Age Green Lantern artist Gil Kane pencils the second Green Lantern encounter with Traitor, featuring Hal. Finally, current Green Lantern Kyle Rayner faces Traitor in the present day, in a story penciled by Scott Kolins (THE FLASH). Will the threat of Traitor finally be vanquished, or will it live on to face generations of Green Lanterns to come?

     GREEN LANTERN: TRAITOR is a 144-page trade paperback arriving in comic-book stores November 21 with a cover price of $12.95 U.S.


THE GREEN ARROW BY JACK KIRBY

     It was 1958, and as hard as it may be to believe, Jack Kirby — who had co-created Captain America over a decade earlier and was three years shy of co-creating most of the Marvel Universe — was looking for work! So DC Comics offered him a (pardon the pun) second-string backup strip: Green Arrow.

Cover     Now this little-seen work can finally be yours to own with THE GREEN ARROW BY JACK KIRBY — a 72-page Special featuring all the Green Arrow stories ever done by Kirby, one of comics' greatest creators ever. These eleven, wildly imaginative stories written by Dave Wood, Bill Finger and Ed Herron and illustrated by the great Jack Kirby (with help from his wife Roz), were originally featured in ADVENTURE COMICS #250-256 and WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #96-99 (spanning 1958-1959). This amazing volume also features a cover by Kirby and an introduction by comics writer/historian Mark Evanier!

     Some of the bizarre and exciting adventures contained within include: "The Green Arrow's First Case," "The Green Arrows of the World," "Prisoners of Dimension Zero," and "The Menace of the Mechanical Octopus!"

     This project is supported with house ads.

     THE GREEN ARROW BY JACK KIRBY is a 72-page Special arriving in comic-book stores November 14 with a cover price of $5.95 U.S.


PLASTIC MAN ARCHIVES Volume 3
HARDCOVER

Cover     DC Comics continues its award-winning Archives series featuring everyone's favorite pliable hero with PLASTIC MAN ARCHIVES Volume 3 — a 216-page hardcover written and illustrated by Jack Cole. This volume features an introduction by Michelle Urry, cartoon editor for Playboy Magazine, who gives an overview of Cole's career with a special focus on his gag cartoon work (including for early Playboy) after leaving comics.

     Volume 3 shows Cole really starting to hit his stride with Plastic Man's adventures, reprinting POLICE COMICS #31-39 and PLASTIC MAN COMICS #2 (spanning 1944-45) — with even more outrageous stories and inspired art than the first two volumes! And this time Plas's gangland adversaries begin to match Plas himself in sheer zaniness: Froggy Fink, underworld killer; Serena Sloop, defender of "poor misguided" crooks; Slinky, Slimy and Slippery Slade, elusive criminal brothers who lead Plas and Woozy on a wild adventure; Elmer Body, the body-possessing nobody; Fargo Freddie, the volcanic man; and more! Discover why the PLASTIC MAN ARCHIVES volumes have proven to be one of the most popular series yet!

     PLASTIC MAN ARCHIVES Volume 3 is a 216-page hardcover, arriving in comic-book stores November 14 with a cover price of $49.95 U.S. [New Release Date: November 21]


SUPERBOY #94

     The Teen of Steel is headed in an all-new direction with an all-new creative team, starting in SUPERBOY #94, by writers Jimmy Palmiotti (Deadpool, Ash) & Dan Didio, and the art team behind JENNY SPARKS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE AUTHORITY, penciller John McCrea (HITMAN) & inker James Hodgkins. The new creative team's debut issue is also topped off with an eye-catching cover by J.G. Jones (Marvel Boy, Black Widow)!

Cover     In SUPERBOY #94, the Kid must face what could very well be his greatest challenge: finding an apartment! Without Cadmus around, the Kid will need a new place to stay. But Superboy's never lived on his own before, and he's about to discover that apartment-hunting is nowhere near as easy as it sounds! Where will he go, and how will he able to afford his own pad? Along the way, Superboy learns the struggle that the everyman has to deal with day to day in a normal life — and he'll find dealing with super-villains is a piece of cake in comparison!

     The series takes a more down to earth tone as the Kid goes through many personal changes in his relationships as well as a further understanding of his powers and his true purpose in life. Once he settles into his new pad, a whole new cast of characters become a part of his life. But with that, a new set of adventures await the Teen of Steel! Issue #94 serves as a great jumping on point for new readers as well as a bold new direction for those loyal fans of SUPERBOY.

     SUPERBOY #94 is a 32-page issue edited by Mike McAvennie arriving in comic-book stores November 21 with a cover price of $2.25 U.S.


Note: Feature Articles for WildStorm/ABC/Homage and Vertigo comics may be found on their respective pages.