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WONDER WOMAN: THE HIKETEIA
HARDCOVER

     It is an ancient, long-forgotten Greek ritual: the Hiketeia. An almost-holy contract binding two parties in mutual protection and care. When a troubled young woman from Gotham City named Danielle performs the ceremony for a surprised Wonder Woman, the Amazon must accept its pact which then can never be broken — for refusing it would guarantee retribution from the gods…

Click For Larger Image     WONDER WOMAN: THE HIKETEIA is a 96-page hardcover written by Greg Rucka (DETECTIVE COMICS, Queen & Country) and gorgeously illustrated by J.G. Jones (Marvel Boy, Black Widow) & Wade von Grawbadger (STARMAN), that finds our heroine suddenly caught between a rock and a hard place by the sworn oath of the Hiketeia.

     Wonder Woman’s problems only worsen when, forced into the role of teacher and protector, she discovers she also must stand between her student and the earthly justice that her fellow JLA teammate Batman so rightly seeks. It seems the Dark Knight has uncovered Danielle’s deeply troubled past and has come to take her back to Gotham.

     Trapped with the gods watching above and Batman on the ground, Diana must now find a solution to a seemingly insoluble problem — one that, as in all Greek Tragedy, may end in death…

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

     WONDER WOMAN: THE HIKETEIA is a 96-page hardcover edited by Bob Schreck, arriving in comic-book stores June 19 with a cover price of $24.95 U.S. Note: A softcover edition will not be offered with an in-store date earlier than December, 2002.


SMALLVILLE ACTION FIGURES

     Every week, devoted TV viewers tune into the hit series Smallville on The WB Network, featuring tales of a teenaged Clark Kent before he became Superman! Now, coming in October, DC Direct debuts its beautifully-sculpted SMALLVILLE ACTION FIGURES!

Click For Larger Image     Played by actor Tom Welling on the show, the SMALLVILLE: CLARK KENT ACTION FIGURE features a striking likeness, standing approximately 6 3/8” tall with 7 points of articulation, and thermal chromatic hands that change color (from Kryptonite poisoning). Clark also comes packaged with a removable backpack and a 1 1/4” block of Kryptonite.

Click For Larger Image     The SMALLVILLE: LANA LANG ACTION FIGURE stands approximately 5 3/4” tall with 11 points of articulation. Lana (played by actress Kristin Kreuk) comes with two pompoms that the figure can hold and a synthetic jewel Kryptonite replica of her necklace on a 18” chain that fans can wear.

Click For Larger Image     The SMALLVILLE: LEX LUTHOR ACTION FIGURE stands approximately 6 1/8” tall with 7 points of articulation. Lex (played by Michael Rosenbaum) comes with a hinged laptop computer emblazoned with the LuthorCorp logo and a LuthorCorp annual report.

     All three figures come with their own collectible trading card from Inkworks featuring a photo of the character and are packaged individually in 4-color blister packs.

     These figures are supported with a 4-color poster, house and trade ads, and a minisite at www.dccomics.com/dcdirect.

     The SMALLVILLE: CLARK KENT ACTION FIGURE, the SMALLVILLE: LANA LANG ACTION FIGURE and the SMALLVILLE: LEX LUTHOR ACTION FIGURE are all advance-solicited, sold separately and arrive in comic-book stores October 2. Please consult your retailer for pricing information. Retailers please note: These figures are intended for individual sale to consumers but are packaged together as an assortment. Consult your retailer order form for packaging details. These figures are being offered simultaneously beyond the comic-book specialty market. [New Release Date: October 16]


Behold! The Champion of the Dream Realm!
JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE WITH WALTER SIMONSON CREATING SANDMAN

Click For Larger Image     For the past year, readers have witnessed a project that once seemed impossible take shape, as comic-book legend Stan Lee joined some of comics’ greatest artists to create original characters based on the names of some of DC’s signature heroes in the JUST IMAGINE… series of one-shots. In June, as previously unguessed-at connections between the earlier installments have become clear, Stan teams with Walter Simonson (ORION, Thor) to introduce a new champion with a familiar name in JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE WITH WALTER SIMONSON CREATING SANDMAN.

     JUST IMAGINE…SANDMAN finds Earth menaced by a mysterious sickness that is causing worldwide panic as people fall asleep, but never wake up again. When a strange green mist approaches Earth, a panicky U.S. Government fears something even more terrifying is in store, and sends a mission into space to analyze the possible threat. But the mission has been compromised as astronaut Larry Wilton is menaced by an on-board saboteur…one under the influence of the malevolent Reverend Dominic Darrk. With his tether cut during a space walk, Wilton’s life seems certain to end, but instead of dying, his near-unconscious body drifts into the mist cloud.

     When Wilton awakes, he finds himself in a strange, otherworldly place…one its inhabitants refer to as the Dream Realm. There he meets a woman known as Oracle, who reveals that the Realm is tied to the coma plague…and that the souls of all those afflicted will be lost if Wilton does not take the mantle of the Realm’s guardian — the Sandman — and confront its evil master. But what connection does the deathlord of the Dream Realm have to Reverend Darrk? And will the Sandman be able to master the full range of powers spawned from his mystic amulet in order to save the world from the coma plague and the even greater Crisis that is to come?

     This penultimate chapter features two covers — one by Simonson and the other by Adam Hughes (WONDER WOMAN) — as well as an “On the Street” backup written by Michael Uslan with art by ??.

     This project is supported with house and trade ads.

     JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE WITH WALTER SIMONSON CREATING SANDMAN is a 48-page Prestige Format one-shot edited by Mike Carlin. It arrives in comic-book stores June 12 with a cover price of $5.95 U.S. [New Release Date: June 26]


JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE CREATING THE DC UNIVERSE BOOK ONE
TRADE PAPERBACK

Click For Larger Image     It was one of the most talked-about projects of 2001! Living legend Stan Lee — the co-creator of X-Men, Spider-Man, the Hulk and the Marvel Universe — joined with some of comics’ greatest artists to create several original characters based on the names of classic DC characters! Now the first four of these unforgettable one-shots is collected in JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE CREATING THE DC UNIVERSE — a 224-page trade paperback that also includes a gallery of sketches and “behind-the-scenes” material.

     The first of three volumes, this trade paperback collects JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE WITH JOE KUBERT CREATING BATMAN, JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE WITH JIM LEE CREATING WONDER WOMAN, JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE WITH JOHN BUSCEMA CREATING SUPERMAN, JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE WITH DAVE GIBBONS CREATING GREEN LANTERN, and five Profile Pages from JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE SECRET FILES #1! Featuring the writing talents of Stan Lee (with Michael Uslan co-writing the “On The Street” backup stories), this volume displays an amazing roster of artists: Joe Kubert, Jim Lee & Scott Williams, John Buscema, Dave Gibbons & Dick Giordano, Michael Wm. Kaluta, Gene Colan & Tom Palmer, Kyle Baker, and José Luis Garciá-Lopez. Plus, all the back covers by Adam Hughes are included, while the volume itself is topped with a cover by Stuart Immonen!

     JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE CREATING THE DC UNIVERSE BOOK ONE is a 224-page trade paperback arriving in comic-book stores June 26 with a cover price of $19.95 U.S


JLA: DESTINY

     The Man of Steel. The Dark Knight. They are the World’s Finest heroes…but what would life be like without them? A world where their absence has had just as great an impact as their existence has had in this reality. A world where the super-criminals are less afraid, more confident, better organized, and more focused…

Click For Larger Image     Welcome to the Elseworld of JLA: DESTINY — a 4-issue miniseries in the Prestige Format that tells the story of this contentious, frightening place where global terrorism masquerades as super-politics. Written by John Arcudi (DOOM PATROL, GEN13), with art and covers by Tom Mandrake (MARTIAN MANHUNTER, THE SPECTRE), JLA: DESTINY is set in a world that desperately needs a Justice League of its own.

     Here, everything you know about the DC Universe is wrong: The JLA started from humble (yet oddly recognizable) beginnings through the efforts of just one man. It grew and evolved to combat the increasingly nasty world it eventually came to police. The League isn’t tempered by the forces of will from two iconic personalities. Rather, it’s torn by the changes it has seen. New heroes jockey to fill the void, barely able to keep pace with new villains and their endless campaigns of terror. And behind it all, a crisis is building that this Justice League of America isn’t prepared to meet…

     This project is supported with house and trade ads.

     JLA: DESTINY is a 4-issue Prestige Format Elseworlds miniseries edited by Peter Tomasi. The 48-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores June 5 with a cover price of $5.95 U.S.


GREEN LANTERN: BRIGHTEST DAY/BLACKEST NIGHT

     Before Kyle Rayner, before Hal Jordan, there was one man who bore the ring as the original Emerald Gladiator: Alan Scott, Green Lantern! Now travel back in time with us to the height of the Golden Age, circa World War II, as we recount the tale of Scott’s first encounter with one of his greatest adversaries ever!

Click For Larger Image     GREEN LANTERN: BRIGHTEST DAY/BLACKEST NIGHT is a 48-page Prestige Format one-shot written by Steven T. Seagle (THE CRUSADES, Uncanny X-Men) and exquisitely painted by John K. Snyder III (DOCTOR MID-NITE). When a planeload of mysterious foreigners carrying a secret weapon is forced to land in the wilds of Gotham City’s Slaughter Swamp, radio announcer Alan Scott springs into action as Green Lantern! But the rescue attempt is thwarted by a malevolent brute Scott has never before seen. Fans of DC history will thrill to read about the Golden Age Green Lantern’s first colossal run-in with the grotesque gargoyle called Solomon Grundy!

     Told from the point of view of both Alan Scott (in lavish color) and Grundy (in chilling black-and-white), BRIGHTEST DAY/BLACKEST NIGHT is a heart-stopping race against time to save lives and the free world…but from what? The murderous man-monster that stalks the swamps? The gang of would-be world-smashers who were on the plane? Or the true threat, the secret cargo that’s an early component of the American nuclear arms effort, which could turn brightest day…into blackest night!?!?

     This project is supported with house and trade ads.

     GREEN LANTERN: BRIGHTEST DAY/BLACKEST NIGHT is a 48-page Prestige Format one-shot edited by Dan Raspler, arriving in comic-book stores June 19 with a cover price of $5.95 U.S. [New Release Date: July 3]


JSA: DARKNESS FALLS
TRADE PAPERBACK

     Heroes of the present and legends of the past came together to form the Justice Society of America! Now honored as heroes, the new JSA continues to endure the trials that made the Justice Society heroic icons. But as heroes continue, so must evil…

Click For Larger Image     JSA: DARKNESS FALLS is a 232-page trade paperback cowritten by David S. Goyer & Geoff Johns, with art by Stephen Sadowski, Michael Bair, Buzz, Marcos Martin, and Keith Champagne, and a new cover by Sadowski & Mark Farmer. Reprinting JSA #6-15, DARKNESS FALLS finds the JSA called upon once again to save the planet from malevolent forces that threaten the very fiber of the universe! But this time it’s personal, as the foe they fight is a darkness-consumed Obsidian — son of Alan Scott, Sentinel. If that weren’t enough, the original super-team also must confront the return of the Injustice Society and face the time-shattering threat of Extant, who killed several members of the original Justice Society during ZERO HOUR.

     This project is supported with house ads.

     JSA: DARKNESS FALLS is a 232-page trade paperback, arriving in comic-book stores June 12 with a cover price of $19.95 U.S. Note: This is a resolicitation. All previous orders have been cancelled.


GREEN LANTERN ARCHIVES Volume Four
HARDCOVER

     “In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight! Let those who worship evil’s might beware my power — Green Lantern’s light!”

Click For Larger Image     With these words, dauntless test pilot Hal Jordan came to wield the greatest power in the universe: the Green Lantern! Now thrill to more exciting adventures of the Emerald Gladiator of the Silver Age as they are collected in GREEN LANTERN ARCHIVES Volume Four — a 216-page hardcover featuring a foreword by former DC editor Jack C. Harris.

     With stories written by John Broome and Gardner Fox, featuring classic art by the likes of Gil Kane, Joe Giella (with an assist from Murphy Anderson), Frank Giacoia, and Sid Greene, the Green Lantern’s light perhaps was never more radiant than it was during these halcyon days of comicdom.

     Reprinting eight complete issues (GREEN LANTERN Vol. 1 #22-29), Volume Four finds the Emerald Gladiator doing battle with the Tattooed Man, Sonar, Star Sapphire, the Shark and other extraordinary foes. Brightest days, indeed!

     GREEN LANTERN ARCHIVES Volume Four is a 216-page hardcover, arriving in comic-book stores June 26 with a cover price of $49.95 U.S.


The Hammer of Hell takes flight!
ENEMY ACE ARCHIVES Volume One
HARDCOVER

ENEMY ACE DELUXE ACTION FIGURE


     His name was Baron Hans von Hammer, and he was the greatest fighter pilot of World War I. But when he first appeared in 1965, he wasn’t exactly the kind of war hero that comics fans were used to reading about…

Click For Larger Image     Treat yourself to one of the finest war features ever with ENEMY ACE ARCHIVES Volume One — a 224-page hardcover advance-solicited for arrival in October that reprints the Enemy Ace stories from OUR ARMY AT WAR #151-155, SHOWCASE #57 & 58 and STAR-SPANGLED WAR STORIES #138-142. Von Hammer — the “Enemy Ace” — piloted his red Fokker DR-1 triplane in the skies above the trenches of WWI Europe, driven more by duty and honor than bloodlust. “Enemy Ace” was the first regular feature in comics to “dare to reveal the enemy side of the war” and remains a singular achievement in comics.

     The brainchild of prolific writer Robert Kanigher and classic war artist Joe Kubert (who provides the introduction to this volume), Von Hammer struggled as much with his conscience as he did with his enemies. Hating war, he did his duty for his country to the best of his ability, aided by his trusted Black Wolf companion. These stories are packed with beautifully orchestrated dogfights that unfold across the pages — each one ending with Von Hammer’s famous salute to his fallen foe. Seldom, if ever — especially in war comics — has the hero’s character been explored in such depth. The ten stories collected in this volume are not only some of the best war stories ever, but also feature explorations of Von Hammer’s background, while introducing his most famous adversary, the Hangman.

Click For Larger Image     Also advance-solicited this month, and due to arrive the same day as the Archive Edition, is the ENEMY ACE DELUXE ACTION FIGURE from DC Direct! Enemy Ace stands approximately 6 1/4” tall without his helmet and comes packaged with the Black Wolf, his companion from the woods around his ancestral home. The great Black Wolf is 2” tall and 4” long. This deluxe set also includes a 3” long replica of his Fokker DR-1.

     These items are supported with house and trade ads.

     ENEMY ACE ARCHIVES Volume One is a 224-page hardcover. It is advance-solicited and arrives in comic-book stores October 2 with a cover price of $49.95 U.S. The ENEMY ACE DELUXE ACTION FIGURE is advance-solicited and arrives in comic-book stores October 2. Please consult your retailer for pricing information.


BATMOBILE REPLICA: 1950s EDITION

Click For Larger Image     Buckle yourself in and get ready to hit the road with DC Direct’s first in a series of vehicle props, the BATMOBILE REPLICA: 1950s EDITION. This finely crafted, cold-cast porcelain, hand-painted replica brings to life one of the most famous vehicles in comics, the sleek Batmobile — as driven by Batman and Robin in the ‘50s.

     The Batmobile measures approximately 11” long x 3 1/2” tall x 4 1/2” wide, on a base measuring 9” deep x 12 1/2” long x 2” high, and is set on an art-deco-themed base. The Batmobile features light-up headlights, taillights and the eyes of the Bat-emblem on the front of the vehicle, and is removable from its base, but does not have rolling wheels. (The light-up feature works when the vehicle is on the base, using an “on/off” switch with 30-second timer to conserve batteries). Also included is a 3 1/2” x 5” Batmobile “title” document and a 16” x 22” blueprint of the Batmobile. This vehicle comes packaged with batteries in a 4-color box. Look for more replica edition vehicles from DC Direct in the months to come!

     The BATMOBILE REPLICA: 1950s EDITION is advance-solicited, arriving in comic-book stores September 4 with a price of $195.00 U.S.


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