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     Imperiex is coming…and he will not be denied!

     The ultimate conquering force has been unleashed upon the universe and is heading toward Earth, leaving a path of devastation in its wake. The DC Universe is shaken to its core, with one hero — Superman — pushed to his limit as Earth becomes embroiled in a galactic war against a seemingly unstoppable enemy. And another hero, Aquaman, meets a heroic demise…

Click For Larger Image     Last summer’s history-making crossover event “Our Worlds At War” was so epic, so intense, that it takes two jam-packed volumes to collect it all! SUPERMAN: OUR WORLDS AT WAR Volume One and Volume Two each weigh in at 264 pages and arrive (within two weeks of each other) this August.

     OUR WORLDS AT WAR features an all-star lineup of some of the industry’s hottest creators, including writers Jeph Loeb, Joe Casey, Mark Schultz, Joe Kelly, Phil Jimenez, Peter David, and Todd Dezago. Artists include Ed McGuinness, Mike Wieringo, Doug Mahnke, Kano, Phil Jimenez, Ron Garney, Leonard Kirk, Todd Nauck, Carlo Barbieri, Pascual Ferry, Mark Buckingham, Bill Sienkiewicz, Yvel Guichet, Duncan Rouleau, and many more! (Consult the listings for exact breakdowns of creators in each volume).

     Volume One finds Imperiex making its first strike, as Superman and the mightiest heroes of the DC Universe are overwhelmed by a planet ravaged with fire and destruction. With the fate of the world at stake, the Man of Steel is left no choice but to forge shaky alliances with President Luthor, Darkseid, Mongul, and other dubious allies. Now, with his makeshift army of heroes and villains, Superman wages war against a foe determined to destroy the universe and remake it in its own image. Plus, the death of a JLA member! This volume reprints SUPERMAN #171-172, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #593-594, SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL #115-116, ACTION COMICS #780-781, SUPERGIRL #59, and JLA: OUR WORLDS AT WAR #1.

Click For Larger Image     Volume Two shows the war going badly for Superman and his allies. Already the casualties are mounting, with some of DC’s greatest heroes having fallen or gone missing in battle. As the heroes of the world attempt to turn the tide to their favor, Brainiac 13 secretly enters the war seeking to harness the power of Imperiex to use for his own ends. This volume reprints SUPERMAN #173, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #595, SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL #117, ACTION COMICS #782, WONDER WOMAN #172-173, YOUNG JUSTICE #36, IMPULSE #77, SUPERBOY #91, and WORLD’S FINEST: OUR WORLDS AT WAR #1.

     Some of the events found in these volumes lead into JLA’s “The Obsidian Age: The Hunt for Aquaman” storyline solicited this month. Both volumes also feature special “Art of War” sketchbook sections.

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     SUPERMAN: OUR WORLDS AT WAR Volume One and Volume Two are both 264-page trade paperbacks with a cover price of $19.95 U.S. Volume One arrives in comic-book stores August 7. Volume Two arrives in comic-book stores August 21.

“The Hunt for Aquaman” begins!
JLA: “The Obsidian Age”

Click For Larger Image     Following the shocking events of JLA #68 (solicited last month), the JLA has fallen — vanished while searching the ruins of Atlantis for their lost teammate, Aquaman (missing since last year’s epic “Our Worlds At War” event). Yet there is no time to mourn the dead — and special provisions crafted by Batman summon a new team of heroes into the ranks of the JLA!

     From out of the ashes, an all-new JLA arises to protect the world and save humanity! JLA #69 kicks off the epic “The Obsidian Age: The Hunt for Aquaman” — a 7-part, twice-monthly storyline concluding in the super-sized JLA #75 in November. Written by Joe Kelly, “The Obsidian Age” features alternating chapters illustrated by the art teams of Doug Mahnke & Tom Nguyen and Yvel Guichet & Mark Propst.

     It’s a brand-new gathering of heroes — with some familiar faces and more than a few surprises! The “Big Seven” may be gone, but that doesn’t mean the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes won’t be around to save the day! Who will they be? You’ll have to get JLA #69 to find out!

Click For Larger Image     Just two weeks later in JLA #70, the mystery of the Ancients (who attacked the team in #66-67) is finally revealed! Who are they? And where (and when) do they come from? Manitou Raven and Tezumak — the two warriors who previously assailed the JLA — were almost too powerful to handle. Now meet the rest of their primal, fabled team: the sorceress Gamemnae! The otherworldly Angel! The mighty Sela! The powerful Whaler! And their leader, a young mage named…Rama Khan! Yet not all is peaceful in the mythic realm of Atlantis, for a bizarre group of villains from the far future has come on a mission of vengeance and destruction. If these villains have their way, Atlantis will be destroyed. Who are these villains? They call themselves...the Justice League!

     “The Obsidian Age: The Hunt for Aquaman” is sure to be an instant classic, as it will reveal the fate of the King of the Seven Seas.

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     JLA is an ongoing series edited by Dan Raspler. Issues #69-74 ship twice-monthly in the months of August, September and October. Issues #69 and #70 are both 32-page issues with a cover price of $2.25 U.S., arriving in comic-book stores August 14 and August 28, respectively.

Who’s your daddy?

     There have been many “heroes” in the wrestling world: overmuscled wannabes claiming to be champions of the oppressed, in reality just play-actors looking for an easy buck. All of them are mere pretenders to the throne...the throne of the one true masked lord of the wrestling ring — the standardbearer of a legacy that goes back untold centuries. Creator Adam Pollina (X-Force, STRAY) brings the story of this master of the wrestling arts to life in a thrilling miniseries, weighing in at nine irrepressibly funny issues.

     Preeeeeeezenting the one, the only...BIG DADDY DANGER!!!

Click For Larger Image     More than just a man (though he is all man), more than just a father (though his devotion to his son is only surpassed by his devotion to his mission), Big Daddy Danger is America’s greatest weapon in the fight for freedom. And more than just a miniseries, BIG DADDY DANGER is a bonanza in the making, with Walt Disney Pictures already developing a movie devoted to Daddy’s exploits. Inked by Tyson McAdoo (GEN-ACTIVE), BIG DADDY DANGER (which takes place in its own continuity and not within the DC Universe) is the first exposure fans will have to the people’s greatest champion: the impossibly strong, supremely confident, always-masked Big Daddy Danger.

     The latest member of the Danger family to take the mantle of a national secret weapon (dating back at least as far as the American Revolution), Big Daddy Danger faces astonishing challenges — from the lady wrestlers known as the “Ma’amazons” to a race of alien warriors looking for new worlds to conquer! The responsibilities are taking their toll on Daddy’s relationship with his family — aggravated, estranged wife Dana Danger and their son, the worshipful, frequently-disappointed-in-his-father Young Danny Danger. Behind the scenes, the architect of Daddy’s troubles is the one contender B.D. may never be able to defeat: his own brother, who will stop at nothing to vanquish his sibling and finally inherit the family legacy as Big Diablo Danger, the biggest heel of them all!

     Will Big Daddy be able to lay the smackdown on superstar wrestlers, aliens, the forces of Hell, and family turmoil the likes of which we mortals have never experienced? We’re not saying the fix is in, but the only safe bet is on BIG DADDY DANGER!

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     BIG DADDY DANGER is a 9-issue miniseries edited by Mike Carlin. Issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores August 7 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.

A New Writer Takes Aim!

Click For Larger Image     Popular writer Kevin Smith may have bid farewell to writing the adventures of Green Arrow for now, but Emerald Archer Oliver Queen is left in very talented hands. With GREEN ARROW #16, four-time New York Times best-selling author Brad Meltzer (The Millionaires, The Tenth Justice) starts his run on DC’s best-selling title, with continuing art by the fan-favorite team of Phil Hester & Ande Parks, and painted covers by Matt Wagner.

     In his first story arc, Meltzer examines the plans that Ollie made long ago in the event of his death. Since Ollie has died and returned to life, the archer is checking to see if his instructions were carried out properly. And who better to leave these instructions with than a super friend guaranteed to be around to follow through on them? Continuing the twists, turns and surprises that Kevin Smith used to great success in the first fifteen issues of GREEN ARROW, Meltzer forges a new path for comicdom’s most favorite archer — while putting his own stamp on the hot-headed hero.

     If you thought GREEN ARROW was good up until now, wait until you see what Meltzer — a serious comics fan — has in store for Ollie’s future!

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     GREEN ARROW is an ongoing series edited by Bob Schreck. Issue #16 is a 32-page issue arriving in comic-book stores August 28 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S. [New Release Date: September 4]


     In what world are the lives of Kyle Rayner, Hal Jordan and Alan Scott destined to collide in the most unexpected way? In an Elseworld — where New York City at the turn of the 19th century is the setting for the 3-issue Prestige Format tale of GREEN LANTERN: EVIL’S MIGHT.

Click For Larger Image     Written by Howard Chaykin & David Tischman (AMERICAN CENTURY, SON OF SUPERMAN) and illustrated by Marshall Rogers & John Cebollero (BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT), EVIL’S MIGHT shows a city filled with poverty, corruption and violence. From his offices around the corner from City Hall, "Boss" Tweed oversees the graft and extortion that make the city run. From his tenement flat in the Lower East Side just blocks away, Kyle Rayner pens the political cartoons that mock a government that cares little (if at all) for its poorest and neediest citizens. Uptown, police officer Hal Jordan courts Carol Ferris, the daughter of one of Tweed’s top political cronies. And on the West Side, gang leader Alan Scott begins building his own corrupt dynasty — one based on the rule of the fist, club and eventually, gun.

     Irish-born immigrants all, the lives of these men were destined to cross from the start. But something happens to make the collision even more explosive. That something is a gift — a gift of a lantern, given to Kyle in gratitude for saving a shopkeeper from Alan Scott's extortionist thugs. And when Kyle gets home, he discovers something else: a ring, secreted inside the lantern, which seems to come to life when Kyle places it on his finger, giving him undreamed-of powers! Crafted by the King of the Leprechauns a millennium ago and powered by a piece of the Blarney Stone, the ring gives Kyle the power to change the lives of New York's poorest…and to bring down the corrupt political regime he could until now only mock in the pages of the daily paper.

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     GREEN LANTERN: EVIL’S MIGHT is a 3-issue Prestige Format Elseworlds miniseries edited by Andrew Helfer. The 48-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores August 28 with a cover price of $5.95 U.S.


     In the year 1887, the British ship Lady Vain is lost at sea, and the only survivor — a young man called Mr. Carr — finds himself shipwrecked and stranded on a strange island. But this island is home to a bizarre corps of super-human creatures…creatures that bear a remarkable resemblance to some familiar heroes.

Click For Larger Image     JLA: THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU is a 64-page Prestige Format Elseworlds one-shot by legendary comics writer Roy Thomas (ALL-STAR SQUADRON, The Uncanny X-Men) and artist Steve Pugh (Generation X, ANIMAL MAN), that mixes elements of the classic novel by H.G. Wells with the mythos of the DC Universe.

     On this island, the deranged scientist Dr. Moreau has created super-human creatures utilizing amalgams of wild animals! A human-like cheetah/gazelle hybrid has become the Fastest Creature Alive. A killer whale crossed with a sea-crocodile bears a resemblance to the King of the Seven Seas. And so on…

     Desperate to prove the validity of his research, Moreau brings his menágerie back to civilization. His goal: to use his creations to hunt down and catch the master criminal of the moment, Jack the Ripper, and bring him to justice!

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     JLA: THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU is a 64-page Prestige Format Elseworlds one-shot edited by Joey Cavalieri, arriving in comic-book stores August 21 with a cover price of $6.95 U.S.


     We’re putting you down for 20 cases of this book to start. It’s an offer you can’t refuse. You got a problem wit’ dat?

Click For Larger Image     MAD ABOUT THE MOB, a look at organized — and disorganized — crime, collects MAD Magazine’s best mob satires, including The Godfather, Analyze This, The Untouchables, Scarface, and The Sopranos. Written and illustrated by the “Usual Gang of Idiots,” — including Sergio Aragonés, Jack Davis, Mort Drucker, Duck Edwing, Frank Jacobs, Al Jaffee, Arnie Kogen, Don Martin, and Larry Siegel — this 96-page black-and-white (8 1/4 x 10 1/2”) volume features an introduction by TV critic Joel Siegel (Good Morning America).

     Watch your sales go badda-bing!

     MAD ABOUT THE MOB is a 96-page black-and-white (8 1/4 x 10 1/2”) trade paperback (including 16 pages in full color), arriving in comic-book stores August 21 with a cover price of $8.95 U.S.


Click For Larger Image     Are you ever Seized by an Uncontrollable Desire to spend more time Escaping the Doldrums and Letting Out an Insane Cackle in the process? Then get ready for THE MAD MONSTER BOOK OF HORRIFYING CLICHÉS, a new 96-page hardcover collecting eighty of the best, crazy, colloquial creatures created by MAD’s Paul Coker, Jr. and Phil Hahn. Newly colored, this collection comes with not one, but two all-new introductions by none other than…Paul Coker, Jr. and Phil Hahn.

     Are you Accepting a Grim Reality that we’re Driving a Hard Bargain? At least we’re not Delivering a Veiled Threat! So stop Stifling a Yawn and order your very own copy today!

     THE MAD MONSTER BOOK OF HORRIFYING CLICHÉS is a 96-page full-color (5 1/2” x 5”) hardcover. It is advance-solicited, arriving in comic-book stores November 6 with a cover price of $9.95 U.S. [New Release Date: TBA]


     This kitten definitely has nine lives.

     Last seen at death’s door, Selina Kyle — Catwoman — has disappeared and is presumed dead. But the mysterious circumstances of her death draw the attention of a certain roughneck private eye: Slam Bradley! Slam finds himself on a trail filled with mystery and suspense that ultimately leads him to an unexpected surprise…Selina Kyle, alive!

Click For Larger Image     CATWOMAN: THE DARK END OF THE STREET is a 136-page trade paperback reprinting the backup stories from DETECTIVE COMICS #759-762 that found Slam on the trail of Selina, as well as the first four issues of the hit new CATWOMAN. Written by Ed Brubaker (BATMAN, SCENE OF THE CRIME), with art by Darwyn Cooke (CATWOMAN: SELINA’S BIG SCORE, Spider-Man’s Tangled Web) & Mike Allred (X-Force, Madman), this volume finds Slam’s discovery of Selina forcing her to make some hard choices. Will she stay in the shadows or move into the light to seek her destiny? At the crossroads, Selina Kyle resolves to land on her feet and reclaim the mantle of Catwoman!

     With a bold new look and a new lease on life, Catwoman returns to the streets that spawned her — only to find that the streetwalkers she calls friends are being preyed upon by a serial killer. But with Catwoman back in town, the tables are about to be turned!

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     CATWOMAN: THE DARK END OF THE STREET is a 136-page trade paperback arriving in comic-book stores August 7 with a cover price of $12.95 U.S.


     Every man has a breaking point.

     Bruce Wayne’s has just reached his.

     When Wayne is discovered with the murdered Vesper Fairchild in his arms, a chain of events begins that results in a monumental shakeup for the Batman mythos.

Click For Larger Image     BATMAN: BRUCE WAYNE — MURDERER? is a massive 264-page trade paperback collecting the most talked-about storyline of the year! Arrested and imprisoned for murder, alienated from all whom he has ever called ally, Wayne stands poised to lose his identity to the spectre of his Dark Knight counterpart: Batman!

     MURDERER?, which is retro-solicited for arrival in July, features a riveting story and dramatic art by some of DC Comics’ top talents! Writers Ed Brubaker, Chuck Dixon, Greg Rucka, Devin Grayson, and Kelley Puckett join artists Rick Burchett, Rick Leonardi, Steve Lieber, Trevor McCarthy, Scott McDaniel, Roger Robinson, Damion Scott, Pete Woods, and others. Topping the volume is the eye-catching cover by Dave Johnson that was also the cover of the record-breaking BATMAN: THE 10-CENT ADVENTURE. A reprint of that shocking issue starts off the volume, with the entirety of these chapters of the groundbreaking storyline also included: DETECTIVE COMICS #766-767, BATGIRL #24, BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #25-26, and BATMAN #599-600. Plus, relevant portions of NIGHTWING #65-66, BIRDS OF PREY #39-40 and ROBIN #98-99 are contained within.

     What happens when the line between Bruce Wayne and Batman is shattered? You’re about to find out — and you won’t believe what it means for the future of Batman!

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     BATMAN: BRUCE WAYNE — MURDERER? is a 264-page trade paperback. It is retro-solicited to arrive in comic-book stores July 17 with a cover price of $19.95 U.S. Note: This project was originally rush-solicited with an in-store date of June 12. [New Release Date: June 26]


Click For Larger Image     Catwoman. Poison Ivy. Harley Quinn. Detective Renée Montoya. Batgirl. They are the women of the popular WB Online webtoon, and now they’re bursting into the animated DC Universe in an action-packed 5-issue miniseries: GOTHAM GIRLS!

     Written by Paul Storrie (JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES, Mutant X: Dangerous Discoveries), with art by Jennifer Graves (SUPERGIRL) & J. Bone (Spider-Man’s Tangled Web) and hot covers by Shane Glines, each issue gives a different Gotham Girl a turn at playing narrator.

     Unable to resist a golden opportunity to fund her beloved lion preserve, Catwoman heists a vial of a mysterious formula for a shady company — only to discover she’s actually working for Poison Ivy and the mallet-wielding Harley Quinn. That event sets off an every-villain-for-herself chase across Gotham’s rooftops, attracting the attention of both Batgirl and Montoya who reluctantly team up to join the fray. Who will get the vial? What’s really in it? Will Catwoman ever get paid? Is Ivy out to double-cross everybody, even her old pal Harley? And how do you give a hero the slip when you’re both atop a speeding truck?

     These answers and more are found in this fast-paced caper, featuring crackling art, fun-filled action and everybody’s favorite…Gotham Girls! Be sure to visit the girls at, and also look for the GOTHAM GIRLS posters coming from DC Direct!

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     GOTHAM GIRLS is a 5-issue miniseries edited by Joan Hilty. Issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores August 14 with a cover price of $2.25 U.S. [New Release Date: August 7]


     After the success of the first BATMAN: BLACK AND WHITE anthology series (and subsequent collection), the noir-flavored short stories featuring the Dark Knight — written and drawn by a stellar lineup — have continued as a popular backup feature in the monthly BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS.

Click For Larger Image     Now the first sixteen of those tales are reprinted in BATMAN: BLACK AND WHITE Volume 2 — a 176-page oversized (7 1/2” x 11 5/8”) hardcover that also includes five new, never-before-published 8-page stories created just for this volume! (Note: these new tales will eventually be seen as backups in BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS). Printed on high-quality paper and topped with a stunning cover by Mike Mignola (Hellboy), this handsome book is a must-have for the collections of every Batman fan and aficionado of comics fine art!

     And wait until you hear who’s supplying the new stories! First up, multiple award-winning creators Paul Dini and Alex Ross — who have collaborated on such highly successful Specials as SUPERMAN: PEACE ON EARTH and BATMAN: WAR ON CRIME — reunite on “Case Study,” a story that features Ross’s rare black-and-white painted work. Then, popular writer Chris Claremont (Extreme X-Men, GEN13) teams with Steve Rude (Nexus, X-Men: Children of the Atom) & Mark Buckingham (Peter Parker: Spider-Man, FABLES) for “A Matter of Trust.” Writer Steven T. Seagle (THE CRUSADES) supplies the story of “Fortunes,” featuring art by internationally acclaimed illustrator Daniel Torres (Heavy Metal). BATGIRL’s Kelley Puckett writes “Night After Night” for Eisner Award-winning artist Tim Sale (BATMAN: DARK VICTORY, Spider-Man: Blue). And the irrepressible Ty Templeton (BIGG TIME) teams up with the legendary Marie Severin for “Bats, Man!”

     But that’s not all! The talented roster behind the reprinted tales from BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #1-16 must be seen to be believed: Warren Ellis & Jim Lee, John Byrne, Paul Pope, John Arcudi & Tony Salmons, Paul Levitz & Paul Rivoche, Walter Simonson & John Paul Leon, Arcudi & John Buscema, Brian Azzarello & Eduardo Risso, Howard Chaykin & Jordi Bernet, Alan Brennert & José Luis García-López, Robert Kanigher & Kyle Baker, Dave Gibbons, Harlan Ellison & Gene Ha, Dini & Ronnie Del Carmen, Tom Peyer & Gene Colan & Tom Palmer, and Alan Grant & Enrique Breccia!

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     BATMAN: BLACK AND WHITE Volume Two is a 176-page oversized hardcover (7 1/2” x 11 5/8”) edited by Mark Chiarello, arriving in comic-book stores August 28 with a cover price of $39.95 U.S. [New Release Date: September 4]


Click For Larger Image     The comprehensive, award-winning collection of Will Eisner’s indelible creation, The Spirit, continues with THE SPIRIT ARCHIVES Volume Eight — a 224-page hardcover reprinting the newspaper Spirit sections from January to July, 1944.

     This volume of THE SPIRIT ARCHIVES finds strips executed by the more-than-capable members of Eisner’s staff — during the period when Eisner was spirited away by the United States Army for the duration of World War II. But with writers Manly Wade Wellman and William Woolfolk, and legendary artists Lou Fine and Jack Cole at work, the quality of the weekly Spirit certainly did not falter.

     But don’t take our word for it; see for yourself in this meticulously reconstructed, gorgeously presented hardcover that also features a 4-page portfolio of Eisner’s work done for the U.S. Army! Thrill to the adventures of the Spirit as he fights the likes Killer Ketch, Dr. Peroo, and the deadly Black Marx!

     THE SPIRIT ARCHIVES Volume Eight is a 224-page hardcover arriving in comic-book stores August 14 with a cover price of $49.95 U.S.

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