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The return of the King!
AQUAMAN

     Banished from Atlantis! Branded a traitor! Every denizen of the deep programmed to deliver him a death sentence…

     It’s Aquaman as you’ve never seen him before!

Click For Larger Image     The King of the Seven Seas makes his long-anticipated return to monthly comics with AQUAMAN — a new ongoing series that combines the talents of acclaimed storyteller Rick Veitch (GREYSHIRT: INDIGO SUNSET, Brat Pack), hot young penciller Yvel Guichet (JLA, BATMAN: HARLEY QUINN), inker Mark Propst, and stunning cover artist Alex Maleev (Daredevil, BATMAN: NO MAN’S LAND), to deliver an exciting new era in the life of the underwater crusader.

     The aftermath of the epic JLA storyline “The Obsidian Age” has left Aquaman hated by his former subjects and exiled from the life-giving ocean he once called home. The king they called Orin is judged guilty of high treason for crimes committed during “The Obsidian Age.” His sentence: death. Left to perish on an exposed reef, Aquaman discovers — to his horror — that all the creatures of the sea are instructed to attack him without mercy, and that he must now turn to other bodies of water for sanctuary. In a mysterious freshwater lake he finds refuge and much more, as he is granted amazing new powers and a brand-new mission in life! The oceans may be off-limits, but the Lady of the Lake has presented him with his true destiny.

     AQUAMAN presents a refreshing new take on this classic, fan-favorite character — delivering amazing new adventures that readers never expected to see, and surprises as only Veitch can provide!

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

     AQUAMAN is an ongoing series edited by Dan Raspler. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores December 11 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.


GOTHAM CENTRAL

     They are Gotham City’s finest! And living in the shadow of the Dark Knight just makes the detectives of Gotham’s police force determined to prove they have what it takes to enforce the law in a city rife with criminals…with or without Batman’s help.

Click For Larger Image     GOTHAM CENTRAL is a powerful new ongoing series that debuts with two issues in December! Masterfully written by Greg Rucka (DETECTIVE COMICS, Queen & Country) & Ed Brubaker (BATMAN, CATWOMAN), and beautifully brought to life by artist Michael Lark (BATMAN: NINE LIVES), GOTHAM CENTRAL focuses on the daily grind of the police detectives of Gotham — taking readers to a part of Batman’s world they’ve only glimpsed before. Fan favorite characters like Renée Montoya, Crispis Allen, Maggie Sawyer, and Commissioner Aikens (the man who replaced James Gordon) are joined by an expanded cast of both familiar and new faces. Readers learn just how difficult it is to solve crimes and prevent murders in Gotham, especially when the biggest obstacle is Batman!

     In issue #1, a tense drama begins in rapid-fire fashion with the all too familiar cry of “officer down!” — and the race is on to stop a major Batman villain while solving the crime before the Dark Knight intervenes. But between the emotion of losing one of their own and the labyrinth of clues left behind, the chances of success for Montoya, Allen and Co. don’t look good…

Click For Larger Image     Then three weeks later in issue #2, the detectives’ best lead to solving the murder of their fellow officer has reached a dead end, and time is running out. When they discover the killer’s real target, can they hope to arrive in time?

     Issue #3 follows in January only two weeks later, and then the title maintains a regular monthly schedule, with Rucka and Brubaker writing solo on alternating story arcs thereafter.

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

     GOTHAM CENTRAL is an ongoing series edited by Matt Idelson. Issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores December 4, and issue #2 arrives in comic-book stores December 26. Each issue is 32 pages with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.


BATMAN/ALIENS II

     They’re the most dangerous creatures in the universe. Relentless and bloodthirsty, these Aliens will stop at nothing to sate their constant hunger. But in the human hero known as Batman, they may have met their match again.

Click For Larger Image     BATMAN/ALIENS II is a 3-issue Prestige Format miniseries written by Ian Edginton (Aliens vs. Predator: Eternal), with art by Staz Johnson (ROBIN, CATWOMAN) & James Hodgkins (JENNY SPARKS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE AUTHORITY), that finds a Gotham City construction crew uncovering a sealed vault that houses an unspeakable horror.

     Eighty years ago, an expedition to the South Pole uncovered a crashed spaceship — a spaceship containing the savage Aliens. Now, after years of lying dormant in hibernation, a nearly desiccated Alien escapes into the modern world. And it’s very, very hungry!

     Now the Alien has been unleashed upon an unsuspecting Gotham City. And only one man has a chance of stopping this murderous beast — the Dark Knight Detective known as Batman!

     This project is supported with house and trade ads.

     BATMAN/ALIENS II is a 3-issue Prestige Format Elseworlds miniseries edited by Michael Wright. The 48-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores December 26 with a cover price of $5.95 U.S. Copublished with Dark Horse Comics.


BATGIRL: YEAR ONE

     Barbara Gordon is currently known throughout the DC Universe as the information powerhouse called Oracle. But before that, she was better known to the world as Batgirl!

Click For Larger Image     The creators of ROBIN: YEAR ONE return with another look into the past of one of comics’ most popular characters! BATGIRL: YEAR ONE is a 9-issue miniseries written by Chuck Dixon (Way of the Rat, BIRDS OF PREY, NIGHTWING) & Scott Beatty (BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS), with art and covers by Marcos Martín & Alvaro Lopez (BIRDS OF PREY, ROBIN).

     Barbara, following her chance meeting with the Boy Wonder at the end of ROBIN: YEAR ONE, aspires to become a vigilante herself. But between the skepticism of Batman and the watchful eye of her adoptive father, James Gordon, she’s finding entry to the hero biz difficult at best. And in her first time out of the gate, she must take on Killer Moth! Laugh if you want, but there’s a reason they call him “Killer” — and this is one enemy who’ll come back to haunt Barbara!

     YEAR ONE tells the full story of Barbara Gordon’s rise as a super-hero, chronicling the lessons she learned and the powerful choices she made that continue to make her one of the most captivating characters in comics today.

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

     BATGIRL: YEAR ONE is a 9-issue miniseries edited by Matt Idelson. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores December 18 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.


WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL #1 (1967)
80-PAGE GIANT

     During the 1960s, 80-Page Giants were a popular comics format that contained a fistful of stories in one jam-packed issue for a modest price. Most of DC’s iconic characters had an 80-Page Giant, save for one curious exception: Wonder Woman. That is…until now!

Click For Larger Image     Rescued from the vault of lost annuals, WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL #1 (1967) is an 80-page one-shot collecting four of the Amazon Princess’s classic adventures! First up is a tale that is considered one of her best Golden Age escapades: “Villainy Incorporated,” reprinting WONDER WOMAN (first series) #28. This story inspired the recently concluded serial in the current incarnation of WONDER WOMAN. Also included are “Eagle of Space” from issue #105, “Wanted: Wonder Woman” from issue #108 and “Revolt of Wonder Woman!” from issue #144!

     With the writing talents of Robert Kanigher and Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston, and the fine art of Ross Andru, Mike Esposito and Golden Age great Harry G. Peter, this is one Annual you don’t want “lost” again — so don’t be caught without it!

     This project is supported with house ads.

     WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL #1 (1967) is an 80-page one-shot arriving in comic-book stores December 18 with a cover price of $4.95 U.S.


April 2003 is…
SUPER FRIENDS MONTH!

     “Their mission: To fight injustice. To right that which is wrong. And to serve all mankind!”

Click For Larger Image     Relive those fond memories of the Super Friends in April, 2003 — as DC Comics brings you a slew of new goodies for “Super Friends! Month” — items that you won’t be able to pass up!

     If you grew up watching the Saturday morning adventures on TV, then you’ll be happy to stroll down memory lane with the SUPER FRIENDS! TRUTH, JUSTICE AND PEACE! trade paperback — a 144-page follow-up to last year’s successful collection, starring Superman, Batman & Robin, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Wonder Twins, and others. Written by E. Nelson Bridwell, this volume showcases the art of Ramona Fradon, Bob Smith and Vince Colletta — with a dynamic cover portraying the Super Friends by legendary artist Alex Toth! TRUTH, JUSTICE AND PEACE! reprints material from SUPER FRIENDS #10, 12, 13, 25, 28, 31, and 37, plus the backups from #29 & 36 — featuring appearances by the likes of Supergirl, the Demon, Swamp Thing, the Global Guardians, TNT & Dyna-Mite, Man-Bat, Bizarro, Solomon Grundy, Felix Faust, Black Orchid, Gorilla Grodd, and more!

Click For Larger Image     Then look out for an exciting new series of Super Friends DC Direct product starting in April! First up is the SUPER FRIENDS!: SUPERMAN AND LEX LUTHOR DELUXE ACTION FIGURE SET — featuring articulated action figures of the Man of Steel and his archenemy as they appeared on the classic animated show. Then get set for the SUPER FRIENDS!: WONDER WOMAN AND CHEETAH DELUXE ACTION FIGURE SET — featuring figures of the Amazing Amazon and her feline-inspired nemesis. Both Deluxe Action Figure sets include Super Friends logo bases, a variety of cool and fun accessories (see DC Direct listings for full details), and are packaged in newly designed, full-color window boxes. Four more SUPER FRIENDS! DELUXE ACTION FIGURE SETS are scheduled for release in 2003!

Click For Larger Image     Still want more Super Friends? Then be sure to catch the SUPER FRIENDS!: BATMAN MAQUETTE — the first in a line of five limited-edition Super Friends maquettes due in 2003, based on the character designs of the animated show. This cold-cast porcelain maquette stands approximately 8 3/4" tall x 5" wide x 4 1/2" deep and is packaged in a full-color box. Plus, no Super Friends fan’s wall is complete without the SUPER FRIENDS! POSTER, showcasing the exciting artwork of Alex Toth (comic-book great and character designer for the original Super Friends animated show), originally published as the cover for 1976’s LIMITED COLLECTOR’S EDITION #C-41. This 24" x 36" poster features a cheerful depiction of the Super Friends and is perfect for framing!

     Finally, look for upcoming news about Super Friends from Warner Home Video! With so many Super Friends items in April, you’ll be in nostalgia heaven!

     “Super Friends! Month” is supported with a full-color poster and house ads.

     SUPER FRIENDS!: TRUTH, JUSTICE AND PEACE! is a 144-page trade paperback, advance-solicited and arriving in comic-book stores April 2, 2003, with a cover price of $14.95 U.S. SUPER FRIENDS!: SUPERMAN AND LEX LUTHOR DELUXE ACTION FIGURE SET and SUPER FRIENDS!: WONDER WOMAN AND CHEETAH DELUXE ACTION FIGURE SET are both advance-solicited and arrive in comic-book stores April 2 and 30, 2003, respectively. Please consult your retailer for pricing information. The SUPER FRIENDS!: BATMAN MAQUETTE is advance-solicited, arriving in comic-book stores April 9, 2003, with a price of $89.95 U.S. The SUPER FRIENDS! POSTER is advance-solicited, arriving in comic-book stores April 23, 2003, with a price of $7.95 U.S.


BIRDS OF PREY #50

Click For Larger Image     With the debut of the much anticipated Birds of Prey live-action TV series on The WB! this fall, exciting changes are in store for its comic-book inspiration! BIRDS OF PREY #50 is the debut of a 6-issue run by a creative team that will take the lives of Black Canary and Oracle to new heights!

     Critically acclaimed creator Gilbert Hernandez, Time Magazine’s “Hot Pick for comics creator of 2001” (along with his brother Jaime, for their legendary comic Love and Rockets) hops on board as writer, with Casey Jones (Excalibur) providing art and Phil Noto continuing on covers.

     In issue #50, a perfect jumping-on point for new readers, we discover that Black Canary’s had it! After one exhausting adventure after another, she’s ready for some “Dinah downtime.” First stop: the hairdresser’s to get her roots done and to mull over the fact that she’s…growing younger? But before you can say “Silver Age,” Canary’s abducted by an apelike creature in protective body armor. After a fierce battle, the creature turns out to be Java — the caveman bodyguard of industrialist Simon Stagg (and longtime DCU readers know that if Stagg is around, a certain DCU fan-favorite character is sure to be close by). The normally slow-witted Java appears even more deluded than usual, mistaking Canary for his unrequited love, Sapphire Stagg! Meanwhile, Barbara is “bothered” by an old acquaintance…

     The action and adventure continues for our pair of heroines, with an added touch of unpredictability!

     BIRDS OF PREY is an ongoing series edited by Lysa Hawkins. Issue #50 is 32 pages and arrives in comic-book stores December 18 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.


BIRDS OF PREY DELUXE ACTION FIGURE SET

Click For Larger Image     The upcoming Birds of Prey TV show has inspired DC Direct to create action figures of the comic-book versions of the characters! The BIRDS OF PREY DELUXE ACTION FIGURE SET features The Huntress, Oracle and Black Canary packaged together so that all the action and excitement of these beautiful crusaders for justice can be yours!

     BLACK CANARY — wearing her latest costume from the BIRDS OF PREY comic book — features twelve points of articulation, stands approximately 6” tall and comes with a removable belt. THE HUNTRESS features twelve points of articulation, stands approximately 6” tall and comes with two crossbows (each approximately 1” long and 1/2” wide) and a soft vinyl, non-removable cape. ORACLE features seven points of articulation and sits approximately 4 3/4” tall in a wheelchair (the figure and wheelchair are one piece), that features functioning wheels and a laptop computer. The set also comes with two bases (approximately 5” wide x 2 3/4” deep) featuring the BIRDS OF PREY logo and is packaged in a 4-color window box.

     The BIRDS OF PREY DELUXE ACTION FIGURE SET is advance-solicited and arrives in comic-book stores March 5, 2003. Please consult your retailer for pricing information.


Will Eisner’s
THE NAME OF THE GAME
SOFTCOVER

Click For Larger Image     Following the success of MINOR MIRACLES (the first original addition to DC’s Will Eisner Library), one of comics’ most influential and groundbreaking storytellers presents the 176-page softcover version of the acclaimed, Eisner Award-winning THE NAME OF THE GAME.

     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 softcover edited by Karen Berger, arriving in comic-book stores December 26 with a cover price of $19.95 U.S.


THE FLASH: THE RETURN OF BARRY ALLEN — NEW EDITION
TRADE PAPERBACK

     During Mark Waid's popular run on THE FLASH, the fan-favorite writer penned the now-classic story “The Return of Barry Allen” — featuring the miraculous reappearance of the Scarlet Speedster of the Silver Age!

Click For Larger Image     Now the previously sold-out collection of this storyline returns in a new printing of THE FLASH: THE RETURN OF BARRY ALLEN — a 192-page trade paperback by Waid and artists Greg LaRocque & Roy Richardson. This fast-paced volume reprints THE FLASH #74-79, where current Flash Wally West faces his uncle Barry — seemingly back from the dead — with open arms. But what is the incredible secret behind his reappearance?

     The RETURN OF BARRY ALLEN features a host of other super-speedsters, including Golden Age Flash Jay Garrick, the reintroduction of Johnny Quick, and the first reappearance of the zen master of speed, Max Mercury! Capping off this volume is a sensational new cover by Brian Bolland — an homage to the cover of SHOWCASE #4, Barry Allen's first appearance!

     THE FLASH: THE RETURN OF BARRY ALLEN is a 192-page trade paperback arriving in comic-book stores December 4 with a cover price of $12.95 U.S.


SUPERMAN: "Lost Hearts"

     Metropolis reporter Lois Lane may have won Superman’s heart, but she was not the Man of Steel’s first love. Growing up in Smallville, young Clark Kent believed that one day he would marry his high school sweetheart, Lana Lang. Now, as adults, Lana has suddenly disappeared, and Superman is determined to find her. Before it’s over, their relationship will take an unexpected turn.

Click For Larger Image     "Lost Hearts" is a 4-part storyline running through all the Superman books in December, with chapters alternately written by Geoff Johns and Joe Kelly, and featuring stunning painted covers by John Van Fleet!

     In SUPERMAN #189 (with art by Pascual Ferry), Lana answers a call for help from the slums of Washington D.C. and mysteriously vanishes! Her husband, Vice President Pete Ross, calls Clark Kent to help. But this might not be a job for Superman, as he realizes there are darker forces at work. Then in ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #611 (with art by Dwayne Turner & Danny Miki), Superman — who has been forced to go underground in his quest for Lana — encounters a mysterious young woman calling herself Girl 13. Does she hold a clue to Lana’s disappearance, or will her presence drag Superman further into the underworld?Click For Larger Image

     In SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL #133 (with art by Tom Raney & Scott Hanna), Superman is gravely affected by the things he’s seen and has given in to despair. Could the world be losing its greatest hero? Finally, in ACTION COMICS #798 (with art by Ferry), the search for Lana ends, but not as you’d expect. Will the two lost souls of Lana and Clark rekindle the romance from their childhood in Smallville? And what key does Girl 13 have to saving them?

     SUPERMAN #189, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #611, SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL #133, and ACTION COMICS #798 are all 32-page issues edited by Eddie Berganza. They arrive in comic-book stores December 4, 11, 18, and 25, respectively, with a cover price of $2.25 U.S. each.


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