DC Feature Articles - May 2003

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Tragedy shatters two teams forever!

Click For Larger Image     It’s graduation day for the members of Young Justice and the Titans. But these young heroes won’t be hearing the familiar chords of “Pomp and Circumstance”…they’ll be marching to a funeral dirge!

     The fate of two teams — and two heroes — is decided in THE TITANS/YOUNG JUSTICE: GRADUATION DAY, a 3-issue miniseries written by Judd Winick (GREEN LANTERN) with art by Alé Garza (GEN13) & Trevor Scott (BLACK SUN) that ships biweekly beginning in May and leads directly into two of this summer’s hottest new launches: OUTSIDERS and TEEN TITANS!

Click For Larger Image     A mysterious conglomerate offers to sponsor both the Titans and Young Justice. Before the heroes can decide whether to accept the offer, Indigo, a mysterious cyborg girl from the future, attacks — seriously wounding several members of the two teams. The battle carries over to S.T.A.R. Labs, where Superman lends the two ailing teams a helping hand. But will it be enough?

     It all leads to a pulse-pounding conclusion that will leave more than one longtime fan-favorite character dead — and both young teams shattered forever. The big question is: Who will die? How will the remaining heroes pick up the pieces and carry on?

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

     THE TITANS/YOUNG JUSTICE: GRADUATION DAY is a 3-issue miniseries edited by Eddie Berganza. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores May 14, issue #2 arrives in comic-book stores May 28, and issue #3 arrives in comic-book stores June 11. All have a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

All-star creators tackle the world’s original super-team!

     Why did Hawkgirl, Doctor Fate, Star-Spangled Kid, Hourman, Doctor Mid-Nite, and Mister Terrific choose the path of heroism? Can their legacies be exploited and corrupted? The strange new leader of the Injustice Society plans to find out — and the JSA is playing right into his hands!

Click For Larger Image     JSA: ALL-STARS is an 8-issue miniseries modeled after the classic Golden Age ALL STAR COMICS (starring the Justice Society of America) that brings the new generation of JSAers into the spotlight — thanks to a star-studded array of talented creators! Issues #1 and #8 feature full-length bookend stories, while issues #2-7 each feature a lead story starring a Modern Age JSA member co-written by David S. Goyer (JSA, JLA/JSA: VIRTUE & VICE) & Geoff Johns (THE FLASH, HAWKMAN) with art by Sal Velluto & Bob Almond (BLACK PANTHER). Plus, each issue also includes a Golden Age backup story by various creators, including Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon & Michael Lark, Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale, Howard Chaykin, Brian Azzarello & Eduardo Risso, James Robinson & Tony Harris, and Darwyn Cooke. And fan-favorite artist John Cassaday (PLANETARY, Captain America) provides a series of stunning covers!

     JSA: ALL-STARS #1 puts the entire team in jeopardy, and only by going off on their own can they tackle the enemy in their midst. Issues #2-7 spotlight different team members as they revisit the past and make peace with their individual mistakes — or face dire consequences! And the action all leads up to a pulse-pounding conclusion in issue #8!

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

     JSA: ALL-STARS is an 8-issue miniseries edited by Peter Tomasi. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores May 7 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

Welcome to the scariest corner of Gotham City!

     Arkham Asylum. The very mention of the name sends chills down the spine of every rational person in Gotham. The city’s worst elements end up there, sharing space with the likes of The Joker, Two-Face and the Riddler.

Click For Larger Image     ARKHAM ASYLUM: LIVING HELL is an edgy 6-issue miniseries sprung from the devious mind of writer Dan Slott (BATMAN ADVENTURES, Ren & Stimpy) and rendered by upcoming DETECTIVE COMICS artist Ryan Sook (THE SPECTRE, SUPERMAN: MAN OF TOMORROW) with stunning painted covers by Eric Powell (The Goon). Reminiscent of the HBO series Oz, ARKHAM ASYLUM: LIVING HELL is a creepy prison drama that introduces readers to the dark underbelly of Gotham’s notorious “House of Madness.”

     Warren White, the finance world’s “Great White Shark,” thought he could beat his jail rap for embezzlement by pleading insanity. Little did he know that there’s a good reason why no one cops an insanity plea in Gotham City! Now he’s the “New Fish” in Arkham Asylum…and if he wasn't crazy before, he sure as hell will be when the asylum’s twisted inmates are done with him!

      ARKHAM ASYLUM: LIVING HELL includes appearances by many favorites, including Batman, The Joker, Two-Face and The Riddler. Readers also will be introduced to a host of new residents of the Gotham crazyhouse as well, such as Humpty Dumpty, who breaks things in order to put them back together again…even people! Then there’s Death Rattle, a man who claims to see dead people…dead people who goad him into committing grisly crimes! And the Junkyard Dog, who digs up dirt on Gotham’s elite…literally! Of course, they’re just crazy…right? Warren White is about to find out!

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     ARKHAM ASYLUM: LIVING HELL is a 6-issue miniseries edited by Dan Raspler. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores May 21 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.

Mankind’s last line of defense!

     When alien invaders, monsters, demons and ghosts knock on the USA’s door, who’s President Luthor gonna call?

Click For Larger Image     The Human Defense Corps, of course! Sure, the JLA has saved America time and time again, but what if Superman, Wonder Woman or Green Lantern weren’t available in a time of need? That’s why the United States Armed Forces developed a Sixth Branch; a military response force on call to handle metahuman, extrahuman or extraterrestrial threats to national security.

     The adventures of that new force come into focus in HUMAN DEFENSE CORPS, a 6-issue DCU miniseries written by Ty Templeton (BIGG TIME, BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES) with pencils by hot newcomer Clement Sauvé, Jr. and inks by Juan Vlasco.

     The Corps is a standing force of 10,000 soldiers equipped with cutting-edge weaponry and the training to deal with threats beyond the scope of a normal grunt’s imagination. HUMAN DEFENSE CORPS follows a young man on his 2-year tour of duty, from boot camp to campaigns on the Moon, Apokolips, and Hell itself! No matter how fantastic the locales and opponents, HUMAN DEFENSE CORPS tells gritty tales of courage under fire, moments of truth and betrayal, and brave individuals who put their lives on the line for the good of their country.

     THE HUMAN DEFENSE CORPS combines the hard-hitting storytelling of classic war comics like OUR ARMY AT WAR and STAR SPANGLED WAR STORIES with an edgy, X-Files-like sensibility that’s sure to appeal to today’s readers. In the words of writer Templeton, “Just think of it as ‘Saving Private Mulder.’”

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

     HUMAN DEFENSE CORPS is a 6-issue miniseries edited by Dan Raspler. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores May 28 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.


     Plague in the streets! A city in the throes of chaos! Gotham’s wealthiest citizens locked in a luxury ghetto, willing to pay any price for a cure. A band of heroes desperate for a solution...

Click For Larger Image     This is the world the Dark Knight must face in BATMAN: CONTAGION, a new printing of the 264-page trade paperback collecting the shocking storyline that led the way to BATMAN: CATACLYSM and ultimately BATMAN: NO MAN'S LAND. CONTAGION features the talents of writers Chuck Dixon, Alan Grant, Dennis O’Neil, Doug Moench, and Christopher Priest, with artists Barry Kitson, Mike Wieringo, Matt Haley, Jim Balent, Tommy Lee Edwards, Kelley Jones, Graham Nolan, Vince Giarrano, Dick Giordano, Frank Fosco, and others, and features a new cover by Rodolfo Damaggio and Bill Sienkiewicz. This volume reprints AZRAEL #15-16, BATMAN #529, BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT #48-49, BATMAN CHRONICLES #4, CATWOMAN #31-32, DETECTIVE COMICS #695-696, and ROBIN #27-28.

     A mysterious and lethal virus is unleashed on the unknowing inhabitants of Gotham City, causing excruciating pain — and ultimately, death — within 48 hours of contact. Batman, Robin and Nightwing must race to contain the chaos while finding a cure — with the help of unlikely allies Azrael, Huntress, Catwoman and Poison Ivy.

     But can the Dark Knight and his crew stop an invisible enemy? And what happens when one of them is infected?

     BATMAN CONTAGION — NEW PRINTING is a 264-page trade paperback arriving in comic-book stores May 7 with a cover price of $19.95 U.S.

Aquaman lives!

     Superman, alone among the JLA, believed Aquaman didn’t die during the alien invasion of Earth in OUR WORLDS AT WAR. His faith is rewarded with evidence that Aquaman was instead hurled 3,000 years back in time. Now the JLA must stage a daring rescue mission — despite Green Lantern’s premonitions that this mission will cause his own death!

Click For Larger Image     JLA: THE OBSIDIAN AGE BOOK ONE is a 160-page trade paperback collecting the first half of the epic "Obsidian Age: The Hunt for Aquaman" saga from JLA #66-71, written by Joe Kelly (ACTION COMICS), with art by Doug Mahnke (SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL) & Tom Nguyen and Yvel Guichet (AQUAMAN) & Mark Propst. BOOK ONE, featuring a new cover by Mahnke as well as bonus sketch pages with comments from Kelly, introduces the enigmatic Manitou Raven and the threat of the Ancients, and also features a new cover by Mahnke and a sketchbook section showing how Kelly and Mahnke designed the Ancients. BOOK TWO will be solicited for August release.

     When the JLA travels back in time, they discover a civilization that the fabled ATLANTIS CHRONICLES never mentioned. Thousands of Atlanteans are enslaved by a group known as the Ancients, and finding Aquaman means stopping the Ancients and freeing their captives.

     Meanwhile, with the JLA gone, Batman’s emergency plan is put into effect, and a new JLA is assembled, composed of Nightwing, Green Arrow, the Atom, Hawkgirl, Firestorm, and more! This new group must come together in time to protect the Earth from whatever is draining the planet of its precious water.

     This project is supported with house ads.

     JLA: THE OBSIDIAN AGE BOOK ONE is a 160-page trade paperback arriving in comic-book stores May 14 with a cover price of $12.95 U.S.


     Evil has always been an intangible concept…but now it lives! It breathes! And the New Teen Titans don’t stand a chance of stopping it…the demon called Trigon.

Click For Larger Image     THE NEW TEEN TITANS: THE TERROR OF TRIGON is a 144-page trade paperback collecting the most exciting — and devastating — storyline from one of the most popular comics of the 1980s! When THE NEW TEEN TITANS was at its height of popularity — thanks to the fan-favorite creative team of writer Marv Wolfman and artists George Pérez & Romeo Tanghal — the teen team supreme was launched into a second title: a deluxe, direct-market-only version that would take super-hero storytelling to new heights!

     THE TERROR OF TRIGON, featuring a new cover by Phil Jimenez, collects the first five issues of THE NEW TEEN TITANS Volume 2, and also includes redesigned Titans profiles from the first volume of WHO’S WHO: THE DEFINITIVE DIRECTORY OF THE DC UNIVERSE.

     The most mysterious Titan, Raven, has been battling her (literal) inner demons for some time now, but she can no longer hold back the evil that is her father Trigon. Now the otherworldly demon has breached his dimensional prison, conquering the Earth — and Nightwing, Starfire, Cyborg, Changeling, and the rest of the Titans are mankind's only hope of defeating him.

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     THE NEW TEEN TITANS: THE TERROR OF TRIGON is a 144-page trade paperback arriving in comic-book stores May 28 with a cover price of $17.95 U.S.


Click For Larger Image     After guiding The World’s Greatest Heroes in their adventures for nearly a decade, writer Gardner Fox and artist Mike Sekowsky were moving on — meaning some big changes were in the air, leaving new writer Dennis O’Neil and new artist Dick Dillin to take charge of the World’s Greatest Heroes! The first work of this new creative team is seen in JUSTICE LEAGUE ARCHIVES Volume 8, a 240-page hardcover reprinting JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #61-66, and 68-70 (plus the cover to #67, which was a reprint from 1967-68), which showcases this transition of creative teams. This archive also features the art of Sid Greene, George Roussos, Neal Adams, and more, as well as a cover by Sekowsky and Jerry Ordway.

     Featured in this volume are: another annual team-up of the JLA/JSA (in which they face the treacherous T. O. Morrow) that also introduces the mysterious Red Tornado; the cosmic challenge of the Chaos Maker; a tale guest-starring The Creeper and Mind-Grabber Kid; the return of the crafty criminal The Key; and an adventure in which the members of the JLA go head-to-head with their own individual foes!

     Plus, how can a small-time dictator challenge the JLA? And is Green Arrow really a murderer? All this and more can be found in this volume featuring a new introduction by O'Neil, plus a cover by Sekowsky, newly inked by Jerry Ordway!

     JUSTICE LEAGUE ARCHIVES Volume 8 is a 240-page hardcover, arriving in comic-book stores May 7 with a cover price of $49.95 U.S.


Click For Larger Image     The T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents — the secret team of super-technology-powered policemen — return in a second Archive volume reprinting the hard-to-find T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #5-7 and Dynamo #1, with an introduction by film producer Michael Uslan and noted comics historian Robert Klein! T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS ARCHIVES Volume Two is a 224-page hardcover featuring stories and art by creator Wally Wood and some of his friends in the comics industry — and what friends they were: Steve Ditko, Reed Crandall, Mike Sekowsky, George Tuska, Steve Skeates, Bill Pearson, Dan Adkins, and others!

     This volume features the continuing struggle of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. vs. the Warlords; Noman facing Demo's caveman-like minions; Dynamo battling an android double; the return of the Iron Maiden; Dr. Sparta and The Red Star; the intro of Lightning’s archnemisis The Warp Wizard; Noman battling the mysterious Mr. Image; “Menace from the Moon,” a space-age tour de force by Wally Wood at his sci-fi best; and…the shocking death of one of the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents!

     T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS ARCHIVES Volume 2 is a 224-page hardcover arriving in comic-book stores May 21 with a cover price of $49.95 U.S.

Designed by Jim Lee!

     From the Gothic rooftops towering over the shadowy streets below, Batman stands watch over the slumbering populace! Now, the Dark Knight — as envisioned by one of the most popular Batman artists of all time — can keep vigil on your bookshelf!

Click For Larger Image     The BATMAN STATUE — the first DC Direct statue designed by fan-favorite artist Jim Lee — is a limited-edition, cold-cast porcelain statue sculpted by Tim Bruckner. This handsome statue, featuring the Dark Knight in a dramatic pose, is hand-numbered, hand-painted, and stands approximately 11 1/2” tall x 6 1/2” wide x 7 1/4” deep. The BATMAN STATUE is the perfect companion piece to Jim Lee and Jeph Loeb’s landmark “Hush” storyline! Plus, stay tuned for the follow-up piece: a Catwoman statue designed by Lee!

     This project is supported with a full-color poster, house ads and trade ads.

     The BATMAN STATUE is advance-solicited and arrives in comic-book stores September 3 with a price of $195.00 U.S.

Introducing the latest item from the DC Direct Gallery!

Click For Larger Image     Presenting THE JOKER MARIONETTE, the inaugural marionette in the DC Direct Gallery, a collection of high-end collectibles executed with an incredible level of quality and attention to detail!

     THE JOKER MARIONETTE is available in a numbered, limited edition of 777 pieces. The marionette features hand-painted, cold-cast porcelain hands, feet and head, with meticulously detailed craftsmanship. The Joker stands 18” tall and is dressed in his famous tailored three-piece suit, including pleated pants, a satin-lined coat, suspenders, buttons and cufflinks!

     In addition, THE JOKER MARIONETTE features a Bat-Shaped hand control with nine removable strings, an adjustable black enamel metal stand, and hang-tag booklet outlining instructions for use. It is packaged in an elegant black, foil-stamped gift box with a protective shipping carton.

     The DC Direct Gallery features limited-edition, high-end collectibles, with superb quality and exquisite detail. DC Comics' top artists and characters are used in the gallery collection. All DC Direct Gallery pieces sport elegant gift box packaging, a certificate of authenticity, and much more. Future gallery products include limited-edition statues, vehicle replicas, deluxe bookends, prop replicas, marionettes and collectors plates.

     This project is supported with a full-color poster.

     THE JOKER MARIONETTE is advance-solicited and arrives in comic-book stores September 24 with a price of $295.00 U.S.

Based on the hit Justice League Animated show!

Click For Larger Image     You loved 2002’s sold-out JUSTICE LEAGUE ANIMATED MAQUETTE line…now get ready for the highly collectible mini-maquette line based on the same great heroes!

     The 8-piece JUSTICE LEAGUE ANIMATED MINI-MAQUETTE line kicks off this September with the WONDER WOMAN MINI-MAQUETTE, a hand-painted, cold-cast porcelain statue measuring approximately 5 1/2” tall x 2” wide x 1 3/4” deep. This is a reduced version of the original maquette, with a newly designed base. The mini-maquette is packaged in a 4-color window box.

     Future mini-maquettes include Superman, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, Hawkgirl, The Flash and Aquaman. Collect them all!

     The JUSTICE LEAGUE ANIMATED: WONDER WOMAN MINI-MAQUETTE is advance-solicited and arrives in comic-book stores September 17 with a price of $29.95 U.S.

Special low-priced offer…$19.95!
BATMAN ARCHIVES Volume 1— New Printing

     For over a decade, DC's award-winning Archives have presented classic comics in attractive, durable hardcover volumes featuring high-quality paper stock and top-notch color separations — making comics that haven't been in print for decades available to today's readers!

Click For Larger Image     Now DC's first Archive goes back to press with the BATMAN ARCHIVES Volume 1 — New Printing — offered for a limited time at the super-low price of only $19.95 U.S.! That's a whopping 312-page hardcover for under 20 bucks (initial orders only)!

     BATMAN ARCHIVES Volume 1 features unforgettable stories written by Bill Finger and illustrated by Batman creator Bob Kane and others, including the very first appearance of Batman and his earliest adventures! Volume 1 reprints the Batman stories from DETECTIVE COMICS #27-50 (1939-1940), including all the original covers. This new printing has been expanded to include story credits, a contents page, and biographies. Also included is a battle with the Joker and the first appearances of Prof. Hugo Strange, Clayface, and Robin, the Boy Wonder!

     BATMAN ARCHIVES Volume 1 — New Printing is a great way for retailers to introduce the joy of DC Archive Editions to new readers. The $19.95 price will be printed on the back cover in the UPC box as well as on a special promotional note on the front cover. It is available for $19.95 for initial orders only; reorder and backlist copies will be available at the regular price of $49.95. Don’t miss your chance to stock up on this classic volume at less than half the regular cover price! Start your holiday shopping now!

     BATMAN ARCHIVES Volume 1 — New Printing is a 312-page hardcover advance-solicited for release in comic-book stores August 27 with a cover price of $19.95 U.S. for initial orders only. Reorder copies will be available at a cover price of $49.95.


     Monsters, hitmen, carnage, and lots of action mark the debut of of a new writer on GREEN ARROW!

Click For Larger Image     Judd Winick (GREEN LANTERN, Pedro & Me, The Adventures of Barry Ween, and the highly anticipated THE TITANS/YOUNG JUSTICE: GRADUATION DAY and OUTSIDERS series) launches the Emerald Archer on a relentless quest for justice! Winick is aided and abetted by the fan-favorite art team of Phil Hester & Ande Parks, with striking covers by Matt Wagner.

     Winick’s first story arc is the 6-part “Straight Shooter,” which leads Ollie down a road of deception, danger, and tragedy. Star City is getting a facelift, but gentrification has its costs. Green Arrow has always been a man of the people, but now he has to prove it…little does he know that he has to prove it against a 3-ton ogre! And Black Lightning pays a visit to Star City…but does he come as a friend or foe?

     And don’t miss GREEN ARROW #25, also released in May, featuring the penultimate chapter of the Green Arrow/Green Lantern crossover “Black Circle: Urban Knights!”

     GREEN ARROW is an ongoing series edited by Bob Schreck. The 32-page issue #25 arrives in comic-book stores May 7 and the 32-page issue #26 arrives May 21, both with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.


     Starting in May, a whole new creative team will lead Kyle Rayner on an interplanetary trail through broken worlds and lost legacies!

Click For Larger Image     New writer Ben Raab (GREEN ARROW, Excalibur) and consummate artists Rick Burchett (BATMAN: THE 10-CENT ADVENTURE, BATMAN/HUNTRESS: CRY FOR BLOOD) & Rodney Ramos (TRANSMETROPOLITAN) bring in new characters, old favorites and major changes to the supporting cast starting in GREEN LANTERN #165! Adrift in space, Kyle must summon the surviving Green Lanterns to Oa to take down the Black Circle Syndicate. Kyle needs their help — after all, he can’t stop an entire intergalactic crime organization alone! The only catch? He’s going to have to prove the title of Green Lantern is still worth fighting for. And don’t miss the startling return of Kilowog!

     This trailblazing new direction comes just two weeks after the jaw-dropping conclusion to the Green Arrow/Green Lantern crossover “Black Circle: Urban Knights” in GREEN LANTERN #164!

     GREEN LANTERN is an ongoing series edited by Bob Schreck. The 32-page issue #164 arrives in comic-book stores May 14 and the 32-page issue #165 arrives May 28, both with a cover price of $2.25 U.S.

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