DC Feature Articles - June 2003
Everyone knows that the Man of Steel, the Dark Knight, and the Amazon Princess have been teammates and allies for years. But where — and how — did those relationships begin?
For the first time ever, the classic tale of Superman and Batman’s first meeting with Wonder Woman can be told! In BATMAN/SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN: TRINITY, a 3-issue Prestige Format miniseries written and illustrated by comics great Matt Wagner (Mage, Grendel, SANDMAN MYSTERY THEATRE, GREEN ARROW), this super—powered trio of heroes gathers together — and battles side-by-side — for what would be just the first of countless adventures.
It all begins when a mysterious, billionaire eco-terrorist unearths what potentially could be the greatest weapon the world has ever seen — the juggernaut clone of Superman known as Bizarro! In his mad quest to remake the world in his own image, this madman seeks out a third ally to bring his dreams to fruition — a deadly female warrior to complete this circle of evil. Together, the troika of terror casts an ominous shadow over the very future of mankind…a future that appears to grow even shorter when a massive array of nuclear weapons goes missing! Witness the birth of a legendary alliance, as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman join forces to defend Earth against an apocalyptic fate!
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BATMAN/SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN: TRINITY is a 3-issue Prestige Format miniseries edited by Bob Schreck. The 64-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores June 18 with a cover price of $6.95 U.S.
They’re the Archaeologists of the Unknown — seekers of truth in a world swirling with unexplained mysteries. And when Jakita Wagner, Elijah Snow and the Drummer travel to Gotham City, they mean business.
Get ready for the crossover that leads into the relaunch of the year’s most anticipated returning series! BATMAN/PLANETARY: NIGHT ON EARTH, by the critically acclaimed PLANETARY team of Warren Ellis (TRANSMETROPOLITAN, GLOBAL FREQUENCY) and John Cassaday (PLANETARY, Captain America, DESPERADOES), is a 48-page Prestige Format Special that brings together two of comics’ hottest properties for multiverse-spanning bonanza!
Wagner, Snow and the Drummer track an amoral killer with a personal distortion field to Gotham City, prepared for battle. What they weren’t prepared for was the Dark Knight! Of course, Batman doesn’t exist on the same Earth as Planetary, which means the killer distortion field has worked in some very strange ways! Now the device is pulling, twisting and shifting the heroes through The Bleed, to untold versions of Gotham City…and Batman!
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BATMAN/PLANETARY is a 48-page Prestige Format one—shot from WILDSTORM PRODUCTIONS edited by Scott Dunbier. It arrives in comic-book stores June 25 with a cover price of $5.95 U.S.
Mix a stand-up comedian and top comedy writer with the world’s most powerful heroes. The resulting concoction is a hilarious behind-the-scenes look at the real lives of super-powered beings!
It all comes together in JLA: WORKWEEK, a Prestige Format special written by Patton Oswalt (BATMAN #600), best known as a Spence on the CBS-TV series King of Queens. Oswalt has also written for MAD TV and Austin Stories, and has mined super-hero territory for humor in his stand-up act. WORKWEEK features art by Patrick Gleason (JSA, HAWKMAN SECRET FILES) & Christian Alamy (ENEMY ACE: WAR IN HEAVEN), and tells the story of Marlus Randone and his brush with World’s Mightiest Heroes!
Randone, along with the rest of his neighborhood, finds himself transported onboard the JLA Watchtower as protection from an alien threat. Once the threat is contained, the town is safely teleported back home — all except for Marlus, that is! Notebook and disposable camera in hand, he sets out to record and report whatever he can before he's caught.
What follows is 168 hours of planet-wide threats that seem to go ignored, petty squabbles that could decide the fate of the world, and a side of the Justice League rarely glimpsed by ordinary citizens! Get ready for seven days of DC's mightiest super-heroes doing some pretty un-mighty stuff, all observed by an unwilling stowaway who just happens to self-publish a magazine about super-heroes!
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JLA: WORKWEEK is a 64-page Prestige Format special edited by Peter Tomasi that arrives in comic-book stores June 11 with a cover price of $6.95 U.S.
The lives of several heroes — and the super-teams they were a part of — were shattered during the events of THE TITANS/YOUNG JUSTICE: GRADUATION DAY. Now, the heroes left standing must pick up the pieces!
In OUTSIDERS, written by Judd Winick (GREEN LANTERN, Exiles) with art and covers by Tom Raney (Uncanny X-Men, STORMWATCH) & Scott Hanna (Amazing Spider-Man, Peter Parker: Spider-Man) Nightwing and Arsenal must decide how a team of heroes can be reborn.
Arsenal takes it upon himself to recruit a new group of heroes…and the ones he finds are quite a crew! Grace, a super-strong bouncer working at a meta-human club; Thunder, the mass-changing daughter of Black Lightning; Indigo, the cyborg girl from the future; the shape-shifting Metamorpho; and Jade — from the pages of GREEN LANTERN — are all waiting in the wings.
But unfortunately for these newly assembled Outsiders, their first mission — to protect President Lex Luthor — could be their last! Because what do you get when a barrel of fierce monkey-warriors attack Manhattan? Mayhem! Plus, there are plenty of startling developments as this all-new series begins!
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OUTSIDERS is an ongoing series edited by Eddie Berganza. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores June 18 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.
The galaxy’s baddest bastitch is back…and he’s ruder and cruder than ever!
The last Czarnian pushes the envelope further than ever in LOBO UNBOUND, a 6-issue miniseries suggested for mature readers written by comics great Keith Giffen (LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES, JUSTICE LEAGUE) with painted art and covers by Alex Horley (LOBO: DEATH & TAXES, Heavy Metal)!
LOBO UNBOUND is the epic tale of the Main Man’s struggle to regain his mojo as the baddest bad-ass in the universe. Forced to take the most demeaning jobs a hitman can grab, Lobo vows to take on the Herculean task of being crowned "the greatest mass murderer ever known!” But new foes, some more vile than Lobo himself, will emerge to challenge him every step of the way. Expect fun, frolic, bad taste, and body bags!
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LOBO UNBOUND is a 6-issue miniseries edited by Dan DiDio and is suggested for mature readers. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores June 4 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.
Dynamo, No-Man, Lightning, and Menthor. The codenames may remain the same, but the challenges they face have completely changed!
In THE NEW T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS, a new ongoing series written by Marc Andreyko (BLACK SUN, Torso) with art by Manuel Garcia (Thunderbolts, Vampirella) & Jimmy Palmiotti (21 DOWN, RELOAD, TWO STEP) and painted covers by J.G. Jones (WONDER WOMAN: THE HIKETEIA, Y: THE LAST MAN covers), the classic characters — also known as The Higher United Nations Defense Enforcement Reserves — are reborn!
Operating outside the jurisdiction or boundaries of any one nation, the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents seek world peace, and the coming Age of the Alpha—Human is a threat to mankind that only they can fight! But can the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents save a world in constant turmoil? Expect non—stop action and adventure as the tales of the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents unfold!
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THE NEW T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS is an ongoing series edited by Dan DiDio. The 40-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores June 4 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.
Alan Moore is considered one of the greatest writers in comics today, penning such award-winning and critically acclaimed works as WATCHMEN, THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, From Hell, V FOR VENDETTA, SWAMP THING, Miracleman, and PROMETHEA. Now, DC Comics is proud to present some of his rarest DC Universe work, collected (many for the first time) in ACROSS THE UNIVERSE: THE DC UNIVERSE STORIES OF ALAN MOORE — a 208-page trade paperback showcasing the extraordinary talents of Mr. Moore, who is paired up here with some of comics finest artists!
ACROSS THE UNIVERSE contains the following stories: “For the Man Who Has Everything” from SUPERMAN ANNUAL #11 with art by WATCHMEN collaborator Dave Gibbons; “The Jungle Line” (featuring Superman and Swamp Thing) from DC COMICS PRESENTS #85 with art by Rick Veitch (GREYSHIRT) & Al Williamson; “Mortal Clay” from BATMAN ANNUAL #11 with art by George Freeman; the 2—part backup story “Night Olympics” (featuring Green Arrow & Black Canary) from DETECTIVE COMICS #549 & 550 with art by Klaus Janson; “Footsteps” (featuring the Phantom Stranger) from SECRET ORIGINS #10 with art by Joe Orlando (WATCHMEN’s “Tales of the Black Freighter”); and the 2—part “Father’s Day” from VIGILANTE #17—18 with art by Jim Baikie (TOMORROW STORIES). Also included are short backup stores from OMEGA MEN #26 & 27 with art by Kevin O’Neill (THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN), Paris Cullins & Rick Magyar; and GREEN LANTERN #188 and GREEN LANTERN CORPS ANNUAL #2 & 3 with art by Gibbons, O’Neill and Bill Willingham.
Featuring a new cover and introduction by Gibbons, this must—have volume proves once again why Alan Moore is a master storyteller!
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ACROSS THE UNIVERSE: THE DC UNIVERSE STORIES OF ALAN MOORE is a 208-page trade paperback arriving in comic-book stores June 11 with a cover price of $19.95 U.S.
The Birds of Prey sing a new tune as an all-new team of creators takes the reins! Join writer Gail Simone (Agent X) and artists Ed Benes & Alex Lei (SUPERGIRL) as they shake things up for Oracle, Black Canary and the Huntress in BIRDS OF PREY #56!
In a tricky legal and ethical dilemma, the Birds show mercy to a would-be white-collar criminal. That act of compassion brings them to the attention of master extortionist — and one-time superhero — Savant, a man who claims he can outwit Oracle and outfight the Canary…and can prove it!
Also shipping this month is BIRDS OF PREY SECRET FILES 2003, an all-new one-shot showcasing the past and future of the Birds written by Simone, Paul Storrie and Scott Young, with art by Benes, Joe Bennett, Jeffrey Henderson, Phil Winslade, Brian Stelfreeze, Shawn Crystal, Jack Jadson, and John Stanisci and a painted cover by Phil Noto! The Birds take on the Penguin, Canary meets a future crimefighting partner, and the story of how Oracle first chose Canary as an operative is revealed. Plus, profiles of the Birds and their allies!
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BIRDS OF PREY is an ongoing series edited by Lysa Hawkins. The 32-page issue #56 arrives in comic-book stores June 18 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S. BIRDS OF PREY SECRET FILES 2003 is a 48-page one-shot edited by Hawkins and Ivan Cohen that arrives in comic-book stores June 25 with a cover price of $4.95 U.S.
In 1943, not only was Superman setting sales records in the comic-book world, he was appearing in theaters, on the radio, in a novel, and in a myriad of toys and games.
All this success energized the Man of Steel’s comics, as demonstrated by the stories presented in SUPERMAN ARCHIVES Volume 6 — a 216-page hardcover reprinting SUPERMAN #21-24, featuring stories by Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and others, plus an introduction by comics industry giant Steve Geppi, owner of Diamond Comic Distributors.
Both the art and the stories showcased in this volume reflect a growing sense of sophistication, with stronger characterization as well. Superman's foes, too, were becoming more than just corrupt officials, blackmarketers, fifth columnists, and toughs (although there are plenty of them in this collection).
This volume finds Superman facing off against The Prankster, investigating a murder on a college campus, lifting the spirits of a suicidal baseball player, confronting a modern Robin Hood, resolving the riddle of the gremlin-like Squffles, and 10 other classic tales of the Man of Steel!
SUPERMAN ARCHIVES Volume Six is a 216-page hardcover arriving in comic-book stores June 4 with a cover price of $49.95 U.S.
The DC Universe’s most controversial election — which ended with an unexpected and unthinkable conclusion — is showcased in SUPERMAN: PRESIDENT LEX, a massive 224-page trade paperback collecting the story that gained media attention across the nation!
Lex Luthor is the most powerful man in Metropolis — the companies in his conglomerate dominate travel, media, and technology. His fame soared after he helped to rebuild the earthquake-damaged Gotham City. Where does he go from there? The White House, naturally! And of course, besides bringing him victory, Luthor’s campaign for President is calculated to bring maximum grief to the Man of Steel. Who said politics wasn’t a dirty business?
Featuring an all-star team of comics’ finest creators, PRESIDENT LEX showcases the talents of writers J.M. DeMatteis, Joe Kelly, Jeph Loeb, Greg Rucka, Mark Schultz, and Karl Kesel, plus artists Ed McGuinness, Duncan Rouleau, Paco Medina, Doug Mahnke, Dale Eaglesham, Carlo Barberi, Tony Harris (who provides a new cover), Matthew Clark, Dwayne Turner, Mike Miller, Todd Nauck, Mike Wieringo, Paul Pelletier, Humberto Ramos, Rob Liefeld, Art Adams, Ian Churchill, Joe Madureira, and more! The stories, reprinted from ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #581, PRESIDENT LUTHOR SECRET FILES, SUPERMAN: LEX 2000, SUPERMAN (current series) #162-165, SUPERMAN: MAN OF STEEL #108-110, and ACTION COMICS #773, also include appearances by Aquaman, Tempest, Batman and the JLA!
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SUPERMAN: PRESIDENT LEX is a 240-page trade paperback arriving in comic-book stores June 18 with a cover price of $17.95 U.S.
Given the success of the SECRET ORIGINS 80-page Giant in 1961 and MORE SECRET ORIGINS in 1965, what would DC’s editors have included in a compilation created in 1967?
Back by popular demand, DC Comics is proud to present the latest in the successful line of “lost” annuals with EVEN MORE SECRET ORIGINS LOST 80-PAGE GIANT — a dynamic volume that showcases some of the most sought-after stories ever published!
The Secret Origins featured in this volume include Hawkman (from THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #34) by Gardner Fox and Joe Kubert; the Jimmy Olsen/Robin team (WORLD’S FINEST #141) by Edmond Hamilton, Curt Swan & George Klein; Kid Flash (FLASH #112) by John Broome, Carmine Infantino & Joe Giella; Green Lantern’s oath (GREEN LANTERN #10) by Broome, Gil Kane & Murphy Anderson; Eclipso (HOUSE OF SECRETS #61) by Bob Haney and Lee Elias; and a Blackhawk text feature from BLACKHAWK #261.
EVEN MORE SECRET ORIGINS LOST 80-PAGE GIANT arrives in comic-book stores June 4 with a cover price of $6.95 U.S.
In his first story arc on the new GREEN ARROW series (collected in GREEN ARROW: QUIVER), fan-favorite writer/director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma, Jersey Girl) resurrected the legendary DC hero to huge critical and popular success. He follows it up here with GREEN ARROW: THE SOUNDS OF VIOLENCE — a harrowing 128-page hardcover featuring a strange new villain stalking the Emerald Archer.
Stylishly rendered by artists Phil Hester & Ande Parks, THE SOUNDS OF VIOLENCE puts Oliver Queen and his closest loved ones directly in the madman’s bullseye. Plus, the relationship between Ollie and his son/successor Connor Hawke is explored, while Mia — the young girl whom Green Arrow saved — flirts with becoming a new “Speedy.” Also, will Ollie rekindle his romance with Dinah Lance, a.k.a. the Black Canary? And what happens when former JLA rivals Green Arrow and Hawkman reunite?
This volume collects GREEN ARROW #11-15, including the original painted covers by Matt Wagner, and features an introduction by Hester and a special sketchbook section showcasing his and Parks’s dynamic art.
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GREEN ARROW: THE SOUNDS OF VIOLENCE is a 128-page hardcover arriving in comic-book stores June 25 with a cover price of $19.95 U.S.
Green Lantern’s ring is the most powerful weapon in the universe, able to perform any feat its wearer wills it to do. But even the ring’s magnificent power can’t stop prejudice or hatred…
The award-winning, timely storyline that was featured on TV and in publications around America is now collected in GREEN LANTERN: BROTHER’S KEEPER. This 128-page trade paperback collects GREEN LANTERN #151—155, by Pulitzer Prize-nominated writer Judd Winick (GREEN ARROW, Exiles, Pedro And Me), featuring the art of Dale Eaglesham (BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS) & Rodney Ramos (TRANSMETROPOLITAN).
Kyle Rayner, a.k.a. Green Lantern, was starting to find success as a cartoonist in NYC, and was given a young intern, Terry Berg, to alleviate his growing workload. Unfortunately, Terry ultimately pays a terrible price for his sexual orientation, becoming a victim of a hate crime that puts his life in jeopardy. Kyle’s moral strength is tested when he goes after the punks who beat Terry in a gripping, emotional rollercoaster ride that tempers great power with moral responsibility. Winick writes a new introduction for this volume that brings to life Kyle’s most intense personal challenge. Also included in this collected edition is an article surveying the media's reaction to the story.
And don’t miss GREEN LANTERN: THE ROAD BACK — New Printing — a 192-page trade paperback written by Gerard Jones (BATMAN) with art by Pat Broderick (CAPTAIN ATOM) & Bruce Patterson (Alpha Flight) and a new cover by Alan Davis (Fantastic Four, Excalibur) & Mark Farmer (The Incredible Hulk) that collects GREEN LANTERN (new series) #1-8. From a corps of 3,600, only three Green Lanterns are left: Guy Gardner, John Stewart, and Hal Jordan. Together, they will face their greatest challenge — and only one will walk away as the last Green Lantern!
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GREEN LANTERN: BROTHER’S KEEPER is a 128-page trade paperback arriving in comic-book stores June 11 with a cover price of $12.95 U.S. GREEN LANTERN: THE ROAD BACK is a 192-page trade paperback arriving in comic-book stores June 4 with a cover price of $14.95 U.S.
Over the years, many artists have contributed to the look of one of the most iconic characters in popular culture: Batman. The most influential and popular may be Neal Adams, who in the late 1960s put the Dark Knight back in the shadows and updated his image for a new generation of fans.
Now, for the first time, all of Neal Adams’s Batman work — covers and stories — is being chronologically collected in three volumes, the first of which debuts in September! BATMAN ILLUSTRATED BY NEAL ADAMS Volume 1 is an extraordinary 240-page hardcover featuring Adams’s contributions from 1967 through 1969, showing the process of introduction, adaptation, and innovation that the young artist brought to this legendary crime—fighter. Along the way, Adams also illustrates many other DC heroes, including Superman, The Flash, Aquaman, and The Teen Titans, as well as his signature character, Deadman.
When Adams burst onto the scene in the 1960s, his sense of design, color and realism not only helped influence a generation of artists and excited fans, and also inspired many writers to new heights of creativity — including Bob Haney and other writers showcased in Volume 1. Adams provides a new cover and introduction, and has gone back to tweak some of his early art and re-color five of the eight stories presented here. Volume 1 reprints material from BATMAN #200, 203 and 210; THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #75-76 and 79-85; DETECTIVE COMICS #370, 372, 385, 389, 391, and 392; and WORLD’S FINEST COMICS #174-176, 178-180, 182-183, 185, and 186.
BATMAN ILLUSTRATED BY NEAL ADAMS Volume 1 is a 240-page hardcover, advance-solicited for release in comic-book stores September 3 with a cover price of $49.95 U.S.
Who killed nightclub owner and chanteuse Selina Kyle?
That mystery is at the core of BATMAN: NINE LIVES, a 128-page softcover version of the original hardcover Elseworlds graphic novel that evokes the mood of a 1940s noir film. Written by Dean Motter (TERMINAL CITY, Mr. X) with art by Michael Lark (GOTHAM CENTRAL, SCENE OF THE CRIME) and a painted cover by Lark and Christopher Moeller (JLA: A LEAGUE OF ONE), this gripping tale is told in a sideways “landscape” format to better showcase the graphic, cinematic style of the art.
When the vigilante known as the "Bat-Man" investigates the reports of a giant alligator in the labyrinthine Gotham reservoir, he discovers a dead body — that of Selina Kyle, ex-girlfriend of the Bat-Man's alter ego, Bruce Wayne. The Bat-Man is on the case to uncover what led to her death, but so is Detective Richard Grayson, who must solve the mystery before someone else dies. But with so many suspects, where does Grayson begin?
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BATMAN: NINE LIVES is a 128-page Elseworlds softcover that measures 10 1/2” x 6 7/8”. It arrives in comic-book stores June 18 with a cover price of $17.95 U.S.
In the first eight issues of the top-selling “Hush” storyline, the Dark Knight has encountered a number of legendary characters — Superman, The Joker, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Killer Croc, Harley Quinn…
As the intricate mystery of “Hush” takes yet another turn, the Dark Knight follows the trail of his mysterious attacker back to al Ghul. But is Batman close to the truth, or just being played in this deadly game? Plus, Batman runs into Catwoman, Talia, and Lady Shiva…a trio of women he does not want angry!
BATMAN is an ongoing series edited by Bob Schreck. The 32-page issue #616 arrives in comic-book stores June 25 with a cover price of $2.25 U.S.
Get a first look at a bold new 9-issue miniseries by acclaimed writer Greg Rucka (BATMAN, GOTHAM CENTRAL) and legendary artist Klaus Janson (BATMAN, Daredevil) in this special issue!
DETECTIVE COMICS #783 features a backup story set in 1920s Paris, where a very special birth is about to take place. Legendary Batman foe R’as al Ghul has taken notice, setting the stage for BATMAN: DEATH AND THE MAIDENS, a miniseries launching later this year that sees the start of a struggle destined to span decades and intertwine with the life of the still-unborn Batman! Don’t miss this prelude to the miniseries that will have everyone talking!
And in the main feature, “More Perfect than Perfect,” written by Paul Bolles with art by Shawn Martinbrough, Batman must hunt down a serial killer intent on deleting “purposeless” members of Gotham City society. Can the Dark Knight prevent this brutal murderer from bringing his warped sense of justice to Wayne Enterprises?
DETECTIVE COMICS is an ongoing series edited by Bob Schreck. The 32-page issue #783 arrives in comic-book stores June 4 with a cover price of $2.75 U.S.
The successful, sought-after Pocket Super Heroes line continues, now available in a new configuration and featuring two exclusive figures! The DC COMICS POCKET SUPER HEROES JLA BOX SET is the only place you’ll be able to get two new Pocket Super Heroes: Batman and a miniature Atom!
The POCKET SUPER HEROES JLA BOX SET features all your favorite JLA members, the champions of Earth who’ll stop at nothing to defend mankind from danger! The set includes Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and The Flash, each sporting new face and costume art and standing approximately 3 1/4” tall. The six figures are packaged together in a 4-color window box.
Don’t miss out on the chance to complete your Pocket Super Heroes collection!
The DC COMICS POCKET SUPER HEROES JLA BOX SET is advance—solicited and will arrive in comic-book stores October 1. Please consult your retailer for pricing information. Retailers please note: This product is being offered simultaneously beyond the comic-book specialty market.
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