DC Feature Articles - July 2003


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Think you know the legend of the Man of Steel? You don’t know anything!
SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT

     The origin of Superman is the stuff of legends…a modern mythology that has become part of the unique fabric of American society. Now, two of comics’ hottest creators — writer Mark Waid and artist Leinil Yu — take on that classic tale, retelling the legendary story for a new generation!

Click For Larger Image     SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT, a 12-issue maxiseries written by Waid (KINGDOM COME, JLA) with art and covers by Leinil Yu & Gerry Alanguilan (HIGH ROADS, Wolverine), sheds new light on Superman’s timeless origin tale, revealing unseen facets of the Last Son of Krypton’s birth and evolution into Earth’s champion.

     "What makes SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT exciting to write is how we take nothing for granted about the legend. Why does Clark Kent wear a costume? Why THAT costume? How could you possibly meet Superman and not recognize him as Clark? And, most important, WHY does Superman do what he does?” Waid says in regard to the upcoming series, which kicks off with an extra-sized 40-page first issue at no extra cost. “BIRTHRIGHT isn't just a dream project — it's a Superman I promise you've never seen before and one you ABSOLUTELY never EXPECTED to see!”

     Return to Krypton as Jor-El wrestles with the idea of sending his son into the unknown, unsure whether young Kal-El will make it to Earth. Travel back to Smallville, as young Clark Kent becomes aware of his alien origins and meets the man who will become his greatest foe. Journey with Clark as he travels the globe seeking answers about his adopted world and the feelings and morals that define him…answers that lead him to Metropolis and the beginning of a legend!

     This project is supported by trade and house ads, a full-color poster, a preview in Wizard magazine, and a minisite at www.dccomics.com.

     SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT is a 12-issue maxiseries edited by Eddie Berganza. The 40-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores July 2 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S. Subsequent issues will be 32 pages each with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.


EMPIRE

Click For Larger Image     For 10 long years, he has dominated the world, crushing humanity beneath his iron heel. Now, with 6 billion people in his totalitarian grasp, Golgoth is finding out that running a global empire is no easy task!

     The result of the creative fusion between two critically acclaimed creators, writer Mark Waid (KINGDOM COME, THE FLASH) and artist Barry Kitson (JLA: YEAR ONE, THE TITANS) & James Pascoe (AZRAEL: AGENT OF THE BAT), EMPIRE is an atypical comic-book tale…one told from the perspective of a villain rather than a hero. Get ready for the return of EMPIRE, debuting in June with a #0 issue that collects the two previously released Gorilla Comics issues under a new cover by Kitson, leading into a new 6-issue miniseries in July!

Click For Larger Image     The masked Golgoth has proven himself to be an unstoppable tyrant, commanding armies that have marched across the globe and back, eradicating every significant military force on Earth and crushing all who opposed his will. But now that Golgoth holds the world in his steely grasp, he wonders…can his closest staff members be trusted? Golgoth must contend with a never-ending onslaught of those seeking to oppose his reign, from aliens to freedom fighters. EMPIRE mixes political intrigue with all-out action, as seen through the cold eyes of a ruthless dictator!

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

     EMPIRE #0 is a retro-resolicited 64-page Special that arrives in comic-book stores June 25 with a cover price of $3.95. EMPIRE is a 6-issue miniseries edited by Joey Cavalieri. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores July 30 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.


She’s the court of last resort…
FALLEN ANGEL

     Welcome to Bete Noire, a mysterious city not far from New Orleans, with origins shrouded in tales of black-hearted cutthroats and mystic priests. Quiet, almost mundane by day, Bete Noire shadows seem imbued with life by night. Criminals conduct their business unafraid, and the uncommon is commonplace. And moving through it all like broken glass — smooth, yet cutting — is the woman called the Fallen Angel.

Click For Larger Image     FALLEN ANGEL, a new ongoing monthly series created and written by New York Times best-selling author Peter David with art by David Lopez (LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT) & Fernando Blanco (Star Wars) and covers by Brian Stelfreeze, explores the world of Bete Noire and its most enigmatic inhabitant: the hooded woman nicknamed the "Fallen Angel," who helps people in need when they find themselves at a crossroads in their lives.

     But the Fallen Angel's help isn't always what it seems. If she deems you worthy, she can be your savior. If not, you'll walk away from her worse off than you were before…if at all. When a desperate woman seeks her aid in locating her runaway teenage son — rumored to have become a prostitute — the Fallen Angel realizes that neither mother or son are what they claim to be...and that puts her in direct conflict with the androgynous Bumper Ruggs and her crew, the Muscle Men!

     This project is supported by house ads, a preview in DC Horizon, and a minisite at www.dccomics.com.

     FALLEN ANGEL is an ongoing series edited by Lysa Hawkins. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores July 9 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.


Most kids fight to party on the weekends…they fight to save lives!
TEEN TITANS

     What do teenage super-heroes do on the weekends? They hang with the Teen Titans!

Click For Larger Image     TEEN TITANS, a new monthly series written by fan-favorite scribe Geoff Johns (JSA, THE FLASH), marks penciller Mike McKone’s (SUPERMAN, Exiles) first regular series for DC and features inks by Marlo Alquiza (ACTION COMICS, The Tenth). The team of McKone & Alquiza provides one cover, while Fathom’s Michael Turner provides a second cover! The series kicks off with an extra-sized first issue at no extra cost, as Superboy, Wonder Girl, Robin and Impulse jump back into the super-team business!

     These teen heroes have gone through some tough times, losing friends in battle and seeing their teams splintered. But they’re resilient…and they're out to prove that the DC Universe ain’t just a teenage wasteland! As the series begins, Superboy, Wonder Girl, Robin and Impulse seek advice from their mentors, and each is inspired to come together under the “leadership” of Starfire, Beast Boy and Cyborg — founding members of the original New Teen Titans. But these kids aren't used to taking orders — and the older Titans aren't used to giving them!

     Don’t miss the dawn of a new era for the Teen Titans, guest-starring Superman, Batman and both The Flash and Jay Garrick, the Golden Age Flash!

     This project is supported by house and trade ads, a full-color poster, a preview in Wizard #141, and a minisite at www.dccomics.com.

     TEEN TITANS is an ongoing series edited by Eddie Berganza. The 40-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores July 16 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.


FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE JUSTICE LEAGUE

     Unscrupulous businessman Maxwell Lord never misses the chance to cash in on a scheme, no matter how harebrained. And his latest plan may be his wackiest yet: reuniting the classic ’80s super-team Justice League!

Click For Larger Image     The creative team responsible for JUSTICE LEAGUE — writers Keith Giffen (LOBO, LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES) & J.M. DeMatteis (THE SPECTRE, BATMAN: ABSOLUTION) and artists Kevin Maguire (JLA: CREATED EQUAL, JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE CREATING THE FLASH) & Joe Rubinstein (SUPERMAN) — returns for FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE JUSTICE LEAGUE, a 6-issue miniseries that reunites Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, Fire, Elongated Man, Captain Atom and…Mary Marvel?

     Lord plans to set up the former JLIers up as a super-team for hire in a suburban strip mall, but his scheme is met with hostility from neighborhood locals. And who knows what villains will crawl out of the woodwork to exact revenge on the former Justice League? Can this ragtag band of reluctant heroes convince Max to stop this madness?

     This project is supported by house and trade ads, a preview in DC Horizon, and a minisite at www.dccomics.com.

     FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE JUSTICE LEAGUE is a 6-issue miniseries edited by Dan Raspler and Mike Carlin. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores July 2 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.


BATMAN #617

Click For Larger Image     Over the course of nine issues, the ultra-talented — and ultra-popular — team of Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee and Scott Williams have woven a web of mysteries beneath the surface of the 12-part arc “Hush.” And with three issues left until the saga’s conclusion, things are really heating up!

     In BATMAN #617, the relationship between Batman and Catwoman continues to get more serious, and everyone seems happy about it…except for Robin, the Boy Wonder!

     It seems Batman’s young ward has some issues with Catwoman and the secrets she knows. He’s intent on confronting her…but does he have what it takes to take her out? It all leads up to Batman making the most startling discovery of all…and this story isn’t called “The Grave” for nothin’! Don’t miss the latest chapter of the most talked-about story of the year!

     This project is supported by house ads.

     BATMAN is an ongoing series edited by Bob Schreck. The 32-page issue #617 arrives in comic-book stores July 30 with a cover price of $2.25 U.S.


Faster, pussycat…steal, steal!
CATWOMAN: SELINA’S BIG SCORE
SOFTCOVER

Click For Larger Image     Wizard’s “Best Graphic Novel of 2002,” CATWOMAN: SELINA’S BIG SCORE, is now available as a 96-page softcover! Written and illustrated by Darwyn Cooke (CATWOMAN, X-Statix), SELINA’S BIG SCORE finds Catwoman presumed dead, cut off from her fortune and desperate to make a lot of money...fast. When she hears about a mob train full of unmarked cash, Selina assembles a crew of professional thieves to help her take it down. She needs the money badly...but is she ready for the consequences? What follows is a hard-boiled slice-of-crime story in the tradition of The Usual Suspects — a story that doesn't pull punches, with twists and turns that leave readers constantly guessing.

     This project is supported with house ads.

     CATWOMAN: SELINA’S BIG SCORE is 96-page softcover that arrives in comic-book stores July 16 with a cover price of $17.95 U.S.


BATGIRL: DEATH WISH
TRADE PAPERBACK

     Does Cassandra Cain have a death wish?

     Not long ago, she faced the greatest living martial artist — Lady Shiva — and survived! Now Shiva is back in Gotham for a rematch, and only one of the two fighters will walk away…

Click For Larger Image     BATGIRL: DEATH WISH is a 176-page collection reprinting BATGIRL #17-20, 22, 23, and 25, written by Kelley Puckett and Chuck Dixon, with art by Damion Scott & Robert Campanella. In DEATH WISH, Batgirl fights the good fight in a handful of adventures guest-starring Batman, Robin and Spoiler. Only something’s distracting her — the indomitable teen is letting punches connect, and that never happens. The reappearance of her father, the assassin Cain, isn’t making things any easier. And on an important anniversary, she vows that “Nobody dies tonight” — but can she really keep that promise?

     This project is supported with house ads.

     BATGIRL: DEATH WISH is a 176-page trade paperback arriving in comic-book stores July 30 with a cover price of $14.95 U.S.


Battling for supremacy in the killer skies!
ENEMY ACE: WAR IN HEAVEN
TRADE PAPERBACK

     From 1914 to 1918, Hans Von Hammer earned the nickname “The Hammer of Hell” in the blood-drenched skies of World War One. It’s now 1942. World War Two rages…and blood is still falling from the sky!

Click For Larger Image     ENEMY ACE: WAR IN HEAVEN is a 128-page trade paperback that reprints the original 2-issue miniseries written by Garth Ennis with art by Chris Weston, Russ Heath and Christian Alamy, wrapped in a new cover by acclaimed military painter Jim Deitz.

     Russia has joined the battle against Hitler, and Von Hammer, the finest pilot Germany has ever known, is now a 46-year-old man with plenty of enemies in the Nazi regime. He wishes to live out his life within the solitary confines of his family estate in Bavaria, hoping against hope that he never has to step into the cockpit of a fighter plane again…but that’s not gonna happen!

     Plus, this volume includes a classic Enemy Ace tale by creators Robert Kanigher and Joe Kubert reprinted from STAR-SPANGLED WAR STORIES #139!

     This project is supported with house ads.

     ENEMY ACE: WAR IN HEAVEN is a 128-page trade paperback that arrives in comic-book stores July 2 with a cover price of $14.95 U.S.


JIMMY OLSEN: ADVENTURES BY JACK KIRBY
TRADE PAPERBACK

     Jack Kirby took comics fandom by surprise with his move to DC Comics in 1970…and then used the monthly comic SUPERMAN'S PAL, JIMMY OLSEN to introduce his Fourth World concepts to the DC Universe!

Click For Larger Image     The full-color JIMMY OLSEN: ADVENTURES BY JACK KIRBY, written and pencilled by Kirby with inks by Vince Colletta and others, collects SUPERMAN’S PAL, JIMMY OLSEN #133-139 and #141 in a handsome, 192-page trade paperback. This full-color volume — the first DC archive offered at a new, smaller size with a new, smaller price — features an introduction by comics historian and former Kirby assistant Mark Evanier as well as a new cover based on an unused Kirby cover sketch from 1971 newly inked by Steve Rude!

     JIMMY OLSEN: ADVENTURES BY JACK KIRBY includes the explosive debut of a number of major characters who would become players in Kirby’s Fourth World, including the unforgettable Darkseid as well as the cloned Guardian, Morgan Edge, Dubbilex, and the Cadmus Project. This is a volume no DC Universe reader or Kirby collector should be without!

     This project is supported with house ads.

     JIMMY OLSEN: ADVENTURES BY JACK KIRBY is 192-page trade paperback that arrives in comic-book stores July 23 with a cover price of $19.95 U.S.


CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN ARCHIVES Volume 1
HARDCOVER

     Four years before Jack Kirby and Stan Lee created Marvel’s Fantastic Four, there was another adventurous foursome presented by Kirby that set forth to discover the secrets of the universe…the Challengers of the Unknown!

Click For Larger Image     CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN ARCHIVES Volume 1 is a 168-page hardcover that collects SHOWCASE #6-7, 11-12, and CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN #1-2, circa 1957-1958, written by Jack Kirby and Dave Wood with art and cover by Kirby and others and an introduction by Paul Kupperberg!

     The Challengers were test pilot Ace Morgan, daredevil/mountain climber Red Ryan, heavyweight boxing champ Rocky Davis, and Professor Haley, a scientist specializing in underwater exploration — four men who barely survived the crash of a small aircraft and considered themselves to be living on borrowed time! After avoiding such a devastating fate, they dedicated themselves to a life of harrowing adventures, all in the name of good. Nothing was deemed too dangerous for the Challengers — after all, they should have been dead already!

     The fearsome foursome faced the impossible and the unimaginable at every turn — don’t miss this chance to relive their earliest adventures!

     This project is supported with trade and house ads.

     CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN ARCHIVES VOLUME 1 is a 168-page hardcover that arrives in comic-book stores July 2 with a cover price of $39.95 U.S.


SUPERGIRL: MANY HAPPY RETURNS
TRADE PAPERBACK

     Just when Linda Danvers finally believed she was the one and only Supergirl, a spacecraft crashed down outside Leesburg — a spacecraft whose only passenger was…Supergirl?

Click For Larger Image     SUPERGIRL: MANY HAPPY RETURNS is a 144-page trade paperback that collects SUPERGIRL #75-80, the sold-out final issues of the series, written by Peter David with art by BIRDS OF PREY’s Ed Benes (who provides a new cover) & Alex Lei with an introduction by David.

     Linda’s discovery of the new Supergirl — Kara Zor-El — sends her on a quest of self-discovery, as she sets about solving the mystery of her origins. The Supergirls try to settle into new roles at Leesburg High School, with Linda working as a substitute art teacher and Kara as a student, but eventually they become embroiled in a clash with Xenon that threatens to destroy them both. Will Kara make the ultimate sacrifice so that Linda may live?

     This project is supported with house ads.

     SUPERGIRL: MANY HAPPY RETURNS is 144-page trade paperback that arrives in comic-book stores July 9 with a cover price of $14.95 U.S.


BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT ARCHIVES Volume Four
HARDCOVER

Click For Larger Image     BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT ARCHIVES VOLUME 4 is a 224-page hardcover that collects BATMAN #13-16 (from 1942-1943), written by Batman forefathers Bill Finger, Don Cameron and Jack Schiff with art by Batman creator Bob Kane, George Roussos, Jerry Robinson, Jack Burnley and a cover by Robinson. Plus, comics journalist and historian Bill Schelly contributes an introduction!

     This fourth volume features the introduction of Bruce Wayne’s faithful butler Alfred, as the Batman and his trusty sidekick Robin once again face off against the Joker, Catwoman, and the Penguin. These tales and others serve as a fascinating insight into the evolution of one of comics’ greatest legends. Villains beware! The Dark Knight is here!

     BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT ARCHIVES Volume Four is a 224-page hardcover that arrives in comic-book stores July 30 with a cover price of $49.95 U.S.


The dawn of a new era for Cutter and the Wolfriders!
ELFQUEST: 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Click For Larger Image     Celebrating both the 25th Anniversary of Elfquest's debut and the beginning of DC's line of Elfquest publications and products, DC is proud to present ELFQUEST: 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION, a 40-page one-shot created by Wendy and Richard Pini that reprints the introductory story from the now-classic Elfquest #1, originally published in 1978!

     Newly relettered and recolored by Wendy Pini and featuring the classic cover image from Elfquest #1, this story introduces readers to the Wolfriders and their proud leader, Cutter. It begins a story that has become the most successful fantasy/adventure saga the comics world has ever seen, well-known for its unique visual appeal and inventive characters.

     This issue is the inaugural item in an expansive Elfquest line from DC that will include color hardcover archives, black-and-white trade paperbacks and collected editions, DC Direct items, and new, original material! ELFQUEST: 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION also features an interview with the Pinis discussing DC's publishing plan for Elfquest's rich library of stories and previewing the first all-new Elfquest story in years, THE SEARCHER AND THE SWORD.

      This project is supported with house ads.

     ELFQUEST: 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION is a 40-page Special that arrives in comic-book stores July 2 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S. Retailer note: A limited quantity of copies will be distributed at Elfquest events and at ComiCon International: San Diego, from July 17-20.


JUSTICE LEAGUE: A NEW BEGINNING — NEW PRINTING
TRADE PAPERBACK

     In 1987, a new generation of the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes took center stage. But they were the most unlikely grouping of heroes you’d ever expect!

Click For Larger Image     The classic comedy/action era of the Justice League returns in July with FORMERLY KNOWN AS JUSTICE LEAGUE, but the first adventures of this rag-tag group can be found in JUSTICE LEAGUE: A NEW BEGINNING — a new printing of the trade paperback that collects JUSTICE LEAGUE #1-6 and JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #7. Written by Keith Giffen & J.M. DeMatteis, with art by Kevin Maguire, Al Gordon and Terry Austin, this incarnation of the League features Batman, Blue Beetle, Martian Manhunter, Guy Gardner, Black Canary, Mister Miracle, Dr. Fate, Booster Gold, Doctor Light, and the power of Shazam!

     Can this new Justice League work as a functioning unit to stop terrorists at the U.N., a brigade of Rocket Reds, the Royal Flush Gang, the mysterious Gray Man, and other threats — or will they succumb to in-fighting and bad jokes? Rediscover the book that redefined the term “super-hero team!”

     JUSTICE LEAGUE: A NEW BEGINNING is a 192-page trade paperback arriving in comic-book stores July 2 with a cover price of $12.95 U.S.


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