DC Feature Articles - November 2003

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The comics event of this fall!

Click For Larger Image     Superman. Batman. Wonder Woman. Green Lantern. The Flash. Aquaman. Martian Manhunter.

     The classic JLA is back in a spectacular story by Emmy Award-winning writer Paul Dini and Eisner Award-winning painter Alex Ross!

     In the fully painted, oversized 96-page original graphic novel JLA: LIBERTY AND JUSTICE, the League confronts a threat from space — a very different menace from any the JLA has faced before. This new danger arrives on Earth in the form of an alien disease — a bacteria of a cellular composition unlike anything on Earth, deadly to all who come in contact with it. The space-borne virus spreads quickly, setting off a chain reaction of fear and panic throughout the world. Soon the JLA members themselves are under suspicion. Are they ultimately responsible for this alien danger? Before long, paranoia, distrust and an ensuing wave of hysteria threaten to rip the world apart at its seams!

     In their previous award-winning volumes, Dini and Ross rendered in-depth looks at each of the major heroes of the DC Universe. But JLA: LIBERTY AND JUSTICE is more than the story of one hero — it’s an expansive tale of DC’s most famous, colorful and iconic characters, utilizing a combination of word balloons and descriptive narrative. This powerful adventure showcases the greatest team in the history of comics: the Justice League of America!

     This project is supported with an 8-page preview in Wizard, 8-page convention preview books, a ceiling hanger, trade and house ads, and a minisite at www.dccomics.com.

     JLA: LIBERTY AND JUSTICE is a 96-page oversized graphic novel edited by Charles Kochman and Joey Cavalieri. It arrives in comic-book stores on November 19 with a cover price of $9.95.

26 Detectives have preceded him — now Bruce Wayne must become…

Click For Larger Image     In the streets of Gotham City, a boy is orphaned, his parents slain by an unknown assailant. Devoting himself and his inherited fortune to bettering his body and mind, he swears to become a force for justice, aided only by his faithful manservant Alfred.

     A familiar story? Perhaps, but this time the year of the crime is 1929, and young Bruce Wayne is about to become the latest inductee of a secret society of crimefighters — one in which the members are known only by their number. Twenty-six detectives have preceded him — a roster that includes legendary lawman Allan Pinkerton, former U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt and other well-known heroes — so clearly Bruce must become...Detective #27!

     BATMAN: DETECTIVE #27 is a stunning original Elseworlds hardcover graphic novel that blends dynamic action, meticulous period research and moody art. Written by movie producer Michael Uslan (Batman, Batman Returns) and beautifully realized through the intricate artwork of Peter Snejbjerg (STARMAN), DETECTIVE #27 is a classic adventure story that spans the decades, as Abraham Lincoln's assassination sets a chain of events in motion that shapes the destiny of Bruce Wayne, Alfred, Selina Kyle, and an array of real and fictional 20th century characters. BATMAN: DETECTIVE #27 revels in the history of the Dark Knight, pulp magazines and America itself, telling a thrilling story of a world readers surely will want to visit time and again!

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     BATMAN: DETECTIVE #27 is a 96-page hardcover edited by Mike Carlin. It arrives in comic-book stores November 19 with a cover price of $19.95 U.S.

The Man of Steel — exposed as an alien?

Click For Larger Image     Surely a man as wise as Jor-El of Krypton would not have sent his only son to Earth without thoroughly checking out the planet…perhaps sending probes to scan the surface, or even kidnapping an Earthling or two for study.

     SUPERMAN: THE KANSAS SIGHTING is a 2-issue Prestige Format series by the team that brought you SUPERGIRL: WINGS — writer J.M. DeMatteis (BATMAN: ABSOLUTION, Amazing Spider-Man) and artist Jamie Tolagson (DOOM PATROL, THE DREAMING) — that explores Jor-El’s investigations into Earth, a subject that Superman must tackle as he fills the role of Earth’s champion.

     As Superman comes to grips with his father’s actions, a team of scientists sets out to research a UFO landing known as “The Kansas Sighting.” intending to link that little-known incident to the Man of Steel. Can they demonstrate that the hero who has defended Earth from alien invaders is actually an alien himself? Will the world believe that Superman is a world protector, or an extraterrestrial threat?

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     SUPERMAN: THE KANSAS SIGHTING is a 2-issue Prestige Format miniseries edited by Joey Cavalieri. The 64-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores July 16 with a cover price of $6.95 U.S

Experience the comic book that acts like a cartoon!

Click For Larger Image     TEEN TITANS GO!, a new ongoing series based on the hit Cartoon Network series, is written by J. Torres with art by Todd Nauck (YOUNG JUSTICE) and Lary Stucker with a cover by Dave Bullock (ACTION COMICS)!

     Join Robin and his band of teenage heroes — the brave Cyborg, funny guy Beast Boy, the naïve but seriously hot (and way powerful) Starfire, and the moody goth-girl Raven — as they battle for truth, justice and pizza!

     In the fabulous first issue, the team just wants to chill out and play video games. But those creepy kids from the HIVE Academy – Jinx, Gizmo and Mammoth – have hacked into the Titans Tower game system, and the Titans get caught in a virtual reality gone mad! Will they discover the mystery man behind it all?

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     TEEN TITANS GO! is an ongoing series co-edited by Tom Palmer, Jr. and Lysa Hawkins. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores November 26 with a cover price of $2.25 U.S.

A new era begins for Gotham’s feline fatale!

Click For Larger Image     Selina's coming back to Gotham, and she's bringing art team extraordinaire Paul Gulacy & Jimmy Palmiotti (RELOAD, Shang-Chi) with her! It all starts in CATWOMAN #25, written by the acclaimed Ed Brubaker (GOTHAM CENTRAL, DETECTIVE COMICS), kicking off a hot new storyline!

     With the "Wild Ride" story behind her, Selina returns home to the East End section of Gotham to find that things have taken a dark turn for the worse. Catwoman thought the death of the Black Mask would usher in a new beginning for the East End. Instead, the mobs of Gotham have moved in, all vying for control. But they didn't count on the East End's protector stepping in! Catwoman's actions end up leaving the Penguin in some serious hot water and threaten to ignite a gang war in the process. And you won't believe which deadly Batman foe is brought in to deal with the "feline problem!"

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

     CATWOMAN is an ongoing series edited by Matt Idelson. The 32-page issue #25 arrives in stores November 26 with a cover price of $2.50.


Click For Larger Image     The countdown to the epic 175th anniversary issue begins in GREEN LANTERN #171, as new penciller James Bosch (AQUAMAN) joins writer Ben Raab, inker Rodney Ramos and cover artist Keron Grant for “Wanted,” a 5-part science fiction saga that will change Kyle and the GL universe forever!

     Kyle Rayner’s crusade to restore order in Sector 2814 takes a dangerous turn when he goes undercover to infiltrate the Black Circle Syndicate and destroy this interplanetary mafia from within.

     To pull it off, he’s enlisted the aid of Kilowog and a small group of former Green Lantern Corpsmen. But with only one Power Ring among them, is even their combined might enough to stop the true power behind the Black Circle from putting sinister plans of cosmic domination into action?

     Because if it’s not, and Kyle’s ruse is discovered, not only is our universe doomed, but Green Lantern’s a dead man!

     GREEN LANTERN is an ongoing series edited by Peter Tomasi. The 32-page issue #171 arrives in comic-book stores November 26 with a cover price of $2.25 U.S.

The second hardcover collection of the chart-topping blockbuster!

Click For Larger Image     The 12-part “Hush” storyline – masterly crafted by comics heavyweights Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee & Scott Williams — topped sales charts for an entire year, thrilling readers and critics alike. Now, advance-solicited to be in stores December 3, the second half of that legendary story arc — BATMAN #613-619 — is collected in BATMAN: HUSH Volume 2, a handsome 192-page hardcover.

     This volume contains the stunning conclusion to “Hush,” featuring the Dark Knight’s shocking showdown with the Joker, the debut of a brand-new Batmobile, a catfight among Catwoman, Talia and Lady Shiva, and, perhaps, most surprising of all, the true identity of the enigmatic Hush! Plus, this collection includes the 6-page story previously available only in Wizard #0. This hardcover belongs in every comic-book reader’s collection!

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  • 192-page hardcover
  • Advance-solicited; in stores December 3
  • $19.95 U.S.


Click For Larger Image     New York Times best-selling novelist Brad Meltzer (The Millionaires, The Tenth Justice) made his comic-book debut with “Archer’s Quest,” a 6-part tale originally presented in GREEN ARROW #16-21. Now, that story, featuring art by GREEN ARROW mainstays Phil Hester & Ande Parks, is presented in the 176-page hardcover GREEN ARROW: THE ARCHER’S QUEST!

     The Emerald Archer is back from the dead and ready for action! He takes his adopted son Arsenal on a trek back through their careers as he seeks artifacts long thought gone. Along the way, truths are learned and their courage is tested as hidden facets of Green Arrow's life and personality are brought to light. This collection also features an introduction by Senator Patrick Leahy, an afterword by acclaimed writer Greg Rucka (WONDER WOMAN), Meltzer's original notes to the series, and the script to issue #16!

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  • 176-page hardcover
  • In stores November 26
  • $19.95 U.S.


Click For Larger Image     Screenwriters David S. Goyer (Blade, Blade 2) and James Robinson (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) both got their start in comics. Their labor of love was a revival of the legendary Justice Society of America. That revival — originally presented in 1999’s ALL-STAR COMICS #1 and 2, ADVENTURE COMICS #1, ALL-AMERICAN COMICS #1, NATIONAL COMICS #1, SENSATION COMICS #1, SMASH COMICS #1, STAR SPANGLED COMICS #1, and THRILLING COMICS # — is now collected in a 256-page trade paperback featuring a striking cover by Dave Johnson: THE JUSTICE SOCIETY RETURNS!

     This massive crossover set the stage for the return of the JSA to the DC Universe and pitted these classic heroes against the interdimensional threat known as Stalker. Goyer & Robinson are joined by some of the brightest writers and artists currently working in comics, including writers Geoff Johns, Mark Waid, Ron Marz, Chuck Dixon, and Tom Peyer, and artists Chris Weston, Russ Heath, Stephen Sadowski, Michael Lark, Aaron Lopresti, Peter Snejbjerg, and more!

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  • 256-page trade paperback
  • In stores November 5
  • $19.95 U.S.


Click For Larger Image     Witness the evolution and establishment of the most iconic hero in war comics ever in SGT. ROCK ARCHIVES Volume 2, a 216-page hardcover that collects OUR ARMY AT WAR # 97-110, originally published in 1960-1961. Written by Bob Kanigher with art by Joe Kubert, Russ Heath and Irv Novick, these stories boosted Sgt. Rock to legendary war hero!

     As DC's war comics proliferated in the ’50s, the stories typically focused on an individual brave soldier in a one-time only appearance. Gradually, one face and one name began to emerge and stand out from the crowd: Frank Rock!

     In Volume One we saw a “Rock” slowly appear from the various one-shot heroes that were the norm in DC’s war comics. In Volume Two, we see the true Sgt. Rock of Easy Company that so many readers remember — with more mature stories and more refined art as the series’ tone emerged.

  • 216-page hardcover
  • In stores November 5
  • $49.95 U.S.


Click For Larger Image     Banished from Atlantis! Branded a traitor! This is Aquaman as you’ve never seen him before!

     Join writer Rick Veitch, pencillers Yvel Guichet, Norm Breyfogle, Joshua Hood, and Dietrich Smith, inkers Mark Propst, Dennis Janke and Sean Parsons, and cover artist J.G. Jones as they present a refreshing new take on a classic hero in AQUAMAN: THE WATERBEARER a 128-page trade paperback collecting AQUAMAN #1-4 and the lead story from AQUAMAN SECRET FILES.

     In the aftermath of the Obsidian Age — where the King of the Seven Seas was forced to re-sink Atlantis in order to save it — Aquaman is now hated by his former subjects and exiled from the life-giving ocean he once called home. But in a mysterious freshwater lake, he finds refuge and much more, as he is granted amazing new powers and a new mission in life!

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  • 128-page trade paperback
  • In stores November 5
  • $12.95 U.S.


Click For Larger Image     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!

     The writers of ROBIN: YEAR ONE along with an acclaimed art team returned with another look into the past of one of comics’ most popular characters! BATGIRL: YEAR ONE is a 224-page trade paperback that collects the acclaimed 9-issue maxiseries written by Scott Beatty (BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS) & Chuck Dixon (BIRDS OF PREY, NIGHTWING, Way of the Rat), with art and covers by Marcos Martin & Alvaro Lopez (BIRDS OF PREY, ROBIN).

     Following her chance meeting with the Boy Wonder at the end of ROBIN: YEAR ONE, Barbara Gordon 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 the Killer Moth!

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  • 224-page trade paperback
  • In stores November 12
  • $17.95 U.S.


     Green Arrow provides the focal point for two stories set early in the careers of Batman, Green Lantern and Green Arrow, each written by comics master Dennis O’Neil!

     BATMAN: THE ARROW, THE RING, AND THE BAT is a 192-page trade paperback collects LEGENDS OF THE DC UNIVERSE #7-9, featuring art by Greg Land & Dick Giordano, and BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #127-131, with art by Sergio Cariello. This collection features a new painted cover by Jon Foster and an introduction by O’Neil.

     In the first story, Green Lantern Hal Jordan and Green Arrow meet for the first time as they get caught up in an Asian country's attempts to gain unlawful weapons of mass destruction. In the second story, the thwarted leader seeks revenge and sends an assassin after Arrow, leading them both to Gotham City and its Dark Knight protector!

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  • 192-page trade paperback
  • In stores November 5
  • $19.95 U.S.


Click For Larger Image     “(BATMAN: CHILD OF DREAMS) is a unique and valuable contribution to the literature of the Dark Knight.” – CNN.com

     “BATMAN: CHILD OF DREAMS has the feel of an epic and something special…that deserves to be on your bookshelf.” – SilverBulletComicBooks.com

     When a crime spree takes the Dark Knight from the familiar turf of Gotham City across the globe to Tokyo, he finds himself locked in mortal combat with his greatest enemies…but are they really what they appear to be?

     BATMAN: CHILD OF DREAMS presents famed manga creator Kia Asamiya’s (Silent Moebius, Steam Detectives, Uncanny X-Men) uncompromising take on the World’s Greatest Detective, first serialized in Japan and now collected in English in a mammoth 352-page black-and-white softcover edition of the original DC hardcover. CHILD OF DREAMS was painstakingly adapted by acclaimed mystery novelist Max Allan Collins (ROAD TO PERDITION, BATMAN).

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  • 352-page black-and-white softcover
  • In stores November 12
  • $19.95 U.S.


Click For Larger Image     Everyone into the Mystery Machine! DC’s hot new line of digest-sized trade paperbacks expands in November with a pair of volumes spotlighting everyone’s favorite pooch: Scooby-Doo!

     It's time to walk back into the creepy haunted amusement park and find out what's behind all those mysterious goings-on in these 112-page volumes that each collect five issues of the ongoing SCOOBY-DOO series. The two volumes include:

     VOLUME 1: YOU MEDDLING KIDS! (collecting SCOOBY-DOO #1-5), written by Terrance Griep, Jr., Chris Duffy, Barbara Slate, Sam Henderson and Dan Slott, with art by Ned Sonntag, Ivan Brunetti, Ernie Colón, Tim Harkins, Joe Staton, Bob Smith, Gary Fields, Andrew Pepoy and a cover by Glenn Barr. It includes the stories "Scooby in the Booby Hatch," "Scooby Snooze," "The Roswell Riddle," "Stubble Trouble," "The Truth," "Wax Attacks!," "The Old Ways," "How I Spent My Winter Break," "Legend of the Silver Scream," and "The Best Laid Plans..."

Click For Larger Image     VOLUME 2: RUH ROH! (collecting SCOOBY-DOO #6-10), written by Griep, Chris Duffy, Matt Wayne, Michael Kraiger, and Michael Kupperman with art by Colón, Harkins, Smith, Staton, Pepoy and a cover by Staton. It features the stories "Ghost Riders in Disguise," "Repeat Offender," "The Ogre of O'Hare," "Reincarnation Ruckus," "Like a Cracked Mirror," "Kung-Food Fightin'," "Scooby-Voodoo-Krewe," "Costume Caper," "Six Is a Crowd," and "Shaggy's Sasquatch Search."

     Join Scooby, Shaggy, Daphne, Fred, and Velma as they fight against a seemingly never-ending tide of supernatural flim-flammery!

  • 112-page trade paperbacks
  • Measures 5 1/8” x 7 9/16”
  • In stores November 5
  • $6.95 U.S.

The Master Returns!

Click For Larger Image     In late 1945, Will Eisner received his honorable discharge from the Army, and in December of that year he returned to his masterwork: The Spirit. He was poised to revolutionize comics. What was to come forth from Eisner’s typewriter and pen would change comics forever, creating new methods of storytelling, developing new depths of characterization, and showing not only his readers but virtually every other comics professional at the time and to come that comics could truly become an art form.

     THE SPIRIT ARCHIVES Volume 12, written and illustrated by Will Eisner with a cover by Eisner, is a 196-page hardcover collecting Spirit sections originally published between January 6, 1946 and June 30, 1946. This volume, which serves as a great jumping-on point for readers new to The Spirit, also features an introduction by Eisner’s former publisher and current literary agent Denis Kitchen.

     Eisner’s return to The Spirit was marked by a mature new sensibility, honed by his years illustrating U.S. Army posters and instructional comics. Eisner’s bold new style and dramatic layouts helped carve The Spirit’s impressive niche in comics history!

     Highlights of THE SPIRIT Volume 12 include a retelling of the Spirit's origin, the return of Satin, the exit of Ebony and the introduction of Alaskan sidekick Blubber…plus more classic Eisner femmes fatales than ever before!

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  • 216-page hardcover
  • In stores November 12
  • $49.95 U.S.


Click For Larger Image     Don’t miss the first in DC’s new series of ELFQUEST ARCHIVES, collecting the legendary ElfQuest saga in order of publication in a handsome hardcover format.

     ELFQUEST ARCHIVES Volume 1, written by Wendy & Richard Pini with art and a new cover by Wendy Pini, is a 216-page hardcover that collects the classic “Fire & Flight” story arc from the first five issues of the original ElfQuest series (1978) with new lettering and coloring. Also included is a short story by Wendy Pini set during this era of ElfQuest that’s never before been collected, as well as an introduction by best-selling fantasy novelist Mercedes Lackey!

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  • 216-page hardcover
  • In stores November 26
  • $49.95 U.S.


Click For Larger Image     The legendary saga continues with the second in DC’s new series of compact-sized trade paperbacks re-presenting the tales of ElfQuest in chronological order!

     ELFQUEST: WOLFRIDER Volume 2 is a 216-page black-and-white trade paperback measuring 5” x 7 3/8” featuring stories written by Richard Pini, Christy Marx and Terry Collins with art by Wendy Pini (who contributes a stunning new cover), Jeff Zugale, Delfin Barral & Al Nickerson, Debbie Hayes & Paul Abrams, Steve Blevins & Craig Taillefer, and Sonny Strait.

     This volume concludes the saga of Bearclaw, Cutter's father, and sets the stage for the "classic" ElfQuest saga. Bearclaw's animosity towards the superstitious humans reaches a boiling point that can only be settled in a match to the death. But first, the elf tribe must endure loss in its ranks — and Bearclaw's own son is enslaved by the vicious Trolls for a year.

     These tales were originally published in magazine form as ELFQUEST VOL. 2, #31; ELFQUEST-BLOOD OF TEN CHIEFS #10, 11, 19; WARP GRAPHICS ANNUAL #1, and previously published in book form in ELFQUEST: IN ALL BUT BLOOD (Elfquest Reader’s Collection Vol. 8a); ELFQUEST: WOLFRIDER! (Elfquest Reader’s Collection Vol. 9a).

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  • 216-page black-and-white trade paperback
  • Measures 5” x 7 3/8”
  • In stores November 12
  • $9.95 U.S.


Click For Larger Image     Catwoman is back — with a new look and a new lease on life, reunited with her friend Holly! But when a new mystery unfolds in Gotham City, involving crooked cops and swiftly moving drugs, it could spell disaster for the pair…

     CATWOMAN: CROOKED LITTLE TOWN is the second volume collecting the critically acclaimed series written by Ed Brubaker (GOTHAM CENTRAL, SLEEPER) with art Brad Rader, Cameron Stewart and Rick Burchett. Reprinting CATWOMAN #5-10 and CATWOMAN SECRET FILES #1, CROOKED LITTLE TOWN finds Holly using her street-savvy skills to help Catwoman get to the bottom of a new spread of drugs — only to find herself in danger and ultimately wanted by the police! With Holly suspected of killing a cop and in hiding, it's up to Catwoman to uncover the truth and bring the real criminal to justice.

     And in a story pencilled by Powers artist Michael Avon Oeming and inked by Mike Manley, discover "The Many Lives of Selina Kyle" as a case follows Catwoman through the years. Featuring a new cover by Oeming!

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  • 168 pg. Trade paperback
  • In stores November 26
  • $14.95 U.S.


Click For Larger Image     Get ready to see all of your favorite comic-strip characters — from Peanuts, Blondie, The Far Side, Doonesbury, and Family Circus — in situations that no syndicate would ever allow!

     MAD ABOUT THE COMIC STRIPS is a 128-page black-and-white trade paperback (including 32 pages in full color) measuring 8-1/4” x 10-1/2” that collects MAD Magazine’s best comic strip satires for a chronological look at the last 50 years. It’s all seen through the eyes of “The Usual Gang of Idiots,” including: Bob Clarke, Desmond Devlin, Duck Edwing, Frank Jacobs, Stan Hart, Al Jaffee, Harvey Kurtzman, Jack Rickard, Angelo Torres, Sam Viviano, and Wally Wood! This volume also includes a classic 8-page bonus newspaper insert — a 13-3/4” x 21” folded “Sunday Comics Section” reprinted for the first time!

     MAD ABOUT THE COMIC STRIPS is a 128-page black-and-white/color trade paperback edited by the Usual Gang of Idiots. It measures 8 1/4” x 10 1/2” and arrives in comic-book stores November 5 with a cover price of $12.95 U.S.

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