MAN is a perfect pairing of character and creator, and nothing
Baker’s done before will prepare you for his take on the classic villain-turned-hero.
The series — which also features Plas’s sidekick Woozy Winks — is reverent
to the original Golden Age stories but as contemporary as tomorrow’s newspaper
MAN #1 features a retelling of Plas’s origin as well as a great new tale
that pits the red-garbed crimefighter against his criminal past!
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a minisite at www.dccomics.com.
MAN is an ongoing series edited by Joey Cavalieri. The 32-page issue #1
arrives in comic-book stores December 3 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.
Boy Wonder is about to get a makeover, courtesy of some of comics’ hottest
acclaimed, Eisner Award-winning writer Bill Willingham (FABLES, PROPOSITION
PLAYER), artists Rick Mays (ZATANNA: EVERYDAY MAGIC) & Aaron Sowd
and cover artist Jason Pearson (Body Bags, EYE OF THE STORM ANNUAL)
take over the adventures of Robin in ROBIN #121, sending
the Teen Titan in an exciting new direction!
#121 finds Batman turning up the heat on his young ward’s training just
as Tim is about to encounter the most bloodthirsty killer of his career
— one destined to make his life a living hell! And if that weren’t bad
enough, it’s Tim’s first day at a new school, with a student body wrapped
to the point of nigh-mummification in social spider webs!
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is an ongoing series edited by Michael Wright. The 32-page issue #121
arrives in comic-book stores December 17 with a cover price of $2.25 U.S.
tale of two minds, two hearts and one body
ROSE & THORN
is kind, and gentle, and decent.
Thorn is rash, and angry, and dangerous.
Rose avoids attention.
Thorn can’t be ignored.
happens when these two disparate personalities collide…within the same
& THORN is a 6-issue miniseries written by hot scribe Gail
Simone (BIRDS OF PREY), pencilled by remarkable newcomer Adriana Melo
(Star Wars), and inked by versatile Dan Green (Uncanny X-Men)
with gorgeously rendered covers by WONDER WOMAN's Adam Hughes!
Rhosyn Forrest witnesses the murder of her beloved policeman father, she
bubbles over with rage and is sent to a girls’ dormitory to manage her
temper. While she’s incarcerated, an unscrupulous psychiatrist tries out
a radical new therapy on her — one which leaves Rhosyn's psyche split
in two. Now she’s both Rose — a sweet, innocent young woman trying to
move away from the tragedy — and Thorn — a sexy but highly volatile wild-woman
who seeks only to avenge her father's death!
the series progresses, Rose and Thorn will find themselves at odds with
the psychiatrist, a mysterious and deadly organized-crime gang known as
The 100, the Metropolis Police Department, and ultimately, each other!
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& THORN is a 6-issue miniseries edited by Mike Carlin. The 32-page
issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores December 17 with a cover price of
is a former acrobat whose life was changed by the death of his acrobat
parents. The other is a troubled woman who became a crossbow-wielding
vigilante after the violent death of her mob-boss father. Though they
have a grudging respect for each other, the two heroes — Nightwing and
the Huntress — have never had a particularly close relationship...until
an undercover cop is killed — apparently by a mob boss — the worlds of
Nightwing and the Huntress collide in NIGHTWING/HUNTRESS,
a 96-page collection of the 4-issue miniseries written by Devin K. Grayson
(NIGHTWING), with stunning art from the unexpected collaboration of artists
Greg Land (Sojourn, NIGHTWING) and Bill Sienkiewicz (SUPERMAN:
DAY OF DOOM).
the two heroes approach the policeman's brutal murder from very different
angles — Nightwing looking for justice and the truth, Huntress looking
for vengeance — they find that opposites really do attract. And an unexpected
romantic development may distract them from the case at hand...with fatal
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AND HUNTRESS is a 96-page trade paperback arriving in comic-book stores
December 31, with a cover price of $9.95 U.S.
DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN!
sequel to BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS is collected in THE
DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN! — a 256-page trade paperback written
and illustrated by Frank Miller with colors by Lynn Varley.
incredible volume features an introduction by Miller and reprints the
complete 3-part story, plus sketches and other material.
been three years since the events of THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, and everything
is just fine — at least on the surface. What the world at large doesn’t
know is that it’s a total sham. Only he knows better. He’s watched
it fester to near-breaking point, and it’s time for the only free man
left who can effect any real change to bring it all down around their
ears once and for all.
Dark Knight returns once again with a vitality unseen since the first
years of his war on crime. Together with his army of Bat-soldiers, including
Carrie Kelly — formerly Robin, and now the new Catgirl — the Dark Knight
wages a new war on a diseased world that’s become completely
lost. THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN! features appearances by such DC icons
as Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, Martian Manhunter, the Atom, the
Question, and more. But are they still the World’s Greatest Heroes?
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DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN! is a 256-page trade paperback arriving in comic-book
stores December 17 with a cover price of $19.95 U.S.
AGENTS ARCHIVES VOL. 3
the mid-1960s, there was an explosion of new super-hero titles from virtually
every comics publisher on the market. But one new title from that time
still stands out decades later, published by a then-new comics division
of a small paperback publisher dubbed Tower Comics: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS!
DC presents T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS ARCHIVES Volume 3,
a 228-page hardcover collecting 1966’s T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS #8-10 and
DYNAMO #2! Written by Wally Wood, Bill Pearson and Steve Skeates, with
art by Wood, Dan Adkins, John Giunta, Ralph Reese, Mike Sekowsky, Manny
Stallman, Chick Stone, George Tuska, Al Williamson, and Ogden Whitney,
with a cover by Wally Wood, these issues represent a classic blend of
action, intrigue and science that would be copied for decades. Plus, this
volume features an introduction by long-time Wood associate Bill Pearson!
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents were a secret team of super-technology-powered policemen
— Dynamo and his Thunderbelt; NoMan, the multibodied living android, and
his cloak of invisibility; Lightning, the super-speedster; and newcomer
Raven — assembled by the United Nations to combat tyranny and evil across
the world, especially the menace of the Warlord and his dastardly minions.
This issue features the introduction of Raven, the fall of the Warlords,
and plenty of atomic explosions, spacecraft, and international intrigue!
AGENTS ARCHIVES VOL. 3 is a 228-page hardcover that arrives in comic-book
stores December 10 with a cover price of $49.95 U.S.
MAN LOST ANNUAL
Not Final Cover
freewheeling collection of Plastic Man stories spanning 3 decades, time
to coincide with the debut of Kyle Baker's all-new, monthly PLASTIC MAN
MAN LOST ANNUAL is an 80-page Special that reprints material
from POLICE COMICS #1, POLICE COMICS #13, HOUSE OF MYSTERY #160, PLASTIC
MAN Vol. 2 #1, PLASTIC MAN Vol. 2 #11, and more. These classic issues
feature the writing of Jack Cole, Dave Wood, Steve Skeates, and Arnold
Drake, and the art of Cole, Jim Mooney, Gil Kane, and Ramona Fradon!
stories contained within the PLASTIC MAN LOST ANNUAL feature the origin
and first appearance of Plas, the introduction of his longtime sidekick
Woozy Winks, and encounters with the Wizard of Light, Dr. Dome, Dr. Forklift
and his wrathful rodents, the Hamsters of Doom, and more!
MAN LOST ANNUAL is a 80-page Special that arrives in comic-book stores
December 17 with a cover price of $6.95 U.S.
ARCHIVES VOL. 2
of the DC Universe’s most powerful heroines is back in a 252-page hardcover
archive collecting 20 classic Silver Age tales!
ARCHIVES Volume 2, reprinting material from ACTION COMICS #269-285
(1960-1962), features the writing of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel
and Otto Binder, art by Jim Mooney, Wayne Boring and Curt Swan, and a
cover by Swan. Plus, this volume includes an introduction by R.C. Harvey.
the stories included here are the adoption and world debut of Supergirl,
her first romance, her first encounter with the Legion of Super-Heroes,
a run-in with the Superman Emergency Squad, an adventure revolving around
red Kryptonite, and appearances by Streaky the Super Cat!
ARCHIVES VOL. 2 is a 252-page hardcover that arrives in comic-book stores
December 24 with a cover price of $49.95 U.S.
STARS MY DESTINATION
Knight continues his star-spanning journey through space — accompanied
by his blue-skinned comrade Mikaal and a Mother Box-produced hologram
of his father, Ted Knight — in STARMAN: STARS MY DESTINATION,
a 144-page trade paperback. This volume, written by James Robinson &
David S. Goyer with art by Peter Snejbjerg, Keith Champagne, Stephen Sadowski,
Chris Weston, and John McCrea and a cover by Tony Harris, collects STARMAN
STARS MY DESTINATION, Jack Knight seeks out the brother of his lady love,
Sadie. But Jack and his crew become prisoners of the empire, and must
stoke the fires of revolution in order to escape a despot's grasp — with
the help of guest-stars such as Omega Men's Tigorr and New God's Fastbak.
How do the legacies of all the men who’ve been called Starman tie together?
And does this adventure really involve the Star Rovers, Tommy
Tomorrow, the Space Ranger, Ultraa the Multi-Alien…and Space Cabby?
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STARS MY DESTINATION is a 144-page trade paperback that arrives in comic-book
stores December 31 with a cover price of $14.95 U.S.
key moment in Hal Jordan's early days of training unfolds in GREEN
LANTERN: WILLWORLD, a 96-page softcover version of the original
hardcover written by J.M. DeMatteis (THE SPECTRE), with stunning artwork
by Seth Fisher (THE FLASH: TIME FLIES, DOOM PATROL).
in his Green Lantern career, Hal finds himself alone on a strange, surrealistic,
almost hallucinatory world — but has no memory of how he got there. In
this topsy-turvy world, where beautiful creatures coexist with frightening
horrors, the only thing that's right is Hal's sense of justice. This twisted
reality needs cleaning up, and Hal's just the lawman to do it!
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LANTERN: WILLWORLD is a 96-page softcover that arrives in comic-book stores
December 24 with a cover price of $17.95 U.S.
pair of deadly new villains make their raucous debut as the Dark Knight
stalks the streets of his “Broken City” in search of a murderer! It all
goes down in BATMAN #622, by the award-winning 100 BULLETS
creative team of writer Brian Azzarello, artist Eduardo Risso and cover
artist Dave Johnson!
Part 3 of the 6-part “Broken City,” the hunt for murderer Angel Martinez
continues…but the closer Batman gets to him, the more his own dark past
comes into focus! And with a little help from his old “friends” The Penguin
and Scarface, Batman’s troubles are going to get worse before they get
is an ongoing series coedited by Bob Schreck and Will Dennis. The 32-page
issue #622 arrives in comic-book stores December 24 with a cover price
of $2.25 U.S.
Man of Steel collides head-on with the Futuresmiths in a final deadly
battle in SUPERMAN #200, an extra-sized anniversary issue!
by Steven T. Seagle, with art by Scott McDaniel & Andy Owens, Phil
Jimenez, Gene Ha and John Byrne and a cover by Ha, SUPERMAN #200 gets
to the root of the mysterious Futuresmiths — revealing at last who they
really are! Plus, get a glimpse at possible future origins of Batman,
Wonder Woman, and Superman!
a special back-up feature, SUPERMAN #200 also includes an all-new tour
of Metropolis, featuring designs by Leinil Yu (SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT) and
Lee Bermejo (BATMAN/DEATHBLOW)!
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is an ongoing series edited by Eddie Berganza. The 48-page issue #200
arrives in comic-book stores December 24 with a cover price of $3.50 U.S.
are few things as important in life as family…and that’s a lesson the
Man of Steel and the Dark Knight are about to learn first-hand!
SUPERMAN/BATMAN #5, written by Jeph Loeb with art and
a cover by Ed McGuinness and Dexter Vines, finds the two heroes with their
backs against the wall and the whole world against them — including President
Lex Luthor and his strike force! But they still have family, so guest-stars
Supergirl, Nightwing, Superboy, Robin, Huntress, and Krypto lend a hand
as Superman and Batman take on Luthor and the forces allied with him.
This is a battle you won’t soon forget!
is an ongoing series edited by Eddie Berganza. The 32-page issue #5 arrives
in comic-book stores December 24 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.
ready for the fight you never thought you’d see! It’s Metamorpho vs.…Metamorpho!?
The tussle goes down in OUTSIDERS #7, written by Judd
Winick with art by Tom Raney and Scott Hanna and a cover by Raney. But
which Metamorpho is real? And how will Nightwing and the Outsiders react
to seeing their teammate’s duplicate? DIRECT CURRENTS went to Winick for
Tell us a little
about what happens in OUTSIDERS #7.
Of all the issues
of OUTSIDERS, this is the one I can tell you the least about. It's a very
big revelation issue centering around Metamorpho. Many folks have been
asking questions about our boy Meta, like, "Didn't he come back to
life last year?" and " Didn't we see him in BIRDS OF PREY?"
and "Why is he wearing blue jeans all the time?" All these questions
shall be answered…except the one about the blue jeans. We’ll also get
a glimpse of our brand-new super-villain. Well, not new — actually an
old, obscure one from SHAZAM!
What kind of repercussions
will the events of this issue have on the team?
Huge. Mostly for Metamorpho. I can say with complete and absolute confidence
that his life will never ever be the same.
What do you have
planned for the Outsiders?
Big honking trouble! Issues #8,9 and 10 have several battles. One of our
Outsiders gets seriously hurt. Black Lightning shows up to pull his daughter
Thunder off the team, but ends up fighting by their side. And that's just
the next story arc! Overall we'll be building to a rather climactic arc
that brings together the entire run thus far.
If you could be
any Outsider, who would it be?
Grace. I’ve always wanted to be a tall Asian chick.
is an ongoing series edited by Eddie Berganza. The 32-page issue #7 arrives
in comic-book stores December 17 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.
heroes of the JLA have returned to check in on their young wards in TEEN
TITANS #6, written by fan-favorite Geoff Johns (THE FLASH) with
art and a cover by Mike McKone and Marlo Alquiza! But what do Superman,
Batman and Wonder Woman have in mind for the fledgling super-team? DIRECT
CURRENTS turned to Johns to find out!
Tell us a little
about what happens in TEEN TITANS #6.
Wonder Woman isn't too thrilled about Wonder Girl being in the Titans,
Starfire isn't too thrilled about Wonder Woman, and Superman's trying
to keep his promise of making sure the JLA doesn’t interfere with the
Is there a villain
in this issue?
That depends on your point of view. In Starfire's eyes, there sure is.
What does this
story lead into?
We'll be setting the groundwork for the next storyline, “New Blood,” featuring
the return of Raven and the introduction of the new Brother Blood. Think
Damien from The Omen at 15 years old, mixed with a little Ra’s
Al Ghul and Charles Manson. Also, we've got Deathstroke on a hunt of his
own because one of the Titans has something very special to him. Really
though, this issue will be an intense emotional and physical battle all
its own. Don't expect an easy wrap-up here...
What do you like
about working on TEEN TITANS?
The single best thing about this book is working with Mike McKone. He's
an absolutely amazing artist and his passion for TEEN TITANS is evident
in every panel he draws. It's also an absolute thrill to be working with
DC icons like Robin and the rest of the Titans. I've always loved the
younger heroes and I feel very fortunate to have been brought aboard as
part of this team.
TITANS is an ongoing series edited by Eddie Berganza. The 32-page issue
#6 arrives in comic-book stores December 10 with a cover price of $2.50
Earth-shattering crossover reaches its explosive conclusion!
acclaimed writer/artist team of Kurt Busiek and George Pérez continue
to drop jaws with AVENGERS/JLA #4, the final installment
of the comic-book event of the year! Can the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes
and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes prevent the universe from meeting its ultimate
destruction, or will the teams battle one another to the bitter end? Who
will emerge victorious as the most powerful super-beings in existence
throw their collective might into an all-out struggle?
Superman, Captain America, Batman, Thor, Wonder Woman, Wasp, Green Lantern,
Iron Man, and every hero ever to battle as a member of either team, this
landmark miniseries — and this spectacular finale issue — are not to be
missed. Be sure to experience what is certain to be on “must-read” lists
for years to come!
is a 4-issue Prestige Format miniseries co-published with Marvel Comics
and co-edited by Mike Carlin and Tom Brevoort. The 48-page issue #4 arrives
in comic-book stores December 31 with a cover price of $5.95 U.S.
RETURN OF SUPERMAN
decade ago, the stunning death of Superman rocked the DC Universe to its
very core, with widespread aftershocks that can still be felt in current
continuity. In the wake of the tragedy, several new heroes emerged to
fill the void left by the Man of Steel. Now, DC Direct presents THE
RETURN OF SUPERMAN ACTION FIGURES, an assortment of figures spotlighting
ERADICATOR ACTION FIGURE, the SUPERBOY ACTION FIGURE, and the STEEL action
figure portray three of the four new heroes who emerged to defend Metropolis
following the fall of Superman. ERADICATOR and STEEL each measure 6 3/4”
tall, while SUPERBOY stands approximately 6” tall. The BLACK-SUITED SUPERMAN
ACTION FIGURE, featuring the Man of Steel in the black Kryptonian garb
he donned upon his return, measures approximately 6 1/8” inches tall.
All four figures feature multiple points of articulation and are packaged
in a 4-color blister.
RETURN OF SUPERMAN: BLACK-SUITED SUPERMAN ACTION FIGURE, RETURN OF SUPERMAN:
ERADICATOR ACTION FIGURE, RETURN OF SUPERMAN: STEEL ACTION FIGURE, and
RETURN OF SUPERMAN: SUPERBOY ACTION FIGURE are advance-solicited, sold
separately and arrive in comic-book stores April 14, 2004. Please consult
your retailer for pricing information. Retailers please note: The
RETURN OF SUPERMAN ACTION FIGURES are intended for individual sale to
consumers, but are packaged in an assortment. Consult your retailer order
form for packaging details.
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