DC Feature Articles - December 2003


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PLASTIC MAN

Click For Larger Image     Comics’ most pliable hero takes the spotlight in an all-new monthly series by the offbeat, critically acclaimed Kyle Baker (WHY I HATE SATURN, THE COWBOY WALLY SHOW, THE SHADOW)!

     PLASTIC 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 headlines!

     PLASTIC 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!

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

     PLASTIC 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.


ROBIN #121

Click For Larger Image     The Boy Wonder is about to get a makeover, courtesy of some of comics’ hottest talents!

     Critically 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!

     ROBIN #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!

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

     ROBIN 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.


A tale of two minds, two hearts and one body
ROSE & THORN

Click For Larger ImageRose is kind, and gentle, and decent.
Thorn is rash, and angry, and dangerous.
Rose avoids attention.
Thorn can’t be ignored.

     What happens when these two disparate personalities collide…within the same person?

     ROSE & 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!

     When 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!

     As 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!

     This project is supported with trade and house ads and an online sneak peek at www.dccomics.com.

     ROSE & 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 $2.95 U.S.


NIGHTWING/HUNTRESS
TRADE PAPERBACK

Click For Larger Image     One 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 now!

     When 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).

     As 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 results.

     This project is supported with house ads.

     NIGHTWING AND HUNTRESS is a 96-page trade paperback arriving in comic-book stores December 31, with a cover price of $9.95 U.S.


THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN!
SOFTCOVER

Click For Larger Image     The 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.

     This incredible volume features an introduction by Miller and reprints the complete 3-part story, plus sketches and other material.

     It’s 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.

     The 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?

     This project is supported with house ads.

     THE 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.


T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS ARCHIVES VOL. 3
HARDCOVER

Click For Larger Image     In 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!

     Now, 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!

     The 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!

     T.H.U.N.D.E.R. 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.


PLASTIC MAN LOST ANNUAL

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Not Final Cover

     A freewheeling collection of Plastic Man stories spanning 3 decades, time to coincide with the debut of Kyle Baker's all-new, monthly PLASTIC MAN series!

     PLASTIC 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!

     The 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!

     PLASTIC 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.


SUPERGIRL ARCHIVES VOL. 2
HARDCOVER

Click For Larger Image     One of the DC Universe’s most powerful heroines is back in a 252-page hardcover archive collecting 20 classic Silver Age tales!

     SUPERGIRL 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.

     Among 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!

     SUPERGIRL 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.


STARMAN: STARS MY DESTINATION
TRADE PAPERBACK

Click For Larger Image     Jack 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 #55-60!

     In 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?

      This project is supported with house ads.

     STARMAN: 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.


GREEN LANTERN: WILLWORLD
SOFTCOVER

Click For Larger Image     A 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).

     Early 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!

     This project is supported with house ads.

     GREEN LANTERN: WILLWORLD is a 96-page softcover that arrives in comic-book stores December 24 with a cover price of $17.95 U.S.


BATMAN #622

Click For Larger Image     A 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!

     In 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 better.

     BATMAN 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.


SUPERMAN #200

Click For Larger Image     The Man of Steel collides head-on with the Futuresmiths in a final deadly battle in SUPERMAN #200, an extra-sized anniversary issue!

     Written 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!

     As 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)!

     This project is supported with house ads.

     SUPERMAN 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.


SUPERMAN/BATMAN #5

Click For Larger Image     There 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!

     SUPERMAN/BATMAN 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.


OUTSIDERS #7

Click For Larger Image     Get 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 some answers!

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.

     OUTSIDERS 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.


TEEN TITANS #6

Click For Larger Image     The 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 Titans' business.

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.

     TEEN 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 U.S.


AVENGERS/JLA #4

Click For Larger Image     The Earth-shattering crossover reaches its explosive conclusion!

     The 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?

     Featuring 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!

     AVENGERS/JLA 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.


THE RETURN OF SUPERMAN
ACTION FIGURES

Click For Larger Image     A 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 those characters!

     The 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.

     The 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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