DC Feature Articles - May 2004
Get ready to be blown away by the explosive return of one of the DCU’s best-loved characters: Firestorm, the Nuclear Man! Only this Firestorm isn’t who you think he is…and you won’t believe what’s in store for this hot new hero!
FIRESTORM, a new ongoing series written by Dan Jolley (JSA: THE LIBERTY FILES) with exciting art and covers by ChrisCross (OUTSIDERS, Captain Marvel) & John Dell (JLA, Mystic), takes 17-year-old Detroit native Jason Rusch and turns him into a hero.
Jason has more on his plate than he can handle, living with an abusive, physically disabled father and trying to scrape up enough money to continue his college education. Worst of all, he must deal with a local criminal for whom he unwisely agreed to do a “little job.” Then Jason is mysteriously and explosively charged with the powers of Firestorm and discovers just how far out of control everything can spin!
The first 3-issue story arc, "Eye Contact," establishes this fiery new hero as part of the DC Universe. Future issues explore how these powers effect Jason’s life and his development as a hero! Don’t miss a brand-new chapter in the saga of one of the DCU's most popular characters, shown in a whole new light!
This project is supported by a full-color 11" x 34" poster, a 7-page preview in Wizard #151, trade and house ads, and a mini-site at www.dccomics.com.
FIRESTORM is an ongoing series edited by Peter Tomasi. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores on May 5 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.
Writer Dixon (DETECTIVE COMICS, Way of the Rat), penciller McDaniel (SUPERMAN) & inker Andy Owens (SUPERMAN) join forces to reintroduce martial artist Richard Dragon to the DCU in a high-octane series that pulls no punches! It all begins when a mysterious figure begins assembling the world’s greatest martial artists as part of a nefarious plan.
Karate master Bronze Tiger sees the coming of a storm. Someone is assembling the greatest martial artists in the world in preparation for a mysterious and nefarious plan. Tiger knows only one man can help him face such an army…but that man has withdrawn from society. In the bowels of a Far Eastern fight club, Richard Dragon battles hordes of the world’s dirtiest fighters and grapples with his own internal demons. Can Tiger coax Dragon to return, or will he face almost certain death alone?
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RICHARD DRAGON is an ongoing series edited by Michael Wright. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores on May 26 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.
Hawkman sets off on a new flight pattern as the mace is passed to the new regular team of writers Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray (THE MONOLITH, 21 DOWN), artists Ryan Sook (ARKHAM ASYLUM: LIVING HELL, THE SPECTRE) and Mick Gray (PROMETHEA), and cover artists Greg Land (BIRDS OF PREY, Sojourn) & Jay Leisten!
This dynamic team begins their run with “Fates Warning,” a 4-issue story arc beginning in HAWKMAN #28 that exposes both the darkest corners of St. Roch and the troubled mind of a hero!
When a group of eco-terrorists takes hostages at a research facility, Hawkman is powerless to stop a brutal murder. The death triggers memories of Hawkgirl's various deaths, forcing Hawkman to question the purpose of his unending reincarnations.
To make matters worse, a maniacal killer who adorns his victims with makeshift wings is stalking St. Roch. The police suspects Hawkman and Hawkgirl…and they may be right!
It’s the start of what’s sure to be one of Hawkman’s most memorable adventures, and a great jumping-on point for new readers!
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HAWKMAN is an ongoing series edited by Stephen Wacker. The 32-page issue #28 arrives in comic-book stores on May 19 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.
For the first time ever, the classic tale of Superman and Batman's first meeting with Wonder Woman is collected in BATMAN/SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN: TRINITY, a 208-page hardcover of the critically acclaimed, sold-out 3-issue miniseries written and illustrated by the legendary Matt Wagner (Mage, Grendel, SANDMAN MYSTERY THEATRE, GREEN ARROW)!
In one stunning volume, this super-powered trio of heroes battles side by side in the first of their countless adventures. It all begins when a mysterious billionaire launches a mad quest to remake the world in his own terrible image. Witness the birth of a legendary alliance, as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman join forces to defend Earth against an apocalyptic fate!
This hardcover features a new painted cover and sketch gallery section by Wagner, plus an introduction by best-selling novelist Brad Meltzer (GREEN ARROW).
Timed to arrive simultaneously with the release of SUPERMAN/BATMAN/ WONDER WOMAN: TRINITY HC, legendary artist Matt Wagner contributes painted covers for ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #628, BATMAN #627 and WONDER WOMAN #204 that join together to form an amazing tryptych image!
BATMAN #627 features Part 2 of the 5-part "As the Crow Flies," by the all-star team of writer Judd Winick and artists Dustin Nguyen & Richard Friend! How will Batman handle the deadly alliance of the Scarecrow and the Penguin?
In ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #628, written by award-winner Greg Rucka with art by Matthew Clark & Nelson, Green Lantern guest stars as Superman encounters a mystery in space that reveals a deadly new threat to the Man of Steel!
And Batman guest stars in WONDER WOMAN #204, Part 2 of the 3-part “Bitter Pills,” written by Rucka with art by Drew Johnson & Ray Snyder! Diana's search for help with the Silver Swan leads her to the same destination as Batman's investigation of the Keyes murder: Veronica Cale.
BATMAN is an ongoing series edited by Bob Schreck, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN is an ongoing series edited by Eddie Berganza, and WONDER WOMAN is an ongoing series edited by Ivan Cohen. The 32-page BATMAN #627 arrives in comic-book stores on May 12 with a cover price of $2.25 U.S. WONDER WOMAN #204 arrives in comic-book stores on May 19 with a cover price of $2.25 U.S. ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #628 arrives in comic-book stores on May 19 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.
EMPIRE, the result of the creative fusion of critically acclaimed creators Mark Waid (KINGDOM COME, SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT, Fantastic Four) and artists Barry Kitson (JLA: YEAR ONE, Avengers/Thunderbolts) & James Pascoe (BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS), is an atypical comic-book tale...one told from the perspective of a villain rather than a hero. This volume collects the sold-out 6-issue miniseries along with a 5-page preview that has never been reprinted!
EMPIRE mixes political intrigue with all-out action, as seen through the cold eyes of the ruthless dictator Golgoth. This collection also features a new cover and sketchbook section by Kitson and an introduction by Waid!
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Continuing the exhilarating adventures of the #1 DC super-team of the ’80s, a new hardcover Archive edition reprints THE NEW TEEN TITANS (volume one) #9-16, written by Marv Wolfman (Tomb of Dracula) with art and a cover by George Pérez (WONDER WOMAN, JLA/AVENGERS) & Romeo Tanghal!
In THE NEW TEEN TITANS ARCHIVES VOL. 2, the Titans — Robin, Wonder Girl, Kid Flash, Starfire, Cyborg, Raven, and Changeling — go to Mount Olympus to confront genuine gods. Along the way, they face off against the Brotherhood of Evil — the team that killed the legendary Doom Patrol! Plus, this hardcover includes a 10-page story by Wolfman, Carmine Infantino & Tanghal originally featured in BEST OF DC (BLUE RIBBON DIGEST) #18, in which the New Teen Titans first meet original Titans members Speedy and Aqualad!
Why did the heroes of the JSA choose the path of heroism? Can their legacies be exploited and corrupted? The strange new leader of the Injustice Society plans to find out — and the team is playing right into his hands!
JSA: ALL-STARS is a trade paperback collection of the 8-issue miniseries modeled after the classic Golden Age ALL STAR COMICS (starring the Justice Society of America). Bringing the new generation of JSAers into the spotlight is a star-studded array of talented creators led by writers Geoff Johns & David S. Goyer and artists Sal Velluto & Bob Almond with bookend chapters starring the entire team: Hawkgirl, Doctor Fate, Star-Spangled Kid, Hourman, Doctor Mid-Nite, and Mister Terrific!
The remaining chapters feature solo stories, with modern day tales featuring the newest members of the JSA and accompanying stories featuring their Golden Age counterparts. This highly acclaimed roster includes:
Don’t pass up this fantastic collection of stories by an all-star lineup of talent!
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In 1971, DC Comics experimented with 100-page reprint comics, all of which became must-have collector's items. Now, DC presents the facsimile edition of DC 100-PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR: WORLD'S GREATEST SUPER-HEROES, featuring work by a host of classic creators!
Under a wraparound cover by Neal Adams & Dick Giordano, this 96-page Special features "Crisis on Earth-One" and "Crisis on Earth-Two" from JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #21-22 (by Gardner Fox, Mike Sekowsky & Bernard Sachs), Hawkman from THE BRAVE & THE BOLD #34 (by Fox & Joe Kubert), the Spectre from MORE FUN COMICS #55 (by Jerry Siegel and Bernard Baily), Johnny Quick from ADVENTURE COMICS #190 (with art by Ralph Mayo), the Vigilante from ACTION COMICS #146 (by Joe Samachson & Barry) and a Wildcat story (by Robert Kanigher & Jon Kozlak)!
Take a look at a classic moment in DC’s history with this spectacular facsimile edition!
DC 100-PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR: WORLD'S GREATEST SUPER-HEROES is a 96-page Special arriving in comic-book stores on May 5 with a cover price of $6.95 U.S.
GREEN LANTERN/GREEN ARROW Vol. 1 is a 216-page trade paperback that collects GREEN LANTERN #76-82 from the early 1970s, featuring classic team-ups written by Dennis O’Neil with art by Neal Adams & Dan Adkins, Bernie Wrightson, Frank Giacoia, and Dick Giordano! This volume also features an introduction by O’Neil.
In these stories, Green Lantern Hal Jordan continued his usual cosmic-spanning adventures, as he used his amazing Power Ring to police Sector 2814 against universe-threatening menaces. Meanwhile, on Earth, Oliver Queen, the archer known as Green Arrow, was confronting menaces of a different kind: racism, poverty, drugs, and other social ills!
Don’t miss these immortal comics that first brought relevance to comics!
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More classic 1960s adventures are collected in THUNDER AGENTS ARCHIVES Vol. 4, a 216-page Archive Edition featuring the work of legendary writer/artist Wally Wood. This deluxe hardcover also includes contributions by Steve Skeates, Dan Adkins, Gil Kane, Mike Sekowsky, Chic Stone, Ogden Whitney, Manny Stallman, and more! Also included is an introduction by Wood biographer Bhob Stewart.
This volume, reprinting THUNDER AGENTS #11, NOMAN #1-2, and DYNAMO #3, features NoMan: The Invisible T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agent facing an Egyptian succubus, SPIDER assassins, time-traveling aliens, the Last Subterranean and more! Meanwhile, Dynamo has his hands full with destructive ray-beams from outer space, the Iron Maiden, Demo, the Red Star, and the mysterious organization known as SPIDER. This is another classic collection of Silver Age action!
Marc Hempel's lovable lunatic Gregory makes another appearance in A GREGORY TREASURY Volume 2, a digest-sized, black-and-white trade paperback collecting books three and four of the original Piranha Press series.
In addition to a delightful selection of behind-bars-and-in-a-straitjacket humor (including the miracle of "Gregory-Vision!"), this volume features all-out pandemonium as Gregory is placed in a foster home that’s more dysfunctional than the ol' asylum. All this, plus a special bonus section of unpublished and rarely seen GREGORY strips and illustrations!
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The Teen Titans exploded back into the comics world in 2003, with a new creative team — writer Geoff Johns and artists Mike McKone & Marlo Alquiza — a new roster, and a new direction that resulted in repeated sell-outs, critical praise and tremendous fan response!
Now, this revamped team is celebrated with DC DIRECT’s CONTEMPORARY TEEN TITANS ACTION FIGURES Series 1, four action figures that bring some of the series’ hottest characters to toy shelves, some for the first time ever in any incarnation!
The first series of CONTEMPORARY TEEN TITANS ACTION FIGURES, advance-solicited for release in September, consists of ROBIN, WONDER GIRL, DEATHSTROKE, and BLACKFIRE. The CONTEMPORARY TEEN TITANS: WONDER GIRL ACTION FIGURE measures approximately 6 1/8" tall and comes with a rope accessory. The CONTEMPORARY TEEN TITANS: ROBIN ACTION FIGURE measures approximately 6 1/8" tall and comes with a staff accessory. The CONTEMPORARY TEEN TITANS: DEATHSTROKE ACTION FIGURE measures approximately 6 3/4" tall, comes with a removable sword and shotgun accessories. The CONTEMPORARY TEEN TITANS: BLACKFIRE ACTION FIGURE measures approximately 6 5/8" tall. Each figure features multiple points of articulation, comes with a Teen Titans logo base, and is packaged in a 4-color blister.
Don’t miss these hot new action figures!
This project is supported by a full-color promo poster, trade and house ads.
The CONTEMPORARY TEEN TITANS ACTION FIGURES are advance-solicited to arrive in comic-book stores on September 15. Retailers note: Please see the retailer order form for pricing and ordering information.
There’s no greater bond than that between a boy and his dog…especially when they both have super-powers! That bond is evident in the SUPERBOY & KRYPTO STATUE, sculpted by Barsom and based on artwork by classic Superman artists Curt Swan & George Klein.
This limited edition, hand-painted cold-cast porcelain statue measures approximately 5" high x 6 1/2” wide x 4” deep, comes with a full-color Certificate of Authenticity and is packaged in a 4-color box. The SUPERBOY & KRYPTO STATUE proves the adage that a dog is truly a Kryptonian’s best friend!
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The SUPERBOY & KRYPTO STATUE is advance-solicited to arrive in comic-book stores on September 15 with a price of $89.95 U.S.
THE HARLEY QUINN MARIONETTE, the second DC Direct Gallery marionette in a series following 2003’s instantly collectible JOKER MARIONETTE, captures the essence of the lovable villainess!
THE HARLEY QUINN MARIONETTE is limited to 1,007 pieces and features hand-painted, cold-cast porcelain hands, feet and head, a bat-shaped hand control, a gun with a real cork, and playing cards, all sculpted with meticulously detailed craftsmanship. HARLEY QUINN stands approximately 16" tall, comes wearing her highly detailed red-and-black costume with her signature hood, and includes a satin pillow and miniature plush Joker doll for Harley to control! This marionette also includes an adjustable black enamel metal stand, a small hang-tag booklet outlining instructions for use and a full-color Certificate of Authenticity. This fine collectible is packaged in a gold-foil stamped black gift box.
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The HARLEY QUINN MARIONETTE is advance-solicited to arrive in comic-book stores on September 29 with a price of $295.00 U.S.
The Dark Knight and his most trusted allies are about to go back to the future in BATMAN: CYBER REVOLUTION, a 5-issue miniseries that reflects Mattel’s latest, most innovative line of Batman action figures ever! CYBER REVOLUTION is written by Ron Perazza with art by Francisco Rodriguez de la Fuente (ROBIN) & Aaron Sowd (ROBIN, BATMAN) and covers by the legendary Michael Golden.
Somewhere in the not-too-distant future, The Joker has come into possession of a computer virus, one that will reshape the world in his own horrific image. Now the classic team of Batman, Oracle, Nightwing, Robin, and Black Canary must battle armies of robots that have assumed the most nightmarish forms of Batman’s famed Rogues Gallery. But as terrifying as the present is — nothing can prepare you for the terrors that await 800 years in the future!
BATMAN: CYBER REVOLUTION is a 5-issue miniseries edited by Michael Wright. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores May 26 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S.
Fan favorite writer/artist Alan Davis & inker Mark Farmer return in May for JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: ANOTHER NAIL, a 3-issue Prestige Format Elseworlds miniseries that picks up where the critically acclaimed THE NAIL left off! And this time, the action goes far beyond the spectrum of Earth!
In the outer reaches of space, a cosmic war between the New Gods has set events in motion that may change Earth and the entire universe forever. Can the JLA members come to terms with their newest recruit — Superman — as a sprawling adventure unfolds? This time, the battle will take them to other worlds, other dimensions, other eras, and even the mystical realms that lead to hell itself. This new challenge makes the Justice League of America’s battle against the Kryptonian hybrid Jimmy Olsen in THE NAIL seem like child's play!
Don’t miss this tale of cosmic powers, human redemption, gods, monsters, and of course, heroes and villains, by two of the top creators in comics!
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JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: ANOTHER NAIL is a 3-issue Prestige Format miniseries edited by Peter Tomasi. The 48-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores on May 19 with a cover price of $5.95 U.S.
The Girl Wonder makes her startling debut in ROBIN #126, written by Bill Willingham (FABLES)! This landmark issue — a perfect jumping-on point for new readers — also features the debut of new series artist Damion Scott (BATGIRL)!
In the wake of the startling events of ROBIN #125, in which Tim Drake gave up the mantle of Robin, Batman must find a new teen hero to fill the void as his faithful apprentice. But you won’t get the full story here. You’ll just have to pick up the issue to discover the identity of the first female to take on the role of Robin in official continuity!
Batman’s choice will have repercussions throughout the DC Universe…and this story gets the ball rolling for much bigger events coming later in 2004. Get in on the ground floor of history in the making with ROBIN #126!
ROBIN is an ongoing series edited by Michael Wright. The 32-page issue #126 arrives in comic-book stores May 19 with a cover price of $2.25 U.S.
GOTHAM CENTRAL #19 finds Detective Driver in the midst of a hostage situation that quickly turns deadly, leaving him and Josie Mac with more questions than answers. The resulting investigation uncovers clues in a cold crime that point to Arkham Asylum and a disgraced detective not seen in the Bat-books in years: Harvey Bullock! But even more disconcerting, all that leads back to the Penguin and a very familiar face from Batman's Rogues Gallery!
GOTHAM CENTRAL is an ongoing series edited by Matt Idelson. The 32-page issue #19 arrives in comic-book stores May 12 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.
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