Batman & Superman - August 2004


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Click For Larger ImageThe biggest Batman event of 2004 begins here!
BATMAN: THE 12-CENT ADVENTURE
Written by Devin Grayson
Art by Ramon Bachs & Raul Fernandez
Cover by Jason Pearson

The explosive three-month Batman event WAR GAMES kicks off here, in a special low-priced comic!

Stephanie Brown has patrolled the streets of Gotham as Spoiler, and more recently as Robin. But tonight she’s flying solo, and a seemingly easy mission is about to turn deadly!

Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne attends a hospital dedication where an old foe lurks with an apocalyptic new mission. Before this night is over, the face of Gotham will be changed forever, as the stage is set for a bloody gang war!

Be sure to follow the story through the Batman titles this month, starting in DETECTIVE COMICS #797!

On sale Aug 4 :: 32 pages :: $0.12 US :: Edited by Matt Idelson


Click For Larger ImageDETECTIVE COMICS #797
Written by Andersen Gabrych, Shane McCarthy
Art by Pete Woods & Nathan Massengill, Tommy Castillo & Rodney Ramos
Cover by Jock

WAR GAMES: ACT 1, PART 1! Gotham erupts in a massive gang war the likes of which have never been seen! Can Batman stem the tides of war? And in the backup story, Part 1 of the 3-part “Low,” as the Riddler faces off against Poison Ivy!

On sale Aug 4 :: 40 pages :: $2.95 US


Click For Larger ImageLEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #182
Written by A.J. Lieberman
Art by Brad Walker & Troy Nixey
Cover by Brian Haberlin

WAR GAMES: ACT I, PART 2! With the gang war raging and only Batgirl at his side, Batman is badly outnumbered. And when Batman tries to control of the path of violence, the heroes suffer their first casualty.

On sale Aug 11 :: 32 pages :: $2.50 US


Click For Larger ImageNIGHTWING #96
Written by Devin Grayson
Art by Mike Lilly & Andy Owens
Cover by Scott McDaniel & Owens

WAR GAMES: ACT 1, PART 3! With Batman in trouble, Dick Grayson must put aside his own feelings and return to Gotham City. But when Tarantula comes along for the ride, will the Batman family survive the shakeup?

On sale Aug 11 :: 32 pages :: $2.25 US


Click For Larger ImageBATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #56
Written by A.J. Lieberman
Art by Al Barrionuevo & Francis Portella
Cover by Jae Lee

WAR GAMES: ACT 1, PART 4! As gang war rages, Batman and Batgirl must save the innocent and stem the violence. Batman launches an effort to turn the tides of war, but he reckoned without Tarantula!!

On sale Aug 18 :: 40 pages :: $2.95 US


Click For Larger ImageROBIN #129
Written by Bill Willingham
Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli & Lorenzo Ruggiero
Cover by Dustin Nguyen

WAR GAMES: ACT 1, PART 5! The Odessa Mob has put a contract out on Henry Aquista’s daughter Darla, but Scarface wants a piece of the action, too. And that means double trouble for Darla, unless her friend Tim Drake can save the day!

On sale Aug 18 :: 32 pages :: $2.25 US


Click For Larger ImageBATGIRL #55
Written by Dylan Horrocks
Art by Sean Phillips
Cover by James Jean

WAR GAMES: ACT 1, PART 6! Batgirl scours the streets and rooftops in search of a former ally. But when news comes of a gun battle across town, Batgirl must decide between continuing the search and running a gauntlet of gun-toting gangsters to get to her teammates.

On sale Aug 18 :: 32 pages :: $2.50 US


Click For Larger ImageCATWOMAN #34
Written by Ed Brubaker
Art and cover by Paul Gulacy & Jimmy Palmiotti

WAR GAMES: ACT 1, PART 7! The battle to control Gotham spills into the East End when Mr. Freeze targets the Lucky Hand Triad. But Catwoman’s not about to hand it over to the underworld without a fight!

On sale Aug 25 :: 32 pages :: $2.50 US


Click For Larger ImageBATMAN #631
Written by Bill Willingham
Art by Kinsun & Nathan Massengill
Cover by Matt Wagner

WAR GAMES: ACT 1, PART 8! The ultimate gang war has engulfed Gotham City, and it’s about to strike close to home for one member of the Batman family. With Scarface shooting it out against gun-toting thugs, can Batman and company keep innocents from falling in the crossfire?

On sale Aug 25 :: 32 pages :: $2.25 US


Click For Larger ImageBATMAN/CATWOMAN: TRAIL OF THE GUN #1 (of 2)
Written by Ann Nocenti
Art and cover by Ethan Van Sciver

The race for the ultimate weapon is on in this 2-issue Prestige Format miniseries by Ann Nocenti (Daredevil) & Ethan Van Sciver (New X-Men)!
The entire underworld is pursuing a gun that never misses. Catwoman considers the firearm to be the score of a lifetime, affirming forever her reputation as Queen of Thieves…if only she can keep it out of the hands of rival criminal factions. But she has one more competitor: the Dark Knight, who wants the weapon out of circulation for good!
PRESTIGE FORMAT

On sale Aug 4 :: 48 pages :: $5.95 US :: Edited by Joey Cavalieri


Click For Larger ImageBATMAN: DEATH AND THE MAIDENS TP
Written by Greg Rucka
Art and cover by Klaus Janson

A trade paperback collecting the thrilling 9-issue miniseries by acclaimed novelist Greg Rucka (Smoker, A Fistful of Rain) with art by Klaus Janson (BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS)!

A dying Ra’s al Ghul has no choice but to beg Batman, his greatest nemesis, for help against a woman who once shared his life, centuries ago. In exchange, he offers the Dark Knight a chance of a lifetime – the ability to speak with his dead parents. But what Batman’s parents have to say to him will profoundly affect both the man and the hero.

This collection also includes an introduction by series editor Matt Idelson and behind-the-scenes unused pages and sketches featuring commentary by Janson.

On sale Aug 18 :: 224 pages :: $19.95 US


Click For Larger ImageBATMAN ADVENTURES #17
Written by Ty Templeton
Art by Rick Burchett & Terry Beatty
Cover by Kelsey Shannon

Last issue! A terrifying dream sets events in motion as Batman faces his ultimate foe…and we don’t mean The Joker! Don’t miss this breathtaking final issue!

On sale Aug 18 :: 32 pages :: $2.25 US


Click For Larger ImageBIRDS OF PREY #71
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Ron Adrian, Alex Lei & Rob Lea
Cover by Mark Texeira

“Between Dark and Dawn” continues in the third of six biweekly issues! Huntress’s mission to the backwoods compound of a sinister Oregon cult goes seriously wrong. And in Gotham, Barbara’s being stalked by something cyber-deadly, but how can she fight what she can’t see?

On sale Aug 4 :: 32 pages :: $2.50 US


Click For Larger ImageBIRDS OF PREY #72
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Ed Benes
Cover by Greg Land & Jay Leisten

“Between Dark and Dawn” continues in the fourth of six biweekly issues! Vixen and Huntress fight their way to a faceoff with Sovereign Brusaw, Canary races through Gotham trying to prevent a series of cult-inspired suicides…and you won’t believe who Oracle’s about to fight!

On sale Aug 18 :: 32 pages :: $2.50 US


Click For Larger ImageROBIN: UNMASKED! TP
Written by Bill Willingham
Art by Rick Mays, Francisco Rodriguez de la Fuente, & Aaron Sowd
Cover by Jason Pearson

Critically acclaimed, Eisner Award-winning writer Bill Willingham (FABLES) has taken over the life of Tim Drake, Robin -- and the Boy Wonder's life has been a rollercoaster ride ever since!

ROBIN: UNMASKED! collects issues #121-125, featuring pencils by Rick Mays and Francisco Rodriguez de la Fuente, with inks by Aaron Sowd and a new cover by Jason Pearson.

Batman turns up the heat on his young ward's training just as Tim is about to encounter the most bloodthirsty killer of his career! And if that weren't bad enough, it's Tim's first day at a new school, with a student body tangled in social spider webs!

As Robin deals with the deadly Johnny Warlock, an even bigger threat is about to turn our hero's life upside down: Tim's own dad!

On sale Aug 11 :: 128 pages :: $12.95 US


Click For Larger ImageGOTHAM CENTRAL #22
Written by Ed Brubaker
Art and cover by Michael Lark & Stefano Gaudiano

At last, the truth about the infamous High School Baseball Massacre is revealed! Just what part did the Mad Hatter play in the murders years ago? And how will this come to a peaceful resolution when ex-Detective Bullock is involved?

On sale Aug 11 :: 32 pages :: $2.50 US


Click For Larger ImageSCRATCH #3 (of 5)
Written by Sam Kieth
Art and cover by Kieth

The thrilling miniseries by Sam Kieth continues! If Zack & his new female friend Sage are trying to save an entire town, then why does that town want them dead?

On sale Aug 4 :: 32 pages :: $2.50 US


Click For Larger ImageACTION COMICS #818
Written by Chuck Austen
Art by Ivan Reis & Marc Campos
Cover by Arthur Adams

Guest-starring Wonder Woman and Superboy! An injured Superman is surrounded inside STAR Labs with no way to get through the hordes of villains outside. And when one of those villains makes it inside, things get even worse!

On sale Aug 11 : 32 pages :: $2.50 US


Click For Larger ImageADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #631
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Matthew Clark & Nelson
Cover by Gene Ha

Superman learns that seemingly unrelated events might not be as random as he thought. Could the mastermind behind last issue's hostage situation play a bigger role against the Man of Steel?

On sale Aug 18 :: 32 pages :: $2.50 US


Click For Larger ImageSUPERMAN #208
Written by Brian Azzarello
Art and cover by Jim Lee & Scott Williams

The JLA guest stars as “For Tomorrow” marches on with Part 5 of 12! Just when the Man of Steel thought he could catch his breath, he comes face- to-face with new obstacles — namely, his allies in the JLA!

On sale Aug 25 :: 32 pages :: $2.50 US


Click For Larger ImageMAJESTIC #1 (of 4)
Written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Art by Karl Kerschl
Cover by Ed McGuinness & Dexter Vines

A new 4-issue miniseries that picks up where the events of January's "Strange New Visitor" storyline in the Superman books left off, by the same creative team!

The brilliant mind of Mr. Majestic has been anything but idle since his arrival in the DCU, and Superman isn’t happy with what he's been up to. With the Eradicator hot on his trail, Majestic must find a way back to the Wildstorm Universe!

On sale Aug 4 :: 32 pages :: $2.95 US :: Edited by Tom Palmer Jr.


Click For Larger ImageSUPERMAN ADVENTURES VOL. 1: UP, UP AND AWAY! TP
Written by Mark Millar
Art by Aluir Amancio & Terry Austin
Cover by Mike Manley & Austin

The adventures of the Man of Steel are in two digest-sized books! Volume 1 — reprinting SUPERMAN ADVENTURES #16, 19, and 22-24 — features Brainiac, the Parasite, Lex Luthor, Mr. Mxyzptlk, Bizarro, Lobo, and Darkseid!

On sale Aug 18 :: 5.125” x 7.562” :: 112 pages :: $6.95 US


Click For Larger ImageSUPERMAN ADVENTURES VOL. 2: THE NEVER-ENDING BATTLE TP
Written by Mark Millar
Art by Aluir Amancio, Mike Manley, Terry Austin
Cover by Manley & Austin

A new digest reprinting five issues of the comic inspired by the animated TV show, written by Mark Millar! Volume 2 — reprinting SUPERMAN ADVENTURES #25-29 — turns up the heat with stories featuring Brainiac, Lex Luthor, the Parasite, Lobo, Bizarro and more!

On sale Aug 18 :: 5.125” x 7.562” :: 112 pages :: $6.95 US


Click For Larger ImageClick For Larger ImageSUPERMAN/BATMAN #13
Written by Jeph Loeb
Art and cover by Michael Turner

The startling conclusion to the year’s most talked-about storyline explodes as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman battle Darkseid! Kara Zor-El has all the makings of a Supergirl…but is that who she really is?

RETAILERS NOTE: This issue will ship with two covers. All orders will be filled with covers spotlighting Supergirl (50%) and Darkseid (50%).

On sale Aug 18 :: 32 pages :: $2.95 US


Click For Larger ImageSUPERMAN: GODFALL HC
Written by Michael Turner & Joe Kelly
Art by Talent Caldwell & Jason Gorder
Cover by Turner

A sleek hardcover collecting the sold-out 6-part storyline! Earth’s protector is missing in this adventure collecting ACTION COMICS #812-813, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #625-626 and SUPERMAN #202-203, written by Michael Turner & Joe Kelly (JLA) with art by Talent Caldwell (Fathom: Killian's Tide) & Jason Gorder (Witchblade). Somehow, the Man of Steel finds himself on his native world of Krypton. Can he escape and return to Earth?

GODFALL features a new cover by Turner, an introduction by Kelly, plus behind-the-scenes sketches, designs and more!

On sale Aug 4 :: 112 pages :: $19.95 US


Click For Larger ImageSUPERMAN: THE GREATEST STORIES EVER TOLD TP
Written by Jerry Siegel, William Woolfolk, Edmond Hamilton, Jim Steranko, Elliot S. Maggin, John Byrne, and Joe Kelly
Art by Joe Shuster, Al Plastino, Curt Swan, Murphy Anderson, Steranko, Byrne, Dick Giordano, Mike Mignola, Doug Mahnke, Lee Bermejo, and various
Cover by various

Superman’s career is chronicled in SUPERMAN: THE GREATEST STORIES EVER TOLD, a unique collection of some of the Man of Steel's most classic adventures! Reprinted are: Superman's origin (SUPERMAN #1); the story "What if Superman Ended the War?" (Look Magazine); "Three Supermen From Krypton!" (SUPERMAN #65); "The Last Days of Superman" (SUPERMAN #156); "Must There Be a Superman?" (SUPERMAN #247); "The Exile at the Edge of Eternity" (SUPERMAN #400); the modern-day re-telling of Superman’s origin (MAN OF STEEL #1); "Return to Krypton" (SUPERMAN #18); and "What's so funny about Truth, Justice & The American Way?" (ACTION COMICS #775)! This volume also features an introduction by Michael Uslan (BATMAN: DETECTIVE No. 27).

On sale Aug 11 :: 192 pages :: $19.95 US


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