PREVIEWS: DC for August 2006

by Jeff

DC Comics that will be published in August 2006, by Ralf Haring.

Written by Matt Wagner, art and cover by Wagner.
Join Matt Wagner as he revisits the early career of the young Batman
in another adventure inspired by DC’s Golden Age in this
blood-curdling sequel to Batman and the Monster Men.
The Dark Knight is learning that there are more twisted faces of evil
than those worn by the street criminals and mobsters of Gotham. Now,
Batman must counter sinister machinations and new dimensions of
wickedness as he confronts the hooded menace of the Mad Monk!
32 pages, $3.50, in stores on Aug. 23.

[No real interest here. Wagner isn’t enough of a draw to get me to buy
a book.]

Written by Matt Wagner, art and cover by Wagner.
Matt Wagner takes the Dark Knight through his sophomore season in this
new trade paperback collecting the 6-issue mini-series. Batman has
spent his first year fighting organized crime — but nothing thus far
in his early career as the Caped Crusader has prepared him for the new
menace facing Gotham: super-powered villains.
144 pages, $14.99, in stores on Aug. 23.

Written by Will Pfeifer, art by David Lopez and Alvaro Lopez, cover by
Adam Hughes.
The life of Catwoman’s child is in danger, and the only person who can
save her is Zatanna. But how will Zatanna react when Catwoman needs
her to alter more villains’ minds?
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 16.

Written by Mike W. Barr, art by Jerry Bingham, cover by Andy Kubert.
A new printing of the classic work tying into the Batman story by
Grant Morrison and Andy Kubert, in standard comics size for the first
time! When a terrorist achieves control over the weather, Batman teams
with Ra’s al Ghul. But Batman finds himself torn between stopping the
ruthless terrorist and protecting al Ghul’s daughter Talia, the woman
who may be carrying his unborn child.
80 pages, $5.99, in stores on Aug. 2.

Written by Grant Morrison, art and cover by Andy Kubert.
What do you get when you add one Batman, 50 Ninja Man-Bats and the
British Prime Minister’s wife? Welcome to a glittering night of mayhem
among the rich and famous, as Batman faces down a whole army of winged
horrors in a no-holds barred, bone-crunching superbrawl among the
treasures of London’s Pop Art museum. And when the Dark Knight’s done,
an even greater shock awaits, as we finally meet a startling NEW
addition to the Batman family in “Man Bats of London,” ­ Part 2 of the
4-part “Batman and Son.”
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 26.

Written by Paul Dini, art by J.H. Williams III, cover by Simone
When a young socialite is murdered, her grief-stricken uncle turns to
the newly reformed Riddler to find her killer. No longer the villain
of old, the Riddler has turned his brilliant brain to crime-solving,
and to the surprise of both the police and Batman, he’s actually good
at it. Has Gotham’s most pernicious puzzler turned over a new leaf, or
is it all a cover for a darker scheme?
Prepare for twists, turns and betrayals every step of the way as
Batman and the Riddler forge an uneasy alliance to track down the
mysterious murderer!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 6.

Written by Andersen Gabrych, art by Pop Mhan, Ale Garza, Andy Kuhn and
others, cover by Tim Sale.
Learn the fate of Batgirl in this new trade paperback collecting
Batgirl #65-73! Batgirl has known her father was the deadly mercenary
David Cain — but who was her mother? Her quest for truth brings her
face-to-face with Lady Shiva and Nyssa. Will she find the answers
she’s looking for, or will she regret taking this journey?
224 pages, $19.99, in stores on Sept. 20.

Written by James Robinsonm art by Leonard Kirk, Don Kramer, Patrick
Gleason and others, cover by Simone Bianchi.
It’s One Year Later…and who is the mysterious vigilante who’s been
murdering Gotham’s highest-profile villains? Find out in this new
collection featuring the 8-part “Face the Face” saga from Detective
Comics #817-820 and Batman #651-654! Batman must uncover the
murderer’s identity — even as he finds himself in the unlikely role
of protecting some of his oldest foes!
192 pages, $14.99, in stores on Sept. 6.

Written by Brian Augustyn, art by Mike Mignola, Eduardo Barreto and P.
Craig Russell, cover by Mignola.
Presenting for the first time the adventures of the Victorian Era
Batman in one 112-page edition! This volume includes the breakthrough
Elseworlds specials Gotham by Gaslight and Master of the Future that
pit the Dark Knight againt Jack the Ripper and a death-dealer from the
skies over Gotham!
112 pages, $12.99, in stores on Aug. 30.

[I think I have the original one-shot somewhere. I don’t feel the need
to buy it again. Mignola and Russell are great artists, though.]

Written by Bruce Jones, art and cover by Ariel Olivetti.
Part 3 of the 5-part “Darker Than Death.” Is the hostage Batman risked
everything to save already beyond his — or anyone’s — help?
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 9.

Written by Bruce Jones, art and cover by Mike Huddleston.
The mini-series conclusion! All roads have led to the secret hideout
of Black Mask, where Kirk Langstrom faces a crucial turning point that
will allow him to regain his humanity — or lose it once and for all
to the beast known as Man-Bat! And with Hush in the mix, Langstrom’s
chances for salvation are slim, even with Batman’s help!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 30.

Written by Bruce Jones, art by Robert Teranishi and Bit, cover by
There’s a fire-throwing killer on the streets, targeting the few
people Nightwing can trust. The race is on for Nightwing to stop the
fires while dodging the bullets and spotlights of the NYPD!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 9.

ROBIN #153
Written by Adam Beechen, art by Freddie Williams II, cover by Patrick
Gleason and Prentis Rollins.
Robin and the new Captain Boomerang take a thrill ride through
Gotham’s forgotten super-villain hideouts in a race against time to
find an armed nuclear weapon!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 16.

Written by Bill Finger, Ed “France” Herron, Gardner Fox and John
Broome Art by Bob Kane, Carmine Infantino, Joe Giella, Sheldon Moldoff
and others Cover by Kane
The spotlight’s on Batman in this volume featuring Detective Comics
#327-342 and Batman #164-174! The Dynamic Duo take on some of their
most enduring Rogues Gallery members, including Penguin, the Riddler,
and the Outsider in these classic Silver Age stories from the era of
famed editor Julius Schwartz!
552 pages, black and white, $16.99, in stores on Aug. 30.

Written by Kurt Busiek, art and cover by Carlos Pacheco and Jesus
Halfway across the world from Metropolis lies a dark secret from
another planet, one not even Superman may be able to contain. What is
this threat, and why has a certain time-traveling magician taken
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 9.

Written by Kurt Busiek and Fabian Nicieza, art by Pete Woods, cover by
Dave Gibbons.
Part 2 of the stunning, DCU-spanning 3-part story. An alien race is
collecting unique specimens from Earth, and Superman’s on the list!
When tossed in with heroes and villains alike, it’ll be up to the Man
of Steel to lead the charge against their interstellar jailers!
Guest-starring Nightwing, Firestorm, Aquaman and more!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 30.

Written by Mark Verheiden, art and cover by Ethan Van Sciver.
In Part 2 of “The Enemies Among Us,” Hal Jordan goes mad just as space
villains that once plagued the Green Lantern are attacking Earth.
Superman and Batman look to the rest of the Corps for help, and
instead find Kilowog gone rogue!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 16.

Written by Joe Kelly, with art and cover by Ian Churchill and Norm
A turning point in Kara’s life as some of the missing time from One
Year Later is revealed! When Kara returned from space, she found
Paradise Island gone, Superboy dead and Superman powerless. Feeling
very much alone, she found romance with someone that no hero will
condone. Who is Supergirl’s boyfriend?
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 2.

Written by Kurt Busiek and Geoff Johns, art by Pete Woods and Renato
Guedes, cover by Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson.
It is One Year Later…and no one has seen or heard from the Man of
Steel. In this collection featuring Superman #650-653 and Action
#837-840, as Clark Kent concentrates on his career, the need for the
Man of Steel has remained as strong as ever — especially now that Lex
Luthor has returned to Metropolis, with his thirst for power fully
192 pages, $14.99, in stores on Sept. 27.

Written by Mike Kennedy Art and cover by Carlos Meglia
A softcover edition of the hardcover. Welcome to Infinite City, where
futuristic technology and magic co-exist. But can Superman defeat his
doppleganger, the Warden, so that he and Lois Lane may return home?
96 pages, $17.99, in stores on Sept. 13.

Written by Gail Simone, art by John Byrne and Trevor Scott, cover by
Ariel Olivetti.
Ryan investigates disappearances in Ivy Town and stumbles on the
shambling creature M’ngalah and his deformed hordes! Meanwhile, one of
The Waiting is given a version of the Atom’s bio-belt and becomes the
hyper-violent Dwarfstar! What’s the connection between all these
mysterious events in Ivy Town?
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 2.

52: WEEKS 13-17
Written by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka and Mark Waid,
breakdowns by Keith Giffen, art by various, backup feature by Waid and
various, covers by J.G. Jones.
The series filling in the gaps of the DCU’s lost year continues!
The story of the year continues in four more action-packed chapters of
comics’ only weekly superhero adventure! This month, get ready for the
debut of three new characters that will create a powerful impact in
the DCU…and change the face of 52 completely.
In Week 13, featuring art by Todd Nauck & Marlo Alquiza, it’s the
resurrection of Sue Dibny! But are the Elongated Man’s ex-teammates
here to help, or hurt? Plus, the origin of Elongated Man by Mark Waid
and Kevin Nowlan!
In Week 14, with art by Dale Eaglesham and Art Thibert, Steel faces a
turning point, and Montoya and the Question go international! Plus,
the origin of Steel by Waid and Jon Bogdanove.
It’s the death you never expected in Week 15, featuring art by Shawn
Moll & Tom Nguyen! Plus, the origin of Metamorpho by Waid and Eric
Celebrate the nuptials of Black Adam and Isis in Week 16, illustrated
by Joe Bennett & Ruy Jose! Plus, the origin of Black Adam by Waid and
J.G. Jones!
Week 17 features art by Chris Batista, Jack Jadson & Ruy Jose, and can
be described in one word: Lobo! Plus, the origin of Lobo by Waid and
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 2, Aug. 9, Aug. 16, Aug. 23 and
Aug. 30.

Written by Gail Simone, art by Paulo Siqueira and Robin Riggs, cover
by Jerry Ordway.
Concluding the 2-part story arc “Headhunting!” Black Alice is torn
between good and evil. For which side should she use her magical
abilities? As the Huntress and Black Canary pull her towards the
Birds, powerful others are influencing Alice’s darker tendencies.
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 16.

Written by Keith Giffen and John Rogers, art by Cully Hamner, cover by
Duncan Rouleau.
A jaw-dropping secret about the Beetle’s armor is revealed in this
can’t-miss issue!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 23.

Written by Greg Rucka, art by Jesus Saiz, cover by Lee Bermejo.
Three candidates compete to become Black Queen’s Knight in the
sensational stand-alone tale “Selection.”
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 16.

Written by Steve Niles, art by Justiniano & Walden Wong, cover by
He’s back for the first time in a new 6-issue miniseries. TV pundit
Jack Ryder — whose successful show “You Are Wrong” continues to
aggravate the nation — runs afoul of a doctor who transforms him into
a strange new weapon in Gotham’s war on crime! The 21st century just
got a little stranger!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 2.

[No interest.]

Written by Paul DeMeo and Danny Bilson, art by Karl Kerschl, cover by
Ken Lashley.
Who’s giving the Flash a run for his money as the new hero of
Keystone? Illustrated by guest artist Karl Kerschl!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 18.

Written by Stuart Moore, art by Jamal Igle and Keith Champagne, cover
by Brian Stelfreeze.
Beginning the biggest Firestorm storyline yet: the 4-part “In My
Father’s House!” Firestorm investigates his girlfriend Gehenna’s
mysterious past — and finds a new nuclear-powered menace — as his
family life turns to chaos! Is it all connected? And who is the other
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 9.

Written by Judd Winick, art and cover by Scott McDaniel and Andy
Part 1 of the new story “Away Game” — a 3-part flashback explaining
what happened to Ollie a year ago after he was left for dead with Mia
and Connor. After making it to a desert island, the three lick their
wounds and plan a return to full power!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 9.

Written by Robert Kanigher and Joe Kubert, art by Joe Kubert, Russ
Heath, Frank Thorne and Neal Adams, cover by Kubert.
Death stalks the skies above Europe once more in this second volume of
The Enemy Ace Archives, reprinting the classic adventures of World War
I German fighter ace Hans von Hammer from the pages of Star Spangled
War Stories from 1969 through 1976.
196 pages, $49.99, in stores on Sept. 6.

Written by Dave Gibbons, art and cover by Patrick Gleason and Prentis
The explosive conclusion of the 3-part “To Be a Lantern!” On Oa, a
murderer is brought to justice and a Lantern is laid to rest, while on
Thanagar, a brave warrior’s life is changed, perhaps forever.
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 9.

Written by Walter Simonson, art and cover by Howard Chaykin.
Hawkgirl is torn by the sudden, mysterious return of Hawkman — but
facing off against the deadly and progressively more powerful Maww may
just be enough to keep her from finding out their deadly connection!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 23.

ION #5
Written by Ron Marz, art by Greg Tocchini and Jay Leisten, cover by
Kalman Andrasofszky.
Green Lantern and Ion — side-by-side against one of their greatest
foes! With the source of Kyle’s strange behavior finally revealed, how
will our heroes deal with the consequences? Meanwhile, on Earth, the
outcome of one of Ion’s recent battles has unexpected repercussions
for Kyle’s new friends.
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 16.

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, art and cover by Phil
In this gothic tale of horror and honor illustrated by artist Phil
Noto, Jonah Hex finds himself at odds with the most ruthless, inbred
family of killers he’s ever come across. Deep in the Louisiana
swamplands, two men and a pregnant woman end up in the wrong place at
the wrong time — and it’s up to Jonah Hex to set things straight!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 2.

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, art by Luke Ross and Tony
DeZuniga, cover by Tim Bradstreet.
DC’s legendary gunslinger returns in this action-packed collection
featuring the first six issues of the acclaimed new series! The
mysterious bounty hunter and thinking man’s killer was a hero to some;
a villain to others; and wherever he rode, people spoke his name in
144 pages, $14.99, in stores on Sept. 6.

[I’ll definitely get this. It’s not labeled Volume 1, so I assume the
pattern will be DC won’t release any more collections and will cancel
the series shortly leaving the rest uncollected.]

Written by Steve Englehart, art by Tom Derenick and Mark Farmer, cover
by Mike Zeck and Jerry Ordway.
Kicking off “Kid Amazo,” a 5-part story written by Peter Milligan with
art by Carlos D’Anda. Professor Ivo and Amazo have hatched an unusual
experiment that just might mean the downfall of the JLA — but could
their experiment turn on them?
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 2

Written by Brad Meltzer, art by Ed Benes, two standard covers by
Benes, variant cover by Michael Turner.
It begins here — a bold new era for the World’s Greatest Heroes. It’s
Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman…and the true roster of members who
will become the new Justice League of America. Join us as we head into
“The Tornado’s Path.” This issue will ship with two covers by Ed
Benes, one featuring Green Lantern and Green Arrow and one featuring
Superman and Batman. A variant cover by Michael Turner is also
48 pages, $3.99, in stores on Aug. 16.

Written by Steve Englehart, art by Tom Derenick and Mark Farmer,
covers by Mike Zeck and Jerry Ordway.
Parts 2 and 3 of the 3-part “Double Trouble!” In issue #15, Star Girl,
Vixen and Gypsy attempt to raise the stakes, but they find themselves
at the mangling paws of a Wildcat gone mad! Can these three fare any
better than the rest of the JSA, or will Amos Fortune and the Gambler
succeed in cashing in the young heroines’ chips?
And in issue #16, the stakes are raised for one final battle for the
villains’ fun and profit. Will Stargirl and Wildcat, teamed with Vixen
and Gypsy, be enough to turn the tables so the JSA can go home
winners? Place your bets, folks!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 9 and Aug. 23.

Written by Jim Krueger and Alex Ross, art by Doug Braithwaite and
Ross, cover by Ross.
A new hardcover collectsthe first four issues of the best-selling
maxi-series. The members of the fabled Justice League of America are
about to learn they aren’t the only ones who can band together toward
a common goal. The greatest criminal masterminds of our time appear to
be acting in concert — but with a surprising plan that seeks to
achieve more good than the JLA ever could! This first volume of three
contains expanded character bios and sketches.
160 pages, $19.99, in stores on Sept. 13.

[Not in hardcover, and definitley not in four-issue chunks.]

Written by Geoff Johns and Keith Champagne, art by Don Kramer, Dale
Eaglesham, Jim Fern and others, cover by Alex Ross.
Collecting JSA #76-81! Following the events of Day of Vengeance, the
DCU’s magic-based heroes are vulnerable — and the ancient magician
Mordru plans to take full advantage of the situation. Meanwhile, the
fate of Atom Smasher is decided, the OMACs attack, and Green Lantern
is drafted to help in an intergalactic war!
144 pages, $14.99, in stores on Sept. 20.

Written by Marc Andreyko, art by Javier Pina and Fernando Blanco,
cover by Jesus Saiz.
The solo adventures of Kate Spencer come to a stunning conclusion —
but her new life as a dark hero has only just begun! Final issue.
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 16.

Written by Jim Krueger and Alex Ross, art by Doug Braithwaite and
Ross, cover by Ross.
With Green Lantern out of the way, Brainiac advances his plan! The
Justice League meets in the Fortress to reconnoiter…and enlist the
aid of Metamorpho and the Doom Patrol!
40 pages, $3.50, in stores on Aug. 30.

Written by Geoff Johns, art by Phil Jimenez, George Pérez, Jerry
Ordway, Ivan Reis, Andy Lanning and others, new cover by Jimenez.
The 7-issue miniseries event that rocked the entire DC Universe in
2005-2006 — a sequel to the epic Crisis on Infinite Earths — is now
collected in a hardcover collection!
OMAC robots are rampaging, magic is dying, villains are uniting, and a
war is raging in space. And in the middle of it all, a critical moment
has divided Earth’s three greatest heroes: Superman, Batman and Wonder
Woman. It’s the DCU’s darkest day, and long-lost heroes from the past
have returned to make things right in the universe…at any cost.
Heroes will live, heroes will die, and the DCU will never be the same
This exhaustive volume also contains every cover and variant produced
for the project, annotations, character designs, excerpts from
scripts, unused scenes, and much more!
264 pages, $24.99, in stores on Sept. 20.

Written by Brad Meltzer, art and cover by Rags Morales and Michael
Now available in a softcover edition! This volume collects 2004’s
evocative 7-issue miniseries that took all-too-human look into the
lives of super-heroes, and the terrible price they pay for doing good.
When the spouse of a JLA member is brutally murdered, the entire
super-hero community searches for the killer, fearing their own loved
ones may be the next targets! But before the mystery is fully solved,
a number of long-buried secrets rise to the surface, threatening to
tear apart and divide the heroes before they can bring the mysterious
killer to justice.
Bonus features for this edition include extended commentary by Meltzer
and Morales, the rest of the creative team talking about their
favorite moments, a look at Morales’ sketchbook and more.
264 pages, $14.99, in stores on Aug. 16.

Written by A.J. Lieberman, art and cover by Al Barrionuevo and Bit.
Exploding from the pages of Brave New World, Martian Manhunter stars
in his first solo adventure in over five years. This series will
change the way you see the last son of Mars.
Since coming to Earth, J’onn J’onzz has strived to fit in with his
adoptive people, even altering his appearance in order to not frighten
Earthlings. And in that time, he has struggled between following the
ways and customs of his people and becoming human.
But now everything he believed about his past has been shattered, and
his tolerance for the failings of humanity is at an end. On a mission
to seek the real facts about his past and his long-lost race, Martian
Manhunter will stop at nothing to discover the truth about himself and
the world he lives in!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 9.

[Unknown creators to me, so no interest.]

Written by Tad Williams, art and cover by Dietrich Smith and Walden
The Iron Ring has sent the emissary called Sion to bring the Next back
to their home for judgment and sentencing…but they can’t go back
without killing Monikka! And even Superman has a tough time going up
against Sion…
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 9.

Written by Bruce Jones, art and cover by Renato Guedes.
The last OMAC managed to escape Firestorm — now he finds himself in
Las Vegas, but still with a deadly mission to complete at the heart of
the United States’ military. Success in this mission will unleash an
even greater danger, but what chance do any of Earth’s heroes have
against the One Man Army Corps?
And while the man who has become OMAC is far from the war machine that
is OMAC, what hope does he have to prevent freedom’s downfall when he
doesn’t even know the menace he carries inside him?
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 2.

Written by Judd Winick, art by Matthew Clark and Art Thibert, cover by
Daniel Acuña.
For these heroes, being an Outsider is in their DNA. But so are a few
other things, as the team’s about to learn!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 2.

Written by various, art by Mac Raboy, Al Carreno Marc Swayze and C.C.
Beckm cover by Mac Raboy
A Golden Age Archive featuring the adventures of Captain Marvel, Jr.
and the origin of Mary Marvel from Master Comics 23-32, Captain Marvel
Jr. #1 and Captain Marvel Adventures #18! Plus, a foreword by comics
historian P.C. Hamerlinck.
228 pages, $49.99, in stores on Sept. 28.

RUSH CITY #1 & 2
Written by Chuck Dixon, art by Timothy Green II, covers by Jock.
A new hero burns rubber down the mean streets of New York City! When
someone is lost in Manhattan — and time is running out — there’s
only one person to call: Rush! Who is the man behind the wheel? How do
the scars of his past guide his future? And what is his secret to
rocketing through the world’s most exciting city? In this
action-packed first issue, Rush is called in to rescue a young
diabetic girl who must be found…before death finds her first!
And in issue #2, what is Rush desperately racing through — and under
— the streets of New York City to find…and why is special guest
Black Canary also on the hunt? Jump on board for an adrenaline rush of
sonic screams, hot motorcycles and fishnet stockings!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 19 and Aug. 16.

[Errr, no. I don’t need to pay for an extended ad.]

Written by Gail Simone, art by Brad Walker and Jimmy Palmiotti, cover
by Karl Kerschl.
It’s the Secret Six versus the Doom Patrol, fresh off their appearance
in Teen Titans! As the Six hunt down the villain who has been
targeting them, they uncover some startling secrets. What does the
all-new Doom Patrol have to do with all of it?
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 23.

Written by Bill Willingham, art by Steve Scott and Wayne Faucher,
cover by Scott.
A special issue featuring guest art by Steve Scott and spotlighting a
night in the life of Blue Devil! Demons have tracked Blue Devil to his
hometown, and the resultant battle may leave it in shambles.
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 16.

Written by Jack Kirby, Dave Wood and Ed Herron, art by Kirby, Bob
Brown, Wally Wood and others, cover by Kirby.
Collecting Showcase Presents #6, 7, 11, 12 and Challengers of the
Unknown #1-18 (1957-1959)! Relive the classic Silver Age adventures of
Jack Kirby’s Challengers of the Unknown — a team brought together by
fate dedicated to a life of harrowing adventure in the name of good!
540 pages, black and white, $16.99, in stores on Sept. 27.

SOLO #12
Written by Brendan McCarthy, Tom O’Connor, Jono Howard and Robbie
Morrison, art and cover by McCarthy.
It’s the final issue of Solo. Artist/writer Brendan McCarthy (Judge
Dredd, Rogan Gosh, Skin) lends his unique style to some of DC’s
biggest icons: Batman. Superman, the Flash, and even JSA villain
Johnny Sorrow! His take on the “World’s Finest” is guaranteed to be
like nothing you’ve seen before. And you won’t believe what else is
spawned from McCarthy’s fevered imagination!
48 pages, $4.99, in stores on Aug. 30.

[Cancelled, with no hope of collection. I guess I’ll wind up looking
for the lot of them on eBay sometime.]

Written by Mark Waid and Tony Bedard, art by Barry Kitson, Adam
DeKraker and Mick Gray, cover by Kitson.
The Legion struggles against the mighty giants of Colossal Boy’s
hometown! And with Brainiac’s resurrection plan in action, can the
Legion trust him to play god?
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 23.

Written by Judd Winick, art and cover by Howard Porter.
Redefining the mighty Captain Marvel in a 12-issue maxi-series
featuring a new art style for Porter. The world is in magical turmoil
as Captain Marvel tries to keep everything under control in the
aftermath of the events of Day of Vengeance. And with the rest of the
Marvel Family powerless, it’s all up to him — unless some drastic
changes occur fast. Luckily, everything changes by this issue’s end.
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 30.

[No interest with those creators attached.]

Written by Geoff Johns, art by Tony Daniel and Kevin Conrad, cover by
Part 2 of “Titans Around the World!” It’s off to Tokyo to meet one of
the many mysterious Teen Titans members from the missing year: the
world’s greatest teen magician — the all-new Zatara! Plus, Robin and
Wonder Girl learn a horrific secret about one of their former members.
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 9.

Written by Bruce Jones, art and cover by Bart Sears.
Brovis forms an uneasy alliance with Travis Morgan’s friends — uneasy
for them, that is!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 23.

Written by Allan Heinberg, art and cover by Terry Dodson and Rachel
The adventures of the all-new Wonder Woman continue in Part 3 of the
5-part “Who is Wonder Woman” as three of her predecessor’s most
powerful enemies unite to declare war on the Amazing Amazon. But when
Wonder Woman attempts to answer their challenge, she discovers a
heroic figure from her past literally beating her to the punch. But
who is the gods’ new avatar? And where does that leave the new Wonder
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 9.

Written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti, art and cover by Daniel
The Brave New World continues as the all-new Freedom Fighters set out
on their latest mission — to arrest Uncle Sam!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 30.

Written by John Ridley, art and cover by Georges Jeanty and Karl
Open combat has erupted in the ranks of the Civil Defense Force, and
the New American is at the center of it! With America’s super-heroes
fighting before television cameras, the President makes a difficult
decision about America’s super-hero civil war!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 30.

Written by Garth Ennis. art by Colin Wilson, cover by Garry Leach.
Tempers flare in the wake of repeated clashes between the Yanks and
their newly arrived Brit Associates. As Battler tries to create a new
camaraderie, both camps display heroism in the face of death — and
for one of their number, it’s too close a call!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 2.

THE BOYS #1 & 2
Written by Garth Ennis, art and covers by Darick Robertson
“This book will out-PREACHER PREACHER.” – Garth Ennis
Garth Ennis (Preacher) and Darick Robertson (Transmetropolitan),
co-creators of two of the most thought-provoking comics of the last
decade, introduce their first original collaboration for a new monthly
series: THE BOYS – a dark, twisted look at super powers, super-people,
and the men and women who make sure the world’s “heroes” never go too
With a quarter-million super-powered beings in the world, someone’s
got to watch what’s going on beneath all those masks and capes. In a
U.S.A. uncomfortably like our own, that task falls to The Boys, a
government-funded group of operatives dedicated to keeping the “supes”
in line.
Team leader Billy Butcher, described by a confidential C.I.A. report
as “the most lethal individual ever encountered by this agency,” is on
the hunt for new recruits – but it takes something special to join
this outfit. You have to be smart. You have to be strong. And you have
to hate supes with every ounce of black passion in your heart.
Issue #1 on sale August 16; issue #2 on sale August 30
32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS Edited by Ben Abernathy

[Very interested, but in collections only.]

Written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Tony Harris and Tom Feister, cover
by Harris.
Part 3 of the 4-part “Smoke Smoke.” In the past, the super-heroic
Great Machine pursues a drug dealer in a high-speed chase, while in
the present, Mayor Mitchell Hundred struggles with crime and
punishment in the arena of New York’s marijuana laws.
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 23.

Written by Chuck Dixon, art and cover by Andy Smith.
A dark prophecy is fulfilled as a monstrous evil walks the land,
drinking the blood of innocents and killing all who oppose it. The
destiny of this invincible, demonic force is forever entwined with
that of Claw the Unconquered. Can even the cursed barbarian warrior
stop hell that threatens the world?
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 23.

Written by Brandon Choi, Jim Lee and J. Scott Campbell, art and cover
by Campbell and Alex Garner.
A new collection presenting the original 5-issue mini-series that
launched the phenomenal Gen13 team and the career of J. Scott
Campbell! Aided by former Team Seven leader John Lynch, five teenagers
with remarkable power must make their escape from the clutches of
Ivana Baiul’s array of killers from Internal Operations!
144 pages, $14.99, in stores on Sept. 6.

Written by Garth Ennis, art by Carlos Ezquerra, cover by Glenn Fabry.
After fleeing the United Kingdom in search of a new beginning, Kev
tracks down an old friend and his beloved tiger. What he discovers,
though, will have a profound effect on his future — if he can escape
the sins of a past that are about to come crashing down on everyone he
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 9.

Written by Scott Lobdell, art and cover by Dustin Nguyen.
The innovative series leaps forward 25 years into the intergalactic
war! Enter the Spellbreaker, a warship with a deadly mission in
service of mankind’s empire and operated by a motley crew of humans,
aliens, and…children? Space battles with baby dragons and fisticuffs
with goblin infiltrators are just the tip of the iceberg!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 2.

Written by Robbie Morrison, art by Talent Caldwell, Horacio Domingues,
Andy Smith and Matt “Batt” Banning, cover by Caldwell and Banning.
A stunning new volume collecting the exciting 9-issue miniseries
chronicling the life and adventures of Charis Adrastrea as she becomes
Nemesis — the only warrior who can strike fear and hatred into the
hearts of Zealot and her Coda sisters!
208 pages, $19.99, in stores on Sept. 13.

Written by Andy Hartnell, art and wraparound cover by Nick Bradshaw
and Jim Charalampidis.
Bloody and left for dead, Arness is alone and awaiting his fate —
which turns out to be something totally unexpected! Now, granted a
wondrous power from a magical stone, he must escape captivity and
journey in search of new comrades — allies to help him in his quest
— while learning how to deal with his strange new power.
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 16.

Written by Brett Lewis, art and cover by John Paul-Leon.
It’s the holiday season, and Kris and Nina must attend Zuko’s
Christmas party. Too bad the Scouts decide to spoil the festivities by
attacking and killing most of Zuko’s men. Drost turns to the Siberian
for help, but will even he make a difference?
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 9.

Written by Alan Moore, Michael Moorcock and others, art by Chris
Sprouse, Jerry Ordway, Ben Oliver and others, cover by Sprouse and
Jose Villarrubia.
Alan Moore and Chris Sprouse return for one grand, final story in
which Tom Strong and family are on hand for the apocalypse. All this
and more awaits in this wondrous final installment of the Tom Strong
saga collecting issues #31-36 of the classic series!
160 pages, $24.99, in stores on Sept. 27.

[I stopped getting the hardcovers when Moore left. I picked up the
softcover of v5 last week and was pleasantly surprised at some of the
stories, since I wasn’t expecting hardly anything at all. I’ll get
this when it goes to softcover.]

Written by Bruce Jones, art and cover by John Watkiss.
Explore the mysteries of life — and love — after death in this
original re-imagining of the classic DC character. Combining
over-the-top action and brain-tingling speculation, this is Deadman as
only Vertigo could deliver in an ongoing series about sex and string
theory; parapsychology and political conspiracy; where the “wonder
years” and the afterlife are just two dimensions of the same reality.
Brandon Cayce is cocky young pilot for a major airline who likes to
fly right and party all night. With his older brother Scott at the
controls, Brandon is “deadheading” a free flight with a hangover that
won’t quit. Without warning, Scott deliberately crashes the plane into
a downtown London skyscraper. Brandon is killed in a horrifying wreck,
along with everyone on board.
And his day only gets worse from there.
To survive his own demise, Brandon must confront these riddles
head-on, until he realizes that the person with the answers may be his
late brother’s own wife — a woman he once loved himself. And when he
encounters her again, he finds that his love for her is one part of
himself that will never die.
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 16.

[No interest with Jones writing.]

Written by Brian K. Vaughan, art and cover by Niko Henrichon.
An original look at life on the streets of Baghdad during the Iraq War
inspired by true events. In this provocative graphic novel, Vaughan
examines life on the streets of war-torn Iraq.
In the spring of 2003, a pride of lions escaped from the Baghdad Zoo
during an American bombing raid. Lost and confused, hungry but finally
free, the four lions roamed the decimated streets of Baghdad in a
desperate struggle for their lives. In documenting the plight of the
lions, PRIDE OF BAGHDAD raises questions about the true meaning of
liberation — can it be given, or is it earned only through
self-determination and sacrifice? And in the end, is it truly better
to die free than to live life in captivity?
Based on a true story, Vaughan and Henrichon have created a unique and
heartbreaking window into the nature of life during wartime,
illuminating this struggle as only the graphic novel can.
136 pages, $19.99, in stores on Sept. 13.

[Been waiting for this one ever since I heard of it. Must buy.]

100 BULLETS #75
Written by Brian Azzarello, art by Eduardo Risso, cover by Dave
The conclusion of the 4-part “A Wake” story arc! With the final
puzzle-pieces in position, things get very interesting. Will the House
of Nagel still have a place within the Trust? What do Augustus, Megan
and Lono have planned for the remaining members and the Minutemen? And
finally, where do the Brothers Rome fit into the grand scheme?
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 9.

Written by Steven T. Seagle, art by Becky Cloonan, cover by Joshua
In Part 2 of the 4-part “Going Down,” it’s con season! For charismatic
youth minister Adam Chamberlain, that means heading to Australia for a
Christian speakers booking convention. After the life-rocking events
Adam’s been through, is it time to leave the past and forge a new
future? Or is something more going on?
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 30.

Written by Howard Chaykin and David Tischman, art by David Hahn, cover
by Chaykin.
The bloodsucking miniseries concludes as Lieutenant Fortine gets an
offer he can’t refuse — or can he? Carrie finds out revenge is a dish
best served cold-hearted, as Risa takes a bite into crime. And the
killer of he drug-addicted stripper and the homosexual tattoo artist
is revealed!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 30.

DMZ #10
Written by Brian Wood, art by Riccardo Burchielli, cover by Wood.
In the mind-bending conclusion of the 5-part “Body of a Journalist”
story arc, Matty finds himself in a very different place than when and
where he began, and the very nature of his status in the DMZ could be
changed forever.
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 9.

Written by Simon Oliver, art by Chris Samnee, cover by Philip Bond.
A stand-alone issue with guest art by rising star Chris Samnee
presents Henry with a problem that could turn out more tragic than any
pitched battle with bugs: the dreaded “two girlfriends” conundrum —
proving that the only force more potent than nature is the human
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 2.

Written by Bill Willingham, art by Mark Buckingham and Steve Leialoha,
cover by James Jean.
Part 1 of the new 4-part story “Sons of the Empire.” What’s it like
being the firstborn son of a bloodthirsty emperor whose empire
encompasses more than a thousand kingdoms, scattered over a hundred
worlds? Poor little Pinocchio is suffering seriously divided loyalties
between his father, the Adversary, and his fellow Fable refugees in
the Mundy world. What does he do while his father hosts a secret
conference of the imperial elite to decide the ultimate fate of
Fabletown? Plus, this issue contains the first of four short
self-contained backup stories featuring Rapunzel.
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 9.

Written by Denise Mina, art by Cristiano Cucina, cover by Lee Bermejo.
A stand-alone story from John Constantine’s recent past finds him
repaying a debt to a fellow magus who’s dying — along with the city
of London itself. The killer? A terror that at first seems
supernatural in origin, but turns out to be all too realistic in this
memorable story from the mind of Denise Mina, guest-illustrated by
Cristiano Cucina.
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 16.

Written by Bill Willingham and Matthew Sturges, art by Tony Akins and
Andrey Pepoy, cover by James Jean.
So Jack’s gone and got himself kidnapped, bloodied, broken, and
spirited away to a mysterious prison camp called the Golden Boughs
Retirement Village. For any other Fable this would spell a mess of
trouble, but for Jack it’s no more than a…okay, it’s also a mess of
trouble for him, but he’ll stay undaunted when he meets the enigmatic
author of his current dilemma: the mysterious Mr. Revise!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 23.

Written by Brian Azzarello, art and, cover by Marcelo Frusin.
Part 2 of “Thicker Than Blackwater.” While the notorious Bloody Bill
terrorizes the town of Blackwater, Wes realizes that his own plans for
revenge and redemption must be put on hold. But will Wes be able to
put an end to the outlaw’s brutality given their shared past?
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 23.

Written by Andy Diggle, art by Jock and Colin Wilson, cover by Jock.
The saga of the Losers comes to its explosive conclusion with Endgame,
collecting issues #26-32 of the acclaimed Vertigo series. It’s a
white-knuckle ride into nuclear brinksmanship as the team forces a
final confrontation with the rogue C.I.A. agent Max, only to discover
the shocking secrets behind not only their foe but also one of their
168 pages, $14.99, in stores on Sept. 27.

[Must buy. I’m glad the series had a relatively short run, though. Not
every series needs to last forever.]

Written by Phil Jimenez, art by Jimenez and Andy Lanning, cover by
Hot off his work on Infinite Crisis, writer/artist Phil Jimenez
delivers an epic saga — combining the dramatic setup and ensemble
cast of Lost with the fantasy of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and
mind-bending technology of The Matrix. Book One of Otherworld takes
readers on an exciting adventure filled with widescreen action that’s
sexy, smart and unlike anything Vertigo has done before.
176 pages, $19.99, in stores on Sept. 20.

[Mildly interested when I first heard of it. No real interest now,
given others’ reactions.]

Written by Douglas Rushkoff, art and cover by Liam Sharp.
Part 2 of the 3-Part “Down to Egypt.” What happens when the gods have
a plan for you, and that plan involves sleeping with someone you’re
trying to avoid? The Biblical Judah found out the hard way — and so
will Jake when Dinah lures him into a sexual initiation of her own.
And Pierre Fallow and his disciple Alec plan to seduce the world’s
youth with a paradise of consumerism that, like all visions of heaven,
is too good to be true.
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 16

Written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Goran Parlov & José Marzan, Jr.,
cover by Massimo Carnevale.
Featuring guest art by Goran Parlov! The final and most important
“secret origin” issue of the series reveals the untold story behind
former Israeli Defense Forces leader Alter Tse’elon. What drives this
female soldier’s hunt for the last man on Earth, and what will Alter
find that could mean the end of Yorick Brown?
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 2.

Written by Adam Beechen, art Carlo Barberi and Zach Howard, cover by
Ty Templeton.
Starro has taken over the Watchtower and enslaved the minds of the
Justice League’s most powerful members! Can Martian Manhunter save his
friends and defeat this monster from outer space?
32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Aug. 2.

Written by Bill Matheny, art by Wes Craig and Terry Beatty, cover by
Dave McCaig.
It’s a wild night in Gotham City! Batman and Batgirl know that
Catwoman’s planning to steal a priceless piece of art. But can they
keep an eye on her when some of Gotham’s most dangerous criminals are
32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Aug. 9.

Written by J. Torres, art by Todd Nauck and Lary Stucker, cover by
Sean Galloway.
Kid Flash and Mas y Menos run a circuitous race for charity around the
world, but the speedsters can’t help but make detours along the way to
thwart some super villainy!
32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Aug. 30.

Written by Man of Action, Robbie Busch and others, art by Christopher
Cook and others, cover by Matt Jenkins.
Another action-packed issue featuring Ben 10, Juniper Lee, and the
Powerpuff Girls’ rivals the Rowdyruff Boys!
32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Aug. 9.

Written by J. Torres and Robbie Busch, art by Chris Cook, Scott
Roberts, Al Nickerson and Scott Underwood, cover by Robert Pope.
Kaz is tired of Ami and Yumi hogging the spotlight — he’s ready for a
taste of fame! Plus, meet Grim’s prize-winning hound: Cerberus!
32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Aug. 23.

Written by Leila Strachan, art and cover by Christopher Cook and Al
How much harm can hamsters cause? Ask Natasha as she races to save her
ambassador and national animal from Lubek’s diabolical Robot Hamsters!
32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Aug. 16.

Written by Chuck Dixon, Scott Cunningham and Sholly Fisch, art by
Scott Jeralds, Scott Neely and others, cover by Robert Pope and Scott
The ghoulish Ghastley family is back — and once again in need of
Mystery, Inc’s help! Then Shaggy and Scooby leave the gang behind to
investigate the disappearance of the president of their favorite fast
food chain! All this and some sinister sounds, too. Jinkies!
32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Aug. 16.

Written by Sholly Fisch, Robbie Busch, Frank Strom and Earl Kress, art
by Pablo Zamboni, Walter Carzon, Leo Batic, Mike DeCarlo, Horacio
Ottolini and Ruben Torreiro, cover by Scott Gross.
Porky takes Sylvester in for a dental check-up, not suspecting that
he’s meeting a doctor who believes all toothaches can be cured by
brain removal!
32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Aug. 2.

MAD #469
Written and illustrated by The Usual Gang of Idiots
Madcap summer hilarity as only the Usual Gang of Idiots can deliver!
48 pages, black and white, $3.99, in stores on Aug. 2.

Written and illustrated by The Usual Gang of Idiots
A jam-packed new issue of MAD Classics, featuring the Best of the Web,
MAD Marginals, Reader’s Choice picks, and much more!
96 pages, black and white, $4.99, in stores on Aug. 9.

Written and illustrated by Kaoru Mori.
Meticulously researched and beautifully rendered, Emma is a beloved,
award-winning series that was adapted into an acclaimed anime series
in Japan. In Victorian-era England, a young girl is rescued from a
life of destitution and raised to become a proper British maid. Emma
meets William, the eldest son of a wealthy family, and immediately
falls in love with him. William shares her feelings, but the strict
rules of their society prevent their relationship from ever coming out
in the open. Traditional class distinctions and rich, historical
details provide the backdrop for this appealing romance.
192 pages, black and white, $9.95, in stores on Sept. 20.

Written and illustrated by Arina Tanemura.
As this best-selling series continues, the good news is that Maron and
Chiaki seem to be making headway in their relationship after Chiaki
shares the secret that’s been eating away at him. The bad news is the
secret devastates Maron and brings about the loss of her power! Plus,
a lighthearted back-up story features Access Tyme, whose wish finally
comes true!
168 pages, black and white, $9.99, in stores on Sept. 27.

Written and illustrated by Yasuko Aoike
The world’s most flamboyant art thief and his hard-nosed NATO nemesis
continue their globe-spanning contest of wills! First the Major had to
protect the British crown. Now, with the entire world watching him­and
what could be worse for a secret agent?­he must protect the Queen of
England herself. But in the end, it’s Eroica who looks to be wearing
the crown. As for the Major, his day is about to get worse­much worse!
200 pages, black and white, $9.99, in stores on Sept. 13.

Written and illustrated by Sakura Tsukuba.
Events race to a dramatic conclusion in this series finale! With
Arou’s birthday approaching, Namiki plots to spoil Kanade’s plans for
a surprise party and drive a wedge between the couple. But when Kanade
and some classmates find themselves lost in the mountains during an
unexpected blizzard, Arou takes matters into his own hands, pushing
his powers to the limit in a desperate attempt to save the girl he
200 pages, black and white, $9.99, in stores on Sept. 13.

Written and illustrated by Reiko Shimizu
Jimmy is still confused between his life as a human boy and his future
as a mermaid. Should his twin brothers interfere in their brother’s
dangerous relationship with a human? Because when Jimmy once again
morphs into the woman named Benjamin, Art is intrigued by the
beautiful stranger. If he falls in love, it could be the end of the
192 pages, black and white, $9.99, in stores on Sept. 20.

Written and illustrated by Toru Fujieda
The acclaimed new series continues! Tsubame originally thought he was
destined to be with Kanoko, but she rejected him. Now Kanoko and
friends have begun searching for a person with a butterfly-shaped
birthmark on her thumb — the sign of a time-spanning connection from
a past life — to find Tsubame’s supposed true love. Who was this
person, and what’s she like now? But Tsubame might not be ready to
give up on Kanoko just yet. He’s got to persuade her that love is more
important than fate.
192 pages, black and white, $9.99, in stores on Sept. 27.

Written and illustrated by Kaimu Tachibana.
Family intrigue and demonic double-crossing lead Sakuya and Wakyo, the
reincarnated brothers, into deadly conflict with the forces of
darkness. Sajo, underling of the demon Garai, duped them into setting
his boss free. Now Sajo prepares to seize the powers they inherited
from Bishu, Garai’s son!
192 pages, black and white, $9.99, in stores on Sept. 6.

Written and illustrated by You Higuri
Following last volume’s shattering events, Laures is barely alive. He
finds shelter with Iria, a girl who seems to be a sympathetic ally.
But she turns out to be the sister of Karon, lord of Hades, who
desires to conquer Laures and use him for his own plans for world
domination! And can Roddrick be a town’s savior against an invading
demon horde?
180 pages, black and white, $9.99, in stores on Sept. 27.

-Ralf Haring
“The mind must be the harder, the heart the keener,
the spirit the greater, as our strength grows less.”
-Byrhtwold, The Battle of Maldon

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