Comic Fodder

DC Comics Solicitations, August 2007

Hey, readers! DC is telling you what wares they plan to put on the shelves for your amusement this August.

By the way, I pulled the solicitations from Comic Book Resources. Go there and click an ad.


Story by Paul Dini

Breakdowns by Keith Giffen

39 script by Sean McKeever; art by J. Calafiore

38 script by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray; art by Jesus Saiz

37 script by Adam Beechen; art by David Lopez

36 script by Tony Bedard; art by J. Calafiore

35 script by Sean McKeever; art by Manuel Garcia;

Covers 39-36 by Shane Davis & Matt Banning; Cover 35 by J.G. Jones

The action ratchets up across five issues in August guest-starring Zatanna, the Teen Titans, the JLA, Poison Ivy, the Penguin, the Atom and more! Karate Kid ventures to Oracle for answers. Jimmy Olsen attempts to join not one but two exclusive clubs. Mary Marvel falls deeper into temptation. And Donna Troy and Jason Todd journey into the Nanoverse!

Plus, starting in COUNTDOWN 38, a series of backup stories recounting the origins of DC's greatest villians, written by Scott Beatty (BATGIRL: YEAR ONE)!

COUNTDOWN 39 on sale August 1 o COUNTDOWN 38 on sale August 8

COUNTDOWN 37 on sale August 15 o COUNTDOWN 36 on sale August 22

COUNTDOWN 35 on sale August 29 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


Written by Adam Beechen and Justin Gray

Art by Eddy Barrows, Fabrizio Fiorentino & Julio Ferreira

Cover by Ivan Reis & Oclair Albert

Flying out of the pages of 52, it's Adam Strange, Starfire and Animal Man in an explosive new series! Now that they've returned to their respective homes, where do they go from here? Find out what the future holds for these heroes in the DCU!

And in the 8-page backup, from the pages of COUNTDOWN, it's a tale of Forerunner! Find out more about this awesome new character and her relationship with the Monitors.

On sale August 29 o 1 of 8 o 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US Edited by Eddie Berganza

So... the series is hoping that readers will follow a bunch of characters from a marginally popular storyline from 52. And, of course, the series is not handled by any of the creators of 52, so... yeah.


Written by Kurt Busiek

Art and cover by Brad Walker & John Livesay

The Countdown tie-in trilogy continues with the Kryptonite Man on the loose, Mr. Action on the prowl and Superman on the ropes! Plus, a certain long-lost superdog returns?but what does fate hold for Jimmy Olsen?

And in ACTION COMICS #854, it's a desperate battle for Superman, a turning point for Jimmy Olsen, and a deadly radioactive threat for Metropolis! Will Mr. Action live or die? And what will the future hold for Krypto? Plus: giant monkey!

And don't miss ACTION COMICS #855, with art by Eric Powell, solicited on page 79 of this Previews!

Issue #853 on sale August 1; issue #854 on sale August 15

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

What? I have no idea what's going on with Action Comics. Ah, well, at least it's Busiek. And, hey... Krypto! Plus, Jimmy Olsen. So, sure, count me in.


Written by Gail Simone

Art by Mike Norton & Trevor Scott

Cover by Ladrönn

Part 3 of "The Hunt for Ray Palmer," tying into COUNTDOWN! Ryan Choi, Donna Troy, Jason Todd and Bob the Monitor continue to search the Nanoverse for Ray Palmer - and the travelers find themselves in what some might call?Heaven.

On sale August 1 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Let's get small! Hey, what? A microscopic Jason Todd? That seems in keeping with the gritty urban tales of the Dark Knight detective. And I have never been less clear on who is Donna Troy.


Written by Will Pfeifer

Art by David Lopez & Alvaro Lopez

Cover by Adam Hughes

An Amazons Attack tie-in! Catwoman's on the run and undercover. Batman chose her to infiltrate a new player in the Amazons' war on the U.S., but with her life in shambles, can she be trusted?

On sale August 15 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


Written by Will Pfeifer

Art and cover by Pete Woods

The war comes to a shocking finale as AMAZONS ATTACK ships twice in August! Alliances fall to the wayside as fractures emerge in all sides of the conflict. Catwoman goes undercover to discover why a second threat has appeared on the field of battle; the rest of the heroes face a shocking new force aligning with the Amazons; and as the fatalities pile up on the Amazon side, Hippolyta's grasp on the throne may be slipping.

And in issue #6, also shipping in August, It's all-out carnage and mayhem as all factions in the war fight the final battle! Wonder Woman takes on Hippolyta in a duel that can have only one outcome; the true reasons behind the war are discovered; and the gods make their presence known in a terrible way! Change is afoot in the DCU, and some big changes are about to happen here!

Issue #5 on sale August 15; issue #6 on sale August 29

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Hippolyta's claim to the throne? Wow, continuity has totally gone out the window. So much for that whole democracy thing. Such is the fate of Superboy Prime punching at the walls of reality. And don't we know the real reason of the war is that Circe is a stinker?


Written by Tony Bedard Cover by Bernard Chang

Art by Renato Guedes & José Wilson Magalhães

An AMAZONS ATTACK Tie-In! Amid the carnage of war, Supergirl learns a terrible lesson that will follow her the rest of her days. She took matters into her own hands in AMAZONS ATTACK #4, only to have her plan blow up in her face. Now shaken to her very core, Supergirl must battle through guilt and Amazons alike!

On sale August 1 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


Written by J. Torres

Art by Paco Diaz

Cover by Terry Dodson & Rachel Dodson

An AMAZONS ATTACK tie-in! As the Amazon war reaches a climax, Wonder Woman begins a desperate search for a missing comrade whose fate is inextricably tied to the future of Special Agent Diana Prince!

On sale August 29 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


Written by Geoff Johns & Jeff Katz

Art and cover by Dan Jurgens

& Norm Rapmund

Exploding from the pages of 52 and exploring the timeline of the DC Universe comes a new monthly book featuring the greatest super-hero history will never know: Booster Gold!

Following the universe altering conclusion of 52, Booster Gold wants what's due to him - a spot on the Justice League of America! But the time stream's in trouble, and Booster Gold is in the center of it! Now he must make a choice: reclaim his former glory or do the right thing, forgoing the credit.

ALL-NEW Booster Gold will take you through time and space, to the greatest moments of the DCU that have happened and will happen.

"52 Pick-Up" begins in this extra-sized issue #1! Someone is exploiting the ravaged time stream, hoping to eliminate the world's greatest heroes - and only Booster Gold can stop them. But, really - Booster Gold? Why him? What does Rip Hunter truly want? And what shocking figure is behind it all?

And coming up in the months ahead in DC's time spanning monthly: the world's greatest Green Lantern - Sinestro, Jonah Hex, Barbara "Batgirl" Gordon, Flash and Kid Flash, and plenty more of DC's super stars from throughout its past and future!

For a signed edition, please see the Dynamic Forces section of Previews.

On sale August 15 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US Edited by Michael Siglain

Oh, sure. Why not?


Written by Peter J. Tomasi

Art by Doug Mahnke, Norm Rapmund & Christian Alamy

Cover by Mahnke

Variant cover by Alex Ross

Spinning out of the weekly series 52 comes an epic 8-issue mini-series that follows Black Adam, the new über-villain of the DCU!

With the power of the gods stripped from him, Teth-Adam is on a quest to find not only the magical word that will restore him as Black Adam, but also the one thing that always kept his heart from turning completely black with rage.

Black Adam is a man responsible for the deaths of thousands of Bialyan citizens and wide spread destruction across the globe. He is a man on the run from Earth's heroes, who want to see him brought to justice. Some want him tried before a world court, while others want retribution; to exact a pound of flesh for the lives he has snuffed out. And some simply want him dead as quickly and as quietly as possible.

Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers that may be ordered separately. For every 10 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Doug Mahnke) ordered, retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Alex Ross). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.

On sale August 8 o 1 of 8 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Edited by Michael Siglain

Oh, DC. First Hal Jordan and now Black Adam. Not since Phoenix have we seen a mass murder turned into such a cuddly protagonist. I do like how the soliciation suggests that all of those millions of dead people were just some misunderstanding and we're jerks not understanding that Black Adam is a Crying on the Inside kind of guy....


Written by Keith Giffen

Art by Pat Olliffe and Drew Geraci

Cover by Olliffe

"They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth." - Revelations Chapter 6

Don't miss this special one-shot issue written by 52 mastermind Keith Giffen with art by Pat Olliffe (FIRESTORM, JSA CLASSIFIED) and Drew Geraci! From the ashes of devastated Bialya they rise again in the FOUR HORSEMEN - War, Pestilence, Famine, Death - living embodiments of the Dread Ages of Apokolips. Freed from thrall to the mad geniuses who first summoned them, the Horsemen look to their own dark ambition, to remake the Earth in their image - and only the combined might of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman can stop them!

On sale August 29 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Edited by Michael Siglain

Wow, DC really learned a lesson from all of those Civil War fallout books. Still, it's Giffen. But... the Four Horsemen were from... Apokolips? I'm confused.

Oh, here's this Outsiders Event. I dunno... this looks kind of weird. Why is DC pushing the Outsiders so hard? This sort of stinks of desperation. And with so many one-shots, what's the point?


Written by Nunzio DeFilippis & Christina Weir

Art and cover by Freddie Williams II

Get ready for FIVE OF A KIND - five issues, five top creative teams, one team-up per week, as Batman takes control of the Outsiders by using these adventures to pick his new lineup!

In WEEK 1: nightwing/boomerang, Batman's first vote is cast! The two Outsiders with just one thing in common - a troubled relationship to the Dark Knight - must reconcile their differences to go up against Chemo!

On sale August 1 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


Written by Mike W. Barr

Art by Kevin Sharpe & Robin Riggs Cover by Cliff Chiang

Batman's Week 2 vote! The souls of long-dead criminals roam the earth, forcing Tatsu Yamashiro to risk her own life by entering the realm to which she condemned them with her Soulsword! She'll need the help of the DCU's most powerful magical guardian - but can the power of Shazam prevail while confined to the Rock of Eternity?

On sale August 8 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


Written by Tony Bedard

Art and cover by Koi Turnbull & Art Thibert

Batman's Week 3 vote, tying into COUNTDOWN! Black Lightning's daughter and the Last Martian investigate a mystery at the center of the earth - but the mystery only deepens when they find a New God on the run!

On sale August 15 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


Written by G. Willow Wilson

Art and cover by Joshua Middleton

Batman's Week 4 vote! International war is brewing over an ocean under the Sahara, and when Metamorpho and Aquaman intervene, they find it's also the home turf of another elemental who's got the Orb of Ra. If the deadliest foe is your heart's desire, they may have no chance!

On sale August 22 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


Written by Marc Andreyko

Art by Cliff Richards & Art Thibert

Cover by Christian Alamy

Batman's Week 5 vote, tying into AMAZONS ATTACK! The shocking aftermath of the Amazons' assault on Washington, D.C. forces an unlikely alliance between two-fisted Grace Choi and the Amazonian princess as they team up to find a time bomb like no other hidden in America's heartland!

On sale August 29 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Yeah, I'm pretty sure I still don't care.


Written by Peter Milligan

Art by David Lopez & Alvaro Lopez

Cover by Tim Sale

The definitive origin of Ra's al Ghul, Batman's greatest foe, is finally revealed in this annual from writer Peter Milligan (JLA CLASSIFIED, X-Static) and the art team of David Lopez & Alvaro Lopez (CATWOMAN)! A deadly rivalry between two immortals spanning more than 400 years of history causes a chain reaction that not even Batman could have predicted! Learn how the secret past of this legendary villain has a reverberating effect on the future of the Dark Knight.

On sale August 29 o 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US Edited by Jeanine Schaefer

This actually looks cool. I want to make fun of it, but I can't think of a particular reason to take pot shots. Darn you, Ra's Al Ghul. You had me at "hello".


Written by John Rozum

Art by Tom Mandrake

Cover by Simone Bianchi

Part 1 of a 2-part story written by John Rozum (MIDNIGHT, MASS)! Dr. Jonathan Crane has discovered that being confined in Arkham simply means a captive audience for his experiments in fear. Now, more powerful than ever, he easily escapes from the Asylum and spreads his reign of terror throughout Gotham as the Scarecrow. With the entire city spooked and the Scarecrow committing seemingly random crimes, can Batman stop him before the game turns even more deadly?

On sale August 1 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


Written by Sam Kieth

Art and cover by Kieth

Get ready for an action-packed 2-part tale teaming up the Dark Knight with the interstellar madman, as only Sam Kieth can deliver! Batman, transported to an alien vessel by a mysterious figure, is asked to help cure a plague that has infected its inhabitants. Lobo, who has also been shanghaied, finds himself in the same boat. Now, Batman and Lobo, two incredibly unlikely companions, must somehow find a way to work together - and find out the real reason for their abductions - before they kill each other!

On sale August 22 o 1 of 2 o 48 pg, FC, $5.99 US o Prestige Format Edited by Scott Dunbier

Sam Keith! Well, this is going to be weird. Thanks, Sam.


Written by Marv Wolfman

Art by Jamal Igle & Keith Champagne

Cover by Ryan Sook

It's a brutal interrogation as Vigilante is determined to learn the truth about Metal Eddie and is willing to kill Dick Grayson to get it. Also, the origin of the new Vigilante. Who is he? Where did he come from? What is he after?

On sale August 1 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

I'm sort of morbidly curious about a reboot of Vigilante, but the charatcer hasn't really worked in something like 20 years.


Written by Michael Green

Art and cover by Denys Cowan & John Floyd

Part 2 of a 6-part Joker tale written by Michael Green (TV's Heroes)! Batman crosses paths once again with the punk who will become his deadliest foe - The Joker - in a Gotham City that seems to be increasingly more deadly and psychotic.

On sale August 8 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Michael Green? Yokay. Still, sounds intriguing and a lot more in line with what I was expecting out of the series.

ROBIN #165

Written by Adam Beechen

Art by Freddie E. Williams II

Cover by Patrick Gleason & Wayne Faucher

To draw Robin into a confrontation, Dodge's hastily assembled group decides to raise the stakes by taking an entire hospital ward hostage!

On sale August 15 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Didn't this just happen in City of Crime? And maybe in Robin? I dunno...


Written by Grant Morrison

Art and cover by Klaus Janson

Don't miss this new edition of GOTHIC, collecting LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #6-10 by Grant Morrison with art by Klaus Janson and featuring a redesigned cover! The Dark Knight Detective must defeat a seemingly immortal killer while dealing with a horror from his own youth.

Advance-solicited; on sale September 5 o 128 pg, FC, $14.99 US

I already own a trade of this from a few years ago. If you haven't read this, it's a pretty good Batman tale.


Written by Neil Gaiman, Chuck Dixon, Dennis O'Neil and others

Art by Jim Lee, Bruce Timm, Joe Kubert and others Cover by Lee

A new edition of the Eisner Award-winning collection at our standard trim size! Don't miss these stellar Batman stories presented in stark black-and-white by a star-studded lineup of comics industry creators!

Advance-solicited; on sale September 26 o 6.625" x 10.187"

232 pg, FC, $19.99 US

Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Frank Quitely & Jamie Grant
Cover by Quitely
Behold the Eisner Award-winning creative powerhouse in another fantastic exhibition of All Star bravura! Perils loom as Superman faces the strangest of adversaries.
On sale August 22 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Did Morrison not tell you, or did you just not know?

Written by Geoff Johns & Richard Donner
Art and cover by Eric Powell
The dynamic writing team of Geoff Johns & Richard Donner joins artist extraordinaire Eric Powell (The Goon) for "Escape from Bizarro World," a 3-part story that will thrill and horrify! Last seen in ACTION COMICS #845, Bizarro returns to kidnap one of the most important people in Superman's life. But what does the twisted, ersatz Man of Steel want? The only way to find out is to travel to the enemy's home: Bizarro World!

For a signed edition, please see the Dynamic Forces section of Previews.

On sale August 29 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Cool. Sure!


Written by Kurt Busiek

Art and cover by Walter Simonson

An extra-sized spectacular featuring art by Walter Simonson, as Superman goes to Hell - literally - during the most nightmarish adventure of his heroic career, and a dread portent of that which may be coming! Who, or what, is "The Beast from Krypton"? This issue - featuring the Phantom Stranger, Zatanna, the Demon and a host of other DC superstars from Wonder Woman to Animal Man - is guaranteed to send chills down your spine!

For a signed edition, please see the Dynamic Forces section of Previews.

On sale August 8 o 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US

The Beast from Krypton? I'm betting it's one of them metal eaters.


Written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray

Art and cover by Koi Turnbull & Sandra Hope

An early adventure of Superman from art sensation Koi Turnbull (Black Panther, Fathom) and the writing team of Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray! The fate of Metropolis is at stake when Superman gets mixed up with Lori Lemaris!

On sale August 29 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

The image makes no sense. But it's always good to see Lori Lemaris taking no guff from Superman.


Written by Alan Burnett

Art and cover by Dustin Nguyen & Derek Fridolfs

Alan Burnett, producer of Batman & Superman: The Animated Series, brings you Part 3 of "Torment." Superman's gone crazy, Batman's using Boom Tubes, and the Parademons are up to no good. Darkseid must be up to something!

On sale August 15 o 32 pg, B&W, $2.99 US

You know, I was planning to give up on this series, but I can get behind this.


Written by Michael L. Fleisher Art by various

Everything you ever wanted to know about DC's Man of Steel can be found in this in-depth volume, brought back into print for the first time in 30 years! Originally published in 1978, this comprehensive volume includes every fact you could want to know about Superman!

Advance-solcited; on sale September 12 o 528 pg, B&W, $19.99 US

EVERYTHING I WANTED TO KNOW? Like, what kind of ice cream does Superman like? His favorite color? His favorite Zep album? This book is going to be totally sweet.


Written by Dan Jurgens, Jerry Ordway, Jeph Loeb and others; Art by Jurgens, Ordway, Gil Kane, Ed McGuiness and others Cover by Jurgens

Reoffered to coincide with the release of the Superman/Doomsday DVD, this volume collects SUPERMAN: THE DOOMSDAY WARS 1-3, SUPERMAN/DOOMSDAY: HUNTER PREY #1-3, DOOMSDAY ANNUAL #1, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #594 and SUPERMAN #175.

On sale August 1 o 416 pg, B&W, $19.99 US o Relist

I read this. It's pretty long.


Shipping in time to coincide with the Superman/Doomsday DVD, this collector's set contains the sold-out classic DC DIRECT 21-point of articulation Superman action figure, which stands at 6.5" as well as the sold-out Doomsday figure, which stands at 7"! Also included are bases for each figure and the 168-page best-selling graphic novel THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN!

On sale August 29 o Action Figure Set o $29.99 US


Written by various

Art and cover by J.G. Jones

Acclaimed artist J.G. Jones delivered on what seemed to be an impossible task - 52 consecutive, weekly covers for 52, DC Comics' biggest project of 2006 - and he delivered in incredible fashion!

Now, readers can enjoy every one of these stunning covers in one volume, complete with commentary by the artist, thumbnail sketches, background information and more. Also included are the covers Jones created for the novel and four 52 collections.

Advance-solicited; on sale October 31

7.0625" x 10.875" o 128 pg, FC, $19.99 US

52 VOL. 3 TP

Written by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison,

Greg Rucka and Mark Waid

Breakdowns by Keith Giffen

Art by various

Cover by J.G. Jones

Don't miss the third in a 4-volume collection featuring the year-long story that changed the DCU! 52 VOLUME 3, with a new cover by J.G. Jones, contains the lead stories from 52 WEEKS 14-26, plus commentary on each issue by creators and editors, conceptual drawings, sketch material, thumbnails and more!

52: A year without Superman; a year without Batman; a year without Wonder Woman?but not a year without heroes.

Advance-solicited; on sale September 19 o 304 pg, FC, $19.99 US

I don't know how to make fun of well rendered still images. This is what the comments section is for. help me out.


Written by Tony Bedard

Art by Nicola Scott & Doug Hazlewood

Cover by Stephane Roux

When word reaches Oracle that Black Canary is considering a marriage proposal from Green Arrow, Barbara decides she must play devil's advocate to ensure Dinah doesn't make the biggest mistake of her life. Plus?a New God dies!

On sale August 22 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Tad Williams
Art by Shawn McManus
Cover by Kevin Maguire
Dire warnings about Dyss surround the never-still waters of Atlantis! Arthur reconnects with Vulko as fantasy novelist Tad Williams pens a mystery about the trident that continues to deepen! Featuring a cover by Kevin Maguire (JUSTICE LEAGUE)!
On sale August 15 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
I'm not reading this book. I have no idea what is going on.

Written by John Rogers
Art by Rafael Albuquerque
Cover by Cully Hamner
Beetle runs with the Titans! In a crossover with TEEN TITANS #50, it's boys and girls against The Main Man - Lobo!
On sale August 22 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
I've been suggesting Beetle should be a Titan as far back as two weeks ago. I'm glad DC is listening. Such is the power of Comic Fodder.

Written by Greg Rucka & Eric Trautmann
Art Chris Samnee Cover by Kalman Andrasofsky
If Checkmate's powerful enough to have a takedown plan for every hero and villain on Earth, why isn't its Alpine headquarters under assault 24-7? Well, it is - which is why it needs a Master Jailer to keep it running, in this thrilling stand-alone story co-written by Eric Trautmann (Perfect Dark).
On sale August 15 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
The Master Jailer. Really? Okay. Haven't seen that guy in a while. And what a tough thing to tell your girlfriend's parents you do for a living. "I'm the Master Jailer" probably isn't what they want to hear.


Written by Greg Rucka, Nunzio Defilippis & Christina Weir

Art by Jesus Saiz, Steve Scott and others Cover by Lee Bermejo

Collecting CHECKMATE #8-12! Action and intrigue abound as Checkmate clashes with a rival agency on American soil and The Black Queen deputizes the big guns in an all-out bid to keep Pawn 502's mission alive! And Fire, the Black King's Knight, tries to break free from Amanda Waller's blackmail in a move that will shake the agency from top to bottom!

Advance-solicited; on sale September 5 o 128 pg, FC, $14.99 US


Written by Mark Waid

Art by George Pérez & Bob Wiacek

Cover by Pérez

Half the DCU guest-stars in the red-hot team-up book by Mark Waid and George Pérez! Green Lantern and Batman are horrified to discover the secret to the theft of the Book of Destiny, but before it can reach its rightful owner, the Book winds up in the hands of the only heroes in the DCU who aren't in its pages! How it that possible?

On sale August 15 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


Written by Marc Guggenheim

Art by Tony S. Daniel & Art Thibert

Cover by Doug Braithwaite

Variant cover by Daniel Acuña

Continuing the storyline so explosive we can't give anything away - and it's destined to be one of the most talked-about tales of 2007!

Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers in approximately 50/50 ratio. Standard Edition A features a cover by Doug Braithwaite, while Standard Edition B features a cover by Daniel Acuña. Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.

Fans: Remind your retailer early and often to order you a copy!

On sale August 15 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

It's Barry. JUST SAY IT, DC.


Written by Dennis O'Neil, Alan Moore, Brad Meltzer and others

Art by Dick Giordano, Klaus Janson, Mike Grell and others

Cover by Alex Ross

I liked it better when Lynn Johnston was doing that stuff about the kids in high school.


Advance-solicited; on sale September 19 o 200 pg, FC, $14.99 US


Written by Gardner Fox, Dennis O'Neil and others

Art by Carmine Infantino, Alex Toth and others

Cover by Carmine Infantino

Reoffered to coincide with GREEN ARROW/BLACK CANARY: FOR BETTER OR WORSE, this volume collects Black Canary's most memorable adventures from 1947 to 1972, including her first appearance and origin. See how the Black Canary grew from a secondary character into a strong lead protagonis

On sale August 1 o 221 pg, FC, $49.99 US o RELIST


Written by Andy Diggle

Art and cover by Jock

Delve deeper into the origin of the Emerald Archer with Andy Diggle and Jock! Oliver Queen learns the sinister secret of the island he's been trapped on... just in time to come face to face with the mastermind behind his plight. And at long last Oliver Queen takes some responsibility for his fate.

Issue #3 on sale August 8; issue #4 on sale August 22

3 & 4 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


Written by Tony Bedard

Art and cover by Paulo Siqueira & Amilton Santos

Concluding the 4-issue miniseries with a bang! The League of Assassins makes their move to kidnap Black Canary's young charge, Sin... only to have Green Arrow thwart their plan in a way that devastates Dinah - and may affect her response to Oliver's proposal.

Issue #3 on sale August 1; issue #4 on sale August 15

3 & 4 of 4 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


Written by Geoff Johns Art and cover by Ivan Reis & Oclair Albert

Fear spreads across the universe as "Sinestro Corps" continues! Stranded on Qward, Hal Jordan faces an army of Sinestro's greatest soldiers?and his secret weapon! Meanwhile, the Guardians of the Universe discover a "traitor" in their midst as an ages-old secret leaks out. Plus, an even greater evil waits on the horizon, one that will plague the DCU long after this war is over. . .

On sale August 8 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

You know, this is a cool idea, but what kind of nutty ego does Sinestro have that he's insisting they name the whole club after him?


Written by Dave Gibbons

Art and cover by Pat Gleason & Prentis Rollins

The Battle of Mogo! Wounded and alone, the biggest Green Lantern of them all must face a planet-sized opponent as the Sinestro Corps attacks.

On sale August 22 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


Written by Ron Marz Cover by Kalman Andrasofszky

Art by Greg Tocchini, Fernando Pasarin and others

Collecting issues #7-12 of the maxiseries starring Kyle Rayner! Ion finds himself back on Earth and transported into "the Bleed," a portal between dimensions where he discovers alternate versions of Green Lantern, The Atom and The Flash from the Tangent Universe. If that wasn't enough to throw him for a loop, he gets his first glimpse at the darker, grittier heroes of the WildStorm Universe!

Advance-solicited; on sale September 12 o 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US

Aside from letting teh cat out of the bag on the whole multiverse thing, I have no idea what this series was supposed to be about.


Written by Brian Azzarello

Art and cover by Cliff Chiang

Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang join forces to tell the adventures of Dr. Terrence Thirteen, a parapsychologist who disproves reports of supernatural activity. In this story collected from TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED #1-8, Dr. Thirteen rounds up a group of the world's magical beings to prevent strange forces from tearing asunder the very fabric of the past, present, and future!

Advance-solicited; on sale September 19 o 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US

Seriously... you need to get this. Save your clams, put down that issue of "Heroes for Hire" tentacle porn and pick this up.


Written by Jim Krueger & Alex Ross

Art by Doug Braithwaite & Ross

Cover by Ross

The final hardcover volume of the lushly illustrated maxiseries by Alex Ross, Jim Krueger and Doug Braithwaite collects issues #9-12! The Super-Villains' plot to exploit the innocent thickens as the heroes discover that it may even affect their comrades, colleagues and co-combatants! Guest-starring Black Adam, the Marvel Family, Doom Patrol, the Metal Men, the Titans, Supergirl and more!

For a signed edition, see the Dynamic Forces section of Previews.

Advance-solicited; on sale October 10 o 160 pg, FC, $19.99 US

Samrt or not, I'm still holding out for an Absolute Edition.


Written by Brad Meltzer

Art by Ed Benes,

Sandra Hope and Eric Wight

Standard covers by Alex Ross

Variant cover by Michael Turner

Brad's Meltzer's fantastic run on the JLA concludes with a shocking cliffhanger! "Monitor Duty" is an amazing day in the lives of the world's greatest heroes, as only the League's artist Ed Benes could envision!

Retailers: This issue will feature three covers. Standard Edition Cover A and B are by Alex Ross and will ship in approximately 50/50 ratio. One copy of the Variant Edition, with a cover by Michael Turner, may be ordered for every 10 copies of the Standard Editions ordered. Please see the Previews Order Form for further details.

For a signed edition, see the Dynamic Forces section of Previews.

On sale August 15 o 40 pg, FC, $3.50 US

I'm a bit baffled as to why Meltzer is leaving or why DC believes in term limits on titles, but I suspect this will be okay.


Written by Geoff Johns

Art by Fernando Pasarin

Cover by Alex Ross

Variant cover by Dale Eaglesham & Ruy Jose

The spotlight turns to Liberty Belle as the All-American powerhouse races to stop the Justice Society's trouble young recruit, Damage, from making the worst mistake of his life. Plus, Starman helps Power Girl make a startling discovery concerning the 52.

Retailers: This issue will feature two covers. The standard Edition Cover is by Alex Ross. One copy of the Variant Edition, with a cover by Dale Eaglesham & Ruy Jose, may be ordered for every 10 copies of the Standard Editions ordered. Please see the Previews Order Form for further details.

On sale August 1 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


Written by Peter Milligan

Art by Carlos D'Anda

Cover by Sami Basri

The explosive conclusion of the 5-part "Kid Amazo." The Justice League intervene trying to salvage the good side of Kid Amazo's programming, but it seems they waited too long to act - and Amazo may have succeeded in creating a better, more deadly version of himself.

On sale August 8 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Arvid Nelson
Art and cover by Alex Sanchez
"Mr. Horrific" Part 1 of 3. Mr. Terrific is embroiled in a web of murder and deception when he uncovers a horrific secret about a member of the United States Senate. Framed, hunted and on the run, he must untangle a Cold War conspiracy involving Norse mythology, a remote Arctic island, and a Third Reich that never died. Not even Mr. Terrific can predict where he is headed!
On sale August 22 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Gardner Fox, Sheldon Mayer, Bill Finger and others
Art by Bernard Baily, Irwin Hasen, Stan Aschmeier and others
This brand-new series collects all of the Golden Age solo stories of Johnny Thunder, Hour-Man, Atom, Dr. Mid-Nite, Mr. Terrific, Wildcat and Red Tornado from FLASH COMICS, ADVENTURE COMICS, ALL-AMERICAN COMICS and SENSATION COMICS (January 1940-May 1942)!
Advance-solicited; on sale October 24 o 256 pg, FC, $59.99 US


Written by Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti

Art and cover by Phil Noto

Jonah Hex meets one of America's greatest inventors?with explosive results!

On sale August 1 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


Written by Duncan Rouleau

Art and cover by Rouleau

Bursting from the pages of 52 and SUPERMAN/BATMAN into their own new 8-issue miniseries by Duncan Rouleau - it's Gold! Platina! Mercury! Iron! Lead! Tin! And now Copper!

Doc Magnus's creations are ready to take on all-new threats and some old, reimagined ones: Chemo, Doctor Yes, B.O.L.T.S., The Balloonatic and his Orphan Army, as well as the Robot Renegades led by an old Manhunter Robot!

But the greatest threat lies in Le Cabinet Noir and its bid to control the natural order using dangerous lieutenants like the Nameless, an armored being that feeds off the blood of the innocent and controls the Gogoloth, giant stone Golems made of Granite, Bizmuth, Onyx and Lime.

On sale August 1 o 1 of 8 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

You know, i was deeply suspicious as to how this series would go. But, you know, I'm a bit intrigued.


Written by Tony Bedard

Art and cover by Dennis Calero

The United Planets blames Cosmic Boy for war crimes! Star Boy and Sun Boy must clear his name. But they'll have to outsmart a certain matter-eating prosecutor and overcome a shocking development on planet Winath that threatens Lightning Lad's family.

On sale August 22 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

This sounds sort of depressing...


Written by Mark Waid

Cover by Kitson

Art by Barry Kitson and Kalman Andrasofszky

Collecting SUPERGIRL AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #26-30! TThe Dominators' plan to destroy Earth reaches fruition as the Robot Rebellion sweeps the planet!

Advance-solicited; on sale September 5 o 128 pg, FC, $14.99 US


Written by Bill Willingham

Art and cover by Tom Derenick & Wayne Faucher

Zatanna and the Justice League join forces with Shadowpact to keep Doctor Gotham from controlling a city! Why is one villain's magical might so strong that it requires help from half the DCU? Because half of Shadowpact is trapped?prisoners of new foes!

On sale August 15 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

See, no mention of Detective Chimp. This is why I haven't picked up this series in a while.


Written by Judd Winick

Art and cover by Howard Porter

It's the new Shazam versus a god as Freedy Freeman's trials have him going toe-to-toe with Apollo!

On sale August 29 o 9 of 12 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


Written by Jeff Smith

Art and cover by Smith

Jeff Smith, the award-winning creator of BONE, tells the story of young orphan Billy Batson who finds himself transformed into the World's Mightiest Mortal whenever he says the magic word "Shazam!" after being granted the magical powers of the gods by an ancient wizard. In this hardcover collecting the acclaimed 4-issue miniseries, Billy must use these extraordinary abilities to face an invasion of alien creatures as well as stop mad scientist Dr. Sivana and his Monster Society of Evil from taking over the world!

Advance-solicited; on sale October 17 o 7.0625" x 10.875" o 240 pg, FC, $29.99 US

You may actually want to pick this up if you haven't been reading this series.


Written by Darwyn Cooke

Art by Cooke & J. Bone Cover by Cooke

The bizarre story of The Spirit's most fearsome new foe,

El Morte! The gangs in Central City are being ritualistically destroyed, and now the killer is targeting The Spirit. All the clues point to Alvarro Mortez, the criminal who died with Denny Colt on that fateful night The Spirit came to be. Is he dead or alive?

On sale August 22 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


Written by Jan Strnad

Cover by Kane

Art by Gil Kane, Pat Broderick and Dennis Janke

Collected for the first time in a single graphic novel! Sword of the Atom #1-4 and Sword of the Atom Special #1-3 take readers on a fantastic journey into the heart of a Central American jungle, where a race of 6-inch-tall aliens treats The Atom as their protector against titanic beasts and primeval sorcery!

Advance-solicited; on sale September 5 o 232 pg, FC, $19.99 US


Written by Mike W. Barr and Marv Wolfman

Art by Jim Aparo, George Pérez, Bill Willingham and others

Cover by Aparo

In this hard-hitting, value-packed volume, witness Batman's formation of the original Outsiders! Metamorpho, Black Lightning, Katana, Halo and Geo-Force star in these stories from BATMAN & THE OUTSIDERS #1-19, BRAVE & BOLD #200 and NEW TEEN TITANS #16!

Advance-solicited; on sale September 12 o 552 pg, B&W, $16.99 US


Written by Roy Thomas, E. Nelson Bridwell and others

Art by Mike Sekowsky, Scott Shaw, Alfredo Alcala and others

Cover by Shaw, Bob Smith & Ross Andru

Experience the adventures of Captain Carrot and his Zoo-Crew battle Frogzilla, the Armordillo, the alien Bunny from Beyond and many more in this volume collecting NEW TEEN TITANS #16 and CAPTAIN CARROT AND THE ZOO CREW #1-20!

Advance-solicited; on sale September 26 o 520 pg, B&W, $16.99 US

and this sort of stuff is why my collection of Showcase Presents books keeps growing...


Written by Darwyn Cooke

Art by Cooke & J. Bone

Cover by Cooke

Darwyn Cooke - the visionary creator of the acclaimed DC: THE NEW FRONTIER - turns his attention to the classic Will Eisner creation The Spirit in this amazing hardcover collecting the first six issues of the new series from DC Comics plus the BATMAN/THE SPIRIT special! In these thrilling tales. Cooke maintains the "spirit" of Eisner's creation but brings his own original sensibilities to the character. The Spirit, a.k.a. Denny Colt, Commissioner Dolan, and his Daughter Ellen are reintroduced in this go-for-broke, shoot-the-lights-out collection of crime stories filled with action, adventure, humor and sexy girls!

Advance-solicited; on sale October 24 o 192 pg, FC, $24.99 US


Written by Sean McKeever, Geoff Johns, Todd Dezago and Marv Wolfman

Art by Randy Green, Mike McKone, George Pérez, Todd Nauck, Sandra Hope, Richard Friend and Andy Lanning

Cover by Alé Garza & Scott Williams

Variant cover by Mike McKone

Don't miss this very special issue that ushers in the new TEEN TITANS creative team of Sean McKeaver and Randy Green, reunites Marv Wolfman and George Pérez for their first new Titans adventure in years, and also features a story by Geoff Johns and Mike McKone - the creators who launched this title! It all begins when the Titans bury another friend - and ends with a deadly, familiar threat as well as an addition to the team.

Plus, be sure to catch BLUE BEETLE #18, a tie-in to this issue guest-starring the Titans and Lobo!

Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers that may be ordered separately. For every 10 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Alé Garza & Scott Williams) ordered, retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Mike McKone). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.

On sale August 29 o 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US

I'm looking forward to a breath of fresh air on Teen Titans. Looking forward to the creative shake-up.


Written by Geoff Johns & Adam Beechen

Art by Peter Snejbjerg, Tony Daniel, Chris Batista and others

Cover by Daniel

In this latest volume of the hit series, collecting issues #42-47, master assassin Deathstroke has formed his own team of Teen Titans in order to take on the original Teen Titans, destroy them and take their place. What new team of Titans will rise out of the ashes in this epic battle?

Advance-solicited; on sale September 26 o 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US

Written by Geoff Johns
Art and cover by Tony Daniel & Sandra Hope
Reoffered to coincide with TEEN TITANS: TITANS EAST, this volume collects issues #34-41 of the fan-favorite series! In the wake of INFINITE CRISIS, a new year of exciting adventures begins as Robin, Wonder Girl and the Teen Titans return to meet the "new" Teen Titans as recruiting begins for the mysterious and secretive Titans East!
On sale August 1 o 192 pg, FC, $14.99 US


Written by Neil Gaiman

Art by Shawn McManus, Kelley Jones, Mike Dringenberg, Bryan Talbot, John Watkiss, Matt Wagner, Stan Woch, Colleen Doran, Duncan Eagleson, John Bolton, Malcolm Jones III, George Pratt, Dick Giordano, P. Craig Russell and Vince Locke

Cover by Dave McKean

DC Comics is proud to present the second volume of the comics classic THE SANDMAN in Absolute format! The second of four beautifully designed slipcased volumes, THE ABSOLUTE SANDMAN

VOL. 2 collects issues 21-39 of THE SANDMAN and features remastered coloring on all 19 issues as well as brand-new inks on THE SANDMAN #34 by the issue's original penciller, Colleen Doran, and a host of bonus material, including two never-before-reprinted stories by Gaiman (one prose and one illustrated), a complete reproduction of the never-before-reprinted one-shot THE SANDMAN: A GALLERY OF DREAMS, and the complete script and pencils by Gaiman and Kelley Jones for Chapter Two of "Season of Mists" from THE SANDMAN #23.

Advance-solicited; on sale October 31 o 616 pg, FC, $99.00 US



Continuing the best-selling action fig

I'm also looking forward to Sean McKeever on Teen Titans. Sad to see that Catwoman's life is going to be in shambles.

-- Posted by: Bill at May 24, 2007 9:40 AM

I haven't followed Catwoman since the first few issues of the current volume (and never followed the book before that). I pick up the occasional issue, but I'm not sure "life in shambles" isn't part and parcel for the Catwoman character as she's currently defined. Not that that's a bad thing as I understand she has a fairly extensive supporting cast, etc... But for whatever reason the solicits never do much to get me excited about what's past the cover.

I'm willing to hear arguments for reading the comic from Catwoman fans...

-- Posted by: ryan at May 24, 2007 12:12 PM

Yes Ryan I was being ironic, since her life is always in some shambles or another. I do enjoy reading it, but if the character of Catwoman doesn't grab you I don't think you would like it too much.

-- Posted by: Bill at May 29, 2007 10:29 AM

Sorry I didn't pick up on the nuance. That's always a bit embarrassing.

I'm not sure why I've never taken a shine to Catwoman. It's not for lack of trying.

-- Posted by: ryan at May 29, 2007 4:59 PM

Hey Ryan,

I've been a way for a couple weeks but have been enjoying your stuff from afar.

I love the commentary on the solicitations....each issue should come with such a "buyer beware" tag line....or at least "satisfaction guaranteed."

Nobody asked but here's my take on DC's August books:

Booster Gold--I'm actually optimistic about this series. I was a reader of Dan Jergens original 24 issue Booster Gold series but even back then I felt Dan could meet the potential of the character he created. This time around Dan is back doing art and Geoff Johns' premise sounds promising.

After years of being made the clown in Justice League International, it's time Booster gets some respect and perhaps life up to his potential.

Black Adam—I couldn’t agree more with your comments. I liked what Geoff Johns was doing with him in JSA and before they dropped the ball, Team 52 was really making him a compelling character. But since I love all things Shazam, I’ll likely pick it up anyway.

Flash—I’m actually hoping that it IS Barry…and I can’t believe that I’ve gotten to this point. But I’ve given up on Wally coming back after he was thrown away for no good reason.

I like Marc Guggenheim and recognize he is trying to clean up a mess not of his making after those two other Hollywood bozos but Bart Allen as the Flash….an accelerated adult Flash is like trying to make the reading public swallow Hal Jordan as Spectre—they made it work by the end of the series but always an uncomfortable fit.

JLA Classified—Why does this title exist? Unlike JSA Classified, this is not a spotlight book featuring up close and personal stories of select team characters.

This book seems to feature totally separate adventures of a JLA that’s not the current roster and it’s unclear if these are flashback stories or “imaginary” stories or even if these stories are part of continuity.

If these adventures don’t “count,” why throw good money after bad for out of continuity stories by C-list storytellers.

SHOWCASE PRESENTS: BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS VOL. 1 TP—I was actually stoked when I saw this at first as I had been having an itch these past couple of years to recollect my Barr/Aparo BATO books but then I saw that this is the crap black and white reprints. God why bother? If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right DC.

Teen Titans—I too am looking forward to the creative change. I had actually dropped the book when Geoff Johns was writing it because I felt he was over stretched and this book suffered the most. I hadn’t liked it since post-One Year Later.

Frankly, I never realized that Superboy/Conner Kent was the heart and soul of the team until Infinite Crisis (and the ongoing copyright litigation) took him off the board.

I’ll give this new writer and team roster just one more chance but to be honest, this Titans book is starting to feel like Marv Wolfman’s Titan’s book from the 90s when he just stayed on the book too long and no one had the heart or the inclination to tell him it was time to go.

Thanks for listening,

-- Posted by: FanBoyWonder at May 29, 2007 8:23 PM

I was reading your comments on The Outsiders book and was thinking "I was going to skip this, but he's right! Aparo! Barr!" And then hit your note about the black and white treatment, and now I'm torn... Halo in b&w is just wrong on so many levels.

-- Posted by: ryan at May 30, 2007 1:15 AM