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DCU Comics Solicitations for September

Hey, everybuddy!

It's that magical time of the month when DC Comics reveals what surprises they'll have in store for you in the coming months. Apparently DC has really taken a shine to 6-8 issue mini series, which isn't too big of a shock as 6-8 issues is usually the mark at which readers lose interest in most new titles. At least in this case the readers have an opportunity to see the story wrapped up in a nice package.

With DC pushing as many titles as they, it all seems like a bit much. Especially with three Black Canary/ Green Arrow Wedding linked comics in one month. (I'm a sucker for romance, but... c'mon. Superman and Lois got less attention when they tied the knot.)

Anyhow... On to the pain!

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COUNTDOWN 34-31
Story by Paul Dini
Breakdowns by Keith Giffen
34 script by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray; art by Jesús Saiz


33 script by Adam Beechen; art by Carlos Magno

32 script by Tony Bedard; art by Al Barrionuevo

31 script by Sean McKeever; art by Manuel Garcia

Covers 34-31 by Talent Caldwell

The Countdown to the end is on! Karate Kid battles Equus! Jimmy Olsen visits Infinity Inc. for answers! Mary Marvel falls under the spell of Eclipso! Kyle Rayner joins the Challengers from Beyond! Piper and Trickster encounter the villainy of Poison Ivy and Deathstroke!

Plus, Black Canary's bachelorette party! Guest-starring Steel, Starlight, the Flash, Zatanna, the Atom, Buddy Blank and more! Plus, more DC VILLAINS backup origin stories by Scott Beatty!

COUNTDOWN 34 on sale September 5 o COUNTDOWN 33 on sale September 12

COUNTDOWN 32 on sale September 19 o COUNTDOWN 31 on sale September 26 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Equus is back? Seriously? Huh. I also see nobody trying to kill Jimmy Olsen quite yet, so that's a bit odd. And they've spun the search for Ray Palmer off into a separate title... Anyhow, my guess is that if you're already reading the series, you read lots of DC, anyway. If you don't, you might be one of those guys who spends a lot of time on Newsarama boards complaining about the series, although you claim to have dropped it in week 3. If so, good for you then. Your cookie is in the mail.


COUNTDOWN TO MYSTERY #1

Written by Steve Gerber and Matt Sturges

Art by Justiniano & Walden Wong and Stephen Segovia

Cover by Justiniano

Get ready for two incredible features in new stories that shine a light on the dark places in the DCU! The Helmet of Fate has landed?on Kent Nelson - a man so far down on his luck, he doesn't know what luck is! The transformative nature of the helmet grants him powers he can't begin to comprehend? but will they make his life better, or even worse? Plus, Eclipso becomes the temptress of the DCU, bribing its heroes to the dark side in more ways than one! She succeeds?and the results will shock you!

On sale September 19 o 1 of 8 o 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US


Edited by Joey Cavalieri

So this is what happened with the Steve Gerber Fate series... After the dismal stories in Helmet of Fate, I'm not too surprised it's been re-cast as a limited series. Fate's fanbase hasn't ever really been large enough to sustain a book, and one has to wonder if Gerber's name is enough to sell this book. I'm a bit less thrilled about the Eclipso feature...


COUNTDOWN TO ADVENTURE #2

Written by Adam Beechen and Justin Gray

Art by Eddy Barrows & Julio Ferrera and Fabrizio Fiorentino

Cover by Ivan Reis & Oclair Albert

Meet Champ Hazard, the hero of Rann. But what happened to Adam Strange? And in the backup story, Forerunner travels to Earth-10, the universe where the Nazis won World War II, to recruit superpowers for her master's cause.

On sale September 26 o 2 of 8 o 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US

Man, I want to like this series, but this solicitation sounds deadly, deadly dull.


COUNTDOWN PRESENTS THE SEARCH FOR RAY PALMER: WILDSTORM #1

Written by Ron Marz

Art by Paco Herrera

Cover by Arthur Adams


The Search for Ray Palmer truly kicks into high gear, as Kyle Rayner, Donna Troy and Jason Todd scour the Multiverse for the former Atom, who just might hold the key to saving reality from a crisis of unparalleled proportions. The trio's first stop: the Wildstorm Universe, where they come face-to-face with an entirely different -- and entirely more lethal -- brand of heroes. Wildstorm's finest are all here, including The Authority and Gen13, and they don't prepare a warm welcome for their visitors! The tour of the new DC Multiverse begins here!

On sale September 12 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

So what, exactly, happens in Countdown now...? Wasn't this supposed to be one of the main plot points? Already we're supposed to buy extra series to keep up? I don't often cry "event fatigue", but...


THE ALL-NEW ATOM #15

Written by Gail Simone

Art by Mike Norton & Trevor Scott

Cover by Ladrönn

The Search for Ray Palmer is interrupted as the Atom is literally plucked from the Nanoverse by the mastermind behind all of the problems in Ivy Town - and the man who may or may not hold some answers for Ryan Choi about his fallen idol Ray Palmer!

On sale September 5 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


SUPERGIRL #21

Written by Tony Bedard

Cover by Bernard Chang

Art by Renato Guedes


A COUNTDOWN tie-in! For Supergirl, the scars of AMAZONS ATTACK remain. Now she's unable to come to terms with her guilt, dreading crossing paths with Superman, and facing off against a foe straight from the pages of COUNTDOWN: the Karate Kid!

On sale September 5 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

And... yeah. I thought having Idleson as editor was supposed to move Kara away from the Pussycat Dolls look? Still no real indication of a new direction for Supergirl.


BOOSTER GOLD #2

Written by Geoff Johns & Jeff Katz

Art and cover by Dan Jurgens & Norm Rapmund

Variant cover by Arthur Adams

Booster Gold's bizarre timequest to prevent an evil force from unraveling the origins of the world's greatest heroes continues in Part 2 of "52 Pickup!" Journeying years back in the past, Booster is forced to team up with an egomaniac that rivals even himself - the world's greatest Green Lantern - Sinestro! Plus, what does Dan Garret have to do with any of this?

Retailers please note: This issue features two covers that may be ordered separately. For every 10 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Jurgens & Rapmund), retailers have the option of ordering one Variant Edition (with a cover by Arthur Adams).

On sale September 12 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

The time travel angle is an interesting one. I'm kind of curious to see Johns' take on the history of the DCU, and, I suppose, the future.


BLACK ADAM: THE DARK AGE #2


Written by Peter J. Tomasi

Art by Doug Mahnke & Christian Alamy

Cover by Mahnke

As Teth-Adam's epic journey to resurrect the love of his life and find the magic word that will transform him back to Black Adam continues, the Justice Society of America, along with Batman and Superman, are hot on Adam's trail as the world's most wanted villain is pursued at all costs!

On sale September 12 o 2 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

I might actually pick this series up. I wasn't going to, but after 52, I sort of miss Black Adam. Especially now that Hulk is also on a "My lady got done in, and now the word is gonna pay..." sort of path.


GREEN ARROW: YEAR ONE #5-6

Written by Andy Diggle

Art and cover by Jock

The pulse-pounding miniseries by Andy Diggle and Jock concludes! After a year trapped on the savage island, Oliver Queen unexpectedly stumbles across a way to escape and return to his pampered life of luxury?but it would mean leaving behind someone who risked everything to save him. The new Oliver Queen is no longer a man who runs away from his responsibilities. This time he takes a stand to fight the power - or die trying!

Issue #5 on sale September 5; issue #6 on sale September 19 5 & 6 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

I had planned to pick this up, but after Diggle's Batman: Confidential run, I'm not so sure.


THE BLACK CANARY WEDDING PLANNER


Written by J. Torres

Art by Lee Ferguson, Christine Norrie and Karl Story

Cover by Stephane Roux

If you think a regular wedding is hard to plan, try to plan a superhero wedding! There's crime to fight, robberies to thwart?and a banquet hall to book! Follow us on a journey with Dinah, Ollie and Oracle as we plan the wedding of the year!

On sale September 5 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

As disinterested as I was in planning my own wedding, I'm still on the fence with this "wedding" stuff. Is J. Torres funny? Is this a good idea?


JLA WEDDING SPECIAL #1

Written by Dwayne McDuffie

Art by Mike McKone & Andy Lanning

Cover by Ed Benes

Dwayne McDuffie (Justice League Unlimited animated series) begins his run on the Justice League of America here! As a wedding looms and bachelor parties are thrown, the new Injustice League forms. Find out who will be on this deadly team!

On sale September 12 o 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US

Unless Big Sur is involved, and there are carniverous penguins, I'm not interested. The cover here is kind of weird as Superman seems really happy to be jumping out of the cake... all full of sunshine and joy. It's almost like nobody told Big Blue how the gag was supposed to work. Poor Superman.


JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #13


Written by Dwayne McDuffie

Art by Joe Benitez & Victor Llamas

Cover by Ian Churchill

Don't miss the debut of the new JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA creative team! The "Injustice League Unlimited" story continues from the JLA WEDDING SPECIAL as a hero is severely beaten by the new Injustice League, forcing the JLA to fight back!

Retailers please note: this issue features two covers that may be ordered separately. Cover A features the left half of the art above; Cover B features the right half of the art above. Please see the Previews order form for more details.

On sale September 26 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

I can't believe Big Sur would do that to Red Tornado!


THE GREEN ARROW/BLACK CANARY WEDDING SPECIAL #1

Written by Judd Winick

Art by Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti

Cover by Conner

Everyone will have seen Black Canary's response to Green Arrow's proposal from GREEN ARROW #75 and the BLACK CANARY miniseries?now see why that response may have been the biggest mistake for both of them in this landmark special issue!

On sale September 19 o 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US

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WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL #1

Written by Allan Heinberg

Art by Terry Dodson & Rachel Dodson

and Gary Frank & Jonathan Sibal

Cover by Terry Dodson & Rachel Dodson

At long last, the climactic, extra-length chapter of "Who is Wonder Woman?", the story that launched the WONDER WOMAN monthly! In this arc's conclusion, the combined forces of Wonder Woman's transformed rogues gallery declare an all-out war on the amazing Amazon, compelling Wonder Woman to mend fences and join forces with Donna Troy and Wonder Girl if she's going to survive to answer the question: "Who is Wonder Woman?"

And if the return of Allan Heinberg and Terry Dodson isn't enough, there's also an all-new backup by Heinberg and the upcoming art team of ACTION COMICS, Gary Frank & Jonathan Sibal, featuring the secret origins of Wonder Woman, Donna Troy, Wonder Girl, Sarge Steel and Nemesis! All questions will be answered, all secrets revealed!

On sale September 26 o 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US

Somehow the delayed gratification of the Heinberg run just doesn't have me quite as excited about this comic as I suppose they want me to be. Plus, it would help if Heinberg's story had gone anywhere or been anywhere near as good as the Rucka run on Wonder Woman.


WONDER GIRL #1

Written by J. Torres


Art and cover by Sanford Greene & Nathan Massengill

Exploding out of the pages of the WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL #1 and AMAZONS ATTACK! J. Torres (WONDER WOMAN, BLUE BEETLE) and Sanford Greene (BATMAN STRIKES, LEGION OF SUPERHEROES IN THE 31ST CENTURY) bring a six-issue miniseries starring DC's mightiest teen! After the disastrous events of AMAZONS ATTACK, Wonder Girl strikes out to tie up some particularly monstrous loose ends. But with the rift between her and Wonder Woman, she's going to need the help of the last man on Earth she ever wanted to see again! WONDER GIRL will take Cassie Sandsmark to all corners of the DCU, from the dangers within WONDER WOMAN to TEEN TITANS to COUNTDOWN, and will change Wonder Girl forever!

On sale September 12 o 1 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

After reading this solicitation, I think I know less now than I knew before. Maybe this should have just been a back-up feature in Wonder Woman. Committing $18 is pretty serious for a comic that refuses to even suggest what it might be about.


INFINITY INC. #1

Written by Peter Milligan

Art and cover by Max Fiumara

From the twisted mind of Lex Luthor comes the 52 spin-off that will change everything you know about the members of Infinity Inc. When Lex Luthor and his Everyman project was taken down by John (Steele) Henry Irons, it appeared the story of Infinity Inc was over. But one year-plus later, it seems that life hasn't been kind to Starlight, Fury, and Nuklon. John suspects the problems may lead back to their experience as on the Everyman Project, opening doors that can never be shut! Written by Peter Milligan (X-Statix, HUMAN TARGET) and illustrated by Max Fiumara (Black Gas), INFINITY INC. #1 will take readers on a tortured trip to the dark side of the superhero dream.

On sale September 5 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US Edited by Matt Idelson

As a fan of Steel, I may not be as objective about this as I'd like to be, but I think I can be fair and balanced when I say this will probably be best comic ever. Glad to see Steel back in action.


SUICIDE SQUAD: RAISE THE FLAG #1

Written by John Ostrander

Art by Javier Pina & Robin Riggs


Cover by John K. Snyder

When original Suicide Squad member Rick Flag Jr. returned from the dead in the pages of CHECKMATE, it blew open a brand-new espionage mystery for the DC Universe! In this eagerly awaited miniseries by legendary Squad writer John Ostrander (WORLD WAR III), it's revealed how Flag survived a nuclear blast while battling terrorism in Qurac - as his hard path home takes him from Skartaris to Dubai and into the hands of dueling commanders Amanda Waller and General Wade Eiling. Their power struggle reveals surprising secrets from their pasts - even as a new Suicide Squad is created to play a key role in the DCU's ever-evolving future!

On sale September 12 o 1 of 8 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US Edited by Joan Hilty

It's unfortunate that the last Suicide Squad series fizzled so quickly, but it's great to see DC putting Suicide Squad back in the hands of the guy who handled them best.


GREEN LANTERN #23

Written by Geoff Johns

Art and cover by Ivan Reis & Oclair Albert

Fear spreads across the universe as "The Sinestro Corps War" continues! Hal Jordan! John Stewart! Guy Gardner! Kyle Rayner! Trapped in the depths of the Sinestro Corps' Citadel and face-to-face with the Guardian of Sinestro's army of fear! What it means will change the entire tide of the war. And as Oa prepares for the ultimate attack, the Guardians come to a terrifying conclusion.

On sale September 12 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


GREEN LANTERN CORPS #16

Written by Dave Gibbons

Art and cover by Pat Gleason & Prentis Rollins


"The Sinestro Corps War" continues as Mogo is attacked by the Sinestro Corps. Can the largest Green Lantern of all defend itself from a squadron of Sinestro Corps members?

On sale September 26 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


TALES OF THE SINESTRO CORPS PRESENTS PARALLAX #1

Written by Ron Marz

Art by Adriana Melo & Marlo Alquiza

Cover by Mike McKone & Andy Lanning

Get ready for a new series of specials focusing on members of the Sinestro Corps and tying into the "Sinestro Corps War" crossover! In this initial installment, the writer who introduced Kyle, Ron Marz, dissects what led Kyle to his downfall and explains the Parallax entity.

On sale September 19 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

As strong as both Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps have been lately, this story arc should be something to check out. I'm not sure what they mean by the fall of Kyle, but I guess we'll see. Should be fun. Or scary. Or something.


UNCLE SAM AND THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS #1

Written by Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti


Art by Renato Arlem

Cover by Dave Johnson

Because you demanded it...Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters return! Fan-favorite writers Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti (Countdown, Jonah Hex) are joined by rising superstar artist Renato Arlem (Hawkgirl, Annihilation: Silver Surfer) and acclaimed cover artist Dave Johnson (100 bullets, superman: red son) for a new miniseries that promises even more action and surprises than last year's UNCLE SAM AND THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS! Spinning out of events in Amazons Attack, Uncle Sam finds himself faced with a changing world and a country torn to pieces. How will he and his Freedom Fighters fit in as part of this new world order?.

On sale September 26 o 1of 8 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US Edited by Tom Palmer Jr.

I demanded it...?


52 AFTERMATH: THE FOUR HORSEMEN #2

Written by Keith Giffen

Art by Pat Olliffe & John Stanisci

Cover by Ethan Van Sciver

The dead walk as the 6-issue miniseries continues! Azraeuz, the pale rider (Death, to the uninitiated) raises Bialya's dead to serve the Four Horsemen's deadly agenda. And when Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman find themselves facing down an entire nation of the living dead while the world watches, you'll never guess who shows up to lend a helping hand.

On sale September 26 o 2 of 6 o FC, 32 pg, $2.99

...Captain Carrot?


52: THE COMPANION TP


Written and illustrated by various

Cover by J.G. Jones

The super-powered stars of 52 are featured in this volume collecting the best of their solo stories. Included here are stories from MYSTERIOUS SUSPENSE #1, GOTHAM CENTRAL #40, ANIMAL MAN #16, DETECTIVE COMICS #350, METAL MEN #45, SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL #97, STRANGE ADVENTURES #226, RIP HUNTER: TIME MASTER #97, SECRET ORIGINS #35 and JSA: SAVAGE TIMES!

Advance-solicited; on sale October 17 o 224 pg, FC, $19.99 US


THE QUESTION: ZEN AND VIOLENCE VOL. 1 TP

Written by Dennis O'Neil

Art by Denys Cowan & Rick Magyar

Cover by Cowan & Bill Sienkiewicz

A new trade paperback collecting the 1980s adventures of The Question, the faceless, morally conflicted avenger based in corrupt Hub City! A martial arts master, The Question delved into Eastern philosophy as he battled crime and the crooked politicians of his hometown. This volume, collecting issues #1-6, features appearances by Batman and many of DC's martial arts heroes.

Advance-solicited; on sale October 3 o 176 pg, FC, $19.99 US

A fantastic series. Seriously. Pick this up. Both ahead of its time and an artifact of the 80's, this series is a gem you should pick up if you missed it the first time. (And, of course, I just finished completing my collection of this run about two weeks ago.)


SHOWCASE PRESENTS: THE GREAT DISASTER FEATURING THE ATOMIC KNIGHTS AND HERCULES VOL. 1 TP


Written by John Broome, Gerry Conway, Jack Kirby and others

Art by Murphy Anderson, Jack Kirby, Walter Simonson and others

This thrilling volume collects futuristic tales from Strange Adventures, First Issue Special, Hercules Unbound, Kamandi, Weird War Tales, House of Mystery, Superman, Amazing World of DC Comics, and House of Secrets!

Advance-solicited; on sale October 24 o 576 pg, B&W, $16.99 US

I'm not sure if this looks really cool or really goofy. Or both.


SHOWCASE PRESENTS: METAL MEN VOL. 1 TP

Written by Robert Kanigher

Art and cover by Ross Andru & Mike Esposito

From the 1960s comes this volume collecting BRAVE AND THE BOLD #55, METAL MEN #1-16 and SHOWCASE #37-40, starring one of the strangest super-hero teams ever, now featured in a new miniseries! Created by Dr. Will Magnus, the team includes six robotic heroes: noble Gold, powerful Iron, loyal Lead, hot-headed Mercury, timid Tin and lovely Platinum!

Advance-solicited; on sale October 10 o 528 pg, B&W, $16.99 US


ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER #7


Written by Frank Miller

Art and cover by Jim Lee & Scott Williams

Variant cover by Miller

A study in revenge unravels deep in the Batcave and the young Dick Grayson is about to explode! Batman hands over the triggerman behind the Flying Graysons' murder, but when the killer fingers the criminal mastermind pulling the strings, the Dark Knight and his orphaned aerialist sidekick don't like what they hear. They don't' like it one bit.

Retailers please note: This issue will feature two covers that may be ordered separately. For every 10 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Jim Lee & Scott Williams), retailers may order one Variant Edition (featuring a cover by Frank Miller). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.

On sale September 26 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Let the moaning and grumbling commence.


BATMAN #669

Written by Grant Morrison

Art and cover by J.H. Williams III

Concluding a 3-part story by Grant Morrison and J.H. Williams III! Batman's reunion with the Club of Heroes turns into a deathtrap as Robin and the Squire are kidnapped by the Black Glove! And with the Club of Villains lurking in the shadows, can good possibly triumph?

On sale September 12 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

I have no idea what any of this means.


BATMAN/LOBO: DEADLY SERIOUS #2


Written by Sam Kieth

Art and cover by Kieth

The riveting conclusion of the epic 2-part team-up! Batman and Lobo, now back on Earth, fight to save the world from the deadly plague that threatens to infect the populace. But what happens when one of our heroes is exposed to it?

On sale September 19 o 2 of 2 o 48 pg, FC, $5.99 US

Prestige Format


BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #9

Written by Michael Green

Art and cover by Denys Cowan & John Floyd

Part 3 of a 6-part Joker tale written by Michael Green (TV's Heroes)! Before he was the Joker, he and Batman crossed paths? just how responsible is Batman for what he becomes? The joke may be on all of Gotham City when Batman crosses a line very early in his career as the Dark Knight.

On sale September 12 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

It seems like this topic has been covered, but it's good to see this series possibly getting back on the rails.

DETECTIVE COMICS #836
Written by John Rozum


Art by Tom Mandrake

Cover by Simone Bianchi

Concluding the 2-part story written by John Rozum (MIDNIGHT, MASS)! Scarecrow's Arkham Asylum prison break and subsequent rampage through Gotham City has Batman and Robin up against the wall! Will Scarecrow dethrone the Dark Knight as the most intimidating person in all of Gotham?

On sale September 5 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Probably not! This seems so oddly... straightforward for a Batman comic. Just a Batman villain terrorizing Gotham. Weird.


NIGHTWING #136

Written by Marv Wolfman

Art by Jon Bosco

Cover by Ryan Sook

Nightwing is being set up, but by whom and for what reason? Is it Metal Eddie? If so, what does he want from WayneTech? Is it the new Vigilante? If not, why did he kidnap and torture Dick? Also, why has the unknown assassin returned to New York? Questions are answered as Nightwing's past returns to destroy him.

On sale September 5 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


CATWOMAN #71

Written by Will Pfeifer

Art by David Lopez & Alvaro Lopez


Cover by Adam Hughes

An AMAZONS ATTACK tie-in! Catwoman's actions have put her in the bull's-eye of a rogue Amazon who will stop at nothing to get revenge! If Catwoman can save Gotham City from a terrorist attack, will she be able to escape a hunting warrior?

On sale September 19 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

ROBIN #166
Written by Adam Beechen
Art by Freddie E. Williams II
Cover by Patrick Gleason & Wayne Faucher
Guest-starring Zatara and Ravager! What's up with Dodge's team of misfit villains - and what's Robin doing about them?
On sale September 19 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
I bet he punches them.

ACTION COMICS #856
Written by Geoff Johns & Richard Donner


Art and cover by Eric Powell

The 3-part story "Bizarro World," with art by Eric Powell (The Goon) continues! Thanks to Superman's intervention, the denizens of Bizarro World have turned on the ersatz Superman, and Bizarro is murderously vexed! But Bizarro has Pa Kent as a hostage, which means Superman's just painted himself into a corner - one without a window!

On sale September 26 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

..one without a window? Me am understanding.


SUPERMAN #667

Written by Kurt Busiek

Art and cover by Carlos Pacheco & Jesus Merino

Part 1 of the action-packed 2-part finale of "Camelot Falls," by Kurt Busiek, Carlos Pacheco & Jesus Merino! With the whole world watching, Superman's on the hunt for Arion. But Subjekt-17 stands in his path - and he's out for blood! It's the first of two no-holds-barred slamdowns that will shake Superman's world to its core, as the biggest Superman epic in years hits its explosive climax!

On sale September 12 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Actually, this should be pretty good.


SUPERMAN CONFIDENTIAL #8

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray


Art and cover by Koi Turnbull & Sandra Hope

Art sensation Koi Turnbull and the writing team of Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray wrap up this early adventure of Superman featuring Lex Luthor, Lois Lane and Lori Lemaris!

On sale September 5 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


SUPERMAN/BATMAN #40

Written by Alan Burnett

Art and cover by Dustin Nguyen & Derek Fridolfs

Will Batman and Orion's wife, Bekka, give in to their desire for one another? Find out as Darkseid's plan begins to come to fruition in "Tormet" part four!

On sale September 19 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

AQUAMAN: SWORD OF ATLANTIS #56
Written by Tad Williams


Art by Shawn McManus

Cover by Butch Guice

Further revelations abound concerning the murky past of the new Aquaman as he steps forward to embrace his future. He'd better get used to people calling him "Aquaman," because it seems he'll be around for a long time in the DCU! Find out why in this issue!

On sale September 19 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

I would be curious to know how many readers out there are really that jazzed about the new Aquaman, and why, if DC is getting their Bronze Age ducks in a row, we can't just have Aquaman back after more than a decade of beards, missing hands, and sunken tourist traps. We're getting at least one of the Flash's back, aren't we..?


BIRDS OF PREY #110

Written by Tony Bedard

Art by Nicola Scott & Doug Hazlewood

Cover by Stephane Roux

In the aftermath of her new team's first mission Oracle is reminded of how, sometimes, a smaller task force is needed even on some big assignments.

On sale September 19 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


BLUE BEETLE #19

Written by John Rogers & Keith Giffen


Art by Rafael Albuquerque & David Baldeon

Cover by Cully Hamner

The Beetle's truce with crimelord La Dama is put to the test when someone puts a Giganta-ic price on her head!

On sale September 26 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


CHECKMATE #18

Written by Greg Rucka

Art by Joe Bennett & Jack Jadson

Cover by Kalman Andrasofszky

Amanda Waller's unauthorized Black Ops game is exposed! "The Fall of the Wall" begins here!

On sale September 19 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Pick this one up. Should be good.


THE FLASH #232


Written by Mark Waid

Art & cover by Daniel Acuña

What alien menace lies beneath the Flash's own home? And what's his dark, dark family secret - the one that's helping him keep the peace in Keystone?

On sale September 19 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

I don't want to cast a crooked eye at the new Flash series so soon, but... what?


JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #9

Written by Geoff Johns

Art by Dale Eaglesham & Ruy Jose

Cover by Alex Ross

Variant cover by Eaglesham & Jose

Don't miss this important prologue to an event that will rock the world's first and best super-team! In this issue, a fight between Wildcat and Wildcat; a firehouse pancake breakfast; Power Girl's quest to unlock the secret's behind her cousin's death; Citizen Steel's new family and the fate of Starman! And that's just the beginning as we prepare the Justice Society for their newest and most surprising member to date...

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


On sale September 5 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

...Power Girl's quest to unlock the secret behind her cousin's death...?


METAL MEN #2

Written by Duncan Rouleau

Art and cover by Rouleau

"Whenever one body exerts force upon a second body, the second body exerts an equal and opposite force upon the first body." -Newton's Second Law of Physics

Unaware that he is a pawn in a ruthless war that spans both time and space, Magnus attempts to rescue his Metal Men from certain destruction while wondering at the same time if he should even create them. Can the greatest robot-maker of all time discover his true path to the future, or is he doomed to wander "Inside In the Inside Out."

On sale September 5 o 2 of 8 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


JLA CLASSIFIED #42-43

Written by Justin Gray

Art by Rick Leonardi & Sean Phillips

Covers by Walter Simonson

JLA CLASSIFIED ships twice in September, kicking off "The Ghosts of Mars!" The Martian Manhunter struggles with the memories of his long dead family?but when the memories fight back, the Manhunter's position among the Justice League of America is shaken!

The series that dares to ask "exactly how many inventory JLA stories did DC have, anyway?"


Issue #42 on sale Sept. 12; #43 on sale Sept. 26

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


JSA CLASSIFIED #30

Written by Arvid Nelson

Art and cover by Alex Sanchez

"Mr. Horrific" Part 2 of 3, guest-starring the JSA! Mr. Terrific stumbles onto a conspiracy in the U.S. Senate with its roots in the earliest days of the Cold War. Forced into the shadows, Terrific must stalk his prey to a desolate, frigid island where the horrific truth is revealed!

On sale September 26 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


JLA/HITMAN #1

Written by Garth Ennis

Art and Cover by John McCrea

Tommy Monaghan, the long-lost hero of HITMAN, returns in part one of this two-issue miniseries! There's a problem on the JLA moonbase, and not even the World's Greatest Heroes can cope by themselves. Can Tommy help them out? Will he? Unpleasant secrets from the past return...on the Darkside.

On sale September 19 o 1 of 2 o 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US

Hitman was a good, occasionally very good series, which had a rabid fanbase. Since Tommy didn't make it out of his own series still breathing, its good to see DC finding a way to get the band back together for one more story.

OUTSIDERS #50

Written by Tony Bedard

Art by Matthew Clark

Cover by Manuel Garcia

A new era dawns for the Outsiders! Batman makes a stunning last-minute change to the Outsiders' new roster - but there's a bigger surprise in store as the team uncovers a worldwide upheaval within the supervillain community!

On sale September 5 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o FINAL ISSUE

I would give $100 to know what happened with Winick, DC and this series. Well, no. But I'd like to know.


JONAH HEX #23

Written by Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti

Art and cover by Jordi Bernet

Featuring the phenomenal art of Jordi Bernet! Abandoned in the wilderness with two warring armies both out for his blood, Jonah Hex will have to make peace by shooting and talking to make it out alive.

On sale September 5 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


SHADOWPACT #17


Written by Matt Sturges

Art and cover by Doug Braithwaite

It's Shadowpact vs. a horde of zombies in an issue written by Matthew Sturges (JACK OF FABLES) and illustrated by Doug Braithwaite (JUSTICE)! Plus, a new villain hits the team at its weakest point! And it's training day for the Warlock's daughter; and her tutor is the team member she hates the most!

On sale September 19 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


THE SPIRIT #10

Written by Darwyn Cooke

Art by Cooke & J. Bone

Cover by Cooke

The Spirit becomes embroiled in a high-profile murder case that is at the center of a swirling media feeding frenzy. To make matters worse, the victims are the TV personalities who usually fan the flames of discord! But all is not as it seems?

On sale September 19 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


SUPERGIRL AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #34

Written by Tony Bedard


Art and cover by Dennis Calero

The "Quest for Cosmic Boy" continues! Why is Cosmic Boy wanted for War Crimes? Why is his biggest rival, Mekt Ranzz, defending him? Will special prosecutor Tenzil Kem be forced to eat his own words? And what is the Cult of Validus? There are shocking developments on the lightning world of Winath!

On sale September 26 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


TEEN TITANS #51

Written by Sean McKeever

Art by Alé Garza & Marlo Alquiza

Cover by Alé Garza & Scott Williams

The Titans of Tomorrow are here today! The super-popular future Titans are arrive in our present time , and they've already taken out the Justice League. What crucial historical event are they here to stop - or contribute to?

On sale September 26 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


BATMAN: RULES OF ENGAGEMENT HC

Written by Andy Diggle


Art and cover by Whilce Portacio & Richard Friend

Writer Andy Diggle (THE LOSERS) joins forces with the acclaimed art team of Whilce Portacio & Richard Friend (WETWORKS) in this hardcover volume collecting the first six issues of BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL! Go back to Batman's roots and learn where the Dark Knight got the weapons he uses in his war on crime. Discover when Batman first developed his arsenal of technological weapons to combat Lex Luthor's evil plans to move in and take over Gotham City!

Advance-solicited; on sale November 28 o 160 pg, FC, $24.99 US

Uhmmm... wait for the paperback edition.


BATMAN CHRONICLES VOL. 4 TP

Written by Bill Finger

Art by Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson and others

Cover by Kane

Collecting the adventures of the Dark Knight in chronological order! In this volume, containing DETECTIVE COMICS #51-56, BATMAN #6-7 and WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #2-3, the Dynamic Duo battle the twin menaces of the Scarecrow and the Joker and more!

Advance-solicited; on sale October 3 o 224 pg, FC, $14.99 US


BATMAN ARCHIVES VOL. 7 HC

Written by Bill Finger


Art by Bob Kane, Dick Sprang and others

Cover by Kane

The early adventures of the Dynamic Duo continue with this volume collecting mysteries from DETECTIVE COMICS #136-154, published in the late 1940s. Batman and Robin battle the evil schemes of the Joker, meet the Riddler for the first time, and more!

Advance-solicited; on sale November 14 o 256 pg, FC, $49.99 US

Is it just me, or do you wish the editors on Batman could find a story in today's comics where Batman and Robin are shot, smiling, out of cannons?


THE CREEPER: WELCOME TO CREEPVILLE TP

Written by Steve Niles Cover by Justiniano & Wong

Art by Justiniano, Steve Scott, Walden Wong and Dan Green

Collecting the 6-issue miniseries written by horror master Niles (30 Days of Night)! TV pundit Jack Ryder is transformed him into the Creeper, a superhuman with incredible strength, agility, stamina and an enhanced healing factor. Ryder dispatches his opponents and now calls forth his bestial alter ego in Gotham's war on crime.

Advance-solicited; on sale October 31 o 160 pg, FC, $19.99 US

...ah, never mind...


THE FLASH: WONDERLAND TP

Written by Geoff Johns

Art by Angel Unzueta & Doug Hazlewood


Cover by Brian Bolland

Collecting the debut story arc by superstar comics writer Geoff Johns from THE FLASH #164-169! Wally West finds himself without his super speed in a darker, mirror version of Keystone City. Can a powerless Flash defeat Captain Cold and Mirror Master to save the city he loves?

Advance-solicited; on sale October 31 o 144 pg, FC, $12.99 US

Johns' Flash work defined his approach to the DCU. Worth looking into.


JACK KIRBY'S FOURTH WORLD OMNIBUS VOL. 3 HC

Written by Jack Kirby

Art by Kirby & Mike Royer

Cover by Kirby

The third of four volumes collecting Jack Kirby's classic 1970s classic "Fourth World" magnum opus! In this volume collecting THE NEW GODS #7-10, THE FOREVER PEOPLE #8-10, SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #146-148, MISTER MIRACLE #7-10, Darkseid's deadly schemes reach Earth as Orion of the New Gods battles Kalibak, son of Darkseid, the Forever People run afoul of the DC Comics hero Deadman and more!

Advance-solicited; on sale November 21 o 396 pg, FC, $49.99 US

I will have it. Oh yes, I will.
Kirby may not be for everyone, but for as many Kirby fans as there are trolling the shelves of comic stores, it's fantastic to see DC giving Kirby's work top-flight treatment.



JUSTICE LEAGUE ELITE VOL. 2 TP

Written by Joe Kelly

Art and cover by Doug Mahnke & Tom Nguyen


In this volume collecting the final 8 issues of the hit miniseries, the JLA splinter team burrows deeper into the inner circle of an alien drug cartel?that is, until their cover is blown! Meanwhile, in the farthest reaches of the galaxy, a new villain has risen from the Source Wall. Her name is Eve, and the only thing she's looking to create is the destruction of the Elite . . . and the world!

Advance-solicited; on sale October 24 o 192 pg, FC, $19.99 US


JUSTICE LEAGUE ELITE VOL. 1 TP

Written by Joe Kelly

Art and cover by Doug Mahnke & Tom Nguyen

Reoffered to coincide with JUSTICE LEAGUE ELITE VOL. 2, this volume collects ACTION COMICS #775, JLA #100, JLA SECRET FILES 2004 (lead story), and JUSTICE LEAGUE ELITE #1-4! Several Leaguers go undercover to work with Vera Black and her super-powered team, the Elite.

On sale September 5 o 208 pg, FC, $19.99 US o Relist


THE HELMET OF FATE TP

Written by Gail Simone, Steve Niles, Steve Gerber, Bill Willingham and Tad Williams

Art by Scott Hampton, Shawn McManus, Duncan Rouleau, Peter Snejbjerg, Phil Winslade and others

Cover by Brian Bolland

Collecting the five specials that determined who will be the new Dr. Fate!

...uhmmm... yeah. Never mind.


Advance-solicited; on sale October 3 o 128 pg, FC, $14.99 US


MYSTERY IN SPACE VOL. 1 TP

Written by Jim Starlin

Art by Shane Davis, Starlin, Matt Banning and others

Cover by Davis

Discover the origin of the new Captain Comet and find out how he is connected to his predecessor who was killed in the pages of the critically acclaimed series 52. This volume collects MYSTERY IN SPACE #1-5. Volume 2, due in 2008, will collect issues #6-8 plus the original THE WEIRD miniseries.

Advance-solicited; on sale October 10 o 208 pg, FC, $17.99 US


NIGHTWING: LOVE AND WAR TP

Written by Marv Wolfman

Art by Dan Jurgens, Jamal Igle and others

Cover by Ryan Sook

In this volume collecting issues #125-132, Nightwing faces off against Raptor, a powerful new foe wanted by the police for murder. Nightwing finds himself in the uncomfortable position of trying to save the villain from the law and the mysterious people who are trying to kill him after he discovers the possibility that this criminal didn't kill anyone.

Advance-solicited; on sale October 10 o 192 pg, FC, $14.99 US

SUPERMAN: THE BOTTLE CITY OF KANDOR TP
Written by Edmond Hamilton and others
Art by Curt Swan and others
Don't miss this Silver Age collection of the best of the Kandor stories, in which Superman and Jimmy Olsen shrink down to battle as Kandor's own costumed heroes, Nightwing and Flamebird! This volume collects stories from ACTION COMICS, SUPERMAN and more!
Advance-solicited; on sale October 17 o 200 pg, FC, $14.99 US
Could be a really fun read, but what's with the DC Direct infused cover?

WONDER WOMAN: LOVE AND MURDER HC
Written by Jodi Picoult
Art by Terry Dodson, Drew Johnson and others
Cover by Terry Dodson & Rachel Dodson
Best-selling author Jodi Picoult (Nineteen Minutes, The Tenth Circle, My Sister's Keeper), takes Wonder Woman on a collision course with the Amazons in this hardcover volume collecting WONDER WOMAN #6-10!
The action begins when Wonder Woman, in her disguise as Special Agent Diana Prince of the Department of Metahuman affairs, is assigned to capture Wonder Woman. How can she accomplish this impossible job without revealing her secret identity? This is just the start of the Amazon Warrior's problems as Diana must relearn how to exist as a human being while a deadly foe begins to close a net on her, leading to a catastrophic outcome!
Advance-solicited; on sale November 14 o 128 pg, FC, $19.99 US

JLA TROPHY ROOM: MULTI-COLORED KRYPTONITE REPLICA DISPLAY



For the first time, DC Direct brings together the different forms of deadly Kryptonite. Displayed in a special protective case are the four primary forms: Red, Gold, Blue and Green Kryptonite. Each "meteorite" lights up and is permanently housed in the unique glass-domed JLA Trophy Room Display. Packaged in an upscale box, the prop replica measures 7.25" h x 10.75"w x 9.5" d and includes a 4-Color Certificate of Authenticity s well as the brochure "Guide to the Trophy Room" written by best-selling author and JLA scribe Brad Meltzer.

Advance-solicited; on sale February 6, 2008 o Prop Replica o $250.00 US


DC Direct brings the JLA Trophy Room to the public in 3-D for the first time ever, with a brand new prop replica program for 2008!

The JLA Trophy Room is the heart of the Justice League of America headquarters. This mini-museum holds memorabilia from past members, as well as villainous weapons from various cases.


Look For More Trophy Room Props in 2008!


Joker's Cane · Superman's Cape · Starro · Phantom Zone Projector · Batcuffs · Jimmy Olsen Signal Watch · Metal Power Battery · GA Flash Helmet · Batman's Pouch Style Utility Belt · GA Flash Helmet · Batsignal · A Mother Box... The possibilities are endless!

Suggest your favorite on dcdirectonline.com


Sweetie, we're gonna have to find some more shelf space... We don't need those pictures up of your parents, do we?



That's it for September. Questions? Comments? Hate mail?

Come on, I can take it.



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Ryan is your resident reviewer of DC Comics. He keeps his comics and himself in Austin, Texas. He likes Superman.
ryan@filmfodder.com

Hey Ryan,

DC’s September solicitations look like a mixed bag.

I agree with you on your dismay with all of the spin-off Countdown titles of a series that was supposed to be the lynchpin of the DC Universe for the next year. What are we counting down to anyway….my empty wallet?

But being a Dr. Fate fan of long standing, I’m looking forward to the Countdown to Mystery series.

I’m not crazy about yet another new Dr. Fate …especially how the previous Fate, JSA’s Hector Hall was dropped so quickly, but it seems DC is being smart by testing the waters with a mini-series before green-lighting a whole new title.

Regarding the Black Canary/Green Arrow wedding, I’m very wary. Although I grew up during the later Silver Age when Green Arrow and Black Canary were a package deal, Canary came into own to become one of the best characters (not best female characters, best character period) in the DCU.

That Judd Winick is writing the Wedding Special does not fill me with a lot of confidence.

Infinity Inc.—I too am a fan of Steel and I was somewhat intrigued by the Steel storyline during 52 (although I had nothing really to do with the overall story and it wrapped up too neatly) I remember the original Infinity Inc. so they’ll really have to show me something for me to want to buy it.

Suicide Squad—I’m so glad that John Ostrander has been brought back. If you haven’t read the original issues of the Squad, it’s worth the investment. Those issues from 20 years ago would stand up and even surpass most of what DC is putting out today—including Checkmate.

Flash—I think you are justified in being wary considering DC’s recent bobbling of the Flash but the very fact that DC has admitted their error and re-started the previous series and brought back Mark Waid, a proven rainmaker, is a promising development.

Justice Society of America—“Power Girl's quest to unlock the secret's behind her cousin's death” Given how Kal-L, the original/Golden Age Superman was shafted big time during Infinite Crisis, I’m glad that Geoff Johns is going to revisit this with Power Girl

JLA Classified—“The series that dares to ask "exactly how many inventory JLA stories did DC have, anyway?"” Couldn’t have said it better myself. Yet SOMEONE must be buying it or it would have folded by now.

Outsiders—“I would give $100 to know what happened with Winick, DC and this series. Well, no. But I'd like to know.” I agree…and I’m honestly surprised that hasn’t been anything about this in the trade press. As you know I’ve called for the cancellation of the Outsiders but if they freed Nightwing, I’d call it even.


Thanks for listening,
FanBoyWonder

-- Posted by: FanBoyWonder at June 23, 2007 10:12 PM

I recall Suicide Squad from back in the day, and still have some of the issues I picked up back then. I mostly remember I could never find it at the grocery store, and it may have been direct market only. I'm not sure, so my purchase of the series was very spotty.

I've picked up several issues subsequently and it holds up surprisingly well, especially with such a Middle-Eastern focus. (I do remember learning the phrase "Jihad" in Suicide Squad.)

I dig Dr. Fate as much as the next guy, but it seems as they relaunch Fate one way or another every few years and it never takes (especially the goofy version with the knife and the tattoo). I would have liked to have seen the original Kent Nelson reappear as well, but I never took to the Hector Hall version. It just never developed to my liking, even after the circa 2003 mini-series. Mostly, I'm skeptical of Steve Gerber. I understand the man brought us Omega the Unknown and Howard the Duck, but aside from "Nevada", I'm not sure what he's been up to for the past twenty years or so, or why he's best qualified to handle Fate.

And before we celebrate Johns' doing another Power Girl/ Kal-L story, he was the one who gave you the conclusion to Infinite Crisis you didn't like...

-- Posted by: ryan at June 25, 2007 12:55 AM