Friday, July 22, 2005

Marvel Comics solicitations for October 2005

HOUSE OF M #8 (of 8)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by OLIVIER COIPEL
Cover by ESAD RIBIC
Variant cover by CHRIS BACHALO
Here it is! On the heels of last issue’s revelations and the jaw-dropping action taken by a key player in the House of M comes the shocking conclusion that will rock the Marvel Universe for years to come. This is no hype, my friend, this is the real deal. How will the heroes of the Marvel Universe deal with the consequences of one person’s actions? How will the world react to the permanent damage that has been done? Find out here! Starring everyone!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #1
Written by PETER DAVID
Pencils and Cover by MIKE WIERINGO
“THE OTHER”
This is it! The start of a 4-month Spider-Man event that crosses over all three core Spider books and promises to forever change the lives of Peter Parker and everyone close to him! Haunted by unsettling dreams. Disturbed by a growing sense of dread. Convinced that people are out to get him. A portrait of someone on the edge of a nervous breakdown? Nah. Simply a typical day for Peter Parker, as your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has to contend with a new and deadly opponent named Tracer, self-defense lessons with Captain America, and some disturbing news that will change his life in a distinctly negative manner. Part 1 (of 12)!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

MARVEL KNIGHTS SPIDER-MAN #19
Guest Writer PETER DAVID
Pencils and Cover by PAT LEE
Just another typical night of insanity for Mary Jane as she deals with an obsessed stalker and with watches helplessly while Spider-Man slugs it out with...Iron Man? And that’ s just a warm-up for the devastating confrontation she has with Peter that results in the last thing she expected to hear. Part 2 (of 12).
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #525
Guest Writer PETER DAVID
Pencils and Cover by MIKE DEODATO
”THE OTHER”
Aunt May becomes aware that Peter and Mary Jane are hiding something extremely bad from her. But between dealing with Tracer’s endgame and the unexpected return of a foe that Spider-Man has never defeated, Peter has more than enough to worry about. Part 3 (of 12).
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.50

SPIDER-MAN: THE OTHER SKETCHBOOK
Go behind the scenes of this month’s Spider-Man mega-event with cover sketches, character designs, conceptual artwork and penciled pages by Mike Wieringo, Mike Deodato Jr., Pat Lee Joe Quesada and more!
32 PGS./ T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

SHE-HULK 2 #1
Written by DAN SLOTT
Penciled by JUAN BOBILLO
Cover by GREG HORN
The surprise hit from last year is BACK in a new ONGOING series! Join She-Hulk as she deals with the bizarre legal problems of the Marvel U.! Strange twists, exciting adventures, and lots of one, two, and three-part stories guest-starring all of your favorite Marvel Characters! See why Aint it Cool News says, “SHE-HULK is the best comic Marvel publishes today.”
And in this first issue, She-Hulk isn’t the only one returning. Get ready, True Believer! Because it’s NOT a dream, NOT a hoax, and NOT HOUSE OF M... HAWKEYE’S BACK! We kid you not! So why is Clint Barton giving Jen Walters such a hard time? And how is his fate tied in to She-Hulk’s latest case? Well...you’re just going to have to check out SHE-HULK #1 to find out! With guest appearances by THE NEW AVENGERS and CASSIE LANG (TITAN, from YOUNG AVENGERS)
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

NICK FURY'S HOWLING COMMANDOS #1
Written by KEITH GIFFEN
Pencils and Cover by EDU FRANCISCO
When the supernatural proves too difficult and dangerous for SHIELD, Nick Fury fights fire with fire! Introducing the top secret weapon in the battle against other worldly threats, the HOWLING COMMANDOS, a special covert “shock and awe” unit made up of Marvel’s greatest horror characters. Join Warwolf, the Living Mummy, Frankenstein, the Zombie, Vampire by Night and a whole army of the macabre in this fantastic first issue! This series will have far reaching ramifications in the Marvel Universe!
32 PGS/T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #24
Written by MARK MILLAR
Pencils and Cover by GREG LAND
“TOMB OF NAMOR” Part 1 (of 3).
The shocking secret of the Storm family is finally revealed! Locked away at the bottom of the ocean for 5,000 years, Namor the Sub-Mariner’s Atlantean tomb has been breached and now he’s back to rule a planet. This is a Namor you’ve never seen before with a vastly different agenda. This is Ultimate Namor! Learn about the ties between Atlantis, the Ultimate Inhumans and the super-races who existed before man ruled the Earth. We’re building the Ultimate Universe like never before!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.50

ULTIMATE SECRET #4 (of 4)
Written by WARREN ELLIS
Penciled by TOM RANEY
Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN
While the Kree shock troops send regiment after regiment to strike at the secret S.H.I.E.L.D. facility, Captain Marvel, the Ultimates and the Ultimate Fantastic Four infiltrate the alien mothership to learn who — or what — Gah Lak Tus is! And believe us when we say they get more than they bargained for!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

ULTIMATE X-MEN #64
Written by BRIAN K. VAUGHAN
Pencils and Cover by STUART IMMONEN
“MAGNETIC NORTH”
The Ultimates guest-star in the Ultimate X-Men’s most earth-shattering adventure! It’s all-out war inside the Triskelion, as multiple factions of mutants battle against Captain America and his teammates. At stake—the final fate of the master of magnetism—Magneto! Part 4 (of 5).
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.50

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #84
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils and Cover by MARK BAGLEY
“WARRIORS”
The Gangwar comes to a head in Hammerhead’s stylish pad as Spidey, Black Cat, Shang-Chi and Iron Fist battle it out with Hammerhead and the Kingpin’s assassin Elektra to decide the fate of New York’s Underworld. Will all of them survive?
Plus, more of the mysterious Moon Knight. And on whose side does he fight? Part 6 (of 7).
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.50

SPIDER-MAN: HOUSE OF M #5 (of 5)
Written by MARL WAID & TOM PEYER
Pencils and Cover by SALVADOR LARROCA
Just when Spider-Man thought he’d hit rock bottom, he found a new low. Now the entire Parker clan is forced to search the city for Peter Parker, while at the same time dodging the Anti-Human lynch mobs that throng the streets!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

SPIDER-MAN FAMILY ONE SHOT
Written by TOM DEFALCO
Pencils by ROM LIM
Hail, hail the gang’s all here! All your favorite folks who don the webs in one book for the FIRST TIME EVER! An old television program that features SPIDER-MAN and ARAÑA (with guest appearances by SPIDER-HAM and the SPIDER-MOBILE) returns to haunt SPIDER-GIRL in an 8-page original story. Also features MARVEL TAILS STARRING PETER PORKER THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-HAM #1 (November 1983), written by Tom DeFalco and illustrated by Mark Armstrong, in which Captain Americat and Spider-Ham investigate a video-arcade saboteur and run afoul of Hulk Bunny; SPIDER-WOMAN
#20 (November 1979), written by Mark Gruenwald and illustrated by Frank Springer, featuring the first meeting between Spider-Woman and Spider-Man; and SPIDER-MAN 2099 #1 (November 1992), written by Peter David and illustrated by Rick Leonardi, where an all-new, all-different web-slinger is born as hot-shot geneticist Miguel O’Hara finds his genetic code merged with that of a spider’s! Also features the first Untold Tale of Spider-Man as told by Kurt Busiek & Pat Oliffe!
100 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$4.99

SPIDER-GIRL #91
Written by TOM DEFALCO
Pencils and Cover by
RON FRENZ
“THE SINISTER SECRET OF THE SPIDER SHOPPE”
When Mayday Parker learns that a terrorist is stalking the fashion industry and that someone is manufacturing high fashion versions of her Spider-Girl costume, she finally attempts to learn the secret behind the Spider Shoppe and unmask its mysterious owner. Plus: Normie Osborn confronts Phil Urich because the time has come for an all-new Green Goblin.
32 PGS./ALL AGES ...$2.99

ARAÑA #10
Written by FIONA AVERY
Pencils and Cover by ROGER CRUZ
Araña goes head-to-head against the mystic crime lord known as Jade, but will she lose control to the Hunter? Also, Amun discovers secrets of Araña’s past when looking into Jade’s dark history.
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

WOLVERINE #34 & #35
Written by DANIEL WAY
Layouts by JAVIER SALTARES
Finishes by MARK TEXEIRA
Covers by KAARE ANDREWS
He’s one of the most crucial players in the House of M world, and for a good reason: Wolverine carries burdens too great for even the most powerful mutants to bear. Has it caused him to finally snap? All the details you need to know about Wolverine’s mysterious past and his place in the House of M can be found right here! The simmering war between Logan, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., and the leader of the human resistance movement, Nick Fury, comes to a boil. And only one of them’s going to come out alive. Parts 2 & 3 (of 3).
32 PGS. (each)/ PARENTAL ADVISORY ...$2.50 (each)

GHOST RIDER #2 (of 6)
Written by GARTH ENNIS
Pencils and Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN
“ROAD TO DAMNATION”
Given the chance to get out of hell, the Ghost Rider agrees to track down the rogue demon, Kazaan, who’s escaped to Earth and is having the time of his life. But the Rider is not alone. Two other entities are tracking Kazaan: a redneck demon named Hoss and a sultry archangel named Ruth. Part 2 (of 6).
32 PGS./PARENTAL ADVISORY ...$2.99

GHOST RIDER #1 DIRECTOR’S CUT
Written by GARTH ENNIS
Pencils & Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN
This all-new expanded edition reprints GHOST RIDER #1, plus a hefty helping of high-octane DVD-style extras – including Garth Ennis’s original series proposal; published and unpublished cover sketches by Clayton Crain; and a soup-to-nuts behind-the-scenes featurette detailing the progression from script to thumbnail to final art.
48 PGS./ PARENTAL ADVISORY ...$3.99

DAREDEVIL #78
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils and Cover by ALEX MALEEV
“THE MURDOCK PAPERS”
The Bendis/Maleev finale continues as Matt Murdock’s entire future is on the line. The Kingpin has pure evidence of his dual identity, and if the Feds get it, game over. And the one person that knows where this evidence is? ELEKTRA! Part 3 (of 5).
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

BLACK PANTHER #9
Written by REGINALD HUDLIN
Penciled by DAVID YARDIN
Cover by ANDY BRASE
“WILD KINGDOM”
The conclusion of the 4-part crossover with X-MEN picks up where X-MEN #176 left off! Investigating a sudden outburst of strange, mutated wild animals in Africa, the Black Panther and the X-Men – led by Storm – team up to contend with their creator – the nefarious Dr. Paine. But to get to Paine, they’ve first got to get through Red Ghost, the Dragon Man, and an endless array of Super-Apes!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99
SEE PAGE 63 FOR X-MEN #176 (PART 3 OF THIS STORY)

BLACK WIDOW: THE THINGS THEY SAY ABOUT HER #2 (of 6)
Written by RICHARD K. MORGAN
Layouts by SEAN PHILLIPS
Finishes & Cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ
Nobody denies that the former Cold War spy Natasha Romanova is a force to be reckoned with. The last man foolish enough to send killers after her paid the highest price, but his friends on Capitol Hill will ensure that Natasha doesn’t get off easy and not even Col. Nick Fury can protect her this time. Richard K. Morgan is the Phillip K. Dick Award-winning sci-fi author of Altered Carbon, Broken Angels, and Market Forces. Returning to BLACK WIDOW is comics legend Bill Sienkiewicz (ELEKTRA: ASSASSIN), joined by Eisner Award-nominated artist Sean Phillips (Sleeper).
Read the red-hot sequel to the limited series praised by Entertainment Weekly, Ain’t It Cool News, SFX Magazine and more!
32 PGS./ PARENTAL ADVISORY ...$2.99

DAREDEVIL: FATHER #4 (of 5)
Written by JOE QUESADA
Art by JOE QUESADA, DANNY MIKI, RICHARD ISANOVE
Cover by JOE QUESADA
Daredevil has his work cut out for him: New York’s crippling heat wave shows no signs of release and a serial killer continues to cut a bloody swath through the city. But Daredevil’s beginning to put together the pieces, edging closer and closer to discovering the identity of a killer who just might be hiding in plain sight...or even closer?
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

MARVEL KNIGHTS 4 #23
Written by
ROBERTO AGUIRRE-SACASA
Penciled by
VALENTINE DE LANDRO
Cover by MIKE ALLRED
One of the Marvel U’s most powerful entities--the reality-bending, green-skinned alien Imposssible Man--pops up to cause havoc in this offbeat tale that blurs the line between fact and fiction, men and myth!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99


DAREDEVIL VS. PUNISHER #5 (of 6)
Written by DAVID LAPHAM
Pencils and Cover by
DAVID LAPHAM
The battle for the soul of Hell’s Kitchen continues as Eisner-award-winner David Lapham brings the Punisher and Daredevil head-to-head in a brutal showdown!
32 PGS./ PARENTAL ADVISORY ...$2.99

NEW AVENGERS #12
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils and Cover by DAVID FINCH
“RONIN”
With S.H.I.E.L.D. rotten to the core and HYDRA splintered all over the world, MADAME HYDRA is teaming up with the new Hand to reclaim the power of the Japanese underworld. And you know what that means... the Avengers versus ninjas!!! Lots and lots and lots of ninjas. Part 2 (of 3).
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.50

THE SENTRY #2 (of 8)
Written by PAUL JENKINS
Pencils and Cover by JOHN ROMITA JR.
She’s married to the most powerful super hero in the Marvel Universe. So why does Lindy Reynolds’ life seem so wrong?
Guest-starring the Fantastic Four! Plus: the Watchdog takes a bite out of the Wendigo!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

DRAX THE DESTROYER #2 (of 4)
Written by KEITH GIFFEN
Pencils and Cover by MITCH BREITWEISER
The death of Drax and we’re not kidding. Not a crossover stunt, not a sales gimmick, not a hackneyed plot device. In this issue Drax dies... bites the big one... shuffles off the ol’ mortal coil... You get the picture. And wait
till you see who lands the death blow!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

THE SENTRY #1 ROUGH CUT
Written by PAUL JENKINS
Pencils & Cover by JOHN ROMITA JR
THE GOLDEN GUARDIAN OF GOOD GOES BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD! Experience THE SENTRY #1 unplugged in this all-new special edition, showcasing John Romita Jr.’s pulse-pounding pencils and Paul Jenkins’ senses-shattering script!
48 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$3.99

SECRET WAR #5 (of 5)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Painted Art by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO
The FINALE of the limited series event is here! CAPTAIN AMERICA, SPIDER-MAN, WOLVERINE, DAREDEVIL, BLACK WIDOW, THE FANTASTIC FOUR, THE X-MEN—EVERYONE IS HERE! All this, and secrets are revealed. Don’t miss the conclusion to Brian Michael Bendis’ story and the stunning paintings by Gabriele Dell’Otto!
48 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$3.99

INCREDIBLE HULK #87
Written by PETER DAVID
Pencils & Cover by ADAM KUBERT
Inked by JOHN DELL
Stand Alone Issue! The events of House of M are over...or are they? Bruce Banner and A.I.M. Scientist Supreme, Monica Rappaccini, find themselves in league one more time as Scorpion is forced to face the fury of the Hulk in order to bring her diabolical mother to justice.
32 PGS/T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

AMAZING FANTASY #13 & #14
Written by KARL KESEL & JAY FAERBER
Penciled by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO & CARLOS MANGO
Cover by TONY HARRIS
Introducing a new kind of hero named Vegas and a corner of the Marvel Universe you’ve never seen before! Welcome to the new borderland where bad guys don’t always wear colorful costumes, but that doesn’t make them any less deadly or dangerous. It’s a lesson Vegas learns the hard way when a super-powered gang, the Renegades, kills his sister. Now he’s out to even the score. Trouble is, Vegas doesn’t have any powers himself...or does he? Doesn’t matter. As far as Vegas is concerned, life’s a gamble and he always plays to win. Parts 1 & 2 (of 2). PLUS: The return of Marvel’s most unique cosmic character -- Captain Universe -- in a two-part 8-page bonus story kicking off next month’s Captain Universe Event!!!
32 PGS. (each)/T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99 (each)

IRON MAN #5
Written by WARREN ELLIS
Pencils and Cover by ADI GRANOV
His life on the line as the Extremis dose he’s taken rewrites his genetic code, Tony Stark relives his first faltering steps as Iron Man — and when all is said and done, a genuinely new Armored Avenger will emerge!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

DEFENDERS #4 (of 5)
Written by KEITH GIFFEN &
J. M. DEMATTEIS
Pencils & Cover by
KEVIN MAGUIRE
It’s Dormammu’s world and we’re all just living in it. Ever wonder how Dr. Strange, Namor and the Hulk might have turned out had Dormammu cast their fates? Wow... That would make for such a great story. Wish we’d thought of that one before we worked up this issue’s... What? We did? A rewrite? Huh. Glad I thought of that!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

HULK: DESTRUCTION #4 (of 4)
Written by PETER DAVID
Pencils and Cover by JIM MUNIZ
Secrets revealed! Allies betrayed! Buildings destroyed! It’s the final chapter in the story that redefines Hulk’s most abominable and deadly foe!
32 PGS./ PARENTAL ADVISORY ...$2.99

YOUNG AVENGERS #9
Written by ALLAN HEINBERG
Pencils and Cover by JIM CHEUNG
The Young Avengers begin their official apprenticeship to the New Avengers, but when Captain America discovers the truth about Patriot’s secret origin -- and when Asgardian reveals the truth about his own origin -- the team’s entire future is called into question. Introducing a new storyline, a new beginning, and a new member of the team, YOUNG AVENGERS #9 provides a perfect jumping-on point for new readers.
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

NEW THUNDERBOLTS #13 & #14
Written by FABIAN NICIEZA
Pencils and Cover by TOM GRUMMETT
GUEST-STARRING THE NEW AVENGERS!
There is a new superhuman team the government can’t trust whose roster is made up of questionable choices. Unaccountable. Uncontrollable. Unknown. So the Commission on Superhuman Activities has a “request” for the New Thunderbolts -- take down the New Avengers! You know what that can only lead to... Songbird vs. Captain America! Photon vs. Sentry! Radioactive Man vs. Iron Man! Speed Demon vs. Spider-Man! Atlas vs. Cage! Joystick vs. Spider-Man! Place your bets, pick your winners, but know that the only sure outcome will be nasty throw-downs and long-term ramifications in the Mighty Marvel Manner!
32 PGS.(each)/T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99 (each)

CAPTAIN AMERICA #12
Written by ED BRUBAKER
Pencils and Cover by STEVE EPTING
The fan-favorite Captain America team of Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting keep racing up the charts as Part Four of the trail-blazing WINTER SOLDIER arc hits hard! Cap now knows the truth about the Winter Soldier, and it’s far worse than he could have imagined. Now, lost in this torment, he faces a long dark night of the soul, while on the other side of the world, General Lukin’s plans for the Cosmic Cube finally come to light... But is he using the cube, or is the cube using him? Part 4 (of 6).
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

MARVEL 1602: NEW WORLD #4 (of 6)
Written by GREG PAK
Penciled by GREG TOCCHINI
Cover by SERGIO TOPPI
Battle lines are being drawn in the New World. Norman Osborne’s master plan is nearing completion. Can Peter Parquagh stop him? And witness the showdown between Antonio Stark and David Banner as Lord Iron and the Hulk do battle! Can the colony survive the outcome?
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$3.50

THOR: BLOOD OATH #2 & #3 (of 6)
Written by MIKE AVON OEMING
Pencils and Cover by
SCOTT KOLINS
Thor and the Warriors Three take the long way around to the World Tree to begin their journey to recover the first of several mystical items only to find signs of the beginning of the Asgardian world and the end of it! Then, in issue 3: THOR FIGHTS HERCULES FOR THE ENTIRE ISSUE! THOR VS. HERCULES! HERCULES VS. THOR! FIGHTS GALORE! Drawn by the amazing pen of Scott Kolins and Thor Dissasembled writer Mike Avon Oeming, this is but the beginning of a long journey full of action, fights and classic Marvel Thor.
32 PGS. (each)/T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99 (each)

RUNAWAYS #9
Written by BRIAN K. VAUGHAN
Penciled by ADRIAN ALPHONA
Cover by JO CHEN
“EAST COAST/WEST COAST”
Runaways co-creator Adrian Alphona returns for part one of the Runaways’ coast-to-coast adventure, guest-starring Cloak and Dagger AND the New Avengers! When Cloak is accused of a crime he didn’t commit by the heroes of New York City, the vigilante is forced to turn to the teenage Runaways for help. This issue will take our teens to a place they’ve never been: NYC! Part 1 (of 4).
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

GRAVITY #5 (of 5)
Written by SEAN MCKEEVER
Pencils and Cover by
MIKE NORTON
In this final chapter, Gravity must fight to save NYU from...himself?! Does Greg Willis have what it takes to become the next great Marvel hero, or is he just another quitter? If you miss the amazing climax of this critically adored limited series, you’ll hate yourself for it!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

MARVEL TEAM-UP #13
Written by ROBERT KIRKMAN
Penciled by PACO MEDINA
Cover by SCOTT KOLINS
“TITANNUS WAR”
The Titannus War comes to an abrupt and violent end. All questions are answered and all plot threads are resolved. Spider-Man, Wolverine, Doctor Strange, Nova, Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk and The Hulk discover the secrets of Titannus, the most powerful villain introduced into the Marvel Universe this century. Part 3 (of 3).
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

FANTASTIC FOUR #532
Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
Pencils and Cover by MIKE MCKONE
JMS and McKone’s galactic first story arc concludes, as the Entity leads Reed Richards on a voyage of discovery ranging back to the dawn of the universe itself! But will any of this give the FF the key to defeating the invading swarm of alien annihilators? Part 6 (of 6).
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

MARVEL MILESTONES: BLADE, MAN-THING & SATANA
Written by MARV WOLFMAN, STEVE GERBER & ROY THOMAS
Penciled by GENE COLAN, VAL MAYERIK & JOHN ROMITA SR.
Cover by GIL KANE
His name is...Blade! A box-office phenom is born as the half-human, half-immortal vampire-slayer begins his quest to take back the night in TOMB OF DRACULA #10 (July 1973)! Plus: What evil lurks in the brackish waters of the swamp? See for yourself in ADVENTURE INTO FEAR #16 (September 1973), the story that inspired the MAN-THING movie! And introducing Satana, from VAMPIRE TALES #2 (October 1973).
48 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$3.99

MARVEL MONSTERS: MONSTERS ON THE PROWL
Written by STEVE NILES
Penciled by DUNCAN FEGRADO
Cover by ERIC POWELL
Brace yourself for the most original, innovative tale you ever--nah, it’s just giant monsters breaking things! It’s the Hulk, the Thing, Giant-Man and the Beast vs. a tidal wave of the most terrible monsters of the Marvel Universe! The Collector has inadvertently unleashed classic creatures Droom, Grogg, Goom, Rombuu, Grattu and more on New York City! Can our heroes save the day and have fun doing it?
Plus: A classic tale from the past, “We Found the Ninth Wonder of the World” from Tales to Astonish #1, January 1959 by Jack Kirby/Chris Rule
48 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$3.99

MARVEL MONSTERS: DEVIL DINOSAUR
Written by ERIC POWELL AND TOM SNEIGOSKI
Art by ERIC POWELL AND MARK FARMER
Cover by ERIC POWELL
Two young Celestials get into a debate about who the superior life form is on prehistoric Earth—the Small Folk or the Killer Folk. But when the ferocity of Devil Dinosaur proves no mach for the savage Killer Folk, a savage from the future is brought back to even the odds. It’s the battle you thought you’d never see: HULK VS. DEVIL DINO by the Eisner Award Winner of The Goon, Eric Powell.Plus THE FIRST APPEARANCE OF THE HULK-- NO LIE!
“I Was a Slave of the Living Hulk!” From Journey Into Mystery #62, November 1960 by Jack Kirby/Dick Ayers
48 PGS/T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$3.99

MARVEL MONSTERS: FIN FANG FOUR
Written by ROGER LANGRIDGE & MICK GRAY
Penciled by ROGER LANGRIDGE
Cover by ERIC POWELL
Four giant monsters—incarcerated for years for their crimes against humanity—now find themselves shrunk to human size and working at the home of the very people who captured them: the Fantastic Four! Meet Googam, Son of Goom (and the Baxter Building’s parking lot attendant), Elektro (the robot with a forbidden love), Gorgilla (expert window-washer) and Fin Fang Foom (head chef at a classy Chinese restaurant)! But when Goom’s mad plan to rescue his father goes awry, the quartet must put aside their differences and become—the Fin Fang Four! Join Eisner and Harvey Award nominee Roger Langridge (Fred the Clown, Knuckles the Malevolent Nun) in this wild romp through the Marvel Universe! Plus: Witness the first appearance of Fin Fang Foom in a classic story by Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers from Strange Tales #89, October 1961!
48 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$3.99

MARVEL MONSTERS: WHERE MONSTERS DWELL
Written by PETER DAVID, JEFF PARKER AND KEITH GIFFEN
Penciled by ARNOLD PANDER, RUSSELL BRAUN AND KEITH GIFFEN
Cover by ERIC POWELL
Take a time machine back to the age of classic monsters in this incredible special featuring three new tales of magnificent creatures, aliens and beasts. Witness the terror of Monstrollo, the horror of Manoo and the fright of Bombu!
Plus a classic tale from the Marvel vaults, “I Was Trapped By Titano” from Tales to Astonish #10, July 1960 by Jack Kirby/Joe Sinnott
48 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$3.99

OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE: HORROR 2005
Written by JEFF CHRISTIANSEN, STUART VANDAL, CHRIS BIGGS, MARK O’ENGLISH, BARRY REESE, MICHAEL HOSKIN, ERIC MOREELS & SEAN MCQUAID
Cover by DICK GIORDANO & MORRY HOLLOWELL
The Official Handbook gives up the ghost! This volume contains in-depth bios on all manner of monster, creatures of every color, and hosts of hunters and hunted – from classic (Dracula) to current (Vampire by Night)! Plus: An all-new cover by STOKER’S DRACULA artist Dick Giordano, digitally painted by Morry Hollowell.
48 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$3.99

MARVEL NEMESIS: THE IMPERFECTS #6 (of 6)
Written by GREG PAK
Penciled by RENATO ARLEM
Cover by JAE LEE
The heart-pounding conclusion of the RISE OF THE IMPERFECTS story arc. While Wolverine, Daredevil, Storm, Iron Man and the Human Torch try to save Elektra from the evil grasp of Dr. Niles Van Roekel, a new warrior is on the verge of birth.
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

MEGA MORPHS #4 (of 4)
Written by SEAN MCKEEVER
Pencils and Cover by LOU KANG
“THE PAWNS AND THE POWER!”
This is it! The final showdown! Dr. Doom makes his decisive move. But can he be stopped by the combined forces of the craziest team in comics—Spider-Man, Wolverine, Captain America, Ghost Rider, and Hulk—all piloting the most powerful robot weapons ever devised!? Ten thousand self-destructing Doombots say he can’t be stopped. Find out what Eisner Award nominee Sean McKeever and hot artist Lou Kang have to say about it!
32 PGS./ALL AGES ...$2.99

FANTASTIC FOUR/IRON MAN: BIG IN JAPAN #1 (of 4)
Written by ZEB WELLS
Pencils and Wraparound Cover by SETH FISHER
Mass panic has struck the streets of Tokyo! The media has initiated round-the-clock coverage. Uncontrollable crowds are choking the streets, and kaiju hysteria has gripped the island of Japan for the first time in 50 years! Because the Fantastic Four, the world’s first super-hero big-monster battling squad, and playboy industrialist, Tony Stark, have descended on the Land of the Rising Sun! Zeb Wells (New Warriors, Spider-Man/Doctor Octopus: Year One) and Seth Fisher (Green Lantern: Willworld, Batman:
Legends of the Dark Knight) bring you a manic fusion of Marvel super heroes with Japanese pop culture that proves why the FF and Iron Man are big in Japan! It’s an all-out romp with big monsters a-go-go as Droom, Giganto and Eerok, the giant ape, along with hundreds of manic ‘50s Marvel monsters, trample Tokyo’s first-ever Kaiju Museum and Celebration!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$3.50

MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN #8
Written by SEAN MCKEEVER
Penciled by PATRICK SCHERBERGER
Cover by TONY S. DANIEL
Peter Parker’s gotta hustle if he’s going to make it across town for his study date with Liz Allen! The good news? When you’re secretly Spider-Man, city travel’s a breeze. The not-so-good news? When you’re in your Spidey costume, guys like Scorpion come outta the woodwork!
32 PGS./ALL AGES ...$2.50

MARVEL ADVENTURES FANTASTIC FOUR #5
Written by JEFF PARKER
Penciled by CARLO PAGULAYAN
Cover by JUAN SANTACRUZ
Peter Parker’s gotta hustle if he’s going to make it across town for his study date with Liz Allen! The good news? When you’re secretly Spider-Man, city travel’s a breeze. The not-so-good news? When you’re in your Spidey costume, guys like Scorpion come outta the woodwork!
32 PGS./ALL AGES ...$2.50

UNCANNY X-MEN #465
Written by CHRIS CLAREMONT
Pencils and Cover by CHRIS BACHALO
“SEASON OF THE WITCH”
House of M Tie-In!
All holy heck is breaking loose in not-so-merry-ol’ England as Captain Britain and his rag tag squad of misfits must stop the effects of House of M from causing the entire Multiverse to be completely destroyed! And you thought the cuisine was the most dangerous thing in England! Part 4 (of 4)!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.50

NEW X-MEN #19
Written by CHRISTINA WEIR & NUNZIO DEFILIPPIS
Pencils & Cover by AARON LOPRESTI
“HOUSE DIVIDED”
House of M Tie-In!
It’s the New X-Mutants vs. Hellions, House of M style! The brawl to end all brawls erupts in Japan as the two schools go toe-to-toe. But when the dust settles, will the victor have enough strength to take on Emperor Sunfire’s entire army? Part 4 (of 4)!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

NEW X-MEN: ACADEMY X YEARBOOK SPECIAL
Written by CHRISTINA WEIR & NUNZIO DEFILIPPIS
Penciled by GEORGES JEANTY
Cover by AARON LOPRESTI
The New Mutants are at their absolute lowest. Will the kids be able to work out their problems and become a team again?! A special issue celebrating the run on New X-Men by writers Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir! Featuring Handbook-style entries on all your favorite New Mutants and Hellions characters!
48 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$3.99

EXILES #71
Written by TONY BEDARD
Pencils and Cover by PAUL PELLETIER
WORLD TOUR: HOUSE OF M!
House of M Tie-in!
The World Tour kicks into high gear! The Exiles battle their toughest foe yet and an Exile might be lost forever. Hold on to your hats, folks, EXILES is back and better than ever! Part 3 (of 3)!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99


MUTOPIA X #4 (of 5)
Written by DAVID HINE
Penciled by LAN MEDINA
Cover by ANDY PARK
House of M Tie-In!
Ismael Ortega is a marked man. He’s made the wrong people angry and now they’re out for revenge. Meanwhile, his daughter is about to go through the Rite of Mutant Transcendency. His two lives are about to have a tragic collision!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

X-MEN AND POWER PACK #1 (of 4)
Written by MARC SUMERAK
Pencils and Cover by GURIHIRU
Power Pack returns... and this time they’ve brought some very special friends! Marvel’s merry mutants team up with our super-powered siblings for more fun-filled all-ages adventures! In this issue: It’s Halloween, and the Power kids are about to get the scare of their lives as candy is replaced with claws! Even with the X-Man called Wolverine on their side, will Power Pack be able to defeat a savage foe in time for trick-or-treating? “Costumes on,” kids!
32 PGS./ALL AGES ...$2.99

X-MEN UNLIMITED #11
Written by CHRISTOPHER YOST AND DAVID HAHN
Penciled by BILLY DALLAS PATTON AND DAVID AJA
Cover by MIKE DEODATO JR.
Soon after her mother’s death, Rachel Summers was forced to sit idly by as her father, Scott Summers, courted and dated Emma Frost – a longtime X-Men nemesis and her mother’s rival. Now, on the brink of exploding, Rachel turns to the only one she can to discuss such a brutal turn of events – her father’s brother – the mutant named Havok.
In the second story, a teenage Bobby Drake uses the Danger Room to hone his skills at...getting girls? A true X-Men tale for the ages, not to be missed! Written by David Hahn (Eisner nominee for Private Beach).
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

WEAPON X: DAYS OF FUTURE NOW #4 (of 5)
Written by FRANK TIERI
Penciled by ANDY SMITH
Cover by BART SEARS
All hail the return of Lord Magnus! Magneto returns and not a moment too soon, as Mutantkind is ready to sacrifice anything to save itself. It’s the future, Weapon X style, and you know what that means...violence, death, and Frank Tieri!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

X-MEN: COLOSSUS - BLOODLINE #2 (of 5)
Written by DAVID HINE
Penciled by JORGE LUCAS
Cover by CHRIS BACHALO
Colossus’ journey into his past continues as he travels to the countryside of Russia. But how will Colossus react to one of the darkest secrets of his family’s history?
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

CABLE/DEADPOOL #21
Written by FABIAN NICIEZA
Pencils and Cover by
PATRICK ZIRCHER
“BOSOM BUDDIES”
Power Man & Iron Fist vs. Cable & Deadpool! Totally `Nuff Said! (We know Power Man is known as Cage now, but it sounds better to say it the old way when you have the ampersand in there!) Plus, the BAD Girls mess up the thief who stole the Dominus Objective computer drive! And what the heck is the Dominus Objective anyway? Part 2 (of 4).
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

X-MEN #176
Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Pencils and Cover by SALVADOR LARROCA
“WILD KINGDOM”
The X-Men’s team-up with Black Panther continues! With the X-Men captured, Storm and Black Panther are going to have to put their differences aside and work together before all of Africa is overrun with mutated monstrosities! Part 3 (of 4)!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.50
SEE PAGE 25 FOR THE FINALE TO THIS CROSSOVER!

NIGHTCRAWLER #11
Written by ROBERTO AGUIRRE-SACASA
Pencils and Cover by
DARICK ROBERTSON
“THE WINDING WAY”
The startling journey into Nightcrawler’s origin continues! While Christine’s life hangs in the balance, Kurt must endure one final trial: A battle royal against an enraged Wolverine that echoes the death of Kurt’s brother, Stephen!
Part 5 (of 5)!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

X-MEN: KITTY PRYDE- SHADOW & FLAME #5 (of 5)
Written by AKIRA YOSHIDA
Pencils and Cover by PAUL SMITH
Kitty’s showdown with the villain that has been making her trip to Japan as miserable as possible, happens here! Can she survive and be back in time for Astonishing X-Men?! She better, or Joss Whedon will have us killed!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

PUNISHER #26
Written by GARTH ENNIS
Penciled by LEO FERNANDEZ
Cover by TIM BRADSTREET
“THE SLAVERS”
Something horrible happened to Viorica in the hills of her home country, Moldavia, and Frank Castle is determined that the men responsible will pay for it. Unfortunately for him, those men have connections in high places and the Punisher’s got bigger problems than revenge to deal with: an NYPD vigilante task force unlike anything he’s ever seen. Part 2 (of 6).
32 PGS./ MAX – EXPLICIT CONTENT ...$2.99

SUPREME POWER: HYPERION #2 (of 5)
Written by
J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
Penciled by DAN JURGENS
Cover by MIKE DEODATO
The first of two SUPREME POWER specials!
“HUNTING THE ALIEN”
Now that the world knows his dark secret, Hyperion suddenly finds himself both alone and hunted. Four new super-powered individuals -- each based on a character from the original Squadron Supreme -- are after his hide, and they’ve got the will and means to take him down!
32 PGS./ MAX – EXPLICIT CONTENT ...$2.99

SUPREME POWER: NIGHTHAWK #2 (of 5)
Written by DANIEL WAY
Pencils and Cover by
STEVE DILLON
The second of two SUPREME POWER specials!
“PUT ON A HAPPY FACE”
The slaughter of Chicago’s men, women and children continues as Nighthawk’s greatest foe enjoys his reign of terror. To catch the madman, Nighthawk must travel into the darkest bowels of the city...and into the darkest parts of himself!
32 PGS./ MAX – EXPLICIT CONTENT ...$2.99

THE BOOK OF LOST SOULS #1
Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
PencilS & Cover by COLLEEN DORAN
The destinies of most people are defined early on. Then there are the others – the lost. Those whose numbers aren’t in yet, who could go toward the light or toward the darkness – indeed, who could be tipped one direction or another. And everything starts with the book. That’s what Jonathan is about to discover. When he took a suicide plunge off the London Bridge more than a century ago, the last place he expected to land was on his feet, in the present, standing at the entrance to a tunnel into a world of mysteries beyond his wildest imagination. A world of powers and principalities and, above all, rules that he’d best learn quickly. Or he’ll have to deal with the Dark Man. And what the Dark Man can’t turn, he devours.
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

POWERS #15
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art & Cover by MICHAEL AVON OEMING
“COSMIC”
A dead Cosmic Avenger shows the world that there are forces at work that no mere mortal cop could possibly understand, but it doesn’t matter either way because Internal Affairs has set their sights on Deena Pilgrim. Part 3.
32 PGS./MATURE ...$2.95
Powers is TM & © 2004 Jinxworld Inc., 2004. All Rights Reserved.

POWERS VOL. 1 HC
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art & Cover by MICHAEL AVON OEMING
You asked for it, and now here it is: THE FIRST-EVER POWERS HARDCOVER! But not only is it a hardcover...it’s a hardcover collection of the entire first year of POWERS in chronological order! The first three epic POWERS stories, issues #1-11, are presented in order of publication for the very first time –remastered, redesigned and reformatted! Plus all the POWERS bonus features you’ve come to know and love: sketchwork, scripts, interviews, galleries, original designs and a POWERS collection first – a Best of the Letter Column, Year One! This is where the story begins! A must-have for your comic library!
488 PGS./MATURE ...$29.99
Powers is TM & © 2004 Jinxworld Inc., 2004. All Rights Reserved.
*NOTE: This is a resolicitation. All previous orders are cancelled.

MARVEL ADVENTURES FLIP MAGAZINE #5
MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN #5
Written by ERICA DAVID
Penciled by PATRICK SCHERBERGER
Cover by TONY SALVADOR DANIEL
MARVEL ADVENTURES FANTASTIC FOUR #5
Written by JEFF PARKER
Penciled by CARLO PAGULAYAN
Cover by MICHAEL RYAN
64 PGS./All Ages …$3.99

MARVEL HEROES FLIP MAGAZINE #5
NEW AVENGERS #5
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils & Cover by DAVID FINCH
CAPTAIN AMERICA #5
Written by ED BRUBAKER
Art & Cover by STEVE EPTING
64 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP …$3.99

MARVEL SELECT FLIP MAGAZINE #5
ASTONISHING X-MEN#5
Written by JOSS WHEDON
Pencils & Cover by JOHN CASSADAY
NEW X-MEN: ACADEMY X #5
Written by NUNZIO DEFILIPPIS &
CHRISTINA WEIR
Pencils & Cover by RANDY GREEN
64 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP …$3.99

MARVEL TALES FLIP MAGAZINE #4
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #33
Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
Penciled by JOHN ROMITA JR.
Cover by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL
AMAZING FANTASY #4
Written by FIONA AVERY
Penciled by ROGER CRUZ
Cover by MARK BROOKS
64 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP …$3.99

ULTIMATE MARVEL FLIP MAGAZINE #5
ULTIMATE X-MEN #5
Written by MARK MILLAR
Pencils by ADAM KUBERT
Cover by JOE QUESADA
ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #5
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS & MARK MILLAR
Pencils by ADAM KUBERT
Cover by BRYAN HITCH
64 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP …$3.99

ULTIMATE TALES FLIP MAGAZINE #5
ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #7
ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #8
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils by MARK BAGLEY
Covers by JOE QUESADA
64 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP …$3.99

Coming to DVD: "Alfred Hitchcock Presents"

The first season of the Alf-presented anthology show will be out Oct. 4, according to DVDAnswers.

Along with the season's 39 St...er, episodes, there'll be a making-of featurette.

Here's a promo shot:

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Judas!

"No Direction Home," the upcoming Bob Dylan documentary by director Martin Scorsese will include the infamous moment from Dylan's Manchester's Free Trade Hall concert of of May 1966 when an apparently disgruntled fan took the troupador to task for "going electric."

For years, the concert appeared on audio bootlegs misidentified as Dylan's 1966 Albert Hall appearance. It showed up in official form a few years back as the "Bootleg Series, Vol. 4."

But this is the first I'd heard that the incident was also captured on film. Apparently, I'm not alone. From an Ireland Online report:

Arena editor Anthony Wall described his astonishment at seeing the footage for the first time. “I was just gobsmacked. I thought they would never have captured that,” he said.

“To see the moment when Judas is actually screamed at him is quite disconcerting.”

He went on: “Every night Dylan would do the acoustic half of the set then bring on a group who later became The Band, and they were very, very loud – at that time in 1966 even the Beatles had relatively small amplifiers.

“50% of the audience every night jeered and booed. He was making the most revolutionary music and it was obviously a very turbulent time.”


"No Direction" home airs on PBS Sept. 26. There'll also a soundtrack for the film and it'll be available on DVD Sept. 20.

DVD extras for "Star Trek: Nemesis" Collectors Edition announced

According to DVDAnswers, extras on the new two-disk set will include:

  • 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Track
  • English DTS 5.1 Surround Track
  • English 2.0 Dolby Surround Track
  • French 2.0 Dolby Surround Track
  • Audio Commentary with Director Stuart Baird
  • Audio Commentary with Producer Rick Berman
  • Text Commentary by Michael and Denise Okuda
  • Nemesis Revisited Featurette
  • The Romulan Senate Featurette
  • Storyboarding the Action Featurette
  • The Scimitar Featurette
  • The Enterprise E Featurette
  • Build and Rebuild Featurette
  • Romulan Lore Featurette
  • Shinzon & The Viceroy Featurette
  • Romulan Design Featurette
  • Four-Wheeling in the Final Frontier Featurette
  • Screen Test: Tom Hardy as Shinzon
  • New Selection of Deleted Scenes
       - Wesley's New Mission (59s)
       - Data and B-4 (1m 50s)
       - The Chance for Peace (56s)
       - A Loss of Self (35s)
       - Remember Him? (Extended) (1m 47s)
       - Cleaning out Data's Quarters (1m 43s)
       - Crusher at Starfleet Medical (42s)
  • Original Featurettes
       - New Frontiers: Stuart Baird on Directing Nemesis
       - A Star Trek Family's Final Journey
       - Red Alert! - Shooting the Action of Nemesis
       - A Bold Vision of the Final Frontier
  • Storyboards, Production & Prop Archives
  • Star Trek: Nemesis Theatrical & Teaser Trailers
  • Three Hidden Eastereggs
  • Wednesday, July 20, 2005

    The perfect Batman

    Three more from the late Jim Aparo, who will be greatly missed:





    New CD releases of note

    July 19

    Art Blakey The Big Beat
    Donald Byrd Fuego
    Don Cherry Symphony for Improvisors
    Sammy Davis, Jr. & Carmen McRae Boy Meets Girl: The Complete on Decca
    Herbie Hancock Inventions and Dimensions
    OST The Dukes of Hazzard

    July 26
    The Church El Momento Descuidado
    The Concretes Layourbattleaxedown
    Jackie Lomax Home Is in My Head and III
    Sarah Vaughan After Hours at the London House
    Dinah Washington I Wanna Be Loved
    Jimmy Witherspoon & Jack McDuff The Blues Is Now
    VA Lost Legends of Surf Guitar: Shockwave!
    VA Whatever: The '90s Pop Culture Box
    OST The Island
    OST Sky High

    Rhino to release "Nuggets: The Next Generation"

    A four-disk set compiles 110 tracks from the heirs of the garage rockers featured on the original "Nuggets" compilations helmed by Lenny Kaye.

    Children of Nuggets: The Next Generation is due out Aug. 30 and features tracks from the Long Ryders, Rain Parade, the Fleshtones, the Dukes of Stratosphear (a.k.a. XTC), the Wondermints, Posies, Bangles and more. Sounds like a gem.

    I'll post a track listing once it surfaces.

    Aparo at Charlton

    The late cartoonist was rightfully acclaimed for his work on Batman, Aquaman, the Phantom Stranger and others at DC. But he got his start in the late 60s, early 70s working under the great Dick Giordano at Charlton. Here's a gallery featuring some of his cover work for the publisher (images from the utterly wonderful Grand Comics Database):



































    Quick hits

    The Superman Home Page is reporting a new direct-to-DVD animated Superman adventure will be titled "Superman vs. Brainiac." A "Batman vs. Dracula" direct-to-DVD has already been announced by Warner Home Video and, according to the Superman Home Page, there's a Teen Titans title planned too.

    TV Guide rounds up the best ("Superman Returns" trailer) and worst ("Aeon Flux" trailer) moments of San Diego's recent Comic-Con International.

    James Doohan, Scotty of "Star Trek" fame, has passed away, Sci-Fi Wire reports.

    Leave it to the Beatles: "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" as performed by Paul McCartney and U2 at Live8 is the top-selling music download to date, reports the New Musical Express.

    Dial B for Blog has a scanner and he's not afraid to use it. Today: A vintage, 1966 TV Guide article about the "Batman" series.

    Associated Press publishes Aparo obituary

    James N. Aparo, an illustrator for DC Comics for more than 30 years who drew Batman, the Green Arrow and other action heroes, has died.

    Aparo died Tuesday at home after a short illness, said his daughter, Donna Aparo. He was 72.



    More here.

    New "Battlestar Galactica" DVD-bound

    A five-disk set collecting the first season of the Sci-Fi Network update will be out Sept. 20.

    According to DVD Answers, extras include:

    • Pilot Commentary with Director Michael Rymer and Exec Producers David Eick and Ronald D. Moore
    • "Bastille Day" Commentary with Executive Producers David Eick and Ronald D. Moore
    • "Act of Contrition" Commentary with Executive Producers David Eick and Ronald D. Moore
    • "You Can't Go Home Again" Commentary with Executive Producers David Eick and Ronald D. Moore
    • "Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down" Commentary with Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore
    • "The Hand of God" Commentary with Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore
    • "Colonial Day" Commentary with Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore
    • "Kobol's Last Gleaming: Part 1" Commentary with Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore
    • "Kobol's Last Gleaming: Part 2" Commentary with Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore
    • Selection of Deleted Scenes
    • Behind the Scenes Featurette
    • Battlestar Galactica Series Lowdown
    • Series of Battlestar Galactica Sketches and Art

    More "Battlestar Galactica" on DVD.

    This week's DVD new releases

    July 19



    Earth 2 the Complete Series



    Constantine



    Sliders the Complete Third Season



    Lost in Space Season 3, Vol. 2



    Dead Like Me Complete Second Season

    Tuesday, July 19, 2005

    Remembering Jim Aparo

    Some examples of his great cover art.





    Jim Aparo passes

    Man. This is really sad. Jim Aparo, for my money, was the BEST Batman artist in comics. Part of this opinion is no doubt based on my nostalgic feelings for his long, long run on the Batman team-up title The Brave and the Bold, which I grew up reading. But his Batman was perfect: Less cartoony than Sprang or Infantino, not as realistic as Adams--but leaner, more fluid. I think "Batman," and Aparo's rendition springs to mind. His renditions of Aquaman and the Spectre are likewise definitive.

    I recently read "The Wrath of the Spectre," which collected Aparo's classic run on the character, and was knocked out seeing Aparo in his prime, doing his own inks. He was right up there with Caniff and Toth in terms of storytelling, figure work and spotting blacks. A great, great artist who will be missed.

    Here's an obituary that just appeared on Newsarama:

    The Aparo Family has asked me to send this information out to all parties. It is with the deepest regret I have to inform you of the passing of the legendary Jim Aparo early Tuesday Morning, July 19, 2005. Mr. Aparo, who was 72, died from complications relating to a recent illness. All Funeral arrangements will be a private ceremony for Family and Friends of Jim.

    Aparo, born in 1932, was primarily self-trained as an artist. After years of working in commercial fashion design in Connecticut, his first break in the comics field was with a comic strip called "Stern Wheeler," written by Ralph Kanna, which was published in 1963 in a Hartford, Connecticut newspaper for less than a year. In 1966, editor Dick Giordano at Charlton Comics hired him as a comic book artist, where his first assignment was a humorous character called "Miss Bikini Luv" in "Go-Go Comics." Over the next few years at Charlton, Aparo drew stories in many genres--Westerns, science fiction, romance, horror, mystery, and suspense.

    Aparo was notable for being one of the relatively few artists in mainstream comics at that time to serve as penciler, inker, and letterer for all of his work. These tasks were typically divided between two or more artists.

    In the late 1960s, Aparo moved on to National Publications/DC Comics, which is where he came to fame in the Comics Community. Originally starting at DC on the Aquaman title, he then moved on to also work on the Phantom Stranger and DC's horror titles.

    In 1971, Aparo worked on his first Issue of Brave & The Bold. Issue 98 featured the Phantom Stranger teaming up with Batman. Beginning with Issue 102 Jim was then the regular artist on the series and provided pencils & inks on almost every issue from 102 until the end of the series with Issue 200. Jim's work on Brave and the Bold was his favorite work of his time at DC as he truly considered the series his "baby." Also during this period Jim did one of the seminal runs on The Spectre, where his realistic style made the Ghostly character truly come to life.

    After the end of Brave and the Bold, Aparo was co-creator for Batman & The Outsiders and also worked on the regular Batman and Detective Comics Series throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. most notably doing the Pencils on the "Death in The Family" storyline, which featured a phone-in vote deciding the fate of Robin II, Jason Todd.

    Following a run on the regular Green Arrow Series, Aparo moved into semiretirement, contributing an occasional special or cover and doing a few private commissions before he eventually decided to move into full retirement.

    He is survived by his wife Julie, his 3 children, his 4 Grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.

    The Aparo family has asked that in lieu of Flowers or gifts, anyone wishing to honor Jim's legacy make a contribution to any worthy charity, as Jim believed that all charities were worth donating to.

    For those wishing to send along their condolences and best wishes to the family, a P.O. Box has been set up for the family to receive cards. The address is:
    THE APARO FAMILY
    P.O. BOX 28
    NORWALK, CONNECTICUT 06852 - 0028

    Thanks to all who have loved Jim's work and have supported his career.

    Spencer R. Beck
    THE ARTIST'S CHOICE
    http://www.theartistschoice.com

    Jim Henson Studios teams with Tokyopop

    You can look forward to manga-ized takes on "Dark Crystal," "Labyrinth" and the upcoming Neil Gaimin-based "MirrorMask," says the Hollywood Reporter. No word on Cookie Monster.

    Quick hits

    Postive Ape Index presents art from 70s pinball machines (via BoingBoing).

    Reuters reviews "Extras," the new show from "The Office" creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant: Incisive, fearless and laugh-out-loud funny, "Extras" will appeal to anyone who liked "The Larry Sanders Show" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Fans of "The Office" will surely embrace Gervais' new character, Andy Millman, who is far from being David Brent but is just as needy and driven in his own way and given to hilariously wince-making utterances.

    Geeks are cool! (Are they sure?)

    An early review of Chris Ware's "Acme Novelty Library."

    Dial B for Blog (yeah, I'm gonna link there every friggin' day. You got a problem with that?) has a great feature on Aurora super-hero model kits. My mom helped me assemble the Batman one when I was a tot.

    Monday, July 18, 2005

    DC Comics solicitations for October 2005



    BATMAN TITLES

    BATMAN: GOTHAM COUNTY LINE #1
    Written by Steve Niles, art and cover by Scott Hampton.
    Acclaimed writer Steve Niles joins distinctive painter Scott Hampton for a 3-issue Prestige Format miniseries that uncovers the investigation of grisly murders outside Batman's usual territory...in the Gotham suburbs! Commissioner Gordon calls on the Dark Knight for help in solving the mystery, although Batman has never delved into the suburbs of Gotham before. But the series of murders is so shocking that Batman must respond, despite being in unfamiliar territory.
    48 pages, $5.99, in stores on Oct. 5.

    ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER #3
    Written by Frank Miller, art and cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams.
    Creative titans Frank Miller, Jim Lee and Scott Williams continue their striking new vision of the Dark Knight in this tale of young Dick Grayson's transformation from orphaned acrobat into the Batman's first sidekick: Robin, the Boy Wonder!
    32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 26.

    DETECTIVE COMICS #812
    Written by David Lapham, art by Ramon Bachs and Nathan Massengill, over by Lapham.
    Part 10 of the 12-part "City of Crime!" Bruce Wayne forgoes cape and cowl to investigate the mysteries of Gotham's seediest neighborhood, Crown Point. Plus, Gordon's back in town to help Robin uncover the Ventriloquist's secrets...only Scarface ain't talkin'.
    32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Oct. 5.

    BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #70
    Written by A.J. Lieberman, art by Al Barrionuevo and Bit, cover by Claudio Castellini.
    Batman and Hush race to find the former Clayfaces and unravel the mystery of the shapechangers! Just when Hush thought he had control over this new Clayface, he's proven wrong. Dead wrong! And when is one Clayface too many?
    32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Oct. 19.

    BATMAN #646
    Written by Judd Winick, art by Doug Mahnke and Tom Nguyen, cover by Jock.
    An Infinite Crisis tie-in! The Villains United want a piece of Gotham, and Black Mask is just the man to deliver it. Batman has his hands full with the criminals of Gotham, but before he can neutralize Deathstroke and company, Red Hood plans to take matters into his own hands!
    32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Oct. 19.

    BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #196
    Written by J.H. Williams III and Dan Curtis Johnson, art and cover by Seth Fisher.
    The conclusion of the 5-part "Snow," featuring Batman's first confrontation with Victor Fries -- a.k.a. Mr. Freeze! And what "conclusion" will Batman draw from his experiences with a strike force?
    32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Oct. 12

    ARKHAM ASYLUM ANNIVERSARY EDITION SC
    Written by Grant Morrison Art and cover by Dave McKean
    In celebration of the 16th anniversary of the Batman story that helped launch the U.S. careers of Grant Morrison and Dave McKean, DC Comics presents a softcover edition of the Arkham Asylum Anniverary Edition, reprinting the now-classic confrontation between the Dark Knight and his archnemeses the Joker, Two-Face, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, and more in the black heart of Gotham City's house for the criminally insane.
    This graphic novel is well known for its psychological intensity and probing portraits of Batman and the Joker, as well as groundbreaking art that influenced scores of artists by introducing a new school of storytelling and technique to comics. This special edition also includes Morrison's complete original script annotated by both himself and editor Karen Berger, many of his original thumbnail breakdowns, step-by-step samples of how the story and art came together and much more!
    212 pages, $17.99, in stores on Oct. 5.

    BATGIRL #69
    Written by Andersen Gabrych, art by Pop Mhan and Jesse Delperdang, cover by Tim Sale.
    The debut of new penciller Pop Mhan and cover artist Tim Sale. Encased in ice by Mr. Freeze and held hostage by Nyssa, Batgirl is offered a choice: regain her destiny with the legendary League of Assassins or die a slow, frozen death.
    32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Oct. 19.

    BATMAN: JOURNEY INTO KNIGHT #3
    Written by Andy Helfer, art by Tan Eng Huat, cover by Pat Lee.
    Batman seeks clues about the mysterious plague unleashed on Gotham in the depths of the subway system and has a close encounter with an express train! Meanwhile, the Carrier makes an alliance that could lead to even more trouble for Gotham.
    32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Oct. 19.

    BATMAN: UNDER THE HOOD TP
    Written by Judd Winick, art by Doug Mahnke, Tom Nguyen and others, cover by Matt Wagner.
    Shocking revelations and age-old foes make this new collection -- featuring Batman #635-641 -- a must-have. Batman is confronted with a hidden face from the past ‹ it's the return of the Red Hood! With Black Mask controlling the Gotham underworld, what role will Red Hood have when all is said and done?
    176 pages, $9.99, in stores on Oct. 26.

    CATWOMAN: WHEN IN ROME HC
    Written by Jeph Loeb, art and cover by Tim Sale.
    The team of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale returns to further the exciting adventures they began in Batman: The Long Halloween and followed in Batman: Dark Victory. Collecting the 6-part series that guest-starred Batman and a host of Gotham's most colorful and dangerous villains, When in Rome chronicles Catwoman's mysterious trip to Italy and her dealings with the deadly Falcone crime family. It's an incredible tale of Gotham's sexiest cat burglar!
    160 pages, $19.99, in stores on Nov. 2.

    CATWOMAN #48
    Written by Will Pfeifer, art by Pete Woods, cover by Adam Hughes.
    Some of the nastiest villains in the DCU have laid siege to the East End, and Catwoman is the only thing keeping them from running riot! But now that she's dead center in their sights, even Batman won't be able to talk her off a path that leads straight into the heart of danger!
    32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Oct. 26.

    GOTHAM CENTRAL #36
    Written by Greg Rucka and Ed Brubaker, art by Kano and Stefano Gaudiano, cover by Sean Phillips.
    The conclusion of the "Dead Robin" storyline! The cops have a dead kid in a Robin outfit, and the evidence is pointing inescapably toward Batman. But how can they catch the Dark Knight? Plus, the leak within the GCPD is revealed!
    32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Oct. 5.

    NIGHTWING #113
    Written by Devin Grayson, art by Cliff Chiang and Ande Parks, cover by Phil Hester and Parks.
    A Villains United tie-in! Dick Grayson is working forŠDeathstroke the Terminator? Nightwing is no more -- Dick Grayson's in a new outfit, and he's got a brand-new bag of dirty tricks. And those who thought he was simply "going undercover" are in for a rude awakening...
    32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Oct. 12.

    ROBIN #143
    Written by Bill Willingham Art and cover by Scott McDaniel and Andy Owens
    An OMAC Project tie-in! As the dreaded OMACs scour Blüdhaven for all costumes, Robin finds himself in the unenviable position of trying to save the newly resurrected Darla Aquista -- the very girl who swore to use her demonic powers to rid the world of Robin!
    32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Oct. 19.

    SUPERMAN TITLES

    SUPERMAN #222
    Written by Mark Verheiden, art and cover by Ed Benes.
    The world is going to hell as the Crisis begins -- this is too big a job even for Superman! But what has changed that scares those closest to the Man of Steel?
    32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Oct. 5.

    ACTION COMICS #832
    Written by Gail Simone, art by John Byrne and Nelson, cover by Dan Jurgens and Wayne Faucher
    The Spectre has come for Satanus, Metropolis's resident demon! On All Hallow's Eve, the dead will rise to protect their dark master -- and Superman is caught in the middle! But Lois has her own demons to confront when her dead father returns...
    32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Oct. 12.

    ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #645
    Written by Greg Rucka, art and cover by Karl Kerschl.
    While Superman deals with a full-on Omac assault, Lois discovers an alarming connection between her would-be assassin and the Dark Knight! Meanwhile, Luthor is back in Metropolis to build a new power base...starting with the Parasite!
    32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Oct. 19.

    SHAZAM/SUPERMAN: FIRST THUNDER #2
    Written by Judd Winick, art and cover by Joshua Middleton.
    Continuing the pulse-pounding tale of the first meeting of the Last Son of Krypton and Earth's Mightiest Mortal. Superman and Shazam have joined forces to defend Fawcett City Museum from creatures unleashed by mysterious cult members. But in the confusion, the cult manages to slip away with some precious artifacts that will help them summon an even greater evil force. And what roles do Lex Luthor and Dr. Sivana play in the cult's plans?
    40 pages, $3.50, in stores on Oct. 5.

    SUPERGIRL #3
    Written by Jeph Loeb, art and cover by Ian Churchill and Norm Rapmund.
    Supergirl knows that someone other than Batman has been spying on her -- and now it's time to find out who! But when her investigation leads to the Outsiders, there's no stopping the Girl of Steel! Plus, is romance blossoming for Kara Zor-El?
    32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 12.

    SUPERMAN/BATMAN #24
    Written by Jeph Loeb, art and cover by Ed McGuinness and Dexter Vines.
    As Jeph Loeb, Ed McGuinness and Dexter Vines rocket "With a Vengeance" toward its conclusion, the fate of the universe hangs in the balance unless the World's Finest Team -- The Dark Damsel Detective and The Woman of Steel, that is -- can stop it! There's nothing more incredible than the debut of Batwoman and Superwoman! Guest-starring Superlad!
    32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 26.

    SUPERMAN IN THE FORTIES TP
    Written by Jerry Siegel, Bill Finger, Don Cameron and others, art by Joe Shuster, Wayne Boring, Jack Burnley and others, cover by Shuster.
    The latest in DC's decade-by-decade celebration of the best stories featuring the Man of Steel collects stories from Action Comics #1, 2, 14, 23, 64, 93, 107, Superman #1, 23, 40, 53, 58, 61, Superboy #5, the Superman daily newspaper strip, Look magazine and World's Finest Comics #37, covering his 1938 debut through the 1940s.
    192 pages, $19.99, in stores on Oct. 19.

    DC UNIVERSE TITLES

    INFINITE CRISIS #1
    Written by Geoff Johns, art by Phil Jimenez and Andy Lanning, covers by Jim Lee and Sandra Hope and George Pérez
    It's finally here: the comics event so massive that it built over the first half of 2005, through Countdown, Day of Vengeance, Rann/Thanagar War, Villains United and The OMAC Project. Prepare for the dawn of the DCU's darkest day in Infinite Crisis, a 7-issue miniseries written. Surrounded by their most fearsome enemies, the world's greatest heroes are divided within and without.
    DC's icons -- Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman -- are joined by Nightwing, Supergirl, Donna Troy, Superboy, Robin, Wonder Girl, Green Lantern, the Flash and more as they face their most dire hour. What happens next will destroy friendships and lives, dictating the direction of the universe for the next generation!
    Years in the making, the greatest event to hit the DCU in over two decades is about to explode. This issue will ship with covers by Lee and Williams (50 percent) and Pérez (50 percent).
    40 pages, $3.99, in stores on Oct. 12.

    AQUAMAN #35
    Written by John Arcudi, art by Andy Clarke and Leonard Kirk, cover by Patrick Gleason.
    An OMAC Project tie-in! Black Manta begins the water-breather gene therapy that will transform him forever! Aquaman must ask Geist to save Mera's life, but when the OMAC is activated by Brother Eye, it's Aquaman's life that may be lost!
    32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Oct. 5.

    BLOOD OF THE DEMON #8
    Written by John Byrne and Will Pfeifer, art by Byrne and Dan Green, cover by Byrne.
    What is manipulating Etrigan to face challenges throughout a succession of strange worlds and time periods?
    32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Oct. 5.

    BIRDS OF PREY #87
    Written by Gail Simone, art by Joe Bennett and Jack Jadson, cover by Adriana Melo and Will Conrad.
    The two masterminds behind DCU's heroes and villains meet at long last, as Oracle and the Society's Calculator face off!
    32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Oct. 19.

    BREACH #10
    Written by Bob Harras, art by Javier Pulido and Alvaro Lopez, cover by Marcos Martin.
    Major Zanetti thought he knew everything about his new powers. He thought wrong. While he goes on the hunt for invading Rifters, Talia al Ghul shows the extent of her control over two of the DCU's most dangerous groups: H.I.V.E. and Kobra!
    32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Oct. 12.

    DOOM PATROL #17
    Written by John Byrne, art by Byrne and Doug Hazlewood, cover by Byrne.
    With the Chief missing and presumed dead, the surviving Patrollers learn more of the mysterious origin of Negative Man ‹ and his unexpected connection to Vortex. Meanwhile, a face from the past returns to threaten the comatose Nudge and her family.
    32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Oct. 26.

    FIRESTORM #18
    Written by Stuart Moore, art by Jamal Igle, Rob Stull, Patrick Olliffe and Simon Coleby, cover by Matt Haley.
    An OMAC Project tie-in. Following the events of Villains United, a de-powered and weakened Firestorm seeks help at S.T.A.R. Labs San Francisco, which is under attack by a mysterious, unseen menace. Enter OMAC -- its mission: kill the Nuclear Man!
    32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Oct. 5.

    THE FLASH #227
    Written by Joey Cavalieri, art by Val Semeiks and Livesay, cover by Art Thibert.
    A exciting new creative team comes aboard as The Flash speeds toward . . . the end? The past always seems to catch up with the Fastest Man Alive, and as Infinite Crisis approaches, Wally West reflects on his life with his wife and kids and sees that the end may be near.
    32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Oct. 26.

    GREEN LANTERN #6
    Written by Geoff Johns Art and cover by Ethan Van Sciver
    Mutilated by the events of REBIRTH, Black Hand returns to wreak horrifying vengeance! Meanwhile, the bizarre experiments of a new alien race come to light with their current prisoner: Green Lantern. And how does this all connect with the Rann/Thanagar War?
    On sale October 26 € 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

    GREEN LANTERN CORPS: RECHARGE #2
    Written by Geoff Johns and Dave Gibbons, art and cover by Patrick Gleason and Christian Alamy.
    The 6-issue mini-series following the adventures of the Green Lantern Corps continues! The first assignment for two rookie Lanterns may be their last. Plus, Kyle Rayner meets an old love, and the biggest Green Lantern of all comes under attack.
    32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 19.

    GREEN ARROW #55
    Written by Judd Winick, art by Ron Garney and Bill Reinhold, cover by James Jean.
    "Heading Into the Light," Part 2 of 4. On the trail of Dr. Light, Green Arrow and Black Lightning are sidetracked by an attack by Mirror Master and Killer Frost. It's a wall-to-wall slugfest, but is their appearance a coincidence or part of a more sinister plot?
    32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Oct. 12.

    HAWKMAN #45
    Written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, art and cover by Joe Bennett and Ruy Jose.
    The Hawks' year of mystery, madness and mayhem comes to it's startling and violent resolution in a battle not to be missed! Questions will be answered, blood will be spilled and only Hawkman knows the truth behind the plot to destroy him! Guest-starring the JSA.
    32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Oct. 12.

    JLA #120 and 121
    Written by Bob Harras, art by Tom Derenick and Dan Green, covers by Daniel Acuña.
    Tthe first two chapters of "World Without a Justice League," shipping biweekly in October. There has been a great Crisis of Conscience, and the JLA as we know it is no more. Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman are at odds...now it's time for Aquaman, Green Arrow, and Black Canary to bring the League back to basics. But this World Without a Justice League may be just what an old villain with some new tricks has been hoping for!
    And in #121, the remaining founding members of the JLA attempt to recruit new teammates, but will they want to be a part of a League that has resorted to some questionable tactics of late? Nightwing must decide to help re-form the JLA or support his mentor in keeping the team disbanded!
    32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Oct. 12 and Oct. 26.

    JACK CROSS #3
    Written by Warren Ellis, art and cover by Gary Erskine.
    In part 3 of a 4-part story, Jack Cross heads to Guantanamo Bay to personally cross-examine an inmate with ties to a plan to use a terrifying weapon of mass destruction!
    32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Oct. 26.

    JLA CLASSIFIED #13
    Written by Warren Ellis, art by Butch Guice, cover by Michael Stribling.
    Part 4 of the 6-part "New Maps of Hell." Batman and The Flash team up to try to close the gateway to Hell, stopping more nightmarish creatures from coming to Earth, only to place the entire Justice League face-to-face with evil incarnate!
    32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 26.

    JSA #78
    Written by Keith Champagne, art by Don Kramer and Champagne, cover by Alex Ross.
    A Day of Vengeance tie-in! The JSA desperately seeks Dr. Fate to help them find the missing Jakeem and Thunderbolt. Meanwhile, as the Spectre's rampage continues, the team's greatest enemy has found the opening he needs to destroy the JSA once and for all!
    32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Oct. 5.

    JSA CLASSIFIED #4
    Written by Geoff Johns, art and cover by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti.
    The story you've waited years for comes to a mind-boggling conclusion! Power Girl's origin is finally revealed, and it promises to redefine the Mistress of Might and uncover truths that will serve as a prelude to Infinite Crisis and beyond.
    32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Oct. 19.

    JUSTICE #2
    Written by Jim Krueger and Alex Ross, art by Doug Braithwaite and Ross, cover by Ross.
    The bimonthly 12-part maxiseries continues. The Riddler leads Batman into a mystery within a mystery through his compulsion to speak the truth through riddles. Does he hold the key to the reason the villains are helping mankind? Plus, Aquaman falls victim to one of the DCU's most nefarious criminals. Featuring painted art by Ross over Braithwaite's layouts.
    40 pages, $3.50, in stores on Oct. 19.

    OUTSIDERS #29
    Written by Judd Winick, art by Matthew Clark and Art Thibert, cover by Daniel Acuña.
    A Day of Vengeance tie-in! The Fearsome Five return to settle the score with the Outsiders, boasting a new recruit of unbelievable power -- and the crisis rocking the magic realms raises the stakes to an unimaginable level!
    32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Oct. 5.

    OUTSIDERS VOL. 3: WANTED TP
    Written by Judd Winick Art by Carlos D'Anda, Karl Kerschl, Dan Jurgens, and others Cover by Doug Mahnke
    The thrilling third collection of the hot title collects Outsiders #16-23. This volume includes the 3-part "Most Wanted" story arc featuring television personality John Walsh, as well as an Identity Crisis tie-in story guest-starring Batman.
    192 pages, $14.99, in stores on Oct. 19.

    SHOWCASE PRESENTS: METAMORPHO VOL. 1 TP
    Written by Bob Haney and Gardner Fox, art by Ramona Fradon, Jack Sparling, Mike Sekowsky and others, cover by Sal Trapani.
    This massive black-and-white volume collects all Metamorpho's Silver Age adventures, from The Brave and The Bold #57-58, 66, 68, Metamorpho #1-17, and Justice League of America #42. Guest-starring Batman, the Justice League of America, the Metal Men and more.
    560 pages, black and white, $16.99, in stores on Oct. 5.

    LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #11
    Written by Mark Waid, art by Barry Kitson and Mick Gray, cover by Kitson.
    On the eve of galactic destruction, with the dream of a United Planets dissolving into hopelessness, only an all-out brawl between the Legion and the agents of Terror Firma can halt the coming invasion ‹-provided a key player in the war finds within herself an unexpected power!
    40 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 26.

    MANHUNTER #15
    Written by Marc Andreyko, art by Javier Pina, Steve Sadowski, Andrew Pepoy, Sean Phillips and Fernando Blanco, cover by Jesus Saiz.
    To become Manhunter, Kate Spencer broke into an evidence locker and stole a powerful super-suit -- but she had no idea where it came from! The suit's secret history comes to life in this stand-alone issue!
    32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Oct. 19.

    SON OF VULCAN #5
    Written by Scott Beatty, a rt by Keron Grant, cover by Ed McGuinness.
    Featuring a cover by Ed McGuinness (Superman/Batman)! With the evil Witchazel, Monkey-in-the-Middle, and Dino-Mite hot on his heels, things are looking pretty bad for Mikey Devanté -- especially since the Coalition of Crime thinks he really is the son of Vulcan.
    32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 5.

    PLASTIC MAN ARCHIVES VOL. 7 HC
    Written by Jack Cole, art and cover by Cole.
    Another amazing volume of peak-period Plastic Man stories by Cole at his zany best! This volume collects Plastic Man #7-8 and Plastic Man's adventures from Police Comics #66-71. Plas and Woozy travel way out West, meet Stretcho the India Rubber Man, visit Hollywood, tail a homicidal hat and more!
    240 pages, $49.99, in stores on Oct. 26.

    RANN-THANAGAR WAR #6
    Written by Dave Gibbons Art and cover by Ivan Reis and Marc Campos
    The war takes an ugly, brutal turn as two worlds and countless lives are ripped asunder, setting the stage for the galaxy's greatest battle and leading into the Infinite Crisis.
    32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Oct. 5.

    SOLO #7
    Written by Mike Allred and Lee Allred, art and cover by Mike Allred.
    Join Mike Allred, the creator of Madman and The Atomics, as he takes a whirlwind tour of the DCU! First stop: Hourman, as we find out exactly how much super-heroing a hero can do. The craziness continues as two super-teams are pitted against each other in "Doom Patrol vs. Teen Titans." In "Batman A-Go-Go!", the Caped Crusader is taken on a kooky psychedelic journey. Allred visits Jack Kirby's Fourth World as Lightray and Orion put Mister Miracle to the test in "Fourth World Wager." Can Scott Free really get out of any trap? And it's all capped off with "Comic Book Clubhouse," featuring just about every DC hero!
    48 pages, $4.99, in stores on Oct. 26.

    SEVEN SOLDIERS: KLARION THE WITCHBOY #4
    Written by Grant Morrison, art and cover by Frazer Irving,
    Klarion has reluctantly returned to his lost colony of Puritans in Limbo Town, far below New York City, to warn them of an impending invasion. Instead of being welcomed as a savior, he is captured, tried, and sentenced to be burned alive. Can Klarion and Teekl convince the people of Limbo Town that not only their entire way of life is in danger, but their whole world?
    A Soldier must die -- will it be Klarion the Witchboy?
    32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 19.

    SEVEN SOLDIERS: ZATANNA #4
    Written by Grant Morrison, art by Ryan Sook and Mick Gray, cover by Sook.
    Zatanna and Misty search for the 7 Unknown Men of Slaughter Swamp, only to find themselves face to face with a menace beyond imagination! The unexpected return of an almost unstoppable Golden Age master villain could spell doom for the Mistress of Magic unless she gets her groove on fast. Will Zatanna regain her powers in time for the ultimate magical duel with the ultimate cosmic criminal? With a storyline leading directly into the epic Seven Soldiers #1, the answer may not be what you expect!
    A Soldier must die -- will it be Zatanna?
    32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 5.

    TEEN TITANS #29
    Written by Geoff Johns, art by Carlos D'Anda and Marlo Alquiza, cover by Tony S. Daniel and Alquiza.
    The Red Hood pays the Titans a visit to claim his rightful place...over Robin's dead body! And what does Donna Troy's return mean for the team?
    32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Oct. 19.

    VILLAINS UNITED #6
    Written by Gail Simone Art by Dale Eaglesham and Wade von Grawbadger Cover by J.G. Jones
    The red-hot miniseries comes to its deadly conclusion as the secret identity of the mysterious Mockingbird is revealed! This shocking revelation promises to shake the DCU to its core and leads straight into 2005's biggest event: Infinite Crisis!
    32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Oct. 12.

    VIGILANTE #2
    Written by Bruce Jones, art by Ben Oliver, cover by Michael Golden.
    The thrilling 6-issue mini-series set in Metropolis continues! Seeing the Vigilante in front of you means certain death! But is Dr. Powell really his next target? Unlock the mystery behind the Vigilante in the second issue of this action/psychological thriller.
    32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 26.

    WONDER WOMAN #222
    Written by Greg Rucka, art by Rags Morales and Mark Propst, cover by J.G. Jones.
    In the aftermath of DC Special: The Return of Donna Troy, Donna seeks out Wonder Woman and finds her and Supergirl in the middle of a fight with Villains United's Cheetah! But it's Donna's meeting with Supergirl that will have surprising ramifications for all three heroines. Is this a harbinger of things to come? Plus, Wonder Woman makes a decision that she's been building to for monthsŠbut will someone else beat her to the punch?
    32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Oct. 26.

    JOHNNY DC TITLES

    THE BATMAN STRIKES! #14
    Written by Bill Matheny Art by Christopher Jones & Terry Beatty Cover by Jeff Matsuda
    Based on the hit cartoon on The Kids' WB! He was once Bruce Wayne's closest friendŠ now he's Batman's most dangerous enemy. It's Batman vs. Clayface!
    On sale Oct 12 € 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

    JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED #14
    Written by Adam Beechen, art by Carlo Barberi and Walden Wong, cover by Kelsey Shannon.
    When demons seize control of Limbo, Deadman recruits the mystical members of the Justice League to save the hereafter!
    32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Oct. 5.


    TEEN TITANS GO! #24

    Written by J. Torres, art by Todd Nauck and Lary Stucker, cover by Sean Galloway.
    After an accident with a mystical power stone, the Teen Titans get a little mixed up! Everyone on the team has switched powers, and nobody's happy about it!
    32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Oct. 25.

    MAD #459
    Written and illustrated by The Usual Gang of Idiots.
    A spook-tacular issue of MAD, perfect for giving to trick-or-treaters!
    48 pages, black and white, $3.99, in stores on Oct. 5.

    MAD CLASSICS #3
    Written and illustrated by The Usual Gang of Idiots.
    A jam-packed new issue of MAD Classics, featuring the Best of the Web, MAD Marginals, Reader's Choice picks, and much more.
    96 pages, black and white, $4.99, in stores on Oct. 12.

    CARTOON NETWORK BLOCK PARTY #14
    Written by Jim Alexander, Sholly Fisch, John Rozum and Tom Warburton, art by Jeff Albrecht, John Delaney, Gary Fields, Maurice Fontenot, Matthew I. Jenkins, Jorge Pacheco and the Iguana, cover by Robert Pope.
    To what lengths will the nefarious Heinrich Von Marzipan go to claim the lost temple of the Choco-Logs? The Kids Next Door will find out! And Dexter shows Dee-Dee just how spooky science can be!
    32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Oct. 26.

    LOONEY TUNES #131
    Written by Sholly Fisch, art and cover by Dave Alvarez and Mike DeCarlo.
    It's time for monster madness and sheer mayhem! Join Tweety as a mad scientist brings about a personality crisis! Witch Hazel courts Elmer Fudd! And learn how to care for your monster!
    32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Oct. 5.

    THE POWERPUFF GIRLS #67
    Written by Amy Keating Rogers and John Rozum, art by Christopher Cook, Ricardo Garcia-Fuentes and Mike DeCarlo, cover by Phil Moy.
    Mojo Jojo is cooking up trouble! Or so the Powerpuff Girls believe after the plotting primate opens his own restaurant! Plus, you can help the Powerpuffs save a costume party from Gangreen Gang disaster!
    32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Oct. 19.

    SCOOBY-DOO #101
    Written by John Rozum and Robbie Busch, art by Joe Staton, Robert Pope, Leo Batic, Scott McRae and Horacio Ottolini, cover by Joe Staton.
    Aaaa-choo! Mystery Inc. dusts up trouble when they investigate a rare book enigma! Also, driving school has never been so scary!
    32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Oct. 12.

    ELFQUEST ARCHIVES VOL. 3 HC
    Written by Wendy and Richard Pini, art and cover by Wendy Pini.
    This third volume collects Elfquest #11-15! The Wolfriders are taken as slaves into the towering and mysterious Blue Mountain, stronghold of the ancient elves called the Gliders. Featuring all-new lettering, a new cover by Wendy Pini and an introduction by David Wise & Audry Taylor!
    224 pages, $49.99, in stores on Oct. 12.

    ELFQUEST: THE GRAND QUEST VOL. 11 TP
    Written by Wendy and Richard Pini, art and cover by Wendy Pini. The saga continues in this volume collecting ElfQuest: Kings of the Broken Wheel #5-7! Rayek has taken Leetah, Suntop and Ember where no one may follow: into the mists of time itself. Ten thousand years in the future, the travelers will reappear -- but by then mortal Wolfriders will long be dead!
    224 pages, black and white, $9.99, in stores on Oct. 26.

    CMX TITLES

    CIPHER VOL. 1
    Written and illustrated by Narita Minako
    Anise can't believe her luck when she finds herself in the same high school as famous former child star Siva. Although the cool and handsome Siva seems unapproachable, Anise manages to become his friend. But her happiness turns to surprise when she discovers Siva's secret: for years, he's been switching identities with his twin brother, Cipher.
    192 pages, black and white, $9.99, in stores on Oct. 5.

    KAMIKAZE KAITO JEANNE VOL. 1
    Written and illustrated by Tanemura Arina.
    The international blockbuster manga ‹ which also spawned a hit anime series -- comes to the U.S.! By day, Kusakabe Maron is an ordinary high school girl with more than her share of problems. But by night, she is Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne, the reincarnation of Joan of Arc! Her mission: to hunt down demon-possessed paintings and exorcise the evil spirits! Too bad accomplishing this mission puts her into conflict with the authorities, who view her as a mysterious stranger vandalizing works of art. With only the help of angel-in-training Finn, she must survive high school during the day and battle evil by night!
    176 pages, black and white, $9.99, in stores on Oct. 26.

    KIKAIDER CODE 02 VOL. 1
    Story by Ishinomori Shotaro, art by Meimu.
    The manga behind the cult favorite animated series seen on Cartoon Network is here.
    What happens when a robot suffers an identity crisis?
    On the surface, Jiro appears to be a normal teenage boy -- he's riddled with self-doubt, has trouble making friends, and owns a guitar he doesn't know how to play. But he's really Kikaider, a super-powered android with a secret ³Gemini" device implanted in his brain to help simulate human qualities.
    Professor Gill, a former associate of Kikaider's creator, is hunting for the Gemini device... and he'll go to any lengths to recover it!
    204 pages, black and white, $9.99, in stores on Oct. 19.

    FROM EROICA WITH LOVE VOL. 5
    Written and illustrated by Aoike Yasuko.
    The fan-favorite spy saga continues! A sunken World War II relic holds the secrets Eroica, the Major, and a KGB agent desperately want. For Eroica and the gang, the prize will be riches beyond their wildest dreams. It's a mission of utmost importance (as usual) for the Major, but an old and vengeful nemesis, Mischa the Bear Cub, wants the secrets to destroy the Major -- and the West!
    224 pages, black and white, $9.99, in stores on Oct. 12.

    LAND OF THE BLINDFOLDED VOL. 5
    Written and illustrated by Tsukuba Sakura
    Summer vacation is a time for sun, sand, and getting swept away ‹ literally! When Kanade and her friends head to the beach, she and Namiki fall prey to the vicious undertow, causing them to disappear into the great big sea. Now, Arou must channel every last shred of his power and resourcefulness, or he might lose his true love forever!
    200 pages, black and white, $9.99, in stores on Oct. 19.

    MADARA VOL. 5
    Illustrated by Sho-u Tajimam, written by Eiji Otsuka.
    The series finale! Madara has joined forces with Seishinja and Kaos to challenge Kageo and the remaining Moki army. Will they have enough strength to crush this threat? Even if they prevail, will they have the power to confront and defeat Miroku, the demon emperor? Or will eternal darkness be cast upon the land?
    184 pages, black and white, $9.99, in stores on Oct. 5.

    TENRYU: THE DRAGON CYCLE VOL. 3
    Written and illustrated by Matoh Sanami.
    Hiryu and Ryukei were just a couple of good-hearted bandits -- until they met Princess Ryurei and discovered they were, in fact, Dragon Lords. They have embraced their destiny and unlocked their dragon spirits, but the journey has just begun. The sinister Lord Torao, leader of the Tiger Clan, has sent his top warriors out with one mission: to destroy the Dragon Clan. But, standing up to seasoned assassins and toppling the most dangerous man in the world is going to take a lot of training, and time is not a luxury of the hunted.
    200 pages, black and white, $9.99, in stores on Oct. 26.

    WILDSTORM TITLES

    CAPTAIN ATOM: ARMAGEDDON #1

    Written by Will Pfeifer, art by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Sandra Hope, covers by Alex Ross and Jim Lee.
    One of the DCU's mightiest champions explodes straight from the pages of Superman/Batman and into the WildStorm Universe! But will the local heroes welcome Captain Atom with open arms or attack him, fearing him as the latest threat to their universe? Join Will Pfeifer, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Sandra Hope as they explore the differences between both universes through the eyes of Captain Atom and begin a story that could lead to Armageddon in the WildStorm Universe. Plus, this special debut issue features two covers: one by award-winning painter Alex Ross and the other by fan-favorite Jim Lee.
    32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 19.

    ALBION #4
    Plotted by Alan Moore, written by Leah Moore and John Reppion, art by Shane Oakley and George Freeman, cover by Dave Gibbons.
    Penny is determined to rescue her father, and her new allies are almost convinced that it's worth the risk. After all, if the government kept the old comics folk around, surely there's one heck of a weapons cache to be found, too. But will the prisoners of The Castle be waiting when their small band arrives?
    32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 26.

    ASTRO CITY: LOCAL HEROES TP
    Written by Kurt Busiek, art by Brent Anderson, cover by Alex Ross. The fifth volume in the Astro City collection includes Astro City Vol. 2 #21-22, Astro City: Local Heroes #1-5 and the Astro City special, plus the the short story from DC's September 11th Vol. 2 and the promotional story done to announce the Local Heroes mini-series. This softcover edition features a new painted cover by Alex Ross.
    256 pages, $17.99, in stores on Oct. 12.

    THE INTIMATES #12
    Written by Joe Casey, art by Alé Garza, cover by Rian Hughes, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Sandra Hope.
    Halo CEO Jack Marlowe visits the Seminary, and all hell breaks loose when the kids revolt! Will they finally be the heroes they've been studying to become? Too many secrets. Too many questions. Will the students learn the answers, or will they all die horrible deaths?
    32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 5.

    THE AUTHORITY: REVOLUTION #12
    Written by Ed Brubaker, art by Dustin Nguyen and Richard Friend, cover by Nguyen. The startling conclusion of the critically acclaimed series! Jenny Quantum and the Authority square off against Henry Bendix in a last brutal stand, a vicious battle for the very heart of their team!
    32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 19.

    THE AUTHORITY: THE MAGNIFICENT KEVIN #3
    Written by Garth Ennis, art by Carlos Ezquerra, cover by Glenn Fabry.
    Kev Hawkins has been party to some terrible events while in the service of the S.A.S. While ruminating over his betrayal at the hands of a mate, Kev recalls a crucial moment in his career that will define the man he will become. Can he live up to the motto ³Who dares, wins"?
    32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 26.

    EX MACHINA #16
    Written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Tony Harris and Tom Feister, cover by Harris.
    The surprising conclusion of the 2-part cross-country adventure "Off the Grid!" Having left the relative safety of City Hall, former super-hero Mitchell Hundred races across America -- and down memory lane -- to rescue an important figure from his past.
    32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 19.

    ROBOTECH: PRELUDE TO THE SHADOW CHRONICLES #1 & 2 Written by Tommy Yune, Jason Waltrip and John Waltrip, art and cover by Omar Dogan and Udon Studios.
    The legendary Robotech saga continues! After 20 years, the mysterious circumstances behind the disappearance of Admiral Rick Hunter will be revealed in this 5-issue miniseries featuring much of the original Robotech cast as well as a behind-the-scenes look into the production of the upcoming Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles DVD!
    In 2022, an Expeditionary Force departed from Earth in search of the homeworld of the Robotech Masters. However, its discovery would spark an interstellar conflict that would last decades. An uneasy alliance is finally reached, but a secret pact with an enemy within the ranks threatens to start a new war that could destroy the Expeditionary Force and the human race!

    And in issue #2, the treachery of General Edwards is revealed, but not before the SDF-3 is nearly destroyed! When betrayal harms the very ones that he loves, how far is Admiral Rick Hunter willing to go to take retribution? With their flagship in ruins, Rick sends Captain Vince Grant with the upgraded battlefortress Tokugawa in hot pursuit to the Invid homeworld of Optera, but will it be enough to take on Edwards's new alien technology?
    32 pages, $3.50, in stores on Oct. 5 and Oct. 19.

    MAJESTIC #10
    Written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, art by Georges Jeanty and Trevor Scott, cover by Neil Googe.
    Majestic, Zealot and Desmond begin to unlock the secrets of the ancient Kherubim legacy. The slumbering technology could cause the termination of the human race, but Majestic and his allies must get past Wyvern first. But is Wyvern really one of Desmond's most aggressive industrial competitors, or something much worse?
    32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 12.

    MATADOR #6
    Written by Devin Grayson, art and cover by Brian Stelfreeze.
    In this stunning conclusion of the 6-part miniseries by Grayson and Stelfreeze, the secrets of the Matador are revealed, leaving Isabel more isolated than ever! Can Detective Cardona bring justice to those already lost to her city's war, or will the corruption engulfing Miami finally claim Isabel, too?
    32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 5.

    SILENT DRAGON #4
    Written by Andy Diggle, art by Leinil Yu and Gerry Alanguilan, cover by Yu.
    The acclaimed series continues as Reizo prepares a bold plan to assault the government facility where an android army is being assembled to combat the Yakuza. But first he must visit the legendary cybernetic weapons-maker known as The Blacksmith, while ruthless Yakuza warlord Hideaki grows suspicious of his newfound ally...
    32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 26.

    THE WINTER MEN #3
    Written by Brett Lewis, art and cover by John Paul Leon.
    The little girl's trail leads Kris to the Caucasus Mountains and even more mystery. Why would a Boy Scout operation need radiation containment gear? Kris is forced to recruit criminals to raid the group with the hope of finding the girl, but does she really need rescuing?
    32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 12.

    WILDSIDERZ #2
    Written by J. Scott Campbell and Andy Hartnell, art and cover by Campbell.
    The second pulse-pounding issue of the newest creation from the Danger Girl creators J. Scott Campbell and Andy Hartnell! After the earth-shaking events of last issue, the Wildsiderz begin to gel as a team as they learn more about their fantastic new abilities and unique powers. But can they stop the nefarious Dr. Spydre from stealing the Wildsiderz technology and using it to achieve his sinister plans?
    32 pages, $3.50, in stores on Oct. 12.

    WILDCATS: NEMESIS #2
    Written by Robbie Morrison, art by Talent Caldwell, Horacio Domingues and Matt Banning, cover by Caldwell and Banning.
    WildStorm's hot new mini-series continues! Nemesis has taken her hostage -- the child Kara -- to a safe house in Manhattan while she plots her next move...until a Daemonite assault force disrupts everything! Meanwhile, learn the tumultuous past Nemesis shares with Zealot -- and the truth is astounding!
    32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 12.

    TOM STRONG #35
    Written by Peter Hogan, art and cover by Chris Sprouse and Karl Story.
    ABC. A sequel to the Snow Queen story from Tom Strong #24. Ice people are on the loose in Millennium, and they're robbing banks! Could Greta Gabriel's heart have grown so cold?
    32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 12.

    TOP 10: BEYOND THE FARTHEST PRECINCT #3
    Written by Paul Di Filippo, art and cover by Jerry Ordway,
    ABC. In response to Commissioner Traynor's being ousted from Top 10, a large number of officers show their solidarity by staging a mass resignation. Plus, Joe Pi continues his dangerous undercover assignment.
    32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 19.

    WRAITHBORN #2
    Written by Joe Benitez and Marcia Chen, art and covers by Benitez and Joe Weems.
    The hunt begins as the thrilling new miniseries continues! Rival parties, both mortal and Immortal, race to find and capture the new Wraithborn. Meanwhile, Melanie continues her everyday routine, oblivious of both her new powers and "popularity." Who -- or what -- will find her first? Retailers please note: This issue features two covers by Benitez and Weems, shipping in a 50/50 ratio.
    32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 26.

    TOMORROW STORIES SPECIAL #1
    Written by Alan Moore and Steve Moore,art by Kevin Nowlan, Hilary Barta, Rick Veitch and Melinda Gebbie, cover by Nowlan.
    Alan Moore returns to some of his most memorable characters in a thrilling 64-page Special illustrated by some of comics' greatest artists! Jack B. Quick returns in a spellbinding 16-page story; the secret origin of the Cobweb is finally revealed; Splash Brannigan dives into the murky end of the pool; and the first part of a brilliant new Jonni Future story is told! Plus, don't miss a lovely Greyshirt tale dedicated to the man who inspired his creation: Will Eisner.
    64 pages, $6.99, in stores on

    TOMORROW STORIES BOOK TWO TP
    Written by Alan Moore Art by Kevin Nowlan, Rick Veitch, Hilary Barta, and others Cover by Kevin Nowlan
    ABC. Join Jack B. Quick, Greyshirt, Splash Brannigan, The First American and Cobweb as they scurry, lurk, ooze, trip and slink their way through an amazing lineup of diverse adventures.
    160 pages, $17.99, in stores on Oct. 19.

    VERTIGO TITLES

    LOVELESS #1

    Written by Brian Azzarello Art and cover by Marcelo Frusin
    Fresh off his run on Superman, writer Brian Azzarello has created a Western for the new millennium. Reuniting with Hellblazer artist Marcelo Frusin, Azzarello has fashioned a tough-as-nails monthly series that combines all the bloody action and atmosphere of a Sergio Leone film with the provocative storytelling of HBO's Deadwood. The extra-sized 40-page issue #1 is just $2.99; future issues are 32 pages.
    Wes Cutter is a wanted man running from a violent past -- the horrors of the Civil War, a brutal stint in a Union prison camp, and the savage fallout of Reconstruction. Now he's on a quest for the one thing in short supply: peace. Joining Wes is his beautiful wife Ruth, a woman who has been to hell and back herself -- and hides dark secrets of her own.
    The road they travel will be a bloody one, leaving a trail of bodies stretching from Missouri to the Pacific Ocean. This is a tale only Azzarello -- the mind behind some of the hardest-hitting comics of the last decade -- could tell.
    40 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 26.

    100 BULLETS #65
    Written by Brian Azzarello, art by Eduardo Risso, cover by Dave Johnson.
    Check back in with Loop, Lono and Victor, as the felonious trio leaves Chicago and hits the road in search of revenge. Their targets: any remaining members of the Trust stupid enough to cross their path. But can the three trust each other enough to work together, or will road rage get the better of them?
    32 pages, $2.75, in stores on Oct. 12.

    THE BOOKS OF MAGICK: LIFE DURING WARTIME #15
    Written by Si Spencer, consulting by Neil Gaiman, art by Dean Ormstom, cover by Duncan Fegredo.
    In the explosive grand finale of the series, Tim Hunter, his owl Yo-Yo and his new partner-in-crime Jackie tie up loose ends in London. But at what cost to the planet at large? And one of the main players won't live to see the light of a new day. Final issue.
    32 pages, $2.75, in stores on Oct.19.

    DOOM PATROL VOL. 3: DOWN PARADISE WAY TP
    Written by Grant Morrison, art by Richard Case, Kim DeMulder, Kelley Jones and others, cover by Brian Bolland.
    The World's Strangest Heroes continue their adventures in this third volume collecting Grant Morrison's career-launching run on Doom Patrol. Reprinting issues #35-41 of the series,Down paradise Way features the debut of Danny the Street, the first appearance of Flex Mentallo, and, through it all, an incredible saga of cosmic war and super-evolving consciousness!
    192 pages, $19.99, in stores on Oct. 12.

    HELLBLAZER #213
    Written by Mike Carey, art by Frazer Irving, cover by Tim Bradstreet. A special stand-alone issue featuring art by Frazer Irving. Back from the depths of Hell (literally) and devastated by the soul-wrenching events that took place there, John Constantine recalls the first time he ever worked his own unique brand of conjuring ‹ with an emphasis on "con."
    32 pages, $2.75, in stores on Oct. 19.

    CHIAROSCURO: THE PRIVATE LIVES OF LEONARDO DA VINCI TP
    Written by Pat McGreal and David Rawson, art by Chas Truog and Rafael Kayanan, cover by Stephen John Phillips and Richard Bruning.
    The passions of one of history's greatest artists are captured in this volume collecting the dark and provacative 10-issue Vertigo maxiseries. Framed around the story of Salai, a young man whose beauty entrances the great maestro, Chiaroscuro follows the struggles and triumphs of da Vinci's illustrious career, from his early work in Florence and Milan to the painting of the Mona Lisa and his epochal rivalry with Michaelangelo.
    264 pages, $24.99, in stores on Oct. 19.

    THE FOUNTAIN HC
    Written by Darren Aronofsky, adapted by Kent Williams, art and cover by Williams.
    Darren Aronofsky proved himself a filmmaker to watch with his provocative debut, Pi. His follow-up, Requiem for a Dream, continued the accolades, receiving Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations. His latest accomplishment, however, comes straight to comics in the form of The Fountain, a gorgeously painted, oversized original graphic novel about the timeless truths of life, love and death.
    Working with painter Kent Williams (Blood: A Tale, Destiny: A Chronicle of Deaths Foretold), The Fountain crisscrosses through three distinct time periods: 1535, during an ancient Mayan war; the present day, following one doctor's desperate search for the cure for cancer; and the far future through the vast exotic reaches of space. Interweaving these three periods, The Fountain follows Tomas ‹ warrior, doctor, explorer ‹ as he feverishly tries to beat death and prolong the life of the woman he loves.
    A story so grand, one medium couldn't contain it, Aronofsky's feature film version of Fountain will be released by New Regency and Warner Bros. Pictures, starring Tony-award winning actor Hugh Jackman (X-Men, Van Helsing,The Boy from Oz) and acclaimed actress Rachel Weisz (Constantine, The Mummy, the upcoming The Constant Gardener). But before he did, the filmmaker wanted The Fountain to be realized in the unique storytelling power and artistic beauty of the graphic novel. Together, Aronofsky and Williams deliver what might be considered the ultimate director's cut. This volume also features an afterword by Aronofsky.
    176 pages, $29.99, in stores on Nov. 2.

    FABLES #42
    Written by Bill Willingham, art by Mark Buckingham and Steve Leialoha Cover by James Jean
    In the first issue of the 4-part "Arabian Nights (and Days)," wayward foreigners have started showing up in Fabletown -- much to the dismay of the longtime residents. These new Fables are not European and are in danger of throwing the comfortably Eurocentric Fabletown into chaos. Once more, Prince Charming is in over his head and must call on the help of a Fable character not seen in these pages for far too long.
    32 pages, $2.75, in stores on Oct. 12.

    THE LOSERS #29
    Written by Andy Diggle, art and cover by Jock.
    Part 1 of ³Endgame." It's all been building to this: With New Jerusalem behind him, Max lays it all on the line ­ his plans, his origins, and the stakes, which are nothing short of global. Now it's Max vs. the Losers with the world hanging in the balance, and the Losers will have to play every card in their hand to win.
    32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 26.

    LUCIFER #67
    Written by Mike Carey, art by Peter Gross and Ryan Kelly, cover by Michael Wm. Kaluta.
    "Morningstar," Part 4 of 6. The Silver City has fallen, and with the arrival of a devastating third force, the war in Heaven is over. But the fate of Creation must now be decided amidst the blood and rubble, and hybrid angel Elaine Belloc is at the centre of Lucifer's plans.
    32 pages, $2.75, in stores on Oct. 19.


    THE ORIGINALS SC

    Written by Dave Gibbons, art and cover by Gibbons.
    Lel and Bok -- two best friends -- want nothing more than to join the Originals, the top gang on the streets. Through them, they'll meet the high-speed world of hover scooters, all-night clubs, and, for Lel, the girl of his dreams in particular. But with the fast life comes tough foes, and tribal loyalty will teach them the unforgettable meaning of unforgivable loss.
    Neither a science-fiction story nor set in a mundane reality, The Originals takes place in a world both familiar and strange, where the young are angry, loyal and stylish. And the only thing more important than who your friends are is who your friends hate.
    160 pages, black and white, $17.99, in stores on Oct. 26.

    VERTIGO: FIRST OFFENSES TP
    Written by Grant Morrison, Garth Ennis, Bill Willingham, Mike Carey and Matt Wagner, art by Steve Dillon, Scott Hampton, Steve Leialoha, Guy Davis, Lan Medina and Steve Yeowell, cover by John J. Hill.
    Vertigo: First Offenses is a special volume created to introduce new readers to comics' most provocative imprint. Collecting the premiere issues of five of Vertigo's signature series, this 168-page trade paperback is priced at a mere $4.99 US, allowing thrill-seeking ordinary civilians the chance to do hard time with some of comics' heaviest hitters. Included are The Invisible #1 (written by Grant Morrison and illustrated by Steve Yeowell), Fables #1 (written by Bill Willingham and illustrated by Lan Medina & Steve Leialoha), Preacher #1 (written by Garth Ennis and illustrated by Steve Dillon), Sandman Mystery Theatre #1 (written by Matt Wagner and illustrated by Guy Davis) and The Sandman Presents: Lucifer #1 (written by Mike Carey and illustrated by Scott Hampton).
    168 pages, $4.99, in stores on Oct. 5.

    SWAMP THING #20
    Written by Joshua Dysart, art and cover by Richard Corben.
    Internationally acclaimed artist Richard Corben returns to Swamp Thing for a pivotal tale in one of comics' most enduring sagas. Wearied by tumultuous recent events, Swamp Thing attempts to escape by creating smaller and smaller versions of himself. Finally, he shrinks into a quantum state, exploring the subatomic universe. But what is John Constantine doing there?
    32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 5.


    Y: THE LAST MAN #38

    Written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Pia Guerra & José Marzan Jr., cover by Massimo Carnevale.
    "Paper Dolls" Part 2 of 3. How has the world of media changed since the onset of the mysterious man-killing plague? Yorick Brown finds out the hard way as he and his companions encounter a tenacious journalist dedicated to exposing the story of the century...by any means necessary.
    32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 5.