Friday, January 19, 2007

Pop Artifact! Monster Maker

Educational comics

Pop Culture Roundup Jan. 19, 2007

Billboard has details on the new Wilco album, Sky Blue Sky, out May 15.

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Doo Wop singer Pookie Hudson, of the Spaniels, died Tuesday at age 72, Billboard reports. His group is probably best known for the hit "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight."

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Country music greats Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson & Ray Price are joining for an double album, Last of the Breed, due out March 20 on the Lost Highway label.

According to the label:

Some of Nashville's finest were brought in for these sessions including steel guitar legend Buddy Emmons and renowned fiddler Johnny Gimble. Beautiful backing vocals were provided by The Jordanaires.

LAST OF THE BREED has the sound and feel of a classic album in a very natural way. Merle, Ray and Willie bring new life to such gems as Harlan Howard's "Heartaches By The Number" (with Vince Gill on backing vocals), Cindy Walker's "Night Watch", Mickey Newbury's "Sweet Memories" and Kris Kristofferson's "Why Me Lord", featuring Kristofferson singing backing vocals. The Trio also cut a couple of recently penned songs with Nelson's "Back To Earth" and Haggard's "Sweet Jesus", co-written with Kenny Vernon.


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Sci Fi Wire has details on former Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston's upcoming debut on NBC's "Heroes." Spoilers apply.

Best Heroes Sites
Best Doctor Who Sites

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Here's a big interview with "Veronica Mars" creator Rob Thomas. The show returns from hiatus next week. I hope it gets back on track after a very shaky start of the season.

More upcoming Marvel Omnibus volumes

Along with the drool-inducing Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus due in April (it includes EVERY Spidey story by creators Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in one huge book), there's more--lots more--good stuff coming up from Marvel.

According to listing on Amazon we can look forward to a second Fantastic Four Omnibus featuring the work of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, available in both regular and variant covers.

Plus, there'll be a Silver Surfer Omnibus, too, also available with regular and variant covers.

Also on tap is Essential Fantastic Four Vol. 6, which collects issues #111-137 of that title.

DVD: Casino Royale (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition)

The newest Bond flick is due out March 13 in a two-disk set. You can pre-order it now for $12.97 from Amazon.

Bob Dylan - Don't Look Back (1965 Tour Deluxe Edition)



Out Feb. 27, this is an expanded and upgraded version of the great documentary about Dylan's 1965 British tour.

Details:

DISC 1: BOB DYLAN DON'T LOOK BACK
This digitally-remastered version of the cinema verite classic follows Dylan on his extraordinary 1965 concert tour of England--his last as an acoustic performer. With unobtrusive equipment and rare access to Dylan, legendary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker achieved an unprecedented, fly-on-the-wall glimpse of one of music's most influential figures--and redefined filmmaking along the way.

DISC 2: BOB DYLAN 65 REVISITED
Forty years after the release of DONT LOOK BACK, D.A. Pennebaker ahs created this new work culled from over 20 hours of never-before-seen rare footage from his personal archive of film negatives. Raw and unassuming, 65 REVISITED provides a fresh perspective of the young Dylan on the road during his 1965 English tour.

BONUS - DONT LOOK BACK COMPANION BOOK & FLIPBOOK
Originally published in 1968, the 168-page companion book features a complete transcription of the film, over 200 photos, and a new forward by D.A. Pennebaker. The collectible Subterranean Homesick Blues flipbook provides a frame-by-frame look at the film's famed cue-card sequence, considered by many to be the first contemporary music video.

Special features:

* Five Additional Uncut Audio Tracks.
* TWO COMMENTARIES by D.A. Pennebaker and tour road manager Bob Neuwirth.
* Alternate Version of the Subterranean Homesick Blues Cue Card Sequence
* Original Theatrical Trailer.
* D.A. Pennebaker Filmography.
* Bob Dylan Discography.
* Cast and Crew Biographies.

You can pre-order the set now for $34.99 from Amazon.

Top 10 graphic novels, DVDs, CDs, action figures Jan. 19, 2006

Graphic novels

1. 300: The Art Of The Film
2. Fables Vol. 8: Wolves
3. Y: The Last Man Vol. 8 - Kimono Dragons
4. Ultimate X-Men Vol. 15: Magical
5. Superman: Emperor Joker
6. Runaways, Vol. 2
7. Penny Arcade Volume 3: The Warsun Prophecies
8. New X-Men Omnibus
9. Blade of the Immortal Vol. 16
10. Astonishing X-Men Vol. 3: Torn

DVDs

1. An Inconvenient Truth
2. Little Miss Sunshine
3. The Illusionist (Widescreen Edition)
4. 24 - Season 6 Premiere (First 4 Episodes)
5. The Departed (Two-Disc Special Edition)
6. Flags of Our Fathers (Widescreen Edition)
7. 24 - Seasons 1-5
8. The Devil Wears Prada (Widescreen Edition)
9. The Office - Season Two
10. The Guardian

CDs

1. Not Too Late ~ Norah Jones
2. Corinne Bailey Rae ~ Corinne Bailey Rae
3. Wincing the Night Away ~ The Shins
4. Into White ~ Carly Simon
5. Daughtry ~ Daughtry
6. Love ~ The Beatles
7. Dreamgirls: Music From The Motion Picture [2-CD Deluxe Edition] ~ Original Soundtrack
8. Continuum ~ John Mayer
9. Dreamgirls ~ Original Soundtrack
10. Eye To The Telescope ~ KT Tunstall

Action Figures

1. DC Comics Ultra Blast Batman
2. Gargantuan Blue Dragon (Dungeons & Dragons Icons)
3. Ultimate Powers Superman Figure
4. Transformers Cybertron Supreme Class Cybertron Primus Figure
5. Ben 10 Alien Collection - Stink Fly
6. Star Wars Deluxe Transformer Millenium Falcon
7. Ice Age 2 Go Nutz Scrat
8. Transformers Voyager Classic Megatron Figure
9. Ben 10 Alien Collection - XLR8
10. Transformers Optimus Prime 20th Anniversary Figure

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Pop Artifact! Monster Maker kit

Educational comics

Pop Culture Roundup Jan. 18, 2006

Disney has acquired rights to do a "John Carter Warlord of Mars" film. A "John Carter" film by Paramount sounded like it was a go a year or so back, but I guess something changed.

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Fred Hembeck posts another nifty batch of "classic cover redos." I love the JSA entry.

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NBC's "Heroes" will be back for a second season.

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The great Brit-folk group Pentangle is reuniting for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

More than 33 years after they disbanded guitarists Bert Jansch and John Renbourn will be re-united with singer Jacqui McShee, drummer Terry Cox and bassist Danny Thompson for a special performance at the awards in London on Monday 5 February.

Their performance can be heard on Radio 2 in a special highlights show to be broadcast on Wednesday 7 February between 7 and 9pm.


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There's a new Beatles Beatleg Podcast up.

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Speaking of Beatles: Spot the genes in these two.



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Milt Caniff's "Steve Canyon" comic strips are going online.

Pop focus: The Encyclopedia of Comic Book Heroes



I got a big shock out of the April 2007 solicitations list released by DC Comics earlier this week. The list of what's coming out a few months from now includes a book I'd given up all hope of ever seeing reprinted: The Batman volume of Michael L. Fleischer's "Encyclopedia of Comic Book Heroes."

Originally published in the mid 70s, the tome was the ultimate reference up to that point on the Batman character and his comic book exploits. It's an amazing piece of work, as are Fleischer's other volumes dedicated to Wonder Woman (marketed as "The Encyclopedia of Comic Book Heroes Vol. 2") and Superman (sold as "The Great Superman Book.")

Fleisher, as Bronze Age comics fans likely know, is/was a pretty fine comics writer himself.

Being a cash-poor 10 or 11 year old at the time, I missed the Encyclopedias when they first came out, but bought all three via used bookstores and eBay a few years ago. Had I known DC intended to republish them...

But, at any rate, here's what newcomers to the books can look forward to: Each volume is as an honest-to-goodness encyclopedia covering aspects of each character's personality, supporting cast villains, secret headquarters and special equipment and synopses of their exploits.



The entries are written as if the characters actually exist. For example, the entry for ACE (the Bat Hound) reads, "the courageous brown dog--owned first by engraver JOHN Wilker and later by BRUCE Wayne--the functions periodically, from June 1955 onward, as the canine crime-fighting compation of BATMAN and ROBIN."

Pretty much anything that happened or was mentioned in an issue of Batman, Detective Comics, All Star Comics, The Brave and Bold and World's Finest Comics during Batman's first three decades is recounted and cross-referenced. The same is true for Superman and Wonder Woman in their various comics titles.

An issue-by-issue synopsis of all Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman adventures is offered in each book. The entries, however, end in the mid 60s. I suppose getting any more up to date would've been complicated and perhaps too recent for Fleischer to satisfyingly recount. Emulating Marvel Comics, DC's continuity started getting pretty complicated by the mid 70s and continuing or updating these book would've been a challenge.

Fleischer, for example, doesn't get into the whole business of Earth 1/Earth 2 and multiple versions of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, etc., and probably wisely so. Deciding where the cut off was between the "old" and "new" Batman, etc., would've been a nightmare repaid only in fanboy complaints.

Instead, we get a nice reader's companion to each character's adventures from the late 1930s/early 1940s to the prime of the Silver Age, illustrated with lots of great black-and-white panel reproductions from the original stories.

In a way, it makes great sense for DC to reprint them now as they make great companions to the DC Archives and DC Showcase collections. I just figured that, if they ever got republished, it would've been done in the fan press or something, by TwoMorrows or someone like that. So good on DC!

What I'm interested to know--I don't know who to contact at DC or how to reach Fleisher (although I'd love to print an interview with him about these books), is whether other volumes of the "Encyclopedia" might ever see print.

In the Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman volumes from the 1970s, Fleisher mentions several other planned books, including guides to Green Lantern, the Flash (both Golden and Silver Age?), and "group" volumes dedicated to Captain Marvel/Plastic Man/The Spirit, Doctor Fate/Hawkman/Starman/Spectre and Marvel Comics' Captain America/Sub-Mariner/Human Torch. I'd love to see these!

UPDATE: Fleischer's Wonder Woman and Superman encyclopedias are being reprinted. Click the links to pre-order from Amazon.

New and upcoming action figures Jan. 18, 2007

Complete List of Marvel Legends Action Figures
Complete List of DC Direct Action Figures

Here's a look at action figures available via your local comics shop or via the TIP!-supporting links below:

DC Direct Action Figures

Alex Ross JLA series 5 action figures
--Brainiac
--Lex Luthor
--Green Arrow
--Martian Manhunter
--Red Tornado
--Translucent Martian Manhunter

Batman Through the Ages
--Box Set

Batman/Superman Series 4
--Batzarro
--Bizarro
--Superwoman
--Batwoman
--Batman Beyond
--Kryptonite Batman

DC Direct Reactivated Action Figures
--Batman
--Wonder Woman
--Lobo
--Superman

DC 13-inch Figures
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Green Lantern
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Lex Luthor
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Two-Face
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Superman
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Shazam

Elseworlds Action Figures Series 2
--Red Son Batman
--Red Son President Superman
--Kingdom Come Jade
--Kingdom Come Spectre and Norman McKay
--Gotham By Gaslight Batman

Elseworlds Action Figures Series 3
--Supergirl
--Batgirl
--Nightstar
--Kingdom Come Aquaman
--Red Son Green Lantern

First Appearance Series 4
--Blue Beetle translucent
--Blue Beetle
--Brave New World Atom
--Warlord
--Brave New World Martian Manhunter
--Brave New World Aquaman

Infinite Crisis Action Figures Series 1
--Powergirl
--Omac
--Mongul
--Earth Prime Superboy
--Alexander Luthor

JSA Action Figures
--Mr. Terrific
--Hawkgirl
--Dr. Midnite
--Hourman
--Golden Age Atom 2-pack

Hanna Barbera Series 2 Action Figures
--Captain Caveman
--Fred Flintstone and Dino
--Johnny Quest
--Magilla Gorilla
--Penelope Pitstop and Muttley
--Tom and Jerry
--Yogi Bear
--Flintstones at the Drive-In

Hanna Barbera Series 3 Action Figures
--Fred Flintstone Quittin' Time
--Twinkle Toes Fred Flintstone
--Great Grape Ape
--Huckleberry Hound
--The Jetsons
--Secret Squirrel
--Snagglepuss

Lost series 2 action figures
--Crash site box set
--Sawyer
--Jin
--Sayid
--Desmond
--Sun
--Mr. Eko

Marvel Figure Factory Sets
--Angel
--Beast
--Black Costume Spider-Man
--Deadpool
--Invisible Woman
--Silver Surfer

Marvel Legends Action Figures

Hasbro Marvel Legends Figures Series 1
--Emma Frost
--Ultimate Iron Man
--Movie Beast
--Planet Hulk
--Banshee
--Hercules

Hasbro Marvel Legends Action Figures Series 2
--Wolverine
--She-Hulk
--Yellow Jacket
--Quick Silver
--Lord Asgard Thor
--Magneto Xorn
--X3 Jean Grey
--First Appearance Storm

Marvel Legends Icons 13-inch Action Figures Series 3 Action Figures
--Spider-Man
--Spider-Man Variant
--Beast
--Beast Variant

Hasbro Marvel Legends Icons 13-inch Series 1 Action Figures
--Wolverine
--Thor

Marvel Legends Masterworks Sets
--Spider-Man Vs. Green Goblin
--Fantastic Four Vs. Mole Man
--Hulk Vs. The Thing
--Galactus Vs. Everybody

Marvel Select Figures

Best of Marvel Select Figures
--Grey Hulk
--Thanos
--Ultimate Spider-Man
--Green Goblin

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Pop Artifact! Roy Rogers watch

Educational comics

Pop Culture Roundup Jan. 17, 2007

Gyneth Paltrow will star as Tony Stark's secretary Pepper Potts opposite Robert Downey Jr. in the new "Iron Man" film, Marvel Comics has announced.

Paltrow will portray billionaire industrialist and genius inventor Tony Stark's indispensable personal assistant, Virginia "Pepper" Potts. Pepper is an invaluable resource to Stark Industries, and one of the few people in Tony's life who can go toe-to-toe with him, occasionally acting as his conscience and working to keep his priorities straight as he secretly defends the world as the armored hero known as Iron Man. Below the surface, Tony and Pepper share a deep attraction for one another although neither is willing to admit it.

Paltrow joins a star-studded cast for Marvel Entertainment's first self-financed and produced feature film, which also includes Oscar(R) nominees Robert Downey Jr. in the title role and Terrence Howard as Jim "Rhodey" Rhodes, Stark's best friend. Jon Favreau is set to direct. This latest move reinforces the continued allure of Marvel's films among Hollywood's most celebrated talent.

The film is slated to hit theaters May 2, 2008.


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Live at Massey Hall is the second in a series of archival live concert recordings due out from Neil Young. Here's the press release:

On January 19, 1971, Neil Young performed at Massey Hall in Toronto, Canada. In many ways, this was a major homecoming event. He had left Canada in 1966, soon becoming a member of Buffalo Springfield in Los Angeles, then recording his self-titled debut solo album in 1968. That was followed by "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere" with Crazy Horse, then Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's "Déjà vu" in 1970 and his best-selling album "After The Gold Rush." By the time Young came back to Canada for the Massey Hall concert, he had become one of the most exciting and successful singer-songwriters in rock.

Neil Young was performing solo that evening in Toronto, playing many of his well-known songs like "Down by the River," "Ohio" and "I Am a Child." But he also included several new originals that would be featured on his next new album, "Harvest," which had not been released yet, like "Old Man," "The Needle and the Damage Done" and "Heart of Gold." The audience had not heard any of these before, and the night was an historic and moving performance for all.

"This is the album that should have come out between 'After The Gold Rush' and 'Harvest,'" Young says now. "David Briggs, my producer, was adamant that this should be the record, but I was very excited about the takes we got on 'Harvest,' and wanted 'Harvest' out. David disagreed. As I listen to this today, I can see why."

"Live At Massey Hall," produced by Young and the late David Briggs, is the second Reprise Records release in the Neil Young Archives Performance Series, following last year's "Live At The Fillmore East" album. Both are in anticipation of the "Archives Volume I" collection, due this fall. That 8-CD, 2-DVD audiobiography will include Young's music from 1963 to 1972, and feature a treasure trove of previously unreleased recordings, both studio and live, along with concert footage and rare memorabilia from the first decade of Neil Young's long and unequaled career.


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The Bat-Blog presents some nifty foreign Batman comic book covers.

Best Batman Sites.

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Bob Dylan contributed a new song, "Huck's Tune," to the soundtrack of the gambling-themed move "Lucky You." A Kris Kristofferson original ("They Ain't Got 'Em All") and Bruce Springsteen's "The Fever" and "Lucky Town" also are featured.

"Lucky You" is due March 6 via Columbia and in theaters March 16. The soundtrack also features tracks from Ryan Adams, George Jones, Shawn Colvin, Bonnie Raitt and the film's co-star, Drew Barrymore, who plays an aspiring singer.

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From BoingBoing: A nice tribute to recently departed sci-fi author/philosopher Robert Anton Wilson, whose works were a big influence on the creators of "Lost."

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Sharity: James Dean on Conga Drums!

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"Lost" cast member Elizabeth Mitchell, who plays the mysterious Other Juliet, gets a flashback when the series comes back Feb. 7. Spoilers may apply.

Best "Lost" Sites.

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More on the Beatles/iTunes rumors from the Toronto Sun. The gist, rumor has it the entire Beatles catalog may be available on iTunes by June. Also, remastered CDs of the catalog also are planned, centering around the 40th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in June. Pepper, itself, may be released in some sort of a special edition. We'll see. In the meantime, it'd probably be a good idea for me to start saving my money.

Best Beatles Sites.

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The great Charlton Comics writer Joe Gill has passed away. Mark Evanier has more.

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The early Doctor Who adventure "The Gunfighters" is being released in a CD adaptation Feb. 5. Audio from the original TV programs featuring first Doctor William Hartnell were used, along with new linking narration.

Best Doctor Who Sites.

TwoMorrows book looks at gorilla comics!

Any self-respecting fan of the Silver Age will need this one.

Comics Gone Ape!
By Micheal Eury

They may be only one notch below humans on the evolutionary ladder, but gorillas and monkeys have for decades climbed to the top of the comic-book world as heroes and villains, monsters and masterminds, and soldiers and sidekicks. Comics Gone Ape! is the missing link to primates in comics, spotlighting a barrel of simian superstars like Beppo, BrainiApe, the Gibbon, Gleek, Gorilla Man, Grease Monkey, King Kong, Konga, Mojo Jojo, Sky Ape, and Titano. Comics Gone Ape! is loaded with rare and classic artwork, chest-thumping cover galleries, and 11 exclusive interviews with apes artists and writers including Arthur ADAMS (Monkeyman and O’Brien), Frank CHO, Carmine INFANTINO (Detective Chimp, Grodd), Joe KUBERT (Tor, Tarzan), Tony MILLIONAIRE (Sock Monkey), Doug MOENCH (Planet of the Apes), and Bob OKSNER (Angel and the Ape). With its all-new Avengers-as-gorillas cover by Arthur ADAMS, you won’t be able to keep your filthy paws off this book! Edited by BACK ISSUE magazine’s Michael EURY.

Pre-order it now for $11.53 from Amazon.

Marvel Comics April 2007 solicitations

Highlights:


MARVEL ILLUSTRATED: JUNGLE BOOK
Written by MARY JO DUFFY & GIL KANE
Penciled by GIL KANE
Cover by P. CRAIG RUSSELL

The saga of Mowgli and his brothers, adapted from Rudyard Kipling's THE JUNGLE BOOK by comics legends Gil Kane and P. Craig Russell! Originally presented in MARVEL FANFARE #8-11. Includes sneak previews for the upcoming Marvel Illustrated line of books featuring the Last of the Mohicans and more!
64 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99


AMAZING SPIDER-MAN OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC
Written by STAN LEE & STEVE DITKO
Penciled by STEVE DITKO with JACK KIRBY
Cover by JACK KIRBY & STEVE DITKO
Variant Painted Cover by ALEX ROSS

In 1962, in the pages of a comic book slated for cancellation, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko gave birth to one of the most-enduring icons in American popular media: the one and only Amazing Spider-Man! Turning the concept of a super hero on its head, they imbued the young, guilt-ridden Peter Parker with the fantastic powers of an arachnid and the fantastic pressures of an everyday teenager.

The combination was pure magic. During the course of 40 issues of web-slinging, wisecracking wonderment Lee and Ditko built the foundation for 45 years of Spidey spectaculars — girl trouble; bill trouble; bully trouble; the Daily Bugle; and a cast friends, family and, of course, super-villains unlike any other!

Completing the entire Stan Lee/Steve Ditko Spider-Man run in one massive volume —including every page, every pinup and every letters column. Not to mention unused covers, critical essays and bonuses galore!We went back to the Mighty Marvel Archive to restore each and every page in this volume for painstaking accuracy to the originals.

There’s no kidding — this collector’s edition is the guaranteed be-all, end-all book for the Spider-Man fan!

Collecting AMAZING FANTASY #15, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1-38 and ANNUAL #1-2, STRANGE TALES ANNUAL #2, and FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #1.1088 PGS./All Ages …$99.99

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC – VARIANT EDITION
1088 PGS./All Ages …$99.99

See complete Marvel Comics April 2007 solicitations

Comics shipping Jan. 17, 2007

See complete lists:
DC Archives
DC Showcase
DC Trade Paperbacks
Marvel Masterworks
Marvel Essentials
Marvel Trade Paperbacks
Upcoming Trade Paperbacks - Graphic Novels


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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Pop Artifact! The Phantom plastic model by Revell



Educational comics

Pop Culture Roundup Jan. 16, 2007

The Sci Fi Channel will air several original flicks in its "Sci Fi Saturday" block this season. No dates yet, but movies scheduled include:

* The Lost Colony
* King Arthur & The Order of the Dragon
* Riddle of the Sphinx
* Sherlock Holmes & the Banshee
* Odysseus & the Isle of Mists

More.

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Liverpool's Cavern Club is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

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Here's a list of last night's Golden Globe winners.

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Rumors are afoot that Beatles tunes will debut on iTunes Feb. 14 (Valentine's Day).

A popular Beatles fan website, Abbeyrd, reports an "unnamed source" who said that a deal between the two Apple's has been struck, and it seems likely that the latest album, Love, will be made available through iTunes.

It's not clear if back catalogue material will be released. One trait both Apple Corp and Apple Inc share is a penchant for maintaining a tight hold of copyright and control.

The rumour began last year, when Beatles drummer Ringo Starr hinted that tracks from the band — the last major act to refuse to release music online — would be made available "at some point".

Disney's "Meet the Robinsons" pictures

Here are pics and German poster from Disney's upcoming CGI toon, based on the children's book by William Joyce.







DC Direct April 2007 solicitations

See:
DC Comics April 2007 solicitations
Complete List of DC Direct action figures





DC MINIMATES WAVE 5

The DC Universe just got smaller — and more collectible! DC Direct and Art Asylum team up to deliver your favorite super-heroes with a MiniMates makeover! These figures range in size from 2.125” – 2.5” tall. Each 2 pack is blister-carded on a 4-color card. Collect them all!
IN STORES 9/19/07
* CAPTAIN MARVEL WITH MARY MARVEL
* HAWKMAN WITH HAWKGIRL
* GUY GARDNER WITH KILOWOG
* RED TORNADO WITH MA HUNKEL


JUSTICE LEAGUE SERIES 6 ACTION FIGURES
Continuing the best-selling action figure line designed by Alex Ross!
Each figure features multiple points of articulation and a base.
Advance-solicited; on sale September 12, 2007 • Action Figures • PI
* HAWKGIRL 7.5" (with wings)
* GREEN LANTERN ARMORED 7.5"
* BATMAN ARMORED 7.25"
* SCARECROW 7.25"


NIGHTWING 13” DELUXE COLLECTOR FIGURE
NIGHTWING is the newest addition to DC Direct’s line of realistically proportioned, super-heroic 1:6 scale figures! This deluxe collector figure comes clothed in an authentically detailed fabric costume and includes two escrima sticks and a display stand. Packaged in a deluxe 4-color window box with a 5th panel.
Includes alternate mask.
Advance-solicited; on sale September 19, 2007
Collector figure• $69.99 US


THE SANDMAN ABSOLUTE STATUE
Designed by Mark Buckingham
Sculpted by Jim Maddox
From the pages of THE SANDMAN by Neil Gaiman!
This limited-edition, hand-painted cold-cast porcelain statue measures approximately 11" tall x 6" wide x 5" deep and is packaged in a 4-color box.
Advance-solicited; on sale September 25, 2007 • Statue • $175.00 US


WOMEN OF THE DC UNIVERSE: DONNA TROY BUST
Designed by Adam Hughes
Sculpted by Jack Mathews
Donna Troy continues the amazing line of Women of the DC Universe busts designed by award-winning illustrator Adam Hughes. This limited-edition, hand-painted, cold-cast porcelain busts measures approximately 5.5” tall x 3” wide x 2” deep and is packaged in a four-color box.
Advance-solicited; on sale September 5, 2007
Bust • $45.00 US

New DVD releases Jan. 16, 2007

Doctor Who - The Complete Second Series

King of Queens - Complete Seventh Season

Allo 'Allo!: Complete Series Six

Farewell to the World Live ~ Crowded House

Employee of the Month (Widescreen Edition)

Space Academy: The Complete Series

The Legend of Prince Valiant, Vol. 2

The Kinks: In Performance

The Animation Show (Vol. 1 & 2 Boxed Set)

More upcoming DVD releases

New CD releases Jan. 16, 2007

New CD releases Jan. 16, 2007

Farewell to the World by Crowded House

Dig Everything: the 1966 Pye Singles by David Bowie

Meet the Smithereens: Tribute to the Beatles by Smithereens

Take Two Plus by Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston

Golden Afrique 3 by Golden Afrique

Phantom Limb by The Shins

No Promises by Carla Bruni

Balance of Power by Electric Light Orchestra

Trancefer by Klaus Schulze

Even More Mellow Cats 'N' Kittens: Hot R&B and Cool Blues 1945-1951 by Various Artists

Hollywood Rock 'N Roll Record Hop by Various Artists

More upcoming CDs

Monday, January 15, 2007

Pop Artifact! Steve Canyon board game



See a complete list of Steve Canyon comic strip reprints.

Educational comics

Pop Culture Roundup Jan. 15, 2007

Jazz pianist/harpist Alice Coltrane, wife of the late tenor sax giant John Coltrane, died Friday, according to Reuters.

After [John's] death in July 1967 at age 40, she raised the couple's children, continued playing and expanding upon his music and devoted herself to the study of Eastern religions, adopting the Sanskrit name, Turiyasangitananda.

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You'll like The Aquaman Shrine.

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Ronnie Spector has a new album out later this year with guest appearances by Keith Richards, Patti Smith, the Greenhornes, the Raveonettes' Sune Rose Wagner, the New York Dolls' David Johansen and Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

"Everybody on the album, they're really friends of mine in real life. They brought everything to it," says Spector, who's particularly happy that the Ronettes will be going into the Hall of Fame in the same class as Smith. And she was proud of the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards, who took a very serious approach to his guest appearance on the Amy Rigby-written "All I Want."

The album, Last of the Rock Stars, is out already in the UK. No date for the U.S. release is given.

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Action Figure Insider has lots of exclusive pics of the Hot Wheels TV Batmobile, which is out in 1/64 scale next month and in 1/18 and 1/43 models this fall.

Check availability of Batmobile toys at Amazon.

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The producers/writers of "Lost" are planning a definite end to the series--at some point.

...executive producer Carlton Cuse said at a Sunday press panel that the show’s producers are in the process of “picking an end point to the show.”

“Once we do that,” he told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, “a lot of the anxiety and a lot of these questions, like, ‘We’re not getting answers,’ a lot of those will go away. They really represent an underlying anxiety that this is not going to go well or that we don’t know what we’re doing."

...Producers would not offer specifics on when that end point would come, but there were a few clues that the show’s fifth season might be its last.


The show (finally) returns from hiatus Feb. 7.

Best "Lost" Sites.


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Production of a new Flash Gordon TV series, to air on the Sci Fi Channel, is set to begin soon. Twenty-two episodes have been ordered.

The characters of Ming, Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov will be brought back for a contemporary retelling of the comic-strip story created in 1934 by Alex Raymond. The strip is still distributed internationally by King Features Syndicate.

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Check out a groovy 1963 National Geographic article exploring the wonders of Disneyland.

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A couple of nice links from Journalista!:

It's the 60th anniversary of Milt Caniff's "Steve Canyon" strip.

The New York Times profiles collectors of vintage comic strips.

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"The Sopranos" returns to HBO April 8.

DC Comics April 2007 solicitations

Highlights:


THE ORIGINAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF COMIC BOOK HEROES VOLUME 1: BATMAN TP
Written by Michael Fleischer
Art by various

Everything you ever wanted to know about DC’s Dark Knight — and so much more — can be found in this amazing volume, brought back into print for the first time in 30 years!
Originally published in 1976, this extensive volume — the first in a series — includes everything you could want to know about Batman, his allies and enemies, weapons in his war on crime and his adventures from the 1930s to the 1970s!
Advance-solicited; on sale May 23 • 416 pg, B&W, $19.99 US

THE BATMAN CHRONICLES VOL. 3 TP
Written by Bill Finger
Art by Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson and various
Cover by Kane

The third volume in the series collecting every Batman story in chronological order of publication! This volume, collecting DETECTIVE COMICS #46-50, BATMAN #4-5 and more, features The Joker, Clayface and more.
Advance-solicited; on sale May 9 • 192 pg, FC, $14.99 US


GOLDEN AGE DR. FATE ARCHIVES VOL. 1 HC
Written by Gardner Fox
Art by Hal Sherman and various Cover by Hal Sherman

Don’t miss this new, extra-sized archive collecting the complete, mystic adventures of Doctor Fate from More fun Comics #55-98! Young Kent Nelson, taken in by the ancient wizard Nabu, is trained in the mystic arts, preparing to protect the world from mystic threats as the golden-helmeted hero Dr. Fate!
Advance-solicited; on sale June 27 • 396 pg, FC, $75.00 US $47.25 from Amazon.

DOCTOR FATE #1
Written by Steve Gerber
Art and cover by Paul Gulacy
Variant cover by Gene Ha

“The Helmet of Fate” explodes into a new ongoing series dedicated to the popular member of the JSA! Psychiatrist Kent Nelson finds even stranger depths within the human mind than he has in any mystical realm. How can he begin to help others when his own life is a shambles? Find out in this amazing debut issue!
Retailers: This issue will feature two covers that may be ordered separately. One copy of the Variant Edition may be ordered for every 10 copies of the Standard Edition ordered. Please see the Previews Order Form for further details.
On sale April 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US Edited by Joey Cavalier


SHOWCASE PRESENTS: THE FLASH VOL. 1 TP
Written by Robert Kanigher, John Broome and Gardner Fox
Art by Carmine Infantino, Joe Giella and various
Cover by Infantino & Giella

Over 500 pages of classic adventures are included in this value-priced volume! The Fastest Man Alive stars in these fantastic tales from late 1950s and into the 1960s! This collection features The Flash in battle against the Mirror Master, the Trickster, Captain Cold and many other villains!
Advance-solicited; on sale May 16 • 512 pg, B&W, $16.99 US


SHOWCASE PRESENTS: THE WAR THAT TIME FORGOT VOL. 1 TP
Written by Robert Kanigher
Art and cover by Ross Andru & Mike Esposito

Over 500 pages of classic adventures are included in this value-priced volume collecting one of the most unusual series ever from DC Comics! On an unnamed, uncharted Pacific island, dinosaurs continued to thrive while World War II raged across the globe. It’s there that members of the U.S. Military found themselves armed only with standard-issue weapons against the deadliest predators ever to roam the Earth!
Advance-solicited; on sale May 2 • 560 pg, B&W, $16.99 US

THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES IN THE 31st CENTURY #1
Written by J. Torres
Art by Chynna Clugston-Flores
Cover by Steve Uy

An all-new series spinning out of the smash-hit TV show, written by J. Torres (TEEN TITANS GO, Sidekicks, Alison Dare: Little Miss Adventures) and drawn by the creator of the indie favorite Blue Monday, Chynna Clugston-Flores!
To stop the Fatal Five from destroying Metropolis, the Legion of Super-Heroes travel back in time for reinforcements, because this looks like a job for…Clark Kent?! Can six teenagers from the future help a mild-mannered reporter become the Man of Steel, or will the Fatal Five determine his destiny before it’s even begun?
Retailers: Please see the solicitation for the Free Comic Book Day Edition of this issue elsewhere in this issue of Previews.
On sale April 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

See the entire listing here.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

DC Comics April 2007 solicitations

Previous DC Comics Solicitations:
January 2007
February 2007
March 2007


THE PLAIN JANES
Written by Cecil Castellucci
Art and cover by Jim Rugg
When a transfer student named Jane is forced to move from the cool confines of Metro City to Suburbia, she thinks her life is over. But there in the lunch room at the reject table she finds her tribe: three other girls named Jane. Main Jane encourages them to form a secret art gang and paint the town P.L.A.I.N. — People Loving Art In Neighborhoods. But can art attacks really save the hell that is high school?
“...Castellucci clearly knows what goes on in the lives in many teens.”
— School Library Journal
“Castellucci gives voice to a memorable teenage narrator.”
— Publishers Weekly starred review
Advance-solicited; in stores May 16 • 176 pg, 5.25” x 8”, B & W, $9.99 US Edited by Shelly Bond

WORLD WAR III PART ONE: A CALL TO ARMS
Written by Keith Champagne
Art by Pat Oliffe & Drew Geraci
Cover by Ethan Van Sciver
It is a day of infamy. Chaos has broken out across the globe, and Firestorm and Firehawk are among the many mobilizing to stem the flow of blood and thunder.
In stores April 18; 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

WORLD WAR III PART TWO: THE VALIANT
Written by Keith Champagne
Art by Andy Smith & Ray Snyder
Cover by Ethan Van Sciver
The war rages on, extending from the far reaches of space, where Supergirl encounters a missing hero, to the darkest depths of the ocean, where the fate of Aquaman is revealed.
In stores April 18; 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

WORLD WAR III PART THREE: HELL IS FOR HEROES
Written by John Ostrander
Art by Tom Derenick & Norm Rapmund
Cover by Ethan Van Sciver
The horrors of war become grim reality for the Teen Titans, as they suffer the loss of one of their own.
In stores April 18; 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

WORLD WAR III PART FOUR: UNITED WE STAND
Written by John Ostrander
Art by Jack Jadson & Rodney Ramos
Cover by Ethan Van Sciver
Through the fog of war, a hero is reborn, and the DC Universe bands together against the wrath of an ancient evil!
In stores April 18; 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

52: WEEKS 48-52
Written by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid
Breakdowns by Keith Giffen
Art by various
Backup features by Waid and various
Covers by J.G. Jones
The end is near! As the year races towards its close, we follow our heroes through their final steps in space — and time! From the mean streets of Gotham to the far reaches of deep space, the last weeks tick down to their shattering conclusion. World War III is just the beginning! Plus, more origins of the DC Universe, including the JLA with Ethan Van Sciver and Batman with Andy Kubert! These final issues feature art by Darick Robertson, Eddy Barrows, Joe Bennett, Justiniano and more.
52: A year without Superman; a year without Batman; a year without Wonder Woman…but not a year without heroes.
Week 48 on sale April 4 • Week 49 on sale April 11 • Week 50 on sale April 18 • Week 51 on sale April 25 • Week 52 advance-solicited; on sale May 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

52 VOLUME 1 TP
Written by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid
Breakdowns by Keith Giffen
Art by various
Cover by J.G. Jones
After the INFINITE CRISIS, the DCU spent a year without Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman — a year in which those heroes were needed more than ever as the fate of the world hung in the balance.
Don’t miss the first of a four-volume collection featuring the lead stories from 52 WEEK 1-13 of the unprecedented, critically acclaimed weekly series of death, danger, romance, terror and the never-ending search for heroism in the DC Universe’s most eventful year ever.
52: A year without Superman; a year without Batman; a year without Wonder Woman…but not a year without heroes.
Advance-solicited; on sale May 30 • 304 pg, FC, $19.99 US

AMAZONS ATTACK #1
Written by Will Pfeifer
Art and cover by Pete Woods
Spinning out of the pages of Jodi Picoult's WONDER WOMAN comes the first major comics event of 2007! Well over a year has passed since the events of INFINITE CRISIS, including the retreat of the Amazons to the realm of the Gods. But now they’re back, screaming for vengeance! What could compel the Amazons to renounce their peaceful ways and attack America? The answers will prove useless to a country and hero population utterly unprepared for this savage attack. And where is Wonder Woman while all this is going on?
Written by Will Pfeifer (CATWOMAN, INFINITE CRISIS: THE SPECTRE) and illustrated by Pete Woods (SUPERMAN: UP, UP AND AWAY, SUPERMAN: BACK IN ACTION), this series unites the former Catwoman team for a story that will have devastating ramifications both in the present and all the way into 2008!
On sale April 25 • 1 of 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US Editor: Matt Idelson

BATMAN #665
Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Andy Kubert & Jesse Delperdang
Cover by Andy Kubert
The “Three Ghosts of Batman” continues as Batman tries to discover the mysterious contents of Casebook X! This issue takes us back to Batman's early days and reveals the truth about his final confrontation with Joe Chill, the man who murdered his parents. It also ties in to 52, as we learn what really happened to Batman inside the cave in Nanda Parbat when he underwent a seven-day Buddhist isolation ritual to purge his negative karma.
On sale April 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

DETECTIVE COMICS #831
Written by Paul Dini
Art by Don Kramer & Wayne Faucher
Cover by Simone Bianchi
Writer Paul Dini — creator of Harley Quinn — returns with art team Don Kramer & Wayne Faucher (JSA)! A bizarre incident forges a temporary alliance between the Dark Knight and his daffy-but-deadly adversary Harley Quinn. Forget everything you think you know about Dr. Harleen Quinzel as Batman uncovers long-buried secrets from his enemy’s unknown past.
On sale April 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

CATWOMAN #66
Written by Will Pfeifer
Art by David Lopez & Alvaro Lopez
Cover by Adam Hughes
Catwoman’s about to find out that some people don’t like it when you steal their secrets! Catwoman’s got one angry metahuman supervillain on her tail, and Holly’s left on her own to handle the rage of Hammer and Sickle!
On sale April 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

ROBIN #161
Written by Adam Beechen
Art by Freddie Williams II
Cover by Patrick Gleason & Christian Alamy
As the Lords of the Avenues continue their killing spree on the mean streets of Gotham, Robin reveals the puppet-masters supplying the killers with their drugs. Now he must cut off the pipeline and protect the reporter who wants to break the story before he becomes the next victims!
On sale April 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #5
Written by Andy Diggle
Art and cover by Whilce Portacio & Richard Friend
Part 5 of the 6-part “Rules of Engagement.” It’s all-out war as Batman goes up against an army of Lex Luthor’s G.I. Robots!
On sale April 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

NIGHTWING ANNUAL #2
Written by Marc Andreyko
Art and cover by Joe Bennett & Jack Jadson
One year ago, Dick Grayson pledged his heart to Barbara Gordon, a.k.a. Oracle, then nearly surrendered his life during the INFINITE CRISIS. Now, learn the full comeback story of Nightwing as it brings to light the story of DC’s most star-crossed couple in a stunning annual by fan favorites Marc Andreyko (MANHUNTER) and Joe Bennett (52).
On sale April 18 • 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US

NIGHTWING #131
Written by Marv Wolfman
Art by Jamal Igle & Keith Champagne
Cover by Michael Golden
More innocent bodies start piling up in Gotham as Nightwing goes on an angry hunt through the mean streets, tearing into meta and criminal hideouts, as his search for the deadly Bride and Groom intensifies!
On sale April 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

THE BATMAN CHRONICLES VOL. 3 TP
Written by Bill Finger
Art by Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson and various
Cover by Kane
The third volume in the series collecting every Batman story in chronological order of publication! This volume, collecting DETECTIVE COMICS #46-50, BATMAN #4-5 and more, features The Joker, Clayface and more.
Advance-solicited; on sale May 9 • 192 pg, FC, $14.99 US

THE ORIGINAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF COMIC BOOK HEROES VOLUME 1: BATMAN TP
Written by Michael Fleischer
Art by various
Everything you ever wanted to know about DC’s Dark Knight — and so much more — can be found in this amazing volume, brought back into print for the first time in 30 years!
Originally published in 1976, this extensive volume — the first in a series — includes everything you could want to know about Batman, his allies and enemies, weapons in his war on crime and his adventures from the 1930s to the 1970s!
Advance-solicited; on sale May 23 • 416 pg, B&W, $19.99 US

BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE VOL. 3 TP
Written by various
Art by various
Cover by Dave Johnson
A new collection of classic Batman tales in black and white, featuring unique visions of the Dark Knight from such comics luminaries as Brian Azzarello, Darwyn Cooke, Judd Winick, Jill Thompson, Michael Wm. Kaluta and many more!
Advance-solicited; on sale May 16 • 288 pg, B&W, $19.99 US

SUPERMAN CONFIDENTIAL #5
Written by Darwyn Cooke
Art and cover by Tim Sale
The origin of Kryptonite by the amazing team of Darwyn Cooke & Tim Sale continues!
On sale April 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99

SUPERGIRL #16
Written by Joe Kelly & Mark Sable
Art and cover by Alé Garza
Finally, the truth about the Girl from Krypton! Why was she sent to kill Superman? And what does it means to Earth if she doesn’t?
On sale April 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

SUPERMAN/BATMAN VOL. 5: THE ENEMIES AMONG US HC
Written by Mark Verheiden
Art by Ethan Van Sciver, Matthew Clark, Andy Lanning, Marlo Alquiza and others
Cover by Van Sciver
This explosive volume collects the best-selling SUPERMAN/BATMAN #28-33! The JLA’s Martian Manhunter attacks Batman! The villainous Parasite and Titano return! Superman’s allegiances will be tested in this story involving the Green Lantern Corps and more!
Advance-solicited; on sale May 7 • 128 pg, FC, $19.99 US

SUPERMAN & BATMAN VS. ALIENS & PREDATOR TP
Written by Mark Schultz
Art and cover by Ariel Olivetti
DC’s greatest icons, Superman and Batman, clash with the stars of the blockbuster Aliens and Predator movies from Twentieth Century Fox in a no-holds-barred slugfest the likes of which the universe has never seen! This volume, co-published with Dark Horse Comics, collects the acclaimed 2-issue miniseries featuring the battle of the century!
Advance-solicited; on sale May 23 • 112 pg, FC, $12.99 US

THE ALL-NEW ATOM #10
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Eddy Barrows & Trevor Scott
Cover by Ladrönn
Part 2 of the 3-part “Jia.” Back home in Hong Kong, the Atom is confronted by the ghost of his ex-girlfriend’s dead husband... but it’s how he died that might destroy the Atom completely!
On sale April 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

THE ALL-NEW ATOM VOL. 1: MY LIFE IN MINIATURE TP
Written by Gail Simone
Art by John Byrne, Trevor Scott and others
Cover by Ariel Olivetti
Collecting the first 6 issues of the acclaimed new series! Meet Ryan Choi — the young hotshot professor filling the empty slot on Ivy University’s teaching staff…and who inadvertently fills the role as the all-new super-heroic Atom!
Advance-solicited; on sale May 2 • 160 pg, FC, $14.99 US

AQUAMAN: SWORD OF ATLANTIS #51
Written by Tad Williams
Art by Shawn McManus & Walden Wong
Cover by Michael Wm. Kaluta
Acclaimed fantasy writer Tad Williams continues his run on the title that’s already garnered a great deal of attention! Black Manta is trying to move in on the remains of Sub Diego, and Tempest tries to help Arthur recover the Trident of Poseidon!
On sale April 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #3
Written by Mark Waid
Art by George Pérez & Bob Wiacek
Covers by Pérez
It’s Batman and Blue Beetle versus the Fatal Five in the team-up book to end all team-up books! Who’s brought these Legion villains into the fray? The Lord of Time, who has pulled in assassins and villains from throughout the history of the DCU!
On sale April 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

BIRDS OF PREY #105
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Nicola Scott & Doug Hazlewood
Cover by Stephane Roux
Trapped in Russia, the Birds face off against the Secret Six — just as one of her team wrests control of the mission from Oracle! Plus, the return of a very cool character to the DCU!
On sale April 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

THE BLUE BEETLE #14
Written by John Rogers
Art by Rafael Albuquerque
Cover by Cully Hamner
When aliens are trying to kill you, who you gonna call? Guy Gardner! Sure, he tried to kill you once already, but who’s counting?
On sale April 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

CHECKMATE #13
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Joe Bennett & Jack Jadson
Cover by Matthew Clark & Art Thibert
They’ve just been waiting for the right opening gambit,
and now’s the time to make the first move as Checkmate hunts the Outsiders! Jump aboard for a 3-month crossover called “Checkout,” continuing in May’s OUTSIDERS #47, as the DCU’s top spies throw down with the DCU’s most troublemaking hero team!
On sale April 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

DOCTOR FATE #1
Written by Steve Gerber
Art and cover by Paul Gulacy
Variant cover by Gene Ha
“The Helmet of Fate” explodes into a new ongoing series dedicated to the popular member of the JSA! Psychiatrist Kent Nelson finds even stranger depths within the human mind than he has in any mystical realm. How can he begin to help others when his own life is a shambles? Find out in this amazing debut issue!
Retailers: This issue will feature two covers that may be ordered separately. One copy of the Variant Edition may be ordered for every 10 copies of the Standard Edition ordered. Please see the Previews Order Form for further details.
On sale April 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US Edited by Joey Cavalier

THE ALL-NEW ATOM VOL. 1: MY LIFE IN MINIATURE TP
Written by Gardner Fox
Art by Hal Sherman and various Cover by Hal Sherman
Don’t miss this new, extra-sized archive collecting the complete, mystic adventures of Doctor Fate from More fun Comics #55-98! Young Kent Nelson, taken in by the ancient wizard Nabu, is trained in the mystic arts, preparing to protect the world from mystic threats as the golden-helmeted hero Dr. Fate!
Advance-solicited; on sale June 27 • 396 pg, FC, $75.00 US $47.25 from Amazon.

FIRESTORM #35
Written by Dwayne McDuffie
Art by Pop Mhan & Rob Stull
Cover by Pete Woods
The end is here as Firestorm faces the fury of a superpowered Kalibak and a horde of Parademons! After this battle, you’ll see a Firestorm that’s never been seen before!
On sale April 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • Final Issue

THE FLASH: THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE #11Written by Marc Guggenheim
Art by Ron Adrian & Art Thibert
Covers by Ethan Van Sciver
The top Rogues haven’t been on speaking terms for a while, so who’s uniting them as one voice to take down the Flash? This issue kicks off a battle so brutal, we had to call it “Full Throttle”!
On sale April 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

GREEN LANTERN #19
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Ivan Reis & Oclair Albert
Cover by Ethan Van Sciver
“The Mystery of Star Sapphire” continues as Hal Jordan learns the truth behind the obsessive alien parasite known as the Star Sapphire. But if her thirst for him is quenched, what does that mean for the fate of Earth? Plus, the backup feature “Tales of the Sinestro Corps.”
On sale April 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #11
Written by Dave Gibbons
Art and cover by Patrick Gleason & Prentis Rollins
As Guy Gardner struggles on the world of Clustral and makes a horrible discovery inside a sector house, Soranik and Iolande face off against the evil Children of the White Lobe. And Stel and Green Man find murdered Qwardians aboard an escape vessel that point to something sinister festering on the fringes of the galaxy!
On sale April 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

GREEN LANTERN CORPS VOL. 1: TO BE A LANTERN TP
Written by Dave Gibbons
Art and cover by Patrick Gleason & Prentis Rollins
Collecting the first six issues of the new series re-establishing the legendary Green Lantern Corps! From the Guardians’ citadel on the newly fortified planet Oa, Green Lantern Guy Gardner is assigned — against his will — to a feudal world of shadows and sudden death. And across the galaxy, new Lanterns discover what it truly means to wear the Corps insignia, as their courage and comradeship is tested to the limit.
Advance-solicited; on sale May 9 • 144 pg, FC, $12.99 US $10.78 from Amazon.

GREEN ARROW #73
Written by Judd Winick
Art and cover by Scott McDaniel & Andy Owens
Green Arrow’s run as mayor of Star City may come to an end when the truth comes out about some of his extracurricular activities!
On sale April 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

CONNOR HAWKE: DRAGON’S BLOOD #6
Written by Chuck Dixon
Art and cover by Derec Donovan
Don’t miss the pulse-pounding conclusion of Dragon’s Blood! With the world dragon awakened and a master sorcerer revealed, can one man armed with only a bow save mankind?
On sale April 25 • 6 of 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • Final issue

JLA CLASSIFIED #37
Written by Peter Milligan
Art by Carlos D'Anda
Cover by Howard Porter
Kicking off the 5-part “Kid Amazo!” Professor Ivo and Amazo have hatched an unusual experiment that just might mean the downfall of the Justice League—but could their experiment turn on them? Meet the robot Amazo’s only child: Kid Amazo!
On sale April 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #8
Written by Brad Meltzer
Art by Ed Benes & Sandra Hope
Cover by Michael Turner
Variant cover by Phil Jimenez
Beginning the long awaited, epic crossover between the new Justice League and the new Justice Society, uniting the combined writing talents of best-selling author Brad Meltzer and comics mega-star Geoff Johns for the ultimate team-up! “The Lightning Saga” 5-parter begins with the mystery of who Trident is, and how his identity crisis will change everything!
Retailers: This issue will feature two covers that may be ordered separately. The Standard Edition cover is by Michael Turner; one copy of the Variant Edition, with a cover by Phil Jimenez, may be ordered for every 10 copies of the Standard Edition ordered. Please see the Previews Order Form for further details.
On sale April 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #5
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Dale Eaglesham & Art Thibert
Cover by Alex Ross
Variant cover by Eaglesham
Part 2 of the 5-part JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA/JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA crossover with “The Lightning Saga!” Batman and Starman break into the depths of Arkham Asylum in search of the one person who may be able to reconcile Starman's past. But with nightmares literally around every corner, that person may be dead before they reach him. Plus, a battle within the Fortress of Solitude reveals the key to it all, especially the members of the team!
Retailers: This issue will feature two covers that may be ordered separately. The Standard Edition cover is by Alex Ross; one copy of the Variant Edition, with a cover by Dale Eaglesham, may be ordered for every 10 copies of the Standard Edition ordered. Please see the Previews Order Form for further details.
On sale April 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA VOL. 1 HARDCOVER
Written by Brad Meltzer
Art by Ed Benes & Sandra Hope
Cover by Michael Turner
New York Times best-selling author Brad Meltzer (IDENTITY CRISIS, The Book of Fate) redefines the World's Greatest Super Team for a new generation in this hardcover collecting the first six issues of the all-new JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA series, featuring art by Ed Benes & Sandra Hope!
Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman decide to re-form the Justice League and must choose the new roster of members. A new villain appears during their selection process, and he’s just one of the many sinister forces gathering to bring an end to the league.
Advance-solicited; on sale June 6 • 224 pg, FC, $24.99 US

JUSTICE #11
Written by Jim Krueger & Alex Ross
Art by Doug Braithwaite & Ross
Cover by Ross
Witness the triumphant return of Green Lantern and his showdown with Sinestro in the penultimate issue of JUSTICE! Captain Marvel’s incredible victory! The challenge of Aquaman! But will the super-villains still maintain the upper hand if they have Aquaman’s son and a world in their grasp?
On sale April 25 • 40 pg, FC, $3.50 US

JSA CLASSIFIED #25
Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Dennis Calero Cover by Steve Uy
A stand-alone tale written by Tony Bedard (SUPERGIRL AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES) with art by Dennis Calero (X-Factor)! In order to save lives, Alan Scott is forced to renege on a deal he made years ago with one of his Golden Age enemies. But will this betrayal mean this reformed villain is permanently out of retirement?
On sale April 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

HAWKGIRL #63
Written by Walter Simonson
Art by Renato Arlem
Cover by Howard Chaykin
Kendra travels to Gotham City in her search for clues that will lead her to finding Hath-Set…and when in Gotham, who better to help with a mystery than the Dark Knight Detective himself: Batman!
On sale April 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

JONAH HEX #18
Written by Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti
Art and cover by Phil Noto
Hex heads to Texas to track down some missing men on a trail built of blood, gambling and lies!
On sale April 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

MANHUNTER #30
Written by Mark Andreyko
Art by Javier Pina & Robin Riggs
Cover by Jesus Saiz & Pina
The shocking series finale! When you’re the best superhero lawyer on earth, where do you find your next challenge? Look to the stars…
On sale April 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • Final Issue

SHADOWPACT #12
Written by Bill Willingham
Art and cover by Tom Derenick & Wayne Faucher
If you live by the sword, you die by the sword, as Nightmare is finding out! Jim Rook is on the threshold of death, kept alive only by the Enchantress’s spell. If she falters…he dies!
On sale April 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

SUPERGIRL AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #29
Written by Mark Waid
Art by Barry Kitson & Mick Gray
Cover by Kitson
The surviving Legionnaires and Wanderers face off against the entirety of the Dominator Empire to prevent the destruction of the galaxy!
On sale April 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

OUTSIDERS ANNUAL #1
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Scott McDaniel
Cover by Duncan Rouleau
Don’t miss this special issue written by Judd Winick with art by Scott McDaniel (NIGHTWING, GREEN ARROW) that reveals the story behind the team’s supposed “death”! One year ago, a desperate bid to save the life of original Outsider Black Lightning reunited Nightwing and the Outsiders — and forced a mass prison break at Iron Heights that led to an impossible choice.
On sale April 25 • 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US

SHAZAM: THE MONSTER SOCIETY OF EVIL #3
Written by Jeff Smith
Art and cover by Smith
Jeff Smith’s amazing Shazam miniseries continues! Billy and Mary have been captured by Sivana... so Captain Marvel and Mary Marvel may not be able to stop Mr. Mind's Monster Society from taking over the world.
On sale April 4 • Prestige Format • 3 of 4 • 48 pg, FC, $5.99 US

THE TRIALS OF SHAZAM #7
Written by Judd Winick
Art and cover by Howard Porter
Freddy must find Hercules for his next trial, which is considerably more difficult than he expected, since Herc is behind bars!
On sale April 25 • 7 of 12 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

THE SPIRIT #5
Written by Darwyn Cooke
Art by Cooke & J. Bone Cover by Cooke
The Spirit’s likeness has been hijacked and slapped on a rather unappetizing little product called “Spirit Pork & Beans Spread,” much to our hero’s chagrin. The culprit is one Mr. Carrion, an eccentric con artist. But it seems Mr. C is in over his head this time after he’s paid a visit by a decidedly more brutal member of the Spirit’s rogues gallery…
On sale April 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

SHOWCASE PRESENTS: THE FLASH VOL. 1 TP
Written by Robert Kanigher, John Broome and Gardner Fox
Art by Carmine Infantino, Joe Giella and various
Cover by Infantino & Giella
Over 500 pages of classic adventures are included in this value-priced volume! The Fastest Man Alive stars in these fantastic tales from late 1950s and into the 1960s! This collection features The Flash in battle against the Mirror Master, the Trickster, Captain Cold and many other villains!
Advance-solicited; on sale May 16 • 512 pg, B&W, $16.99 US

SHOWCASE PRESENTS: THE WAR THAT TIME FORGOT VOL. 1 TP
Written by Robert Kanigher
Art and cover by Ross Andru & Mike Esposito
Over 500 pages of classic adventures are included in this value-priced volume collecting one of the most unusual series ever from DC Comics! On an unnamed, uncharted Pacific island, dinosaurs continued to thrive while World War II raged across the globe. It’s there that members of the U.S. Military found themselves armed only with standard-issue weapons against the deadliest predators ever to roam the Earth!
Advance-solicited; on sale May 2 • 560 pg, B&W, $16.99 US

WONDER WOMAN:WHO IS WONDER WOMAN? HC
Written by Allan Heinberg
Art and cover by Terry Dodson & Rachel Dodson
Collecting the first 5 issues of the landmark new WONDER WOMAN series, written by Allan Heinberg (JLA, Young Avengers) with stunning art by Terry Dodson & Rachel Dodson (HARLEY QUINN)! One year after the execution of Maxwell Lord and the earth-shattering events of INFINITE CRISIS, the DCU is still struggling to come to terms with its most powerful heroine. Is she a martyr or a murderer? A politician or a super hero? Discover the future of the DCU’s most powerful woman in this sensational hardcover collection!
Advance-solicited; on sale June 13 • 128 pg, FC, $19.99 US

TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED #7
Written by David Lapham and Brian Azzarello
Art by Eric Battle, Cliff Chiang and Prentis Rollins
Cover by Arthur Adams
Dead detective Crispus Allen is himself a victim — doomed to witness the unstoppable instrument of cosmic retribution. Or can the will of one forgotten soul tame the fury of the Spectre? Plus, Dr. 13: “The Reality Breaker!”
On sale April 11 • 7 of 8 • 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US

TEEN TITANS #46
Written by Geoff Johns & Adam Beechen
Art and cover by Tony S. Daniel & Jonathon Glapion
Deathstroke’s true motives are revealed as the shocking conclusion of “Titans East” explodes! Who has come to aid in the fight against Slade’s boys and girls? And what new team of Titans — East and West — will rise out of the ashes of this epic battle?!
On sale April 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

WONDER WOMAN #7
Written by Jodi Picoult
Art by Drew Johnson & Ray Snyder
Cover by Terry Dodson & Rachel Dodson
Part 2 of acclaimed novelist Jodi Picoult’s instant-classic WONDER WOMAN run finds Nemesis the victim of a trap laid for the Amazon Warrior, and Diana Prince under extreme pressure from Sarge Steel to caption her alter ego! The clues to Nemesis’ fate lie in the now-abandoned Wonder Woman museum, but what awaits Diana is an even deadlier trap!
On sale April 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

WONDER WOMAN #8
Written by Jodi Picoult
Art and cover by Terry Dodson & Rachel Dodson
Part 3 of Jodi Picoult’s WONDER WOMAN run welcomes the return of art team Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson! Diana Prince was charged with capturing Wonder Woman for the Department of Metahuman Affairs, and she’s unwittingly succeeded. But the true reason for her illegal detainment can and will precipitate a bloody war, one that even Diana is powerless to prevent! This issue leads directly into AMAZONS ATTACK #1, on sale the same week!
On sale April 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

THE BATMAN STRIKES! #32
Written by Scott Beatty
Art by Christopher Jones & Terry Beatty
Cover by Sanford Green
The Joker’s sick of Batman, and he’s putting together a posse of Gotham’s baddest bad guys to put the Bat out of their misery, once and for all! Can even the Dark Knight handle the Joker, Poison Ivy, Clayface, Firefly and more?
On sale April 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED #32
Written by Stephen Nilson
Art by Dave Santana
Cover by Zach Howard
Stargirl may be part of the league, but she’s never had to face Darkseid, the villain who’s in a League of his own! Can she hold her own with Superman and Guy Gardner to take down the Lord of Apokolips?
On sale April 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES IN THE 31st CENTURY #1
Written by J. Torres
Art by Chynna Clugston-Flores
Cover by Steve Uy
An all-new series spinning out of the smash-hit TV show, written by J. Torres (TEEN TITANS GO, Sidekicks, Alison Dare: Little Miss Adventures) and drawn by the creator of the indie favorite Blue Monday, Chynna Clugston-Flores!
To stop the Fatal Five from destroying Metropolis, the Legion of Super-Heroes travel back in time for reinforcements, because this looks like a job for…Clark Kent?! Can six teenagers from the future help a mild-mannered reporter become the Man of Steel, or will the Fatal Five determine his destiny before it’s even begun?
Retailers: Please see the solicitation for the Free Comic Book Day Edition of this issue elsewhere in this issue of Previews.
On sale April 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

TEEN TITANS GO! #42
Written by J. Torres
Art by Mike Norton & Lary Stucker
Cover by Todd Nauck
Raven’s going to pieces! Her multicolored Emoticlones have broken free and are on the run. How will the Teen Titans get all of them back together?
On sale April 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

CARTOON NETWORK ACTION PACK #12
Written by Robbie Busch and Tom Warburton
Art by Travis Kotzebue, Maurice Fontenot, Ricardo Garcia-Fuentes and Mike DeCarlo
Cover by Dan Davis
Ben needs a haircut. But he’d rather be kicking alien butt! And it looks like his wish just might be granted…
On sale April 11
32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

CARTOON NETWORK BLOCK PARTY #32
Written by Jennifer Keating Moore, J. Torres and Robbie Busch
Art by Stephanie Gladden, Christopher Cook, Gary Fields, Janice Kubo and Al Nickerson
Cover by Robert Pope & Mike DeCarlo
It’s Madam Foster’s birthday and all the friends want to throw her a party! Guess who’s the piñata? Plus, Ami and Yumi would just like to enjoy a quiet day off, but they’re just too popular!
On sale April 25
32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

LOONEY TUNES #149
Written by Joey Cavalieri, Barry Leibmann, and Sholly Fisch
Art by Neal Sternecky, Dave Alvarez, Omar Aranda, Mike DeCarlo and Alberto Saichann
Cover by Scott Gross
Daffy Duck finds himself in a sticky situation when he attempts to sell tape to Elmer Fudd. Plus, travel back in time to watch Bugs Bunny face off against a Goliath of a Yosemite Sam!
On sale April 4
32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

SCOOBY-DOO #119
Written by Robbie Busch & Alex Simmons
Art by Robert Pope, Joe Staton & Scot McRae
Cover by Alexander Serra
Monsters, mummies and machines, oh my!
On sale April 18
32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

MAD #477
Written and illustrated by The Usual Gang of Idiots
Kick back with some April foolery with another gut-busting issue of MAD!
On sale April 4 • 48 pg, FC/B&W, $3.99 US

MAD KIDS #7
Written and illustrated by The Usual Gang of Idiots
Check out the new hit magazine for kids 8 to 10 years old, packed with games, puzzles, interviews, posters and lots of laughs — plus the all-new adventures of Spy vs. Spy Jr.!
On sale April 11 • 64 pg, FC/B&W, $4.99 US

APOTHECARIUS ARGENTUM VOL. 1
Written and illustrated by Tomomi Yamashita
CMX. A new CMX series begins! As a boy, Argentum was a poison tester for a royal family. Later, he developed an immunity to toxic substances and became a master chemist with the ability to cure any illness. Returning after a long absence, he is assigned to be Princess Primula’s bodyguard. But any potential relationship will have its limits, as Argentum’s very touch has itself become poisonous.
Advance-solicited; on sale May 16 • 5” x 7.375” • 192 pg, B&W, $9.99 US • TEEN

THE DEVIL DOES EXIST VOL. 10
Written and illustrated by Mitsuba Takanashi
CMX. Takeru’s busy with his new part-time job, while Kayano studies for her college exams. But it’s hard for her to focus when Takeru’s about to decide on his mother’s offer to accompany her on a trip to Italy. Will the young couple be able to handle such a long separation? And does Takeru have any reason to be concerned about a boy Kayano just met?
Advance-solicited; on sale May 9 • 5" x 7.375" • 192 pg, B&W, $9.99 US • TEEN

THE EMPTY EMPIRE VOL. 4
Written and illustrated by Naoe Kita
CMX. Everyone thought that Rose, the clone of the late Emperor Idea, was destined to rule the empire. Then another clone named Idem appeared and now holds the upper hand. He occupies the royal palace and has taken Ririka — the palace guard loved by both Idea and Rose — as prisoner. Rose has already infiltrated the palace once; now he has to get back in for the second time in two days.
Advance-solicited; on sale May 23 • 5" x 7.375" • 200 pg, B&W, $9.99 US • TEEN

FROM EROICA WITH LOVE VOL. 9
Written and illustrated by Yasuko Aoike
CMX. “Seven Days in September” continues as the Major and his K.G.B. nemesis square off in Spain over the crucial Lubyanka Report. The report lands in the hands of Eroica, who hopes to trade it to the Major for “The Man in Purple,” the painting he covets. To capture the Earl, Klaus finds himself a reluctant ally to a Kuwaiti oil magnate whom Eroica swindled once before.
Advance-solicited; on sale May 2• 5" x 7.375" • 192 pg, B&W, $9.99 US • TEEN

MUSASHI #9 VOL. 11
Written and illustrated by Miyuki Takahashi
CMX. Agent Nine has just discovered that the love of her life, Shingo, is dead. To deal with the pain, Musashi buries herself so deeply in her work that Agent 19 fears she’s no longer fit to be working for Ultimate Blue. Can the Omega kids help, or will their involvement merely attract the attention of the terrorists who are still looking for them?
Advance-solicited; on sale May 9 • 5" x 7.375" • 192 pg, B&W, $9.99 US • TEEN

OMUKAE DESU VOL. 4
Written and illustrated by Meca Tanaka
CMX. Join in more adventures with Madoka, the boy who can see dead people. After a high school teacher dies before teaching her very first class, Madoka lets her take temporary possession of him so she can experience what it’s like to actually teach. Then the ghost of a pretty but fatally frail high school girl enlists Madoka’s help to take revenge on a former classmate: GSG agent Aguma!
Advance-solicited; on sale May 2 • 5" x 7.375" • 200 pg, B&W, $9.99 US • TEEN

OYAYUBIHIME INFINITY VOL. 5
Written and illustrated by Toru Fujieda
CMX. After resisting Tsubame’s overtures and becoming convinced that he is not her destined lover, her feelings for him have nevertheless begun to deepen. Should she follow her heart or try to fulfill her destiny? Meanwhile, Mike is convinced he has met Tsubame’s true past-life true love, the other “Agemaki.” Once again, Kanoko must dive into the past to try to find some answers.
Advance-solicited; on sale May 16 • 5" x 7.375" • 192 pg, B&W, $9.99 US • TEEN

SWAN VOL. 10
Written and illustrated by Kyoko Ariyoshi
CMX. Round 2 of the World Ballet Competition is about to begin. Masumi is still shaken by the news regarding Kusakabe, the dancer she loved; but she must put her pain behind her and dance the performance of a lifetime. Aoi, her loyal and dedicated dance partner, will certainly be there to support her, but what role might the mysterious Leonhardt Von Christ come to play in Masumi’s life?
Advance-solicited; on sale May 30 • 5" x 7.375" • 200 pg, B&W, $9.99 US • ALL AGES

YOUNG MAGICIAN VOL. 8
Written and illustrated by Yuri Narushima
CMX. Carno and Ibuki are on the run. Expecting to be killed, they’re surprised to learn that they’re actually considered hot property by supernatural “talent scouts” desperate to harness the pair’s powers for their own organizations. One of these scouts turns out to be none other than Lord High Priest Levi himself –on the run from the Holy Knights. Will enemies become allies?
Advance-solicited; on sale May 23 • 5" x 7.375" • 192 pg, B&W, $9.99 US • MATURE READERS