DC Direct June 2008 solicitations



The popular BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE line of artist-inspired statues continues!
This rendering of the Caped Crusader is based on the cover image from DETECTIVE COMICS #443, drawn by longtime Batman artist Jim Aparo. Painted in monochromatic tones, this statue is certain to be another sought-after addition to DC Direct's line of BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE statues.

The statue measures approximately 6.5" tall x 8" wide x 5" deep. It features a logo-shaped base, and is packaged in a black-and-white box.

Advance-solicited; on sale November 19, 2008 * Statue * $75 US


20th Anniversary Edition

Art: Dave McKean
Text: Rachel Pollack
Introduction: Neil Gaiman

What does YOUR future hold? Find out with the re-release of one of the most-requested and sought-after VERTIGO products of all time: The VERTIGO TAROT DECK SET, in a special gold foil-stamped Sandman 20th Anniversary Edition!

With evocative card images and illustrations by award-winning artist Dave McKean, the 78 tarot cards in the set are designed to be utilized by any practitioner of tarot. The Major Arcana of the set features an array of Vertigo characters, including:

The Fool o John Constantine
The Magician o Tim Hunter
The High Priestess o Titania, Queen of Faerie
The Hierophan o Morpheus
The Wheel of Fortune oDestiny of the Endless
Death o Death of the Endless
The Devil o Lucifer
The World o Swamp Thing

This new anniversary edition features:

Seventy-eight cards with art by Dave McKean, a softcover 128-page book (with a four-color cover by McKean, black and white interior text by tarot expert Rachel Pollack, and an introduction by New York Times best-selling SANDMAN author Neil Gaiman), plus a black velvet-like drawstring bag to hold the tarot cards. The book cover, box front, spines and velvet-quality bag are gold foil-stamped with a special Sandman 20th Anniversary logo.

The set is manufactured to order.
Advance-solicited; on sale November 5, 2008 * Tarot Deck Set * $39.99


Sculpted by Andy Bergholtz

Standing atop battle-damaged Grecian ruins, this stunning 18" Wonder Woman mixed-media statue shows the Amazon Princess in all her fury. This 1:4 scale museum quality figure is composed of resin, metal, and an expertly crafted fabric outfit, including briefs with a star pattern, a faux-leather bodice, and a flowing cape. She is armed for battle with a shield, sword, eagle-shaped axe, and a lasso. The full piece measures approximately 16.5" high x 11" wide x 14" deep.

This exclusive, limited edition statue includes a 4/color Certificate of Authenticity and is packaged in a 4/color box.

in stores November 5, 2008 * Statue * $295.00 US


Art by J. Calafiore
From the covers of the entire GOTHAM UNDERGROUND miniseries

on sale November 26, 2008
o Poster * $7.99 US


Art by Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson
From the cover of WONDER WOMAN #13

Advance-solicited; on sale November 26, 2008
o Poster * $7.99 US



The best-selling action figure line continues with its sixth set of figures, this time based on the popular story arc Enemies Among Us, illustrated by Ethan Van Sciver!

Each figure features multiple points of articulation and a base.

Clamshell 4/C blister card packaging.

Advance-solicited; on sale November 5, 2008 * Action Figures * PI

Figures included:
Batman o 6.75" h
Superman o 6.75" h
Green Lantern o 6.75" h
Despero o 7.25" h

DC Comics June 2008 solicitations

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Written by Kurt Busiek and Fabian Nicieza
Art by Mark Bagley & Art Thibert, Scott McDaniel & Andy Owens, Tom Derenick & Wayne Faucher and Mike Norton & Jerry Ordway
Covers by Carlos Pacheco

DC's new weekly series TRINITY explodes in an extra-sized debut issue featuring art by fan-favorite Mark Bagley (Ultimate Spider-Man) & Art Thibert with lead stories and dialogue by Kurt Busiek (SUPERMAN, ASTRO CITY)!
The lead feature explores the unusual bond - and importance - of DC's top three characters, Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, as a mysterious dream links them together and may prophesy important changes in their trinity!
Plus, a co-feature in issue #1 explores the mysterious connection between several villains who are watching the Trinity -as well as the near future for these characters and their surrounding world! Co-features in issues #2-4 fill in back-story on some of the other important players in this major storyline. These stories are written by Busiek & Fabian Nicieza with art by Scott McDaniel & Andy Owens (NIGHTWING, GREEN ARROW), Tom Derenick & Wayne Faucher and Mike Norton & Jerry Ordway (ALL-NEW ATOM, INFINITE CRISIS).
Issue #1 on sale June 4; issue #2 on sale June 11; issue #3 on sale June 18; issue #4 on sale June 25 o Issue #1 40 pg, issues #2-4 32 pg, FC, All $2.99 US

Written by Grant Morrison
Art and covers by J.G. Jones

Meet Japan's number one pop culture heroes, the Super Young Team and their languid leader, Most Excellent Superbat! Join legendary wrestler Sonny Sumo and super escape artist Mister Miracle as they team to face the offspring of the Anti-Life Equation! See Earth's superheroes mourn one of their oldest allies! Witness costumed criminals sinking to new depths of cowardice and depravity as Libra takes things too far! Uncover the doomsday secrets of the poisoned city of BlŸdhaven! Learn the shocking identity of the prime suspect in the murder of a god! And read on if you dare as Batman becomes the first of Earth's champions to face the Fallen of Apokolips. All this and a spectacular return from the dead...
Grant Morrison and J.G. Jones' multiverse-spanning epic continues with bombshell after bombshell in FINAL CRISIS #2 - "Ticket to BlŸdhaven"!
Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers by J.G. Jones that will ship in approximately 50/50 ratio. Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale June 25 o 2 of 7 o 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US

Written by Keith Giffen
Art by Matt Clark & Stephen Segovia
Covers by Clark & Kevin Nowlan

It's all-out war for control of hell! This is the major event that changes the status quo for DC"s infernal realm as Lord Satanus sets out to dethrone Neron at all costs. As the battle begins, various parties are drafted into service - but will they choose to stand with the devil they know or a new and possibly worse evil? Friendships will be ruined, lives will be lost and allegiances will be forever changed.
Plus, a backup feature starring Dr. Occult, who receives a shocking visitation on the eve of the war in hell!
Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. For every 10 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Matt Clark & Kevin Nowlan), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by the same art team). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale June 4 o 1 of 8 o 40 pg, FC, $3.50 US

Written by Judd Winick
Art and cover by Joe Benitez & Victor Llamas

Random hook-ups, internal fighting, envy…what's going on with Nightwing, Starfire, Flash, Beast Boy, Raven, Donna and Red Arrow? Can this team get their act together before their mysterious foes reveal themselves?
On sale June 11 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Sean McKeever
Art by Eddy Barrows & Ruy Jose
Cover by Barrows & Julio Ferreira

It's the final battle against the Terror Titans! With the true nature of the Clock King revealed, how can the Teen Titans possibly hope to prevail? And, when all is said and done, who will still be
Teen Titans?
On sale June 25 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Amy Wolfram
Art and cover by Karl Kerschl & Serge LaPointe

The origin of the Teen Titans concludes with the return of Antithesis! How will the Titans defeat this monster as it exploits all their weaknesses and fears? On sale June 25 o 6 of 6 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Marv Wolfman
Art and cover by Damion Scott & Robert Campanella

The penultimate chapter of Raven's first miniseries has the gothic Titan battling for her own sanity as the forces of the Medusa Mask are unleashed. How long can Raven keep her darker self in check?
On sale June 4 o 4 of 5 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Mark Sable
Art and cover by Ken Lashley & Jonathan Glapion

Vic Stone has sworn that he'll never let anyone undergo the horrific process that transformed him into Cyborg. Now it appears he's on a nationwide rampage taking out S.T.A.R. Labs. Are two teams of Titans enough to stop this madness?
On sale June 18 o 2 of 5 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Keith Giffen Cover by Giuseppe Camuncoli & Scott
Art by Lee Garbett & Trevor Scott

All good things must pass, and our heroes find out they're on the same side after all. But tensions remain high as the heavy hitters - the JLA, Wildcats, Teen Titans and the Authority - still don't care for each other at all. But they're willing to work together if that's what it takes to save the world. Because with things like Metropolis and Gotham City suddenly showing up on the east coast of the WildStorm Universe's United States of America, or Central City and Keystone City in the midwest, massive damage is occurring on an unprecedented scale. Hate each other as they might, they're forced to work together for the common good.
On sale Juneo 11 o 3 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Dan Jurgens & Ron Marz
Art by Jamal Igle, Robin Riggs and Fernando Pararin
Cover by Matt Haley & Tom Simmons

The Tangent Earth's Superman has taken over his world and made it a safer place, unless someone crosses him! The DCU's Green Lantern and the Flash are in deep trouble, and getting back to their Earth may only make things worse!
On sale June 18 o 4 of 12 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Ivory Madison
Art by Cliff Richards, Art Thibert and Norm Rapmund
Cover by Matthew Clark

Helena Bertinelli's vigilante attack on the shadowy cabal known as the Hand makes her a marked woman in Italy - just as a childhood mentor returns from the dead and inspires her to don the Huntress costume for the first time.
And in issue #4, a deadly battle with her family's assassin in the middle of Venice's Carnival leaves Huntress with no choice but to return to Gotham - sparking a fateful first meeting with Bruce Wayne!
Issue #3 on sale June 11, issue #4 on sale 25
3 and 4 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Frank Tieri
Art by J. Calafiore & Jack Purcell
Cover by Calafiore

Penguin's tenuous hold over the City quickly slips away as Batman and Gotham's other protectors close in for the final act of this epic gang war. Will Penguin pay the ultimate price? Or will the Dark Knight show Gotham's underworld boss a rare moment of grace? No matter the outcome, it all comes to an explosive conclusion here!
On sale June 11 o 9 of 9 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Jim Starlin
Art by Ron Lim & Rob Hunter
Cover by Starlin & Hunter

The cosmic event of the summer continues! Who - or what - has been raiding the timestream and plucking creatures from Rann's past? Adam Strange, Hawkman, Starfire and company are about to find out as they come face-to-face with a T-Rex!
On sale June 4 o 2 of 8 o 40 pg, FC, $3.50 US

Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Tony Daniel & Sandu Florea
Cover by Alex Ross
Variant cover by Daniel

Part 3 of "Batman R.I.P."! Batman's mysterious adversary has won. All is lost for the Dark Knight. Bruce Wayne is now deranged and dissociated, wandering homeless in the alleys of Gotham City. Is there a chance that Bruce can rebuild his Batman identity from scratch, or is this truly the end for one of the world's finest heroes?
Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. For every 25 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Alex Ross), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Tony Daniel). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale June 25 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by James Robinson
Art by Renato Guedes & José Wilson Magalh‡es
Cover by Alex Ross
Variant Cover by Renato Guedes

James Robinson (Starman, The Golden Age) arrives as the new ongoing writer of SUPERMAN as changes abound in the life of the Man of Steel! A frighteningly powerful new presence declares Metropolis his, a monster strikes the harbor of the City of Tomorrow, Green Lantern guest-stars for a unique game of fetch, and the Science Police arrive on the scene. And this is only issue one of the new run!
Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. For every 10 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Alex Ross), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Renato Guedes). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale June 25 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Bruce Jones
Art by Al Barrionuevo & Jimmy Palmiotti
Cover by Brian Bolland

Heroes and legends from across time collide! Marooned on an island with warriors from every era in history our heroes find that this strange environment, already crawling with prehistoric creatures, has more deadly secrets to reveal! Also, the arrival of more combatants, including Viking Prince!
On sale June 4 o 2 of 8 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

TOR #2
Written by Joe Kubert
Art and cover by Kubert

As Tor continues his journey through the world he's just discovered, he meets a group of prehistoric men who accept him as one of their own. However, a mistake could prove deadly when the tribe encounters a man-eating sabretooth tiger.
On sale June 4 o 2 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Frank Miller
Art and cover by Jim Lee & Scott Williams

Frank Miller and Jim Lee gun the All Star engine into the red! The Dark Knight's hand exacts a heavy price from the trash of Gotham - and now, with the Boy Wonder by his side, fines will be doubled!
On sale June 25 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Paul Dini
Art by Dustin Nguyen & Derek Fridolfs
Cover by Nguyen

A killer stalks the city, taxing the wits of Batman, the Riddler and every other detective in Gotham. The Dark Knight's quest to unravel the truth behind the seemingly unrelated murders is complicated by the surprise return of a fan-favorite character. What sinister secret lies at the bottom of the gruesome murders plaguing Gotham City?
On sale June 4 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Chuck Dixon
Art by Rafael Albuquerque and Victor Ibáñez
Cover by Albuquerque and Cris Peter

From the rooftops in Robin to Gotham Underground, Spoiler's identity has remained a mystery - until now. All is revealed in this special when Robin and Spoiler team up to take down a kidnapping ring, hit up an illegal warehouse party and finish Tim's algebra homework; just another day in the life of a teenaged vigilante super-hero! Plus, even more Robin doesn't know: Spoiler's secret identity in another country, in another life - one she can never leave behind.
On sale June 4 o 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US

ROBIN #175
Written by Chuck Dixon
Art by Chris Batista & Cam Smith
Cover by Freddie Williams II

The events of "Batman R.I.P." carve a path of destruction through Tim's life, threatening to rip apart the entire foundation of what made him choose to take on the role of Robin in the first place.
Tim's on the run and, with Batman's life at stake, he can't afford to make one misstep. Don't miss Part 1 of a shocking 2-part story that will irrevocably change Tim Drake's present as Robin…and his hard-won future as Batman.
On sale June 18 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Steve Niles
Art and cover by Kelley Jones

The Batman has been ambushed by a gang of thugs who want only one thing: the death of the Dark Knight Detective. But there is more to this nefarious plan than it seems. For at the stroke of midnight, the mysterious monster behind this gang wants to strike fear into the hearts of all the citizens of Gotham City!
On sale June 25 o 2 of 12 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Will Pfeifer
Art by David Lopez & Alvaro Lopez
Cover by Adam Hughes

Catwoman's quest to get back to the top of Gotham City's underworld hits a giant snag! Her rival has brought in some unexpected (and deadly) assistance, and it turns out Batman isn't too happy to see Selina Kyle back on the streets of Gotham!
On sale June 18 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art by Rags Morales & Michael Baer
Cover by Andy Kubert

As the stakes get higher, Nightwing finds not only his own life in danger, but quite possibly the future of the entire country. Talia's grand new plans take shape thanks to the forced assistance of a kidnapped Mother of Champions now under Creighton's complete control.
On sale June 4 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Fabian Nicieza
Art and cover by Kevin Maguire

Batgirl tracks Catwoman and the notebook stolen from Commissioner Gordon to a posh nightclub - where costumes are optional!
On sale June 11 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Steve Niles and Scott Hampton
Art and cover by Scott Hampton

The cult steps out of the shadows and is ready to seize control after its rampage through Gotham City! Can Simon and Rachel drive them back?
On sale June 11 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Yoshinori Natsume
Art and cover by Natsume

The mystery of the deadly masks is uncovered, as the killer reveals his long-standing deep-rooted connection to the Dark Knight and the time they spent together as students in Japan years ago.
On sale June 4 o 3 of 4 o 48 pg, B&W, $2.99 US

Written by Geoff Johns
Art and cover by Gary Frank & Jon Sibal

Superstar artist Gary Frank returns as the new world of Superman for 2008 and beyond begins in Part 1 of "Brainiac"! Decades ago, Krypton went to war with Brainiac, a cold and callous alien obsessed with the control of knowledge. Superman believes he's faced Brainiac before, but he's about to learn the truth behind his close encounters as he heads down the road to his greatest triumph...and greatest tragedy.
On sale June 11 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Michael Green & Mike Johnson
Art and cover by Shane Davis & Matt "Batt" Banning

It's the final chapter of the epic search for Kryptonite, as the Man of Steel must confront an old and dear friend who's harboring the "K" and threatening to set off "Kryptonite dirty bombs" around the world. Can the Dark Knight prevent this before Earth is made uninhabitable for all Kryptonians?
On sale June 18 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Kelley Puckett
Art and cover by Drew Johnson & Ray Snyder

Supergirl crossed a line no hero should, promising a dying boy she'd cure his cancer. Now she's prepared to break the universe's rules of life and death and betray the trust of two heroes in service of her impossible quest. Regardless of the outcome, there will be major consequences for the Teen of Steel!
On sale June 4 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Rick Remender
Art by Pat Olliffe & John Stanisci
Cover by Ladršnn

As The Atom fights the reprehensible Worm, past and future become entangled, hurling The Mighty Mite into a dismal universe dominated by the twisted new Chronos. And what is Ryan Choi's real connection to Ray Palmer? The truth will leave the fate of the world on the shoulders of The Atom! Guest starring Booster Gold!
On sale June 4 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Will Pfeifer
Art by Baldeón & Steve Bird
Cover by Rafael Albuquerque

Guest writer Will Pfeifer (CATWOMAN) returns - and he's brought monsters with him! What's a Beetle to do?
On sale June 25 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Chuck Dixon
Art by Julian Lopez & Bit
Cover by Doug Braithwaite

As the Outsiders' situation deep in the heart of China worsens, the team must turn to the member they trust least to bail them out: Batgirl. All this, plus REMAC in full-force action and a guest appearance by the former leader of the Outsiders - Nightwing!
On sale June 18 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Nicola Scott & Doug Hazlewood
Cover by Stephane Roux

Huntress is sent by Oracle to spy on the situation of an old friend…leading Black Canary to send a clear message to her old teammates: Back off!
On sale June 18 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Geoff Johns & Jeff Katz
Art and cover by Dan Jurgens & Norm Rapmund

In order to correct the past and save the future, Booster Gold faces a startling reality - someone from his past must live and someone must die! Can the greatest hero the world has never known do what must be done to save all of time?
On sale June 11 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Mark Waid
Art and cover by Scott Kolins

Nanda Parbat is under siege, and to keep his mystical realm from being overtaken by insurgents, Deadman must find a champion to protect it! Boston Brand elects Green Arrow! Can two heroes so similar in temperament but so different in ability pool their resources to survive - let alone triumph?
On sale June 18 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Louise Simonson, Dan Jurgens and Roger Stern
Art by Keith Giffen, Dan Jurgens, Jackson Guice and others
Cover by Ryan Sook

Celebrate the start of TO REIGN IN HELL with this 80-page collection featuring stories from SUPERMAN #71, SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL #15, and ACTION COMICS #680!
In stores June 4 o 80 pg, FC, $4.99 US

Written by Bruce Jones
Art and cover by Manuel Garcia

Resurrected as the monstrous Chimera, PFC Adam Sharp is sent on a deadly mission to the loneliest corner of the world even as his bereaved fiancée vows to find him…and just as Whiteside's analysts belatedly realize the full extent of his new powers!
On sale June 18 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Judd Winick
Art by Mike Norton & Rodney Ramos
Cover by Cliff Chiang

Green Arrow and Black Canary follow the trail of Connor Hawke's missing body to the heart of the League of Assassins - and face the resurrected Ra's al Ghul himself!
On sale June 11 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Tom Peyer
Art & cover by Freddie Williams II

A tidal wave of psychic terror sends Keystone's citizenry on a superpowered looting spree at the Flash Museum - and The Flash is forced to relive painful memories while defending it!
On sale June 18 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Peter Milligan
Art and cover by Pete Woods

It's an issue of revelations, as the Bogeyman's identity is exposed, Mercy proves something to herself and the team, but at a horrible cost, and the man behind the anti-Infinity Inc. movement stands revealed. But is he merely a guy with a bone to pick, or much, much more? The newly-suited Infinity Inc.'s first mission concludes - for better or worse!
On sale June 4 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Ivan Reis & Oclair Albert

SECRET ORIGIN PART 4! Sinestro has been sent to Earth on a sacred mission, one that this new rookie Hal Jordan is getting in the way with. Plus, one of Hal Jordan's first enemies is born as a bizarre experiment backfires and another is unknowingly stalked for his connection to the Blackest Night!
On sale June 25 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art and cover by Patrick Gleason & Prentis Rollins

The epic battle against Mongul begins here, as the true origin of the Black Mercy is revealed! The Green Lantern Corps find itself pitted not only against Mongul to save Sodam and Arisia, but an entire planet made of Black Mercys that seem to be under the control of a quite possibly darker and more disturbing force. This creature the Corps will come to fear is known simply as Mother Mercy - and it has no plans of showing any now or ever.
On sale June 11 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Marc Andreyko
Art by Michael Gaydos
Cover by Liam Sharp

The fan-favorite series returns! New series artist Michael Gaydos (New Avengers, Alias, Nightmare Factory) and cover artist Liam Sharp (COUNTDOWN PRESENTS: LORD HAVOK AND THE EXTREMISTS) deliver a stunning new look for the continuing adventures of the DCU's most human hero!
Los Angeles is Manhunter's town - so when Kate Spencer learns of the disappearance of hundreds of women along the Mexican border, she's on the case both as law-breaking D.A. and costumed vigilante.
Meanwhile, Kate's bloodline tie to the JSA returns to haunt her - and it looks like her sidekick's most notorious supervillain ex-boss is doing the same to him.
On sale June 4 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Mike W. Barr
Art by Shawn Martinbrough
Cover by Doug Mahnke

Concluding the 2-part "Body and Soul"! Wildcat's fighting abilities have been stolen from him and will be sold on the black market to the highest bidder. In order to get back into the ring, Wildcat will have to rely on a little help from his friends - the Justice Society of America!
On sale June 25 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o Final Issue

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray
Art and cover by Jordi Bernet

Jonah Hex travels to Mexico just in time for the Dia De Los Muertos celebration, and is hired by a spurned husband seeking revenge on the man who stole his wife's heart. But Hex will have to tread carefully, or he will face the wrath of...the Matador!
On sale June 4 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Dwayne McDuffie
Art by Ed Benes

An all-out action issue as Red Tornado is given another chance at life! The problem is that the dormant Amazo program within him wants the death of all League members! Plus, Zatanna and Animal Man come to aid Vixen with her power problem.
On sale June 18 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Geoff Johns & Alex Ross
Art and variant cover by Dale Eaglesham & Prentis Rollins
Cover by Alex Ross
In Part 2 of "Gog," the Justice Society of America is split down the middle as their allegiance to the being known as Gog has disrupted the team. Are Gog's motives on the level, or is it all some insidious plot to destroy mankind?
Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. For every 10 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Alex Ross), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Eaglesham & Rollins). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale June 25 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Jim Shooter
Art and cover by Frances Manapul & John Livesay
While Science Police search parties ransack The Legion's headquarters, two away-teams of Legionnaires fight like cornered wolves against vicious enemies. Meanwhile, Brainiac 5 sells out the Legion's greatest secret! New villains, stunning action and the LSH is shut down!. Plus, the introduction of Ikilles and Cazhmir! The Ikonns! The Peril Men! And more!
On sale June 25 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


Written by Sergio Aragones & Mark Evanier
Art by Paul Smith & Walden Wong
Cover by Joe Kubert

The Spirit must escort a shipment of mummies from Egypt to Central City . . . and then his troubles begin!
On sale June 18 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Gail Simone
Art by Aaron Lopresti & Matt Ryan
Cover by Lopresti

At the ends of the universe, Wonder Woman falls victim to the Black Horizon, risking the safety of her soul. To salvage her very existence, she must ally herself with the legendary Beowulf and another fearsome warrior from DC's past! But that's only half of Wonder Woman's troubles, as Tom "Nemesis" Tresser runs afoul of one of Diana's unexpected houseguests!
On sale June 11 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Andy Kubert, John Van Fleet and Jesse Delperdang
Cover by Kubert and Delperdang

A softcover edition of the hardcover collecting BATMAN #655-658 and 663-666, by Grant Morrison and Andy Kubert! Batman receives the greatest shock of his life when he discovers that he may have a son. And sparks fly when the new addition is introduced to Robin.
Advance-solicited; on sale July 9 o 200 pg, FC, $14.99 US

BATMAN: FACES TP-new edition
Written by Matt Wagner
Art and cover by Wagner

Batman must prevent Two-Face from creating an army of deformed, super-powerful slaves in this collection by Matt Wagner (SUPERMAN/BATMAN/WONDER WOMAN: TRINITY)!
Advance-solicited; on sale July 16 o 96 pg, FC, $12.99 US

Written by J.M. DeMatteis, Eddie Campell & Daren White
Art by Joe Staton, Bart Sears and Steve Mitchell
Cover by Staton and Mitchell

Discover whether The Joker would become sane if Batman disappeared in this thriller collecting Legends of the Dark Knight #65-68 and #100! After a life-and-death struggle, The Joker seemingly kills Batman. Faced with the loss of his nemesis, the insane Joker can only retreat…into sanity.
Advance-solicited; on sale July 30 o 160 pg, FC, $14.99 US

Written by Mark Waid
Art and cover by George Pérez & Bob Wiacek
Collecting issues #7-12 of THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD! The Book of Destiny's been opened, and it will take the combined might of Superman, The Flash, the Metal Men, the Blackhawks, the Atom, Hawkman, Aquaman, the Teen Titans, the Newsboy Legion and more to prevent certain doom!
Advance-solicited; on sale August 20 o 160 pg, FC, $24.99 US

Written by Adam Beechen
Art by Eddy Barrows & Julio Ferreiro and others
Cover by Ivan Reis & Oclair Albert

Collecting the 8-issue miniseries spinning out of 52, featuring the adventures of Animal Man, Starfire, Adam Strange, the mysterious new character Forerunner and more! Can they prevent San Diego from being wiped out by the enigmatic Healers?
Advance-solicited; on sale July 23 o 192 pg, FC, $17.99 US

Written by Tony Bedard and J. Torres
Art by Nicola Scott, Paulo Siqueira, Tom Derenick and others
Cover by Siqueira & Amilton Santos

Witness the stories that led up to the landmark wedding of two classic DCU heroes in this collection featuring material from BIRDS OF PREY #109, BLACK CANARY #1-4, and the BLACK CANARY WEDDING PLANNER!
Advance-solicited; on sale July 23 o 144 pg, FC, $19.99 US

Written by Paul Dini, Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray, Adam Beechen, Tony Bedard and Sean McKeever
Breakdowns by Keith Giffen
Art by various
Cover by Ed Benes

The second of four volumes collecting DC's explosive weekly series! In this volume, featuring COUNTDOWN #38-26, Karate Kid ventures to Oracle for answers, Jimmy Olsen attempts to join two exclusive clubs, and more!
Advance-solicited; on sale July 16 o 296 pg, FC, $19.99 US

Written by Keith Champagne
Art by Scott McDaniel & Andy Owens
Cover by Andy Kubert

Collecting the 4-issue miniseries event! Carefully selected from worlds throughout all 52 universes, three versions of each DC hero will walk into the Arena, and only one will walk away.
Advance-solicited; on sale July 30 o 168 pg, FC, $17.99 US

Written by Jim Starlin
Art and cover by Starlin & Matt Banning

Witness the carnage of the Fourth World in this hardcover volume collecting the shocking 8-issue miniseries by Jim Starlin! Someone's killing off the New Gods. Who will be the next victims? Who - or what - is responsible for so many deaths? How is Darkseid connected to them? And will Superman, Orion and Mr. Miracle be able to uncover Darkseid's schemes before it's too late?
Advance-solicited; on sale August 27 o 256 pg, FC, $29.99 US

Written by Grant Morrison and Mark Millar
Art by Howard Porter, Oscar Jimenez, Don Hillsman,
John Dell, Chip Wallace and others
Cover by Porter & Dell

Relive the legendary 1990s JLA series, written by comics masterminds Grant Morrison (FINAL CRISIS) and Mark Millar (Civil War) with stunning art by Howard Porter and others, in this amazing oversized hardcover collecting JLA #1-9 and SECRET FILES AND ORIGINS #1! The action begins as the JLA reunites to stop the Hyperclan, who have come to Earth posing as a new group of super heroes. But as their true nature comes to light, only the World's Greatest Super Heroes can stop them! Standing side by side, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, Green Lantern and the Martian Manhunter take on alien posers and come to realize that Earth needs a protectorate made up of only the mightiest icons!
Advance-solicited; on sale August 20 o 7" x 10.75"
256 pg, FC, $29.99 US

Written by Duncan Rouleau
Art and cover by Rouleau

DC's metallic heroes return in this hardcover collecting the 8-issue miniseries! Gold, Platina, Mercury, Iron, Lead, Tin and Copper must face off the forces of Chemo, Doctor Yes, BOLTS, The Balloonatic and his Orphan Army, as well as the Robot Renegades in this action-packed volume!
Advance-solicited; on sale August 20 o 200 pg, FC, $24.99 US


Written by Mike Sekowsky and Robert Kanigher
Art by Mike Sekowsky, Irv Novick and Dick Giordano
Cover by Sekowsky & Giordano

Classic, never before collected Wonder Woman tales from the 1970s comics Wonder Woman #185-189, Superman's GirlFriend, Lois Lane #93, and THE Brave and the Bold #87!
Advance-solicited; on sale July 23 o 176 pg, FC, $19.99 US

Written by Grant Morrison
Art by J.H. Williams III, Simone Bianchi, Ryan Sook and others
Cover by Bianchi

On sale July 2 o FC, 224 pg., $14.99 US o RELIST


Written by Will Eisner
Art and cover by Will Eisner

The penultimate volume in The Spirit Archives presents the rarely-seen daily Spirit comic strip in its entirety, which ran from October 13, 1941, through March 11, 1944. Full of adventure, suspense and fun, this volume is a must-have for Spirit fans!
Advance-solicited; on sale August 27 o 216 pg, B&W, $59.99 US

Written by Judd Winick
Art by Howard Porter & Mauro Cascioli
Cover by Cascioli

Collecting issues #7-12 of the maxiseries featuring Freddy Freeman's quest to gain the powers of Captain Marvel! Win or lose, Freddy may still need the help of the Justice League of America and Shadowpact to survive the "verdict"!
Advance-solicited; on sale July 16 o 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US

Written by J. Torres
Art and cover by Sanford Greene & Nathan Massengill

DC's mightiest teen goes solo in this volume collecting the action-packed 6-issue miniseries! Currently estranged from Wonder Woman, Wonder Girl's going to need the help of the last man on Earth she ever wanted to see again: Hercules!
Advance-solicited; on sale July 9 o 144 pg, FC, $17.99 US


Written by Gardner Fox, Bob Haney and others
Art by Murphy Anderson, Gil Kane, Joe Kubert and others
Cover by Anderson

Over 500 pages of classic Hawkman adventures, from the pages of HAWKMAN #12-27, ATOM & HAWKMAN #39-45, ATOM #31, and THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #70!
Advance-solicited; on sale July 16 o 560 pg, B&W, $16.99 US


Written by Mike Friedrich, Gerry Conway, Marv Wolfman and others
Art by Jerry Grandenetti, Bill Draut, Werner Roth,
Dick Giordano and others
Cover by Bernie Wrightson

More than 500 pages of mystery tales from the pages of THE HOUSE OF SECRETS #81-98 (1969-1972)!
Advance-solicited; on sale July 30 o 544 pg, B&W, $16.99 US

Written by Baltazar & Franco
Art and cover by Baltazar

Watch out as the Tiny Titans East invade the playground! See if Robin keeps his new identity as Nightwing! Find out the hilarity that only comes with knock knock jokes! And the penguins are back, as the boys play Batman for a day!! Another all ages all fun adventure filled issue!
On sale June 11 o 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

Written by Sholly Fisch
Art by Dario Brizuela
Cover by J. Bone

One villain is bad enough. But the Super Friends are in for a real struggle when they face six villains - secretly known as the Jester's League of America! Plus, puzzles, fact files and more!
On sale June 18 o 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

Written by Jake Black
Art by Robert Atkins & Rick Ketcham
Cover by Alexander Serra

Bouncing Boy and Triplicate Girl finally get their second date, but the trend of nothing ever going as Chuck plans continues when they get hopelessly lost in virtual reality…with a fast-talking, impulsive brat named Bart as their guide! Can they put their differences aside to stop a virtual threat that gets very real, threatening the existence of New Metropolis?
On sale June 11 o 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

Written by Russell Lissau
Cover by Andie Tong
Art by Christopher Jones & Terry Beatty

Killer Croc's on the rampage, but this time he's not after money, he's after…true love? Batman's going to find out that Croc's heart is just as tough as his hide!
On sale June 11
32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

Written by Matt Wayne
Art by Carlo Barberi & Bob Petrecca
Cover by Zach Howard

Say goodbye to the League as John Stewart and the Green Lantern Corps. take on a universe-threatening mission. Who is the force behind it all? And who is the traitor within the ranks?
On sale June 4 o 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US o Final Issue

Written by Arie Kaplan
Art by Min S. Ku
Cover by Travis Kotzebue & Mike DeCarlo

Introducing the hot new show from Cartoon Network: SECRET SATURDAYS! Plus, Ben 10 and Samurai Jack!
On sale June 11
32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

Written by Jay Stephens, Jason Hall and Jim Alexander
Art by Scott Jeralds, Min S. Ku and Dan Davis
Cover by Jay Stephens

It's a big birthday extravaganza for Bull! But is Adam there for the cake - or to be the cake? Plus, Camp Lazlo and the Powerpuff Girls!
On sale June 25
32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

Written by Frank Strom and Robbie Busch
Art by Omar Aranda, Pablo Zamboni, Scott Gross, Alberto Saichann, Horacio Ottolini and Jorge Pacheco
Cover by Scott Gross.

Stand back - this is one fowl issue! Check out three great stories spotlighting Tweety, Fogohorn Leghorn and Daffy Duck!
On sale June 18
32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

Written by Robbie Busch, Jack Briglio and John Rozum
Art by Roberto Barrios, Mike DeCarlo and Karen Matchette
Cover by Scott Neely

The gang uncover a long lost, ancient temple…but when they meet what's haunting it, they may wish it had stayed lost longer! Plus, have the kids of Mystery, Inc. finally met their match in the team from Secrets Unlimited?
On sale June 18
32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

MAD #491
Written and illustrated by The Usual Gang of Idiots
More Mad! What could be bad?
On sale June 4 o 48 pg, FC/B&W, $4.99 US

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!
On sale June 11 o 96 pg, FC/B&W, $4.99 US

Written by Peter Johnson & Zev Barow
Art by Jeremy Haun & Phil Noto
Cover by Phil Noto
The hit NBC television series comes to comics as Chuck Bartowski and his friends are about to take the world by storm-literally! From series co-executive producer Peter Johnson (Supernatural: Rising Son) and series writer Zev Borow joined with artists Jeremy Haun (The Leading Man) and Phil Noto (Jonah Hex) comes an adventure too big for television!
In this globe-trotting, action-packed adventure, Chuck will see many exotic locales, dodge numerous bullets, and be tortured by the world's greatest...tickler?
On sale June 11 o 1 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Hans Rodionoff
Art by Joel Gomez & John Stanisci
Cover by Jonathan Wayshack

The Frog Brothers return home to find their family has been shattered by a vampire they thought they'd killed...and that the head vampire is someone terribly familiar. Don't miss out on the comic book miniseries that will bridge the gap between their adventures in the original film and what has gone on since; leading up to the feature LOST BOYS: THE TRIBE, available only on DVD in summer 2008.
On sale June 11 o 2 of 4 o 32 pg, FC, $3.50 US

Written by B. Clay Moore
Art and cover by Carlo Barberi & Jacob Eguren

The exciting new series continues as Casey Blue finds juggling her old life with her new one can be a difficult experience…especially when she's being hunted for a murder she can't remember! And does the mysterious woman whom holds the answers an ally…or an enemy?
On sale June 18 o 2 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Christos Gage
Art and cover by Darick Robertson

Collecting the red-hot 6-issue miniseries! The Authority and StormWatch Prime were once teammates and the closest of comrades…but a custody battle over Henry Bendix's secret bunker causes long-held grudges to boil over! It's mayhem as two of the strongest teams in the WildStorm Universe collide in a battle for the ages!
Advance-solicited; on sale July 23 o 144 pg, FC, $17.99 US

Written by Brian K. Vaughan
Art by Tony Harris & Jim Clark
Cover by Harris

Y: THE LAST MAN may be over, but Brian K. Vaughan's other hit ongoing series continues, as he and superstar artist Tony Harris introduce a brand-new masked adventurer named Trouble to this fast-paced political thriller!
On sale June 18 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS

Written by Scott Beatty
Art and covers by Chris Sprouse & Karl Story

The end of the world has come for the Paladins, and it's an apocalypse at the hands of the newly returned High! But is this tragic hero - believed to have perished in a violent collision with SkyWatch years ago - the Anti-Christ to a world in the grip of its own private Armageddon, or is he its sole surviving savior?
And what secret does death hold for the Paladins, heroes considered a "lost generation" by everyone but them? The answers edge the WildStorm Universe ever closer to oblivion!
Issue #5 on sale June 11; issue #6 on sale June 25
5 & 6 of 8 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Keith Giffen
Art by Lee Garbett & Rick Burchett
Cover by Garbett & Trevor Scott

Assassin8 has managed to take out almost all of the Authority. The only thing standing between him and complete victory is the Midnighter - and Midnighter wants serious revenge!
On sale June 4 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o Final Issue

Written by Michael Costa
Art by Fiona Staples
Cover by Cully Hamner
There's a maniac from the 70th century piloting a giant robot from another universe, and Jack has been cut off from his powers. This is gonna be ugly. Plus, a dark secret finally answers the question: Whatever happened to Jack's family?
On sale June 25 o 4 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Peter Milligan
Art and cover by C.P. Smith

The earth-shaking conclusion to the acclaimed miniseries! Can Max unite America and overcome the Russian Dolls once and for all? Is the United State ready for a "new world order" where super-powers reign supreme over conventional weapons?
On sale June 23 o 12 of 12 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Peter Johnston & Rebecca Dessertine
Art by Diego Olmos
Cover by Dustin Nguyen
The sacrifices John Winchester has made for the "greater good" of hunting are tremendous, but he finally takes the biggest step of all: arranging a first "hunt" for his older son Dean. Is the young man ready for the horrors his father has hunted for years? Will he finally "connect" with an emotionally distant father in the only way possible?
On sale June 25 o 3 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Bruce Jones
Art by Chris Gugliotti Cover by Dave Taylor
The Hewitt twins, separated birth, find themselves inexorably drawn to each other as they grow up, connected by a hideous bond soaked in blood, a bond time and distance cannot begin to sever. And when the long-missing twin goes into law enforcement, more blood is sure to follow.
On sale June 4 o 2 of 3 o 32 pg, FC, $3.50 US o MATURE READERS

Written by Scott Beatty & Christos Gage
Art by Wes Craig
Cover by Ivan Reis & Richard Friend
Collecting the universe-shaking 6-issue miniseries! Rogue Coda warrior Nemesis, following her harrowing post-apocalyptic vision, must find Backlash and Savant to help her unlock the secrets of the coming destruction. But can anything stem the tide of darkness about to sweep the entire WildStorm Universe?
Advance-solicited; on sale July 2 o 144 pg, FC, $17.99 US

Written by Walter Simonson
Art by Jon Landry & Jerome K. Moore
Covers by Samwise Didier and Ludo Lullabi

"The Return" begins a new story arc set in the WORLD OF WARCRAFT. Upon learning he is in fact the missing king of Stormwind, Lo'Gosh returns to reclaim his throne with his comrades-in-arms Valeera, and Broll. But all is not as it seems in the eastern kingdom, especially if one informed dwarf has anything to say about it. Enter Thargas Anvilmar!
Retailers please note: This issue will feature two covers that will ship in approximately 50/50 ratio. Cover A is by Blizzard Art Director Samwise Didier, and Cover B is by Ludo Lullabi. Please see the Previews Order Form for more details.
On sale June 18 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Brian Wood
Art and cover by Ryan Kelly

A new Minx graphic novel from acclaimed writer Brian Wood (DEMO, DMZ)!
Just starting her freshman year at NYU, Riley is about to find out what an adventure - and a mystery - living in New York City can be.
The ultimate insider's guide to NYC is seen through the eyes of Brooklyn-born Riley. Raised by stuffy, literati parents, Riley's a shy, straight-A student who convinces three other NYU brainiacs to join a research group for fast cash. What Riley doesn't bank on is accidentally falling in love with arty older sister's boyfriend.
Advance-solicited; on sale July 23 o 176 pg, B&W, $9.99 US

Written by Matt Wagner
Art and cover by Amy Reeder Hadley
Variant cover by Wagner
Legendary creator Matt Wagner (MAGE, GRENDEL, SUPERMAN/BATMAN/WONDER WOMAN: TRINITY) and rising star artist Amy Reeder Hadley present Vertigo's newest ongoing fantasy epic. Centuries long and around the globe her tale winds before the ageless fortuneteller arrives in modern era New York. Her powers of sight can change the course of human events, but how does the seer see herself? Wagner and Hadley answer with painstakingly elegant story and breathtakingly innovative art that is sure to make Madame Xanadu a classic!
Issue #1 opens into a medieval kingdom beset by intrigue and foul sorcery. A fair sylph with magic of her own is thrown into the world of war and men - where she encounters a dark stranger who knows not only her past, but her most intimate future as well.
Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. For every 10 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Hadley), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Wagner). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
FC / 32 pgs / Monthly / $2.99 US / On sale June 25 / MATURE READERS

100 BULLETS #92
Written by Brian Azzarello
Art by Eduardo Risso
Cover by Dave Johnson
The countdown to the series finale continues. As the heat rises on the cold streets of Chicago, we check back in with the remaining Minutemen who have plans of their own. Is this all a part of Graves' plan - or has the old man finally lost control?
On sale June 11 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS

Written by Harvey Pekar
Art by Darwyn Cooke, Warren Pleece, Rick Geary,
Dean Haspiel and others
Cover by Darwyn Cooke
How much pain is too much? For Harvey Pekar, the answer may be somewhat different than you'd think. And that's just one of the conundrums pondered by Pekar in this issue.
On sale June 4 o 3 of 4 o 32 pg, B&W, $2.99 US o No ads o MATURE READERS

Written by Rick Veitch
Art by Veitch & Gary Erskine Cover by Veitch
Collecting issues #6-12 of the incisive ARMY@LOVE, a series writer Rick Veitch describes as Desperate Housewives meets the war. This volume, leading into the upcoming ARMY@LOVE SEASON 2, follows the exploits of rivals Loman and Flabbergast, as well as Switzer, the woman they both love.
Advance-solicited; on sale July 2 o 168 pg, FC, $12.99 US o MATURE READERS

Written by Steven T. Seagle
Art by Becky Cloonan & Jim Rugg Cover by Celia Calle
Collecting issues #15-23 of the GLAAD Award nominated series! In this final volume, Adam Chamberlain comes full circle. He's been waiting his whole life to experience reunion, revenge and consummation. Under the all-seeing eye of his Higher Power, Adam is offered these desires, but each comes with a price: betrayal, arrest and damnation.
Advance-solicited; on sale July 2 o 224 pg, FC, $17.99 US o MATURE READERS

DMZ #32
Written by Brian Wood
Art by Riccardo Burchielli
Cover by Wood

"Blood in the Game" Part 4. All hell breaks loose in the DMZ as an assassination attempt is made on Delgado during an impassioned speech. Before the dust even settles, officials from all sides try and spin the shooting in their favor - with even Matty Roth taking advantage of the situation.
On sale June 11 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS

Written by Brian Wood Cover by Wood
Art by Riccardo Burchielli and Danijel Zezelj

Collecting issues #23-28 of the acclaimed series from writer Brian Wood (DEMO). The world and characters of the DMZ are expanded and enriched in this volume as Matty Roth turns his attention to several locals - a guerilla artist, a former ally who's now worse off than a homeless person, the powerful head of an organization within the DMZ and more
Advance-solicited; on sale July 2 o 144 pg, FC, $12.99 US o MATURE READERS

Written by Matthew Sturges & Bill Willingham
Art by Luca Rossi and Jill Thompson
Cover by Sam Weber

The new monthly series that takes THE HOUSE OF MYSTERY into the twenty-first century continues. Meet feisty, young, almost-architect Fig Keele, who just happens to be running for her life. Unfortunately for Fig, she's ended up in the House of Mystery, a strange place like something out of her nightmares, where the bizarre inhabitants tending bar demand stories from visiting patrons to cover their tabs. And one of the customers tells such a tale - detailing the life of a supernatural process server who discovers an undersea kingdom - illustrated by multiple Eisner Award-winner Jill Thompson (THE SANDMAN)!
On sale June 4 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS

Written by Bill Willingham
Art by Mark Buckingham & Steve Leialoha
Cover by James Jean

The all-out war between Fabletown and the Empire continues - and everything is going Fabletown's way. But as everyone knows, just when things are going well, the hammer falls.
Bigby and his team fight for their lives on the ground while the Skyship's crew, commanded by Prince Charming and Sinbad, hit the decks. This is the issue that, for obvious legal reasons, we couldn't call "The Empire Strikes Back."
On sale June 11 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS

Written by Matthew Sturges & Bill Willingham
Art by Tony Akins & Andrew Pepoy
Cover by Brian Bolland

The tumultuous year 1883 comes to a close with the final showdown between Smiling Jack Candle and the Sheriff without a Gun. Get the women and children off the streets and board up your doors and windows - there's gonna be a killin'!
On sale June 25 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS

Written by Simon Oliver
Art by Tony Moore & John Lucas
Cover by Philip Bond

Vertigo's most skin-crawling series crashes to an apocalyptic conclusion as the boys (and girls) of Bug Bee Gone fight the battle they always knew was coming: humanity's last stand against the chaos of nature. There's no guarantee that anyone will survive, but if Henry, Stretch, Nils and the rest can't make a last stand against the killer cockroaches, no one else will. Don't miss the ending of this cult-classic comic never to be duplicated.
On sale June 4 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS o Final issue

Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Sean Murphy
Cover by Lee Bermejo

"Newcastle Calling" Part 1 of 2, written by Jason Aaron (SCALPED, Ghost Rider) with art by Sean Murphy (Batman/Scarecrow: Year One). A group of na•ve documentary filmmakers try to find out what happened to Mucous Membrane - an up-and-coming punk outfit (led by John Constantine) that met a mysterious end.
On sale June 18 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS

Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Davide Furno
Cover by Tim Bradstreet

A stand-alone issue focusing on tribal policeman Franklin Falls Down. After years spent being the one good cop on a dirty rez, Falls Down is considering retirement. But for a man who knows everything there is to know about policing in Indian Country, there's one thing he's never learned how to do, and that's "let go."
On sale June 18 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS

Written by John Whalen
Art by Mike Hawthorne
Cover by Tomer Hanuka

Since his arrival in Aberrance, Kilcrop has been dogged by dark hints of a secret past - a past he shares with none other than Cranius himself. Now, in this special stand-alone issue, the hidden history of the albino agent and the Living Brain is revealed. And like all things in Aberrance, it's not pretty.
On sale June 11 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS

Written by Brian Wood
Art by Davide Gianfelice
Cover by Massimo Carnevale

With the assistance of a small army, the battle for Sven's birthright begins. Vastly outnumbered by Gorm's forces, things begin to look bleak until some unforeseen allies help Sven's cause. But will it be enough in the end?
On sale June 25 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS

Written by Si Spencer
Art by Simon Gane & Ryan Kelly
Cover by Sean Phillips

As the final clues to the ritual killings fall into place, Morrison and the Vinyl Underground are in a race against time. And just as the killers begin to dispose of the evidence and, worse, their remaining victims, Morrison learns the truth about a family member that could destroy him once and for all.
On sale June 4 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS

Written, art and cover by David Lapham
The Young Liars take to the high seas for a scrap booking adventure! In this latest tale of things not working out as planned, Danny gets his heart's desire again and again and again and again, Annie screams, Big C drinks, Donnie pastes, Truman hits (but not like a girl), and Sadie sings, skis and hijacks. But there's only one thing that keeps her from being the worst thing of all: B-O-R-E-D. Find out what it is in "Bedsheets & Bloodstains"!
On sale June 11 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS

Written and illustrated by Kaoru Mori
CMX. Further exploring the world of maids in English society which she portrayed in EMMA, Kaoru Mori moves slightly forward in time-from Victorian to Edwardian England. When Miss Bennett gets too busy running the pub she inherited, she decides that she needs some help at home. She posts a notice for a maid and young Shirley Madison replies. Shirley can clean and cook as well as anyone - even if she's only 13 years old! As readers have come to expect from creator Kaoru Mori, this one volume collection of short stories is filled with rich period detail, sympathetic characters, and moving stories.
Advance-solicited; on sale July 2 o 5" x 7.375" o 200 pg, B&W, $9.99 US o TEEN

Written and illustrated by Banri Hidaka
CMX. Kanzaki sees a picture of Suwa in old yearbook. It's the first time he's seen what the owner of the ring Kei's been searching for looks like. With Kanzaki's feelings for Kei possibly getting more serious, he wants to find out everything he can about this mystery guy's connection to her. But Kanzaki also learns some big news about Kei that he's just going to have to keep quiet about for now.
Advance-solicited; on sale July 2 o 5" x 7.375" o 192 pg, B&W, $9.99 US o TEEN

Written and illustrated by Iqura Sugimoto
CMX. FINAL VOLUME! Agent Sudo breaks into the headquarters of Atheos, intent on exposing the true purpose of this secret organization and rescuing Aiko, their reluctant pawn. The final battle over her fate is about to begin…and Aiko is finished being anyone's weapon but her own. The real story behind the slaughter of Aiko's family is revealed. Will she ever be able to find a place in the world again?
Advance-solicited; on sale July 9 o 5.5" x 8" o 194 pg, B&W, $12.99 US o MATURE READERS

Written by Ishimori Shotaro, Illustrated by MEIMU
CMX. Kikaider is back! In a bleak, future world, a young man named Jiro is really the robot called Kikaider. Created by a scientist who built robots for an evil organization, Jiro was given a special, humanizing chip to keep him from being used for destructive purposes. This sequel picks up on the fast-paced robot action of the cult CMX series and addresses some unanswered questions.
Advance-solicited; on sale July 9 o 5" x 7.375" o 178 pg, B&W, $9.99 US o MATURE READERS

Written and Illustrated by Cuvie
CMX. When she finally gets her first taste of war, Dorothea is forced to kill for the first time. She's not able to shake off the experience, despite attempts to rationalize her actions as necessary. Later, she confronts a band of soldiers trying to loot a home and attack the widow who lives there. But her savior role is short-lived when she is forced to face the consequences of her earlier actions.
Advance-solicited; on sale July 16 o 5.5" x 8" o 164 pg, B&W, $12.99 US o MATURE READERS

Written and illustrated by Banri Hidaka
CMX. Are Kazuha and her friend Senko rivals for Sugimoto's heart? Kazuha has no idea, of course, because Senko does such a good job of keeping her true feelings a secret. Senko's confessed to Sugimoto that she once had it bad for him. But is it really in the past tense? Things get really complicated when they both accompany Sugimoto to the wedding of Mizushima, Kazuha's first, big crush.
Advance-solicited; on sale July 16 o 5" x 7.375" o 192 pg, B&W, $9.99 US o TEEN+

Written and illustrated by Masashi Tanaka
CMX. Gon goes underground in this book length adventure. Things start out small, as Gon fixates on an anthill. From there, he defends a colony of prairie dogs from a mother coyote and her cub. Enemies become allies when an earthquake opens up a huge fissure, sending Gon and his companions into a mysterious, underground world filled with strange creatures. Will a giant spider prove to be Gon's match?
Advance-solicited; on sale July 23 o 5" x 7.375" o 164 pg, B&W, $5.99 US o TEEN

Written and illustrated by Taka Amano
CMX. Kiichi and Mototaro encounter a woman whose son has died. She wants to recreate him in then draw him out of a magic book. But complications set in when this copy of her son has more of a bond with the mother he left behind in the book. Later, Mototaro encounters a researcher at one of the 12 Libraries who's convinced that Kiichi's very existence might be connected to some great cosmic plan.
Advance-solicited; on sale July 23 o 5" x 7.375" o 160 pg, B&W, $9.99 US o TEEN

Written and illustrated by Oh! great
CMX. It's all-out action for the Juken Club as the Tournament finally gets underway. But Masataka may miss out on the competition - a surprise viewing of a private moment between Aya and Madoka keeps him up past his bedtime and he oversleeps the next morning! Without him, the team finds itself trapped by a deadly bowman who attempts to make them miss the opening of the tournament and face disqualification.
Advance-solicited; on sale July 30 o 5" x 7.375" o 200 pg, B&W, $9.99 US o MATURE READERS

Written and illustrated by Sakura Tsukuba
CMX. "Dream Stairs,"--the movie based on the relationship between the President of the Peacock agency and movie star Yoko Oka--is a big hit! Yukari heads off to Monaco for a screening at a film festival, accompanied by the movie's stars (and her personal friends), Aya and Ryo. Things have never looked better for her career as a talent agent. But what does Yoko have in mind that has Yukari concerned?
Advance-solicited; on sale July 30 o 5" x 7.375" o 192 pg, B&W, $9.99 US o TEEN

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Bedazzled presents the not-on-DVD "Music of Lennon and McCartney" TV special from 1965.


George Lucas talks about his upcoming "Clone Wars" film and TV series.

Set in the years between episodes II and III — "Attack of the Clones" and "Revenge of the Sith" — of the big-screen "Star Wars" chronicle, the movie and series present fresh adventures of Jedi warrior Anakin Skywalker, his mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and other colleagues.

The movie introduces a female Jedi, Ahsoki, who is Anakin's young apprentice.

"It's like `Band of Brothers' in space, with Jedi," Lucas, 63, said. "You can tell lots of stories. They come up all the time."


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Lost clues: "Ji Yeon" Ep. 7, Season 4

Episode summary:

In flash forwards, Sun goes into labor. She's in Korea and she's recognized in the hospital as one of the "Oceanic 6."

Back in island time, we see Sun getting suspicious about the newcomers Daniel and Charlotte and of Juliet. She thinks Jack can't be trusted either. Worried that the freighter isn't there to rescue the survivors, she decides she and her baby would be better off in Locke's camp and she convinces Jin to go with her.

Juliet is emphatic, though, that unless Sun gets off the island, she will die--as have all women who have gotten pregnant there. To stop her from going, Juliet reveals to Jin that Sun has had an affair. Jin, saddened and angry, turns back and the couple ends up staying on the beach.


Eventually, Jin finds it in his heart to forgive Sun--back in civilization he was a cold and troubled man, he really can't blame her. They reconcile, and they decide to stay on the beach in hopes of rescue.

In other "out-of-time" scenes, we see Jin scurrying around Seoul trying to buy a giant stuffed panda bear because a baby is on the way. We're led to believe the baby is his and Jin's, but it turns out these scenes are flashbacks, which take place before the crash. The panda is for a Chinese ambassador Sun's father Mr. Paik, who Jin works for, hopes to impress.

In the flashforwards, Sun has her baby and afterwards, when she is at home, we see Hurley arrive at her apartment to see the new arrival, a girl name Ji Yeon as Jin had wished back on the island. But Jin isn't there. We're led to believe he's dead, as Hurley and Sun go to a cemetery and stand before a tombstone bearing his name.

Sun, holding her new baby, looks at the stone and says "I miss you so much..."

Meanwhile, on the freighter, Sayid and Desmond meet the ship's captain, who says he's working for Charles Widmore. The Captain shows them a flight date recorder--the "black box" from Oceanic 815 and reveals that a fake crash, complete with 300-plus dead passengers and crew--was staged. The Captain talks about the tremendous resources necessary to pull off a hoax and adds, "and that's why it's so important that Ben Linus dies."

But the Cap's phrasing is nebulous. Does he mean Widmore staged the crash and is so powerful that everybody better do what he wants, or does he mean that Ben staged the crash?


Afterwards, as the ship's doctor brings Sayid and Desmond to their new quarters below decks, they encounter the ship's janitor who turns out to be--you guessed it!--Michael.

Sayid and Desmond pretend they don't know him, as this is obviously Ben's shipboard spy.


* Is Jin really dead or is he still alive, but on the island? I kinda think he's still alive.

* The date of death on Jin's tombstone is 9/22/2004, the same date as the Oceanic crash. So, the Oceanic 6 is covering up whatever really happened to him.

* Why is Michael working for Ben and to what end? And where's Walt?


* Are we to believe Widmore or Ben staged the Oceanic crash? I think it was Widmore. Naomi and her crew knew there were crash survivors so, by extension, must Widmore. He wants the island and staged the crash so it wouldn't be discovered.

* Sayid and Desmond were slipped a note, presumably from Michael, telling them not to trust the captain. Should they or shouldn't they?


* The captain's last name is Gault. According to Wikipedia:

Captain Gault is a fictional sea captain created by English writer William Hope Hodgson. Many of the Captain Gault stories were collected in the book Captain Gault, Being the Exceedingly Private Log of a Sea-Captain, published in 1917.

Captain Gault seems to be a captain for hire, and operates a different ship in each of the stories. Some take place in England, some in the United States, some in Havanna, and some in Europe. Gault himself is a morally ambiguous character who follows the pattern of many famous fictional criminals: although a law-breaker (he seems primarily interested in making money), he proves also to have a strict moral code. As the series progresses, we learn tantalizing bits of information about Captain Gault: he seems to be highly placed in a secret society; he has occult knowledge about arcane religious artifacts; he seems to be very knowledgeable about gemstones; he is a skilled amateur painter. In general, he reveals himself to have surprising resevoirs of specialized knowledge. Where he got all this knowledge is generally not revealed; we get only these tantalizing hints at the character's past.

* Before Hurley arrives at her apartment, Sun has her television on. The channel is running the late Nikki's appearance on "Expose."


* The woman guarding Desmond and Sayid is shown reading (or trying to read as she's gone loopy from "cabin fever," i.e. time displacement, and is holding it upside down) is "The Survivors of the Chancellor" by Jules Verne. Wikipedia says:

...an 1875 novel about the final voyage of a British sailing vessel, the Chancellor, told from the perspective of one of its passengers (in the form of a diary).


Verne's novels have been a huge influence on the show, particularly "The Mysterious Island."

* So the Oceanic 6 is Jack, Kate, Hurley, Sayid, Sun and...? Are we counting Aaron? Is number 6 whoever we saw in the coffin at the end of season 3?

* What mission did Frank leave on in the helicopter?

Also see:

Lost Season 4 Episode Guide
The Best Lost Sites on the Web
Lost: What we STILL don't know