DC Comics Full Solicitations For November 2009

It’s that time again as DC Comics releases there solicitation copy and images, this time for product shipping in November. Things continue to not go well for the DC Universe as a whole as Blackest Night continues its relentless march, but the villain behind it all stands revealed. Lots of other happenings occur in all corners of the DCU this month as well, so consult the full list and update your subscriptions/pull lists accordingly!

Blackest Night
DC Universe
Collected Editions
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DC Direct

Written by Geoff Johns
Art and cover by Ivan Reis & Oclair Albert
Variant cover by Rodolfo Migliari
Sketch variant cover by Ivan Reis & Oclair Albert

The moment you’ve hungered for finally arrives! Who controls death in the DC Universe? NEKRON – Lord of the Undead! The dark being behind the undead Black Lanterns makes his presence and purpose known, and our heroes discover they’re not only fighting for their lives, but their after-lives as well. Don’t miss this game-changing issue from superstar writer Geoff Johns and stellar artist Ivan Reis!

Retailers please note: This issue will ship with three covers. For every 25 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Ivan Reis & Oclair Albert), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Rodolfo Migliari). For every 100 copies of the Standard Edition, retailers may order one copy of the Sketch Variant Edition (with a cover by Ivan Reis). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale November 25 • 5 of 8 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US

GL-Cv48 (Custom)GREEN LANTERN #48
Written by Geoff Johns
Art and cover by Doug Mahnke & Christian Alamy
Variant cover by Rags Morales

BLACKEST NIGHT continues! Agent Orange and his Orange Lanterns face off against the Black Lantern Corps, and Larfleeze finds himself wanting something he never has before: Help. Meanwhile, Saint Walker comes face-to-face with the one being in the universe he has no patience for – Sinestro!

Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. For every 25 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Doug Mahnke & Christian Alamy), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Rags Morales). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale November 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art and cover by Patrick Gleason & Rebecca Buchman
Variant cover by Greg Horn

BLACKEST NIGHT intensifies! The Green Lanterns’ epic fight to preserve Oa and the Central Power Battery from being consumed by the Black Lanterns continues. While the Corps faces the most desperate moment in its entire history, a new threat materializes that will shake them to their very souls.

Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. For every 25 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Patrick Gleason & Rebecca Buchman), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Greg Horn). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale November 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Geoff Johns
Co-feature written by Geoff Johns & Michael Shoemaker
Art by Jerry Ordway
Co-feature art by Clayton Henry
Cover by Jerry Ordway and Francis Manapul
Variant cover by Francis Manapul

The return of Superboy! Superboy-Prime, that is! The grasp of BLACKEST NIGHT knows no bounds, and it is now at the doorstep of Superboy-Prime. Believe it or not, Prime has met his match. The Black Lanterns know his deepest, darkest secrets and force Prime to feel emotions he’s long discarded. Plus, in the Legion of Super-Heroes co-feature, Dawnstar is on the trail of the person – or people – who have been causing so much trouble for the Legion. But does she get too close to the truth? Her Legion teammate Wildfire comes to her rescue, but are the duo able to discover just who is behind this villainous plot to destroy the known universe?

Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. For every 10 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Jerry Ordway and Francis Manapul), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Francis Manapul and renamed and renumbered ADVENTURE COMICS #507). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale November 18 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US

BOOG Cv26 (Custom)BOOSTER GOLD #26
Written by Dan Jurgen and Matt Sturges
Art by Dan Jurgens, Mike Norton
& Norm Rapmund
Cover by Dan Jurgens & Norm Rapmund

What’s blue and gold and bloody all over? This BLACKEST NIGHT tie-in issue! Booster Gold’s worst fears are realized when Ted Kord comes back as a Black Lantern intent on killing his former best friend. Good thing there’s another Blue Beetle around to help…but will Jaime Reyes be too late to save Booster’s life?
On sale November 11 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US



DPatrol 4 (Custom)DOOM PATROL #4
Written by Keith Giffen
Co-feature written by Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis
Art by Justiniano & Livesay
Co-feature art by Kevin Maguire
Cover by Justiniano & Andrew Mangum

When BLACKEST NIGHT falls, skeletons start coming out of the closets — and no one has more skeletons in his closet than Niles Caulder, founder of the Doom Patrol. Caulder has been playing god for years, and the time for a reckoning has come. The Doom Patrol thought they knew darkness. Find out how wrong they were in this BLACKEST NIGHT tie-in issue!

Meanwhile, in the Metal Men co-feature, trendy meets grotesque when the robots battle a group of living mannequins.
On sale November 4 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US

Written by James Robinson
Art and cover by Mark Bagley

The BLACKEST NIGHT darkens the skies over the Justice League in this important tie-in issue! Can the team get it together in time to survive the return of the undead Dr. Light? Or will his now-shadowy evil strangle everybody where they stand?
On sale November 25 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US




Written by Scott Kolins
Art and cover by Scott Kolins

The Blackest Night blankets the world of Superman and Batman yet again! But this time it’s not what you think! Get ready for a team-up of epic proportions as Bizarro and Man-Bat face down the undead power of Black Lantern Solomon Grundy!
On sale November 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US




REBELS10 (Custom)R.E.B.E.L.S. #10
Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Andy Clarke
Cover by Kalman Andrasofszky

It’s an oversized BLACKEST NIGHT tie-in issue as the Black Lanterns fight the Sinestro Corps with the R.E.B.E.L.S. caught in the middle! While super-jerk Vril Dox and his team of renegades plot to stop Starro the Conqueror’s rampage, they’re forced to confront this major battle raging in space! Dox is in trouble, too, because these particular Black Lanterns wanted to kill him when they were alive!
On sale November 11 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US



TTitans 77 (Custom)TEEN TITANS #77
Written by J.T. Krul
Co-feature written by Sean McKeever
Art by Joe Bennett & Jack Jadson
Co-feature art by Yildiray Cinar & Júlio Ferreira
Cover by Joe Bennett & Jack Jadson

It’s a return of the teenage dead in this BLACKEST NIGHT tie-in issue! There’s certainly no shortage of dead Teen Titans, so when the Black Lanterns come a-calling, old teammates return with a vengeance! It’s a Titan’s worst nightmare come true!
On sale November 25 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US



OUT Cv24 (Custom)THE OUTSIDERS #24
Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art by Fernando Pasarin & Jay Leisten
Cover by Tom Mandrake

Prepare for another mind-blowing BLACKEST NIGHT tie-in. Spinning out of BLACKEST NIGHT: TITANS, the dead rise to dine on the flesh of the living! It’s brother vs. undead sister when Black Lantern Terra comes to claim the still-beating hearts of Geo-Force
and the rest of the Outsiders!
On sale November 18 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US



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BMROB Cv6 (Custom)BATMAN and ROBIN #6
Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Philip Tan & Jonathan Glapion
Cover by Frank Quitely
Variant cover by Philip Tan

In the startling conclusion to “The Revenge of the Red Hood,” Gotham’s new “protector” reveals his identity to Batman – and surprisingly poses a heart-stopping question to Dick Grayson about the future of Bruce Wayne! Plus, Robin at the mercy of Scarlet!

Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. For every 25 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Frank Quitely), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Philip Tan). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale November 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

BM Cv693 (Custom)BATMAN #693
Written by Tony Daniel
Art by Tony Daniel & Sandu Florea
Cover by Tony Daniel

Pandemonium breaks out at the inaugural ceremony of the new Arkham Asylum. Will the combined forces of Oracle, Huntress and Catwoman be enough help for Batman? Plus, the debuts of both the Gotham Shield Committee and Black Mask’s Ministry of Death!
On sale November 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US




Written by Greg Rucka
Art by JH Williams III
Co-feature art by Cully Hamner
Cover by JH Williams III
Variant cover by Jock

Batwoman’s origin continues! In “Go!” part 2, Kate Kane is outed and forced to leave West Point. When she lands in Gotham City, she meets officer Renee Montoya and has a fateful encounter with The Dark Knight that will forever change her life!

The case may be closed closed, but questions remain in The Question’s co-feature. And Renee won’t stop until she has the answers! When a new lead points to the Sicilian mafia, The Question turns to an expert for assistance. But can she trust the Huntress to be professional when family rears its ugly head?

Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. For every 10 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by JH Williams III), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Jock). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale November 25 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US

AZR Cv2 (Custom)AZRAEL #2
Written by Fabian Nicieza
Art by Ramon Bachs & John Stanisci
Cover by Jock

The White Ghost presents a trial to the new Azrael: save an Angel or condemn a Devil! While it may sound like a simple choice, Azrael has to decide if the perceived saint is a sinner or if the sinner is an innocent man. And what if the architect of the experiment, Ra’s al Ghul, is secretly testing all those involved to see who can best serve as his ultimate Dark Knight?
On sale November 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US



Written by David Hine
Art by Jeremy Haun
Cover by Frazer Irving

Jeremiah Arkham’s dream for a new asylum is rapidly turning into a nightmare as he is forced to call in Batman to put down a riot. But who or what is behind the sabotage? Is it possible that the asylum itself is inflicting its own retribution on the inmates? Find out in this 3-issue miniseries from the BATTLE FOR THE COWL: ARKHAM ASYLUM creative team of writer David Hine and artist Jeremy Haun!
On sale November 25 • 2 of 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US



GCSirens Cv6 (Custom)GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #6
Written by Paul Dini
Art and cover by Guillem March

Now that Mr. J’s secret is out in the open, will the girls’ reaction take them to the point of no return? And will Harley Quinn ever be
the same?
On sale November 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US




BG Cv4 (Custom)BATGIRL #4
Written by Bryan Q. Miller
Art by Lee Garbett and Trevor Scott
Cover by Phil Noto

It’s Batgirl’s first night on the job, and as she’ll soon learn, it takes a lot more to wear the mantle of the Bat than she originally thought – especially when she has to juggle patrol, the police and a frat party!
On sale November 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US




BMStreetsGotham 6 (Custom)BATMAN: STREETS OF GOTHAM #6
Written by Chris Yost
Co-feature written by Marc Andreyko
Art by Dustin Nguyen & Derek Fridolfs
Co-feature art by Jeremy Haun
Cover by Dustin Nguyen

Huntress and Man-Bat are held captive by a priest driven to the edge of sanity by Gotham City itself! It’s everything Huntress can do to keep the madman from killing them both, because that’s exactly what he believes the voice of God is telling him to do in the conclusion of the 2-part “Leviathan.”

And in the Manhunter co-feature, Kate’s hot on the trail of Two-Face, but her dear old friend Dylan is caught right in the middle. Can she apprehend Two-Face before Dylan gets caught in the crossfire? And what exactly is Dylan up to?
On sale November 18 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US

RROB Cv6 (Custom)RED ROBIN #6
Written by Christopher Yost
Art by Marcus To
Cover by Marcus To & Ray McCarthy

All across Europe, the hunt is on as Red Robin and the League of Assassins go after the Council of Spiders. But why is Tim Drake working with Ra’s al Ghul? It’s Red Robin versus the assassin-killer known as Recluse, while Tam Fox finds herself the prisoner of the White Ghost. Back in Gotham City, trouble by the name of Vicki Vale threatens everything Bruce Wayne built as Batman. Rising star Marcus To debuts as new regular artist as “Council of Spiders” continues!
On sale November 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US



BMUnseen Cv3 (Custom)BATMAN: THE UNSEEN #3-4
Written by Doug Moench
Art and cover by Kelley Jones

The Invisible Man has gone on a killing spree, and only The Dark Knight can hope to end his reign of terror in issues #3 and #4 of this 5-issue miniseries. But how can Batman stop a man he can’t see? And what is the Invisible Man’s ultimate goal? Be here to find out as The Caped Crusader finally deduces the identity of the Invisible Man and the villain’s next victim: Bruce Wayne!
Issue #3 on sale November 4; issue #4 on sale November 18 • 3 and 4 of 5 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US



Written by Royal McGraw
Art and covers by Marcos Marz

A new arc titled “Blackhawk Down” begins with a bang as Wayne Industries collaborator Blackhawk Industries has valuable information stolen right under Batman’s nose! An investigation leads him to Poland and a giant robot, but The Dark Knight will have to enlist the help of Lady Blackhawk to solve the case.
Issue #36 on sale November 4; issue #37 on sale November 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US




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Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Gary Frank & Jon Sibal
Covers by Gary Frank

So long, Smallville; hello, Metropolis! Join Geoff Johns and Gary Frank as they explore a very different Metropolis from the one we currently know – one that has yet to experience life with Superman as its protector. Witness the transformative power one person can have on a city as young Clark Kent joins The Daily Planet, and Superman takes to the skies and gives everyone a reason to look up. Over the years, Superman has come to mean everything to Metropolis, but be here to learn why Metropolis means everything to Superman!

Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. For every 10 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Gary Frank), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Gary Frank). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale November 25 • 3 of 6 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US

AC Cv883 (Custom)ACTION COMICS #883
Written by Greg Rucka
Co-feature written by James Robinson & Greg Rucka
Art by Pere Pérez
Co-feature art by CAFU
Cover by CAFU

Since “Codename: Patriot,” Earth’s hatred for Kryptonians has only escalated – which is what makes it so odd that Nightwing and Flamebird pick now to become public Super Heroes! Meanwhile, Lois Lane finally meets with the man she thought long dead – her father, General Lane. But he has a message to deliver to his journalist daughter: “You’re either with us or against us.”

And in part 5 of the new co-feature, Captain Atom, now back on Earth and knowing the truth about his mission, must face an old foe – his archenemy, Major Disaster!
On sale November 11 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US

SM Cv694 (Custom)SUPERMAN #694
Written by James Robinson
Art by Fernando Dagnino & Raúl Fernandez
Cover by CAFU

Kicking off a new 5-issue storyline that will rocket readers all the way to the monumental SUPERMAN #700! Mon-El makes his triumphant return to Metropolis with a new look and a determined manner just in time to combat the unstoppable fury of Bizarro. But with his powers phasing in and out, will the new Mon-El be able to save his city even with the help of the Guardian and Metropolis’s Science Police?
On sale November 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US



Written by James Robinson & Greg Rucka
Art by Pete Woods
Cover by Gary Frank
Variant cover by Mark Buckingham

Humans and Kryptonians are the only two races in our solar system, right? Wrong! Jemm, Son of Saturn, ruler of the super-powered Saturnian race, arrives in Kandor demanding answers to New Krypton’s recent actions – answers he intends to get even if he has to fight his way through Commander Kal-El and the entire Kryptonian army!

Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. For every 25 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Gary Frank), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Mark Buckingham). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale November 4 • 9 of 12 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

SG Cv47 (Custom)SUPERGIRL #47
Written by Sterling Gates
Art by Jamal Igle & Jon Sibal
Cover by Joshua Middleton

Supergirl has finally brought Reactron back to New Krypton so he can be held accountable for murdering her father, Zor-El. While the debate about what to do with him rages among the people of New Krypton, the planet’s ruler – and Supergirl’s mother – remains unsure. Should Alura have Reactron executed? And will Supergirl allow it to happen if her mother decides to go that route?
On sale November 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US



WF Cvr2 (Custom)WORLD’S FINEST #2
Written by Sterling Gates
Art by Fernando Dagnino
Covers by Phil Noto

Following a trail of experimental equipment that was stolen from WayneTech, the new Robin finds himself in Metropolis and face-to-face with the straight-laced Guardian. But when Parasite and Mr. Freeze appear, the two heroes will have to band together to capture the villains and retrieve the missing tech. What are the villains really after, though, and who is pulling their strings?

Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers, both by Phil Noto, that can be ordered separately. Cover A will feature Guardian and Mr. Freeze. Cover B will feature Robin and Parasite. Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale November 25 • 2 of 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


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Bat-Doc savage1 (Custom)BATMAN/DOC SAVAGE SPECIAL #1
Written by Brian Azzarello
Art by Phil Noto
Sketchbook material and variant cover by Rags Morales
Cover by JG Jones

Doc Savage returns to DC Comics…and comes face-to-fist with the Batman! Superstar scribe Brian Azzarello (100 BULLETS, JOKER) and the breathtaking art of Phil Noto combine to shine the first light on a shadowy new version of the DC Universe, where the thugs run rampant, corruption runs deep, and even heroes can’t be trusted! Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze, hates what he’s heard about the connections between a grisly murder and Gotham City’s violent new vigilante. But the Batman can’t abide do-gooders getting in his way…and his .45 just won’t stay in its holster!

Be here for this vital prologue to an upcoming 6-issue miniseries by Azzarello and Rags Morales (IDENTITY CRISIS), which will pull back the curtain to reveal the full width and breadth of DC’s new pulp-influenced universe. This special issue also features sketchbook material by Rags Morales that will show you just what you’re in for! You might think you’re ready – but you’re very, very wrong…

Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. For every 10 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by JG Jones), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Rags Morales). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale November 11 • 56 pg, FC, $4.99 US

Written by Andrew Kreisberg
Art by Renato Guedes & Jose Wilson Magalhães and Mike Norton & Bill Sienkiewicz
Cover by Ladrönn

Black Canary squares off against Cupid and her new partner (Green Arrow?!) in the lead story this month! Meanwhile in this issue’s co-feature, Green Arrow teams up with Black Canary against Cupid and…Green Arrow?
On sale November 11 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US




JONH Cv49 (Custom)JONAH HEX #49
Written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray
Art and cover by Cristiano Cucina

“Six Gun War” part 6 of 6! It’s what you’ve been waiting for! After five months of brutal Hex action, things only get worse for our Western hero as he finally comes face-to-face with his archnemesis, Quentin Turnbull. Bullets will be fired, blood will be spilled, and not everyone is going to make it out alive.
On sale November 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US




BAB Cv29 (Custom)THE BRAVE & THE BOLD #29
Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Art and cover by Jesus Saiz

A thing that lives… and fights for its soul! The shambling walking doll that is Brother Power, the Geek has been reborn in Gotham City without a home or purpose! Could destiny have something in store for this seemingly lost relic? And why does his appearance cut into Batman’s heart like none of Gotham’s strange monsters ever has before? Find out in this new issue from
best-selling writer J. Michael Straczynski (Amazing Spider-Man) and artist Jesus Saiz (OMAC PROJECT)!
On sale November 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US



The Great Ten 1 (Custom)THE GREAT TEN #1
Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Scott McDaniel & Andy Owens
Cover by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau
Part 1 of a 10-part miniseries! Join writer Tony Bedard (R.E.B.E.L.S.) and artist Scott McDaniel (NIGHTWING, GREEN ARROW) for an adventure exploring the extraordinary characters from the pages of 52 and CHECKMATE!

At the dawn of the Chinese Century, the 10 official “super-functionaries” of the People’s Republic face their greatest challenge as the gods of Ancient China return to destroy communist rule! Will the most populous nation on Earth drag the rest of the world down with it? Do its heroes even want to save a government that treats them like pawns? Don’t miss this tale that redraws the map of the DCU and fleshes out the most exciting and mysterious new characters from the mind of Grant Morrison! Featuring a gorgeous cover by rising artist Stanley “Artgerm” Lau (FINAL CRISIS AFTERMATH: DANCE).
On sale November 4 • 1 of 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Scott Ian
Art and cover by Sam Kieth

A Lobo story like nothing you’ve seen before! You can imagine that when you live life the way the Main Man lives life — loud, loose, and ludicrously violent — you might pick up an enemy or two along the way. An enemy like, say, oh I don’t know, Satan himself. And Satan, my friends, does not play around. Hell’s iron-fisted ruler has a serious mad-on for the last Czarnian, and he’s gonna hit Lobo right in his blackened, scabrous heart. So Lobo’s just gonna have to hit him harder. Repeatedly. In the FACE. But first, Lobo has to go to Hell…a little sooner than anticipated!

Metal icon Scott Ian of Anthrax makes his comics debut, joining forces with visionary creator Sam Kieth to bring you a Lobo story that’s so over the top, you won’t even remember what the top used to look like! Bleeding dolphins, demonic Chihuahuas, the world’s worst cruise ship, exploding moons, severed heads, and still more sick fraggin’ stuff all await you on the Highway to Hell — don’t miss a single twisted page!
On sale November 4 • 1 of 2 • 64 pg, FC, $6.99 US

Written by James Robinson
Art and cover by Mauro Cascioli

Supergirl and Shazam join the team as Prometheus is finally captured! His evil machinations are revealed, but even so, the League may be unable to stop the villain’s disturbing plans as he cuts down one of the members! Don’t miss this shocking new issue that’ll have everybody talking.
On sale November 18 • 5 of 7 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US




Written by Bill Willingham & Matthew Sturges
Art and cover by Jesus Merino

The traitor stands revealed, and his part in the destruction of the Justice Society of America is complete. While the team’s headquarters lies in ruin, the same fate has befallen the team itself! Hold on to your seats, because the JSA as we’ve known it is torn asunder!
On sale November 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US





Written by Zander Cannon, Kevin Grevioux, Felicia D. Henderson, Jen Van Meter, Jerry Ordway, James Robinson and Matthew Sturges
Art by Roberto Castro & John Floyd, Neil Edwards & Wayne Faucher, Renato Guedes & José Wilson Magalhães, Jesus Merino, Jerry Ordway, Freddie Williams II and others
Cover by Jerry Ordway

The newer members of the JSA explore the team’s mansion headquarters and learn a thing or two about themselves in 7 exciting stories from today’s top creators in this oversized special! But who directs the group through the deep, dark halls of building? Is it a friend, or a very dangerous foe?
On sale November 18 • 80 pg, FC, $5.99 US



JSAv2K Cv6 (Custom)JSA VS. KOBRA #6
Written by Eric Trautmann
Art by Don Kramer & Michael Babinski
Cover by Gene Ha

It all ends here! Now that the Kobra’s lair has been razed by the Justice Society, Jason Burr’s plans should fall to pieces. But the terrorist leader has more than one plan at work, and the JSA won’t be able to stop them all once they’re put in motion! It’s old dogs vs. new tricks in one final gambit!
On sale November 11 • 6 of 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US




MAGOG Cv3 (Custom)MAGOG #3
Written by Keith Giffen
Art by Howard Porter & John Dell
Cover by Glenn Fabry

Sometimes powers are as much a curse as they are a blessing. Magog learns that lesson firsthand when the minions of Miasma assault his enhanced senses. Thank Gog he finds himself “rescued” by hi-tech-clad members of the mysterious Flashpoint! But it could be out of the sewer and further into hell for the pseudo-god hero!
On sale November 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US



Written by Kevin VanHook
Art by José Luís & J.P. Mayer
Cover by Ed Benes & J.P. Mayer

The dysfunctional family reunion continues for Red Tornado as we introduce Red Inferno! Can he survive working with his “sister” Red Torpedo long enough to find their deadly elemental brothers? Or are these four siblings doomed to be destroyed before they learn the real truth behind their existence?
On sale November 4 • 3 of 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US




TNSv2 Cv19 (Custom)TITANS #19
Written by J.T. Krul
Art by Angel Unzueta & Wayne Faucher
Cover by Angel Unzueta

It’s not easy being a dad in the DCU – just ask Roy Harper, who never wants to leave his daughter Lian an orphan. Unfortunately, that choice may not be his to make…Hot off his BLACKEST NIGHT: TITANS miniseries, J.T. Krul returns for another issue!
On sale November 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US




Mighty#10 (Custom)THE MIGHTY #10
Written by Peter J. Tomasi & Keith Champagne
Art by Chris Samnee
Cover by Dave Johnson

Game time! Alpha One has revealed his secrets to Gabriel Cole. But in the process, has the superhuman regained Cole’s trust – or sealed his own fate? There’s one more shock hidden in Alpha’s lair, and its effects on Cole are about to be… unpredictable!
On sale November 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US




SSIX Cv15 (Custom)SECRET SIX #15
Written by John Ostrander
Art by J. Calafiore
Cover by Daniel LuVisi

Deadshot takes center stage! He’s always been a killer, but now the urge to kill everyone is threatening to take him over completely. Can the mercenary pull himself out of these murderous depths? Or will he drown in the murky waters of his own addiction to death? Guest-written by John Ostrander, whose fan-favorite run on SUICIDE SQUAD helped define Deadshot.
On sale November 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US



the_SHIELD3 (Custom)THE SHIELD #3
Written by Eric Trautmann
Co-feature written by Brandon Jerwa
Art by Marco Rudy & Mick Gray
Co-feature art by Greg Scott
Cover by Francis Manapul

The Shield is due to conclude his first mission, but he may not get out alive! “Backed up” by fellow former soldier Magog and facing the evil behind the mind-grabbing evil known as the Brain Emperor, The Shield better catch his bearings fast if he plans on surviving his third issue!

Meanwhile, Inferno keeps blazing a trail wherever he goes, no matter how hard he tries to stay invisible.
On sale November 11 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US

WEB Cv3 (Custom)THE WEB #3
Written by Angela Robinson
Co-feature written by John Rozum
Art Roger Robinson & Hilary Barta
Co-feature art by Tom Derenick & Bill Sienkiewicz
Cover by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau

The all-new Batgirl drops by to have a talk with the Web as he recklessly continues to rewrite the rules of superheroics! And she’s not shy about introducing herself!

Plus, the Hangman investigates Japantown’s underworld only to encounter the mysterious creature known as the Yokai!
On sale November 25 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US


VILA Cv12 (Custom)VIGILANTE #12
Written by Marv Wolfman
Art and cover by Rick Leonardi and John Stanisci

The Vigilante aims to settle the score with the mob by going after the big boss. But this boss just so happens to be his father-in-law! Family matters turn into grave matters, and blood will run for the Vigilante in this, the final issue of the series!
FINAL ISSUE • On sale November 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US




WARLv2 Cv8 (Custom)WARLORD #8
Written by Mike Grell
Art and cover by Mike Grell

Mike Grell picks up the pencil again for the dazzling 2-part conclusion of “The Forgotten”! Under siege by the Beast-men and the remains of the Golden God’s army, Travis Morgan thought he was defending an innocent girl… but in truth, his sword serves a power he never expected! Don’t miss the finale of this 2-part arc showcasing the art of WARLORD creator Mike Grell!
On sale November 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US




WW Cv38 (Custom)WONDER WOMAN #38
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Aaron Lopresti & Matt Ryan
Cover by Aaron Lopresti

Wonder Woman’s world is turned upside-down as she finds herself branded a criminal by her own people! Plus, who are the Crows, and what awful secret do they carry that will affect Diana forever?
On sale November 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US




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BM cat and bat cv (Custom)BATMAN: THE CAT AND THE BAT TP
Written by Fabian Nicieza
Art and cover by Kevin Maguire

Two of Gotham City’s top females cross paths in this wild adventure collected from BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #17-21! When they cross paths over Commissioner Gordon’s stolen notebook, it’s an all-out chase that takes both to some very unexpected corners of the city.
Advance-solicited; on sale December 2 • 128 pg, FC, $12.99 US




BM Cv Wrath Child trade (Custom)BATMAN: THE WRATH TP
Written by Tony Bedard and Mike W. Barr
Art by Rags Morales, Michael Golden and others
Cover by Rags Morales

The Wrath returns from the shadows of the past in this new collection featuring BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #13-16 and 1984’s BATMAN SPECIAL #1, which introduced The Wrath! But how does this mysterious foe know so much about Batman’s past?
On sale December 23 • 144 pg, FC, $17.99 US




Written by Jim Starlin
Art and cover by Bernie Wrightson

A new printing of the classic Batman tale collecting the 4-issue miniseries from 1989. Deacon Blackfire, a charismatic shaman with roots as old as Gotham City itself, has amassed the city’s homeless into an army, one he seemingly uses to fight crime. But Blackfire has a hidden agenda!
On sale December 9 • 208 pg, FC, $19.99 US




Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Ethan Van Sciver, Darwyn Cooke, Prentis Rollins, Marlo Alquiza and Mick Gray
Cover by Ethan Van Sciver

In 2004, writer Geoff Johns and artist Ethan Van Sciver — the team behind the current blockbuster THE FLASH: REBIRTH — restored Hal Jordan to his place as the greatest Green Lantern of all with the best-selling miniseries GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH! Now, DC Comics is pleased to present this perennial favorite in the slipcased, Absolute format.

Follow Hal Jordan on his journey from fearless test pilot to Super Hero, from villain to the spirit of vengeance, and finally, returning to his true calling as Green Lantern of Space Sector 2814. This amazing Absolute edition includes GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH #1-6, GREEN LANTERN #1, the preview story from Wizard Magazine and a tale from GREEN LANTERN SECRET FILES 2005 featuring spectacular artwork by Darwyn Cooke.
Advance-solicited; on sale April 21 • 8.25” x 12.5”, 224 pg, FC, $75.00 US

Booster Gold blue and gold cv (Custom)BOOSTER GOLD: BLUE AND GOLD TP
Written by Geoff Johns and Jeff Katz
Art and cover by Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund

In this second BOOSTER GOLD volume, now in paperback and featuring issues #0, 7-10 and 1 Million, Booster travels through time to save Blue Beetle from being murdered. But the resulting change to the time stream creates a wormhole of problems for the two heroes and some unpredictable consequences.
Advance-solicited; on sale December 9 • 160 pg, FC, $14.99 US




Written by Andrew Kreisberg
Art by Mike Norton and Joe Rubinstein
Cover by Ladrönn

The adventures of comicdom’s most tempestuous couple continue in this new volume collecting issues #15-20 of their monthly series! A new villain gives Oliver Queen reason to reflect on how much his life has changed since he married Dinah Lance — but Black Canary doesn’t have time to contemplate since she’s busy battling Cupid!
Advance-solicited; on sale December 16 • 144 pg, FC, $17.99 US



Written by John Broome
Art by Gil Kane, Murphy Anderson, Mike Sekowsky, Ross Andru and others
Cover by Gil Kane and Joe Giella

The second volume collecting Green Lantern’s original Silver Age adventures is here! Drawn from GREEN LANTERN #4-9, Hal Jordan battles the Weaponers of Qward, Sinestro, Hector Hammond and others, and introduces fellow Lantern Tomar Re!
Advance-solicited; on sale December 23 • 160 pg, FC, $14.99 US




Written by Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn
Art by Barry Kitson & Michael Bair
Cover by Barry Kitson

The definitive tale of the JLA’s formation is back in a new printing of the massive book starring The Flash, Green Lantern, Black Canary, Martian Manhunter and Aquaman. Collecting the entire, original twelve-issue miniseries!
Advance-solicited; on sale December 9 • 320 pg, FC, $19.99 US




Mighty v1 Cv (Custom)THE MIGHTY VOL. 1 TP
Written by Peter J. Tomasi and Keith Champagne
Art by Peter Snejbjerg and Chris Samnee
Cover by Dave Johnson

America’s only Super Hero, Alpha One, is introduced in this first collection featuring issues #1-6 of the intriguing new series THE MIGHTY. But when murder strikes at the top of Alpha’s crimefighting organization, the life of one of its members will change forever.
Advance-solicited; on sale December 23 • 144 pg, FC, $17.99 US




Written by Jim Starlin
Art by Ron Lim, Rick Leonardi and others
Cover by Jim Starlin

DC’s cosmic heroes soar into action again as the nefarious Lady Styx continues her galactic quest to add every being in the universe to her congregation! It’s up to Adam Strange, Hawkman, Captain Comet and others to stop her plans in this volume collecting RANN/THANAGAR: HOLY WAR #5-8 and ADAM STRANGE SPECIAL #1.
Advance-solicited; on sale December 2 • 168 pg, FC, $19.99 US



Written by Robert Kanigher
Art and cover by Ross Andru and Mike Esposito

Wonder Woman’s Silver Age adventures continue in this value-priced collection of issues #138-156. Don’t miss the amazing Amazon’s battles with The Angle Man, The Phantom Sea-Beast, The Brain Pirate and so many more.
Advance-solicited; on sale December 16 • 496 pg, B&W, $17.99 US




Written by Steve Niles
Art and cover by Scott Hampton

The saga of Simon Dark reaches its dramatic conclusion in this new volume collecting issues #13-18, as Gotham City’s strangest hero tours the netherworld known as the In-Between and gets a peek behind the curtain into another world.
Advance-solicited; on sale December 16 • 144 pg, FC, $17.99 US




Teen Titans Deathtrap cv (Custom)TEEN TITANS: DEATHTRAP TP
Written by Sean McKeever and Marv Wolfman
Art by Fernando Dagnino, Joe Bennett, Rick Leonardi and others
Cover by Andrew Robinson

The Teen Titans join forces with The Titans and The Vigilante in this new title collecting the “Deathtrap” storyline from TEEN TITANS ANNUAL 2009, TITANS #12 and 13, TEEN TITANS #70 and VIGILANTE #5 and 6.
Advance-solicited; on sale December 2 • 192 pg, FC, $14.99 US




Written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray
Art and cover by Phil Noto

The 5-issue miniseries that pitted Superman and Supergirl against Maelstrom, the would-be bride of Darkseid, is collected! It’s a battle that ranges from Metropolis to Apokolips and beyond – Don’t miss it!
Advance-solicited; on sale December 9 • 128 pg, FC, $12.99 US





Written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray
Art by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti
Cover by Amanda Conner

The miniseries from the hit creative team behind the new POWER GIRL monthly is collected. Don’t miss the fast-paced adventure from Terra’s 4-issue miniseries – also including SUPERGIRL #12!
Advance-solicited; on sale December 9 • 128 pg, FC, $14.99 US




Written by G. Willow Wilson
Art by CAFU
Cover by Joshua Middleton

A Justice Leaguer rediscovers her own heritage in this collection of the 5-issue VIXEN minseries. When the JLA discovers a startling truth about the death of Vixen’s mother, it sets her on the road back to her homeland to confront her own past.
Advance-solicited; on sale December 16 • 128 pg, FC, $17.99 US



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Written by J. Torres
Art by Carlo Barberi
Cover by Scott Jeralds

The return of the Terrible Trio! Batman must team up with Green Arrow to stop the Fearsome Fangs from obtaining a secret weapon that would give them ultimate power!
On sale November 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US




Written by Art Baltazar and Franco
Art and cover by Byron Vaughns

As Captain Marvel struggles to keep his power under control, a new, dangerous enemy enters the scene and takes Mary Marvel out of the picture. Will our favorite Captain succeed in this new adventure all alone?
On sale November 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US




SF 21 (Custom)SUPER FRIENDS #21
Written by Sholly Fisch
Art by Stewart McKenny & Dan Davis
Cover by J. Bone

Once upon a time…the Queen of Fables trapped the Super Friends! Can they win the day – or will there be no happy ending?
On sale November 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US




Written by Landry Q. Walker
Art and cover by Eric Jones

It’s an all-ages extravaganza as young Supergirl meets Belinda Zee, a new junior high adversary, in this title collecting the 6-issue miniseres. And that’s just the start of the fun that includes super-powered pets and cosmic adventure!
Advance-solicited; on sale December 23 • 144 pg, FC, $12.99 US




TITI Cv22 (Custom)TINY TITANS #22
Written by Art Baltazar & Franco
Art and cover by Art Baltazar

How many stretchy Super Heroes can you fit in the Tiny Titans treehouse? As many as you like – until they get tangled into knots! Join the search when The Atom’s family lose their tiny bouncy ball. Also, there’s a new janitor at the school, and it’s not who you think! Plus, the Bird Scouts welcome a shiny gold new member!
On sale November 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US




Written by Matthew Lehosit and Merrill Hagan
Art by Min S. Ku, Mike Cavallaro and Mike DeCarlo
Cover by Min S. Ku

A special prequel issue to the live action movie, Ben 10 Alien Swarm! See Ben’s grandpa Max in action as one of the greatest plumbers the universe had ever seen. Discover Elena’s big secrets. And finally, Kevin gets wind of some black market alien tech being sold.
On sale November 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US




LT180 cov (Custom)LOONEY TUNES #180
Written by Scott Cunningham and others
Art by Dave Santana, David Alvarez and Mike DeCarlo
Cover by Scott Gross

Bugs Bunny teaches Elmer Fudd how to put the fun back into dentistry! It’s laughter without the gas!
On sale November 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US





SD150 (Custom)SCOOBY-DOO #150
Written by Paul Kupperberg and Frank Strom
Art by Roberto Barrios, Horacio Ottolini, Robert Pope and Scott McRae
Cover by Vincent Deporter

When the gang visits a town where black cats are bringing bad luck to everyone, the trail leads to Katz Manor, home of an eccentric, recently deceased old lady who left her fortune to her cats!
On sale November 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US




MAD #502
Written and illustrated by The Usual Gang of Idiots

Thanksgiving is just around the corner – but it’s never too soon to be grateful for a new issue of MAD!
On sale November 11 • 56 pg, FC, $5.99 US




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Auth_16 (Custom)THE AUTHORITY #16
Written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Art by Drew Johnson & Ray Snyder and Simon Coleby & Cliff Rathburn
Cover by Simon Coleby

Following Kaizen Gamorra’s successful surprise attack on the Carrier, the team regroups for a counterstrike. Can Swift, Jack and the Engineer overthrow an army of super beings? And the Midnighter makes an earth-shattering discovery in Northern England…
On sale November 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US




SW_24_cover (Custom)STORMWATCH PHD #24
Written by Ian Edginton
Art by Leandro Fernández & Francisco Paronzini
Cover by Leandro Fernández

The long lost Kheran ship known as the Red Blade is back
and with it comes a mandate to dominate all of Earth. Lucky for Earth, Jackson King and his Stormwatch team stand in their way…even if they won’t be standing for long.
On sale November 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US




WC#17 (Custom)WILDCATS #17
Written by Christos Gage
Art by Shawn Moll & Drew Geraci
Cover by Ryan Sook

The team makes a last-ditch gambit against TAO hoping their combined power can overcome the god TAO is becoming. Will it backfire? Can Max Faraday finally reach his ultimate potential? And will either outcome help the Wildcats or their devastated world?
On sale November 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US




Written by Grant Morrison
Art and cover by Gene Ha

It’s here: the perfect reintroduction to The Authority by Grant Morrison and Gene Ha! The Carrier is dead, leaving The Authority stuck on an Earth in a reality they don’t recognize. Their powers barely work, and to add insult to injury, in this universe, they’re not only unknown to the population, they’re – horror of horrors – comic book characters.

Collecting issues #1 and #2 by Morrison and Ha, this is the vital jumping-on point before Keith Giffen and Darick Robertson begin completing the 12-issue story in this month’s THE AUTHORITY: THE LOST YEAR #3.
One Shot • On sale November 11 • 48 pg, FC, $2.99 US


Auth_lost Year_#3 (Custom)The AUTHORITY: THE LOST YEAR #3
Written by Keith Giffen
Art by Darick Robertson & Trevor Scott
Cover by Gene Ha

At last, the long-lost Authority series is being completed! Plotted by Grant Morrison and Keith Giffen and scripted by Giffen, this 12-issue, monthly maxiseries will fill in the gaps and explain where The Authority was just before “World’s End,” how they escaped from a horrifying alternate reality, and at what cost. With art by Darick Robertson (TRANSMETROPOLITAN, The Boys) and Trevor Scott (THE OUTSIDERS, BATGIRL), and covers by superstar Gene Ha (TOP10), this long awaited adventure is not to be missed.
On sale November 18 • 3 of 12 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


N40cover5 (Custom)NORTH 40 #5
Written by Aaron Williams
Art and cover by Fiona Staples

Deep within the public library where all the mayhem began, something is stirring. Survivors missing since the crisis started are crawling from the depths, speaking a new language and preparing human sacrifices. Meanwhile, the mayor’s son, placed in a near-undead coma by a walking corpse, has returned…and now he wants revenge.
On sale November 4 • 5 of 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US




RedHerring_04 (Custom)RED HERRING #4
Written by David Tischman
Art by Philip Bond and David Hahn
Cover by Philip Bond

Page 1 starts with a bang as Red Herring shows his true colors (with extra flair) and the MacGuffin makes some hard choices. In other news, The MSM breathes down Damorge Channel’s neck, but he’s still thinking about how Maggie blew in his ear. Meyer Weiner and Penny Candy play house (blindfolds not included).
On sale November 11 • 4 of 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US



Written by Brian K. Vaughan
Art by Tony Harris & Jim Clark and John Paul Leon
Cover by Tony Harris

In this latest EX MACHINA volume, a new masked adventurer is thrilling New York City but threatens to derail the upcoming Republican National Convention — and the political future of superhero-turned-mayor Mitchell Hundred hangs in the balance. This new collection of the Eisner Award-winning series features issues #35-39 and the EX MACHINA HALLOWEEN SPECIAL.
Advance-solicited; on sale December 9 • 160 pg, FC, $12.99 US • MATURE READERS



Victorian_Undead 1 (Custom)VICTORIAN UNDEAD #1
Written by Ian Edginton
Art by Davide Fabbri
Cover by Tony Moore
Variant cover by Simon Coleby

“Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.” Those are the words of Mr. Sherlock Holmes, the world’s first consulting detective, yet even he finds his skills tested to their limit as he and his erstwhile comrade Dr. John Watson are confronted with the most extraordinary case of their career – the dead are returning to life! Can a plague of Biblical proportions be far behind for Victorian London? And who – or what – is behind the resurrection of these ravenous revenants?

From renowned writer Ian Edginton (STORMWATCH: PHD) and acclaimed international artist Davide Fabbri (Star Wars) comes the first chapter in an incredible new 6-issue Sherlock Holmes adventure! Featuring a cover by original Walking Dead artist Tony Moore!

Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. For every 10 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Tony Moore), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Simon Coleby). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale November 18 • 1 of 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by David Lapham
Art by Kevin West
Cover by Federico Dallocchio
Variant cover features video game art

In anticipation of the sequel to the groundbreaking game, WildStorm brings you a no-holds-barred, brutal tale of the mysterious Task Force 141 soldier known as “Ghost.” Learning the motivation behind his mask and moniker is the tip of the iceberg in a story spanning the globe from the United Kingdom to war-torn Afghanistan to the drug war in Mexico. Believe us, this will be talked about for years to come! Award-winning creator David Lapham (YOUNG LIARS, Stray Bullets) is joined by artist Kevin West in a shattering 6-issue tour-de-force epic!

Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. For every 10 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Federico Dallocchio), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a video game cover). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale November 11 • 1 of 6 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS

Written by Jeff Katz and James Kuhoric
Art by Jason Craig
Cover by Jock

As the bloody end nears, Ash must lead his remaining forces against the amassed titans of terror. Washington has been leveled, and the odds are stacked against the motley crew of survivors. The vicious battles that end this series are legendary – Tommy Jarvis vs. Jason Voorhees, Ash Williams vs. Freddy Krueger, and even the army of the dead against the ghosts of victims past!
On sale November 18 • 6 of 6 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS



fringe_1_cvr (Custom)FRINGE TP
Written by Mike Johnson, Alex Katsnelson, Matthew Pitts and Danielle DiSpaltro
Art by Tom Mandrake and Simon Coleby

The hit show from J.J. Abrams comes to comics in this collection of the 6-issue miniseries! FBI Agent Olivia Dunham, brilliant scientist Walter Bishop and his estranged son Peter investigate the world of “fringe science” (telepathy, time travel, etc.) following suspicions that the large scientific research company, Massive Dynamic, is experimenting on the general public.
Advance-solicited; on sale December 16 • 144 pg, FC, $19.99 US




GOW_02 (Custom)GOD OF WAR #2
Written by Marv Wolfman
Art by Jon Bosco
Cover by Andy Park

The adventures of Kratos continue! The Gods have chosen human champions and set them up to battle each other to the death! Kratos, the champion of Ares, is now a young captain in the Spartan army, and he leads his men on a quest from which they’ll likely not return – a quest that takes them across the Aegean Sea to battle Poseidon’s deadly underwater monsters!

Continuing the further adventures of the star of the hit Sony videogame franchise!
On sale November 4 • 2 of 6 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US MATURE READERS


Written by Rick Sanchez
Art by Jheremy Raapack and Al Barrionuevo
Cover by Kevin Sharpe & Jim Clark

Videogame industry writer Ricardo Sanchez brings the bio-weapons of Resident Evil to the jungles of South America! Follow two agents as they unravel the connections between a Space Station, a telepathic G-Virus and Geisel Industries.

This book is resolicited. All previous orders are canceled.
RESOLICIT • On sale November 11 • 3 of 6 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US MATURE READERS



Starcraft_07 (Custom)STARCRAFT #7
Written by Simon Furman
Art by Federico Dallocchio & Carlos D’Anda
Cover by Federico Dallocchio

The end of the first War Pigs arc looms, but who – if anyone – will still be standing when the dust settles on the doomed, zerg-infested, protoss-purged world of Urona Sigma? Embittered, vengeful Cerberus C.O. Lars Trakken is hell bent on payback, even in the face of impending Armageddon.
On sale November 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US




Warcraft_25_cvr (Custom)WORLD OF WARCRAFT #25
Written by Walter and Louise Simonson
Art by Mike Bowden & Tony Washington
Cover by Mike Bowden & Tony Washington

The bonus-sized epic final showdown! Will Med’an and the newly formed Council of Tirisfal vanquish the evil Cho’gall and the Twilight’s Hammer? Will the unlikely union of Horde and Alliance be torn asunder?
On sale November 18 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US




mirrors_edge_tp (Custom)MIRROR’S EDGE TP
Written by Rhianna Pratchett
Art by Matthew Dow Smith
Cover by Niko Henrichon

The 6-issue miniseries based on the Electronic Arts video game is collected! Faith is a Runner in the city — a courier who delivers sensitive cargo by traversing the rooftops of the city’s skyscrapers. But how did she come by this unique trade…and what secrets from her past may affect her future?
Advance-solicited; on sale December 2 • 144 pg, FC, $19.99 US






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Written by Jason Starr
Art by Mick Bertilorenzi
Cover by Lee Bermejo

“Starr has a hard-edged style that is clean, cold and extremely chilling.”
— Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times

It’s summer in New York, but a “chill” has settled over the city – a serial killer is on the loose, and the ritualized murders are becoming increasingly sadistic. The NYPD and the FBI have a suspect: a gorgeous young woman named Arlana. The only problem is that every witness provides a different description of her. None of it makes any sense to anyone except Martin Cleary, a beaten-down Irish cop from Boston with a whopper of a secret in his past – and a past that may go back a century or two . . .
Advance-solicited; on sale January 6 • 192 pg, 5.5” x 8”, B&W, $19.99 US • MATURE READERS

AIR-Cover#15 (Custom)AIR #15
Written by G. Willow Wilson
Art and cover and M.K. Perker

When Blythe arrives in Amsterdam in critical condition, it’s up to Amelia to help save her. Determined to find Zayn and force him to man up, Amelia criss-crosses the globe – and the memories of her past.
On sale November 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS





dmz47 (Custom)DMZ #47
Written by Brian Wood
Art by Riccardo Burchielli
Cover by John Paul Leon

“Hearts and Minds” part 3 of 5! The past comes back to haunt Matty in the form of both family and friends. To blow off some steam, he goes after a Trustwell sleeper cell. Of course, this is not Matty Roth, “naive observer.” And while Zee never liked that Matty so much, what would she make of him now?
On sale November 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS



Written by Peter Milligan
Art by Davide Gianfelice
Cover by Jock

In the shattering conclusion to “Blood Calls for Blood,” our runaway hero Eddie finally comes face-to-face with Sandy and wonders (like the rest of us), can she really see the future or is she just crazy? One member of the cast may have to die for that question to be answered…
On sale November 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS




hb261_cover (Custom)HELLBLAZER #261
Written by Peter Milligan
Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli & Stefano Landini
Cover by Simon Bisley

England’s favorite low-rent mage skips town to avoid incarceration and heads to India. But Constantine’s quest for purity in an attempt to resurrect the love of his life is quickly interrupted when an ex-pat friend gets him mired in a series of grisly murders. An incredible clash of old and new cultures sets the stage for Constantine as he mingles with street kids, billionaires and Bollywood. But can he pay the price for enlightenment without losing his sanity?
On sale November 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS



Written by Matthew Sturges
Art by Luca Rossi and Antonio Fuso
Cover by Esao Andrews

Part 4 of “The Beauty of Decay.” Death rules the City in the Space Between, and as the body count rises, mad ghosts learn to do more than haunt. Will Fig and Peter find a way out? And to make matters even worse, the House of Mystery’s previous owner has returned to reclaim what’s his. Plus, in the short story “House and Home,” illustrated by Antonio Fuso (Fear Agent, GI Joe), we learn exactly what Cain has been up to for the past seven years.
On sale November 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS



Written by Matt Wagner
Art and cover by Amy Reeder Hadley & Richard Friend

Chasing down a mystery that haunts Manhattan socialites, Madame Xanadu discovers that she is in fact the center of their creepy plot. And if that’snot enough, she’s being tailed by a shadowy detective who just might be out of this world.
On sale November 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS




Written by Brian Wood
Art by Leandro Fernandez
Cover by Massimo Carnevale

“The Plague Widow” part 2 of 8. It’s A.D. 1020 on the Volga river, and a Viking city has just sealed itself off against an unknown contagion. Hilda, newly widowed and trying to care for her young daughter, struggles to survive in a community rife with paranoia, thievery, violence and xenophobia. When she is called upon to “donate” her own supply of food to the corrupt local militia leader, she commits an act of defiance that may get her killed.
On sale November 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS



SCAL Cv34 (Custom)SCALPED #34
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by RM Guera Cover by Jock

“The Gnawing” reaches its gut-wrenching conclusion, and you’d best believe there will be blood. But whose? The Hmong gangsters who’ve stormed the rez ready for war? Chief Red Crow, who’s backed himself into the deadliest of corners? Officer Falls Down, who’s hot on the trail of a killer? Or Dashiell Bad Horse, whose life will be forever changed no matter what happens?
On sale November 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS




Written by Chris Roberson
Art by Shawn McManus
Cover by Chrissie Zullo

When supernatural artifacts from the Homelands begin surfacing in the modern world, it falls to Cinderella, Fabletown’s best kept (and best dressed) secret agent to stop the illegal trafficking. But can Cindy foil the dark plot before Fabletown and its hidden, exiled inhabitants are exposed once and for all? And how does her long lost Fairy Godmother factor into the equation?

Whether she’s soaring through clouds, deep-sea diving, or cracking jaws, Cindy travels from Manhattan to Dubai and hooks up with a handsome, familiar accomplice who may be harboring secret motives of his own. Meanwhile, trouble brews back home in Fabletown when Cindy’s overworked, underappreciated assistant decides to seize control of The Glass Slipper, Cindy’s exclusive shoe boutique.

Writer Chris Roberson (occasional contributor to HOUSE OF MYSTERY and JACK OF FABLES), artist Shawn McManus (SANDMAN, THESSALY: WITCH FOR HIRE) and evocative new cover painter Chrissie Zullo deliver Cindy’s first major solo adventure replete with sex, spies and magical shoes in the 6-issue CINDERELLA: FROM FABLETOWN WITH LOVE.
On sale November 4 • 1 of 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS

FABL Cv90 (Custom)FABLES #90
Written by Bill Willingham
Art by Mark Buckingham & Steve Leialoha
Cover by Joao Ruas

“Witches” Part 4! We continue our in-depth look at the inner workings, politics and intrigue of the 13th floor sorcerers group, this time focusing on the witch named (CENSORED for reader safety), who thinks she’s the best candidate to take over leadership from Frau Totenkinder. Unfortunately for her, the infamous Black Forest Witch doesn’t seem ready to give up the reins of power. As Maddy the Cat said just two issues back, “Everyone could see there was a showdown brewing between those two, and I’ve no intention of finding myself in the middle of it when it happens.”
On sale November 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS


JACK Cv40 (Custom)JACK OF FABLES #40
Written by Bill Willingham and Matthew Sturges
Art by Russ Braun & Andrew Pepoy
Cover by Brian Bolland

Winding up our “Adventures of Jack and Jack” story, Jack Frost continues to learn the hero trade while Jack Horner finally learns why he’s been getting so fat and ugly. Weirdly enough, that’s all we can possibly tell you about this issue and still retain some bit of surprise. Of course we could lie and promise a few things that aren’t actually in this story. We’ve done that often enough before. But after a while, the lies and misdirection and carefully constructed half-truths begin to weary a man’s soul. Let’s just say that by the end of this issue, both Jacks get what’s coming to them.
On sale November 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS


Written by Jeff Lemire
Art and cover by Jeff Lemire

Hunters, cultists, mutants and shantytown pimps all want a piece of Gus, the boy with deer antlers. All that stands between them and him is Jepperd, a killer from the apocalyptic wasteland with motivations of his own. As Gus goes out into what’s left of the world, he’ll find out that no one is quite what they seem.
On sale November 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS




Written by Warren Ellis
Art by Darick Robertson and Rodney Ramos
Cover by Jim Lee

Continuing the acclaimed tale of the day-to-day trials and tribulations of Spider Jerusalem, this new printing of volume five, collecting issues #25-30, has the
no-holds-barred investigative reporter delving into the city’s police corruption.
Advance-solicited; on sale December 2 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US • MATURE READERS




Written by Joshua Dysart
Art by Pat Masioni
Cover by Dave Johnson

With the most intense patch of war zone behind him, Moses surrenders himself to an ancient Acholi ritual in hopes of chasing away the ghosts of those he’s killed. But will the ceremony cause him to lose more than just his inner demons? Featuring art by Congolese artist Pat Masioni!
On sale November 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS




Written by Mike Carey
Art by Peter Gross
Cover by Yuko Shimizu
“One of the brainiest and most interesting comics of the year.”

In Donostia Prison, Tom Taylor confronts a monster and the mystery of his own nature. But the hidden cabal that framed Tom in the first place is now working towards his death — and they’ve got the help of an inside man…
On sale November 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS






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BrokenBlade_v2_FC_300_cc (Custom)BROKEN BLADE VOL. 2
Written and illustrated by Yunosuke Yoshinaga
CMX/FLEX COMIX. The battle for Krisna is underway and Rygart faces off against Zess, who leads the invading army. Knowing his old friend’s forces are outnumbered, Zess tries to warn Rygart that his only chance of survival is to surrender – and abandon his kingdom. Then the war exacts a price as tragedy strikes both sides and Rygart finds his loyalty under question by his fellow mech pilots.
Advance-solicited; on sale December 2 • 5″ x 7.375″ • 162 pg, B&W, $9.99 US • TEEN PLUS
BREAK BLADE © 2007 Yunosuke Yoshinaga/Flex Comix Inc.




Emma_v10_FC_cc (Custom)EMMA VOL. 10
Written and illustrated by Kaoru Mori
CMX. Final volume! It’s the event everyone has been waiting for – the wedding of Emma and William Jones. Class distinctions have made their formal union almost impossible, but true love has finally overcome society’s barriers. Of course, not everyone is happy about this turn of events. What roadblocks will be thrown in the way of this star crossed couple?
Advance-solicited; on sale December 2 • 5″ x 7.375″ • 240 pg, B&W, $9.99 US • TEEN PLUS




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Written and illustrated by Cuvie
CMX. In this final volume, Dorothea’s epic adventure reaches a dramatic conclusion. The siege of Nauders is underway; can Dorothea’s friends Else and Gyurk rally the citizens to repel the invaders – without Dorothea, who’s been captured by the pious Konrad? He finally has the prisoner he’s sought for so long and it’s going to take all of Dorothea’s wits and strength to survive.
Advance-solicited; on sale December 9 • 5.5” x 8” • 226 pg, B&W, $12.99 US • MATURE




GoWest_v4_FC_cc (Custom)GO WEST VOL. 4
Written and illustrated by Yu Yagami
CMX. It’s the last roundup for Naomi’s wild west adventure. She and her friends face off against the deadly Death-Kachina, the most dangerous outlaw in the west. He’s the only one who knows the truth about the fate of Naomi’s parents, but can they get him to talk? Mingo and Gunman get reunited with their families, but will Naomi be so lucky? Find out where she ends up in this final volume.
Advance-solicited; on sale December 16 • 5″ x 7.375″ • 194 pg, B&W, $9.99 US • TEEN PLUS



Crayon_v10_FC_cc (Custom)CRAYON SHINCHAN VOL. 10
Written and illustrated by Yoshito Usui
CMX. Shin’s parents will do anything to save a buck, but can the Noharas master a food eating challenge that no one’s ever beaten before? The animal world steps into the spotlight, as Shin’s dog Shiro confronts an intimidating cat and Shin takes a twisted view of both a horse and a snake. Then thoughts turn to family as Shin takes a shine to a baby and wants a little brother of his own.
Advance-solicited; on sale December 23 • 5″ x 7.375″ • 128 pg, B&W, $7.99 US • MATURE
CRAYON SHINCHAN Vol. 10 © Yoshito Usui 1990/Futabasha.




Teru_v6_FC_cc (Custom)TERU TERU X SHONEN VOL. 6
Written and illustrated by Shigeru Takao
CMX. Shinobu’s relationship with the ninja Saizo is changing. Are they shifting from lady and protector to something a lot more equal…and way more romantic? Shinobu’s mom warns her to back off, but her teacher Shogo is a bit more open-minded. Meanwhile, someone’s got a security tape that shows the young couple in an affectionate embrace and Saizo’s determined to keep it suppressed.
Advance-solicited; on sale December 30 • 5″ x 7.375″ • 192 pg, B&W, $9.99 US • TEEN PLUS




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Green Lanterns Unite!

This multi-part statue is a must-have for Green Lantern fans. Green Lanterns from different eras appear together on a Lantern-shaped base, along with their predecessors, the Manhunters, as well as the Guardians of the Universe

The statue is made up of four separate pieces (sold in three parts), which form a single statue.

Solicited this month is Part 1 of this multi-part statue, featuring fan-favorite Green Lantern Hal Jordan and both classic and modern versions of the Guardians of the Universe. Part 2 (to be solicited next month) will feature Kyle Rayner and a Manhunter robot, and Part 3 (to be solicited in two months) will feature John Stewart and Guy Gardner.

The bases of each piece slide together to form a Lantern-shaped base, on which all of the characters stand. Each of the three parts includes a piece of the fourth portion of the statue, which can be easily assembled to form Alan Scott, who rises up from the center of the piece. All three parts of the statue are needed to make Alan Scott.

Part 1 of this statue measures approximately 9” high x 8.5” wide x 4.625” deep, while the entire multi-part statue measures approximately 16” high x 10.5” wide x 11.75” deep when fully assembled.

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The GREEN LANTERN: LEGACIES MULTI-PART STATUE is limited-edition, hand-painted, cold-cast in porcelain, includes a 4-color Certificate of Authenticity and is packaged in a 4-color box. Manufactured to order.

Advance-solicited; on sale April 14, 2010 * Statue * $195 US


Real compact – with real impact!

BLAM! A funky, chunky collection of boldly designed toys that pack a lot of punch in a squatty body!

POW! A striking, hyper-stylized twist on the world’s greatest heroes and their biggest foes. Too tough to call small – you’ll want to collect them all!

Packaged on a blister card, each measures approximately 2.5” to 4” tall with three points of articulation.

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Advance-solicited; on sale April 7, 2010 * PVC/ABS Mini Figures * PI

dc.dynamics.batman.statue (Custom)DC CHRONICLES: BATMAN STATUE

The Caped Crusader kicks off a new series of statues capturing the original depictions of some of DC Comics’ most beloved characters.

This statue is a modern sculptural interpretation of the early comic book appearances of Batman.

This new DC Chronicles statue line will have a consistent base, and the retro-style lettering/logo on the base further gives the piece a sense of the period from which it originated.

This limited-edition, hand-painted, cold-cast porcelain statue measures approximately 6.75” high x 5.5” wide x 4” deep and is packaged in a 4-color box with a 4-color Certificate of Authenticity.

Manufactured to order.

Advance-solicited; on sale April 21, 2010 * Statue * $99.99 US

2face.1.2.scale (Custom)TWO-FACE 1:2 SCALE BUST

Expand your collection of Gotham City-related 1:2 scale busts with the town’s former district attorney, Two-Face!

The man once known as Harvey Dent appears here in his classic comic-book style, dressed in his trademark dual-fabric suit, shirt and tie, which are finely tailored over his cold-cast porcelain body. Half of his face appears eerily charred, and both of his resin eyes are hauntingly realistic.

Mounted on a museum-style, pedestal display base, this mixed-media piece measures approximately 13” high x 11” wide x 6” deep, includes a 4-color Certificate of Authenticity and is packaged in a 4-color box.

Advance solicited; on sale April 28, 2010 * Bust * $295 US


She shakes a pretty mean cape.

Batgirl joins the third series of WOMEN OF THE DC UNIVERSE busts! Illustrator Amanda Conner brings her trademark humor to this rendering of Barbara Gordon as Batgirl, as the heroine dances the Watusi.

Batgirl is perched atop a base that is compatible with the HEROES OF THE DC UNIVERSE SERIES 1: BATMAN BUST.

This hand-painted, cold-cast porcelain bust measures approximately 5.5” high x 3.75” wide x 4” deep and is packaged in a 4-color box.

Limited edition. Manufactured to order.

Advance-solicited; on sale April 14, 2010 * Bust * $60 US


DC Direct continues to roll out action figures based on the soon-to-be legendary BLACKEST NIGHT storyline!

This series includes Wonder Woman, who is surprisingly transformed by the happenings of the Blackest Night (Read the comics to learn more!); Green Lantern Kyle Rayner, in his new costume as a member of the prestigious Green Lantern Honor Guard; Black Lantern Firestorm, who was once a member of the Justice League but is now a part of the Black Lantern Corps; and Black Hand, who threatens to destroy everything the Guardians and the Green Lantern Corps stand for, in ways no one ever dreamed possible.

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All four figures feature multiple points of articulation and include a display base. Wonder Woman also comes with a lasso accessory, Green Lantern has a lantern accessory, and Black Hand holds Bruce Wayne’s skull in his hand.

4-color clamshell blister card packaging.

Advance-solicited; on sale April 14, 2010 * Action Figures * PI

Art by Alex Ross

Own a piece of comics history!

DC Direct is proud to offer this stunning, museum-quality display piece featuring art by award-winning painter and illustrator Alex Ross!

The artist’s process of creating the image of the Man of Steel over Metropolis on the cover of SUPERMAN #675 is chronicled here on an acid-free, double-matted authentic DC Comics artboard, perfect for framing. A facsimile of Ross’ original pencil art appears beside a reproduction of the final, printed cover, and a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist himself is also included.

The entire piece measures approximately 20” high x 24” wide and is packaged in a self-shipping box.

Manufactured to order.

Advance-solicited; on sale April 7, 2010 * Cover Art Reproduction * $125 US

lynda.carter.statue (Custom)LYNDA CARTER AS WONDER WOMAN STATUE

Available again!

No one embodies the spirit and beauty of Wonder Woman more than Lynda Carter, the actress who portrayed her on the beloved television series! She will forever be the vision of Wonder Woman to an entire generation. DC Direct teamed up with Lynda Carter to bring this must-have piece to every fan’s Wonder Woman collection.

This limited edition, hand-painted cold-cast porcelain statue is packaged in a 4-color box, includes a 4-color Certificate of Authenticity and measures approximately 13″ high x 7.5″ wide x 7.5″ deep.

Limited to 5000 pieces total.

Advance-solicited; on sale April 7, 2010 * Statue * $195 US


Cute and cunning Cassandra Sandsmark has her magic lasso ready to strike! Just like her idol, Donna Troy, Cassie is proud to join the ranks of the popular Ame-Comi series!

The limited-edition, non-articulated, approximately 8.25” high PVC statue comes with a base, is packaged in a 4-color window box with J-hook and is manufactured to order.

Advance-solicited; on sale April 21, 2010 * Statue * $60 US



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Diana Prince re-appears as an Ame-Comi heroine!

Sure to be as popular as the first Ame-Comi version of Wonder Woman, this figure features the Amazon Princess emerging from battle, with an axe in one hand and a Gorgon’s severed head in the other.

As a special added feature, Wonder Woman’s hair can be worn in two styles – up or down!

The limited-edition, non-articulated, approximately 8.75” PVC statue comes with a base, is packaged in a 4-color window box with J-hook and is manufactured to order.

Advance-solicited; on sale April 21, 2010 * Statue * $60 US
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ECCC 09: Wacky Hi-Jinks With Brandon Jerwa And Eric Trautmann – With Exclusive Art!

Brandon Jerwa and Eric S. Trautmann are no strangers to critically acclaimed comics, as each has written well-received titles at two major publishers. Brandon has crafted the stories for Dynamite Entertainment’s Battlestar Galactica – Season Zero and Highlander and Eric has co-written DC Comics’ Checkmate and goes solo for the upcoming JSA vs. Kobra mini-series. I had the pleasure of speaking to both at this year’s Emerald City ComiCon and, as the title implies, it was a lively conversation!

wa01From “Popgun” Volume II, art by David Messina with Mirco Pierfederici

PCZ: As Brandon told me earlier, you guys are working on something together, is that correct?

Eric: Yes.

PCZ: …and what is that?

Eric: All we are currently authorized to say is that we are working on a book for DC/Vertigo. It’s a stand-alone graphic novel. We can’t tell you who the artist is yet, but he’s awesome. It’s a name you will recognize. We don’t know when it’s coming out and we can’t tell you anything about what it’s about.

Brandon: It will have a front cover, a back cover and several pages.

Eric: They may be in sequential order.

PCZ: Some words, some pictures…?

Eric: Right! We don’t want to over sell it.

Brandon: Yeah, before Eric can completely make you feel like this interview is a total bust, I was actually referring to Wide Awake, which is our new webcomic.

Eric: Yes, that we can talk about!

PCZ: Excellent, do you have a website for it already?

Brandon: We do, it is www.wideawakeonline.com.

PCZ: And what is this webcomic about?

Eric: It began as sort of a nine-page teaser that we did for the second volume of Image’s Popgun series, which is also available online at Brandon’s wonderful “Anything Goes” column at Comics Waiting Room, complete with Director’s Commentary. It’s a supernatural adventure story, for lack of a better term, about a young woman who has the ability in her dreams to encounter various monsters, supernatural horrors, awful things. If she doesn’t defeat them in her dreams, she wakes up and they’re in the room with her and she no longer has fantastic powers. That’s the general high concept. Sinister demonic forces from the other world are trying to manipulate her power in such a way to bring about the end of the world. If she dreams Armageddon, it will happen.

“It’s a supernatural adventure story…about a young woman who has the ability in her dreams to encounter various monsters, supernatural horrors, awful things.” – Eric Trautmann on “Wide Awake”

PCZ: Is this a full-page comic or a four panel strip?

Brandon: Basically, we are approaching it very much in honor of the greatness that is FreakAngels and we’re going to have a new six-page installment each new chapter. And we are actually trying to keep it strip-like in the layout. It will read like a comic book page, but keeping the panel count low and letting it just serve as a nice little strip piece. We have three issues worth of material plotted out for the first installment, so it’ll essentially be like a big mini-series when it’s done. We’re intending to launch a “zero chapter” on Free Comic Book Day as a free comic book online.

Eric: [The free comic] will be indicative of the format that we’re going to use, six pages. Poor Brandon had written a chapter before we’d had a lot of time to sit down and talk about the format and the first script was perfect for a traditional floppy comic and I said “Yeah, I don’t think we should do that, we should totally do it this other way. Everything you’ve done is great except we gotta do it all over.” And then once he’d stopped hitting me and I’d stopped crying we worked it out. We spent a lot of time looking at FreakAngels and Watchmen.

Watchmen is fascinating to me because it’s constructed almost exclusively on a nine panel grid, which is a deceptively simple layout, but allows you to do some rather surprisingly cinematic effects. Most of Watchmen consists of pans and zooms and, really, camera movement. It’s also really easy for someone who’s never ever picked up a comic book to decode those pages. If you look at a conventional comic book as layouts get more sophisticated readers who’ve been reading comics for twenty to thirty years get it, but if you hand it to someone like my mom, she’d be lost. It’s a webcomic, we’re not just selling the product to comic readers, but to anyone on the Internet. We have the same shelf-space as anyone in that regard. A lot of work went into the page layout and the methodology.

PCZ: Is this something you’re going to collect in a trade eventually?

Brandon: That is the end result that we’d like to get to. Right now we just want the story to be told and get it into the hands of as many people as possible and sort of let their reaction dictate what format to present it in after that. We don’t have any publishers lined up for a trade deal or anything. We figure that will come in time.

Eric: Story first.

Brandon: Yeah, and we should speak about the artists since they can’t be here to speak for themselves. They are many, many miles away. We first did the Popgun piece with David Messina, who seems to draw every IDW book, and I met David through Stefano Caselli, who I did G.I. Joe – Master & Apprentice with and he went on to become a Marvel super-star. We got together with David and did the Popgun piece and he had some assistance from a guy who was one of his students, because David’s also an art teacher in Italy, Mirco Pierfederici. It really became sort of a collaborative effort for Popgun for them and when it came time to do the webcomic we came back to them and said are you interested in doing this. Mirco actually stepped up to the plate to be lead artist while David is going to serve as art director and oversee it from that standpoint.

Eric: And he’s going to do covers for each installment and that’s awesome!

PCZ: Is there going to be Internet gold-foil covers or…?

Eric: Yes! We’re working on that right now. Grant Morrison has been sitting on that technology for decades.

Brandon: We’re actually having the entire website polybagged. But in all seriousness, the Italians are out of their freaking minds and they will cut you with knives, as we’ve learned via email. David once told us that he would cut us with knives.

Eric: Yeah, and that was a joke. That was actually one of the funny things when we first started doing the Popgun piece. Of course, they correspond with us in English, but English is not their first language and I had written a description of a character who had a five-o’clock shadow. I got this note back saying “Ok, so I got the clock on the wall and it’s at five o’clock, but I don’t know where you want the shadow to go.” So, it’s been an interesting exercise in writing the scripts and really boiling things down to avoid just idiomatic differences. When we were joking about it, and I’m sure this joke is just hysterical in Italian, but David said “I will cut you with knives.”

Brandon: I occasionally get instant messages from Stefano asking me for help with translating something he’s working on, if there’s a reference he doesn’t understand he knows I’m quick to reach. Once he asked me, “What does this mean, a range rover? Is that a type of cowboy?” and I said no, no, no, let’s not have anybody riding a cowboy in your script.

I think, too, that with Wide Awake, you know, none of us are getting paid, it’s just putting art out there and just doing our thing. There’s nothing purer than that, there’s no incentive to do anything other than your best work, which of course we would never dream of doing otherwise! It’s just the purity of the form, I suppose.

“…with ‘Wide Awake’, you know, none of us are getting paid, it’s just putting art out there and just doing our thing. here’s nothing purer than that, there’s no incentive to do anything other than your best work…” – Brandon Jerwa

PCZ: That seems to be the way to go for people that can’t get work at Marvel or DC, they just go “You know what, I’m just going to do my own website, put out my book that way, collect it in trades and hopefully enough people will want to pick it up.”

Eric: Exactly, this is indicative of the both of us being at the end of our careers now. Thank you!

Brandon: Thank you very much!

Eric: The stuff I’ve done for DC has always been collaborative and it’s all serving DC’s overall editorial vision, which is great. It’s their toys and I am incredibly thankful that they’ve let me do that, but at the same time it’s a lot of me subordinating my own personal aesthetic to DC’s. Something like Wide Awake, this is not like that, the sky’s the limit, we can do whatever we want. It’s just really invigorating.

PCZ: So when you’re writing it, there’s no “Can we do this?”, instead it’s “Why yes we can!”

Eric: Yeah, exactly. A great example is in the JSA vs. Kobra: Engines of Faith series I’m doing I’ve actually written back up scenes because I can’t imagine DC will let me get away with what I just put down on paper. Ironically, I get “Yeah, no problem, can you do worse?” and I’m like “Y-yeah, you’re daring me, you know that, right?” Actually, the note I got back from Rachel Gluckstern, who’s editing the JSA vs. Kobra book, was “You have to work really hard to shock me,” but yeah, don’t test that.

PCZ: That’s a challenge!

Eric: I don’t want to make her cry, but I’ll consider it a victory.

Brandon: Far less work than you realize…

PCZ: Ok, staying with JSA vs. Kobra, is that from a plot point that comes out of Justice Society of America or does that follow the storyline from Checkmate?

Eric: Yes. It is not a Checkmate story. They came to me after Ivan Brandon’s Faces of Evil: Kobra one-shot that closed off some of the Checkmate plot-points that were still there after the end of the series. At one point I was considered to take over the series and Kobra was going to feature very prominently in that and they knew that. There had been some talk for a long time of doing a Janus Directive style spies versus terrorists in the DC Universe story, which I discussed very thoroughly with Joan Hilty, who had edited Checkmate and is now editing our Vertigo book. Apparently the idea took root at DC editorial and at some point somebody said “You know, Trautmann did a lot of work prepping Kobra, we should probably ask him if he wants to do it.”

The funny part was that they asked me if I wanted to do this book about Kobra and I said absolutely. Marty Pasko and Jack Kirby had done the solo book in the ’70s and those are great footsteps to be following. And I get to write a bad-guy book and that’s right in my wheel-house. I wrote a couple of proposals for it and I got a note back from Rachel at one point going “Hey, this is really good, but I’m a little puzzled why the Justice Society isn’t in it.” I was a little puzzled why they thought they should be and I was told internally it was referred to as JSA vs. Kobra. That’s great…I’m external, that’s important information, thanks, let me go revise that really inappropriate proposal! It was funny. But I couldn’t be more thrilled. The JSA on the cover is going to move more books and expose more people to my particular mental illness. Gene Ha is doing the covers, how could you not be happy with that? Don Kramer, who drew nine million pages of Justice Society is doing the art. It’s great, he sent me a note back saying “I’m not sure this guy would do that.” You’re right then, I’ll change it! He knows the characters better than I do.

wa02From “Popgun” Volume II, art by David Messina with Mirco Pierfederici

PCZ: And you’re pulling in everyone in the JSA that you can?

Eric: As many as I can fit. There are about, what, three hundred of them now? Battalion strength. For the most part, most of the JSA players that I could fit on the page are in it. I do break off Power Girl and Mr. Terrific and the Alan Scott Green Lantern briefly in issue two for reasons that are fairly apparent when you read the issue, so I won’t be telling you now. In issue three, the idea is that while they are off doing something, the kids back at the Brownstone are not sitting idle, so there’s a bit where they’re split up for a little bit and then back together by the end. So, yeah, as many as I could fit on the page without killing Don.

PCZ: When’s the first issue out?

Eric: June. And it should be monthly.

PCZ: And Brandon you’re going to the big Highlander convention, right?

Brandon: I am, it’s my second Highlander convention and I’m super excited. They invited me to the one in Vancouver a couple of years ago and I was scared to go, honestly, because the Highlander comic book series was at about the halfway point and I wasn’t very clear on how the hardcore fandom was receiving the book. I got there and sold out of every book I’d brought in something like ninety minutes. There was almost a literal fist-fight between two women for the last copy.

Eric: Because “There can be only one!” It had to be said, I’m a horrible person.

Brandon: Eric Trautmann, ladies and gentlemen! So yeah, this one’s in Los Angeles and I’m very, very excited to go with the Highlander Origins: The Kurgan book that just wrapped up. The Adventures of Li’l Kurgan! Beyond that, Eric and I are just focused a lot on the Vertigo book because it’s ginormous and intense and huge. Wide Awake is obviously occupying our time as well and there are some other possibilities on the horizon that are fantastic that I cannot discuss.

Eric: Yeah, we’re right at that stage of “Wow, it’s really great! Yeah, I can’t tell you.”

PCZ: Well, maybe we can talk down the road when you guys can talk about these other projects.

Eric: Absolutely.

Brandon: Absolutely.

PCZ: Cool, well thanks guys.

Eric: Thank you.

Brandon: Our pleasure.

Thank you very much to both Brandon Jerwa and Eric Trautmann for taking the time out of their busy con schedule to talk to me. Be sure to bookmark www.wideawakeonline.com!

wa03 From “Popgun” Volume II, art by David Messina with Mirco Pierfederici