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52 WEEK #17
Written by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid Breakdowns by Keith Giffen Art by various Backup feature by Waid and various Covers by J.G. Jones In WEEK 13, featuring art by Todd Nauck & Marlo Alquiza, it's the resurrection of Sue Dibny! But are the Elongated Man's ex-teammates here to help, or hurt? Plus, the origin of Elongated Man by Mark Waid and Kevin Nowlan! In WEEK 14, with art by Dale Eaglesham & Art Thibert, Steel faces a turning point, and Montoya and the Question go international! Plus, the origin of Steel by Waid and Jon Bogdanove! It's the death you never expected in WEEK 15, featuring art by Shawn Moll & Tom Nguyen! Plus, the origin of Metamorpho by Waid & Eric Powell (The Goon)! Celebrate the nuptials of Black Adam and Isis in WEEK 16, illustrated by Joe Bennett & Ruy Jose! Plus, the origin of Black Adam by Waid and J.G. Jones! WEEK 17 features art by Chris Batista, Jack Jadson & Ruy Jose, and can be described in one word: Lobo! Plus, the origin of Lobo by Waid and Giffen! 52: A year without Superman; a year without Batman; a year without Wonder Woman…but not a year without heroes.
Written by Kurt Busiek & Fabian Nicieza Art by Pete Woods Cover by Dave Gibbons Part 2 of the stunning, DCU-spanning 3-part story written by Kurt Busiek & Fabian Nicieza with art by Pete Woods (CATWOMAN) and a cover by Dave Gibbons (WATCHMEN, THE ORIGINALS)! An alien race is collecting unique specimens from Earth, and Superman's on the list! When tossed in with heroes and villains alike, it'll be up to the Man of Steel to lead the charge against their interstellar jailers! Guest-starring Nightwing, Firestorm, Aquaman and more!
Written by JEFF CHRISTIANSEN, SEAN MCQUAID, STUART VANDAL, RONALD BYRD, MICHAEL HOSKIN, CHRIS BIGGS, MARK O'ENGLISH, ERIC J. MOREELS, MIKE FICHERA, BARRY REESE, AL SJOERDSMA, ANTHONY FLAMINI, MADISON CARTER, CHAD ANDERSON, RICH GREEN & BILL LENTZ Cover by KEU CHA The Handbook from A to Z rolls on - including bios on Nekra, N'Garai, Night Nurse, Night Raven, 'Red' Norvell, Oblivion, Over-Mind, Phat, Phyla, Piranha, Plant-Man, Presence, Pride, Proteus, Prowler, Quoi and more! This twelve-issue monthly series focuses on new characters, characters who never received a profile and those needing major updates. 64 PGS NO ADS./Rated T+ ...$3.99
Written by Grant Morrison Art and cover by Frank Quitely The Man of Steel is trapped behind the iron bars of a maximum-security penitentiary with Lex Luthor! Has Superman's archenemy finally succeeded in maneuvering his opponent to the wrong place at the wrong time? Find out in this thrilling installment of Grant Morrison's and Frank Quitely's All Star mega-hit!
Written by Steven T. Seagle Art by Becky Cloonan Cover by Joshua Middleton 'Spiritual and grungy, a whole original piece of work.' - Entertainment Weekly In Part 2 of the 4-part 'Going Down,' it's con season! For charismatic youth minister Adam Chamberlain, that means heading to Australia for a Christian speakers booking convention. After the life-rocking events Adam's been through, is it time to leave the past and forge a new future? Or is something more going on?
Written by John Ridley Art and cover by Georges Jeanty & Karl Story Open combat has erupted in the ranks of the Civil Defense Force, and the New American is at the center of it! With America's super-heroes fighting before television cameras, the President makes a difficult decision about America's super-hero civil war!
by Paul Daly & Steve Bryant As world powers escalate to the invevitabilty of World War II, another war is being fought between the forces of white and black magic. Nazi occultists race to unlock the secrets of the hollow Earth and a lost race of super-mortals. Can globetrotting aviatrix Athena foil the Third Reich and their insidious plan to conquer the free world? Collecting Speakeasy's first book, and a never-released second issue!
Written by Andrew Helfer Art by Tan Eng Huat Cover by Pat Lee As Bruce Wayne's time on the psychiatrist's couch is finally about to yield some results, it's Batman's run in with his most infamous psycho who just might end Batman's career early. Enter: The Joker!
by Greg Pak & Nigel Raynor The biggest comic book event of 2006 begins here as Dynamite Entertainment launches the all-new, Battlestar Galactica comic book series, based on the all-new 're-imagined' Series airing on SCI-FI! Picking up from the final pages of the best-selling #0 issue, Battlestar Galactica #1 features the ongoing creative team of writer Greg (Planet Hulk) Pak and artist Nigel Raynor! Joining the inside team is an all-star cast of cover artists: Michael Turner and colorist extraordinaire Peter Steigerwald, Billy (Uncanny X-Men) Tan, and Nigel Raynor! And as an extra added bonus for hardcore fans, Dynamite is showcasing a photo cover of Six! The storyline is an 'untold tale' taking place between seasons of the popular show, and features the return of characters not seen since the smash mini-series that re-launched Galactica to critical acclaim. In addition to the special 'Cylon Foil' edition, don't forget to ask your local retailer about the special incentive covers!
by Dan Parent 75th Issue Anniversary Blow-Out! 'Fashion Victims': Ginger comes up with the best Sparkle Magazine Fashion Show theme yet: 'Are you a Betty or you a Veronica?' As one famous model after another sports the latest Betty-centric outfit or flashy Veronica couture, the hottest act in pop music, The Veronicas, provide the tuneful accompaniment!
Written by REGINALD HUDLIN Penciled by SCOT EATON Cover by TREVOR HAIRSINE 'WORLD TOUR' Part 1 (of 6) The Royal Couple -- King T'Challa and Queen Ororo -- embark on a diplomatic tour that will have them spanning the globe -- and beyond! First stop: Latveria, for a meeting with the Dr. Victor Von Doom. 32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99
by Giovanni Masi & Yoshiko Watanabe The behavior of the Porter family has Bluff scratching his head, and not just because his buddy Flea is on it. Bluff hacks into bank records and learns that the Porters are eating through their lotto winnings faster than he goes through a box of Milkbones. Mom is neglecting everyone in favor of her charity dinners. Dad has poker fever and is sliding into debt with the mafia. And the kids, Derek and Cindy in their pursuit of fortune and glory are heading for disaster! What are a dog and his tenacious flea to do? Rescue their family, of course!
Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI Penciled by COLLEN DORAN Cover by COLLEN DORAN The destinies of most people are defined early on. Then there are the others - the lost. Those whose numbers aren't in yet, who could go toward the light or toward the darkness - indeed, who could be tipped one direction or another. And everything starts with the book. That's what Jonathan is about to discover. When he took a suicide plunge off the London Bridge more than a century ago, the last place he expected to land was on his feet, in the present, standing at the entrance to a tunnel into a world of mysteries beyond his wildest imagination. A world of powers and principalities and, above all, rules that he'd best learn quickly. Or he'll have to deal with the Dark Man. And what the Dark Man can't turn, he devours. Collects BOOK OF LOST SOULS #1-6. 144 PGS./Rated T+ ...$16.99 ISBN: 0-7851-1940-X
BOYS #2 (MR)
Written by Garth Ennis Art and covers by Darick Robertson 'This book will out-PREACHER PREACHER.' - Garth Ennis Garth Ennis (Preacher) and Darick Robertson (Transmetropolitan), co-creators of two of the most thought-provoking comics of the last decade, introduce their first original collaboration for a new monthly series: THE BOYS - a dark, twisted look at super powers, super-people, and the men and women who make sure the world's 'heroes' never go too far. With a quarter-million super-powered beings in the world, someone's got to watch what's going on beneath all those masks and capes. In a U.S.A. uncomfortably like our own, that task falls to The Boys, a government-funded group of operatives dedicated to keeping the 'supes' in line. Team leader Billy Butcher, described by a confidential C.I.A. report as 'the most lethal individual ever encountered by this agency,' is on the hunt for new recruits - but it takes something special to join this outfit. You have to be smart. You have to be strong. And you have to hate supes with every ounce of black passion in your heart. Issue #1 on sale August 16; issue #2 on sale August 30
Written by FABIAN NICIEZA Penciled by STAZ JOHNSON Cover by ROBERTO CAMPUS CIVIL WAR TIE-IN! 'FOR KING AND COUNTRY' DEADPOOL vs. the RENEGADE HEROES! Can the government's newest Superhuman Marshall buff his badge and kick some butt? And what's CABLE up to? Well, with two countries to run, he wouldn't have any interest whatsoever in using this whole Superhuman Registration Act for his own advantage, would he...? No, not our Cable... that would just be so... insidious... Part 2 (of 3). 32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99
City of Heroes #15 (W) David Wohl (P) Ronan Cliquet (C ) Blond (Cov) David Nakayama As the Banished Pantheon's plan nears completion, the Freedom Phalanx and Foreshadow's team must join forces with the CIRCLE OF THORNS in an attempt to avert a disaster of biblical proportions. But are they already too late? And what role does the mysterious goddess Tielekku play in this? Read this action-packed issue and find out! FC, 32pgs $2.99 continuing series
Written by ZEB WELLS Penciled by STEFANO CASELLI Cover by JIM CHEUNG CIVIL WAR tie-in! In the cloud of Civil War the Runaways and Young Avengers find themselves at odds. Meanwhile, across the country, Iron Man puts a plan in motion that's designed to capture the last of Marvel's rogue heroes. Can the two young teams find common ground in time to save themselves? 32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99
Written by Chuck Dixon Art and cover by Andy Smith A dark prophecy is fulfilled as a monstrous evil walks the land, drinking the blood of innocents and killing all who oppose it. The destiny of this invincible, demonic force is forever entwined with that of Claw the Unconquered. Can even the cursed barbarian warrior stop hell that threatens the world?
Finally, the one comic book character that has enough sack to show the world how a tough guy takes on organized crime and terrorists. The nonstop action continues as Cobb plants himself in the middle of a major fist- and gunfight to rescue Molly from the Russian Mafia. If that wasn't bad enough, he has to go toe-to-toe with his Russian counterpart, the legendary former KGB agent and Cossack known as Rostov. Then there is the matter of the terrorists who want to unleash a toxic nerve gas on a major themepark. Beau's note: Take all the painkillers you can find… you're gonna need em'. *Retailers: See your order form for a special incentive
CSI Case Files: Volume One collects three original IDW published CSI comic book miniseries:., CSI: Serial, CSI: Bad Rap and CSI: Demon House, into one specially-priced volume! Presented in black & white and printed on newsprint, this first volume offers over 300 pages of CSI comics.
Presenting an all-new storyline set firmly in the world of comic books, sure to appeal to comic book fans and CSI fans alike! Grissom and his CSIs take in a Las Vegas comic convention that ends in tragedy-the death of online gossip columnist Rich Johnston. The suspects are many-among them Marvel Comics EIC Joe Quesada, Ed Brubaker, Marc Silvestri, Robert Kirkman, Ben Templesmith, Peter David, Greg Rucka, and many other well-known comic creators! Can the CSIs solve the crime before 'dead is dead' becomes commonplace at the con? *Retailers: See your order form for special incentives
(W) Ron Marz (P) Pat Lee (Col) Dream Engine (Cov) Pat Lee Top talents Ron Marz (Green Lantern, Witchblade) and Pat Lee (Darkminds) have made Cyberforce their own! The first story arc of the new Cyberforce revs toward its conclusion, but the reunion might be over before it's barely begun. Trapped on the alien mothership as it nears Earth, Cyberforce must find a way to defeat the super-powered aliens who served as their genetic 'parents.' Should the team fail, it means certain death for not only them, but for planet Earth as well! Two covers available by Pat Lee! Have your retailer reserve your favorite! Full Color 32 Pages $2.99 Ongoing Series
Written by KEVIN SMITH, JOE QUESADA, JIMMY PALMIOTTI & DAVID MACK Pencils by JOE QUESADA, ROB HAYNES & DAVE ROSS Cover by JOE QUESADA Now including corrections, additional extras and DAREDEVIL #12! Claiming her infant is humanity's savior, a teenager entrusts her baby to Matt Murdock. Plus: The femme fatale called Echo sets her sights on Daredevil. Collects DAREDEVIL #1-15. 376 PGS./Rated T+ ...$34.99 ISBN: 0-7851-2401-2
Written by DAVID HINE Penciled by JIM MUNIZ Cover by JUAN DOE The unthinkable has happened in the Marvel Universe! In the wake of House of M, in the blink of an eye, the whole world has changed! In this new world order, Xavier's School becomes a haven for those that are different. But has this former sanctuary become the one place most dangerous for mutants? Collects X-MEN: THE 198 #1-5, plus the X-MEN: THE 198 FILES handbook. 168 PGS./Rated T+ ...$15.99 ISBN: 0-7851-1994-9
DRAGONS LAIR #1 (Of 4) (Note Price)
by Andy Mangels, Fabio Laguna, & MVCreations Travel to a time of sword and sorcery; a time of dragons and damsels in distress! Welcome to the world of Dragon's Lair! Follow Dirk the Daring and Princess Daphne as they return from an astonishing adventure in the Free Realms only to be attacked by the great dragon, Singe, and his evil minions. Singe vows revenge against Dirk for killing his offspring, and Daphne is soon caught in the dreaded dragon's claws. Now, armed with his courage and skill, Dirk must brave the Dark Kingdom and all its evils in order to save the Princess from Singe! Features a cover by Dragon's Lair creator Don Bluth!
by Alexa Kitchen Drawing Comics is Easy! (Except When it's Hard!) is entirely - and remarkably - the work of a 7-year-old prodigy cartoonist! Though seemingly aimed at a peer audience of other children, this idiosyncratic 'How-To' book will appeal to readers of any age, especially those interested in cartooning and the creative process. Alexa Kitchen (daughter of publisher Denis Kitchen) has already been interviewed in Comic Book Artist, featured in the Comics Buyer's Guide, praised in Publishers Weekly, caricatured in Print magazine, and featured in the Dark Horse anthology Sexy Chix with Joyce Carol Oates, among others. While this is Alexa's first hardcover book, the veteran cartoonist has three earlier titles in print and has plans for 'dozens' of new books... when she isn't playing with stuffed animals and doing her third grade homework!
by Chester Brown This final installment of the 1980's classic features several fascinating sample pages from Chester Brown's brief but aborted attempt in 2004 to redraw the entire book! All is explained in the notes section! Features a new cover by Brown.
by Eric Shanower This is a fabulous two-book set featuring beautifully drawn tales based on the famous Oz stories of L. Frank Baum. Shanower brings new life to the stories of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, Princess Ozma, the Emerald City and the other wonders of Oz. Shanover brings a new spirit and sense of fun to the original tales!
by Sean O'Reilly & Alfonso Ruiz Born under the Black Sun, Ezra has had a unique upbringing in life. Her parents were murdered when she was young her body was badly scared on her body. But with the death of her brother, and the realization that she is so much more than human, the scars she still conceals run deep. Normally Ezra is rogue mercenary for hire... but she has just embarked on a quest that becomes a personal mission to exorcise the demons in her closet from a long, long time ago…
Jude faces the first major test of his power over Bete Noire as a religious war breaks out in the city. And with the Fallen Angel out of town and unable to help him, he turns to the only individuals who may be able to get things under control - the inimitable Sachs & Violens. Written by New York Times best-selling author Peter David (Spike vs. Dracula) with art by J.K. Woodward. *Retailers: See your order form for a special incentive
by Eric Shanower Author Eric Shanover creates a two-book set that features Dorothy, Toto, and the Scarecrow as they battle trolls and dragons to save a magical forest and its caretakers. Then, join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, and Eureka the talking cat as they set off for an adventure on a secret island floating inside a mysterious mountain.
All of your favorite G.I. Joe and Transformers characters converge for the battle to end all battles - all for possession of the all-powerful Autobot Matrix! When the dust settles in this final skirmish of this war, who will be left standing in the rubble of two destroyed worlds?
Written by Dennis O'Neil, Alan Moore, Geoff Johns and others Art by Martin Nodell, Irwin Hasen, Gil Kane, Neal Adams and others Cover by Alex Ross The greatest adventures of the Emerald Gladiator, collected in one volume! Thrill to the exploits of several Green Lanterns in stories from GREEN LANTERN ('40s) #1; ALL-AMERICAN COMICS #89; GREEN LANTERN ('60s-70s) #1, 9, 87, 172; SUPERMAN #257, TALES OF THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS ANNUAL #3, GREEN LANTERN ('90s) #3, 0; GREEN LANTERN: MOSAIC #5; GREEN LANTERN GALLERY and GREEN LANTERN SECRET FILES 2005.
GREMLINS HC (C: 0-1-2)
Published in 1943 and long unavailable, Dark Horse Books is proud to present this landmark book from the author of such beloved tales as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and Matilda. Digitally restored, this remarkable presentation of Dahl's classic story, lavishly illustrated by the artists of the Walt Disney Studios, will delight readers of all ages! The Gremlins is the story of Gus, a British World War II fighter pilot, who during the Battle of Britain turned to look out on the wing of his plane only to see an amazing sight: a little man, no more than six inches tall with horns growing from his head, drilling a hole in the plane's wing. Gus was the first man to ever see a Gremlin, and what happened after that would change the war, and the world, forever. Bought by Walt Disney to be produced as an animated motion picture (and considered to be the first story featuring the mythical airplane-sabotaging creatures known as Gremlins), the project was ultimately shelved and is reprinted here for the first time in over sixty years. • The book was first published in 1943 and has been unavailable since that time. • Dark Horse Deluxe is producing a line of toys to tie in with the project, the first time Gremlins toys have been made available in decades! Copyright © 1943, 2006 by Walt Disney Productions. All rights reserved. Throughout the world by Walt Disney Productions.
GRUNTS #1 (Of 3)
by Shannon Eric Denton, Keith Giffen, & Matt Jacobs A remote section of France near the German border, a joint U.S./British Division pushes into German-held woodlands. Sporadic resistance winds down as the Germans pull back. Before the allies can fully settle in for the night, it comes under savage, relentless attack. Four German supermen mount a devastating assault. Meanwhile, lost in the dark woods, an American loser squad stumbles and bumbles, and eventually finds it's way to the Allied rendezvous - just in time to catch the tail end of the German superhuman assault...
Welcome once again foolish mortals, the Doombuggies are waiting to take you on a journey through the next selection of stories inspired by the favorite Disney attraction. This issue includes a cover from fan-favorite artist Roman Dirge, and the next chapter of the thrilling 'Mystery of the Manse' story. 999 happy haunts are dying to meet you!
by Sanchez, Godwin, Harris, & Brame A young genius from the future becomes a fugitive in time when he discovers the secret to time travel. In the race for his life he accidentally strands himself and a luxury cruise ship 65 million years in the past! Stuck on the lethal Cretaceous Ocean with his time device fried, our science hero must figure out how to get himself and the terrified crew of the Orca II back home alive. It's Lost meets Jurassic Park in this sci-fi adventure. Cover by Juan (X-Men: The 198) Doe!
Written by LISA KIRBY & STEVE ROBERTSON Penciled by MIKE THIBODEAUX Cover by JACK KIRBY In order to save his abducted son, Mainframe must reunite the members of his old fighting unit: the sensual Skylla! The effervescent Garm! And the hero-turned-homemaker Tyr! Meanwhile, Garrett Berkley bonds with his captor Slugg as the pair sets course for the most lethal place in the galaxy: Dangerland! 32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99
JLA CLASSIFIED #26 & 27 Written by Howard Chaykin Art by Killian Plunkett & Tom Nguyen Covers by Plunkett Part 1 of the 6-part 'Sacred Trust,' written by Howard Chaykin (BITE CLUB: VCU, HAWKGIRL) with stunning art by Killian Plunkett (SUPERMAN: RED SON) & Tom Nguyen (JLA)! When the U.N. forbids the United States and the Justice League of America to interfere with other countries' meta-human activities... a rift develops between the Leaguers themselves! What will be the right course of action? And will 'plausible deniability' protect anyone from the fall-out? And in issue #27, the Justice League honors the U.N.'s request as Wonder Woman and Aquaman are spotted preventing natural disasters far from the warring countries they've been banned from entering... but who makes up the mysterious task force surveying the volitile situation in person? Issue #26 retro-resolicited; on sale August 30; Issue #27 on sale September 13 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
JUSTICE #7 (Of 12)
Written by Jim Krueger & Alex Ross Art by Doug Braithwaite & Ross Cover by Ross With Green Lantern out of the way, Brainiac advances his plan! The Justice League meets in the Fortress to reconnoiter…and enlist the aid of Metamorpho and the Doom Patrol!
Written by DAVID MACK Cover & Art by DAVID MACK The long-awaited return of Akemi. Kabuki's new role in Akemi's plan is revealed with a twist involving the return of a mysterious character. It's a new start for Kabuki and the perfect jumping-on issue for new readers! You've heard about all the awards. You've heard everyone talking about why Kabuki is so amazing and mind-blowing. Now is the chance to see what all the talk is about!
by Sean O'Reilly & Stjepan Kade is the gothic demon hunter who doesn't feel, but always hurts. As a Child of the Black Sun, Kade is the ageless balance that tips the dark scale back towards the light, as he hunts the demons and The Fallen. Kade and Ezra have been hunting demons for nearly a thousand years, and another Black Sun is on the horizon. With it comes one of the most powerful enemies known to man.
Written by Brian Azzarello Art and cover by Marcelo Frusin Part 2 of 'Thicker Than Blackwater.' While the notorious Bloody Bill terrorizes the town of Blackwater, Wes realizes that his own plans for revenge and redemption must be put on hold. But will Wes be able to put an end to the outlaw's brutality given their shared past?
MAN-BAT #5 (Of 5)
Written by Bruce Jones Art and cover by Mike Huddleston The shocking miniseries conclusion! All roads have led to the secret hideout of Black Mask, where Kirk Langstrom faces a crucial turning point that will allow him to regain his humanity - or lose it once and for all to the beast known as Man-Bat! And with Hush in the mix, Langstrom's chances for salvation are slim, even with Batman's help!


The intense, stealth-and-action extravaganza that is Metal Gear Solid: Sons of Liberty kicks into high gear in this issue. Raiden must prove his VR-only training has paid off when he uses all his skills to battle Revolver Ocelot. And the stakes are high… if Raiden fails, the President of the United States dies!
Written by Paul Jenkins Painted by Paolo Rivera A fully-painted retelling of the origin and earliest days of the gamma-powered titan, updated and reimagined by Paul Jenkins and PaoloRivera! 32 PGS/Rated T+ ...$3.99
by CLAMP A boy wizard goes about his day in an all-girl high school. The latest volume in the best selling Del Rey manga series by the creator of Love Hina.
THIS IS WHAT THEY WANT PREMIERE HC Written by WARREN ELLIS Penciled by STUART IMMONEN Cover by STUART IMMONEN RRRAAAAAGGGGGHHHHH!!! Action! Excitement! Explosions! The Highest Anti-Terrorism Effort, or H.A.T.E. (a subsidiary of the Beyond Corporation©) put NEXTWAVE together to fight Bizarre Weapons of Mass Destruction. When NEXTWAVE discovers that H.A.T.E. and Beyond© are terrorist cells themselves, and that the BWMDs were intended to kill them, they are less than pleased. In fact, they are rather angry. So they make things explode. Lots of things. Starring Monica Rambeau (formerly Captain Marvel and Photon), Aaron Stack (Machine Man), Tabitha Smith (X-Force's Meltdown), monster-hunter Elsa Bloodstone and the Captain! Guest-starring Fin Fang Foom! If you like anything, you will LOVE NEXTWAVE! BOOM! Collects NEXTWAVE: AGENTS OF H.A.T.E. #1-6. 144 PGS./Parental Advisory ...$19.99 ISBN: 0-7851-2278-8 Trim size: standard

It's not easy being Hattori Hanzo. If he's not teaching Leyasu, the young, future shogun, how to love, then he's behind the scenes, teaching Leyasu how not to die in case of a momentary lapse of protection. If you thought you had a tough job, try taking a pudgy, protected youngster, and making him into the leader who will unite Japan under his single rule. From the creators of Lone Wolf & Cub comes a series about two young men bound to a nation's potential future at a time when Japan was in transition from a warlike feudal state into an era of bureacracy and infighting. Another quasi-historical tale from the masters of Japanese samurai culture, Path of the Assassin shows a side of feudal Japan that entertains with action as well as political drama. • Each volume comes shrink-wrapped and carries an 18+ content advisory. Path of the Assassin © 1972 by KAZUO KOIKE/GOSEKI KOJIMA. All rights reserved. Originally published in Japan in 2000 by Koike Shoin Publishing Co., Ltd. English translation rights arranged with Soeisha, Inc.
Ashley Wood & T.P. Louise (w); Ashley Wood (a & c) Artist Ashley Wood's beloved creation returns at long last! And while most things in Popbot's life tend to get complicated, nothing could have prepared him for the all-out Robot War in which he finds himself this time out. Featuring the usual assortment of beautiful oddities that fans the world 'round have come to expect from the mind and quill of Ashley Wood.

by Michael Avon Oeming & Mel Rubi After the incredible final page of Red Sonja #12, the She-Devil with a Sword hurtles towards her confrontation with the ultimate evil of the Hyborean Age as our most exciting story arc continues! Writer Michael Avon Oeming and artist Mel Rubi are joined by a special guest artist (supplying a special glimpse into Sonja's past) and cover artists Frank (Shanna/New Avengers) Cho, Mel Rubi and Ed Benes! Look for a new Red Sonja mini-series event this month as Dynamite debuts The Queen of the Frozen Wastes!
In a Paris where magic is real and the Catholic Church never lost its political power, one man's quest to solve a murder may lead him to the Holy Grail itself! Doctor Julien Saunière continues his investigation into the theft of a mysterious medieval scroll, only dimly aware of the forces tugging him to the doorstep of the powerful Duke of Lorraine. Lorraine wants to provoke a massive, globe-spanning war that will soak the world in blood-but why? The answer to that question, a deadly confrontation in the ancient catacombs beneath Paris, and a blasphemous revelation about Judas, Christ's betrayer, all await Julien in this volume of the critically acclaimed series Rex Mundi! • Mystery, fantasy, history, and horror combine to create this critically acclaimed comic. This is the volume where it all begins for anyone interested in a literary adventure that'll challenge their mind as much as it chills their bones! • Rex Mundi is the first part of a Dark Horse program being launched with writer Arvid Nelson.
story by FRANK ESPINOSA & MARIE TAYLOR art & cover by FRANK ESPINOSA August 2 • 32 pg • FC • $2.99 'ILLUMINATION'-All seems lost, the battle for the city deep within the Hidden Sea, has ended with Scarletto in full control of the city. The Royal Navy of Lucerne has crossed the Hidden Sea and is now poised to find the flower of mankind. Nothing stands in the way, except Rocketo Garrison, half dead, beaten, must find the power within himself to ignite that which was lost.
by James Callahan Earth has been invaded and small town teen, Milton Bloom, comes face to face with an army of giant decaying Martians as his quiet Dirtville becomes the front line in a strange new war. Rotting in Dirtville is the first graphic novel by acclaimed underground artist James Callahan.
by Frank Cho, Doug Murray, & Homs The four-issue 'Queen of the Frozen Wastes' mini-series features a story from Marvel Exclusive creator Frank Cho, who is joined by veteran comics writer Doug (The 'Nam) Murray for this special series event! The two co-writers are joined by artistic sensation Homs, making his Hyborian debut! Sonja heads to the frozen north in a stunning first issue filled with action, drama and special cover artists (all three of whom will be providing covers for each issue of this mini-series event in a 50% ratio): Frank Cho, Mark Texeira and Homs! It all starts in August! Don't miss out - and don't forget to ask your local retailer about special limited edition incentive covers! Dynamite plans to support this release with house ads, online ads through Newsarama, and prints ads in Comic Shop News!
Kazuo Umezu, the grandmaster of horror manga, returns with the third chilling volume of his Scary Book anthology series. In 'Fear,' Aiko is always ignored and neglected when compared to her beautiful older sister, Momoko. But when Momoko is horribly disfigured in an accident and goes mad, it's up to Aiko to bring home young girls her sister can use . . . to make a new face! And in 'The Coincidental Letter,' a young girl named Yoko, in a fit of mischief, sends an insulting letter to a made-up girl at a made-up address warning her of a horrible fate. However, by incredible coincidence, both the girl and the address are real, and everything in the letter starts coming true! KOWAI HON volume 3© KAZUO UMEZU 2003. Originally published in Japan by ASAHI SONORAMA CO., LTD., Tokyo. English translation rights arranged through TOHAN CORPORATION, Tokyo.
SHE-HULK 2 #11
Written by DAN SLOTT Penciled by Cover by GREG HORN 'Creature Comforts' The honeymoon's over for Marvel's latest power couple, She-Hulk and Man-Wolf. She refuses to be his 'little woman', and he refuses to shave. What's a married green female to do? This is the issue you've been waiting for gamma-fans! Awesome Andy takes a stand! Pug's finally makes his move! And you'll NEVER see this ending coming! 32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99
Written by Bill Finger, Ed 'France' Herron, Gardner Fox and John Broome Art by Bob Kane, Carmine Infantino, Joe Giella, Sheldon Moldoff and others Cover by Kane The spotlight's on Batman in this volume featuring Detective Comics #327-342 and Batman #164-174! The Dynamic Duo take on some of their most enduring Rogues Gallery members, including Penguin, the Riddler, and the Outsider in these classic Silver Age stories from the era of famed editor Julius Schwartz!
SNAKES ON A PLANE #1 & 2 Written by Chuck Dixon Art by Gordon Purcell Photo covers Issue #1 Variant cover by J.G. Jones Issue #2 Variant cover by Jerome Moore You've heard the Internet buzz…seen the hair-raising trailer…now experience the comic of the sensational summer movie Snakes on a Plane, written by Chuck Dixon (NIGHTWING) with art by Gordon Purcell and painted covers by J.G. Jones (52) and Jerome K. Moore (JSA: LOST)! Snakes on a Plane stars Samuel L. Jackson as an FBI agent assigned to escort a government witness on a flight to Los Angeles. But when a crimelord sets loose hundreds of deadly snakes during the flight, the agent must band together with the pilot, frightened crew and passengers in a desperate attempt to survive and protect his witness! Why's it have to be snakes? Relax, they're first-class fliers. Retailers please note: Each issue will feature two covers; see order form for details. Retrosolicited • Issue #1 on sale August 16; issue #2 on sale August 30 • 1 & 2 of 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS
SOLO #12
Written by Brendan McCarthy, Tom O'Connor, Jono Howard and Robbie Morrison Art and cover by McCarthy It's the final issue of Solo, and we're going out with a bang! Artist/writer Brendan McCarthy (Judge Dredd, Rogan Gosh, Skin) lends his unique style to some of DC's biggest icons: Batman. Superman, the Flash, and even JSA villain Johnny Sorrow! His take on the 'World's Finest' is guaranteed to be like nothing you've seen before. And you won't believe what else is spawned from McCarthy's fevered imagination!
Written by Mark Verheiden Art and cover by Ethan Van Sciver In Part 2 of 'The Enemies Among Us,' Hal Jordan goes mad just as space villains that once plagued the Green Lantern are attacking Earth. Superman and Batman look to the rest of the Corps for help, and instead find Kilowog gone rogue!
by Robert Venditti & Brett Weldele This trade paperback collects all five issues of the critically acclaimed mini-series, and it's packed with never-before-seen sketches and artwork, as well as commentary from the creative team that brought this breakout story to the page. The year is 2054, and life has been reduced to a data feed. The fusing of virtual reality and cybernetics has ushered in the era of the personal surrogate, android substitutes that let users interact with the world without ever leaving their homes. It's a perfect world, and it's up to Detectives Harvey Greer and Pete Ford of the Metro Police Department to keep it that way!
Written by Geoff Johns Art by Tony Daniel & Kevin Conrad Cover by Daniels The new story arc 'Titans Around the World' begins as the Teen Titans journey into the heart of Russia to meet its greatest super-hero: Red Star! On a quest to locate a former member, the Titans head to Moscow to learn how Red Star has rebuilt his life following Superboy-Prime's rampage and where they can find their lost friend and ally Raven!
Written by J. Torres Art by Todd Nauck & Lary Stucker Cover by Sean Galloway Kid Flash and Mas y Menos run a circuitous race for charity around the world, but the speedsters can't help but make detours along the way to thwart some super villainy!
Chuck Dixon and artist Guido Guidi continue their special look at the Industrial Age reign of the Transformers. In Hearts of Steel part 3, 19th Century scientist Tobia Muldoon has evidence of the existence of the Decepticons, and their plans for the domination of Earth. But will anyone other than Mark Twain believe his fantastic story? Or will the Asrotrain roll into New York City and change history forever? This issue features two covers from Guidi, one a concept art cover. *Covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio. *Retailers: See your order form for a special incentive
Written by Judd Winick Art and cover by Howard Porter Acclaimed writer Judd Winick (OUTSIDERS, GREEN ARROW) redefines the mighty Captain Marvel in a 12-issue maxiseries featuring a stunning new art style for fan-favorite illustrator Howard Porter (THE FLASH, JLA)! The world is in magical turmoil as Captain Marvel tries to keep everything under control in the aftermath of the events of DAY OF VENGEANCE. And with the rest of the Marvel Family powerless, it's all up to him - unless some drastic changes occur fast. Luckily, everything changes by this issue's end!
ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #33 Written by MIKE CAREY Pencils & Cover by PASQUAL FERRY 'GOD WAR' Part 1 (of 6) Seed Nineteen-a bizarre name for the most bizarre characters ever to enter the lives of the F.F.: Threshold, Fountain, Magnificent Brute, Dreamcatcher. These incredible entities hold the key to a cosmic conflict that has raged for untold millennia and now involves our quarrelsome quartet. You've never seen anything like it! We promise. And it debuts our new creative team: Mike Carey on script and Pasqual Ferry on pencils! 32 PGS./Rated A ...$2.99
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS Penciled by MARK BAGLEY Cover by MARK BAGLEY Spider-Man teams up with his new girlfriend - the X-Men's Kitty Pryde, who gets a new super-hero identity for when she's not hanging with her mutant mates! Plus: Meet the dangerous Ultimate Deadpool - and the Ultimate Reavers! It's mutant action, with Spidey caught in the middle! Collects ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #91-97. 144 PGS./Rated A ...$15.99

Written by ROBERT KIRKMAN Pencils by SALVADOR LARROCA with LEINIL FRANCIS YU Cover by SALVADOR LARROCA Dazzler--Alison Blaire, former X-Man--has awakened from her coma only to discover her life is in deadly peril! And even her former fellow X-Men may be powerless to save her as a betrayal within the ranks has left them shellshocked. Plus: The 2-Page origin of Professor X's cat. drawn by Leinil Francis Yu! 48 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99
Written by Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti Art and cover by Daniel Acuña The Brave New World continues as the all-new Freedom Fighters set out on their latest mission - to arrest Uncle Sam!
by Kleid, Cote & Pinto When Japanese culture decides that Bear Suit technology is the next big thing, the boys embark on a signing tour in Tokyo. Though our heroes only want to immerse themselves in manga, geishas, and saki, they find themselves face-to-face with Eastern danger as they insult a local ninja deli clan and awaken Tryptophan - the last known radioactive dinosaur in the Orient!
Dig, dig, dig. Poor, insane Jodo is digging holes all over town. Boss Hamanaka, Jodo's father, is dead, and his vast fortune is nowhere to be found! Gangs vying for control of the community wage an impending war just as Usagi arrives on the scene! And there's another samurai, mysteriously observing everything from the sidelines, who may enter into the fray-or maybe he's waiting for the town to be torn apart! Internationally acclaimed storyteller Stan Sakai presents the first installment of the two-part 'Hamanaka's Treasure' this month in Usagi Yojimbo!
written by ROBERT KIRKMAN art & cover by CHARLIE ADLARD & CLIFF RATHBURN Near death.
by Winsor McCay With an unflagging work ethic, he drew thousands of cartoons and illustrations that appeared in newspapers around the country and gained him nationwide fame. But as popular as McCay was, his work was poorly preserved, and later generations have been unable learn about this cartooning legend. Checker brings McCay's work back into the public eye!
WIZARD: THE COMICS MAGAZINE #180 2006 FALL PREVIEW! Hundreds of books, dozens of creators, all the top publishers-we take you back to school for our 2006 Fall Preview, bringing you up to speed on everything you need to know, from DC's Batman by Grant Morrison and Andy Kubert to the new direction for Uncanny X-Men by Ed Brubaker and Billy Tan! 'ACTION'-PACKED SNEEK PEEK! Get an exclusive first look at a preview of Adam Kubert's upcoming run on Action Comics (along with two blockbuster but hush-hush writers)! Kubert's first DC book will surely fly off shelves faster than a speeding bullet, so get your first glimpse here! WILDSTORM FORECAST! Grant Morrison teams with Jim Lee to relaunch WildCats, while joining Gene Ha for a revamp of The Authority! What's in store when the most maniacal mind in comics spearheads these WildStorm revivals? UNCOVERED: BENDIS & CHO'S NEW BOOK! We've got the exclusive preview of a top-secret new series from the A-list creative team of Brian Michael Bendis and Frank Cho that debuts later this year. Get your first look right here! GET 'LOST'! The hottest, most talked-about TV series returns to ABC for its third season, and we've got the inside track on why 'Lost' rules the airwaves…and the water coolers! 'ASTONISHING' DEVELOPMENTS! Astonishing X-Men, the hit title by 'Buffy' creator Joss Whedon and artist John Cassaday, goes monthly throughout the fall with a shocking storyline guaranteed to alter your genetic makeup! Get all the details here! Magazine (Cover: 'Lost' photo cover) $5.99 Magazine (Cover: WildCats by Jim Lee) $5.99 Magazine (Cover: Avengers by Frank Cho) $5.99
Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night, Fell) continues with his new all-eerie and humorous series. The bodies continue to pile up as Wormwood and his oddball entourage continue their investigation into just what has been gestating inside many of the victims, and who's behind it. Well, at least they would be if you could get them out of the pub for more than five minutes. *Retailers: See your order form for a special incentive
X ISLE #2 (Of 5)
by Andrew Cosby, Michael Alan Nelson, & Greg Scott The expedition to a mysterious island gets more desperate now. With options rapidly narrowing, our team begins to fall victim to the creatures on the island. What is their secret? What's the truth behind Island X and the mysteries that it holds? The second exciting chapter in a new Jurassic Park-styled adventure with a dark, mysterious, horrific core!
Written by PETER DAVID Penciled by ROY ALLAN MARTINEZ Cover by RYAN SOOK They have been a thorn in X-Factor's side since the beginning, and now matters are coming to a head. In the first of a three part epic-'Multiple Disclosure'-X-Factor's newest assignment causes them to once again cross paths with their arch rivals, Singularity Investigations. The result is revelations that strike to the very core of who and what Jamie Madrox is, especially when he learns that SI head Damian Tryp is responsible for one of the greatest tragedies. 32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99
X-MEN #190
Written by MIKE CAREY Pencils & Cover by CHRIS BACHALO 'SUPERNOVAS' Northstar and Aurora are back! Awoken by a mysterious new threat, the twins have been let loose in the Xavier Mansion, leaving a path way of destruction and death. Their mission: Kill Sabretooth! Part 3 (of 6)! 32 PGS./Rated A ...$2.99
Written by C. B. CEBULSKI Pencils & Cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ The X-Men collide with some of the Brothers Grimm's most classic fairy tales! When a blind tailor awakens a beautiful red-haired princess from her eternal slumber, he thinks he's found true love at last. But a certain blade-wielding butcher named Logan may know more about the princess' past than anyone realizes. 32 PGS./Rated A ...$2.99
by Yoshitaka Amano & Jessie Horstig A Previews Exclusive! With a foreword by Neil Gaiman and a unique new cover! From New York to Paris, he searches for the woman whose love he had never doubted. Here crosses history and continents. Hero needs to know the reasons why his beloved Lady begs his forgiveness, and only by following her from Parisian cemeteries, to the Las Vegas strip and Kyoto, can he hope to discover the truth - not only for his own love story, but also his Lady's betrayal. Accompanied by Victor Noir, an assassinated Napoleonic truth-teller, and tormented at every turn by Rudra, a shape-shifting mischievous demon, Hero seeks out his forgotten past. Limited to 2,100 copies.
ZOOM SUIT #4 (Of 4)
by John Taddeo & Billy Dallas Patton Special Metalized Cover! It's the exciting conclusion to the first Zoom Suit Limited Series... and Myles's first kiss! It's Myles and the Zoom Suit versus Simon Bane and a Squadron of X-80 Killer Robots! More new powers revealed! More Secrets! More hidden Internet flash movies! Plus, a sneak peak into the next Zoom Suit limited series planned for 2007! This issue features covers by Billy (Shi) Tucci and Bob (Iron Man, XO) Layton.



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