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52: WEEKS 18-21 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 52: A year without Superman; a year without Batman; a year without Wonder Woman…but not a year without heroes. WEEK 18: 'Ralph, we're the CROATOANS. We found Shakespeare's GHOSTWRITER, we can find one of our own GUYS.' Plus, The Origin of The Question by Waid and Joe Bennett! WEEK 19: 'What if I told you I could - using Booster's DNA- bioengineer a superhero identity for you?' Plus, the Origin of Animal Man by Waid and Brian Bolland! WEEK 20: 'Adam's right, Kory. This is way too big for the three of us.' Plus, the Origin of Adam Strange by Waid and Kevin Nowlan. WEEK 21: 'No disrespect, Raven, but we're as much Infinity Inc. as you are Titans. Neither team is the same one it used to be.' Special full-length story! Week 18 on sale September 6 • Week 19 on sale September 13 • Week 20 on sale September 20 Week 21 on sale September 27 • 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US
ANNIHILATION #2 (of 6) Written by KEITH GIFFEN Penciled by ANDREA DI VITO Cover by GABRIELE DELL'OTTO The United Front led by NOVA, RONAN and DRAX have held, but only just. ANNIHILUS' forces have been fought to a standstill. But can any defense withstand the devastating attack of RAVENOUS and the CENTURIONS? That's right, brand new characters! 32 PGS./Rated A ...$2.99
Written by Kurt Busiek Art and cover by Butch Guice Aquaman leads Mera's people in an all-out assault on the barbarian raiders! It's a battle that brings them face-to-face with a more dangerous threat - an enemy from the past who leaves the new Aquaman gutted and near death! Plus, Mera makes a startling discovery about the mysterious Dweller in the Depths!
by Various 'How to Survive High School': Archie's got all the answers a teen needs to navigate through the tricky world of high school. It's too bad his answers don't match the teachers' questions! 'Feeling Fuelish': Archie and his friends imagine a world without fuel - and it's a 'gas'! 'Come Blow Your Horn': Deciding a 'new sound' is needed for the band, Archie takes up the Alpine shepherd's Alphorn. One note is all it will take to determine if his choice was good or baaaaa-d!
Writer: Ben Avery Pencils/inks: Sherwin Schwartzrock Get the whole 6 issue, 160 page trade paperback for the price of a single comic book! It has been many years since the Emperor drove the dragons north. Many years since the minions of the Dragon Prince required tributes from the humans. But times are changing. The dragons are growing bolder, brasher, more aggressive -- and in their path lies the home of a young boy named Timothy. Leaving everything he holds dear, Timothy embarks upon a quest; A quest to travel south and join the ranks of the Emperor's Knights of the Way with nothing but a sword, a pair of allies, and a hope to one day return home as a hero. High fantasy, action and adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Collects the entire six issue mini-series by Ben Avery (Lullaby, The Hedge Knight) and Sherwin Schwartzrock (Deal with the Devil). COVER is not Final Cover.
Written by Brian Augustyn Cover by Mike Mignola Art by by Mignola, Eduardo Barreto and P. Craig Russell Presenting for the first time the adventures of the Victorian Era Batman in one 112-page edition! This volume includes the breakthrough Elseworlds specials GOTHAM BY GASLIGHT and MASTER OF THE FUTURE that pit the Dark Knight againt Jack the Ripper and a death-dealer from the skies over Gotham!
BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #210 Written by Bruce Jones Art and cover by Ariel Olivetti Part 4 of the 5-part 'Darker Than Death.' Bruce Wayne accedes to the kidnappers' demands, but it may still be too late to save their hostage from certain death! Has Batman finally failed? On sale September 13 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
THE BATMAN STRIKES! #25 Written by Jai Nitz Art by Christopher Jones & Terry Beatty Cover by Dave McCaig Killer Croc has spent his life being kept in cages. Now he's broken free, and only the Batman can keep Croc from taking an explosive revenge on all of Gotham City! On sale September 13 • 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US
BEYOND! #3 (of 6) Written by DWAYNE MCDUFFIE Pencils & Cover by SCOTT KOLINS Dr. Pym's Quinjet has been blown out of the sky by the rampaging Dragon Man. Now the only thing that stands between the devastated survivors of the crash and Dragon Man's wrath is a cyborg super soldier turned- pacifist who has been missing for a decade, Deathlok. Meanwhile, Kraven has a heart-to-heart with the recently deceased hero from issue 1! 32 PGS./Rated A ...$2.99
The conclusion of the 'On the Perfection of Anatomy' story arc, and. . .the return of Giichi! Monthly readers will be surprised to see the state Giichi in! Rin and Hyakurin have found one of their missing friends, but do they really want to know what he's been up to since the Mugai-ryü disbanded? Will he still be the warrior he once was, especially after the injuries he sustained in Samura's 'Trickster' storyline? Rin, tortured over Manji's disappearance, is determined to check every clue and look into every lead, but disturbing Edo Castle is tantamount to suicide. This issue also continues Hiroaki Samura's hilarious 'Biography' piece, accompanied by hard-to-find Samura pinups-extras found only in this monthly series!
by Tite Kubo During a bloody confrontation with a sadistic Soul Reaper, Uryû chooses a path that will temporarily grant him enormous power, at great personal cost. Meanwhile, Ichigo races to master a powerful technique that will help him fight Rukia's brother and, hopefully, save her from execution. But time is running out! Rating: T (C: 0-0-0)
by Gallagher, Faber, Various This revamped edition of the FCBD comic features a sensational variant cover by Spider-Man artist, Mike Wieringo! When the Earth's greatest adult heroes disappear, Buzzboy and his other sidekick buddies must keep the world safe from alien invaders, time-traveling ducks… and evil robot wiener-dogs!? Issue #1 Also features comic tutorials for kids of all ages, and the return of Roboy Red! It's thermonuclear-powered boy-robot fun!
Written by ED BRUBAKER Pencils & Cover by STEVE EPTING The 'TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY BLITZ' rockets to its conclusion, as Captain America and the man he once called his partner, The Winter Soldier, finally come face-to-face again in the fight to save London! Fan-favorite creators Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting made this Wizard's book of the Year for 2005, and this action-packed issue shows you exactly what all the fuss is about. 32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99
CARTOON NETWORK ACTION PACK #5 Written by Judd Winick, Robbie Busch and George Krstic Art by by Kim Arndt, Jeff Albrecht, Dan Davis and various Cover by Matt Jenkins & Mike DeCarlo Samurai Jack meets up with his old friend, the Scotsman! Plus, what trouble has Ray Ray gotten himself into now? Only Juniper Lee can help him! On sale September 13 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US
CASANOVA #4 story MATT FRACTION art & cover GABRIEL BÁ 24pgs, PC September 13 $1.99 Fourteen years ago, a man began to meditate. His goal: reincarnate as the Supersammasambuddha for fun and profit. Now, on the eve of his great awakening and reincarnation as a god, Casanova Quinn is preparing to steal him. And how do you steal a god? Trust us. It's totally awesome. RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES
CIVIL WAR FILES Written by ANTHONY FLAMINI, STUART VANDAL, RONALD BYRD, ERIC MOREELS, MICHAEL HOSKIN, CHRIS BIGGS, MARK O'ENGLISH, MIKE FICHERA & MADISON CARTER The legislation has been passed. The battle lines have been drawn. The opening shots have been fired. Now, as the controversial Super Hero Registration Act continues to divide America's superhuman community, Tony Stark - head of the President's Super Hero Task Force - has created the CIVIL WAR FILES, in-depth dossiers analyzing the potential threat posed by the nation's most prominent superhumans. What does Stark know about Captain America? Who is the new Ant-Man? Can the Commission for Superhuman Activities be trusted? The CIVIL WAR FILES is the U.S. government's primary source of superhuman intelligence! 48 PGS./NO ADS/ Rated T+ ...$3.99
CLAWS #2 (of 3) Written by JIMMY PALMIOTTI & JUSTIN GRAY Pencils & Cover by JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER Shanghai'd and transported to a remote desert island, Wolverine and the Black Cat find themselves the unwilling prey of a team of filthy-rich hunters armed with high-tech weapons. Navigating an obstacle course of bullets, arrows, grenades, bombs, knives, rockets and giant killer robots, the deadly duo desperately search for an escape route, unaware that the games' deadly ringmaster (whose identity is sure to raise eyebrows) hasn't yet unleashed the main event. Brought to you by the team of Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray and superstar artist Joe Linsner. 32 PGS. CARDSTOCK COVER/PARENTAL ADVISORY ...$3.99
by Siddarth Kotian & Mukesh Singh Inspector Rahul Singh makes an unholy discovery, and Maya's transformation into a goddess begins. Traversing the mystical realms, she undergoes the trials of the Devi. Will she pass the challenges, or will the assassin Kratha get to her first?
DMZ #11
DMZ #11 Written by Brian Wood Art by Kristian Donaldson Cover by Wood The origin of Zee, featuring guest art by Kristian Donaldson (Supermarket)! Follow Zee from her humble beginnings as a med student through the day the second civil war hit Manhattan. On sale September 13 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS
by Andrew Foley & Fiona Staples The vampire story for people who hate vampire stories continues! Serial-killing book editor Shannon Wade and Andy, the world's worst vampire, attend a party thrown by infamous novelist Shelley DeMornay. A good time won 't be had by anyone. Except the readers - they'll love every bloody page!
Written by Grant Morrison Art by Steve Yeowell, Jamie Hewlett, Mark Badger and others Cover by Christopher Moeller A new chapter begins for the World's Strangest Heroes with MUSCLEBOUND, collecting issues #42-50 of the surreal series written by Grant Morrison. Revealing the secret origin of Flex Mentallo and the terrifying secret beneath the Pentagon, MUSCLEBOUND also features the subtle menace of the Beard Hunter and more!
by Margaret Weiss & Tracy Hickman Continuing the adaptation of Weis and Hickman's much-loved Dragons of Winter Night novel! The Companions are torn asunder as one of them embarks upon a suicidal quest! And with Krynn dividing into warring factions, The Companions; only real allies have become deadly enemies!
Fan-favorite, Wizard Top Ten, and quintuple Eisner Award nominee Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man; Ex Machina; Runaways) returns with sensational artists Steve Rolston (Queen & Country, MEK) and Jason Alexander (Damn Nation, Gotham Central) to present the third part of this captivating Escapist miniseries! Case Weaver is getting reckless after Denny's costume-clad punch-out made the national news. This time, she and Max break into the Cleveland Plain Dealer's office in the middle of the night, in an attempt to give their new Escapist title as much press as the publicity stunt. But with the night watchman closing in via their only route out, the only pressing they might get from the Plain Dealer could be charges! Also in this issue, the relationship between Max and Case develops alongside the pages of their relaunch, as Luna Moth leads our intrepid hero on a steamy chase in the rain. There's good and bad news as the creative team reads their first review and gets back numbers on issue one . . . will this make them or break them? • With cover art by Eisner award-winning Best Penciller John Cassaday! • Inspired by The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon.
Written by Brian K. Vaughan Art by Tony Harris & Tom Feister Cover by Harris Part 3 of the 4-part 'Smoke Smoke.' In the past, the super-heroic Great Machine pursues a drug dealer in a high-speed chase, while in the present, Mayor Mitchell Hundred struggles with crime and punishment in the arena of New York's marijuana laws.
FABLES #53 Written by Bill Willingham Art by Mark Buckingham & Steve Leialoha and Joshua Middleton Cover by James Jean Geppetto's conference of imperial leaders continues in the Homelands as they discuss the ultimate fate of Fabletown. The Nome King wants war, Prince Hansel wants reprisals, and the Snow Queen wants a program of assassination. Will anyone argue for diplomacy? Plus, a backup story by Joshua Middleton! On sale September 13 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS
FIRESTORM: THE NUCLEAR MAN #29 Written by Stuart Moore Art by Jamal Igle & Keith Champagne Cover by Brian Stelfreeze The epic storyline 'In My Father's House' continues as Firestorm, Firehawk and the mysterious glowing man face off against an army of cyborgs. But that's not the worst of it, as Jason Rusch must confront an even bigger problem: his father! Plus: a surprise villain returns! On sale September 13 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN VOL. 1: DERAILED TPB Written by PETER DAVID Penciled by MIKE WIERINGO & ROGER CRUZ Cover by MIKE WIERINGO Hold onto your webs, spider-fan! A major character from Peter Parker's past returns! Meanwhile, is that the Hobgoblin terrorizing the skies? And if so, how is he connected to the shocking changes in Spider-Man's life? Continuity fans better break out their back issues, because both Spidey's past and future will change when an old (and unexpected) foe executes his master plan! Plus: Presenting 'Weblog,' an off-beat Spidey tale that starts at the very beginning of Spider-Man's career and goes all the way through to the distant seen through the eyes of a woman who is convinced that the web-slinger has been stalking her her entire life. And finally, think Spider-Man doesn't have to worry about death anymore, having escaped its grasp in 'The Other'? Think again, as - years after his origin - Spider-Man finds himself back in the ring, squaring off against a masked wrestler whose name literally means 'Death'...and for good reason! Collects FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #5-10. 144 PGS./Rated A ...$14.99 ISBN: 0-7851-2216-8
by Rich Stahnke The Drunken Monkey returns in an all-new mini series! Chip, accompanied by his toad buddy Al, is about to find himself in one of his most difficult battles as he uncovers unknown truths about everyone close to him and secrets from his own past. But before that, he must defeat the pouch wearing, big gun toting nemesis known as Deathblud!
by Joe Casey Cobra Coammnder continues his machinations! The new agents of G.I. Joe prepare for a mission of unprecedented danger and controversy! Stalker, Scarlett and Snake-Eyes confront General Colton about a dark secret! And agent leaves, and another returns. Plus: more on Duke! All this...And a poker game? You can't afford to miss this issue!
GIRLS #17 story JOSHUA LUNA art & cover JONATHAN LUNA 32 pg, FC September 20 $2.99 Castrated.
GREEN ARROW #66 Written by Judd Winick Art and cover by Scott McDaniel & Andy Owens 'Away Game,' Part 2. It's one year ago, and Green Arrow is determined to retrain and improve his fighting skills! He hatches a plan to save Star City, while adding newer, deadlier disciplines to his repertoire! And to do this, he must seek the aid of the person who trained Deathstroke! On sale September 13 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Written by Geoff Johns Art by Ivan Reis & Marc Campos Cover by Simone Bianchi 'Revenge of the Green Lanterns' continues! Confronted with the Cyborg-Superman and the cold, murderous Manhunters, Hal Jordan and Guy Gardner must convince their fellow Lanterns of Hal's good intentions. But what chilling secrets do the Manhunters contain? And why do the Guardians of the Universe wish to protect that secret?
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #4 Written by Dave Gibbons Art by Patrick Gleason & Prentis Rollins Cover by Gibbons Guy Gardner finally gets his shore leave, only to face a relentless foe. Meanwhile, a battle-hardened Lantern is torn between love and duty while another must undertake the most heartbreaking mission of all. On sale September 13 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
by Josh Blaylock A lot of articles are written on the creative process of comics, but not nearly as many on the other side of the business: publishing. After ten years of self-publishing, Josh Blaylock has gone from back room small press exhibitor to the head of a top ten comic book company. He now shares his knowledge of the industry with anyone who has ever pondered doing the same. This mostly prose series is informative, entertaining, and a bit autobiographical.
INCREDIBLE HULK #98 Written by GREG PAK Penciled by AARON LOPRESTI Cover by LADRÖNN PLANET HULK: ANARCHY, Part 3 (of 4) It's Warbound versus Warbound on Planet Sakaar! The Hulk has survived the horrors of the Maw and the Great Arena by pledging an oath of brotherhood with his fellow gladiators. But can he truly trust them - and himself? Which of the Hulk's gladiator allies challenges his rule? And can their Warbound oath survive? Also this issue: Learn the secret history of the Emperor's mysterious Shadow Guard Lieutenant -- and marvel at the shocking showdown between the Lieutenant and the Hulk! The 'Planet Hulk' Anarchy storyline nears its heart-stopping conclusion! 32 PGS./Rated A ...$2.99
by Dwight L. MacPherson & Mathieu Benoit Fearing an imminent breakdown, the Grim Reaper decides to take a Holiday. After an exhaustive search for a replacement, he finds only his cousin's nephew's son to collect the souls of those who are perishing. Enter the Jim Reaper! The only problem is that Jim is afraid of his own shadow, and his first week on the job may ultimately cause the destruction of his very own soul - or worse!
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
by Jason James & Various A sexaholic with a grudge. An immortal femme fatale. And a cowardly bum who may have played a game of Dungeons & Dragons too many. They have been handpicked, blackmailed and cajoled by a could-be prophet known only as Johnny Repeat to kill the future. And the clock is ticking. Volume 1 features the art of Paul Azaceta, Fabio Cobiaco, Bruno D'Angelo, Mark Dos Santos, Geof Isherwood, and Noel Tuazon. Cover by Tim Sale & Dave Stewart.
Written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray Art by Luke Ross and Tony DeZuniga Cover by Tim Bradstreet DC's legendary gunslinger returns in this action-packed collection featuring the first six issues of the acclaimed new series! The mysterious bounty hunter and thinking man's killer was a hero to some; a villain to others; and wherever he rode, people spoke his name in whispers.
by Various The groundbreaking, critically acclaimed Kramer's Ergot returns! Celebrated as 'the Raw of our times,' this anthology mixes heavyweights, progressive artists, and exciting newcomers from around the world. Edited by Sammy Harkham, Kramer's Ergot 6 features art by Elvis Studio, Ron Regé, Ben Jones, Jerry Moriarty, Tom Gauld, John Porcellino, Vanessa Davis, Chris Cilla, Shary Boyle, and many others. This gorgeous full-color volume belongs on the shelves of comics and art lovers everywhere.
by Los Bros. Hernandez Another outstanding issue of one of the most celebrated comics series ever! This time around, Jaime provides the concluding chapter of Day by Day with Hopey, titled 'Monday Ain't Just One Day'. It's the first day of school for Hopey and the kids: Will she flunk like a skunk or soar to new heights? Be there, or you'll be tardy and the principal will tan your hide! Gilbert in turn continues his prolific tradition with three stories: cult film star Fritz faces her father over a question of child abuse; Fritz's motivational speaker ex-husband Mark Herrera is invited to a mysterious exclusive club which may resurrect his fallen career; and in 'Julio's Day,' young Julio Juan discovers life in his new home isn't what you'd call comforting. We're counting down to issue 20 which will conclude the 'Julio's Day' saga. Viva Los Bros!
A MAN CALLED KEV #3 Written by Garth Ennis Art by Carlos Ezquerra Cover by Glenn Fabry In the 1991 Gulf War, Kev Hawkins and his SAS team saw something they shouldn't have - something no one should ever have to think about. Fifteen years later, Kev's days are numbered - all because of a mission called Bravo Four Zero. On sale September 13 •3 of 5 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS
MARTIAN MANHUNTER #2 Written by A.J. Lieberman Art and cover by Al Barrionuevo & Bit For years, Martian Manhunter believed himself the last survivor of his race - but the discovery of a Martian artifact on Earth has brought that into serious question! His quest to discover the origin of that relic leads him to a stunning discovery, the ramifications of which will forever change the way he sees himself, humanity and his destiny! On sale September 13 • 2 of 8 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
DAREDEVIL VOL. 6 HC Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS Penciled by ALEX MALEEV & DAVID MACK Cover by ALEX MALEEV This deluxe hardcover concludes the Eisner Award-winning run of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev! First, they outed Daredevil in the press; then, they married him and made him the Kingpin of Hell's Kitchen. What could they possibly do to top that? Four words: WILSON FISK IS BACK! Also collecting Bendis' first Daredevil arc, WAKE UP - a moody, heartfelt tale of heroism and family tragedy featuring fully painted artwork by David Mack (Kabuki). Why is Ben Urich, investigative reporter for the Daily Bugle, spending all his time with the catatonic son of a two-bit costumed criminal? And how is Daredevil connected to a child he doesn't even know? His objectivity shattered, Urich finds himself doubting his journalistic integrity and the future of his very profession in this super-hero story unlike any other. Collects DAREDEVIL #76-81 and #16-19. 240 PGS./Rated T+ ...$29.99 ISBN: 0-7851-2111-0 Trim size: oversized These DAREDEVIL HARDCOVERS STILL AVAILABLE! DAREDEVIL VOL. 1...$34.99 (ISBN: 0-7851-2401-2) - NEW PRINTING: NOW INCLUDES DAREDEVIL #1/2 AND #12! DAREDEVIL VOL. 2...$29.99 (ISBN: 0-7851-0926-9) DAREDEVIL VOL. 3...$29.99 (ISBN: 0-7851-1106-9) DAREDEVIL VOL. 4...$29.99 (ISBN: 0-7851-1342-8) DAREDEVIL VOL. 5...$29.99 (ISBN: 0-7851-2110-2)
MS. MARVEL #7 Written by BRIAN REED Penciled by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE Cover by DAVID MACK CIVIL WAR TIE-IN! Ms. Marvel and WONDER MAN team-up to track down a pair of rogue heroes -- one of them is an ex-Avenger! Meanwhile, guest star ARANA not only begins training with Ms. Marvel, but must also reveal her double life to her father! 32 PGS./Rated A ...$2.99
NEW AVENGERS VOL. 4: THE COLLECTIVE PREMIERE HC Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS Penciled by STEVE MCNIVEN & MIKE DEODATO Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN HOUSE OF M changed the planet; now a new, major threat has emerged, and nothing can stop it! The New Avengers are about to be put to the test in a way they never have before. Debuting the bombastic pencils of fan-favorite Mike Deodato and guest-starring Ms. Marvel! Collects NEW AVENGERS #16-20. 128 PGS./Rated A ...$19.99 ISBN: 0-7851-1986-8 Trim size: standard
NEW EXCALIBUR #11 Written by FRANK TIERI Pencils & Cover by MICHAEL RYAN 'THE LAST DAYS OF CAMELOT' It's time-travel time! New Excalibur is called upon to save King Arthur and his legendary Camelot from total destruction. But what exactly is it that has devastated this once mighty realm? Believe us, it's not what you think! Guest starring Black Knight! Part 2 (of 3)! 32 PGS./Rated A ...$2.99
NEW X-MEN #30 Written by CHRISTOPHER YOST & CRAIG KYLE Pencils & Cover by PACO MEDINA 'NIMROD' It's the penultimate chapter of the New X-Men's year of hell. The kids battle their way through a swarm of zombie Sentinels in an attempt to save Forge from Nimrod! But Forge is busy saving himself, and his actions will change the future AND the past, not to mention possibly destroy the New X-Men forever. Part 3 (of 4)! 32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99
PHONOGRAM #2 (of 6) story KIERON GILLEN art & cover JAMIE McKELVIE 32 pgs, B&W September 6 $3.50 'I CAN'T IMAGINE THE WORLD WITHOUT ME' Someone won't let Britannia, sacred Mod-goddess of Britpop, rest in peace. If David Kohl can't find out whom, his very existence is forfeit. Clues? He hasn't any until he sees the solemn ghost of an old girlfriend. For David, ghosts are normal. Ghosts of living girls, however, are something very different…
by Derek Hunter After defeating the rival clubs around Syacamore Valley, stakes are raised as the Pirate Club must battle tougher clubs, gruesome monsters of their nightmares, and even one another. No one is safe as the Pirate Club makes ready for a battle against the most evil of villains... the heinous Santa Claus!
Written by Brian K. Vaughan Art and cover by Niko Henrichon From one of America's most acclaimed comics writers - a startlingly original look at life on the streets of Baghdad during the Iraq War inspired by true events. In his award-winning work on Y: THE LAST MAN and EX MACHINA (one of Entertainment Weekly's 2005 Ten Best Fiction titles), writer Brian K. Vaughan has displayed an understanding of both the cost of survival and the political nuances of the modern world. Now, in this provocative graphic novel, Vaughan examines life on the streets of war-torn Iraq. The experience is made all the more evocative by the lush, spectacular artwork of Niko Henrichon (BARNUM!). In the spring of 2003, a pride of lions escaped from the Baghdad Zoo during an American bombing raid. Lost and confused, hungry but finally free, the four lions roamed the decimated streets of Baghdad in a desperate struggle for their lives. In documenting the plight of the lions, PRIDE OF BAGHDAD raises questions about the true meaning of liberation - can it be given, or is it earned only through self-determination and sacrifice? And in the end, is it truly better to die free than to live life in captivity? Based on a true story, Vaughan and Henrichon have created a unique and heartbreaking window into the nature of life during wartime, illuminating this struggle as only the graphic novel can. Advance-solicited; on sale September 13 • 136 pg, FC, $19.99 US • MATURE READERS Edited by Will Dennis
by Brett Thompson & Freddie Williams III, Shawn McGuan, & Jeremy Colwell In a matter of 48 hours, Cameron Williams' life has been turned upside down and flipped inside out. The cybernetic-mercenary organization called 'The Cause' has captured Cameron's parents in an effort to draw him out for his capture; hoping to exploit him for his genetic make-up to create more 'EON Soldiers'. Will they succeed? What are Morrow's motivations for taking down 'The Cause'?
by Ty Templeton & Joe O'Brien Mr. Comics' critically acclaimed mini-series wraps up as King Caesar's worst fears about man are realized when the fiery holocaust begins. And in the back up story: the long-awaited return of Colonel Taylor.
ROKKIN #3 Written by Andy Hartnell Art and cover by Nick Bradshaw & Jim Charalampidis As Rokkin continues his dangerous journey to Demortia, he is joined by a mysterious Valkyrie. She aids him in his quest for a legendary sword that may give him a magical advantage in his battle against Lord Vulmax and his hordes. But standing between Rokkin and the sword is its bewitching guardian: the beautiful and deadly Medusa! On sale September 13 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Written by Chuck Dixon Art by Timothy Green II Covers by Jock Master of action Chuck Dixon (NIGHTWING, Punisher) puts the pedal to the metal as a new hero burns rubber down the mean streets of New York City! When someone is lost in Manhattan - and time is running out - there's only one person to call: Rush! Who is the man behind the wheel? How do the scars of his past guide his future? And what is his secret to rocketing through the world's most exciting city? In this action-packed first issue, Rush is called in to rescue a young diabetic girl who must be found...before death finds her first! And in issue #2, what is Rush desperately racing through - and under - the streets of New York City to find...and why is special guest Black Canary also on the hunt? Jump on board for an adrenaline rush of sonic screams, hot motorcycles and fishnet stockings!
SAM NOIR: SAMURAI DETECTIVE #1 story by ERIC A. ANDERSON & MANNY TREMBLEY art & cover by MANNY TREMBLEY 24pgs, B&W September 13 $2.99 'PAYBACK IS A NICHE' On the third floor of a cluttered low-rent office, Sam Noir met his destiny. Destiny wore a dress, and she was the best thing to walk into Sam's life…right up until they snuffed her out, that is. They nixed his betty, and now he's gonna nix them. Once he finds out who 'they' are.
Gifted photographer Charlotte Hemming has crash-landed on Mars . . . in the middle of a war! On a covert mission to discover the British government's activities on the red planet, Hemming, A.K.A. 'Catherine Prosper' of Ministry Intelligence, escaped the attack on her transport shuttle only by the ejection of her life pod. What is it about this battle that has consumed the lives of so many soldiers, and what does Prime Minister Spry have up his nasty little sleeve? As the last great battle in the War of the Worlds rages around her, and the Martians close in, she stumbles across the secret history of the planet . . . and an even greater revelation that could spell the extinction of all human life on Earth! • From the creative team that brough you the critically acclaimed Kingdom of the Wicked!
VIZ Media's monthly manga magazine, Shojo Beat, offers vast quantities of serialized shojo manga appearing in the United States for the first time. In addition to tons of beautiful artwork and compelling storylines from well-known manga creators, Shojo Beat offers quality editorial on Japanese trends, art, news, fashion, and culture, plus interviews, how-tos, and more! Shojo Beat is a hip, fun, informative read that will appeal to newbies and manga fans alike. Rating: T+
by Various Finally Mayor Southland's and Lara Lamar's wedding day arrives, bringing with it many familiar faces, a few old questions, and one shocking surprise that might put the kibosh on the entire affair. Also, the Soulsearchers' quest for a new office takes an unexpected turn in 'Jumping the Doomstick!'
SPIDER-GIRL PRESENTS FANTASTIC FIVE: IN SEARCH OF DOOM DIGEST Written by TOM DEFALCO Penciled by PAUL RYAN Cover by PAUL RYAN Meet the FF of the future and uncover their ominous past! The Torch, the Thing and the rest fight new versions of old foes in their effort to rebuild Marveldom's First Family! Guest-starring Spider-Girl and A-Next's Stinger! Collects FANTASTIC FIVE #1-5. 120 PGS./All Ages ...$7.99 ISBN: 0-7851-2132-3
A man struggles with a dilemma: to claim his rightful heritage and save the galaxy, he will have to turn his back on his only kin and abandon them to a dark fate. Elsewhere, a long-kept secret gnaws at a ruthless bounty hunter. Revealing it could mean certain death for him and his companions, but ignoring it just might drive him mad. An unpredictable third installment in the series that reveals the never-before-seen future of the Star Wars universe! A galaxy of intrigue and danger, romance and adventure awaits! • This is the future of Star Wars, the continuation of the story that started in the original trilogy, and none of it has been seen before.
story by RICK REMENDER art by ERIC NGUYEN, HARPER JATEN & JEROME OPENA cover by ERIC NGUYEN August 16 • 128 pg • FC • $14.99 There is a point in every journey where there seems to be no light - no hope. After finding her way to the human stronghold, Dead Western, Bethany Black discovers there is little hope that she will ever find a respite from hell on Earth. Collecting issues 5-9 of the critically acclaimed series written by RICK REMENDER (FEAR AGENT) with art by ERIC NGUYEN (Sandman), JEROME OPENA (FEAR AGENT) and HARPER JATEN (BLACK HEART BILLY).
Available at last - the long-lost episode, 'The Fall and Rise of Kingfish,' with bonus material and special features! Return to every hero's favorite watering hole, The Hideout Bar & Grill, and join Guardian, Night Ranger, Scout, Rusty the Bartender and the rest of the regulars as they defend First City from the marauding Shadow-Soldiers from Dimension Z. Happy hour turns sour as one of their own loses their life in the line of duty, and the group has to come to terms with the loss of a colleague. This re-mastered 'lost episode' includes never-before-seen specially enhanced scenes, interviews with the cast, outtake and blooper scenes, and additional bonus material. Written by Dan Taylor, with art by Chris Fason. *Retailers: See your order form for a special incentive
Written by Mike Kennedy Art and cover by Carlos Meglia Don't miss this softcover edition of the acclaimed hardcover written by Mike Kennedy (Star Wars: Underworld) and featuring distinctive visuals by Carlos Meglia (ACTION COMICS)! Welcome to Infinite City, where futuristic technology and magic co-exist. But can Superman defeat his doppleganger, the Warden, so that he and Lois Lane may return home?
by Golden, Sniegoski & Azaceta Nicholas Dane is running for his life. In this issue a shocking revelation: the men chasing him are somehow connected to the Vatican. Now only his ability to channel the dead is keeping him one step ahead of his shadowy pursuers.
by Jim Lawson In this, the final issue, Leo is left angry and confused after being exiled from his village by the Damiyo. Alone in the woods and confronted by a mysterious ninja, Leo learns that the Damiyo not only wants him dead… but there is much more to his swords than merely the weapons that they appear to be. Not to be missed!
THUNDERBOLTS #106 Written by FABIAN NICIEZA Pencils & Cover by TOM GRUMMETT The CIVIL WAR gave ZEMO a chance to amass a supervillain army -- and now he is ready to unleash that fighting force on the GRANDMASTER, who plans to release an energy force across the planet that will lead to victory in his cosmic game of good and evil. But in this fight, who is good and who is evil? When the dust settles and the Guardian Protocols are enacted, the T-Bolts will never be the same again! 32 PGS./Rated A ...$2.99
by Simon Furman Earth: 2006, and the fate of the planet is already sealed, its destiny decided... by the marauding mechanical beings known as Decepticons. In their way stand an embattled crew of seven hardy Autobot warriors, sworn to prevent the impending Armageddon at any cost, together with an unlikely trio of human misfits, pulled kicking and screaming into a hitherto hidden world of pain and hurt. The can of worms is open, the genie out of bottle... and nothing will ever be the same again! Before Escalation begins next month, see how it all started - the saga of the war-torn robots in disguise, the Transformers!
by Simon Furman IDW presents a series of one-shots, focusing on some of the best-loved (or loathed) characters from the Transformers Universe. The spotlight falls on Shockwave, as the coldly logical Decepticon undertakes a plan of devastating scope and that will send shockwaves through the entire saga, including the Stormbringer and Escalation series and beyond! Guest-starring... the Dinobots! By Simon Furman (The Transformers: Stormbringer) and Nick Roche (Transformers: Generations).
written by SCOTT KURTZ & AARON WILLIAMS art & cover by GIUSEPPE FERRARIO THE WEDDING IS OFF! Justin's been fired, the dresses and suits were burned to a crisp and the super-suit STILL won't come off. Out on the streets, Justin vows to win Bailey back, but how? What's FBI Agent McGee planning for this most un-happy couple? And can Justin finally get the suit to behave long enough to save the day?
ULTIMATE X-MEN #74 Written by ROBERT KIRKMAN Pencils & Cover by TOM RANEY 'MAGICAL' The X-Men learn once and for all the mystery behind the Magician-and they may not like what they find. The X-Mansion is the stage for the brawl to end them all, with an outcome you will never guess. Plus-hints as to the final fate of Jean Grey, leading up to our monumental 75th issue! Part 3 (of 3) 32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99
by Dan Parent 'Go for the Gold': Betty has decided to run in the Riverdale Marathon, and Mr. and Mrs. Lodge decide that's a good way for Veronica to get exercise, too. It seems the only way Veronica can cover any distance is if she's running to get a latte... or a bagel... or the latest fashions. 'Baker's Half Dozen': Veronica has finally baked a batch of cookies that didn't burn… but can she get them to Archie in time to prove it?
by Antony Johnston & Chris Mitten Tensions rise in the travelers' camp as food and water reserves start to dwindle. The crew takes refuge with a caravan, led by a man with past ties to Michael. Meanwhile, in Newbegin, the council plots a coup and Griss stumbles on a terrible secret that could change everything.
Written by Robbie Morrison Art by Talent Caldwell, Horacio Domingues, Andy Smith and Matt 'Batt' Banning Cover by Caldwell & Banning A stunning new volume collecting the exciting 9-issue miniseries chronicling the life and adventures of Charis Adrastrea as she becomes Nemesis - the only warrior who can strike fear and hatred into the hearts of Zealot and her Coda sisters!
WOLVERINE: ORIGINS #6 Written by DANIEL WAY Penciled by STEVE DILLON Cover by JOE QUESADA Beginning the second arc! 'SAVIOR' Part 1 (of 5) Completely shattered by the revelations of last issue, Logan must now ask himself some hard-almost impossible-questions, such as whether or not he can continue on his quest...or if he even should. Though he now remembers who he was, the more pressing questions becomes who-and what-is he now? Answering these questions will take the help of one of Logan's closest friends...and one of his deadliest enemies... OMEGA RED! 32 PGS./Parental Advisory ...$2.99



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