Wednesday, December 14, 2011


The Solicitations for this week.


AVENGERS 1959 #4 (OF 5)
Written & Art by Howard Claykin

From the beaches, shanty towns, and mean streets of Madripoor, to the elegant boulevards of Wakanda, Fury and the Avengers fight their way through a treacherous gauntlet to learn the truth behind ICON...and its hidden agenda. 32 PGS./Rated T+ 

Written by Jeph Loeb
Art by Ed McGuiness

CABLE IS BACK! AND HE'S GOT JUST 24 HOURS TO WIPE THE AVENGERS FROM THE PAGES OF HISTORY! o How has Cable been reborn? Where has he been since 'Second Coming'? And what dark event has driven him to destroy the Avengers? The answers are just the tip of an iceberg that threatens to smash the Marvel Universe to smithereens! o A crucial new series by the creators behind SUPERMAN/BATMAN and HULK, Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness o THE COUNTDOWN TO 2012's STATUS QUO-SHATTERING EPIC BEGINS HERE! 32 PGS./Rating T+ 

BATTLE SCARS #2 (of 6)
Written by Christopher Yost
Art by Carlo Pagulayan & Scot Eaton

Guest-starring Captain America! o Who is US Army Ranger Marcus Johnson, and why is he the most wanted man in the world? o SHIELD, Taskmaster, Captain America and more want him - dead or alive o The mystery deepens as the hunted becomes the hunter! 32 PGS./Rated T+

Written by David Liss
Art by Shawn Martinbourough & Francesco Francavilla

The war with the Kingpin heats up - with two issues hitting this month! Lady Bullseye and Typhoid Mary are out to kill T'Challa...time to call in Falcon and Luke Cage! The former King of Wakanda and the former Kingpin of crime wage in a deadly game, with the Panther's homeland as the prize! 32 PGS. (each)/Rated T+

CARNAGE U.S.A. #1 (of 4)
Written by Zeb Wells
Art by Clayton Crain

WELCOME TO CARNAGE U.S.A. - THE ULTIMATE RED STATE! Carnage's maniacal reign of terror continues, courtesy of the critically acclaimed creative team of Zeb Wells and Clayton Crain! Spider-Man and the Avengers must go on a brutal hunt to capture Cletus Kasaday before a small town in the American heartland falls under his mass-murdering spell! Buckle in and prepare for a violence packed adventure! Carnage U.S.A. wants YOU this December! 32 PGS./Rated A 

Written by Peter David
Art by Laurence Campbell

Roland's pursuit of the elusive Man in Black across the endless Mohaine desert becomes even more treacherous when he is attacked by a ravenous pack of desert dogs and vampiric dust devils when he is at his weakest! It's the start of a new chapter in the life of the last gunslinger of Gilead as he struggles to remain alive and achieve his destiny! Don't miss the wonders of: The Way Station! 32 PGS./Parental Advisory

Written by Rob Williams
Art by Stefano Caselli & Lee Garbett

GUEST-STARRING HAWKEYE! The Avenger Hawkeye has followed the trail of destruction and ruined souls the Ghost Rider has left in its burning wake. And he isn't the only one with his sights set on the Spirit of Vengeance. The wild hunt for the Rider begins here. 32 PGS./Parental Advisory 

Written by Nick Spencer
Art by Ariel Olivetti & Salvador Larocca

Written by NICK SPENCER & JOSHUA HALE FIALKOV Art by Ariel Olivetti Cover by SALVADOR LARROCA War Machine flies into his final battle against the most dangerous villain he's ever faced! Palmer Addley has beaten Rhodey at every turn - even with his upgrades, will Rhodey finally outsmart and outfight the master terrorist when the fate of the world hangs in the balance? 32 PGS./Rated T+ 

Written by Peter David
Art by Mico Suyuan & Luke Ross

The thrilling prequel to the Disney adaptation of John Carter World of Mars continues! Taken prisoner in an underground city controlled by the Warhoon, Dejah Thoris, the Princess of Mars, is forced into an arena to fight for her life! And the only person who can possibly save her is a man who is her sworn enemy. 32 PGS./Rated T+ 

Written by Kieron Gillen
Art by Stephanie Hans & Mitch Breitweister

The stage is set for a deadly new year. o The most unpopular boy in Asgard receives a certain four-pawed fire-breathing present. What will Loki do with this most unwelcome gift? o Guest-starring Volstagg! 32 PGS./Rated T+ 

MAGNETO: NOT A HERO # 2 (of 4)
Written by Skottie Young
Art by Clay Mann

Fresh of the murder of a mutant-hate group, Magneto forms a new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and the membership will shock you. 32 PGS./Parental Advisory 

Written & Art by Various

Four new holiday adventures featuring your favorite Marvel super heroes! o Wolverine finally learns the Canadian art of ice hockey. o Written and illustrated by some of Marvel's hottest talent! o Collecting MARVEL DIGITAL HOLIDAY SPECIAL 2011 #1-4 from Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited. 40 PGS./One-Shot/Rated T+

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Michael Deodato

Get ready for some old-school Avengers blockbuster action! It's the New Avengers versus the new Dark Avengers! And wait until you find out who is behind the masks!! Actually, wait until the Avengers find out who is behind the masks! 32 PGS./Rating T+ 

Written by Nancy Hajeski
Art by Julian Totino Tedesco

Catherine Morland has not exactly taken Bath by storm, but she HAS acquired two suitors-John, boorish and sporting mad, and Henry, a charming young clergyman. Catherine favors Henry, but her brother and her best friend both urge her toward John. Will she listen to her heart or let peer pressure dash her chance of finding true love? 32 PGS./All Ages

S.H.I.E.L.D. # 5 (of 6)
Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Dustin Weaver

The Immortal City has been destroyed and Issac Newton is on the lam. Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Nostradamus and the Eternal Dynamo need to make an impossible journey to stop him. 32 PGS./Rated T+ 

Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art by Tomm Coker & Mike Perkins

The penultimate issue of the epic series! The last stand has happened, True Believers, but what of Stu Redman? Alone, leg broken, lost in the desert, sickness spreading through his body, can he possibly survive the wilderness and make it back to Boulder and his beloved Frannie? For Stu, the end truly is only the beginning, and the hardest part of his journey lies ahead. And don't forget, there is one other wanderer in the desert, who could mean the difference between life and death, if only they were to find each other... 32 PGS./Parental Advisory 

Written by Keith Giffen & J.M. DeMatteis
Art by Carlo Pagulayan & Wellington Alves

The Hulk joins the circus! But why? And only Captain America can save Dr. Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme! But how? Circus smashing and demon demolishing abound in these two super stories! 32 PGS./All Ages 

Written by Nick Spencer
Art by Paco Diaz

Stryker's back in a bad way! o Our heroes must assemble to put an end to Stryker's evil plan! o Is there a traitor amidst the new X-Men? 32 PGS./Rated T+ 

Written by Rick Remender
Art by Esad Ribic & Jerome Opena

Dark Angel Saga FINALE
Rick Remender (Venom, Fear Agent), Jerome Opeña (Punisher, Fear Agent) and Dean White (Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man) bring you a tale of devastation, bravery, and salvation. 32 PGS./Parental Advisory 

Written by Charlie Hudson
Art by Juan Jose Ryp & Bryan Hitch

Written by CHARLIE HUSTON Penciled by JUAN JOSE RYP Cover by BRYAN HITCH At last, Logan comes face-to-face with Contagion, the man?who has put him through Hell too many times to count. And?Contagion is about to find out that even after you dissect,?dismember, mutilate and eviscerate the Wolverine, he's still the best there is at what he does. Don't miss this skin-flaying final chapter of Huston's opening arc! 32 PGS./Rated T+


Written by Mike Mignola & Christopher Golden
Art by Ben Stenbeck & Dave Stewart

Baltimore makes a final stand against the evil warlock and his clan of undead nuns in order to save the town, rescue the innocents, and finally come face to face with his mortal enemy!=
* Mike Mignola's covers earned a 2011 Eisner Award!

Written by Andrew Chamberliss
Art by Georges Jeanty, Dexter Vines & Michelle Madsen

As Xander, Dawn, and Willow retreat into their own complicated lives, Buffy finds herself drawn more closely to her new friend Severin, a mysterious crime fighter in his own right, and a snappy dresser to boot. Together they take on a new kind of vampire threat while Buffy's not-in-the-know roomies start snooping through her unslept-in bedroom. Now what could they possibly find?

KULL: THE CAT & THE SKULL # 3 (of 4)
Written by David Lapham
Art by Gabriel Guzman & Dan Jackson

There is only one place in Valusia that even the bravest men dare not disturb--the Forbidden Lake. Thousands of years before Kull, men sought to conquer the people of the lake, and were turned back by magic and the creatures spawned in those dark waters. When Saremes the cat informs Kull that his closest ally Brule has gone to the lake, the mighty king sets out, sword in hand, to rescue his friend from whatever monsters lie dormant in those mysterious waters!

OCCULTIST # 2 (of 3)
Written by Tim Seeley
Art by Victor Drujiniu & Andrew Dalhouse

With spell-crazed hit mages and the malevolent serpentine demon known as the Swordbreaker hot on his tail, it's a steep learning curve for the Occultist, who must master the powerful magic of the Sword--or suffer at the hands of numerous sorcerous enemies. But is our hero wielding this enigmatic weapon, or is it the one in control?

* Written by Hack/Slash's Tim Seeley!

Written by Tom Morello
Art by Scott Hepburn & Dan Jackson

Orchid, Simon, and Yehzu meet a mysterious, forest-dwelling woman named Opal and hear the tale of General China's defeat at the hands of Tomo Wolfe. As Orchid struggles to find an outlet for her anger, Simon pleads for help from this experienced woman, whom he sees as a new and knowledgeable ally. Is this the turning point in the efforts of the uprising? Or another setback for a hopeless cause?

* A violent, revolutionary fantasy by Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine)!

Written by PC Cast, Kristin Cast & Kevin Dalian
Art by Joeumelle Jones, Josh Covey, Ryan Hill & Jenny Frison

Struggling to understand her connection to the vampyre goddess Nyx and her elemental affinities, Zoey Redbird's got her hands full at the House of Night. Add needing a plan to revamp the student group known as the Dark Daughters, and this third-former vampyre's in need of a hand. Turning to her friends, Zoey hopes to gain clarity in her quest to understand where she fits into the modern world of vampyrism.

* P. C. Cast brings her best-selling novels to comics for brand-new stories!

Written by John Ostrander & Stephane Roux
Art by Juilen Hugonnard-Bert

The name's Cross. Jahan Cross. Move over, James Bond; there's a new secret agent in the galaxy, and he has the weight of the Empire behind him!

Cross's mission takes him and his assistant IN-GA 44 to the affluent Corporate Sector. There, on the trail of stolen droid technology, they will rub elbows with diplomats and desperadoes, captains of industry and sergeants of the local police--and rub most of them the wrong way!

* A view of the Star Wars galaxy from inside the Empire!

STRAIN #1 (of 11)
Written by David Lapham, Guillero de Toro & Chuck Hogan
Art by Mike Huddleson & Dan Jackson

When a Boeing 777 lands at JFK International Airport and goes dark on the runway, the Center for Disease Control, fearing a terrorist attack, calls in Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and his team of expert biological-threat first responders. Only an elderly pawnbroker from Spanish Harlem suspects a darker purpose behind the event-an ancient threat intent on covering mankind in darkness.

* From director Guillermo del Toro and novelist Chuck Hogan (Prince of Thieves)!

* Adapted for comics by Eisner Award-winning writer David Lapham!


Written by Andy Hartnell
Art by Chris Bolson

The adventure in South Africa heats up as Secret Agent Zero arrives to aid Abbey and Ash in their pursuit of the stolen Necronomicon. But when Zero crosses paths with an old adversary from the former Hammer Empire, will his thirst for revenge put Abbey in the middle of the crossfire? Find out as the year's most dangerous crossover event continues!

Written by Jai Nitz
Art by Johnny D.

Someone in the Silver Star's inner circle has been kidnapped! Morgan Miller, the Silver Star, homo-geneticus, travels to a remote island off the coast of North Korea to attempt a daring rescue. Morgan gets more than he bargained for when he finds an island full of Animus-Geneticus! Can Silver Star defeat an entire island of his animal cousins? See the story of Jack Kirby's last great creation unfold by Jai Nitz and Johnny D. 

Written by Patrick Trautman
Art by Patrick Berkenkotter

The seat of power of the mighty nation of Koth - mourns the passing of its aged King, and Red Sonja wants nothing more than to put the kingdom behind her.

Embroiled in palace intrigues, assassination and ancient magicks, it's almost too much for a pay-soldier to take. But now, a new ruler ascends to the throne, and his rise to power could spell war for all the Hyborian kingdoms.

And in the chaos, old enemies are bent on settling bloody scores with the She-Devil with a Sword. . .

EXTRA SIZED ANNIVERSARY ISSUE featuring 28 pages or original story as well as reprints of Sonja's early adventures! 

WAREHOUSE 13 #3 (of 5)
Written by Marque Franklin-Williams & John-Paul Nickel
Art by Ben Morse

When a series of strange murders in Japan pings the Warehouse team's radar, Pete, Myka and Claudia journey to the Land of the Rising Sun to investigate. What they discover is a masked assassin who's using an artifact to cut a swath of terror through the Japanese criminal underworld. In order to snag, bag and tag this deadly weapon, our heroes will have to protect the head of the Yakuza from becoming the killer's next victim. Little do they realize the assassin is closer than they think! Written by WAREHOUSE 13's Marque Franklin-Williams & John-Paul Nickel. 

Written by Arvid Nelson
Art by Stephen Sadowski

John Carter returns to Mars to be with his beloved princess and the son he has never know - at least, that was his plan. He arrives on the Red Planet in a forest of horrors, a place he's never seen before. Fortunately, an old friend joins him soon enough. Before Carter can look for answers about where he is, he's going to have to do what he does best - kick a little ass. Well, more than a little! Warlord of Mars #13: A Forest Battle is the thrilling first installment of the Gods of Mars story arc, believed by some, including the writer of this very blurb, to be the finest of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Mars novels. You don't want to miss it! 

Written by Matt Wagner
Art by Esteve Polls

Zorro's true enemy reveals himself! Who is scary enough to try to take down Zorro, The Fox? The one and only Matt Wagner (MAGE, GRENDEL) is nearing the conclusion to his epic story of Zorro! Find out as Zorro Rides Again in issue #6! 


Written by Charles Soule
Art by W. Scott Forbes

The second chapter of the 27 saga comes to a close with a stunning confrontation between Garland and one-hit-wonder-witch, Valerie Hayes. It's a talent competition with the entire world as the audience, judged by none other than the God of Fame. The loser loses it all, and the winner takesÖ everything! 

Written by Mark Kidwell
Art by Nate Van Dyke

Vietnam, 1968: Behind enemy lines, a soldier stands alone. A one-man army...armored against the risen, hungry dead under burlap, bamboo and Army green. Armored against the living with a Bowie knife and a mobile arsenal. If you got left behindÖhe'll find you. If you're the'll never see him coming. If you're a zombie...he'll kill you again.

Sometimes, to slay monsters you have to become one yourself. Jungle Jim is a stand-alone one-shot comic story set in the grim world of '68. Meshing smoothly with the ongoing military horror series, Jungle Jim is a savage new slant on the Vietnam/Zombie apocalypse.

Written & Art by Viktor Kalvachev

'STATE OF SHOCK' Secrets aren't the only things laid bare in the aftermath of a shocking reversal of fortune, while ticking time bombs of suspicion and paranoia threaten to blow a dangerous alliance to smithereens. Love is unspoken and promises are made to be broken in episode eight of the fast, funny 100% cool smash hit series. (But wait! There's moreÖat!) 

Written by Colin Johnson & Edward Wang
Art by Ken Chou

Trapped in the legendary sunken Tomb of Cang Hai Wang, Sean closes in on a terrible secret regarding his family's past. Nothing can prepare him for the truth, or the horrors that wait for him within shadows of the murky deep.

Written & Various by Various

A fan favorite holiday character returns! When Jing again breaks her parents rules, she is forced to spend Christmas Eve GROUNDED. But when Santa is also caught in a lie, he has to share the same punishment! Neither father nor daughter can leave the North Pole until they apologize, and with the contentious Kringles not speaking to each other, Christmas is doomed! 

Written by Ron Marz
Art by Nelson Blake II & Marquez

Patience and Kristof's quest to recover a piece of the One True Cross takes a deadly turn in Mexico. Will Patience be able to recover the familial relic or will this mission make her just another statistic in a long line of Magdalenas? Another issue of world-spanning, high octane adventure from the fan favorite team of RON MARZ (ARTIFACTS, WITCHBLADE), NELSON BLAKE II (PILOT SEASON: MURDERER) and DAVID MARQUEZ (Secret Warriors, Days Missing)! 

MEMIOR #5 (of 6)
Written by Ben McCool
Art by Nikki Cook & Will Sliney

BIRTH With the strange goings-on coming to a head in Lowesville, Trent makes a shocking discovery in the secret room below the town's library.

And with the truth being slowly revealed, the journalist's personal objective changes in a big way. . . And a visit to the 'haunted' forest shakes things up ever further!

Written by Nathan Crosby
Art by Breno Tamura

SIXTEEN' Kill...or your best friends will murder you. What do you do? The stunning end of the first arc of PIGS by NATE COSBY (Jim Henson's Storyteller), BEN McCOOL (MEMOIR, CHOKER) & BRENO TAMURA. 

Written by Owen Wiseman
Art by Nam Kim

It all comes down to this moment... Three teenagers, the last survivors of a brutal betrayal on their clan, face an army with only the support of the Edo Ghost. All willing to die to enact their revenge. It looks like it may come to that. 

SEVERED #5 (of 7)
Written by Scott Synder
Art by Attila Futaki

The Road Beckons' In 1916, a boy runs away from home in search of his father. But along the way he meets a salesman with sharp teeth and a hunger for flesh. SCOTT SNYDER (American Vampire, Batman, Swamp Thing), SCOTT TUFT and ATTILA FUTAKI (Percy Jackson) are back with 2011's most terrifying horror series. SEVERED.

Written by Robert Kirkman
Art by Charlie Adlard

Get ready for some action.

Written by Robert Kirkman
Art by Charlie Adlard

All alone now.

Written by Ron Marz
Art by Stjepan Sejic


WITCHBLADE reaches its landmark one hundred-fiftieth issue!

The series reaches another landmark as long time writer RON MARZ and artist STJEPAN SEJIC put a final stamp on the series they helped define for the modern reader with their final issue. 


Written by Tom Waltz
Art by Kenneth Loh

Based on Capcom's mega-popular zombie survival game! As Frank West and Rebecca Chang meet to form their conspiratorial alliance, the mysterious Pheonotrans director Marian Mellon and her fearsome head of security, Harjit Singh, initiate a gruesomely deadly plan against Las Vegas! More gory Dead Rising secrets revealed in this issue, written by Tom Waltz (Silent Hill: Past Life) and illustrated by Kenneth Loh (Killing Machine). 

Written by Tony Lee
Art by Paul Grist

A special, silent Christmas story that reunites writer Tony Lee with The Time Machination's Paul Grist! When robots attack Santa in order to destroy Christmas, it's up to the Doctor to save the day! But when one of Santa's reindeer is injured, can the TARDIS manage to get to everyone's house over Christmas Eve? 

Written by Johnathan Vankin
Art by Chris Scalf

The spotlights on Godzilla's greatest foes and allies continue! This issue focuses on the master of the skies- the mighty Rodan! When Rodan's egg is stolen and kept at military research facility, the winged beast is tireless in its attempts to retrieve it. However, the human intrigue and betrayal inside the facility will ultimately hold the key to whether Rodan and child will be reunited again!

Written by Benjamin Truman
Art by Timothy Truman

The Trumans continue to redefine the western horror genre! A gruesome desert encounter with two Ring agents sets Hawken on the next step of his quest for vengeance. To end the old man's killing spree, the shadowy order enlists Sombre-the psychotic murderer who was once Kitchell Hawken's protégé! 

Written by Joe Hill
Art by Gabriel Rodriguez

Chapter Three o 'The Keepers of the Keys' - With the Timeshift Key in their hands, the past is an open book to the Locke children. It's time for answers; it's time for the truth. And now that Dodge knows where Tyler has been hiding the key to the black door, time is running out... 

Written by Chuck Dixon
Art by Robert Atkins

Pinned down by Cobra forces and desperate to find a cure to a deadly virus, Snake Eyes and Duke must find a way to stave off the massive attack forces long enough to get to the Ray-Pharm labs. Duke, close to madness and death, resorts to dangerous measures in order to survive. Can Snake Eyes help save his fellow Joe in time? Or will the Cobra Civil War claim another casualty in the heat of battle? 

Written by Chris Roberson
Art by Phil Jimenez & Jeffery Moy

Captain Kirk and the crew of the Starship: Enterprise have come face to face with Cosmic Boy and the other members of the Legion of Super-Heroes, and each team assumes that the other is responsible for the change in the timeline that landed them in this strange world. But will they find common ground in time to defend themselves from an attack by an elite group of imperial enforcers, some of whom are VERY familiar to the two teams?


7 WARRIORS # 2 (of 3)
Written by Michael Le Galli
Art by Francis Manpul

From the fan-favorite artist of The Flash and Adventure Comics comes 7 beautiful women, 7 Warriors! In 6th century Libya, the capitol of an ancient nation is surrounded by the Persian and Byzantine armies. Seven are chosen to save the heir to the kingdom. The exquisitely rendered tale in the vein of 300 marches on, written by Michaël Le Galli and drawn by Francis Manapul. 

Written by Mark Waid
Art by Peter Krause

The first issue of the smash-hit Eisner and Harvey Award nominee that took the world by storm is now available in a brand new deluxe artist edition! Experience the apocalyptic superhero epic like never before with the original line art and a whole slew of extras that will have you falling in love with Irredeemable all over again. With this must-have collector's item, you'll know why Publishers Weekly says 'Mark Waid is Unstoppable!

Written by Herik Hanna
Art by Trevor Hairsine

X-Men: Deadly Genesis and Wisdom artist Trevor Hairsine brings you WWII action like you've never seen before! It's 1936. A German intelligence officer is tortured by his superiors. They want to know why he has turned against them. Imprisoned, he gives up nothing as he seemingly waits for death - or the right time to strike!

Written & Art by Roger Langridge

Harvey Award winner Roger Langridge continues his all new side-splitting adventure that can only be explained as Snarked! Journey with Langridge as he pulls the carpet out from under such Lewis Carroll classics as 'The Walrus and The Carpenter,' 'Through the Looking Glass,' and 'The Hunting of the Snark,' creating a brand new world of humorous grandeur. Princess Scarlett, baby Rusty, and the Walrus and the Carpenter must find a crew to help take their quest to the sea - and who better than those of the Snarkhunter?


Written by Garth Ennis
Art by Mike Wolfer

Garth Ennis continues the epic story begun in his film, Stitched! Deep behind enemy lines in war-torn Afghanistan, the surviving crew members of a downed American Blackhawk helicopter faced certain death until the arrival of the three British SAS soldiers who the chopper crew was to extract from unfriendly territory. Death could find them in a dozen different ways, but it's not enemy fire, dehydration or exposure to the elements which the refuge-seeking group fears most- It's the 'Stitches,' the fearsome, corpse-like dead men who hunt the desert wastes, ripping apart both Taliban fighters and coalition forces alike. With precious little water and limited ammo, the six embark on a flight for survival across a desert littered with the corpses of the mutilated and enforced by the supernaturally-animated 'Stitches.' This new on-going series is certain to appeal to Ennis' legions of fans as it pushes the envelope of horror beyond the boundaries of sanity and into fresh nightmares. Stitched #2 is available with a Regular cover, Wraparound cover, and Gore cover by series artist Mike Wolfer, and a special Stitched Movie Photo cover retailer incentive cover. 


Written by Scott Synder
Art by Jordi Bernet & Rafael Albuquerque

In the finale of the 3-part 'The Beast in the Cave,' the beast is finally unleashed! Plus: James Book and Skinner Sweet's friendship is severed; setting in motion the events that would change their lives forever. Featuring amazing art by the legendary Jordi Bernet (Torpedo)!

Written by Gail Simone
Art by Ardian Syf

Batgirl's secret past finally catches up to her as she races to a final confrontation with the deadly sociopath Mirror! All the answers start right here in this thrilling issue! 

Written by Peter Tomasi
Art by Patrick Gleason  & Mick Gray

Batman and Robin are at the mercy of NoBody as he forces them to embrace a new way to battle crime and injustice. But Batman has other ideas! Plus: Don't miss the origin of NoBody! 

Written & Art by J.H. Williams

Blood drenches the back alleys of Gotham City in Part four of 'Hydrology' - and Batwoman's life begins to burn! 

Written by Marv Wolfman
Art by Howard Porter

With Brainiac's final play revealed, the Justice League - minus Superman - must find a way to stop this final threat to Earth. Can the newly empowered civilians from The Daily Planet building help? Where will Earth turn in this dark hour?

Written by Kyle Higgins
Art by Joe Bennet

Deathstroke incarcerated! As the world's fiercest mercenary is shipped off to a metahuman prison, Slade uncovers a new wrinkle in his quest to root out the forces working to manipulate him - and the Blackhawks may be a part of it! Also, what exactly is in the briefcase? The answer will shock you! 

Written by Paul Cornell
Art by Mike Choi

It wasn't a coincidence that the Shining Knight found herself in Little Spring as the Horde massed at the village gates. She's on a quest, and has been all her long life - whether she's known it or not! Now, a powerful vision will reveal to her the true stakes of the battle for Little Spring and pull back the curtain on one of the biggest secrets in the DC Universe! Don't miss 'Merlin Watches The Storm,' featuring guest art by the sensational Mike Choi (X-Force)! And yes, 'storm' is a hint. 

Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Albert Ponticelli

'Monster Planet' comes to its world-shattering conclusion as Frankenstein and Nina take on the massive Sea Monster, while Lady Frankenstein and the rest of the Creature Commandos go head to head with the colossal Ogre Titan. Plus: Don't miss the debut of the G.I. Robot Squadron and the new War Wheel!

Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Doug Manke

They've pillaged and enslaved his homeworld. Now the fear-mongering Sinestro Corps must face newly reinstated Green Lantern Sinestro. Can the renegade GL liberate Korugar from the army he assembled? 

Written by Nathan Edmondson
Art by Scott Clark

Seattle is known for coffee, clouds, and Q-Core. Grifter's struggle has led him to the headquarters of a hero, but not without a few surprises along the way. Just when the gun-wielding con man thinks he's gotten the upper hand in his situation, he realizes he's put himself in the center of the bull's-eye! Guest-starring Green Arrow! 

Written by Fabian Nicieza
Art by Pete Woods

How far is Timber Wolf willing to go to rescue a teammate? Find out as the Lost search for the bio-terrorist who unleashed a deadly future virus. But how long before the military and the new heroes of the DC Universe decide to get involved? 

Written by Eric Wallace
Art by Wayne Faucher

An alien S.O.S. draws Mister Terrific into the ninth dimension. But what begins as scientific exploration quickly turns deadly when he is taken prisoner by the villainous Kryl. Now the world's third-smartest man must engineer an extraterrestrial jailbreak! Easy, right? But even if he succeeds, how can Mister Terrific escape the inner demons that haunt him? 

Written by  Scot Kollins
Art by Aaron Lopresti

From a giant snake smashing through Zanzibar - and through Robotman - and an ancient reptile stalking the alleyways of Gotham City, to the endless plague of titans attracted to Tanga on a faraway planet, our heroes are put to the test as they face off against their demons! 

THE RAY #1 (of 4)
Written by Justin Gray
Art by Jamal Igle

Get ready for a brand new Ray! Lucien Gates's life is changed forever when he is struck by a mysterious beam of energy that turns him into a glowing gladiator - and being a human ray of light comes in handy when his city is suddenly under attack from giant, building-sized monsters. Unfortunately, light powers are less than handy in keeping his girlfriend happy. 

Written by Dan Abnett
Art by Fernado Dagnino

Who is the Transhuman? And why is he risking his life for the Resurrection Man? And even with his help, will our hero be able to fend off the bounty-hunting Body Doubles and the forces of both Heaven and Hell? 

THE SHADE # 3 (of 12)
Written by James Robinson
Art by Tony Harris & Cully Hamner

The Shade must take a trip 'Down Under' to find the answers he seeks about his past! In Sydney, he encounters an old ally named Diablo Blacksmith. But deep in the heart of the Outback lies a monstrous foe, one that The Shade must face completely on his own, and one that knows all of The Shade's weaknesses.

Written by Adam Glass
Art by Federico Dallocchio

The body count rises! Another Squad member falls - but not the way you might expect! Betrayal follows betrayal as Captain Boomerang joins the Squad in a smash-and-grab against the terrorist organization Kobra, and Harley Quinn shows why you should never, ever recruit Squad members from Arkham Asylum. Brace yourself for a last-page shocker the likes of which the Squad has never faced before!

Written by Scott Lobdell
Art by R.B. Silva

Superboy has learned the truth about what he really isÖand he's not taking it well. Alone in New York and surrounded by holiday cheer, it's a struggle to keep his emotions and his powers in checkÖand he's on a crash course with a dangerous pair of murderous young metahumans who are more like him than he might want to admit! 

Written by Mike Carey
Art by Peter Gross

Tom's battle against the cabal continues, with Glitterspar as the ultimate sanction. But Tom discovers that letting storybook magic into your world is playing with fire - and ice.

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