DC/Vertigo Solicit Overviews: October 2012

We see what lies in store in the second year of the New 52, and it’s not pretty. And it doesn’t look all that fun to read either.

JUSTICE LEAGUE #13
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by TONY S. DANIEL and RICHARD FRIEND
Backup story art by GARY FRANK
Variant cover by CAMERON STEWART
1:100 B&W Variant cover by TONY S. DANIEL
On sale OCTOBER 17 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for more information.
• GEOFF JOHNS is joined by TONY DANIEL for a two-part chapter in the Justice League saga marching toward TRINITY WAR.
• JUSTICE LEAGUE #12 will have the world debating its shocking conclusion – and where it will lead from here!
• The League takes on a villain destined to be one of the greatest threats to the DC Universe in the year ahead – the mysterious Cheetah! But who is she? What is her connection to Wonder Woman? And how will this fundamentally change the relationships within the team?
• Plus: The next chapter of the SHAZAM! backup epic by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank!

This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

The more I think about it, the more I realize this is basically the book that defines the New 52 so far, a cool new opportunity thoroughly squandered by people who really should know better, but really don’t.

AQUAMAN #13
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
1:25 B&W Variant cover by IVAN REIS
On sale OCTOBER 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. The variant cover will feature the standard edition cover in a wraparound format.
• The finale of “The Others.”
• Aquaman pushed to the breaking point!
• Who is Black Manta working for?

A: The Others is still a stupid name for a team.

B: I don’t get the appeal of Ivan Reis’ art. It just feels really generic to me.

WONDER WOMAN #13
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art by TONY AKINS and DAN GREEN
Cover by CLIFF CHIANG
1:25 B&W Variant cover by CLIFF CHIANG
On sale OCTOBER 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. The variant cover will feature the standard edition cover in a wraparound format.
• A terrible betrayal forces Wonder Woman to make a deal with the gods who want her dead!
• Ares, god of war, takes a sudden interest in the Amazing Amazon!

Regarding the whole “new opportunity thouroughly squandered by people who should know better” thing: there are exceptions. Glorious exceptions.

GREEN ARROW #13
Written by ANN NOCENTI
Art by FREDDIE E. WILLIAMS II and ROB HUNTER
Cover by AARON LOPRESTI
On sale OCTOBER 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• Green Arrow in China battling zombie warriors!
• Side by side with the Chinese kung fu genius extraordinaire, Suzie Ming!
• Ollie comes home to find trouble in the sky over Seattle – trouble that will lead to the “HAWKMAN: WANTED” storyline starting next month in GREEN ARROW and THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN!

THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN #13
Plotted by ROB LIEFELD
Scripted by ROB LIEFELD and MARK POULTON
Art and cover by JOE BENNETT and ART THIBERT
On sale OCTOBER 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• “HAWKMAN: WANTED” begins here!
• The secrets of Hawkman’s past are coming to claim him in an adventure that will span the entire DC Universe before its shocking conclusion!
• Continues next month in both THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN and GREEN ARROW!

DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #13
Written by MARC ANDREYKO
Art by ROBSON ROCHA
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale OCTOBER 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• The New 52 debut of not one, but TWO heroes – Black Lightning and Blue Devil!
• Fan-favorite writer Marc Andreyko kicks off our strangest team up yet with a stunning mystery!
• Can these two VERY different heroes keep it together without killing each other long enough to unlock a new corner of the DC Universe?

THE FURY OF FIRESTORM, THE NUCLEAR MEN #13
Written by DAN JURGENS
Art by DAN JURGENS and RAY McCARTHY
Cover by DAN JURGENS and NORM RAPMUND
On sale OCTOBER 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• Ronnie and Jason not only not only have to deal with a new twist to the Firestorm powers, but they also must face off against the murderous DataXen!
• New series writer/penciller Dan Jurgens blasts Firestorm in a whole new direction beginning this issue!

THE FLASH #13
Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL and BRIAN BUCCELLATO
Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
1:25 B&W Variant cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
On sale OCTOBER 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. The variant cover will feature the standard edition cover in a wraparound format.
• “GORILLA WARFARE” starts here!
• Gorilla Grodd’s army attacks Central City, and The Flash is forced to team up with the Rogues!?

While I’m sure Gorilla Warfare has been the title of a Gorilla Grodd story in the past, it’s still a really dumb pun in the best way.

 

EARTH 2 #5
Written by JAMES ROBINSON
Art by NICOLA SCOTT and TREVOR SCOTT
Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
1:25 B&W Variant cover by IVAN REIS
On sale OCTOBER 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. The variant cover will feature the standard edition cover in a wraparound format.
• It’s the final showdown with GRUNDY!
• The Green Lantern, Hawkgirl and The Flash take on Grundy and the military’s hero, The Atom!
• The Green Lantern makes a choice that will change the course of Earth 2 forever!

WORLDS’ FINEST #5
Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Art by GEORGE PEREZ, JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ and JERRY ORDWAY
Cover by JERRY ORDWAY
1:25 B&W Variant cover by JERRY ORDWAY
On sale OCTOBER 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. The variant cover will feature the standard edition cover in a wraparound format.
• Power Girl and Huntress attempt to get back home to Earth 2 – but is the Boom Tube just a one-way trip?
• The secrets of Power Girl’s abilities revealed.
• Featuring artwork by the legendary Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez and Jerry Ordway!

ACTION COMICS #13
Written by GRANT MORRISON
Backup story written by SHOLLY FISCH
Art by TRAVEL FOREMAN
Backup story art by BRAD WALKER
Cover by BRYAN HITCH
Variant cover by RAGS MORALES
1:100 B&W cover by BRYAN HITCH
On sale OCTOBER 3 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for more information.
• You won’t want to miss the return of Krypto!
• Superman must face down a threat from the Phantom Zone – with the help of The Phantom Stranger!
• Grant Morrison makes a major change in ACTION COMICS in this special issue featuring art by Travel Foreman!
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

What is with Superman’s eyes there?

ACTION COMICS ANNUAL #1
Written by SHOLLY FISCH
Backup story written by MAX LANDIS
Art and cover by CULLY HAMNER
Backup story art by RYAN SOOK
On sale OCTOBER 31 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
• The secrets of the “missing five years” between when Clark Kent came to Metropolis and the present day continue to be revealed!
• In the wake of Brainiac’s attack on Metropolis, Superman faces his first Earth-born villain: the Kryptonite Man!
• Plus: A special backup story by the screenwriter of Chronicle, Max Landis!

Kryptonite Man has one sweet stache.

SUPERMAN #13

Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
Art and cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
1:25 B&W Variant cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
On sale OCTOBER 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. The variant cover will feature the standard edition cover in a wraparound format.
• It’s a deathrap for Superman as he matches wits with his greatest enemy for the final time as The Man of Steel loses it!

SUPERGIRL #13
Written by MICHAEL GREEN and MIKE JOHNSON
Art and cover by SAMI BASRI
On sale OCTOBER 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• Supergirl in all-out battle with a new, deadly version of an old foe: Tycho!
• Check out Kara’s very own Fortress of Solitude!

This is one weird redesign of Psimon.

SUPERBOY #13
Written by TOM DeFALCO
Art and cover by R.B. SILVA and ROB LEAN
On sale OCTOBER 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• Superboy’s attempts to lead a normal life are interrupted by the reappearance of the mysterious Jocelyn Lure!
• Superboy’s search for Caitlin and the Ravagers leads to his guest appearance in THE RAVAGERS #5 this month.

TALON #1
Written by SCOTT SNYDER and JAMES TYNION IV
Art and cover by GUILLEM MARCH
1:25 Variant cover by TREVOR McCARTHY
1:200 B&W Variant cover by GUILLEM MARCH
On sale OCTOBER 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for more information.
• A new series spinning out of “Night of the Owls”!
• After many years on the run, Calvin Rose returns to Gotham City to investigate the fallout from “Night of the Owls”!
• Can the Court of Owls finally be defeated? Could Calvin have the one thing he’s been seeking his entire life: his freedom?

I love the pinstripes going up behind the Owls.

BATMAN, INCORPORATED #5
Written by GRANT MORRISON
Art and cover by CHRIS BURNHAM
Variant cover by FRAZER IRVING
1:00 B&W Variant cover by CHRIS BURNHAM
On sale OCTOBER 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $3.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for more information.
• Return to the future world seen in BATMAN #666, where Damian has taken over the mantle of the Bat!
• The whole world has gone mad. The only sane people left are in Arkham Asylum – where Batman is the warden!
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

If that oval in the gate is what I think it is, I can’t wait to see the version of the cover with copy.

BATMAN #13
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Backup story written by SCOTT SNYDER and JAMES TYNION IV
Art by GREG CAPULLO and JONATHAN GLAPION
Backup story art by ANDY CLARKE
Cover by GREG CAPULLO
Variant cover by AARON KUDER
1:100 B&W Variant cover by GREG CAPULLO
On sale OCTOBER 10 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for more information.
• The Joker returns in “DEATH OF THE FAMILY”!
• He crippled Batgirl. He killed Robin. What will The Joker do now that he’s returned to Gotham City?
• What must Batman do to protect his secret identity and that of those who fight alongside him?
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

It’s great that Snyder is picking up from Tony Daniel’s Detective Comics stuff, as he’s not Tony Daniel and neither is Greg Capullo, thank God, but did we really need that title? Also, maybe we don’t need to see so much of the Joker. Maybe it makes his appearances that much more effective if he’s not a regular presence.

DETECTIVE COMICS #13
Written by JOHN LAYMAN
Art and cover by JASON FABOK
Backup story art by SZYMON KUDRANSKI
1:25 B&W Variant cover by JASON FABOK
On sale OCTOBER 3 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. The variant cover will feature the standard edition cover in a wraparound format.
• All kneel before Emperor Penguin!
• There’s a hit out on Bruce Wayne!
• This new story from writer John Layman (Chew) gueststars Nightwing!
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

John Layman is really, really great, and I hope he and Jason Fabok turn Detective Comics into something actually deserving of the name.

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #13
Written by GREGG HURWITZ
Art and cover by DAVID FINCH
1:25 Variant cover by DAVID FINCH
On sale OCTOBER 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. The variant cover will feature the standard edition cover in a wraparound format.
• Batman is pushed to his limits as he faces a fear toxin unlike any he has ever encountered!
• What is Batman most afraid of? Find out here!
• More on The Scarecrow’s origin.

When this comic is finally cancelled, I will cry tears of joy.

BATMAN AND ROBIN #13
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art and cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY
On sale OCTOBER 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• Gotham City is being devoured by zombies!
• Learn the dangerous secrets of the 2-Club!

Oh shit, I forgot Halloween was in October. The good people at DC didn’t though, as they remembered that the only thing that’s scarier than a Batman is a skeleton Batman. To make up for time lost, I’m just calling this the Spooky Surprise Halloween Solicit Overview!

BATGIRL #13
Written by GAIL SIMONE
Art and cover by ED BENES
On sale OCTOBER 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• The first meeting between Batgirl and Catwoman in The New 52!
• Plus, the Talon that Barbara faced during Night of the Owls is back for revenge!

It’s scary that Ed Benes still gets work! OoOoOoOo~! His work is emblematic of some frightening attitudes towards women, not to mention an acceptance of bad art, among the superhero comics fanbase! OoOoOoOoO~!

BATGIRL ANNUAL #1
Written by GAIL SIMONE
Art by ADMIRA WIJAYA
Cover by ED BENES
On sale OCTOBER 31 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
• Batgirl is on the hunt for Catwoman – but who is after Batgirl?

Seriously. these poses are inhuman, or should I say… inhumane? OoOoOoOoOo~! These covers are both so bad, it’s like I’ve wandered into a scaring contest! OoOoOoOoOoOoOo~!

BATWOMAN #13
Written by J.H. WILLIAMS III and W. HADEN BLACKMAN
Art and cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III
1:25 B&W Variant cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III
On sale OCTOBER 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
• Batwoman and Wonder Woman team up!
• Batwoman and Wonder Woman team up! (We’re so excited we had to say it twice!)
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. The variant cover will feature the standard edition cover in a wraparound format.

J. H. Williams III’s art is so good, it drives me absolutely batty! OoOoOoOo~!

BATWING #13
Written by JUDD WINICK
Art by MARCUS TO and RYAN WINN
Cover by MARCUS TO
On sale OCTOBER 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• Batwing vs. Father Lost and his cult of death!
• He’s the new villain introduced in this issue – so who are the two new heroes you’ll meet? Find out here!

Oh no, someone’s drooling tomato juice onto Batwing! I should really ketchup on this series! OoOoOoOoOoOo~!

BIRDS OF PREY #13
Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Art by ROMANO MOLENAAR
Cover by BEN OLIVER
On sale OCTOBER 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• The team crosses paths with a cult of assassins that has ties to Katana!
• A new arc starts in the wake of a team member’s betrayal…

While I do like that this cover flies over one of the main pitfalls of female-centric comics series, that is, being unnecessarily seedy, I do prey that Travel Foreman returns to the art on this series. Why, you ask?

Just beakause.

OoOoOoOoOo~!

CATWOMAN #13
Written by ANN NOCENTI
Art by ADRIANA MELO and JULIO FERREIRA
Cover by ANDY CLARKE
On sale OCTOBER 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
• New series writer Ann Nocenti takes Catwoman deep under cover!
• Catwoman is the best thief in the world, but stealing another person is a new challenge!
• The true origin of Selina Kyle revealed!

After the cover to Catwoman #0 was released, DC and artist Guillem March caught the claw of the comics internet, with March himself getting the lion’s share of the criticism. This may or may not have led to Ann Nocenti being put on the boooooook to spin a yarn of her own, but regardless, I’m sure she’ll be a purrrrrfect fit, and this will be a wonderful story. I’d have to be mad as a hatter not to pick this up, and I certainly wouldn’t want to be late for this very important date. OoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOo~!

And yeah, cheshire cat, get it, because she’s Catwoman.

RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #13

Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
Art by TIMOTHY GREEN II
Cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
On sale OCTOBER 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• The conclusion of Starfire’s battle for the throne of Tamaran as she is reunited with her sister, Blackfire!
• Plus: The appearance of someone very bad from for Jason Todd’s past.

I’m only mentioning this comic because the provided cover for this solicit was actually the cover for this month’s Red Lanterns. Whoever made that mistake should be outlawed. Be an outlaw? Be assassinated by the coward Robert Ford? Whatever, Scott Lobdell sucks. OoOoOo~.

NIGHTWING #13
Written by KYLE HIGGINS
Art by EDDY BARROWS, RUY JOSE and EBER FERREIRA
Cover by EDDY BARROWS
On sale OCTOBER 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• Lady Shiva makes her New 52 debut!
• Why has one of the world’s most deadly assassins returned to Gotham City?

Can’t think of any bad puns for this one. Maybe I should just call it a night. OoOoOoOoOoOo~!

A bunch of boring ass Green Lantern Comics have a bunch of boring ass covers that most likely are all supposed to be part of one boring ass image, but when separated, they all look like boring ass.

THE PHANTOM STRANGER #1
Written by DAN DIDIO
Art by BRENT ANDERSON and SCOTT HANNA
Cover by BRENT ANDERSON
1:25 Variant cover by SHANE DAVIS
On sale OCTOBER 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
• An all-new series focusing on secrets of The New 52 you never imagined!
• The Phantom Stranger strikes a bargain with Lord Trigon that will have serious repercussions in the DC Universe!
• From afar, Pandora watches!

If I’m not mistaken, wasn’t the point of the chain thing on the Phantom Stranger’s old costume meant to keep the cape on? In this new version, it looks more like a necklace than anything practical. Seems he’s no stranger to accessorizing! OoOoOoOoOo~!

SWORD OF SORCERY #1
Written by CHRISTY MARX
Backup story written by TONY BEDARD
Art and cover by AARON LOPRESTI
Backup story art by JESUS SAIZ
1:25 Variant cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale OCTOBER 17 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
• AMETHYST returns as this amazing new series begins!
• The good news: Amy Winston can transform into Princess Amaya, protector of Gemworld!
• The bad news: It seems her family wants to kill her!
• Plus: A backup story featuring the brutality of Beowulf!

So wait, not only is this title really generic, it’s also really stupid. Sorcery is an abstract concept, and cannot hold a sword. It also does not need one, for it’s an abstract concept, and those are rarely the subject of physical attacks. Is the subject of the title a person who would be the figurative sword of sorcery, accomplishing the aims of the abstract concept of sorcery in its stead? Or is this just a really badly named anthology?

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK ANNUAL #1

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by MIKEL JANIN
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale OCTOBER 31 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
• Continued from JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK
#13, it’s the big finale to Jeff Lemire’s first epic story!
• Guest-starring Frankenstein and, from the new series SWORD OF SORCERY, Amethyst!

Well, for a series that’s supposed to be dark, that’s certainly a lot of lightning, isn’t it? OoOoOo~!

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #13
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by MIKEL JANIN
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale OCTOBER 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• House of Mystery vs. House of Secrets!
• The team is so badly defeated that even Constantine is out of tricks. Uh-oh…
• To be concluded in this month’s JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK ANNUAL #1.

Man, I guess we can see which of these covers was the rush job.

Hint: It’s the one that doesn’t look like a bunch of unrelated people standing around lightning.

DIAL H #5
Written by CHINA MIEVILLE
Art by MATEUS SANTOLOUCO
Cover by BRIAN BOLLAND
On sale OCTOBER 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
• It’s Nelson and Manteau versus Abyss! But with two heroes and only one Dial, who will “dial up” to save the day?
ª And as the dust settles, a new player emerges. Is he friend, foe – or something else entirely?

This cover is amazing. Bolland is a treasure.

ANIMAL MAN #13
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art and cover by STEVE PUGH
On sale OCTOBER 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
• It’s the story you’ve been waiting for: “ROTWORLD: THE RED KINGDOM”!
• Part one of a four-part epic in which the Earth has fallen to the Rot!
• Guest-starring Justice League Dark, Beast Boy and many other heroes and villains from the DC Universe!

No Cover Provided

FRANKENSTEIN, AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E. #13

Written by MATT KINDT
Art and cover by ALBERTO PONTICELLI and WAYNE FAUCHER
On sale OCTOBER 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• Animal Man and Swamp Thing fans take note: “ROTWORLD: SECRETS OF THE DEAD” starts here!
• A 3-issue arc showcasing Frankenstein’s battle against the Rot invasion!

SWAMP THING #13
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art and cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
On sale OCTOBER 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
• “ROTWORLD: THE GREEN KINGDOM” begins!
• Swamp Thing learns the truth of how the Earth fell to the Rot as seen in this month’s issues of ANIMAL MAN and FRANKENSTEIN: AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E.
• Guest-starring Poison Ivy, Deadman and The Parliament of Trees!

SWAMP THING ANNUAL #1
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art by BECKY CLOONAN and MARCO RUDY
Cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
On sale OCTOBER 31 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T+
• Years ago, Alec Holland met Anton Arcane…and the seeds of that encounter created the nightmare that is Rotworld!
• This extra-sized tale of monsters and madness examines one of the greatest rivalries in the DC Universe!

DEMON KNIGHTS #13
Written by PAUL CORNELL
Art and cover by BERNARD CHANG
On sale OCTOBER 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• Everything’s gone to hell for the Demon Knights – literally!
• If they can’t escape Lucifer’s clutches, Jason Blood and the rest of the Earth are doomed.

This cover just raises a lot of questions. Why is there a blurry, vague explosion behind everyone, and why is nobody noticing it? Who let blood-angel guy into the body oil? Is Etrigan technically groping Vandal Savage, and if so, does that look on his face mean he’s enjoying it? Which he was I referring to in the previous question?

I, VAMPIRE #13
Written by JOSHUA HALE FIALKOV
Art by ANDREA SORRENTINO
Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN
On sale OCTOBER 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
• The world’s worst nightmare has come true: Andrew Bennett, the only good vampire, has gone very, very bad!
• It’s up to the woman who loves him to put him down…but Mary, Queen of Blood, is now a mere human!

TEAM 7 #1
Written by JUSTIN JORDAN
Art by JESUS MERINO
Cover by DOUG MAHNKE
1:25 Variant cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
On sale OCTOBER 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
• Learn how the secret wars of the New 52 were fought by TEAM 7!
• Early adventures of Deathstroke, Black Canary, Grifter, Amanda Waller, Steve Trevor and others!
• This issue: Battlefield Gamorra!

“Commander, the enemy is all around us!”

“Fire all weapons in all directions, everywhere!”

ALL-STAR WESTERN #13

Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by MORITAT
Backup story art by PHIL WINSLADE
Cover by ARIEL OLIVETTI
On sale OCTOBER 24 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T+
• Haly’s Circus is in town! And so is murder!
• Plus, in the backup story: The origin of the all-new Tomahawk!

That’s one creepy clown.

G.I. COMBAT #5
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Backup story written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by HOWARD CHAYKIN
Backup story art by STAZ JOHNSON
Cover by ALBERTO PONTICELLI and WAYNE FAUCHER
On sale OCTOBER 3 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T+
• Jeb Stuart breaks the Haunted Tank out of ARGUS’s Black Room!
• Plus: The Unknown Soldier in a race against time to defeat American terrorists on American soil!

GRIFTER #13
Plotted by ROB LIEFELD
Scripted by ROB LIEFELD and FRANK TIERI
Art by SCOTT CLARK and DAVE BEATY
Cover by ROB LIEFELD
On sale OCTOBER 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• Grifter and Voodoo seek a super weapon in the fight against Helspont, but it turns out to be much more than they bargained for!
• The war against the Daemonites on Earth is heating up – and casualties are coming!

A: “Oh my god, Becky. Look at his butt. He must be one of these rap guys’ girlfriends.”

B: Oh, hey, Leifeld drew feet. They’re kind of terrible, but they’re there.

DEATHSTROKE #13
Written by ROB LIEFELD
Art and cover by ROB LIEFELD
On sale OCTOBER 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
• Deathstroke and Zealot learn the terrible fate of the planet Kheran and brace for the long-lasting repercussions it will have on the DC Universe.

Zealot’s about to fall right on her face. Why would you draw someone falling like that?

SUICIDE SQUAD #13
Written by ADAM GLASS
Art by CLIFF RICHARDS
Cover by KEN LASHLEY
On sale OCTOBER 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
• Behold, Regulus!
• The traitor among the team revealed!
• Basilisk fights the Squad on two fronts – and one is Amanda Waller’s own home!

That face on Not-Ra’s-Al-Ghul is seriously frightning.

STORMWATCH #13
Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by WILL CONRAD
Cover by GUILLEM MARCH
On sale OCTOBER 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
• Midnighter and Apollo go AWOL from Stormwatch!
• The debut of The Demon in the modernday New 52! Will he be the team’s most unpredictable new member?
• What is the centuries-spanning connection between STORMWATCH and DEMON KNIGHTS?

And Midnighter there is about to stab… Apollo? He’s definitely not about to stab Etrigan. He looks so much farther into the foreground.

JOE KUBERT PRESENTS #1

Written and illustrated by JOE KUBERT,
BRIAN BUNIAK and SAM GLANZMAN
Cover by JOE KUBERT
On sale OCTOBER 31 • 48 pg, FC, 1 of 6, no interior ads, $4.99 US • RATED T
• Don’t miss the start of this far-ranging collection of stories from comics legend Joe Kubert and other great talents! This debut issue includes:
• Joe Kubert writes and illustrates two stories: A new Hawkman epic, and a tale of hard times called “Spit.”
• A tale of Angel and The Ape from writer/artist Brian Buniak.
• Plus: Writer/artist Sam Glanzman returns to comics with a new tale of the U.S.S. Stevens!

So pumped.

DC is putting their digital-only comics into pamphlet form.

NATIONAL COMICS: MADAME X #1
Written by ROB WILLIAMS
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover by FIONA STAPLES
On sale OCTOBER 17 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
• The once-famous tarot card reader Madame X now works at a law firm as the resident “psychic” – but can her “powers” help her solve a complicated new case?
• From the acclaimed team of Rob Williams (Iron Man, Cla$$War) and Trevor Hairsine (Captain America, Cla$$War)!

Goddamn that is a lovely cover. The shadows combined with the facial expression of the woman in the background, combined with the foreground scene, make this cover… positively spoooooky. I SAID IT WAS A SURPRISE SPOOKY SOLICIT OVERVIEW! OoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOo~!

PHANTOM LADY #3
Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by CAT STAGGS
Cover by STEPHANE ROUX
On sale OCTOBER 31 • 32 pg, FC, 3 of 4, $2.99 US • RATED T
• Phantom Lady and Doll Man face the frenzied fury of Funerella!
• Can the newly formed duo stand a chance against this villain’s strange powers?

I love the shading on this cover. It’s kind of Dave Johnson-y, and Dave Johnson is one of my favorites.

DC has a pretty good kids’ line, and there’s a free Halloween special thing that reprints some of the old Slott/Templeton Batman Adventures.

MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE: THE ORIGIN OF SKELETOR #1
Written by JOSHUA HALE FIALKOV
Art and cover by FRAZER IRVING
One-shot • On sale OCTOBER 31 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
• Take a look at the twisted origins of Eternia’s most loathsome and terrible villain.
• What horrific events from Skeletor’s secret past defined the evil despot he became?

Here’s why living in 2012 is fucking awesome. Frazier Irving, who is really awesome at drawing crazy stuff, is illustrating a comic about an evil skeleton, and if it looks at all like the cover here, it is going to be awesome as hell. If the writing is shitty, it won’t matter. It’s Frazier Irving drawing an evil skeleton guy. And you can pay 3 bucks for it.

LOT 13 #1

Written by STEVE NILES
Art and cover by GLENN FABRY
On sale OCTOBER 31 • 32 pg, 1 of 5, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS
• A terrifying new horror series from the ghoulish minds of Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and Glenn Fabry (PREACHER)!
• A family making a cross-country move makes a horrifying discovery in an old apartment complex. Can they survive the night?

AMERICAN VAMPIRE: LORD OF NIGHTMARES #5
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art and cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
On sale OCTOBER 10 • 32 pg, FC, 5 of 5, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS
The final chapter of the new blockbuster AMERICAN VAMPIRE miniseries is here! Felicia and Hobbes have chased The Coffin all over post-war Europe, but as the chase comes to a bombastic conclusion, Hobbes’s life hangs in the balance and Felicia faces her greatest challenge alone. This epic conclusion will dramatically change the AMERICAN VAMPIRE landscape!

AMERICAN VAMPIRE #32

Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art and cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
1:10 Variant cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
On sale OCTOBER 31 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS
It’s the penultimate chapter of “The Blacklist.” After these events, things are going to be very bleak for our gal Pearl unless she can find some hope in an unlikely place. This one changes everything – we mean it! We’re talking secrets so shocking we can’t even reveal the real cover!
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the Previews Order Form for details.

FAIREST #8
Written by LAUREN BEUKES
Art by INAKI MIRANDA
Cover by ADAM HUGHES
On sale OCTOBER 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS
Part one of “The Hidden Kingdom,” written by 2011 Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning writer Lauren Beukes (Zoo City, STRANGE
ADVENTURES)!
Rapunzel’s fast-growing hair is the least of her problems. Her adopted witch mother thinks she’s a slut, origami birds carrying a sinister message are attacking her window – and now, she has to defy Bigby and Snow’s orders to travel from New York to Tokyo and resolve a mystery from her troubled past. Hungry ghosts, talking cats, vengeful lovers scorned and monstrous yakuza await under the hot neon lights as Rapunzel seeks answers…and vengeance. Don’t miss this exciting jumping-on point to the best-selling Vertigo series which features a star-studded cast of Fables including Frau Totenkinder, Jack of Fables and many others!

FABLES #122
Written by BILL WILLINGHAM
Guest art by GENE HA
Backup story art by SHAWN McMANUS
Cover by JOAO RUAS
On sale OCTOBER 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS
How does fate work in the Fables fictional universe? Find out in this tale full of deadly chases, betrayals, sword fights and skulduggery, as superstar guest-artist Gene Ha guides us through “The Destiny Game.” Also: Bufkin and his “girlfriend” sidekick continue their Ozian adventures in the backup feature painted by Shawn McManus.


HELLBLAZER #296
Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by GIUSEPPI CAMUNCOLI and STEFANO LANDINI
Cover by SIMON BISLEY
On sale OCTOBER 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS
Sex and horror in Ireland as urban mage John Constantine – along with his alchemically gorgeous wife Epiphany – finally finds his long lost nephew, an alleged occultist serial killer driven bad by blighted Constantine blood. But what is the secret of the real killer? All will be revealed in Part Four of “The Curse of the Constantines.”

Simon Bisley is so great, you guys.

GHOSTS #1
Written by GEOFF JOHNS, JOE KUBERT, GILBERT HERNANDEZ, PAUL POPE, CECIL CASTELLUCCI, MARY H.K. CHOI, AL EWING and NEIL KLEID
Art by RUFUS DAYGLO, GILBERT HERNANDEZ, PHIL JIMENEZ, JOE KUBERT, JEFF LEMIRE, JOHN McCREA and AMY REEDER
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
1:10 Variant edition cover by PHIL JIMENEZ
One-Shot • On sale OCTOBER 31 • 80 pg, FC, $7.99 US • MATURE READERS
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the Previews Order Form for details.
Check out this all-new anthology from some of the biggest talents in the industry! Stories spotlight a space heist on a ghost ship, a spirit who wants to play synthesizer in a techno band, a ghost-for-hire haunting agency and others dark, twisted tales.
With stories and art by some of comics’ greatest talents, this special features a cover by Dave Johnson, and a variant cover by Brendan
McCarthy!

Aw man, this is going to be sooooo good. And we’ll never see a second one because it’s an eight dollar Vertigo comic, so nobody’s going to buy it. And that’s a tragedy.

PUNK ROCK JESUS #4
Written by SEAN MURPHY
Art and cover by SEAN MURPHY
On sale OCTOBER 10 • 32 pg, B&W, 4 of 6, no interior ads, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS
A devastating loss pushes Chris to the brink. Feeling betrayed and alone, he begins to research the world that Slate and OPHIS have kept him from his entire life. Armed with new knowledge, a new haircut, and a new attitude, an angry Chris is about to tell the whole world the truth. And it all starts after he discovers a few old records in Thomas’s room…

THE NEW DEADWARDIANS #8
Written by DAN ABNETT
Art and cover by I.N.J. CULBARD
On sale OCTOBER 31 • 32 pg, FC, 8 of 8, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS
The notorious Hinchcliffe Case closes, but it may not do so quietly and cleanly. Secrets have emerged that will shake Deadwardian Society to its foundations. That is, if society survives…because the Restless are inside the zone.

SAUCER COUNTRY #8
Written by PAUL CORNELL
Art by JIMMY BROXTON
Cover by RYAN KELLY
On sale OCTOBER 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS
A new storyline begins here! Arcadia and her team hit the campaign trail. While she competes to win voters’ hearts and minds, can she use her status as a presidential candidate to gain access to the government’s alien secrets? Don’t miss part one of “The Reticulan Candidate.”

SWEET TOOTH #38
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art and cover by JEFF LEMIRE
On sale OCTOBER 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS
The End is nearly here. The final apocalyptic clash between Jepperd and Abbot explodes with the fate of Gus and the hybrids hanging by a thread.

THE UNWRITTEN #42
Written by MIKE CAREY
Art by PETER GROSS
Cover by YUKO SHIMIZU
On sale OCTOBER 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS
The land of the dead is just a story, but Tom Taylor is going there anyway on a rescue mission that hasn’t been tried since Orpheus – provided he can get the door to open in the first place. And provided the worlds of story are still there… A hungry vampire and two misfit lovers gather around the campfire in “Live Like Lazarus.”

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