dccomicsdcua[ENGLISH] DC Comics tells us: DC’s new solicitation info and artwork for comics arriving in stores in May 2009 are here. Part 1: DC Universe (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Justice League of America, Justice Society, Teen Titans, Flash, Green Lantern

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TRINITY #49-52
Written by Kurt Busiek and Fabian Nicieza
Art by Mark Bagley & Art Thibert, Mike Norton & Ande Parks, Scott McDaniel & Andy Owens and Tom Derenick & Wayne Faucher
Covers by Jim Lee & Scott Williams and Mark Bagley & John Dell
 The final showdown. The world hasn’t just been changed, it’s been destroyed. Can the Trinity still save the day? Not if Morgaine le Fey and Krona have anything to say about it. Answers, revelations and more come fast and furious in the mother of all action finales! Guest-starring just about everyone and featuring a final cover by TRINITY interior artist Mark Bagley!
Issue #49 on sale May 6; issue #50 on sale May 13; issue #51 on sale May 20;
issue #52 on sale May 27 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

FINAL CRISIS AFTERMATH: RUN! #1
Written by Matthew Sturges
Art by Freddie E. Williams II
Cover by Kako
 The Human Flame is a dead man. Literally just waking up after the events of FINAL CRISIS, he realizes all the heroes in the DC Universe target him as the lowlife who taped the murder of the Martian Manhunter with his cell phone. On top of that, all the villains in the world want to kill him for selling them out to Libra. He’s powerless and penniless, and his only chance for survival is to run! This 6-issue miniseries examines the underbelly of the DCU and what happens when the wrong choices catch up with you. Nothing can prepare you for this chase.
On sale May 6 • 1 of 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

FINAL CRISIS AFTERMATH: ESCAPE #1
Written by Ivan Brandon
Art by Marco Rudi
Cover by Scott Hampton

 In this all-new 6-issue miniseries, Nemesis awakens to find himself held captive by the Global Peace Agency inside the walls of the mysterious Electric City. His fellow prisoners are all members of the superhuman intelligence community, and they’re subjected to systematic torture in an attempt to siphon the secrets of the DC Universe heroes in an effort to destroy them. As Nemesis works to escape, he finds few people he can truly trust. But nothing could prepare him for the hideous truth behind his situation!
On sale May 13 • 1 of 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

FINAL CRISIS AFTERMATH: DANCE #1
Written by Joe Casey
Art by ChrisCross
Cover by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau

 Japan’s Super Young Team wants nothing more than to be seen as heroes in the eyes of their adoring public. Unfortunately, their adventures during FINAL CRISIS have gone unnoticed, and they’ve been reduced to performing at public appearances and on various TV shows literally dancing for their livelihood. But the appearance of a new American teammate and a deadly threat complicates the motives of the team as they try and find what truly makes somebody not just a hero, but a sensational hero. Discover the path to greatness in this exciting 6-issue miniseries!
On sale May 20 • 1 of 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

FINAL CRISIS AFTERMATH: INK #1
Written by Eric Wallace
Art by Fabrizio Fiorentino
Cover by Brian Stelfreeze

 In the wake of FINAL CRISIS, the Tattooed Man is considered a hero for the first time in his life. At first, the rewards from his new lifestyle are a welcome change from the rest of what his existence has been, but soon the pressure to stay above temptation and evil start to wear him down. Matters are quickly complicated when he wakes up in the middle of the night to find his body covered in unfamiliar tattoos that seem to have a life of their own. In this 6-issue miniseries from newcomer writer Eric Wallace (TV’s Eureka) and artist Fabrizio Fiorentino, the Tattooed Man finds himself in the middle of a life and death struggle with his own powers and the master plan they seem to have for him – whether he likes it or not!
On sale May 27 • 1 of 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

BATMAN: BATTLE FOR THE COWL #3
Written by Tony Daniel 
Art by Tony Daniel & Sandu Florea 
Covers by Tony Daniel
 With the destruction of Arkham Asylum, the return of the Black Mask, and dozens of Gotham City’s most lethal villains rioting through the streets, Nightwing, Robin and their allies seem to have their hands full. But when you add a deadly Jason Todd masquerading as a gun-toting Batman to the mix, things have definitely spiraled out of control!
 This is the issue everyone’s been waiting for – find out who wins the Battle for the Cowl! Who earns the right to take on the mantle of the Bat? Will it be Robin? Jason Todd? Nightwing? Azrael? Catwoman? Two-Face? Damian Wayne? Batwoman? Or someone completely unexpected? This 3-issue series continues to shock and surprise as the battle comes to a startling finale for the ages!
 Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. For every 10 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Tony Daniel), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Tony Daniel). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale May 20 • 3 of 3 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US

BATMAN: BATTLE FOR THE COWL – THE NETWORK #1
Written by Fabian Nicieza
Art by Don Kramer
Cover by Ladrönn

 A wave of heroes arrive in Gotham City in this one-shot with hopes of helping stem the tide of chaos threatening to overwhelm everybody! Starring Huntress, Batgirl, Misfit, Ragman, Manhunter and many others. Will these heroes succeed – or will they be victims of Gotham City’s madness? And if they do succeed, what does the future hold for them?
On sale May 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

GOTHAM GAZETTE: BATMAN ALIVE? #1
Written by Fabian Nicieza
Art by Dustin Nguyen, Guillem March, Jamie McKelvie, ChrisCross and Alex Konat
Cover by Dustin Nguyen

 A city looking to rise up. A new Dark Knight is casting his shadow until dawn’s early light. A cop looking to solve a murder whose solution may be worse than the crime.
A reporter who can reclaim her social standing only by rejecting everything she believes in. A doctor who has found new life by compromising her old one. One hero who has determined a course of action no matter whose plans it spoils.
 Harvey Bullock. Vicki Vale. Dr. Leslie Thompkins. Stephanie Brown. These four ordinary people living extraordinary lives look to regain their balance in a city that turns lives upside down. Morning comes to Gotham City and the time for mourning has passed. How do the people of Gotham City deal with the sudden arrival of hope? Find out in this new one-shot!
On sale May 27 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

AZRAEL: DEATH’S DARK KNIGHT #3
Written by Fabian Nicieza
Art by Frazer Irving
Cover by Guillem March

 If murder and suicide are sins before God, then what if you were asked to kill in the name of God and by doing so, it would ultimately kill you? To reclaim his damaged soul, to redeem the mistakes of his past and to make a difference in a Gotham City that has been torn apart by the death of The Dark Knight, Azrael must make a fateful decision – become a hero and die, serving in Heaven or reject the opportunity and live, damned to suffer in Hell.
 And while large issues of life and death, morality and eternal salvation are weighed, Azrael must also confront the two parties interested in regaining the Suit of Sorrows: Talia al Ghul and  Nightwing!
On sale May 13 • 3 of 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

ORACLE #3
Written by Kevin VanHook
Art by Julian Lopez & Bit
Cover by Guillem March

 The remnants of Anti-Life are within the Calculator’s grasp, and he will kill anyone who stands in his way! Will the Calculator be able to save the life of his daughter? Or will Oracle stop him from killing more Internet hackers? Either way, someone dies and someone gains ultimate knowledge…but at what price? Be here for the stunning conclusion that will change Oracle and the Birds of Prey forever!
On sale May 13 • 3 of 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #29
Written by Andrew Kreisberg
Art by Scott McDaniel & Andy Owens
Cover by Stephane Roux
 “Bad Cop” part 1 of 2. In this sequel to the recent Joker story in BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #22-25, the Gotham City police officer tortured by The Joker’s maniacal actions has joined the villain in madness. Now he stalks the streets of Gotham as Batman’s latest rogue.
On sale May 13 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

THE OUTSIDERS #18
Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art and cover by Lee Garbett & Trevor Scott

 “The Deep” part 4 of 6. The Outsiders finally discover what The Insiders are searching for thanks to the help of a long lost being known only as “The Outkast.” And the ensuing battle may take them to the very center of the earth itself!
On sale May 20 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

BATMAN IN BARCELONA: DRAGON’S KNIGHT #1
Written by Mark Waid
Art by Diego Olmos
Cover by Jim Lee

 When a string of bizarre murders hits Spain’s beautiful coastal city of Barcelona, The Dark Knight makes solving this crime his top priority. Full of international intrigue, high adventure and even higher stakes, BATMAN IN BARCELONA: DRAGON’S KNIGHT showcases The Caped Crusader in a different type of Gotham – but one no less dangerous!
 Fan-favorite writer Mark Waid (KINGDOM COME) delivers an exciting, non-stop one-shot full of surprises while Spanish art sensation Diego Olmos (SUPERNATURAL: RISING SON) beautifully illustrates his home city. Featuring a gorgeous cover by best-selling artist Jim Lee (BATMAN, SUPERMAN)!
On sale May 27 • 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US

ACTION COMICS #877
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Eddy Barrows & Ruy José
Cover by Andrew Robinson
Nightwing and Flamebird have beaten back Ursa’s first assault.  But Round Two is about to begin! Forget brutal – now it gets personal.
On sale May 13 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

SUPERMAN #688
Written by James Robinson
Art by Renato Guedes & José Wilson Magalhães
Cover by Andrew Robinson
 Mon-El’s role as Superman’s stand-in for Metropolis is threatened by a sudden and mysterious power loss. How can he be the hero he needs to be without any special abilities? Meanwhile the Guardian and his Science Police go to the rescue of a missing member of the Legion of Superheroes. And who is the spy within the Science Police ranks?
On sale May 27 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

SUPERGIRL #41
Written by Sterling Gates
Art by Talent Caldwell
Cover by Joshua Middleton
 The dramatic conclusion to “Who Is Superwoman?” Superwoman’s identity stands revealed, leading to a knock-down-drag-out fight the likes of which Metropolis will be talking about for years to come! Supergirl will wish she’d never found out who was under the hood as Superwoman and Reactron join forces against the Girl of Steel. How can Supergirl possibly survive?
On sale May 20 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

SUPERMAN/BATMAN #60
Written by Michael Green & Mike Johnson
Art and cover by Francis Manapul
 Rising star artist Francis Manapul joins Michael Green and Mike Johnson for a special 2-part story we could only call « Mash-Up »! When the going gets tough in the city of Gothamopolis, there’s only one thing to do: call in the Justice Titans to save the day! Wait, what?
On sale May 20 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

SUPERMAN: WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON #3
Written by James Robinson & Greg Rucka
Art by Pete Woods
Cover by Gary Frank
Variant cover by Eric Canete

 With Superman now drafted into New Krypton’s Military Guild, it seems that General Zod finally has the Man of Steel under his control. But when given a command to commit an act of brutality against his fellow Kryptonians, Superman must choose between following orders and following his conscience – at the risk of being branded a traitor by his own people!
 Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. For every 25 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Gary
Frank), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Eric Canete). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale May 6 • 3 of 12 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

BOOSTER GOLD #20
Written by Keith Giffen
Art and cover by Dan Jurgens & Norm Rapmund

 Guest-writer Keith Giffen buckles up and steps into the timestream to take Booster Gold back to the Cold War! When the space race heats up between the United States and Russia, Booster must save the lives of four astronauts before their rocket goes red!
On sale May 13 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #23
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art and cover by Dan Jurgens & Norm Rapmund
 Future imperfect! Time-traveler Booster Gold has seen countless possible futures. But futures don’t get much darker than the one that will spawn the ruthless Magog! After the events of JSA: THY KINGDOM COME, Magog has appeared in our time, and Booster will do whatever it takes to make sure his apocalyptic destiny never comes to pass.
On sale May 20 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

DEAD ROMEO #2
Written by Jesse Blaze Snider
Art and cover by Ryan Benjamin

 Romeo sets out to prove that the road to Hell is literally paved with good intentions as he makes a choice to spare a life. But it’s a choice that almost surely spells eternal damnation for our hero. Also in this issue, vampires rampage in the city streets as we find out in gruesome detail that the local police are no match for the undead.
On sale May 6 • 2 of 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

GREEN ARROW & BLACK CANARY #20
Written by Andrew Kreisberg
Art by Mike Norton & Josef Rubinstein
Cover by Ladrönn

 Ollie and Dinah attempt to work through some of their recent differences only to find their progress hindered by Discord – a new villain created by Black Canary’s actions!
On sale May 20 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

THE FLASH: REBIRTH #2
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Ethan Van Sciver
Covers by Ethan Van Sciver

 What’s happened to the Speed Force? One of the world’s most powerful speedsters is dead, and Barry Allen must discover who – or what – is responsible! But the reborn Barry is a man haunted by a dark secret in his past. A secret that drives him to push far beyond his limits. A burden that, if he’s not careful, could send him right back into oblivion! Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver’s reinvention of the Scarlet Speedster picks up the pace – we dare you to keep up!
 Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. For every 25 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Ethan Van Sciver), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Ethan Van Sciver). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale May 6 • 2 of 5 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

JONAH HEX #43
Written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray
Art and cover by Paul Gulacy

 Some small-town officials hire Hex to resolve a hostage situation at a local hotel, but his solution is far more brutal than everybody was expecting. Will anyone make it out of « The Hyde House Massacre » alive?
On sale May 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

THE MIGHTY #4
Written by Peter J. Tomasi & Keith Champagne
Art by Peter Snejbjerg
Cover by Dave Johnson
 Fire on the horizon! Cole’s wife Janet is beginning to have deep misgivings about her husband’s trust in Alpha One – but where can she turn? You won’t believe this issue’s shocking finale, as the world of THE MIGHTY suddenly becomes deadly. And we’re just getting started!
On sale May 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #36
Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art and cover by Patrick Gleason & Rebecca Buchman
Variant cover by Rodolfo Migliari

 Prelude to BLACKEST NIGHT! The penultimate chapter of “Emerald Eclipse” arrives as the sciencell riot runs rampant. Oa burns as the War of Lights rages within. Many sectors away, Sodam Yat must make the ultimate sacrifice as he attempts to save the xenophobic people of his native world Daxam.
 Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. For every 25 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Patrick Gleason & Rebecca Buchman), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Rodolfo Migliari). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale May 13 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #33
Written by Dwayne McDuffie
Art by Rags Morales
Cover by Ed Benes
 It’s Dharma vs. Starbreaker for control of the greatest source of power in the
DC Universe. No matter the victor, the Justice League loses!
On sale May 27 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #27
Written by Jerry Ordway
Art by Jerry Ordway & Bob Wiacek
Cover by Jerry Ordway
 The younger JSA team members find their headquarters in total lockdown – with The Flash, Green Lantern and Wildcat trapped inside! Can the junior JSA-ers break into their own home base? And what secret from the Atomic Age seeks retribution from the three founding members?
On sale May 27 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

THE LAST DAYS OF
ANIMAL MAN #1
Written by Gerry Conway
Art by Chris Batista & Dave Meikis
Cover by Brian Bolland
 Is Buddy Baker losing it all? Everyman hero Buddy Baker has fought hard for our world, and for his family. But by the year 2024, the Earth has seen better days: The heroes are growing tired, the villains have grown nastier and Buddy’s own hometown of San Diego has struggled for years to recover from a cataclysmic typhoon. His children have grown and his marriage has gotten colder… and now, as San Diego faces the most vicious Super-Villain it’s seen in years, his powers are starting to fail him! Without his powers, without his family – who is Buddy Baker? Can he still be a husband? Can he still be a father? Can he still be Animal Man? And more importantly, can he even survive the bloodthirsty plan his arch-rival’s progeny has in store for him?
 Comics legend Gerry Conway (TV’s Law and Order) makes his return to DC with this can’t-miss miniseries!
On sale May 27 • 1 of 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

POWER GIRL #1
Written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray
Art by Amanda Conner
Covers by Adam Hughes and Amanda Conner
 In her own ongoing series at last! Straight from the pages of JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA, Power Girl starts life anew by building herself a secret identity. But a major villain from her past has other plans in store for the Super Hero, and to get his way, he’s holding Manhattan hostage!
 From the fan-favorite writing team of Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray (JONAH HEX, TERRA) and featuring the vivacious art of Amanda Conner (JSA CLASSIFIED, TERRA) comes this rip-roaring new series!
 Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers by Amanda Conner and Adam Hughes that will ship in approximately 50/50 ratio. Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale May 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

R.E.B.E.L.S. #4
Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Claude St. Aubin & Scott Hanna
Cover by Ed Benes & Rob Hunter
 The stakes grow higher as the galaxy’s new would-be conqueror stands revealed. Dox and the Omega Men each plot their next steps while the alien Khunds and Dominators get involved against the rising mysterious threat to their galaxies. Believe us, the last page of this issue will blow even Dox’s mind!
On sale May 13 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

TITANS #13
Written by Sean McKeever
Art by Howard Porter
Cover by Andrew Robinson
 “Deathtrap” part 4! The Titans, Vigilante and now the Teen Titans all get roped into Jericho’s insane plot. Can their combined forces halt their foe’s master plan? This riveting crossover concludes in
VIGILANTE #6!
On sale May 13 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

VIGILANTE #6
Written by Marv Wolfman
Art by Tom Lyle & Scott Hanna
Cover by Andrew Robinson
 The horrifying conclusion to the TITANS/TEEN TITANS/VIGILANTE “Deathtrap” crossover! Vigilante takes matters into his own hands to stop Jericho once and for all – even if it means becoming a target himself!
On sale May 20 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

TEEN TITANS #71
Written by Sean McKeever
Art and cover by Joe Bennett & Jack Jadson

 “Deathtrap” aftermath! The team picks up the pieces following their crossover with TITANS and VIGILANTE as Ravager returns. But is she friend or foe?
On sale May 27 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

SECRET SIX #9
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Nicola Scott & Doug Hazlewood
Cover by Nicola Scott
 Not one, but two members of the Secret Six feel they deserve to wear Batman’s cowl, and they return to Gotham City with a semi-delusional Ragdoll determined to be the new Boy Wonder! Unfortunately, everybody in Gotham has other plans!
On sale May 13 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

SOLOMON GRUNDY #3
Written by Scott Kolins
Art and cover by Scott Kolins
 Married on a Wednesday! Guest-starring Poison Ivy! This is a match not made in heaven. Writer/artist Scott Kolins (FINAL CRISIS: ROGUES REVENGE, THE FLASH) brings you the next horrific chapter of Solomon Grundy and Cyrus Gold! Each harrowing piece of Cyrus’ evil past will set the stage for the stunning conclusion!
On sale May 6 • 3 of 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

THE SPIRIT #29
Written by Dean Motter
Art and cover by Paul Rivoche
 The Spirit’s on needles and pins! What Ellen Dolan wants, she gets. And today, she wants a tattoo! But little does The Spirit know that Ellen’s innocent act of rebellion will get him mixed up in the feud between a grizzled veteran tattooist and his new-wave artiste hipster rival! This one’s gonna leave a mark! Features the return of the Mr. X team of Motter and Rivoche!
On sale May 20 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

STRANGE ADVENTURES #3
Written by Jim Starlin
Art by Manuel Garcia & Al Milgrom and Rafael Albuquerque
Cover by Jim Starlin & Rob Hunter
 Comet and Eye have to deal with a very different and dangerous version of The Weird while Adam Strange travels to Hardcore Station only to discover that the space city holds unexpected perils. Bizarro also arrives at Hardcore and finds it most unwelcoming.
On sale May 6 • 3 of 8 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US

WONDER WOMAN #32
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Aaron Lopresti & Matt Ryan
Cover by Aaron Lopresti
Variant by Francis Manapul

 It’s all been building to this issue, the penultimate chapter of the mind-blowing “Rise of the Olympian” storyarc.  It’s Wonder Woman vs. Genocide in a final, brutal showdown that leaves Diana with one of the toughest decisions she’s ever had to face – and that’s just the start of what happens this month! Do not miss this crucial story in the life of the greatest heroine in the DC Universe!
 Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. For every 10 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Aaron Lopresti), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Francis Manapul). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale May 27 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

THE WARLORD #2
Written by Mike Grell
Art by Joe Prado & Walden Wong
Cover by Mike Grell

 The arrival of a new band of surface-worlders in the subterranean land of Skartaris has sent its delicate political balance tumbling into chaos – and only the Warlord can pacify it. To do so, however, he’ll have to undertake an epic journey across Skartaris to the deadly lands of the Shadow Kingdom! The rebirth of DC’s finest fantasy franchise continues from Mike Grell and rising star Joe Prado (ACTION COMICS, SINESTRO CORPS SECRET FILES)!
On sale May 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US