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JUSTICE LEAGUE

Writer: Brad Meltzer
Artist: Steve McNiven
Characters: Spider-Man, Green Lantern, Thor, Hawkeye, Batwoman, Black Panther, Martian Manhunter

With the creation of a new universe, distrust is rampant amidst the public and within the heroic community itself. Uneasiness and paranoia reign, leading heroes to battle one another across this new Earth while villains take the opportunity to create a united front. When this new alliance of villains seizes control of the American military’s research and development headquarters, some of the world’s deadliest technology is loosed on an innocent public. Heroes must set aside their distrust and stand united for the first time in this new universe. Batwoman, Spider-Man, Green Lantern, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Panther and Martian Manhunter are ready to defend Earth, but they have no idea how to operate as a team. They’ll have to figure it out as they go, however, as the deadliest creation, the adaptive android AMAZO, has now been activated with one objective — kill the leaders of the world’s most powerful countries.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

Writer: J. Michael Straczynski
Artist: John Romita Jr.
Characters: Spider-Man

When he was just 15, Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider, an event that helped him to become The Amazing Spider-Man. That was 10 years ago, and Peter is still trying to honor the legacy of his Uncle Ben by protecting the people of New York. Easier said than done, however, especially when J. Jonah Jameson and the Daily Bugle are fighting to convince everyone what a menace Spidey is. Still, a little bad press might be the least of Spider-Man’s worries, as someone is helping many of his most notable adversaries to break out of prison. The streets are packed with Spidey’s deadliest foes, and it’s up to him to stop them. And, along the way, he’ll have to discover just who is trying to make his life a living hell — and why?

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GREEN LANTERN

Writer: Peter Tomasi
Artist: Ethan Van Sciver
Characters: Green Lantern

Hal Jordan is undoubtedly the greatest of all the Green Lanterns. He has served the Guardians of the Universe in an effort to protect the people of Sector 2814 for more than five years now, and has turned away attack after attack. Now, the guardians have recognized Earth’s tendency to attract the attention of the universe’s most powerful threats and have decided to appoint Hal its permanent protector. It’s a happy homecoming for Hal, as it finally means an opportunity to spend more time with his fiance, Carol Ferris. But, as Hal arrives, Carol finds herself called into action for a mission of her own. Can their relationship survive this new role reversal? Can Hal readjust to life on Earth? And, more importantly, what are the Guardians not telling Hal about their reasoning for moving him off of Oa? The search for answers to those questions might be a long one, but the path starts here and Mongul is standing in the way, looking to make Earth into the foundation for the new Warworld.

BATWOMAN

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artist: Jock
Characters: Batwoman

Gotham City still stands. But, the city is without its longtime guardian and criminals are growing bolder by the day. The city is in desperate need of a protector, a symbol to inspire the people and take back the streets. Various criminal empires are slowly rebuilding, seeking to take control of what once was theirs. This cannot happen. It will not happen. As long as there is a Gotham, there must be a Bat. This is a war, and to fight a war, you need a soldier. It’s up to Kate Kane, a former Soldier and now Batwoman, to take up the responsibility of reclaiming Gotham. Kate will step into the shadows of Gotham as its new protector. With the help of her father and longtime girlfriend, Kate isn’t alone in her struggle. It’s a new Bat, a new family and a new approach for a new era, and it all begins here.

THOR

Writer: J. Michael Straczynski
Artist: Esad Ribic
Characters: Thor

When Thor awakens from a mead-induced slumber, he finds that his beloved Midgard is not how he left it. It’s familiar, yet different in subtle ways. He decides to leave Midgard and return to Asgard to seek answers from his father, Odin. However, he soon finds the pathway to Asgard, the Bifrost, is closed. The God of Thunder finds himself stranded amidst the cosmos, far from his people and his home. However, his power has not diminished and he can still feel the pull of Asgard calling to him. Follow Thor as he journeys across the cosmos, trying to find his way back home. And perhaps, along the way, enjoy an ale or two or ten and a bit of battle as this new universe gets acquainted with the power of Mjolnir.

BIRDS OF PREY

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artist: Sara Pichelli
Characters: Black Canary, Elektra, Batwoman, Cassandra Cain, Emiko Queen, Mockingbird

With the disappearance of her longtime lover, the Black Canary hits the streets harder than ever in an effort to take her mind off of her loss. However, she also has a new responsibility in the form of the new Green Arrow, Emiko Queen, who Dinah has sworn to protect in the wake of the disappearance of Emiko’s half-brother. Eventually, the pair runs across a pair of former members of the League of Assassins — Elektra and Cassandra Cain, both of whom are now on the run for having left the League. Dinah must find a way to keep Emiko from being drawn in by the pair’s more brutal, blood-letting tendencies. Meanwhile, CIA agent Bobbi Morse, aka Mockingbird, is trying to capture Elektra and Cain in an effort to gather intel on the League. The chase is on, but that chase cuts right through Gotham City, where Batwoman now owns the night. With the League descending upon Gotham to punish its wayward members, these six women will band together and find a strength in one another they never expected. Together, they will become the BIRDS OF PREY.

YOUNG JUSTICE

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artist: Bryan Hitch
Characters: Red Robin, Damian Wayne, Speedball, Supergirl, Kaldur’ahm, Emiko Queen, Kate Bishop

The expert tactician Red Robin, the hotheaded Damian Wayne, the fun-loving Speedball, the all-powerful Supergirl, the wise Kaldur’ahm and master archer Kate Bishop all have amazing abilities and the potential to one day be the planet’s greatest heroes. However, the Justice League wants to make sure that they have room to develop and grow into the heroes they can one day be under the League’s watchful eye. All seems to be set until Green Lantern insists on a new addition to the roster — the unhinged Emiko Queen. With the addition of Emiko, the team is set up with its own headquarters and frequent missions handed down by the League. YOUNG JUSTICE is born!

BLACK PANTHER

Writer: J. Michael Stracynski
Artist: Billy Tan
Characters: Black Panther

The King of Wakanda, T’challa, is in exile after accusations of selling Wakandan military secrets on the black market. He is determined to prove his innocence and return to his throne, and has come to America looking for answers. Taking up residence on the streets of Detroit, the Black Panther discovers that his exile is connected to a criminal empire that seems to span the globe. He knows Wakanda is ultimately in danger, but can he clear his name before it’s too late to save his homeland?

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PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN

Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Stuart Immonen
Characters: Spider-Man

When Peter Parker isn’t off fighting as part of the Justice League or stopping all of Manhattan from being destroyed, he still has other duties to fulfill. Namely, he’s got a fiance to protect, especially now that Mary Jane Watson knows about his secret life as the wallcrawler. There’s also the struggle of financially providing for MJ and Aunt May, and when it comes to employment, the old Parker luck is as bad as it’s ever been. The housing situation isn’t great, and when a lower level gang moves into the neighborhood, Peter decides it’s time to make sure their stay is a short one. However, little does he know that this gang is backed by the new authority of New York’s criminal underworld — the two-man power trip of Kingpin and the Penguin!

GREEN LANTERN/GREEN ARROW

Writer: Peter Tomasi
Artist: Billy Tan
Characters: Green Lantern, Emiko Queen

Well, Hal Jordan knew he’d need to find ways to occupy his time back on Earth, but he just didn’t know one of those ways would be helping to raise and rehabilitate a psychotic, murdering 14-year-old girl who is completely off the rails after the death of her father and the disappearance of her half-brother. But, still, Hal has to admit, this Emiko Queen does have a deadly talent with a bow and arrow, and with a little bit of the right influence, she could wind up being an even better archer and hero than her big brother. Hal is determined to make her live up to her brother’s name, even if she’s going to fight him every step of the way. And what better way to help her calm her destructive tendencies than to help her reconnect with the people she should be fighting to protect? That’s right, it’s time for two Emerald-clad heroes to pile in an old pickup truck and make their way across America as the Hard-Traveling Heroes! Now, we just have to wait and see if both can survive the experience — and each other.

THE PUNISHER/RED HOOD

Writer: Nathan Edmondson
Artist: John Romita Jr.
Characters: The Punisher, Jason Todd

Jason Todd always preferred a tougher stance on crime. His version of vigilante justice was more likely to be dished out by flying bullets than flying fists. And now, without the guiding hand of his adoptive father, he’s aiming for the top of the criminal foodchain. When Jason decides to target one of Gotham’s newest crimelords, the disfigured Jigsaw, he finds that someone else is trying to get the kill first. That’s right, Frank Castle is also on Jigsaw’s trail and Castle’s reputation precedes him. Here is a man Jason Todd thinks he can respect and work alongside. A new partnership is born, with a goal of taking down a criminal empire that now spans from New York to Gotham to Coast City. Along the way, brutal, deadly justice will be handed out. However, is The Punisher’s way truly best? Will the Red Hood follow Frank too far down the rabbit hole and ultimately lose what little humanity he has left? Only time will tell.

GOTHAM MAJOR CRIMES UNIT

Writer: Brad Meltzer
Artist: Jock
Characters: Jim Gordon, Harvey Bullock

It’s a demotion, no doubt about it. Jim Gordon is no longer the police commissioner of Gotham City. A new mayor has been elected, and pushing Gordon out of the top spot and back down the ladder a few pegs was his first order of business. But Jim Gordon’s been around the block a time or two. He can see that organized crime is back on the upswing since the disappearance of Gotham’s vigilante protector. But when a new Bat, Batwoman, bursts onto the scene, Gordon is reinvigorated and reforms his old partnership with Harvey Bullock. Together, they set out to tackle the cases and the crimes their higher-ups wish they’d just leave alone. And along the way, they’re dead set on slowly gathering enough evidence to have the mayor’s election overturned. However, when Harvey Bullock is implicated in the brutal murder of one of Gotham’s wealthiest socialites, Gordon has to put his war on crime on hold long enough to help save one of the only friends he’s got left.

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SONS OF THE BAT

Writer: Peter Tomasi
Artist: Steve McNiven
Characters: Jason Todd, Red Robin, Damian Wayne

Three heroes, all united by a legacy left behind and by a father’s love for his sons. Damian Wayne, Red Robin and Jason Todd now must pick up the pieces and lean on one another to get through this difficult time. All are deadset on honoring their father’s legacy, but each has different ideas on how to go about it. Tim Drake wants to focus on detective work and the bottom of the criminal pyramid, while Damian Wayne wants to take on Gotham’s biggest and baddest head on. Jason Todd, meanwhile, is trying to keep the peace between his two younger “brothers,” while also hiding his secret partnership with The Punisher. To keep Damian and Tim busy, Jason has convinced them to agree that there’s strength in numbers and that they can’t let Gotham City fall back into the hands of the criminal elite. However, in order to truly protect the city, they’re going to have to learn to trust one another and work as a team. But, will Jason’s blood-soaked secret eventually tear what’s left of this family apart?

THE SPECTRE

Writer: Ray Fawkes
Artist: Andrea Sorrentino
Characters: The Spectre

Jim Corrigan is tired of fighting the Spirit of Vengeance within. He’s letting The Spectre run wild, and bizarre deaths are popping up around the world as a result. However, when The Spectre turns his attention to one of Corrigan’s former partners and friends, Harvey Bullock, it’s up to onetime police detective Corrigan to prove that sometimes even the Spirit of Vengeance can get it wrong. But, who is pulling the wool over The Spectre’s eyes and why? Corrigan and The Spectre are on a collision course with Mephisto, but they just don’t know it yet!

HAWKEYE

Writer: Brad Meltzer
Artist: Andrea Sorrentino
Characters: Hawkeye, Kate Bishop

It’s a tough time trying to balance your life between superhero, secret agent and regular Joe. Being a member of the very high-profile Justice League has certainly made it tougher for Clint Barton to keep a low profile and conduct some of the CIA’s more discrete missions. As such, the deadliest agent in CIA history now finds himself unemployed, and League membership doesn’t carry a stipend with it. Luckily for Clint, he’s got his protege Kate Bishop to lean on, and together, they operate an archer-for-hire service that helps to keep the bills paid and the lights turn on. However, Clint’s past is about to come back to bite him, as a bounty is placed on Kate and Clint’s heads and they find themselves in the crosshairs of the world’s deadliest assassins!

NEW GUARDIANS

Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Ethan Van Sciver
Characters: Carol Ferris, Kyle Rayner, Glomulus, Zilius Zox, Saint Walker, Indigo-1, Sinestro

When Lanterns of every color are found murdered and then reappear throughout the universe as zombified Black Lanterns, the Guardians of the Universe call upon Kyle Rayner to organize a team to investigate. Kyle knows from experience that it’ll take Lanterns of every color to take down these undead, so he gathers together a team from across the emotional spectrum — Carol Ferris, Glomulus, Zilius Zox, Saint Walker, Indigo-1, and of course, Thaal Sinestro. Each member has their own agenda and a distrust of some of their newfound teammates. Still, no matter the company, the Black Lanterns must be stopped. However, there’s something different about these Black Lanterns. These New Guardians must investigate, and little do they know that their path will lead them straight to the doorstep of GORR THE LANTERN BUTCHER.

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JUSTICE LEAGUE ELITE

Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Bryan Hitch
Characters: Luke Cage, Black Panther, Batwing, Steel

Luke Cage never wanted a part in the Justice League. They asked, and he said no. He knew what the League would do — focus on the larger issues and forget about the people down below. No, Luke is bound and determined to protect the people of his new home city of Chicago, specifically those who come from the wrong side of the tracks. But, when a deadly new drug that grants its users with destructive superpowers is unleashed on the streets, dozens begin to die. John Henry Irons, a brilliant weapons engineer, loses his daughter in one of the attacks. His coworker, Luke Fox, loses his father. The two are united in mind and purpose, and together create the tools they need to take the fight to the streets. Together with Luke Cage, they are determined to stop the drug’s deadly spread. But, the League is bound and determined to help, and that help soon arrives in the form of the Black Panther. Together, these four will find a newfound strength and form a bond that will protect America’s underprivileged for years to come.

ROCKET RACCOON AND THE ZOO CREW

Writer: JM DeMatteis
Artist: Stuart Immonen
Characters: Rocket Raccoon, Cosmo, Detective Chimp, G’Nort

When Rocket Raccoon lands on the space station Knowhere for a short stay, he finds a terrible sight — humanoids everywhere are walking around just fine, but anthropomorphic animals on the station are all dropping dead like flies. Together, he and Cosmo, a former cosmonaut dog who serves as Knowhere’s security chief and who also happens to have psychic powers, try to get to the bottom of what’s going on. They are soon joined by the greatest of all the Green Lanterns — no, not Hal Jordan. No, we’ve got the descendant of G’nelson and G’nancy himself — G’Nort! And that’s not all because somewhere in Knowhere’s seediest dive bar, there’s a chimp that’s about to wake up with one hell of a hangover and one hell of a mystery to solve — Detective Chimp!

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK

Writer: Ray Fawkes
Artist: Esad Ribic
Characters: The Spectre, Swamp Thing, Morbius, Prisoner of War, Angela

When the universe’s mystical energy begins to mysteriously disappear, those sensitive to the arcane and occult can feel the very fabric of existence being pulled apart. None feel the pull more strongly than Jim Corrigan, who convinces The Spectre to help him get to the bottom of it. Along the way, Corrigan finds others aware of what is happening. Swamp Thing can feel the imbalance threatening the balance of the natural world, while Dominick Torrez, the Prisoner of War, has lost his connection to two of his former squadmates. Morbius, the Living Vampire, has seen the imbalance allowing his vampiric kin new abilities that threaten all of mankind, and the mysterious Angela has appeared, claiming to be Heavensent in order to correct Earth’s magical imbalance. Together, this fearsome five will seek to protect Earth from threats most of the population doesn’t even know exists.

DEADPOOL

Writer: JM DeMatteis
Artist: Sara Pichelli
Characters: Deadpool

Ok, so who the hell decided that a comics draft was such a great idea in the first place? And how in the hell was the Merc with a Mouth not an instant No. 1 overall selection? Everyone else around here may not be wise to what’s going on, but Deadpool knows exactly what’s happening — a bunch of nerds sitting around computers decided that Deadpool didn’t even crack a top 50! So, he’s out to find out a few things. First, what exactly is a “Place to Be Nation?” And, how can Wade Wilson cross over the intradimensional whatchamacallits and make it into the universe these nerds inhabit? However he figures it out, he’s bound to send blood flying, heads rolling and chimichangas digesting along the way. Wade’s got five names on his hit list, and isn’t stopping until each one has been crossed off in the most humiliatingly ironic ways. And if anyone dares to call him “meta,” they’re getting added to the list too!