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    October 16, 2007

    BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS UNVEIL NEW CREATIVE TEAM — AND A NEW ROSTER?

    Next month, the most covert and underground strike force in the DC Universe, the Outsiders, takes yet another unexpected turn.

    Now, for the first time, DC Comics unveils two striking, new BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS #1 covers: one by Doug Braithwaite (JUSTICE) and a variant by Ryan Sook (NIGHTWING). What do these images signal? A new lineup, drastically different from the one that’s been teased at, discussed and previewed? What’s brought Oliver Queen and Cassandra Cain into the fold? Is this a new roster, or a red herring?

    Two people know. And they’re not telling.

    BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS #1 will also mark the debut of a new creative team, with the addition of writer Chuck Dixon (ROBIN) and up-and-coming artist Julian Lopez (WONDER WOMAN) stepping in for the previously announced team of writer Tony Bedard and Koi Turnbull.

    The new era for the team begins with Catwoman, Metamorpho, Katana, Grace and Martian Manhunter called into investigate a potential time bomb at Jardine Enterprises — but will the new team’s first mission also be it’s last?

    BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS. Let the speculation begin.

    BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS #1 Standard Edition (AUG070205) is available for advance reorder; as a reminder, retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (AUG070206) for every 10 copies of the Standard Edition ordered. This issue is on Final Order Cutoff on October 25 and is scheduled to arrive in stores on November 14.

    Watch for updated information on BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS #2 and 3 coming soon!

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    ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY PREVIEWS THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN: BLACK DOSSIER

    ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY has posted a 4-page preview of THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN: BLACK DOSSIER at http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20152452,00.html, along with an article that praises LEAGUE as “a terrifically acclaimed comic book franchise.”

    THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN: BLACK DOSSIER is scheduled to arrive in stores on November 14 and is available to U.S. retailers for advance reorder as follows:

    THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN: BLACK DOSSIER Variant Edition (JUL060241) features a blue background and shows Mina Harker in bed reading the Black Dossier. This cover is available only to U.S. retailers with Diamond accounts.

    THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN: BLACK DOSSIER Standard Edition (JUL078077) features a black border and shows Mina Harker running through a hall with the Black Dossier in hand. This cover will be available to all U.S retailers with Diamond accounts and retailers in the book trade market.

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    BILLING UPDATE FOR THE PROGRAMME #4 AND METAMORPHO YEAR ONE #2

    Please note that THE PROGRAMME #4 (AUG070314) and METAMORPHO YEAR ONE #2 (AUG070214), both scheduled to arrive in stores on October 17, did not appear on retailer bills for this week’s items. These titles will appear on October 24 bills instead.

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    BACK TO PRESS!

    The following titles have been reprinted and are available for order:

    CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS TP (AUG058162) (6th printing) Now priced $29.99/36.99 Can.
    FABLES VOL. 4: MARCH OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS TP (OCT058021) (3rd printing) Now priced $17.99/21.99 Can.
    THE SANDMAN VOL. 2: THE DOLLS HOUSE TP (APR058268) (15th printing) Now priced $19.99/23.99 Can.

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    LAST CHANCE SALE!

    The following DC items are priced at 70% off through November 5, 2007:

    THE ALL NEW ATOM #12
    THE ALL NEW ATOM #13
    THE ALL NEW ATOM #14
    AQUAMAN: SWORD OF ATLANTIS #43
    AQUAMAN: SWORD OF ATLANTIS #53
    AQUAMAN: SWORD OF ATLANTIS #54
    BIRDS OF PREY #107
    BIRDS OF PREY #108
    BLUE BEETLE #16
    BLUE BEETLE #17
    CHECKMATE #16
    DCU: BRAVE NEW WORLD #1
    GREEN ARROW #75
    GREEN LANTERN #14
    GREEN LANTERN #15
    GREEN LANTERN #16
    GREEN LANTERN #17
    GREEN LANTERN #18
    GREEN LANTERN #19
    GREEN LANTERN #20
    GREEN LANTERN CORPS #13
    HAWKGIRL #65
    HAWKGIRL #66
    JLA CLASSIFIED #39
    JLA CLASSIFIED #40
    JLA CLASSIFIED #41
    JONAH HEX #20
    JONAH HEX #21
    JONAH HEX #22
    JSA CLASSIFIED #27
    JSA CLASSIFIED #28
    JUSTICE #2 (2ND PRINT)
    JUSTICE #5 (3RD PRINT)
    JUSTICE #6
    JUSTICE #7
    JUSTICE #8
    JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1 (4TH PRINT)
    JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #2 (2ND PRINT)
    JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #3
    JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #4
    JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #5
    JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #6
    OUTSIDERS #48
    OUTSIDERS #49
    SHADOWPACT #14
    SHADOWPACT #15
    SUPERGIRL AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #31
    SUPERGIRL AND THE LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #32
    TEEN TITANS #35
    TEEN TITANS #36
    TEEN TITANS #37
    TEEN TITANS #38
    TEEN TITANS #39
    TEEN TITANS #40
    TEEN TITANS #41
    THE TRIALS OF SHAZAM! #7
    WONDER WOMAN #7
    WONDER WOMAN #8
    WONDER WOMAN #9
    WONDER WOMAN #10

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    RETURNABLE ITEMS*

    A - BATMAN #668
    B - THE BATMAN STRIKES! #37
    B - COUNTDOWN PRESENTS THE SEARCH FOR RAY PALMER: WILDSTORM #1
    A - THE TRIALS OF SHAZAM! #8
    C - CATWOMAN #71

    Returnable Books Key:
    A - Late Ship
    B - Change In Creative Team
    C - Not As Solicited
    D - Mislabeled Crossover
    E - Unlabeled Mature Title
    F - Incorrect Price
    G - Wrong UPC Code
    H - Unmatched Cover & Interior Content
    I - Printing Error Comic
    J - Shipped Returnable
    K - With Qualifying Initial Order
    L - Made returnable at DC's discretion

    *Accompanied by a Diamond Distributors Return Authorization Form

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    ITEMS ON FINAL ORDER CUT-OFF THIS WEEK

    Final orders are due BEFORE Thursday, October 18.

    11/07/2007 - THE ALL NEW ATOM #17
    11/07/2007 - COUNTDOWN PRESENTS: THE SEARCH FOR RAY PALMER: RED RAIN #1
    11/07/2007 - COUNTDOWN SPECIAL: JIMMY OLSEN 80-PAGE GIANT
    11/07/2007 - COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS 25
    11/07/2007 - THE EXTERMINATORS #23 (VERTIGO)
    11/07/2007 - FREDDY VS. JASON VS. ASH #1 ASH COVER (WILDSTORM)
    11/07/2007 - FREDDY VS. JASON VS. ASH #1 FREDDY COVER (WILDSTORM)
    11/07/2007 - FREDDY VS. JASON VS. ASH #1 JASON COVER (WILDSTORM)
    11/07/2007 - INFINITY INC. #3
    11/07/2007 - JONAH HEX #25
    11/07/2007 - JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED #39 (JOHNNY DC)
    11/07/2007 - LOONEY TUNES #156 (JOHNNY DC)
    11/07/2007 - METAL MEN #4
    11/07/2007 - METAMORPHO YEAR ONE #3
    11/07/2007 - MIDNIGHTER #13 (WILDSTORM)
    11/07/2007 - ROBIN #168
    11/07/2007 - ROBIN #168 VARIANT EDITION
    11/07/2007 - SCALPED #11 (VERTIGO)
    11/07/2007 - SUPERGIRL #23
    11/07/2007 - SUPERGIRL #23 VARIANT EDITION
    11/07/2007 - SUPERMAN #670
    11/07/2007 - TRANQUILITY: ARMAGEDDON #1 (WILDSTORM)
    11/07/2007 - THE VINYL UNDERGROUND #2 (VERTIGO)
    11/07/2007 - WILDSTORM FINE ARTS SPECIAL: SPOTLIGHT ON THE AUTHORITY (WILDSTORM)
    11/07/2007 - Y: THE LAST MAN #59 (VERTIGO)
    11/21/2007 - 52 VOL. 4 TP
    11/21/2007 - AMERICAN VIRGIN VOL. 3: WET TP (VERTIGO)
    11/21/2007 - BATMAN: DEATH IN THE CITY TP
    11/21/2007 - SUPERGIRL: IDENTITY TP

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    ARRIVING IN STORES NEXT WEEK: RELEASE DATE — OCTOBER 24, 2007

    ACTION COMICS #857
    THE AUTHORITY: PRIME #1 (WILDSTORM)
    BLUE BEETLE #20
    COUNTDOWN 27
    COUNTDOWN SPECIAL: THE FLASH 80-PAGE GIANT
    THE FLASH #233
    GEN13 #13 (WILDSTORM)
    GOTHAM UNDERGROUND #1
    GREEN ARROW: YEAR ONE #6
    GREEN LANTERN #23 (2ND PRINT)
    GREEN LANTERN CORPS #17
    HELLBLAZER #237 (VERTIGO)
    JACK OF FABLES VOL. 2: JACK OF HEARTS TP (VERTIGO)
    JLA CLASSIFIED #45
    JUSTICE LEAGUE ELITE VOL. 2 TP
    THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES IN THE 31ST CENTURY #7 (JOHNNY DC)
    LOVELESS #20 (VERTIGO)
    RED MENACE TP (WILDSTORM)
    ROBIN #167
    SCOOBY-DOO #125 (JOHNNY DC)
    THE SPIRIT VOL. 1 HC
    SUPERMAN #669
    SUPERMAN/BATMAN #41
    TALES OF THE SINESTRO CORPS: PARALLAX #1 (2ND PRINT)
    TALES OF THE SINESTRO CORPS: SUPERMAN PRIME #1
    TEEN TITANS #52
    UNCLE SAM AND THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS #2
    VS (VERSUS) VOL. 7 (CMX)
    WETWORKS #14 (WILDSTORM)

    DC DIRECT:
    WORLD OF WARCRAFT SERIES 1 BLOOD ELF ROGUE ACTION FIGURE
    WORLD OF WARCRAFT SERIES 1 DWARF WARRIOR ACTION FIGURE
    WORLD OF WARCRAFT SERIES 1 INNER CASE ASSORTMENT
    WORLD OF WARCRAFT SERIES 1 MASTER CASE ASSORTMENT
    WORLD OF WARCRAFT SERIES 1 ORC SHAMAN ACTION FIGURE
    WORLD OF WARCRAFT SERIES 1 UNDEAD WARLOCK ACTION FIGURE

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    ARRIVING IN STORES IN TWO WEEKS: RELEASE DATE — OCTOBER 31, 2007

    52 AFTERMATH: THE FOUR HORSEMEN #3
    ACTION COMICS #858
    ACTION COMICS #858 VARIANT EDITION
    AMERICAN VIRGIN #20 (VERITGO)
    BATMAN #670
    BATMAN #670 VARIANT EDITION
    CARTOON NETWORK BLOCK PARTY #38 (JOHNNY DC)
    COUNTDOWN PRESENTS: LORD HAVOK AND THE EXTREMISTS #1
    COUNTDOWN TO ADVENTURE #3
    COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS 26
    COUNTDOWN TO MYSTERY #2
    THE CREEPER: WELCOME TO CREEPVILLE TP
    CRIME BIBLE: THE FIVE LESSONS OF BLOOD #1
    CROSSING MIDNIGHT #12 (VERITGO)
    DC INFINITE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL #1
    DEATH OF THE NEW GODS #2
    THE FLASH: WONDERLAND TP
    GON VOL. 2 (CMX)
    JACK OF FABLES #16 (VERITGO)
    JSA CLASSIFIED #31
    JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #10
    JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #10 VARIANT EDITION
    MIDNIGHTER: ARMAGEDDON #1 (WILDSTORM)
    ROBIN ANNUAL #7
    SAMURAI COMMANDO MISSION 1549 VOL. 2 (CMX)
    SHOWCASE PRESENTS: TEEN TITANS VOL. 2 TP
    SUPERGIRL AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #35
    SUPERMAN CONFIDENTIAL #8
    SUPERNATURAL: ORIGINS #6 (WILDSTORM)
    TEEN TITANS GO! #48 (JOHNNY DC)
    THE TRIALS OF SHAZAM! #9

    DC DIRECT:
    BATMAN AND SON BALANCED MASTER CASE ASSORTMENT
    BATMAN AND SON BALANCED INNER CASE ASSORTMENT
    BATMAN AND SON: BATMAN ACTION FIGURE
    BATMAN AND SON: NINJA MANBAT ACTION FIGURE
    BATMAN AND SON: ROBIN & DAMIAN 2 PACK
    BATMAN AND SON: THE JOKER ACTION FIGURE
    BATMAN AND SON WEIGHTED MASTER CASE ASSORTMENT
    BATMAN AND SON WEIGHTED INNER CASE ASSORTMENT
    BATMAN AND SON SOLID PACK BATMAN CASE ASSORTMENT
    DC MINIMATES WAVE 6 ASSORTMENT

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    SHIPPING CHANGES
    UPDATED INSTORE DATES APPEARS FIRST
    ORIGINAL INSTORE DATE APPEARS LAST

    DC COMICS SHIPPING CHANGES:
    11/14/07 - ALL STAR SUPERMAN #9 - 08/22/07
    11/14/07 - BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS #1 - 10/17/07
    11/14/07 - BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS VARIANT EDITION #1 - 10/17/07
    11/21/07 - THE SPIRIT #11 - 10/17/07
    11/28/07 - BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS #2 - 11/21/07
    11/28/07 - CRIME BIBLE: THE FIVE LESSONS OF BLOOD #2 - 11/07/07
    12/19/07 - THE SPIRIT #12 - 11/21/07
    01/02/08 - THE SPIRIT #13 - 12/19/07

    DC DIRECT SHIPPING CHANGES:
    11/14/07 - JLA COVER TO COVER STATUE: WONDER WOMAN - 10/24/07
    11/21/07 - BATMAN STATUE DARK CRUSADER - 10/10/07
    11/21/07 - JUSTICE: ACTION FIGURE BOX SET - 10/31/07

    AMERICA'S BEST COMICS (ABC) SHIPPING CHANGES:
    11/14/07 - THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN: THE BLACK DOSSIER HC VARIANT EDITION - 10/25/06

    VERTIGO SHIPPING CHANGES:
    11/21/07 - FAKER #5 - 11/07/07
    01/02/08 - FAKER #6 - 12/05/07
     
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    Rumor has it the creative team change-up is due to a company wide burn on the Countdown writers. The rumor says that some bigger name creators are being brought in to bump up flagging sales (and probably to help redeem a book that has not been well received at all) and some of the existing staff - such as Batman and the Outsiders' original writer, Tony Bedard - is finding that they aren't getting much, if any, upcoming assignments.
     

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