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    August 19, 2008

    SUPERMAN SOARS INTO ACTION IN "NEW KRYPTON"

    October marks the start of a new, nine-part epic starring Superman! Spinning directly out of his battles with Brainiac and Atlas, the Man of Steel must deal with the sudden presence of 100,000 Kryptonians on Earth!

    Featuring stories by Geoff Johns, James Robinson and Sterling Gates, these issues are illustrated by Pete Woods, Gary Frank, Renato Guedes, Jamal Igle and others, these stories test Superman like never before, and involve cast members including Supergirl, Jimmy Olsen and others.

    Look for these issues solicited in the August Previews:

    SUPERGIRL #34
    Beginning the new direction for SUPERGIRL, which will tie the book and character firmly into the Superman franchise, this issue features the debut of the new creative team of writer Sterling Gates, artists Jamal Igle & Keith Champagne, and cover artist Joshua Middleton!

    This issue is written by Sterling Gates, with art by Jamal Igle & Keith Champagne, a cover by Joshua Middleton and a variant cover by Fernando Pasarin. It is a 32-page comic scheduled to arrive in stores on October 1 with a cover price of $2.99 U.S.

    ACTION COMICS #870
    The "Brainiac" finale! It's Superman versus Brainiac with everything at stake! No longer content to simply eradicate Superman, Brainiac is now determined to destroy Earth like so many other planets he's left in his wake. But Brainiac's ship is full of many bottles, inside of which some surprise guest-stars lurk! And while hope may blossom on Brainiac's ship, there's one life even the Man of Steel can't save.

    This issue is written by Geoff Johns, with art by Gary Frank & Jon Sibal, a cover by Gary Frank and a variant cover by Andy Kubert. It is a 32-page comic scheduled to arrive in stores on October 8 with a cover price of $2.99 U.S.

    SUPERMAN'S PAL, JIMMY OLSEN SPECIAL #1
    Straight from the pages of SUPERMAN, Jimmy Olsen, would-be star reporter, doggedly investigates the mystery surrounding Superman's newest foe, Atlas! But the secrets behind the titan of yore lead Olsen across the country and into great danger as he must survive attacks by none other than Codename: Assassin! And just as Jimmy is getting to the truth, he finds himself in the Midwest and seeking the aide of a hero long thought dead. This story leads directly into SUPERMAN: NEW KRYPTON SPECIAL #1!

    This issue is written by James Robinson, with art by Jesus Merino, a cover by Ryan Sook and a variant cover by Kevin Nowlan. It is a 48-page comic scheduled to arrive in stores on October 15 with a cover price of $3.99 U.S.

    SUPERMAN: NEW KRYPTON SPECIAL #1
    A "Sightings" issue! "New Krypton" Part 1 of 9! The entire Superman franchise writing team joins forces, with art by Pete Woods and others, to formally launch the Superman event years in the making! While the current threat of Brainiac may have been forestalled in ACTION COMICS #870, the repercussions will be felt for a long, long time. Superman's greatest victory has lead to his happiest day - and his saddest. Gains are balanced by losses while Superman has to figure out what to do with 100,000 Kryptonians! Hold on to your capes as this story leads directly into SUPERMAN #681.

    This issue is written by Geoff Johns, James Robinson and Sterling Gates, with art by Pete Woods, Gary Frank & Jon Sibal, Renato Guedes & Wilson Magalháes, a cover by Gary Frank and a variant cover by Renato Guedes & Wilson Magalháes. It is a 48-page comic book scheduled to arrive in stores on October 22 with a cover price of $3.99 U.S.

    SUPERMAN #681
    "New Krypton" Part 2! Picking up directly from SUPERMAN: NEW KRYPTON SPECIAL #1, 100,000 Kryptonians have descended on Earth. But their introduction to the world follows a bumpy road, and humans and Kryptonians alike are wary of one another. Meanwhile, Clark must say goodbye to a long-standing member of his supporting cast while the threat behind Atlas makes his next move against the Man of Steel!

    Featuring the first third of a cover triptych by Alex Ross that will continue next month in SUPERGIRL and ACTION COMICS!

    This issue is written by James Robinson, with art by Renato Guedes & Jose Magalháes, a cover by Alex Ross and a variant cover by Bernard Chang. It is a 32-page comic book scheduled to arrive in stores on October 29 with a coverprice of $2.99 U.S.

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    BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE OFFER ON JUSTICE VOL. 1 HC

    Don't miss out on this special offer: From Wednesday, August 20 through Tuesday, August 26, retailers will receive a free copy of the JUSTICE VOL. 1 HC (JUN060200) for each copy ordered.

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    FINAL CRISIS LOGO ANIMATION

    With FINAL CRISIS continuing to shake the foundations of the DC Universe, visitors to the DC Comics website can get a hint of things to come. Go to Final Crisis and click on the cover to FINAL CRISIS #3 Supergirl image to see how the FINAL CRISIS logo will change in issues to come.

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    DC DIRECT JOKER POKER SET TO BE RESOLICITED

    Due to a significant increase in the production run of DC Direct's JOKER POKER SET, this item will be resolicited in the October Previews with a new instore date of December 17. All orders placed under the item code JUN080329 are cancelled.

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    JACK OF FABLES #27 TO BE RESOLICITED

    All orders for JACK OF FABLES #27 placed under the item code JUL080219 are cancelled. This item is resolicited in the August Previews under item code AUG080228, scheduled to arrive in stores on October 29.

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    SHIPPING ADVISORY: FINAL CRISIS: REQUIEM #1 SECOND PRINTING, FINAL CRISIS: ROGUE'S REVENGE #1 SECOND PRINTING

    Due to an error, two FINAL CRISIS reprints that were supposed to reach stores on August 13 - FINAL CRISIS: REQUIEM #1 Second Printing (MAY088350) and FINAL CRISIS: ROGUE'S REVENGE #1 Second Printing (MAY088351), instead will arrive in stores on August 20.

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    FEATURE CHANGE FOR 1966 LIVE ACTION TV SERIES BATMOBILE REPLICA

    Please note that the 1966 LIVE ACTION TV SERIES BATMOBILE REPLICA (MAY080285) will not include the Batmobile blueprint as solicited. Because of this change, this item will be made returnable at a later date.

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    TWO CMX TITLES TO BE RESOLICITED

    Please note that all orders are cancelled for the following CMX titles:

    GO GO HEAVEN!! VOL. 7 (JUN080311)
    SWAN VOL. 14 (MAY080282)

    These titles will be resolicited at a later date.

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    NEW DOWNLOADABLE PROMO ITEMS AVAILABLE ON DC RETAILER PAGE AT DIAMONDCOMICS.COM

    The following downloadable promo item is now available on the DC Retailer page at Diamondcomics.com:

    . WATCHMEN CO-OP AD SLICK, BAG SLICK and HC COVER ART
    . SUPERMAN: NEW KRYPTON HEADER CARD, SHELF TALKER and COVER TRIPTYCH ART

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    BACK TO PRESS!

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

    ASTRO CITY: TARNISHED ANGEL TP (JUN088071) (2nd printing) Now priced $19.99/$22.99 Can.
    BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP (DEC058055) (10th printing) Now priced $14.99/$16.99 Can.
    BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN TP (DEC058083) (10th printing) Now priced $19.99/$22.99 Can.
    BATMAN: YEAR ONE DELUXE TP (OCT060163) (4th printing) Now priced $14.99/$16.99 Can.
    THE FLASH: ROGUE WAR TP (NOV050258) (2nd printing) Now priced $17.99/ 21.99 Can.
    JSA VOL. 8: BLACK REIGN TP (APR050341) (2nd printing) Now priced $12.99/$14.99 Can.
    ORBITER SC (JUL088085) (2nd printing) Now priced $17.99/$21.99 Can.
    SUPERMAN: WORLD WITHOUT A SUPERMAN TP (JUL088017) (2nd printing) Now priced $17.99/$21.99 Can.
    WATCHMEN TP (FEB058406) (21st printing) Now priced $19.99/$22.99 Can.

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    BACK IN STOCK!

    The following titles are back in stock and available for order:

    GREEN LANTERN: THE SINESTRO CORPS WAR VOL. 2 HC (FEB080242)
    GREEN LANTERN: TALES OF THE SINESTRO CORPS HC (FEB080243)

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    SOLD OUT!

    Please note that the following items are now sold out at DC:

    THE AUTHORITY: REVOLUTION BOOK 1 TP (JUN050422)
    BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE STATUE FRANK MILLER (AUG070340)
    BATMAN: BROKEN CITY HC (APR040277)
    BATMAN DARK VICTORY SERIES 1 MASTER CASE ACTION FIGURE ASST (MAR060410)
    BATMAN: THE CULT TP (STAR19192)
    BATMAN: THE JOKER'S LAST LAUGH TP (FEB080248)
    BATMAN THE LONG HALLOWEEN SERIES 1 MASTER CASE ASST (APR050431)
    BIZARRO 13" DELUXE COLLECTOR FIGURE (OCT070276)
    COMIC BOOK COVER PORTFOLIO #1: WOMEN OF THE DC UNIVERSE (SEP070310)
    DC MINIMATES WAVE ONE (DEC060320)
    ELFQUEST ARCHIVES VOL 2 HC (JAN050333)
    INFINITE CRISIS HC (JUN060204)
    JUSTICE VOL. 2 HC (OCT060202)
    MAD BATHROOM COMPANION TP (STAR11543)
    MR. MXYZPLTLK SOFT TOY (STAR12043)
    NIGHTWING: A KNIGHT IN BLUDHAVEN TP (STAR08162)
    SMAX TP (SEP050303)
    TOM STRONG BOOK 3 HC (FEB040299)
    TOMORROW STORIES BOOK 2 HC (DEC030311)
    TOMORROW WOMAN ACTION FIGURE (STAR12003)
    WHO'S WHO MYSTERY BOX SET SERIES 1 (OCT050344)

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    DC OFFICES CLOSED FRIDAY, AUGUST 29 & MONDAY SEPTEMBER 1

    Please note that the offices of DC Comics and WildStorm Productions will be closed Friday, August 29 and Monday September 1, for Labor Day.

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    ITEMS ON FINAL ORDER CUT-OFF THIS WEEK

    The following hot projects are on Final Order Cut-off this week. Be sure you've got enough copies of each - check your orders and process any changes before Thursday, August 21. Retailers may access the DC FOC page at the Diamond website by going to https://retailer.diamondcomics.com/main/MyAccount.

    09/10/2008 - 100 BULLETS #95 (VERTIGO) $2.99
    09/10/2008 - ACTION COMICS #869 $2.99
    09/10/2008 - ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER #10 $2.99
    09/10/2008 - ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER #10 VARIANT EDITION $2.99
    09/10/2008 - BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #21 $2.99
    09/10/2008 - BOOSTER GOLD #12 $2.99
    09/10/2008 - CARTOON NETWORK ACTION PACK #29 (JOHNNY DC) $2.25
    09/10/2008 - DC UNIVERSE: DECISIONS #1 $2.99
    09/10/2008 - EX MACHINA #38 (WILDSTORM) $2.99
    09/10/2008 - FINAL CRISIS: REVELATIONS #2 $3.99
    09/10/2008 - GEN13 #22 (WILDSTORM) $2.99
    09/10/2008 - GREEN ARROW/BLACK CANARY #12 $2.99
    09/10/2008 - GREEN LANTERN CORPS #28 $2.99
    09/10/2008 - LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES IN THE 31ST CENTURY #18 (JOHNNY DC) $2.25
    09/10/2008 - SIMON DARK #12 $2.99
    09/10/2008 - SUPER FRIENDS #7 (JOHNNY DC) $2.25
    09/10/2008 - TRINITY #15 $2.99
    09/10/2008 - WONDER WOMAN #24 $2.99
    09/10/2008 - WORLD OF WARCRAFT: ASHBRINGER #1 (WILDSTORM) $3.99
    09/10/2008 - WORLD OF WARCRAFT: ASHBRINGER #1 VARIANT EDITION (WILDSTORM) $3.99
    09/10/2008 - YOUNG LIARS #7 (VERTIGO) $2.99
    10/08/2008 - BATMAN CHRONICLES VOL. 6 TP $14.99
    10/08/2008 - CROSSING MIDNIGHT VOL. 3: SWORD IN THE SOUL TP (VERTIGO) $14.99
    10/08/2008 - EX MACHINA VOL. 7: EX CATHEDRA TP (WILDSTORM) $12.99
    10/08/2008 - JLA: THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW TP $14.99
    10/08/2008 - JONAH HEX: LUCK RUNS OUT TP $12.99
    10/08/2008 - SENTENCES: THE LIFE OF MF GRIMM TP (VERTIGO) $14.99

    DC DIRECT:
    10/29/2008 - JLA TROPHY ROOM: THE JOKER CANE PROP REPLICA $295.00

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    RETURNABLE ITEMS*

    08/22/2008 - B - INFINITY INC. #11
    08/22/2008 - B - SUPERGIRL #31
    09/12/2008 - B - BIRDS OF PREY #120
    09/12/2008 - A - THE EXTERMINATORS #30
    09/12/2008 - F - GREEN ARROW/BLACK CANARY: ROAD TO THE ALTAR TP
    09/12/2008 - B - LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #44
    09/12/2008 - B - LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #44 VARIANT EDITION
    09/12/2008 - C - ROBIN #175
    09/12/2008 - F - THE X-FILES SPECIAL #0
    09/12/2008 - F - THE X-FILES SPECIAL #0 VARIANT EDITION

    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 Comic Distributors Return Form

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    ARRIVING IN STORES NEXT WEEK: RELEASE DATE - AUGUST 27, 2008

    ALL STAR SUPERMAN VOL. 1 TP
    AMBUSH BUG YEAR NONE #2
    AMERICA'S BEST COMICS PRIMER TP (ABC)
    APOTHECARIUS ARGENTUM VOL. 6 (CMX)
    BATMAN: GOTHAM AFTER MIDNITE #4
    BLUE BEETLE #30
    BRAVE AND THE BOLD VOL. 2: THE BOOK OF DESTINY HC
    CARTOON NETWORK BLOCK PARTY #48 (JOHNNY DC)
    CATWOMAN #82
    COUNTDOWN PRESENTS: LORD HAVOK AND THE EXTREMISTS TP
    DC UNIVERSE: LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT #1
    DMZ #34 (VERTIGO)
    DOKKOIDA VOL. 3 (CMX)
    FAMILY DYNAMIC #1 (JOHNNY DC)
    FINAL CRISIS: ROGUES' REVENGE #2
    FINAL CRISIS: SUPERMAN BEYOND #1
    JACK OF FABLES #25 (VERTIGO)
    JLA VOL. 1 DELUXE EDITION HC
    JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #18
    JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #18 VARIANT EDITION
    LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #45
    THE LOST BOYS: REIGN OF FROGS #4 (WILDSTORM)
    MADAME XANADU #3 (VERTIGO)
    METAL MEN HC
    NORTHLANDERS #9 (VERTIGO)
    REIGN IN HELL #2
    SECRET HISTORY OF THE AUTHORITY: HAWKSMOOR #6 (WILDSTORM)
    SUICIDE SQUAD: FROM THE ASHES TP
    SUPERMAN #679
    SUPERNATURAL: RISING SON #5 (WILDSTORM)
    TEEN TITANS #62
    TEEN TITANS: YEAR ONE #6
    TRINITY #13
    VENUS IN LOVE VOL. 4 (CMX)
    WILDCATS #2 (WILDSTORM)

    DC DIRECT:
    BATMAN BLACK & WHITE STATUE BY GEORGE PEREZ

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    ARRIVING IN STORES IN TWO WEEKS: RELEASE DATE - SEPTEMBER 3, 2008

    ACTION COMICS #866 (2ND PRINT)
    ADAM STRANGE SPECIAL #1
    ARMY @ LOVE: THE ART OF WAR #2 (VERTIGO)
    THE AUTHORITY #2 (WILDSTORM)
    THE BATMAN STRIKES! #49 (JOHNNY DC)
    BILLY BATSON AND THE MAGIC OF SHAZAM! #2 (JOHNNY DC)
    CRAYON SHINCHAN VOL. 4 (CMX)
    DEATH OF THE NEW GODS HC
    DETECTIVE COMICS #848
    DR. FATE: COUNTDOWN TO MYSTERY TP
    EL DIABLO #1
    FABLES #75 (VERTIGO)
    FRINGE #1 (WILDSTORM)
    GREEN LANTERN #34
    HELLBLAZER PRESENTS: CHAS - THE KNOWLEDGE #3 (VERTIGO)
    HELLBLAZER: THE LAUGHING MAGICIAN TP (VERTIGO)
    HOUSE OF MYSTERY #5 (VERTIGO)
    INVASION TP
    JONAH HEX #35
    KING OF CARDS VOL. 5 (CMX)
    LOONEY TUNES #166 (JOHNNY DC)
    MANHUNTER #34
    NIGHTWING #148
    SECRET SIX #1
    SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERMAN VOL. 4 TP
    STORMING PARADISE #3 (WILDSTORM)
    SUPERGIRL #33
    TITANS #4
    TOR #5
    TRINITY #14
    UN-MEN #13 (VERTIGO)
    THE VINYL UNDERGROUND #12 (VERTIGO)
    WAR THAT TIME FORGOT #5

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    SHIPPING CHANGES NOTE

    Please note new in-stores dates on trade paperbacks and hardcovers as well as CMX and MINX titles originally scheduled to arrive in stores from August through October. This is due to adjustments being made in DC's manufacturing and production schedules. All of these titles will arrive in stores one week later than originally solicited, as noted below.

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

    DC COMICS SHIPPING CHANGES:
    09/10/2008 - ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER #10 - 04/30/2008
    09/10/2008 - ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER #10 VARIANT EDITION - 04/30/2008
    09/10/2008 - BATMAN: THE BLACK GLOVE HC - 09/03/2008
    09/10/2008 - GOTHAM CENTRAL VOL. 1: IN THE LINE OF FIRE HC - 09/03/2008
    09/17/2008 - ALL STAR SUPERMAN #12 - 08/06/2008
    09/17/2008 - JSA PRESENTS: GREEN LANTERN TP - 09/10/2008
    09/17/2008 - JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA VOL 1: THE TORNADO'S PATH TP - 09/10/2008
    09/17/2008 - SUPERMAN: KRYPTONITE HC - 09/10/2008
    09/17/2008 - TITANS #5 - 09/10/2008
    09/17/2008 - UNCLE SAM AND THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS: BRAVE NEW WORLD TP - 09/10/2008
    09/24/2008 - BATMAN #680 - 08/27/2008
    09/24/2008 - BATMAN #680 VARIANT EDITION - 08/27/2008
    09/24/2008 - KINGDOM COME TP - NEW EDITION - 09/10/2008
    09/24/2008 - THE SPIRIT VOL. 2 HC - 09/10/2008
    09/24/2008 - TWO-FACE YEAR ONE #2 - 08/13/2008
    10/01/2008 - FINAL CRISIS #4 - 09/17/2008
    10/01/2008 - FINAL CRISIS: LEGION OF THREE WORLDS #2 - 09/17/2008
    10/15/2008 - FINAL CRISIS: ROGUES' REVENGE #3 - 09/17/2008
    10/15/2008 - THE SPIRIT ARCHIVES VOL. 25 HC - 08/27/2008

    DC DIRECT SHIPPING CHANGES:
    09/10/2008 - GREEN LANTERN VS. SINESTRO BOOKENDS - 08/27/2008
    09/10/2008 - SANDMAN AND DEATH 20TH ANNIVERSARY BOOKENDS - 09/03/2008
    09/17/2008 - JLA BUILD-A-SCENE STATUE: PART 1 - 08/13/2008
    09/24/2008 - ALL STAR SERIES 1 BALANCED CASE ASSORTMENT - 09/03/2008
    09/24/2008 - ALL STAR SERIES 1 BALANCED INNER CASE ASSORTMENT - 09/03/2008
    09/24/2008 - ALL STAR SERIES 1: BATGIRL ACTION FIGURE - 09/03/2008
    09/24/2008 - ALL STAR SERIES 1: BATMAN ACTION FIGURE - 09/03/2008
    09/24/2008 - ALL STAR SERIES 1: SUPER LOIS ACTION FIGURE - 09/03/2008
    09/24/2008 - ALL STAR SERIES 1: SUPERMAN ACTION FIGURE - 09/03/2008
    09/24/2008 - ALL STAR SERIES 1 WEIGHTED CASE ASSORTMENT - 09/03/2008
    09/24/2008 - ALL STAR SERIES 1 WEIGHTED INNER CASE ASSORTMENT - 09/03/2008
    10/15/2008 - JLA BUILD-A-SCENE STATUE: PART 2 - 09/17/2008
    10/29/2008 - JLA TROPHY ROOM: THE JOKER CANE PROP REPLICA - 07/30/2008
    11/12/2008 - JLA BUILD-A-SCENE STATUE: PART 3 - 10/08/2008

    CMX MANGA SHIPPING CHANGES:
    09/10/2008 - KEY TO THE KINGDOM VOL. 5 - 08/27/2008
    09/10/2008 - PALETTE OF 12 SECRET COLORS VOL. 4 - 08/20/2008
    09/10/2008 - TERU TERU X SHONEN VOL. 3 - 09/03/2008
    09/17/2008 - ORFINA VOL. 4 - 08/27/08

    MINX SHIPPING CHANGES:
    09/17/2008 - JANES IN LOVE - 09/10/2008

    VERTIGO SHIPPING CHANGES:
    09/17/2008 - HELLBLAZER #247 - 08/20/2008
    09/17/2008 - LOVELESS VOL 3: BLACKWATER FALLS TP - 09/10/2008
    09/24/2008 - FABLES #76 - 09/10/2008
    09/24/2008 - JACK OF FABLES #26 - 08/27/2008
    10/22/2008 - HELLBLAZER #248 - 09/17/2008
    11/19/2008 - HELLBLAZER #249 - 10/22/2008

    WILDSTORM SHIPPING CHANGES:
    09/10/2008 - EX MACHINA #38 - 07/16/2008
    09/10/2008 - FREDDY VS JASON VS ASH TP - 09/03/2008
    10/01/2008 - CHUCK #4 - 09/10/2008
    10/29/2008 - CHUCK #5 - 10/09/2008
     

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