When the internationally famous barbarian hero returned to comics, with an all-new fresh start by award-winning writer Kurt Busiek (JLA/Avengers, Astro City) and dynamic artists Cary Nord, Thomas Yeates, and Dave Stewart, the result was instant sell-outs and multiple printings to keep up with the demand. Now Conan's earliest adventures are collected in a handsome 192-page collection. Catch all the action and savagery as he wars with the murderous Vanir, meets the Frost Giant's Daughter, and is taken as a slave by the ancient sorcerers of Hyperborea! This top-selling new series faithfully expands on original author Robert E. Howard's literary creation. Collecting issues #0-#6 and fourteen pages from issue #7 of the ongoing series. • "Writer Kurt Busiek treats him with the dignified respect due one of the towering figures in fantasy literature ... it feels like historians unearthed a vibrant, bloody tapestry. These are, once again, the days of high adventure."-Entertainment Weekly
Welcome to New York. Here, burning figures roam the streets, men in brightly colored costumes scale the glass and concrete walls, and creatures from space threaten to devour our world. This is the Marvel Universe, where the ordinary and fantastic interact daily. This is the world of MARVELS. Collecting MARVELS #0-4.
The critically acclaimed and award-winning creative team behind the runaway-hit revival are back with a brand new adaptation of one of Conan creator Robert E. Howard's best-known tales. Award-winning writer Kurt Busiek and artists Cary Nord and Dave Stewart render the glorious suspense of Howard's beloved "The God in the Bowl" in all its terrifying detail, as well as introducing not only Conan's most famed adversary, Thoth-amon, but a new female foil to Conan's exploits-Janissa the Widowmaker, bound by a pact to a witch who has sinister plans for Conan. Collecting issues #7, #9-#14 of the Dark Horse series. * "Writer Kurt Busiek treats him with the dignified respect due as one of the towering figures in fantasy literature ... it feels like historians unearthed a vibrant, bloody tapestry. These are, once again, the days of high adventure."-Entertainment Weekly * "Conan is an action-packed spectacle, a barbarian blockbuster with a brain, and an epic as intelligent as it is visually stunning."-Wizard Magazine
Eisner award-winning writer Kurt Busiek (JLA/Avengers, Astro City), Eisner award-nominated artist Cary Nord (Daredevil), and Eisner award-winning color artist Dave Stewart (Ultimate Fantastic Four; DC: The New Frontier) continue their groundbreaking run on Dark Horse's best-selling Conan series with an adaptation of one of Robert E. Howard's greatest Conan tales, "The Tower of the Elephant"! Fed up with both civilization and mysticism, Conan travels to the infamous City of Thieves to take out his frustrations. When a bar fight uncovers the legend of the impregnable Tower of the Elephant, he becomes determined to rob it, setting out on a quest unlike any he's undertaken-one that will involve new comrades, sudden death, horrifying creatures, and gruesome unsettling fates for both gods and men. • Busiek and Nord-with a special appearance by legendary illustrator Michael Wm. Kaluta (Books of Magic, Lucifer)-chronicle a seminal adventure in Conan's life. • Collecting Conan #0, #16-17, #19-22. • The hardcover edition is exclusive to Direct Market and will be printed to order.
What's in a name? Everything, if you share it with the Man of Steel!- SUPERMAN: SECRET IDENTITY is a 208-page trade paperback collecting the critically lauded 4-issue miniseries written by Kurt Busiek (JLA/AVENGERS, ASTRO CITY) with art by Stuart Immonen (SUPERMAN: END OF THE CENTURY, THOR). Set in the real world, SECRET IDENTITY examines the life of a young Kansas man with the unfortunate name of Clark Kent.All Clark wants is to be a writer, but his daily life is filled with the taunts and jibes of his peers, comparing him to that other Clark Kent - the one with super-powers. Until one day when Clark awakens to discover that he can fly...that he does in fact have super-strength! But where did these powers come from? And what's he going to do about it?
The European country of Slorenia is dead. Every man, woman, and child eliminated with the cold precision of a machine. And out of the flaming remnants of this tiny Baltic state comes a message from its murderer: Mankind's days are numbered because Ultron has returned! He - or it - is one of the Avengers' oldest, most implacable foes, menacing humanity countless times. But never before has Ultron been this dangerous, this deadly. Now, he stands on the brink of committing global genocide, and rebuilding Earth in his own robotic images. Our only hope is a desperate U.N. strike on Slorenia, led by the Avengers themselves. But will it be in time? Will the strength and courage of Earth's Mightiest Heroes be enough in the face of such overwhelming evil? For the sake of the world, it will have to be! Plus: When you're an Avenger, you're one of Earth's Mightiest Heroes - the first line of defense against the dangers no conventional foe could halt, the threats no ordinary man could withstand. Threats including Dominex, Lord Templar, Pagan, and the Thunderbolts! Collects Avengers #12-22, #0 and Annual 1999.
Collects Avengers Forever #1-12. Seven time-lost Avengers - plucked from the past; present and future - must protect longtime ally Rick Jones from death at the hands of Immortus; Master of Time. To find out why Rick Jones has been targeted for elimination; the Avengers join forces with Kang the Conqueror; one of the team's deadliest; most implacable foes - and the ancient Immortus' younger self; as well - in a cosmic battle that stretches from the Old West to the End of Time. And as they do so; they discover that they're fighting not just for one life; but for the very destiny of mankind; against a greater foe than they could possibly imagine!
Celebrate the birthday of the book that made a Giant-Size impact on comics! Revisit the fateful day that Professor X gathered an all-new, all-different, multinational mix of mutants — as Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Banshee, Sunfire, Thunderbird and some guy named Wolverine unite with Cyclops in the rescue tale that ushered in four decades of uncanny adventures! See how the original team reacted to the newly expanded roster! Learn the tragic histories of Colossus and Wolverine! Ask yourself “What If?” they all died or never even met! And savor the explosive epic that revealed the group’s true deadly genesis and the ill-fated existence of a previous team! Collecting: Giant-Size X-Men #1 and #3-4, Classic X-Men #1, X-Men Origins: Colossus #1, X-Men Origins: Wolverine #1, X-Men: Deadly Genesis #1-6, What If? (1989) #9 and #23, and material from X-Men Gold #1.
SPECIAL LOW INTRODUCTORY PRICE OF $9.99! The debut collection of the hit epic-fantasy series. When the wizards of the Autumnlands reach through time to bring back a legendary hero, they don't get the savior they expected. But in a shattered, besieged city, he's their only hope of survival-and possibly their entire world's, as well. Collects THE AUTUMNLANDS: TOOTH & CLAW #1-6.
Fan-favorite creators Kurt Busiek and George Pérez usher in a new era for Earth's Mightiest Heroes! Since the team's inception, the Avengers have always defended humanity against the forces of evil. When duty calls, these legendary champions answer, fighting valiantly until justice prevails. But what happens when their oldest foes strike directly at the team? On the eve of a huge Avengers gathering, an attack by the evil enchantress Morgan Le Fay sends these assembled heroes into a strange medieval reality where nothing is as it seems. Held under Le Fay's thrall, the Avengers have lost all memory of their true identities. Breaking free of Morgan's spell, Captain America and Hawkeye must fi ght to free their teammates before the Marvel Universe is altered forever! Plus: The Avengers take on the Squadron Supreme! COLLECTING: Avengers (1998) #1-11, Annual 1998; Iron Man (1998) Captain America (1998) Quicksilver #10
A major new epic begins featuring Winged Victory, Samaritan, and the Confessor, three of Astro City's most popular heroes. When criminal charges are brought against Winged Victory, the Confessor must investigate and it leads to open combat with Samaritan! Can Astro City's three greatest heroes find a way to work together against this mystery threat? Plus, Winged Victory's origin is revealed at last! Collects ASTRO CITY #7-10 and ASTRO CITY VISITOR'S GUIDE #1.
MARVELS and ASTRO CITY writer KURT BUSIEK returns to Image Comics with rising-star artist BEN DEWEY for an all-new ONGOING SERIES! Conan meets Game of Thrones meets Kamandi in an original high-fantasy epic for mature readers, as a secret conclave of wizards brings a legendary champion back through time to save the world, with disastrous consequences. The action begins in a spectacular DOUBLE-SIZED FIRST ISSUE!
Writer Kurt Busiek and artist Greg Ruth team up to give you the story of Conan's early life, from his birth on a Cimmerian battlefield to his coming of age as a warrior in the pivotal Battle of Venarium. Sowing the seeds of the barbarian's momentous career, this chronicle of Conan's youthful conquests-both martial and carnal-also showcases master storytellers Busiek and Ruth's work at its finest. • "[Ruth's art] is gorgeous to look at, conveying a different but equally lush vision of Cimmeria and the rest of Hyboria."-The Fourth Rail • Collects Conan #8, #15, #23, #32, #45, and #46.
No one has seen or heard from the Man of Steel in this collection from iconic writers Kurt Busiek and Geoff Johns. As Clark Kent concentrates on his career, the need for the Man of Steel is stronger than ever-especially now that Lex Luthor has returned to Metropolis with his thirst for power fully intact! Collects SUPERMAN #650-653 and ACTION COMICS #837-840.
A FAMILY ALBUM is a collection not just of faces, but of moments. Of treasured memories. And Astro City's family album is no exception. Acclaimed creators Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson and Alex Ross invite you into a world of superheroes, monsters and other wonders, to let you walk the streets, breathe the air, share in some of the city's greatest moments...and make them your treasured memories, too. A new family's first day in town. A world-famous hero takes on the fourth grade. A crimefighter and his wife face a momentous decision about the future. An unlikely entertainment legend reflects on his tumultuous life. And the perfect crime turns out...not so perfect.
Astro City, after dark: What becomes of the world of wonders-of noble heroes and sinister villains-once the sun retreats? Walk the night streets of Astro City to discover the secrets of the reclusive Confessor-and face a crisis that could destroy the city and everyone in it. After leaving his rural home and working his way into the superhero scene as a busboy and waiter, Brian Kinney attracts the attention of Astro City's vigilante, Confessor. Dubbed "Altar Boy," Brian becomes the Confessor's sidekick just in time to witness Astro City suffer under the looming threat of a serial killer on the loose. As shadows approach and the city's leaders move to ban superheroes altogether, Brian is forced to question the actions of his mentor. Will their partnership be doomed before it can even begin? From acclaimed creators Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson and Alex Ross, this second volume collects ASTRO CITY #1/2, 4-9. It also features ASTRO CITY: A VISITOR'S GUIDE, a comprehensive guidebook to the city, covering its history, neighborhoods, fine cuisine and more, and including "Our Brightest Stars," a gallery of Astro City's heroes, drawn by a virtual who's who of superstar talent.
The Rocketeer flies again! Dave Stevens unveiled the Rocketeer nearly 30 years ago to instant acclaim, and in all the years since that auspicious debut, respect for Dave's talent and his greatest creation have only continued to grow. Last year, IDW had the honor of releasing the complete Rocketeer saga in several editions, showcasing the work of this great artist as it was always meant to be seen-completely remastered, with nearly every page scanned directly from the originals and recolored by Dave's hand-picked colorist. Today we are able to celebrate Dave's talent once again, with an all-new Rocketeer anthology miniseries written and drawn by some of the finest creators in comics, and with the full cooperation of the Stevens family. The first star-studded issue of The Rocketeer features a gorgeous cover by Alex Ross, and terrific stories by John Cassaday, Mike Allred, Kurt Busiek, and Michael Kaluta, plus pin-ups by Mike Mignola and Jim Silke -- all paying tribute to the continued legacy of Rocketeer and Dave Stevens!
The original ASTRO CITY collection is offered in a new edition with new cover art by Alex Ross! Welcome to Astro City, a shining city on a hill where super heroes patrol the skies. Each chapter in this collection is a standalone story, highlighting different aspects or characters in the Astro City world. The cityÍs leading super hero tries to be everywhere at once, and berates himself for every wasted second as he longs for just a moment of his own. A smalltime hood learns a heroÍs secret identity, and tries to figure out how to profit from the knowledge. A beat reporter gets some advice from his editor on his first day on the job. A young woman tries to balance the demands of her family with her own hopes and desires. Despite the fantastic settings, the characters in these slice-of-life stories feel like real people, and that gives the stories real power.
In this new ASTRO CITY collection, the spotlight falls on Quarrel and Crackerjack as they face a real crisis: what does an aging crimefighter do when time starts to take its toll? Plus, a look into Quarrel's origins-and the end of the line for one of Astro City's most stalwart heroes. And what's a talking gorilla to do when he's always wanted to be a drummer in a rock & roll band? That's right, you go to Astro City. But from there, well, things are never all that simple. Collects ASTRO CITY #18-21 and #23-24.
Up, Up, And Away part 3, continued from ACTION COMICS #837. The Man of Steel mulls over an incredible offer--with incredible ramifications--from Green Lantern. Meanwhile, someone breaks one of Superman's deadliest villains out of prison while another threat from his Rogues Gallery forms an unlikely alliance! Continued in ACTION COMICS #838.
Collects Avengers (1998) 24-34, Annual 2000, Thunderbolts #42-44. Earth's Mightiest Heroes vs. Marvel's Most Wanted, and more! The crisis of the Eighth Day pits the Avengers against the unstoppable force that is the Juggernaut, while Triathlon's first day as an Avenger takes the team south of the border and back in time thousands of years! And how does the mystery of Madame Masque match the curse of Count Nefaria?
Eisner Award winning author/illustrator team Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson dive into untold stories of the Honor Guard! Adventures that could change the team forever, ASTRO CITY HONOR GUARD spotlights Starfighter, Hummingbird and many others. Plus, a glimpse into the life of Wolfspider; a member of the Australian Honor Guard. When Queenslaw, a cartoon super hero team from Wolfspider's youth, suddenly turns up as real heroes, he has to deal with his origin, his childhood dreams, and deadly danger. This action packed collection featuring guest-artist Jesus Merino and Gary Chaloner. Collects ASTRO CITY #13, #22, #25, #27-28, and #31.
THE END OF THE JUSTICE LEAGUE In this follow-up to the best-selling IDENTITY CRISIS and prelude to the epic INFINITE CRISIS, Kurt Busiek (ASTRO CITY, JLA/AVENGERS), Geoff Johns (JUSTICE LEAGUE), Allan Heinberg (WONDER WOMAN) and others tell the story of the final days of the JLA! The Earth has survived catastrophe after catastrophe, from alien invasions to the sun dying, but it has never reached a turning point quite like this, and neither has the JLA. While no one knows the Infinite Crisis that is coming, the members of the JLA can feel it, and itÕs starting to wear on their already-frayed nerves. The beginning of the end starts with an incursion from the antimatter universe by the Crime Syndicate of America, the JLAÕs evil dimensional counterparts. As chaos reigns across Earth, the two super-teams must band together before the might of the Weaponers of Qward. Closer to home, Batman has learned the truth behind the Justice LeagueÕs darkest secret: that they used magic to alter the minds of the Secret Society of Super-Villains. With the Society returned, seeking vengeance, the League is forced to question the fine line between hero and vigilante. Collects JLA #107-125 and JLA SECRET FILES 2004.
Know, O Prince, that in an age undreamed of, shining kingdoms lay spread across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars. Hither came Conan the Cimmerian; black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandaled feet . . . Conan: The Hall of the Dead concludes writer Kurt Busiek's (JLA/Avengers, Astro City) critically acclaimed run, paving the way for new writer Tim Truman (Conan and the Songs of the Dead) and featuring a story by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola! Eisner award-nominated artist Cary Nord (Daredevil), and Eisner award-winning color artist Dave Stewart (Ultimate Fantastic Four, DC: The New Frontier) continue their groundbreaking run on Dark Horse's best-selling Conan series with three of the best writers in comics today. * Collects Conan #24, 25, 29, 30, 31, 33, 34
A new collection featuring the best-selling SUPERMAN #654-658! The Man of Steel has returned to Metropolis and must battle to rout Intergang out of Metropolis! He also faces trouble with Lois, looming problems involving Lana Lang, and a dangerous new discovery in Kazakhstan. Get ready for an action-packed saga that tears a swath across Eastern Europe!
A captive Conan is brought north in chains and learns just how far off the mark was his vision of Hyperborea as a land "of gleaming cities, of riches, and wonders, and exotic women, who live lives of serenity and contemplation, in peace with all manner of bird and beast, from the lamb to the griffin and milk and honey flow in streams from the hills." Robert E. Howard hinted at the nightmares that his character Conan suffered in Hyperborea, but Busiek and company reveal them here for the first time in livid detail. "Rendered by Cary Nord, it feels like historians unearthed a vibrant, bloody tapestry. These are, once again, the days of high adventure."_Entertainment Weekly_
In this critically acclaimed work from writer Kurt Busiek (ASTRO CITY) and artist Stuart Immonen (Ultimate X-Men), an alternate ÒClark KentÓ encounters complications the real Superman never had to handle: a career, a wife, children-a real life. Despite his iconic name, Clark Kent from Picketsville, Kansas, is just a normal kid whose parents thought they were being clever. He canÕt fly, or see through walls, or shrug off speeding bullets-that is, until the day he can. And itÕs all much harder than it looks in the comics. Follow Clark across the decades as this man with powers tries to prove he can make the world a safer place without sacrificing everything. Collects SUPERMAN: SECRET IDENTITY #1-4
The long-awaited sequel to the award-winning publishing sensation that made Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross into stars! News photographer Phil Sheldon's back, with the man-on-the-street's perspective on the big events of the Marvel Universe - from the Avengers, the all-new X-Men, and the Secret Wars to Dracula and Werewolf By Night. But this time, Phil's world is going to be rocked not just by superheroes and super-villains, but by something far more personal, as well. Featuring the Marvel debut of artist Jay Anacleto, whose gorgeous, photorealistic pencil renderings give a new look to the Marvel Universe, and what it would be like to actually be there. Collects Marvels: Eye of the Camera #1-6.
The long awaited return of the award-winning series ASTRO CITY finally arrives! Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson launch their next epic in the world of Astro City when a mysterious door appears, heralding the arrival of the Ambassador. But when an ordinary man is caught in a cosmic conflict, it is up to favorites like Samaritan and Honor Guard, as well as new heroes, to rise to the occasion and save the world! Collects ASTRO CITY #1-6
Collects Thor #14-17, Iron Man #21-22, Peter Parker: Spider-Man #11 & Juggernaut: The Eighth Day. Asgard's in shambles, Odin's not who he seems, and Enrakt the Enchanter has been following the thunder god far more closely than suspected! Thor also faces earthly foes in the Absorbing Man, Titania and the unstoppable Juggernaut!
Starring the adventures of Astro City's most popular heroes, collecting ASTRO CITY: SAMARITAN #1, ASTRO CITY: ASTRA #1-2, ASTRO CITY: SILVER AGENT #1-2 and ASTRO CITY: BEAUTIE #1. Astra Furst, a third-generation super hero of Astro City, is graduating from college. It's a time of friends and family, new opportunities, changing relationships Ð and danger! Featuring the First Family, the creatures of Monstro City, a new hero team and more on a graduation night nobody's ever going to forget! Also in this volume: at last, the full story of the Silver Agent's fateful journey through time is revealed Ð including his origin, his greatest battles and his ultimate fate. Plus, Samaritan has his annual dinner with the Infidel, and Beautie, the life-size super-powered fashion-doll member of Honor Guard, doesn't know who she is. Now, she's determined to get answers.
Up, Up, And Away part 8, continued from SUPERMAN #653. Superman falls from the sky, and his re-introduction to Metropolis brings changes to Clark Kent's life that no one could have imagined. While putting the pieces of the city back together, Superman must also figure out how to fit together the pieces of his life!
Life in a city full of superheroes, costumed criminals, sorcerers, demons, mobsters and madmen is unpredictable at the best of times. And for Charles and Royal Williams, two brothers trying to cope with a tragedy that ripped their family apart long ago, and threatens to tear them apart today, the times are anything but good. Acclaimed master storytellers Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson invite you to walk the streets and alleyways of Astro City in one of its most turbulent periods. Meet the dangerous Madame Majestrix, the sultry Black Velvet, the psychotic Jitterjack and more, as you find out why the people of Astro City call this ÒThe Dark Age.Ó
Up, Up, And Away part 7, continued from ACTION COMICS #839. Lex Luthor's ultimate gambit becomes clear, as he uses his Kryptonian technology in an attempt to destroy Superman once and for all! And, while the battle between Luthor's war machine and Superman rages on, the secret of Superman's return may finally be revealed! Concluded in ACTION COMICS #840.