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DC ESSENTIAL GNs: 25 Essential
Image: Watchmen SC  - DC Comics
Watchmen SC
(DC Comics)

One of the most influential graphic novels of all time and a perennial bestseller, Watchmen is considered a gateway title to the entire graphic storytelling medium. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons seminal story is the benchmark against which all other graphic novels and comics books are judged.

A murder mystery-turned-nationwide conspiracy, Watchmen examines the lives of the eponymous superhero team as they seem to decay alongside the ever-darkening America around them. Rorschach, Nite Owl, the Silk Spectre, Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandias reunite to investigate whos behind a teammates murder, but find that the truth may be even more grim than the world they seek to protect.

[Written by Alan Moore, Art and cover by Dave Gibbons]

SRP: $19.99 Your Price: $16.99

Image: Batman: The Killing Joke Deluxe Edition HC  - DC Comics

In this groundbreaking work, Moore weaves together a twisted tale of insanity and human perseverance featuring Batmans greatest foe, the Joker. Looking to prove that any man can be pushed past his breaking point into madness, the Joker attempts to drive Commissioner Gordon insane. Refusing to give up even after suffering a tremendous personal tragedy, Gordon struggles to maintain his sanity with the help of Batman in a desperate effort to best the madman. Features all-new coloring by Bolland, and includes the story An Innocent Guy, previously featured in Batman: Black and White!

SRP: $17.99 Your Price: $15.29

Image: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns SC  - DC Comics

Ten years after an aging Batman has retired, Gotham City has sunk deeper into decadence and lawlessness. Now, when his city needs him most, the Dark Knight returns in a blaze of glory. Joined by Carrie Kelly, a teenage femail Robin, Batman must take back the streets.

Hailed as a comics masterpiece, The Dark Knight Returns is Frank Millers reinvention of Gothams Legendary protector. It remains of the most influential stories ever told in comics, and is a book cited by the filmmakers as an inspiration for blockbuster Batman movies.

SRP: $19.99 Your Price: $16.99

Image: Kingdom Come SC  - DC Comics
Kingdom Come SC
(DC Comics)

Eisner Award-winning artist Alex Ross provides an amazing new cover painting for this new edition of KINGDOM COME, which features a deluxe foldout cover only on its first printing! (Subsequent printings will not include the foldout.) Written by Mark Waid and illustrated by Ross, this is the unforgettable, best-selling tale of a world spinning inexorably out of control. Waid and Ross weave a tale of youth versus experience, tradition versus change, and what defines a hero. KINGDOM COME is a riveting epic that pits the old guard - Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and their allies - against a new, uncompromising generation of heroes. [Written by Mark Waid / Art and Cover by Alex Ross]

SRP: $19.99 Your Price: $16.99

Image: Joker HC  - DC Comics
Joker HC
(DC Comics)

In the all-new, hardcover original graphic novel JOKER, writer Brian Azzarello (100 BULLETS) and artist Lee Bermejo (HELLBLAZER covers) - the creative team behind the acclaimed miniseries LEX LUTHOR: MAN OF STEEL - show an even darker and more disturbing side to the most dangerous man in Gotham: The Joker. After yet another stint in Arkham Asylum, The Joker finds 'his city' divided among mobsters and costumed villains. Not content to settle for a piece of the pie, The Joker vows to take back the whole damn enchilada by any means necessary. Look for appearances by a slew of Gotham's most wanted, including gritty takes on Two-Face, Riddler, Killer Croc, Penguin, Harley Quinn and even Batman! Not since THE KILLING JOKE have you seen such a powerful tale of The Joker - you won't want to miss this one! [Written by Brian Azzarello / Art by Lee Bermejo & Mick Gray / Cover by Lee Bermejo]

SRP: $19.99 Your Price: $16.99

Image: Y: The Last Man Vol. 01 - Unmanned SC  - DC Comics

Y: THE LAST MAN VOL. 1 - UNMANNED SC (Brian K. Vaughan/Pia Guerra/José Marzan, Jr.) Collects issues #1-5. Y: The Last Man is that rare example of a page-turner that is all at once humorous, socially relevant and endlessly surprising. Written by Brian K. Vaughan and with art by Pia Guerra, this is the saga of Yorick Brown, the only human of a planet-wide plague that instantly kills every mammal possessing a Y chromosome. Accompanied by a mysterious government agent, a brilliant young geneticist and his pet monkey, Ampersand, Yorick travels the world in search of his lost love and the answer to why hes the last man on Earth.

SRP: $14.99 Your Price: $12.74

Image: V for Vendetta SC  - DC Comics
V for Vendetta SC
(DC Comics)

A visionary graphic novel that defines sophisticated storytelling, Alan Moores best-selling V For Vendetta is a terrifying portrait of totalitarianism and resistance, superbly illustrated by artist David Lloyd. Set in a futurist totalitarian England, a country without freedom or faith, a mysterious man in a white porcelain mask strikes back against the oppressive overlords on behalf of the voiceless. This powerful story detailing the loss and fight for individuality has become a cultural touchstone and enduring allegory for current events.

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Image: Green Lantern: Rebirth SC  - DC Comics

GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH SC - Full-Color Creators: Written by Geoff Johns, Art by Ethan Van Sciver & Prentis Rollins Description: A softcover edition of the hardcover collecting the sold-out miniseries restoring Hal Jordan as Earths Green Lantern! See how a man born without fear and seeking to rebuild his life puts cosmic forces into motion that will have repercussions not only on Earth but across the universe. 144 pages.

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Image: Justice League Vol. 01: Origin SC  - DC Comics

The superstar creative team of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee come together to relaunch the most iconic team in comics, with this accessible, game-changing graphic novel. It's the dawn of a new age of superheroes, frightening to the world at large.

Superman. Batman. The Flash. Wonder Woman. Green Lantern. Aquaman. Cyborg. Though young and inexperienced, brash and overconfident, each one alone is a powerful force in the battle of good against evil. Together, they may be the only thing on Earth that can stop the alien warlord Darkseid from claiming our planet as his own. Together, they will become the Justice League! [(W) Geoff Johns (A/CA) Jim Lee, Scott Williams]

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Image: Batman: Year One SC  - DC Comics

In 1986, Frank Miller and David Mazzuchelli produced this groundbreaking reinterpretation of the origin of Batman who he is, and how he came to be. Sometimes careless and naïve, this Dark Knight is far from the flawless vigilante he is today. In his first year on the job, Batman feels his way in a Gotham City far darker than when he left it. His solemn vow to extinguish the towns criminal element is only half the battle; along with Lieutenant James Gordon, the Dark Knight must also fight a police force more corrupt than the scum in the streets. This collection includes loads of reproductions of original pencils, script pages, promotional art, unseen Mazzucchelli Batman art and more.

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Image: Watchmen - International Edition SC  - DC Comics

One of the most influential graphic novels of all time and a perennial bestseller, Watchmen is considered a gateway title to the entire graphic storytelling medium. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons seminal story is the benchmark against which all other graphic novels and comics books are judged.

A murder mystery-turned-nationwide conspiracy, Watchmen examines the lives of the eponymous superhero team as they seem to decay alongside the ever-darkening America around them. Rorschach, Nite Owl, the Silk Spectre, Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandias reunite to investigate whos behind a teammates murder, but find that the truth may be even more grim than the world they seek to protect.

Along with the new cover, this volume features the high-quality, recolored pages from Watchmen: The Absolute Edition, restored by original series colorist John Higgins.

[Written by Alan Moore / Art and Cover by Dave Gibbons]

SRP: $19.99 Your Price: $16.99

Image: Batman: Hush SC  - DC Comics
Batman: Hush SC
(DC Comics)

Written by Jeph Loeb Art and cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams The epic crime thriller that rejuvenated The Caped Crusader is now available in one place as a trade paperback! In this story of murder, mystery and romance, Batman sets out on a simple mission to discover the identity of the mysterious villain wreaking havoc in his life known as Hush. But Batman ends up facing possibly the most intense case of his life as secrets from his past flood into the present, and the most notorious villains to ever haunt Gotham City's street attack simultaneously! Guest-starring The Dark Knight's greatest allies and enemies, this collection features BATMAN #608-619 as well as the 6-page segment from Wizard #0 and a 2-page origin story that originally appeared at dccomics.com. From best-selling writer Jeph Loeb (SUPERMAN/BATMAN, TV's Heroes) and superstar artist Jim Lee (SUPERMAN, X-Men) comes the long-awaited collection! Advance-solicited; on sale August 12. 320 pages. Full Color.

SRP: $24.99 Your Price: $21.24

Image: Batman: The Long Halloween SC  - DC Comics

Written by JEPH LOEB Art and cover by TIM SALE From the early days of Batman's crimefighting career, this new edition of the classic mystery involves a killer who strikes only on holidays. Working with Harvey Dent and Lieutenant Gordon, Batman races to discover who Holiday is! Collected from the original 13-issue series!

SRP: $24.99 Your Price: $21.24

Image: Sandman Vol. 01: Preludes & Nocturnes SC  - DC Comics - Vertigo

The first volume collecting Neil Gaiman's seminal horror series is available in a new edition featuring the improved production values and coloring. Collecting issues #1-8. An occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps Deaths younger brother Dream instead. After his seventy-year imprisonment and eventual escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power, to reclaim his role as the keeper of dreams. On his arduous journey Morpheus encounters Lucifer, John Constantine and an all-powerful madman. This book also includes the story The Sound of Her Wings which introduces the pragmatic, perky Death.

Neil Gaimans transcendent series is often labeled as not only the definitive Vertigo title, but also as one of the finest achievements in graphic storytelling. Gaiman created an unforgettable tale of the forces that exist beyond life and death by weaving ancient mythology, folklore and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative vision.

SRP: $19.99 Your Price: $16.99

Image: Fables Vol. 01: Legends in Exile SC  - DC Comics - Vertigo

The #1 New York Times best-selling series and winner of 14 Eisner awards. The classic first Fables collection featuring issues #1-5 of the award winning series. When a savage creature known only as the Adversary conquered the homeland of legends and myth, all of the infamous inhabitants of folklore were forced into exile. Disguised among the normal citizens of modern-day New York, these magical characters created their own secret society called Fabletown. But when Snow Whites party-girl sister, Rose Red is apparently murdered, its up to Bigby, the reformed Big Bad Wolf and Fabletowns Sheriff, to find the killer. This new edition features a brand-new painted cover by Mark Buckingham, as well as the short FABLES comic from PETER & MAX, presented here for the first time in color!

SRP: $12.99 Your Price: $11.04

Image: Identity Crisis SC  - DC Comics
Identity Crisis SC
(DC Comics)

IDENTITY CRISIS SC - (Brad Meltzer/Rags Morales/Michael Bair) Collects the 7-issue mini-series. When the spouse of a JLA member is murdered, the entire super-hero community searches for the killer, fearing their own loved ones may be the next targets. 264 pp.

SRP: $17.99 Your Price: $15.29

Image: Batman: Earth One HC  - DC Comics

From GEOFF JOHNS and GARY FRANK, the acclaimed team behind SUPERMAN: SECRET ORIGIN and the SHAZAM! stories in JUSTICE LEAGUE! In the tradition of SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE, this spectacular original graphic novel gives new insight into BRUCE WAYNE's transformation into BATMAN and his first year as THE DARK KNIGHT [(W) Geoff Johns (A) Gary Frank, Jonathan Sibal (CA) Gary Frank]

SRP: $22.99 Your Price: $19.54

Image: Batman Vol. 01: The Court of Owls SC  (N52) - DC Comics

Writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo have created a graphic novel that pays respect to 75 years of the Dark Knight's mythology, yet generates a take on Batman that's wholly unique and epic in scale. A part of DC Comics' The New 52, Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls has quickly ascended to the status of 'modern classic.'

Batman has heard tales of Gotham City's Court of Owls; that the members of this powerful cabal are the true rulers of Gotham, but dismissed the stories as rumors and old wives' tales. Gotham was his city. Until now. A brutal assassin is sinking his razor-sharp talons into the city's best and brightest as well as its most dangerous and deadly. If the dark legends are true, his masters are more powerful predators than Batman could ever imagine. Collects Batman #1-7! [(W) Scott Snyder (A) Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion (CA) Greg Capullo]

SRP: $16.99 Your Price: $14.44

Image: Superman: Earth One Vol. 01 SC  - DC Comics

Forget everything you know about The Man of Steel and brace yourself for a staggering new take on the world's most popular Super Hero. What would happen if the origin of The Man of Tomorrow were introduced today for the very first time? Return to Smallville and experience the journey of Earth's favorite adopted son as he grows from boy to Superman like you've never seen before! [(W) J. Michael Straczynski (A/CA) Shane Davis, Sandra Hope]

SRP: $14.99 Your Price: $12.74

Image: American Vampire Vol. 01 SC  - DC Comics - Vertigo
American Vampire Vol. 01 SC
(DC Comics - Vertigo)

Written by SCOTT SNYDER and STEPHEN KING Art and cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE This first volume of the critically acclaimed series collects issues #1-5 and follows two stories: one written by Scott Snyder and one written by Stephen King, both with art by superstar Rafael Albuquerque. Snyder's tale follows Pearl, a young woman living in 1920s Los Angeles, who is brutally turned into a vampire and sets out on a path of righteous revenge against the European monsters who tortured and abused her. And in King's story set in the days of America's Wild West, readers learn the origin of Skinner Sweet, the original American vampire - a stronger, faster creature than any vampire ever seen before.

SRP: $19.99 Your Price: $16.99

Image: JLA Vol. 01 SC  - DC Comics
JLA Vol. 01 SC
(DC Comics)

JLA VOL. 01 SC - Full Color. Description: Written by GRANT MORRISON and MARK MILLAR Art by HOWARD PORTER, JOHN DELL, OSCAR JIMENEZ and others Cover by HOWARD PORTER and JOHN DELL The legendary 1990s JLA series written by comics mastermind Grant Morrison (FINAL CRISIS) with stunning art by Howard Porter and others is now collected in trade paperback, including issues #1-9 and JLA SECRET FILES #1. The action begins as the JLA reunites to stop the Hyperclan, who have come to Earth posing as a new group of Super Heroes. But as their true nature comes to light, only the World's Greatest Super Heroes can stop them! Standing side by side, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, Green Lantern and the Martian Manhunter take on alien posers and come to realize that Earth needs a protectorate made up of only the mightiest icons. This new trade paperback includes several issues written by Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Ultimate Fantastic Four) that were not collected in the hardcover JLA DELUXE EDITION series. 256 pages. Full Color. 256 pages.

SRP: $19.99 Your Price: $16.99

Image: All-Star Superman SC  - DC Comics

Written by GRANT MORRISON Art and cover by FRANK QUITELY The complete 12-issue run of ALL-STAR SUPERMAN by Morrison and Quitely is collected in a single trade paperback! Witness the Man of Steel in exciting adventures featuring Lex Luthor, Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane, Bizarro, and more! Plus: Superman goes toe-to-toe with Bizarro, his oddball twin, and the new character Zibarro, also from the Bizarro planet.

SRP: $29.99 Your Price: $25.49

Image: Saga of the Swamp Thing Book 01 SC  - DC Comics - Vertigo

Before tackling Watchmen, Alan Moore made his debut in the U.S. comic book industry with the revitalization of the horror comic book Swamp Thing. His deconstruction of the classic monster stretched the creative boundaries of the medium and became one of the most spectacular series in industry history. Saga of the Swamp Thing came to explore modern-day issues against a backdrop of the macabre. With a host of some of the genres greatest artists, Alan Moores first masterpiece for DC/Vertigo serves as a stunning commentary on environmental, political, and social issues, unflinching in its relevance. This title collects issues #20-27 of the seminal horror series, starting with The Anatomy Lesson, a haunting origin story with terrifying revelations. [(W) Alan Moore (A) Stephen R. Bissette & Various (CA) John Totleben, Stephen R. Bissette]

SRP: $19.99 Your Price: $16.99

Image: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 01 SC  - DC Comics

LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN BOOK ONE SC (Alan Moore/Kevin ONeill) An Americas Best Comic. Collects the mini-series. Thrill to the immortal adventures of Mina Harker, Allan Quatermain, Captain Nemo, the Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll, and Mr. Hyde. This marvelous band of adventurers is recruited by the Empire in her hour of need, to discover the secret of White Chapel... and the nefarious plans the sinister Doctor has for it. This volume also contains the complete text feature Allan and the Sundered Veil with accompanying illustrations by Mr. O'Neill, as well as all the covers for the original series. As a special bonus, we are pleased to announce the addition of a sketchbook section.192 pp.

SRP: $16.99 Your Price: $14.44


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