DC Direct Currents

    (DC, 1988-1995)

Like many publications that preview new books, each issue of DC’s Direct Currents contains plot summaries, writer and artist information, artwork and cover images for upcoming releases. Earlier issues also contain interviews, typically with talent involved with one of the projects spotlighted in that particular issue.

Beginning with issue #60 in early 1993, the series switched to a flipbook format, showcasing DC’s mainstream titles on one side and its newly-introduced Vertigo line of titles on the other.

— Ryan Reinhart

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#1

 
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 Previews Flash Gordon (DC), The Crimson Avenger, The Wanderers, Power Girl, and Batman: Year One  

#2

 
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 Contains an interview with Mike Baron  

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 Previews Power of the Atom, Batman: The Cult, World of Metropolis, and Who’s Who Update ’88; Contains an interview with William Messner-Loebs  

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 Previews V For Vendetta, Animal Man, Tailgunner Jo, Detective Comics, Green Arrow, and The Question; Contains an interview with Denys Cowan  

#5

 
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 Previews Hawk and Dove (2nd Series), Starman (1st Series), The New Guardians, The Best of The Brave and the Bold, and Haywire; Contains an interview with Karl Kesel  

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 Previews Cosmic Odyssey, Doc Savage (DC), and Deadshot; Contains an interview with Luke McDonnell  

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 Previews The Prisoner, Dragonlance, Alien Nation, and New Teen Titans: The Judas Contract; Contains an interview with Dean Motter  

#8

 
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 Previews Plastic Man (3rd Series), The Unknown Soldier (Mini-Series), and Batman: A Death in the Family; Contains an interview with Dan Jurgens  

#9

 
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 Previews Invasion!, Doctor Fate (2nd Series), Batman: Ten Nights of the Beast, and Black Orchid (Mini-Series); Contains an interview with Mike Zeck  

#10

 
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 Previews Black Orchid (Mini-Series), Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, Christmas with the Super-Heroes, Gammarauders, The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told, Mister Miracle (2nd Series), and Sandman; Contains an interview with Peter Gillis  

#11

 
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 Previews Catwoman (1st Series) and The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told; Contains an interview with Denny O’Neil  

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 Previews Blackhawk (3rd Series), The Huntress, L.E.G.I.O.N., New Gods (3rd Series), and Justice, Inc. (Mini-Series); Contains an interview with Kyle Baker  

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 Previews Justice League Europe, Gilgamesh II, Hero Hotline, The Phantom (3rd Series), and Private Files of the Shadow; Contains an interview with Kurt Schaffenberger  

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 Previews The Janus Directive, Batman Buttons, Blaster Special, and The Legend of Aquaman; Contains an interview with Paul Kupperberg  

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 Previews Skreemer, Hawk and Dove (2nd Series), Aquaman (3rd Series), Detective Comics, Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told, and Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters; Contains an interview with Mike Grell  

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 Previews Lex Luthor: The Unauthorized Biography, Justice League International and Firestorm, the Nuclear Man  

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 Previews Batman: The Official Comic Adaptation of the Warner Bros. Motion Picture, The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told, El Diablo, Hawkworld (Mini-Series), and Star Trek Movie Special; Contains an interview with Jerry OrdwayPaul Kupperberg 

#18

 
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 Previews Art of Walter Simonson, Detective Comics: The Mudpack, Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told, Kissyfur, and Justice, Inc. (Mini-Series); Contains an interview with Walter Simonson  

#19

 
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 Previews Forgotten Realms (DC), The Shadow Strikes!, Star Trek (4th Series), and Star Trek: The Next Generation  

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 Previews Legion of Super-Heroes (4th Series); Contains an interview with Keith Giffen  

#21

 
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 Previews Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Green Lantern: Emerald Dawn, and Superman Archives; Contains an interview with Ed Hannigan  

#22

 
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 Previews Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, Deadman: Love After Death, The Greatest Team-Up Stories Ever Told, and The Ring of the Nibelung; Contains an interview with Julius Schwartz  

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 Previews Greatest Golden Age Stories Ever Told, Superboy (2nd Series), and Time Masters; Contains an interview with Adam Hughes  

#24

 
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 Previews Adam Strange, Batman Year Two, and Secret Origins Of The World’s Greatest Super Heroes; Contains an interview with Brian Bolland  

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 Previews Batman: Digital Justice, The Atlantis Chronicles, Tempus Fugitive, and Dragonlance Saga; Contains an interview with Pepe Moreno  

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 Previews The Butcher, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Batman, and Green Arrow; Contains an interview with Klaus Janson  

#27

 
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 Previews Hawkworld, Green Lantern (3rd Series), Batman: Arkham Asylum, and The Adventures of Ford Fairlane; Contains an interview with Linda Medley  

#28

 
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 Previews The Demon (3rd Series), V for Vendetta, The Prisoner, and Shade, The Changing Man (2nd Series); Contains an interview with John Costanza  

#29

 
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 Previews World’s Finest, Greatest Team-Up Stories Ever Told, Total Recall, Who’s Who In the DC Universe, and Batman Archives; Contains an interview with Jerry Robinson  

#30

 
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 Previews Enemy Ace: War Idyll, Justice League Quarterly, Spelljammer, and Breathtaker; Contains an interview with Mark Wheatley and Marc Hempel  

#31

 
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 Previews Doom Patrol (2nd Series), Batman: A Lonely Place of Dying, and Swamp Thing (2nd Series); Contains an interview with Grant Morrison  

#32

 
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 Previews Twilight (DC), The Question Quarterly, The Nazz, and Lobo (Mini-Series); Contains an interview with Bryan Talbot  

#33

 
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 Previews Batman 3-D, Greatest 1950s Stories Ever Told, Avatar, Superman (2nd Series), and The Saga of the Swamp Thing; Contains an interview with Jerry Ordway, Dan Jurgens, and Roger Stein  

#34

 
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 Previews The Books of Magic (Mini-Series), Robin (Mini-Series), Batman: The Dailies, and World Without End; Contains an interview with Chuck Dixon and Tom Lyle  

#35

 
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 Previews Greatest Flash Stories Ever Told and Batman: Bride of the Demon; Contains an interview with Carmine Infantino  

#36

 
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 Previews Angel and the Ape (Mini-Series), Doctor Fate (2nd Series), and Challengers of the Unknown (Mini-Series); Contains an interview with Phil Foglio  

#37

 
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 Previews Kid Eternity (Mini-Series), Batman: The Cult, Detective Comics, and Justice Society of America (Mini-Series); Contains an interview with Jim Aparo  

#38

 
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 Previews Batman: Tales of the Demon, Armageddon 2001, Mister E, and Green Lantern: Emerald Dawn II; Contains an interview with Archie Goodwin, Dennis O’Neil, and Jonathan Peterson  

#39

 
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 Previews Star Trek: The Mirror Universe Saga, Superman for Earth, and Armageddon 2001; Contains an interview with Bob Greenberger and Michael Jan Friedman  

#40

 
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 Previews The Legend of the Shield, Omac: One Man Army Corps, Star Trek—The Modala Imperative, Superman: The Man of Steel, Batman Full Cirle, and Batman Archives; Contains 16-page “Impact Comics Preview” insert; Contains an interview with John Byrne  

#41

 
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 Previews The Jaguar, The Comet (Impact), Enemy Ace: War Idyll, Black Orchid (Mini-Series), Viking Glory—The Viking Prince, Deathstroke the Terminator, Batman: The Sunday Classics, Batman, Justice League America, Justice League Europe, and Flash (2nd Series); Contains an interview with Lee Marrs  

#42

 
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 Same as issue #43 with indicia for both issues; Previews War of the Gods, Armageddon 2001, The Fly (Impact), The Web, and Animal Man in issue #42; Previews The Psycho, Ragman (Mini-series), Armageddon 2001, and Batman: Holy Terror in issue #43  

#44

 
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 Previews Sandman, Hawkworld, Omac: One Man Army Corps, Black Canary (Mini-Series), The Griffin (DC), and Generation Zero  

#45

 
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 Previews Robin II, Black Hood, Batman/Judge Dredd: Judgment on Gotham, Aquaman (4th Series), Armageddon: The Alien Agenda, Clash, and The Brave and the Bold (Mini-Series)  

#46

 
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 Previews Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special, Warlord: The Savage Empire, Batman and Dracula: Red Rain, The Hacker Files, and Elongated Man  

#47

 
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 Previews Batman Versus Predator, Batman: Blind Justice, Batman: Master of the Future, Warlord (Mini-Series), Lobo Slipcase Package, Star Trek: Debt of Honor, and Agent Liberty Special  

#48

 
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 Previews Batman: Gotham Knights, Skull & Bones, My Name is Chaos, Shado: Song of the Dragon, and Superman: Panic In The Sky  

#49

 
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 Previews Justice League America, Justice League Europe, Justice League of America Archives, Armageddon: Inferno, and Swamp Thing: Dark Genesis  

#50

 
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 Previews Lobo’s Back, Cool World, The Crusaders, Wonder Woman (2nd Series), and all eight DC Silver Age Classics titles  

#51

 
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 Previews Green Lantern (3rd Series), Green Lantern Corp Quarterly, Green Lantern: Mosaic, Black Condor, and Batman: Run, Riddler, Run  

#52

 
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 Previews Batman: Shadow of the Bat, Batman: Catwoman Defiant, Batman: Penguin Triumphant, Guy Gardner: Reborn, Arion the Immortal, and Eclipso: The Darkness Within  

#53

 
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 Previews Batman Returns: The Official Comic Adaptation of the Warner Bros. Motion Picture, Star Trek: Debt of Honor, The Hacker Files, and Justice Society of America  

#54

 
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 Previews Team Titans, Lobo: Blazing Chain of Love, The Heckler, Ambush Bug Nothing Special, Peter Cannon-Thunderbolt, Martian Manhunter: American Secrets, and Hammerlocke  

#55

 
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 Previews Batman: Sword of Azrael, Guy Gardner, Batman: Night Cries, The Darkstars, Ironwolf: Fires of the Revolution, and Superman (2nd Series)  

#56

 
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 Previews Green Lantern: Ganthet’s Tale, The Batman Adventures, Batman/Green Arrow: The Poison Tomorrow, Valor (DC), Timber Wolf, Congorilla, Eclipso: The Darkness Within, and The Shazam! Archives  

#57

 
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 Previews Robin III: Cry of the Huntress, Streets, Deadman: Exorcism, Legion of Super-Heroes (4th Series), The Spectre (3rd Series), and Tell Me, Dark  

#58

 
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 Previews Death of Superman, Scarlett, Batman: Birth of the Demon, Batman: The Blue, the Grey, and the Bat, Black Canary, Robin 3000, Batman: Vengeance of Bane Special, and Showcase ’93  

#59

 
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 Previews Batman: Seduction of the Gun, Green Arrow: The Wonder Year, Crucible, Stanley and His Monster (2nd Series), DC’s AIDS Awareness Campaign, and the introduction of DC’s new Vertigo line of titles  

#60

 
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 Previews Superman: The Legacy of Superman, Modesty Blaise, Death: The High Cost of Living, and Enigma; Flipbook  

#61

 
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 Previews Hardware, Blood Syndicate, Legionnaires, Danger Trail (Mini-Series), Sandman Mystery Theatre, and MercyPaul Kupperberg 

#62

 
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 Previews The Atom, Lobo: Portrait of a Victim, Newstime, Superman: Panic in the Sky, Icon, Kid Eternity, and Sebastian O  

#63

 
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 Previews Adventures of Superman, Lobo: Un-American Gladiators, Kamandi: At Earth’s End, Static, Justice League Task Force, and Sandman  

#64

 
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 Previews Bloodbath, Chain Gang War, Legends, The Spectre (3rd Series), Zatanna, Batman: Knightfall, Skin Graft: The Adventures of a Tattooed Man, and The Last One  

#65

 
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 Previews Catwoman (2nd Series), Batman: Sword of Azrael, Batman/Grendel (1st Series), DC Universe: Trinity, The New Titans, Metamorpho (Mini-Series), Ragman: Cry of the Dead, Jonah Hex: Two-Gun Mojo, Vertigo Jam, and Sandman Mystery Theatre  

#66

 
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 Previews Hawkman (3rd Series), Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, The Golden Age, Flash (2nd Series), Lobo Convention Special, Black Orchid, and The Extremist  

#67

 
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 Previews Batman: Knightfall, Superman: The Return of Superman, Metal Men (Mini-Series), Hellblazer, and Vertigo Visions: The Phantom StrangerPaul Kupperberg 

#68

 
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 Previews Robin, Outsiders (2nd Series), Batman/Houdini: The Devil’s Workshop, Superman: Speeding Bullets, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Blackmask, S.T.A.R. Corps, Sandman, and Scarab  

#69

 
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 Previews Lobo, Aquaman: Time and Tide, Bloodbath, Batman: Two-Face Strikes Twice, Batman: Dark Joker—The Wild, The Spectre (3rd Series), Demolition Man, Xombi, Shadow Cabinet, The Children’s Crusade, and Sandman Mystery Theatre  

#70

 
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 Previews Xombi, Shadow Cabinet, Batman/Judge Dredd: Vendetta In Gotham, Showcase ’94, The Batman Adventures, Death: The High Cost of Living, and A Death Gallery  

#71

 
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 Previews Superboy (3rd Series), Steel, Supergirl (Mini-Series), Batman: Mask of the Phantasm-The Animated Movie, Fighting American (Mini-Series), Batman: In Darkest Knight, Legion of Super-Heroes (4th Series), Lobocop, Sandman; “Death Talks About Life”, and American Freak: A Tale of the Un-Men  

#72

 
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 Previews The Power of Shazam, Anima, Green Lantern (3rd Series), Zero Hour: Crisis in Time, Superman: Under a Yellow Sun, Swamp Thing (2nd Series), and Hellblazer  

#73

 
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 Previews Green Lantern (3rd Series), Lobo: A Contract on Gawd, Damage, Looney Tunes (DC), The Mystery Play, and Sandman Mystery Theatre  

#74

 
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 Previews Batman-Spawn: War Devil, DC’s 1994 Elseworlds Annuals, Gunfire, The Ray, The Books of Magic, and Rogan Gosh  

#75

 
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 Previews Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey, Action Comics, Kobalt, Xombi, Shadow Cabinet, The Huntress (Mini-Series), Prince and the New Power Generation: Three Chains of Gold, Batman, Batman: Shadow of the Bat, Detective Comics, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Robin, Witchcraft, and Breathtaker  

#76

 
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 Previews Worlds Collide, Batman, Batman: Shadow of the Bat, Detective Comics, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Robin, Catwoman, The Batman Adventures, Lois and Clark, The New Adventures of Superman, The Heart of the Beast, and Vertigo Visions: Doctor Occult  

#77

 
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 Previews Batman, Batman: Shadow of the Bat, Detective Comics, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Robin, Catwoman, Judge Dredd (DC), Batman/Punisher: Lake of Fire, Lobo: In the Chair, Star Trek: The Next Generation—The Series Finale, Legionnaires, Valor, Legion of Super-Heroes (4th Series), Aquaman (5th Series), Vamps, Shade, the Changing Man (2nd Series), Sandman Mystery Theatre, and Sandman  

#78

 
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 Previews Zero Hour: Crisis in Time, Viper, The Invisibles, and Moonshadow (Vertigo)  

#79

 
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Red border on “Zero Month!” coverPreviews Zero Hour: Crisis in Time, The Sandman: A Gallery of Dreams, Sandman Mystery Theatre, and Jonah Hex: Two-Gun Mojo  

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Green border on “Zero Month!” coverPreviews Zero Hour: Crisis in Time, The Sandman: A Gallery of Dreams, Sandman Mystery Theatre, and Jonah Hex: Two-Gun Mojo  

#80

 
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 Previews Starman (2nd Series), Manhunter (3rd Series), Fate, Primal Force, R.E.B.E.L.S., Batman: The Last Angel, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, The Guardians of Metropolis, Metropolis S.C.U., The Batman Adventures, The Batman Adventures: Mad Love, Flash (2nd Series), and Shadows Fall  

#81

 
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 Previews Batman Versus Predator II: Bloodmatch, Deathwish, Judge Dredd: Legends of the Law, Batman: Castle of the Bat, Star Trek: The Next Generation/Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: The Next Generation—Shadowheart, Damage, Sgt. Rock (2nd Series), The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch, and Mobfire  

#82

 
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 Previews Batman: Bloodstorm, Extreme Justice, Star Trek Generations, Babylon 5, Animaniacs, Showcase ’95, La Pacifica, Brooklyn Dreams, The Big Book of Urban Legends, Face (Vertigo), and Kill Your Boyfriend  

#83

 
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 Previews Azrael, The Batman Adventures, Batman, Detective Comics, Robin, Batman: Shadow of the Bat, Modesty Blaise, Street Fighter: The Battle for Shadaloo, Black Lightning (2nd Series), “Bob, the Galactic Bum”, Lobo/Deadman: The Brave and the Bald, Tainted, Sandman, and The Vertigo Tarot  

#84

 
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 Previews The Power of Shazam, Blood Pack, Superman: Kal, Batman: Mitefall, Gotham Nights II, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Guy Gardner: Warrior, Jonah Hex: Riders of the Worm and Such, Ghostdancing, The Books of Magic, and Absolute Vertigo  

#85

 
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 Previews Flash (2nd Series), Lobo: Bounty Hunting for Fun and Profit, Impulse, Blood Syndicate, Argus, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight: Jazz, The Psyba-Rats, Preacher, Big Book of Weirdos, Sandman Mystery Theatre, and Family Man  

#86

 
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 Previews Superman (2nd Series), Lobo’s Big Babe Spring Break Special, Icon, My Name is Holocaust, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deadman: Lost Souls, Animaniacs, Tank Girl Movie Adaptation, Sandman Mystery Theatre, and The Endless Gallery  

#87

 
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 Previews Justice League America, Triumph, Loose Cannon, Tank Girl: The Odyssey, The Big Book of Death, Goddess, and Kill Your Boyfriend  

#88

 
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 Previews Sovereign Seven, The Batman Chronicles, Superman: The Man of Tomorrow, Wonder Woman (2nd Series), “The Long, Hot Summer”, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek (4th Series), and Chiaroscuro  

#89

 
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 Previews Judge Dredd: The Official Movie Adaptation, Batman Forever: The Official Comic Adaptation of the Warner Bros. Motion Picture, Batman: Two-Face—Crime and Punishment, Batman: Riddler—The Riddle Factory, Batman: Featuring Two-Face and The Riddler, Nightwing: Alfred’s Return, The New Titans, Green Lantern (3rd Series), The Darkstars, Damage, Deathstroke the Terminator, “The Long, Hot Summer”, Sandman, Egypt, The Mystery Play, Sandman Mystery Theatre, Hunter’s Heart, and The Big Book of Conspiracies  

#90

 
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#91

 
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 Previews Batman: Manbat, Darkseid vs. Galactus: The Hunger, New Gods (4th Series), Batman: Vengeance of Bane II, Batman: Knight Gallery, Starman (2nd Series), Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey, Stuck Rubber Baby, Millennium Fever, The Vertigo Gallery: Dreams and Nightmares, The Invisibles, and SandmanMaureen McTigue, Scott Nybakken 

#92

 
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 Final Issue; Previews Underworld Unleashed, Superboy (3rd Series), Legion of Super-Heroes (4th Series), Legionnaires, Superman: The Trial of Superman, Batman: Brotherhood Of The Bat, The Batman and Robin Adventures, Flash (2nd Series), Superman: At Earth’s End, Star Trek: The Next Generation—Ill Wind, Vigilante: City Lights, Prairie Justice, Tank Girl: Apocalypse, Vertigo Voices: The Eaters, The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch, and Green CandlesMaureen McTigue, Scott Nybakken 

Special Edition #1

 
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 Titled“Direct Currents Special"Marco Palmieri, Maureen McTigue, Scott Nybakken