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Astro City #15

“Ellie’s Friends” part two. In the wake of last issue’s devastation, Ellie has to find a way to save her longtime friends and discover the truth about her past in the process. Plus: Honor Guard and the villainy of Vivi Viktor! “Ellie’s Friends” part two. In the wake of last issue’s devastation, Ellie has to find a way to save her longtime friends and discover the truth about her past in the process. Plus: Honor Guard and the villainy of Vivi Viktor!

Astro City #14

A roadside killer-robot sanctuary and museum? Only in Astro City. Meet Ellie and her very unusual friends. Plus: Samaritan, Cleopatra, Reflex 6 and more! A roadside killer-robot sanctuary and museum? Only in Astro City. Meet Ellie and her very unusual friends. Plus: Samaritan, Cleopatra, Reflex 6 and more!

Astro City #13

24 hours. 24 pages. A robot. A bank robber named Gundog. The Hanged Man. Jack-In-The-Box. The eternal, mysterious Dancing Master. And a whole lot of romance. One of ASTRO CITY's most unusual stories, of city-wide turmoil and changing lives, all in a single day. 24 hours. 24 pages. A robot. A bank robber named Gundog. The Hanged Man. Jack-In-The-Box. The eternal, mysterious Dancing Master. And a whole lot of romance. One of ASTRO CITY's most unusual stories, of city-wide turmoil and changing lives, all in a single day.

Astro City #12

What makes a man dress to the nines to commit crimes? Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross are joined by ASTRO CITY's first-ever guest artist, Graham Nolan (BATMAN, TALON, X-Men Forever), for a look deep into the life of a costumed criminal - the Gentleman Bandit of the Menagerie Gang, the Sweet Adelines, the Gatsbies and more. Featuring appearances by the Jack-In-The-Box and the Confessor! What makes a man dress to the nines to commit crimes? Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross are joined by ASTRO CITY's first-ever guest artist, Graham Nolan (BATMAN, TALON, X-Men Forever), for a look deep into the life of a costumed criminal - the Gentleman Bandit of the Menagerie Gang, the Sweet Adelines, the Gatsbies and more. Featuring appearances by the Jack-In-The-Box and the Confessor!

Astro City #11

When you're the Silver Adept, one of Astro City's newest and most powerful mystic heroes, your life is full of magic, battle, demons, apocalypses and more. When you're the Adept's personal assistant, though, life gets really weird. A look at the woman behind the hero. Plus: sushi. When you're the Silver Adept, one of Astro City's newest and most powerful mystic heroes, your life is full of magic, battle, demons, apocalypses and more. When you're the Adept's personal assistant, though, life gets really weird. A look at the woman behind the hero. Plus: sushi.

Astro City #10

Winged Victory, Samaritan and the Confessor take down the villain targeting her - and then she has to face the fallout. Will Astro City's most prominent super heroine survive? Don't miss the grand finale of this four-part epic! Winged Victory, Samaritan and the Confessor take down the villain targeting her - and then she has to face the fallout. Will Astro City's most prominent super heroine survive? Don't miss the grand finale of this four-part epic!

Astro City #9

The puppet master behind the attacks on Winged Victory is revealed—though it may be too late for even Samaritan and the Confessor’s aid to be any use. But Winged Victory finds an unexpected ally, one who gives her a new perspective on the crisis. And then there’s Joey… The puppet master behind the attacks on Winged Victory is revealed—though it may be too late for even Samaritan and the Confessor’s aid to be any use. But Winged Victory finds an unexpected ally, one who gives her a new perspective on the crisis. And then there’s Joey…

Astro City #5

What secrets hide in Astro City's past? And what does the Broken Man fear? Take a look into the days before Astro City was renamed as you meet the Blasphemy Agency, watch Dame Progress battle Mister Cakewalk, and learn what lies behind the mask of Lord Saampa, the Serpent's Tongue, in a trio of revelatory adventures. Hints, portents, and mysteries unfold, as the Broken Man's story is explored. What secrets hide in Astro City's past? And what does the Broken Man fear? Take a look into the days before Astro City was renamed as you meet the Blasphemy Agency, watch Dame Progress battle Mister Cakewalk, and learn what lies behind the mask of Lord Saampa, the Serpent's Tongue, in a trio of revelatory adventures. Hints, portents, and mysteries unfold, as the Broken Man's story is explored.

Astro City #4

Mattie Sullivan isn't a super hero or a villain-she uses her telekinetic powers to do special effects for movies and television. But when she's forcibly 'recruited' by a new criminal mastermind, Mattie faces a choice: Will she fight, or will she continue to stay on the sidelines? A look into the lives of super humans who've taken different paths, and how they manage. Mattie Sullivan isn't a super hero or a villain-she uses her telekinetic powers to do special effects for movies and television. But when she's forcibly 'recruited' by a new criminal mastermind, Mattie faces a choice: Will she fight, or will she continue to stay on the sidelines? A look into the lives of super humans who've taken different paths, and how they manage.

Astro City #3

In the midst of all-out battle between Honor Guard and the Skullcrushers in the mountains of Ecuador, we see the human cost, as HG support staff member Marella Cowper wades into the middle of it. Why is she there? What will she find? And why does she consider it all her fault? The award winning ASTRO CITY continues to explore life in a superhuman world. Featuring the second half of a diptych cover by Alex Ross. In the midst of all-out battle between Honor Guard and the Skullcrushers in the mountains of Ecuador, we see the human cost, as HG support staff member Marella Cowper wades into the middle of it. Why is she there? What will she find? And why does she consider it all her fault? The award winning ASTRO CITY continues to explore life in a superhuman world. Featuring the second half of a diptych cover by Alex Ross.

Aquaman #34

The sea life have went to Poseidon to resume his duties as protector of the sea, as Aquaman has grown to frighten them with Poseidon agreeing to confront him with an unknown partner. Meanwhile Aquaman with Nemek is attempting to earn back favor with the sea by asking the sea to take him back only to be confronted by Poseidon who wonders about his desire to reacquire his title of protector of the seas, forcing him into combat with his son Triton who desires to take the position and avenge a previous humiliation. Triton then tells Aquaman the secret to killing him to in accordance with the ancient ways, with all being needed is to humiliate him in front of his subjects to kill him but it would not be a permanent death.  While Atlan questions his son's foolishness to capture what he used to be, meanwhile all the heroes of the oceans sense the battle being fought. Aquaman then defeats Triton, causing Poseidon to gift Aquaman with the power of a god more... The sea life have went to Poseidon to resume his duties as protector of the sea, as Aquaman has grown to frighten them with Poseidon agreeing to confront him with an unknown partner. Meanwhile Aquaman with Nemek is attempting to earn back favor with the sea by asking the sea to take him back only to be confronted by Poseidon who wonders about his desire to reacquire his title of protector of the seas, forcing him into combat with his son Triton who desires to take the position and avenge a previous humiliation. Triton then tells Aquaman the secret to killing him to in accordance with the ancient ways, with all being needed is to humiliate him in front of his subjects to kill him but it would not be a permanent death.  While Atlan questions his son's foolishness to capture what he used to be, meanwhile all the heroes of the oceans sense the battle being fought. Aquaman then defeats Triton, causing Poseidon to gift Aquaman with the power of a god which proves to much for him which he then takes back. As Aquaman is in a cave which slowly grows darker.

Aquaman #33

Aquaman continues his search for a way to reverse his transformation,  wondering a desert where he comes upon his father Atlan who agrees to help his son. Aquaman then awakens under water here he is attacked by several warriors who speaks ancient Atlantean who have mistaken him for Kordax. However the fighting is stopped by former king of Atlantis Orin who invites Aquaman to talk with him in pursuit of answers. Orin then advises Aquaman to observe the coming battle where he will learn the answers he desires. He then observes the aftermath of the battle with Kordax losing his arm by his mother's order, before questioning him and reawakening in the desert with the green tint gone from his skin but his hands still webbed.  Aquaman continues his search for a way to reverse his transformation,  wondering a desert where he comes upon his father Atlan who agrees to help his son. Aquaman then awakens under water here he is attacked by several warriors who speaks ancient Atlantean who have mistaken him for Kordax. However the fighting is stopped by former king of Atlantis Orin who invites Aquaman to talk with him in pursuit of answers. Orin then advises Aquaman to observe the coming battle where he will learn the answers he desires. He then observes the aftermath of the battle with Kordax losing his arm by his mother's order, before questioning him and reawakening in the desert with the green tint gone from his skin but his hands still webbed. 

Aquaman #32

Though Atlantis sits nowhere near any fault lines, it, nonetheless. is at the epicenter of a massive seaquake, that does untold damage to the city. After assuring his people that Atlantis will be rebuilt, stronger then ever, Aquaman sets off for, essentially, a "coral quarry", to collect the necessary raw materials to rebuild. With him are his wife, Mera, their infant son, Arthur, Jr., and Aqualad. While in the canyon, the royal family of Atlantis are suddenly beset by a "stampede" of ocean going sea life. Whatever has spooked the fish, bearing down on them, has terrified them all so deeply, that they resist Aquaman's telepathic orders to turn back. Arthur, Jr., who had wandered off while the adult heroes collected supplies, finds himself in the direct path of the fish horde. Aquaman orders the fish to turn away, over and over, to no avail. Horribly, Arthur Jr. is overwhelmed and swept from view. The royal family is griefstricken and in shock at more... Though Atlantis sits nowhere near any fault lines, it, nonetheless. is at the epicenter of a massive seaquake, that does untold damage to the city. After assuring his people that Atlantis will be rebuilt, stronger then ever, Aquaman sets off for, essentially, a "coral quarry", to collect the necessary raw materials to rebuild. With him are his wife, Mera, their infant son, Arthur, Jr., and Aqualad. While in the canyon, the royal family of Atlantis are suddenly beset by a "stampede" of ocean going sea life. Whatever has spooked the fish, bearing down on them, has terrified them all so deeply, that they resist Aquaman's telepathic orders to turn back. Arthur, Jr., who had wandered off while the adult heroes collected supplies, finds himself in the direct path of the fish horde. Aquaman orders the fish to turn away, over and over, to no avail. Horribly, Arthur Jr. is overwhelmed and swept from view. The royal family is griefstricken and in shock at the sudden loss. Then, Topo, an octopus, lifts Arthur, Jr. up. At the last second, Aquaman's cephalopod companion had rescued the infant heir to Atlantis. On their sea mounts, Storm and Imp, Aquaman and Aqualad scour the canyon to determine the cause of the fish stampede. Aqualad's mount, Imp, is suddenly spooked by the appearance of an enormous eye, peering out at the two riders, from within the coral canyon. Aquaman is skeptical as to what Aqualad thinks he saw, but then the sea floor is violently rocked by the emergence of a giant hand. The hand grabs Aquaman, and lifts him up above the ocean's surface. Held fast in the incredible grip of the hand, Aquaman is unable to wrest himself free. The hand holds Aquaman there, high above the waves. Aquaman has one hour to escape and return to the sea, or else he will die from dehydration. The countdown has begun.Aquaman summons a pod of whales. Aqualad fastens rope around the whale's tails, and around the giant forearm. The whales pull mightily, but the rope snaps before they can drag the arm below the waves. Aqualad leaps onto the giant hand, and attempts to break it's grip on Aquaman, but proves too weak to prevail. Mera creates a giant hard water hand, and uses her construct to try to pull the living hand into the sea. She, too, fails. As the hour draws to a close, Aquaman loses consciousness. Inexplicably, the giant hand, suddenly, releases him. The hand pulls back down below the water's surface, and down, again, under the sea floor. The royal family returns to Atantis, and discover that a recently opened fissure has unearthed a heretofore unknown, ancient part of the underwater city. Within the fissure, are the remnants of the ancient laboratory of Dr. Tryton. Dr. Tryton was the ancient Atlantean scientist/engineer, who designed and erected the Atlantean dome. Aquaman picks up a crystal rod resting on one of the lab tables. The rod channels the holder's natural body energy, releasing it in bolts of devastating power. Recognizing the name, "Dr. Tryton", Aquaman pays a visit to the Atlantean library's archives. Therein he finds scrolls detailing Atlantis's last days, as a surface city. Increasingly worse earthquakes and tidal waves were plaguing Atlantis. The city was on the brink of destruction. Dr. Tryton conceived of a protective dome, that could be erected around the city, saving it from ruin. Time was short, though. Atlantis would never be able to muster the manpower needed to erect the dome in time to save the city from the next series of quakes and tidal waves. Dr. Tryton ingested a growth formula that transformed him into a giant. His strength and colossal size allowed him to construct and erect the dome alone. Tragically, the earthquake that sank Atlantis also buried, and entombed, Dr. Tryton, underneath the fabled city. Aquaman realizes that, impossibly, Dr Tryton has survived. It is his stirrings beneath Atlantis that were responsible for the recent destruction. His presence that had terrified the fish in the canyon. Taking up the crystal rod, Aquaman returns, alone, to the coral canyon. Entering the cavern where Aqualad had spied the eye, Aquaman descends, ever deeper, in search of Dr. Tryton. Suddenly, the gigantic hand bursts through the cavern wall, blindly groping about for the Sea King. Aquaman blasts the hand with the crystal rod, but is too slow to escape a second hand. Held again in the giant's grasp, Aquaman is hurled down a hole in the cavern floor. Embedded in the sea floor, at the bottom of the hole, Aquaman discovers an atomic warhead. A second opening in the coral cavern wall is evidence of where the missile came through. Aquaman has little time to ponder the situation, for, suddenly, the manta-shaped submarine of the Ocean Master comes crashing through the canyon wall.The Ocean Master had altered the missile's trajectory by remote control, but had been unable to track it down until now. Now that he has recovered the warhead, he intends to use it to black mail the United States. Aquaman informs the Ocean Master that this type of missile is designed to detonate if stolen, and that they are in terrible danger. Ocean Master scoffs at the idea, blinds Aquaman with a black light ray, then fastens a towing hook from his submarine to the missile. Aquaman snaps the tow chain with a blast from the crystal rod. Ocean Master fires a volley of miniature trident projectiles from his belt. Aquaman uses the crystal rod to incinerate the majority of them, then bats the last one away. He is finally able to convince the Ocean Master to allow him to disarm the warhead, before Ocean Master takes it. Aquaman reasons that Ocean Master's manta ship is the best bet for transporting the missile away from Atlantis. Just as he prepares to take Ocean Master down, the villainous marauder blasts him with a sonic pistol. Aquaman is revived by Aqualad, and the two set off for Ocean Master's manta ship. Ocean Master is just about to escape, when the monstrous form of Dr. Tryton explodes from the sea floor, and grabs the manta ship in his unbreakable grip. Gone is the learned man who was once Atlantis's greatest scientist. Whether from the long centuries of imprisonment, or the mutative effects of the growth serum, Dr. Tryton has been reduced to a raging, bestial ogre. Wrenching the missile away from Ocean Master's manta ship, Dr. Tryton begins crushing the submarine's hull. Aquaman again blasts Dr. Tryton with the crystal rod. Dr. Tryton releases Ocean Master's vessel. With the missile still held in his grip, Dr. Tryton leaps into a deep ocean chasm. There is a sudden flash of light. Aquaman hurriedly ushers Aqualad into cover. The warhead has detonated. Whether purposeful or not, Dr. Tryton has, once again, saved Atlantis from destruction. Though his scheme is thwarted, the Ocean Master escapes, to plague Aquaman another day.

Aquaman #31

Meeting with a Japanese dignitary, the Shark discusses terms in dealing with Aquaman. Meanwhile, the Sea KIng is dealing with his own issues. Due to aggressive use of his telepathy, Aquaman has undergone a physical mutation. His skin has become slightly scaly, and his teeth have noticeably sharpened. Dolphin is horrified at Aquaman's appearance. Though Dane Dorrance, of the Sea Devils, offers to conduct a scientific investigation into Aquaman's mutation, the Sea King refuses to undergo any tests, preferring to handle the matter personally. Aquaman takes his leave of the Sea Devils, but Dolphin refuses to go with him. The Shark negotiates with the artificial intelligence controlling the meteor ship, upon which the city of Poseidonis rests atop. The ship lowers Poseidonis back into the sea, allowing the Shark and his mutated shark minions to enter the city. Aquaman dismisses his condition as being simply stress related, but when the fish of the more... Meeting with a Japanese dignitary, the Shark discusses terms in dealing with Aquaman. Meanwhile, the Sea KIng is dealing with his own issues. Due to aggressive use of his telepathy, Aquaman has undergone a physical mutation. His skin has become slightly scaly, and his teeth have noticeably sharpened. Dolphin is horrified at Aquaman's appearance. Though Dane Dorrance, of the Sea Devils, offers to conduct a scientific investigation into Aquaman's mutation, the Sea King refuses to undergo any tests, preferring to handle the matter personally. Aquaman takes his leave of the Sea Devils, but Dolphin refuses to go with him. The Shark negotiates with the artificial intelligence controlling the meteor ship, upon which the city of Poseidonis rests atop. The ship lowers Poseidonis back into the sea, allowing the Shark and his mutated shark minions to enter the city. Aquaman dismisses his condition as being simply stress related, but when the fish of the sea turn from him in terror, he has cause to reassess his situation. Meanwhile, at Star Beach, in California, the dismembered remains of an unknown man wash up on shore, terrifying the local lifeguard, along with several of the bathers. Aquaman returns to Poseidonis, only to find it partially submerged in the sea, and teeming with mutated shark men. Arriving at the royal palace, Aquaman discovers the Shark sitting on the throne. Flanking him are a pair of mutated shark men, that Aquaman recognizes from when they were simply sharks, Cron One-Eye, and a whale shark called Grifid.The Shark has garnered a contract with the Japanese to cease their slaughter of sharks, dolphins, and whales in return for Poseidonis, and Aquaman, dead or alive. The Shark brings his psychic power to bear on the Sea KIng, unleashing a bolt of pure telepathic force at Aquaman. Though Aquaman is able to dodge the Shark's first volley, he soon finds himself swarmed by the Shark's minions. Enraged at the sharks' disloyalty to him, their king, Aquaman slashes Grifid's chest open. Grifid's blood floods the waters of the throne room, inciting the other shark men to frenzy. With their focus on devouring one of their own, Aquaman and the Shark are left alone in the palace. The Shark hurls the throne at Aquaman, then telepathically broadcasts pure, primal fear into the Sea King's mind. With Aquaman cowering in terror before him, the Shark pushes the Sea KIng into committing suicide. As Aquaman raises his own harpoon to his neck, he suddenly gives in to the dark temptation to aggressively attack with his own telepathy. The Shark is driven back by Aquaman's telepathic assault, then forcibly devolved by Aquaman's sheer force of will. Aquaman collapses on the throne room floor. Upon awakening he finds that his victory was not without cost to himself. Pushing his telepathic powers to such limits has caused the Sea King to mutate further, becoming far less human.

Aquaman #30

Aquaman and Aqualad pay a visit to Ocean Colony Alpha, to see what progress Dr. Larcher has made, in establishing the settlement. Meanwhile, an alien satellite crosses into Earth's orbit once more. The satellite is the last surviving relic of an alien world, long since vanished from the cosmos. Within it's structure lies a device that can open a dimensional rift in space and time. That device is triggered by Earth's magnetic field. The rift opens at the deepest point, in the cleft of an underwater canyon. Through the rift, Necrus, the so-called "Black City" emerges. Raiders from Necrus descend on Ocean Colony Alpha, slaughtering all the colonists and razing their structures. The lone survivor of the massacre makes his way to Atlantis, to inform Aquaman of the horrific attack. Aquaman and Aqualad immediately set off on their mounts, Storm and Imp, for Ocean Colony Alpha. Enraged at the brutality of the slaughter, Aquaman vows to bring Necrus down more... Aquaman and Aqualad pay a visit to Ocean Colony Alpha, to see what progress Dr. Larcher has made, in establishing the settlement. Meanwhile, an alien satellite crosses into Earth's orbit once more. The satellite is the last surviving relic of an alien world, long since vanished from the cosmos. Within it's structure lies a device that can open a dimensional rift in space and time. That device is triggered by Earth's magnetic field. The rift opens at the deepest point, in the cleft of an underwater canyon. Through the rift, Necrus, the so-called "Black City" emerges. Raiders from Necrus descend on Ocean Colony Alpha, slaughtering all the colonists and razing their structures. The lone survivor of the massacre makes his way to Atlantis, to inform Aquaman of the horrific attack. Aquaman and Aqualad immediately set off on their mounts, Storm and Imp, for Ocean Colony Alpha. Enraged at the brutality of the slaughter, Aquaman vows to bring Necrus down in ruins. Using his telepathy, Aquaman searches the seas for any marine life that knows the location of Necrus. At last, an aged sea tortoise appears, and leads the way to the "Black City".As Aquaman and Aqualad approach the great dome, surrounding the underwater city of Necrus, they are met by the Cruel One. The two heroes retreat in the face of the awesome automaton. A tiger shark rushes in to protect the two heroes. The Cruel One fixes the shark in it's paralytic eye beams, then grasps it and begins violently shaking it. Aquaman and Aqualad engage the Cruel One to rescue the shark. Aqualad, too, falls victim to the Cruel One's paralysis beam. Aquaman shatters the Cruel One's ocular stalks with a broken piece of coral. Though blinded, the android still manages to grab Aquaman, in it's enormous pincers, and return with him to Necrus. Aquaman is brought before the tyrant king of Necrus, Mongo. Mongo is unrepentant regarding the destruction of the human colony. Mongo holds fast to the notion that surface dwellers have no place beneath the waves, and that the seas belong to those that already dwell there. Mongo proposes an alliance with Aquaman, and Atlantis, believing that if the two cities were united, they could easily wipe out all surface life. Aquaman refuses. Mongo entombs Aquaman within a crystal sphere, and casts him down a deep ocean trench, declaring that Necrus will now war with Atlantis. Aquaman witnesses the satellite's dimensional rift energy altering the shape of the coral, growing in the trench. In the hopes that it will somehow free him, he awkwardly maneuvers the crystal sphere into the very heart of the energy bleed. In Atlantis, Queen Mera is alerted to Mongo's armies closing in on the city. In Aquaman's absence, Aqualad marshals the city's defenses, and prepares to lead the Atlanteans into battle. Suddenly, Aquaman appears and takes command. Kissing his wife for luck, the monarch of Atlantis joins his forces, outside the dome, to repel the invasion force from Necrus. Mongo charges. Aquaman orders his forces to hold the line. When Mongo is seconds away from reaching Atlantis, Aquaman orders his troops to break formation, opening up a clear path for Mongo to lay siege to the city.Before Mongo's forces can strike the shimmering dome of Atlantis, a squadron of swordfish raise up an immense net, that had lain hidden in the sea grass surrounding Atlantis. With Mongo's army entangled in the net, Aquaman orders the Atlanteans to close formation and begin beating Mongo's soldiers senseless. Mongo, however, is able to steal, unnoticed, into Atlantis, with his personal guard. They take Mera and her son hostage. Aquaman races in to confront Mongo, who orders the king's surrender, lest any harm befall his wife and son. Mera tosses Arthur, Jr. into Aquaman's arms, the better to bring her power to manipulate and control water to bear. Her hard water constructs take out Mongo's guards. Mongo flees, with Aquaman in hot pursuit. Aquaman grapples with Mongo. The Sea KIng is about to gain the upper hand when he suddenly, inexplicably, dies. All of Atlantis mourns the loss of their king. The royal funeral is attended by the Justice League of America, with Superman, Batman, Hawkman and the Flash serving as pall bearers. Mongo, in the meantime, has swam the long journey to Necrus, and has finally arrived home. He is stunned to discover Aquaman, still entombed within the crystal sphere. Releasing the monarch of Atlantis, Mongo demands an explanation as to how Aquaman could lead the Atlantean forces, while still a prisoner of Necrus. Aquaman offers no answers. A hard water fist relieves Mongo of his weapon, heralding the arrival of Mera, who is overjoyed to find her husband still alive. Aquaman explains that exposure to the dimensional rift energies had drawn a duplicate of the Sea King out of him, and outside the crystal sphere. Linked telepathically to his duplicate, Aquaman was able to direct it's actions, and even see and feel all that it experienced, including it's demise. Mera had suspected something was amiss when she had kissed "Aquaman", only to have the kiss feel strange and cold. The satellite breaks from Earth's orbit, and continues on its elliptical journey through the solar system. Outside of the influence of Earth's magnetic field, the satellite's dimensional rift projector shuts down, dispersing the dimensional rift, taking Necrus with it. Mongo is just able to make it back behind the walls of Necrus, before the "Black City" fades away. Aquaman is left to ponder the mystery of the ever shifting city, and to cope with "his" death, as life in Atlantis slowly returns to normal.

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