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Queen & Country Collections

Queen & Country Vol. 7, Operation: Saddlebags

Art by Mike Norton

Art by Mike Norton

A homecoming for Tara Chace is cut short when she must return to active duty for a mission with the latest addition to the Special Section. When a scandal involving high-ranking government officials, UK oil drilling, and the Russian Mafia threatens the integrity of the country, Tara must go to St. Petersburg and stop it all before it starts. But when the new agent messes up, will Chace just make things worse?

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Oni Press trade paperback ISBN 1932664149

Queen & Country Vol. 6, Operation: Dandelion

Art by Mike Hawthorne

Art by Mike Hawthorne

The trade paperback collection of issues 21-24. Every job has its office politics, but when you’re a spy, the politics in play take on a much larger scale. A possible coup in Zimbabwe, a possible resignation in SIS, and a brand-new ‘C’ make life hell for Tara, Tom, and Crocker. But are they prepared to be Crocker’s pawns in this new match? Art by Mike Hawthorne, who just knocked it out of the park.

Oni Press trade paperback ISBN 192999897X

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Queen & Country Vol. 5, Operation: Stormfront

Art by Carla Speed McNeill

Art by Carla Speed McNeill

As Tara Chace and the rest of the department reel over the demise of one of their own, a ghost from Director Paul Crocker’s past has him sending his minders into danger yet again. But will this operation free Crocker from his ghosts or merely create new ones?

Oni Press trade paperback ISBN 1929998848

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Queen & Country Vol. 4, Operation: Blackwall

Art by Jason Alexander

Art by Jason Alexander

Tara Chace is accustomed to working in the shadows cast by world governments, but when a French conglomerate blackmails one of the Queen’s most affluent subjects, Tara’s espionage turns to the corporate variety.

Oni Press trade paperback ISBN 1929998686

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Queen & Country Vol. 3, Operation: Crystal Ball

Art by Mike Hawthorne

Art by Mike Hawthorne

Collecting issues 8-12 of the Eisner-winning miniseries. Tara Chace races against the clock to stop a terrorist plot to unleash Sarin gas on the British citizenry-all in the midst of a burgeoning romance between herself and fellow Minder Ed Kittering. Presented in both trade paperback and a special hardcover strictly limited to initial orders. Featuring an exclusive gallery section.
Oni Press trade paperback ISBN 192999849X

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Queen & Country Vol. 2, Operation: Morningstar

Art by Durwin Talon

Art by Durwin Talon

Afghanistan is one of the hottest political spots in the world. When the taleban discovers foreign journalists are also serving as covert-agents for the SIS, the Minders are put on a mission to find a secret contact list before the enemy does; however, when Director of Operations Paul Crocker decides to send only his male agents into the field, it doesn’t sit well with Tara Chace. Adding insult to injury, she’s currently required to attend therapy sessions to deal with the effects of previous operations. Not content to sit on her hands, Tara spends her time trying to piece together the puzzle, aiding Minders Wallace and Kittering in their race against the clock. Art by Brian Hurtt, Bryan O’Malley, and Christine Norrie, chapter breaks by John K. Snyder III, and a cover by Durwin Talon.

Oni Press trade paperback ISBN 192999835X

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Queen & Country Vol. 1, Operation: Broken Ground

Art by Tim Sale

Art by Tim Sale

As part of the Special Section of Britain’s Ministry of Intelligence, Tara Chace is one of a handful of operatives they call when they need to clean up a mess, or to make a new one. It’s a world of questionable morals. For instance, is it better to assassinate a general in the Russian mafia rather than allow him to peddle more guns and drugs in underprivileged countries? Tara’s bosses seem to think so. But the Russian mafia ask their own question-once someone has taken the life of one of their officers, can they continue to let that person live?

Oni Press trade paperback ISBN 192999821X

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Queen & Country: Declassified

Queen & Country: Declassified Vol. 1

Art by Scott Morse

Art by Scott Morse

In the mid-1980s, Crocker wasn’t the decisive and cantankerous head of section he is today. Back then he was just a young agent whose future in the espionage business was about to be sealed tighter than Lenin’s tomb.

Oni Press trade paperback 1929998589

Queen & Country Scriptbook

Art by Brian Hurtt

Art by Brian Hurtt

Tara Chace is a spy a Minder for Britain’s Special Section. Her missions are dangerous, clandestine, and, more often than not, require a rather grey sense of morality. This new book gives fans a unique opportunity to peek behind the curtain and gaze upon the building blocks of the Eisner Award-winning debut of this universally praised graphic novel series. As an added bonus, this volume includes sketches, thumbnails, and designs by Rucka’s first Queen & Country collaborator, artist Steve Rolston.

Oni Press trade paperback ISBN 1929998929

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Queen & Country Declassified II

Queen & Country Declassified II #3

Art by Rick Burchett

Art by Rick Burchett

January 2006

Art by Rick Burchett.

Tom Wallace is frantically investigating the murder of MI6′s number two on the eve of the Hong Kong’s handover to China. Faced with what looks like an international conspiracy way above his pay grade, will Tom be able to finish the job in time?

Queen & Country Declassified II #2

Art by Rick Burchett

Art by Rick Burchett

September 2005

Art by Rick Burchett.

The Hong Kong handover is about to take place and after midnight the island city will be under someone else’s jurisdiction. Can Tom Wallace complete his mission before the deadline?

Queen & Country Declassified II #1

Art by Rick Burchett

Art by Rick Burchett

December 2004

Art by Rick Burchett.

Tom Wallace wasn’t always the confident, take charge Head of Section that appeared in the first 25 issues of Q&C. See how he got his start.

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Art by Scott Morse

Art by Scott Morse

January 2003

Art by Brian Hurtt, cover by Scott Morse.

Paul Crocker’s pick-up of the defecting soldier has gone the wrong way, and he’s got to take some drastic action if he wants to avoid another death on his hands—his own!

Queen & Country Declassified #2

Art by Scott Morse

Art by Scott Morse

December 2002
Art by Brian Hurtt, cover by Scott Morse.

Paul Crocker has gone to Prague, leaving his wife and any notion of a normal life far behind him in England. It’s “make-or-break” time, as one Minder is already down, and Paul’s last mission fizzled in failure. If he doesn’t remove the Soviet defector safely this time around, it could be the end of his career—or even the end of his life.

Queen & Country Declassified #1

Art by Scott Morse

Art by Scott Morse

November 2002

Art by Brian Hurtt, cover by Scott Morse.

The first ever Queen & Country spin-off series: Set in the mid-80s, Declassified focuses on Paul Crocker as a young secret agent about to learn some of the hard lessons that will make him a lifer in the spy business. A botched escort of a defecting enemy agent out of Berlin has put Crocker’s abilities to do his job into question, and when he receives terrible news about another agent back home, he even loses confidence in himself. When he leaves his nice home, his new wife, and the complacent world of desk jockeys and paper pushers behind him to meet another defector in Prague, will he be saying good-bye to them for good? Can he make the tough choices that will keep him alive?

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Art: Classified

Art: Classified

July 2006

Art by Chris Samnee.

[TRANSMISSION BEGIN] D-OPS: OPERATION RED PANDA, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. FIELD AGENTS DESIGNATE MINDER-1, MINDER-2 RETURNING AT ONC-[UNEXPECTED TRANSMISSION HALT]

Queen & Country 30

Art by Brian Hurtt

Art by Brian Hurtt

May 2006

Art by Chris Samnee.

Tara Chace is cleared to return for duty, but after the traumatic events of A Gentleman’s Game, is she ready to be back in the field? Ready or not, she’s off to the Middle East for what could be her bloodiest mission yet.

Queen & Country 29

Art by Brian Hurtt

Art by Brian Hurtt

March 2006

Art by Chris Samnee.

Operation: Red Panda is on the horizon, but first agent Tara Chace must deal with the aftermath of her previous wetwork.

Queen & Country 28

Art by Mike Norton

Art by Mike Norton

November 2004

Art by Mike Norton.

Chris Lankford, the newest addition to Special Operations, team of Minders, is in a bit of a bind. He pretty much blew his first assignment and now if the gunmen on his tail don’t kill him, Tara Chace just might! Can the rookie pull it together before it’s too late?

Queen & Country 27

Art by Mike Norton

Art by Mike Norton

September 2004

Art by Mike Norton.

Second in the Operation: Saddlebag arc. Tara Chace is now Minder One, and is breaking in a new Minder Three by the name of Chris Lankford. This breaking-in takes place in St. Petersburg, where SIS suspects a UK politico of selling classified data to Russian Organized Crime. Things get ugly, fast. This is the last story arc prior to the events of A Gentleman’s Game, for those of you who are wondering where the novel fits into the scheme of things.

Queen & Country 26

Art by Mike Norton

Art by Mike Norton

July 2004

Art by Mike Norton.

First in the Operation: Saddlebag arc. Tara Chace is now Minder One, and she’s barely had time to settle in before she’s off with a virgin Minder Three to recover documents that should never have left England. But when things go wrong, can Chace count on the newbie, or will she be on her own again?

Queen & Country 25

Art by Steve Rolston

Art by Steve Rolston

June 2004

Art by Steve Rolston.

Special double-sized anniversary issue. More than three years after the series debut, it’s time for spy Tara Chace to get away, and what better way than with a trip to Switzerland? This is stand-alone story perfect for new and established readers.

Queen & Country 24

Art by Mike Hawthorne

Art by Mike Hawthorne

February 2004

Art by Mike Hawthorne.

The conclusion to Operation: Dandelion. The Minders are not supposed to conduct operations on British soil and when David Kinney finds out that that’s exactly what they’re doing, he’s bound and determined to make things as difficult as possible for Paul Crocker and his agents.

Queen & Country 23

Art by Mike Hawthorne

Art by Mike Hawthorne

February 2004

Art by Mike Hawthorne.

As Tara Chace works up a suspect tied to one of Crocker’s special projects, Wallace hides in the shadows, keeping tabs on Chace. Meanwhile, Crocker struggles to stay one step ahead of his new boss and nemesis, Frances Barclay. Also, a new Minder joins the special section!

Queen & Country 22

Art by Mike Hawthorne

Art by Mike Hawthorne

December 2003

Art by Mike Hawthorne.

As the balance of power shifts above Paul Crocker’s head, can he keep his own department from tipping over? It’s up to Minders Tara Chace and Tom Wallace to complete a new mission that will determine the roll of future operations in this new world order.

Queen & Country 21

Art by Mike Hawthorne

Art by Mike Hawthorne

November 2003

Art by Mike Hawthorne.

After the devastating effects of the last story arc, how will Tara pick up the pieces of her crumbling life as a spy for her Queen Majesty?

Queen & Country 20

Art by Carla Speed McNeil

Art by Carla Speed McNeil

November 2003

Art by Carla Speed McNeil.

It’s black ops and bloodshed as agent Tara Chace makes good on a debt incurred by her superior Paul Crocker almost a lifetime ago. But what price will she have to pay for Crocker’s guilt?

Queen & Country 19

Art by Carla Speed McNeil

Art by Carla Speed McNeil

October 2003

Art by Carla Speed McNeil.

In T’blisi, Chace finds herself becoming more isolated, stonewalled by the local authorities, and now having to work alone. When the news makes its way to London, Crocker is faced with a decision that could end his career—abort and recall Chace… or take the heat, and let her run.

Queen & Country 18

Art by Carla Speed McNeil

Art by Carla Speed McNeil

October 2003

Art by Carla Speed McNeil.

To find the kidnapped Karpin in T’blisi, agents Chace and Minder Three arrive in what was once Russia to find unfriendly locals who don’t mind showing off their guns. Back in London, Crocker and Wallace continue to pursue the Caracas investigation.

Queen & Country 17

Art by Carla Speed McNeil

Art by Carla Speed McNeil

July 2003

Art by Carla Speed McNeil.

Tara and the department welcome a new Minder into the fold! But when a name from Crocker’s past forces the director to send his recruit on a mission of personal importance, will the fresh-faced agent have what it takes to make his boss happy?

Queen & Country 16

Art by Carla Speed McNeil

Art by Carla Speed McNeil

May 2003

Art by Carla Speed McNeil.

The department is hit hard both home and abroad. In London, the Minders face a shift in their ranks. Elsewhere, in the former USSR, Lasha Karpin (son of DECLASSIFIED’s Valery) is the victim of a kidnapping plot.

Queen & Country 15

Art by Jason Alexander

Art by Jason Alexander

March 2003

Art by Jason Alexander.

The shocking conclusion to the fourth story arc! The man responsible for executing this despicable blackmail scheme steps forward with the truth, but will it be enough to stop the French from following through on their threat? Plus, what has Ed so depressed and what does his gloom mean for Tara?

Queen & Country 14

Art by Jason Alexander

Art by Jason Alexander

February 2003

Art by Jason Alexander.

D-Ops Paul Crocker is away and that means Minder Tom Wallace is responsible for halting a blackmail conspiracy against one the Queen’s most visible subjects. Using an illicit tape of a billionaire’s daughter, the French government hopes to secure an expensive contract. Can Tara prevent this dirty deal without the video going public?

Queen & Country 13

Art by Jason Alexander

Art by Jason Alexander

January 2003

Art by Jason Alexander. With section director Paul Crocker in America, Tom Wallace is in charge and one of the Queen’s wealthiest subjects is in trouble in France. But is there anything the Minders can do to help this entrepreneur out of his predicament?

Queen & Country 12

Art by Leandro Fernandez

Art by Leandro Fernandez

October 2002

Art by Leandro Fernandez.

The pieces of a major terrorist plot are all coming together in this grand finale of the third QUEEN & COUNTRY arc. Intelligence Agent Tara Chace is off to Cairo to find the group responsible for this potential attack, while her compatriot Tom Wallace is in Sarajevo in an attempt to find another piece to the plan. Will Crocker and his Minders solve the puzzle before the terrorist plot comes to fruition or will the international intelligence community be dealt another devastating blow? It’s the thrilling conclusion to the Operation: Crystal Ball story arc.

Queen & Country 11

Art by Leandro Fernandez

Art by Leandro Fernandez

August 2002

Art by Leandro Fernandez.

Time is running out for British Security Section Minder Tara Chace. With her informant MIA and the GIA terrorist organization on her trail, it’s time for Tara to get out of Rome and return home. Meanwhile, hile back in London, Crocker is plotting his next move and a smitten Ed Kittering eagerly awaits Tara’s imminent return. But as Ed’s feelings for Tara become more obvious will Wallace step in to put a stop to their foolhardy office romance? And with nothing but circumstantial evidence and four-day-old intelligence, can Crocker’s team piece together the details of this terrorist plot before it can be executed?

Queen & Country 10

Art by Leandro Fernandez

Art by Leandro Fernandez

July 2002

Art by Leandro Fernandez.

Ed Kittering knew the job was dangerous when he took it. A 10,000 foot freefall from a plane is still pushing it a bit, though. It’s down to Ed to verify Tara Chace’s lead on a possible terrorist threat, and the only way to do that is dropping down in the middle of Northern Iraq. Lovely! And did it have to come at a time when things were getting a little more personal between him and Tara back home? Plus, if the information turns out to be correct, that sends Tara to Rome to once again meet with Youssef, her snitch, which definitely won’t be good for this male Minder’s ego.

Queen & Country 9

Art by Leandro Fernandez

Art by Leandro Fernandez

June 2002

Art by Leandro Fernandez.

Tara Chace is in Cairo, finessing information about a potential terrorist threat from Mahmoud Youssef, a Lebanese agent for the Groupe Islamique Arme. Tara is walking dangerous ground, as not only is the accuracy of Youseff’s information in question, but so are his motives. Is he just out for money? Is he out for revenge? Is he setting the Minders up? And before SIS pays Youssef a penny, they must verify his claims-something they can’t do by themselves. But to get CIA assistance, a whole new price must be paidSumone that could cost a Minder’s life.

Queen & Country 8

Art by Leandro Fernandez

Art by Leandro Fernandez

May 2002

Art by Leandro Fernandez.

Following the events in New York and Washington on September 11, 2001, the world of international intelligence has changed dramatically. The SIS have been following the trails of terrorists for months, seizing their money and shutting down their operations. Word travels through channels, however, that something big is on the way, and Tara must go to Cairo to meet up with the one man who may be the key to stopping the attack.

Queen & Country 7

Art by John K. Snyder III

Art by John K. Snyder III

April 2002

Art by Brian Hurtt & Christine Norrie.

Wallace, Kittering, and their Afghani undercover agent, Avasti, are in downtown Kabul, looking for the information list hidden by one of SIS’s top informants before he was executed by Taliban forces. It’s a race against time, as their illegal presence in Afghanistan could be detected at any moment, and the key to their finding what they need is thousands of miles away. Tara Chace is the only one who can unravel the puzzle, and she is back in England, wrestling with her personal demons. Will she reach the right conclusion before it’s too late?

Queen & Country 6

Art by John K. Snyder III

Art by John K. Snyder III

January 2002

Art by Brian Hurtt & Christine Norrie, cover by John K. Snyder III.

The mission is on. Wallace and Kittering are being sent to Afghanistan to look for the information hidden by David MacMillan before the Taliban arrested him as a suspected spy. Left behind, Tara finds herself with a little too much time on her hands and no real outlet for channeling her energy. Sure, she still has appointments with the staff psychologist to discuss any trauma following her run-in with the Russian Mafia, but that doesn’t really scratch the itch. Instead, Tara settles for a night on the town and the distractions it has to offer.

Queen & Country 5

Art by John K. Snyder III

Art by John K. Snyder III

December 2001
Art by Brian Hurtt & Bryan O’Malley, cover by John K. Snyder III. The beginning of an all-new, three-issue story arc. In Afghanistan, the Taleban Militia has arrested foreign reporters as suspected spies. Unfortunately, one of the men taken into custody really is gathering information for the Ministry of Intelligence and was about to relay a juicy chunk of it to MI6 when he was arrested. That means the Minders have to launch a daring mission on the Taleban’s turf to either rescue their source or find where he stashed the goods. This is good news to Tara, because she’s more than gung-ho to take on the Taleban’s misogynist regime; the bad news is that Crocker won’t send her because there is no way for a woman to operate in that area undetected. Even worse, Crocker’s forced her to meet with the SIS psychiatrist for an “evaluation.”

Queen & Country 4

Art by Tim Sale

Art by Tim Sale

September 2001

Art by Steve Rolston, cover by Tim Sale.

Queen & Country 3

Art by Tim Sale

Art by Tim Sale

July 2001

Art by Steve Rolston, cover by Tim Sale.

Queen & Country 2

Art by Tim Sale

Art by Tim Sale

May 2001

Art by Steve Rolston, cover by Tim Sale.

Queen & Country 1

Art by Tim Sale

Art by Tim Sale

March 2001

Art by Steve Rolston, cover by Tim Sale.

Queen & Country

An espionage drama, and ongoing series, set in the fictional British Secret Intelligence Service, focusing on a squad of three Special Operations Officers, codenamed “Minders”, and in particular, focusing on the life of Minder Two (later to become Minder One), a woman named Tara Chace. Queen & Country: Operation Broken Ground won the 2002 Eisner Award for Best New Series.

Queen & Country has grown into something of a cottage industry, with comics and novels (A Gentleman’s Game and Private Wars). In addition to the regular title, three associated mini-series have been written—Declassified I, Declassified II, and Declassified III (with Declassified III written by the incredibly talented Antony Johnston).

Art by Mike Hawthorne

The Series

Art by Rick Burchett

Declassified

Art by Mike Hawthorne

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Wonder Woman

For a look behind the scenes of Greg’s run on Wonder Woman, check out some sketches by Drew Johnson with notes by Greg.

Wonder Woman 226

Art by JG Jones

Art by JG Jones

February 2006

Art by Cliff Richards and Ray Snyder; Cover by J.G. Jones.

With the universe in turmoil, Diana prepares to face her ultimate challenge. Looking back on her relationship with Superman from the way it began to its recent turmoil, will she find a way to rebuild what she’s lost?

Greg’s final issue.

Wonder Woman 225

Art by JG Jones

Art by JG Jones

January 2006

Art by Cliff Richards; Cover by J.G. Jones.

Her mission a failure, the life she’s known in ruins, and the universe literally being torn apart, Wonder Woman faces an uncertain future. Can she wrest victory from crushing defeat?

Wonder Woman 224

Art by JG Jones

Art by JG Jones

December 2005

Art by Rags Morales; Cover by J.G. Jones.

In the wake of Infinite Crisis #3, Wonder Woman’s world has been irrevocably changed. With OMACs attacking and her friends deserting her, how will she triumph? And how can she stop the OMACs without killing the innocent humans inside?

Wonder Woman 223

Art by JG Jones

Art by JG Jones

November 2005

Art by Rags Morales; Cover by J.G. Jones.

As the events of Infinite Crisis heat up, Paradise Island comes under attack by OMACs. But even with Wonder Woman’s help, the Amazons must make a fateful decision. one that will change Diana’s life, and mission, forever.

Wonder Woman 222

Art by JG Jones

Art by JG Jones

October 2005

Art by Rags Morales & Mark Propst; Cover by J.G. Jones.

In the aftermath of DC Special: The Return of Donna Troy, Donna seeks out Wonder Woman and finds her and Supergirl in the middle of a fight with Villians United’s Cheetah. But it’s Donna’s meeting with Supergirl that will have surprising ramifications for all three heroines. Is this a harbinger of things to come? Plus, Wonder Woman makes a decision that she’s been building to for months…but will someone else beat her to the punch?

Wonder Woman 221

Art by JG Jones

Art by JG Jones

September 2005

Art by Rags Morales and Mark Propst; Cover by J.G. Jones.

In the aftermath of the recent events which have shaken the DCU, Wonder Woman goes on global patrol, saving lives and spreading her message of peace wherever she can. But Brother I and the Omac Project have other plans…

Wonder Woman 220

Art by JG Jones

Art by JG Jones

August 2005

Art by Rags Morales and Mark Propst; Cover by J.G. Jones.

In the wake of last month’s “Sacrifice” crossover, Wonder Woman must face the consequences of her history-making encounter with the Man of Steel. But when Checkmate gets involved, will it be to hurt Diana or help her?

Wonder Woman 219

Art by JG Jones

Art by JG Jones

July 2005

Art by Rags Morales & Michael Bair; Cover by J.G. Jones.

The 4-part “Sacrifice” leaps from the Superman titles to its stunning conclusion in WONDER WOMAN, as the Man of Steel turns his attention toward an unexpected enemy. But with Wonder Woman deadset against Superman’s plan to even the score, the two heroes collide in an event that will send shock waves throughout the DCU.

Wonder Woman 218

Art by JG Jones

Art by JG Jones

July 2005

Art by Rags Morales and Michael Bair; Cover by J.G. Jones.

The events of Countdown begin to bear down on the Amazon Princess. The Amazon Warrior has returned from the Underworld, seemingly triumphant in her mission for Athena but a lot has changed in her absence. A new challenge is drawing near, and Wonder Woman’s response will shake the DCU to its core.

Wonder Woman 217

Art by JG Jones

Art by JG Jones

June 2005

Art by Rags Morales and Michael Bair; Cover by J.G. Jones.

The second of two issues concluding “The Bronze Doors” where they close with a bang as Diana’s quest comes to an unexpected end. Wonder Woman and Wonder Girl are on a mission into the Ancient Greek lands of the dead. Will our heroines return unscathed? And what reward will Diana demand for her service?

Wonder Woman 216

Art by JG Jones

Art by JG Jones

May 2005

Art by Rags Morales and Michael Bair; Cover by J.G. Jones.

First of two issues concluding “The Bronze Doors”. The Teen Titans’ Wonder Girl guests in a story that finds the blinded Diana going into the depths of Hell in search of a valuable prize.

Wonder Woman 215

Art by JG Jones

Art by JG Jones

April 2005

Art by Rags Morales and Michael Bair; Cover by J.G. Jones.

The IDENTITY CRISIS art team of Rags Morales and Michael Bair joins writer Greg Rucka for a 3-part story that takes Wonder Woman from the streets of New York to the Land of the Dead. In “Tartarus,” the goddess Athena sends Wonder Woman on a journey to retrieve something believed lost to the Olympian Gods forever. Joined by Wonder Girl and Ferdinand the minotaur, Wonder Woman must face unimagined peril to complete her mission. But should she succeed, what will Diana ask in return from the all-seeing Goddess of Wisdom? Plus, a hint of the fate of Donna Troy is revealed as an exciting new chapter in the saga of the Amazing Amazon begins.

Wonder Woman 214

Art by Drew Johnson

Art by Drew Johnson

March 2005

Art and cover by Drew Johnson and Ray Snyder.

The Flash guest-stars in the conclusion of the 2-part crossover “Truth or Dare” that began in The Flash 219. The Cheetah has joined forces with Flash-foe Zoom, and the need for speed has turned her into an even deadlier threat for Wonder Woman. Will Diana’s blindness—and tensions with the Flash—turn the tide of battle?

Wonder Woman 213

Art by JG Jones

Art by JG Jones

February 2005

Art by James Raiz and Ray Snyder; Cover by J.G. Jones.

It’s war on Olympus as Wonder Woman is embroiled in the battle between Zeus and Athena. With her gods as an audience, Diana must face the threat of Zeus’ bodyguard—the fifty-headed, hundred-armed monster called Briareos.

Wonder Woman 212

Art by JG Jones

Art by JG Jones

January 2005

Art by James Raiz & Ray Snyder

Cover by J.G. Jones

The JLA guest-stars in an issue featuring pencils by James Raiz (TOKYO STORMWARNING)! With Wonder Woman transformed by the battle with Medousa, the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes worry that she’s no longer fit to serve in their company. Will Diana have to defeat her friends to prove herself?

Wonder Woman 211

Art by Dave Johnson

Art by Dave Johnson

December 2004

Art by Sean Phillips

Cover by Drew Johnson & Ray Snyder

Wonder Woman deals with shocking repercussions in a stand-alone issue featuring art by Sean Phillips (SLEEPER)! As the Embassy staff mourns the tragic loss they suffered at the hands of Medousa, Diana must face the realization that things have irrevocably changed for her and her allies.

Wonder Woman 210

Art by JG Jones

Art by JG Jones

November 2004

Art by Drew Johnson & Ray Snyder

Cover by J.G. Jones

It’s the action-packed conclusion of “Stoned,” as the Amazing Amazon faces Medousa with the whole world watching! As her deadliest foe threatens to petrify millions with a single glance, WW adopts a unique strategy – one with serious repercussions!

Wonder Woman 209

Art by JG Jones

Art by JG Jones

October 2004

Art by Drew Johnson & Ray Snyder

Cover by J.G. Jones

Medousa launches an attack on Wonder Woman’s embassy as “Stoned” nears its petrifying conclusion! When those closest to Diana are caught off-guard, who will pay the price for Medousa’s blood-lust? And what surprising ally will rise to the challenge?

Wonder Woman 208

Art by JG Jones

Art by JG Jones

September 2004

“Stoned, Part Three of Five,” art by Drew Johnson.

Diana attends a State Dinner at the White House along with the Themysciran Heads of State in an attempt to diffuse the rising tensions between the U.S. and Themyscira. Artemis and the President don’t like each other. Diana sees an old friend. Then Medousa crashes the party, turns Secret Service Agents to stone, and then things get really bad. I don’t want to say more because I don’t want to give anything away, but I’ll say this much…what starts in 208 ends in 210, and changes everything to follow.

Wonder Woman 207

Art by JG Jones

Art by JG Jones

August 2004

Art by Drew Johnson & Ray Snyder

Painted cover by J.G. Jones

Medousa has returned in Part 2 of “Stoned” in need of an ally – will Veronica Cale be able to help her destroy their common foe? Meanwhile, tensions mount between the U.S. and Themyscira, and an enemy of Wonder Woman finds an unusual way to reach out and touch the Amazing Amazon.

Wonder Woman 206

Art by JG Jones

Art by JG Jones

July 2004

Art by Drew Johnson and Ray Snyder; painted cover by J.G. Jones

In stores July 21. Part 1 of the 5-part “Stoned,” featuring the return of Medousa! Resurrected from the dead, Medousa goes forth to turn Diana – most favored of the Greek gods – to stone. But the modern world may require her to find allies in her mission. Plus, as Wonder Woman investigates Vanessa’s transformation into the upgraded Silver Swan, she discovers evidence that another old foe has unexpectedly returned.

Wonder Woman 205

Art by JG Jones

Art by JG Jones

June 2004

Written by Greg Rucka; art by Drew Johnson and Ray Snyder; painted cover by J.G. Jones

In stores June 23. In the conclusion to “Bitter Pills,” Wonder Woman at last confronts her greatest foe, but there’s more to Veronica Cale than meets the eye! And while ancient powers are enlisted to battle Diana, setting the stage for an epic confrontation, an unexpected player appears in the midst of the battle at Cale’s headquarters.

Wonder Woman 204

Art by Matt Wagner

Art by Matt Wagner

May 2004

Written by Greg Rucka; art by Drew Johnson and Ray Snyder; painted cover by Matt Wagner

In stores May 19. Batman guest-stars in an issue featuring a TRINITY-themed cover by Matt Wagner, part of a trio that includes with ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #628 and BATMAN #628! As “Bitter Pills” continues, Diana’s search for help with the Silver Swan leads her to the same destination as Batman’s investigation of the Keyes murder: Veronica Cale. But there’s something in Cale’s closet that will have unexpected consequences for Wonder Woman in a shocking surprise ending!

Wonder Woman 203

Art by JG Jones

Art by JG Jones

April 2004

Written by Greg Rucka; art by Drew Johnson and Ray Snyder; painted cover by J.G. Jones

In stores April 21. Part 1 of the 3-part “Bitter Pills,” guest-starring Batman! Diana’s new responsibilities in the wake of the events of “Down to Earth” leave her little time to investigate the murder that took place literally, on her doorstep. When the Dark Knight lends a hand, will the villainy of Veronica Cale finally be brought to light? For more information, see the feature article.

Wonder Woman 202

Art by JG Jones

Art by JG Jones

March 2004

Written by Greg Rucka; art by Stephen Sadowski and Andrew Currie; painted cover by J.G. Jones

In stores March 17. The secrets of Wonder Woman’s newest foe are revealed in a startling issue featuring art by Stephen Sadowski (JSA, Avengers) and Andrew Currie (Avengers)! Veronica Cale had a plan to discredit Wonder Woman, but she was betrayed. Now Cale is going to close the leak…permanently. Why does Cale hate Diana so intensely? The answers unfold here!

Wonder Woman 201

Art by JG Jones

Art by JG Jones

February 2004

Written by Greg Rucka; art by Shane Davis and Ray Snyder; painted cover by J.G. Jones

In stores February 18. A stand-alone issue finds Wonder Woman faced with the devastation that has befallen Themyscira! In the aftermath of “Down to Earth,” what new mission must Diana undertake for her people? The answer will have major implications for the DC Universe. A stunning issue featuring pencils by guest-artist Shane Davis (NIGHTWING, JLA-Z)!

Wonder Woman 200

Art by JG Jones

Art by JG Jones

January 2004

Written by Greg Rucka, Robert Rodi, Nunzio DiFillipis and Christina Weir; art by Drew Johnson, Eric Shanower, Linda Medley, Rick Burchett, Ty Templeton, Ray Snyder, Eduardo Risso, Steve Rude, Walter Simonson, and Ray Snyder; painted cover by J.G. Jones

In stores January 28. The earth-shaking conclusion to “Down to Earth” headlines a double-sized celebration of the Amazing Amazon! As Veronica Cale unleashes an upgraded version of one of Diana’s deadliest foes, Ares’ machinations on Olympus cause an astonishing change to the lives of all the Amazons of Themyscira! Plus, excerpts from Wonder Woman’s book (illustrated by Eric Shanower); a retelling of an ancient myth that sets up the next continued story (illustrated by Linda Medley); a Golden Age-style WW story by Robert Rodi and Rick Burchett; and a Silver Age-style story by Nunzio DiFillipis and Christina Weir with art by Ty Templeton. Rounding out the issue are pinups by John Cassaday, Eduardo Risso, Steve Rude, J.H. Williams III and Mick Gray and Walter Simonson.

Wonder Woman 199

Art by Phil Noto

Art by Phil Noto

December 2003

Written by Greg Rucka; art by Drew Johnson and Ray Snyder; cover by Phil Noto

In stores December 24. Diana confronts her greatest enemy face-to-face as “Down to Earth” nears its explosive conclusion! And while conflict on Olympus threatens to shake the foundations of Wonder Woman’s life, mortal forces conspire to bring her down once and for all.

Wonder Woman 198

Art by Phil Noto

Art by Phil Noto

November 2003

Written by Greg Rucka; art by Drew Johnson and Ray Snyder; cover by Phil Noto

In stores November 19. Part 3 of “Down to Earth” finds Diana’s enemies attacking ever closer to Wonder Woman and her friends! As the gods themselves respond to Wonder Woman’s book, Diana’s earthbound foes mount offensives of their own. And while her allies attempt to protect her reputation, Wonder Woman makes the shocking discovery that one of her dearest friends has been abducted!

Wonder Woman 197

Art by Adam Hughes

Art by Adam Hughes

October 2003

Written by Greg Rucka; art by Drew Johnson and Ray Snyder; cover by Adam Hughes

In stores October 22. The Flash makes a cameo appearance in Part 2 of the incendiary 5-part story “Down to Earth!” Touring to promote her long-anticipated project, Diana encounters a raging forest fire – but why does she refuse the help of the Fastest Man Alive? And one of Wonder Woman’s greatest foes makes an unexpected appearance on Themyscira…but what is he doing there?

Wonder Woman 196

Art by Adam Hughes

Art by Adam Hughes

September 2003

Written by Greg Rucka; art by Drew Johnson and Ray Snyder; cover by Adam Hughes

In stores September 17. Part 1 of the 5-part “Down to Earth,” the first extended storyline from the new creative team of Greg Rucka, Drew Johnson, and Ray Snyder! The project Wonder Woman has been working on since her arrival in Patriarch’s World is finally revealed, giving new ammunition to Diana’s foes, on Earth and Olympus itself! Featuring guest-appearances by Superman, Wonder Girl and Martian Manhunter!

Wonder Woman 195

Art by Adam Hughes

Art by Adam Hughes

August 2003

Written by Greg Rucka; art by Drew Johnson and Ray Snyder; cover by Adam Hughes

A new creative team launches a new era for comics’ best-known heroine. Writer Greg Rucka begins his open-ended run with a self-contained issue featuring interior art from the team of Drew Johnson and Ray Snyder. While Wonder Woman fights to capture the brutal dictator of an African nation, a new hire at the Themysciran Embassy discovers just how enormous Diana’s mission truly is.

Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia

Art by Alex Ross

Art by Alex Ross

October 2003

This is a stand-alone graphic novel, with glorious art by JG Jones. A young woman named Danielle Wellys, fleeing Gotham and the Batman, turns to Diana for help. Through the ancient ritual of Hiketeia (hic-eh-tay-ah), Diana is bound to protect Danny, and Danny is bound to serve the Wonder Woman. But Batman isn’t known for taking ‘no’ as an answer, and Danny’s actions put him and Diana into direct conflict.

Collections

Wonder Woman: Mission’s End

Art by JG Jones

Art by JG Jones

July 2006

Art by Rags Morales, Cliff Richards, David Lopez and various; Cover by J.G. Jones. Wonder Woman may have regained her sight, but her troubles are far from over in this trade paperback collecting issues 218-226. In the midst of Infinite Crisis, the Amazing Amazon is forced to battle the Man of Steel—leading to an incident that will forever change her relationship with Superman.

Wonder Woman: Land of the Dead

Art by JG Jones

Art by JG Jones

February 2006

Written by Greg Rucka and Geoff Johns; Art by Rags Morales, Drew Johnson, Justiniano, Michael Bair, and others; Cover by J.G. Jones. A trade paperback collecting Wonder Woman 214-217 and The Flash 219. Just as Wonder Woman is starting to deal with her blindness, the Cheetah returns and teams with the Reverse-Flash. Then Athena sends Wonder Woman on a journey of unimagined peril.

Wonder Woman: Eyes of the Gorgon

Art by JG Jones

Art by JG Jones

December 2005

The trade paperback collecting Wonder Woman 206-213; art by Drew Johnson, James Raiz, Sean Phillips and Ray Snyder; cover by J.G. Jones. The deadly Medousa comes calling, and Wonder Woman’s world is turned completely upside-down. After a terrible sacrifice, the Amazing Amazon must prove herself once again to her comrades in the JLA and to the world.

Wonder Woman: Bitter Rivals

Art by JG Jones

Art by JG Jones

February 2005

The trade paperback collecting Wonder Woman 201-205; art by Drew Johnson, Shane Davis, Stephen Sadowski, Ray Snyder and Andrew Currie; cover by J.G. Jones. Wonder Woman needs help solving the murder of Darrel Keyes, and who better to call than Batman? As they inch closer, they find it ties to another murder, but what does it have to do with respected businesswoman Veronica Cale?

Wonder Woman: Down to Earth

Art by JG Jones

Art by JG Jones

August 2004

The trade paperback collecting Greg’s first six issues of Wonder Woman 195-200; art by Drew Johnson. If you’re wondering what the fuss is about, this is the quick way to get acquainted. Meet the Themysciran Ambassador to the United Nations, Wonder Woman, and see what she’s about, and who it is who wants to destroy her…and how they plan to do it.

Drew Johnson Wonder Woman designs

This piece was written by Greg in anticipation of his run on Wonder Woman in 2003.

With DC’s permission, here are some of the designs that Drew Johnson created in preparation for our Wonder Woman run, beginning in August with issue 195. Please bear in mind that these are designs, and are reproduced here to give folks some insight into the process of character creation, as well as to give a taste of what’s to come:

Art by Drew Johnson

Art by Drew Johnson

This was the first design pass at the character of Doctor Leslie Anderson, the “Anderson” in CAP (Cale-Anderson Pharmaceutical).

Art by Drew Johnson

Art by Drew Johnson

Art by Drew Johnson

Art by Drew Johnson

First design pass at the the key players at the Themysciran Embassy. Note the relative heights.

Art by Drew Johnson

Art by Drew Johnson

Ferdinand. Not gonna say a whole lot more about him yet, though he’s clearly one of Drew’s and my favorites.

Art by Drew Johnson

Art by Drew Johnson

This was the first pass at Cale, the “Cale” in CAP (Cale-Anderson Pharmaceutical). While I thought it was a good piece, I also felt it was too iconically “villain,” and this was ultimately rejected in place of…

Art by Drew Johnson

Art by Drew Johnson

…this version, which has a more subtle, and I think, complex, iconography.

Art by Drew Johnson

Art by Drew Johnson

This was the first pass at Io, and a lot of the elements we wanted for the characters are here, but not all of them. Drew did a great job of capturing strength and size here, I think.

Art by Drew Johnson

Art by Drew Johnson

Working with characters like Diana, the concerns are pretty tight, and there are rules. Drew had to go back to this one a couple of times before DC Editorial would approve the piece for promotion.

Art by Drew Johnson

Art by Drew Johnson

This is the piece that DC did up for convention promotion; if you hit any of the shows where DC will be in attendance this year, you’ll see this piece on the booth wall. Note how the various designs come together in this piece, as well as some of the more subtle changes to character and costume.