It's been a busy year in the DC Universe. Gotham City is no longer a "No Man's Land." Metropolis has become a dazzling city of tomorrow. New heroes have picked up the mantle of the Spectre, the JSA, Dr. Fate, Dr. Mid-Nite, the Star-Spangled Kid, and more. And one of DC's familiar heroes is not what he or she seems. In January, the layers of complexity that make the DC Universe one of comics' most intriguing realms are made clear in the SECRET FILES &ORIGINS GUIDE TO THE DC UNIVERSE 2000, a 96-page Special that's a handbook to the coming year's stories, a scorecard, an epic adventure story, a collection of pinups, a dessert topping (scratch that), and more! Topped with a cover by TRANSMETROPOLITAN's Darick Robertson (inked by JLA's John Dell), this giant-sized "Secret Files" Special begins with a 38-page story written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning (LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES) with art by Scot Eaton (GREEN LANTERN: THE NEW CORPS) and Ray Kryssing (SUPERBOY). In it, the Department of Extranormal Operations (DEO) asks Green Lanternto hunt for the missing Bedlam (last seen in JLA: WORLD WITHOUT GROWN- UPS). The catch? The villain is apparently hiding inside one of DC's super-heroes! Making stops in Metropolis, Gotham, New York, the JLA Watchtower, and more, GL soon realizes that the DEO agents haven't exactly told him the truth, a realization that may come too late to help him cope with the menace of Amazo 2000, a robot who has just had all the powers of all the heroes Kyle's been checking up on downloaded into his mainframe. Backup features explore other facets of the DCU, including ? for the first time ? the new skylines of both Gotham and Metropolis; a map of trouble spots; a look at DC's high-tech equipment with Blue Beetle; a look at some of the JLA's heaviest hitters courtesy of the Atom; a rundown of the aliens and robots that make our heroes' lives so interesting; a tour of the Garden of Heroes; profile pages on all the teams and "families" by artists associated with the characters; and the ultimate, last-word timeline. It's an incredible package, featuring contributions from such writers and artists as D. Curtis Johnson, Ben Raab, Eliot Brown, Jay Faerber, Scott Beatty, Jim Alexander, Phil Jimenez, Walter Simonson, Keith Champagne, Bryan Hitch, Adam Hughes, Dale Eaglesham, Tim Truman, Steve Sadowski and Michael Bair, Todd Nauck and Lary Stucker, Cully Hamner, Gus Vasquez, Matthew Clark, and more!