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Tuesday, March 19, 2002
DC COMICS FOR JUNE
DC Comics has released its solicitation information for June.
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KRIS KRISTOFFERSON IN BLADE II
Even though his character apparently died in Blade, there was little doubt Kris Kristofferson's Whistler would be back for Blade II.
"From the moment we decided to do the second film, we knew Whistler had to come back," Blade II star Wesley Snipes said. "Blade is a lone warrior and Whistler serves as a good guide, teacher and confidant."
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TIDALWAVE TO AVATAR PRESS
TidalWave Productions will be moving its publications from Image Comics to Avatar Press beginning this summer, The Continuum has learned.
The agreement calls for an exclusive TidalWave imprint published by Avatar. The TidalWave logo will appear on all the bi-monthly titles.
Titles will include 10th Muse, Zak Raven, Esq., Black Tide, The Odyssey, Legend of ISIS and Atlas.
10th Muse and Black Tide will start in July; Atlas, Zak Raven and The Odyssey will start in August, and Legend of ISIS will start in October.
The books will be printed in full-color and will start with new No. 1 issues.
LEAVE IT TO CHANCE RESUMES
Following the recent announcement that Leave it to Chance would be collected as a series of oversized hardcovers, Image Comics has released information about the continuation of the Leave it to Chance comic book, beginning with issue #13 in July.
Featuring all-new story and art by creators James Robinson and Paul Smith, Leave it to Chance #13 will be a 48-page special, picking up where issue #12 left off.
Leave it to Chance was launched in 1996 as part of WildStorm's Homage Comics imprint. When WildStorm was acquired by DC in 1998, however, Leave it to Chance fell into limbo, leaving the four-part story that began in issue #12 unfinished.
At Image, Leave it to Chance is being collected as a series of oversized hardcovers, in the tradition of classic European comics like Tin Tin, and Image has also released a comprehensive publishing schedule for the first year's worth of books. The first volume of the new series (collecting LITC #1-4) will go on sale in June. Volume Two (LITC #5-8) is scheduled for October, followed by Volume Three (LITC #9-11) in February and then Volume Four (LITC #12-15) in June 2003.
In-between the reprinted volumes, issues #13-15 will be published as individual comics, beginning with the 48-page #13 in July. The remaining two issues will follow in November (#14) and March 2003 (#15).
Leave it to Chance will then continue on as a series of hardcover books featuring all-new material to be released on an annual basis.
BLACK CAT PREVIEW
Marvel Comics has released the cover to the first issue of Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do.
The mini-series is written by Kevin Smith, with art and covers by Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson. It begins in June.
Here's how Marvel describes the mini-series:
"The mysterious disappearance of an old friend brings Felicia Hardy to the Big Apple in search of answers. But, as luck would have it, a certain web-slinger -- who also happens to be her ex-lover -- is following the same trail! How long will it take before they do some catching up?"
Marvel is listing the mini-series as four issues.
SPIDER-MAN MOVIE UPDATE
Dr Pepper and Carroll Racing announced on Monday that their No. 26 Chevrolet Monte Carlo racing car will take on a Spider-Man design.
The image will appear on the car for the O'Reilly 300 Busch Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on April 6. The Spider-Man design marks the first time Dr Pepper has applied a special paint scheme on its race car since it began sponsoring a team in 1998.
The car will help to further publicize and promote the upcoming nationwide Dr Pepper/Spider-Man feature film tie-in and on-pack consumer promotion, which is scheduled to be in market by mid-April, and run through July.
Spider-Man is one of the most recognized fictional characters in America, garnering an 85 percent household awareness in the minds of 18- to 24-year- olds," said Cindi Clark, Dr Pepper's senior vice president of marketing. "What better way to maximize the exposure for one of Dr Pepper's on-pack promotions, the Dr Pepper and Carroll Racing team, than by leveraging the image of one of the most popular comic-book heroes who constantly overcomes adversity by using his spider-like powers."
"Throughout the racing season, we are constantly looking for that extra added edge that will help create excitement for the fans while providing new imagery to differentiate our car from the rest of the field," said Dave Carroll. "By incorporating the Spider-Man character within the paint scheme of the #26 Dr Pepper race car, we are confident that it will help us create excitement in the series, as well as with racing fans."
Chimera is set in a corner of the CrossGen Universe yet to be explored, an area ruled by a vast intergalactic empire spanning dozens of worlds. The empire's ruling family is obsessed with unlocking the secrets of human genetics, of achieving perfection and power through manipulating human physiology. But the missing link in the genetic code has always eluded them. Until now. One woman on a remote ice world may hold the key to genetic perfection. And the cost may be her life.
"This is a tale of 'hard' science fiction," Marz said. "It's more Dune than Star Wars, with a beautiful heroine, powerful villains, vast space armadas and the awakening of a dead alien civilization, all set against a backdrop of exotic worlds."
Chimera marks a new artistic direction for Peterson. He will be rendering the entire mini-series using a technique called digital painting. Digital painting is a combination of pencils, inks, and colors all integrated into one seamless package. This new style is a radical departure from his past work.
"This book is the culmination of my dozen years learning what I could about comics," Peterson said. "With it, I'm taking what I've learned about penciling, inking, and coloring and seamlessly blending them together to create something incredibly unique and different than anything ever seen in my past."
This mini-series also marks the first time Peterson and Marz have worked together since Marz turned over the writing responsibilities of Mystic to Tony Bedard.
"I think Brando and I both feel like we took Mystic as far as we could, then bowed out," Marz said. "Chimera is going to be that much better for us having worked together previously, because we've had the chance to learn each other's strengths and weaknesses, and figure out how to get the best out of each other. This project's going to give me a chance to play with some different kinds of storytelling, and Brando's going to be doing some truly innovative things with his approach to his art. The stuff he's producing now is spectacular, and he's just getting warmed up. Chimera is definitely going to be worth the wait."
FIRST LOOK: THE PATH #1
The Path #1 will arrive in stores on March 27 from CrossGen Comics. The issue is written by Ron Marz, penciled by Bart Sears, inked by Mark Pennington and colored by Michael Atiyeh.
Here's how CrossGen describes the issue:
"Brother to a slain warlord, a humble monk possesses a weapon with the power to slay gods â¤| but can he bring himself to use it? Ron Marz and Bart Sears join forces in the first issue of CrossGen's latest monthly title, a tale of all-out samurai action set on a feudal world."
The Path #1 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.95.
FIRST LOOK: MERIDIAN #22
Meridian #22 will arrive in stores on March 27 from CrossGen Comics. The issue is written by Barbara Kesel, penciled by Jeff Johnson and inked by Andy Smith.
Here's how CrossGen describes the issue:
"Sephie takes on a god as Rho Rhustane finds out the hard way just how determined a 16-year-old can be in defending her world."
Meridian #22 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.95.
The wrap-around cover will have a 50 percent print run and is colored directly from Conrad's pencils by Nigel Lewis.
Prophet Of Dreams Book 2 is written by Julian Lawler and penciled by Rudy Vasquez, with interior colors by Nigel Lewis and Sean-Thomas Gunnel.
* Hugh Jackman, who is returning as Wolverine in the X-Men sequel, will be a presenter at the Academy Awards on Sunday. * Coming after midnight: Image Comics for June - and much more!!!
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