BIRDS OF PREY PREMIERE
The premiere episode of The WB's Birds of Prey series will simply be called "Pilot."
In the newly released image from "Pilot" above, The Huntress (Ashley Scott) has an encounter with Ketterly (Chris Ellis), the episode's villain. The image is from late in the episode.
Birds of Prey is scheduled to premiere on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 9 p.m. (ET).
Smallville's first episode was also called "Pilot." Like Smallville's premiere, Bird of Prey's will be 70 minutes.
Click on the image for a larger and more complete image and look for more Birds of Prey news soon here in The Continuum.
MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS
For covers and four-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.
Titles include X-Statix #2, Amazing Spider-Man #44, Avengers #57, Agent X #2, Punisher #14, Spider-Man's Tangled Web #17, Weapon X: Agent Zero and Wolverine #180.
WITCHBLADE SEASON FINALE
Kate Levering guest-stars as a former blade-wielder in the season finale of TNT's Witchblade on Monday.
In "Ubique," Levering plays Lucrezia Borgia, who steals the Witchblade from Sara, just as a bizarre homicide wave hits the country. People across New York City are being lured to Cyberfaust's Web site by a contest, only to be brainwashed into committing murders. Struggling without the aid of her cherished gauntlet, Sara discovers clues that suggest Irons mighy be behind the crime wave.
Levering has appeared in several Broadway productions, including 42nd Street, Annie Get Your Girl and a Christmas Carol. Her television credits include Home Improvement.
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In other Witchblade news:
* Witchblade stars Eric Etebari (Ian Nottingham) and Anthony Cistaro (Kenneth Irons) have lent their support to the Hollygrove & Habitat - Champions for Charity Auction, the first-ever joint fundraising event organized by each actors' Web site. The online-only auction kicks off on Monday at 10 p.m. (ET) and will run for four consecutive weeks.
Etebari's charity of choice is Los Angeles-based Hollygrove, which provides abused and neglected children a safe and nurturing environment where each child can heal and develop emotionally, intellectually, spiritually and physically. Etebari grew up near Hollygrove and went to school with many of the center's children. He continues to support the organization through fund raising activities, especially the performing arts center.
"Hollygrove is a safe place for kids to grow, be educated and find a new home with a foster care family who will give them love and a chance to be successful in life," said Etebari. "I am thankful that my fans reach out to support this effort which sends a very powerful and inspirational message to these underprivileged children that people do care."
Cistaro's charity is Habitat for Humanity - Los Angeles, which supports the entire community as each Habitat home provides stability in neighborhoods, reduces crime, and increases hope that the opportunity to own a safe, affordable home is attainable.
"I selected Habitat for Humanity because a large part of the fund raising effort goes directly to aid," Cistaro said. "Shelter is one of our fundamental needs. Habitat for Humanity makes it possible for families who wouldn't otherwise have homes to have them. I also like the fact that the volunteer work is community-based. I hope to participate at the end of the summer in a building effort."
Auction organizers Jessie Smith, President, EtebarIAN Fan Club (www.eric-etebari.com), and Tamara Tsang and Heather Tsang (www.anthonycistaro.com) have gathered more than 70 autographed items from Etebari and Cistaro.
Bidders will need to register for an online account prior to accessing the auction Web site at http://pub83.ezboard.com/bwitchbladetheseries.
* For an interview with Witchblade executive producer Ralph Hemecker, CLICK HERE
NEW G.I. JOE, MICRONAUTS ARTISTS
G.I. Joe and Micronauts will be getting new artists in a shuffling of the Devil's Due books at Image Comics.
Kevin Sharpe is the new artist of G.I. Joe, beginning with G.I. Joe #11. He takes the place of Steve Kurth, who will take over the art on Micronauts as well as its spin-off mini-series Karza.
"As much as I liked Steve's stuff on G.I. Joe, Kevin is kicking some serious
butt," said Devil's Due President Josh Blaylock. "He's also one of the
fastest artists I've worked with, and I think Joe fans will be blown away
every issue. This also lets Steve run wild with Micronauts, which is a
childhood favorite of his, even moreso than G.I, Joe."
Sharpe comes to G.I. Joe following recent stints at CrossGen and Marvel, where his assignments included penciling Sigil #4-6 and Mystic #12, as well as the X-Treme X-Men: The Savage Land miniseries.
"I couldn't be more excited about the opportunity to work on G.I. Joe," said
Sharpe. "Following Steve will be tough, but it's a challenge I welcome. I
hope to bring something new to the table and give fans a really fun and
energetic take on these characters."
Kurth is at work on the Micronauts spin-off miniseries
Karza. Kurth will be joined by writer Jim Krueger in chronicling the origins of the Micronauts' greatest nemesis, Baron Karza, in what is currently scheduled to be a five-issue mini-series. Following Karza, Kurth is slated to take over as the
regular penciler for the ongoing Micronauts series.
"The only thing better than working on G.I. Joe is following Joe up with
Micronauts," Kurth said. "Being a crazed Micronauts toy--and
later, comic book--fan, I just about made in my pants when Josh offered me
Baron Karza. So you can imagine what I experienced when he then turned
around and tossed me Micronauts on top of that."
G.I. Joe #11 is due in October, and the Karza mini-series
will debut in March.
Here's a first look at Jim Balent's art from Tarot: Witch of the Black Road #17.
In the story, the snow has fallen and all is quiet in Salem's Witch Hallow. Tarot and Raven take a well deserved break and relax in their outdoor hot tub. But they soon find out that big trouble comes in a small package, when Raven harshly shoos away a pesky frost fairy. Their winter wonderland soon turns into a bellowing blizzard.
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