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Saturday, October 26, 2002
BIRDS OF PREY UPDATE
The WB has released 12 new images from the upcoming episode of Birds of Prey featuring Lori Loughlin as Black Canary.
Loughlin, the former Full House star, appears in the episode "Sins of the Mother," which is scheduled to air on Wednesday, Nov. 6.
Here's how the network describes the episode:
"Barbara (Dina Meyer) and Helena (Ashley Scott) learn the truth about Dinah and Dinah learns the truth about her own past when her mother, Carolyn Lance (Loughlin), comes to New Gotham in search of the daughter she abandoned years before. Dinah is shocked to learn that Carolyn was once Batman's protege, Black Canary. Meanwhile, Helena learns that Detective Reese (Shemar Morre) has family issues of his own when he becomes secretive about a ruthless gangster."
Jeff Woolnough directed the episode, which was written by Melissa Rosenberg and Hans Tobeason
Also shown in the new batch of photos is Stephen McHattie, who plays Hawke. McHattie has already been in two comics-inspired shows this year, playing a villain in the Mutant X episode "Power Play" and doing the voice of Shade in Cartoon Network's Justice League.
In other Birds of Prey news:
* Series star Scott spoke to Access Hollywood this week about the success of The WB this season.
"This network, they're young, they're fresh, they're new," Scott said. "Everything is so, like, wide-eyed and everybody is just wanting to give it a go; everybody is just so excited. So it's fun to be a part of that."
CROSSGEN COMICS FIRST LOOKS
For covers and four- or five-page previews of CrossGen Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.
Titles include Meridian #29, The Path #8 and Ruse #13.
ONI COLLECTS SHOT CALLERZ
Oni Press is collecting the Shot Callerz mini-series into a 128-page trade paperback that will be released on Feb. 5.
Shot Callerz is by crime novelist Gary Phillips and artist Brett Weldele.
"Gary comes from the book trade and the skills he's developed in that medium shine throughout his comics," said series editor James Lucas Jones. "Shot Callerz shares the kind of street-smart sensibilities found in all of Gary's books, and now it can share their spot on the bookshelf, too."
Here's how Oni describes the story:
"Nea Garvin had it all -- a loving boyfriend, a truckload of dirty money, and a chance for a fresh start. But that all ended when her man, Phil Tangiers, shot her in the back and left her for dead. Now she's back on her feet and on the trail of her double-crossin' ex and the small fortune that was supposed to be theirs.
"Nea isn't the only one out for revenge and cash, though. Big Freight, the gang boss she and Phil 'acquired' their wealth from, doesn't care about Nea's personal problems or Tangiers' brutal betrayal. All he wants is his cash and to send the people who took it six feet under."
"When James first brought me the pitch for Shot Callerz, I checked out a number of Gary's novels," Weldele said. "What I found was a set of adrenalin-packed tales filled with down-and-dirty characters and dangerous situations delivered from a world view our medium is sorely lacking. Gary's stories are paced like a coronary. They just go and go and go until you think your heart is just going to give up and quit."
"Comics have an energy that I just had to tap into," Phillips said. "The kinetic visuals and unique storytelling devices just lend themselves to the kind of stories I love to tell. Sure, the collaborative nature of comics wasn't something I was accustomed to but Brett made it all easy. I'm thrilled with the results."
The Shot Callerz collected edition will cost $11.95.
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