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Friday, May 2, 2003

SMALLVILLE UPDATE

The WB has released 13 images from the final two episodes of the second season of Smallville.

Below are images from "Calling," which airs on Tuesday, May 13.

Here's how the network describes the episode, which was written by Kenneth Biller and directored by Terrence O'Hara:

"Dr. Walden (guest star Rob Labelle) wakes up from his coma and tells Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) and Lionel (John Glover) that Clark (Tom Welling) is an alien and must be destroyed. Meanwhile, a romantic encounter between Clark and Lana (Kristin Kreuk) hints at a promising future, but after Chloe (Allison Mack) finds out they are together, Lana pulls back."

Below -- as well as at the very top of this story -- are images from "Exodus," which airs on Tuesday, May 20.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"A sense of foreboding surrounds Smallville as Clark must choose between staying with Lana (Kristin Kreuk) and his family or fulfilling his destiny to rule the Earth. Meanwhile, Lex and Helen (Emmanuelle Vaugier) plan their upcoming wedding, but outside forces may ultimately keep them apart. Also, a hurt Chloe considers Lionelís (John Glover) offer to investigate Clark."

Look for more on Smallville, including an interview with executive producer Al Gough, soon here in The Continuum.



NEW JUSTICE LEAGUE EPISODES

The first two episodes of the second season of the Justice League animated series will be shown as part of a Cartoon Network event on Saturday, July 5.

"Twilight," a two-part episode featuring Darkseid and Apokolips, will air at 10 p.m. that day to conclude a three-hour block called "Justice For All."

Before the new Justice League episodes, Cartoon Network will air episodes of Superman that featured Darkseid and essentially set up the Justice League story. The two-part "Apokolips Now" will air at 8 p.m., followed by the two-part "Legacy" at 9 p.m.

Cartoon Network has provided The Continuum with two pieces of promotional artwork for the second season. The Superman image will be used directly with the "Justice For All" event.

Look for more on Justice League 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 Uncanny X-Men #423, X-Treme X-Men #25, Wolverine/Doop #1, Wolverine: Snikt! #1, Exiles #26, Captain Marvel #9 and Elektra #23.

DC COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and four-page previews of DC Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.

Titles include The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen #5, JSA: All-Stars #1, Action Comics #803, Robotech #6, Hawkman #15, Reload #2, Batman: Nevermore #2, 100 Bullets #44, Green Arrow #25 and Vertigo Pop!: Bangkok #1.



MARVEL MOVIE ROUNDUP

A trailer for The Punisher movie will be attached to The Hulk movie on June 20, according to Artisan Entertainment

Meanwhile, the latest trailer for The Hulk premiered on Entertainment Tonight on Thursday, then showed up online and will be attached to X2, which hits theaters on Friday. Click on the thumbnails below for larger images from the trailer.

In other Marvel movie news:

* X2 will be released in a record-setting 3,714 theaters domestically, Initial estimates from industry analysts have the film at about $75 million for the opening weekend.

* Del Rey's The Hulk movie novelization, by former Incredible Hulk comics writer Peter David, is now in stores.

* X2's Famke Janssen, who plays Jean Grey, will appear on E! News Live on Friday.



STEVE UY'S FEATHER

Image Comics will launch Feather, a six-issue mini-series written and drawn by Steve Uy, in August.

Featuring what Image calls "a decidedly different take on the time-honored dragon tale," the mini-series is Uy's follow-up to Eden's Trail, the Marvel mini-series that first introduced his style to comics fans.

Here's how Image describes the book:

"Feather is the story of two close friends, one a full-blooded dragon named Leeka, the other a half-breed named Sehven. There's a catch to their relationship, though: Sehven wishes nothing more than to become a dragonslayer and fulfill a lifelong promise he made to his father. Unfortunately, on the continent of Rakkon, in an age far removed from the medieval times typically associated with some creatures, dragons are believed to be long extinct.

"The story of Feather revolves around Sehven's efforts to achieve his goal, how Leeka plays a part in his quest and the consequences he must face after finally accomplishing what he has set out to do. Sehven is fully aware that Leeka's a dragon, but she looks like nothing more than a young girl with wings, and her non-threatening appearance has lead others around him to believe her wings are merely the product of mutation. Meanwhile, Leeka has no misconceptions about Sehven; she knows his ultimate goal is to find and slay a dragon. Despite this shared knowledge, they remain friends."

"Feather is a completely character-based story," Uy said. "It focuses almost entirely upon the conflicting goals of the two main characters. It's not fancy dragons, big power battles or superheroic feats of strength. Which isn't to say those things won't play a part in the series, but with Feather, I'm more concerned with the storytelling and pacing than the art.

"My one and only purpose with this story is to make the reader care about the characters, which is probably the most difficult thing to do in this day and age when everybody's so jaded and has already seen everything there is to see in a story."

Feather was originally developed as a 108-page, black-and-white story during Uy's senior year in college. Uy said he has always wanted to revisit Feather as a full-color mini-series with a new story and art.

"Coming to Image was a no-brainer," said Uy. "From the moment I decided I wanted to do comics for a living, all I knew for a fact was that I had no desire to do creative work-for-hire. Image is the biggest company in terms of creative ownership, and creative freedom is what I needed most after doing Eden's Trail at Marvel. There's really no better publisher than Image to host my first step into the world of creator-owned comics."

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BRIEFLY

  • Above are six images from "Toys in the Hood," the episode of Static Shock guest-starring Superman that will air on Kids' WB! on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. (ET). The episode has a story by John Semper and Ernie Altbacker and was written by John Ridley.

  • Before June's Planetary/Batman: Night on Earth one-shot and August's Planetary #16, DC Comics will release The Planetary Reader on June 4. The 72-page book collects Planetary #13-15.

    Said Planetary writer Warren Ellis, "The three issues collected here constitute Planetary'ss pivotal point, where we can see not only the past - Elijah Snow's century-gone youth and the beginnings of the Planetary organization - but also an unexpected future, with Elijah beginning a direct campaign against the four people hoarding Earth's unnatural secrets for themselves. Elijah Snow is back and he's not taking any crap from anyone."

  • Below are first looks at covers to Kingpin #2, Thor: Vikings #1, Punisher #29, Spider-Man and Wolverine #2, Sentinel #4, Mystique #4, New X-Men #144, X-Men: Phoenix #3, Namor #4, Runaways #4, Quest #2, Black Panther #62, The Call #4 and Paradise X Special: A.

    Click on the thumbnails for larger images and for Marvel's July solicitations, CLICK HERE.


  • Coming Saturday: X-Men news -- and much more!!!


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    Marvel's legendary comic hero - known as the Man Without Fear - has made a hit on the big screen. Now you can bring him home with this 12-inch collectible Daredevil Action Figure. Attorney Matt Murdock is blind, but his other four senses function with superhuman sharpness. By day, Murdock represents the downtrodden. At night, he is Daredevil, a masked vigilante stalking the dark streets of the city, a relentless avenger of justice. This fully poseable 12-inch dark warrior from the Marvel universe displays authentic movie detail, realistically created for Daredevil fans of all ages. Features over 30 points of articulation. Comes in unique reusable collector's packaging. Product may vary slightly from item shown.



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