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Wednesday, August 20, 2003

IMAGE COMICS FOR NOVEMBER

Image Comics has its solicitation information and artwork for November.

For a complete rundown, with cover images, CLICK HERE.



JUSTICE LEAGUE ANIMATED UPDATE

Work is under way on a third season of Cartoon Network's Justice League animated series, The Continuum has learned.

The network has not officially announced a third season, however.

In addition, sources told The Continuum that a straight-to-video Justice League movie will likely happen. It might also be a theatrical release.

Buzz has been good for the upcoming Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman movie, which drew cheers at a screening at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

The second season of Justice League launches on Oct. 4. Look for more news on the show soon here in The Continuum.

STREET FIGHTER SELLS OUT

Image Comics on Wednesday announced that Diamond has completely sold out of Street Fighter #1 by Ken Siu-Chong, Alvin Lee, Arnold Tsang and Andrew Hou two weeks prior to its in-store date of Sept. 4.

A second printing of Street Fighter #1 has already been scheduled and will be in stores Sept. 10. The second printing is available for order now.

"I think it's safe to say that many retailers underestimated the demand for the all-new Street Fighter," said Image director of marketing Eric Stephenson. "Since Street Figher #0 debuted at Comic-Con International in San Diego last month, though, there's been a huge swell of interest in this title. People want this book."

Street Figher #1 was originally solicited with three covers: Cover A by Joe Madureira, Cover B by Arnold Tsang and Cover C by Jo Chen. In addition to the variant covers, Street Figher #1 also includes a bonus prequel story by Madureira.

"We want to make sure that everyone that wants a Street Fighter comic book will have the opportunity to get one, and so have gone back to print right away, in an effort to make the second printing available as quickly as possible," said Erik Ko, chief of operations of UDON.

Stephenson was also quick to point out that while Street Figher has its roots in the '80s, it's appeal is not nostalgia based.

"I don't think there's anything 'retro' about Street Figher, because unlike the many '80s properties that have experienced a resurgence over the last couple years, Street Figher has remained an ongoing concern," he said. "People are still playing the video game and there's still an interest in the incredibly rich world these characters exist in. This is book very firmly rooted in the 'now.'"

Street Fighter #2 also features three covers: Cover A by Arnold Tsang, Cover B by Adam Warren and Cover C by J. Scott Campbell. Warren also contributes a backup story pitting Street Fighter's two leading ladies -- Chun-Li and Cammy -- against one another.

Street Fighter #2 goes on sale on Oct. 1. Look for more Street Fighter news soon here in The Continuum.



FALLEN ANGEL A MATURE TITLE

DC Comics announced on Tuesday that Fallen Angel will now carry a "Suggested for Mature Readers" label.

The change begins with Fallen Angel #3, on sale Sept. 10.

"Given the direction the series is taking, and the fact that it takes place outside the DC Universe, adding the mature readers label makes sense," said Dan DiDio, DC's VP - Editorial. "Our primary goal here is to remain true to (writer) Peter David's vision of the series."

Shown here is the cover to Fallen Angel #5.



SUPREME POWER #2 PREVIEW

Marvel Comics on Wednesday provided The Continuum with a four-page preview from Supreme Power #2, the new MAX series by J. Michael Straczynski and Gary Frank.

Here's how Marvel describes the preview:

"Supreme Power #2 continues the story of Mark Milton, the alien boy at the center of 'Project Hyperion' and destined to become of the most powerful and dangerous beings on face of the Earth. But issue #2 also introduces other key cast members, including Corporal Joe 'Doctor' Ledger, a covert military operative whose fate will intertwine with Milton, as detailed in the following 4-page preview."

Supreme Power #2 goes on sale on Sept. 10. The 32-page book will cost $2.99.

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WIZARD WORLD CHICAGO UPDATE

In case you missed The Continuum's coverage of Wizard World Chicago, here are some links:

For DC's Superman panel, CLICK HERE.

For Top Cow's Witchblade panel, CLICK HERE.

For DC's Vertigo panel, CLICK HERE.

For Marvel's Ultimate panel, CLICK HERE.

For Marvel's X-Men panel, CLICK HERE.

For DC's DC Universe panel, CLICK HERE.

For the Aspen panel, CLICK HERE.

For the Marvel panel, CLICK HERE.

For the WildStorm panel, CLICK HERE.



BRIEFLY

  • The Hulk DVD will be released on Oct. 28, and the X2 DVD will be released on Nov. 25.

  • "Impact," a new episode of X-Men: Evolution, has been scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 30. The episode of Static Shock that day is "The Parent Trap."

  • DC Comics has announced that the Teen Titans Swingin' Elseworlds Special has been postponed and will be resolicited at a later date.

  • 100 Bullets will be on a bi-monthly schedule through #51 next June.

  • Coming Thursday: DC Comics news -- and much more!!!


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