Tuesday, September 16, 2003
DC COMICS FOR DECEMBER
DC Comics has released its solicitation information for December releases.
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Showtime has released synopses for "Letters From the Other Side," the two-part second-season opener of Jeremiah.
Here's how the network describes the episodes:
"Jeremiah (Luke Perry), Markus (Peter Stebbings) and Erin (Ingrid Kavelaars) are held as prisoners at Valhalla Sector, where Jeremiah's father, Devon (Robert Wisden), tells his son that his presence has given those in charge a dangerous advantage in their effort to take control of the country. Military dictators of Valhalla Sector use Jeremiah to try to force Devon to reveal the secret of the Black Death. Kurdy (Malcolm-Jamal Warner), dodging pursuers, encounters the enigmatic Mister Smith (Sean Astin) who says God is sending him messages. One message is for Kurdy to stop trying to find his friend; he will find him if he gives himself over to those who are chasing him. Eventually, Kurdy is captured -- by Lee Chen (Byron Lawson), who takes him back to Thunder Mountain.
"Jeremiah meets Devon's lab assistant, Liberty 'Libby' Kaufman (Joanne Kelly) who tends to him after the Valhalla Sector leaders torture him in an attempt to break Devon's resolve.
"At Thunder Mountain, Lee introduces Kurdy to Meaghan (Suzy Joachim) and outlines a desperate plan to get Jeremiah, Markus and Erin released in exchange for Meaghan. The unsuspecting leaders of Valhalla Sector agree to the swap."
"While Valhalla Sector prepares to exchange Markus and Erin, Lee Chen and Kurdy convince a group of dubious Thunder Mountain volunteers to undertake a mission to attack Valhalla Sector. Although they still do not trust Lee, the group has faith in Kurdy and agrees to the mission.
"The leaders take Devon prisoner and place him in the cell next to Jeremiah. Father and son know the leaders are exchanging Markus and Erin but they cannot imagine what Thunder Mountain is offering in exchange -- except that it must provide a key to the Big Death.
"When the exchange takes place, Markus sees Meaghan but is unable to stop her from carrying out her part in the drama. Meanwhile, the Thunder Mountain forces launch their attack on Valhalla Sector. Mister Smith makes his way to the battle just in time to save Kurdy from a sleeper agent within the attack team as the Valhalla Sector leaders return to the base and lock it down with Jeremiah, Devon, Libby and Meaghan inside. As the Big Death spreads through Valhalla Sector, Libby's quick thinking provides a way for Jeremiah and Devon to try attempt survival amidst the turmoil."
Jeremiah's second season launches Friday, Oct. 10 at 10 p.m (ET).
ONI'S MIKE HAWTHORNE PROJECTS IN NOVEMBER
Oni Press has announced two projects involving Mike Hawthorne to be released in November.
Oni will release a trade paperback collection of Three Days in Europe. The romantic screwball comedy features a script and story by Antony Johnston and a new cover by J. Bone.
Hawthorne is also drawing a four-issue arc of Greg Rucka's Queen & Country, beginning with #21 in November.
"Mike has been one of the hardest working men in comics for quite a while," said editor-in-chief Jamie S. Rich. "Just look at his output over the last year or so-he's worked on Grendel with Matt Wagner, the five issues of Three Days, a bunch of material for Beckett's Terminator comics, and Whiskey Dickle for Mark Ricketts and Image. His schedule shows no signs of lightening up, either! November sees not only our two releases, but the debut of a new series for Beckett called Ruule with writer Ivan Brandon! But what's truly amazing is the quality of work. No matter how many fires he has burning, Mike always gives each one the attention and time it deserves. Sometimes I doubt the dude ever sleeps."
"Mike's the perfect collaborator," Johnston said. "You can ask him to draw anything, knowing he'll nail it - and then he'll come back with ideas to make it even better. Three Days in Europe wasn't an easy book to draw, and finding the balance in a black humor romance caper was always going to be tricky. But Mike thrives on challenges, and the end result was a great-looking book."
Here's how Oni describes the book:
"Three Days In Europe follows couple Jack and Jill on their whirlwind Valentine's Day vacation-to separate destinations! Jack and Jill each have elaborate holidays planned that they're sure will absolutely thrill their respective significant other. The only problem is that both trips start the same day. What follows is a transglobal romp across three countries and two continents as Jack and Jill find themselves in a complex web of rock stars, cat burglars, paparazzi, and pretentious modern art!"
"After wrapping up Three Days in Europe, I asked Mike what he wanted to do next," said editor James Lucas Jones. "His schedule was hectic as always but he said if we ever had an opening for Queen & Country he would make it happen at any cost. It's not every day that you find an artist with Mike's talent and unbridled enthusiasm and Greg and I both agreed we should seize the opportunity while we could."
Queen & Country #21 sees the department going through yet another change as the politics inherent in the job start to catch up with Director Paul Crocker. Crocker is now forced to walk a tightrope between what he knows is right and what he must do to save his job.
"Like each artist before him, Hawthorne is leaving his own mark on these characters and this world Greg has created," Jones said. "His work on this book and on Three Days in Europe shows off Mike's various finely honed skills. He's like a chef that's equally adept at preparing a hearty elegant meal as he is at creating a sweet and delicious dessert!"
"These are exactly the types of stories I want to tell," Hawthorne said. "I didn't get into comics to draw buff dudes in their pajamas punching each other across 22 pages every month. I'm drawing precisely the kind of comics I want to with fantastic collaborators and rewarding projects."
Three Days in Europe TP will ship to comic book stores on Nov. 12. It has 144 pages of black-and-white story and art in a 5.5"x8" book with a cover by J. Bone and is priced at $14.95.
Queen & Country #21 is scheduled to ship on Nov. 26 It is a standard comic book with 32 pages of black-and-white story and art, and retails for 2.99.
FIRST LOOK: ROUTE 666 #15
Route 666 #15 will arrive in stores on Wednesday from CrossGen Entertainment. The issue is written by Tony Bedard, with art by John McCrea and colors by Justin Ponsor.
Here's how CrossGen describes the issue:
"Featuring the guest-art of John McCrea – and the introduction of a major new character! Meet Brion, the toughest, cruelest, most unpredictable foe yet to set his eyes on Cassie Starkweather! Who is this wandering demon, and how will he change both Cassie’s life and her struggle against the forces of darkness?"
Route 666 #15 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.95.
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