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Thursday, September 18, 2003

MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

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

Titles include X-Treme X-Men #31, Amazing Spider-Man #58, Fantastic Four #504, Captain America #18, Punisher #32, Exiles #34 and Incredible Hulk #61.



DC COMICS FIRST LOOKS

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

Titles include JLA #87, Fables: The Last Castle, Green Lantern #169, The Losers #4, Reign of the Zodiac #2, Terra Obscura #4 and Hellblazer #188.



IMAGE COMICS FIRST LOOKS

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

Titles include Spawn #128, Witchblade #69 and PvP #4.



ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR

Marvel Comics has released a first look at the cover to December's Ultimate Fantastic Four #1, which will be featured on the cover of Diamond's Previews catalogue next week.

Here's how Marvel describes the first issue:

"The Ultimate Universe at long last gets the fourth corner of its foundation as the World's Greatest Comic Magazine finally last makes its long-awaited Ultimate debut! Witness the birth of The Four - Reed Richards, Johnny Storm, Susan Storm and Ben Grimm -- superhero icons for the new century! High school genius Reed Richards invites his friends to join him on the journey of a lifetime - and the Ultimate Universe will never be the same! It's a series about science, high adventure, and above all else, family, set in the most dynamic and unpredictable Universe in the comic book world!"

The book is written by Mark Millar and Brian Michael Bendis, with art by Adam Kubert.

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KISSING CHAOS ONE-SHOT

Oni Press has announced a Dec. 10 release for Kissing Chaos: Nine Lives, a new one-shot from creator Arthur Dela Cruz.

Following July's 1,000 Words one-shot, Nine Lives lets readers in on what happened to Raevyn, arguably the favorite among the criminally minded teenagers.

Last readers saw the bespectacled beauty, she was being escorted away in handcuffs. But long-time readers know that Raevyn isn't one to take anything lightly--not even getting arrested.

"I'm being very conscientious to the fact that not everyone has started Kissing Chaos at the beginning," Dela Cruz said. "I tried to pull a balancing act between making the book read like a new story, that anyone could pick up, and giving fans of the series a little something to walk away with. Essentially I wanted it to be like an 'origin' story for Raevyn, and set up her character for the rest of the series. I'm hoping between what is said in this issue, the other one-shot, and all the other books, the past events of the comic are made somewhat clear, and that most readers will be closer to getting on the same page."

"Of course, every time we answer questions in Kissing Chaos, we raise a few more," said Oni Press editor Jamie S. Rich. "This series is fueled by ambiguity. But we also don't want to consistently obscure without moving towards our final goal. We don't want to be a Twin Peaks. We actually know where we're going!"

"While Angela is the emotional center of the book," Dela Cruz said, "a lot of people really responded to Raevyn. I think we all like people who can put a strong face on, but yet have the same insecurities as the rest of us. Nine Lives should really put her to the test, though. If you recall, she was the initial thief of the information that everyone has been after. They aren't likely to let her off easy."

Kissing Chaos: Nine Lives will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES

In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:

* For Friday, Sept. 12, including Dark Horse's solicitations for December, CLICK HERE.

* For Thursday, Sept. 11, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

* For Wednesday, Sept. 10, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.

* For Tuesday, Sept. 9, including X-Men: Evolution news, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, Sept. 8, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.

* For Saturday, Sept. 6, including Sharon Stone talking about Catwoman, CLICK HERE.

* For Friday, Sept. 5, including Spider-Man/MTV news, CLICK HERE.

* For Thursday, Sept. 4, including X-Men: Evolution news, CLICK HERE.

* For Wednesday, Sept. 3, including Spider-Man animated news, CLICK HERE.

* For Tuesday, Sept.2, including Justice League and Batman news, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, Sept.1, including Street Fighter and Teen Titans news, CLICK HERE.

* For Saturday, Aug. 30, including Mutant X news, CLICK HERE.

* For Friday, Aug. 29, including Justice League season-premiere news, CLICK HERE.

* For Thursday, Aug. 28, including Smallville season-premiere news, CLICK HERE.

* For Wednesday, Aug. 27, including Mutant X and Batman animated news, CLICK HERE.

* For Tuesday, Aug. 26, including Transformers news, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, Aug. 25, CLICK HERE.

* For Saturday, Aug. 23, CLICK HERE.

* For Friday, Aug. 22, CLICK HERE.

* For Thursday, Aug. 21, CLICK HERE.



BRIEFLY

  • There's no word yet if MTV will pick up the Spider-Man animated series for a second season. A renewal would likely be announced in the next few weeks, a source told The Continuum.

  • El Cazador #1, CrossGen Entertainment's fastest selling issue ever, is sold out from Diamond Comics Distributors. CrossGen has sent the debut issue back to press.

    El Cazador #1 Second Printing, including no interior ads or additional editorial back matter, will feature a new cover showcasing an iconic image that captures the exotic setting of the pirate adventure. The 32-page Second Printing of the debut issue by writer Chuck Dixon, artist Steve Epting and colorist Frank D'Armata will reach stores on Oct. 8, the same day that El Cazador #2 goes on sale.

    "We overprinted El Cazador #1 by quite a bit, but thanks to the readers' enthusiasm, we blew through those extra copies in short order," said Chris Oarr, CrossGen vice president of sales.

    "The creative team is extremely gratified by the response to El Cazador," Dixon said. "We suspected there was a comics audience out there for this kind of period adventure, but we thought we'd have to hunt longer for it. Instead, the audience found us and sales have forced us back to press. Steve, Frank, and I worked hard to nail the Golden Era of Pirates, and the response by readers and retailers is the greatest thanks we could receive!"

  • Two days after reaching stores on Sept. 10, Teen Titans #3 is sold out at DC Comics. This marks the third consecutive sold-out issue for the series, including second and third printings of issue #1.

    "Orders for Teen Titans #3 were higher than they were for issue #2, and that still wasn't enough copies," said Vince Letterio, DC's manager -- direct sales.

  • Image Comics has announced that Diamond has completely sold out of George R.R. Martin's The Hedge Knight #2 by George R.R. Martin, Ben Avery, Mike S. Miller and Mike Crowell. The issue was available with two covers, by Mike S. Miller and Boris Vallejo amd Julie Bell, and arrived in stores on Sept. 10.

    "George R.R. Martin's The Hedge Knight #1 sold out fast, but this issue went even quicker," said Image director of marketing Eric Stephenson. "And I'll restate what I said a little over a week ago: This book is criminally under-ordered. Martin's appeal stretches far beyond the Direct Market, and the audience for The Hedge Knight comics will just continue to build as this series unfolds."

  • Promoting The Sandman: Endless Nights, Neil Gaiman will be interviewed on National Public Radio's Talk of The Nation by host Neal Conan on Thursday, at 3 p.m. (ET).

  • Kurt Busiek is providing an introduction for the new edition of Superfolks, About Comics announced. The 1977 novel is a look at a retired superhero yanked out of his middle-aged, middle-class life to face the dangers and thrills of fighting one last menace. Busiek says in his introduction, "This is the holy grail. The book that changed everything for the action boys. Nobody knew, then. Everybody should know, now..."

    The new limited edition of the book will be sold only through direct market comics shops and convention sales, with 2,000 copies being released. The About Comics edition, featuring an original Dave Gibbons cover comes out in trade paperback format in December.

  • ADV Films' John Ledford has announced the acquisition of the Korean animated feature My Beautiful Girl, Mari for North American distribution. The title was named "Best Feature" at the 2002 Annecy International Animated Film Festival.

  • Coming Friday: TV news -- and much more!!!



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