Friday, September 26, 2003
The third-season premiere of Smallville, "Exile," figures to be one of the most special effects-laden episodes to date.
In fact, there are so many special effects that The WB -- which has been sending out screeners of the season premieres of all of its series to the press -- could not send out "Exile" because the special effects were not finished in time to prepare preview tapes.
Executive producer Al Gough told The Continuum that effects work will go right up until Monday, just two days before the show airs.
"We may not have a tornado this year, but the season still opens with everyone and everything up in the air," Gough said. "I think the Season 3 premiere blows the doors off last year's opener and will really kick off what we all believe to be an even more exciting year."
Instead of providing a preview tape, the network promoted the season opener by sending out replicas of Clark's class ring, complete with pseudo-Red Kryptonite, Clark Kent's name and the Smallville High logos.
In other Smallville news:
* Kristin Kreuk, who plays Lana, will be a guest on the syndicated Live with Regis and Kelly on Monday.
* Allison Mack, who plays Chloe, will be appearing at Wizard World Texas, which runs Nov. 21-23 at the Arlington Convention Center.
* Look for more on Smallville soon here in The Continuum.
Showtime has released two cast photos and seven episodic photos from the second season of Jeremiah.
The cast photos show Luke Perry as Jeremiah, Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Kurdy and new cast member Sean Astin as Mister Smith.
The episodic photos are from the second episode, "Letters From the Other Side, Pt. 2," which is scheduled to premiere on Friday, Oct. 2.
"While Valhalla Sector prepares to exchange Markus (Peter Stebbings) and Erin (Indrid Kavelaars), Lee Chen (Byron Lawson) 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 (Robert Wisden) 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 (Suzy Joachim) 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 (Joanne Kelly) 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."
The episode was written by J. Michael Straczynski and directed by Martin Wood.
Click on the thumbnails for larger and fuller images and look for more Jeremiah news on Saturday in The Continuum.
IMAGE COMICS FIRST LOOKS
For covers and four-page previews of Image Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.
Titles include Savage Dragon #111, Cursed #1, Powers #34 and Sam & Twitch #25.
DREW GERACI LEAVES CROSSGEN, RETURNS TO DC
Drew Geraci has left CrossGen Entertainment and returned to DC Comics, the inker informed The Continuum.
Geraci's departure is expected to be one of many from CrossGen, which has yet to officially respond to reports that it has restructured and laid off staff.
Geraci's first work for DC will be Batgirl #48, a fill-in issue. His first DC work in almost three years will be inking newcomer Jean-Jacques Dzialowski.
"This past summer, DC's proven that they're on a winning streak and I'mĘgrateful to return to the fold", Geraci said. "(Editor) Michael Wright and I have been wanting to work together again for some time."
At CrossGen's Geraci's most recent work was on Route 666, Way of The Rat and Sojourn.
"I'll miss working with Tony (Bedard) and Karl (Moline) on Route 666 and all the other mega-talented friends I've made at CrossGen. I wish them much success in the future," Geraci said.
Geraci won the CrossGen Fan Awards for Favorite Inker.
BONE FINALE PLANNED
Cartoon Books has scheduled a December release for Bone #55, which end the 1,300-page adventure of Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, Smiley Bone and Thorn. The final four issues of Bone are scheduled to ship monthly.
After a delay of many months, Bone #52 will be in stores on Wednesday.
Bone cartoonist Jeff Smith said, "Extra time was necessary to prepare not only issue #52, but the rest of the story through to the end in issue #55. A lot has gone into this project, and I wanted to make sure all the little pieces fit properly at the end. I am grateful to the comics community and the retailers in particular for being so patient."
Bone #55 will be 48 pages.
AVATAR PRESS FOR DECEMBER
Avatar Press has released its solicitation information for December.
For a complete rundown, with cover images, CLICK HERE.
The film, written by Larry Hama, features Cobra forces out to conquer the world. Members disguise themselves as the G.I. Joe team to steal a new technology and capture Scarlett. The G.I. Joe team prepares to save the world and rescue Scarlett by going undercover and infiltrating the Cobra forces.
The new G.I. Joe storyline is based on Spy Troops, an elite force of G.I. Joe members disguised as the enemy to stop Cobra from the inside. Spy Troops is the theme for all G.I. Joe vs. Cobra merchandise, which features many of the legendary characters that made the 3-3/4-inch product line tremendously popular in the 1980s.
Posey joins a cast that includes Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Jessica Biel and Ryan Reynolds.
Batman #619 marked the final chapter of the "Hush" run by Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee and Scott Williams, and all three editions of the issue sold out a day after its in-store date.
"I can't think of a better send-off to an incredible year than having this issue sell out in one day," Lee said. "I've been just as anxious as the fans for the issue to come out, and to see it so well-received is the icing on the cake."
Birds of Prey #59 sold out less than a week after its in-store date and follows other sell-outs of the title. "We've been overwhelmed by the support shown by readers, retailers and critics," said writer Gail Simone. "Normally I'd make a joke here, because I'm weird like that, but on behalf of everyone working on this book, all I can say is a very sincere thank you. We'll do our best not to let you down. In fact, things are going to get crazier in the next few issues, with some really cool guests and very surprising storylines, so hang on!
COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES
In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:
* For Saturday, Sept. 20, including Ultimate Spider-Man news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Sept. 19, including details on the Mutant X season premiere, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Sept. 18, including CrossGen news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Sept. 17, including Image Comics' solicitations for December, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Sept. 16, including DC Comics' solicitations for December, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Sept. 15, including an Underworld interview, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Sept. 13, including Platinum Studios' deal with Disney, CLICK HERE.
* 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.
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