Saturday, September 27, 2003
DC Comics on Friday announced that, following a one-day sell-out, Batman #619 is going back to press for a second printing.
Batman #619 Second Printing features a new, single-panel cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams and is scheduled to be in stores on Oct. 22.
"How cool is this? I'm so happy that Jim gets to continue to draw the Bat right away," said writer Jeph Loeb.
"With a sell-out as fast as this one, it's clear that demand is going to continue for a while yet," says Bob Wayne, DC's VP - sales and marketing.
In other Batman news, Superman/Batman Secret Files 2003 has sold out at DC Comics six days before its in-store date of Oct. 1.
"The success of this issue is especially rewarding since some of the comics world's finest creators put forth such an amazing effort," said Secret Files editor Ivan Cohen. "From Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale reuniting on Superman for the first time since Superman For all Season -- and on Batman for the first time since Dark Victory -- to Geoff Johns and his brother Jeremy co-writing the lead, Ivan Reis making his Superman debut, Mark Waid giving us a 'missing chapter' of Superman: Birthright, and more, this really turned out to be a great supplement to one of the DCU's hottest titles."
ASHLEY WOOD'S LORE
In December, IDW Publishing will release what it calls "Ashley Wood's most compelling work to date," Lore, written with T. P. Louise.
Here's how IDW describes the book:
"In ancient times, when folklore, myths, and legends dominated the Earth, a group of like-minded Magi gathered together from all corners of the globe. They formed a loose affiliation known as the Shepherds and hatched a plot to use the Earth's ley line energy to dampen and eventually eradicate these forces. By individually maintaining and controlling the ley lines from which the mythical creatures drew their power, the Shepherds successfully reduced these mythical forces to footnotes in fantasy novels.
"But now the myths are coming back to a modern world that has no place for them. And something has to give..."
"I've been working on Lore for years," Wood said. "I've spent a lot of time creating this world and the stories within it and I can't wait for readers to see what I'm doing."
Lore is a bi-monthly, 48-page comic. Each issue costs $5.99.
FANTASTIC FOUR UPDATE
Marvel Comics on Friday announced its plans for Fantastic Four, which feature three ongoing titles this winter.
The three-month event kicks off in December with the launch of Ultimate Fantastic Four, by creative team of Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Millar and Adam Kubert. In January, Fantastic Four #509 will mark the return of Mark Waid, Mike Wieringo and Karl Kesel. And in February, a new FF series by writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Steve McNiven launches under the Marvel Knights banner.
Waid and Wieringo start a new story arc called "Hereafter" in Fantstic Four #509.
Said Waid, "The story is about the Fantastic Three ...whoops, did I say 'Three'? ... the Fantastic Three taking their greatest adventure yet by storming a realm new to them, one they've heard of but have never before seen.
"Yes, the Fantastic Three..."
"Fandom spoke and so did our own hearts, and we listened to both," said Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada, regarding the creative team's exit a few month's ago. "Never let it be said that at Marvel we can't own up to our mistakes. I'm just thrilled that Mark and Mike decided to stay after all the craziness that went down. Fandom rejoice, it's salad days for the FF you know and love!"
"The way Joe's apologized in public for what he feels was, in retrospect, Marvel's rather odd decision certainly went a long way in getting us back," Waid said. "Mike and I had discussed other projects elsewhere, but in the end, the pull of the FF and the fun we're having there was indisputable. We look forward now to trying to outdo our FIRST (but now, not our last) year. Next up: Diablo!
Waid's return to the FF will also include just-approved project called "Fourigin."
Aguirre-Sacasa and McNiven's take on the FF will be more grounded, earthbound and edgy in the spirit of projects before it like FF: 1 2 3 4, and makes it a perfect fit for the Marvel Knights banner.
"What I love about Roberto and Steve's upcoming FF MK title is that no one knows what to expect or what they're in for," Quesada said. "It's going to be fun watching these two incredibly talented young guys rise to superstardom. Mark my words, this title will be a hallmark event."
"As far as I'm concerned, this is the best time to be writing the world's greatest characters - with not one, but TWO new titles spotlighting Marvel's First Family: The Ultimate FF and Steve and my Marvel Knights series," said Aguirre-Sacasa. "There's tons of great stories to tell about the Family Fantastic, and so far it's been an amazing experience to work with an artist like Steve (who draws the hottest Sue ever) to showcase the more human, down-to-earth adventures of the FF."
Click on the thumbnails below for preview pages from the Marvel Knights title.
VIPER COMICS FOR DECEMBER
Viper Comics has released its solicitation information for December.
For a rundown, with cover images, CLICK HERE.
COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES
In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:
* For Monday, Sept. 22, including Marvel's solicitations for December, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Sept. 20, including Smallville 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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