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Thursday, October 30, 2003

SPIDER-MAN 2 UPDATE

Principal photography has wrapped in California on Sony Pictures' Spider-Man 2.

Sources tell The Continuum the production remains on track for a July 2 release.

In related news, the new poster for the film will be reaching theaters on Saturday. Sony released the image via the film's official website early on Thursday. There is also a downloadable desktop of the poster.

Look for more on Spider-Man 2 soon here 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 Tomb Raider #34, G.I. Joe: Frontline #16, Savage Dragon #112 and Powers #35.



MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

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

Titles include Thanos #2, Spider-Man & Doctor Octopus: Negative Exposure #2, Wolverine: The End #1, Elektra #29, Exiles #37, X-Statix #15, Crimson Dynamo #3, Spider-Girl #66, Weapon X #15 and Wolverine #7.

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CARLOS PACHECO GOES DC EXCLUSIVE

Carlos Pacheco, the acclaimed artist of JLA/JSA: Virtue and Vice, Arrowsmith and Avengers Forever, has signed a 3-year exclusive contract with DC Comics.

"All these years, the DC characters have seemed like expensive toys in a store - something you can look at, but you can't play with," Pacheco said. "Every time I saw an issue of JLA, JSA, Green Lantern, The Legion or Teen Titans, I dreamed about what I would do with them. Well, the wait is over. I'm ready to take these toys and have the time of my life playing with them!" Said Dan DiDio, DC's VP -- Editorial, said, "It was essential to bring someone of Carlos's caliber to DC not only to lend his considerable talents to our ongoing, core series but also to help in relaunching some of our other prestigious characters."

Pacheco is currently the cover artist on JSA and is working on an upcoming arc of Superman/Batman with writer Jeph Loeb.

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IDW ROUNDUP

In early 2004, the TV series The Shield returns to Tuesday nights on cable channel FX, the second season DVD will be released and the show will expand its turf with a new comic book series from IDW Publishing.

The Shield, starring Michael Chiklis, breaks the conventional formula of the cop genre. It plays out in a tough, morally ambiguous world in which the line between good and bad is crossed every day. It focuses on the tension between a group of corrupt but effective cops and a captain torn between bringing them down and advancing his own political ambitions.

IDW's first release is The Shield: Spotlight, written by Jeff Mariotte, with art by Jean Diaz and Vinicius. The Shield: Spotlight tells several interlinked stories, some of which involve increased media attention on the cops of the Barn‹which makes life difficult for the members of the Strike Team. Mariotte is well known as a writer of licensed fiction and comics, including CSI, and CSI: Miami comics and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Star Trek novels.

"The characters in The Shield are fascinating," Mariotte said, "and fun to write because they are so three-dimensional. There are no pure good guys or bad guys, but people with realistic mixtures of good and evil. The writers of the show have done a great job‹all I have to do is stay true to those characters and I can¹t help but tell wonderful stories."

The Shield: Spotlight #1 will be 32 pages and will cost $3.99.

In other IDW news:

* IDW will release 30 Days of Night Annual 2004, in January.

Hand-picked by Steve Niles to illustrate four short tales written by him are usual 30 Days of Night partner Ben Templesmith (who also contributes the cover), Josh Medors, Brandon Hovet and Szymon Kudranski.

The 48-page book will cost $4.99.

* IDW will collect The Bible: Eden into a 104-page oversized hardcover. The Bible: Eden was originally serialized in Penthouse magazine, and has never been collected.

The story was written by Dave Elliott and Keith Giffen and features painted art by Scott Hampton.

Said Mariotte, "While everyone is familiar with the general story of Eden, Scott Hampton, Dave Elliott and Keith Giffen have given the tale a few twists of their own, though fully in keeping with the original intent. For instance, the fact of Eve¹s pregnancy is glossed over, to a great degree, in Scripture, but this unprecedented event was surely frightening, miraculous, and fulfilling to Eve and Adam. These creators have re-imagined the world's first story, and in doing so have produced a book sure to be treasured."

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BRIEFLY

  • DC Comics has announced that Batman #620 sold out at the publisher three days after its in-store date of Oct. 22. This issue features the first chapter of the 6-part story "Broken City" by the 100 Bullets creative team of writer Brian Azzarello, artist Eduardo Risso and cover artist Dave Johnson.

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



    COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES

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

    * For Wednesday, Oct. 22, including DC Comics first looks and Teen Titans news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Oct. 21, including DC Comics' solicitations for January, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Oct. 20, including Star Wars and Halle Berry news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Oct. 18, including Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Oct. 17, including X-Men: Evolution news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Oct. 16, including Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Oct. 15, including Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Oct. 13, including Hulk and Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Oct. 11, including Angel news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Oct. 10, including Dark Horse's solicitations, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Oct. 9, including Avengers news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Oct. 8, including X-Men: Evolution news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Oct. 7, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Oct. 6, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Oct. 4, including Star Wars news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Oct. 3, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Oct. 2, including Spider-Man news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Oct. 1, including Jutice League news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Sept. 30, including Jutice League news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Sept. 29, including Catwoman movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Sept. 27, including Batman news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Sept. 26, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Sept. 25, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.


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