Wednesday, December 17, 2003
IMAGE COMICS FOR MARCH
Image Comics has released its solicitation information for March.
For a complete rundown, with cover images, CLICK HERE.
DC COMICS FIRST LOOKS
For covers and four-page previews of DC Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, Dec. 24, CLICK HERE.
Titles include Batman #622, Birds of Prey #62, Catwoman #26, JLA #91, The Losers #7, Superman #200, Teen Titans Go! #2 and Wonder Woman #199.
JUSTICE LEAGUE ANIMATED UPDATE
J.M. DeMatteis, whose recent comics credits include Formerly Known as the Justice League and Abadazad, told The Continuum that he is writing episodes for Cartoon Network's Justice League.
"The episodes I'm writing are for next season, which means we won't be seeing them for almost a year," DeMatteis told The Continuum.
DeMatteis has experience writing comic book characters for television, including the live-action Superboy series and Fox Kids' animated Spider-Man.
In other Justice League news, Cartoon Network has revised its schedule for January, with Justice League airing Monday-Thursday and Saturday at 10 p.m. (ET).
Here's a schedule of episodes:
"In Blackest Night, Pt. 1 and 2" on Monday, Jan. 5; "The Enemy Below, Pt. 1 and 2" on Tuesday, Jan. 6; "Injustice for All, Pt. 2 and 2" on Wednesday, Jan. 7; "Paradise Lost, Pt. 1 and 2" on Thursday, Jan. 8; "Hearts and Minds, Pt. 1 and 2" on Saturday, Jan. 10.
"War World, Pt. 1 and 2" on Monday, Jan. 12; "The Brave and the Bold, Pt. 1 and 2" on Tuesday, Jan. 13; "Fury, Pt. 1 and 2" on Wednesday, Wednesday, Jan. 14; "Legends, Pt. 1 and 2" on Thursday, Jan. 15; "A Better World, Pt. 1 and 2" on Saturday, Jan. 17.
"The Demon Story, Pt. 1 and 2" on Monday, Jan. 19; "Metamorphosis, Pt. 1 and 2" on Tuesday, Jan. 20; "Twilight of the Gods, Pt. 1 and 2" on Wednesday, Jan. 21; "Tabula Rasa, Pt. 1 and 2" on Thursday, Jan. 22; "Eclipsed, Pt. 1 and 2" on Saturday, Jan. 24.
"Only A Dream, Pt. 1 and 2" on Monday, Jan. 26; "Maid of Honor, Pt. 1 and 2" on Tuesday, Jan. 27; "Heart and Minds, Pt. 1 and 2" on Wednesday, Jan. 28; "A Better World, Pt. 1 and 2" on Thursday, Jan. 29.
SABRINA GETS MANGA MAKEOVER
Archie Comics' Sabrina the Teenage Witch is getting a manga makeover, courtesy of writer/artist Tania del Rio and beginning with Sabrina the Teenage Witch #58.
"We felt the time was right to think outside the comic panel, so to speak," said Archie Comics chairman and co-publisher Michael Silberkleit. "We're thrilled at the opportunity to contribute to this young artist's future and give her a chance to shine in her chosen field."
Del Rio's Sabrina gig came after her story "Lovesketch," in the book Rising Stars of Manga, Vol. 2, published by Tokyopop.
"I want to do comics geared toward entertaining girls," said del Rio. "Not a bad influence, but not talking down to them, either. Sabrina is a very clever character who has a lot of inner magic in addition to her obvious, surface powers."
"Sabrina has always been a bit more esoteric than our other characters," said managing editor Victor Gorelick. "In her early years, the artists experimented with different looks for her."
Sabrina the Teenage Witch #58 will arrive in stores on June 14.
DC COMICS EXCLUSIVES
DC Comics on Tuesday announced that artists Michael Lark and Marcelo Frusin have extended their exclusive agreements.
Lark, the artist of Gotham Central, has signed a one-year renewal.
"I'm ecstatic that Michael will continue to man the front desk of Gotham Central," said editor Matt Idelson. "He's a huge part of the reason this book has garnered the critical accolades that it has! And if you thought the Joker story was intense, wait'll you see what he's drawing now. It'll blow you away!"
"This is my eighth year working exclusively with DC, and I couldn't be happier about it," Lark said. "I've had nothing but good experiences in the past, and I fully expect that to be the case for the coming year as well. I'm really excited to be devoting my attentions to every issue of the Gotham Central monthly for the foreseeable future, and I'm also thrilled about the upcoming trade paperback."
Frusin, illustrator of Vertigo's Hellblazer, has extended his exclusive agreement with DC for three years.
"We couldn't be happier that Marcelo has decided to accept our offer and renew his exclusive contract," said editor Will Dennis. "He is doing amazing work on Hellblazer that's really defined that character for the current generation of readers. Marcelo has grown tremendously as an artist in the past few years because he is constantly challenging himself. I consider him the most underrated artist in comics, and I can't wait to change that in the near future. He's going to blow people away with all the things we have planned."
"I'm really honored because of the generosity and affection that DC has treated me during this years,"Frusin said. "I couldn't imagine a better place to continue my career. I thank the extraordinary people of Vertigo for the absolute freedom they give me to draw one of their most loved characters, John Constantine. I also look forward to drawing some of DC's other characters."
UNCANNY X-MEN #437 PREVIEW
Marvel Comics has provided The Continuum with the cover and a four-page preview from Uncanny X-Men #437,
The issue, which reaches stores on Jan. 7, is the first issue for new artist Salvador Larroca. It kicks off the five-issue arc "She Lies with Angels."
Here's how Marvel describes the story:
"Joined by writer Chuck Austen, Larroca illustrates the special tale of two young star-crossed lovers, caught between the forces of their families' opposing views on the human/mutant race situation.
"Will love prevail? Or will tragedy strike?"
Uncanny X-Men #437 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.25.
Writer Mark Millar said, "When (Jim) McLauchlin called and said we'd done JLA numbers on the first issue I was as freaked out as I was excited because I didn't know if the retailer confidence on this book would extend to the readers too. It wasn't until Diamond announced a complete sell-out that I could properly relax and enjoy the fact that we seem to have something of an enormous hit on our hands and the huge initial orders are just the beginning.²
"We're damn pleased at the reception this book has received, although not surprised, as we're fortunate to have the finest creative team in comics on this," said McLauchlin, Top Cow's editor-in-chief. "And honestly, #1 is just the warm-up. The surprises at the end of both #2 and #3 will jar the hell out of readers. And there's a new character in #2, not even glimpsed in #1, who will scare the pants offa ya."
Currently, Top Cow is evaluating whether to go back to press for a 2nd printing of issue #1. Wanted #2 is scheduled to hit the stands on Jan. 7.
COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES
In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:
* For Wednesday, Dec. 10, including DC news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Dec. 9, including Snake Plissken news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Dec. 8, including Hellboy movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Dec. 6, including Mutant X news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Dec. 5, including Daredevil movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Dec. 4, including DC news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Dec. 3, including DC news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Dec. 2, including Teen Titans news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Dec. 1, including X2 movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Nov. 29, including Hellboy movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Nov. 28, including X-Men: Evolution news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Nov. 27, including Transformers news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Nov. 26, including Justice League animated news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Nov. 25, including X2 movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Nov. 24, including Marvel Comics' solicitations for February, CLICK HERE.
* For Sunday, Nov. 23, including Hellboy movie news from Wizard World Texas, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Nov. 22, including the DC Comics and Devil's Due panels at Wizard World Texas, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Nov. 21, including IDW Publishing's solicitations for February, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Nov. 20, including Image Comics' solicitations for February, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Nov. 19, including DC Comics news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Nov. 18, including DC Comics' solicitations for February, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Nov. 17, including Astro Boy news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Nov. 15, including Wonder Woman news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Nov. 14, including Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Nov. 13, including Image Comics news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Nov. 12, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Nov. 11, including Tomb Raider news, CLICK HERE.
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