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Friday, January 9, 2004

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 #36, Shangri-La, Legacy of Kain: Defiance and Lex Talionis: A Jungle Tale.

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DARKNESS WRITERS

A special 10-issue run of Top Cow's ongoing title The Darkness begins in April as Ron Marz, Frank Tieri and Steve Niles all write arcs.

Marz leads the group with a four-issue arc starting in April. Tieri is writing #14-16, and Niles is writing #17-19. Magdalena/Vampirella artist Martin Montiel will be the regular artist for all 10 issues, with Dale Keown providing covers.

"I'm looking forward to jumping on to The Darkness for an arc because it's a chance for me to tell a completely different kind of story," Marz said. "What I'm going to do has a dollop of The Sopranos, a big dose of John Woo-Hong Kong action flick, and a heaping helping of the supernatural. Getting to work with an up-and-coming artist like Martin Montiel is just the icing on the cake."

"We were thrilled at the chance to provide different perspectives regarding our characters, especially the Darkness," said Jim Mclauchlin, Top Cow's editor-in-chief. "We hope this will lead to other partnerships involving our library of characters."

Said Marz: "Top Cow was one of the first places to get in touch when I was no longer under exclusive contract. This is the first work to come out of those discussions, so hopefully this is the beginning of a real fruitful relationship for both of us."

Tieri previously worked with the character in a one-shot.

"We had a lot of fun doing the Darkness: Wanted Dead one shot, so when Top Cow approached me to do a follow up in the regular book, it wasn't a hard decision to make at all -- especially when you consider that, while yes, Wanted Dead can be enjoyed as a self contained tale, it was really intended to be a prelude to a much bigger storyline," Tieri said. "And that's where 'The Streets Run Red' comes in.

"Streets is a three-issue story arc that finds Jackie having to deal with some unforeseen consequences due to his actions from Wanted Dead. So although he may have thought shooting 'The Quiet Don' in the head would make his problems go away, he'll soon discover he's only made them far worse than he could ever have imagined. In fact, this new threat is nothing like Jackie's ever had to face before -- and it may very well prove to be something that's more than even he can handle."



HELLBOY MOVIE UPDATE

Guillermo del Toro, director of the Hellboy movie, said great pains are being taken to insure the title character's skin color is proper.

"This movie is the only movie that we're going to color correct it digitally completely," del Toro said during a recent convention appearance. "Red, as you may know, is the wildest color in the spectrum. Hellboy can go Irish pink and look like a drunken Irishman or he can go orange. You have to have him consistently be red. And that's really hard.

"The skin tone for this movie is really hard. So we're doing that (color correcting digitally) through the whole movie. It's the first time we're doing it for the whole movie. Usually, there are two or three sequences."

In other Hellboy news:

* A new commercial for the film is expected to air during CBS' coverage of the Super Bowl on Feb. 1. A representative of CBS told The Continuum that at least a partial list of advertisers during the game should be released next week.

* Look for more Hellboy news early next week here in The Continuum.

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JUSTICE LEAGUE ANIMATED UPDATE

Robert Foxworth will provide the voice of Professor Emil Hamilton in the third season of Cartoon Network's Justice League animated series, The Continuum has learned.

Foxworth, 62, was an original cast member of the prime-time soap opera Falcon Crest. He recently guest-starred in Law & Order, Six Feet Under and Stargate SG-1.

In animation, Foxworth was the voice behind Race Bannon in the mid-90's The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest.

The Hamilton character, originally voice by Victor Brandt, appeared in several episodes of the Superman animated sseries.

Here's how the character was described:

"The brilliant Professor Hamilton is general director of S.T.A.R. Labs, A Nobel prize winner many times over, Hamilton has developed much of the ultra-technology that makes Metropolis a true city of the future. He's a close friend of Superman's and has created the special supersuits the Man Of Steel uses on missions in outer space or under the sea. Hamilton has virtually no life outside of his lab. He lives and breathes science and his dialogue is peppered with techno-jargon. In fact, when explaining how a new invention works, Hamilton will use so many obscure technical terms that people often wind up asking him for an English translation. Truth be told, Hamilton's much more comfortable around computers and machines than he is around people."

Look for more Justice League news next week here in The Continuum.

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BRIEFLY

  • Kids' WB! dominated the fourth-quarter 2004 ratings as the No. 1 network among all Saturday morning competition in Boys 6-11 (5.6/24), Tweens 9-14 (4.0/21) and Male Tweens 9-14 (6.1/29). X-Men: Evolution tied for the seventh spot overall among Tweens 9-14.

    An official announcement regarding X-Men's future is expected by Tuesday.

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  • Catwoman star Sharon Stone will be a presenter at the Golden Globe Awards.

  • A Krypto animated series is in development at Warner Bros. Animation. Look for more details soon here in The Continuum.

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



    COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES

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

    * For Saturday, Jan. 3, including Transformers news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Jan. 2, including Justice League animated news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Jan. 1, including Mutant X news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Dec. 31, including Static Shock news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Dec. 30, including Hellboy movie news, CLICK HERE.

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

    * For Saturday, Dec. 27, including X-Men movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Dec. 26, including Hellboy movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Dec. 25, including Marvel Comics news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Dec. 24, including IDW Publishing's solicitations for March, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Dec. 23, including Spider-Man 2 news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Dec. 22, including Marvel Comics' solicitations for March, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Dec. 20, including Mutant X news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Dec. 19, including CrossGen solicitations for March, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Dec. 18, including New X-Men news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Dec. 17, including Image Comics solicitations, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Dec. 16, including DC Comics solicitations, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Dec. 15, including Spider-Man movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Dec. 13, including Justice League animated news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Dec. 12, including Dark Horse's March solicitations, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Dec. 11, including movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * 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.

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