Tuesday, February 3, 2004
NEW SMALLVILLE EPISODES
The WB has released titles and descriptions for two more upcoming episodes of Smallville.
Following is a rundown:
Wednesday, Feb. 25: "Resurrection"
Here's how the network describes the episode:
"While his father (John Schneider) is awaiting life-threatening heart surgery, Clark (Tom Welling) befriends a young boy, Garrett (guest star James Kirk), whose brother Vince (guest star Tahmoh Penikett) just died from liver failure. However, everyone is shocked when Vince shows up at the hospital alive and seemingly well -- until his liver starts failing again. In a desperate attempt to keep his brother alive, Garrett straps a Kryptonite bomb to himself and demands that Vince be given Jonathan's liver or he will blow up the building."
Wednesday, March 3: "Crisis"
Here's how the netwrok describes episde:
"Clark (Tom Welling) receives a panicked call from Lana (Kristin Kreuk) and hears a gunshot before the line goes dead, but when he arrives at the Talon he is stunned to discover she is alive and well. Clark realizes the phone call came from the next day and that Adam (guest star Ian Somerhalder) is the one who will shoot Lana."
NEW ANGEL EPISODES
The WB has released titles and descriptions for four more upcoming episodes of Angel.
Following is a rundown:
Wednesday, Feb. 11: "Why We Fight"
Lawson (guest star Eyal Podell), a mysterious man from Angel's (David Boreanaz) past, arrives at Wolfram & Hart and takes the gang hostage. Through flashbacks to World War II, it is revealed that Angel worked with the U.S. Navy to recover a captured German submarine with American sailors on board. The ship also has a secret cargo, a dangerous trio of vampires, including Spike (James Marsters), who were kidnapped by the Germans and forced to help the Nazis. When the sub comes under attack, Angel saves Lawson's life by turning him into a vampire. Now, 60 years later, Lawson has arrived at Wolfram & Hart seeking revenge.
Wednesday, Feb. 18: "Smile Time"
When a popular children's show begins to steal the life forces of children by hypnotizing them, Angel goes directly to the studio to uncover the evil doings. Upon entering the building, Angel triggers a spell that transforms him into a puppet. In a race against time, puppet-Angel and company must find a way to reverse the spell, save the lives of hundreds of children and return Angel to his normal vampire state. Meanwhile, Nina (guest star Jenny Mollen), the werewolf Angel befriended, returns to declare her romantic intentions, but puppet-Angel is too embarrassed to reciprocate.
Wednesday, Feb. 25: "A Hole in the World"
When Fred (Amy Acker) opens up an ancient sarcophagus that was anonymously sent to her, she is infected by a mysterious parasitic demon called Illyria. Angel and Spike learn that Illyria is an ancient demon who existed before recorded time, and they must race to return her to an ancient demon burial ground before she kills Fred and thousands of other innocent victims. Written and directed by Joss Whedon.
Wednesday, March 2: "Shells"
Angel and Spike return from England defeated, knowing that the ancient demon Illyria has completely taken over Fred's body and soul. Upon learning that Knox (guest star Jonathan Woodward) and Gunn (J. August Richards) have each contributed to her demise, Wesley (Alexis Denisof) is bent on revenge and Angel tries everything to restore Fred, including calling on an old friend from Sunnydale. Meanwhile, Illyria tries to locate an ancient temple where she believes she will find an army ready to help her destroy mankind.
THE BATMAN UPDATE
Adam West will be providing the voice of the mayor of Gotham City in The Batman, a new animated series from Warner Bros. Animation being targeted for a fall launch.
The show is expected to air both on Cartoon Network and Kids' WB!, with official details to be announced soon. The Batman will feature a younger version of the character than currently shown in Justice League. Batman will be voiced by Rino Romano, whose credits include the lead role in Spider-Man Unlimited.
West, 75, who played Batman in the 1960s live-action television series, has played numerous animation roles, including the Grey Ghost in the Fox Kids Batman show.
Last March, West and Burt Ward (Robin) starred in the CBS movie Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt.
Look for much more on The Batman soon here in The Continuum.
GLOBAL FREQUENCY PILOT GREENLIT
The WB has greenlit a pilot for Global Frequency, a live-action series based on the WildStorm comic book created by Warren Ellis.
John Rogers, whose credits include The Core, is writing, and executive producing with Mark Burnett.
According to Variety, the pilot "revolves around a shadowy figure named Miranda Zero, who starts a top-secret worldwide independent defense intelligence organization."
A pilot for The Flash was not greenlit. Sources told The Continuum the concept in development had little to do with the comic book.
DARK HORSE FIRST LOOKS
For covers and four-page previews of Dark Horse titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.
Titles include Crush #3, Fused: Think Like a Machine #2 and Usagi Yojimbo #72.
WANTED #2 SELLS OUT
According to Top Cow, Diamond Distributors has completely sold out of its print run of Wanted #2. The issue arrived into comic book stores last Wednesday, along with Wanted #1 Death Row edition.
"It's both heart-warming and frightening to think there's that many sick bastards out there, isn't it?" said writer Mark Millar.
Added artist J.G. Jones, "We have tapped into the Grand Theft Auto demographic here, something only a crazy Scotsman could pull off. I'm happy to be along for the sick roller coaster ride."
Wanted #1 Death Row edition continues to move through Diamond.
"Wanted #1 Death Row edition was the No. 1 advance re-ordered book through Diamond the week before it hit stands," said Joel Elad, Top Cow director of marketing and sales. "It serves as a great jump-in into the series, especially with all the bonus features."
Retailers can still reorder copies of Wanted #1 Death Row edition through Diamond. Top Cow will make an announcement later this week regarding a second printing of Wanted #2, which will hit stores with the next issue, Wanted #3, on March 10.
For a look at the first four pages to Wanted #2, CLICK HERE.
THE WALKING DEAD TRADE PAPERBACK
With the first three issues of The Walking Dead sold out and the horror/adventures series by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore building buzz, Image Comics has announced that a trade paperback collecting The Walking Dead #1-6 will hit shelves on April 7.
The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye will be 144 pages and will cost $9.95.
Despite rising initial orders, inclusion in Diamond's overship program and a commitment to overprinting, the first three issues of The Walking Dead have sold out within days of reaching stores.
"The Walking Dead has been a huge success for Tony and I," Kirkman said. "We've just been blow away by the amount of support we've received for this book, but the thing is... We're still not satisfied. We still want more people to read The Walking Dead!"
Kirkman said that the first trade paperback will be shipping with a low price aimed not only at cost-conscious current fans, but potential new readers as well.
"We knew we wanted to do something special for the TPB to try and grow
our readership," he explained. "We figured that at $9.95, for six
issues of a book receiving the kind of rave reviews The Walking Dead is
getting, people won't be able to resist. We're also planning on
shipping the trade on the same day as issue #7, so that new readers can
grab the first seven issues all in one day."
Click on the thumbnails below for images from the movie.
"Initially, I was going to make an alphabet book that had both animals and plants. It was going to be titled Frenzied Fauna and Freaky Flora: From A to Z," Gagné said. "Eventually, I dropped the plant concept out of the first book and just focused on animals. Freaky Flora was shelved for a couple of years. The idea was re-ignited last year while taking a hike in the woods. Nature is so weird and inspiring. It's a great springboard for my creativity. I think fans will get a real kick out of this one."
Marvel Comics will still show its support of ACTOR by honoring its commitment to donate funds. ACTOR will receive the full amount it was scheduled to for packaging the book.
"Marvel has been most generous in stepping up and paying for the book in full, even though it will not be printed," said ACTOR President Jim McLauchlin. "ACTOR is paid in full, and every freelancer got paid every dime they were due. In a financial sense, it's truly a 'no-harm, no-foul' situation."
COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES
In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:
* For Wednesday, Jan. 28, including Marvel solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Jan. 27, including Kevin Nash talking about The Punisher movie, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Jan. 26, including movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Jan. 24, including IDW Publishing's solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Jan. 23, including Blade: Trinity and Hulk movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Jan. 22, including Daredevil movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Jan. 21, including CrossGen Entertainment and Devil's Due solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Jan. 20, including DC Comics' solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Jan. 19, including Spider-Man 2 news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Jan. 17, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Jan. 16, including Dark Horse solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Jan. 15, including Elektra movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Jan. 14, including Image Comics' solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Jan. 13, including DC news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Jan. 12, including DC news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Jan. 11, including DC news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Jan. 10, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Jan. 9, including a feature on Image Comics' Patient Zero, as well as Marvel news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Jan. 8, including Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Jan. 6, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Jan. 5, including Mutant X, Smallville and Justice League news, CLICK HERE.
* 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.
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