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Saturday, February 14, 2004

SMALLVILLE UPDATE

Smallville #8 will arrive in stores on May 19, concluding the multi-media crossover that began in Smallville #7 and continued on TheWB.com.

The issue is written by Clint Carpenter, with art by Tom Derenick, Adam DeKraker and Renato Guedes and acover by John Van Fleet.

Here's how DC Comics describes the issue, which is 48 pages and will cost $3.95.

"Continuing the story that started in issue #7, Chloe Sullivan uncovers a Kryptonite-fueled conspiracy in a secret laboratory and reunites with some old 'friends.' And in a special back-up story, get inside the mind of Lex Luthor as we reveal what happened to him as a patient in Belle Reve Sanitarium."

In other Smallville news, next Wednesday's episode, "Obessession," will guest star Sarah Carter, who was a cast member of the short-lived WB series Black Sash.

Click on the thumbnails for preview images from the episode and CLICK HERE for comments on the episode from Smallville executive producer Al Gough.





FIRST LOOKS

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

Titles include Sojourn #32 from CrossGen Entertainment and Goon #5 and Star Wars: Republic #61.

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THE WB CANCELS ANGEL

The WB has announced that Angel will be ending with its current fifth season.

Following is a statement, released by the network on its web site:

"For the last seven years Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer have been cornerstones of our network. The sum total of the work done on those shows has produced some of the proudest moments in our history. Like some of the great series that are leaving the air this year, including Frasier and Friends, the cast, crew, writers and producers of Angel deserve to be able to wrap up the series in a way befitting a classic television series and that is why we went to Joss (Whedon) to let him know that this would be the last year of the series on The WB.

"We have discussed continuing the Angel legacy with special movie events next year, which is still on the table. In a perfect world, all of these details would be completed before this information went to the press so that we could be definitive about the show's ongoing future. But in any case, we did not want to contemplate this being the last year of Angel without giving the show the option of crafting their own destiny for this character and for this series. David Boreanaz continues to be one of the finest, classiest and friendliest actors we have had the pleasure to work with and we hope that the relationship furthers from here. The same can be said for all the actors and producers on the show."

Look for more Angel news soon here in The Continuum.

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JUSTICE LEAGUE, BATMAN TOYS

Mattel has released an image of the Justice League Watchtower Playset, which will be available in September.

Here is how the playset is described:

"Command control for the Justice League super heroes, the Watchtower protects the Earth with strategic defense systems. Kids use the trigger switch to open the space station - lights flash and alarms sound as the room, docking station, and attack pod unfold. The Watchtower playset can be used with some of the other Justice League accessories. A telescope loading dock reaches out to the Javlin 7 vehicle (not included). Kids must man the battle station to launch missles from the battle tower and the attack pod, and can activate sound effects with a simple push of a button. The Watchtower security system keeps the team safe with a security beam and a trap door."

The playset will cost $42.99.

Below is a new look at toys based on the upcoming The Batman animated series. Click on the thumbnails for larger looks.





ONI'S ONCE IN A BLUE MOON

Once in a Blue Moon, a new graphic novel series from writers Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir and artist Jennifer Quick, debuts on April 28 from Oni Press.

"Blue Moon is another one of those projects that people aren't going to expect from us," said editor James Lucas Jones. "We're not known as a company that does fantasy comics, quite the opposite in fact. But there's something about Blue Moon that sets it apart. It's not the standard swords and sorcery fare. The characters make it relatable and appealing in ways that often get overlooked by the many of the mainstays of the genre."

Here's how the book is described:

"Aeslin Finn had a magical childhood—a nice house, two loving parents, and every night before bed, a whole new world to explore. The Avalon Chronicles were the perfect tuck-in tale and her parents enjoyed reading the fantastic fables as much as she liked listening to them. But one day, the book shifted tones. The unbelievably brave Dragon Knight and her courageous Prince faced an evil Wizard that threatened the entire land. But before they could finish the chapter, Aeslin's parents left on a business trip. When her father died on that trip, it was time for Aeslin to stop living in a fantasy world. Aeslin's mom never read from the tome again.

"Now Aeslin's a teenager and living a fairly ordinary life. She has a crush on Michael, the most popular boy in school, and her best friend Samantha loves to trade secrets and share gossip. It's a fine, if not extraordinary, existence until Samantha happens on a new book—Once in a Blue Moon. It's a sequel to the novel Aeslin loved as a child. The new pages catch up on the denizens of Avalon and their miserable eight-year existence since the defeat of the Dragon Knight. Aeslin can’t believe it. She wishes she could be there to defend all of the creatures and common folk she loved as a child. And then out of nowhere, she is...Now Aeslin has the opportunity to be the hero she always admired. But Avalon is a much more dangerous place than she remembered and there's no instruction manual she can read to figure out what to do or how to get home."

Artist Quick has been previously featured in IC Entertainment's Amerimanga. Her serial, Soul Union, appeared in several issues of the anthology.

"Nunzio, Christina, and I all kind of stumbled on Jen's website around the same time," Jones said. "It was obvious from the illustrations on her site that she had a true love for the kind of world building Nunz and Christie required and once we saw her story pages we knew we'd found our artist. Lucky for us, Jen was enthusiastic and into the project. It all worked out like a dream."

The book will be 160 black-and-white pages and will cost $11.95. Click on the thumbnails below for larger images.



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