Friday, February 20, 2004
THE PUNISHER Q&A: KEVIN NASH
Kevin Nash always wanted to be in a Marvel movie -- and his first appearance in one figures to be unforgettable.
Nash, a professional wrestler and longtime comics fan, plays the Russian in The Punisher, and has a major fight scene with Thomas Jane's lead character.
The Continuum recently caught up with him to talk about the movie. For the complete interview, CLICK HERE.
In other Punisher news, the new trailer for the film reaches theaters on Friday, but excerpts were shown Thursday on Access Hollywood.
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IMAGE COMICS FOR MAY
Image has released its solicitation information for May.
For a complete rundown, with cover images, CLICK HERE.
IMAGE COMICS FIRST LOOKS
For covers and four-page previews of Image Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.
Titles include The Darkness Vol. II #7, Dawn: Three Tiers #3 and The Hedge Knight #3.
STATIC SHOCK UPDATE
Warner Bros. Animation has released details on "Hoop Squad," the episode of Static Shock guest-starring several players from the National Basketball Association.
The episode is scheduled to air on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 8:30 a.m. (ET).
Here's how "Hoop Squad" is described:
"In the episode, a visit to Los Angeles for the All-Star Game brings African-American teenage superhero Static face-to-face with four of his basketball superstar heroes - Karl Malone, Yao Ming, Tracy McGrady and Steve Nash. But the ultimate surprise ignites when Static learns that they also have superhero identities and superpowers. Now for the first time ever, the world will be exposed to their top-secret personas as The Hoop Squad, four superstars whose incredible athletic abilities have been augmented by high-tech bio-enhancer suits.
"Together, these four form the leading members of the secret organization known as the National Biotech Authority, dedicated to preserving world peace and stability. In this special episode they join forces with Static to help defeat the evil Doctor Odium who's created a frightening new device to dominate the world."
Malone, of the Los Angeles Lakers, will be "Pulverizer," the clever leader of the team, who can now jump higher and move faster than on the basketball court. Thanks to a super-covert, government technology, his hands have been mechanically charged up to expand on command, which allows him to pulverize anything he grabs hold of, crushing it between his bio-enhanced fingers.
"Center Force" is the super-powered alter-ego of the Houston Rockets' Yao Ming. With mechanical hands and extendible limbs, he can leap over tall mountains with a single bound and run at super-human speeds.
McGrady, of the Orlando Magic, is "Spin Drive." His ability to wheel around opponents on the basketball court has now been super charged. As a member of The Hoop Squad, he can spin like a cyclone at top speeds, swooping down on criminals, suctioning them up into the center of the vortex and whisking them off to jail.
Nash, of the Dallas Mavericks, is "Point Man," who can launch miniature exploding rockets from the finger tips of his armored gloves. With the incredible aim that makes him such a hoop-shooting threat, he can find his target and score a direct hit at any precise moment -- as he is always ready to take the next "shot."
NEW TEEN TITANS EPISODE
"Transformation," a new episode of Teen Titans, is scheduled to debut on Cartoon Network Saturday at 9 p.m. (ET).
Here's how Cartoon Network describes the episode:
"Starfire has never thought much about her looks, but when a red bump appears on her forehead, she starts to notice. Raven tells her it is probably just a zit, but when Starfire starts to grow tusks scales and claws, the teens begin to wonder if she is actually transforming into an ugly, hideous monster."
Click on the thumbnails above for larger images from the episode.
About Comics will release DNAgents Volume 1, the first in a series of trade paperbacks reprinting the independent 1980s superhero series, in June.
Created by Mark Evanier and Will Meugniot, and featuring inking by Al Gordon, the DNAgents are a group of super-powered synthetic humans, manufactured and owned by Matrix Incorporated. They are given the powers of gods, the bodies and knowledge of teenagers, and the experience and wisdom of newborn babes.
There's Surge, the handsome group leader with electrical powers; Sham, who can make himself look like anybody but feels like a nobody; Amber, the spunky lass who flies magnetically; Tank, inhumanly broad and strong and quite humanly attractive to women; and last but not least Rainbow, the sexy siren with a psychic brain beneath her multi-colored hair.
"This is a great time for this," Evanier said. "When Will and I started this book, we had to explain to people about DNA and genetic engineering. Now that they're cloning sheep and monkeys and Olsen twins, our little narrative looks like it's right around the corner."
"The DNAgents is filled with strong traditional superhero action and classic teen hero themes," said Nat Gertler, publisher of About Comics. "They have struggles of conscience, as theyıre faced with orders from their creator that conflict with their own evolving morality."
This is the first time DNAgents has been put in trade paperback. It's
being issued in the About Comics Reader format, a compact black and
white format. Volume 1 has all
the stories from the first six issues, more than 160 pages with a new cover by Meugniot and an afterword by
Evanier, for $9.95. Further volumes are planned twice a year, and
a brief introductory DNAgents story appears in Wild About Comics, the
About Comics offering for 2004ıs Free Comic Book Day.
COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES
In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:
* For Saturday, Feb. 14, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Feb. 13, including Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Feb. 12, including Superman news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Feb. 11, including news on The Batman, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Feb. 10, including an interview with Smallville executive producer Al Gough, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Feb. 9, including Batman animated news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Feb. 7, including Hellboy movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Feb. 6, including Simpsons news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Feb. 5, including Hellboy movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Feb. 4, including DC Comics news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Feb. 3, including Daredevil news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Feb. 2, including CrossGen news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Jan. 31, including X-Men: Evolution news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Jan. 30, including Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Jan. 29, including Justice League animated news, CLICK HERE.
* 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.
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