Wednesday, February 25, 2004
MARVEL COMICS FOR MAY
Marvel Comics has released its solicitation information for May.
For a complete rundown, with cover images, CLICK HERE.
For a rundown of trade paperbacks, with cover images, CLICK HERE.
KARL MALONE TALKS STATIC SHOCK
Karl Malone of the Los Angeles Lakers said he enjoyed being part of this Saturday's episode of Static Shock on Kids' WB!.
"It's been a long time coming, to have a show designed for older kids as well as younger kids," Malone said. "To be a part of it, I don't know how it all happened and how it came together, but I'm glad to be a part of it. And I love my character. He's bad. And I like that."
Malone is one of four NBA players appearing in "Hoop Squad," which will air at 8:30 a.m. (ET) on Saturday. He is joined by Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets, Steve Nash of the Dallas Mavericks and Tracy McGrady of the Orlando Magic.
In the episode, a visit to Los Angeles for the All-Star Game brings Static face-to-face with four of his basketball heroes. 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 the 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 said being a super-hero is like being a basketball hero.
"You're a tough guy, but you're a nice guy all the same. And people relate to that," he said.
Click on the thumbnails to see images of Malone working with voice director Andrea Romano, as well as images from the episode.
ANTONY JOHNSTON'S CLOSER
Antony Johnston, writer of the illustrated horror novel Frightening Curves, returns to the genre in May with Oni Press' Closer, a new original graphic novel illustrated by Mike Norton and Leanne Buckley.
The third book by Johnston released by Oni this year, Closer checks in on Graham Butcher, a penniless and bitter scientist trying to reverse his fate by succeeding where he failed 30 years before.
"The word I most often use to describe Antony is 'versatile,'" said editor James Lucas Jones. "He's a guy that continually goes against the grain, against expectations. With Closer he's teaming with a guy whose resume is just as varied. Mike Norton's always been one to flirt with all the girls rather than just pick one to go steady with. He's gone from superheroes to teen angst to giant robots giving each one the night of their life before moving onto the next. Now he's got that twinkle in his eye for horror and I guarantee you the genre will never see a better time."
Here's how Oni describes the book:
"Thirty years ago a government experiment went horribly wrong, leaving one scientist dead and several injured. Project Hermes should have signaled a triumph of humanity‹the discovery of true quantum teleportation. Instead it was deemed a failure, cancelled, and covered up. Forgotten by everyone‹everyone except Graham Butcher. After devoting his life to the completion of Project Hermes the reclusive physicist is now dying‹penniless and bitter. But not before the Project is completed. Tonight, Butcher has invited six people to his home, each with a different connection to his failed trial. Together they will ignite a new age, rising from the ashes of a past they all would rather forget. A man¹s dream will become reality, while an ancient evil will be rustled from a centuries old slumber."
"Closer is going to look different than anything I've done before," Norton said. "Part of that is the change in approach both for the material and the pacing choices we can make in the graphic novel format that aren't available in serialization. But the most noticeable change is in the art itself. Inker Leanne Buckley gives my pencils a totally unique spin. The amount of atmosphere she adds is simply amazing. She really sets the tone of the book in a way you normally don't associate with an inker. I couldn't be happier with the collaboration."
Closer will be 152 black-and-white pages. It will ship on May 26 and will cost $14.95.
COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES
In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:
* For Thursday, Feb. 19, including Devil's Due solicitations for May, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Feb. 18, including CrossGen solicitations for May, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Feb. 17, including DC solicitations for May, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Feb. 16, including Mutant X news, CLICK HERE.
* 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.
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