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Wednesday, May 12, 2004

MARC SILVESTRI COVERS DARKNESS/HULK

Darkness/Hulk, written by Paul Jenkins and drawn by Dale Keown, hit stores on Wednesday with an unexpected bonus. Top Cow on Wednesday announced that a surprise variant cover by Top Cow founder Marc Silvestri will be part of the print run received in comic-book stores, in a 1-out-of-10 copy ratio, to go along with Keown's regular cover.

"We wanted to give retailers who stocked up on this book an unexpected gift for doing so," said Top Cow President Matt Hawkins.

"Marc couldn't resist getting a chance to not only draw his creation, the Darkness, but take a stab at a well-known comic icon such as the Hulk. Plus we simply wanted to do something to call attention to the unique nature of these Top Cow/Marvel crossovers."

For larger image of Silvestri's cover, click the thumbnail. For a four-page preview of Darknewss/Hulk, CLICK HERE.

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COWBOYS & ALIENS AT COLUMBIA

Escape Artists and Platinum Studios are teaming up for Cowboys and Aliens for Columbia Pictures.

Joshua Oppenheimer and Thomas Donnelly, writers of Sahara, have will adapt the project. Escape Artists' Jason Blumenthal, Todd Black, Steve Tisch and David Alper will produce in association with Platinum's Scott Rosenberg, Ervin Rustemagic and Gregor Noveck. Amy Baer will oversee for the studio.

"I've always felt that Cowboys & Aliens would make a great movie, so it's really exciting that it's moving forward," says Platinum Studios Chairman Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. "And I love Josh and Tom. We've worked with them before, and they're great."

Cowboys & Aliens forms a key part of the history of Platinum's Macroverse. The comic book is created by Rosenberg, written by Fred Van Lente, and drawn by Ian Richardson.

The story takes place in the Old West, where cowboys and Indians must put aside their differences to battle an alien invasion.

"This comic fills in the past of our universe," Rosenberg said. "Our upcoming comic Unique, by Dean Motter and Stefano Cardoselli, explores the structure of the universe with its multiple dimensions, and other comics coming soon will go into the present, the future, and other parts of the mythology. It's a really rich setting for stories, and it's great to see it coming together." Unique is also slated for the big screen. It was recently set up at Touchstone Pictures with David Goyer directing, Michael Cooney writing and Rosenberg and David Heyman producing.



DC COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and four-page previews of DC Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, May 19, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Justice League of America: Another Nail #1, Hawkman #28, Batman: Gotham Knights #53, Robin #126, Fraction #2 and Outsiders #12.

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DARK HORSE COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and four-page previews of Dark Horse Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, May 19 and Wednesday, May 26, CLICK HERE.

Titles include El Zombo #1, Last Train to Deadsville: A Cal McDonald Mystery #1 and Steve Rude's The Moth #2.

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IDW'S METAL GEAR SOLID

IDW Publishing has announced that it is joining with Konami to publish their video-game franchise, Metal Gear Solid, as a comic book.

The Metal Gear Solid series has sold more than 14 million copies worldwide and will now broaden that consumer base to the comic book market.

"Metal Gear Solid is the Lord Of The Rings of the video-game business and we are pleased and honored that Hideo Kojima, the game's creator, is allowing us to make comics based on his incredible work," said IDW Publishing President Ted Adams. "Many other comic book publishers have approached Konami to produce comics, so IDW Publishing is very pleased that Mr. Kojima personally chose us. Mr. Kojima also personally approved noted illustrator Ashley Wood to provide the art for Metal Gear Solid."

"I have absolute trust in IDW, who have given birth to 30 Days of Night. I am a personal fan of Mr. Ashley Wood. He is a man of great talent. Together, they have broken the norms of conventional American comics and established a worldwide new wave of bande dessinée," said Kojima, Metal Gear Solid series Director and Producer, and Vice President of Konami Computer Entertainment Japan, Inc.

"It is a great honor that they are creating comics based on Metal Gear Solid, and I have learned through the process how much they love the game. I have no doubts that they will definitely be bringing us a great Metal Gear Solid comic series."

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IMAGE COMICS' ULTRA

Image Comics in August will launch Ultra, an eight-issue mini-series marking the first published work by brothers Jonathan Luna (art and plot) and Joshua Luna (script)

Here's how Image describes the book:

"(Ultra) takes an unorthodox look at the everyday lives of super-heroines.  Specifically, the book focuses on the life and times of Pearl Penalosa, also known as Ultra, and her friends.  Penalosa is an agent of Heroine, Inc., an agency that collaborates with the city's Police Department and Federal agencies to take care of situations that normal humans can't handle."

"In Ultra's world, there aren't any super villains; just normal criminals, some of whom happen to be superhuman.  Agents such as Ultra wear costumes simply as a marketing ploy.  At the end of the day these agents hang up their capes and masks, and deal with everyday problems and situations just like anyone else.  Anyone else who happens to be super rich and super famous, that is."

Jonathan Luna describes the book as something close to Sex in the City meets Powers.

"We're definitely not trying to emulate these two; but that pretty much gives a good idea how the celebrity and personal lives will be portrayed in the story," he said.  ³We really wanted to inject a relatable human voice into these larger-than-life archetypes.  But, there¹s all kinds of conflict here too, and everything is wrapped around a message."

Each cover for Ultra will be modeled after a well-known magazine cover, with the first issue being modeled after Time magazine.  Joshua Luna explained why this decision was made.

"Well, 'shameless ploy' is definitely a motivation but storytelling and character-development are really key here," he said.  "If superheroes existed today, I don't see any reason why they wouldn't be plastered all over the covers of popular publications, and the fame concept plays an enormous role in the overall plot."

"Image is the preferred home for established creators," said Image publisher Erik Larsen.  "Over the years Image has become a haven where established creators can take their characters and own them outright. But that doesn't mean that we can't find room for talented young guys. Ultra is an outstanding book from a couple of newcomers that make you believe you're looking at the work of seasoned pros. These guys nailed it right out of the gate. Jonathan and Joshua Luna are a couple of creators that make you stop and say, 'Where did these guys come from?'

"Jim Valentino green lit this book and passed it my way and it has been my extreme pleasure to watch this book come together and guide it along the way."    

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