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Friday, August 27-Saturday, August 28, 2004


Kyle Gallner has been cast as DC Comics speedster Bart Allen for an upcoming episode of The WB's Smallville, The Continuum has learned.

The episode is tentatively titled "Run" and will likely be the fifth of the fourth season.

Gallner's film credits including Finding Home, Red Betsy and Wet Hot American Summer. He had done guest roles on television series The District, Touched by an Angel, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Third Watch.

In other Smallville news, the Wednesday, Sept. 8 episodes will be "Memoria" and "Talisman."

Look for more on Smallville soon here in The Continuum.


For covers and four-page previews of Image Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE

Titles include Invincible #15, Tales from the Bully Pulpit, Sylvia Faust #1, Phantom Jack #5 and Frankenstein Mobster #5.

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ADV Films has begun its promotional campaign for Lady Death: The Motion Picture, officially announcing the Oct. 5 street date for the DVD and releasing new images.

"It's a very exciting time for ADV Films and myself," said Andy Orjuela, producer and director of the film. "As a huge fan of comic books and anime films, I hope to incorporate the best of both worlds and deliver a film that will entertain fans by staying true to the integrity of the character, while using both old and new animation techniques to tell an epic story that all people can relate to."

Other details about the film:

* Here's how ADV describes the story:

"A powerful story of innocence lost, savage betrayal and glorious rebirth, Lady Death begins in 15th Century Sweden, where Hope, the beautiful daughter of Matthias‹a skilled mercenary who is in actuality Lucifer, the Lord of Lies‹is accused of being the devil's consort following a hellish incident witnessed by local villagers. Sentenced by the town priest to be burned at the stake, Hope is visited by the malevolent Pagan as she writhes in pain. Unable to think clearly, she accepts Luciferšs offer of life in Hell over a hideously painful death... only to discover that there are far worse fates than dying.

"Luciferšs grand plan to corrupt a soul of pure innocence meets unanticipated resistance, as Hope rejects Lucifer's scheme and eventually finds herself transformed into the powerful warrior Lady Death, who challenges the Lord of Lies for control of Hell itself."

* Composer Bill Brown, whose credits include Any Given Sunday, Ali and Finding Forrester, has scored the film.

* The movie will run 80 minutes, will have an age rating of 17-plus and will cost $29.98.

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Teen Titans will be in the 9 a.m. time period for its new season on Kids' WB, which starts on Saturday, Sept. 11.

The network has released the above two new promotional images for the new season. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.

In other Teen Titans news:

* This Saturday's episode on Cartoon Network is "Deception."

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"School is back in session at the Hive Academy, and Gizmo, Jinx and Mammoth are up to something. To find out what, the Teen Titans send Cyborg on a daring undercover mission to infiltrate the academy and blend in as one of their own. Using a holographic cloaking device, Cyborg creates the appearance that he is fully human and takes on the persona of 'Stone,' a tough transfer student who can change into a powerful creature of solid rock."

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* Malcolm McDowell will be reprising his voice role as Mad Mod for an upcoming episode.


Writer Jay Faerber is expanding his super-hero universe, teaming with artist Andres Ponce on Firebirds, a 48-page one-shot from Image Comics in November.

Here's how Image describes the book:

"The book follows the story of superheroine Rebecca Reed and her estranged teenage daughter, Emily, as they deal with the revelation that Rebecca's daughter has inherited powers of her own from her mother. At its core, Firebirds is the story of a mother and daughter who have never really had the chance to know one another until now."

"Rebecca gave birth to Emily at a pretty young age," Faerber said. "And as soon as she was able, she sent Emily to live at a boarding school. She told herself that it was to keep Emily safe, in case any super-villains ever discovered her true identity. But deep down, Rebecca knows it's because she was scared to death of being a mother. So Emily's lived most of her life at various boarding schools, and her mom is just this person she sees for the occasional holiday.

"Firebirds is just as much about Rebecca, the seasoned superhero terrified at the prospect of being a mother, as it is about Emily, the average teenager thrilled at the prospect of being a superhero."

The book also shares the same universe as Faerber's other current Image superhero book, Noble Causes, opening the door for the Firebirds to play a role in future Noble Causes stories.

"Rebecca's first appearance is actually in the pages of Noble Causes: Extended Family #2," Faerber said. "And she goes on to play a recurring role as part of a group of heroes joined by some of the Noble family. It's a lot of fun to cross-pollinate my own little corner of the Image universe, and I think fans will appreciate seeing how the various heroes react to one another."

Ponce, an Argentine artist, was discovered by Faerber online.

"He kept sending me samples, and I started him out with a pin-up in Noble Causes," Faerber said. "That led to an 8-page back-up story, which led to him jumping aboard as lead artist of the Noble Causes: Distant Relatives mini-series, which led to me asking him to develop these new characters with me. Andres has a fantastic talent for body language and facial expressions, two traits essential to the kind of story I'm telling. And he's no slouch in the action department, either. He brought along a friend of his, Nestor Perrerya, to color the book. Because of their existing relationship, Andres is able to work closely with Nestor to ensure a distinct look for this book."

Firebirds goes on sale on Nov. 3.

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Oni Press on Nov. 10 will release The Awakening, the first volume of a new horror trilogy by writer Neal Shaffer and artist Luca Genovese. The Awakening is a 104-page graphic novel that is equal parts mystery and supernatural horror.

Here's how Oni describes the book:

"This volume's story centers on a young school girl named Francesca who has just enrolled in a prestigious boarding school. Unfortunately, things go horribly wrong when shortly after her arrival, she finds one of her classmates brutally murdered, sending her into deep shock, and a coma. Even worse, following this tragic incident, Francesca begins to have visions of which girl will be slain next, and she is unable to tell anyone about it. Is this a new horror being visited on the hallowed institution, or is it something much more, going to the core of the school itself, to an evil that defies description?"

"I have a deep respect and love of the horror genre," Shaffer said. "The problem with most modern horror stories is that they rely on cheap shocks and jolts to scare the audience.

"This book serves as my tribute to the giallo -- a particular Italian form of horror exemplified by the works of filmmakers such as Dario Argento and Mario and Lamberto Bava. And the thing that distinguishes these Italian works is that they are more about a sustained mood and atmosphere than a quick edit and loud shriek. "

"The problem is how to build a genuinely spooky atmosphere in the pages of a comic book," asks Oni Press's James Lucas Jones. "Well... if it is the Italian giallo genre you're after, it helps to find an artist who fully understands and appreciates the genre. Why not try an Italian?"

Enter Luca Genovese, who is the creator of Italian comic book Zero Zelo. At a recent San Diego Comic-Con, Neal was introduced to Lucas by his publisher, Michele Foschini of Italy's Indypress Comics.

"I am proud to have brought these two together, and am LOVING the process of putting this book together for Oni," Foschini said. "In keeping with the international inspiration and spirit of the book, Indypress Comics will be simultaneously releasing the book in Italy when it comes out in November.

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Angel Gate's The 10th Muse: Book of Lights #1 will feature two covers: one with art by Andy Park and the other with a photo of Rena Mero as The 10th Muse.

The story is by Ryan Scott Ottney, with pencils by Frank Mills, inks by Todd Swain and colors by Andrew Dalhouse.

Here's how the publisher describes the issue:

"When Judo Girl tracks an international thief into a Los Angeles museum, she has a run in with its resident caretaker Jessica Eisen ... also known as the champion goddess Isis! But this duet quickly turns a trio as they find The 10th Muse also interested in this heist -- more specifically, her interest lies in the stolen item: The Book of Lights.

"It's said that he whom reads of the book will have command over the Greek Muses, which has left our modern muse, Emma Sonnet, in serious danger. Things take a turn for the worse as they discover that the thief wasn't working alone. But who can be as fearsome and deadly as to put fear into the hearts of the world's most powerful women, and eventually even turn one of them against the rest?

The book will be 32 pages and will cost $2.95.


  • IDW Publishing is collecting the six-issue 30 Days of Night: Return To in two bookshelf-ready editions: a trade paperback and a hardcover version. The trade paperback will be 144 pages and will cost $19.99.

    Creators Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith revisit Barrow, Alaska, the town where 30 Days of Night began. "After Dark Days moved the action to Los Angeles, fans of 30 Days of Night wondered what shape Barrow was in after the initial vampire attacks," said Chris Ryall, IDW's editor-in-chief. "Well, in Return to Barrow, they get their answer, and I donšt think it was what anyone expected."

  • Here's a look at the cover to IDW's CVO: Covert Vampiric Operations -- Rogue State #1. The book is written by Jeff Mariotte, with art by Antonio Vazquez.

  • According to Dreamwave Productions, Devil May Cry #2 has sold out at Diamond Distributors.

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    In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:

    * For Saturday, Aug. 21, including Marvel Comics' solicitations for November, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Aug. 20, including The Batman animated news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Aug. 19, including Justice League Unlimited news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Aug. 18, including LeBron James comics news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Aug. 17, including Wolverine news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Aug. 16, including DC Comics' solicitations for November, CLICK HERE.

    * For Sunday, Aug. 15, including Batman Begins news and other news from Wizard World Chicago, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Aug. 14, including Green Lantern news and other news from Wizard World Chicago, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Aug. 13, including J. Scott Campbell news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Aug. 12, including Dark Horse's solicitations for November, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Aug. 11, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Aug. 10, including Lady Death movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Aug. 9, including Sin City movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Aug. 7, including X-Men DVD news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Aug. 6, including Global Frequency TV news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Aug. 5, including Marvel Comics news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Aug. 4, including DC Comics news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Aug. 3, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Aug. 2, including Teen Titans animated news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, July 31, including Constantine movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, July 30, including The Batman animated news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, July 29, including Blade: Trinity news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, July 28, including Justice League Unlimited news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, July 27, including an interview with the cast of the Fantastic Four movie, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, July 26, including Comic-Con International news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Sunday, July 25, including Comic-Con International news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, July 24, including Marvel Comics' solicitiations for October, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, July 23, including Comic-Con International news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, July 22, including an interview with Catwoman screenwriter John Brancato, CLICK HERE.

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