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Monday, March 28, 2005


During an online chat at her site, Halle Berry said she is interested in returning as Storm in the third X-Men movie.

"I have not read the script. All I asked is that if I come back Storm needs MORE TO DO," Berry posted. "So, if they have in fact written her closer to the comic book, then I'm in ...if not then I'm out. I hope I'm in though. I love Storm and really want to be a part of the last film."

In other X-Men movie news:

* Two years after its theatrical release, X2 returns to HBO in May. Air dates include Sunday, May 1 at 8:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Thursday, May 5, at 10:15 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Monday, May 9 at 4 p.m.; Friday, May 13 at 6:45 p.m.; Wednesday, May 25 at 8 a.m.; Saturday, May 28 at 1:15 p.m. and 11 p.m.; and Tuesday, May 31 at 2 p.m.

For an interview with Kelly Hu, who played Lady Deathstrike, CLICK HERE.

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Top Cow's Marc Silvestri said that readers should "expect the unexpected" in future months with Hunter-Killer, which with he has teamed with Mark Waid.

"There's not going to be an easy answers and that's part of the fun for us," Silvestri said during the recent Top Cow panel at Wizard World L.A.

"The idea is that if you were to only pick up the book every four issues or so, I promise you that the status quo will change dramatically," Waid said. "The guys who four issues ago were the good guys aren't necessarily the good guys. The guys who were maybe the bad guys aren't necessarily the bad guys.

"We want that sense of unpredictability the entire series long."

Silvetri said that he and Waid view Hunter-Killer as a "buddy book."

"There aren't any buddy books out there," Silvestri said. "You can't really look at a lot of comics and say, 'These two guys have been through it all together, and these two guys whould give their lives for each other. That's kind of the way we were approaching it, but it's far from that simple.

"One of things that Mark and I disovered when we were going back and forth was aside from the surface concepts and the surface characters, was how much fun it's going to be for us and for the readers to get really, really complex thematically, playing with concepts and things that we're all familiar with in the world today and really turning the world on its ear where nothing is safe, not even your favorite character."

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Marvel Comics has announced a June 22 release for J. Michael Straczynski's Dream Police, a 38-page one-shot from its Icon line.

³What I love most about the book is the tone -- very noir, very Dragnet meets Men In Black meets Maltese Falcon -- set against a surreal and often very funny dreamscape," Straczynski said. "Joe's Theory #47 is that if everything is funny, nothing is funny; if everything is weird, nothing is weird. You need to have the contrast to throw both sides into stark relief. And that's what we have with Dream Police...very straightforward, hard-bitten beat police patrolling the dreamscape. See, sometimes things go wrong echo who is supposed to play a given part in someone's dream skips town, or a dream-molder starts sending people the wrong sorts of dreams because he's annoyed at the world..."

The book focuses on detectives Joe Thursday and Frank Stafford.

"When we fall asleep, we enter the dreamscape, and there are entities in there -- echoes, wisps, ethers, changelings, others -- who take various parts in our dreams, as familiar people or places. Everybody has his job to do. The Dream Police step in when things go very wrong...often with very funny consequences.²

Mike Deodato Jr. is providing the art.

"Dream Police required a different approach to both the style, while still making is recognizable as mine," Deodato points out. "Hulk was realistic yet powerful; Spider-Man is prettier, brighter; Dream Police needed a more haunting, ethereal feel to it, so I inked it myself, in a style a bit more impressionistic that I usually use. It becomes gritty and moody where it needs to be, and more dreamlike in the right places. As always, the writing is my guide to how to handle the art."

"The art by Mike Deodato is just sterling," Straczynski said. "It perfectly captures the film noir look I wanted for the book, dark, moody, shadowed, but full of striking characters and beautiful backgrounds. It looks like a slightly deranged 1950s hardboiled detective comic...and a fantasy book at the same time, and that's a very hard balance to strike."

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Avatar Press has released its solicitations for June.

For a rundown, with cover images, CLICK HERE.

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

Titles include Conan and the Jewels of Gwahlur #1 from Dark Horse Comics, Tenth Muse #2 and Judo Girl #2 from Alias Enterprises, Ravenous and Atomika #2 from Speakeasy Comics, Shaun of the Dead #1 from IDW Publishing and Flare #26 from Heroic Publishing.

Look for more first looks on Tuesday here in The Continuum.


Digital Webbing Presents #22 in April will feature a farewell episode of Don Taylor's Hero Happy Hour.

In the final chapter, "Hero Happy Hour: Par for the Course," the Hideout Bar & Grill gets a new video game. The rules change, however, when an unsuspecting guest from past Digital Webbing Presents issues turns up. The story is written by Taylor, with art by Chris Fason and colors by Raph Hedon.

The issue also includes the feature-length "Dreah: The Eye of Fire," a follow-up to Dreah's debut appearance in DWP #12, by writer Sean Dulaney, artist Ryan Sergeant and colorist Chris Mendoza,

The story opens by sending Dreah and her partner Trevor on an actual mission to recover the "Eye of Fire" that takes them from a dingy out of the way tavern to a lush tropical paradise where danger lurks at every turn!

"Sarge and I are excited about having the story released in color," Dulaney said. "When the story was first put together, we never thought color would happen until maybe the stories were collected. To have the DWP feature come out in color is icing on the cake."

Sergeant and Dulaney have already started work on another story that will go even deeper into the relationship of Dreah to the Guild that she leads.

DWP #22 also features "Portrait of a Lady," by writer Joshua Gamon, artist Robbie Villabona, colorists Ian Stranberg and Buzz Meade, telling the story of a magical paintbrush that gives a young artist a new perspective on life.

The issue also includes "Atland: Old Flames," by Nate Piekos, a one-page story.

DWP #22, shipping in April, will be 32 pages and will costing $3.50.

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* Above is a first look at the covers to Spawn #144 from Image Comics, and Spider-Man: India trade paperback and Tales of the Thing #2 from Marvel Comics. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.

* Tom DeFalco, former editor-in-chief at Marvel Comics and current writer of Spider-Girl, has become the new Editor-in-Chief of Cracked Magazine.

"Tom is a gifted writer and editor. He brings exceptional depth to Cracked in both the creative and business aspects of publication and we're excited to have him join us," said Monty Sarhan, who was named Publisher and CEO of Cracked Entertainment just last week.

Cracked also announced that Sven Larsen is the new associate publisher.

* Here's a first look at John Bolton's Army of Darkness Lithograph, available in May from Dynamic Forces. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

* Constantine placed 12th at the box office over the weekend with an estimated $1.2 million, pushing its total to $72.6 million.

* Speakeasy Comics has announced that Atomokia #1 has sold out. Speakeasy is going back to press on the issue, and the new printing of Atomika #1 will be emblazoned with "God is Red" across the Alex Ross cover image.

* Beginning with issue #26, on sale July 27, Heroic Publishing's Flare moves from eight times a year to a monthly schedule.

* The season finale of The WB's Smallville is titled "Commencement."

* Below are preview screenshots for Activision's Spider-Man 2 game for PSP. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.

* Coming Tuesday: Movie news and much more!!!


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

* For Monday, March 21, including Wizard World Los Angeles coverage and Fanstastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Sunday, March 20, including Wizard World Los Angeles coverage, CLICK HERE.

* For Saturday, March 19, including Marvel's panel at Wizard World Los Angeles, CLICK HERE.

* For Friday, March 18, including Marvel Comics' solicitations for June, CLICK HERE.

* For Thursday, March 17, including Image Comics' solicitations for June, CLICK HERE.

* For Wednesday, March 16, including a first look at Victoria's Secret Service from Alias Enterprises CLICK HERE.

* For Tuesday, March 15, including Jessica Alba talking about Sin City, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, March 14, including DC Comics' solicitations for June news, CLICK HERE.

* For Saturday, March 12, including movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Friday, March 11, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Thursday, March 10, including Cartoon Network schedules for April, CLICK HERE.

* For Wednesday, March 9, including Krypto the Superdog animated news, CLICK HERE.

* For Tuesday, March 8, including Dark Horse's solicitaitons for June, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, March 7, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Saturday, March 5, including V for Vendetta movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Friday, March 4, including Catwoman news, CLICK HERE.

* For Thursday, March 3, including a look at Toy Biz's Marvel Legends lines for 2005, CLICK HERE.

* For Wednesday, March 2, including Justice League Unlimited news, CLICK HERE.

* For Tuesday, March 1, including a rundown of Fantastic Four movie toys, CLICK HERE.

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