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Saturday, July 23, 2005


Aquaman and Brainiac and headed for Smallville in the show's fifth season.

Executive producer Al Gough confirmed for The Continuum that Aquaman will appear in the show's fourth episode of the upcoming season, following such established DC characters as The Flash and Perry White.

Announced by The WB at its TCA event, James Marsters, best known as Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, will be playing college professor Milton Fine, alter ego of Brainiac.

Here's how the network describes his character:

"Possessed of a vast, superior knowledge limited only by his hubris and emotions, Brainiac comes to earth armed with a secret about Clark's biological family and the truth about Krypton's demise. Brainiac's presence in Smallville will have a devastating effect on Clark and Lex's already deteriorating friendship."

Another fifth-season episode of Smallville will reunite John Schneider (Jonathan Kent) with his former Dukes of Hazzard co-star Tom Wopat. Wopat will portray a state senator who was a boyhood friend of Jonathan Kent.

Schneider is shown the left at The WB's All Stars event on Friday.

The fifth season will premiere on The WB on Thursday, Sept. 29.

In other Smallville news, Warner Home Video has released the back cover art for Smallville: The Complete Fourth Season, which arrives on DVD on Tuesday, Sept. 13. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.


Freshmen #1, the first issue in Top Cow Productions' new college-meets-superpowers series, has sold out. The issue hit stands July 13, and was sold out at the distributor level the day after.

Freshmen is the co-creation of actor Seth Green and writer Hugh Sterbakov. It's a comedic tale of incoming college freshmen gaining wild and untamed superpowers.

"I couldn't be more excited. This is a real thrill. I love that people are reading and loving the book," said Seth Green.

Both Green and Sterbakov are lifelong comic fans and collectors, enjoying their first chance to create in the comics field.

"This is a huge honor for me," Sterbakov said. "As a longtime comic book fan, I'm blown away that my first comic has exceeded expectations. I hope the readers enjoy these characters as much as I have, and I can't wait to get the next issue in their hands so they can see where the story is really going!"

According to Top Cow, it will monitor the market and canvas retailers for feedback to determine if a second printing is necessary.

Look for more on The Freshmen soon here in The Continuum.

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* Fantastic Four took fifth place at the box office on Friday with an estimated $3.4 million, pushing its total to $113.7 million.

Batman begins was ninth with $1.1 million, pushing its total to $187.5 million.

* Image Comics and PCB Productions have announced a September release for Ascend: Special Edition. The new hardback extended version of the novel features behind-the-scenes author notes and scriptbreakdowns from creator Keith Arem; repainted panels and text imaging; as well as more than 60 new pages from artist Christopher Shy, including an extended prologue and alternate ending.

"Ascned has opened so many new opportunities for us," Arem said. "Christopher and I have been developing several new projects for film and games this year; and we're excited to revisit the world of Acend with this Special Edition for the fans."

* Coming Monday: Movie news -- and much more!!!

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

* For Monday, July 18, including DC Comics' solicitations for October, CLICK HERE.

* For Sunday, July 17, including Superman Returns director Bryan Singer's press conference from Comic-Con International news, CLICK HERE.

* For Saturday, July 16, including Justice League Unlimited, The Batman and Superman news Comic-Con International news, CLICK HERE.

* For Thursday, July 14, including Comic-Con International Preview Night news, CLICK HERE.

* For Wednesday, July 13, including Transformers movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Tuesday, July 12, including X-Men movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, July 11, including Dark Horse Comics' solicitations for October, CLICK HERE.

* For Sunday, July 10, including Fantastic Four box office news, CLICK HERE.

* For Friday, July 8, including an interview with Fantastic Four director Tim Story and producer Avi Arad, CLICK HERE.

* For Thursday, July 7, including coverage of the Fantastic Four premiere event at Liberty Island, CLICK HERE.

* For Wednesday, July 6, including a press conference with the cast of Fantastic Four, CLICK HERE.

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