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Thursday, July 28, 2005


The Continuum is in Syndey, Australia, this week to visit the set of Superman Returns.

Because of the logistics of the trip, The Continuum might be updated a bit more irregularly than normal this week.

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Top Cow Productions has announced it will premiere Necromancer -- a supernatural superheroine drama by the creative team of SF novelist Joshua Ortega -- and artist Francis Manapul -- Aug. 4-7 at Wizard World Chicgo.

Necromancer follows the adventures of Abigail van Alstine, an all-too-naīve teenager who finds herself unwillingly thrust into the world of sorcery, and a demonic plot to conquer the earth that dates back over 300 years.

"Joshua is a fresh face in comics, but an experienced writer in the world of novels. Francis has extensive experience in comics, but is doing the work of his career on Necromancer," said Top Cow editor-in-chief Jim McLauchlin.

"Having Francis on the book is incredible...the work he's doing is utterly amazing, and we're both excited about the series and the chance to work together," Ortega said.

Necromancer #1 will be in comic stores Aug. 10, and ships with covers by Manapul, Chris Bachalo and Greg Horn.

Look for more Top Cow news soon here in The Continuum.

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With its second-quarter earnings Marvel has released its upcoming film and television slate.

Following is a rundown:

* Feature film development: X-Men 3, Fox, script, director, May 26, 2006 release; Ghost Rider, Sony, filming completed, summer 2006 release; The Punisher 2, Lions gate, writer, director, targeted for 2006; Spider-Man 3, Sony/Columbia, director, May 4, 2007 release; Namor, script, targeted for 2007; Iron Man, New Line Cinema; Luke Cage, Sony/Columbia; Deathlok, Paramount; Hulk 2, Universal; Wolverine, Fox.

* Feature film projects in development: Ant-Man, Black Panther, Captain America, Killraven, Nick Fury, Silver Surfer and Thor.

* Animated direct-to-video projects in development: Partnership with Lions Gate to develop, produce and distribute original animated DVD features.  Four projects in 2D/3D format are in development with the first release slated for 2006.  Titles include: The Avengers 1, The Avengers 2, Iron Man and Dr. Strange.

* Animated TV Projects in Development: Partnership with Antefilms Distribution to produce an original animated television series based on the Fantastic Four. Twenty-six, 30-minute 2D/3D animated episodes are planned with initial TV airings in 2006.

* Live-action TV projects in development: Brother Voodoo.

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JSA Classified #1, presenting the long-awaited origin of Power Girl, has sold out at DC Comics one day after reaching stores on July 20. This issue features the first part of the 4-issue story "Power Trip," written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti.

Now, DC Comics sends the issue back to press for a new printing featuring a pencil version of the cover by Adam Hughes.

"I knew that JSA Classified would do pretty well, 'cause when I'm at conventions a lot of people tell me that they love Power Girl...but I had no idea the book would sell out and go to a second printing," Conner said.

JSA Classified #1 Second Printing is scheduled to arrive in stores on Aug. 17.

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360ep has announced a new comic book series based on Majesco Entertainment's video game, Advent Rising, which was released in May. The six-issue comic series serves as a prequel to the video game's storyline and introduces readers to the Advent Trilogy via the game's hero, Gideon Wyeth. When completed, the six-issue series will also be combined into a trade paperback.

"The Advent Rising comic book is an exciting result of our efforts in establishing greater awareness of our top-tier titles through franchise activities," said Ken Gold, vice president of Marketing for Majesco. "We're excited to be partnering with 360ep to introduce Advent Rising to the avid community of comic book enthusiasts."

The book is written by Rob Worley, with art by Cliff Richards and Dennis Crisostomo and colors by Cris DeLara.

Covers for the first issue are by Greg Horn and Richards.

"At its core, a successful comic book is one that focuses on strong, compelling characters who, despite difficult odds, persevere and overcome events seemingly larger than themselves," said Bill Jemas, CEO of 360ep. The Advent Rising comic book masterfully combines these themes into a wonderful story and unfolds it in a beautifully illustrated panorama of design."

Click on the thumbnails for pages from the first issue.

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

Titles include Daredevil: Redemption #6, Fantastic Four: House of M #2, Iron Man: House of M #2, Marvel Team-Up #11 and X-Men Unlimited #10.

For covers and six-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Uncanny X-Men #463 and Amazing Fantasy #11.


Claypool Comics has released its solicitations for November.

For a rundown, CLICK HERE.


* Hard Hero has announced a Captain America statue for release in the last quarter of this year. The 14.5-inch piece will be limited to 1,000. Click on the thumbnail for a larger look.

* Image Comics' Body Bags: Father's Day #1, thereprint of Jason Pearsonšs previously sold out mini-series, is on pace to sell out again. The initial inventory sent to Diamond Comic Distributors has been depleted, with back orders from retailers adding up. With this in mind, 12 Gauge Comics, through its publisher Image Comics, has decided to send all of its personal copies to Diamond.

* Athena Voltaire, an Eisner Award-nominated webcomic, comes to print in December courtesy of Speakeasy Comics.

Launched online in 2002, Athena Voltaire follows the adventures of the title character, a globetrotting aviatrix facing down Nazis, monsters and the occult in the 1930's. The titlešs print is by Paul Daly (script), Steve Bryant (art) and Chad Fidler (color art).

* Coming Friday: Marvel news -- and much more!!!



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

* For Friday, July 22, including Marvel Comics' soliciations for October, CLICK HERE.

* For Thursday, July 21, including Image Comics' solicitations for October, CLICK HERE.

* For Wednesday, July 20, including Devil's Due Publishing's solicitations for October and part two of an interview with Ghost Rider director Mark Steven Johnson and actress Eva Mendes, CLICK HERE.

* For Tuesday, July 19, including part one of an interview with Ghost Rider director Mark Steven Johnson and actress Eva Mendes, CLICK HERE.

* 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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