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Friday, September 30, 2005


DC Comics' Dan DiDio held his final Crisis Counseling panel before the first issue of Infinite Crisis Friday at Wizard World Boston. Joined by Bob Wayne and Greg Rucka, DiDio joked, "This is my last chance to be vague, to lie and to beat around the bush."

For highlights from the panel, CLICK HERE.

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Oni Press has provided The Continuum with a 13-page preview of Scott Pilgrim & The Infinite Sadness, the third volume in the ongoing Scott Pilgrim series by Bryan O'Malley that will be shipping in December.

Here's how Oni describes the book:

"Scott Pilgrim is two steps closer to being with Ramona, the delivery girl extraordinaire who has won his heart. He's already beat two of her evil ex-boyfriends, and only has five to go. Since Scott's the best fighter in his province, that should be easy enough -- except for a few complications. See, Ramona's not the only one with a past. Enter Envy Adams, Scott's ex-girlfriend, and leader of an art-rock band, who just happens to be dating Ramona's third evil ex-boyfriend. Add in Knives Chau, the girl Scott just broke up with, and things get even more complicated. What's a boy to do?"

"Everyone has baggage going into a relationship," O'Malley said. "Scott just has to deal with his in a more, shall we say, hands-on way. Up to now, he's had to deal with Ramona's past, but now he has to deal with his own. Envy really messed with his head, and he has to figure out if he's really over that."

Due to continuing reorders from comic book stores and chain stores alike, Oni ran through the first printings of both volumes 1 and 2 of Scott Pilgrim, and recently went back to press to ensure that both would be available well in advance of Vol. 3 hitting the stands.

The third volume will be 168 pages and will cost $11.95. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.


J. Michael Straczynski said The Book of Lost Souls, his new Icon titled is "the most out-there title Marvel has published in a very long time."

The first issue, featuring art and cover by Colleen Doran, reaches stores on Oct. 26.

"Tor me, this is one of the most important things I've done in comics in a long while," Straczynski said. "It has some of the same feel as Midnight Nation, and Neil Gaiman's Sandman, in that it is a book that will attract our usual readers, but which will also have a great deal of mainstream and female appeal."

"It's exciting for me because this is the one Marvel title that is closest in genre to contemporary dark fantasy. It is, by turns, dark and menacing, hopeful and optimistic, very scary and unabashedly romantic. In recent years, there really hasn't been a monthly book out there from the big two comics publishers that goes right for that audience, with a tragic, dark and romantic hero, a whole new supernatural mythology, and a world that goes from the weirdly fantastic to the back streets of urban cities."

Here's how Marvel describes the book:

"The Book of Lost Souls follows Jonathan, a man who lived over a century ago who finds himself in a present day supernatural world after a near-death experience. As Jonathan comes to grips with this new world and new characters, so do the readers.

"Jonathan's unique supporting cast also includes 'the Dark Man,' who may be God or may be the Devil, who has his own agenda for Jonathan, and Mystery, the talking cat who is Jonathan's constant companion, and who may be something more than he appears to be."

"Whether it's a young woman who is disappearing into the fantasy world of her own mind to avoid the harsh reality of a terrible life, a street artist whose wall murals begin to come to life, or a hired killer trying to escape the consequences of a lifetime of murder, the stories are hard-hitting but hopeful, as Jonathan steps over the line that may mean life or death for the other characters in the story," Straczynski said.

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Kids' WB! has scheduled six repeats of The Batman the week of Oct. 10.

Episodes include:

"The Big Dummy" on Monday, Oct. 10; "Topsy Turvy" on Tuesday, Oct. 11; "Bird of Prey" on Wednesday, Oct. 12; "The Rubber Face of Comedy" on Thursday, Oct. 13; "A Fistful of Felt" on Friday, Oct. 14; and "Batgirl Begins, Pt. 1" on Saturday, Oct. 15.

For the network's complete schedule for the week, CLICK HERE.

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* Actor Paul Reubens and actress and newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst will guest star on upcoming episodes of Sci Fi's animated series Tripping the Rift.

* Coming Saturday: Wizard World Boston news -- and much more!!!

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In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links. Click on the date to get the day's full report.

* Saturday, Sept. 24: Spider-Man Family, The Batman, Smallville and Claypool's jump-in issues.

* Friday, Sept. 23: Justice League Unlimited's Supergirl, Image Comics' The Intimidators, Image Comics First Looks and Mike Mignola covers Death Jr.

* Thursday, Sept. 22: Image and Devil's Due solicitations for December.

* Wednesday, Sept. 21: Marvel solicitations for December and Marvel First Looks. Save up to 75% off your new comics!

* Tuesday, Sept. 20: Marvel, DC and Image First Looks and new ShadowHawk artist.

* Monday, Sept. 19: DC Comics' and Oni Press' solicitations for December.

* Saturday, Sept. 17: Dark Horse First Looks and Justice League Unlimited.

* Friday, Sept. 16: The Batman, Lost executive producer writes for Marvel and Dark Horse First Looks.

* Thursday, Sept. 15: New Thunderbolts vs. New Avengers, The Losers movie and First Looks.

* Wednesday, Sept. 14: Marvel and BlueWater First Looks and The Batman.

* Tuesday, Sept. 13: Supergirl #1 third printing, new Teen Titans episodes, Top Cow's V.I.C.E. and DC Comics First Looks.

* Monday, Sept. 12: Underworld: Evolution, DC second printings and Ultimate Avengers.

* Saturday, Sept. 10: Sin City deluxe DVD, Heroic Publishing's Tigress and Dark Horse's Perhapanauts.

* Friday, Sept. 9: IDW solicitations for December and The Batman.

* Thursday, Sept. 8: Dark Horse solicitations for December, Fantastic Four DVD, Ultimate Spider-Man video game and The Batman.

* Wednesday, Sept. 7: Frank Miller covers All Star Batman, Ghost Rider movie and Marvel, DC and Image First Looks.

* Tuesday, Sept. 6: Ghost Rider movie date, Marvel's deal with Paramount, Amazing Screw-On Head animation, Giant-Size X-Men #4 and Mitchell Breitweiser exclusive with Marvel.

* Monday, Sept. 5: X3 and Superman Returns.

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