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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and four-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Nov. 2, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Captain Universe/Hulk, X-Men: Colossus -- Bloodline #3, Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #9, Nightcrawler #11, Spider-Girl #92 and Spider-Man Unlimited #12.

For covers and six-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Nov. 2, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Marvel Team-Up #14, Sentinel #1 and Ultimate Spider-Man #85.

For covers and six-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Nov. 16, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Ultimate Spider-Man #86, The Thing #1 and Books of Doom #1.

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KILLER 7 FROM DEVIL'S DUE

Devil's Due has partnered with Kinitec Underground for a comic-book series based on Capcom's Killer 7 video game.

The series will be 12 issues (two six-issue story arcs) beginning in February. The series is written by Arvid Nelson, with art by Bong Dazo and covers by Sanford Green.

There also will be a limited edition Killer 7 lithograph offer with the release of the first issue.

Here's how the concept is described:

"Killer 7 is a hard-boiled action-adventure game that chronicles the connection between two men whose intertwined paths develop into a compelling tale of revenge and altering personas. Harman Smith an unlikely assassin who leads a life as the 'master' who rules over seven alter egos. Switching between his seven different personalities, Harman employs each personality's unique abilities to complete their mission. Now, a powerful underworld kingpin has unleashed violent creatures onto the world called Heaven's Smile. These crazed soldiers, affixed with horrific smiles, have started to wreak havoc on city streets."

"It's a cool, very stylized-looking game," said DDP President Josh Blaylock. "The unique story of Killer 7 will make the perfect comic book, one we're excited to publish."

The Killer 7 comic book series is directed by David Forrest, founder and president of Kinetic Komicz and Kinetic Underground. "I saw this as a great opportunity. Killer 7 is like nothing I've ever seen. I thinkit will have a lot of cross-cultural appeal, Forrest said. One of the most striking things about the game is its stark, moody, cell-shaded visual style."

Nelson said the comic will remain true to Capcom's dark vision. "The game is furious, it never lets up," Nelson said. "And it's got a very twisted sense of humor, too. Lots of surprises. That's how I'm approaching the story."



BATMAN LEGOS

Warner Bros. Consumer Products announced on Wednesday that it has awarded the LEGO Group the construction toy license for Batman.

The agreement includes the rights to develop and market construction toys based on the Batman brand, inspired by DC Comics' comic books. Warner Bros. Animation's television series, The Batman, Warner Bros. Pictures' feature film, Batman Begins and any related theatrical releases or television programs that are produced during the period of this deal.

Beginning in April, LEGO Group will introduce six new Batman products featuring constructible play sets with strong vehicle focus, cool functionality, gadgets and a library of collectible mini-figures.

"Our partnership with the LEGO brand on Harry Potter has been an extremely successful one and we are excited about building our relationship through Batman," said Karen McTier, Executive Vice President of Domestic Licensing, Global Toys, Publishing and Themed Entertainment for Warner Bros. Consumer Products. "LEGO Group brings a wealth of creativity and quality to the products they produce and are uniquely positioned to meet the high level of expectations we have for Batman, one of our marquis brands."

"Kids dream of the intricate world of Batman's Batcave full of crime fighting toys, and now they'll have the opportunity to make it all real, LEGO-Style," said DC Comics President & Publisher Paul Levitz, "What could be more fun?"

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SMALLVILLE MUSIC CD

Hollwyood Records will release a second Smallville music CD on Nov. 8.

Comprised of an eclectic assemblage of bands, Smallville: The Metropolis Mix features songs that have been or will be heard on the show.

The Smallville CD contains the following tracks:

"Forget It" by Breaking Benjamin; a Goth rock cover of the Chris Isaak classic "Wicked Game" by HIM; "Almost Honest" by Josh Kelley; "Girl's Attractive" by Diamond Nights; The All-American Rejects with their Alternative/Top 40 hit "Dirty Little Secret"; "I'm A Human" by Flashlight Brown; "Feels Like Today" by Rascal Flatts; "Precious" the latest single from Depeche Mode; "All The Money Or Simple Life Honey" (Alan Moulder mix) by Dandy Warhols; "Superman" by Stereophonics; "You and Me" by Lifehouse (the "Wedding Version" of a No. 11 Hot A/C hit single performed on the series last season); "Cold Hands" by Brendan Benson; "Other Side of the World" by K.T. Tunstall; and Minnie Driver's take on Bruce Springsteen's "Hungry Heart."

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BRIEFLY

* Above is a first look at the covers to X-Men #177, Uncanny X-Men #466, She-Hulk #2, Mutopia X #5 and Avengers: Disassembled Trade Paperback. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.

* KB Toys counts Toy Biz's Fantastic Four line and Mattel's Batman line among its Hot Toy List for Holiday 2005.

* 4Kids Entertainment Home Video, in association with FUNimation Entertainment, will release Sonic X Project: Shadow on DVD on Nov. 15. Featuring six episodes from the series on 4Kids TV, Project: Shadow will hit stores the same day as the new Sega of America video game Shadow the Hedgehog.

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



COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES

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

* Thursday, Oct. 20: Devil's Due for February, Marvel's New Mangaverse, Supergirl #4 variant, Marvel First Looks and Justice League Unlimited.

* Wednesday, Oct. 19: Savage Dragon and Marvel and Image First Looks.

* Tuesday, Oct. 18: Marvel and Image Comics for January, DC First Looks and DC exclusives Don Kramer and Dale Eaglesham.

* Monday, Oct. 17: DC Comics for January, New Excalibur and Brian Pulido.

* Sunday, Oct. 16: Motor City Comic Con panels featuring Grey DeLisle (voice of Wasp from Ultimate Avengers) and Ron Garney.

* Saturday, Oct. 15: Smallville and First Looks.

* Friday, Oct. 14: Sin City DVD, September sales, Maximum Fantastic Four, The Simpsons' "Treehouse of Horror," The Batman, Scott Allie talks The Fog and First Looks.

* Thursday, Oct. 13: IDW Publishing for February, Marvel and Image First Looks and Superman DVDs.

* Wednesday, Oct. 12: Kirsten Dunst on Spider-Man future, Smallville, City of Villains, Marvel and DC First Looks and Moonstone Books' February soliciations.

* Tuesday, Oct. 11: Teen Titans' Kid Flash, Geoff Johns exclusive to DC and First Looks.

* Monday, Oct. 10: Dark Horse solicitations for November, Marvel movies, Alan Moore's DCU collection, DC trade paperbacks, Dwayne McDuffie on Fantastic Four and Tom Welling in The Fog.

* Saturday, Oct. 8: Elektra and Spider-Man 2 on Cinemax, more Franklin Richards, House of M trade paperbacks, The Batman and Smallville.

* Friday, Oct. 7: Teen Titans, Smallville, Star Wars: Purge and First Looks.

* Thursday, Oct. 6: IDW Publishing's soliciations for January and Smallville.

* Wednesday, Oct. 5: Batman Begins and The Flash on DVD, Marvel and DC Comics First Looks, Blade: Trinity on Starz and Neal Adams covers All Star Superman.

* Tuesday, Oct. 4: Smallville's Aquaman, Marvel and DC First Looks, Superman Returns video game, New X-Men and Claypool for January.

* Monday, Oct. 3: Top Cow and WildStorm/Vertigo panels at Wizard World Boston and Heroic Publishing's January solicitations.

* Sunday, Oct. 2: Marvel and DC panels at Wizard World Boston and Heroic Publishing's January solicitations.

* Saturday, Oct. 1: Ultimate Avengers Panel at Wizard World Boston, Smallville and Dark Horse First Looks.




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