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Monday, October 31, 2005

GHOST RIDER MOVIE UPDATE

Sony Pictures has provided The Continuum with a first look at Wes Bentley as Blackheart from next summer's Ghost Rider movie.

In the image, Bentley is flanked by Mathew Wilkinson (Abigor) and Daniel Frederiksen (Wallow) at the Old Train Station.

During a recent question-and-answer session, writer/director Mark Steven Johnson described his take on the character.

"I did a lot of research on demonology and one of the stories I founded fascinated was the whole rebel angel story, where Lucifer led the charge into Heaven and when he lost, St. Michael cast him down and all the rebel angels became fallen angels," Johnson said.

"One of the mythologies I really liked, some of the fallen angels didn't follow Lucifer into Hell. Some landed in the desert, some fell into the ocean, some kept falling, and they became elemental demons, demons that hide in the elements. I thought that was a really cool idea and so that was kind of the basis for Blackheart coming here.

"Blackheart's tired of waiting for the End of Days, so, like a lot of young people, he says I'm going to give my dad the finger and do it myself. So he comes here and he begins collecting these demons. So Johnny (Blaze) as the Ghost Rider must find them and bring them back."

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ULTIMATE X-MEN PREVIEW

Brian K. Vaughan is closing out his run on Ultimate X-Men with the conclusion of "Magnetic North" in Ultimate X-Men #65.

In the issue, which features art by Stuart Immonen, the X-Men find themselves in the middle of a battle that they cannot possibly hope to win against Emma Frost's students, the Ultimates, and their greatest nemesis ever, Magneto.

In a series of events orchestrated by Magneto from his own jail cell, "Magnetic North" has already seen Lorna Dane murder an innocent crowd, her resulting incarceration, and brother fighting brother as Cyclops tries to stop Havok from freeing Lorna.

Ultimate X-Men #65 also features Part 2 of the Ultimate Vision back-up story running through the Ultimate line. And the issue features a second cover of Ultimate Vision by upcoming Ultimate Extinction artist Brandon Peterson.

Ultimate X-Men #65 goes on sale on Nov. 23.

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NEW STAR WARS TITLE

To celebrate its twentieth anniversary, Dark Horse is completely re-launching its Star Wars publishing line. The new series Knights of the Old Republic is the first of many new Star Wars titles to debut throughout the coming year.

Here's how Dark Horse describes the book:

"Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is a new ongoing monthly series set four thousand years before the rise of the Empire and the fall of Anakin Skywalker (and eight years prior to the events in the LucasArts' Knights of the Old Republic video game). On the planet Taris, a young Padawan named Zayne has been framed for a heinous and brutal crime against the Jedi Order. Suddenly a wanted fugitive on the run from his Jedi Masters, Zayne is forced to make an alliance with the under-city's criminals, con artists, and petty thieves he'd previously vowed to bring to justice. Staying alive is the first order of business but if he's ever to clear his name, Zayne must make this new alliance work ... providing he survives the experience."

The book is written by John Jackson Miller, with art by Brian Ching and cover bys Travis Charest.

"With Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, we've worked to create a series that will please the video gamers and veterans of the Star Wars expanded universe, while being completely accessible to the new reader," Miller said. We've really worked to capture a lot of the movie magic, mixing major galaxy-shaking events with fun character interplay. There's a good mix of light and dark moments.

"Our series very much goes for Episode IV's feeling of being thrust into events. A Padawan without a good handle on his abilities is suddenly accused of a horrible crime -- setting both the Jedi Order and the Republic after him. His only hope lies with the criminals he once hunted, raising a number of interesting questions: Can a Jedi live as a scoundrel? Can he survive to clear his name? And, once the wider mystery is revealed, is his vindication in the best interests of the galaxy? A wise Jedi Master once said, 'Always in motion is the future.' So is a fugitive Jedi -- if he wants to live!"

The first issue goes on sale on Jan. 25.

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IMAGE COMICS' FELL GOES BACK TO PRESS

Image Comics on Monday announced that Fell #1 and #2 have both sold out and are going back to press.

Each issue will feature the same cover and content and no changes will be made to the printings aside from an indicator in the indicia that the books are second printings. The new printings are targeted to be in stores in early December.

Fell, by Warren Ellis and Ben Templesmith, has a qunique format: a 24-page book featuring 16 pages of story and several pages of "back matter" - text stuff, sketches, background material and letters -- for $1.99.

"Everyone except Image thought I was crazy for devising the format," Ellis said. "The great and the good told me I was stupid for pitching a smaller, denser book for less money. To me, this is a huge vindication, and a justification for Ben Templesmith killing himself to produce his career best. It's my hope now that more people follow us into this format and make it a real alternative for short stories and serialisations. And I hope that the people who gambled some pocket change on Fell got what they wanted, and continue to do so."

"Many many many thanks to all the people who've come out and decided to have a try of a non super hero creator owned book in a new format," said Templesmith. "At first I thought simply working with Warren Ellis was the biggest honor, but selling out of what was even overprinted for #1 and #2 just takes the cake for me. I am, to put it mildly, well chuffed and humbled. Cheers to all who bought it, and of course, especially Warren for letting me be the guy to draw it."

Fell #1 was printed above the standard Image overprint, plus the first issue was overshipped and still sold out, while Fell #2 sold out even quicker despite its overprint.

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BRIEFLY

* Shannon Elizabeth and Gary Cole provide guest-voices in "Harlottown," the Nov. 20 episode of King of the Hill on Fox. In th episode, when Hank and Peggy try to clean up a historic Arlen landmark, they find out that the town was founded by harlots and was once a place of ill-repute. The new city manager uses the city's rediscovered history to turn the town into a tourist trap for the adult porn industry. Frustrated by the changes, Hank decides to move the family -- that is, until he is aided by adult actress Candee (Elizabeth).

* A reveal of some of the characters from X3 will be made within the next two weeks in USA Today, according to 20th Century Fox.

* Tony Harris is the new cover artist of Dark Horse Comics' Conan, beginning with #24.

* Dabel Bros. have produced The Continuum with a preview of its The Wood Boy & The Burning Man Trade Paperback, due in late November. The collection also contains a preview of of DB Pro's upcoming adaptation of Raymond E. Feist's Magician, featuring art by Brett Booth and a script by Michael Avon Oeming and Bryan J.L. Glass.

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* Coming Tuesday: DC news -- and much more!!!

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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.

* Tuesday, Oct. 25: Smallville trading cards, DC First Looks, Magdalena movie, Justice League Unlimited, The Batman, Blue Water's upcoming projects, Dreamwave's editorial team, Peter David on Fallen Angel and Archie Comics for January.

* Monday, Oct. 24: Smallville, Teen Titans, Top Cow's V.I.C.E., Image First Looks and Alias Comics for January.

* Saturday, Oct. 22: Smallville ratings and First Looks.

* Friday, Oct. 21: Painkiller Jane, Smallville, Oni Press for January, Devil's Due First Looks and Marvel in the Middle East. Star Wars Helmet Collection

* 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.




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