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Thursday, November 17, 2005


McFarlane Companies has provided The Continuum with two new images from Spawn The Animation.

No DVD release date has been set yet, according to a representative of the McFarlane Companies. Discussions continue for a television home for the film, which also serves as a possible pilot for another Spawn series.

The voice cast of the film includes:

* Keith David as Spawn, the tortured soul on an eternal battle with evil, caught between heaven and hell.

* Carl Weathers as Captain Edwards, a long time police captain who tries going by the book despite rampant crime.

* Mark Hamill as Twitch, a seasoned overly analytical detective tormented by the evil lurking in NYCıs alleys.

* Michael Jai White as Barabbas, right-hand man to Russian gang boss Lukas. As the enforcer of the gang, he oversees all protection and disciplinary action within the gang.

* Bruce Boxleitner as Ainge, a dirty cop with only one thing on his mind: money. Someone only truly interested in himself over and above everyone else.

* Cree Summer as Marie, a pretty young Cajun girl hidden beneath the surface of a tormented drug addict with frightening other worldly visions.

* Peter Jessop as Lukas, the vicious leader of a brutally violent street gang looking to control more than just the streets and back alleys of Hell's Kitchen.

* Jon Polito as Sam Burke, the dangerously passionate detective eager to stop the evil in NYC.

* Clancy Brown as Mammon, a mysterious dark figure plotting against Spawn for reasons yet unknown, a man with a ferocious appetite for power.

* Jesse Corti as Pedro, rival gang leader and number one nemesis of Lukas.

* Phil LaMarr as Perry, a strung out, immature, trouble maker in way over his head.

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Warner Home Video has announced a Feb. 7 release for Teen Titans: The Complete First Season on DVD.

The two-disc collection will have a suggested price of $19.98.

The collection will have a running time of 286 minutes, which would account for 13 22-minute episodes.

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"Fleurs du Mal," a new episode of The Batman, is set to premiere on Kids' WB! on Saturday Nov. 26.

Weekday episodes next week include "The Big Heat" on Monday; "Q & A" on Tuesday; "The Big Dummy" on Wednesday; "Topsy Turvy" on Thursday, Nov. 24; and "The Laughing Cats" on Friday, Nov. 25.

For the complete Kids' WB! schedule for the week of Nov. 21, CLICK HERE.

In other The Batman news:

* Warner Home Video has announced a Feb. 7 release for The Batman: The Complete First Season on DVD. The two-disc collection will have a suggested price of $19.98.

* "The Laughing Cats," which premieres this Saturday, features the return of Catwoman.


For covers and three- to five-page previews of upcoming Marvel Comics titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles include She-Hulk #2, Black Widow 2: The Things They Say About Her #3 and New Excalibur #2. - Anime Super Store


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

Titles include Amazing Joy Buzzards #2, Battle Pope #4, Fell #3, Girls #7, Godland #5, Invincible #27 and Shadowhawk #7.

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The Portent, a new fantasy series from Swedish illustrator Peter Bergting, will launch in February from Image Comics.

Here's how Image describes the book:

"The Portent is the story of Milo, a man who has absolutely no interest in the world or other people. Through forces he cannot control, he sets out to become a hero but for all the wrong reasons. He ends up destroying the world and then heads to find the ancient demon who set everything in motion in an attempt to try to set things right. At the crossroads between this world and the next, Milo finally must take a stand, and in doing so, learn just what it takes to be a hero."

"Milo is not like the other 'anti-heroes,' he isn't rotten to the core," Bergting said. "Having lost everything once, he's now been given the chance to live all over again. Milo decides that no one or nothing will come between him and the rest of his life. He could have turned this opportunity into something good but decides to be the most egotistical bastard you could dig up. And when he finally decides to become a hero, he does so out of lust and self indulgence, leaving him and the world on a path that leads directly to hell. Eventually, he'll come to terms with who he is and what he must do, but by then it is already too late. That leads up to the finale which will be a pig payoff emotionally as well as story and character wise.

"The story is set against a backdrop of a romanticized norse country with mist-filled valleys and towering mountains. Evil spirits, the restless souls of the undead (albeit in physical form) plague the countryside and through an unfortunate incident they have come upon the means to resurrect an ancient automaton, the giant Mökkurkalve. It is now on itıs way to destroy the one thing that gave birth to mankind."

The Portent has had a long road in making its way to the printed page.

"I began work for real on the Portent in 2001," Bergting said. "I was still working on other comics for a Swedish publisher as well as my own comic strip (also called the Portent, unfortunately) that runs in Dungeon Magazine. The Portent has been in production for well over 10 years, going from a novel to a movie script and back to comic book form where it first started. My original idea was to sort of bring a visual story to all the great rock 'n' roll classics that I loved, like a rock opera but on paper. In the beginning, it was pretty shallow and more a roller coaster of visuals and mayhem, but the more I wrote, the more I realized that I wanted to create something deeper, more meaningful with the story. And thatıs when everything sort of clicked into place. Ultimately itıs a story about redemption, but it goes further than that."

Bergting has been an illustrator for over 16 years, working on a wide variety of projects for both European and American companies, with his experience and influences lending a completely fresh feel to The Portent.

"The story, and the way itıs told, is a bit different from most comics," he said. "Itıs a sweeping story and I have quite few surprises planned. I believe it doesnıt look or read quite like any other comic, it's certainly more verbal and brainy, I see it more like an opera played out on the printed page. It has all the action of an action film and all the melodrama and tragedy of a great stageplay as well. Some would describe it as Shakespeare with Kung Fu I guess. Iım very into Tsui Hark and you can certainly pick up on a few things that have inspired me from his films. I would best call it melancholic but there is a lot of humor in there as well." - More Product. More Exclusives.


* "Lexmas," a new episode of Smallville, will premiere on The WB on Dec. 8. Here's how the network describes the episode:

"Lex is given an envelope with damaging information that will destroy Jonathan's life and must decide whether he will use it as it will also bring harm to Clark and Martha. Before he can decide what to do, Lex is shot and falls into a coma. He dreams that his mother visits him and shows him the life he could lead if he walks away from his father and LuthorCorp. In this alternate life, Lex is happily married to Lana with a baby on the way. Meanwhile, Chloe asks Clark to use his powers to deliver Christmas presents to needy kids."

* Prima Games, a division of Random House, announced a comic-book series based on the Perfect Dark Zero video game developed by Rare Limited, a highly anticipated launch titles for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system. Beginning next spring, Prima will publish six bi-monthly comics, each 32-pages in length. At the end of the series Prima will publish a 192-page compilation.

The comic book will be written by Eric S. Trautmann and illustrated by Cold FuZion Studios. "Welcome to the War," issue #0 of Perfect Dark Zero, will appear in Perfect Dark Zero -- Prima's Official Game Guide, releasing in mid-November. The 16-page section will introduce the storyline and artistic style that the remainder of the series will follow.

* Coming Friday: First Looks -- 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.

* Friday, Nov. 11:Octobe sales, First Looks, Marvel/Activision deal and Family Guy.

* Wednesday, Nov. 9: Marvel and Dark Horse First, Hellboy animation voices, Fantastic Four DVD and Judge Dredd.

* Tuesday, Nov. 8: Marvel and DC First Looks and DC's four exclusives.

* Monday, Nov. 7: DC, Peter David and Ultimate Avengers panels at Wizard World Texas, Hellboy animated and First Looks.

* Sunday, Nov. 6: Marvel and Aspen panels at Wizard World Texas and Thomas Haden Church as the Sandman.

* Saturday, Nov. 5: Painkiller Jane movie photos, Dark Horse Comics for February and First Looks.

* Friday, Nov. 4: Marvel and DC panels at Wizard World Texas and Amazing Fantasy #15.

* Thursday, Nov. 3: Superman Returns, First Looks, Red Sonja trading cards and Claypool Comics for February.

* Wednesday, Nov. 2: Fantastic Four animated, Marvel and DC First Looks, Cartoon Network schedule and Ultimates' traitor.

* Tuesday, Nov. 1: DC news roundup, Marvel and Alias First Looks and Amazing Spider-Man.

* Monday, Oct. 31: Ghost Rider movie's Blackheart, Ultimate X-Men, new Star Wars comic and Fell goes back to press.

* Saturday, Oct. 29: The Batman, Teen Titans and Family Guy.

* Friday, Oct. 28: Ultimate Avengers, Stephen King at Marvel, Smallville and The Simpsons.

* Wednesday, Oct. 26: Marvel First Looks, Smallville and more.

* 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.

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