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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED UPDATE

Cartoon Network will stage its premiere of the "Patriot Act" episode of Justice League Unlimited on Saturday at 10:30 p.m.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"When an out of control super soldier threatens Metropolis, Green Arrow leads seven non-powered Justice Leaguers, including Crimson Avenger and Shining Knight, in a battle they can't hope to win."

Writer/story editor Matt Wayne provide The Continuum with insights into the episode:

"Joaquim Dos Santos directed 'Patriot Act,' but for the teaser Dan Riba, who's a big fan of old movie serials, provided a lot of reference -- including a copy of the 1940s Spy Smasher serial -- to Dave Bullock, who storyboarded that sequence," Wayne said.

"There's a nod to last year's Cadmus storyline, which means I got to write a scene for C.C.H. Pounder as Waller and J.K. Simmons as General Eiling. If if weren't for the way they knocked this scene out of the park (and for Joaquim's direction--he's not just an action wunderkind), the melee in the second half wouldn't be as scary. They put across the idea that Eiling's close to the edge, without the kind of histrionics you've seen a million times.

"This script's kind of a watershed for me. In the course of writing it, I started to feel like I'm part of the JLU team."

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RENAE GEERLINGS NAMED TOP COW'S E-I-C

Renae Geerlings, a 9-year veteran of comic-book editorial, will take over as editor-in-chief at Top Cow Productions, effective March 1.

"Renae has shown time and time again that she's an expert in all areas of our business," said Top Cow founder and CEO Marc Silvestri. "In story sense, scheduling, talent relations, and anything else that comes up, she's the tops. We're proud and happy to give her this well-deserved promotion."

"Over the last decade, I've come to know a lot of Top Cow fans personally, and I feel a huge responsibility to them for all of their support and friendship," Geerlings said. "Meanwhile, outgoing editor-in-chief Jim McLauchlin raised the bar during his tenure with books such as Common Grounds, Freshmen, and Wanted, so I have big shoes to fill. I'm honored to work side by side with Marc Silvestri to continue our tradition of high-quality art and great stories."

McLauchlin will return to his prior career as a sportswriter and broadcaster, where he will be working for FHM, Playboy, Baseball America and Fox. He will remain with Top Cow as a sales and marketing consultant for the next 12 months. McLauchlin will also remain in the comic business as the president of the charitable organization ACTOR.

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MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and six-page preview of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on March 15, CLICK HERE

Titles include Runaways #14, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #6 and Annihilation: Prologue.

Look for more Marvel First Looks on Thursday here in The Continuum.

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HULK #92 GOES BACK TO PRESS

Marvel Comics on Tuesday announced that the sold-out Incredible Hulk #92 is going back to press.

The second printing will feature a new cover by Bryan Hitch and will go on sale on March 22, the same day that Incredible Hulk #93 goes on sale.

Incredible Hulk #92, part of the Planet Hulk event, sold out in its first week.

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MS. MARVEL SELL-OUT, PREVIEW

Marvel Commics on Tuesday announced that Giant-Size Ms. Marvel #1 has sold out at Diamond and issued a further preview of the upcoming Ms. Marvel #1.

The new ongoing series is written by Brian Reed, with art by Roberto De La Torre. Frank Cho does the cover, and Michael Turner is providing a variant cover to the first issue.

Here's how Marvel describes the book:

"Ms. Marvel has always struggled with mediocrity, but after seeing her potential realized in the House of M, Carol Danvers decides she is going to be the best super hero she can be.

"Her conviction is going to be put to the test right out the gate as an alien invasion of the Brood threatens to destroy Earth and only Ms. Marvel stands in their way. But is it really an invasion or are the Brood looking to hide from something even more sinister than themselves?"

The first issue goes on sale March 1. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.



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AQUAMAN TV UPDATE

Ving Rhames has been cast in Mercy Reef, the Aquaman television pilot for the CW network.

Rhames will play McCaffery, a lighthouse keeper who serves as mentor to A.C. (Will Toale). Denise Quinones recently joined the cast as Navy fighter pilot Rachel Starling, a potential love interest for A.C.

Rhames will be in the upcoming third Mission: Impossible movie. Last year he played the title role in USA's short-lived Kojak revival.

Mercy Reef is from Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar. Gough told The Continuum filming of the pilot should start in March.

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BRIEFLY

* Above is a look at the covers to Four #28, Storm #2, Ultimate Extinction #3, Ultimte X-Men #68, Sable & Fortune #3, Spider-Woman: Origins 34, Punisher vs. Bullseye #5 and Untold Tales of the New Universe: Justice #1. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.

* 360ep has announced that the launch of its new comic series, The Insiders, has been postponed. The first issue will still have its 7-cent cover price, but Insiders #1 will not be released until later in 2006.

* Coming Wednesday: Marvel 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.

* Thursday, Feb. 16: Marvel Legends preview, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks and Image First Looks.

* Wednesday, Feb. 15: Marvel Comics for May, Oni Press for May and Marvel First Looks.

* Tuesday, Feb. 14: Image Comics for May and Archie Comics for May.

* Monday, Feb. 13: DC Comics for May and, from WonderCon, Superman Returns, Frank Miller, DC Crisis and WildStorm.

* Sunday, Feb. 12: From WonderCon: Superman Returns, X-Men: The Last Stand, DC Universe and Dark Horse Comics. Free Shipping from WBShop.com!

* Saturday, Feb. 11: From WonderCon: Mike Mignola, Bongo Comics, Vertigo Comics, Image Comics and Boom! Studios.

* Friday, Feb. 10: X-Men: The Final Stand, Just a Pilgrim movie and First Looks.

* Thursday, Feb. 9: Marvel's Annihilation, Justice League Unlimited, Rising Stars: Untouchable and First Looks.

* Wednesday, Feb. 8: Mike Deodato's New Avengers and First Looks from Marvel, DC and Image.

* Tuesday, Feb. 7: Supergirl, The Batman, Dark Horse and DC First Looks and Moonstone Books for June.

* Monday, Feb. 6: X-Men movie game, Spider-Man 3's Captain Stacy, Aspen Comics for May and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

* Sunday, Feb. 5: Sin City, Heroic Publishing for May and Doctor Strange movie.

* Saturday, Feb. 4: Smallville, Alias' Valkyries and First Looks.

* Friday, Feb. 3: Dark Horse Comics for May, First Looks and Death, Jr. returns.

* Thursday, Feb. 2: Smallville's Cyborg, Marvel and Devil's Due First Looks and Infinite Crisis.

* Wednesday, Feb. 1: Spider-Man 3's Gwen Stacy, Marvel and DC First Looks and SLG's Tron.

* Tuesday, Jan. 31: Blade, IDW Publishing for May, Claypool Comics for May, The Batman, DC trade paperbacks for June, Rex Mundi and The Simpsons.

* Monday, Jan. 30: Spider-Man's new costume, Infinite Crisis, Smallville, Image's Death Dealer and First Looks.




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