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Wednesday, February 22, 2006


The Continuum today begins its coverage from its recent visit to the set of X-Men: The Last Stand in Vancouver, British Columbia. Look for interviews with the cast -- including Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen and Kelsey Grammer -- and creators of the film.

To kick things off, for an edited transcription of the visit's press conference, CLICK HERE.

Look for more X-Men: The Last Stand coverage on Thursday here in The Continuum.


For covers and five- to six-page preview of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on March 1, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Amazing Fantasy #18, Daughters of the Dragon #2, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #5, Ms. Marvel #1, New Excalibur #5, Nextwave #2, Uncanny X-Men #470, Untold Tales of the New Universe: Star Brand, X-Factor #4 and X-Men: The End -- Men and X-Men #3.

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For covers and five- page preview of DC Comics titles arriving in stores on March 1, CLICK HERE.

Titles Batman: Secrets #1, Ex Machina #18, Jonah Hex #5, Justice League Unlimited #19, Swamp Thing #25, Team Zero #4, Thunderbolt Jaxon #2 and Y: The Last Man #34.

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Top Cow Productions is adding female creators to one of comics' longest-running female character books. In what the publisher calls "an unprecedented move in mainstream comics," the entire art team of penciler, inker and colorist will be women.

Adriana Melo takes over as the new ongoing artist on Witchblade with July's #99. She'll be joined by inker Mariah Benes and colorist Sonia Oback.

Melo and crew will work on Witchblade #100 in conjunction with current Witchblade artist Mike Choi, before taking the duties full time with #101. The new team will also handle art chores on a 4-page original Witchblade story for Image Comics' contribution to Free Comic Book Day.

"It's unprecedented to have three women filling the artistic seats on a mainstream book on an ongoing basis,² said Top Cow editor-in-chief Renae Geerlings. "Sonia Oback has been on Witchblade for a few issues, and has blown us away with her work. And when we saw the team of Adriana and Mariah, we knew we had great partners for her."

"I feel like a lucky, lucky man who's been dropped onto the Isle of Talented Amazon Women," said writer Ron Marz. "I worked with Adriana on a few Star Wars issues, but the collaboration was too brief by far. I'm really looking forward to her settling in for a good long run on Witchblade, and bringing Mariah and Sonia with her. What more could any man want?

"And before anybody makes a smart-ass comment about Adriana being hired to draw a female-lead book just because she's a woman, I can tell you she was hired because she's the best artist for the job. Her first pages have already proven that."

"Working on Witchblade makes me very happy in that it's one of the few books starring a strong female lead character,² said Adriana Melo. ³And having the opportunity to collaborate with Ron Marz again is outstanding. He's a great professional and a fantastic and fun person to work with. Mariah and Sonia are really awesome, too, and I feel blessed to have them on my side.²

Top Cow will soon announce a new project involving Choi.


Tim Seeley, creator of the Devil's Due comic book Hack/Slash, told The Continuum he's "very happy" with the acquistion of the propety's film rights by Rogue Pictures, the genre arm of Universal-based Focus Features.

Todd Lincoln is attached to direct, and Adrian Askarieh and Daniel Alter are producing.

"We look for Hack/Slash to be a back-to-the basics horror thriller which turns the hunted into the hunted," Askarieh told The Contnuum. "How cool would it be to see the Jamie Lee Curtis turn the tables on Michael Myers and hunt him down...

Lincoln will write the script with Martin Schenk, his collaborator on a remake of The Fly at Fox Searchlight.

I'll be involved in small ways...talking to Todd, helping him out with characters' designs and such," Seeley told The Continuum "He and I are friends, so we talk about movie stuff all the time."

Last fall Hack/Slash was made into a play by the Chicago-based New Millenium Theatre Company. The third issue of the comic's most recent mini-series, Land of Lost Toys, was released last week. - Free Shipping on Orders $75+


According to the Hollywood Reporter, Justin Hartley has replaced Will Toale for the lead role in Mercy Reef, The CW's pilot movie for a series based on DC Comics' Aquaman.

Hartley, 29, has played Nicholas Foxworth Crane for four years on the NBC daytime drama Passions. A native of Orland Park, Ill., he was nominated for a Soap Opera Digest award last year.

Hartley joins a cast that includes Ving Rhames and Denise Quinones.

Production on Mercy Reef is scheduled to begin in March.

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Rosario Dawson, David Atchison and Tony Shasteen on Tuesday announced that their new mini-series, the Occult Crimes Taskforce, will now be published through Image Comics, starting this July.

"We are very excited about our new home," Sahsteen said. "Image Comics and the guys at 12 Gauge are helping us make the book the best it can possibly be. The interest Speakeasy Comics showed in publishing the O.C.T. was greatly appreciated. However, due to recent changes in their direction, we didn't feel our book fit with them at this time."

12 Gauge Comics President Keven Gardner added, ³When we found out the O.C.T. was looking for a home, we jumped at the chance to be involved. We're proud and honored to be a part of what promises to be an industry-expanding event."

Thanks to his long-standing association, Gardner brought the book to Image Comics, where it was accepted to appear in the July catalog.

"Releasing this book in July works out perfectly, as Rosario will be making convention appearances with us to help promote the book," Gardner said. "Look for announcements on that front very soon."

"I'm excited about this adventure we're about to take, and I'm really excited about meeting all the comic fans," said Dawson, who has starred in comics-based films Sin City, Men in Black II and Josie and the Pussycats. "I'm also excited to be working on a project that's fun, but not necessarily a film. This is a completely different genre, but is no less interesting."

Here's how Image describes the book, which is written by David Atchison and drawn by Shasten:

"The Occult Crimes Taskforce follows the exploits of rookie Detective Sophia Ortiz (modeled after Dawson), who is recruited into the ranks of a covert police investigation unit established to monitor and control supernatural activity in the Manhattan Underground." - Official LucasArts Store


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* Coming Thursday: Movie 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.

* 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!

* 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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