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FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2006

JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED UPDATE

The "Grudge Match" episode of Justice League Unlimited will premiere on Cartoon Network on Saturday at 10:30 p.m.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"Roulette starts Metabrawl again, this time with an all-female fight card made up of Justice Leaguers."

The episode has a story by Matt Wayne and a teleplay by J.M. DeMatteis.

"J.M. DeMatteis has written some of the best comics ever and several of the best JLU episodes," Wayne told The Continuum. "It was a privilege getting to work with him on 'Grudge Match.' It's about the most thoughtful, character-driven 22-minute catfight I've ever seen, and we're very proud of it."

Look also for a fleeting cameo of a character that appears to be shown in JLU for the first time.

Voices include Morena Baccarin as Black Canary, Amy Acker as Huntress, Virginia Madsen as Roulette and Gina Torres as Vixen.

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MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

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

Titles include Ultimate X-Men #69, Spider-Man & Arana Special and Untold Tales of the New Universe: Psi-Force.

Look for more First Looks on Saturday here in The Continuum.



NARWAIN PUBLISHING'S MISERERE

Narwain Publishing has provided The Continuum with a preview of Miserere #1, the launch of a new mini-series by writer El Torres and artsti Antonio Vazquez.

Here's how Narwain describes the mini-series:

"A country devastated by war, a child held hostage by monstrous monarch, and a mysterious hunter driven by a divine mandateŠthese are the elements of Narwain Publishing's epic miniseries Miserere.

"The year is 1367 and the countries of Europe are locked in a bitter and violent struggle that will later be called the Hundred Years War. At the center of it is King Pedro I, the ruler of Castile, better known as Pedro the Cruel for his reputation for visiting horrors on those who oppose him. Nobody knows this better than the nameless child Pedro has imprisoned at the behest of his royal wizard.

"When the child escapes a massive manhunt begins and a wandering demon hunter enters the conflict. But is he here to capture the child, or bring the mercy of the dagger to the king's throat?

"The war between men and their politics is about to become a struggle between heaven and hell in Miserere."

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DEAD @17 ONGOING

Viper Comics has announced an ongoing Dead @17 series from creator Josh Howard.

A 10-page Dead @17 story will appear in Viper Comics Presents for Free Comic Book Day in May before the new series launches in August.

"It's been something I've been thinking about for awhile," Howard said. "I needed a break from the Dead world to recharge my batteries and figure out where I wanted to take it. I'm just coming off of two other books for other publishers, and it just felt like the right time to return."

Howard likened the 10-page story as "the closest thing you can get to a comic book trailer."

"I knew I didn't want to just slap in the first 10 pages from issue 1 or write some kind of meaningless introduction," Howard said. "I had the idea of a voice over, of someone giving this almost poetic re-introduction to the Dead @17 world. It's the closest thing you can get to a comic book trailer."

In the new series, Howard promises to introduce the world to a new cast of Darlington Hills residents. "New readers aren't really required to know anything about what's come before. I'm doing my best to make this accessible to everyone," he said.

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* EA has provided The Continuum with accompanying image from Superman Returns: The Videogame. This is not a direct screenshot from the game, but a target render which was created with in game models.

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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.

* Sunday, March 5: X-Men: The Last Stand, Kevin Maguire talks Batman and First Looks.

* Saturday, March 4: Superman Returns, Marvel animation, Heroic Publishing for June and First Looks.

* Friday, March 3: Eternals, Marshall Rogers on Black Rider, Doctor Strange, Justice League Unlimited, New Avengers: Illuminati and Devil's Due First Looks.

* Thursday, March 2: Superman DVDs, Marvel First Looks, Archie First Looks, Anita Blake comics and Family Guy.

* Wednesday, March 1: Cartoon Network Upfronts, Marvel Comics First Looks and DC Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, Feb. 28: Marvel/Diamond Select, X-Men: The Last Stand's David Gorder, Speakeasy Comics shuts down, The Simpsons and Spider-Man & Friends action figures.

* Monday, Feb. 27: V for Vendetta's Natalie Portman and from New York Comic-Con: X-Men: The Last Stand, Ultimate Universe and WildStorm. Save up to 75% off your new comics!

* Sunday, Feb. 26: From New York Comic-Con: Spawn, Blade TV, X-Men, DC Universe and Marvel's Cup 'O Joe.

* Friday, Feb. 24: X-Men: The Last Stand's John Bruno, Jim Lee's Batcave spread, Elephantmen, The Batman, Alias Comics First Looks and Devil's Due First Looks.

* Thursday, Feb. 23: Spider-Man 3, X-Men: The Last Stand's Kelsey Grammer, Claypool Comics for June and First Looks.

* Wednesday, Feb. 22: X-Men: The Last Stand press conference, new Witchblade creators, Hack/Slash movie, Aquaman TV, Marvel First Looks and DC First Looks.

* Tuesday, Feb. 21: Ving Rhames joins Aquaman TV cast, Justice League Unlimited, new Top Cow editor-in-chief, Ms. Marvel, Planet Hulk and Marvel First Looks.

* Monday, Feb. 20: X-Men action figures, Boom! Studios for May, V for Vendetta, Squadron Supreme variants, First Looks and X-Men: The Last Stand.

* Sunday, Feb. 19: V for Vendetta, Dabel Brothers Production for May and First Looks.

* Saturday, Feb. 18: Alias Comics for May, Spider-Man action figures, First Looks, January sales and Ultimate Avengers.

* Friday, Feb. 17: Movie/TV special: Ultimate Avengers 2, Superman Returns, X-Men: Evolution, Fantastic Four, Legion of Super-Heroes, Ultraviolet, Just a Pilgrim and more.

* 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.

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




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