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Look for exclusive Batman news, an update on X-Men: The Last Stand, First Looks and much more!!!

MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and five- to seven-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on April 12, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Uncanny X-Men #472, Exiles #79, Ms. Marvel #2, Thunderbolts #101, Annihilation: Super-Skrull #1, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #7, New X-Men #25, X-Men: The 198 #4 and Cable/Deadpool #27.

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DC COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and five-page previews of DC Comics titles arriving in stores on April 26, CLICK HERE.

Titles include 100 Bullets #71, Albion #4, American Virgin #2, Batman Strikes #20, Captain Atom: Armageddon #7, DMZ #6, Fables #48 and Wildcats: Nemesis #8.



ASTONISHING X-MEN UPDATE

Marvel Comics has provided The Continuum with preview pages of Astonishing X-Men #14, on sale April 26.

"This issue contains a historic X-Men moment, one that readers have literally been waiting years for," said editor Mike Marts.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue, which is by Joss Whedon and John Cassady.

"Could an unlikely union between Emma and another team member (who's not Scott) have a more sinister purpose? And how is all of this tied into the reformation of the Hellfire Club?

"Plus, are Kitty and Colossus making a match themselves?"

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X-MEN: THE LAST STAND UPDATE

X-Men: The Last Stand will be part of the 59th Cannes Film Festival, Variey is reporting.

The film will open on May 26, during the second week of the festival.

In other X-Men: The Last Stand news:

* Kelsey Grammer, who plays Beast, appeared on the syndicated Ellen DeGeneres show on Wednesday. He reiterated the makeup process was about three hours for Beast.

* The film's television campaign has begun.



G.I. JOE: DECLASSIFIED

Larry Hama is returning to G.I. Joe in June, with the launch of G.I. Joe: Declassified, a three-issue mini-series from Devil's Due Publishing.

The mini-series will tell the unbelievable story of how the G.I. Joe team became the elite fighting force that they are today. In the vein of the popular Snake-Eyes: Declassified limited series, the mini-series will be 48-pages and bi-monthly. Art will be by Pat Quinn, with a cover by Francis Manapul.

"Fans have always wondered exactly how G.I. Joe became the Cobra-smacking, force of nature it is," said Sam Wells, DDP assistant publisher. "Who were they before they were G.I. Joes? When did romances and hatreds begin? Now, after nearly 20 years of waiting, fans are finally getting the chance to find out, and I can't wait."

"The years before G.I. Joe #1 is a period of G.I. Joe story we have yet to really tap," said DDP Editor Mike O'Sullivan. ≥I'm excited that we're finally getting the chance to have the man who started it all tell this story, and I think fans will be pleasantly surprised. It won't happen quite like everyone thinks it will."

Here's how Devils Due describes the first issue:

"In the face of growing threats to freedom, the U.S. creates an elite team of soldiers to become a daring new anti-terrorist force: G.I. Joe! The recruitment of the original 13 agents, and the missions that happened before G.I. Joe #1 are finally revealed! Also, a deadly anger brews in the heart of a frustrated used car salesman... Cobra is coming... Three issues of classic military action written by the man who started the whole saga! This is where all the death-defying action and military adventure you've come to know and love began. Featuring: Hawk! Stalker! Scarlett! Snake-Eyes! Breaker! Rock 'N Roll! Grunt! Steeler! Clutch! Grand Slam! Short-Fuse! Flash! and Zap! ... like you've never seen them before."

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PETER DAVID TO WRITE THE DARK TOWER

Marvel Comics has tapped Peter David to script the first seven issues of the new comic-book series adapted from Stephen King's The Dark Tower. The first issue is scheduled to debut in February.

"You have to understand: To me, it was yesterday that I was standing on line at a Stephen King book signing, telling him that I was an aspiring writer, and he inscribed a copy of Danse Macabre with 'To Peter: Best of luck on your writing career.' Since then I've had a great deal of luck, and this opportunity isčby mečone of the luckiest breaks of them all," David said.

"I'm extremely excited to be a part of such a highly anticipated project, and am looking forward to contributing however much I can to King's epic fantasy. I just wish I could go back and tell the kid on the autograph line; he probably wouldn't believe it."

Here's how Marvel describes the book:

"The series will expand the saga of King's epic hero, Roland Deschain, whose quest to save the Dark Tower is captured in seven best-selling novels published over the course of twenty-five years. The new stories delve into the life and times of the young Roland, revealing the trials and conflicts that lead to the burden of destiny he must assume as a man, the last Gunslinger from a world that has moved on. The comics will work in conjunction with the novels, further supplementing and defining the saga's mythology under the direction of the acclaimed author himself."

The series will be illustrated by Jae Lee.



BRIEFLY

* President Winema Wazzo will appear in the upcoming Legion of Super Heroes animated series.

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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.

* Friday, March 31: 300 Video Journal, Superman Returns, Annihilation: Ronan, Fantastic Four and Red Sonja.

* Thursday, March 30: Krypto the Superdog, Ms. Marvel, Aquaman TV pilot, First Looks and Cyberforce.

* Wednesday, March 29: Teen Titans, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Marvel/Panini deal and Devil's Due.

* Tuesday, March 28: X-Men: The Last Stand, Fantastic Four sells out, Justice League Unlimited and Marvel First Looks.

* Monday, March 27: IDW Publishing for July, Blade: The Series, Image Comics First Looks, Rex Mundi to Dark Horse and Nova.

* Sunday, March 26: V for Vendetta, Superman/Batman, Smallville and First Looks.

* Saturday, March 25: Ultimate Avengers, First Looks, E-Man Returns and Trailer Park of Terror. Pirates

* Friday, March 24: The Simpsons go live-action, Tommy Lee Edwards on Bulletpoints, First Looks and Amazing Spider-Man variant.

* Thursday, March 23: X-Men: The Official Game, Aspen Comics For June, The Batman and Blade: The Series.

* Wednesday, March 22: Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks and Image First Looks.

* Tuesday, March 21: DB Pro for June, Gen13's Talent Caldwell, Legion of Super Heroes animation, Witchblade animated and Marvel First Looks.

* Monday, March 20: From Wizard World L.A.: Blade, Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Universe and Civil War panels.

* Sunday, March 19: V for Vendetta tops box office and, from Wizard World L.A.: DC Universe, WildStorm/Vertigo/CMX and X-Men panels.

* Saturday, March 18: From Wizard World L.A.: Hellboy's Doug Jones, Superman Returns, DC Comics panel, Marvel's Cup 'O Joe panel and Mondo Marvel panel.

* Friday, March 17: February sales, Marvel animation roundup, V for Vendetta, Family Guy and Iron Man press conference.

* Thursday, March 16: Devil's Due for June, Oni Press for June and Smallville.

* Wednesday, March 15: Superman Returns comics, Marvel First Looks and DC First Looks.

* Tuesday, March 14: Marvel Comics for June, Image Comics for June and Marvel First Looks.

* Monday, March 13: DC Comics for June, DC trade paperbacks for July/August, Archie Comics for June, Legion of Super-Heroes animated and First Looks.

* Sunday, March 12: V for Vendetta's Joel Silver, Chris Batista talks 52, Ape Entertainment's U.T.F. and Jenna Meets 100 Girls.

* Saturday, March 11: Superman DVDs, Smallville, The Simpsons and Dark Horse First Looks.

* Friday, March 10: Justice League Unlimited, Marvel Comics First Looks, Narwain's Miserere and Dead @17.

* Thursday, March 9: Legion of Super Heroes animated, Superman DVDs, Aspen Comics' Shrugged and First Looks.

* Wednesday, March 8: Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Image First Looks and Infinite Crisis.

* Tuesday, March 7: Dark Horse Comics for June, Batman Begins on HBO, Marvel's Fantastic Four press conference, Marvel Comics First Look and Moonstone books for July.




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