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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 2006

COMING THURSDAY

Solicitations for July, Marvel Zombies, First Looks -- and much more!!!

MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

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

Titles include Daughters of the Dragon #4, Fantastic Four #537, Runaways #15, Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #5, Storm #3 X-Factor #6, Amazing Spider-Man #531, Astonishing X-Men #14, Black Panther #15, Incredible Hulk #94, Annihilation: Ronan #1 and Wolverine #41.

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

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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 Catwoman #54, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #204, Ion #1, Solo #10, Warlord #3, The American Way #3, Lucifer #73 and Skye Runner #1.

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

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ARCHIE COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and two-page previews of upcoming Archie Comics titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Archie & Friends #100, Pals-N-Gals Double Digest #102, Sonic X #8 and Sonic the Hedgehog #161.

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WITCHBLADE #100

Image Comics has provided The Continuum a preview of Image Comics Future Shock, the Free Comic Book Day offering that includes a four-page look at a major event in Witchblade.

The Top Cow title hits #100 in July. Writer Ron Marz will bridge the gap between the old and new, with a story to be drawn primarily by two artists. Outgoing artist Mike Choi, who has been with the book since #80, passes the torch to new artist Adriana Melo. In addition, guest artists including Marc Silvestri, Billy Tan, Randy Green and Christian Gossett will also contribute pages.

Marz promises major events that will shake the title's status quo.

"The recent 10th Anniversary issue in Witchblade #92 was really about the Witchblade's past, finally revealing where it came from and giving a glimpse of the past bearers," Marz said. "Issue #100 is very much about looking forward, about the future of the Witchblade and the future of Sara Pezzini. By the time the readers get to the last page of #100, we'll have paid off plot threads that have been building since I first took over the book, and laid the groundwork for what's to come in the next year. And I guarantee the next year is going to be the most turbulent year this book has ever had."

Witchblade #100 will be 48 pages, with a $4.99 cover price. Four regular covers will be available, with art from Marc Silvestri, Michael Turner, Mike Choi, and an "Anime" version based on the original Witchblade anime developed by Gonzo Animation now showing on Japanese TV. A fifth incentive cover from Dawn artist Joseph Michael Linsner will also be available.

"One hundred has that special ring to it of something that matters, doesn't it?" said Top Cow CEO Marc Silvestri. "Like the 100th episode of a favorite TV show or a beloved relative reaching that 100th birthday. Big chunks of time are measured by centuries tied up in neat 100-year bundles. Notable moments in our history are often referenced by what 100-year span those moments occurred in. One hundred will always have some meaning, some history, some importance behind it.

"For us over at Top Cow, celebrating 100 issues of our iconic character means we've accomplished longevity, that despite the odds we're still here and still doing what we love. For the character herself, 100 means a depth and substance and an almost tangible feeling of being real that only time can bring.

"For the reader, 100 issues means a long relationship with a character they've grown to love and understand and have a real empathy for. The best of those characters have a strange and wonderful way of returning that same love, understanding and empathy to the reader. And the enduring quality of Sara and the Witchblade, is the ability to do just that. This enduring quality is thanks to all the talented writers and artists who've given her life, and all the fans who've followed her adventures, and suffered in her pains, and relished in her joys. That is why Witchblade is turning 100. And that is why she's special."

Click on the thumbnails for Linser's cover to #100, as well as the pages from Future Shock.

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SUPERMAN RETURNS UPDATE

Warner Bros. has provided The Continuum with three new images from Superman Returns.

The images show:

* Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor and Parker Posey as Kitty Koslowski.

* Eva Marie Saint as Martha Kent and Brandon Routh as Clark/Superman.

* Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane.

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BRIEFLY

* Hugh Jackman, who is playing Wolverine for the third time in X-Men: The Last Stand, will kick off what's sure to be numerous talk-show appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Jackman is scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show on Friday, April 28. It will be Jackman's first appearance in nearly two years.

* According to The Hollywood Reporter, John Cox has been hired to write a Sgt. Rock live-action movie for Warner Bros.

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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, April 14: Storm's wedding dress, Superman movies on Cinemax, Family Guy, Aspen Comics for July, Big Bang Comics and March sales figures.

* Thursday, April 13: DB Pro for July, Moonstone Books for August, Justice League Unlimited, Tom DeFalco press conference, Archie First Looks and DC Comics' second printings.

* Wednesday, April 12: Superman Returns, DC Comics' second printings, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks and Image First Looks.

* Tuesday, April 11: X-Men: The Last Stand, Marvel First Looks, Marvel Legends and Skye Runner.

* Monday, April 10: Dark Horse Comics for July, X-Men: The Last Stand, Heroes for Hire artist and White Tiger artist.

* Sunday, April 9: Justice League Unlimited, Heroes for Hire, V for Vendetta and Smallville.

* Saturday, April 8: Batman movies on HBO, Heroic Publishing for July and First Looks.

* Friday, April 7: Superman Returns, Civil War press conference, Justice League Unlimited, Smallville, Boom! Studios for July and Claypool Comics for July.

* Thursday, April 6: Fantastic Four sequel, X-Men: The Last Stand, Smallville and The Batman.

* Wednesday, April 5: Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, X-Men: The Last Stand, G.I. Joe: Declassified and Astonishing X-Men.

* Tuesday, April 4: Fantastic Four animated series, X-Men: The Last Stand, Superman Returns, Diamond Select Toys, Ultimate Fantastic Four and First Looks.

* Monday, April 3: McFarlane Productions' projects, Amazing Spider-Man, X-Men: The Last Stand, Smallville and IDW First Looks.

* Sunday, April 2: Smallville, V for Vendetta and First Looks.

* Saturday, April 1: Ultimate Avengers and First Looks.

* 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.

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




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