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SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2006

COMING SUNDAY

Pittsburgh Comicon coverage -- and much more!!!

PITTSBURGH COMICON: SPIDER-GIRL PANEL

Spider-Girl is ending with its 100th issue in July, but it appears the never-say-die Marvel Comics title will be relaunched with a new No. 1 issue.

At the Spider-Girl panel at the Pittsburgh Comicon on Saturday, creators Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz strongly suggested the book will return.

For full coverage of the panel, CLICK HERE.



IMAGE COMICS' TASK FORCE 1

Image Comics has announced a July launch for Task Force 1, a new series from ShadowHawk creator Jim Valentino.

Here's how Image describes the book:

"A generation after 9/11, the world is paralyzed by terrorist sects of every persuasion, from armed religious fundamentalists to militaristic environmentalists. In this bitterly divided, terror- struck United States, General Abigail Rhodes takes on the thankless job of heading up the Department of Homeland Security. She intends to put a stop to the reign of terrorists once and for all by ordering 'Operation: Damocles,' a top-secret project too risky for any of her predecessors to try. Now Rhodes has created a top secret unit of super soldiers, Codename: TASK FORCE 1."

Written by newcomer Jeffery Stevenson with art by former ShadowHawk penciller Carlos Rodriguez, TF1 introduces a unit of soldiers who are enhanced as government weapons. Each of them is infused with deadly abilities for combating terror, but plagued by a fact that the government neglected to tell them: if the terrorists don't kill them, their new bodies will.

"TF1, for me, is what would happen if the Avengers met Delta Force," Valentino said. "I wanted each soldier to be a three-dimensional character with superhuman abilities, but with the conscience and tactical know-how of a frontline combat soldier.

Valentino called out the team roster:

"Mass leads the team. He can increase his molecular density, giving him great size, strength, and near invulnerability, but as he uses this power, the strain on his heart is becoming too much.

"Rush can run at subsonic speeds, but because of her powers she's trapped in a bodysuit that holds her molecular structure together if she takes it off, she dies.

"Blast wears huge gauntlets that create concussive blasts, but they've fused themselves to his hands, making him a hostage in a world where he can't touch anyone or anything without destroying it.

"Alpha wears a helmet that increases her mental powers, giving her telepathy, super intelligence, and telekinesis. Unfortunately the human brain wasn't made for that purpose, and the strain is giving her progressive migraines that will eventually stop with a brain aneurism.

"Klone was transplanted into a prototype android body made of an indestructible alloy. It makes him stronger and possibly immortal, but it also makes him a living action figure who craves the sensual world but can no longer experience it."

Click on the thumbnails above for larger images of the first covers and pages from the first issue.

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FIRST LOOKS

For covers and four to five-page previews of upcoming titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Black Harvest #5 from Devil's Due Publishing and Blade of the Immortal #113 from Dark Horse Comics.

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BRIEFLY

* Above is a first look at covers, with trade dress, to upcoming Marvel Comics titles Daredevil: Father #6, Fantastic Four: First Family #3, X-Men: Deadly Genesis #6 and New X-Men #26. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.

* Artist Arthur Suydam told The Continuum he has more work for Marvel Comics, which should be announced soon.

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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.

* Monday, April 17: DC Comics for July, Image Comics for July, Archie Comics for July and Moon Knight.

* Sunday, April 16: Absolute Dark Knight, Ultimate Avengers and Emily Edison.

* Saturday, April 15: The Simpsons, Smallville, Legion of Super Heroes animated and Transformers: Evolutions.

* 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.




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