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THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2006

COMING FRIDAY

X-Men news -- and much more!!!

JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED: "ALIVE!"

"Alive!," the next-to-last episode of Justice League Unlimited, will premiere on Cartoon Network on Saturday at 10:30 p.m.

The episode was written by Matt Wayne and directed by Dan Riba.

Here's how the network describes the two-part finale:

"In a knock-down, drag-out battle on Earth and in space, the power moving behind the scenes of the villains is revealed leading to the most unexpected team-up in Justice League history."

"I'm so glad we did this two-part series finale, 'Alive!' this week and 'Destroyer' the next," Wayne told The Continuum. "Luthor's been obsessed with bringing back Brainiac all season. All of that effort pays off in this episode, and a few major storylines get resolved.

"This two-parter's the last JLU story, and Dan Riba, the director, went for broke. I'd never seen this much action in a half-hour.

"And then 'Destroyer' next week tops it."

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X-MEN: THE LAST STAND UPDATE

Three new commercials for X-Men: The Last Stand are running, one of which appears to show Iceman in his frost form (click on image above).

In fact, Bobby Drake seems to be at the center of the ads, whether its be his love triangle with Rogue and Kitty or his fight with Pyro.

Also among the interesting new images is one of Rogue absorbing Colossus' powers (see below).

In other X-Men news, ABC has provided The Continuum with an image from Ian McKellen's appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night. Although McKellen focused more on promoting The DaVinci Code, he did mention that his internet diary, which has documented his involvement with X-Men from the first movie, actually pre-dated blogs.

"You're the Blog Father!" Kimmel exclaimed, as both laughed.

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ULTIMATE FF #30 PREVIEW

Marvel Comics on Thursday provided The Continuum with a preview of Ultimate Fantastic Four #30, which kicks off the "Frightful" story by Mark Millar and Greg Land.

Here's how Marvel describes the book:

"After time-traveling, visiting twisted parallel universes, and unearthing an ancient terror, Mark Millar and Greg Land are ready to unleash something truly 'frightful' on the Ultimate Fantastic Four: the return of Dr. Doom.

"Ultimate Fantastic Four #30 kicks off 'Frightful' which sees not only the return of Doom, but the introduction of the Ultimate Frightful Four as well. And if the deck wasn't stacked enough against the FF, the zombies held captive in the Baxter Building since the 'crossover' storyline make their escape."

There will be a variant cover for Ultimate Fantastic Four #30 featuring a zombie rendition of the original Fantastic Four #1 by Arthur Suydam, the man behind the covers and variant covers of the Marvel Zombies series. Plus, there will a sketch variant of Landıs cover featuring the zombie FF and Doom.

The issue arrives in stores on May 24.

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IMAGE COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and five-page previews of Image Comics titles arriving in stores on May 10, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Bomb Queen #4, Fear Agent #4, Retro Rocket #2 and Rex Mundi #18.

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

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LORDS OF AVALON TO DB PRO

Dabel Brothers Production announced on Thursday that it has signed an exclusive contract with author Kinley MacGregor to adapt the first five novels in her fantasy and romance series, Lords of Avalon.

Lords of Avalon: Sword of Darkness will be produced as a monthly 22-page comic starting this fall, with a script written by Roynne Gillespie and illustrations by an artist to be announced.

A graphic novel edition should be available in bookstores by next spring.

Here's how DB Pro describes the book:

"Sword of Darkness, the first novel in the series, tells the story of a dark-hearted knight named Kerrigan who wields the demonic sword Caliburn, Excalibur's polar opposite. Camelot has fallen to the forces of evil, and the knights of the round reside in Avalon, waiting for the birth of the one they call 'Penmerlin,' a special person who will lead the lesser wizards of the realm. They select a young maiden named Seren to be the mother of this figure, but a 'rescue' from Kerrigan results in her falling in love and eventually becoming pregnant with his child. Seren must choose between abandoning the evil knight and training her child in the path of light or staying with Kerrigan and attempting to help him turn away from the life he has chosen."

"I couldn't be more thrilled to be working with DB Pro since I've been a fan of the Dabel Brothers since they came onto the scene," MacGregor said. ³The quality of art and interpretation is second to none. I'm extremely honored to be added to their line-up. I'm a child of the graphic novel and in that field, DB Pro rules."

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ARCHIE COMICS FIRST LOOKS

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

Titles include Betty & Veronica Spectacular #74 and Sonic the Hedgehog #162.

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BRIEFLY

* Above is a first look at cover -- with trade dress -- of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on May 24: Avengers and Power Pack Assemble! #2, Exiles #81, Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #6, Annihilation: Ronan #2 and X-Factor #7. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.

* The Elektra movie, starring Jennifer Garner, returns to HBO in July for 12 showings. Air dates and times include Monday, July 3 at 3:15 p.m.; Friday, July 7 at 2:45 p.m.; Tuesday, July 11 at 6:45 p.m.; Wednesday, July 19 at 5:30 p.m.; and Monday, July 31 at 8:15 a.m.

The Making of Elektra special will air Friday, July 7 at 4:30 p.m.

* Zenescope Entertainment has signed a deal with New Line Cinema for a series of comic books, culminating in a graphic novel for the New Line feature Se7en.

Each story in the seven-issue mini-series will feature a different creative team tackling one of the seven deadly sins. Creators will include Raven Gregory, Josh Medors and Christian Beranek.

* According to Variety, Silver Surfer is featured in one of the drafts for the Fantastic Four sequel and might appear in the film.

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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.

* Saturday, April 29: X-Men: The Last Stand, Spider-Man 3 in Cleveland, Krypto the Superdog and First Looks.

* Friday, April 28: X-Men: The Last Stand, Iron Man movie, Smallville, The Simpsons, Family Guy, Wolverine and Claypool Comics for August.

* Thursday, April 27: Spider-Man on Cartoon Network, Activision's Marvel Alliance, Ed Brubaker extends exclusive and First Looks.

* Wednesday, April 26: Spider-Man 3 in Cleveland, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Image First Looks, Wolverine: Origins and Smallville.

* Tuesday, April 25: The Batman and Legion of Super Heroes on Kids' WB!, Spider-Man 3 in Cleveland, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Infinite Crisis and Anita Blake.

* Monday, April 24: Spider-Man 3 in Cleveland, Marvel Legends, Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Turner panels at Pittsburgh Comicon and Xena creative team.

* Sunday, April 23: DC's One Year Later panel at Pittsburgh Comicon, The Librarian and Smallville. Free Shipping on orders $40 and above.

* Saturday, April 22: Spider-Girl panel at Pittsburgh Comicon, Image Comics' Task Force 1 and First Looks.

* Friday, April 21: Conan, Virgin Comics for July and Alias First Looks.

* Thursday, April 20: Devil's Due for July, Alias for July, Spider-Man 3, X-Men: The Last Stand, Marvel First Looks and Superman: Brainiac Attacks.

* Wednesday, April 19: Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Archie First Looks, Witchblade #100 and Superman Returns.

* Tuesday, April 18: Marvel Comics for July, Marvel Comics First Looks and IDW sell-outs.

* 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.




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