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THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2006

COMING FRIDAY

X-Men: The Last Stand, Spider-Man news -- and much more!!!

X-MEN: THE LAST STAND: AARON STANFORD

The Continuum contnues its series of features on the cast of X-Men: The Last Stand today with Aaron Stanford, who returns as Pyro.

Stanford talks about what Pyro has been up to, the character's new look and working with Ian McKellen.

To read the intervew, CLICK HERE, and look for more on X-Men: The Last Stand on Friday here in The Continuum.



CIVIL WAR #2 PREVIEW

Marvel Comics has provided The Continuum with a preview of Civil War #2.

The issue, due in stores on June 14, is by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven, with a variant cover by Michael Turner.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"The super-heroes split as the Civil War heats up! Registration has become law, household names have gone rogue and a Marvel legend makes a decision that will change a life forever. Featuring the New Avengers, the Fantastic Four, the Young Avengers and pretty much everybody else! And, no fooling, this issue features one of the most shocking climaxes in Marvel Comics history."

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DEVIL'S DUE PUBLISHING FOR AUGUST

Devil's Due Publishing has provided The Continuum with its solicitations for August.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.

For previous August solicitations, click on the company names below:

* Archie Comics

* Aspen Comics

* Boom! Studios

* Claypool Comics

* Dark Horse Comics

* DC Comics

* Heroic Publishing

* IDW Publishing

* Image Comics

* Moonstone Books

* Marvel Comics

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DC EXPANDS CAPTAIN ATOM FINALE

DC Comics announced on Thursday that Captain Atom: Armageddon #9 -- the final issue of the WildStorm mini-series by Will Pfeiffer, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Sandra Hope -- will feature three extra pages of artwork by Jim Lee.

The pages -- written by Pfeiffer and inked by Lee and Scott Williams -- will be added to the story at no extra cost.

"Will Pfeifer and Giuseppe Camuncoli are having so much fun playing with the WildStorm sandbox of characters that I wanted to get back in a little early and tease fans about what's in stores for this fall," said Lee, who will be drawing the new Wildcats title.

"I can't say exactly who or what is on those three pages, but I will say it's been a blast to draw a few WildStorm characters who I haven't penciled regularly in 10 years or even longer. And just wait till you see what Grant Morrison has in mind with 'Worldstorm.'"

Captain Atom: Armageddon is scheduled for a June 14 release.

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IMAGE COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and four- to five-page previews of Image Comics titles arriving in stores on May 24, CLICK HERE.

Titles include The Last Christmas #1, Rocketo: Journey to the Hidden Sea #8 and Loaded Bible: Jesus vs. Vampires.

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BATTLESTAR GALACTICA #1 COVERS

Dynamite Entertainment has provided The Continuum with a look at the covers -- one by Billy Tan and another a photo -- to July's Battlestar Galactica #1, based on the Sci Fi television series.

The series is written by Greg Pak, with art by Nigel Raynor.

"We're 100 percent tied into the continuity of the television show our storyline takes place in the middle of the second season, right after the return from Kobol and before the arrival of the Pegasus," Pak said.

"Our story begins as the Galactica discovers a group of human survivors in a small Medivac ship under attack by Cylons. Commander William Adama suspects a Cylon plot. But President Laura Roslin points to the Sacred Scrolls, which contain an ancient prophecy: The dead shall return in an ark of fire. Who are the 'Returners'? Will they unite or divide the fleet -- and heal or break the heart of Commander Adama?"

The other covers for the issue are by Michael Turner and Raynor.

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BRIEFLY

* To the right is package back art for the V for Vendetta and Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman DVDs. The Superman documentary will be narrated by Kevin Spacey, who plays Lex Luthor in Superman Returns.

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* The Simpsons and Family Guy will remain on Sunday nights for the 2006-2007 season, Fox announced on Thursday during its upfront presentation.

* Smallville will remain on Thursday nights for its sixth season, and first on The CW network.

* Ron Lim is the artist of Marvel's Cable/Deadpool #29.

* Marvel's Punisher War Journal is now targeted for a September launch.

* According to Variety, the Hellboy sequel has been dropped by Sony's Revolutoion Studios.

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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, May 13: X-Men: The Last Stand's Dania Ramirez, V for Vendetta on DVD, Heroic Publishing for August and First Looks.

* Friday, May 12: X-Men: The Last Stand's Hugh Jackman, Legion of Super Heroes animated, DC Comics trade paperbacks, Halo Graphic Novel, Battlestar Galactica and IDW First Looks.

* Thursday, May 11: X-Men: The Last Stand, Justice League Unlimited, Superman Returns' Gilbert Adler, Boom! Studios for August and Moonstone Books for September.

* Wednesday, May 10: Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks and Superman Returns.

* Tuesday, May 9: Moon Knight's Charlie Huston, X-Men: The Last Stand, Superman Returns' Chris Lee and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Monday, May 8: Superman Returns' Parker Posey, Who Wants to Be a Super Hero?, X-Men: The Last Stand, First Looks and DC Comics second printings.

* Sunday, May 7: Superman Returns' Kate Bosworth, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men animated and First Looks.

* Saturday, May 6: Dark Horse Comics for August, X-Men: The Last Stand and Superman Returns' Kal Penn.

* Friday, May 5: Superman Returns' Brandon Routh, Ron Garney exclusive to Marvel, The Simpsons, Justice League video game, Devil's Due First Looks and Smallville.

* Thursday, May 4: Ultimate Fantastic Four, Justice League Unlimited, X-Men: The Last Stand, Lords of Avalon to DB Pro and Image First Looks.

* Wednesday, May 3: Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Image First Loos and 100 Bullets video game.

* Tuesday, May 2: Justice League DVD, Marvel First Looks, DB Pro's The Highwayman, Sin City Marv bust and DC Comics' second printings.

* Monday, May 1: IDW Publishing for August, X-Men: The Last Stand, Marvel First Looks and Dark Horse First Looks.

* Sunday, April 30: X-Men: The Last Stand, Teen Titans, Alias Comics' The Vindicators and Image First Looks.

* 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.

* 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.




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