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THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2006

COMING FRIDAY

September solicitations, First Looks and more!!!

SUPERMAN RETURNS WORLD PREMIERE

At the Superman Returns world premiere on Wednesday, star Brandon Routh said that audiences might be surprised at how emotional the film is.

"When people think it's going to be emotional, they go, 'Oh, well, it's going to be sappy or something,'" Routh said. "But there's all this action that's going on -- and great emotion -- and it's the great emotion that draws us in as audiences and makes it such an epic film."

As far as his days of anonymity being over Routh said, "It's all very surreal, but it's part of Superman."

The premiere was held at Mann Theater in Westwood.

Routh was joined by castmates Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, Parker Posey, Frank Langella, Peta Wilson, Jack Larson Noel Neil, Stephen Bender, Eva Marie Saint, James Marsden and Sam Huntington, as well as director Bryan Singer.

Also among those attending were Shaquille O'Neal, mega-Superman fan, the star of Steel and fresh off an NBA title with the Miami Heat; X-Men cast members Anna Paquin and Shawn Ashmore; Smallville's Michael Rosenbaum; and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman's Dean Cain.

Click on the thumbnails below for larger images, and look for more on Superman Returns every day here in The Continuum, leading to the film's opening on Wednesday.



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DEVIL'S DUE PUBLISHING FOR SEPTEMBER

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

For a rundown, with cover images, CLICK HERE.

For previous September solicitations in The Continuum, click on the publishers' names below.

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Boom! Studios.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

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MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and five-page previews of upcoming Marvel Comics titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Spider-Girl #100, Squadron Supreme #5 and X-Factor #9.

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CRIMINAL FROM ED BRUBAKER, SEAN PHILIPS

Ed Brubaker, who is currently writing Daredevil, Captain America and Uncanny X-Men for Marvel Comics, is reteaming with Sean Phillips for Criminal, a title from Marvel's Icon imprint.

"For about a year, Sean and I have been trying to find the right project to tackle next," Brubaker said. "One day I realized what it had to be: a crime book. A pure crime book. And it was like being called home.

"The first book I made a name for myself on was Scene of the Crime, a mystery with Michael Lark and Sean Phillips. And while most of what I've done since has had an element of crime fiction to it, readers have always asked when I was going to get back to writing crime comics. So I figured now is that time."

Why crime?

"It's an incredibly crowded comics market and my feeling is, we really don't need another superhero comic, even a superhero comic with a twist. Marvel and DC have that ground more than covered at this point," Brubaker said. "And recently, watching Warren Ellis have so much success with Fell, and seeing Robert Kirkman grow Walking Dead month after month, I thought, 'Let's take a chance and give retailers something different for their shelves.' And let's face it, everyone loves to read about crime."

Brubaker and Phillips have created a "a movie trailer on paper" for the series, which can be viewed by clicking on the thumbnails above.

While the main cast of the book will be criminals, Brubaker said he wanted to try to do something with it.

"I wanted to write a book that explored the clichés of the crime genre and turned them inside out," he said. "I wanted to have characters totally unlike the ones you're used to seeing in crime stories.²

For example, the first character readers meet, Leo.

"He's not a tough guy," Brubaker said. "Not at all. He just doesn't want to go to prison. He plays it smart, and tries to avoid violence. But because of the world he lives in, that's not always possible. That kind of character is incredibly rare in crime fiction, I think, that person concerned with the consequences of their actions. And because of that, Leo's story is ultimately about a man's struggle with the violence inside himself."

Brubaker said he intends a wide variety of crime stories.

"One of my intentions with this series was to create a book that could handle any and every story I wanted to tell," he said. "The cast of the book is a loose-knit gang of crooks -- a pickpocket, a hit-man, and a crooked cop, for starters -- who each take center stage at different times. This way I can do a heist story, follow that with a revenge drama, and then a prison breakout, all while using the same characters. And as each story unfolds, the mysterious past that connects these characters is revealed, so readers can watch the puzzle of their twisted history being put together."

Each issue of Criminal will feature a main story continuing from issue to issue, a self-contained back-up story and articles by Brubaker and other writers about crime books, movies and comics.

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BRIEFLY

* To the right is a first look at the back package art for Smallville: The Complete Fifth Season, due in stores on Sept. 12. Click on the thumbnail for a larger view.

* DC Comics announced on Thursday that Justice #5 has sold out its second printing and is going back to press for a third printing. Justice #5 Third Printing is scheduled to arrive in stores on July 12 and will feature cover art by Alex Ross that has never been published on a comic before.



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, June, 17: Sci Fi's Amazing Screw-On Head, Spider-Man 3, Lois & Clark DVD, After Hours' Impossible Tales and First Looks.

* Friday, June, 16: Spider-Man Unmasked, IDW Publishing or September, Superman: Brainiac Attacks, BlueWater/Alias First Looks, DC tops May orders and Ezra model winner.

* Thursday, June, 15: Aspen Comics for September, Civil War #5 cover, Civil War press conference, First Looks, Superman Returns and Liberty Meadows: Cover Girl.

* Wednesday, June, 14: Superman Returns, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Sam Noir: Samurai Detective, 12 Gauge's James O'Barr and Cully Hamner and Snakes on a Plane comic. Save up to 75% off your new comics!

* Tuesday, June, 13: Ray Harryhausen comics from BlueWater, Superman Returns, Legion of Super Heroes animated, Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo, Marvel First Looks, Image First Looks and JLA Classified.

* Monday, June, 12: Superman Returns' Kevin Spacey, Ultimate Fantastic Four variant, Archie's Halloween comics and First Looks.

* Sunday, June, 11: Dark Horse Comics for September, X-Men: The Last Stand box office, Superman Returns' Parkey Posey and Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman.

* Saturday, June, 10: Superman Returns interviews with Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth and Sam Huntington, Marvel Comics' Beyond!, Image expands Afterworks 2 and X-Men: The Last Stand box office.

* Friday, June, 9: Superman Returns, Marvel Westerns and DC First Looks.

* Thursday, June, 8: Who Wants to Be a Superhero?, Superman Returns, Civil War sell-outs, Moonstone Books for October and First Looks.

* Wednesday, June, 7: Smallville Season 6, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Image First Looks and X-Men: The Last Stand.

* Tuesday, June, 6: Mythos, Marvel First Looks, Image First Looks, Smallville Season 5 DVD and Virgin Comics for August.

* Monday, June, 5: Black Widow movie stalled, First Looks, Blade: The Series' David Palffy, Superman Returns, Hawaiian Dick, WildStorm panel at Wizard World Philadelphia and IDW's Super Deluxe Hero Happy Hour.

* Sunday, June, 4: MTV Movie Awards, X-Men: The Last Stand and Marvel's Civil War panel at Wizard World Philadelphia.

* Saturday, June, 3: Erica Durance, Blade: The Series, DC Comics and Marvel's Cup o' Joe panels at Wizard World Philadelphia, Ultimate Avengers 2 and DC Comics First Looks.

* Friday, June, 2: X-Men, Mondo Marvel and DC Nation panels at Wizard World Philadelphia, Aspen's Shrugged, Blade: The Series and First Looks.

* Thursday, June, 1: X-Men press conference, X-Men: The Last Stand, Smallville, Transformers and Archie First Looks.

* Wednesday, May 31: X-Men: The Last Stand deaths, Avi Arad steps down, Marvel Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks and Superman Returns.

* Tuesday, May 30: Marvel Comics First Looks, X-Men: The Last Stand, Superman Returns' Bryan Singer, Alex Ross covers for Virgin Comics and Dynamite Entertainment roundup.

* Monday, May 29: Spider-Man 3 in New York, X-Men: The Last Stand's Ralph Winter, Blade: The Series and Superman Returns.

* Sunday, May 28: X-Men: The Last Stand, Alex Toth dies, Krypto the Superdog schedule, Starz comic-book marathon and Dark Horse First Looks.

* Saturday, May 27: X-Men: The Last Stand's big opening, Blade: The Series, Teen Titans, DB Pro's XIII graphic novels and First Looks.




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