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THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2006

COMING FRIDAY

Reports from Heroes Con in Charlotte, N.C. -- and more!!!

IMAGE COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and five-page previews of Image Comics titles arriving in stores on July 12, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Witchblade: Bearers of the Blade, Death, Jr. Vol. II #1, Task Force One #1, Umbra #2, The Walking Dead #29, The Cryptics, Hawaiian Dick: The Last Resort #4 and Strange Girl #9.

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

X-Men from Entertainment Earth!


SUPERMAN RETURNS UPDATE

Superman Returns brought in $21.0 million in its opening day on Wednesday, according to estimates published by BoxOfficeMojo.com.

The total includes Tuesday night showings.

It was the 29th-largest opening day and eighth largest for a Wednesday.

Spider-Man 2 holds the opening-day record for a Wednesday with $40.4 million.

In other Superman Returns news, Kate Bosworth, who plays Lois Lane, will be a guest on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien on Friday night.

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DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT ROUNDUP

Dynamite Entertainment on Thursday released cover images for its Septemeber-debuting Classic Battlestar Galactica series.

The opening story arc is written by Rick Remender and illustrated by Carlos Rafael.

"The convoy in Battlestar Galactica is all that's left of humanity and if they make a wrong turn-- bye-bye human race," Remender said. "That connects on a few levels and it's the core to the drama of the series."

The first issue features covers by Dave Dorman and Talent Caldwell. Click on the thumbnails above for larger images.

In other Dynamite news, the publisher announced late August/early September releases for two trade paperbacks.

The softcover of Army of Darkness Collected Edition will feature two covers, one by John Bolton and the other a photo of Brce Campbell. The book features the long out-of-print Army of Darkness movie adaptation, featuring Bolton's painted art.

The 88-page book also features an interview with Campbell by Kurt Busiek.

The Red Sonja vs. Thulsa Doom TPB collects the four-issue mini-series by writers Luke Lieber and Peter David and artist Will Conrad. Covers will be by Conrad and Gabriele Dell'Otto in a 50/50 split.

The book also features a cover gallery and Thulsa Doom character sketches from Will Conrad's sketchbook.

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IMAGE COMICS' THE CROSS BRONX

Image Comics' The Cross Bronx, a four-issue mini-series by Michael Avon Oeming and Ivan Brandon mixing police procedure and the supernatural, marks Oeming's first large-scale sequential work outside of Powers in years.

Herešs how Image describes the book:

" The series follows Detective Rapheal Aponte in the Bronx as he investigates a mysterious gang slaying that quickly brings him face to face with the supernatural in the form of a beautiful ghost named Santaria. Taking out her revenge on the city, Santaria challenges Aponte's faith in the law as it clashes with his faith in God -- or lack of it.

"In the vein of High Plains Drifter and Taxi Driver, The Cross Bronx delves into two worlds; one is the dark side of the Supernatual and the other is the dark side of Crime Noir. Dodging bullets and curses, The Cross Bronx will take you down some very unexpected and dangerous streets of the real-life Bronx."

"I'm very enthusiastic about Cross Bronx," Oeming. "It is the first thing I'm co-writing as I'm also illustrating it, which has been a refreshing mix for me. I think any fan of Powers or Fell will really dig what we're doing with this book."

Oeming is co-writing the book with Brandon, one of the creators of NYC Mech. The two found common ground with The Cross Bronx.

"It should be clear by now that I'm a little obsessed with the intricacies of the street-level crime world," Brandon said. "And Mike's fascination with the city itself, with the tiny details that make up an authentic Bronx environment, have made this a dream project across the board.

"Visually, this is Mike at his absolute peak. The level of craft he's bringing to this really surpasses any of the work he's done in comics at any point in his career. Every new page is darker and more phenomenal than the last. Writing for him on this could not be more daunting or more fulfilling."

The first issue of The Cross Bronx reaches stores on Sept. 13.



BRIEFLY

* Bryce Dallas Howard, who plays Gwen Stacy in Spider-Man 3, will be a guest on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien on Wednesday, July 19.

* Below is a first look at covers -- with trade dress -- for Cable and Deadpool #30, Uncanny X-Men #476, Runaways #18, Daughters of the Dragon #6 and Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #10.

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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, June, 24: Spider-Man 3, Starz's Comics on Film, Ali Russell writes Isis, Image Comics First Looks and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Friday, June, 23: Iron Man movie, NBC's Heroes, Zack Snyder to direct Watchmen, Marvel Comics First Looks, Heroic Publishing for September and Family Guy's 100th episode.

* Thursday, June, 22: Superman Returns, Devil's Due for September, Marvel Comics First Looks and Criminal.

* Wednesday, June, 21: Ultimate Avengers 2, Blade: The Series, Marvel First Looks and DC First Looks.

* Tuesday, June, 20: Marvel Comics for September, Image Comics for September, Civil War #2 second printing, Marvel First Looks and Top Cow First Looks.

* Monday, June, 19: DC Comics for September, Archie Comics for September, Boom! Studios for September, Civil War: Cable and Deadpool and First Looks. Save up to 75% off your new comics!

* Sunday, June, 18: Image Comics First Looks, Justice League DVD, Witchblade animated and Teen Choice awards.

* 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.

* 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.




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