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SUNDAY, JULY 30, 2006


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V for Vendetta artist David Lloyd is releasing his first new work in the United States since the film's release on August 23 with Kickback, a 92-page psychological crime-thriller from Dark Horse Comics.

Set in the streets of a mythical U.S. metropolis, Kickback tells the story of a corrupt cop in a corrupt force, and how and why he decides to change the direction of his life. It was originally published by Editions Carabas in France last year.

"I wrote the rough script for Kickback six years ago, but couldn't grab the time to do anything with it," Lloyd said. "If you're lucky enough to be in demand as an artist in this business, finding the time and space to write something is hard enough, without finding the time to sell it as well.

"Eventually, I sold Kickback to France, in 2003, because at the time I wrote it, that was the market I considered would be ideal for it. In '99, crime comics were not exactly a favorite subject amongst U.S. publishers. Apart from Sin City, there was nothing making much headway in that area. The French market was the opposite - they had lots of detective books and they're big fans of crime stories."

Kickback also marks the first time that Lloyd has made use of computer effects in his artwork, something he hadn't planned at the beginning.

" It just occurred to me to use them while I was doing it. Some comic purists still hate them, but they're just part of the scenery in comics, now, and they can be really valuable tools," Lloyd said. "They can work well if you use them for specific purposes and don't over-use them. If you do, you can end up with something that looks like the computer drew it."

Lloyd provided The Continuum with the preview pages above (click for larger images) and the following synopis for Kickback:

"Joe Canelli is a corrupt cop in a corrupt force in a mythical American metropolis dominated by powerful druglords.

"Canelli tries to ignore recurring dreams of powerlessness as he routinely cleans up the little crimes of the city and the little criminals who can't buy their way out of court, and convinces himself that his moral laxity is justified by the weight of the circumstances that surround him.

"But the solid ground of understanding between law and law-breakers begins to turn to quicksand when an inexplicable gang massacre is followed by cops being ambushed in the streets. A further mass murder follows at the hands of what looks like an avenging police squad - and tension in the city soars.

"Canelli's rookie partner is caught in the middle of this crossfire, and his death gives Joe pause for thought. A reversal of the casual attitude he's adopted to his policeman's vow of honour seems to take shape, and is given solid form by the vociferous urgings of his grandfather, who mourns the loss of the higher standards he believed society lived by when airships still had a future.

"At last, Joe decides to put his fate on the line - to uncover the cause of the baffling conflict and end his alliance with the crimelords.

"With the help of a long-time police buddy and an ambitious, tenacious tv reporter, he sets out on a journey of investigation that finally leads to a siege at a cliff-edge beach house, where Joe defends a key witness against massive attack from all sides..."

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Superman Returns placed 11th at the box office over the weekend with an estimated $3.8 million.

That pushed the film's domestic total to $185.8 million after five weeks of release. On its current pace, Superman Returns should finish better than $190 million.

At Comic-Con International, Superman Returns director Bryan Singer expressed his intention to return for a sequel. For a report on that, CLICK HERE.

Meanwhile, Cars has passed X-Men: The Last Stand for the No. 2 spot so far this year. Cars has $234.6 million to $233.1 million for X-Men.

My Super Ex-Girlfriend continued to tank, placing 12th with an estimated $3.8 miilon for a total of a two-week total of $16.4 million.


For covers and six-page previews of upcoming titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Marvel Westerns: Strange Westerns from Marvel Comics and Mystery in Space #1 from DC Comics.


* Renato Arlem is the artist of X-Factor #10-12.


In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links. Click on the date to get the day's full report.

* Tuesday, July 25: Image Comics for October, IDW Publishing for October, Marvel Comics First Looks, Blade: The Series' Jon Kroll, Fantastic Four animation and Aquaman pilot.

* Monday, July 24: From Comic-Con International -- Ghost Rider movie, Marvel Studios panel, Mondo Marvel panel, DC Universe panel and Blade: The Series.

* Sunday, July 23: From Comic-Con International -- Spider-Man 3, Iron Man movie, Image Comics panel, Todd McFarlane panel and The Batman.

* Saturday, July 22: From Comic-Con International -- Superman Returns sequel, Superman II DVD, Hellboy sequel, Spider-Man 3, Bruce Timm, Vertigo panel, C.B. Cebulski's Image books, IDW panel, WildStorm panel and Marvel Legends.

* Friday, July 21: From Comic-Con International -- Spider-Man 3, Ultimate Avengers 2, Teen Titans/Legion of Super Heroes, Marvel's Civil War, Aspen Comics and Fantastic Four sequel...

* Thursday, July 20: From Comic-Con International -- IDW's Transfromers, DC Nation panel, Legion of Super Heroes' Matt Wayne, Ghost Rider movie toys, Incredible Hulk director, Fantastic Four sequel, Dark Horse announements, Top Cow news and Avatar Press news.

* Wednesday, July 19: Hellboy animated, Frank Miller to direct The Spirit, Dark Horse news, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, IDW's Spike: Asylum, Fox Atomic comics and Devil's Due Publishing for October.

* Tuesday, July 18: Marvel Comics for October, Green Arrow on Smallville, Oni's My Name is Earl, Marvel First Looks, Boom Studios' Warhammer 40,000, Ant's new writer and Civil War second printings.

* Monday, July 17: DC Comics for October, 52 origin artists, DC promotes Karen Berger and Archie Comics for October.

* Sunday, July 16:Superman Returns, First Looks and Archaia Studio's new titles.

* Saturday, July 15: Blade: The Series, Legion of Super Heroes animated, Stan Lee's Lightspeed and Superman Returns.

* Friday, July 14: The Amazing Screw-On Head, Ultimate Spider-Man Annual, Superman Returns and Penny-Farthing Press projects.

* Thursday, July 13: Sci Fi's Painkiller Jane, Wolverine: Origins press conference, X-Men titles, First Looks, Batman Beyond and Justice League Unlimited DVDs and Virgin Comics teams with John Woo and Garth Ennis.

* Wednesday, July 12: Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Image First Looks, Spider-Girl returns, Aspen's Civil War: X-Men cover and Moonstone Books for November.

* Tuesday, July 11: Smallville's Jimmy Olsen, Marvel First Looks, Sabrina trade paperback and Star Wars Lithographs.

* Monday, July 10: Spider-Man 3, Incredible Hulk DVD, Kid Kosmos, Model Operandi and First Look.

* Sunday, July 9: My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Star Wars: Dark Times, weekend box office and First Looks.

* Saturday, July 8: Blade: The Series episodes, Legion of Super Heroes animated, Fantastic Four on HBO, Who Wants to Be a Superhero contestants and Superman Returns box office.

* Friday, July 7: Dark Horse Comics for October, The Amazing Screw-On Head, The Batman and First Looks.

* Thursday, July 6: Spider-Man Unmasked press conference, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks and Legion of Super Heroes animated.

* Wednesday, July 5: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marvel TV/movie roundup, Marvle Zombies hardcover and First Looks.

* Tuesday, July 4: Cliff Chiang on Doctor 13, First Looks and Bandai's Witchblade manga.

* Monday, July 3: Wolverine: Origins' Daniel Way, First Looks and Who Wants to Be a Superhero?

* Sunday, July 2: DC Comics' 52 and Marvel panels at Heroes Con, Superman Returns box office and Narwain's Fiendish Fables.

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