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Wizard World Chicago news -- and much more!


A Cyberforce/X-Men crossover, a limited series centered on The Darkness video game and Witchblade in Japan were among the topics covered by Top Cow's Matt Hawkins at the publisher's panel at Wizard World Chicago on Friday in Rosemont, Ill.

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Fox Home Video has relased the box art for X-Men: The Last Stand releases on DVD and UMD on Oct. 3.

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The on-again, off-again status of Hellboy 2 is back on again.

Two weeks after writer/director Guillermo del Toro told a Comic-Con International audience he wasn't sure what was going to happen with the sequel, Universal Pictures has moved forward on the project and will finance and distribute the sequel.

According to Variety, production will start in April in Budapest and London for a 2008 release. Hellboy 2 joins The Dark Knight and Iron Man as comics films targeted for 2008, with The Incredible Hulk also a possibility.

The first Hellboy film came from Revolution Studios, through its deal with Sony. But Revolution is going out of business, leaving the sequel without a home until Universal's acquisition.

Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Selma Blair (Liz Sherman) and Doug Jones (Abe Sapien) are all expected to return.

At Comic-Con, del Toro said that Hellboy creator Mike Mignola -- who serves as co-producer -- was "aghast" at his first draft of the sequel, but liked the next draft.

"The reality is that it took a long time to figure out the second one, for the characters to really move to a place that made sense, both in the universe of the comic and the movie," del Toro said.

Movie Release Costumes


As has been the trend at conventions this year, Wizard World Chicago's DC Nation panel was longer on schtick than news, with fan interaction emphasized over presentations by Dan DiDio.

There were a few nuggets of news, though.

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New What If? titles were among the highlights of Marvel Comics' Mondo Marvel panel at Wizard World Chicago on Friday.

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For covers and two- to three-page previews of Archie Comics titles arriving in stores on August 9, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Sonic the Hedgehog #165, Veronica #173 and Jughead & Friends Digest #13.


* The addition of Robin to the cast of Kids' WB!'s The Batman will also have an impact on Mattel's line of The Batman toys.

Above are some of the products on display at the company's booth at Wizard World Chicago. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.

* To the right is a first look at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 5 DVD, to be released by Lionsgate on Aug. 29. The new volume will collect 12 episodes from the original animated series.

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* At this panel at Wizard World on Friday, Brian Wood announced he has signed a two-year exclusive with DC Comics, as well as a new Viking project called Northlanders. According to DC, that book is currently not scheduled.


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

* Sunday, July 30: David Lloyd's Kickback, Superman Returns and First Looks.

* Saturday, July 29: Heroes, Spider-Man 3, Teen Titans DVD, Transformers DVD and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Friday, July 28: Blade: The Series, Anita Blake, First Looks, Hellboy animated and Krypto the Superdog.

* Thursday, July 27: Legion of Super Heroes animated, The Batman, The Simpsons, Teen Titans, Marvel Comics First Looks, Aspen's Soulfire: Chaos Reign and TMNT.

* Wednesday, July 26: Marvel Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks, Blade: The Series, Aquaman pilot, Smallville, Spider-Man 3 and Aspen Comics convention specials.

* 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.

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