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The series debut of Heroes posted the highest rating for any NBC drama premiere in five years on Monday night.

Heroes drew in 14.3 million viewers overall, and had a 5.9 rating and 14 share in the 18-49 demographic. It delivered NBC's highest 18-49 for any fall drama premiere in since Crossing Jordan on Monday, Sept. 24, 2001.

Heroes had a 31 percent margin of victory in 18-49 over CBS' comedies. Pending updates, Heroes also won the hour in total viewers, adults and men and women 18-34.

Heroes was up 48 percent versus NBC's 2005-06 season average in the time period, excluding sports. From its first half-hour to its second, Heroes grew by 13 percent.

Pending updates, Heroes is within one tenth of an 18-49 rating point of the highest rating so far this fall for any new series premiere.

The Heroes premiere will be rebroadcast on NBC on Tuesday at 8 p.m. (ET) and on the Sci Fi Channel on Friday at 7 p.m. (ET).

In other Heroes news, NBC has released a description of "Don't Look Back," the episode scheduled for Monday, Oct. 2.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"Outside a bizarre, gruesome crime scene, Los Angeles beat cop Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg) is the only one who can hear the cries of a missing little girl. Claire (Hayden Panettiere) almost reveals her secret ability to the entire school after learning that her injury attempt tape has disappeared. Thinking she's going crazy, Niki (Ali Larter) loses another block of time after waking to find some brutally murdered thugs in her garage, only to be confronted by Social Services about son Micah (Noah Gray-Cabey). While office drone Hiro (Masi Oka) investigates New York, Nathan (Adrian Pasdar) confronts Peter (Milo Ventimiglia) following his plunge off a building."


Rick Remender's Fear Agent will be moving from Image Comics to Dark Horse Comics early next year, Dark Horse announced on Tuesday.

In February, Dark Horse will reprint the first trade paperback collection originally released by Image Comics as well as the first edition of volume 2. The series will pick up again as a monthly later in the spring.

"We're all very excited to see Fear Agent become a part of the Dark Horse creator-owned line," Remender said. "Sitting besides such esteemed titles as The Goon, Hellboy, and Sin City is quite an honor.

"Between Tony Moore and I ramping up to work on the origin of the Fear Agents and Jerome Opena and I hard at work on Heath Huston's ongoing adventures, we'll continue to rocket Sci-Fi forward with everyone's favorite drunken alien exterminator at the helm."

Remender teams with Moore and Opena on alternating arcs in the books, which tells the story of the last of the Fear Agents, the band of Texans who once defended Earth form an onslaught of alien annihilation. Fear Agent is the story of a man stripped of all that he loved -- his home, his family, and his world. These days, Heath Houston spends his hours with only his ship's onboard computer system and a bottle of whiskey to keep him company, putting himself in constant danger for low wages and little thanks.

For a preview of Fear Agent #8, CLICK HERE.

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Image Comics has set a Nov. 15 release for The Scribbler, a 96-page graphic novel by Dan Schaffer.

Here's how Image describes the book:

"Meet Suki. She has multiple personalities. She hears voices. She's crazy... but not for long. Suki is almost ready rejoin society thanks to the Siamese Burn, an experimental machine which is burning those voices away one by one. All except for The Scribbler; that one is getting louder. For a voice, it doesn't talk much - instead, its messages come in the form of backwards scribbles.

"And what it's scribbling is 'Let me out!'

"Confined to Juniper Tower, a halfway house for crazies where suicides are a daily occurrence, Suki starts losing time - whole days - and somebody's been modifying the Siamese Burn in her absence. With the help of Hogan, an old hospital boyfriend, and a cranky hallway stalker called Alice The Pusher, Suki plays a dangerous game experimenting with the machine, trying to understand its ultimate purpose. But each time she plugs herself in, the machine changes... and so does she. The Scribbler is growing and fighting to get out."

"The Scribbler is not a superhero story, but it might be superhero story in negative," Schaffer said. "The heroes are all nutters, characters with secret identities that are so secret, even they don't know about them! And they're engaged in a fight between good and evil, but it might not even exist. It's not so much a dissection of superheroes themselves, because this is really not a superhero book, but is an exploration of archetypes, the reasons we invent them, and how we use them to create and fight invisible wars."

The book will cost $7.99.

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The Continuum has obtained screen menu images from the Batman Beyond: Season 2 DVD, due in store on Oct. 24 from Warner Home Video.

Special features on the four-disc set include:

* "Inside Batman Beyond: The Panel" -- Discussion with producers Bruce Timm, Glen Murakami, Paul Dini and Alan Burnett, with moderator Jason Hillhouse.

* "Splicers Commentary" -- From producers Timm and Murakami and director Curt Geda.

* "Eggbaby Commentary" -- From producers Timm and Murakami and director James Tucker.

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For covers and five- to eight-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on April 18, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Ghost Rider #4 and Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter in Guilty Pleasures #1.

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

Titles include Vampirella 2006 Halloween Special from Harris Comics, Antigone from Silent Devil and Highlander #2 from Dynamite Entertainment.

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Miss any of the solicitations for December?

Below is a handy recap from the major publishers. Simply click on the publisher's name for the rundown.

* Arcana Studio.

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Boom! Studios.

* Claypool Comics.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Devil's Due Publishing.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.


* Andy Kubert is providing a variant covers to DC Comics' Action Comics #844, due in stores on Oct. 25.

* Writer Bill Willingham will answer readers' "Burning Questions" about Fabes in issue #59 in March. Readers can submit their questions about the series at

* A casting announcment for Sci Fi's Painkiller Jane series is expected soon.

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

* Wednesday, September 20: Smallville, Legion of Super Heroes, Arcana Studio for December, Marvel First Looks and Archie First Looks.

* Tuesday, September 19: Marvel Comics for December, Heroes, Supergirl and X-Men: Phoenix -- Warsong.

* Monday, September 18: Smallville, DC Comics for December, IDW Publishing for December, Archie Comics for December, Legion of Super Heroes, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, First Looks and August sales.

* Sunday, September 17: IDW's 24: Nightfall, Smallville and Josh Howard's Viper titles.

* Saturday, September 16: Heroes, First Looks and solicitations.

* Friday, September 15: X-Men's Hugh Jackman, Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo, Image First Looks and Devil's Due First Looks.

* Thursday, September 14: Aspen Comics for December, Hellboy 2, Anita Blake, Archie First Looks and Spider-Girl press conference.

* Wednesday, September 13: Smallville, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks and Supergirl DVD.

* Tuesday, September 12: Blade: The Series, Heroes, Transformers and DC First Looks.

* Monday, September 11: Legion of Super Heroes' Yuri Lowenthal, Hellboy animated, Marvel announcements, Dark Horse First Looks, Image First Looks, Ion's Kalman Andrasofszky, Moonstone Books for January and Claypool Comics for December.

* Sunday, September 10: The Simpsons, Painkiller Jane and First Looks.

* Saturday, September 9: Dark Horse Comics for December, Boom! Studios for December and Smallville Season 6 opener.

* Friday, September 8: The Batman Strikes!, Spider-Man animated, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer's Michael Chiklis, Oni Press' Wasteland, Devil's Due First Looks and Marvel's First Looks.

* Thursday, September 7: Family Guy, Civil War: Choosing Sides, DC First Looks, Archie First Looks and Marvel First Looks.

* Wednesday, September 6: Fantastic Four ratings, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, Blade: The Series, Heroes, Image First Looks, DC First Looks and Marvel First Looks.

* Tuesday, September 5: The Batman and Legion of Super Heroes episodes, Battlestar Galactica, First Looks and Runaways creators leave.

* Monday, September 4: Hellboy animated and First Looks.

* Sunday, September 3: From Canadian Fan Expo -- DC Comics' Big Guns, Mike Mignola and Geoff Johns.

* Saturday, September 2: Blade: The Series, X-Men: Evolution's Brad Swaile and Marvel's Civil War.

* Friday, September 1: Jim Lee at Canadian Fan Expo, The Batman, Legion of Super Heroes, Superman serials on DVD and First Looks.

* Thursday, August 31: Blade: The Series, Diamond Select/Marvel products for November, Smallville Season 5 DVD, Robert Kirkman press conference and Marvel First Looks.

* Wednesday, August 30: Fantastic Four animated, DC First Looks, Marvel First Looks, Image First Looks, Blue Water First Looks and Archie First Looks.

* Tuesday, August 29: The Punisher DVD, The Batman season opener, Fantastic Four press conference, Smallville and Marvel First Looks.

* Monday, August 28: Virgin Comics for November, Viper Comics for November, The Batman and First Looks.

* Sunday, August 27: Spawn Series 30 action figures, Fantastic Four animated and First Looks.

* Saturday, August 26: Image Comics First Looks, Family Guy and Oni Press for November.

* Friday, August 25: Blade: The Series, Arcana Studio for November, Ghost Rider's Nicolas Cage and First Looks.

* Thursday, August 24: Devil's Due Publishing for November, IDW Publishing for November, Ultimate Spider-Man's Brian Michael Bendis, The Tick DVD and First Looks.

* Wednesday, August 23: Fantastic Four voice cast, DC First Looks, Marvel First Looks and Blade: The Series.

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