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Sci Fi Channel has provided The Continuum with the first images from the upcoming Painkiller Jane television series, based on the comic book created by Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada.

The image to the right is a publicity still of Kristanna Loken as Jane Vasco.

The images below are from the first episode. They include Loken, Rob Stewart as Andre McBride, Stephen Lobo as Dr. Seth Carpenter and Noah Danby as Connor King.

Here's how Sci Fi describes the series:

"In the near future -- with the world locked in an escalating battle against terrorism and beleaguered by social and economic unrest -- an unlikely new hero has emerged: Jane Vasco, a.k.a. Painkiller Jane.

"Once the DEA's top agent, Jane Vasco is a formidable presence, both mentally and physically. And when push comes to shove, she always makes sure that she's the one doing the shoving. As a child, her father nicknamed her 'Painkiller Jane,' describing her steely will and ability to mentally push through even the most painful situations. But her strength is about to be tested.

"Jane is recruited by a covert government agency dedicated to containing and, if necessary, neutralizing the threat of 'Neuros' -- individuals with superhuman neurological powers. No one knows what caused the aberrations that led to their enhanced abilities, but their powers are vast and varied, anything from telekinesis and mind persuasion to imposed hallucinations. And Jane might very well be one of them.

"During the course of her first investigation with her new team, Jane discovers that she too possesses formidable powers. She cannot be killed. Plummeting from the 46th floor of a building and living to tell the tale definitely proved that. Unfortunately, she can still feel pain. Her newfound powers make Jane even more determined to learn everything there is to know about Neuros.

"Seldom malicious, Neuros wreak havoc most often as the result of their inability to control their abilities. Frequently, in the course of using their powers, they inadvertently leave a trail of death and destruction. Therefore, to prevent mass panic, the government has kept the discovery of the Neuros a secret, assembling a covert unit from various law enforcement agencies with a single mission: identify and contain Neuros.

"Operating from a secure abandoned subway platform, the core members of the unit are comprised of Andre McBride (Rob Stewart), the seasoned team leader; Connor King (Noah Danby), a special agent regularly armed with a smart remark; Riley Jensen (Sean Owen Roberts), an evolved computer whiz in charge of surveillance and communications; Dr. Seth Carpenter (Stephen Lobo), the unit's doctor and scientist; Joe Waterman (Nathaniel Deveaux), the older, caretaker of the subway; and Maureen Bowers (Alaina Huffman), Jane's former DEA partner and friend who, like Jane, is recruited after discovering top secret information about Neuros."

Sci Fi has not announced a premiere date yet, but is expected to do so soon.

Click on the thumbnails for larger images and look for more Painkiller Jane news soon here in The Continuum.

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James Arnold Taylor, who voices the lead role in Kids' WB!'s Johnny Test, is providing a guest voice in the Legion of Super Heroes animated series.

Taylor is playing Porcupine Pete in the upcoming "Substitutes" episode, which springs out of the classic Keith Giffen comics story.

In other Legion notes:

* Taylor Negron is providing the voice of Starfinger.

* Tara Strong, who played Alexis in "Legacy," will also be playing Esper in the upcoming "Lightning Storm."

* "Lightning Storm," which has been featured in recent Kids' WB! promos, was written by Stan Berkowitz, whose recent credits include Justice League Unlimited and the Justice League: New Frontier direct-to-DVD movie.

That episode features the return of Mekt. Click on image above for a larger image.

* The comic based on the TV show will be called The Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century and will launch in April. The first issue will be written by J. Torres, with art by Chynna Clugston-Flores.

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Sci Fi has released seven images from "The Woman King," the Sunday, Feb. 12 episode of Battlestar Galactica.

The images show Michael Hogan as Col. Saul Tigh, Bruce Davison as Dr. Robert, Tricia Helfer as Number Six, Grace Park as Sharon Valeri, Tahmoh Penikett as Karl "Helo" Agathon and Gabrielle Rose as Mrs. King.

Sci Fi has yet to release a description of the episode.

Click on the thumbnails for larger images and look for more on Battlestar Galactics soon here in The Continuum.

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For covers and five- to six-page previews of upcoming Image Comics titles, CLICK HERE .

Titles include Girls #21, Witchblade #103, The Iron Ghost: Geist Reich TP and Liberty Meadows, Vol. 4: Cold, Cold Heart TP.

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

Titles incldue Ghost Rider: Trail of Tears #1 and XIII TPB.


20th Century Fox Licensing & Merchandising and McFarlane Toys have announced a licensing agreement to produce action figures based on Fox's 24.

Two figures of the show's hero, Jack Bauer (played by Kiefer Sutherland), are currently in production. Both are packaged as boxed sets and taken directly from scenes from the show.

McFarlane Toys' 24 action figures are expected to hit store shelves in August and December.

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* The cast of Heroes will be presenters at the Golden Globe Awards on Monday. Members will include Ali Larter, Masi Oka, Greg Grunberg, Hayden Panettiere, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Adrian Pasdar and Milo Ventimiglia.

* Archie Comics has announced two books for Free Comic Book Day on May 5: Little Archie - Free Comic Book Day Special by Bob Bolling and Sonic The Hedgehog - Free Comic Book Day Special by Ian Flynn, Tracy Yardley and Jim Amash.

It will be the first Little Archie comic in several years. In the story, titled "Legend of the Lost Lagoon," Little Archie, several campers and two counselors are boating on Loon Lake when they are suddenly caught in a dangerous storm. A golden owl, thought only to be a legend, directs them to the safety of a hidden tunnel that leads them to yet another legend, The Lost Lagoon.

The Sonic story is titled "Unburying the Hatchet."

Here's how Archie describes it:

"What could be better than Dr. Eggman's killer robot, Metal Sonic? How about the real thing! What has turned Sonic against his friends in Knothole, and who among our heroes has to power to stop the true blue hero-gone-bad?"


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, January 6: Aspen Comics for April, Smallville and Battlestar Galactica.

* Friday, January 5: Smallville, TMNT, Devil's Due First Looks, Archie Comics First Looks and Bluesman movie.

* Thursday, January 4: Marvel Comics First Looks, Painkiller Jane, Justice League Unlimited and Heroes.

* Wednesday, January 3: Smallville, Spider-Man 3, IDW Publishing for April, Marvel First Looks and Zenescope's Return to Wonderland.

* Tuesday, January 2: Smallville's Allison Mack, IDW's Star Trek: Klingons, The All-New Atom, David Mack writes Se7en, Heroic Publishing for April, TwoMorrows Publishing for April and Trials of Shazam.

* Monday, January 1: Smallville's Allison Mack, DC First Looks, Dark Horse First Looks and IDW Publishing First Looks.

* Sunday, December 31: Batman Beyond and Image Comics First Looks.

* Saturday, December 30: Ghost Rider, Heroes and 300.

* Friday, December 29: Diamond Select/Marvel and First Looks.

* Thursday, December 28: Spider-Man 2 on FX, Marvel First Looks and Heroes.

* Wednesday, December 27: 300, TMNT, Archie Comics' new look and First Looks.

* Tuesday, December 26: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and First Looks.

* Monday, December 25: Image Comics' Dynamo 5 and Arcana's Dark Horrors.

* Sunday, December 24: Marvel Animated Gift Set and Archie First Looks.

* Saturday, December 23: Ghost Rider, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, The Batman, Devil's Due First Looks and Ape Entertainment for March.

* Friday, December 22: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Smallville, Legion of Super Heroes and Virgin Comics for March.

* Thursday, December 21: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Top Cow's First Born, Battlestar Galactica, IDW's Transformers prequel and Image First Looks.

* Wednesday, December 20: Heroes, Marvel First Looks, Archie Comics' new style and Virgin Comics' Gamekeeper.

* Tuesday, December 19: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Smallville, Marvel First Looks, Dynamite First Looks, Madman movie and Jack of Fables.

* Monday, December 18: Dynamite Entertainment for March, Shrugged, Spider-Man 3, Boom!'s Left on Mission and First Looks.

* Sunday, December 17: Dwayne McDuffie talks Fantastic Four, Marvel First Looks, Archie's new style and Antarctic Press for March.

* Saturday, December 16: Smallville, Spider-Man 3, Oni Press for March and Devil's Due First Looks.

* Friday, December 15: The Batman's Nightwing, Smallville, Fantastic Four, Onslaught Reborn, November sales, Heroic Publishing First Looks and Archie First Looks.

* Thursday, December 14: 30 Days of Night, Spider-Man 3, Devil's Due for March, Heroes, Family Guy, The Batman and Xombie.

* Wednesday, December 13: Image Comics for March, Image First Looks, Marvel First Looks and Spider-Man 2 on FX.

* Tuesday, December 12: Marvel Comics for March, Boom! Studios for March, Marvel First Looks and DC First Looks.

* Monday, December 11: DC Comics for March, Archie Comics for March and DC First Looks.

* Sunday, December 10: The Simpsons, Family Guy, Legion of Super Heroes and Heroes.

* Saturday, December 9: Ghost Rider's Mark Steven Johnson, Ralph Winter to produce Wolverine? and Dark Horse First Looks.

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