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BlueWater Productions has provided The Continuum its solicitations for July.

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For previously published June solicitations, click on the publishers' names below for the listings.

* AC Comics.

* After Shock Comics.

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Avatar Press.

* BlueWater Productions.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Devil's Due Publishing.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* Heroic Publishing.

* IDW Publishing.

* Markosia Publishing.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* TwoMorrows Publishing.


Heroic Publishing has provided The Continuum its solicitations for July.

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Moonstone Books has provided The Continuum its solicitations for July.

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Titles include Wonder Woman #6 from DC Comics and Moon Knight #9 and Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #3 from Marvel Comics.

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Artist Todd Nauck told The Continuum that his run on Marvel Comics' Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man will go from #17-22.

"I'm about halfway through #20," Nauck told The Continuum. "Issues #17-19 are the Sandman arc, and then #20-22 reveals more about The Other."

Nauck said he is getting a kick out of drawing Spider-Man in his black costume.

"I love drawing that black costume," Nauck said. "One of the first comics I ever picked up was Secret Wars #8 in a three-pack at Target, so that costume holds some special memories for me."

Nauck continues to collaborate with writer Peter David, also drawing an issue of the Wonder Man mini-series David wrote.

"He keeps mentioning my name to editors," Nauck said. "I loved working with Peter on Young Justice and we have that same vibe, that same feeling, that same interaction."

Nauck, who also continues to provide covers and interiors for DC Comics' Teen Titans Go!, said that he hopes to have a double-sized issue of his Wildguard comic out from Image Comics by late summer.

"It's going to collect the online comics, as well as a couple of original short stories," he said.


Black Summer, a new series launching in June, is the first masked hero title in Avatar Press¹ 10-year history and the first creator-owned hero comic book from Warren Ellis.

"I've always said I'm not going to publish superhero comics at Avatar until I can do them better than Marvel and DC. I just did," said Avatar Press editor-in-chief William Christensen. "Black Summer is Warren Ellis on fire. He's out to redefine the masked hero and take us all for a ride the likes of which we haven't seen in a long time."

Black Summer begins with #0, a 99-cent issue that leads into the seven-issue monthly series that begins in August.

Juan Jose Ryp, a regular artist at Avatar, will pencil the series. Ryp and Ellis have worked together on two previous Avatar comics, Apparat title Angel Stomp Future and barbarian fantasy Wolfskin. Work has been underway on the series for some time and all involved are committed to timely release dates.

"If you're going to play in the superhero arena, you need to play by the rules," Ellis said. "And superhero comics are supposed to come out monthly to meet the expectations of a habitual Wednesday audience. So Black Summer will hit the mark."

Here's how Avatar describes the book:

"Series protagonist John Horus was a retired member of the once government-endorsed team of superheroes called the Seven Guns, but when the political situation in the USA becomes more than he can stand, he moves to take matters into his own hands. Since all his other teammates aren't so eager to throw the world into chaos, an epic conflict starts to form. And no one will be safe as the bodies start to fall."

"In a field as well-mined as the superhero genre, it's hard to find questions to ask that aren't also complex or self-referential," Ellis said. "And I wanted something direct that stood on its own two feet. So when this hit me, it spoke to me not only of the reasons why someone might put on a helmet and find justice their own way, but also why we read these myths of social justice ourselves. Where would YOU draw the line?"

Horus takes destiny into his own hands in the events of Black Summer #0. "John Horus, a man with the personal destructive capability of a fleet of Apache helicopters, walked into the Oval Office and killed the President," Ellis said.

Ellis also will release the first Apparat title of 2007, Crecy, in June. He is attending the Comic-Con International in San Diego in July as the exclusive guest of Avatar Press, where they will announce details on other upcoming releases.

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* The Thursday, April 5 episode of The CW's Smallville will be a repeat of "Labyrinth." Phil Morris guest-stars in the episode as the Martian Manhunter.

* Activision has announced plans to release Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Heroes and Villains. The download will be available in April via the Xbox Live Marketplace online gaming service.

The expansion packs feature eight new playable characters: The Incredible Hulk, Magneto, Hawkeye, Sabretooth, Doctor Doom, Cyclops, Nightcrawler and Venom, each complete with new signature powers, skins, dialog, conversations and achievement points.

* The Hero Initiative, charitable organization dedicated to helping veteran comic creators in medical or financial need, has hired a second employee, organization co-founder Jim McLauchlin. In his new capacity, McLauchlin will devote full-time energies to bringing Hero's long-range plans to fruition.

* "We have a truly massive slate of projects to work on," McLauchlin said. "We are going to move cautiously, one add-on at a time. I'd rather do one thing completely than six things by half-measures. But within a couple years, I think Hero can be a great and well-rounded service organization for the entire comic industry."

McLauchlin recently stepped down as editor-in-chief at Platinum Studios. He also served in that capacity at Top Cow Productions.

* Marvel Comics announced that it is going back to press on Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Reborn #1. The second printing will have a cover by Joe Quesada and be in stores on April 25.

* Marvel also announced that Moon Knight #8 has sold out.

* Warner Bros. has released six new stills from TMNT, which was the No. 1 film at the box office last weekend.

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

* Tuesday, March 20: Wolverine and the X-Men, Image Comics First Looks, Fox's Them, Markosia Publishing for June, Dynamite's Zorro and The New Adventures of Superman on DVD.

* Monday, March 19: DC Comics for June, 300 tops box office and from Wizard World Los Angeles -- Doug Jones, Heroes panel, KISS Comics panel and Man of Action panel.

* Sunday, March 18: IDW Publishing panel at Wizard World Los Angeles and Marvel First Looks.

* Saturday, March 17: From Wizard World Los Angeles -- X-Men panel, Aspen panel, DC Universe panel and IDW collects Terry and the Pirates.

* Friday, March 16: From Wizard World Los Angeles -- Mondo Marvel panel, DC Nation panel and Top Cow panel; Spider-Man 3, Avatar Press for June, Top Cow First Looks, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Mighty Avengers and X-Men: The Last Stand.

* Thursday, March 15: IDW Publishing for June Devil's Due Publishing for June, Aspen Comics for June and Marvel First Looks.

* Wednesday, March 14: Painkiller Jane's Kristanna Loken, Image Comics First Looks, IDW Publishing's Simmons Comics Group, Oni Press' First in Space and Image's Dynamo 5.

* Tuesday, March 13: Painkiller Jane episodes, Marvel First Looks, 300 sets IMAX records, WildStorm's horror titles, TMNT, Desperado to self-publish and Marvel second printings.

* Monday, March 12: Smallville, Anita Blake and First Looks.

* Sunday, March 11: 300 sets box office record and Archie First Looks.

* Saturday, March 10: Dark Horse Comics for June and 300.

* Friday, March 9: Smallville, Maggie Gyllenhaal in The Dark Knight and The Boys at Dynamite.

* Thursday, March 8: Fallen Son: Death of Captain America titles, Marvel First Looks, Family Guy and Ape Entertainment's new anthology.

* Wednesday, March 7: Mattel's Super Friends, Legion of Super Heroes, 300 and Image First Looks.

* Tuesday, March 6: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Marvel First Looks, Spider-Man 3 busts, DC First Looks, Dynamite First Looks, Avengers: The Initiative and Spider-Man: Back in Black.

* Monday, March 5: Wonder Con -- 300 panel, DC Universe panel and Boom! Studios panel.

* Sunday, March 4: Wonder Con -- Spider-Man 3 and Superman Doomsday.

* Saturday, March 3: Wonder Con -- DC Nation panel, Marvel First Looks and Smallville.

* Friday, March 2: Marvel First Looks, Devil's Due First Looks and Legion of Super Heroes.

* Thursday, March 1: Kyle McLauchlan in Justice League: The New Frontier, Spider-Man 3, Amazing Spider-Man on Kids' WB! and The Batman.

* Wednesday, February 28: Image Comics First Looks, TwoMorrows Publishing for June, Heroic Publishing for June, Legion of Super Heroes, Avengers/Transformers and Battlestar Galactica.

* Tuesday, February 27: Spider-Man: Black in Black, Marvel movies roundup, DC Comics roundup, 300's Queen Gorgo, Phil Hester talks The Darkness, The Batman, Cartoon Network's March movies, BlueWater Productions for June, Moonstone Books for June and Battlestar Galactica.

* Monday, February 26: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider box office, and New York Comic Con: The Spirit movie panel, Hellboy animated panel, Fox Atomic Comics panel, Brian K. Vaughan panel and Jhnonen Vasquez panel.

* Sunday, February 25: From New York Comic Con: Cup O' Joe panel, DC Universe panel, Virgin Comics teams with Sci Fi Channel.

* Saturday, February 24: Justice League: The New Frontier, Smallville and from New York Comic Con -- DC Nation, Vertigo, World War Hulk and Civil War: The Initiative panels.

* Friday, February 23: 300's Gerard Butler, Justice League movie, Avatar Press for May, Marvel First Looks and Top Cow First looks.

* Thursday, February 22: The Batman, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Marvel First Looks and Heroes.

* Wednesday, February 21: Legion of Super Heroes, Image First Looks and Marvel solicitations update.

* Tuesday, February 20: The Batman, DC Comics' Countdown, Oni Press for May, Dynamite First Looks and Marvel First Looks.

* Monday, February 19: Painkiller Jane, Mark Steven Johnson talks Ghost Rider box office, Marvel First Looks, Dark Horse First Looks and Inkworks.

* Sunday, February 18: Ghost Rider box office, and Marvel and DC panels at MegaCon.

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