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Sci Fi Channel has released six images from "Ascension," the Friday, Sept. 14 episode of Flash Gordon.

The images show Ty Olsson as Vultan, Shawn Roberts as Garus, Eric Johnson as Flash Gordon, Karen Cliche as Baylin, Gina Holden as Dale Arden, Jonathan Walker as Rankol and Anna Van Hooft as Princess Aura.

Sci Fi has yet to release a description of the episode. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.

In other Flash Gordon news:

* The series has helped Sci Fi to its best ratings summer ever among Adults 18-34.

The series premiere on August 10 posted a 1.7 Household rating, with viewer numbers including 1,159,000 in Adults 18-49, 1,417,000 in Adults 25-54, and 2,382,000 total.

* Look for more on Flash Gordon on Thursday here in The Continuum.


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

Titles include Fear Agent #3 from Dark Horse Comics and Marvel Comics Presents #1 and World War Hulk #4 from Marvel Comics.


Writer Brian Reed and the video game concept artist behind Ultimate Spider-Man, Ian Hosfeld, launch their first creator-owned book, The Circle, from Image Comics on Nov. 14.

"It's in the vein of the classic TV show Mission: Impossible, or The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and somewhat inspired by the fantastic long running comic strip Modesty Blaise," Reed said. "The Circle is a group of freedom fighters that first formed amidst the horrible civil wars in the Baltics during the late 1990's, and today operate as guns for hire."

The first story arc, "The Goliath Trap" follows a stringer for M16 after stumbling into a continent spanning battle between The Circle and a rogue CIA assassin over a stolen nuclear missile train code-named Goliath.

In other Image news:

* Top Cow's Necromancer is returing in October's The Necromancer Pilot Season #1, from original writer Joshua Ortega and artist Jonboy Meyers, with a cover by original series artist Francis Manapul.

The issue picks up after the events in issue #6 of the original series, with Abby van Alstine investigating the events that brought her to this point. When she encounters a new monstrous evil that threatens to consume her, the story takes a turn towards a surprise ending.

"Necromancer is easily one of my favorite projects that I've ever worked on, and as I've said before, I've got about 50 issues planned for Abby and The Necromancer cast," Ortega said. "So if we get a great response from the fans during Pilot Season, that'll bring us that much closer to seeing her story through!"

* Writer/artists Jonathan Hickman, creator of The Nightly News, returns in November with a four-issue mini-series, Pax Romana.

"Pax Romana is probably not the book people expected next from me," Hickman said. "In many ways, it's a better end product than The Nightly News, and I think people will be pleasantly surprised at the evolution of both my storytelling and art. And sure, there is the obvious difference: The Nightly News was, more or less, grounded in a reality and Pax Romana is historical science fiction, but you're also going to find the same amount of research, hard work and passion -- just in a better package."

Pax Romana tells the tale of 5,000 men sent on an impossible mission to change the past and save the future. The first issue goes on sale on Nov. 28.

For Image Comics' solicitations for November, CLICK HERE.

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Ben Diskin is providing the voice of Eddie Brock in Kids' WB!'s upcoming The Spectacular Spider-Man animated series.

Diskin, 25, has dozens of voiceover credits, including Numbuh 1 on Codename: Kids Next Door.

Brock's character is tweaked more than some in The Spectacular Spider-Man in order to tie in with the show's high-school time frame. He will be an assistant to Doctor Connors in the series and has more direct ties with Peter Parker.

Brock will become Venom before season's end and be a major threat to Spider-Man. Like the previous animated series on Fox, this version of Venom won't be tied to the comic book's Secret Wars.

In other casting news, Peter MacNicol is providing the voice of Doctor Octopus and Vanessa Marshall is providing the voice of Mary Jane.

Look for more animation news on Thursday here in The Continuum.

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

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Avatar Press.

* BlueWater Productions.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Devil's Due Publishing.

* Digital Webbing.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* Fangoria Comics.

* Heroic Publishing.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Red 5 Comics.

* Top Cow Productions.

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* Above are six images from Justice League: The New Frontier, the second in Warner Home Video's series of direct-to-DVD animated movies from the DC Universe.

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* Fox will pre-empt its Sunday animation block on Sept. 16 for The Emmy Awards.


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.

* Thursday, August 23: Superman animation roundup, Marvel Comics First Looks and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, August 22: The Batman, Legion of Super Heroes, Marvel First Looks, Image First Looks, Top Cow Productions for November and Aspen Comics for November.

* Tuesday, August 21: Marvel Comics for November, Marvel First Looks and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

* Monday, August 20: DC Comics for November, Archie Comics for November, Eva Mendes joins The Spirit, Feedback in Mega Snake and First Looks. Save up to 75% off your new comics!

* Sunday, August 19: 30 Days of Night, Zenescope First Looks and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Saturday, August 18: Smallville's Erica Durance, Digital Webbing for November and First Looks.

* Friday, August 17: Scarlett Johannson joins The Spirit, Red 5 Comics for November, Marvel Comics First Looks and The Batman.

* Thursday, August 16: Dark Horse Comics for November, Image Comics First Looks and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, August 15: Painkiller Jane, the Lost Squad movie and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, August 14: Christina Z. on Shadow Hunter, Feedback vs. Mega Snake, Wonder Woman, Avengers/Invaders, Marvel/Dabel split, Painkiller Jane, Dynamo 5 and First Looks.

* Monday, August 13: 30 Days of Night, IDW Publishing for November and from Wizard World Chicago -- WildStorm and Avatar Press panels.

* Sunday, August 12: From Wizard World Chicago -- The Dark Knight panel and Aspen Comics panel.

* Saturday, August 11: From Wizard World Chicago -- DCU panel, Marvel's Cup O' Joe panel and Mark Millar/Bryan Hitch on Fantastic Four and DC's Vertigo panel; Heroes, Who Wants To Be A Super Hero? and Image Comics' The Overman.

* Friday, August 10: From Wizard World Chicago -- Mondo Marvel panel, DC Nation panel and X-Men panel, The Spectacular Spider-Man animated series and Marvel First Looks.

* Thursday, August 9: Image Comics First Looks, Marvel Comics First Looks and HBO in October.

* Wednesday, August 8: Flash Gordon and First Looks.

* Tuesday, August 7: Flash Gordon's Karen Cliche, Iron Man movie, Incredible Hulk movie, Image Comics Firs Looks, Devil's Due Publishing First Looks, Image Comics' Proof and Amazing Spider-Man.

* Monday, August 6: Legion of Super Heroes, Heroes, Avengers Reborn and Flash Gordon.

* Sunday, August 5: Stardust and First Looks.

* Saturday, August 4: Spider-Man 3 DVD and First Looks.

* Friday, August 3: The Spirit casts Gabriel Macht, Flash Gordon and Marvel First Looks.

* Thursday, August 2: Legion of Super Heroes, The Batman, Teen Titans and First Looks.

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