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Warner Home Video and Warner Bros. Animation have released imagery and details for Justice League: The New Frontier, the direct-to-DVD animated movie based on Darwyn Cooke's comic-book series.

The movie, due in stores on Feb. 26, will be available in single-disc widescreen and two-disc special editions.

Here's how the movie is described:

"The New Frontier takes viewers on an action-packed adventure, exploring the origins of the Justice League. DC Comics legends Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are all featured in the film as well as Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter and The Flash, as they band together to form the legendary super team. Strangers at first, these very different heroes must overcome fear and suspicion to forge an alliance against a monster so formidable, even the mighty Superman cannot stop it alone. If they fail, the entire planet will be 'cleansed' of humanity."

For a rundown of special features and extras, CLICK HERE.

In addition, Warner Bros. Animation has released seven new still images from the film.

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New Line Home Entertainment has announced a Feb. 12 release for Blade: The Series on DVD.

The complete Spike TV series, featuring Sticky Jones as Marvel Comics' vampire hunter, will include 13 extended, unrated and "too-graphic-for-TV" episodes in a four-disc set.

DVD special features include:

* "Turning Blade" documentary

* Audio commentary by director Peter OšFallon

* Audio commentary from writers David Goyer and Geoff Johns

* Animated menus

* 16x9 widescreen (1.78) version of the film

* English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English 2.0 Stereo Surround

* English & Spanish subtitles

* Closed captions



DC Comics on Tuesday announced that Sean Chen, penciller of the Salvation Run mini-series, is providing a variant cover for Catwoman #75, inked by Walden Wong.

In this issue, which ties into Salvation Run, Catwoman's just arrived on the Hell Planet, joining the world's most violent and dangerous villains.

Catwoman #75 is written by Will Pfeifer with art by David Lopez and Alvaro Lopez, with a cover on the standard edition by Adam Hughes. It scheduled to be in stores on Jan. 16.

Click on the thumbnail for a larger look at Chen's variant cover.

In other DC news:

* The publishher has announced sell-outs for both the Heroes and The League of Extraordinary Gentlement: Black Dossier hardcovers, with second printings scheduled.

The Heroes HC Second Printing HC will feature the cover by Alex Ross,and is scheduled to arrive in stores on Friday, Jan. 4.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlement: Black Dossier Second Printing HC will feature the black-bordered cover by Kevin OšNeill and is scheduled to arrive in stores on Friday, Dec. 28.

* New in-store dates include Dec. 26 for Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Secret Files #1 and Hellbazer #239 and Feb. 20 for Batman Confidential #23.

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For covers and six-page previews of Marvel Comics arriving in stores on Nov. 29, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Foolkiller #2, Marvel Adventures Iron Man #7, Magician Apprentice #11, Marvel Zombies 2 #2, Moon Knight Annual #1, Ultimate Spider-Man #116, X-Men: First Class #6 and The Zombie: Simon Garth #1.

For previously posted previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Nov. 29, CLICK HERE.

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Boom! Studios has released its solicitations for February.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.

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

* Archie Comics.

* BlueWater Productions.

* Bongo Comics.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* Desperado Publishing.

* DC Comics.

* Image Comics.

* IDW Publishing.

* Mirage Studios.

* Moonstone Books.

* Red 5 Comics.

* Top Cow Productions.

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Aspen Comics has released its solicitations for February.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.

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Arcana Studio has released its solicitations for February.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.

Wonder Woman Gifts at WickedCoolStuff.com


Lionsgate has announced a Sept. 12, 2008 release for Punisher: War Zone.

Ray Stevenson takes over the role as Frank Castle for the film, which is in production in Montreal. The cast also includes Dominic West as Billy Russoti/Jigsaw, Doug Hutchison as Looney Bin Jim, Colin Salmon as Paul Budianski, Wayne Knight as Micro, Dash Mihok as Soap and Julie Benz as Angela.

Here's how Lionsgate describes the film:

"Waging his one-man war on the world of organized crime, ruthless vigilante-hero Frank Castle sets his sights on overeager mob boss Billy Russoti. After Russoti is left horribly disfigured by Castle, he sets out for vengeance under his new alias: Jigsaw. With the 'Punisher Task Force' hot on his trail and the FBI unable to take Jigsaw in, Frank must stand up to the formidable army that Jigsaw has recruited before more of his evil deeds go unpunished."

The film is directed by Lexi Alexander from a screenplay by Matthew Holloway, Art Marcum, Nick Santora, Kim Sutter and Alexander.

Batman Gifts at WickedCoolStuff.com


* Paramount Home Entertainment has released the front and back art for the DVD release of Stadust.

The film, based on the comic created by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess, will be in stores on Dec. 12.

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* The premiere of Ben 10: Race Against Time on Nov. 21 set records as the most-watched telecast in Cartoon Network history, according to preliminary data from Nielsen Media Research. The 90-minute live-action film delivered 3,987,000 viewers age 2+, out-performing the network's 2002 presentation of Dragon Ball Z, which previously held the No. 1 ranking. The film was the No. 1 telecast of the day on all television -- among both cable and broadcast -- with boys 6-11 and boys 2-11.

* Marvel Comics on Tuesday announced that it going back to press on the sold-out Marvel Zombies/Army Of Darkness HC. The second printing features Arthur Suydam's cover to Marvel Zombies/Army Of Darkness #4 as the collection's new cover.

The new printing will be in stores on Dec. 28.

* Sam Register, a veteran animation executive behind the development of such series as Ben 10 and Teen Titans and the creator of Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, has entered into a multi-property development and production deal with Warner Bros. Animation, it was announced on Tuesday by Lisa Judson, President, Warner Bros. Animation.

Register will also continue to work with sister company Cartoon Network through a first-look development deal that was announced last fall.

* Virgin Comics on Tuesday announced a partnership with Perspective Studios, a computer animation production house, to co-create and develop a slate of original intellectual properties. The goal of the collaboration is to create a portfolio of new characters and franchises for exploitation in multiple formats, including comic books, mobile content, video games and feature films.

Virgin and Perspective will initially launch each new franchise as graphic novels and short-form episodic animation for online and mobile distribution, taking advantage of Virgin's relationships in these markets.


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, November 22: Comics movies on television and Image Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, November 21: First Looks and Smallville.

* Tuesday, November 20: Marvel Comics for February and Image Comics for February.

* Monday, November 19: DC Comics for February, Smallville's Laura Vandervoort, Heroes and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

* Sunday, November 18: From Wizard World Texas -- Scott Porter on Justice League movie, Smallville's Laura Vandervoort, Top Cow panel, DC Universe panel and Ethan Van Sciver panel. Desktop on Fire

* Saturday, November 17: The Spirit's Deborah Del Prete, Marvel First Looks and from Wizard World Texas: Greg Pak and DC Nation.

* Friday, November 16: Marvel First Looks, Boom! Studios First Looks, Bionic Woman and Legion of Super Heroes.

* Thursday, November 15: The Spirit's Gabriel Macht, Image First Looks and Transformers animated movie.

* Wednesday, November 14: The Spirit's Frank Miller, Legion of Super Heroes and First Looks.

* Tuesday, November 13: Top Cow Productions for February, Brian Reed, First Looks and Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited.

* Monday, November 12: Marvel Comics roundup, Archie Comics for February and First Looks.

* Sunday, November 11: Ghost Rider on Starz and Dark Horse First Looks.

* Saturday, November 10: Beowulf's Neil Gaiman and Marvel First Looks.

* Friday, November 9: Dark Horse Comics for February, Family Guy, Marvel First Looks and Iron Man.

* Thursday, November 8: Image Comics First Looks, Ben 10: Race Against Time and Famiy Guy.

* Wednesday, November 7: Heroes, The Batman, The Simpsons and First Looks.

* Tuesday, November 6: DC Comics roundup, Marvel Comics roundup, First Looks and Aquaman.

* Monday, November 5: Heroes, Bionic Woman, Marvel animation, Family Guy, Bluewater Productions First Looks and Zenescope Entertainment First Looks.

* Sunday, November 4: Family Guy and Dark Horse First Looks.

* Saturday, November 3: Smallville, Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane, First Looks and Teen Titans.

* Friday, November 2: Marvel First Looks and Steve Ditko book.

* Thursday, November 1: Smallville's Black Canary, Aliens vs. Predators: Requiem, Flash Gordon, First Looks and The Batman.

* Wednesday, October 31: Wanted movie, The Simpsons, Spider-Man 4, Legion of Super Heroes and Archie First Looks.

* Tuesday, October 30: Bluewater Productions for February, Steve Melching talks The Batman, First Looks, Heroes for November and Bionic Woman for November.

* Monday, October 29: Moonstone Books for February, First Looks, Family Guy and Green Lantern movie.

* Sunday, October 28: Bluewater Productions First Looks and Flash Gordon.

* Saturday, October 27: The Batman, Bones' Emily Deschanel talks Wonder Woman, Smallville, Adam West talks Family Guy and First Looks.

* Friday, October 26: Family Guy's Seth Green, Bionic Woman, Image First Looks, Marvel First Looks, Battlestar Galactica and Jerry Robinson named DC consultant.

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