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THURSDAY, JANUARY 3, 2008

COMING FRIDAY

Marvel news -- and much more!

DOMINIC SENA TALKS WHITEOUT

Dominic Sena, director of Warner Bros.' upcoming Whiteout movie, said that translating the comic book to a movie was "easy."

The film, based on the Oni Press mini-series by Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber and starring Kate Beckinsale, is targeted for a third-quarter release.

"The novel itself is so terrific. That's what I responded to," Sena said. "I've read a lot of graphic novels, and some of them make great graphic novels, but they're pretty sketchy and skimpy on story some times.

"But there was a first, second and third act in Whiteout that made it easy. There was a story to tell that was rich and the characters were there, so I think it was easy."

Sena said he didn't go for a panel-for-panel translation like a Sin City.

"What appealed to me was more telling a more realistic interpretation of the story," he said. "You're most successful when you go one way or the other. You either go right to those panels and bring to life those panels, or you try to find the story in it, and the humanity, and make it a movie whether you read the graphic novel or not, you still can come and be entertained and intrigued by the story."

Sena said that are scenes and shots "borrowed freely" from the source material.

"It was just because it was the best way to shoot that moment in the film," he said. "Steve did a great job of, yeah, this is a great shot and this is what it would look like if you were outside in a whiteout and somebody with an ice axe was chasing you."

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DC COMICS SECOND PRINTINGS

DC Comics on Thursday announced that the final three chapters of the Batman story "Resurrection of Ra's Al Ghul" have sold out and will get new printings.

Second printings of Robin #169, Nightwing #139 and Detective Comics #839 are scheduled to arrive in stores on Jan. 23.

Robin #169 Second Printing, part 5 of the story, will feature a recolored version of the cover by Andy Kubert.

Nightwing #139 Second Printing, part 6 of the story, will feature a recolored version of the cover by Adam Kubert.

Detective Comics #839 Second Printing, part 7 of the story, will feature a new cover by Rafa Garres.

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RED 5 COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and five-page previews of Red 5 Comics arriving in stores in January, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Atomic Robo #4, Afterburn #1 and Midknight #2.

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MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For a cover and six-page preview of Marvel Comics' New Avengers Annual #2, CLICK HERE.

For covers and six-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Jan. 4, CLICK HERE.

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IMAGE COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and five-page previews of Image Comics titles arriving in stores on Jan. 4, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Dynamo 5 #10, Fearless #3 and Lucha Libre #3.

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TOP COW'S FIRST BORN: AFTERMATH

To coincide with the release of First Born trade paperback, Top Cow Productions will release First Born: Aftermath in March.

The one-shot will serve as an epilogue to the 2007 event and set the stage for events in Witchblade, The Darkness and the Top Cow Universe as a whole.

First Born: Aftermath will feature stories by Ron Marz and Phil Hester and art by Ryan Sook and Lee Moder, along with a painted sequence by First Born artist Stjepan Sejic. Sook and Sejic provide covers.

Marz and Sook will focus on a Magdalena tale, while Hester and Moder introduce a new villain for The Darkness.

"Ryan Sook is absolutely one of the best artists in the business, and one of the most in-demand cover guys out there," Marz said. "He's also someone I've been wanting to work with since I first saw his stuff. So getting Ryan for some interior work, plus a cover, is a real treat. I feel doubly blessed, because we're collaborating on a story featuring Magdalena, who is one of my favorite characters."

"I'm the new guy here, so getting to help out with the big company-wide crossover is exciting," Hester said. "I think I'm taking the readers in an unexpected direction with my story and Lee Moder will knock the art out of the park. Don't skip this one, it's not filler. We're introducing a new villain that will haunt Jackie Estacado in The Darkness for a long time to come."

The issue will coincide with the release of the First Born trade paperback, which collects all three fully painted issues of the event series, along with the three tie-in issues of Witchblade (#110-112).

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NBM PUBLISHING FOR 2008

NBM Publishing has released highlights from its publishing plans for the first part of 2008.

For a rundown, CLICK HERE.

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MARCH SOLICITATIONS ROUNDUP

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

* Antarctic Press.

* Ape Entertainment.

* Arcana Studio.

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Archie Comics.

* Big City Comics.

* BlueWater Productions.

* Bongo Comics.

* Boom! Studios.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Desperado Publishing.

* Devil's Due Publishing.

* Digital Webbing.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* IDW Publishing .

* Image Comics.

* Markosia Publishing.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Red 5 Comics.

* SLG Publishing.

* Top Cow Productions.

* Viper Comics.

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BRIEFLY

* In anticipation of the Jan. 13-14 premiere of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Fox will offer a one-time-only preview of the pilot episode of the new Warner Bros. Television series exclusively on Yahoo!. The commercial-free preview will be available for free streaming on Yahoo! for a 24-hour period beginning Friday, Jan. 4 at midnight ET/9 p.m. PT. The premiere will also feature an exclusive introduction by Lena Headey, who plays Sarah Connor.

* Phineas Mason -- aka the Tinkerer -- will be appearing in Kids' WB!'s The Spectacular Spider-Man animated series.

* Rittenhouse Archives will release a trading card set based on the Iron Man movie in April. Artist Bob Layton has announced that he signed a deal to create 150 hand-drawn, full-color chase cards.

* To the left is an updated cover for Wolverine: First Class #1, due in stores in March from Marvel Comics.

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* Jim Pascoe announced on Thursday that his original English-language manga Undertown will be the new property running in Tokyopop's syndicated newspaper slot starting Sunday, Jan. 6. Since 2005, Tokyopop has provided a rotating selection of manga to Universal Press Syndicate, which distributes comics and columns globally to newspapers.

More than 50 papers plan to carry Undertown, including the Los Angeles Times, Denver Post, Vancouver Sun and Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

* Warner Home Video has announced a Feb 12 release for Batman Double Feature, a DVD set that collects Batman and Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero and Batman: Mask of The Phantasm for a suggested price of $14.97.

* Devil's Due Publishing has announced the addition of Brian Warmoth to its Chicago office as the company's new marketing manager.

* Thanks to a five-day, 72-episode marathon of Futurama episodes, Cartoon Network's Adult Swim set its 2007 record for the highest weekly delivery of adults 18-34 (510,000), men 18-34 (347,000), adults 18-49 (651,000) and men 18-49 (427,000).

* Ellen Page, who played Kitty Pryde in X-Men: The Last Stand, will be a guest on CBS' The Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday. She will be promoting her new film, Juno, which also stars Jennifer Garner (Elektra) and J.K. Simmons (J. Jonah Jameson in the Spider-Man films).



COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES

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.

* Saturday, December 29: Image First Looks, Boom! Studios First Looks and DC First Looks.

* Friday, December 28: The Incredible Hulk, Marvel First Looks and Image First Looks.

* Thursday, December 27: Devil's Due Publishing for March, Antarctic Press for March, SLG Pubishing for March, Archie Comics First Looks and Devil's Due First Looks.

* Wednesday, December 26: Dynamite Entertainment for March, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chornicles, DC Comics roundup, Dynamite Entertaiment for March, IDW Publishing First Looks and Dark Horse Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, December 25: Family Guy, Markosia Publishing for March and First Looks. Free Shipping from WBShop.com!

* Monday, December 24: Boom! Studios for March, Desperado Pubishing for March, Ape Entertaiment for March and Arcana Studio for March.

* Sunday, December 23: Red 5 Comics for March and Digital Webbing for March.

* Saturday, December 22: The Simpsons, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Oni Press for March, Aspen Comics for March and First Looks.

* Friday, December 21: Legion of Super Heroes, The Batman, Marvel First Looks and Bongo Comics for March.

* Thursday, December 20: Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Transformers: Animated, X-Men: Messiah Complex and First Looks.

* Wednesday, December 19: IDW Publishing for March, Avatar Press for March, Image Comics for March and Top Cow Productions for March.

* Tuesday, December 18: Marvel Comics for March and DC Comics roundup.

* Monday, December 17: DC Comics for March, Archie Comics for March and First Looks.

* Sunday, December 16: Chloe Sullivan in the DC Universe, Moonstone Books for April and Dark Horse First Looks.

* Saturday, December 15: First Looks.

* Friday, December 14: Marvel First Looks and Archie First Looks.

* Thursday, December 13: The Dark Knight, Whiteout, DC Comics trade paperbacks for July/August, Oni Press' Jumper Jumpscars and First Looks.

* Wednesday, December 12: Hellboy II: The Golden Army, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, DC Comics trade paperbacks for June/July, The Batman, Knight Rider, Aliens vs. Predator -- Requiem and First Looks.

* Tuesday, December 11: Dark Horse Comics for March, Viper Comics for March, DC Comics roundup, Bluewater expands Ray Harryhausen line, Transfuzion Publishing launches and First Looks.

* Monday, December 10: Whiteout, The Dark Knight, Smallville's Laura Vandervoort, Jughead's new look, Witchblade anime, Roger Stern talks JLA: Classified, I Am Legend's Will Smith, UDON's new Street Fighter titles and First Looks.

* Sunday, December 9: Dark Horse First Looks, Marvel/Del Rey manga and Boomerang episodes in January.

* Saturday, December 8: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and First Looks.

* Friday, December 7: Marvel First Looks.

* Thursday, December 6: Punisher War Zone, The Batman, First Looks and The Darkness.

* Wednesday, December 5: Wanted on June 27, I Am Legend, Marvel press conference: Dan Slott, Smallville, Swamp Thing, Doctor Who and First Looks.

* Tuesday, December 4: The Spectacular Spider-Man, The Batman, Smallville, 10th Muse optioned, Dabel Brothers roundup and First Look.

* Monday, December 3: Heroes, Hulk, BlueWater Productions for March, Moonstone Books for March, First Looks, Alex Simmons at Archie Comics and Image Comics' Gutwrencher.

* Sunday, December 2: Heroes' Kristen Bell and First Looks.

* Saturday, December 1: Devil's Due Publishing for February, Archie First Looks and Marvel First Looks.

* Friday, November 30: Marvel First Looks, Legion of Super Heroes, Ape Entertainment for February and Fantastic Four animated.




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