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Marvel Comics on Tuesday sent The Continuum the accompanying teaser image for Incredible Hercules #116.

The image, presumably the cover, is by John Romita Jr.

Marvel provided no story information, only the tagline: "When Gods ClashŠHercules Must Battle The Eternals!"

Incredible Hercules #116 is written by Greg Pak, with art by Rafa Sandoval. It will be in stores on April 16.

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Lena Headey, who plays Sarah in Fox's Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, said the series will bring a depth out of the character that hasn't necessarily been in the movies.

"The fact that she was in an institution," Headey said, "and the fact that she has got this very real issue in her life, which is she gave birth to someone she wasn't ready for and also happens to be savior for the world."

Although it's a science-fiction series, Headey said she tries to bring her character back down to reality.

"She's a single mom, she's kind of very on the edge all the time," she said. "She's struggling with the notion of being a mother. I think she's very primal and feral in her love of John. I don't think it's particularly motherly in the conventional sense. I think it's that she would fight and die for him.

"It's like carrying around this egg that you're not supposed to break and leave. She's got a lot on her shoulders."

Headey starred in last year's 300 as Queen Gorgo and played the title character in CBS' never-aired Ultra pilot, based on the Image Comics series. She said Terminator provides the best of both worlds in terms of acting opportunities.

"I love being physical with my acting. I get a real kick out of it," she said. "So it's kind of perfect for me, the relationships to build on and move and grow, and also you've got all this fighting and action, which I absolutely enjoy."


DC Comics on Tuesday announced that World of Warcraft #2 has sold out at and is going back to press for a second printing.

Based on the world's most popular massively multiplayer videogame from Blizzard Entertainment, the World of Warcraft #2 Second Printing will reprint the story by writer Walter Simonson and artists Ludo Lullabi and Sandra Hope.

"The coolest thing about seeing this book do well is that in an extremely small way, I'm getting to contribute something to the lore of Warcraft that will become a part of its history," Simonson said. "And Warcraft lore masters around the world, whether they read the comic or not, will come to know a little more about the hidden chronicles of this world because of these stories. Given the breadth and complexity of the lore, I couldnšt be more delighted!"

World of Warcraft #2 Second Printing will feature a black-and-white version of the cover by Jim Lee and is scheduled to arrive in stores on Jan. 23.

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Bluewater Productions is promising new twists for the return of The Blackbeard Legacy in late January.

The series, previously pubished by Alias, will feature Eric Arvin as writer, with pencils by Nicolas R. Giacondino.

Here's how Bluewater describes the series:

"Captain Hanna is amongst the wreckage of an unlucky vessel is its sole survivor, who tells the captain about a secret treasure only he knows how to obtain. But he has reasons of his own to employ her aide. And with zombies, threatening weather, and the ever-gaining Captain Purloin, it's going to be a difficult task for the crew to even get off the island. quest for gold, adventure and her father's head on a stick."

"What makes this Blackbeard Legacy different from the last in the series is its sense of humor and adventure," Arvin said. "I wanted to create a more Odyssey-like story with a few surprises thrown in that the readers of my other books and short stories might appreciate.

"I also wanted to respect the character of Captain Hanna that Darren Davis had created. She's a strong woman, and while I certainly tried to sex the story up, the last thing I wanted to do was write a cheap T&A spectacle. Having seen the finished product, I'm definitely very proud of what has been accomplished."

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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.



* Marvel Comics will be releasing Anita Blake Valentine's Day Postcards to comics shops on Jan. 30 to promote Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: The First Death HC.

The book, which collects Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: The First Death #1-2 and Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures Handbook, will be in stores on Feb. 6.

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* Roger Craig Smith has confirmed for The Continuum he is providing the voices of Kamal and Forge for the Wolverine and the X-Men animated series.

"I can't wait for the show to air! It's killing me," Smith said of the series, which doesn't have a network yet.

* Virgin Comics has announced that it is offering the sold-out Dan Dare #1 online. As part of Virgin's Widescreen Digital Comic Book series, installments of Dan Dare #1 are being posted every Monday and Wednesdays at

"With Dan Dare we are seeing why online digital comics are so important to Virgin Comics," said Sharad Devarajan, CEO of Virgin Comics. "The global demand for comics and graphic story telling far exceeds the distribution available through physical distribution."

* 20th Century Fox has moved the opening date of Meet the Spartans, a 300 spoof, from Feb. 1 to Jan. 25.

* Speed Racer star Emile Hirsch will be a guest on CBS' The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson on Wednesday.


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, January 3: Whiteout, DC Comics second printings, Red 5 First Looks, Marvel First Looks, Image First Looks, Top Cow's First Born: Aftermath and NBM for 2008.

* Wednesday, January 2: IDW Publishing's Star Trek plans, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Dark Horse First Looks, Marvel First Looks and Archie First Looks.

* Tuesday, January 1: Incredible Hercules and First Looks. Free Shipping from!

* Monday, December 31: Sonic X and Iron Man movie.

* Sunday, December 30: Bluewater Productions for April and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

* 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.

* 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.

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