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FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2008

THE DARK KNIGHT OPENS

Buoyed by glowing reviews, The Dark Knight opened in 4,366 theaters domestically on Friday.

Early estimates have The Dark Knight breaking the $100-million mark this weekend. The film could challenge Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest's $131.5 million for the second-largest opening weekend, although topping Spider-Man 3's $151.1 million as the top weekend currently seems unlikely.

The opening will likely more than double the $48.7 million debut of Batman Begins in 2006. That movie went on for a total of $205.3 million.

Response to the film has been nearly universally positive; national reviewers have clamined The Dark Knight is a contender for an Academy Award best picture nomination.

At Emagine Theaters in Canton, Mich., screenings had sold out days in advance. Employees were all dressed in various forms of Batman attire on Thursday in preparation for the midnight showings.



MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and six- to eight-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on July 23, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Avengers: The Initiative #15, Black Panther #38, Daredevil #109, Immortal Iron Fist #17, Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #38, Marvel Adventures Super Heroes #1, Marvel Comics Presents #11, New Avengers #43, New Warriors #14, She-Hulk #31, Skrulls! One-Shot, Thunderbolts #122, Ultimate X-Men #96, Uncanny X-Men #500, Wolverine: First Class #5 and X-Men: Legacy #214.

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WATCHMEN MOVIE TRAILER

Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for the Watchmen movie.

To view the trailer, CLICK HERE.

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ASPEN COMICS COMIC-CON EXCLUSIVES

Aspen Comics has provided The Continuum a look at exclusives for next week's Comic-Con International in San Diego.

Aspen is using the convention as a launching pad for Michael Turner's Fathom: Volume 3, with the release of Fathom #1 at the Aspen booth. Fathom: Volume 3 is written by J.T. Krul, with art by Ale Garza, Sal Regla and John Starr.

Aspen is offering two exclusive covers to #1, including a special cover paying tribute to Aspenšs founder Michael Turner, who died on June 27. To commemorate the Turner Tribute Cover, Aspen will be releasing Fathom: Volume 3 #1 two weeks earlier than the guaranteed in-store release date of August 6.

In addition to the Michael Turner Tribute cover, which is limited to 3,000 copies, Aspen will also be offering an exclusive Fathom #1 San Diego Comic-Con cover by series artist Ale Garza, limited to 1500 copies.

Aspen will also be offering a new line of signature Aspen Prints, as well as the latest version of the 2008 Aspen Tour Print.

Aspen will announce its plans at a panel on Saturday, July 26, and as previously announced, Aspen will stage a tribute to Turner on Sunday, July 27 at 1 p.m.

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OCTOBER SOLICITATIONS ROUNDUP

For previously posted October solicitations, click on the publishers' names below:

* Aspen Comics.

* Bluewater Productions.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

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BRIEFLY

* Marvel Comics has announced that Ultimate Origins #2 has sold out and is going back to press. The second printing will feature a cover of Butch Guice's interior art and will be in stores on August 20.

* Image Comics has announced that I Kill Giants #1, from Joe Kelly and JM Ken Niimura, has sold out. A limited-edition second printing will be in stores in August.

"Having my return to creator owned storytelling sell out so quickly is a fantastic feeling and is deeply appreciated," Kelly said. "I Kill Giants is a very eclectic story, and it's fantastic that it's found an audience! Ken and I are very thankful to each and every one of our readers."

* Boom! Studios has announced that High Rollers #1 and Station #1 have both sold out. According to the publisher, it is evaluating the need for a second printing.

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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.

* Sunday, July 13: Hellboy II: The Golden Army and Fear Itself.

* Saturday, July 12: Hellboy II: The Golden Army, The Dark Knight and First Looks.

* Friday, July 11: Smallville, Marvel Comics First Looks and Hellboy II: The Golden Army's Mike Mignola.

* Thursday, July 10: Hellboy II: The Golden Army's Guillermo del Toro, The Dark Knight, Aspen Comics for October, Image Comics First Looks and Watchmen movie.

* Wednesday, July 9: Hellboy II: The Golden Army's Ron Perlman, The Dark Knight, Dark Horse Comics for October, The Middleman, Marvel Comics First Looks and Archie Comics First Looks. WORLD WIDE SHIPPING!

* Tuesday, July 8: Hellboy II: The Golden Army's Luke Goss and Anna Walton, The Dark Knight, Batman Gotham Knight, Fear Itself, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Monday, July 7: Hellboy II: The Golden Army's Doug Jones, The Dark Knight, The Middleman, Moonstone Books for October, Dark Horse Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks and Longshot.

* Sunday, July 6: Wanted and The Dark Knight's Morgan Freeman.

* Saturday, July 5: Top Cow Productions First Looks and The Dark Knight.

* Friday, July 4: The Dark Knight's Christian Bale and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Thursday, July 3: Wanted's Timur Bekmambetov, The Dark Knight's Christopher Nolan and First Looks.

* Wednesday, July 2: The Dark Knight, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, The Middleman, Archie Comics First Looks and Fear Itself.

* Tuesday, July 1: The Middleman's Natalie Morales, The Dark Knight and First Looks.

* Monday, June 30: Punisher: War Zone, The Dark Knight, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks and The Middleman.

* Sunday, June 29: Wanted, Vampire Hunter D and The Corps!.

* Saturday, June 28: Michael Turner dies, Wanted box office.

* Friday, June 27: From Wizard World Chicago: Ultimate Universe panel, Mondo Marvel panel, DC Nation panel and Vertigo panel; plus -- The Dark Knight and Marvel First Looks.

* Thursday, June 26: Wanted's James McAvoy and Image Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, June 25: Boom! Studios for September, Dynamite Entertainment for September, Marvel Comics First Looks, Archie Comics First Looks and Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe.

* Tuesday, June 24: The Middleman, Aspen Comics for September, Wanted and First Looks.

* Monday, June 23: Wanted's Common, Uncanny X-Men, Image Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks, Radical Publishing for September and Big City Comics for September.

* Sunday, June 22: Oni Press for September, Viper Comics for September, The Incredible Hulk and Hellboy II: The Golden Army.

* Saturday, June 21: Smallville's Allison Mack, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, Virgin Comics First Looks, Boom! Studios First Looks, Dabel Brothers Productions for September and Fear Itself.



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