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Dark Horse Comics has provided The Continuum its solicitations for May.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.



Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, who co-created the Black Panther, will be a member of the voice cast for BET's Black Panther animated series.

Lee, Kerry Washington, Alfre Woodard and Carl Lumbly have been announced for the cast, led by the previously announced Djimon Hounsou as the Black Panther.

The animated series, adapted directly from the first six issues of the Marvel comics series written by Reginald Hudlin and drawn by John Romita Jr., will premiere in the third quarter of this year. It is produced by BET Networks, Hudlin and Marvel Animation.

Lee, who has had cameos in several Marvel movies as well as providing his voice in Marvel animated series, will play General Wallace.

Washington, best known to comics fans as Alicia Masters from the two live-action Fantastic Four movies, is providing the voice of Princess Shuri.

Woodard is the voice of Dondi Reese, The Queen, and Lumbly is the voice of Uncle S'Yan. Lumbly was the voice of Martian Manhunter in Cartoon Network's Justice League/Justice League Unlimited series.

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The Continuum continues its coverage of XIII, which debuts on NBC on Sunday, with a video interview with Val Kilmer, who plays The Mongoose.

Kilmer talks about his character, his relationship with XIII and doing action scenes with Stephen Dorff.

To view the video, CLICK HERE.

Look for more on XIII on Friday here in The Continuum.

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Radical Publishing has announced its newest title, The Last Days of American Crime, written by Rick Remender, with art by Greg Tocchini.

Here's how Radical describes the book:

"What if the U.S. government perfected a broadcast signal that could extinguish criminal thoughts? If you were a grifter with only 10 days before the signal went live, you'd find the crime of the century that you'd been planning suddenly transformed into the last crime in American history -- if you can pull it off."

"The Last Days of American Crime is a story I've been itching to scratch for a few years now," Remender said. "Fans of my creator-owned books Fear Agent or XXXombies will be right at home with this one. And Greg Tocchini is a powerhouse, one of the best artists I've ever worked with, a true future superstar. Radical is a perfect home for the project, so I'm having a blast."

Radical President and Publisher Barry Levine said, "As a longtime fan of the crime genre, I'm really excited by this. Rick presented me a premise that is so full of suspense and great action that I jumped on board immediately. Besides an amazing story, Greg's art is just incredible -- he's exactly the kind of great young artist that I love discovering for our books."

The title will debut later this year.

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Captain Rex and Commander Cody must find the traitor in their ranks in "Hidden Enemy," a new episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, premiering on Friday at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network.

In the episode, the clones discover evidence that one of their brothers is leaking information to the enemy. Faced with the betrayal, Cody and Rex must uncover the spy before he is able to thwart the Republicıs efforts to liberate Christophsis from a Separatist siege.

Director Steward Lee and writer Drew Greenberg were both drawn to the chance to look at the first break in the ranks of the clones.

"I thought it was interesting because the clone's logic is understandable," Lee said. "He no longer wants to be just a slave to the Jedi, and wants to try and break that infrastructure. He thinks he's doing the right thing for all the clones and that the sacrifice is worth it."

"It's all about the brotherhood, and how far those boundaries stretch," Greenberg said. "Even the guy who turns out to be the bad guy makes the case that he was doing it for his brothers. This is about what it means to be a clone and what it means to be part of that brotherhood."

"If one Clone can break from his brothers, and what he is bred for as a soldier of the Republic, and act on his own," Lee said, "how many more would do the same? This creates an interesting beginning of something to come."

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For covers and a four-page preview of New Avengers: Reunion #1 from Marvel Comics, CLICK HERE.

Look for more Marvel First Looks soon here in The Continuum.


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

* Antarctic Press.

* Ape Entertainment.

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Avatar Press.

* Bluewater Productions.

* BOOM! Studios.

* Dabel Brothers Publishing.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Radical Publishing.

* Studio 407.

* Top Cow Productions.

* Zenescope Entertainment.


* Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has announced an April 21 release for the X-Men Trilogy on Blu-ray Disc (BD).

In a studio first, the discs include a BD Live feature that will allow consumers to purchase advance tickets and gain access to never-before-scene footage to the highly anticipated X-Men Origins: Wolverine, debuting in theatres May 1.

The X-Men Trilogy -- with X-Men, X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand, will carry a suggested price of $79.99. Each movie will be available individually at $34.99.

* According to Variety, Warner Bros. is in talks with Martin Campbell to direct the Green Lantern movie. Campbell's credits include GoldenEye and both Zorro films.

The Green Lantern script is by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green.

* Studio 407 has announced it has acquired Ben Fisher's and Michael Hendersonıs Smuggling Spirits for publication. The 130-page, black-and-white hardcover will be in stores on April 29 and will cost $20.99.

* Dale Keown will be providing a cover for Image Comics' The Astounding Wolf-Man.


If you missed The Continuum's coverage over the past month, following are links. Click on the date to get the day's full report.

* Saturday, January 31: Smallville, Dollhouse, Watchmen, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Bluewater Productions for May and Image Comics First Looks.

* Friday, January 30: X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Heroes, Boom! Studios First Looks, Marvel Comics First Looks and Wolverine and the X-Men.

* Thursday, January 29: Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Necessary Evil, IDW Publishing First Looks, Bluewater Productions page counts and Family Guy.

* Wednesday, January 28: Moonstone Books for May, Wonder Woman's Nathan Fillion, Heroes, Wolverine and the X-Men, BOOM! Studio's Irredeemable, Marvel Comics First Looks, Top Cow Productions First Looks and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, January 27: Batman: The Brave and the Bold, DC Comics First Looks, Heroes, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Marvel Comics First Looks, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Knight Rider and El Zombo Fantasma movie.

* Monday, January 26: Avatar Press for April, Antarctic Press for April, Dollhouse, The Simpsons and Dynamite Entertainment First Looks.

* Sunday, January 25: Batman: The Brave and the Bold, BOOM! Studios First Looks, The Simpsons, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Dabel Brothers Publishing for April.

* Saturday, January 24: BOOM! Studios for April, Wonder Woman, Battlestar Galactica, Watchmen, Disney XD schedule and Image Comics First Looks.

* Friday, January 23: Marvel Comics First Looks, Heroes, Zenescope Entertainment for April, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and IDW Publishing First Looks.

* Thursday, January 22: Image Comics for April, Bluewater Productions' Warlock, Heroes, Ape Entertainment for April, Smallville, The Dark Knight's Academy Award nominations, Archie Comics First Looks and Top Cow Productions First Looks.

* Wednesday, January 21: Smallville, Dynamite Entertainment for April, Dark Horse Comics First Looks and The Simpsons.

* Tuesday, January 20: Marvel Comics for April, DC Comics for April, Smallville, DC Comics First Looks and DC Comics' Origins and Omens.

* Monday, January 19: Watchmen, IDW Publishing for April, Archie Comics for April, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks and Mirage Studios First Looks.

* Sunday, January 18: Hulk vs. and Boom! Studios First Looks.

* Saturday, January 17: Top Cow Productions for April, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Battlestar Galactica and Dollhouse.

* Friday, January 16: Marvel Comics First Looks, Watchmen, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Smallville and Hulk vs. Thor.

* Thursday, January 15: Wonder Woman, IDW Publishing First Looks, Image Comics First Looks, Final Crisis, December sales, Emily Blunt in Iron Man 2? and Image Comics roundup.

* Wednesday, January 14: Aspen Comics for April, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Devil's Due Publishing First Looks, Archie Comics First Looks and Hulk vs. Thor.

* Tuesday, January 13: Batman: The Brave and the Bold, DC Comics First Looks, Hulk vs. Wolverine and Top Cow Productions First Looks.

* Monday, January 12: Wolverine and the X-Men, Heath Ledger wins Golden Globe, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, 2008's top sellers, Bluewater's Caroline Kennedy comic and Archie's Freshman Year collection.

* Sunday, January 11: Eva Longoria Parker talks Avengers movie and Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

* Saturday, January 10: Smallville, The Simpsons and Top Cow Productions First Looks.

* Friday, January 9: IDW Publishing First Looks, Marvel Comics First Looks, Boom! Studios First Looks, The Dark Knight wins at Critics' Choice Awards and Marvel Comics roundup.

* Thursday, January 8: The Dark Knight dominates People's Choice Awards, Watchmen movie and Spider-Man/Barack Obama.

* Wednesday, January 7: Dark Horse Comics for April, Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell in Iron Man 2 talks, Wonder Woman's Virginia Madsen, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Disney XD launch, Watchmen, Archie Comics First Looks and Shrugged.

* Tuesday, January 6: DC Comics First Looks, Final Crisis, Marvel Comics First Looks, Super Hero Squad and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

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