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THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2009

WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN: "EXCESSIVE FORCE"

Cyclops takes center stage in "eXcessive Force," Friday's episode of Wolverine and the X-Men on Nicktoons

The network has provided The Continuum the following description of the episode:

"The brooding, heart-sick Scott Summers is so desperate to find the missing Jean Grey that when he spots Harpoon, an old enemy of the X-Men, he goes berserk. Harpoon was an agent of the vile mutant geneticist known as Sinister, someone that Scott believes could be responsible for Jean's abduction.

"Now, based on nothing but his own suspicions, the out-of-control Cyclops forces his way up Sinister's ladder of command, one rung at a time. But the closer Cyclops gets to Sinister himself, the more danger he's in. Wolverine and the X-Men race to find him, but Cyclops is walking into a carefully laid trap. And it could already be too late."

"EXcessive Force" was written by Christopher Yost and directed by Nick Filippi.

Nolan North provides the voice of Cyclops. North was the voice of Deadpool in Hulk vs. and Giant-Man in the two Ultimate Avengers movies.

Clancy Brown, best known in animation as Lex Luthor from the Justice League and Superman series, provides the voice of Sinister. He is also the voice of Rhino in The Spectacular Spider-Man.



IDW PUBLISHING FIRST LOOKS

For covers and five-page previews of IDW Publishing titles arriving in stores on June 17, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Angel #22, Barack Obama #1, G.I. Joe: Cobra #4, Groom Lake #3, Robot Galaxy #1: The Brotherhood Returns, Robot Galaxy #2, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan #2 and Transformers Spotlight: Cliffjumper.

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DC COMICS FIRST LOOKS

The Continuum has added Final Crisis Aftermath: Dance #2 to its previews of DC Comics titles arriving in stores on June 17.

For all of the DC previews, CLICK HERE.

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MOONSTONE BOOKS FOR OCTOBER

Moonstone Books has provided The Continuum its solicitations for October.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.

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RADICAL PUBLISHING FOR SEPTEMBER

Radical Publishing has provided The Continuum its solicitations for September.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.

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BLUEWATER PRODUCTIONS' THE WASPS

Bluewater Productions has announced a 2010 launch for The Wasps, a World War II series from television personality, author and former Air Force captain Reichen Lehmkuhl.

The series centers on WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots), a select group of women blazed the trail as Air Force aviators. The Wasps -- inspired by the exploits of Lehmkuhl's real-life grandmother and WASP pilot , Betty Turner Stagg -- is a time travel story that follows the adventures of a modern day Air Force pilot trapped in 1942. Along with fighting Nazis, and racing against time to find a mysterious artifact, the hero gets the opportunity to fly and fight alongside his grandmother, a decorated female pilot.

"What attracted me to this story is the dynamic between grandson and grandmother," said Bluewater president Darren G. Davis, "He knows who she is, but can't tell her. There's that thin line between completing the mission and changing history. But most important, it's a love letter to family pride and the bonds of friendship that forge between people in times of danger and adversity."

The Wasps is also being developed as a feature film.

"When I first read the comic book script for this, I fell in love with it," said Lisa K. Brause from Golden House Entertainment, which is developing this property. "Reichen is such an amazing talent, while the story is full of action adventure with a heart. These make the perfect combination to bring to a film."

The comics seires will be written by Lehmkuhl, Davis and Adam Gragg, with art by Jacob Bear.

"I never thought I would have the opportunity to help write, design, and publish a comic-book series, said Lehmkuhl, best known for his winning stint on CBS' The Amazing Race as well as being a gay advocate. "When Darren approached us about the project, I knew making my story into a comic book would not only help to make an important point in another effective way and would be a great deal of work, but that this project was going to be fun. I've learned so much about this side of the publishing industry and have a new-found respect for those who make it happen."



AUGUST SOLICITATIONS ROUNDUP

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

* Antarctic Press.

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Avatar Press.

* Bluewater Productions.

* Bongo Comics.

* BOOM! Studios.

* Dabel Brothers Productions.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Devil's Due Publishing.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Mercury Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Radical Publishing.

* Red 5 Comics.

* Top Cow Productions.

* Zenescope Entertainment.



BRIEFLY

* Above is a first look -- with trade dress -- of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on June 17.

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* DC Comics has announced a Red Tornado mini-series by Kevin VanHook and Jose Luis, launching in September. To the right is Ed Benes' cover to the first issue.

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* Dynamite Entertainment has unveiled the variant cover to August's Army of Darkness: Ash Saves Obama #1.

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COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES

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, June 6: Marvel Comics First Looks and Dark Horse Comics First Looks.

* Friday, June 5: Dark Horse Comics for September, Marvel Comics First Looks, BOOM! Studios First Looks, Aspen Comics First Looks, Top Cow Productions First Looks and DC Comics First Looks.

* Thursday, June 4: IDW Publishing First Looks, Bluewater Productions First Looks, Image Comics First Looks, Batman: The Brave and the Bold and Green Lantern: First Flight. youneek.com

* Wednesday, June 3: Marvel Super Hero Squad, Heroes, Witchblade, Marvel Comics roundup, DC Comics First Looks, Archie Comics First Looks and Dark Horse Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, June 2: Bluewater Productions for September, Wolverine and the X-Men, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, DC Comics First Looks and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Monday, June 1: Marvel Comics variants, Marvel Comics Firsts Looks, DC Comics First Looks, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks and Iron Man: Armored Adventures.

* Sunday, May 31: Spike TV's Guy Awards and Image Comics First Looks.

* Saturday, May 30: BOOM! Studios First Looks and DC Comics First Looks.

* Friday, May 29: Marvel Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks and Wolverine and the X-Men.

* Thursday, May 28: Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Avatar Press for August, Zenescope Entertainment for August, DC Comics First Looks and Image Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, May 27: Green Lantern: First Flight, IDW Publishing First Looks, DC Comics First Looks, Archie Comics First Looks, Dabel Brothers Publishing for August, Mercury Comics for August, Bluewater Productions' Logan's Run and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, May 26: IDW Publishing for August, BOOM! Studios for August, Dynamite Entertainment for August, BOOM! Studios First Looks, Marvel Comics First Looks and Iron Man: Armored Adventures.

* Monday, May 25: Marvel Comics First Looks, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks and weekend box office.

* Sunday, May 24: Antarctic Press for August, Red 5 Comics for August and Bongo Comics for August.

* Saturday, May 23: Image Comics First Looks and DC Comics First Looks.

* Friday, May 22: Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Marvel Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks, Top Cow Productions First Looks, Iron Man: Armored Adventures and Wolverine and the X-Men.

* Thursday, May 21: Aspen Comics for August, Devil's Due Publishing for August, Oni Press for August, IDW Publishing First Looks and Smallville.

* Wednesday, May 20: DC Comics First Looks, Green Lantern: First Flight, BOOM! Studios First Looks, Archie Comics First Looks, Top Cow Productions First Looks, Marvel Comics First Looks and Teen Titans.

* Tuesday, May 19: Marvel Comics for August, Thor movie, Heroes, Human Target television series, Wanted, Aspen Comics First Looks and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Monday, May 18: DC Comics for August, Human Target on Fox, Thor movie, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Image Comics for August, Marvel Comics First Looks and Image Comics First Looks.

* Sunday, May 17: Top Cow Productions First Looks, DC Comics First Looks and weekend box office.

* Saturday, May 16: Kick-Ass' Yancy Butler, Mitch Breitweiser, Archie Andrews gets married, BOOM! Studios First Looks and Top Cow Productions for August.

* Friday, May 15: Moonstone Books for September, Radical Publishing for August, Marvel Comics First Looks and Tyrese Gibson's Mayhem.

* Thursday, May 14: Green Lantern: First Flight director Lauren Montgomery, IDW Publishing First Looks and DC Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, May 13: Transformers, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Iron Man: Armored Adventures, Archie Comics First Looks and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, May 12: DC Comics roundup, Image Comics' G-Man, Dark Horse Comics First Looks and Marvel Super Hero Squad.



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