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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009

JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRISIS ON TWO EARTHS -- THE SPECTRE

Warner Home Video has announced that the first DC Showcase animated short will be The Spectre and it will accompany Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths.

The direct-to-DVD movie will be released on Feb. 23. (For the film's trailer, CLICK HERE.)

The Spectre short -- available on the two-disc and Blu-ray versions -- was written by Steve Niles, and the voice cast includes Gary Cole and Alyssa Milano.

Warner also released a new image from Justice League Criris on Two Earths.

Here's how the film is described:

"A 'good' Lex Luthor arrives from an alternate universe to recruit the Justice League to help save his Earth from the Crime Syndicate, a gang of villainous characters with virtually identical super powers to the Justice League. What ensues is the ultimate battle of good versus evil in a war that threatens both planets and, through a diabolical plan launched by Owlman, puts the balance of all existence in peril."

The cast includes Mark Harmon as Superman, James Woods as Owlman, Chris North as Lex Luthor, William Baldwin as Batman, Gina Torres as Superwoman and Bruce Davison as the president.

The film was written by Dwayne McDuffie and was directed by Lauren Montgomery and Sam Liu.



IRON MAN: ARMORED ADVENTURES: "TALES OF SUSPENSE: PART ONE"

Nicktoons will conclude the first season of Iron Man: Armored Adventures on Saturday, Nov. 28 at 9 p.m. with the two-part "Tales of Suspense" episode.

The Continuum today presents a gallery of images from the first part of the episode, including the first looks at War Machine and Fin Fang Foom.

Here's how Nicktoons describes the first part:

"Gene Khan wasn't always the Mandarin and leader of the Tong -- his step-father Zhang once held that title. Now Zhang is back for the Makluan Rings, and he'll stop at nothing to get them all. Zhang captures Gene, Tony, and Pepper, and forces the location of the fifth ring from Tony. And while Rhodey struggles to find his friends, Tony and Gene are faced with the fifth guardian... an ancient dragon by the name of Fin Fang Foom. But without Tony's armor and Gene's rings... what can kids do against a dragon?"

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IDW PUBLISHING FIRST LOOKS

For covers and five- to six-page previews of IDW Publishing titles arriving in stores on Nov. 25, CLICK HERE.

Titles include G.I. Joe: Origins #9, The Last Resort #4, Legion: Prophets #2, Star Trek: Nero #4 and Transformers: Tales of the Fallen #4

For previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Nov. 25, CLICK HERE.

For previews of Image Comics titles arriving in stores on Nov. 25, CLICK HERE.

For previews of Top Cow Productions titles arriving in stores on Nov. 25, CLICK HERE.

For previews of BOOM! Studios titles arriving in stores on Nov. 25, CLICK HERE.

For previews of Dark Horse titles arriving in stores on Nov. 25, CLICK HERE.

For previews of Archie Comics titles arriving in stores on Nov. 25, CLICK HERE.

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DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT FIRST LOOKS

For covers and five- to 12-page previews of Dynamite Entertainment titles arriving in stores on Nov. 25, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Galactica: 1980 #3, Project Superpowers: Meet the Bad Guys #4, Buck Rogers #6, The Lone Ranger #19, Queen Sonja #1 and The Boys Volume Five: Herogasm TPB.

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DC COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and four- to five-page previews of DC Comics titles arriving in stores on Nov. 25, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Superman: Secret Origin #3 and Starcraft #6.

For previously posted previews of DC Comics titles arriving in stores on Nov. 25, CLICK HERE.

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DABEL, IDW TEAM ON MERCY THOMPSON MINI-SERIES

Dabel Brothers and IDW Publishing have announced an agreement to co-publish Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson: Moon Called, a four-issue mini-series adaptation of the author's new novel, beginning in February.

The novel introduces Mercedes "Mercy" Thompson, a talented Volkswagen mechanic living in Washington State, who also happens to be a "walker," a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will. Moon Called tells of Mercy and the rest of the paranormal cast in the novels, among them werewolves, vampires, gremlins, and more.

Moon Called is also a direct follow-up to the Mercy Thompson comic book series Homecoming, published by Dabel Brothers. Homecoming, the Mercy Thompson graphic novel that serves as a prequel story to Moon Called, debuted at #1 on The New York Times Bestseller List for Hardcover Graphic Books, and is fourth on Amazon's bestselling graphic novel list for 2009.

"Moon Called is chock full of great stuff and perfect for the supernatural fanatic who just can't get enough of their creepy beasties in their reading diet!" said IDW's new senior editor, Bob Schreck.

Mercy Thompson: Moon Called is written by Derek Ruiz, with art by Clint Hilinski. The first of the four-issue monthly series will be available in February from IDW, with a collection scheduled for August.

"We're thrilled to be working with IDW on this project," Dabel vice president Les Dabel. "Their track record speaks for itself, and we really feel they've been making a lot of smart moves within the industry the last couple years."

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HEROES: ASHLEY CROW

NBC has released a video interview with Ashley Crow, who plays Sandra on Heroes.

Crow talks about Monday's new episode, "Thanksgiving."

To view the interview, CLICK HERE.



AVATAR PRESS FOR FEBRUARY

Avatar Press has released its solicitations for February.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.



FEBRUARY SOLICITATIONS ROUNDUP

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

* Archie Comics.

* Bluewater Productions.

* Bongo Comics.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Radical Publishing.

* Top Cow Productions.



BRIEFLY

* Marvel Comics has announced a second printing of Punisher #11. The new printing will feature Tony Moore's interior art on the cover and will be in stores on Dec. 23.

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* Moonstone Books has announced that it will donate all of the profits of Ed Hannigan's Skull and Bones graphic novel sold on www.Moonstonebooks.com during December directly to Hannigan, who is battling multiple sclerosis.

Although the retail price is $15.95, Moonstone is offering Skull and Bones at a special price of $10.95.

"We're saddened to hear about Ed Hannigan's medical struggles," said Ed Catto of Captain Action Enterprises. "We've always been fans, and we sought him out to provide covers for our new Moonstone Captain Action series. Everyone loved his first one for Captain Action #3. We then cajoled him into creating another cover to showcase his trademark 'logo smashing' creativity...and he delivered in spades! It will be on sale in spring 2010.



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.

* Wednesday, November 18: Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Heroes, Nicktoons episodes, Dark Horse Comics First Looks, Top Cow Productions First Looks and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, November 17: Marvel Comics for February, Dynamite Entertainment for February, DC Comics First Looks, Marvel Comics First Looks, BOOM! Studios First Looks and Marvel Comics roundup. 300x250 MovieGoods banner

* Monday, November 16: DC Comics for February, Archie Comics for February, Marvel Comics First Looks and DC Comics First Looks.

* Sunday, November 15: Moonstone Books for March and Smallville.

* Saturday, November 14: Radical Publishing for February, The Simpsons, Oni Press' Cold City and Oni Press First Looks.

* Friday, November 13: Marvel Comics First Looks, BOOM! Studios First Looks, Image Comics First Looks and The Super Hero Squad Show.

* Thursday, November 12: Heroes, Top Cow Productions First Looks, Marvel Comics First Looks and Marvel Comics roundup.

* Wednesday, November 11: Marvel Comics First Looks, Dark Horse Comics First Looks, Archie Comics First Looks, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, The Super Hero Squad Show and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

* Tuesday, November 10: Batman: The Brave and The Bold, The Phantom/Captain Action, DC Comics First Looks and Marvel Comics roundup.

* Monday, November 9: Dark Horse Comics for February, Heroes, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Cartoon Network episodes, DC Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks, Marvel Comics First Looks and Family Guy.

* Sunday, November 8: IDW Publishing First Looks and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Saturday, November 7: BOOM! Studios First Looks, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks and Oni Press First Looks.

* Friday, November 6: Smallville, Marvel Comics First Looks and The Super Hero Squad Show.

* Thursday, November 5: Heroes, Image United, Top Cow Productions First Looks, DC Comics First Looks, Marvel Comics roundup and Halo Legends.

* Wednesday, November 4: Bluewater Productions for February, Heroes, The Simpsons, Dark Horse Comics First Looks, Archie Comics First Looks and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, November 3: Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Harris Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks, Archaia Comics First Looks, Spawn, Superman, Smallville and S.E. Hinton writes for Bluewater Productions.

* Monday, November 2: Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Marvel Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks and Image Comics First Looks.

* Sunday, November 1: Zenescope Entertainment for January and IDW Publishing's Polly and Her Pals.

* Saturday, October 31: Oni Press First Looks and DC Comics First Looks.

* Friday, October 30: Marvel Comics First Looks, BOOM! Studios First Looks, Bluewater Productions First Looks, Anthony Hopkins in Thor movie and The Super Hero Squad Show.

* Thursday, October 29: Image Comics First Looks, Marel Comics First Looks, Ben 10: Alien Swarm, Heroes and Antarctic Press for January.

* Wednesday, October 28: BOOM! Studios for January, Aspen Comics for January, Arcana Studio for January, Smallville, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Marvel Comics First Looks, Dark Horse Comics First Looks, Archie Comics First Looks and Fantagraphics' collections.

* Tuesday, October 27: Bluewater's Michael Jackson book gets second printing, DC Comics roundup, Avatar Press for January, Ape Entertainment for January, Family Guy, IDW Publishing's Archie collections, DC Comics First Looks and Archaia Comics First Looks.

* Monday, October 26: IDW Publishing for January, Dynamite Entertainment for January, Spike TV SCREAM 2009, The Spectacular Spider-Man, The Simpsons, Dynamite Entertainment, First Looks, DC Comics First Looks, Marvel Comics First Looks and Image Comics' Proof.

* Sunday, October 25: Devil's Due Publishing for January, Spike TV SCREAM 2009 red carpet interviews, Heroes and Smallville.

* Saturday, October 24: Spike TV SCREAM 2009 red carpet interviews and Bongo Comics for January.

* Friday, October 23: Battlestar Galactica's Kate Vernon, Brian Pulido, Marvel Comics First Looks, Dollhouse, Bluewater Productions First Looks, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, Heroes and 30 Days of Night: Dark Days.



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