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SATURDAY, MARCH 27, 2010

BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD FOR APRIL

Cartoon Network has scheduled three new episodes of Batman: The Brave and the Bold for April.

Following is a rundown:

Friday, April 2: "Power of Shazam!" -- Batman teams with Captain Marvel, the superhero alter ego of the young Billy Batson, to battle Dr. Sivana and Black Adam, who wish to usurp the magic of Shazam that gives Billy his power.

Friday, April 9: "Chill of the Night!" -- The Spectre and The Phantom Stranger observe Batman as he uncovers the mystery of who killed his parents and travels back intime to team up with his own father.

Friday, April 16: "Gorillas in Our Midst!" -- Gorilla Grodd and his super secret ape alliance replace Gotham's entire human population with gorillas. Batman teams with Detective Chimp, B'Wana Beast and Vixen to thwart the mad Grodd's plans.



STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS FOR APRIL

Cartoon Network has scheduled five new episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars for April.

The episodes will include a three-part season finale that introduces Boba Fett to the series.

Daniel Logan reprises his role from Star Wars: Attack of the Clones as the boy destined to become the galaxy's most fearsome bounty hunter.

"I'm so thrilled to be part of the series," Logan said. "The stories and the animation are just amazing, and I love what they're doing with the character of Boba. He's always been so mysterious, and we're giving fans just enough to keep them hungry and wanting more. This arc is so cool, and I hope the fans will love the episodes as much as I loved working on them."

Friday, April 2: "Bounty Hunters" -- Anakin, Obi-Wan and Ahoska form an uneasy partnership with four deadly bounty hunters to help protect a local spice farmer from Hondo Onaka and his band of pirates.

Friday, April 9: "The Zillo Beast" -- The Republic's new super-weapon awakens the fearsome Zillo Beast of Malastare. Now the Jedi must devise a way to contain the deadly creature.

Friday, April 16: "The Zillo Beast Strikes Back" -- Republic forces bring the Zillo Beast back to Coruscant for study. When it escapes, the Jedi must choose between saving millions of lives and destroying the Zillo Beast, the last of its kind.

Friday, April 23: "Death Trap" -- A young boy wages war against the Jedi Knights who left him orphaned, bitter and alone. Along the way, he enlists the aid of some of the galaxy's most ruthless and deadly bounty hunters.

Friday, April 30: "R2 Come Home" -- When a band of bounty hunters leads Anakin and Mace into a deadly trap on Vanqor, it's up to R2-D2 to battle his way back to Coruscant and warn the Jedi.

Friday, April 30: "Lethal Trackdown" -- After combing the Coruscant underworld for a young fugitive, Plo Koon and Ahsoka pursue him to Florrum for a climactic confrontation.



DICK GIORDANO: 1932-2010

Comics veteran Dick Giordano died on Saturday. He was 77.

Word of Giordano's death came via an e-mail from friend and collaborator Bob Layton:

"It is my sorrowful duty to announce that legendary artist/editor/entrepreneur Dick Giordano passed away today.

"Few could ever hope to match what he accomplished in his chosen profession, or to excel while maintaining great humor, compassion for his peers and an unwavering love for the art form.

"His unique vision changed the comic industry forever and all of those who work in the business continue to share in the benefits of his sizable contributions.

"I have been honored to call him a business partner, mentor and dear friend throughout the majority of my lifetime.

"We will not see his like again."

Giordano began his comics career at Charlton Comics in 1952. He was an editor at DC Comics and a longtime artist/inker, including the Superman vs. Muhammad Ali book with Neal Adams.



SMALLVILLE: "UPGRADE"

The CW has released a description for "Upgrade," the Friday, April 16 episode of Smallville, which features the return of Brian Austin Green as Metallo.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"Zod (Callum Blue) continues to pose as The Blur and asks Lois (Erica Durance) to investigate one of Tess' (Cassidy Freeman) secret labs. An explosion rocks the lab, and Lois is rescued by John Corben (Green) who was a subject of multiple experiments.

"While investigating the explosion, Clark (Tom Welling) is exposed to red kryptonite. An infected Clark takes Zod to the Fortress. Tess turns to Chloe (Allison Mack) for help and they send in Corben to stop Clark from revealing all his secrets."

The episode was written by Andrew Landis and Julia Swift and was directed by Mike Rohl.



THE A-TEAM: WAR STORIES: B.A.

The A-Team: War Stories: B.A., the next entry in IDW Publishing's spin-offs from the upcoming movie, arrives in stores on March 31.

During a recent trip to IDW's offices in San Diego, The Continuum sat down with editor Tom Waltz to talk about the issue.

To view the interview, CLICK HERE.

Click on the thumbnails for the issue's two covers and a sample page, and look for a more extensive preview soon here in The Continuum.



CLASH OF THE TITANS: ALEXA DAVALOS

The Continuum continues a series of videos from Clash of the Titans with a junket interview with Alexa Davalos, who plays Andromeda.

To view the video, CLICK HERE.

Look for more on Clash of the Titans on Sunday here in The Continuum.



JUNE SOLICITATIONS ROUNDUP

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

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Bluewater Productions.

* Bongo Comics.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Radical Publishing.

* Top Cow Productions.



BRIEFLY

* Men in Black II returns to HBO in May.

Air dates and times include Tuesday, May 4 at 4:30 p.m.; Friday, May 7 at 1:30 p.m.; Wedensday, May 12 at 9 a.m.; Saturday May 15 at 2:30 p.m.; Tuesday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m.; and Monday, May 31 at 6:30 a.m.



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