Is NOT Over
Despite the final
issue of The Authority coming out this week, DC and Wildstorm
have not put the kibosh on the concept. Good heavens, people, they have
action figures to sell!
On August 7, Wildstorm
will release a one-shot, hopefully the first of many. (And with such
delay between issues, the book has been feeling like a series of one-shots
Kev will be 48 pages and priced at $4.95. Written by Garth Ennis
with art by Glenn Fabry, Kev tells of the unluckiest government
agent alive. A complete screw-up, he's still the man chosen to wipe
out The Authority.
Welcome to the
Oval Office, President Gore, indeed.
Cats And Thunder Don't Mix
Last week Wildstorm
announced that this whole '80's nostalgia thing isn't over by a longshot,
at least not until they get their piece. To that end, the house that
Jim Lee built has landed the rights to Thundercats.
In August, you
fans of those beloved anthropomorphic feline savages will get not one
but two issues. Thundercats #0 will appear on August 7,
with cover and interior art by J. Scott Campbell.
Two weeks later,
Thundercats #1 will feature the work of Ed McGuinness, fresh
from his stint on Superman. Mr. McGuinness plans to stick around
for the entire six-issue mini-series.
Set after the events
of the mini-series, with Lion-O installed as king on the Thundercats'
new world, signs point to the evil of Mumm-ra never truly being dead.
When will I get
my Silverhawks, huh?
The Man Without
Fear Is Here, With Spin-offs Already
USA Today published
the first official photograph of Ben Affleck in his pleather red pajamas.
All square-jawed and eyeless, he looks pretty good.
In further news
of the Daredevil film franchise at Fox, last week the studio
made sure they had DD's leading lady locked down. Jennifer Garner signed
a 3-picture contract (which should be de rigeur with a superhero
film franchise, anyway). What makes this announcement different from
those signed by actors like Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man) and Hugh
Jackman (X-Men) is that Garner is guaranteed that one of those
movies will be hers and hers alone.
That's right; no
sharing screentime with Affleck. Whether we should consider it Daredevil
3 or not, Jennifer Garner will be starring in Elektra.
Provided, of course,
that all the hype and anticipation for Daredevil turns out to
be worth the effort.
Better Grunts, Too…
Last week Angelina
Jolie signed on the dotted line to come back as Lara Croft for the cleverly
titled Tomb Raider 2. Having utterly loathed the first one, I
have nothing really witty to say, except that I know I'll still go and
see the sequel. That's how bad I am. Help me.
Even a Marvel
Razorline Book Gets Adapted…
Saint Sinner started shooting in Canada last week for a tentative
October airing on the SCI FI Channel. Loosely based on a Marvel Comic
book, the title character is a 19th century priest who accidentally
unleashes two beautiful demon women on the future. Using supernatural
means, he must journey into the 21st century and recapture the evil
he let loose.
We hate it when
The WB Officially
This was the week
the networks announced their fall schedules, and it looks pretty good
for genre fans. Fox has replaced Dark Angel (okay, maybe that's
sad) with Joss Whedon's Firefly, a science fiction drama completely
separate from the Buffyverse (because spreading it out over three
networks would be silly).
But the bigger
news is on the WB. Of course Smallville got the renewal order,
as did Angel, which will apparently be moved to Sundays at 9.
Now that The X-Files are gone, we need something there. But they
finally gave the go ahead to Birds of Prey. The pilot has been
shot, and the series has been ordered.
Gotham Clock Tower has seen the pilot and given it a good review.
But then, that's in their best interest, isn't it? We're trying to get
our hands on it, and will let you know when we do.
As of this writing,
Birds of Prey has been locked into the Wednesday night, 9 p.m.
slot. Next fall, The West Wing will be boring anyway.
CBS and Fox
Flip DC The Bird…
With reunion specials
all the rage right now, CBS has scheduled a telefilm about the making
of one of the most beloved 60's shows -- Batman.
According to the
release in Daily Variety, "Back To The Batcave: The True Adventures
of Adam West and Burt Ward will reunite the stars of (that show)
in a comedy about the creation of the Batman series." Oddly enough,
Batman originally ran on ABC, while Batman's daughter will have
a show on the WB.
What seems unclear
at this point is if the two-hour special will actually feature Adam
West and Burt Ward, or actors playing them. All it really reminds me
is that I want that series out on DVD, bat soon.
coming for my persnickety ways. I have refused to buy the Bryan Singer
film X-Men on DVD, knowing that someday, there would be a better
version. According to
the website Dark Horizons, I was right.
has allotted money and scheduled time on the set of X2 (the sequel
to X-Men) to shoot extra scenes for editing into an expanded
Special Edition DVD. The site speculates that these scenes might be
origin sequences for Cyclops and Storm, both considered but ultimately
cut from the first film's script.
Every now and
then, something catches my eye that bears repeating here. Read this
article, which I picked up off of the AP, and tell me this doesn't sound
like a throwaway bit from an X-book:
BOSTON -- Scientists
studying a family with a strange and rare genetic condition that gives
members square jaws and superdense bones have pinpointed a protein that
could advance the quest for better osteoporosis drugs.
for osteoporosis, like calcium and hormones, largely focus on preventing
bone loss. But doctors are looking for better ways to actually build
bone, especially in patients with severe loss.
osteoporosis affects 10 million Americans - most of them women - and
leads to more than 1.5 million fractures a year, according to the National
Institutes of Health.
Yale University focused on a family with the opposite problem: bones
about twice as dense as usual. Their genetic condition is so rare it
It gives family
members square jaws and bony growths on the roofs of their mouths. It
does not impair their daily lives, other than making it difficult to
The condition was
discovered in the family when a middle-aged member got into a serious
"They took routine
X-rays, and he had unbelievably dense bones - no fractures," said Dr.
Richard Lifton, leader of the research team.
who reported their findings in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine,
first found that the family members all carried a mutation of a gene
known as LRP5. They were also found to have unusually high levels of
then located a specific protein, called Dkk-1, that appears to act as
a brake on the bone-building chemical process set in motion by LRP5.
They reasoned that
if the Dkk-1 protein could be altered by a drug so it no longer brakes
this bone-building process, osteoporosis patients could form new bone.
"What's so exciting
about this is it points to a system that seems to build bones," said
Dr. Karl Insogna, a bone specialist on the research team. "It provides
a direct molecular target."
Already, at least
one drug developed for osteoporosis seems to build bone, but it is not
clear exactly how it works.
In an accompanying
editorial, two doctors at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Millan
Patel and Gerard Karsenty, cautioned that more study is needed to know
if it is practical to disable the Dkk-1 protein.
What's so exciting
about this is that this guy's bones don't break. These people are superdense;
if it's a condition so rare it doesn't even have a name, doesn't that
make it a mutation?
Just an X-Filish,
X-Menish Fanboy thought to carry you through the weekend…
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