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A Title Whose Time Has Come…

Somehow, I think we deserve this one. From CrossGen, Code 6 Comics is launching the new monthly comedy adventure series titled The Crossovers by veteran comics writer and novelist Robert Rodi and artist Mauricet in January 2003. The Crossovers is the second scheduled title from the new Code 6 line.

The Crossovers is the story of what appears on the outside to be a normal, suburban family, but on the inside is something completely different. Set in a world reminiscent of a TV sit-com, the Crossovers family is made up of father Carter, mother Calista, daughter Cristina, and son Clifford. All appears normal with them until they each head off on their own and the real action begins. Carter's secret identity is that of Archetype, his city's costumed defender. Calista goes from soccer mom to slayer of vampires. Cris travels through a dimensional portal that transfers her onto the field of battle as Eradika the warrior woman. And conspiracy theories and aliens follow Clifford wherever he goes.

"This book is going to be a blast," said Ian M. Feller, Director of Business Development for Code 6 Comics. "From the moment I read that the concept was a satiric spoof of all genre entertainment, including superheroes, I knew this one was a winner. Then when Rob Rodi began sending in his plots and Mauricet began sending in his character designs, it sealed it for me. The Crossovers has everything readers want from a comic: action, adventure, intrigue and it's darn funny."

If Rodi's name sounds familiar, it's because he's been doing Codename: Knockout for Vertigo, a highly energetic and oversexed send-up of the spy genre. Or is that redundant?

As a movie title, Hush sucked…as a Batman storyline, on the other hand…

DC proudly announced last week that for the first time in for-freaking-ever (okay, my words, not theirs), an issue of Batman had shouldered its way into the number one slot on Diamond's sales chart. Yes, not even a robot in disguise could beat The Bat.

What makes this issue so special? Batman #608 marks the beginning of the long-awaited collaboration between Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee, a year-long arc entitled "Hush." Giving Lee a crack at some of the best of Batman's rogues (and some new ones), this obviously has a lot of fanticipation, with retailers having smelled the blood in the water. Assuming all goes according to plan, the book will be available on October 30.

Stupid, Stupid Advanced Worm Creatures…

How the heck did I miss this at Comic-Con? While perusing other webpages, I stumbled across an excited column by long-time pro Tony Isabella claiming that DC had announced landing a pretty big creator for a pretty big project.

After Jeff Smith wraps up his amazing book Bone, he'll rest up and then tell a tale of the World's Mightiest Mortal. No date has been set in stone (perhaps because the schedule maker who tried announcing DK2 dates has been strung up by angry fans), but DC has committed to 2003. Or 2004, barring any eye injuries to Smith.

Shazam: The Monster Society of Evil will be a four issue mini-series, done in prestige format. It may not be a pairing of creator and hero that immediately snaps to mind, but having heard it, it sure sounds cool.

When Do We Get Plastic Man: The 10 Cent Adventure?

I'm a sad dreamer.

Be that as it may, DC has announced a follow-up to last year's successful Batman: The 10 Cent Adventure. The cleverly titled Superman: The 10 Cent Adventure will debut in January, kicking off a huge storyline in which hopefully Lois Lane will not be found dead on the floor of the Fortress of Solitude, with Steel, Supergirl, and Krypto all wondering if The Last Son of Krypton is guilty of her murder.

Actually, the cool thing is that DC announced today that retailers have the option of getting special editions printed with their store information on a special inlay, at "…less than the cost of a measly colored flyer," according to Robert Scott, owner of Comickaze. As always, it's good to see a publisher trying to do a little something extra for the retailers.


Universal Lands A Beautiful Killer

To those weeping for the demise of Dark Angel: pull yourself together, man! Universal Studios and Strike Entertainment have bought the rights to Black Bull Comics' Beautiful Killer and already cast Jessica Alba as the pale superspy.

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti and drawn by Phil Noto, the book has only released two issues (of an originally planned three), but obviously garnered a lot of attention. We can also live with the choice of Alba, even though Noto draws the character looking a lot more like Courtney Cox. Anyway, you can read the in-depth review of the title here.

No start date has been set, as the producers await Alba's actual availability. Rumor also has it that they will be changing the title, for reasons that remain unclear.

Beautiful Owchie-Giver, anyone?

We Can Live With This, Too…

Ain't It Cool News continues its legendary scoopage. Last night, someone sent them the first picture of Alan Cumming all decked out as Nightcrawler. And since there's no honor among web pages, we picked it up for your enjoyment here.

Rob Worley over at Comics2Film has confirmed that this is the real deal. And it definitely fits the overall look of Bryan Singer's X-Men film universe. (Is there enough of a resemblance to Mystique? They're probably not related on celluloid.)

Cumming himself commented to E!Online last week. "(Nightcrawler's) blue. He's got pointy ears. He's got yellow eyes. He's got hooves. And a tail," Cumming said. "The only thing that is different is that he doesn't have the same pecs or the washboard stomach like he has the comic. He has my stomach."

Kryptonite and Fava Beans

A lot of rumors and facts have swirled around the net in the past couple of weeks concerning the upcoming fast-tracked Superman movie. Enough that really we should run a separate piece on the whole thing, except that nobody really seems to know what the whole thing is.

We can tell you, though, that not only has director Brett Ratner publicly expressed his interest in casting Anthony Hopkins as Jor-El, Hopkins confirmed that he will do it on The Howard Stern Show yesterday. Hopefully he will not be as difficult as Marlon Brando.


Just To See That Titans Tower…

We'd had rumors of this for months, and yesterday, Warner finally confirmed it. Straight from DC's press machine:

Cartoon Network and Kids' WB! will follow a new young breed of superheroes as famed Boy Wonder Robin leads fellow young teens Cyborg, Beast Boy, Starfire and Raven in the all-new high-adventure series Teen Titans. Slated to debut on Cartoon Network in 2003, followed by broadcast on Kids' WB!, this half-hour animated action series is being produced by Warner Bros. Animation under the guidance of Emmy Award-winner Glen Murakami. Teen Titans is based on the popular DC Comics comic book characters.

Teen Titans, set in a future of intergalactic strife and interplanetary battles, features five teen superheroes each with special powers, led by the Boy Wonder Robin. This group unites to form a defensive force to protect the Earth from a new generation of villains. An eclectic group, their powers complement each other so that when they band together, they become a superb fighting force. Their personalities, on the other hand, often clash. Discovering how to control their powers, these Teen Titans must learn to work and grow as a team while dealing with the trials and tribulations of being teenagers.

"Cartoon Network has experienced great success with Justice League, so we know we have a loyal audience ready to embrace this exciting new show," said Jim Samples, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Cartoon Network. "These DC Comics characters have incredible powers, but struggle with how to use them. Teen Titans will mesh perfectly with our other action-adventure programming and thrill our viewers."

"Teaming up with Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network once again gives us an excellent opportunity to bring our core audience the newest high-adventure series, Teen Titans," said Donna Friedman, Executive Vice President, Kids' WB! "This series will be a perfect addition to our #1 line-up, as it features superhero action-packed adventures, comedy and kid-relatable characters and stories in this exciting new saga."

"The talented individuals producing this series are truly superheroes in the world of animation," said Sander Schwartz, President, Warner Bros. Animation. "Glen and his team will bring Teen Titans to life with all of the excitement and breathtaking quality that our audience has come to expect from Warner Bros. Animation."

"The New Teen Titans was a groundbreaking comic book as Marv Wolfman and George Perez delved into the extraordinary challenges of living as a superhero teenager," said Paul Levitz, DC Comics President and Publisher. "With the animated series being brought to life by Glen Murakami's great team, we look forward to new worlds of creative magic."

Derek McCaw

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