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February 3, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – This April enter the twisted sci-fi action epic MALIGNANT MAN, where a doomed cancer patient discovers the sickness thought to kill him will transform him into something more powerful than he could ever imagine! Written by James Wan, fan-favorite author Michael Alan Nelson (28 DAYS LATER, DINGO) and art by international sensation Piotr Kowalski, MALIGNANT MAN is sure to be the most exciting original sci-fi series on comic book stands this April!

“MALIGNANT MAN will shock and awe!” says BOOM! Studios Marketing Director Chip Mosher. “If you’re looking for an epic adventure that’s action packed, pulse-pounding sci-fi at its very best, you can do no better than BOOM! Studios’ newest series MALIGNANT MAN!”

The hospital sent cancer patient Alan Gates home to die.
Instead, his tumor transformed him into something
more than human…

MALIGNANT MAN tells the story of Alan Gates, a cancer patient with a terminal diagnosis, who’s resigned to his fate…until he discovers that his tumor is actually a mysterious parasite! Granted a second lease on life and incredible, otherworldly powers, Alan must fight against an evil army buried beneath society’s skin, all the while unlocking the secrets of his forgotten past. Dark, twisted, and unlike anything else on the stands, MALIGNANT MAN is a sci-fi thriller that can’t be missed!

MALIGNANT MAN is written by James Wan and Michael Alan Nelson (28 DAYS LATER, DINGO) with art by Piotr Kowalski. This title ships in April with A and B covers in a 50/50 split by Trevor Hairsine and Rael Lyra respectively and carries a Diamond Code of FEB110851.

“Rancid Visions: Justin White”
This Sunday at the Inland Empire Comic Expo we will have a series of six mini posters (11×17) for sale featuring artwork from ZKS Rancid Visions #1. Here is dramatic piece by ZKS artist Justin White. There will also be a “propaganda” variant of this poster available. Stay tuned for a new preview each day this week.

Deadline reports that after an exhaustive search, actor-singer Jesse McCartney just landed the final role on Fox’s drama pilot Locke & Key. He will play Ty, the eldest of the Locke children. It is a key role in the project (pun intended) as it is considered the male lead on the show.

Locke & Key, from 20th TV, Kurtzman/Orci and DreamWorks TV, is based on Joe Hill’s comic. It tells the story of Nina Locke (Miranda Otto) and her three children, Tyler (McCartney), Kinsey (Sarah Bolger), and Bode (Skylar Gaertner) who, after the brutal murder of Nina’s husband Rendell Locke, return to Keyhouse, his old family home in Massachusetts. There, they are pestered by an evil entity that’s determined to hold the family hostage one way or another until it gets what it wants. As Ty, McCartney will be able to show off his music talents. According to the character description, Ty was the closest with his dad and carries a special guilt for his father’s death. He isolates himself a bit by retreating into his music. On TV, McCartney most recently recurred on Greek.

“Ranci Visions: John Narcomey”
This Sunday at the Inland Empire Comic Expo we will have a series of six mini posters (11×17) for sale featuring artwork from ZKS Rancid Visions #1. Here is another beautiful piece featuring Kayla by long time friend of ZKS and Forbidden Panel John Narcomey. Stay tuned for a new preview each day this week.

Superherohype has received three new screenshots and one promo image for Batman: Arkham City, coming to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC in the fall. We stole them and posted them here for your enjoyment.

“Rancid Visions: Kylie Hibinski”
This Sunday at the Inland Empire Comic Expo we will have a series of six mini posters (11×17) for sale featuring artwork from ZKS Rancid Visions #1. Here is a great piece by talented new commer Kylie Hibinski with inks by Justin White. Stay tuned for a new preview each day this week.

Thanks to NIF

Inception star Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in talks to reunite with Christopher Nolan for the director’s third and final Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises.

It’s unclear what role Gordon-Levitt will play in the film, though he has been rumored in connection with the threequel sincelast summer.  However, Nolan struck down Internet rumors that the Riddler would appear in the film, as well as any notion that the Joker would make a return without the late Heath Ledger.  The oft-rumored Hugo Strange is also a possibility, though details of the character’s involvement are pure speculation at this point.

Anne Hathaway has already been confirmed as Selina Kyle (a.k.a. Catwoman) and Gordon-Levitt’s Inception co-star Tom Hardy is playing the musclebound baddie Bane.  A third villain isn’t out of the question, but would certainly complicate the plot as Nolan is building to a finale.

Another option would be Dick Grayson, a young circus performer orphaned by a mafia boss and taken in by Bruce Wayne (played by Christian Bale).  In the comics, television series, and the 1995 movie Batman & Robin, Grayson ultimately becomes Robin, Batman’s crime-fighting sidekick.  Gordon-Levitt certainly has the chops to play the “Boy Wonder,” but both Nolan and Bale have downplayed the possibility of introducing Robin into this gritty Gotham.  (Nolan said Grayson was in a “crib somewhere” during The Dark Knight.)  Does that rule out Nightwing?

Shooting starts this Spring and, according to Deadline, the 29-year-old actor will have completed his starring role in Rian Johnson’s Looper, a sci-fi time travel film with Bruce Willis that should hopefully be on everyone’s radar by now.

The Dark Knight Rises is scheduled for July 2012.

“Rancid Visions: Julian Aguilera”
This Sunday at the Inland Empire Comic Expo we will have a series of six mini posters (11×17) for sale featuring artwork from ZKS Rancid Visions #1. Here is another sneak peak. Here is an awesome piece by the very talented Julian Aguilera. Stay tuned for a new preview each day this week.

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