Andy WhitfieldNews out of the Devil's Due camp today -- the publisher has teamed up with the Starz channel to publish a comic book miniseries based on the network's upcoming series, "Spartacus: Blood and Sand."

In a statement made via press release, the series will be a "provocative, violent and sexy television series chronicling the life of the famous Ancient Roman gladiator and his rise to fame," starring Andy Whitfield (pictured here), John Hannah and Lucy Lawless. Meanwhile, on the comic side of things, "Spartacus" head writer Steven S. DeKnight ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Smallville," "Dollhouse") will join Devil's Due President Josh Blaylock and comic favorite Jimmy Palmiotti to write the series, which will debut at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. Read More...

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'Hack/Slash'A killer idea for a film can sometimes be just that. That's what director Brian Metcalf found out earlier this week after the announcement of his upcoming film, "Eve," was met with skepticism by fans of Tim Seeley's "Hack/Slash" comic book series.

"Eve," would have told the story of a notorious serial killer's daughter who hunts down supernatural murderers to atone for her family history -- an element central to the plot of Seeley's comic, which is also already in development for a film treatment of its own at Rogue Pictures. Fans recognized the similarities between the two franchises almost immediately and spread the word online.

Those fans included "Hack/Slash" artist Kevin Mellon, who recently wrapped up two issues the series and told MTV News, "I really only know what I saw on the initial site, and my initial thoughts of 'Oh, Hollywood, you really are that sad.'" Read More...

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'Barack the Barbarian'The love affair between U.S. President Barack Obama and the comic book is still going strong, and it looks like we'll see the comics-friendly Commander-in-Chief making a cameo on a few more covers in the coming months. Chicago-based comics publisher Devil's Due announced a pair of projects today that will involve Obama-related storylines, and released promotional images for the comics featuring the US President and a very, well... unique take on former Republican Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

Like the massively popular issue of "Amazing Spider-Man" #583 that hit its fifth printing last month, the comics feature Obama prominently on the cover -- but Devil's Due president Josh Blaylock said they'd offer a very unexpected take on the fist-bumping president. After the jump, check out all three images released for the new Obama comics, as well as details about the projects. Read More...

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'Jericho'Nothing can keep the folks of "Jericho" down. Not a nuclear holocaust. Not living in a violent police state. Not even being canceled -- twice. In the spirit of Joss Whedon's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" series (which continues at Dark Horse Comics), the CBS television series "Jericho" will relocate to comics, courtesy of Devil's Due Publishing.

"Jericho" follows the story of a small town in western Kansas as its residents adjust to life shattered by a nation-wide nuclear disaster and looming civil conflict. Picking up where its second, and final season left off, the comic will address questions left from the series' cliffhanger finale. Read More...

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'Star Trek: Countdown'This year's Super Bowl featured a trio of new trailers for some blockbuster films that have been on the collective radar of comics fans for quite some time now -- and we're not talking about "Watchmen," folks.

Whether you had the highest praise for the "G.I. Joe" movie trailer, were blown away by the preview of "Transformers 2" or found the new "Star Trek" movie trailer to be the best of the bunch, one thing shared by each of the properties is a successful run in the comics world. Read More...

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HinderAustin Winkler and his post-grunge buddies in Hinder are making some big news lately. First, the group selected “Twilight” heartthrob Kellan Lutz as the star of their upcoming video for the song “Without You,” as you can see from the set visit that makes up yesterday's “Twilight” Tuesday. Now, they’re getting a comic book series based on their lives.

Devil’s Due Publishing has announced plans to produce a “limited-edition comic-themed tour book,” as well as a possible monthly comic series based on the band’s experiences touring in support of their “Take It to the Limit” album. The first of these books will serve as the official tour book for the multi-platinum band as they promote the new album into 2009.

“Growing up, every kid dreams about being in a comic book, or being a super hero,” Hinder frontman Winkler said in a statement. “We have a new and exciting opportunity to be portrayed in a comic book series of our own. We are going to have a blast with this, it will be a lot of fun, this is for our fans, and they will be heavily involved in this, we think they will love it. All in the name of rock n roll!” Read More...

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'Chucky' #1Halloween Week continues here on Splash Page with more exclusive interviews and previews of the scariest comics hitting shelves in the days to come. Today we give you your first look at the second volume of Devil's Due Publishing's upcoming series based on the murderous adventures of everyone's favorite Good Guy doll gone bad, Chucky

Wasting a perfectly good weekend zombified on your couch would qualify for most people as a waste of time, a missed opportunity or just plain laziness. For writer Jason Burns, it counts as research.

"I'm the guy who will sit around on a Sunday afternoon and watch a sci fi/horror marathon for 12 hours," said the scribe who's heading up a new volume of "Chucky" comics based on the classic "Child's Play" film series. "I was familiar with all the Chucky movies and coincidentally had watched a marathon shortly before they offered it to me. So I just jumped right in." Read More...

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'Sheena, Queen of the Jungle'You'd think beating out Wonder Woman to become the first female character with her own comics series would earn you a spot among the industry's best-known leading ladies, but Golden Age jungle girl Sheena ("Queen of the Jungle") has had a rough time of it since her debut in 1942. After decades of poorly received comics, film and TV projects, the vine-swinging, bikini-clad Will Eisner creation finally has a successful miniseries behind her and another on the way -- not to mention plans for a live-action film -- along with an ambitious new steward in celebrated screenwriter Steven de Souza ("Die Hard," "Commando").

While de Souza hopes that Sheena's new adventures in print will provide a springboard into film, he described comics as her "home turf," and called the new stories he's co-authoring for Devil's Due Publishing alongside Todd Livingston a "Golden Age origin, but a 21st Century reboot."

(You'll find more on Steven de Souza's "Sheena, Queen of the Jungle," as well as an exclusive preview of the first issue of the upcoming Sheena miniseries, "Dark Rising," after the jump!) Read More...

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'Sheena, Queen of the Jungle'With a new print series on the way from Devil's Due Publishing and plans in the works to bring her back to movie screens, Golden Age heroine "Sheena, Queen of the Jungle," has been pretty active lately thanks to "Die Hard" screenwriter Steven de Souza. In fact, the award-winning writer has made it his mission to bring the Will Eisner character back to the big screen like so many of her peers.

De Souza told MTV News that a movie based on the "Sheena, Queen of the Jungle" character is "absolutely our intention" now that he's co-writing her adventures for Devil's Due. Although he sees the "Sheena" comics he's writing as a necessary foundation for the property (come back tomorrow for more on the print series and an exclusive preview of the upcoming "Sheena" miniseries), he didn't hesitate to throw out a name when asked who he believes should don the ol' leopard-skin bikini in a live-action "Sheena" feature film.

"In my mind, the character as reconceived is a multi-ethnic Latina," said de Souza. "Somebody like Jessica Alba would be the perfect type." Read More...

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'Spider-Man'It would've taken 20 longboxes to hold all the news that hit this week, so here's a quick recap of some of biggest stories from your friends at Splash Page:

- Cher won the "Rumor of the Week" award when it was reported that she had landed the coveted role of Catwoman in the next "Batman" film...only to find out later that it was all just a big ol' rumor. Shocking...

- Devil's Due gave us an exclusive sneak peek at Milo Ventimigila’s "Rest."

- As if he doesn't do it enough, Method Man apparently wants to 'Kick' more 'Ass.'

- The biggest names in comics gave their 2-cents on if Superman should go dark.

- Marvel and Matt Fraction took us beyond the "Iron Man" movie with an exclusive look at "Invincible Iron Man."

- We took some guesses as to which Marvel villain Vin Diesel wants to play.

- Sam Raimi and Bryce Dallas Howard dished on "Spider-Man 4."

- Arvid Nelson gave us an inside look at "Rex Mundi's" long journey from comics to film.

- And Kevin Smith sounded off about his upcoming three issue mini-series, "Batman: Cacophony," and its main villain, Onomatopoeia.

And there you have it, folks. We hope you have a great holiday weekend, and we'll see ya next Tuesday!

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Splash Page welcomes Ed Tadem to our cover artist family (our custom-designed theme up top). Currently working on the forthcoming "Avengers" animated series, Tadem's work can also be seen in the "Jackie Karma" issues of Image's "'76," and in "Pop Gun, Volume 1." Ed Tadem can be found online at EdTadem.com.
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