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DEFIANT INTRODUCES COMIC IN NEW TRADING CARD SET MADE BY THE RIVER GROUP

 WESTPORT, Conn., March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly 10,000 humans perish in a failed experiment. A rebellion goes bust, and the universe is in chaos. It's not Earth, but a parallel world separated by a nanosecond-thin reality veil.
 Welcome to PLASM(TM), a startling new universe of superheroes and wild adventures created by comic book industry icon Jim Shooter. Shooter, whose genius helped guide Marvel and create Valiant, has formed a new company called DEFIANT. He's promising that Defiant will not only set new standards, but will rewrite the rules. As proof, Shooter will break with tradition and introduce his newest comic book in the form of a limited-edition, 150-trading-card set that will be manufactured and distributed by The River Group. It's the first time ever that a comic book has debuted in the form of trading cards.
 The card set will actually be the number zero issue. To read it, collectors will have to put the cards in numerical order in special plastic sheets. The sheets hold nine cards each, three across and three down. Each sheet makes up a page of the story. The cards, the nine- card sheets and a special binder to hold the sheets will be available in June from DEFIANT and The River Group.
 "I'm very excited about this marriage of the comics and trading cards," Shooter said. "But this is not a gimmick. Collectors can be certain that DEFIANT will not only deliver exciting and readable stories, but the very best in art, quality, production and investment potential."
 The card artist is David Lapham, whose previous work includes Harbinger, H.A.R.D. Corps and RAI, while the colorist is Janet Jackson, who is the former head colorist for Harbinger and Magnus Robot Fighter. The inker is Michael Witherby, who previously worked for Marvel. The story will be written by Shooter.
 In the PLASM universe, natural laws are the same as in the Earth's dimension. But PLASM is entirely organic, meaning that everything is alive, even objects that appear to be machines. Manipulation of living tissue is as normal in PLASM as changing clothes on Earth, resulting in many diverse inhabitants called Plasmoids.
 PLASM sustains itself and expands by incorporating new biomass into its own. Death is a consequence of this unyielding need for new biomass and is callously accepted by most. Among those appalled by this lifestyle is Lorca, a high-ranking member of the military who attempts to import humans to defeat the PLASM empire. His effort results in the deaths of nearly 10,000 humans and the creation of five superheroes.
 The PLASM story will be told on 117 of the 150 cards in the card set. The remaining 33 cards will be used to introduce the bizarre and unusual characters who populate the PLASM universe. The cards will be printed on a premium paper stock and will be protected with a glossy, ultraviolet coating. Packs of nine cards will be sold for a suggested price of .99 cents per pack.
 DEFIANT is a division of Enlightened Entertainment, a privately held company based in New York City. Jim Shooter and partners formed the company in February with the intent of introducing a new and creative line of comic books.
 The River Group is a privately held company based in Westport, Conn., specializing in non-sports trading cards. The company's first product was The Elvis Collection(TM), consisting of 660 premium trading cards. The company also recently announced plans to introduce The Barbie Collection(TM) and The Beatles Collection(TM).
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