April 18, 2014 | 6:00 p.m.

WonderCon: Francis Manapul talks Batman and Harvey Bullock

Cover art for "Detective Comics" No. 30, out now. (DC Entertainment)
Batman has long been able to count on help from Gotham Police Commissioner Jim Gordon. But the same can’t be said for the hero’s relationship with Det. Harvey Bullock. The gruff homicide investigation veteran is as much a lead character in current and upcoming issues of “Detective Comics” as the Dark Knight, the DC series’ new writer-artist, Francis Manapul, told the crowd at the Batman comics panel Friday at WonderCon. “The great thing about Harvey Bullock is he ain’t giving him nothing,” Manapul said. The two will be tracking the same killer but getting in each other’s way, and Batman will ask Bullock, “What’s more important — you wanting to win, or solving this crime?” he added. He and his co-writer, Brian Buccellato, debuted on the series with this month’s No. 30 after a well-regarded run on “The Flash.” On […]
April 18, 2014 | 1:27 p.m.

WonderCon: Sergio Aragones, Mark Evanier talk new Groo

"Groo Vs. Conan" No. 1 is slated for July 23. Cover art by Sergio Aragones and Thomas Yeates. (Dark Horse)
Now Groo’s makers do what Groo’s makers do best. Following up on the recent announcement from publisher Dark Horse that the long-gestating “Groo vs. Conan” four-part miniseries will debut July 23, the fantasy warrior parody character’s multiple-Eisner-Award-winning creative team, creator-writer-artist Sergio Aragones and co-writer Mark Evanier had more welcome news for their WonderCon panel crowd. “For more than a year, you’re going to have monthly Groo again,” Evanier said. Following the four-parter with Conan, a new 12-issue series, “Friends and Foes,” will catch up with past Groo cast members including Captain Ahax, Granny Groo (no word on whether her grandson is in for another spanking), the witches Arba and Dakarba, and the handsome warrior Arcadio. “Groo vs. Conan,” which Evanier billed as “11 years in the making,” brings Aragones’ comedic creation with a pronounced proboscis, feared as much for his […]
April 18, 2014 | 12:48 p.m.

WonderCon 2014: ‘X-Men,’ ‘Batman’ and beyond — 11 can’t-miss events

WonderCon 2013 attendees show off their "Game of Thrones" costumes. (Noelene Clark / Los Angeles Times)
WonderCon 2014 opens its doors Friday at the Anaheim Convention Center. The little sister event to San Diego’s Comic-Con International is expected to draw crowds that include cosplayers, comic book enthusiasts and all manner of genre fans to check out a range of booths, panel presentations and special programming. For those headed to the weekend-long affair, here’s a selection of highlights you might not want to miss. FRIDAY 1. Celebrate the Bat: Batman marks his 75th anniversary this year, and Wondercon will feature several panels dedicated to the Caped Crusader. Tops on the list could be the world premiere of the “Son of Batman,” based on Grant Morrison’s heralded storyline and the latest entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe animated films. The cast and crew will be on hand for a Q&A following the screening. 6 p.m. 2. […]
April 17, 2014 | 5:52 p.m.

‘Star Wars’: Disney takes on original trilogy in new kids’ book series

"The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight," by Tony DiTerlizzi and Ralph McQuarrie. (Disney-Lucasfilm Press)
Disney is releasing a new series of children’s books based on the original “Star Wars” trilogy, starting with a collaboration between bestselling children’s author Tony DiTerlizzi and the late iconic concept artist Ralph McQuarrie. The “Star Wars Saga” series will hit stores beginning with DiTerlizzi and McQuarrie’s picture book “The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight” in October, Disney Publishing Worldwide announced Thursday. Three subsequent books will follow, leading up to the highly anticipated December 2015 movie release of “Star Wars: Episode VII.” The additional titles include retellings of “A New Hope” by R.J. Palacio (“Wonder”), “The Empire Strikes Back” by Adam Gidwitz (“A Tale Dark and Grimm”) and “Return of the Jedi” by Tom Angleberger (“Origami Yoda” series). The books will be illustrated by “Star Wars” concept artist Iain McCaig and published under the Disney-Lucasfilm Press imprint. DiTerlizzi, best known […]
April 16, 2014 | 9:33 a.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana tout Marvel adventure

Marvel debuted a new “Guardians of the Galaxy” featurette during Tuesday’s episode of ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” The behind-the-scenes clip showcased prominent members of the movie’s ensemble cast discussing their roles in the cosmic adventure that’s set to arrive in theaters Aug. 1. “It’s a not a typical superhero movie,” star Zoe Saldana explains at one point. Directed by James Gunn (“Super”) and based on the Marvel comic of the same name, “Guardians of the Galaxy” stars Chris Pratt as the roguish antihero Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord. Once the interstellar scofflaw steals a mysterious orb, Quill finds himself on the run from powerful villain Ronan (Lee Pace), whose evil plans threaten the universe. Quill is forced to team up with a squad of alien misfits to battle the galactic threat — a group that includes a gun-toting creature named Rocket […]
April 16, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

‘Robin Rises’: Peter J. Tomasi on one-shot, ‘Batman and Robin’ 33

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Fans of the late Damian Wayne may be excited at the title “Robin Rises: Omega” and the restoration of a familiar sidekick name to “Batman and …,” but writer Peter J. Tomasi isn’t yet saying who the Robin in the July stories will be. The tough-to-tame Damian — who was Bruce Wayne’s son, the most recent Robin and maybe the most dangerous 10-year-old in the DC Universe — died in battle in the early 2013 release “Batman Inc.” No. 8. Since then, his father has been seen trying to figure out a way to revive him — and trying to recover his body from the boy’s villainous grandfather, Ra’s al Ghul, who’s stolen it and daughter Talia al Ghul’s — in the pages of”Batman and …,” which has featured a variety of team-ups (most recently Aquaman) since Damian’s demise. “Robin […]
April 15, 2014 | 9:02 p.m.

‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’: Wolverine center stage in final trailer

The final trailer for “X-Men: Days of Future Past” has debuted, and the clip spotlights the critical role in the narrative played by Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. “I was sent here for you, from the future,” Jackman’s Logan says to a younger Charles Xavier, played by James McAvoy. “Could you give me that one more time please?” the disheveled Xavier asks with a laugh. Mutant fans can check out the clip promoting the director Bryan Singer’s film, which is set to arrive in theaters May 23, below. Adapted from one of the beloved comic book story lines conceived by Chris Claremont, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” stars actors from Matthew Vaughn’s 2011 prequel “X-Men: First Class,”and the original “X-Men” trilogy, which launched in 2000 with Singer’s original “X-Men” and arguably ushered in the current golden age of comic book films. “Future […]
April 15, 2014 | 6:04 p.m.

Eisner Awards: ‘Hawkeye,’ ‘The Wake,’ ‘Saga’ lead nominations field

"Hawkeye" writer Matt Fraction is nominated for a 2014 Eisner Award for his work on the series. (David Aja / Marvel)
Marvel’s “Hawkeye,” DC/Vertigo’s “The Wake” and Image’s “Saga” topped the roster of Eisner Award nominations, which honor outstanding work in the comics field. The nominations for the 2014 awards were announced Tuesday, marking the 26th year of the ceremony, long considered to be the Oscars for comics. Image Comics topped the list of publishers with 17 nominations plus three shared; Fantagraphics received 18 noms. “Hawkeye” and its creative team received five nominations for writer Matt Fraction, continuing series, single issue, cover artist (David Aja) and colorist (Matt Hollingsworth). Fraction was nominated for best writer for several series, including “Sex Criminals,” which was hailed by Time as “comic series of the year.” Fraction will square off in the category against Kelly Sue DeConnick, who was nominated for her work on two series — Image’s “Pretty Deadly,” which earned several nominations and Marvel’s “Captain […]
April 15, 2014 | 5:02 p.m.

Daredevil and Original Sin in comic book previews

Daredevil #1.50 (Martin variant)
Find the best and the brightest of the comic book world right here, before the books hit the shelves. Thumb through the gallery above, and click on thumbnails below for larger images. We’ll update the post throughout the month so check back to see this growing gallery of covers and pages from upcoming releases from top publishers. To see more art from recent releases, check out our comic book news section and archive of comics-art galleries. Follow us @LATHeroComplex RECENT AND RELATED Afterlife With Archie: Francavilla cover, film details ‘Batman: Death of the Family’: Joker mask, Vol. 3 Black Widow, Falcon inspire ‘Project Runway’ ‘Ms. Marvel’: G. Willow Wilson, Sana Amanat on Kamala Batman at 75: Warner Bros., DC reveal Bat-plans ‘Hellboy: The First 20 Years’: Mike Mignola reflects ‘Flash’ 29: Is Barry closing in on his mom’s killer? Ales Kot […]
April 14, 2014 | 4:07 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’: Iceland’s Sigur Ros covers ‘The Rains of Castamere’

If it’s doom and gloom you’re looking for, then look no further than Sigur Ros’ version of “The Rains of Castamere.” The tune is a calling card of death on HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and it showed up most recently on Sunday’s episode, “The Lion and the Rose,” which featured the demise of one major player, possibly the series’ most-hated character. If you missed the installment, you might want to stop reading now. Though the song might have been King Joffrey’s idea of a cheery number, “The Rains of Castamere” shouldn’t be played at any wedding, unless you’re trying to get your guests to leave. The Icelandic trio — drummer Orri Pall Dyrason, bass player Georg Holm and singer Jonsi Birgisson — appeared for a brief moment playing their funereal version at the wedding of King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) and Margaery […]
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