April 23, 2015 | 11:38 a.m.

Throwback Thursday: Recalling DC Comics’ ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ 30 years later

Alex Ross cover to the collected "Crisis on Infinite Earths: The Absolute Edition,"  released in 2005. (DC Comics)
In this week’s edition of Throwback Thursday, we remember “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” a 12-issue maxi series published by DC Comics 30 years ago this month. It was an event so significant that DC Comics history is often discussed in terms of before-“Crisis” and after-“Crisis” eras. (For those who missed last week’s introduction, Throwback Thursday is a new weekly series exploring the rich history of sci-fi, fantasy, horror and comics.) The series, which ran from April 1985 through March 1986, involved nearly every important character on DC’s roster and dealt with many of the publisher’s pesky continuity issues. Over the years, special issues introduced alternate Earths within universes that had different versions of the DC superheroes and villains. Some characters, such as Superman, Flash, the Atom and Green Lantern, had conflicting storylines, origins and powers, leading to arguments among fans […]
April 23, 2015 | 8:30 a.m.

‘Con Man’ from Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion finds a home in Vimeo

Con Man
There was a brief moment for potential awkwardness at last week’s Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim. On the third night of the fan convention during a Q&A with Mark Hamill, an audience member had a request. She wanted to hear about the most uncomfortable run-in Hamill had with a fan. The actor, known best for his portrayal of Luke Skywalker in the “Star Wars” films, didn’t throw anyone under the bus — at least completely. “You’ll meet someone and he’ll say, ‘I invited you to my 11th birthday, and you never wrote back,'” Hamill said. “I say, ‘I’m sorry. How old are now?’ And he’ll go, ’33.’ Wow, that’s 22 years of hatred building up.” But to hear at least one veteran of science fiction tell it, the oddest moments at fan conventions are not the ones generated by those who […]
April 22, 2015 | 3:45 p.m.

‘DC Super Hero Girls': DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. to launch a universe aimed at girls

'DC Super Hero Girls'
Girls can like superheroes too. DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. have heard the rallying cry of geek women everywhere and are launching “DC Super Hero Girls,” a new universe featuring some of their most iconic female characters re-imagined for girls ages 6-12. The announced lineup includes Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumble Bee, Poison Ivy and Katana (redesigned in age-appropriate attire, of course), a combination that will allow girls to explore their affinity for both superheroics and supervillainy. “’DC Super Hero Girls’ represents the embodiment of our long-term strategy to harness the power of our diverse female characters,” said Diane Nelson, president of DC Entertainment in a press release. “I am so pleased that we are able to offer relatable and strong role models in a unique way, just for girls.” “DC Super Hero Girls,” set for an initial launch […]
April 22, 2015 | 1:54 p.m.

Eisner Awards: ‘Ms. Marvel,’ ‘Saga,’ ‘Multiversity,’ ‘Bandette’ lead nominations

"Ms. Marvel," "Multiversity," "Saga" and "Bandette" lead the 2015 Eisner Award nominations. (Marvel; DC; Image; Monkeybrain)
Marvel Comics’ “Ms. Marvel,” DC Comics’ “Multiversity,” Image’s “Saga” and Monkeybrain’s webcomic “Bandette” topped the roster of nominees for the 2015 Eisner Awards — considered the Oscars for comics. The nominations were announced Wednesday, with DC, Marvel and Fantagraphics topping the list of publishers. DC and Vertigo (DC’s imprint for edgy, offbeat comics) received 14 nominates plus four shared. Marvel was close behind with 12 nominations plus six shared, and Fantagraphics garnered 15 nominations. Image Comics, which led last year’s nominations field with 17 nods plus three shared, this year had seven nominations and seven shared. Image’s nomination count was once again aided by “Saga,” which last year won the painter prize for artist Fiona Staples as well as its second consecutive awards for continuing series and writer Brian K. Vaughan. Vaughan, who is also known for his television work […]
April 22, 2015 | 10:48 a.m.

Chip Zdarsky steps into a writer’s role with ‘Howard the Duck’ and ‘Kaptara’

Click through the gallery for a look at some of Chip Zdarsky's work. (Marvel; Image)
Chip Zdarsky is evolving. Originally created as a pseudonym for newspaper illustrator Steve Murray, the persona of Chip Zdarsky allowed Murray to create illustrations and comics that would have posed conflicts with his day job at Toronto’s National Post, but that veil of anonymity has been pulled away over the years as Zdarsky’s profile rose in the comic-book community. Working with writer Matt Fraction as the artist of Image Comics’ “Sex Criminals,” Zdarsky won an Eisner Award for best new series last year, and in 2015, he takes on his first major projects as writer: a new “Howard the Duck” series for Marvel Comics with artist Joe Quinones, which debuted in March, and the creator-owned “Kaptara” for Image Comics with artist Kagan McLeod, which launches this week. “Back in the day, it was a lot of fun,” Zdarsky said. “I […]
April 22, 2015 | 7:00 a.m.

‘Last Man’ exclusive: Cover revealed for Vol. 4 in French fighting series

'Last Man Vol. 4: The Show'
Magic, a Medieval fighting tournament and a mysterious stranger set the stage for the “Last Man” graphic novel series, by French comics creators Bastien Vivès, Michael Sanlaville and Balak. “Last Man,” which won the Prix de la Serie at the Angoulême International Comics Festival earlier this year, is available in English for the first time from publisher First Second. The six-issue story follows Adrian Velba, a young fighting school pupil preparing to enter his kingdom’s gladiatorial contest. When his partner falls ill the day of the tournament, Adrian’s luck appears to improve with the arrival of Richard Aldana — a stranger who fights without magic and has little knowledge of the local customs — and the pair team up to take on the kingdom’s most legendary fighters. The tale’s first installment, “The Stranger,” was released in English in March to critical praise. “The Royal Cup,” the second issue, […]
April 21, 2015 | 2:07 p.m.

‘Captain Marvel': Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve set as writers for 2018 film

Nicole Perlman, left, and Meg LeFauve will write "Captain Marvel." (Marvel)
Captain Marvel is on her way to being the star she was always meant to be. Marvel has announced that Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve have been tapped to write the upcoming “Captain Marvel” film. Perlman, of course, is not new to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She was the co-writer of last year’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which introduced audiences to the ragtag crew of Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Groot as they formed a team to stop Ronan from destroying planets. “Captain Marvel” will be LeFauve’s first venture into the MCU. LeFauve was the co-writer for Disney and Pixar’s upcoming animated film “Inside Out,” which revolves around the world of personified emotions that live within the mind of Riley, a girl who was recently uprooted due to her father’s new job, as they struggle to help Riley adapt. […]
April 21, 2015 | 1:29 p.m.

Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood in talks to star in ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ spinoff series

(Kelsey McNeal / ABC)
A TV series spinning off from “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is in the works, Hero Complex has confirmed. Though details about the new show have yet to be revealed, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” series regulars Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood are set to star. “S.H.I.E.L.D.” executive producer Jeffrey Bell and writer Paul Zbyszewski are teaming up to helm the project. In “S.H.I.E.L.D.” Palicki portrays highly skilled agent Barbara “Bobbi” Morse, better known in the comics as Mockingbird. Nick Blood plays Bobbi’s ex-husband, Lance Hunter, a former British soldier and mercenary. The potential spinoff comes after Marvel’s critically praised limited series “Agent Carter,” which starred “Captain America: The First Avenger” actress Hayley Atwell as the eponymous Agent Peggy Carter, on a mission to save Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) from well-meaning but wrong-headed investigators at the Strategic Scientific Reserve (S.S.R.). – Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark […]
April 21, 2015 | 8:16 a.m.

‘Jurassic World': Chris Pratt and his velociraptors face off against Indominus rex

In a new trailer for “Jurassic World,” the fates of 20,000 trapped tourists rest in the claws of Chris Pratt’s pack of trained velociraptors. The much anticipated fourth installment in the “Jurassic Park” franchise, inspired by the work of author Michael Crichton, introduces a new dino-foe in the Indominus rex, a genetically modified predator that out-sizes a Tyrannosaurus rex and out-smarts a velociraptor. Also, she ate her sibling. “Every time we’ve unveiled a new attraction, attendance has spiked,” the park’s asset manager Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) says in the trailer. “Corporate felt that genetic modification would up the wow factor.” “They’re dinosaurs,” responds trainer Owen (Pratt). “Wow enough.” As in the other “Jurassic Park” films, the vicious attraction gets out of hand, and the mega-beast escapes, claws out her tracking implant and begins killing for sport, leaving a bloody trail […]
April 20, 2015 | 6:38 p.m.

‘Dragon Ball Z': Masako Nozawa, Goku and Frieza return for ‘Resurrection F’

Goku poses on teh red carpet at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. (Funimation)
They came with Son Goku’s orange training suits on, with wigs of his golden or brunet or red spiky hair, or dressed as the Saiyan Prince Vegeta, or dressed ornately as Goku’s main adversary Frieza — but they were all gathered at the Egyptian Theatre to celebrate the premiere of a new Dragon Ball Z movie, and toast one of the franchise’s biggest stars. “Dragon Ball Z: The Resurrection of ‘F'” opened in Japan this past weekend, and the 19th installment in the popular anime series debuted at the top of the box office charts with $7.6 million, besting even the hard-charging “Furious 7″ premiere. Filmmakers plan to screen the film in 74 countries worldwide. It’s scheduled to open in the U.S. this summer, but it premiered on April 11 in Hollywood at the Egyptian Theatre. On that day, an […]
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