March 10, 2014 | 12:30 p.m.
“Batman: Zero Year” is writer Scott Snyder’s and artist Greg Capullo’s ambitious 11-part comics event exploring Bruce Wayne’s beginnings as the Caped Crusader in DC Comics’ New 52. Snyder is joining Hero Complex each month for an exclusive preview of the next issue and conversation about the story so far. Part 8 of the saga arrives Wednesday with “Batman” No. 29. Scott Snyder wants you to feel young Bruce Wayne’s pain. “We want you to really hurt,” he says of his and Greg Capullo’s version of the murders of Martha and Thomas Wayne in Crime Alley. Their take on that pivotal moment arrives Wednesday in the 40-page “Batman” No. 29. After jumping into the future of “Batman Eternal” last month with the “spoiler” (well, make that Spoiler) issue No. 28 — where the whip-smart, crafty and determined young Gothamite Harper […]
March 10, 2014 | 11:32 a.m.
It’s an auspicious year for the Avengers, the X-Men, Spider-Man and more as Marvel Entertainment celebrates the 75th anniversary of the comic book that launched the Marvel Universe. “Marvel Comics” No. 1, released in 1939, marked the beginning of what has become one of the most successful brands in comics, film, television and toys. That issue, edited by Timely Publications’ Martin Goodman, debuted the Human Torch and the Angel, as well as featuring Namor the Sub-Mariner, Ka-Zar the Great, the Masked Raider and more. The comic was a smash hit, selling out and prompting a second printing. The success led to the beginning of Marvel Comics as we know it. To kick off its yearlong anniversary celebration, Marvel has released a trailer, narrated by the publisher’s editor in chief, Axel Alonso. The trailer (watch it above) teases Marvel.com/75, the website […]
March 10, 2014 | 6:30 a.m.
The New York of noir fiction is known for dark alleys, shady subways and organized crime — the perfect gritty territory for Frank Castle, better known as the Punisher, Marvel Comics’ marine turned vigilante who prefers killing bad guys to turning them in. But a change of scenery is on the horizon for Castle, as writer Nathan Edmondson takes over the comic book with art by Mitch Gerads and relocates the character to sunny Los Angeles with its sand, surf and palm trees. “We’re inviting the question that perhaps L.A. for too long has ignored the cancer that’s growing in the roots of those very palm trees and behind the facades of some of the more glamorous streets,” Edmondson said. “We wanted to offer something original, fresh and exciting. Set in New York, there were a lot of expectations, a […]
March 08, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
Buffy returns to slaying for the 10th season when “Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1″ hits stands on March 19. Joss Whedon’s creation has continued to survive and thrive in the pages of the Dark Horse comic — now 11 years after the show’s last air date — and will be written by Christos Gage and drawn by Rebekah Isaacs in this newest iteration. Buffy once again helped save the world in Season 9 and will face another new menace while dealing with the remnants of zompires (a zombie-vampire hybrid that Buffy helped create — it’s a long story) in the new season. Isaacs, who was the artist on last season’s spinoff “Angel & Faith,” has taken her pencil to heroic titles such as “Ms. Marvel,” “DV8,” “Sheena” and “Captain America & The Falcon.” Hero Complex caught up with the Savannah College of […]
March 03, 2014 | 2:20 p.m.
Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s comics collaborations yielded some classic, spine-tingling tales — and for the first time, the entirety of their work in the genre is being collected, in the new hardcover edition, “The Simon and Kirby Library — Horror,” due this week from English publisher Titan. Hero Complex readers can check out an exclusive excerpt from the new book in the gallery above or using the links below. Simon and Kirby’s fabled creative partnership left an indelible imprint on comics — in Timely Comics’ Captain America Comics #1, dated March 1941 but out the previous December, they introduced the world to the patriotic superhero whose legacy and influence remains widespread — Cap will star in his second big-screen solo outing this spring, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” opening April 4. Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 […]
March 03, 2014 | 10:49 a.m.
“Girls” creator Lena Dunham is venturing into the world of comics. The outspoken writer-director-actress will pen a four-part Archie Comics story set for release in 2015 that chronicles what happens when a reality show begins filming in Riverdale. Dunham has said that she was an avid Archie Comics collector as a child, and it will be interesting to see how her singular sensibility translates onto the paneled page. In both her feature film directorial debut, 2010′s “Tiny Furniture,” and on the hit HBO comedy about four friends making their way in New York, Dunham has revealed a gift for detailing the oddities of relationships and the uncomfortable, awkward moments that attend maturing into adulthood. Dunham won a Golden Globe for her starring turn on the series as the self-centered struggling writer Hannah Horvath; “Girls” has been nominated for 10 Emmy […]
Feb. 14, 2014 | 5:00 a.m.
The realms of science fiction and comics may be home to some of the most fantastic space battles, epic team-ups and heartbreaking deaths in entertainment. But as any Whovian, Trekkie or Marvel fan can tell you, the world of geek is also a world of lovey-dovey romance. And what better time than Valentine’s Day to celebrate the softer side of the genres that are typically dominated by alien invasions, lightsaber fights and spell wars? From “Star Wars” to “Spider-Man,” from “The Lord of the Rings” to “Harry Potter,” Hero Complex pays tribute to some of the cutest couples in genre entertainment. GIFT GUIDE: Valentine’s Day ideas for the geek in your life Click through the gallery above for a look at some of the most memorable romances on the silver screen, the small screen and the pages of comics. Did we […]
Feb. 13, 2014 | 1:05 p.m.
If your Valentine’s idea of a perfect date includes a trip to your local comic shop, a sci-fi movie marathon or an all-night game tournament, Hero Complex’s annual Valentine’s Day gift guide has you covered. This year’s guide, introduced earlier this month, includes a wide range of geek-friendly selections from the worlds of horror, comics, science-fiction and more. If your honey would rather be in Westeros, perhaps toast your love with “Game of Thrones” sigil wine glasses. If your darling inspires visions of demigods, a bottle of Thor cologne will leave him smelling as bold and musky as the hammer-wielding hero. And if your “Star Wars”-loving sweetie gets the shivers, bundle her up in a tauntaun hoodie, complete with lightsaber zipper pull. Other selections in the Hero Complex Valentine’s Day gift guide include several sexy comic book titles, some “Doctor Who”-themed apparel, […]
Feb. 12, 2014 | 12:52 p.m.
Don’t let the whimsically water-colored fairy world in “Beautiful Darkness” fool you; this graphic novel, out today from Drawn and Quarterly, is not a happily-ever-after sort of story. In “Beautiful Darkness,” French comics writer Fabien Vehlmann (“Isle of 100,000 Graves”) and husband-and-wife cartooning team Kerascoët (“Miss Don’t Touch Me”) present the story of Aurora, a cheery and resourceful heroine whose tea party with a prince is interrupted by a deluge of what appears to be blood. Aurora escapes, emerging from the skull of a dead girl, along with dozens of other tiny people. In the coming days and months, they try to survive in the face of hunger, woodland animals and, most terrifyingly, their own capacity for cruelty. It’s a twisted tale that draws from the likes of “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Borrowers,” only “Beautiful Darkness” presents a much […]
Feb. 12, 2014 | 11:08 a.m.
If you find yourself among the lovelorn this Valentine’s Day, Liz Prince’s graphic novel “Alone Forever: The Singles Collection” might prove a perfect remedy. “Alone Forever,” out this month from Top Shelf Productions, collects 104 pages of Prince’s autobiographical comic strip — a self-deprecating look at relationships, love and the lack thereof. The Boston-based comics creator chronicles her experiences with online dating, awkward first encounters and (questionably) flirty interactions with bearded strangers, not to mention tender moments with her constant true loves — her cats and her punk rock music. Prince, whose previous titles include the Ignatz Award-winning “Will You Still Love Me If I Wet The Bed?” and “Delayed Replays,” will be in the Los Angeles area on Sunday for L.A. Zine Fest at Helms Bakery in Culver City. Hero Complex: How did this project come about? I understand […]