Nov. 28, 2013 | 12:19 p.m.
You don’t have to take your broom to Diagon Alley, cross the Bifrost, traverse the Misty Mountains or steal a vortex manipulator to find the perfect gift for the Trekkie, Whovian or Westerosi-wannabe in your life. We’ve done the looking for you in our annual Hero Complex Holiday Gift Guide. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or another gamer, a comics enthusiast or film buff, we’ve got you covered. Click through the gallery above for a peek at our selections. Items are listed below, sorted by cost. Happy shopping, and happy holidays! Under $25 Millenium Falcon guitar pick, $2.49: Here’s a song for you: The Millenium Falcon, it’s a smugglers’ ship. It can make the Kessel Run in “less than 12 parsecs.” Han Solo and Lando Calrissian use it, but neither has it as pick to strum and make rebel music. […]
Nov. 26, 2013 | 1:22 p.m.
With his novel “World War Z,” author Max Brooks won over a legion of readers, weaving an epic tale told from the perspective of the survivors of a global pandemic that saw the dead return to life. Now Brooks is bringing his realistic approach to fantastic storytelling to a paneled page with “Shadow Walk.” Available Wednesday, the new Legendary Comics release, co-created with comic creator-writer Mark Waid and artist Shane Davis, supposes that the Valley of Death from the Old Testament’s Psalm 23 does in fact exist, and it’s a place where anyone who ventures there is confronted by his or her deepest fears. In the first issue, John Raines, a soldier who allegedly killed his entire platoon after entering the Valley, leads a group that includes a priest and an astrophysicist back to the mysterious locale. Armed with two […]
Nov. 24, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.
This post has been corrected, as detailed below. Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are back with the FBI, and as “The X-Files: Season 10″ begins its second arc, a fan-favorite monster from the classic paranormal investigation TV show’s second season returns: Yes, X-Philes, Flukeman is back. The Joe Harris-written “Season 10″ comic series’ sixth issue, “Hosts: Part 1 of 2,” draws its name from the Chris Carter-written 1994 episode “The Host,” which followed FBI agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) as they encountered a dangerous, horrific-looking creature found in a New Jersey water treatment plant. (Who can forget the presumed-dead Flukeman opening his eyes at the end?) Carter, creator of “The X-Files,” is the executive producer of the IDW Publishing series, which Harris (“Great Pacific,” “Ghost Projekt”) scripts with dialogue that feels like Duchovny and Anderson are delivering […]
Nov. 22, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.
Moon Knight may not yet be a marquee Marvel character, but he’s acclaimed writer Warren Ellis’ kind of weird. A mercenary brought back to life by an ancient Egyptian god, the moneyed, gadget-equipped vigilante alter ego of Marc Spector fights crime at night dressed in white. Moon Knight has been criticized as a less compelling Batman, but Ellis, the British writer who will pen an upcoming comic book series featuring the character, mischievously twists the comparison. “The man is demented in more interesting ways than I think Batman ever was,” he said by phone from his home in Southend-on-Sea, England, in a conversation punctuated with laughs and coughs. “[His] cape is actually a crescent moon and he goes out only at night and dresses in reflective white so you can see him coming. Now that’s nuts…. I like that.” First […]
Nov. 19, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.
“Birds of Prey” fans know Dinah Lance as Black Canary, that superheroine team’s confident, sonic-blasting leader. The last two issues have seen her shocked to learn that her husband, Kurt Lance, whom she long thought she’d killed with her “canary cry,” is alive — but those present-day revelations are on hold this month. In “Birds of Prey” No. 25, out Wednesday, readers see her before she was Black Canary, back six years ago when she was Dinah Drake — and less sure of herself. The petite but powerful heroine is sensei of a dojo in Gotham City, which has a superstorm bearing down on it as the Riddler plunges it into darkness. Dinah’s sensei, who kept the local gangs at bay, has died, leaving her in charge. The toughs think they can bully protection payments out of her. They should […]
Nov. 11, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.
This post has been corrected. See below for more details. “Chew” creators John Layman and Rob Guillory had barely had time to push together their neighboring tables at New York Comic Con’s Artist Alley last month after a signing in the main exhibition hall when a new crowd formed. They’d been selling through copies of a $100 limited-run version of the 576-page hardcover “Chew Smorgasbord Edition Volume 1” faster than anticipated on the convention’s first day, but that wasn’t the only collectible readers were seeking to have autographed. When one fan presented the Arizona-based Layman with a first-printing copy of “Chew” No. 1 that wasn’t in a protective covering, he paused. “This is a $300 comic,” Layman said, noting that the 2009 debut issue of the multiple-Eisner-Award-winning Image series – originally priced at $2.99, as new issues still are – […]
Nov. 11, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.
“Batman: Zero Year” is writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo’s ambitious 11-part comics event exploring Bruce Wayne’s beginnings as the Caped Crusader in DC Comics’ New 52. Starting today, Snyder will join Hero Complex each month for an exclusive preview of the next issue and conversation about the story so far. Part 5 of the saga arrives Wednesday with “Batman” No. 25. Batman barely had time to catch his breath after defeating the Red Hood Gang and seeing its mysterious leader fall into a vat of toxic liquid at the A.C.E. Chemical factory before the Riddler plunged Gotham into darkness. So ended last month’s “Batman” No. 24, which also saw Bruce wearing a cape and cowl (and purple gloves) as the Caped Crusader for the first time. The next issue of the hit series features the “Zero Year” debut […]
Nov. 08, 2013 | 4:35 p.m.
There’s something haunting about the woods of “Coffin Hill,” a feeling writer and co-creator Caitlin Kittredge knows all too well from her past. The novelist behind the “Nocturne City,” “Black London” and “Iron Codex” series made an impressive comics debut last month with artist Inaki Miranda (“Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom”), as the launch of their Vertigo horror title made Hero Complex’s Halloween comics picks. In the first issue, readers saw Eve Coffin, the daughter of a prominent but cursed Massachusetts family, both as a wild teen in her hometown of Coffin Hill – someone who makes a scene at her parents’ party and hides booze and pills in a mausoleum – and also years later as a mature twentysomething cop in Boston. Eve left home years ago to escape what happened in a horrific incident in the woods one night. […]
Nov. 07, 2013 | 9:17 p.m.
Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist are coming to the small screen thanks to a new deal between Marvel TV and Netflix. The on-demand and mail-in video provider has committed to at least four 13-episode live-action series based on the Marvel characters, culminating in a mini-series event based on Marvel’s “The Defenders,” Marvel TV announced today. The announcement follows Marvel TV’s first major foray into live-action television with this fall’s debut of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” The blind superhero Daredevil, of course, has seen his share of screen time thanks to the Ben Affleck-starring “Daredevil.” Luke Cage is a fighter with super-strength and near-impervious skin. Jessica Jones is a former superheroine who has her own private eye firm and a tempestuous relationship with Luke Cage. And Iron Fist is a disciplined martial artist who happens to be Luke […]
Nov. 06, 2013 | 6:00 p.m.
Marvel has announced that the heroine in a new “Ms. Marvel” series will be a 16-year-old Muslim girl from New Jersey. In the new title, Kamala Khan, a Pakistani American teenager living in Jersey City, discovers she has superhuman powers, including shape-shifting abilities. A lifelong devotee of Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel, Kamala decides to take the name Carol used early in her superhero career — Ms. Marvel. The series will be written by novelist and multi-Eisner nominee G. Willow Wilson (“Air,” “Alif the Unseen“) and illustrated by Adrian Alphona (“Runaways,” “Uncanny X-Force”). “The inspiration for the new ‘Ms. Marvel’ series stemmed out of a desire to explore the Muslim-American diaspora from an authentic perspective and yet, this story isn’t about what it means to be a Muslim, Pakistani or American,” said series editor Sana Amanat in a news release. […]