Dec. 09, 2013 | 9:00 a.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 6 of the saga arrives Wednesday with “Batman” No. 26. The Riddler has blacked out Gotham, but he’s not the only villain the young Batman has to contend with in “Dark City,” the second arc of “Zero Year” that began in last month’s No. 25. Doctor Death, the horrifically skeletal figure who was once former Wayne Enterprises researcher Dr. Karl Helfern, is injecting other scientists with a formula that causes fatal bone overgrowth. Police Lt. Jim Gordon is on the case, but Bruce Wayne isn’t too willing to help […]
Dec. 08, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.
With his slit-like eyes, spiky nails and Fu Manchu mustache, this Chinese mastermind’s appearance was about as subtle as his name — the Yellow Claw. Evil, exotic and bent on ruling the world, he made his debut in 1956, looming ominously on an Atlas Comics cover as a headline gasped, “Who … or what … is he??!” The Claw belongs to a “rogues’ gallery” of characters featured in an exhibition looking at Asians and Asian Americans in almost half a century of American comic books. The show, drawn from the collection of sci-fi writer William F. Wu, is visiting the Japanese American National Museum through Feb. 9. “Marvels & Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986” examines eight main archetypes: the Alien, the Brain, the Brute, the Guru, the Kamikaze, the Lotus Blossom, the Manipulator and the Temptress. “The […]
Dec. 07, 2013 | 12:00 p.m.
Stargirl may need more than optimism to get out of this one. Lucky for her, she has Martian Manhunter in her head to help. The cosmic-staff-powered young heroine has freed herself from an otherworldly prison only to run right smack into Secret Society members Giganta, Blockbuster, Deathstroke, Copperhead and Shadowthief, as seen at the end of “Justice League of America” No. 9. As No. 10 opens, however, she’s not quite back to reality. But she does have a mental link with the green hero from the Red Planet after their experience in the psychological-weakness-exploiting supermax that still holds many Justice League and JLA members. Her positive attitude and youth overcame the facility’s mind-warping capabilities, but an Earth in the clutches of the League’s alternative-reality counterparts the Crime Syndicate is no real escape. Hero Complex readers get an exclusive preview of […]
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 […]