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Feb. 10, 2015 | 11:52 a.m.

Princess Leia faces life after Alderaan in Mark Waid’s Marvel series

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Princess Leia takes center stage in her own limited comic series this spring, and on Tuesday, fresh images arrived teasing the adventure from Eisner Award-winning writer Mark Waid (“Daredevil”) and artist Terry Dodson. Set just after the events of “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope,” “Princess Leia” No. 1 chronicles the heroine’s life as she struggles to come to terms with the destruction of her home planet of Alderaan and continues the fight against the ruthless Empire. “How does she really cope with losing her entire world once the events around that loss have calmed down somewhat? Does she choose to be a princess of nothing – or does she set out to rebuild her heritage and civilization?” Waid said in an interview with Marvel.com. “Princess Leia” No. 1 arrives March 4, with Terry Dodson providing interior and […]
Feb. 06, 2015 | 1:46 p.m.

DC shakes up its comics roster with 24 new titles, more diversity

Click through the gallery for a look at some of DC's new titles. (DC Entertainment)
DC Comics is overhauling its series lineup in June, introducing 24 new comic book titles and a slew of new talent, in addition to continuing 25 existing titles. The shakeup is meant to offer diversity and accessibility, DC Entertainment co-publisher Dan DiDio said in an announcement posted to DC’s blog on Friday. “This heralds in a new era for the DC Universe which will allow us to publish something for everyone, be more expansive and modern in our approach and tell stories that better reflect the society around us,” DiDio said, noting that the new lineup aims to appeal to both longtime readers and comics newcomers. The 24 new series will begin at issue No. 1. The 25 ongoing titles will continue without a break in issue numbering. In addition to these 49 titles, the roster will add more series […]
Feb. 06, 2015 | 11:30 a.m.

All-women ‘Avengers': Marvel brings its ‘A’ game in new comic series

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Earth’s mightiest heroines are assembling in a new Marvel comic series featuring an all-female Avengers team. “A-Force,” which launches in May, is to be co-written by G. Willow Wilson (the scribe behind the extremely popular “Ms. Marvel” series) and Marguerite K. Bennett (“Angela: Asgard’s Assassin”) with artwork by Jorge Molina (“X-Men”). The series marks the first time an all-women team has taken on the Avengers name and features power players from across the Marvel universe, including She-Hulk, Dazzler, Medusa, Nico Minoru and other fan favorites. “We’ve purposefully assembled a team composed of different characters from disparate parts of the Marvel U, with very different power sets, identities and ideologies,” Wilson said in a press statement. The artwork released for “A-Force” (check it out in the gallery above) also reveals a glimpse of a starry new character, the cosmically powered Singularity. “Singularity […]
Feb. 03, 2015 | 3:31 p.m.

‘The Sculptor': Scott McCloud molds a tale of art, love and death

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If you could trade decades of your life for the chance to achieve your dreams, would you? It’s the deal that Death offers a young artist named David in Scott McCloud’s new graphic novel,  “The Sculptor” — 200 days to live in exchange for unfettered creative ability. David is granted the power to sculpt with his bare hands “at the speed of thought,” McCloud explains, and the intensely focused protagonist races against his death countdown to create something lasting and important. But when he struck the bargain to end his life, he didn’t expect to fall in love. In “The Sculptor,” which is out today from First Second, McCloud inks a heartbreaking tale of the meaning of life, the impact of art and the transformative influence of love in gorgeous black, white and blue. The Eisner and Harvey Award-winning author […]
Jan. 30, 2015 | 4:31 p.m.

‘Descender': Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen Image comic set for Sony film

Jeff Lemire’s “Descender” is coming to the big screen. Sony announced on Friday that it had acquired the feature film rights to the upcoming Image comic series from Lemire (“Sweet Tooth,” “Trillium”) and artist Dustin Nguyen. The comic book, which was announced last year, is described as a sprawling space opera centering on an artificial boy, TIM-21, who might hold the key to the origins of a race of planet-decimating robots. Before long, he becomes the subject of a galactic search, and soon bands together with unlikely companions to travel to distant planets to flee his foes. The first issue will be published March 4. “It was a competitive situation for ‘Descender’…” said Lemire and Nguyen in a statement released by Sony. “We know that their film translation will do justice to the original comics, and we are thrilled with […]
Jan. 29, 2015 | 6:00 a.m.

‘The Goon: Once Upon a Hard Time': Eric Powell nears a hard-hitting end

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The Goon has never had too much trouble with things he can punch — zombies, robots, hobos. But the coven terrorizing his town is striking at his soul. In writer-artist Eric Powell’s four-part “The Goon: Once Upon a Hard Time,” which picks up right after the heartbreaking, hell-raising end of the recent miniseries “The Goon: Occasion of Revenge,” the big guy is on a collision course with the supernatural enemies who want to add his spirit to the power of the unnamed town’s curse. Among the many Eisner Awards that Powell has won with his tough-to-not-like crime-boss creation is one for humor publication — but that was 10 years ago, and as the Goon enters his 50th issue at his longtime Dark Horse Comics home, it’s a dark time. It might even be the end. Hero Complex readers can get […]
Jan. 15, 2015 | 11:55 a.m.

Avengers battle Ultron in Ryan Stegman’s new C2E2 poster

Ryan Stegman's artwork for C2E2.
Key members of the Avengers Now! team are battling it out with the villainous Ultron in artist Ryan Stegman’s new poster for the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, known as C2E2. Known for his work on Marvel titles including “Superior Spider-Man,” “Wolverine” and “Fantastic Four,” among other projects, Stegman created the custom image for the convention. The event is set to take place April 24-26 in the South Building at McCormick Place, just days before the release of Joss Whedon’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Set for release May 1, “Age of Ultron” will reunite Marvel’s mightiest (and most profitable) superheroes, including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) in a battle against the technological villain Ultron (James Spader). The film arrives as writer-director […]
Jan. 13, 2015 | 7:30 a.m.

Exclusive: Kate Beaton to follow ‘Hark! A Vagrant’ with ‘Step Aside, Pops’

'Step Aside, Pops' by Kate Beaton (featured image)
Cartoonist Kate Beaton, the author of 2011’s acclaimed “Hark! A Vagrant” and the wildly popular webcomic on which it is based, is announcing a follow-up to her bestselling debut. “Step Aside, Pops,” due out in September from independent comics publisher Drawn & Quarterly, will feature Beaton’s sharp wit and cheeky takes on literary and historical figures — Ida B. Wells, the Black Prince and Benito Juárez are just a few. “Step Aside, Pops,” named after Beaton’s cartoon featuring a feisty velocipedestrienne, boasts more than 150 pages of her work, mixing new material and cartoons previously published on the webcomic she began in 2007. Beaton started posting her comic strips online to show her friends, but rapidly gained devoted followers (nearly 100,000 on Twitter alone) drawn to the Canadian cartoonist’s offbeat and irreverent humor. Her illustrations have also appeared in The New […]
Jan. 08, 2015 | 6:34 p.m.

Image Expo: Brian K. Vaughan, Scott Snyder, Skottie Young reveal titles

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Brian K. Vaughan showed at Image Expo on Thursday that he’d meant it when he said comics are a “vastly superior medium” to film and television, announcing two new projects he’ll write in addition to continuing the award-winning, bestselling “Saga.” The acclaimed comics creator – who brought Stephen King’s “Under the Dome” to television and was a producer on “Lost” – has followed up on his proclamation from last year’s Eisner Awards by taking on more work in the medium than he has in years, teaming up with artist Steve Skroce on the limited series “We Stand on Guard,” which finds Canadian freedom fighters resisting an invasion of U.S. forces (including “giant … robots”), and with artist Cliff Chiang (“Wonder Woman”) on the ongoing story “Paper Girls,” about 12-year-old suburban newspaper delivery girls who encounter strange happenings. Vaughan’s announcements came […]
Jan. 08, 2015 | 12:00 p.m.

Alex de Campi, Carla Speed McNeil show ‘No Mercy’ at Image Comics

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A group of incoming Princeton freshmen heading to Central America to build schools may mean well, but they’ll find “No Mercy” abroad in Alex de Campi and Carla Speed McNeil’s new series at Image Comics. The privileged, carefree teens are confronted with tragedy in an unfamiliar and unwelcoming land that separates them from their creature comforts. There will be blood. And emoji. Writer De Campi (“Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight,” “Smoke/Ashes”) and Eisner- and Los Angeles Times Book Prize-winning artist McNeil (“Finder”), with color artist Jenn Manley Lee (“Dicebox”), are creating eight issues (before a break and then more issues) with as many twists and turns as a narrow mountain road. “No Mercy” No. 1 is scheduled for an April release. Hero Complex readers get an early look at the debut issue’s first six pages — and a look at […]
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