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Oct. 27, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.

‘Wonder Woman’ 35: Azzarello, Chiang end a ‘no-cheesecake’ Diana epic

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Wonder Woman is an epic character, and writer Brian Azzarello and artist Cliff Chiang promise a suitably epic ending to the saga they’ve created during the last three years. The duo, who have guided the superheroine’s solo adventures since DC’s New 52 reality reset in fall 2011, have memorably taken Diana of Themyscira’s classic origin as a girl made from clay and remolded it to make her the biological daughter of Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons, and Zeus (born of a love affair, not one of the Greek god’s tricky trysts). Tying Wonder Woman into the Greek pantheon — eventually replacing the felled Ares as god of war — has given her an extended family with whom every reunion is rife with conflict. In the final issue of Azzarello and Chiang’s acclaimed run (which also featured art by Tony Akins […]
Oct. 20, 2014 | 10:00 a.m.

‘Oddly Normal': Otis Frampton discusses a young half-witch’s bad wish

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Oddly Normal is as conflicted as her name. The smart, sullen schoolgirl star of writer-artist Otis Frampton’s emotionally stormy all-ages Image Comics series is the daughter of parents from different worlds: Her father is an average-as-average-gets Earth guy; her mother is a most unusual woman – a witch from the fantastical Fignation. And being a half-witch girl – complete with naturally green hair and pointy ears — in a typical American school isn’t easy. A social outcast with a sardonic wit for self-defense, she feels like an outsider even in her own family, who live in the sole creepy Victorian manse on a street of cookie-cutter suburban houses. In an angry moment on her 10th birthday, as seen in last month’s well-reviewed first issue, she isn’t careful what she wishes for. “Oddly Normal” No. 2, out Wednesday, continues Frampton’s reboot […]
Oct. 14, 2014 | 4:28 p.m.

Cory Doctorow talks up ‘In Real Life’ and Wang, feels down over gamergate

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Cory Doctorow’s short story, “Anda’s Game,” was released in 2004, but it’s only become more relevant in the past decade. Exploring the concept of “gold farming” in video games — the practice of amassing virtual wealth that is then sold to less patient players for real-world currency — Doctorow’s tale offers a fascinating look at video game economies through the lens of a young female gamer. “Anda’s Game” has gained greater gravity as economic and gender dynamics shift in the video game community, making now the ideal time for First Second to release “In Real Life,” a graphic novel adaptation of the story. “I think science fiction’s signature move is predicting the present,” says Doctorow. “If you take stuff that’s already latent and clearly important in the world around us and write about it as though it were something that […]
Oct. 11, 2014 | 8:15 a.m.

‘Amazing X-Men’ 15: Christopher Yost explores power of the Juggernaut

Cover of Amazing X-Men #15. (Marvel Comics)
The power of the Juggernaut has been a thorn in the X-Men’s side since its introduction in “X-Men” No. 12 (July 1965). Marvel Comics is bringing that power back into the spotlight with “Amazing X-Men” No. 15. Cain Marko — step-brother of Professor Charles Xavier — has been the longest tenured person to possess the power, which is given to individuals through the Crimson Gem of Cyttorak. The being, Cyttorak, also corrupts the possessor — which Colossus discovered in a recent story line. The gem will be appearing on Earth again, but a new danger could rise as the call to claim the power goes to many different people — many of them villains — throughout the Marvel Universe. The book will be written by Christopher Yost, and Hero Complex caught up to the writer to get some of the […]
Oct. 10, 2014 | 2:30 p.m.

‘Fables: The Wolf Among Us': Matthew Sturges, Dave Justus on the case

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Just as Bigby Wolf is a fable no matter whether he’s in the mundane world or more mystical realms, so is his story “Fables” no matter what format it’s in. That’s the thinking that guides “Fables: The Wolf Among Us,” an upcoming Digital First comic series written by Matthew Sturges and Dave Justus, which is based on TellTale Games’ well-regarded “The Wolf Among Us” video game — itself a prequel to Bill Willingham’s lauded and long-running Vertigo comic “Fables.” Sturges, who has a fabled past writing the spinoff “Jack of Fables” with Willingham, and Justus will be joined by artists Stephen Sadowski (“Fairest”), Travis Moore (“JSA All-Stars”) and Shawn McManus (“Fables,” “Fairest”), with Chrissie Zullo (“Cinderella” miniseries, “Fairest: In All the Land”) creating the covers. The series, the debut Digital First title from Vertigo, DC’s imprint for mature readers, will […]
Oct. 10, 2014 | 7:21 a.m.

New York Comic Con: Batman gets his own postage stamps

Batman, Jim Lee and Dan DiDio reveal the new Batman stamps at New York Comic Con on Thursday. (Dario Cantatore / Associated Press)
In time for his 75th anniversary, Batman is getting his own postage stamps. The limited edition “forever” stamps, unveiled Thursday at New York Comic Con, chronicle the Dark Knight’s evolution, depicting Batman from four eras of comic book history — the golden age, silver age, bronze age and current era of comics. The stamps also feature Gotham Police Commissioner James Gordon’s iconic Bat Signal. Check them out in the gallery above. On hand to reveal the stamps were DC Entertainment co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, whose art is used for the modern age stamps, as well as U.S. Postal Service executive vice president James Cochrane and art director Greg Breeding, who designed the stamp sheet. PHOTOS: New York Comic Con cosplay “Batman has inspired and influenced fans around the world for generations and will continue to do so for […]
Oct. 09, 2014 | 1:02 p.m.

New York Comic Con: Batman, ‘Daredevil,’ more in weekend panel picks

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New York Comic Con kicked off Thursday with an Adam West Batman tribute, a spotlight on “Doctor Who” actor Arthur Darvill and Disney’s previews of “Tomorrowland” and “Big Hero 6,” among other panels. The pop-culture expo, held at Manhattan’s Javits Center today through Sunday, is expected to draw some 130,000 fans for a four-day convention that has come to rival the West Coast’s Comic-Con International in San Diego. If your schedule for this weekend’s events is still up in the air, consider these must-see NYCC panels slated for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. FRIDAY TNT’S “The Librarians“ 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Empire Stage 1-E The upcoming series (based on the TV movies) follow a group of librarians on their adventures to protect mysterious, ancient artifacts. This panel features a sneak peek of the first episode, which premieres Dec. 7, and […]
Oct. 08, 2014 | 1:49 p.m.

Exclusive first look: ‘Sonic Boom’ comic takes a humorous spin

Variant cover 1D of a four-part collectible cover by "Sonic Boom" series artists Evan Stanley, Rick Bryant and Matt Herms. (Archie Comics)
Sonic the Hedgehog is speeding back into pop culture with an upcoming film, a TV series and now a new comic book series. The first pages of “Sonic Boom” are being unveiled at New York Comic Con this week, but Hero Complex readers get an early sneak peek. Check out the preview pages in the gallery above. “Sonic Boom,” by writer Ian Flynn (“Mega Man,” “Sonic Universe”) with art by Evan Stanley, Rick Bryant, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms, features new character designs for the blue speedster and his zany friends, as well as several new characters, such as Sticks the Badger. The comic ties into a new “Sonic Boom” TV series on Cartoon Network and a new video game for the Nintendo WiiU and 3DS systems. “Boom,” from Archie Action comics — home to the “Sonic the Hedgehog” and […]
Oct. 08, 2014 | 11:48 a.m.

‘Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor': Capaldi’s Doctor comes to comics

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The newest incarnation of the Doctor is making his comic book debut this month in “Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor,” a new series from Titan Comics. The first five-issue run is written by Robbie Morrison (“The Adventures of Nikolai Dante,” “2000 AD”) and features art by Dave Taylor (“Batman: Death by Design,” “2000 AD”). In the 32-page first issue, which hits comic shops Oct. 15, Clara Oswald (as played by Jenna Coleman) is getting ready for an evening of grading papers and going out on a date when the freshly regenerated Doctor (as played by Peter Capaldi) whisks her to a faraway world where they face down alien flora and fauna. And despite the Time Lord’s new, more serious visage, it seems he still makes time for witty banter, poking some fun at the 11th Doctor’s fashion sense. “You humans […]
Oct. 06, 2014 | 1:06 p.m.

Matt Kindt writes his Valiant passion project with new ‘Ninjak’ series

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Nothing was going to stand in the way of Matt Kindt writing “Ninjak.” Despite a full plate of ongoing series (“Mind MGMT” for Dark Horse, “Rai” and “Unity” for Valiant) and the upcoming “The Valiant” miniseries, Kindt carved time out of his schedule to work on a pitch for a new “Ninjak” series, knowing that the opportunity would pass him by if he didn’t work fast. “I basically begged Warren [Simmons, Valiant editor-in-chief] to let me do it,” says Kindt. “If there was one Valiant character I would want to do—if I could only do one—it would be Ninjak. And the only issue was would I have time to do it, because I had taken on ‘Unity’ and ‘The Valiant,’ and Warren was just worried about my time.” “I told him to let me pitch it, let me work out an […]
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