Oct. 08, 2014 | 11:48 a.m.
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.
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 […]
Oct. 03, 2014 | 11:16 a.m.
Few new properties have landed with the immense impact of Paul Pope’s “Battling Boy,” the vibrant, exhilarating 2013 graphic novel that introduced readers to the son of a god, the daughter of a superhero, and the rich fantasy world they inhabit. Combining the best elements of ancient mythology, pulp science fiction, Japanese manga and American superhero comics, Pope created a multifaceted narrative with true all-ages appeal, moving away from the gritty maturity of his earlier work and embracing a more youthful, fun-loving approach to comics storytelling. The transition proved to be a major success, earning Pope an Eisner Award this year for “Best Comic for Teens” and making “Battling Boy” the foundation for a larger line of titles from Pope and publisher First Second. “I’m reactionary in the sense that I see voids,” Pope said. “I felt like, editorially, a […]
Oct. 02, 2014 | 1:06 p.m.
Find the best and the brightest of the comic book world right here, before the books hit the shelves. Thumb through the gallery above, and click on thumbnails below for larger images. We’ll update the post throughout the month so check back to see this growing gallery of covers and pages from upcoming releases from top publishers. To see more art from recent releases, check out our comic book news section and archive of comics-art galleries. RECENT AND RELATED Long Beach Comic Con: Lois Lane and the advancement of women in comics Long Beach Comic Con: Cosplay photos, from Deadpool to Pinkie Pie Marvel settles dispute over superhero rights with Jack Kirby estate ‘Annihilator': Frazer Irving crafts L.A. dreamscape for Hollywood tale ‘Justice League: Forever Heroes': See Ivan Reis, Doug Mahnke sketches Gail Simone lets Catman loose in a fresh ‘Secret Six’ in DC’s […]
Oct. 02, 2014 | 12:34 p.m.
It’s a rather different incarnation of the well-known young witch who will headline “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” the latest Archie Comics series to enjoy a bit of a spooky reboot under the direction of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. The company’s chief creative officer, who last year brought zombies to Riverdale with the ongoing “Afterlife With Archie,” took some interesting inspiration when bringing Sabrina back to the forefront of her own comic — he principally looked to Roman Polanski’s landmark horror film “Rosemary’s Baby” for the 1960s-set origin tale, which presents a darker take on the characters and their adventures than previously seen. Hero Complex caught up with Aguirre-Sacasa to learn more about the narrative direction and tone of “Sabrina,” and the contributions of artist Robert Hack. Issue No. 1 is set for release Oct. 8. HC: It’s been five years since Sabrina […]
Oct. 01, 2014 | 5:44 p.m.
DC Entertainment will reevaluate licensing agreements after the comics giant was criticized for lending its name to perceived sexist T-shirts for children, the company said Wednesday. Upset parents and other fans recently took to social media to hammer away at the company after shirts for children were found on store shelves with what they called sexist messages. One shirt in particular for girls that drew ire read, “Training to be Batman’s Wife.” Other shirts for children have various but related slogans and sayings, including pajamas for girls saying: “I Only Date Superheroes.” A shirt for boys has a picture of Superman kissing Wonder Woman saying: “Superman does it again” and “Score!” DC Entertainment agreed with its critics. “All our fans are incredibly important to us, and we understand that the messages on certain T-shirts are offensive. We agree,” the company said […]
Sept. 29, 2014 | 12:51 p.m.
The spotlight was on Riverdale’s dark side during the “Afterlife With Archie” panel with writer and Archie Comics chief creative officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa at Long Beach Comic Con on Sunday. “I’ve never felt like we should dial back the horror, but the challenge is, as horrific as the events get, at the core it is an ‘Archie’ book,” said Aguirre-Sacasa in a discussion with Hero Complex’s Blake Hennon at the weekend expo. Among the topics explored were Aguirre-Sacasa’s history with Archie Comics, the origins of “Afterlife” and what readers can expect in future issues as well as his upcoming “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” series. “Afterlife With Archie” chronicles Riverdale’s zombie apocalypse, which was instigated when Sabrina the Teenage Witch attempted to bring back Jughead Jones’ dog, Hot Dog, from the dead. The consequence: Jughead is the first human casualty […]
Sept. 29, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.
Lois Lane may be the most famous woman in comics, and the fearless Daily Planet journalist got her due from several “Ladies First: The Impact of Women in Comics” panelists during a wide-ranging discussion Saturday. Barbara Randall Kesel, a writer and editor who has worked at DC Comics, said the character’s portrayal “rises and falls with what is happening with women in the real world” – from being a “spitfire” like new career women in the ’30s and ’40s, to being diminished to “comedic foil” for Superman as women were being encouraged to relinquish jobs and focus on their husbands in the ’50s, to becoming a more feminist character as the equality movement has advanced. Lane is “a superhero without any powers,” popular artist Amanda Conner, who co-writes DC’s “Harley Quinn” series, said. “She’s got that assumption of authority – […]
Sept. 28, 2014 | 7:51 p.m.
Photographer Genaro Molina headed down to Long Beach this weekend to capture the cosplay on display at the 2014 Long Beach Comic Con. Click through the gallery above for a look at some of this year’s more colorful Comic Con attendees. In its sixth year, the convention featured a showroom floor filled with booths offering clothing, toys, artists’ drawings and comic properties, movie item replicas and numerous cosplay how-to sessions for fledgling costumers. Panel discussions and in-depth conversations with creators — including in the convention’s 104 A auditorium, which this year was redubbed the “Hero Complex” theater for the weekend — were also a part of the convention’s programming. Discussions of race and gender in comics and spotlight sessions devoted to “Hellboy” mastermind Mike Mignola, Man of Action Studios, 75 years of Batman and the zany minds behind “Robot Chicken” […]
Sept. 28, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.
Mike Mignola has gone to hell with Hellboy, and he has every intention of staying there. “I find the hell that I’ve created very, very cozy,” he told a crowd at Long Beach Comic Con on Saturday afternoon. “I don’t want to leave it.” So what’s so great about the “Hellboy in Hell” underworld where Mignola plans to spend most of, or maybe all, of the rest of his career? “If you could look inside my head, this is the world that’s in there,” the Hellboy creator said. “It’s entirely made out of the things I like,” which include old buildings and forests and exclude cars, planes and the pressure of trying to illustrate real places. “I just want to draw that world,” he continued. “The trouble is, that world’s really big, so it’s going to take a really long […]