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April 15, 2014 | 6:04 p.m.

Eisner Awards: ‘Hawkeye,’ ‘The Wake,’ ‘Saga’ lead nominations field

"Hawkeye" writer Matt Fraction is nominated for a 2014 Eisner Award for his work on the series. (David Aja / Marvel)
Marvel’s “Hawkeye,” DC/Vertigo’s “The Wake” and Image’s “Saga” topped the roster of Eisner Award nominations, which honor outstanding work in the comics field. The nominations for the 2014 awards were announced Tuesday, marking the 26th year of the ceremony, long considered to be the Oscars for comics. Image Comics topped the list of publishers with 17 nominations plus three shared; Fantagraphics received 18 noms. “Hawkeye” and its creative team received five nominations for writer Matt Fraction, continuing series, single issue, cover artist (David Aja) and colorist (Matt Hollingsworth). Fraction was nominated for best writer for several series, including “Sex Criminals,” which was hailed by Time as “comic series of the year.” Fraction will square off in the category against Kelly Sue DeConnick, who was nominated for her work on two series — Image’s “Pretty Deadly,” which earned several nominations and Marvel’s “Captain […]
April 15, 2014 | 5:02 p.m.

Daredevil and Original Sin in comic book previews

Daredevil #1.50 (Martin variant)
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. Follow us @LATHeroComplex RECENT AND RELATED Afterlife With Archie: Francavilla cover, film details ‘Batman: Death of the Family’: Joker mask, Vol. 3 Black Widow, Falcon inspire ‘Project Runway’ ‘Ms. Marvel’: G. Willow Wilson, Sana Amanat on Kamala Batman at 75: Warner Bros., DC reveal Bat-plans ‘Hellboy: The First 20 Years’: Mike Mignola reflects ‘Flash’ 29: Is Barry closing in on his mom’s killer? Ales Kot […]
April 14, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

‘Batman: Zero Year’ 30: Scott Snyder talks ‘Savage City,’ Crime Alley

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“Batman: Zero Year” is writer Scott Snyder’s and artist Greg Capullo’s ambitious 12-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 9 of the saga arrives Wednesday with “Batman” No. 30. Batman is defeated, presumed dead. And the Riddler has the run of a transformed Gotham City. Welcome to “Savage City,” the final arc of “Zero Year,” which writer Scott Snyder says is “where the biggest, most fun and craziest elements of the story begin.” Where the “Secret City” and “Dark City” segments re-envisioned the classic elements of Batman’s origin story, the third part is what the Eisner Award winner says is the reward for readers letting the “Batman” team […]
April 11, 2014 | 12:32 p.m.

‘Batman Eternal’ 2 preview: Jim Gordon in shackles, Gotham reacts

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Jim Gordon in jail? Say it ain’t so. Unfortunately, that’s precisely where Gotham’s police commissioner finds himself after the dramatic events of “Batman Eternal” No. 1. In that issue, writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV introduced Detroit cop Jason Bard to the GCPD and put Gordon on a side of the law that readers had never seen before. Now with issue No. 2 they’re looking to explore the fallout inside the city as Gordon stands accused of causing a train wreck that killed an untold number of Gotham citizens. Particularly heartbreaking is the response of daughter Barbara, in Batgirl costume at the time, whose shock is exquisitely rendered by artist Jason Fabok. But who is that shadowy figure showing up at Mayor Sebastian Hady’s door? Answers will arrive with the issue’s release next week. But for now, Hero Complex readers […]
April 08, 2014 | 2:27 p.m.

Exclusive: Stan Lee on ‘Mighty 7: Beginnings,’ hero influences (video)

This post has been corrected. See note below for details. Stan Lee has created countless heroes; with his latest project, he’s now joining their ranks. “Stan Lee’s Mighty 7: Beginnings” arrives as the first installment in a trilogy of animated films starring the comics legend on Blu-ray and DVD next week. The movie sees Lee tasked with helping out a group of aliens that has crash-landed in the desert and must learn how to become superheroes. Unfortunately, Lee’s battling a bout of writer’s block at the time. Hero Complex readers can check out an exclusive clip of Lee sharing his thoughts on the project below. The Marvel maestro, of course, had his own heroes growing up. Chief among them? Celluloid swashbuckler Errol Flynn. “To me he was the perfect hero in all the roles he played,” Lee said in the […]
April 08, 2014 | 11:43 a.m.

Archie Comics announces beloved redhead to die in July issue

Cover of "Life with Archie" no. 36, in which Archie Andrews dies. (Archie Comics)
Archie fans might want to brace themselves: The beloved character will die this July. Archie Comics announced Tuesday that the lovable redhead Archie Andrews will bite the proverbial dust, to cap the recent “Life With Archie” series. “We’ve been building up to this moment since we launched ‘Life With Archie’ five years ago, and knew that any book that was telling the story of Archie’s life as an adult had to also show his final moment,” said Archie Comics Publisher/Co-CEO Jon Goldwater in a statement. MORE: RECENT ARCHIE NEWS While details of the character’s impending death are scant, it has been revealed that Archie will go out saving the life of a friend in “Life With Archie” No. 36, in which the two potential future timelines of the series finally will mesh. Comic readers will have no shortage of formats […]
April 07, 2014 | 6:30 p.m.

Conan O’Brien to host talk show from Comic-Con International in 2015

Conan O'Brien will bring his late-night talk show to San Diego's Comic-Con International in 2015. (Art Streiber/TBS)
“Conan,” the late-night TBS series hosted by self-professed nerd and comic critic Conan O’Brien, will broadcast from San Diego’s Spreckels Theatre for the week of July 8-12, 2015. According to a network announcement Monday, the shoot will mark the first time ever that a late-night show has broadcast from the conference-cum-party that typically draws some 130,000 visitors, many decked out in their finest cosplay duds. (Check out photos of costumed attendees from last year’s event in the gallery above.) O’Brien does have a history with the San Diego confab. In 2011, he appeared at Comic-Con as The Flaming C, a superhero alter ego he created with acclaimed DC animator Bruce Timm. At the appearance, he joked about blowing $25 million on a trailer for a Flaming C movie yet to appear. Other notable interactions with the Comic-Con world include O’Brien’s recurring “Clueless Gamer” bit in […]
April 04, 2014 | 4:42 p.m.

‘Batman: Death of the Family’: Joker mask paired with Vol. 3 release

The Joker (Greg Capullo / DC Comics)
Scrambling for that perfect way to commemorate Batman’s 75th anniversary? What about wearing the Joker’s face? DC announced Friday its fall release plans for writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo’s “Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family,” which collects “Batman” issues No. 13-17 and will come paired with a replica hand-painted vinyl latex mask of the Joker, complete with sewn-on hair and a white elastic band. The mask is a homage to the original cover of “Death of the Family,” which depicted the skinless face of the Joker, removed at the behest of the Clown Prince of Crime by Dollmaker as a symbol of his rebirth. PHOTOS: The Joker through the years The “Death of the Family” series was lauded as a jolt of life for the Batman universe and responsible for creating a new chapter in the Joker […]
April 03, 2014 | 3:47 p.m.

‘The Undertaking of Lily Chen’ weaves a tale of ghostly love

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The Chinese tradition of ghost marriages — weddings performed for deceased bachelors — serves as the inspiration for “The Undertaking of Lily Chen,” the latest graphic novel from author Danica Novgorodoff. The ancient practice sought to partner recently deceased singletons for their journeys into the afterlife, but a modern resurgence of the macabre tradition in contemporary China has led to grave-robbings and even killings — setting the stage for Novgorodoff’s tale. “Lily Chen,” from First Second Books, follows a young man named Deshi whose elder (and more favored) brother dies in an accident. Deshi’s parents hold him responsible and send him on a quest to find a corpse bride so his brother won’t have to enter the afterlife alone. When he meets the eponymous Lily Chen, a sharp-tongued and impulsive young woman trying to escape an arranged marriage, he sees […]
April 02, 2014 | 12:26 p.m.

Black Widow, Falcon inspire ‘Project Runway’ designers’ superhero style

Designers get fashion inspiration from Marvel characters. (Lifetime)
Ever wondered if a superhero cape could pass for haute couture? On Thursday, “Project Runway: Under the Gunn” viewers will find out. The four remaining competitors on the fashionable reality competition program will use fearsome Marvel characters such as Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Falcon, Hawkeye and the Guardians of the Galaxy as inspiration for a ready-to-wear challenge. Expect a run on camouflage, tool belts and spandex fabric at Mood Fabrics ( how fast can an ambitious designer make 10-foot feathered wings?).   Jaimie Alexander (who recently visited “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” as her “Thor” character Lady Sif) will serve as a guest judge ready to school the hopefuls on all things fierce. Cort Lane (that name just sounds like a superhero), Marvel’s vice president in charge of animation development and production, will also be on hand as a guest mentor. No word […]
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