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March 10, 2015 | 5:00 a.m.

‘Superman’: Gene Luen Yang, John Romita, Jr. chart hero’s vulnerability

Cover of "Superman" #41 - featured image
Acclaimed cartoonist Gene Luen Yang is heading to DC Comics this June for his very first ongoing monthly comic book project, and he’s starting in a dream position. He’s taking over “Superman” from outgoing writer Geoff Johns, who thrust the book back into the spotlight when he took over last year with artist John Romita Jr., a staple of Marvel Comics making his first appearance on a regular DC title. Yang joins the team as part of a line-wide rehaul at DC Comics that includes 24 new titles and fresh creators on many of its established series, and his presence is a strong indicator of DC’s renewed focus on quality stories by bold minds in the industry. The writer and artist of such graphic novels as the Eisner Award-winning “American Born Chinese” and “Boxers & Saints,” Yang often explores culture […]
March 08, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.

Valiant-DMG deal could bring Harbinger, X-O Manowar, more to screen

bloodshot and Valiant friends for featured image
BEIJING — Whether “Iron Man” or “The Dark Knight” or “Spider-Man,” comic-book films have been hot properties for producers. But with the rights to the Marvel and DC Comics character universes essentially locked up by major studios, smaller publishers are attracting increasing attention these days — even from as far away as China. On Monday, Beijing-based DMG Entertainment is expected to announce that it’s investing at least $10 million in New York-based comics publisher Valiant and putting forth at least $100 million of film financing capital to bring Valiant characters such as Harbinger, X-O Manowar, Shadowman and Dr. Mirage to TV screens and cinemas around the world. Valiant has less than 1% of the U.S. comic book market. (DC and Marvel account for more than 60% combined.) But Valiant’s huge ensemble of characters, who encompass a diversity of ethnic backgrounds, […]
March 03, 2015 | 8:00 a.m.

‘Descender': Jeff Lemire explores the intimate heart of new sci-fi comic

Dustin Nguyen's "Descender" cover. (Image)
After nearly five years working under an exclusive contract at DC Comics, Jeff Lemire is a free agent again, and 2015 looks to be a landmark year for the prolific comic-book creator. In addition to new for-hire projects at Valiant (“The Valiant” and “Bloodshot: Reborn”) and Marvel (“All-New Hawkeye”), Lemire is working on four creator-owned titles: “Descender,” “Plutona” and “AD: After Death” at Image, and “The Black Hammer” at Dark Horse. Debuting Wednesday, “Descender” is the first of Lemire’s new creator-owned books to see release, a science fiction ongoing with artist Dustin Nguyen that follows a boy robot, TIM-21, as he makes his way across the galaxy on the run from anti-machine bounty hunters, armies and more. “I had wanted to do more science fiction,” Lemire said. “I had finished a book for Vertigo last year called ‘Trillium,’ which was […]
March 01, 2015 | 7:19 p.m.

Magruder and ‘M.F.K.’ win the Dwayne McDuffie Diversity Award

Nilah Magruder, winner of the first Dwayne McDuffie Diversity Award for her web comic "M.F.K." at the Long Beach Comics Expo. (Jevon Phillips / Los Angeles Times)
Nilah Magruder, a storyboard and concept artist in Los Angeles, and her web comic “M.F.K.” won the first Dwayne McDuffie Diversity Award on Saturday during a celebratory panel at the Long Beach Comics Expo. “I feel like Jell-O,” Macgruder said. “I am completely overwhelmed and it’s really exciting. I never expected this because there are so many good nominees. It’s a complete honor.” The other nominated titles and creators are: “Hex11” by Lisa K. Weber and Kelly Sue Milano (HexComics),  “Ms. Marvel” by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona (Marvel), “The Shadow Hero” by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew (First Second Books) and “Shaft” by writer David F. Walker and artist Bilquis Evely (Dynamite). Magruder’s “M.F.K.” is about Abbie, who wants to get to the mountain range Potter’s Spine, scatter her mother’s ashes and then live out her life […]
Feb. 24, 2015 | 11:48 a.m.

‘The Harvester': Brandon Seifert unleashes supernatural Punisher

"The Harvester" #1 panel. (Legendary Comics)
An urban legend comes to life in “The Harvester,” Brandon Seifert’s new series for Legendary Comics. The title refers to a vengeful being who forces justice upon evildoers in violent fashion, then disappears. The myth is spoken of in countries around the world, with the creature having different names in different regions. No one knows who or what it is, or who or what is behind it, but a pair of curious investigators aim to find out. Seifert is no stranger to horror comics, having gained critical and sales success in 2011 with “Witch Doctor,” a horror title with a medical spin for Skybound Entertainment (under Image Comics). Hero Complex caught up with the writer to chat a bit about horror comics and the mysterious Harvester. Hero Complex: What was it that initially attracted you to horror comics? Brandon Seifert: […]
Feb. 23, 2015 | 12:22 p.m.

‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ preview: Bruce Wayne heads back into darkness

'Batman: Arkham Knight' (featured image)
Trouble looms for Bruce Wayne thanks to a mysterious new adversary in “Batman: Arkham Knight,” DC’s next Digital First comic release. Written by Peter J. Tomasi (“Batman and Robin”) with art by Viktor Bogdanovic and Art Thibert (with colors by John Rauch), the new series arrives as a prequel to one of the summer’s most anticipated game releases, Rocksteady’s “Batman: Arkham Knight,” out June 2. (The spoiler-averse should proceed with caution.) Set after the events in depicted in 2011’s “Batman: Arkham City,” the story begins with the Joker dead and Arkham City now closed. Nursing old wounds, Bruce Wayne begins to question whether Gotham still needs Batman. Before long, though, a shadowy new villain emerges, summoning the weary hero back into vigilante justice mode. “Batman: Arkham Knight” kicks off with a three-part story, “Death of a Rival.” The first chapter […]
Feb. 18, 2015 | 12:00 p.m.

‘Ms. Marvel,’ ‘Shaft’ among Dwayne McDuffie Diversity Award finalists

"Ms. Marvel" by G. Willow Wilson (pictured) and Adrian Alphona is a finalist for the first Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity. (Marvel Entertainment)
Finalists for the first Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity have been chosen, and the nominees range from independent to mainstream comic books. The five nominated titles and creators are as follows: “Hex11” by Lisa K. Weber and Kelly Sue Milano (HexComics), “M.F.K.” by Nilah Magruder (http://www.mfkcomic.com/), “Ms. Marvel” by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona (Marvel), “The Shadow Hero” by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew (First Second Books) and “Shaft” by writer David F. Walker and artist Bilquis Evely (Dynamite). “Who gets to be the hero, and how readers get to see themselves reflected in the hero are complex matters that Dwayne thought about often. As editor in chief of Milestone Media’s original run of comics, he used terms like ‘multi-experiential’ to describe what we were doing,” said Matt Wayne, the director of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity. […]
Feb. 17, 2015 | 7:00 a.m.

‘Infinity Gauntlet’ No. 1 preview: Gerry Duggan, Dustin Weaver get cosmic

'Infinity Gauntlet' No. 1 (featured image)
As Marvel kicks off its massive new Secret Wars event in May, it will be Gerry Duggan and Dustin Weaver teaming up to present a reimagined “Infinity Gauntlet.” Written by Duggan (“Deadpool”) and Weaver (“Edge of Spider-Verse”) with cover and pencils by Weaver, this “Infinity Gauntlet” will chronicle the adventures of a young woman named Anwen Bakian, who lives with her dad, sister and grandfather in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, searching for food and hiding from enormous insects. When Anwen discovers a mysterious stone that potentially holds considerable cosmic power, however, her circumstances change. Hero Complex readers can check out exclusive “Infinity Gauntlet” artwork, including Skottie Young’s homage to the original “Infinity Gauntlet” No. 4 cover and character sketches, in the gallery above or in the links below. ‘INFINITY GAUNTLET’ No. 1: Dustin Weaver’s cover | Skottie Young’s variant cover | […]
Feb. 10, 2015 | 2:30 p.m.

‘Netflix for comics': Scribd adds 10,000 Marvel, Archie, IDW comics

The book subscription service Scribd will add more than 10,000 comic books to its digital collection. (Scribd)
It seems the long-awaited “Netflix for comics” has arrived. The book subscription service Scribd will add more than 10,000 comic books to its digital collection, from top publishers including Marvel, Archie, IDW/Top Shelf, Boom! Studios, Dynamite and Valiant, the company announced Tuesday. For $8.99 per month, subscribers will have access to the comics selection in addition to Scribd’s catalog of ebooks and audiobooks. “This addition gives comics readers the freedom of unlimited reading, while also giving our ebook and audiobook lovers the opportunity to discover comics and graphic novels,” said Trip Adler, co-founder and CEO of Scribd, in a press statement. Readers will be able to browse comics by character, by series or using Scribd’s curated collections. The addition of comics increases Scribd’s library to more than 1 million titles. While Scribd isn’t the first subscription service to offer comics […]
Feb. 10, 2015 | 11:52 a.m.

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

Princess Leia
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 […]
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