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Sept. 12, 2014 | 11:00 a.m.

CBLDF ‘Liberty Annual 2014′: See ‘Emily and the Strangers’ excerpt

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Is there such a thing as too much imagination? A limit on new ideas? That’s what Emily the Strange and her band mate Willow are told by a fussy visitor in a story that’s part of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s and Image Comics’ 48-page, all-ages-appropriate “Liberty Annual 2014,” which benefits the CBLDF’s 1st Amendment work. And don’t worry — the young rock ‘n’ roll rebels aren’t going to stand for that your-thoughts-are-too-unruly business. “Emily and the Strangers in … The Idea Factory” has a story by Mariah Huehner (“True Blood: All Together Now”) and Emily the Strange creator Rob Reger, with art by Cat Farris — the same team behind the recent “Emily and the Strangers: Breaking the Record” miniseries at Dark Horse. Hero Complex readers can get an early peek at the story in the gallery above […]
Sept. 11, 2014 | 3:38 p.m.

‘Annihilator': Frazer Irving crafts L.A. dreamscape for Hollywood tale

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A few years ago, comic book creator Grant Morrison talked to Hero Complex about “a big science fiction story set in modern-day L.A.” called “Annihilator.” This week, the title hits comic book stores — complete with its twisted view of Hollywood. The comic centers on hard-partying screenwriter Ray Spass, who is down on his luck and up against a deadline for a tent-pole script for a movie called “Annihilator.” Things become complicated once Spass is diagnosed with a brain tumor — his main character, Max Nomax, suddenly comes to life, leading Spass on adventures he didn’t bargain for. Hero Complex caught up with artist Frazer Irving, who has previously teamed with Morrison on “Batman and Robin” and “Seven Soldiers: Klarion the Witch Boy,” to get his take on the look and feel of “Annihilator” and what inspired the artist’s re-imagining […]
Sept. 08, 2014 | 3:41 p.m.

‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.': Lady Sif brawls with bikers [video]

The first season of Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” arrives on DVD Tuesday, giving fans the chance to review the 22 episodes of the series’ initial run before the ABC hour-long adventure returns for a second season Sept. 23. The release will include a number of behind-the-scenes featurettes and commentaries with the cast of the show, which tracks the weekly adventures of Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his roster of operatives: Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), Skye (Chloe Bennet), Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge). Hero Complex readers can get an early, exclusive look at some new footage and cast interviews from the episode “Asgardian Bar Fight,” which shows Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander) teaching a lesson to some rowdy bikers under the spell of Lorelei (Elena Satine). Watch it below. The series has […]
Sept. 08, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

‘Justice League: Forever Heroes': See Ivan Reis, Doug Mahnke sketches

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With most of the Justice League missing — presumed dead by the world – and the Crime Syndicate in cataclysmic control, the pressure is on Cyborg. Or what’s left of him. In “Justice League Vol. 5: Forever Heroes,” a new hardcover volume out Wednesday, Victor Stone is badly injured, rended from the robotic part of Cyborg. It’s being inhabited by the computer virus and Crime Syndicate member called Grid, whose group of alternate-reality deranged Justice League doubles is at work cementing its control over the Earth it has invaded. Collecting “Justice League” Nos. 24-29, written by Geoff Johns with pencils by, variously, Ivan Reis and Doug Mahnke, the book also provides looks into the Syndicate members’ pasts in their universe, and ties into the major DC story line “Forever Evil.” Hero Complex readers can get an early look at bonus […]
Sept. 04, 2014 | 6:22 p.m.

‘Death-Defying Dr. Mirage': Jen Van Meter explores love, horror, heroes

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Valiant Comics’ latest superhero project, “The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage,” marks major steps for the publisher. It’s the first time a female character has been the central character of a Valiant title, and it’s also the company’s first book headlined by a female writer, with Jen Van Meter taking the reins to deliver a supernatural love story with rich emotion and a creepy atmosphere. The five-issue miniseries debuting this week spotlights Dr. Shan Fong — known in more colorful circles as Dr. Mirage — a paranormal investigator with the ability to communicate with spirits. She regularly helps people deal with their grief thanks to her extraordinary ability, but the one person she really wants to talk to is the one person that is nowhere to be found: her deceased husband Hwen. A new case presents an opportunity for Shan to reconnect […]
Sept. 04, 2014 | 5:00 a.m.

Gail Simone lets Catman loose in a fresh ‘Secret Six’ in DC’s New 52

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Now the secret can be revealed: Gail Simone is relaunching “Secret Six” in the New 52, and at its core is a mystery with an answer that she said all DC readers will want to know. The fan-favorite writer, who recently wrapped a well-regarded run on “Batgirl,” will introduce the new gang of rogues to root for in an ongoing series set to premiere Dec. 3, and she promises the same sort of “black humor and edginess” – and unpredictability – that won her previous run on the title a passionate following. “It’s so fun to write these characters that are really poor role models,” Simone told Hero Complex in a recent phone interview. Rather than “brightest heroes or the darkest villains,” the book lives in the gray area between, with “private detectives, mercenaries, bounty hunters, failed heroes,” she said. […]
Aug. 28, 2014 | 11:48 a.m.

Batman looms over the five boroughs in New York Comic-Con poster

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Gotham’s most famous crime fighter is featured on the new poster for New York Comic Con. Current “Detective Comics” co-writer and artist Francis Manapul, known for his work on such titles as “The Flash,” “Justice League,” “Witchblade” and “The Necromancer,” created the image for the upcoming pop culture expo, which will take place at Manhattan’s Javits Center Oct. 9-12. The poster superimposes a determined looking Batman over a map of the five boroughs; the iconic vigilante marks his 75th anniversary this year. Although it began as a more narrowly focused celebration of comic books, like its behemoth West Coast rival, San Diego’s Comic-Con International, NYCC is increasingly dominated by pop culture – especially television. Last year, an estimated 130,000 fans descended on New York’s far west side to attend the four-day confab featuring some 400 panels, screenings and special events. […]
Aug. 25, 2014 | 12:54 p.m.

‘Action Comics’ No. 1: Superman debut issue fetches record sale price

Superman just set a new world’s record. An original copy of “Action Comics” No. 1, which introduced the world to the iconic hero, fetched $3.2 million on EBay for owner Darren Adams of Pristine Comics in Federal Way, Wash., making it the most expensive comic book ever sold. The comic, published April 18, 1938, already has made history in a number of ways, of course — it is recognized as the publication that brought the world its first comic book superhero, created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster when they were still high school students in Cleveland in the early 1930s. The copy that was sold was in excellent condition, which merited the high price. ComicConnect, an online auction site, purchased the issue from Adams. In the comics, the cape-wearing, crime-fighting Kryptonian paved the way for the likes of […]
Aug. 20, 2014 | 4:00 a.m.

‘Multiversity': Grant Morrison maps other Earths for DC event series

Influential comic book writer Grant Morrison is the mastermind behind DC's new event series "The Multiversity." (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Grant Morrison is at ease with the prospect of other dimensions. As an acclaimed comic book writer and superhero behaviorist, he’s traveled widely amid the disparate worlds of DC Comics, Marvel and characters of his own creation. It gets complicated out there. Nowhere have things been more entangled with cosmic implications than DC (ancestral home to Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman), evolving into a web of universes that over the decades has expanded and collapsed through various “Crisis” series — and, most recently, in the 2011 revamping called the New 52. Morrison has now been charged with making sense of DC’s Multiverse of 52 Earths, creating stories and a road map with various artists in a monthly series debuting this week with “The Multiversity” No. 1. It will be followed by standalone comics that take a startlingly diverse look at […]
Aug. 15, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.

‘Penny Dora': Michael Stock, Sina Grace realize a wish at Image Comics

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“Penny Dora and the Wishing Box,” Michael Stock and Sina Grace’s new all-ages Image Comics series, has its roots in a half-page story written five years ago – by, appropriately enough, an 8-year-old. The five-issue fantasy adventure about a young girl in suburban Southern California who finds that titular magical item at her doorstep on the day before Christmas began as a reinvention of the Pandora myth by writer Stock’s daughter, Nico. That short story made it into her school newspaper, and Stock, founder of the longtime popular Part-Time Punks club night at the Echo in Los Angeles and host of the same-named radio show, had her read it on his KXLU-FM (88.9) program. “I will still get calls from time to time from various people being like, ‘Whatever happened to the magic box?’” Stock told Hero Complex during a […]
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