Blake Hennon

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. 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 | 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. 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 […]
July 28, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.

Comic-Con: Waid, Quesada, Slott on Marvel’s 75th, Daredevil’s 50th

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Who is the most important person in Marvel Comics history? Several audience members responded to Mark Waid’s question by shouting back “Stan Lee!” No, the Eisner Award-winning “Daredevil” writer told the crowd gathered for a panel about Marvel’s 75th and the Man Without Fear’s 50th anniversaries. But they were close: It’s Lee’s wife Joanie, Waid said. In 1961, Lee “was starting to feel burned out” after 20 years and about 10,000 issues of various genre stories under the direction of publisher Martin Goodman, said Waid, an expert on comics history, and was looking to do something else with his life. “It was his wife Joanie,” Waid continued, “who said … ‘If you’re done with comics and go away and do something else, at least take one last shot and do something that you really want to do… And if it […]
July 28, 2014 | 7:00 a.m.

Comic-Con: Chuck Palahniuk on ‘Fight Club 2′; Lemire, Kindt at Dark Horse

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Chuck Palahniuk paused while describing the story of the upcoming “Fight Club 2” to read the Comic-Con reminder that some audience members may be under 18. He then mentioned, in moderate language, that the unnamed narrator from his 1996 novel and fellow support group faker Marla, now married in the 10-issue Dark Horse comic book continuation, “haven’t had great sex in 10 years,” since Tyler Durden was around. “And Marla is desperate to get laid the way she got laid by Tyler, even if it means titrating her husband’s medication so that late at night she can coax Tyler out of suppression,” Palahniuk said, “even if it means doing this to the extent that Tyler is more and more in the world and eventually destroys their home and their family and drags them into chaos” in search of the couple’s […]
July 26, 2014 | 7:51 p.m.

Comic-Con: ‘Saga’s’ Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples on raising Hazel

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“Saga,” writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples told their panel’s capacity crowd Saturday at Comic-Con, is Hazel’s story. The daughter of Alana and Marko – on-the-run lovers born of warring alien species – Hazel narrates Vaughan and Staples’ creator-owned, Eisner Award-winning hit Image Comics series from an as yet unseen future. Readers first met her just as she was being born, and in the most recent issues see her as a toddler. “Her parents are a very important part of her life now,” said Vaughan, who hasn’t been shy about killing off “Saga” characters. “But they might not always be.” After the audience’s mournful reaction to that, he jokingly offered, “Or maybe they’ll always be!” The truly out-there sci-fi series’ first deluxe hardcover, collecting the first 18 issues, has a cover image of the infant Hazel breastfeeding, with […]
July 26, 2014 | 4:27 p.m.

Comic-Con: Marvel reveals ‘Star Wars,’ Darth Vader, Leia comics

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Marvel is launching back into “Star Wars” comics with major creative Force, with three series – a core title, plus a Darth Vader ongoing and a Princess Leia miniseries — rolling out in January, February and March. Writer Jason Aaron (“Thor, God of Thunder”) and John Cassaday (“Astonishing X-Men”), who Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada introduced to the “Cup o’ Joe” Comic-Con International panel Saturday afternoon as “Jedis,” will pick up the story right after the original film in January’s “Star Wars” No. 1, an ongoing monthly series. “As far as I’m concerned it’s 1977, and we’ve just been hired to produce the direct sequel to that original movie,” Aaron said. “I want everybody here who reads this book to feel like I felt when I was a kid and first met these characters … I want you to […]
July 26, 2014 | 11:23 a.m.

Comic-Con: IDW announces ‘Star Trek to the Planet of the Apes,’ more

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Capt. Kirk, meet Col. Taylor. IDW Publishing is boldly going there, with “Star Trek to the Planet of the Apes,” an intercompany crossover with Boom Studios. It’s landing in January, IDW announced Friday afternoon at Comic-Con International in San Diego during its “Rock This Town” panel. “It’s a madhouse! It seems like David and I get the fun phone calls,” Scott Tipton said of himself and his writing partner brother, who have teamed on “Star Trek” and “Doctor Who” titles at the company, adding that they worked to find a space within the “Planet of the Apes” movies’ chronology to work in a visit from the Starship Enterprise. He made clear that the cosmically weird crossover will be based on the franchises’ original casts: “Classic ‘Apes’ to me means Heston,” he said. The art will be by Rachel Stott. The […]
July 26, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.

Comic-Con: ‘Saga,’ Matt Fraction, IDW win big at Eisner Awards

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“Saga’s” Alana and Marko, lovers from warring alien races, may always be on the run with their daughter, but the truly out-there science-fiction adventure was once again welcomed with open arms at the Eisner Awards. Brian K. Vaughan’s and Fiona Staples’ Image Comics series continued to dominate in its second year as a contender, winning its second consecutive awards for continuing series and writer, and adding the painter prize for Staples. Responsible for bringing the CBS show “Under the Dome” to television and also a former “Lost” producer in addition to his comics work, Vaughan told the crowd Friday night at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront’s Indigo Ballroom, “People always ask, ‘What have you learned working in film and television?’ I guess I’ve learned that comics are not an equal medium — that we are a vastly superior medium.” Trying […]
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