Brian Azzarello

Oct. 27, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.

‘Wonder Woman’ 35: Azzarello, Chiang end a ‘no-cheesecake’ Diana epic

Wonder Woman is an epic character, and writer Brian Azzarello and artist Cliff Chiang promise a suitably epic ending to the saga they’ve created during the last three years. The duo, who have guided the superheroine’s solo adventures since DC’s New 52 reality reset in fall 2011, have memorably taken Diana of Themyscira’s classic origin as a girl made from clay and remolded it to make her the biological daughter of Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons, and Zeus (born of a love affair, not one of the Greek god’s tricky trysts). Tying Wonder Woman into the Greek pantheon — eventually replacing the felled Ares as god of war — has given her an extended family with whom every reunion is rife with conflict. In the final issue of Azzarello and Chiang’s acclaimed run (which also featured art by Tony Akins […]
May 12, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.

‘Futures End’ 2 preview: Animal Man eulogizes Green Arrow

Superheroes are descending on Star City to mourn a comrade. “Futures End” No. 2, out Wednesday, follows the shocking death of Green Arrow in the DC weekly series’ previous issue with the late Oliver Queen’s Justice League United teammate Animal Man delivering a touching eulogy. Hero Complex readers can get an early look at what Buddy Baker has to say about his fallen friend in the gallery above or via the links below. The issue is written by Brian Azzarello, Keith Giffen, Dan Jurgens and Jeff Lemire, with art by Jesus Merino and Dan Green. “Futures End” No. 2: Page 6 | Pages 7-8 | Page 9 | Page 10 One thing to keep in mind: These events are five years ahead, in one possible future — one that a further-future Batman has traveled back in time to stop. Bruce […]
June 17, 2013 | 8:45 a.m.

‘Wonder Woman’ No. 21 first look: Diana faces the First Born

Wonder Woman prepares to face off against antagonist the First Born in issue No. 21, by comic writer Brian Azzarello and artist Cliff Chiang. Hero Complex readers can get an exclusive first look at the first four pages of the comic, which hits stores Wednesday. Issue No. 21, “Flesh & Stone,” picks up after Wonder Woman’s battle with Artemis in No. 20 — a battle that left Diana reeling and London in ruins. Now, Wonder Woman must withstand an all-out attack from antagonist the First Born. Click through the gallery above or use the links below to preview the comic. Cover | Variant cover | Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 Wonder Woman has undergone one of the most dramatic makeovers in DC’s “New 52″ relaunched titles. Since the reboot, Diana has discovered that she was not molded from clay by Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons; instead, […]
Feb. 09, 2013 | 7:00 a.m.

‘Before Watchmen’ first look: Comedian’s dark travels in Vietnam

Edward “The Comedian” Blake didn’t get much face time in Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ landmark graphic novel “Watchmen” — he takes a header off a balcony before the story even opens. The character failed to get much more exposure in Zack Snyder’s 2009 film adaptation of “Watchmen,” but writer Brian Azzarello and artist J.G. Jones have been more than making up for his absence with their six-part “Before Watchmen: Comedian” limited series, tracing the checkered past of the not-so-funny tough guy. Cover | Digital Combo Cover | Variant Cover | Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 As the series reaches its penultimate chapter, we find Blake continuing his Forrest Gump-like journey through mid-20th century history. He’s rubbed shoulders (and even rubbed out) some very notable names, and now he’s in Vietnam, traveling further and […]
Oct. 12, 2012 | 10:13 a.m.

‘Wonder Woman’ No. 13 first look: Brian Azzarello plays with gods

Wonder Woman has undergone one of the most dramatic makeovers in DC’s “New 52” relaunched titles. Throughout issues No. 0-12, Diana discovers that the story she’s been told about her beginnings is a lie. She was not molded from clay by Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons; instead, she is the daughter of Hippolyta and Zeus, and the story was created to protect her from the wrath of Hera, Zeus’ wife. Diana suddenly finds herself part of a scheming and feuding family of gods. And in “Wonder Woman” No. 12, the Amazing Amazon removes her iconic cuffs, shows off some new Zeus-like powers and even takes flight. It’s certainly a messier story than previous iterations of Wonder Woman, but writer Brian Azzarello has said that’s exactly what the heroine needed; how can a character who’s already so perfect progress and grow? […]
Oct. 12, 2012 | 7:00 a.m.

‘Rorschach’ No. 3 first look: Chip Kidd takes on variant cover

Chip Kidd, one of the most celebrated book cover designers in publishing, is taking on Rorschach, one of the most twisted and controversial characters in comics. Kidd is bringing his design skills to a variant cover for “Rorschach” No. 3. The comic, which goes on sale on Nov. 21, is the next installment in the antihero’s “Before Watchmen” series, written by Brian Azzarello with art by Lee Bermejo. Issues No. 1 and 2 set Rorschach against corpse-carving serial killer The Bard and crime lord Rawhead in a gritty 1977 world. Despite initial outcry and criticism from fans of the original 1986-87 “Watchmen” series by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons, the DC prequels are gaining traction. Kidd, who has worked as a designer for Alfred A. Knopf since 1986, is no stranger to the world of comics. His graphic […]
Feb. 01, 2012 | 3:00 a.m.

‘Watchmen’ prequels: DC dares to expand on classic

“Watchmen” didn’t just make comic-book history in 1986 with its sprawling, subversive doomsday tale, it became something close to a holy text for comic-book fans. That’s why the publishing news out of New York today will make some purists feel like it’s the end of the world. DC Comics is going back to the universe of “Watchmen” this summer by launching seven new prequel series that will collectively be referred to as “Before Watchmen,” marking the first time that characters such as Doctor Manhattan, Rorschach and the Comedian have appeared anywhere in comics since the original 12-issue series, which in a single-volume collection became the bestselling graphic novel of all time. For some fans, the project will be viewed with deep cynicism because of the absence of the “Watchmen” creators, writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons, but others will […]
Nov. 04, 2011 | 11:18 a.m.

Wonder Woman at 70: DC’s icon gets new origin (but still no film)

Hollywood is working on new movies featuring Superman and Batman and they will give the iconic DC heroes 16 theatrically released feature films between them. But Wonder Woman, the third most famous name in the DC vault, will celebrate her 70th anniversary this December with exactly zero feature films as well as the lingering ignominy of the live-action television pilot that NBC and Warner Bros financed but then deemed too awful to air. What’s the problem? That’s one question our Geoff Boucher asked writer Brian Azzarello and artist Cliff Chiang, the new creative team chronicling the adventures of the Amazon princess in the pages of DC Comics. The pair, who took over the title under The New 52 initiative to revamp or revitalize their entire DC line,  caused a stir right away by changing the heroine’s classic origins story  and giving her something that she’s never had in any […]
July 18, 2009 | 7:30 p.m.

‘The Hunter’: Darwyn Cooke and Donald Westlake pull off the perfect crime

This is a longer version of my story that is running Monday on the cover of the Los Angeles Times Calendar section. Even when the movies ended up bad — and they usually did — crime novelist Donald E. Westlake never had a problem taking Hollywood money for his ideas. But with his signature creation, the ruthless career criminal known simply as Parker, Westlake insisted that the names be changed to protect the guilty. Westlake, who died at age 75 this past New Year’s Eve, saw seven movies made from his Parker novels (which were all published under his pseudonym Richard Stark), but in each film the main character’s name was changed; even when Lee Marvin, Robert Duvall or Mel Gibson was in the role, Westlake wouldn’t entrust his favorite brand name to anyone else. That changed, though, in the final months […]
July 11, 2009 | 11:16 p.m.

One more round: ‘100 Bullets’ tonight at Meltdown Comics

Tonight’s the night. Go to Meltdown Comics to pay homage to unforgettable decade-long run of “100 Bullets” and to also support a good cause … If you haven’t been captivated by “100 Bullets,” here’s the perfect introduction: The good folks at Meltdown will be hosting a “100 Bullets: Last Shot” goodbye party to coincide with the release of “Wilt,” the 13th and final collection of the  Eisner- and Harvey-winning Vertigo series. Totaling 100 issues, the noir-style “100 Bullets” has the distinction of being the longest-running comic book series to be produced, without interruption, by the same writer (Brian Azzarello), artist (Eduardo Risso) and cover artist (Dave Johnson). Azzarello and Johnson will both be on hand tonight. During its run of nine years and eight months, the murder and mayhem saga revolved around the mysterious Agent Graves, who gives select people a handgun, 100 bullets, a photograph […]
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