April 20, 2014 | 10:00 a.m.
Marvel’s next big comics event is “Original Sin,” and the concept — the Watcher has been murdered and familiar superheroes have terrible secrets — could give some pause. Eisner Award-winning “Daredevil” and “Hulk” writer Mark Waid would be one, if he wasn’t privy to the plans. The self-described “hard-core traditionalist” said his first instinct was to worry that the story line would make the heroes “look like jerks.” But that’s not the case, he told the All-New Marvel Now panel crowd Saturday at Wonder-Con in Anaheim. “I am proud of being part of a team of writers and artists and editors who didn’t take this opportunity to make the characters uglier, that ‘Original Sin’ is not about tarnishing the nobility of the Marvel characters, not about just screwing with and overriding stuff you already know just for the shock value,” […]
April 02, 2014 | 12:26 p.m.
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 […]
Jan. 24, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.
By her own account, its title wasn’t what she led with in proposing new projects to Image Comics or her artist collaborator. But, Kelly Sue DeConnick told the laughing, applauding crowd at Image Expo earlier this month, of the potential books she suggested to publisher Eric Stephenson and artist Valentine De Landro, both latched onto one — one she was eager to confront herself: “Bitch Planet.” The upcoming comic series from the writer of the intense, mythological western “Pretty Deadly” at Image Comics and “Avengers Assemble” and the once and future “Captain Marvel” at Marvel is set on an all-female penal colony in outer space. And there’s a jailbreak. “This is born of a deep and abiding love for exploitation and women in prison movies of the ’60s and ’70s,” DeConnick told the crowd. “I like this stuff so much, […]
Nov. 07, 2013 | 9:17 p.m.
Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist are coming to the small screen thanks to a new deal between Marvel TV and Netflix. The on-demand and mail-in video provider has committed to at least four 13-episode live-action series based on the Marvel characters, culminating in a mini-series event based on Marvel’s “The Defenders,” Marvel TV announced today. The announcement follows Marvel TV’s first major foray into live-action television with this fall’s debut of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” The blind superhero Daredevil, of course, has seen his share of screen time thanks to the Ben Affleck-starring “Daredevil.” Luke Cage is a fighter with super-strength and near-impervious skin. Jessica Jones is a former superheroine who has her own private eye firm and a tempestuous relationship with Luke Cage. And Iron Fist is a disciplined martial artist who happens to be Luke […]
Oct. 14, 2013 | 10:39 a.m.
“Dudes, we love you too, but you have like 19,000 panels,” “Captain Marvel” writer Kelly Sue DeConnick said. “This one is ours.” She continued a tradition Sunday afternoon at New York Comic Con that she started several “Women of Marvel” panels ago, saying that the assembled are no longer addressing the idea that women don’t read comics or superhero comics. “That’s over,” she said to screams of approval. DeConnick then had the women in the room who are interested in working in the comics industry stand up, and instructed them to make friends: “You are going to need each other. There is room up here – we’ll just keep making the table longer. We need you. We want you. You all have unique voices and gifts, and this industry absolutely needs you. The thing is, we need you to be […]
Oct. 14, 2013 | 7:00 a.m.
Marvel ended its parade of All-New Marvel Now title announcements Sunday afternoon during its “Superior Spider-Man” panel at New York Comic Con, revealing that 2014 will bring No. 1’s for a cosmic “Captain Marvel,” an independent-from-Daredevil “Elektra,” an L.A.-bound “The Punisher” and a reunited (and expanded) team of “New Warriors.” The first unveiling, though, dealt with the hour’s titular largely reformed-villain’s-consciousness-in-a-hero’s-body: The project from writer Dan Slott and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli that had been teased as “The End,” will be February’s “Superior Spider-Man” No. 27.NOW, in an arc called “Goblin Nation.” (Yes, before the end, later this year a new Green Goblin will arise. More on that later.) “Everything, everything that’s been happening in ‘Superior Spider-Man’ so far has all just been setting up dominoes,” Slott said. “Bam! They’re all going down. Everything leads to this. Green Goblin on this […]
Aug. 16, 2012 | 5:20 p.m.
With Joss Whedon on board for “Avengers 2,” speculation is already buzzing about which new Avengers could be added to the roster. Vision? Wasp? Ant Man? Black Panther? They’re all worthy, but Captain Marvel — formerly Ms. Marvel — as one of the leaders of the squad should be one to think about. She currently has a revamped monthly comic book starting up, and though it’s fairly early, with only the first few issues out, fans probably want to know more about Carol Danvers’ future adventures. Hero Complex spoke to Kelly Sue DeConnick, the writer of the relaunched book and the upcoming “Assemble” title from Marvel, about the new costume, the new attitude and the current comics climate for all of this “newness.” Hero Complex: Carol Danvers has had a transformative heroic history in Marvel, and finally, she’s taking the […]
April 03, 2012 | 2:24 p.m.
Few superheroes have soared as high as Captain Marvel — he was the first comic-book character to reach Hollywood’s silver screen (Republic’s “Adventures of Captain Marvel” beat the Fleischer “Superman” cartoons to theaters by six months) and he was a newsstand powerhouse, outselling every rival in the 1940s. But Earth’s Mightiest Mortal plummeted from pop culture due to changing tastes and legal issues and, from 1954 to 1972, his comics weren’t published at all. He’s been in the DC Universe since that 1972 revival but (despite some bright spots) he’s never lived up to that illustrious heritage. Now, in the pages of “Justice League,” Geoff Johns, the star writer and chief creative officer of DC Entertainment, and artist Gary Frank are adding new wrinkles to the mythology and hope to put some of the old magic back in the word “Shazam!” HC: We’ve seen different versions […]