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, […]
Jan. 20, 2014 | 11:00 a.m.
Tom Taylor has seen the end of one world only to hurtle through “Apocalypse” in another. The real adult human/fictional boy wizard of Mike Carey’s and Peter Gross’ literature-rich Vertigo series “The Unwritten” had been pulled into the mature-fairy-tale world of Bill Willingham’s and Mark Buckingham’s “Fables” for a story that ended in “Unwritten” No. 54, released in October, with cataclysmic results. Now, after a short hiatus, the story continues with Wednesday’s “The Unwritten: Apocalypse” No. 1, the beginning of a 12-part story that will end the series that the former “Lucifer” collaborators launched back in 2009. Hero Complex readers can get a look at the covers and two interior pages from the first issue in the gallery above or in larger versions in the links below. “The Unwritten: Apocalypse” No. 1: Cover | Variant | Page [link contains profanity] […]
Jan. 20, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
“Batman: Zero Year” is writer Scott Snyder’s and artist Greg Capullo’s ambitious 11-part comics event exploring Bruce Wayne’s beginnings as the Caped Crusader in DC Comics’ New 52. Snyder is joining Hero Complex each month for an exclusive preview of the next issue and conversation about the story so far. Part 7 of the saga arrives Wednesday with “Batman” No. 27. Batman and Commissioner Jim Gordon are known to generations of comic readers and TV and movie viewers as close allies, but that’s not the case so far in “Zero Year.” Last month’s “Batman” No. 26 began with the grade-school-age Bruce Wayne being arrested by a years-away-from-being-commissioner Gordon for truancy. So begins a day being parsed out in flashbacks that will forever change a boy’s life. Readers have yet to see fully why, but “Zero Year’s” adult Bruce hates Gordon. […]
Jan. 17, 2014 | 12:30 p.m.
Chris Burnham was being “cagey” about his and writer Grant Morrison’s “Nameless” horror, but he was excited to name the terrors that keep him up at night. The good-humored artist, a surprise guest at last week’s Image Expo in San Francisco, had used that word on stage in not discussing what the upcoming comic book miniseries is about (though Morrison has revealed a few details), and in a backstage interview he apologetically kept mum on the subject. But Burnham, 36, who recently moved to L.A. from Chicago to be nearer to opportunities in film, video games and other media, was forthcoming about how his and “Batman Incorporated” collaborator Morrison’s creative dynamic works, the freedom of drawing a creator-owned book, and which comics, movies and books haunt him at home and freak him out in L.A. traffic jams. And, after having […]
Jan. 16, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.
In the depths of “Low,” Rick Remender is finding reason to be optimistic. His new sci-fi series with artist Greg Tocchini, announced last week at Image Expo in San Francisco, takes readers into a far future where the expanding sun’s radiation has sent humans to the bottom of the ocean, where they’ve long been waiting for the return of probes sent to search for other habitable worlds. But the series’ “beating heart,” he says, is the hopeful Stel, who sets out after a probe that has returned. “Low” is one of three new series the writer of the cult favorite sci-fi series “Fear Agent” has running or ready to blast off at Image Comics: “Black Science,” with artists Matteo Scalera and Dean White, is two issues in and follows Grant McKay and his Anarchist League of Scientists (and his children) […]
Jan. 15, 2014 | 8:30 a.m.
Don’t think witches are scary? Scott Snyder says wait until you see “Wytches.” “We want you to be afraid to go to bed at night,” said the writer of the bestselling “Batman” at DC and the Eisner Award-winning “American Vampire” at Vertigo to the crowd Thursday at Image Expo in San Francisco about his and artist Jock’s new horror series. In a backstage interview, Snyder discussed creating a more “bestial and primal” breed of witches, reteaming with Jock (Mark Simpson, his collaborator on a harrowing, acclaimed epic in “Detective Comics” issues collected as “Batman: The Black Mirror”), the influence of Roald Dahl, how “Wytches” may be scarier than “American Vampire,” why this series is at Image Comics (where he did “Severed”), making up stories deep in the woods, and the why of that “y” in the title. Hero Complex: Why […]
Jan. 11, 2014 | 10:33 p.m.
Peter Parker is swinging back from death in April with a new “Amazing Spider-Man” No. 1 by writer Dan Slott and artist Humberto Ramos. “We’ve gone over 30 issues without Peter Parker, so when we let him out of that box and he gets to put on that costume again and he gets to swing through the sky, it’s going to be the greatest feeling,” Slott told the New York Daily News in announcing the late wallcrawler’s comeback. “But there’s a twist. There’s always a twist.” Parker was seen dying in “Amazing Spider-Man” No. 700, which was also by Slott and Ramos and released in late December 2012. At the time, Slott told Hero Complex about writing the hero’s demise: “It was tough to do this. I’ve been a Spider-Man fan since age 8. Short of my father, this guy’s […]
Jan. 08, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
Iron Fist is back, and this time he’s going it alone. Kaare Kyle Andrews is taking the superpowered Marvel hero on what he says is “a bloody, revenge-fueled martial arts epic” in a new comic book series that will help set the stage for a Netflix show centered on the character set to debut next year. But where Marvel TV’s upcoming series with the streaming service – part of a deal that also will include live-action programs centered on Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, Danny Rand’s frequent partner in the comics since the late ‘70s “Power Man and Iron Fist” – are building toward a team-up miniseries, Andrews’ “Iron Fist: The Living Weapon” is a “one man against impossible odds” story that he says is “out there.” “I think the Netflix show is going to be an amazing serialized television […]
Dec. 31, 2013 | 10:00 a.m.
Wedding season is just around the corner, and Marvel is teasing the April union of two of its characters with a puzzle-piece-themed invitation. Hero Complex is debuting a piece in the puzzle today. There will be six pieces total, and the characters who will be joined in matrimony will be identified Thursday. Although the bride is beneath a veil, most of her gown can be seen, along with several famous guests, Captain America and Wolverine among them. Marvel made big news last year when mutant superhero Northstar married his longtime partner, Kyle, in “Astonishing X-Men” No. 51. Beast officiated, and the happy couple kissed while floating in the air after exchanging “I do’s.” The day the issue was released, comic book shops nationwide, including L.A.’s Meltdown Comics, hosted commitment ceremonies, vow renewals or parties; and there was a legal same-sex […]
Dec. 16, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.
The Lockes are struggling to cope with all the horrors they’ve faced, and as their haunting, heartbreaking story reaches its end, artist Gabriel Rodriguez says he’s still too close to the family to process it all. But the architecture-trained, Chilean “Locke & Key” co-creator does have plenty to say about his experiences working on his and writer Joe Hill’s award-winning IDW series, which has followed teens Tyler and Kinsey, and young Bode, on a terrifying journey involving magical, mind-opening, out-of-body-experience-enabling keys and an evil from a shadow world that is scheming and killing in ours. The horror story, which has been told over six volumes — “Welcome to Lovecraft,” “Head Games,” “Crown of Shadows,” “Keys to the Kingdom,” “Clockworks” and “Alpha & Omega” — unlocks its conclusion with “Locke & Key: Alpha” No. 2, out Wednesday, and celebrates with a […]