Dec. 09, 2013 | 9:00 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 6 of the saga arrives Wednesday with “Batman” No. 26. The Riddler has blacked out Gotham, but he’s not the only villain the young Batman has to contend with in “Dark City,” the second arc of “Zero Year” that began in last month’s No. 25. Doctor Death, the horrifically skeletal figure who was once former Wayne Enterprises researcher Dr. Karl Helfern, is injecting other scientists with a formula that causes fatal bone overgrowth. Police Lt. Jim Gordon is on the case, but Bruce Wayne isn’t too willing to help […]
Nov. 24, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.
This post has been corrected, as detailed below. Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are back with the FBI, and as “The X-Files: Season 10″ begins its second arc, a fan-favorite monster from the classic paranormal investigation TV show’s second season returns: Yes, X-Philes, Flukeman is back. The Joe Harris-written “Season 10″ comic series’ sixth issue, “Hosts: Part 1 of 2,” draws its name from the Chris Carter-written 1994 episode “The Host,” which followed FBI agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) as they encountered a dangerous, horrific-looking creature found in a New Jersey water treatment plant. (Who can forget the presumed-dead Flukeman opening his eyes at the end?) Carter, creator of “The X-Files,” is the executive producer of the IDW Publishing series, which Harris (“Great Pacific,” “Ghost Projekt”) scripts with dialogue that feels like Duchovny and Anderson are delivering […]
Nov. 22, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.
Moon Knight may not yet be a marquee Marvel character, but he’s acclaimed writer Warren Ellis’ kind of weird. A mercenary brought back to life by an ancient Egyptian god, the moneyed, gadget-equipped vigilante alter ego of Marc Spector fights crime at night dressed in white. Moon Knight has been criticized as a less compelling Batman, but Ellis, the British writer who will pen an upcoming comic book series featuring the character, mischievously twists the comparison. “The man is demented in more interesting ways than I think Batman ever was,” he said by phone from his home in Southend-on-Sea, England, in a conversation punctuated with laughs and coughs. “[His] cape is actually a crescent moon and he goes out only at night and dresses in reflective white so you can see him coming. Now that’s nuts…. I like that.” First […]
Nov. 11, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.
This post has been corrected. See below for more details. “Chew” creators John Layman and Rob Guillory had barely had time to push together their neighboring tables at New York Comic Con’s Artist Alley last month after a signing in the main exhibition hall when a new crowd formed. They’d been selling through copies of a $100 limited-run version of the 576-page hardcover “Chew Smorgasbord Edition Volume 1” faster than anticipated on the convention’s first day, but that wasn’t the only collectible readers were seeking to have autographed. When one fan presented the Arizona-based Layman with a first-printing copy of “Chew” No. 1 that wasn’t in a protective covering, he paused. “This is a $300 comic,” Layman said, noting that the 2009 debut issue of the multiple-Eisner-Award-winning Image series – originally priced at $2.99, as new issues still are – […]
Nov. 11, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.
“Batman: Zero Year” is writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo’s ambitious 11-part comics event exploring Bruce Wayne’s beginnings as the Caped Crusader in DC Comics’ New 52. Starting today, Snyder will join Hero Complex each month for an exclusive preview of the next issue and conversation about the story so far. Part 5 of the saga arrives Wednesday with “Batman” No. 25. Batman barely had time to catch his breath after defeating the Red Hood Gang and seeing its mysterious leader fall into a vat of toxic liquid at the A.C.E. Chemical factory before the Riddler plunged Gotham into darkness. So ended last month’s “Batman” No. 24, which also saw Bruce wearing a cape and cowl (and purple gloves) as the Caped Crusader for the first time. The next issue of the hit series features the “Zero Year” debut […]
Nov. 08, 2013 | 4:35 p.m.
There’s something haunting about the woods of “Coffin Hill,” a feeling writer and co-creator Caitlin Kittredge knows all too well from her past. The novelist behind the “Nocturne City,” “Black London” and “Iron Codex” series made an impressive comics debut last month with artist Inaki Miranda (“Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom”), as the launch of their Vertigo horror title made Hero Complex’s Halloween comics picks. In the first issue, readers saw Eve Coffin, the daughter of a prominent but cursed Massachusetts family, both as a wild teen in her hometown of Coffin Hill – someone who makes a scene at her parents’ party and hides booze and pills in a mausoleum – and also years later as a mature twentysomething cop in Boston. Eve left home years ago to escape what happened in a horrific incident in the woods one night. […]
Nov. 04, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.
Where, exactly, is “East of West”? It’s somewhere far from the glass factory where Nick Dragotta used to do technical drawings. The artist and co-creator, with writer Jonathan Hickman, of the apocalyptic supernatural sci-fi western Image series recalls thinking during his early ’90s gig: “‘This is really boring,’ and I would just draw cartoons.” Now he’s drawing the not-at-all-boring story of the skull-clasp-bolo-tie-wearing, gun-slinging, shock-white Death, the human warrior woman who conquered his heart (pulling one of the Four Horsemen away from the other three) and their missing child. The complex tale is set in 2064, the first year of the apocalypse, and involves Seven Nations of America, the end-times religious mysteries of the Message, and three angry, kid-looking eternal Horsemen out to kill Death himself. The amiable Dragotta schlepped a box of limited edition “East of West Volume 1: […]
Nov. 01, 2013 | 10:53 a.m.
Amid all the tumult in “Earth 2,” there is one calming, constant presence: Nicola Scott. The fan-favorite Australian artist and DC Comics fixture has been bringing the peculiar planet to life since the launch of the title, which is set on a world different from the one seen in most New 52 books and is nothing if not unpredictable, penciling 13 of the 16 issues so far. No. 17 picks up as things are changing in a big way, and not just in the story. The issue marks the arrival of writer Tom Taylor (“Injustice: Gods Among Us”), a fellow Australian and Scott friend, who follows James Robinson’s 16-issue run. Scott and Taylor will shepherd Earth 2′s embattled heroes (or “wonders”) through some serious trouble set up by No. 16: Superman, seen killed in the series’ debut issue along with […]
Oct. 31, 2013 | 5:10 p.m.
Marvel is showing no fear in where it’s taking the Man Without Fear in his 50th anniversary year, moving Daredevil to the West Coast and digital frontier. The publisher announced Thursday that the print “Daredevil,” ending with No. 36 in February, will be succeeded by the digital exclusive “Daredevil: Road Warrior,” to be part of Marvel’s Infinite Comics line. Writer Mark Waid, who has scripted the entirety of ol’ hornhead’s most recent run, will continue with the character into the new format — fitting, given the Eisner winner’s innovative work in digital comics with his Thrillbent initiative. He will be joined by artist Peter Krause (“Power of Shazam”), whom he’s worked with on “Irredeemable.” “Daredevil: Road Warrior” finds blind attorney / costumed vigilante Matt Murdock packing his “I Am Not Daredevil” T-shirt (at least, we hope he’s taking it) and […]
Oct. 29, 2013 | 11:26 a.m.
Conjuring horror in comics requires a masterful touch. As “Coffin Hill” artist Inaki Miranda said at New York Comic Con earlier this month, “you don’t have music, you don’t have … camera movement, so you have to pick exactly what to put in each panel to create that sense of horror and suspense.” Fortunately, a number of talented creators are channeling their darker impulses to craft wonderfully spooky reads, some violent, blood-soaked tales, others shot through with rich atmosphere. With Halloween right around the corner, Hero Complex has compiled a list of 13 great offerings, arranged alphabetically by age-appropriate groupings. Click through the gallery above to see artwork from some of the selections, and read on to see which titles made the cut. For all ages “Ghostbusters”: Fans of the 1984 comedy classic should understand that it’s nearly impossible for […]