July 29, 2014 | 3:05 p.m.
Paolo Rivera won two Eisner Awards for his lush work on Marvel’s “Daredevil,” but he hasn’t produced regular interior art since leaving that title in 2012. This October, he returns to monthly comics with “The Valiant,” a new miniseries written by Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt. Uniting Valiant Comics’ superhero characters against a threat that has evolved through time, this project gives Rivera freedom to stretch his creative muscles in a fledgling comic-book universe, and early preview pages and concept designs promise all the detail and dynamism of his work at Marvel. Born and raised in Daytona Beach, Fla., Rivera was introduced to comic books by his father, Joe Rivera, a painter of custom motorcycles who kept assorted issues around the house. “I grew up in Florida not too far from Disney,” Rivera says. “I was a kid who could […]
July 28, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
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 […]
June 20, 2014 | 3:25 p.m.
Hell’s Kitchen is getting populated one face at a time. The latest performer to join Netflix’s “Daredevil” series is Rosario Dawson. Marvel announced the actress would be joining the cast of the 13-episode series on Friday. According to Marvel, Dawson will be playing a “dedicated young woman whose quest to heal the wounds of Hell’s Kitchen brings Matt Murdock unexpectedly crashing into her life.” No word on what her character’s name will be. In a statement, “Daredevil” executive producer Jeph Loeb said, “Her role in the series is absolutely critical to Matt Murdock’s journey to become the hero we know as Daredevil.” Charlie Cox was previously announced to play blind attorney Matt Murdock (a.k.a. Daredevil) and Vincent D’Onofrio will play the main villain Wilson Fisk, “The Kingpin.” The “Daredevil” series is expected to debut on Netflix in 2015 and will […]
June 12, 2014 | 1:34 p.m.
By the time Mark Waid penned the 1996 miniseries event “Kingdom Come” for DC, he’d already built a reputation as a smart, innovative writer on titles including “The Flash” and “Captain America.” In the wake of its success and while working alongside Grant Morrison to re-invent the Justice League, Waid realized he had reached a personal peak of sorts, a conclusion that brought him to an artistic crossroads. “I woke up one day and thought, ‘Jeez, I’ve written Superman and Batman. I’m a professional comic book creator. I get to work in a medium I love and do the thing that I would do for free as a child and I get paid for it. This is a great life. And … I’m 35. What now?'” Then came “Empire.” In 2000, Waid and Barry Kitson introduced their creator-owned brainchild starring […]
June 10, 2014 | 1:44 p.m.
Vincent D’Onofrio will channel his inner villain for Marvel. The actor will play Wilson Fisk, the rotund foe of the Man Without Fear, in Marvel’s upcoming “Daredevil” series for Netflix, the comic book studio announced Tuesday. The news comes on the heels of last month’s selection of actor Charlie Cox to star in the new show as blind attorney/costumed vigilante Matt Murdock, the superhero leading the latest charge of Marvel comic book characters heading to television. Steven S. DeKnight, whose previous television credits include “Spartacus,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel,” will serve as showrunner for the series. Drew Goddard, who wrote the first two episodes, will serve as executive producer while simultaneously working on Sony’s upcoming “Spider-Man” spinoff, “The Sinister Six.” The Emmy-nominated D’Onofrio is well known for his work on television in the long-running procedural “Law & Order: […]
May 27, 2014 | 8:14 p.m.
Charlie Cox will star as the Man Without Fear in Marvel’s new “Daredevil” series for Netflix. Best known for his work on HBO’s period gangster drama “Boardwalk Empire” and the Neil Gaiman adaptation “Stardust,” Cox will play blind attorney/costumed vigilante Matt Murdock, the superhero leading the latest charge of Marvel comic book characters heading to television. The comic book powerhouse also is developing new, original live-action series centered on Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage for Netflix. Each series will have a minimum of 13 episodes, and will culminate with a special “The Defenders” miniseries event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters. Murdock debuted in comics with the April 1964 cover-dated “Daredevil” No. 1, by Stan Lee and Bill Everett. As a youngster, Matt is blinded in an accident by a radioactive substance that heightens his […]
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 15, 2014 | 5:02 p.m.
Find the best and the brightest of the comic book world right here, before the books hit the shelves. Thumb through the gallery above, and click on thumbnails below for larger images. We’ll update the post throughout the month so check back to see this growing gallery of covers and pages from upcoming releases from top publishers. To see more art from recent releases, check out our comic book news section and archive of comics-art galleries. Follow us @LATHeroComplex RECENT AND RELATED Afterlife With Archie: Francavilla cover, film details ‘Batman: Death of the Family’: Joker mask, Vol. 3 Black Widow, Falcon inspire ‘Project Runway’ ‘Ms. Marvel’: G. Willow Wilson, Sana Amanat on Kamala Batman at 75: Warner Bros., DC reveal Bat-plans ‘Hellboy: The First 20 Years’: Mike Mignola reflects ‘Flash’ 29: Is Barry closing in on his mom’s killer? Ales Kot […]
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 […]
Nov. 07, 2013 | 11:22 a.m.
The blind superhero Daredevil is leading a new charge of Marvel comic book characters heading to television. Marvel TV announced Thursday plans to team with Netflix on new, original live-action series centered on Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage. Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, 13-episode series and a culminating Marvel’s “The Defenders” mini-series event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters, Marvel TV said in a statement. “This deal is unparalleled in its scope and size, and reinforces our commitment to deliver Marvel’s brand, content and characters across all platforms of storytelling,” said Alan Fine, president of Marvel Entertainment, in the statement. “Netflix offers an incredible platform for the kind of rich storytelling that is Marvel’s specialty. This serialized epic expands the narrative possibilities of on-demand television and gives fans the flexibility to […]