July 23, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
After 75 years, it’s hard for any story to add a new twist. But today, as part of the Batman Day festivities, something will appear on a Caped Crusader comic book cover that never has before. The name Bill Finger. While the casual fan might be asking “who?,” most Batman devotees know Bill Finger as the writer on the earliest Batman stories and a consistent contributor to tales of the Dark Knight during the character’s evolutionary years. But according to author Marc Tyler Nobleman, who chronicled Bill Finger’s life in 2012′s “Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman,” an illustrated story which Nobleman calls “an all-ages book,” Finger was much more than that. Nobleman, along with a swelling collection of comic insiders and fans, posit that Finger should share creator status with Bob Kane, Batman’s long-acknowledged and credited creator, […]
July 22, 2014 | 7:00 a.m.
Good news for those with Bruce Wayne tastes but discount budgets: The celebration of Batman’s 75th anniversary continues this week with the largest digital sale ever from DC Comics. Starting today, fans can buy 750 Batman titles for 99 cents a pop. Some of the titles included in the sale: “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns,” “Batman: The Long Halloween,” “Batman: No Man’s Land” and “Batman: Year One.”(Check out the other titles for sale in the poster to the right.) The sale, which lasts for one week, celebrates Batman Day on July 23 as well as the weekend festivities planned for San Diego’s Comic-Con International. One of the hallmark celebrations will be “Batman: The Complete Television Series,” which will get a preview at the confab with a panel on Thursday featuring Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman, meow). The revival of the campy but beloved TV program isn’t the only fete for the DC comics superhero. Throughout the […]
July 21, 2014 | 12:00 p.m.
When Hero Complex talked with “Batman and Robin” writer Peter J. Tomasi earlier this year about his upcoming plans for the series, he didn’t mince words about the importance of the Boy Wonder to the Dark Knight. “Batman needs a Robin and Robin needs a Batman,” he said. With this week’s release of “Batman and Robin” No. 33, it appears readers will get one step closer to that necessary relationship as Bruce Wayne is more determined than ever to retrieve the coffin of the last Robin, his son Damian Wayne. You can grab a sneak peek at Issue no. 33, from Tomasi and his longtime artist ally Patrick Gleason, in the galley above or by clicking the links below. Cover | Variant Cover | Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5 Last week […]
July 21, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
Batman and the Riddler are finally face to face for their final showdown – but the hero isn’t going to just slug Gotham City’s brilliant tormentor. Writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo’s sweeping, bestselling “Zero Year” story line, a 12-issue re-imagining of how the orphaned Bruce Wayne became the Bat in DC Comics’ New 52 reality reset, concludes in Wednesday’s “Batman” No. 33 with a battle that the Eisner Award-winning Snyder says is more about brains than brawn. Hero Complex readers can get a sneak peek at scenes from the 48-page finale in the gallery above – which also includes a look back at scenes from throughout “Zero Year” — and via the links below. “Batman” No. 33: Moment of Truth | Lucius | Reboot | Signal The Riddler, a.k.a. Edward Nygma, has turned Gotham into a wild, postapocalyptic […]
July 03, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
After hitting the bull’s-eye on the target viewership with the CW’s “Arrow,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg and writer Ben Sokolowski have a shot at expanding the Emerald Archer’s readership with DC’s “Green Arrow.” The pair will script the comic series, with art by Daniel Sampere (“Batgirl,” “Trinity of Sin: Pandora”), beginning with No. 35 on Oct. 1, which finds Oliver Queen back in Seattle on an adventure involving a mystery woman. Kreisberg and Sokolowski say their “Green Arrow” is not an adaptation of the show, but “more about cross-pollination” – stocking the quiver with things that have worked on “Arrow” and in comics past. (Yes, characters “Arrow” viewers know will appear in the comic — albeit in potentially surprising ways.) “We really want to bring the old-school Oliver Queen voice back to the character,” Sokolowski told Hero Complex. “In other […]
June 30, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
You know Batman. But do you know Batmanga? In the 1960s, manga artist Jiro Kuwata pitted the Caped Crusader and Robin against a man who wouldn’t die and creatures variously extraterrestrial and mutated right here on Earth in comics for Japanese readers. The work wouldn’t be seen by an American audience until over four decades later, and not in full until now. “Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga,” translated into English and unabridged, rolls out as a weekly DC Comics Digital First series beginning Saturday, and the entire, 1,000-plus-page run will get a print release later this year across three paperback volumes. It is the first complete collection of Kuwata’s Batman comics outside of Japan. Both the digital and print presentations will preserve the Japanese sequence of panels’ original right-to-left reading order. Digital chapter releases will vary in length from 15 […]
June 29, 2014 | 10:00 a.m.
All along, “Superman Unchained” has considered the question of what it means to be a hero. The Scott Snyder-written, Jim Lee-drawn series, which debuted June 2013, harkened the arrival of Wraith, an all-powerful alien who has been working with the U.S. Army in secret since World War II. The character represents a sort of alternate Superman whose existence has forced the Man of Steel into pondering his own methods and motivations, leading to a higher degree of Sartre-level existentialism than typically seen in the average comic title. But judging by the preview of this week’s forthcoming Issue No. 7, it appears that the series is also about to ramp up its action quotient as well. Hero Complex readers can check out pages from “Superman Unchained” No. 7 in the gallery above or by clicking on the links below. Cover | […]
June 25, 2014 | 4:04 p.m.
When “The Flash” premieres in October on the CW, the network wants to make sure the Scarlet Speedster doesn’t blow by you too fast. The new series, a spinoff of sorts from DC Comics-based action drama “Arrow,” represents a significant investment of programming time for the oft-overlooked network. The new television series starring Grant Gustin (“Glee”) as Barry Allen, a police scientist who becomes the fastest man alive, premieres Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. in what will be its regular Tuesday time slot. At 9 p.m. the next night, the first episode will get an encore airing following the Season 3 premiere of “Arrow.” “The Flash’s” second episode, airing Oct. 14, similarly receives a post-”Arrow” encore showing Oct. 15. “The Flash” could sprint to success and eventually perform something like the previous long-running, DC-based “Smallville,” which chronicled Clark Kent before he was Superman and ended in 2011. But […]
June 23, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
“Batman: Zero Year” is writer Scott Snyder’s and artist Greg Capullo’s ambitious 12-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 11 of the saga arrives Wednesday with “Batman” No. 32. If Bruce Wayne were normal, what hope would Gotham have? In last month’s “Batman” No. 31, writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo wove together two tales of the hero at different points in his young life — as a high school student and in his early days as Batman — in which he was tested by an authority figure and responded in a way no one normal would. Where the teenage Bruce is working through his childhood trauma […]
June 05, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
To honor the 75th anniversary of Batman’s debut, DC is offering a new special edition take on “Detective Comics” No. 27 — the 1939 issue were it all began. Hero Complex readers can check out the cover of the issue, designed by Chip Kidd with a script by bestselling author Brad Meltzer, as well as a special timeline poster that illustrates some of the most significant milestones in Batman’s storied history. Check them out in the gallery above or by clicking on the links to the larger images below. COVER | TIMELINE POSTER The free “Detective Comics” No. 27 also includes a far-future-set story written by Scott Snyder and drawn by Sean Murphy, and cover art by Greg Capullo and FCO Plascencia with the front of the 1939 original in the background. Meltzer and artist Bryan Hitch modernize that historic […]