April 05, 2015 | 6:00 a.m.
DC Comics’ Jeff King did double duty at Anaheim’s WonderCon. The writer of the comic company’s major crossover series “Convergence” also served as the moderator of the comic convention’s panel designed to hype the comics and hopefully answer a few questions about the upcoming special event. It may not have completely succeeded in the latter, but with some of the interesting pairings and crowd-pleasing images, it certainly did OK with the former. Like its rival Marvel’s Secret Wars event, the people speaking about the comic book super series could not reveal too much about what was about to go down. However, an all-star panel consisting of Len Wein, Scott Lobdell, Dan Jurgens, Marc Andreyko and colorist Peter Steigerwald did show images from the titles that they’d be working on, and all talked a bit about how their characters would fit into the “Convergence” universe. First, King did go […]
April 04, 2015 | 2:03 p.m.
There’s no particular anniversary to celebrate, but the cast of Richard Donner’s “Superman” and “Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut” was introduced to loud applause as the group sat down to reminisce on the second full day of Anaheim’s WonderCon. Moderated by Jim Bowers, founder of CapedWonder Superman Imagery, and Jay Towers, morning news anchor for WJBK-Fox 2 News Detroit, the room was filled to capacity to see a star-studded group that included Margot Kidder, Valerie Perrine, Diane Sherry, Marc McClure, Jack O’Halloran, Aaron Smolinski and Ilya Salkind. Memories were the order of the day: Many of those moments shared, whether on-screen, behind the scenes or off-set, humanized a cast that at the time was thought of as superhuman. Top of mind for Kidder, who played Lois Lane, and O’Halloran, who played Kryptonian thug Non, was the flying. Specifically, how […]
April 02, 2015 | 6:43 p.m.
A legion of superheroes, zombies, Jedi Knights and more costumed fans will be descending upon the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend for WonderCon, an annual pop culture expo expected to draw some 60,000 sci-fi, fantasy, horror and comic book professionals and enthusiasts. The expo, which begins Friday and has its roots in the Bay Area but has been held in Disneyland’s backyard since 2012, serves as the unofficial kickoff for Southern California’s burgeoning convention season celebrating fandom and pop culture. This year’s lineup includes mid-April’s Star Wars Celebration, Disney’s D23 Expo in August, the gaming industry’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June, July’s Anime Expo, Stan Lee’s Comikaze in fall and, of course, San Diego’s massive Comic-Con International, set for July 9-12. WonderCon is a sort of junior sibling to the San Diego mega-convention, which has drawn upward of 130,000 […]
March 06, 2015 | 1:42 p.m.
The first images of CBS’ upcoming “Supergirl” series have revealed the Kryptonian heroine’s new costume. And many can breathe a sigh of relief, because unlike some recent versions of her comic book counterpart, the TV Supergirl won’t have to wear a midriff costume. The two images show series star Melissa Benoist in the traditional “super” combo of red, blue and gold. And in keeping with other DC Comics properties on screen, the lighting seems to emphasize a darker take on the character. But she is smiling in one of the photos, which promises she won’t be quite as brooding as some of her comic book colleagues. The costume was designed by Oscar-winner Colleen Atwood, who also designed the costumes for DC’s “The Flash” and “Arrow” on the CW. In a statement, Atwood said, “In designing Supergirl, I wanted to embrace […]
Feb. 06, 2015 | 1:46 p.m.
DC Comics is overhauling its series lineup in June, introducing 24 new comic book titles and a slew of new talent, in addition to continuing 25 existing titles. The shakeup is meant to offer diversity and accessibility, DC Entertainment co-publisher Dan DiDio said in an announcement posted to DC’s blog on Friday. “This heralds in a new era for the DC Universe which will allow us to publish something for everyone, be more expansive and modern in our approach and tell stories that better reflect the society around us,” DiDio said, noting that the new lineup aims to appeal to both longtime readers and comics newcomers. The 24 new series will begin at issue No. 1. The 25 ongoing titles will continue without a break in issue numbering. In addition to these 49 titles, the roster will add more series […]
Jan. 05, 2015 | 8:00 a.m.
For those who enjoy the spine-breaking, disemboweling fun of the “Mortal Kombat” franchise, the new “MKX” game from NetherRealm Studios can’t come fast enough (March 15 — 69 days, give or take a few hours). To help mitigate the wait, the first chapter of a new weekly digital comic “Mortal Kombat X” arrives Tuesday from DC Comics, introducing new characters and more fatalities. Shawn Kittelsen will write the series, which will feature Cassie Cage, Kotal Kahn and a cast of other characters; after Tuesday’s premiere installment, subsequent chapters will be released on Sundays and be available for download on the DC Comics App, Readdcentertainment.com, comiXology.com, Google Play, Kindle Store, Nook Store, iBooks and iVerse ComicsPLUS. ———— FOR THE RECORD The Mortal Kombat X video game release date of March 15 is incorrect. The game is set to debut worldwide April 15. […]
Oct. 27, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
Wonder Woman is an epic character, and writer Brian Azzarello and artist Cliff Chiang promise a suitably epic ending to the saga they’ve created during the last three years. The duo, who have guided the superheroine’s solo adventures since DC’s New 52 reality reset in fall 2011, have memorably taken Diana of Themyscira’s classic origin as a girl made from clay and remolded it to make her the biological daughter of Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons, and Zeus (born of a love affair, not one of the Greek god’s tricky trysts). Tying Wonder Woman into the Greek pantheon — eventually replacing the felled Ares as god of war — has given her an extended family with whom every reunion is rife with conflict. In the final issue of Azzarello and Chiang’s acclaimed run (which also featured art by Tony Akins […]
Sept. 28, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
Much has been made of Batman in marking his 75th anniversary, and the comic-book talents gathered Saturday at Long Beach Comic Con for a panel celebrating the Dark Knight had plenty to say about various versions of him – but they also toasted the heroes he’s inspired. A highly anticipated new take on Batgirl, Bruce Wayne’s cousin Kate Kane (a.k.a. Batwoman) and a couple of different Robins all came up in the conversation among writers and artists who have told – or will tell – those characters’ tales, as did opinions about Ben Affleck’s casting as Batman, choice Bat-obscurities, fan passions and possible future projects. PHOTOS: 75 enduring images of Batman Babs Tarr, the new artist on the redesigned “Batgirl,” which begins with the Oct. 8 release of No. 35, said she’d been warned by her writer collaborator Cameron Stewart […]
Sept. 24, 2014 | 10:00 a.m.
Barry Allen is in a race against himself – specifically, his future self – and Wally West’s life hangs in the balance. The time-bending story that writers Robert Venditti and Van Jensen launched when they took over “The Flash” earlier this year reaches a major turning point in “Futures End: The Flash” No. 1, out Wednesday, and the team discussed that, what’s to come and the challenges of introducing a new version of Wally for DC’s New 52 with Hero Complex in a recent phone interview. Fair warning: There are spoilers below (and in the gallery above), and if you’ve yet to read the new issue, you might want to stop reading now and come back later. Wally, originally introduced in 1959 as the white, redheaded nephew of Barry Allen’s girlfriend Iris West, was the Flash to readers from the […]
Sept. 08, 2014 | 4:46 p.m.
It’s official: “Batman: Arkham Knight” has a release date — the game will become available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on June 2, 2015. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment announced the new date Tuesday. The follow-up to 2009’s “Arkham Asylum” and 2011’s “Arkham City,” “Arkham Knight” is set one year after the conclusion of “Arkham City” and will offer players a chance to lead the Dark Knight on a mission through Gotham and take on the Scarecrow, who has united with a familiar crew of rogue’s gallery regulars. The game, developed by London’s Rocksteady Studios, will be released with two collector’s editions: “Batman: Arkham Knight” Limited Edition, and “Batman: Arkham Knight” Batmobile Edition. Both versions come with an art book featuring concept art from the game, a comic book, character skins from DC Comics and a statue of […]