Nov. 19, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.
“Birds of Prey” fans know Dinah Lance as Black Canary, that superheroine team’s confident, sonic-blasting leader. The last two issues have seen her shocked to learn that her husband, Kurt Lance, whom she long thought she’d killed with her “canary cry,” is alive — but those present-day revelations are on hold this month. In “Birds of Prey” No. 25, out Wednesday, readers see her before she was Black Canary, back six years ago when she was Dinah Drake — and less sure of herself. The petite but powerful heroine is sensei of a dojo in Gotham City, which has a superstorm bearing down on it as the Riddler plunges it into darkness. Dinah’s sensei, who kept the local gangs at bay, has died, leaving her in charge. The toughs think they can bully protection payments out of her. They should […]
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. 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. 23, 2013 | 9:12 a.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. RECENT AND RELATED ‘Forever Evil’: Geoff Johns, David Finch conspire ‘Gotham’: Batman’s city to get series on Fox ‘Flash’ may get CW show; Geoff Johns co-writing back-door pilot on ‘Arrow’ ‘Arrow’: Geoff Johns discusses his Starling City visit Ben Affleck will play Batman opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman Ben Affleck as Batman: Past roles that might inform his performance Avengers at 50: How Stan Lee, Jack […]
Oct. 11, 2013 | 10:47 p.m.
When it comes to revealing “Batman” details at convention panels, the title’s bestselling, Eisner Award-winning writer Scott Snyder can’t help himself. And he had plenty to share at DC’s Bat-family books panel Friday at New York Comic Con. The panel also covered the just-announced “Batman: Eternal” 2014 weekly series — for which Snyder is “show runner” — that marks the Dark Knight’s 75th anniversary year. “Listen, I’ve been on panels with this guy where he’s reading the dialogue from the script,” Greg Capullo, his artist-partner on the chart-topper, said to crowd laughter. “I go, ‘What is he doing?’ … Stay away from Scott Snyder unless you’ve already purchased the book.” The writer, who’s also working on “Superman Unchained” and co-created “American Vampire,” was unveiling some goings-on from next month’s “Batman” No. 25, part of the earnest, enthusiastic team’s “Zero Year” […]
Oct. 08, 2013 | 1:19 p.m.
Gail Simone, the fan-favorite writer of DC’s “Batgirl” and “The Movement,” first earned attention in the comics community as an outspoken reader. The Women in Refrigerators list that she spearheaded in 1999 jump-started an ongoing conversation about the treatment of female characters in the medium, and she’s now one of the highest-profile female comics creators. In more than a decade as a writer, she’s had runs on DC Comics titles including “Wonder Woman,” “Birds of Prey” and “Secret Six,” plus Marvel’s “Deadpool,” and created, with Neil Googe, the Wildstorm series “Welcome to Tranquility,” about a community of retired superheroes and supervillains. She is also co-creator, with her former “Six” collaborator Jim Calafiore, of the upcoming, Kickstarter-funded graphic novel “Leaving Megalopolis,” the story of a city whose heroes go insane. She’s also organized an in-progress Red Sonja anthology series at Dynamite written […]
Oct. 05, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.
This post has been corrected, as detailed below. Jim Lee is no small name in the world of comics. With more than 25 years in the industry, Lee has worked on “Batman,” “Superman,” “Fantastic Four,” “X-Men,” “Punisher: War Journal” and dozens of other titles across publishers. The San Diego-based artist first made his mark in the Marvel world; 1991′s “X-Men” No. 1, penciled by Lee and co-written with Chris Claremont, sold a record-breaking 8 million copies. In 1992, Lee and six other artists co-founded Image Comics, and Lee formed WildStorm Productions (later sold to DC). Lee returned to Marvel in 1996 before moving to DC Comics in 1998. There, his story arc “Batman: Hush,” written by Jeph Loeb, became a massive success, critically as well as commercially. In 2010, Lee was named DC Comics co-publisher along with Dan DiDio, and […]
Sept. 30, 2013 | 9:00 a.m.
[Spoiler warning: This post, a preview of “Forever Evil” No. 2, includes discussion of a major event from “Forever Evil” No. 1.] The Crime Syndicate wasted no time in announcing its presence and power to the villains of DC Comics’ familiar Earth. In “Forever Evil” No. 1, the recently arrived group of wicked, parallel reality Justice League counterparts declared “This world is ours” and assembled their new planet’s greatest rogues, tossing into the crowd relics of the absent heroes: Superman’s tattered cape, Aquaman’s trident, Wonder Woman’s lasso. And then they unmasked Nightwing on live television, revealing him to the world as Dick Grayson. It’s a psychological blow to the world’s remaining heroes, says “Forever Evil” writer and DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, comparing what the Crime Syndicate has done to Nightwing to the faith-shaking manipulation of Superman in this […]
Sept. 21, 2013 | 6:33 p.m.
The craggy Kryptonian monster Doomsday is bursting back into DC Comics, making his New 52 debut in the Villains Month one-shot “Batman/Superman 3.1: Doomsday” from writer Greg Pak and artist Brett Booth. Doomsday, of course, is most famous for killing (temporarily, anyway) the Last Son of Krypton back in 1992’s bestselling “The Death of Superman” story line during a Metropolis-wrecking slugfest. His first appearance in the New 52, the rebooted reality of the DC universe that launched in September 2011, is set on Krypton and involves some familiar faces from Superman’s mythology. Hero Complex readers can take an exclusive look at the first five pages of the issue, out Wednesday, in the gallery above or in larger versions by clicking on the links below. Cover | Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 |Page 5 Yes, […]
Sept. 19, 2013 | 1:23 p.m.
PERSPECTIVE In 1961, Stan Lee was overseeing a middling line of titles for Timely Comics while across town, longtime industry titan DC was experiencing a huge bump in sales. DC’s success had a lot to do with “Justice League of America,” a book that combined all of the company’s biggest heroes — Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and the Flash, among others — into one super-crime-fighting team. Lee wanted to compete with DC, but Timely had no superheroes to speak of, and no characters as well-loved and recognizable as Superman. So Lee and his top artist, Jack Kirby, created their own super-team: the Fantastic Four. What they came up with wasn’t anything like the JLA. Lee and Kirby took an aloof genius, the genius’ timid girlfriend, the girlfriend’s cocky teenage brother and a gruff, street-smart test pilot and bound […]