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May 22, 2015 | 4:18 p.m.

Paycheck Friday: Skip the movies and visit your local comic book shop

'The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl'
It’s time for another installment of Paycheck Friday, the weekly roundup of some of Hero Complex’s favorite toys, games, books and other geek merchandise. While a slate of summer movies including “Tomorrowland,” “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Pitch Perfect 2” battle it out in the box office over the weekend, this week’s paycheck goes to taking a trip to your local comic book shop to catch up on the month’s releases. With May marking the launch of Marvel’s “Secret Wars” event series that sees the various Marvel universes combining into one unified Battleworld just as DC’s “Convergence” event is winding down, it’s easy to get lost in the various interconnected tie-in series from the “Big Two.” Fear not, this week’s comic book selections are titles that require no knowledge of “Secret Wars” or “Convergence.” This week’s first pick is “The […]
May 15, 2015 | 9:00 a.m.

Exclusive: See DC Bombshells variant covers for ‘Batman,’ ‘Catwoman,’ more

'Catwoman' No. 43
DC Comics has announced that August will be DC Bombshells month, and Hero Complex readers get a first look at the variant covers for “Batman,” “Catwoman,” “Detective Comics” and “Superman/Wonder Woman.” For the uninitiated, Bombshells is a line of collectible statues that reimagines classic DC characters in the vintage style of World War II-era art. The Bombshells line has expanded to other items such as posters, apparel and accessories, and DC made it the variant theme last June, with titles such as “Batgirl,” “Harley Quinn” and “Superman” receiving the Bombshells treatment. DC Bombshells variants: ‘Batman’ No. 43 | ‘Catwoman’ No. 43 | ‘Detective Comics’ No. 43 | ‘Superman/Wonder Woman’ No. 20 DC has also announced a new Bombshells comic book series written by Marguerite Bennett with art by Marguerite Sauvage. “DC Comics Bombshells,” which begins in July, will be an […]
May 13, 2015 | 7:20 p.m.

‘Supergirl’ first look: CBS releases extended trailer for DC Comics TV series

CBS has unveiled an extended first look at “Supergirl,” starring Melissa Benoist as the highflying DC Comics heroine. The one-hour drama, which was picked up by CBS last week, centers on Superman’s similarly super-powered cousin Kara Zor-El, who also escaped Krypton before it was destroyed. “Glee” and “Whiplash” actress Benoist plays a 24-year-old Kara who works as an assistant to a media mogul but who is ready to stop hiding her powers and become a hero. GRAPHIC: A guide to the upcoming TV season The trailer, released Wednesday, opens with an emotional goodbye on Krypton as Kara’s mother, Alura Zor-El (Laura Benanti), tells her young daughter, “On Earth, you will do extraordinary things.” Viewers are introduced to grown-up Kara via the standard rom-com setup, with Kara toting coffee and making calls for her high-powered boss, self-made media magnate Cat Grant […]
May 04, 2015 | 11:30 a.m.

‘Suicide Squad’: Harley Quinn, Deadshot and the rest of the gang revealed

'Suicide Squad'
While Marvel’s “The Avengers” had superhero movie fans lining up at the multiplex this weekend, DC Comics’ antiheroic Task Force X of  “Suicide Squad” was assembling on social media. After recently revealing Jared Leto’s new look as the Joker, writer-director David Ayer tweeted the first photo of the rest of the film’s cast in full costume on Sunday, giving fans a peek at Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Will Smith as ace assassin Deadshot, among others. The film’s villains — drafted by a shady government organization to pull off missions not suited for traditional superheroes — are seen in Belle Reve Penitentiary, and appear ready for all sorts of weird action. Task Force X assembled and ready. #SuicideSquad pic.twitter.com/fEV7E1aPsm — David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) May 3, 2015 From left, the photo features Slipknot (Adam Beach), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Katana (Karen Fukuhara), Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), […]
April 28, 2015 | 7:00 a.m.

‘Convergence: Shazam’: Jeff Parker and Doc Shaner make Golden Age magic

Evan “Doc” Shaner's cover for "Convergence: Shazam" No. 1. (DC Entertainment)
Fresh off their remarkable “Flash Gordon” miniseries for Dynamite Comics, writer Jeff Parker and artist Evan “Doc” Shaner are taking on another classic Golden Age hero with “Convergence: Shazam.” Part of DC Comics’ two-month “Convergence” event highlighting different eras of the publisher’s past, “Shazam” focuses on the original Captain Marvel and the bright, cheerful world of Fawcett City, taking readers back to a time when superhero comics were considerably more innocent and whimsical. Captain Marvel’s character has gone through a lot of changes since he was introduced in 1939 — he actually goes by the name Shazam in present-day DC Comics to avoid confusion with the popular Marvel Comics character that shares the Captain Marvel name — but Parker and Shaner are going back to basics with their approach. The Captain Marvel name is back, Fawcett City is perpetually sunny, […]
April 24, 2015 | 6:10 p.m.

Paycheck Friday: Take a trip to your local comic book shop

'Convergence: The Question"
Welcome to another edition of Paycheck Friday, a roundup of some of Hero Complex’s favorite geek merchandise including books, games and toys. Young Bobby Drake was outed during a conversation with Jean Grey in this week’s issue of “All New X-Men,” making Drake’s Iceman one of the most high-profile LGBTQ superheroes in Marvel comics. In light of this occasion, this week’s paycheck goes to our local comic book shop to pick up some of our favorite comics featuring queer characters that hit the shelves this month. It’s only fitting to start with “All New X-Men” No. 40 written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Muhmud Asrar. An ongoing series since 2012, “All New X-Men” centers on younger versions of the five original X-Men members who were brought from the past to face their future counterparts. The issue follows “The […]
April 24, 2015 | 11:32 a.m.

Telltale Games teaming with Marvel Entertainment

Telltale Games is working with Marvel Entertainment on a new video game series. (Telltale Games)
Having proved it can effectively adapt a comic into a game with its work on “The Wolf Among Us” and “The Walking Dead,” the Bay Area’s Telltale Games is increasing its comics’ portfolio. Telltale has partnered with Marvel Entertainment for a game project to be released in 2017, the company revealed Thursday night in San Francisco. Little is known about the game, including its title, at this point beyond the year-long release window. Telltale has won acclaim in recent years for its narrative-focused games that emphasize dialogue rather than action. They’re episodic, with each chapter generally able to be completed in two or three hours, and are leading a movement that brings games closer to interactive television shows. Additionally, Telltale’s work with Robert Kirkman’s ‘The Walking Dead” and Bill Willingham’s Vertigo series “Fables,” on which “The Wolf Among Us” is based, focused on original […]
April 23, 2015 | 11:38 a.m.

Throwback Thursday: Recalling DC Comics’ ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ 30 years later

Alex Ross cover to the collected "Crisis on Infinite Earths: The Absolute Edition,"  released in 2005. (DC Comics)
In this week’s edition of Throwback Thursday, we remember “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” a 12-issue maxi series published by DC Comics 30 years ago this month. It was an event so significant that DC Comics history is often discussed in terms of before-“Crisis” and after-“Crisis” eras. (For those who missed last week’s introduction, Throwback Thursday is a new weekly series exploring the rich history of sci-fi, fantasy, horror and comics.) The series, which ran from April 1985 through March 1986, involved nearly every important character on DC’s roster and dealt with many of the publisher’s pesky continuity issues. Over the years, special issues introduced alternate Earths within universes that had different versions of the DC superheroes and villains. Some characters, such as Superman, Flash, the Atom and Green Lantern, had conflicting storylines, origins and powers, leading to arguments among fans […]
April 16, 2015 | 7:32 a.m.

‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ director Zack Snyder teases Monday’s trailer

A screenshot from a teaser for "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." (Zack Snyder / Warner Bros.)
Batman and Superman fans may finally get a glimpse of the upcoming DC superhero tent pole movie “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Director Zack Snyder took to Twitter on Wednesday evening to tease an upcoming trailer, which will screen Monday at select IMAX theaters. Confirmed 4.20.15 #BatmanvSuperman @IMAX special teaser screening events. Limited space. RSVP http://t.co/TasYGlJGig https://t.co/fnxFIERUlv — ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) April 16, 2015 Snyder posted a 20-second video featuring the eponymous characters’ costumes and their superimposed symbols, along with a link to a website where fans can reserve seats at “special teaser screening events” — screenings of a teaser trailer with a “special intro” from Synder. Events that are full offer the option of joining a waiting list. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is a follow-up to Snyder’s 2013 film “Man of Steel,” and is expected to unite DC Comics’ most […]
April 15, 2015 | 7:46 p.m.

‘Wonder Woman’: Warner Bros. hires new director Patty Jenkins after Michelle MacLaren’s departure

Wonder Woman
Praise Gaea! “Wonder Woman” has landed a new director. Days after Michelle MacLaren departed as director of the DC Entertainment superhero film, Warner Bros. has hired Patty Jenkins to take the reins, Hero Complex has confirmed. Jenkins, who directed Charlize Theron in her Oscar-winning performance in 2003’s “Monster,” was originally tapped to direct 2013’s “Thor 2: The Dark World” for rival studio Marvel Entertainment. She dropped out, citing creative differences, and “Game of Thrones” alumnus Alan Taylor directed the Chris Hemsworth- and Tom Hiddleston-starring sequel. GALLERY: Wonder Woman through the years More recently, Jenkins earned an Emmy nomination for directing AMC’s crime drama “The Killing.” MacLaren, whose departure from “Wonder Woman” was announced Monday, is also a respected television director whose credits include prestigious series “Breaking Bad” and “Game of Thrones”; the Wonder Woman film would have marked her big-screen […]
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