Sept. 04, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.
Superman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the Justice League are out of the picture, and in their place are their villainous counterparts from a parallel universe, the Crime Syndicate. That group leads the charge as darkness descends and rogues rise in “Forever Evil,” the seven-issue limited series by bestselling writer Geoff Johns and artist David Finch (“Batman: The Dark Knight,” “New Avengers”) that marks the first universe-wide event in DC Comics since Johns’ “Flashpoint” reset reality and launched the New 52 two years ago. The double-length “Forever Evil” No. 1 arrives in stores today, the centerpiece of the first week of Villains Month, in which all of DC’s September releases have heels headlining instead of the usual heroes. (See larger versions of the regular cover by David Finch, the pages 19-22 gatefold and three variant covers by Ivan Reis by […]
Aug. 17, 2013 | 2:48 p.m.
DC Comics’ “Trinity War” is barreling toward its conclusion, and the Justice Leagues’ destruction could be sealed in the time it takes to say “Shazam.” “Justice League Dark” No. 23, Part 5 of “Trinity War,” by writer Jeff Lemire and artist Mikel Janin, is out Wednesday, and picks up where Part 4 (“Justice League of America” No. 7) left off — with the potentially cataclysmic Pandora’s Box in Wonder Woman’s hands and exerting its wicked influence on her. As Hero Complex readers can see in the exclusive preview pages below, she doesn’t hold onto it for long. Cover | Page 1 | Pages 2-3 | Pages 4-5 | Variant Cover | Variant Cover Shazam, the magic-powered superhero who transforms from the young Billy Batson with a word, has been a key figure in the conflict from its beginning. Recall that […]
July 31, 2013 | 12:14 p.m.
Batman and Robin are battling some of their oldest enemies in the latest installment of “Batman ’66,” the digital-first comic that revisits the Dark Knight’s campy early years. With Batman trapped on the Penguin’s iceberg, “Batman ’66″ Chapter 5 pits Robin against the beak-nosed villain and his accomplice, Mr. Freeze. The chapter — available today for digital download via the DC Comics and ComiXology apps as well as on readdcentertainment.com and comixology.com — is written by Jeff Parker, with art by Ty Templeton (previous issues were illustrated by Jonathan Case). Hero Complex readers get an exclusive sneak peek of the issue. Check out the first four pages in the gallery above or by using the links below. Cover | Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 “Batman ’66″ draws inspiration from the Caped Crusader’s over-the-top antics […]
July 25, 2013 | 12:29 p.m.
Rapunzel struggles through maternal heartache – and some truly horrifying hair days – in “Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom.” The graphic novel by award-winning South African novelist Lauren Beukes (“The Shining Girls”) and Spain-based artist Inaki Miranda (“Tribes: The Dog Years”) takes the fairy-tale character into modern Tokyo and Japanese folklore on a search for her long-missing children. The strong-willed, smart heroine encounters monsters, conspiracies and a fox-y former lover, among other things, in a vividly drawn, terrifying and tender tale that’s rich in Eastern myth and cinematic horror, and dosed with humor. “The Hidden Kingdom,” in comic shops now and in bookstores Tuesday, is the second arc of “Fairest.” But readers need not be familiar with the first volume nor with the series from which the title is spun off, “Fables,” Bill Willingham’s multiple Eisner Award-winning and long-running myths-in-modernity series […]
July 23, 2013 | 12:46 p.m.
Now that Comic-Con International attendees have had some time to eat, sleep, wash off their face paint and pack away their blasters and batarangs, it’s time to look back at some of the most memorable moments of the expo. “It’s a place where you can be who you are, or who you want to be,” said David Glanzer, spokesman for the San Diego convention, which wrapped up Sunday. “I think for a lot of us who grew up and our interests weren’t always necessarily in the mainstream, it’s great to pal around with 134,000 people who probably share your interests.” Here are are top 10 moments from Comic-Con 2013, as well as a few honorable mentions. Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments. 10. Zombies invade the Gaslamp Quarter It seems apt that the undead had such […]
July 20, 2013 | 9:08 a.m.
Warner Bros. is about to bring together two of its most iconic heroes: Superman and Batman will unite in a new film, the follow-up to “Man of Steel,” set for release in 2015. According to two sources with knowledge of the movie, Warner Bros. intends to announce the news at its Comic-Con International panel Saturday morning. Said a Warner Bros. spokesperson, “We don’t comment on rumors regarding these properties.” “Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder is expected to reunite with screenwriter David S. Goyer and star Henry Cavill for the new film. It’s unlikely Christian Bale will step back into the bat suit, as the actor has indicated publicly that he has moved on from his days as Bruce Wayne. “Man of Steel” producer and “Dark Knight” trilogy director Christopher Nolan is expected by some to produce the project, but […]
July 18, 2013 | 7:49 a.m.
The car has seven seats — each with an emblem representing a hero: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, Cyborg and the Flash. But it isn’t for the Justice League: It’s for the eventual winner of a charity auction. As part of its We Can Be Heroes fundraising campaign to fight famine in the Horn of Africa, DC Entertainment unveiled the eighth and final Justice League-themed car with art designed by superstar artist and DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee, who finished the super-custom Kia Sorento’s look live during a news conference at the Comic-Con Interactive Zone at Petco Park just before the start of the pop-culture expo on Wednesday. Lee said the ride is “definitely worthy of the Justice League, and something you will definitely not misplace when you go to the parking garage.” The EBay auction for it […]
July 03, 2013 | 11:52 a.m.
Rafael Albuquerque, artist and co-creator of the Eisner Award-winning Vertigo series “American Vampire,” is bringing his dark-and-gritty style to “Animal Man.” Albuquerque is taking over art duties on the DC series, written by Jeff Lemire, beginning with issue No. 24 this October. Hero Complex readers get a first look at Albuquerque’s debut cover, right. The series follows Buddy Baker, a.k.a. Animal Man, who puts his special power to borrow abilities from animals on the back burner while he focuses on being a family man. But after his young daughter Maxine starts to manifest dangerous powers, Buddy discovers their connection to the Red, which connects animal life on Earth and is the source of Buddy and Maxine’s abilities. After tragic events separate Buddy from his family, issue No. 24 picks up with his efforts to reunite them. “‘Animal Man’ is a […]
July 02, 2013 | 11:42 a.m.
As three Justice League teams plunge into “Trinity War,” the battle lines are being drawn by longtime star artists Ivan Reis and Doug Mahnke and the ascending Mikel Janin. The conflict that could end the Justice League is almost here: The prelude “Trinity of Sin: Pandora” No. 1 , written by Ray Fawkes with art by Daniel Sampere, arrives Wednesday, followed by the war’s first chapter, “Justice League” No. 22, written by Geoff Johns with art by Reis and Joe Prado, on July 10; “Justice League of America” No. 6, written by Johns and Jeff Lemire with art by Mahnke and Christian Alamy, on July 17; and “Justice League Dark” No. 22, written by Lemire and Fawkes with art by Janin, on July 24. It continues in the three “Justice League” titles with tie-ins through August, leading into Villains Month […]
July 01, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.
Pandora may have only first appeared in DC Comics two years ago, but writer Ray Fawkes has 10,000 years of the mysterious character’s unseen history to draw on for her new ongoing series. And readers will get a look at some of her past in “Trinity of Sin: Pandora” No. 1, which arrives Wednesday, bringing to the foreground arguably the most influential background character in the DCU and serving as a lead-in to “Trinity War,” which will plunge the Justice League, Justice League of America and Justice League Dark into conflict with one another. Ages ago, the myth-based character opened the box that unleashed evil into the world, and appeared to play a role in resetting the reality of the DCU in the 2011 miniseries event “Flashpoint.” For opening the box forever associated with her name, she was cursed by […]