Dec. 23, 2013 | 5:20 p.m.
2013 was a superb year for fans of genre entertainment. Major comic book heroes celebrated milestone anniversaries, as did “Doctor Who.” “The Walking Dead” and “Game of Thrones” continued to demonstrate that fantastic tales, both grim and transporting, can make for compelling, compulsory viewing. Dragons, female warriors and Tom Hiddleston stormed the multiplex in blockbuster fashion, while next-generation gaming consoles arrived, just in time for Christmas. There was plenty of big news about 2015 projects as well — namely, that J.J. Abrams will direct the first live-action “Star Wars” film since 2005, and that Ben Affleck will take over the role of Batman from Gotham City’s previous Caped Crusader, Christian Bale. Following are the Hero Complex picks for some of the most memorable moments in film, TV, comic books and games, in no particular order. Feel free to share your […]
Dec. 07, 2013 | 12:00 p.m.
Stargirl may need more than optimism to get out of this one. Lucky for her, she has Martian Manhunter in her head to help. The cosmic-staff-powered young heroine has freed herself from an otherworldly prison only to run right smack into Secret Society members Giganta, Blockbuster, Deathstroke, Copperhead and Shadowthief, as seen at the end of “Justice League of America” No. 9. As No. 10 opens, however, she’s not quite back to reality. But she does have a mental link with the green hero from the Red Planet after their experience in the psychological-weakness-exploiting supermax that still holds many Justice League and JLA members. Her positive attitude and youth overcame the facility’s mind-warping capabilities, but an Earth in the clutches of the League’s alternative-reality counterparts the Crime Syndicate is no real escape. Hero Complex readers get an exclusive preview of […]
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. 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 […]