April 01, 2015 | 6:00 a.m.
Long before Scarlet Witch, Batgirl or even Wonder Woman, women were shaping the comics business. “She Makes Comics,” a feature-length documentary that had its premiere at last month’s Long Beach Comic Expo, traces the enduring impact women have had on the industry. Chances are its deeper than many remember. While increasing diversity in pop culture, and comics in particular, is an of-the-moment issue — no less than three panels at this weekend’s WonderCon will explore the subject — women have been a guiding force in the modern comics industry since at least the early 20th century. “She Makes Comics” contains the footage to prove it. The film goes behind the scenes and features interviews with dozens of influential industry figures, ranging from comics pioneer Joyce Farmer, Comic-Con International organizer Jackie Estrada, comic book editor Janelle Asselin and founding editor of DC’s edgy imprint Vertigo Karen […]
Sept. 04, 2014 | 5:00 a.m.
Now the secret can be revealed: Gail Simone is relaunching “Secret Six” in the New 52, and at its core is a mystery with an answer that she said all DC readers will want to know. The fan-favorite writer, who recently wrapped a well-regarded run on “Batgirl,” will introduce the new gang of rogues to root for in an ongoing series set to premiere Dec. 3, and she promises the same sort of “black humor and edginess” – and unpredictability – that won her previous run on the title a passionate following. “It’s so fun to write these characters that are really poor role models,” Simone told Hero Complex in a recent phone interview. Rather than “brightest heroes or the darkest villains,” the book lives in the gray area between, with “private detectives, mercenaries, bounty hunters, failed heroes,” she said. […]
Aug. 13, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
A feminist icon in a genre dominated by male characters, Wonder Woman has always been a pioneer in superhero comics, and this week, she boldly ventures into new territory with her first digital comics series, “Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman.” An anthology in the vein of the recent “Adventures of Superman” and “Legends of the Dark Knight” titles, this new series allows creators to tell stories set outside of DC’s New 52 continuity, giving them the chance to put their favorite versions of Wonder Woman on the page. The Superman and Batman anthologies have produced some of those heroes’ most captivating stories over the last two years, and based on the creative team for “Sensation Comics” No. 1, it’s very likely that Wonder Woman will see the same kind of fortune. Writer Gail Simone penned an exceptional two-year “Wonder Woman” […]
Dec. 05, 2013 | 12:25 p.m.
Yesterday’s casting announcement that Israeli model and actress Gal Gadot will portray Wonder Woman in the upcoming “Man of Steel” sequel drew a mixed reaction from the comics world. Gadot, best known for her appearances in three “Fast & Furious” films, competed in the 2004 Miss Universe pageant as Miss Israel. She also spent two years in the Israeli army. Gadot joins the previously announced cast of Zack Snyder’s Batman/Superman movie, acting opposite Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman — a casting decision that also drew considerable ire from DC Universe fans. Snyder praised Gadot as an “amazing” actress who possesses “that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role.” But some in the world of comics, including “The Adventures of Superhero Girl” author Faith Erin Hicks, weren’t so sure, criticizing Warner Bros. for making Wonder […]
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 […]
Aug. 08, 2013 | 4:44 p.m.
PERSPECTIVE It’s been a rough week for women in comics. First, Wonder Woman was (once again) relegated to the back burner, while a TV series for the Flash is being fast-tracked in her place. Then, during Wednesday’s Television Critics Assn. press tour panel for the new PBS docu-series “Superheroes: The Never-Ending Battle,” several comics creators said of the dearth of women and people of color in their pages, that readers are “not interested” in those characters. Today comes a New Republic story that quotes “Kick-Ass” creator Mark Millar defending his comic book depictions of rape and sexual violence, saying “I don’t really think it matters.” Comics creators, journalists and others of the comics community took to Twitter to respond to what they saw as blatant sexism, both in the TCA panel and in Millar’s comments. Millar, the boundary-pushing comics writer […]
July 15, 2012 | 4:01 p.m.
Kyle Higgins, best known as the writer of “Nightwing” for DC Comics, is a guest blogger for Hero Complex at Comic-Con International this year. I was a part of DC’s “Batman: Beyond the Night of the Owls” panel with Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Gail Simone, Gregg Hurwitz, Scott Lobdell, David Finch, J.H. Williams and Jonathan Layman. I thought it’d be fun to take some pictures from our POV, as DC handed out a surprise gift to everyone in attendance. The creepiest image is, fittingly, from Scott’s phone. You’ll know it when you see it. — Kyle Higgins RECENT AND RELATED ‘Dark Knight Rises’: Nolan’s masked ambitions Dark Knight Rises’ hits the road Bat flight, Cat fights, Gotham falls Hans Zimmer explains Christopher Nolan’s secrecy Hathaway: Catwoman modeled on Hedy Lamarr Christopher Nolan opens up about Bane choice Christian Bale says […]