Sept. 11, 2014 | 3:38 p.m.
A few years ago, comic book creator Grant Morrison talked to Hero Complex about “a big science fiction story set in modern-day L.A.” called “Annihilator.” This week, the title hits comic book stores — complete with its twisted view of Hollywood. The comic centers on hard-partying screenwriter Ray Spass, who is down on his luck and up against a deadline for a tent-pole script for a movie called “Annihilator.” Things become complicated once Spass is diagnosed with a brain tumor — his main character, Max Nomax, suddenly comes to life, leading Spass on adventures he didn’t bargain for. Hero Complex caught up with artist Frazer Irving, who has previously teamed with Morrison on “Batman and Robin” and “Seven Soldiers: Klarion the Witch Boy,” to get his take on the look and feel of “Annihilator” and what inspired the artist’s re-imagining […]
Aug. 20, 2014 | 4:00 a.m.
Grant Morrison is at ease with the prospect of other dimensions. As an acclaimed comic book writer and superhero behaviorist, he’s traveled widely amid the disparate worlds of DC Comics, Marvel and characters of his own creation. It gets complicated out there. Nowhere have things been more entangled with cosmic implications than DC (ancestral home to Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman), evolving into a web of universes that over the decades has expanded and collapsed through various “Crisis” series — and, most recently, in the 2011 revamping called the New 52. Morrison has now been charged with making sense of DC’s Multiverse of 52 Earths, creating stories and a road map with various artists in a monthly series debuting this week with “The Multiversity” No. 1. It will be followed by standalone comics that take a startlingly diverse look at […]
July 25, 2014 | 7:59 p.m.
When Grant Morrison thinks of the DC multiverse, he hears a song. “Basically, the DC universe is a piece of music,” the acclaimed Scottish writer told the “Multiversity Enroll” panel Friday afternoon at Comic-Con International in San Diego. “All the worlds vibrate at different wavelengths and pitches, and if you get them all together, it’s a song …” Then he added, to laughter, “probably something by Lady Gaga.” “It’s a comic book, and it sings,” he said. Musical structure is the basis for the storytelling of the long-in-the-works “Multiversity” event from the comics savant behind such original mind-benders as “The Invisibles” and “Flex Mentallo: Man of Muscle Mystery” and visionary looks at DC characters, including “Doom Patrol,” “All-Star Superman” and a seven-year run on Batman titles that concluded last year. “Multiversity” is set to launch next month. FULL COVERAGE: Comic-Con […]
July 25, 2014 | 7:30 a.m.
If anyone was wondering what has made Batman so meaningful to fans over the last 75 years, these were the people to ask. The Dark Knight comic book stories that Frank Miller, Denny O’Neil, Neal Adams, Grant Morrison, Jim Lee, Scott Snyder and Geoff Johns have variously told since the 1970s are among the most influential and bestselling to ever come out of Gotham City. So what is it? The panelists at “Batman 75: Legends of the Dark Knight” on Thursday afternoon at Comic-Con International in San Diego said it was a combination of Batman being terrifying to criminals and inspiring to law-abiding citizens, of Bruce Wayne turning the pain from a childhood trauma into a life of service. “Batman is basically a satanic figure who is on our side,” said Morrison, whose seven-year run of titles featuring the character […]
July 08, 2014 | 1:40 p.m.
The man who redefined Batman is coming to Comic-Con. Frank Miller, who wrote and penciled 1986’s game-changing Batman miniseries “The Dark Knight Returns” (along with “Sin City” and “300,” among many others), will be appearing at a panel chock-full of Bat-artists and scribes, including Grant Morrison, Denny O’Neil, Neal Adams, the current “Batman” creative team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo, and DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns. Warner Bros. announced the panel “Batman 75: Legends of the Dark Knight,” which will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, as part of DC Entertainment’s Comic-Con plans to celebrate the Caped Crusader’s diamond jubilee. In “The Dark Knight Returns,” Miller re-introduced Bruce Wayne as an aging, gritty and embittered hero sparring with Superman and taking on the Joker in a climactic battle for the soul of […]
Jan. 17, 2014 | 12:30 p.m.
Chris Burnham was being “cagey” about his and writer Grant Morrison’s “Nameless” horror, but he was excited to name the terrors that keep him up at night. The good-humored artist, a surprise guest at last week’s Image Expo in San Francisco, had used that word on stage in not discussing what the upcoming comic book miniseries is about (though Morrison has revealed a few details), and in a backstage interview he apologetically kept mum on the subject. But Burnham, 36, who recently moved to L.A. from Chicago to be nearer to opportunities in film, video games and other media, was forthcoming about how his and “Batman Incorporated” collaborator Morrison’s creative dynamic works, the freedom of drawing a creator-owned book, and which comics, movies and books haunt him at home and freak him out in L.A. traffic jams. And, after having […]
June 26, 2013 | 2:25 p.m.
Wonder Woman is getting a modern makeover in an upcoming graphic novel by award-winning comic writer Grant Morrison and artist Yanick Paquette. “Wonder Woman: Earth One” reimagines the Amazon warrior’s mythic origin in a modern-day setting. The graphic novel follows J. Michael Straczynski’s “Superman: Earth One” and Geoff Johns’ “Batman: Earth One.” For Morrison, who is nearing the end of his successful run with “Batman Incorporated” (issue No. 13 is due out July 24), writing a Wonder Woman book represented a chance to round out the trinity. Morrison has already written extensive Superman and Batman stories, but Wonder Woman has always been a periphery character in his work. Paquette (“Ultimate X-Men,” “Swamp Thing”) drew a handful of “Wonder Woman” books in the late 1990s. The 120-page “Wonder Woman: Earth One” comes at a time when the lasso-wielding heroine appears to […]
June 11, 2013 | 1:30 p.m.
When Superman first leaped onto the scene 75 years ago in “Action Comics” No. 1, he was the only game in town. The now-iconic character was the world’s first comic book superhero, created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster when they were still high school students in Cleveland in the early 1930s. Superman eventually landed his own comic title, movie serial, TV series, Broadway musical and several blockbuster movies, including this weekend’s “Man of Steel,” which stars Henry Cavill as Supes. In the comics, the cape-wearing, crime-fighting Kryptonian paved the way for the likes of Batman, Wonder Woman and Spider-Man. From 1938’s “Action Comics” No. 1 to 2013’s “Superman Unchained” No. 1, here are 10 covers that tell the story of a constant but changing superhero. Click through the gallery above for a look at the covers, courtesy of […]
April 21, 2013 | 9:00 a.m.
Batman and Talia al Ghul deal with the death of their son Damian in “Batman, Incorporated” No. 10, due out Wednesday. The series, written by Grant Morrison with art by Chris Burnham, has focused on Damian’s evolution from bratty child to a leader in Batman’s crime-fighting corporation. Damian became the latest in a long line of Robins before dying at the hands of a cloned version of himself. “In many ways this has been Damian’s story as much as it has been the story of Bruce Wayne, and it’s a story that had its end planned a long time ago,” Morrison wrote in a post on DC Comics’ blog, “for what son could ever hope to replace a father like Batman, who never dies?” In issue No. 10, Talia al Ghul and the supervillain group Leviathan retain their ruthless grip on Gotham, Batman […]
Feb. 25, 2013 | 5:31 p.m.
Robin the Boy Wonder is reportedly going to be killed in an upcoming issue. Batman’s sidekick will meet his doom, an end long planned by the comic’s writer, respected scribe Grant Morrison, who insists the move is narratively necessary. Why? Because, as Morrison writes, “what son could ever hope to replace a father like Batman?” And so Robin — Damian Wayne — will die in issue No. 8 of DC Comics’ “Batman Incorporated,” which hits shelves Wednesday. In an essay on DC’s blog, Morrison talks about his seven years on the Batman assignment and the Caped Crusader over the years, including “the savage, young, pulp-flavored ‘weird figure of the dark’ of his early years,” as well as the “smiling, paternal figure of the 1940s” and later “the hairy-chested globetrotting adventurer of the ’70s … the brutally physical vigilante of the […]