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 […]
Jan. 28, 2013 | 4:00 a.m.
Batman and his crime-fighting corporation finally take the offensive against the ruthless Talia al Ghul and the supervillain group Leviathan to reclaim Gotham City in “Batman, Incorporated” No. 7, due out Wednesday. The series, written by comics icon Grant Morrison with gritty, detailed art by Chris Burnham, has centered around Batman, Talia and their son Damian (a.k.a. Robin). Issue No. 5 revealed a glimpse of the post-apocalyptic future that would unfold if Damian were to become the Dark Knight, and issue No. 6 pitted Batman against Talia in a maze of riddles and mind games, with an explosive ending. Cover | Variant Cover 1 | Variant Cover 2 | Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5 Number 7′s story, titled “Belly of the Whale,” follows the Bat-family as they face the aftermath of the previous […]
Oct. 22, 2012 | 1:43 p.m.
“Batman, Incorporated” No. 4, which features the talents of acclaimed Scottish comic writer Grant Morrison and slickly drawn panels by artist Chris Burnham, arrives in stores Wednesday. In the series, Bruce Wayne heads up a global corporation devoted to taking Batman’s crime-fighting operations worldwide; he’s aided by a team of vigilantes including Robin, Red Robin and Black Bat. The previous issue — “Batman, Incorporated” No. 3 — was postponed this summer in the wake of the shootings that took place during a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colo. The issue re-introduced the character “Matches” Malone, a gangster and arsonist, and a few scenes in the story were “too close for comfort,” Burnham said at the time in a series of tweets. Hero Complex readers can get a first look at “Batman, Inc.” No. 4. Click through the […]
Oct. 12, 2012 | 11:57 a.m.
As Legendary Comics continues to trot out talent for its upcoming titles, there might be no one better to have on the roster than Grant Morrison. The Scottish writer, a member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, is a singular talent who, in these last few years, has been called on to revamp major comics and characters including Superman, Batman and the X-Men with his own unique brand of storytelling. Now he’s turning his creative attention back to an entirely new endeavor — Morrison announced Thursday at New York Comic-Con that he is developing a six-part comic book miniseries called “Annihilator” with Legendary, with an eye toward releasing it next year. “It’s a big science fiction story set in modern-day L.A.,” said Morrison. “It’s something I’ve been working on for the last few years.” “Annihilator” centers on […]
July 24, 2012 | 2:53 p.m.
DC Entertainment has asked retailers to delay the release of its comic book “Batman Inc.” No. 3 due to sensitivities in the wake of the Colorado movie-theater shooting. The company behind Superman, Wonder Woman and “Watchmen” sent a letter to retailers Monday requesting that they withhold the issue, which has already been printed and shipped with a scheduled Wednesday shelf date. “Out of respect for the victims and families in Aurora, Colorado, DC Entertainment has made the decision to postpone the release of ‘Batman Inc.’ No. 3 for one month because the comic contains content that may be perceived as insensitive in light of recent events,” the letter stated. “We request that retailers do not make this issue available as previously solicited. Its new on sale date is August 22, 2012. Please contact the DC Entertainment sales team if you […]
June 26, 2012 | 12:15 p.m.
So what exactly is Grant Morrison building out there in the Nevada desert? This September the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas will host ”a once-in-a-lifetime” event called MorrisonCon, which sounds not that different than, say, last month’s Comicpalooza in Houston, Megacon every winter in Orlando, Fla., or the recently launched Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo, a brand that will meet the public this September in Los Angeles (and soon be cloned for China). But on closer examination, the plans for the Sept. 28-30 MorrisonCon are quite different than the standard comic book convention — just as the 52-year-old Morrison is the most distinctive voice in comics today with his Dada superhero excursions and carefully cultivated trickster-shaman persona. The writer, who splits time between Los Angeles and his native Scotland, describes his event in a way that sounds more like a TED Conference with a dash of Nocturnal Wonderland, The Bowery Poetry Club and, um, […]
June 12, 2012 | 1:06 p.m.
MorrisonCon is coming to Las Vegas in September and three more comics stars will be announced as guests Tuesday — Darick Robertson (“Transmetropolitan”), Robert Kirkman (“The Walking Dead”) and Jason Aaron (“Scalped”) — for an event that is named after Grant Morrison, the comic book writer and author who is shaping the “once-in-a-lifetime event” that will be limited to 1,000 fans and sounds more like a TED Conference rave than an old-school, long-box convention. We caught up with Robertson, who lives in Napa Valley, to chat about his work and Morrison’s offbeat summit. HC: One of the hallmarks of your field is collaboration — what’s a lesson you’ve learned about collaboration? DR: Collaboration is all about honesty and mutual respect. It can be easy to lean on your co-creator and let them do the heavy lifting, but I found that when it comes to […]
July 26, 2011 | 10:58 a.m.
Super friends and cosmic dreamers Grant Morrison and Gerard Way will appear together Thursday at Meltdown Comics (7522 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles) for a discussion of Morrison’s acclaimed new book “Supergods,” which is a sort of meditation on meta-humanity. The two are among the elite creators in comics these days with Morrison writing key Superman and Batman arcs in recent years and Way chronicling the surreal adventures of “The Umbrella Academy.” Way also has a day job as lead singer and art director of My Chemical Romance (the band is now preparing to tour with Blink-182) and Morrison portrayed a memorable bad-guy in their music video for the hit “Sing.” I’ll be there Thursday for sure. Hope to see you there as well. – Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED ‘Superman’: Grant Morrison’s new Man of Steel Morrison gets evil […]