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 […]
July 16, 2011 | 4:18 p.m.
The costumed superhero (like jazz and baseball) is often described as a uniquely American creation, but the most intriguing creative force in comics these days is Grant Morrison, the Scottish writer who this September will take the most storied franchise, Superman’s “Action Comics,” back to issue No. 1 for the first time since 1938. The 51-year-old has brought a surrealist style to comics and his new nonfiction book, “Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human,” which will be released this week by Spiegel & Grau. In this guest essay, he offers thoughts on Comic-Con International, the pop culture expo expected to bring 120,000 heroic souls to San Diego. Comic-Con International in San Diego is a place where the boundary between fantasy and reality happily surrenders to the carnival spirit […]
June 14, 2011 | 6:00 p.m.
We were the first to announce that Grant Morrison would be teaming with artist Ralph “Rags” Morales to start over DC’s granddaddy series with Action Comics No. 1 in September. Now here’s the first public comments made by Morrison, a videotaped message that was screened over the weekend at the Hero Complex Film Festival. That video was part of our Saturday program, which also included an interview with Geoff Johns and Jim Lee. Stay tuned, more to come from the quickly changing DC Universe. — Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED ‘Superman’ first look: The new Man of Steel DC will restart all of its titles with No. 1 in Sept. Donner: No one will play role like Reeve did DC brings new universe to Hero Festival Donner brings “Superman” to Hero festival Marvelous again: “Iron Man” reunion Morrison: Make Superman a ‘brawler’ Donner on “the genius” of […]