April 28, 2014 | 12:00 p.m.
Batman and Superman always have had a complicated relationship. Practical allies and philosophical antagonists, the pair has formed a yin-yang of comic book justice. And last year, thanks to the New 52 universe, the original odd couple was treated to a brand new origin tale. This week, DC will release “Batman/Superman Vol. 1: Cross World,” a collection of the story arc originally laid out in “Batman/ Superman” Nos. 1-4 and the Darkseid Villains Month issue, which depicts an edgy new take on how the two heroes first came to work together. Hero Complex readers can check out an exclusive look at never-before-seen pencil sketches and scripts for the anticipated release in the gallery above. The sketches offer an intricate look at how the stories came together and how writer Greg Pak (“X-Treme X-Men,” “World War Hulk”) and artist Jae Lee […]
Jan. 02, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
Prolific scribe Greg Pak continues his collaboration with artist Aaron Kuder on the new issue of “Action Comics,” which sees Superman reflecting on his younger days before he sets out to battle a new threat, the brutal Beast Lord. Hero Complex readers can take an exclusive look at the first five pages of issue No. 27, out Wednesday, in the gallery above or in larger versions by clicking on the links below. The issue opens with Superman flashing back to his childhood — young Clark Kent is determined that this will be the day he will fly. But the boy with the unusual abilities is stopped short when, among the distant sounds of a neighbor snoring and an insect’s shell popping, he overhears his adoptive parents whispering to each other about his otherworldly heritage. Cover | Page 1 | Page […]
Sept. 21, 2013 | 6:33 p.m.
The craggy Kryptonian monster Doomsday is bursting back into DC Comics, making his New 52 debut in the Villains Month one-shot “Batman/Superman 3.1: Doomsday” from writer Greg Pak and artist Brett Booth. Doomsday, of course, is most famous for killing (temporarily, anyway) the Last Son of Krypton back in 1992’s bestselling “The Death of Superman” story line during a Metropolis-wrecking slugfest. His first appearance in the New 52, the rebooted reality of the DC universe that launched in September 2011, is set on Krypton and involves some familiar faces from Superman’s mythology. Hero Complex readers can take an exclusive look at the first five pages of the issue, out Wednesday, in the gallery above or in larger versions by clicking on the links below. Cover | Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 |Page 5 Yes, […]
June 24, 2013 | 6:12 p.m.
Superman and Batman are teaming up in a new comic series by writer Greg Pak (“X-Treme X-Men,” “Justice League: Darkseid“) and artist Jae Lee (“Before Watchmen: Ozymandias,” “Inhumans“). “Batman/Superman” issue No. 1, out Wednesday, features the DC heavyweights’ fateful first meeting in the New 52. In a guest essay for Hero Complex, Pak pays tribute to the Man of Steel, who turns 75 this year. This coming Wednesday, the first issue of “Batman/Superman” hits comic book stores, written by yours truly with art by the brilliant Jae Lee. It’s my first DC comic book and my first stab at writing Superman. And I absolutely love it. So in this 75th anniversary year of Superman’s first appearance in “Action Comics” No. 1, here’s a quick list of why I love the big guy. 1. Superman’s an Everyman This seems contradictory, doesn’t […]
June 04, 2013 | 9:00 a.m.
Which Justice League enemy is big enough and bad enough to seize and rename DC Comics’ flagship series? Darkseid is. The stone-cold cosmic conqueror’s star turn comes in DC’s New 52 Villains Month this September, when evildoers will rule in the DCU, with a different one temporarily taking over each title – and getting a 3-D motion cover. Hero Complex offers readers a look at the covers for the four wicked Justice League re-titles and an exclusive interview with “Justice League: Darkseid” writer Greg Pak about what to expect from that great gray terror. See the “Darkseid” cover in action here. Villains Month is the kickoff of the New 52’s first universe-spanning event, “Forever Evil,” which will be anchored by a miniseries bearing that name from regular “Justice League of America” creative team Geoff Johns and David Finch. It all […]