March 03, 2014 | 2:20 p.m.
Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s comics collaborations yielded some classic, spine-tingling tales — and for the first time, the entirety of their work in the genre is being collected, in the new hardcover edition, “The Simon and Kirby Library — Horror,” due this week from English publisher Titan. Hero Complex readers can check out an exclusive excerpt from the new book in the gallery above or using the links below. Simon and Kirby’s fabled creative partnership left an indelible imprint on comics — in Timely Comics’ Captain America Comics #1, dated March 1941 but out the previous December, they introduced the world to the patriotic superhero whose legacy and influence remains widespread — Cap will star in his second big-screen solo outing this spring, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” opening April 4. Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 […]
Feb. 14, 2014 | 1:24 p.m.
At this time of year the cinematic conversation usually is centered on Oscar front-runners, or the best titles that screened in Park City, Utah, or looking ahead to how much money “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” stands to rake in when it kicks off the summer blockbuster season. But in TV land, “The Walking Dead” is cable’s highest-rated drama. The astonishing popularity of that series owes to a number of factors — compelling characters under constant threat, grappling with what it means to be human in a world beset by inhuman calamity. And also zombies. In other words, all the hallmarks of what makes for the best horror cinema. With that in mind, it seemed a good time to explore the undying popularity of horror movies. As the two L.A. Times writers who most frequently cover the genre, we’re both serious […]
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 […]
Jan. 16, 2014 | 11:02 a.m.
Thursday evening sees the kickoff to the 2014 edition of the Sundance Film Festival, the annual indie confab that is the site of plenty of industry dealmaking and celeb-spotting as half of Hollywood seems to descend on Park City, Utah, for 10 days of hard-core movie-watching and celebrating. The 2014 lineup features 117 feature-length films culled from more than 4,000 submissions, and a handful of those have a decidedly Hero Complex bent. With that in mind, here are 10 films to look out for. Some might be hard to find — Sundance movies don’t always land national theatrical distribution — but with VOD and online viewing options multiplying at a rapid clip, chances are good you’ll have the opportunity to see these titles in some fashion in the months ahead. The Babadook: In Australian writer-director Jennifer Kent’s supernatural thriller, Essie […]
Jan. 15, 2014 | 8:30 a.m.
Don’t think witches are scary? Scott Snyder says wait until you see “Wytches.” “We want you to be afraid to go to bed at night,” said the writer of the bestselling “Batman” at DC and the Eisner Award-winning “American Vampire” at Vertigo to the crowd Thursday at Image Expo in San Francisco about his and artist Jock’s new horror series. In a backstage interview, Snyder discussed creating a more “bestial and primal” breed of witches, reteaming with Jock (Mark Simpson, his collaborator on a harrowing, acclaimed epic in “Detective Comics” issues collected as “Batman: The Black Mirror”), the influence of Roald Dahl, how “Wytches” may be scarier than “American Vampire,” why this series is at Image Comics (where he did “Severed”), making up stories deep in the woods, and the why of that “y” in the title. Hero Complex: Why […]
Jan. 14, 2014 | 2:59 p.m.
“Carrie,” last year’s big-screen retelling of Stephen King’s first published novel, arrives on DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday with an alternate ending and some featurettes exploring the making of the film, which stars Chloe Grace Moretz as the traumatized telekinetic who becomes the brunt of a cruel prom night prank. The experience of making the film, a remake of Brian De Palma’s 1976 classic starring Sissy Spacek in an Oscar-nominated turn, was profoundly emotional for the young actress, who shot to fame with memorable turns in such films as Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” and the “Kick-Ass” movies, not to mention a winning guest stint on the television comedy “30 Rock.” In an interview with Hero Complex prior to the release of the movie, Moretz mentioned that she relied on the support of her family members to help carry her through the production. […]
Dec. 16, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.
The Lockes are struggling to cope with all the horrors they’ve faced, and as their haunting, heartbreaking story reaches its end, artist Gabriel Rodriguez says he’s still too close to the family to process it all. But the architecture-trained, Chilean “Locke & Key” co-creator does have plenty to say about his experiences working on his and writer Joe Hill’s award-winning IDW series, which has followed teens Tyler and Kinsey, and young Bode, on a terrifying journey involving magical, mind-opening, out-of-body-experience-enabling keys and an evil from a shadow world that is scheming and killing in ours. The horror story, which has been told over six volumes — “Welcome to Lovecraft,” “Head Games,” “Crown of Shadows,” “Keys to the Kingdom,” “Clockworks” and “Alpha & Omega” — unlocks its conclusion with “Locke & Key: Alpha” No. 2, out Wednesday, and celebrates with a […]
Nov. 18, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.
So now we know what happened to the Governor. “The Walking Dead” continued its season four focus on character-driven episodes with Sunday’s “Live Bait,” a standalone installment that charted the one-eyed villain’s time out on the road after his fateful showdown with Rick and his band of survivors, a conflict that ended in surprising, horrifying violence. British actor David Morrissey said even though the Governor, now living as Brian Blake, has blood on his hands, he’s struggling to cope with his guilt and wrestling with the realization that great darkness dwells inside him. Hero Complex caught up with Morrissey to chat about having the chance to more deeply explore the complicated psychology of a man at the end of the world, and what might happen next now that the Governor’s past has caught up with him. Those who missed Sunday’s […]
Oct. 29, 2013 | 11:26 a.m.
Conjuring horror in comics requires a masterful touch. As “Coffin Hill” artist Inaki Miranda said at New York Comic Con earlier this month, “you don’t have music, you don’t have … camera movement, so you have to pick exactly what to put in each panel to create that sense of horror and suspense.” Fortunately, a number of talented creators are channeling their darker impulses to craft wonderfully spooky reads, some violent, blood-soaked tales, others shot through with rich atmosphere. With Halloween right around the corner, Hero Complex has compiled a list of 13 great offerings, arranged alphabetically by age-appropriate groupings. Click through the gallery above to see artwork from some of the selections, and read on to see which titles made the cut. For all ages “Ghostbusters”: Fans of the 1984 comedy classic should understand that it’s nearly impossible for […]
Oct. 29, 2013 | 11:16 a.m.
“The Walking Dead” has been renewed for a fifth season. AMC announced Tuesday that its hit zombie drama, based on the Robert Kirkman comic book, will lumber back for another run of installments, hardly surprising news considering the massive ratings the show is enjoying. The series has become television’s most-watched prime-time drama, with its recent Season 4 premiere attracting some 16.1 million viewers. Scott M. Gimple also is set to return as show runner, AMC confirmed. “We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever: ‘The Walking Dead’ is renewed for a fifth season,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president, in a statement issued by the network Tuesday. “This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between cable and broadcast. Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season…” Check […]