Nov. 24, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.
This post has been corrected, as detailed below. Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are back with the FBI, and as “The X-Files: Season 10″ begins its second arc, a fan-favorite monster from the classic paranormal investigation TV show’s second season returns: Yes, X-Philes, Flukeman is back. The Joe Harris-written “Season 10″ comic series’ sixth issue, “Hosts: Part 1 of 2,” draws its name from the Chris Carter-written 1994 episode “The Host,” which followed FBI agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) as they encountered a dangerous, horrific-looking creature found in a New Jersey water treatment plant. (Who can forget the presumed-dead Flukeman opening his eyes at the end?) Carter, creator of “The X-Files,” is the executive producer of the IDW Publishing series, which Harris (“Great Pacific,” “Ghost Projekt”) scripts with dialogue that feels like Duchovny and Anderson are delivering […]
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. 23, 2013 | 9:12 a.m.
Find the best and the brightest of the comic book world right here, before the books hit the shelves. Thumb through the gallery above, and click on thumbnails below for larger images. We’ll update the post throughout the month so check back to see this growing gallery of covers and pages from upcoming releases from top publishers. To see more art from recent releases, check out our comic book news section and archive of comics-art galleries. RECENT AND RELATED ‘Forever Evil’: Geoff Johns, David Finch conspire ‘Gotham’: Batman’s city to get series on Fox ‘Flash’ may get CW show; Geoff Johns co-writing back-door pilot on ‘Arrow’ ‘Arrow’: Geoff Johns discusses his Starling City visit Ben Affleck will play Batman opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman Ben Affleck as Batman: Past roles that might inform his performance Avengers at 50: How Stan Lee, Jack […]
Oct. 12, 2013 | 1:49 p.m.
Jack Kirby’s “New Gods,” Jim Steranko’s “Nick Fury” works, Dave Gibbons’ “Watchmen” and Charles Schulz’s “Peanuts” will all get deluxe books reproducing their original penciled-and-inked pages from IDW Publishing. And Steranko and the company are at work on a new, original project. The San Diego-based comics and art book publisher announced the Artist’s or Artifact Editions of the hugely influential works at its Saturday morning “Most Explosive Panel of 2013” at New York Comic Con, with Steranko as a surprise guest. The iconoclastic Steranko, a comics legend and Twitter sensation with a head of distinctive white hair, entered to the James Bond theme music and was frank about both his stature and his interactions with other publishers. “I probably have the distinction of producing the smallest amount of work that made the most amount of noise in this business. You […]
July 20, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.
“Saturday Night Live’s” Taran Killam asked the IDW Publishing panel audience on Friday who likes James Bond. A cheer went up. “This has nothing to do with James Bond,” he said of his upcoming comic series “The Illegitimates.” “This is completely separate from James Bond.” In the book, which he’s writing with Marc Andreyko, Agent Steele, the world’s greatest secret agent – who is definitely not world-traveling, sleeping-with-female-agents James Bond – is killed in action. His employer, Olympus, turns to five of his illegitimate children to replace him. FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 The series was a among a number of upcoming original and licensed projects showcased in IDW’s “Panel to End All Panels,” which was led by editor Chris Ryall. The horror series “Locke & Key,” an original work by writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez, has […]
June 03, 2013 | 9:58 a.m.
Find the best and the brightest of the comic book world right here, before the books hit the shelves. Thumb through the gallery above, and click on thumbnails below for larger images. We’ll update the post throughout the month so check back to see this growing gallery of covers and pages from upcoming releases from top publishers. To see more art from recent releases, check out our comic book news section and archive of comics-art galleries. Follow us on Twitter: @LATHeroComplex RECENT AND RELATED Marquez: X-Men, Spider-Man 3-D graphic novel Orson Scott Card: Stoking Superman fan rage ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’: Watch exclusive clip ‘Spider-Man’: Dan Slott talks Peter Parker’s fate Peter Dinklage joins ‘X-Men’ film cast: As Puck? ‘X-Men Legacy’: Simon Spurrier’s task is Legion Avengers vs. X-Men: The fate of Professor X Robin killed? Grant Morrison speaks out Jeff Lemire on superhero inspiration ‘X-Men’ superhero proposes to his boyfriend
Jan. 29, 2013 | 5:17 p.m.
The truth is still out there, and IDW is ready to search for it once more. San Diego-based IDW Publishing is adding “The X-Files” to its already extensive lineup of comics based on beloved movie and television properties — a list that includes such major titles as “Star Trek,” “Transformers,” “Doctor Who” and “True Blood.” The comic will pick up after the landmark sci-fi TV series and the two feature films chronicling the adventures of intrepid agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson). IDW will also reprint the “X-Files” comics published between 1995 and 2009. The title is one of many that IDW editor in chief Chris Ryall was excited to discuss looking at what’s ahead for his operation in 2013. Ryall, of course, is the author whose own Eisner Award-nominated series “Zombies vs. Robots” was optioned […]
July 21, 2012 | 6:00 a.m.
Selina Kyle’s lacy red bra and its ample, curvy contents fill the first panel of “Catwoman” No. 1, published last year when DC Comics relaunched 52 of its most popular titles. By the last page, she’s straddling Batman and spilling out of her leather suit once more. Catwoman wasn’t DC’s only female superhero to make her “New 52” debut in lingerie. In “Red Hood and the Outlaws” No. 1, extraterrestrial princess Starfire strikes a Playboy-like pose, bursting out of her purple bikini as she propositions Red Hood. And Voodoo, a shape-shifting half-alien hybrid, spends half of her first issue stripping. Comics blogs buzzed with debate, and critics cried sexism, pointing to the company’s predominantly male creative staff. DC’s rival Marvel Comics often faces similar criticism — the superhero comics genre historically has been a boys’ club. But a broader look […]
May 31, 2012 | 4:37 p.m.
Where to begin? This is the story of three men born in three different centuries and connected by little other than professions that made them acutely aware of the power of legend. It’s the story of a 13th century prince of Novgorod who used a frozen lake to kill his foes and save his city, a tale so powerful that just four years ago a national poll of Russians ranked that prince, Alexander Nevsky, as the greatest Russian who ever lived. This is also the story of the desperate Soviet filmmaker who knew the gulag awaited if his latest epic didn’t satisfy Josef Stalin. The director, Sergei Eisenstein, had delivered the crown jewel of Russian cinema in “Battleship Potemkin” in 1925, but in the 13 intervening years the Kremlin saw only his talent for trouble. And finally, it’s also a […]
Jan. 31, 2012 | 2:02 p.m.
The great John Romita celebrated his 82nd birthday last Tuesday but he was the one handing out the gifts — well, no, not really, that’s just how it felt Tuesday morning when I found a copy of “John Romita’s The Amazing Spider-Man: Artist’s Edition” waiting in my mailbox. The title may be a bit ungainly but everything else about this book from IDW Publishing is graceful and sparkling. Or, in a word, amazing. This is the third installment in the Artist’s Edition series — following Dave Stevens’ “The Rocketeer” and Walt Simonson’s “The Mighty Thor” — and the brand already stands as one of the most satisfying archival explorations in the history of comics. The hardcover books aren’t cheap (the Romita edition, which hits stores this week, will set you back $100) but they are true works of art. The approach of the […]