May 02, 2014 | 11:47 a.m.

Free Comic Book Day: Marc Silvestri, Rob Worley, more visit L.A. shops

Future's End No. 0, one of sixty free titles available on Free Comic Book Day. (DC Entertainment)
Free Comic Book Day arrives Saturday, with more than 2,000 participating comic book shops readying their annual blowout of gratis titles and in-store appearances across the country. Marvel’s planning to release a complimentary issue of “Guardians of the Galaxy” that will tease to a game-changing event for Spider-Man, while DC is launching a new series with “The New 52: Futures End” No. 0, which marks Batman Beyond’s debut in the New 52 universe. (The series will continue its weekly run with issue No. 1 set to hit stands Wednesday.) In all, more than 60 titles will be made available at no cost: among them, Dark Horse will release a complimentary issue of “Avatar: The Last Airbender”; Archie Comics will offer “Archie Digest” No. 1, which features a new introduction to the Riverdale gang; and IDW will offer a free issue […]
April 21, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.

WonderCon: IDW inks Gabriel Rodriguez; Buscema’s Silver Surfer, more

IDW WonderCon
Acclaimed “Locke & Key” artist Gabriel Rodriguez is now exclusive to IDW, formalizing a long relationship that later this year will bear “Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland” with Eisner Award-winning writer Eric Shanower. The announcement came on IDW’s “Greatest Panel in the Known Universe” on Saturday at WonderCon in Anaheim, where the two discussed the previously announced miniseries alongside a slew of creators with announcements, including Brian Lynch and his wild, hell-on-wheels one-shot “Monster Motors.” And, in a panel later that day on the publisher’s highly regarded Artist’s Editions, editor Scott Dunbier, recently nominated for an Eisner Award for his work on the oversize archival books, announced that a volume of Walt Simonson’s “Manhunter” will arrive in September and one of John Buscema’s work on “Silver Surfer” will be coming in October. Simonson is also the subject of a 22-page Portfolio Edition of his 1970s […]
Feb. 07, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.

Valentine’s Day gift guide: ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Sherlock,’ comics and more

Hero Complex Valentine's Day gift guide (featured image)
Do you and your Valentine put Clark Kent and Lois Lane to shame? Or is your greatest love a platonic one, like Sherlock and Watson or Finn and Jake? Whether your loved one is a gamer, a Whovian or a comics aficionado, the Hero Complex Valentine’s Day gift guide has you covered. Click through the gallery above and check out the list below for our selection of the best geeky Valentine’s Day gift ideas, sure to make your sci-fi-loving soul mate swoon. Under $25 “The Adventures of Apocalypse Al,” $2.99 per issue: J. Michael Straczynski’s new Joe’s Comics title follows plucky redhead Allison Carter, a resourceful private investigator tasked with saving the world from all manner of supernatural threats — zombies, imps, wizards, closet trolls and even undead ex-boyfriends, all while dispensing wisecracks with deadpan aplomb. If that winning combination […]
Jan. 21, 2014 | 12:15 p.m.

‘Doctor Who’ comics: Titan gets license, new books coming in 2014

'Doctor Who' Peter Capaldi (featured image)
The Tenth and Eleventh Doctors are returning in new “Doctor Who” comic books from Titan Comics later this year. BBC and U.K. publisher Titan have teamed to release stand-alone adventures featuring the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors (portrayed by David Tennant and Matt Smith, respectively, in the long-running science-fiction television series). The Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) also will be featured after the new TV season kicks off later in 2014. The deal with Titan, which BBC announced Tuesday, marks a new home for “Doctor Who” comics, which have been published by IDW in North America since 2008. During that time, IDW launched an ongoing series by writer Andy Diggle, an extended series (“Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time”)  spotlighting all 11 Doctors so far, and introduced the first “Doctor Who” crossover, in which the Time Lord met Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the […]
Dec. 16, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.

‘Locke & Key: Alpha 2′: Gabriel Rodriguez reflects on series’ end

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. 24, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.

‘The X-Files: Season 10′ No. 6 preview: Flukeman returns!

'The X-Files' Season 10 (featured image)
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.

Halloween horror: 13 frightfully good comics for holiday scares

Halloween comics (featured image)
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.

Miracleman, Marvel Now in comics previews

Miracleman #1 (Yu)
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.

NYCC 2013: IDW announces Steranko, Cooke, Gibbons, Schulz books

Cover for "Richard Stark's Parker: The Outfit" by Darwyn Cooke. (IDW)
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.

Comic-Con: IDW features Taran Killam, Walt Simonson, more

“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 […]
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