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
May 04, 2013 | 8:30 a.m.
For Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, Image Comics is focusing on the past and the present — the publisher will revisit one of its classic titles, “Aphrodite IX,” with an eye toward rebooting its green-haired assassin, and will release a new issue of “The Walking Dead” that contains a new Tyrese-focused short story and reprints short stories featuring Michonne, the Governor and Morgan. Robert Kirkman’s zombie comic book might be top of mind in the pop cultural consciousness thanks to the wild popularity of the AMC television series it spawned, but “Aphrodite IX” might benefit from an additional promotional push. Originally created by David Wohl and David Finch, the title debuted in 1996, but only generated six issues and one trade paperback. Now Matt Hawkins, president of Image’s Top Cow imprint, and artist Stjepan Sejic are teaming to bring […]
March 13, 2013 | 6:26 p.m.
With Wednesday’s announcement of the new Roman Catholic Pope and “The Walking Dead’s” recent record-breaking ratings, now might be the best time to revisit one of “Walking Dead” comic creator Robert Kirkman’s earlier (though not holier) enterprises: “Battle Pope.” Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, may have been named the 266th pontiff, but in the pages of Kirkman’s “Battle Pope,” the leader of the Roman Catholic church was Oswald Leopold II, a cigar-smoking, demon-slaying sinner tasked with saving humankind after the Rapture. “Battle Pope” was written by Kirkman and co-created and illustrated by Tony Moore, the “Walking Dead” comic artist who later sued Kirkman, alleging the writer tricked him into surrendering his rights to the franchise. (They settled out of court in September.) In 2000, the pair independently published the 14-issue series before it was picked up and reprinted […]
Jan. 21, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.
Want to meet Robert Kirkman? Now’s your chance. The man whose name is these days most often associated with “The Walking Dead” — either the hit AMC zombie series or the comic book — will appear with illustrator Ryan Ottley on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Earth-2 Comics in Sherman Oaks to celebrate the 100th issue of their comic “Invincible” and to commemorate the store’s 10th anniversary. Published by Kirkman’s Skybound imprint at Image Comics, “Invincible” offers a fascinating take on the superhero comic — Mark Grayson must come to terms with the powers he possesses and the legacy that comes with being the offspring of the world’s most powerful hero, Omni-Man. Over the course of “Invincible’s” narrative, Grayson’s story has taken a number of unexpected twists, and in the process won a devoted following. Kirkman created “Invincible” with Cory Walker, […]
Oct. 03, 2012 | 5:20 p.m.
A dystopian tale that calls to mind a certain L.A.-set sci-fi classic starring a replicant-hunting Harrison Ford in a colorful tie, Image Comics’ “Non-Humans” borrows a page from Ridley Scott’s landmark “Blade Runner” but puts a distinctive spin on the narrative. In the new comic book out Wednesday, co-created by Whilce Portacio, Noah Dorsey and Glen Brunswick and written by Brunswick, hard-boiled Det. Oliver Aimes is hunting down not criminal replicants, but toys that have come to sentient life and now make up a new societal underclass that exists on the margins of the population in a decimated urban landscape. Hero Complex contributor Jevon Phillips caught up with Brunswick and Portacio to discuss their creative inspiration and the tone of “Non-Humans” itself. HC: There are strong hints in the book, but what were the influences that you used to shape the […]
Aug. 28, 2012 | 6:12 p.m.
Chris Giarrusso’s comic characters might possess super powers, but they really have more in common with Charlie Brown and his “Peanuts” crew than the Man of Steel or the Caped Crusader. Giarrusso, whose previous titles include the adorable “Mini Marvels” and “The Amazing Adventures of Nate Banks,” says his work is inspired by the classic newspaper cartoon strips he read growing up. His latest comic series features a pint-sized hero named G-Man, whose magic cape endows him with super strength and the power of flight. It’s a bright, all-ages story that leaves out the violence endemic to the superhero genre at large and instead offers a glimpse into the everyday perils of growing up. Hero Complex caught up with Giarrusso to talk about “G-Man.” HC: How did G-Man come about? What inspired you to write this character and this comic? […]
Aug. 23, 2012 | 11:25 a.m.
When Sina Grace stepped down last week as editorial director of Skybound Comics — “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics — it was to take a “leap of faith,” Grace said. Now, Grace has his hands full with “Not My Bag,” an autobiographical graphic novel about the horrors of working in a high-end department store. Grace is also releasing an exclusively digital comic “Self-Obsessed” next month and continues to illustrate “The Li’l Depressed Boy,” a music-driven series about a lovelorn ragdoll boy. “The Li’l Depressed Boy, Vol. 3: Got Your Money” hit shelves this week, and a preview for “Not My Bag” appears in last week’s “The Walking Dead,” No. 101. Hero Complex caught up with Grace, who begins touring in the fall to promote “Not My Bag.” HC: You’ve been editorial director of Skybound for […]