Nov. 11, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.
This post has been corrected. See below for more details. “Chew” creators John Layman and Rob Guillory had barely had time to push together their neighboring tables at New York Comic Con’s Artist Alley last month after a signing in the main exhibition hall when a new crowd formed. They’d been selling through copies of a $100 limited-run version of the 576-page hardcover “Chew Smorgasbord Edition Volume 1” faster than anticipated on the convention’s first day, but that wasn’t the only collectible readers were seeking to have autographed. When one fan presented the Arizona-based Layman with a first-printing copy of “Chew” No. 1 that wasn’t in a protective covering, he paused. “This is a $300 comic,” Layman said, noting that the 2009 debut issue of the multiple-Eisner-Award-winning Image series – originally priced at $2.99, as new issues still are – […]
Nov. 04, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.
Where, exactly, is “East of West”? It’s somewhere far from the glass factory where Nick Dragotta used to do technical drawings. The artist and co-creator, with writer Jonathan Hickman, of the apocalyptic supernatural sci-fi western Image series recalls thinking during his early ’90s gig: “‘This is really boring,’ and I would just draw cartoons.” Now he’s drawing the not-at-all-boring story of the skull-clasp-bolo-tie-wearing, gun-slinging, shock-white Death, the human warrior woman who conquered his heart (pulling one of the Four Horsemen away from the other three) and their missing child. The complex tale is set in 2064, the first year of the apocalypse, and involves Seven Nations of America, the end-times religious mysteries of the Message, and three angry, kid-looking eternal Horsemen out to kill Death himself. The amiable Dragotta schlepped a box of limited edition “East of West Volume 1: […]
Aug. 02, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.
Matt Fraction’s creator-owned Image Comics series “Satellite Sam” and “Sex Criminals” both have sex appeal — but in wildly different ways. In the former, sex is scandalous. In the latter, it’s hilarious. Fraction, a 2009 Eisner Award winner who was nominated for three this year, teams with iconoclastic artist (and idol-turned-friend) Howard Chaykin on “Satellite Sam,” which debuted last month. Set in the profane, behind-the-scenes world of 1950s television, the black-and-white series starts with the mysterious death of children’s sci-fi show star Carlyle White, whose apartment holds a large collection of photos of women in various states of undress. His son Mikey, a production crew worker, is thrust in front of the camera during the live broadcast with a last-minute script change after his father doesn’t show for work. The mature-readers series’ second issue lands Wednesday, as does the second […]
July 18, 2013 | 7:16 p.m.
On TV, “The Walking Dead” is just ramping up, with the show’s fourth season set to debut this fall. But for fans of the comics, it’s been a long, tense decade. That’s right, “The Walking Dead” comic book turns 10 years old this October. To commemorate the date, “Walking Dead” mastermind Robert Kirkman hosted a Comic-Con panel Thursday to answer fan questions. And when fans weren’t flooding to the mics, they were teased and gently browbeaten by the man they were there to see. “Let’s just end this thing early,” he said more than once as fans rushed to the microphone to keep him talking. FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Plans for the upcoming anniversary include a special full-color reprinting of the first issue (which was originally printed in black and white) as well as the launch of a […]
July 06, 2013 | 2:46 p.m.
As Kurtis J. Wiebe continues his adventure with Nazi-fighting Lost Boys, he’s also backing a squad of monster-slaying party girls. And where “Peter Panzerfaust,” which reaches Issue 12 on Wednesday, is serious-though-younger-reader-friendly about its historical villains, “Rat Queens,” set to debut in September, will play its fantastical foes for adult laughs. In “Panzerfaust,” which grounds a take on the boy who could fly in World War II, Lost Boys in their later years relate their teenage experiences with a young American named Peter who led them out of a French orphanage to resist Nazi invaders – including the diabolical, sword-wielding Kapitan Haken, who has lost a hand to the brave boy’s dagger in a fight. Peter and his fellows, who have seen death in their ranks, are joined by the orphaned Darling children. While Wendy has, like the half-Native Canadian […]
July 02, 2013 | 3:30 p.m.
A correction has been added to this post, as indicated below. A female Ulysses on an odyssey home through outer space, an evil high school football coach and an ex-intelligence field agent turned executive assistant on the run from her former agency are among the characters that figure into new creator-owned titles announced Tuesday at Image Expo. “ODY-C,” by Matt Fraction and artist Christian Ward; “Southern Bastards,” by Jason Aaron and North Carolina-raised artist Jason Latour; and “Velvet,” by Ed Brubaker and artist Steve Epting — who previously teamed on Marvel’s “Captain America” — were among the top-tier titles touted at the special one-day media event at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center. But the gathering also afforded Image Comics to announce new projects from J. Michael Straczynski and Mark Millar — who already have current series with the company — […]
June 25, 2013 | 7:00 a.m.
Robert Kirkman’s acclaimed zombie comic series “The Walking Dead” is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Created by writer Kirkman and artist Tony Moore, the monthly comic about a ragtag group of zombie apocalypse survivors was first released by Image Comics in October 2003. Since then, “The Walking Dead” has won an Eisner Award for best continuing series and has spawned spinoff books, video games and a hit television series on AMC, becoming one of the most well-known zombie tales in pop culture. “The Walking Dead” 10th anniversary celebrations at Comic-Con International — the massive entertainment expo which runs July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center — will include zombie costume contests, a zombie makeup station, celebrity appearances and a booth to play “The Walking Dead” video game. “It’s hard to believe the […]
June 24, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.
“Fatale,” which has trailed the mesmerizing, unaging femme Josephine on her run from supernatural evil through 1950s San Francisco, 1970s Los Angeles and World War II Romania, is now following her to Ed Brubaker’s past: 1990s Seattle. And writing a “Fatale” arc in a time and place dear to him has been “weird,” Brubaker says – a fitting feeling for anything involved with the creator-owned horror-noir series he produces with his longtime collaborator, artist Sean Phillips (just consider the villainous Hansel, who under his human disguise has a tentacled, fanged face). The Image Comics-published title returns to its main narrative after four stand-alone issues on Wednesday with No. 15, and Hero Complex readers have an exclusive look at the first six pages – a prologue that checks in with the hard-luck Nicolas Lash — in the gallery above and the […]
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 […]