May 12, 2015 | 11:06 a.m.
Warning: This post contains spoilers. The identity of the new Thor has been a closely guarded secret since her debut in “Thor: God of Thunder” No. 25 in 2014. Fans have known that the character’s hidden name would be announced in “Thor” No. 8, which comes out Wednesday, but writer Jason Aaron has already dropped the proverbial hammer. Thor is Dr. Jane Foster, a longtime ally and love interest of Thor Odinson, notably during his time as his alter-ego, Dr. Donald Blake. Jane Foster was created way back in 1962 by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby, first appearing in “Journey into Mystery” No. 84. She has been played in the Marvel Cinematic Universe by Natalie Portman, though her origins there have been altered from being a nurse or EMT to being a scientist. The “Thor” writer released the […]
Nov. 06, 2014 | 7:16 a.m.
“Star Wars” comics are back at Marvel after more than 20 years away from the publisher, and heralding the title’s homecoming is none other than Jaxxon, the giant green space rabbit who fought alongside Han Solo in the comic’s early years. But don’t worry. It appears Jaxxon isn’t around to stay. The character cameos on a variant cover for “Star Wars” No. 1, due out in January. The variant, by artist John Tyler Christopher, will only be available at the comic’s launch parties. “We think old and new fans alike will be just as excited as we are to see Jaxxon, even if it’s only for this fun variant cover,” said Marvel’s David Gabriel in a press statement. Unveiled Wednesday, the cover is meant to be “a callback to the original Marvel Comics ‘Star Wars’ series,” Gabriel said. Marvel published […]
July 26, 2014 | 4:27 p.m.
Marvel is launching back into “Star Wars” comics with major creative Force, with three series – a core title, plus a Darth Vader ongoing and a Princess Leia miniseries — rolling out in January, February and March. Writer Jason Aaron (“Thor, God of Thunder”) and John Cassaday (“Astonishing X-Men”), who Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada introduced to the “Cup o’ Joe” Comic-Con International panel Saturday afternoon as “Jedis,” will pick up the story right after the original film in January’s “Star Wars” No. 1, an ongoing monthly series. “As far as I’m concerned it’s 1977, and we’ve just been hired to produce the direct sequel to that original movie,” Aaron said. “I want everybody here who reads this book to feel like I felt when I was a kid and first met these characters … I want you to […]
July 15, 2014 | 11:12 a.m.
Who says a woman can’t be the God of Thunder? In October, a new, female Thor will rise to replace the Odinson that Marvel readers have known since “Journey Into Mystery” No. 83 in 1962, the company announced Tuesday morning on ABC’s “The View” talk show. It’s a major shake-up of a Marvel bedrock character, and the company is hammering home that the change is no gimmick. “This is not She-Thor,” said Jason Aaron, who will write the new series, in a statement. “This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is Thor. This is the Thor of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.” And the one-word title bears that out: “Thor.” Aaron, writer of the current, acclaimed “Thor, God of Thunder,” will be joined by artist Russell Dauterman (“Cyclops,” “Supurbia”) in […]
May 01, 2014 | 6:11 p.m.
“Working in comics is always a little bit like trying to find a date for prom,” said Jason Aaron, writer of the new Image ongoing series “Southern Bastards” with artist Jason Latour. “You meet some amazing artist and think, ‘Oh man, I really wanna work with this person.’ Thus begins the wooing.” That wooing has materialized into one of the most exciting creative partnerships in comics. This week, Image releases the first issue of “Southern Bastards,” a hard-boiled, deep-fried tale about one man’s return to his hometown, which is now run by a local crime kingpin who also happens to be the coach of the state champion high school football team. After meeting through common acquaintances, Aaron and Latour felt an immediate kinship thanks to their shared Southern heritage. “There aren’t many Southerners in comics, so I think those who […]
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 12, 2012 | 1:06 p.m.
MorrisonCon is coming to Las Vegas in September and three more comics stars will be announced as guests Tuesday — Darick Robertson (“Transmetropolitan”), Robert Kirkman (“The Walking Dead”) and Jason Aaron (“Scalped”) — for an event that is named after Grant Morrison, the comic book writer and author who is shaping the “once-in-a-lifetime event” that will be limited to 1,000 fans and sounds more like a TED Conference rave than an old-school, long-box convention. We caught up with Robertson, who lives in Napa Valley, to chat about his work and Morrison’s offbeat summit. HC: One of the hallmarks of your field is collaboration — what’s a lesson you’ve learned about collaboration? DR: Collaboration is all about honesty and mutual respect. It can be easy to lean on your co-creator and let them do the heavy lifting, but I found that when it comes to […]