March 03, 2015 | 8:00 a.m.
After nearly five years working under an exclusive contract at DC Comics, Jeff Lemire is a free agent again, and 2015 looks to be a landmark year for the prolific comic-book creator. In addition to new for-hire projects at Valiant (“The Valiant” and “Bloodshot: Reborn”) and Marvel (“All-New Hawkeye”), Lemire is working on four creator-owned titles: “Descender,” “Plutona” and “AD: After Death” at Image, and “The Black Hammer” at Dark Horse. Debuting Wednesday, “Descender” is the first of Lemire’s new creator-owned books to see release, a science fiction ongoing with artist Dustin Nguyen that follows a boy robot, TIM-21, as he makes his way across the galaxy on the run from anti-machine bounty hunters, armies and more. “I had wanted to do more science fiction,” Lemire said. “I had finished a book for Vertigo last year called ‘Trillium,’ which was […]
Jan. 30, 2015 | 4:31 p.m.
Jeff Lemire’s “Descender” is coming to the big screen. Sony announced on Friday that it had acquired the feature film rights to the upcoming Image comic series from Lemire (“Sweet Tooth,” “Trillium”) and artist Dustin Nguyen. The comic book, which was announced last year, is described as a sprawling space opera centering on an artificial boy, TIM-21, who might hold the key to the origins of a race of planet-decimating robots. Before long, he becomes the subject of a galactic search, and soon bands together with unlikely companions to travel to distant planets to flee his foes. The first issue will be published March 4. “It was a competitive situation for ‘Descender’…” said Lemire and Nguyen in a statement released by Sony. “We know that their film translation will do justice to the original comics, and we are thrilled with […]
Jan. 08, 2015 | 6:34 p.m.
Brian K. Vaughan showed at Image Expo on Thursday that he’d meant it when he said comics are a “vastly superior medium” to film and television, announcing two new projects he’ll write in addition to continuing the award-winning, bestselling “Saga.” The acclaimed comics creator – who brought Stephen King’s “Under the Dome” to television and was a producer on “Lost” – has followed up on his proclamation from last year’s Eisner Awards by taking on more work in the medium than he has in years, teaming up with artist Steve Skroce on the limited series “We Stand on Guard,” which finds Canadian freedom fighters resisting an invasion of U.S. forces (including “giant … robots”), and with artist Cliff Chiang (“Wonder Woman”) on the ongoing story “Paper Girls,” about 12-year-old suburban newspaper delivery girls who encounter strange happenings. Vaughan’s announcements came […]
July 28, 2014 | 7:00 a.m.
Chuck Palahniuk paused while describing the story of the upcoming “Fight Club 2” to read the Comic-Con reminder that some audience members may be under 18. He then mentioned, in moderate language, that the unnamed narrator from his 1996 novel and fellow support group faker Marla, now married in the 10-issue Dark Horse comic book continuation, “haven’t had great sex in 10 years,” since Tyler Durden was around. “And Marla is desperate to get laid the way she got laid by Tyler, even if it means titrating her husband’s medication so that late at night she can coax Tyler out of suppression,” Palahniuk said, “even if it means doing this to the extent that Tyler is more and more in the world and eventually destroys their home and their family and drags them into chaos” in search of the couple’s […]
May 12, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
Superheroes are descending on Star City to mourn a comrade. “Futures End” No. 2, out Wednesday, follows the shocking death of Green Arrow in the DC weekly series’ previous issue with the late Oliver Queen’s Justice League United teammate Animal Man delivering a touching eulogy. Hero Complex readers can get an early look at what Buddy Baker has to say about his fallen friend in the gallery above or via the links below. The issue is written by Brian Azzarello, Keith Giffen, Dan Jurgens and Jeff Lemire, with art by Jesus Merino and Dan Green. “Futures End” No. 2: Page 6 | Pages 7-8 | Page 9 | Page 10 One thing to keep in mind: These events are five years ahead, in one possible future — one that a further-future Batman has traveled back in time to stop. Bruce […]
April 22, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
The move to Canada and the debut of a Cree superheroine may not be the biggest changes for Jeff Lemire’s new Justice League team: The writer says he’s tired of “grim and gritty” and will be moving the heroes toward “big, fun space adventures.” “Justice League United” No. 0 arrives Wednesday from the Toronto-based Lemire and his U.S.-based British artist collaborator, Mike McKone, and begins assembling a team of DC characters that hail from the stars to the street: extraterrestrials Martian Manhunter, Supergirl and Hawkman, with earthlings Animal Man, Stargirl, Green Arrow, Adam and Alanna Strange — and the newly created Equinox, a teenage girl from Moose Factory, Canada. Developing the 16-year-old heroine, whose civilian name is Miiyahbin, has been a passion project within his DC work for Lemire, who has explored his native country in creator-owned projects including “Essex […]
Sept. 28, 2013 | 7:00 a.m.
This post has been corrected, as detailed below. If you’re a fan of the CW’s “Arrow” but have never read the “Green Arrow” comic series on which the TV show is based, now might be a good time to start. “Green Arrow” No. 24 offers readers a potential jumping-on point, with plenty of character descriptions and explained back story. The comic centers on Oliver Queen, a young man born into wealth and privilege. His life changes after he’s stranded on an island for three years, and upon his return to Seattle he puts his survival skills to good use as a vigilante superhero. In recent issues, Green Arrow has faced off against Komodo, a brand new supervillain who is part of an ancient clan of warriors called the Outsiders, as well as Count Vertigo, a super-powered mercenary. Fans of the […]
Aug. 17, 2013 | 2:48 p.m.
DC Comics’ “Trinity War” is barreling toward its conclusion, and the Justice Leagues’ destruction could be sealed in the time it takes to say “Shazam.” “Justice League Dark” No. 23, Part 5 of “Trinity War,” by writer Jeff Lemire and artist Mikel Janin, is out Wednesday, and picks up where Part 4 (“Justice League of America” No. 7) left off — with the potentially cataclysmic Pandora’s Box in Wonder Woman’s hands and exerting its wicked influence on her. As Hero Complex readers can see in the exclusive preview pages below, she doesn’t hold onto it for long. Cover | Page 1 | Pages 2-3 | Pages 4-5 | Variant Cover | Variant Cover Shazam, the magic-powered superhero who transforms from the young Billy Batson with a word, has been a key figure in the conflict from its beginning. Recall that […]
July 19, 2013 | 5:06 p.m.
In planning “Trinity War,” DC Comics chief creative officer Geoff Johns told a panel about the summer crossover event, a key question emerged: “What’s the most devastating thing you can do to the Justice League?” His answer: Make its members “lose faith in Superman.” In “Justice League” No. 22, the first chapter of “Trinity War” which came out earlier this month, Superman was seen killing Doctor Light, a new member of the Justice League of America — a government-sponsored team designed to combat the Justice League if necessary. But other forces were at work, and the resulting mystery –- who used Superman? –- drives the story. FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Wonder Woman thinks it’s related to Superman’s handling Pandora’s box, from which all evil sprang, but Batman is convinced there’s a scientific answer. They pursue answers separately. At […]
July 03, 2013 | 11:52 a.m.
Rafael Albuquerque, artist and co-creator of the Eisner Award-winning Vertigo series “American Vampire,” is bringing his dark-and-gritty style to “Animal Man.” Albuquerque is taking over art duties on the DC series, written by Jeff Lemire, beginning with issue No. 24 this October. Hero Complex readers get a first look at Albuquerque’s debut cover, right. The series follows Buddy Baker, a.k.a. Animal Man, who puts his special power to borrow abilities from animals on the back burner while he focuses on being a family man. But after his young daughter Maxine starts to manifest dangerous powers, Buddy discovers their connection to the Red, which connects animal life on Earth and is the source of Buddy and Maxine’s abilities. After tragic events separate Buddy from his family, issue No. 24 picks up with his efforts to reunite them. “‘Animal Man’ is a […]