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 […]
May 06, 2013 | 1:05 p.m.
For a man about to start a war, Geoff Johns seems calm. Upbeat, even. Upstairs from Golden Apple Comics in Hollywood in an office lunchroom ahead of a signing for Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, DC Comics’ chief creative officer, sporting just-tearing-at-the-knee jeans, a red plaid shirt and a weathered Aquaman baseball cap, occasionally pets his bulldog while discussing the summer event he and collaborator Jeff Lemire are scripting in their respective “Justice League” and “Justice League Dark” titles, and together in “Justice League of America.” (You can see a larger version of Ivan Reis and Joe Prado’s triptych cover for the first issues here.) “Trinity War,” which unfolds in six parts across those three series’ July and August releases, with tie-ins including “Trinity of Sin: Pandora” No. 1 (written by Ray Fawkes), is DC Comics’ biggest event since launching […]
April 28, 2013 | 11:15 a.m.
Success couldn’t come at a worse time for Buddy Baker. As “Animal Man” No. 20 lands Wednesday, its titular superhero/actor is still grieving the death of his young son Cliff, who was felled trying to protect him. He’s also newly estranged both from his wife, Ellen, who has their child daughter, Maxine, and from the Red, the fauna life force that continues to give him his power to draw on animals’ abilities. At the end of the wrenching, funeral-centered Issue 19, the hero remarks, “I’ve never felt so alone in my life.” But soon, the trappings of newfound fame may make him wish the world would leave him alone. “It’s really using Buddy and using the superhero genre as a way to explore celebrity and our modern society’s obsession with celebrity,” series writer Jeff Lemire says of the new story […]
Feb. 24, 2013 | 2:56 p.m.
Superheroes were never in Jeff Lemire’s plans. The Canadian cartoonist read DC and Marvel comics as a boy, but when he started creating his own work in the mid-’00s, he gravitated to small, human stories, published in such acclaimed graphic novels as “Tales From the Farm” and “The Country Nurse.” Then Lemire did a one-off book for Vertigo — an “Invisible Man” riff called “The Nobody” — followed by the recently completed 40-issue post-apocalyptic fantasy series “Sweet Tooth.” While working on “Sweet Tooth,” Lemire was asked by Vertigo’s parent company DC to try his hand at penning a couple of their ongoing titles, which ultimately led to Lemire’s takes on “Animal Man” and “Frankenstein” becoming a core part of the company’s “New 52” relaunch. Now, at a time when DC has been taking a lot of heat from fans for […]
May 24, 2011 | 3:15 p.m.
The artwork of Jeff Lemire just gets inside your head. Like David Lynch, Lemire is at his best when he puts trembling innocents face-to-face with the predatory and the perverse in settings that play out with the rhythms of fable. This Wednesday, Lemire is one of the contributors to the 80-page “Strange Adventures” from Vertigo Comics (others include Brian Azzarello, Peter Milligan, Sylvain Savoia, Ross Campbell, Denys Cowan and Inaki Miranda) and we’re happy to show you an exclusive preview of two pages from Lemire’s short story about Ultra the Multi-Alien, a character who dates back to the LBJ years. “Strange Adventures” (Vertigo) Ultra the Multi-Alien’s history may be long but it’s not distinguished. He made his first appearance back in 1965 in the pages of “Mystery in Space,” that grand old DC sci-fi series that veered from the old-school sublime to the retro […]