March 08, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
Buffy returns to slaying for the 10th season when “Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1″ hits stands on March 19. Joss Whedon’s creation has continued to survive and thrive in the pages of the Dark Horse comic — now 11 years after the show’s last air date — and will be written by Christos Gage and drawn by Rebekah Isaacs in this newest iteration. Buffy once again helped save the world in Season 9 and will face another new menace while dealing with the remnants of zompires (a zombie-vampire hybrid that Buffy helped create — it’s a long story) in the new season. Isaacs, who was the artist on last season’s spinoff “Angel & Faith,” has taken her pencil to heroic titles such as “Ms. Marvel,” “DV8,” “Sheena” and “Captain America & The Falcon.” Hero Complex caught up with the Savannah College of […]
March 06, 2014 | 8:42 p.m.
As Sgt. Wu on NBC’s “Grimm,” actor Reggie Lee dutifully has helped solve some of Portland’s most bizarre and often gruesome crimes over the last few seasons of the series, and he’s done so without letting on that something serious could be amiss in the Pacific Northwest. With Friday’s episode, titled “Mommy Dearest,” Wu is about to learn some surprising truths as he’s confronted by the notion that a force from his own nightmares could be alive and terrorizing his friends. Another big moment in the upcoming episode? Fans will finally hear the sergeant’s first name. (Check out a clip from the episode above.) Hero Complex recently caught up with Lee to discuss the ways in which his Filipino heritage is referenced in “Mommy Dearest,” his character’s reaction to supernatural sights and his connection to “Grimm” fans. Be warned, though, the […]
Feb. 07, 2014 | 5:41 p.m.
J. August Richards loves playing poker, traveling and interacting with a fervent fan base, which is why his new role as cyborg killing machine Deathlok on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” may fit him perfectly. Any character in a Joss Whedon-related project — though “S.H.I.E.L.D.” was also created by husband-and-wife team Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen-Whedon — could be on thin ice (ask costar Chloe Bennet, whose character Skye was recently gunned down), but Richards may have staying power. Whedonites recognize Richards as vampire/demon hunter Charles Gunn from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” spinoff series “Angel.” In the premiere episode of “S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Richards introduced Marvel fans to an equally tough guy, Michael Peterson, who is transformed into Deathlok in this week’s episode and must carry out deadly missions, despite them often being against his good nature. The “T.R.A.C.K.S.” episode is garnering good […]
Jan. 17, 2014 | 1:55 p.m.
Rosalee Calvert has become integral to “Grimm’s” main crime-fighting group, helping Det. Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) in his quest to protect the people of Portland, and humankind, against destructive Wesen creatures and more. Though Rosalee is a Wesen, a Fuchsbau to be exact, her knowledge of history and potions already has helped save Nick and the city many times over. Actress Bree Turner has infused Rosalee with a mysterious quality, and added a romantic element to the show in her relationship with Silas Weir Mitchell’s Monroe — but Friday night’s episode clears up a lot of the mystery and puts an obstacle in the way of that relationship. Hero Complex readers can watch an exclusive clip from Friday’s installment above. We also caught up with Turner to get some more insight into Rosalee and the actress’ approach to her role. Hero Complex: What are […]
Dec. 23, 2013 | 5:20 p.m.
2013 was a superb year for fans of genre entertainment. Major comic book heroes celebrated milestone anniversaries, as did “Doctor Who.” “The Walking Dead” and “Game of Thrones” continued to demonstrate that fantastic tales, both grim and transporting, can make for compelling, compulsory viewing. Dragons, female warriors and Tom Hiddleston stormed the multiplex in blockbuster fashion, while next-generation gaming consoles arrived, just in time for Christmas. There was plenty of big news about 2015 projects as well — namely, that J.J. Abrams will direct the first live-action “Star Wars” film since 2005, and that Ben Affleck will take over the role of Batman from Gotham City’s previous Caped Crusader, Christian Bale. Following are the Hero Complex picks for some of the most memorable moments in film, TV, comic books and games, in no particular order. Feel free to share your […]
Dec. 19, 2013 | 10:00 a.m.
The new teaser for “Salem,” the first original scripted series from WGN America, makes it plain that 17th century Massachusetts will not tolerate the presence of witches. Created by Brannon Braga (“24,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation”) and Adam Simon (“The Haunting in Connecticut”), the new supernatural drama stars Janet Montgomery (“Human Target”) as Mary Sibley, the city’s most powerful enchantress, and Shane West (“Nikita”) as John Alden, a hardened veteran who has a history with Mary. In the clip above, actor Seth Gabel, who plays a local witch-hunting aristocrat, can be heard in voiceover as a montage of images flashes by. Judging from the footage, more than a few witches run the risk of being burned. The cast also features Ashley Madekwe, Xander Berkeley, Tamzin Merchant and Elise Eberle. Filmed on location in Shreveport, La., “Salem” is set to […]
Dec. 13, 2013 | 3:08 p.m.
“Grimm” airs its two-part mid-season finale Friday — the back-to-back episodes “Cold-Blooded”/”Twelve Days of Krampus” (the latter centering on the famous German Christmas demon) provide a spirited conclusion to the series’ third season, which has been creatively strong as a core team has taken root around David Giuntoli’s Detective Nick Berkhardt (David Giuntoli). Bitsie Tulloch, who plays Nick’s wife, Juliette, has been heartened by the direction of the show. In the exclusive clip above, she and Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) prepare to decorate Monroe’s home for his first Christmas with new girlfriend Rosalee (Bree Turner). Hero Complex caught up with the actress to talk in more detail about her screen partnership with Nick and her character’s increasing involvement in the mysteries at hand. HC: What can you tell us about the mid-season finale episodes? BT: It’s a two-parter, which we’ve never done. Krampus, […]
Nov. 28, 2013 | 12:19 p.m.
You don’t have to take your broom to Diagon Alley, cross the Bifrost, traverse the Misty Mountains or steal a vortex manipulator to find the perfect gift for the Trekkie, Whovian or Westerosi-wannabe in your life. We’ve done the looking for you in our annual Hero Complex Holiday Gift Guide. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or another gamer, a comics enthusiast or film buff, we’ve got you covered. Click through the gallery above for a peek at our selections. Items are listed below, sorted by cost. Happy shopping, and happy holidays! Under $25 Millenium Falcon guitar pick, $2.49: Here’s a song for you: The Millenium Falcon, it’s a smugglers’ ship. It can make the Kessel Run in “less than 12 parsecs.” Han Solo and Lando Calrissian use it, but neither has it as pick to strum and make rebel music. […]
Nov. 26, 2013 | 1:22 p.m.
With his novel “World War Z,” author Max Brooks won over a legion of readers, weaving an epic tale told from the perspective of the survivors of a global pandemic that saw the dead return to life. Now Brooks is bringing his realistic approach to fantastic storytelling to a paneled page with “Shadow Walk.” Available Wednesday, the new Legendary Comics release, co-created with comic creator-writer Mark Waid and artist Shane Davis, supposes that the Valley of Death from the Old Testament’s Psalm 23 does in fact exist, and it’s a place where anyone who ventures there is confronted by his or her deepest fears. In the first issue, John Raines, a soldier who allegedly killed his entire platoon after entering the Valley, leads a group that includes a priest and an astrophysicist back to the mysterious locale. Armed with two […]
Nov. 20, 2013 | 5:07 p.m.
With the release of the PlayStation 4 and XBox One consoles a week apart, the few undecided gamers who haven’t thrown their support behind one console or the other may have given rise to Machinima’s newest mini-movie, “The Console War.” The piece starts off with Master Chief, a popular character from XBox’s “Halo” franchise, taking out Kratos, a popular character from PlayStation’s “God of War” series. It’s a battle that parallels consumer console wars that are sure to erupt during this holiday season when the new generation of consoles — including 2012′s WiiU — will be pitted against one another. The video only focuses on PS4 and XBox though, and follows Machinima’s narrative productions of “Halo Reach,” “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” (and the sequel), as well as live-action fan pieces like the Skyrim project and the “Dead Island” video game trailer. […]