Oct. 13, 2013 | 7:22 a.m.
It’s been 17 years since an issue of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed, bestselling “Sandman” series hit stands, and — noting that it’s about 17 days until the first installment of the writer’s “Sandman: Overture” miniseries with artist J.H. Williams III is released — Vertigo executive editor Shelly Bond decided to give one reader a 17-second look at that hotly anticipated No. 1. It might have been a little more than 17 seconds: As “Coffin Hill” writer Caitlin Kittredge pointed out, DC marketing executive John Cunningham at first set the timer for 17 minutes. But after a loose vocal count-out, the chosen woman (she waved more vigorously than others for the chance) was invited up on stage to share her reaction with the crowd at a Saturday evening panel held by the DC mature-readers imprint at New York Comic Con, with freedom […]
Feb. 21, 2013 | 11:38 a.m.
The cover for “The Girl Who Played With Fire: Book One,” part of a graphic novel adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s Millenium trilogy, reveals the story’s anti-social heroine, Lisbeth Salander, surrounded by flames. Hero Complex readers get a first look at the cover, by comic artist Lee Bermejo, whose DC Comics work includes drawing for “Before Watchmen: Rorschach,” “Lex Luthor: Man of Steel” and “Resident Evil: Fire & Ice,” among other titles. The book is the third installment in a planned sextet — two volumes for each of Larsson’s novels– released by DC’s edgy imprint Vertigo and adapted by Scottish crime writer Denise Mina with art by Andrea Mutti and Leonardo Manco. Mina, whose résumé includes 10 novels, a handful of plays and a stint writing “Hellblazer,” told Hero Complex in December that comics are the ideal form for a retelling […]