Sept. 11, 2014 | 3:38 p.m.
A few years ago, comic book creator Grant Morrison talked to Hero Complex about “a big science fiction story set in modern-day L.A.” called “Annihilator.” This week, the title hits comic book stores — complete with its twisted view of Hollywood. The comic centers on hard-partying screenwriter Ray Spass, who is down on his luck and up against a deadline for a tent-pole script for a movie called “Annihilator.” Things become complicated once Spass is diagnosed with a brain tumor — his main character, Max Nomax, suddenly comes to life, leading Spass on adventures he didn’t bargain for. Hero Complex caught up with artist Frazer Irving, who has previously teamed with Morrison on “Batman and Robin” and “Seven Soldiers: Klarion the Witch Boy,” to get his take on the look and feel of “Annihilator” and what inspired the artist’s re-imagining […]
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 […]
July 17, 2013 | 10:41 p.m.
At last year’s Comic-Con International, comic creator-writer Mark Waid, alongside Max Brooks and artist Shane Davis, announced an upcoming graphic novel titled “Shadow Walk.” Today, as fans gather in San Diego for Comic-Con 2013, Legendary Comics is unveiling the cover drawn by Davis in advance of the debut issue’s Nov. 27 release. The idea for the project was sparked by the famous Old Testament verse from Psalm 23 –“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Legendary leader Thomas Tull approached Waid with the idea: What if the Valley of Death was not just a figurative term, but a physical place? The notion took hold. In “Shadow Walk,” Waid says the Valley is “a sort of nightmarish realm […]
Oct. 12, 2012 | 11:57 a.m.
As Legendary Comics continues to trot out talent for its upcoming titles, there might be no one better to have on the roster than Grant Morrison. The Scottish writer, a member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, is a singular talent who, in these last few years, has been called on to revamp major comics and characters including Superman, Batman and the X-Men with his own unique brand of storytelling. Now he’s turning his creative attention back to an entirely new endeavor — Morrison announced Thursday at New York Comic-Con that he is developing a six-part comic book miniseries called “Annihilator” with Legendary, with an eye toward releasing it next year. “It’s a big science fiction story set in modern-day L.A.,” said Morrison. “It’s something I’ve been working on for the last few years.” “Annihilator” centers on […]
Oct. 11, 2012 | 3:16 p.m.
Guillermo Del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” promises plenty of sci-fi spectacle pitting robots against monsters, but the visceral “Pan’s Labyrinth” director, an expert when it comes to creating alternative worlds, understands that every nuance of a new universe can’t be detailed on screen in a couple of hours. With that in mind, the filmmaker will release a graphic novel written by the movie’s screenwriter Travis Beacham that will serve as a prequel of sorts to “Pacific Rim” and will be available from Legendary Comics prior to the film’s July 12 release. Hero Complex contributor Jevon Phillips caught up with Del Toro to talk about the new venture, which was announced at New York Comic Con on Thursday, and whether it has the potential to spawn an ongoing series. HC: Many movies now put out comic-book adaptations of their stories … GDT: […]
Sept. 26, 2012 | 6:46 p.m.
Legendary Pictures launched its comic book division with “Frank Miller’s Holy Terror” last year, and now the company that’s produced films including “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Watchmen,” “The Hangover” and the upcoming “Man of Steel” is releasing “The Tower Chronicles: Geisthawk — Volume 1,” the first in a series that hits stores this week. Written by Matt Wagner (“Grendel” and “Mage”), developed by Legendary’s Thomas Tull and drawn by Simon Bisley (“2000 AD” and “Lobo”), the story follows a supernatural bounty hunter with mysterious motives for why he’s bringing in his prey. Hero Complex contributor Jevon Phillips caught up with Wagner, who has loads of experience with both lone characters and fantasy, to get a bit of insight into what John Tower is all about. HC: Is John Tower based on any particular kind of bounty hunter? Or is he […]
June 30, 2011 | 8:01 a.m.
For the better part of a decade, Frank Miller has been talking about a graphic novel on terrorism called “Holy Terror,” but it was only this week that he could say the one sentence everyone was waiting to hear. “I’m done,” Miller said. “It was eight years in the making, but I’m done.” The 120-page book will hit the shelves right after the 1oth anniversary of 9/11 and Miller — the 54-year-old creator of “”The Dark Knight Returns,” “”300” and “Sin City” — promises that the tale and imagery will be “pretty rough,” which is saying something given his history of scorching political rhetoric and ultra-violent artwork. For many followers of Miller’s career, though, the biggest shock of “Holy Terror” is the fact that it’s actually reaching stores. Miller is arguably the most important comic book artist of the last three decades but […]