Nov. 04, 2014 | 1:43 p.m.
Jeremy Bernstein is a man with diverse interests. As a writer, he helped craft video game worlds for both “Dead Space 2″ and “Pretty in Pink,” and he also helped concoct elaborate schemes for the ensemble group on the TNT show “Leverage.” But Bernstein also longed to do a supernatural crime story. Enter: “Santa Claus: Private Eye,” the 12-installment digital comic book title that debuted on Mark Waid’s Thrillbent site earlier this fall. Hero Complex recently caught up with Bernstein, who is also a biochemist, to discuss the comic, a noir-inflected thriller involving P.I. Nick Santana, as well as his other various writing pursuits. ———— For the record Nov. 4, 3:30 p.m.: The headline on an earlier version of this post incorrectly gave the title of “Dead Space 2” as “Deep Space 2.” ————- Hero Complex: So, biochemistry and screenwriting? […]
July 28, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
Who is the most important person in Marvel Comics history? Several audience members responded to Mark Waid’s question by shouting back “Stan Lee!” No, the Eisner Award-winning “Daredevil” writer told the crowd gathered for a panel about Marvel’s 75th and the Man Without Fear’s 50th anniversaries. But they were close: It’s Lee’s wife Joanie, Waid said. In 1961, Lee “was starting to feel burned out” after 20 years and about 10,000 issues of various genre stories under the direction of publisher Martin Goodman, said Waid, an expert on comics history, and was looking to do something else with his life. “It was his wife Joanie,” Waid continued, “who said … ‘If you’re done with comics and go away and do something else, at least take one last shot and do something that you really want to do… And if it […]
July 26, 2014 | 4:27 p.m.
Marvel is launching back into “Star Wars” comics with major creative Force, with three series – a core title, plus a Darth Vader ongoing and a Princess Leia miniseries — rolling out in January, February and March. Writer Jason Aaron (“Thor, God of Thunder”) and John Cassaday (“Astonishing X-Men”), who Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada introduced to the “Cup o’ Joe” Comic-Con International panel Saturday afternoon as “Jedis,” will pick up the story right after the original film in January’s “Star Wars” No. 1, an ongoing monthly series. “As far as I’m concerned it’s 1977, and we’ve just been hired to produce the direct sequel to that original movie,” Aaron said. “I want everybody here who reads this book to feel like I felt when I was a kid and first met these characters … I want you to […]
July 25, 2014 | 12:16 p.m.
The Spider-Verse continues to expand – even before fans have seen it form. Marvel announced more tie-in books to the Spider-people-from-every-place-and-every-time event starting in November at a panel about the story line Friday morning at Comic-Con. “Spider-Verse Team-Up” and “Scarlet Spiders” join the previously announced miniseries “Edge of Spider-Verse” in adding to the main story that runs in “Amazing Spider-Man” Nos. 9 through 14. Each of the three issues of “Team-Up” will feature two stories – the first in each by writer Christos Gage and art by Dave Williams, with the second stories written by different past Spider-writers, including one by Roger Stern and one by Tom DeFalco. “Scarlet Spiders” by writer Mike Costa and artist Paco Diaz features two Scarlet Spider-Men (Ben Reilly and Kaine) and Ultimate Jessica Drew – all clones. As for the main story, by writer […]
June 12, 2014 | 1:34 p.m.
By the time Mark Waid penned the 1996 miniseries event “Kingdom Come” for DC, he’d already built a reputation as a smart, innovative writer on titles including “The Flash” and “Captain America.” In the wake of its success and while working alongside Grant Morrison to re-invent the Justice League, Waid realized he had reached a personal peak of sorts, a conclusion that brought him to an artistic crossroads. “I woke up one day and thought, ‘Jeez, I’ve written Superman and Batman. I’m a professional comic book creator. I get to work in a medium I love and do the thing that I would do for free as a child and I get paid for it. This is a great life. And … I’m 35. What now?'” Then came “Empire.” In 2000, Waid and Barry Kitson introduced their creator-owned brainchild starring […]
April 20, 2014 | 10:00 a.m.
Marvel’s next big comics event is “Original Sin,” and the concept — the Watcher has been murdered and familiar superheroes have terrible secrets — could give some pause. Eisner Award-winning “Daredevil” and “Hulk” writer Mark Waid would be one, if he wasn’t privy to the plans. The self-described “hard-core traditionalist” said his first instinct was to worry that the story line would make the heroes “look like jerks.” But that’s not the case, he told the All-New Marvel Now panel crowd Saturday at Wonder-Con in Anaheim. “I am proud of being part of a team of writers and artists and editors who didn’t take this opportunity to make the characters uglier, that ‘Original Sin’ is not about tarnishing the nobility of the Marvel characters, not about just screwing with and overriding stuff you already know just for the shock value,” […]
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 […]
Oct. 31, 2013 | 5:10 p.m.
Marvel is showing no fear in where it’s taking the Man Without Fear in his 50th anniversary year, moving Daredevil to the West Coast and digital frontier. The publisher announced Thursday that the print “Daredevil,” ending with No. 36 in February, will be succeeded by the digital exclusive “Daredevil: Road Warrior,” to be part of Marvel’s Infinite Comics line. Writer Mark Waid, who has scripted the entirety of ol’ hornhead’s most recent run, will continue with the character into the new format — fitting, given the Eisner winner’s innovative work in digital comics with his Thrillbent initiative. He will be joined by artist Peter Krause (“Power of Shazam”), whom he’s worked with on “Irredeemable.” “Daredevil: Road Warrior” finds blind attorney / costumed vigilante Matt Murdock packing his “I Am Not Daredevil” T-shirt (at least, we hope he’s taking it) and […]
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 […]
April 12, 2013 | 3:27 p.m.
Carmine Infantino, the comic book artist whose sleek, futuristic drawing style heralded the Silver Age of Comics, died last week at his home in Manhattan at the age of 87. Infantino began as a comic artist and went on to become DC Comics’ artistic director, then editorial director, then publisher. In a guest essay for Hero Complex, comics historian and Eisner-winning comic writer Mark Waid – who, like Infantino, enjoyed a long run on “The Flash” and created comics for both Marvel and DC – looks back on Infantino’s game-changing work. For most of us, his career stretched from comics we were way too young to care about to comics we were way too old to care about. We cared an awful lot about the ones in the middle. Carmine Infantino was, depending on your age, the Flash artist or […]