Jan. 30, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.
Matt Fraction used to live in the New York area that was devastated by Superstorm Sandy. To help out the community, the Marvel Comics scribe did one of the things he does best: He wrote an issue of “Hawkeye.” The new comic book about the heroic archer/super spy has been seen as one of the best coming out of Marvel lately, and it is Fraction’s fresh take on Clint Barton and his downtime away from the Avengers that draws readers. In “Hawkeye” No. 7, which is drawn by Eisner Award-winning artist Steve Lieber and artist Jesse Hamm, Fraction humanizes the most human of Avengers even more by putting him in a situation that many had to face — albeit without trick arrows and S.H.I.E.L.D. training. Fraction had to act fast, banging out the book over his Thanksgiving holiday, and recruiting […]
March 18, 2011 | 12:00 p.m.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: A 70-YEAR SALUTE It was 70 years ago this month that Captain America, the greatest of all the patriotic-themed superheroes, first hit newsstands with a red, white and blue shield gripped in his gloved hand. He also gets his own feature film this summer, “Captain America: The First Avenger,” and to mark the moment we’ll be talking to writers, artists, actors, directors and musicians about the star-spangled icon’s legacy and future. Today: Matt Fraction For a hero created during the Roosevelt era, Captain America is aging quite well, according to Matt Fraction, the star comic-book writer. The reason, in his view, is nothing less than the enduring appeal of the American dream. “I think there’s a reason why people from all over the world come to America — it’s what America means,” Fraction said. “It’s got nothing to do with borders or language or skin […]
Jan. 17, 2011 | 7:55 p.m.
EXCLUSIVE Matt Fraction knows that some fans, after following their favorite characters for years or decades, read the latest issues with the stern intensity of a fact-checker looking for canonical lapses. Those aren’t the fans the writer aims to please with the new Marvel series The Mighty Thor — although he does invite them to relax and take a look for fun. “It shouldn’t be homework, it should be entertainment,” the star writer says. “I don’t have to prove to anybody how deep my long box goes.” Issue No. 1 of The Mighty Thor hits stores in April — featuring art by Olivier Coipel — as a synergy project keyed to the release of the Marvel Studios film “Thor” in May, and Fraction is candid in saying the goal is to present a wide and welcoming adventure that will satisfy curious new readers […]