Feb. 18, 2014 | 11:46 a.m.
The first official trailer for Marvel’s upcoming space adventure, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” is set to debut Tuesday night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” but impatient comic book fans can check out a 19-second teaser for the trailer, released Tuesday morning. The film, due in theaters Aug. 1, is directed by James Gunn (“Super”) and based on the Marvel comic of the same name. Chris Pratt stars as the roguish anti-hero Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord, who steals a mysterious orb and consequently finds himself on the run from powerful villain Ronan (Lee Pace), whose evil plans threaten the universe. Quill is forced to team up with a ragtag squad of alien misfits to battle the cosmic threat. It’s a quirky concept (one of the characters is a furry creature named Rocket Raccoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper), and early footage shown at Comic-Con […]
Feb. 14, 2014 | 5:30 p.m.
The third season of “Game of Thrones” is out on home video on Tuesday, in time for fans of the sprawling fantasy series to catch up before Season 4′s premiere on April 6. The HBO series, based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series, has developed a massive and devoted fan following and a critical darling, racking up the awards nominations this season. Season 3 charted the events chronicled in the first half of Martin’s third book in the series, “A Storm of Swords,” including Daenerys Targaryen’s attempts to raise an army, Mance Rayder’s march toward the Wall and Robb Stark’s efforts to defeat the Lannisters. One of the most unlikely pairings that emerged from the season was between young Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) and Sandor “The Hound” Clegane (Rory McCann). Martin details their […]
Feb. 14, 2014 | 5:00 a.m.
The realms of science fiction and comics may be home to some of the most fantastic space battles, epic team-ups and heartbreaking deaths in entertainment. But as any Whovian, Trekkie or Marvel fan can tell you, the world of geek is also a world of lovey-dovey romance. And what better time than Valentine’s Day to celebrate the softer side of the genres that are typically dominated by alien invasions, lightsaber fights and spell wars? From “Star Wars” to “Spider-Man,” from “The Lord of the Rings” to “Harry Potter,” Hero Complex pays tribute to some of the cutest couples in genre entertainment. GIFT GUIDE: Valentine’s Day ideas for the geek in your life Click through the gallery above for a look at some of the most memorable romances on the silver screen, the small screen and the pages of comics. Did we […]
Feb. 13, 2014 | 1:05 p.m.
If your Valentine’s idea of a perfect date includes a trip to your local comic shop, a sci-fi movie marathon or an all-night game tournament, Hero Complex’s annual Valentine’s Day gift guide has you covered. This year’s guide, introduced earlier this month, includes a wide range of geek-friendly selections from the worlds of horror, comics, science-fiction and more. If your honey would rather be in Westeros, perhaps toast your love with “Game of Thrones” sigil wine glasses. If your darling inspires visions of demigods, a bottle of Thor cologne will leave him smelling as bold and musky as the hammer-wielding hero. And if your “Star Wars”-loving sweetie gets the shivers, bundle her up in a tauntaun hoodie, complete with lightsaber zipper pull. Other selections in the Hero Complex Valentine’s Day gift guide include several sexy comic book titles, some “Doctor Who”-themed apparel, […]
Feb. 12, 2014 | 12:52 p.m.
Don’t let the whimsically water-colored fairy world in “Beautiful Darkness” fool you; this graphic novel, out today from Drawn and Quarterly, is not a happily-ever-after sort of story. In “Beautiful Darkness,” French comics writer Fabien Vehlmann (“Isle of 100,000 Graves”) and husband-and-wife cartooning team Kerascoët (“Miss Don’t Touch Me”) present the story of Aurora, a cheery and resourceful heroine whose tea party with a prince is interrupted by a deluge of what appears to be blood. Aurora escapes, emerging from the skull of a dead girl, along with dozens of other tiny people. In the coming days and months, they try to survive in the face of hunger, woodland animals and, most terrifyingly, their own capacity for cruelty. It’s a twisted tale that draws from the likes of “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Borrowers,” only “Beautiful Darkness” presents a much […]
Feb. 12, 2014 | 11:08 a.m.
If you find yourself among the lovelorn this Valentine’s Day, Liz Prince’s graphic novel “Alone Forever: The Singles Collection” might prove a perfect remedy. “Alone Forever,” out this month from Top Shelf Productions, collects 104 pages of Prince’s autobiographical comic strip — a self-deprecating look at relationships, love and the lack thereof. The Boston-based comics creator chronicles her experiences with online dating, awkward first encounters and (questionably) flirty interactions with bearded strangers, not to mention tender moments with her constant true loves — her cats and her punk rock music. Prince, whose previous titles include the Ignatz Award-winning “Will You Still Love Me If I Wet The Bed?” and “Delayed Replays,” will be in the Los Angeles area on Sunday for L.A. Zine Fest at Helms Bakery in Culver City. Hero Complex: How did this project come about? I understand […]
Feb. 11, 2014 | 12:43 p.m.
The sci-fi spectacle “Ender’s Game” is available on home video Tuesday, and Hero Complex readers get an exclusive first look at a video clip from the bonus features. The film, based on Orson Scott Card’s 1985 novel, follows Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a young, extremely intelligent boy who is recruited to attend Battle School and groomed to become a commander in a war against aliens. Card’s book won the Nebula and Hugo awards for best novel, and has become extremely popular, especially among children who read it in school. The movie brought in more than $112 million at the worldwide box office, and the Blue-Ray and DVD releases, out Tuesday, include deleted and extended scenes, audio commentary with director Gavin Hood and producers Gigi Pritzker and Bob Orci, a 45-minute featurette about the making of the film and a featurette […]
Feb. 11, 2014 | 11:51 a.m.
Alfred Pennyworth, the Penguin and more classic Batman characters have been cast in Fox’s upcoming series “Gotham.” The one-hour drama, from Warner Bros. Television, focuses on the origins of Batman’s ally, Commissioner James Gordon and the villains who made Batman’s hometown famous. Actor Ben McKenzie, known for roles in “Southland” and “The O.C.,” will star as Jim Gordon, Warner Bros. announced earlier this month, and Robin Lord Taylor, Zabryna Guevara, Sean Pertwee and Erin Richards are now joining the cast. Taylor (“Another Earth,” “Accepted”) has been cast as Oswald Cobblepot, the orphaned outcast who eventually becomes the gentleman villain the Penguin. Zombie fans may recognize Taylor from his guest appearance as Sam in an episode of “The Walking Dead” last season. In “Gotham,” Taylor’s character is described as having the brains of a chess grandmaster and the morals of a […]
Feb. 07, 2014 | 1:25 p.m.
“The Lego Movie” opens in theaters today and is already garnering rave reviews, not to mention a poster from Monday, Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art division. The limited-edition poster, below right, was created by artist Tom Whalen, whose previous clients include Lucasfilm, Paramount, Disney and more. (Check out Whalen’s posters for “Toy Story,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Monsters, Inc.” and other popular films on his website.) Whalen’s “Lego Movie” poster features the film’s hero Emmet (Chris Pratt), an average Joe Lego mini-figure who is mistaken as “The Special,” a person destined to save the world. The poster also features his friends, including Batman (Will Arnett), Wildstyle (Elizabeth Banks), Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) and more. The poster, which cost $45, went on sale today and is already sold out. The animated feature film has earned a 97% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and is being […]
Feb. 07, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
Do you and your Valentine put Clark Kent and Lois Lane to shame? Or is your greatest love a platonic one, like Sherlock and Watson or Finn and Jake? Whether your loved one is a gamer, a Whovian or a comics aficionado, the Hero Complex Valentine’s Day gift guide has you covered. Click through the gallery above and check out the list below for our selection of the best geeky Valentine’s Day gift ideas, sure to make your sci-fi-loving soul mate swoon. Under $25 “The Adventures of Apocalypse Al,” $2.99 per issue: J. Michael Straczynski’s new Joe’s Comics title follows plucky redhead Allison Carter, a resourceful private investigator tasked with saving the world from all manner of supernatural threats — zombies, imps, wizards, closet trolls and even undead ex-boyfriends, all while dispensing wisecracks with deadpan aplomb. If that winning combination […]