June 11, 2013 | 1:30 p.m.
When Superman first leaped onto the scene 75 years ago in “Action Comics” No. 1, he was the only game in town. The now-iconic character was the world’s first comic book superhero, created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster when they were still high school students in Cleveland in the early 1930s. Superman eventually landed his own comic title, movie serial, TV series, Broadway musical and several blockbuster movies, including this weekend’s “Man of Steel,” which stars Henry Cavill as Supes. In the comics, the cape-wearing, crime-fighting Kryptonian paved the way for the likes of Batman, Wonder Woman and Spider-Man. From 1938’s “Action Comics” No. 1 to 2013’s “Superman Unchained” No. 1, here are 10 covers that tell the story of a constant but changing superhero. Click through the gallery above for a look at the covers, courtesy of […]
May 10, 2013 | 11:14 a.m.
“American Vampire” continues to show signs of life – or, well, undead-ness – during its hiatus. Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque’s Eisner Award-winning Vertigo series about a new breed of bloodsucker has been on a planned break since January, but Hero Complex has the exclusive announcement that “American Vampire Anthology” No. 1, an 80-page special, will be released Aug. 7, and offers readers a first look at the cover by Albuquerque, right, showing a more-dapper-than-usual Skinner Sweet. “Anthology” comprises eight “lost tales” of familiar favorites and new characters by a star-studded roster of writers and artists including multiple Eisner winner Greg Rucka (“Whiteout,” “Stumptown”), Jeff Lemire (“Animal Man,” “Sweet Tooth”), Gail Simone (“Batgirl,” “Secret Six”), Ray Fawkes (“Constantine”), Becky Cloonan (“American Virgin”), Francesco Francavilla (“The Black Beetle”) and the Brazilian brothers behind the Eisner-winning limited series “Daytripper,” Fabio Moon and Gabriel […]
April 04, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.
Think Superman and Batman are intimidating to criminals? Try writing for both of them. As Scott Snyder adds the upcoming “Superman Unchained” to his duties on the acclaimed, high-charting “Batman” and other projects, the Eisner Award-winning writer says he has to put on “horse blinders” to focus away from the pressure. He cites the “golden rule” of the class he teaches at Sarah Lawrence College: You can only write the comic that you’d like to read. “And with a story like this,” he said, “or with Batman, you have to follow that rule … and believe that because you love the characters enough, that in the DNA of that story will be the things that everybody else loves too – hopefully.” The new series, drawn by superstar artist and DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee, arrives in Superman’s 75th anniversary year. […]
March 11, 2013 | 12:40 p.m.
Batman comic fans will find out how Bruce Wayne built the Batcave in “Batman: The Zero Year,” a new origin story to be released this June. The 11-issue arc, to be written by Scott Snyder and illustrated by Greg Capullo, is meant to explain the beginnings of the New 52 version of the Caped Crusader, DC Comics announced Monday. Several key elements, such as the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents, will stay the same, Snyder told the Associated Press, adding that the new arc “builds up the mythology.” “We tried to preserve as much of Batman’s history as we could and keep what we could of this history intact,” he said. “It’s ‘The Zero Year,’ the one that no one has told the story of before. We see how Bruce became the Batman, built the cave, faced off with his […]
Oct. 11, 2012 | 4:30 p.m.
Artist Jim Lee and writer Scott Snyder — two of the comics industry’s most popular talents — are launching a new Superman title in 2013. The comic’s title has yet to be finalized, but the new series was announced during the DC Entertainment Superman panel at New York Comic Con. The announcement comes on the heels of Snyder’s “Batman” No. 13 release — the first book in the much-hyped, Joker-centric “Death of the Family” story line. “It’s very strange to commute from Gotham to Metropolis,” Snyder said Wednesday. “One is very dark, and one is very bright, and the characters are incredibly different from one another.” VIDEO: Jim Lee reflects on a life in art Despite those differences, Snyder spoke of drawing inspiration from the kinship between Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent. “The friendship and the relationship between those characters […]
Oct. 10, 2012 | 1:46 p.m.
The Joker is wreaking havoc in his first major story line since DC’s relaunch, and “Batman” writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo have horrifying plans for Gotham’s most twisted villain. “Batman” No. 13, the first installment in the new “Death of the Family” arc, is out today, revealing the smiling psychopath as a calculating villain who has been quietly plotting revenge on the Caped Crusader and his closest allies for a year. The story will cross over into multiple Bat-family series, including “Catwoman,” “Batgirl,” “Nightwing” and “Red Hood & the Outlaws.” The first issue includes several nods to “A Death in the Family,” the infamous 1988-89 story line in which readers voted to kill off the new Robin, Jason Todd, and the Joker beat him to death with a crowbar. Hero Complex caught up with Snyder and Capullo to […]
Aug. 01, 2012 | 7:32 p.m.
The most famous supervillain in comic book history — the Joker – returns to the pages of “Batman” in a big way later this year, DC Comics has announced on its website. The new story, “Death of the Family,” which begins in October with issue No. 13 of “Batman,” was planned long before the movie-theater shooting in Aurora, Colo. The timing of the Joker’s return to the pages of the bestselling DC comic may discomfit some in the wake of the shooting during a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises.” Suspect James E. Holmes reportedly referred to himself as the Joker during questioning by police. Representatives of DC Comics did not respond to questions about the timing of the Joker’s return to the Batman story line. DC Comics has more or less kept the Joker on a shelf in recent […]
July 15, 2012 | 4:01 p.m.
Kyle Higgins, best known as the writer of “Nightwing” for DC Comics, is a guest blogger for Hero Complex at Comic-Con International this year. I was a part of DC’s “Batman: Beyond the Night of the Owls” panel with Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Gail Simone, Gregg Hurwitz, Scott Lobdell, David Finch, J.H. Williams and Jonathan Layman. I thought it’d be fun to take some pictures from our POV, as DC handed out a surprise gift to everyone in attendance. The creepiest image is, fittingly, from Scott’s phone. You’ll know it when you see it. – Kyle Higgins RECENT AND RELATED ‘Dark Knight Rises’: Nolan’s masked ambitions Dark Knight Rises’ hits the road Bat flight, Cat fights, Gotham falls Hans Zimmer explains Christopher Nolan’s secrecy Hathaway: Catwoman modeled on Hedy Lamarr Christopher Nolan opens up about Bane choice Christian Bale says […]
March 19, 2012 | 1:07 p.m.
Bruce Wayne wears the mask of Batman, but what is the hero’s true identity? The question is a knotty one and the answer depends on which Gotham City you have visited and when you were there. Some people visualize Adam West in a cowl, others see Christian Bale or Michael Keaton behind the mask. Maybe you think of the sunny, Saturday morning sleuth from “The Super Friends” – or is it the bitter, battered fading solider from Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns”? Interestingly, right now, the video game Arkham City and its brawny incarnation of Batman is shaping the base perception of the widest new audience to the hero. Even if you go back to the original medium, the pages of DC Comics, you can find recent versions of the hero that feel like caped riffs on James Bond, Sherlock Holmes or Dirty Harry. Batman first appeared in comics in 1939 and at this point he’s been in […]
March 17, 2012 | 10:46 a.m.
Vertigo Comic fans got a glimpse of the future — which includes an adaptation of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” a graphic novel by chef Anthony Bourdain and a 10th anniversary “Fables” collection — during the publisher’s Friday evening panel at WonderCon. Editor Will Dennis, writer Scott Snyder and artist Dennis Nguyen spoke during the panel for Vertigo — the edgy-spirited imprint of DC Comics – highlighting a slate of comics, including “Fables,” “The New Deadwardians,” “Saucer Country,” “Voodoo Child,” “American Vampire,” “American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares,” “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” “Get Jiro,” “Sweet Tooth” and “Scalped.” The “Dragon Tattoo” book, adapted by Scottish crime author Denise Mina from Stieg Larsson’s bookshelf sensation, is slated for a November release and will be the first in a set of six — two graphic novels for each book in the original trilogy. “It’s […]