The New 52

May 18, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

‘Justice League No. 30’ preview: Lex Luthor saves the world?

Geoff Johns has always had big plans for Lex Luthor. When the “Forever Evil” story line, the  first universe-wide event in DC Comics since Johns’ “Flashpoint” reset reality and launched the New 52 more than two years ago, began last year, he spoke with Hero Complex about his interest in Superman’s longtime nemesis. “For me, Luthor has always been about being humanity’s hero. I think the arrival of superheroes really destroyed everything he had planned out for his life and his eventual role in the world. And this is a chance to take it back.” So far, the events of the “Forever Evil” series, which sees the Crime Syndicate devastating the League and the world, have slowly laid the foundation for that vision. In “Justice League” No. 30, it appears that Lex Luthor is finally ready to lead. Hero Complex […]
May 17, 2014 | 2:08 p.m.

‘Futures End’: Motion covers tease DC Universe flash-forward event

The New 52 is heading into the future. In September, each of the titles in the DC Universe will jump ahead to the time seen in the “Futures End” weekly series, which is set five years into a possible future for the New 52 universe, for a one-issue look at where their characters are in that major story line. This week, DC shared the upcoming 3-D motion covers of the titles that will mark the  first week of participation in the event. Each offers a clue as to where the heroes might find themselves in the five-year flash forward, from the ominous Oliver Queen tombstone in “Green Arrow: Futures End” No. 1 to the sneaky appearance of the Riddler on the cover of “Detective Comics: Futures End” No. 1. Comic fans are used to big September events from DC. In 2011, […]
May 02, 2014 | 11:47 a.m.

Free Comic Book Day: Marc Silvestri, Rob Worley, more visit L.A. shops

Free Comic Book Day arrives Saturday, with more than 2,000 participating comic book shops readying their annual blowout of gratis titles and in-store appearances across the country. Marvel’s planning to release a complimentary issue of “Guardians of the Galaxy” that will tease to a game-changing event for Spider-Man, while DC is launching a new series with “The New 52: Futures End” No. 0, which marks Batman Beyond’s debut in the New 52 universe. (The series will continue its weekly run with issue No. 1 set to hit stands Wednesday.) In all, more than 60 titles will be made available at no cost: among them, Dark Horse will release a complimentary issue of “Avatar: The Last Airbender”; Archie Comics will offer “Archie Digest” No. 1, which features a new introduction to the Riverdale gang; and IDW will offer a free issue […]
April 29, 2014 | 3:39 p.m.

Batman Day: DC plans free ‘Detective Comics’ No. 27 for July 23 events

Until now, “Detective Comics” No. 27, which introduced Batman to the world, has been one of the most coveted and highly priced comic books in the world. One copy sold for $1,075,000 at a 2010 auction — meaning you basically had to be Bruce Wayne to afford it. That’s about to change. In honor of Batman’s 75th anniversary, DC  will offer a free, special edition of “Detective Comics” No. 27, featuring a re-imagining of the Caped Crusader’s 1939 comic book debut, designed by Chip Kidd with a script by bestselling author Brad Meltzer. It’s all part of the festivities surrounding DC Comics’ Batman Day, which is set for Wednesday, July 23. In addition to the Kidd-Meltzer take on the original Batman story — which saw the “Bat-Man” tasked with trying to crack the case of the chemical syndicate — comic […]
April 28, 2014 | 12:00 p.m.

‘Batman/Superman Vol. 1 Cross World’: Preview Jae Lee sketches, extras

Batman and Superman always have had a complicated relationship. Practical allies and philosophical antagonists, the pair has formed a yin-yang of comic book justice. And last year, thanks to the New 52 universe, the original odd couple was treated to a brand new origin tale. This week, DC will release “Batman/Superman Vol. 1: Cross World,” a collection of the story arc originally laid out in “Batman/ Superman” Nos. 1-4 and the Darkseid Villains Month issue, which depicts an edgy new take on how the two heroes first came to work together. Hero Complex readers can check out an exclusive look at never-before-seen pencil sketches and scripts for the anticipated release in the gallery above. The sketches offer an intricate look at how the stories came together and how writer Greg Pak (“X-Treme X-Men,” “World War Hulk”) and artist Jae Lee […]
April 11, 2014 | 12:32 p.m.

‘Batman Eternal’ 2 preview: Jim Gordon in shackles, Gotham reacts

Jim Gordon in jail? Say it ain’t so. Unfortunately, that’s precisely where Gotham’s police commissioner finds himself after the dramatic events of “Batman Eternal” No. 1. In that issue, writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV introduced Detroit cop Jason Bard to the GCPD and put Gordon on a side of the law that readers had never seen before. Now with issue No. 2 they’re looking to explore the fallout inside the city as Gordon stands accused of causing a train wreck that killed an untold number of Gotham citizens. Particularly heartbreaking is the response of daughter Barbara, in Batgirl costume at the time, whose shock is exquisitely rendered by artist Jason Fabok. But who is that shadowy figure showing up at Mayor Sebastian Hady’s door? Answers will arrive with the issue’s release next week. But for now, Hero Complex readers […]
July 21, 2013 | 12:20 p.m.

Comic-Con 2013: In ‘Superman Unchained,’ the hero gets ‘owned’

A correction has been added to his post, as detailed below. Superman, despite all the threats coming his way in comics in the coming months, has reason to smile. But first, about those threats. Teasing “Superman Unchained” No. 3, out Aug. 14, writer Scott Snyder told the “Superman: The New 52 Era” panel Sunday crowd at Comic-Con 2013, “This is really the issue where Superman gets owned.” He said he asked the book’s artist, DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee, to draw the worst punch Superman has ever taken, and the artist came back with the idea of having the Man of Steel seen knocked across a state, in a sort of satellite, Indiana-Jones-map style – and changing that punch to a bicycle kick. Delivering that wallop? Wraith, an alien who came to Earth in 1938 (the year Superman first appeared […]
Sept. 24, 2012 | 12:06 p.m.

‘Superman’ No. 0 first look: Jor-El discovers Krypton’s fate

Superman’s origin as the last son of Krypton transplanted to Smallville is now a familiar one, retold many times during the past several decades, on the big screen, the small screen, radio and in the pages of comics. In the Moses-like tale, Jor-El, a scientist on the planet Krypton, rockets his infant son Kal-El to Earth moments before the planet explodes. Light years away in Smallville, Kan., John and Martha Kent find a baby in a farm field, name him Clark and raise him as their son. But “Superman” No. 0, written by Scott Lobdell and illustrated by Kenneth Rocafort, shows a previously untold segment in this origin story. The issue follows his father, Jor-El, as he learns the truth about Krypton’s imminent destruction. Hero Complex readers get a sneak peek at the first six pages of the comic, which […]
Dec. 21, 2011 | 6:04 p.m.

‘The Flash’ preview: Chasing down the secrets of Mob Rule

This (almost-over) year marked the 55th anniversary of  the most famous Flash of them all, Barry Allen, who was billed as the fastest man alive in the DC Universe but also represented  a graceful and historic herald announcing the Silver Age at DC. There’s been a sense of tragedy connected with character for decades now — themes of fate, sacrifice and death have become major threads in his story tapestry — so it’s no surprise to see a cemetery scene in the pages of “The Flash” No. 4, which arrives on stands next week. We’ve got an exclusive preview (you can quick-click through the pages above or find the links below that lead to larger images)  of the issue, which presents the origin of the mysterious villain called Mob Rule — as well as an intriguing, wintry mood. Cover | Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | […]
Nov. 04, 2011 | 11:18 a.m.

Wonder Woman at 70: DC’s icon gets new origin (but still no film)

Hollywood is working on new movies featuring Superman and Batman and they will give the iconic DC heroes 16 theatrically released feature films between them. But Wonder Woman, the third most famous name in the DC vault, will celebrate her 70th anniversary this December with exactly zero feature films as well as the lingering ignominy of the live-action television pilot that NBC and Warner Bros financed but then deemed too awful to air. What’s the problem? That’s one question our Geoff Boucher asked writer Brian Azzarello and artist Cliff Chiang, the new creative team chronicling the adventures of the Amazon princess in the pages of DC Comics. The pair, who took over the title under The New 52 initiative to revamp or revitalize their entire DC line,  caused a stir right away by changing the heroine’s classic origins story  and giving her something that she’s never had in any […]
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