The New 52

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’

The cover art for "Superman Unchained" No. 3 is by Jim Lee and Scott Williams. (DC Comics)
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 No. 0 (featured image)
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

The Flash (featured image)
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)

Wonder Woman #1 cover (DC Comics)
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 of […]
Nov. 01, 2011 | 1:36 p.m.

‘Hawk & Dove’ preview: Chaos and order face off

Hawk & Dove (featured image)
In the halcyon days of mid-1960s counter-culture, Marvel Comics was the obvious comic book publisher of choice on college campuses. DC was the staid old guard, Marvel, the groovy, cosmic alternative. A reflexive course correction by the establishment to skew edgy led DC to some nutty stuff — including “The Hawk and the Dove,” the politically polarized siblings with the on-the-nose names who first appeared in 1968. Brothers Hank and Don Hall received their powers from the Lords of Chaos and Order; Hank was aggressive and strong as Hawk, and Don was pacifist and logical as Dove. When Don died in 1985′s “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” a woman named Dawn Granger was endowed with his power and became the other half of the “Hawk & Dove” duo. The pair underwent several incarnations in the following decades, with Hawk often straddling […]
Oct. 20, 2011 | 10:36 a.m.

Aquaman surrenders to his greatest foe: ‘Entourage’

Aquaman (featured image)
Aquaman should be riding a big wave this year — this is the 70th anniversary of the deep-sea character and his own title was relaunched in September with superstar writer Geoff Johns at the helm — but I have a sinking feeling that we’re watching the King of the Seven Seas truly become the punch line persona of the DC Universe. We have an exclusive preview of the second issue  above (and you can find larger versions of the images below) and, just like the first issue, every page drips with humor and all of it is aimed at Aquaman and his considerable character heritage, be it the orange shirt, the power to talk to fish or the second-string super-hero status. Clearly, Aquaman has been defeated by his greatest foe: “Entourage.” In comics through the decades, the personality of Aquaman has veered widely; for years […]
Oct. 10, 2011 | 5:38 p.m.

‘Mister Terrific’: A first look at the second issue

Next year marks the 70th anniversary of Mister Terrific, the comic book character with a truly awful fashion sense, even by mystery-men standards of the Roosevelt years (Mr. T rocked a Christmas color scheme and the words “Fair Play” emblazoned across his abdomen). Maybe it’s no coincidence he had no real traction in the public imagination. In 1997 the name was adopted by a very different character in the DC Universe and now, with The New 52 initiative, there’s another rebirth of a sort with cosmic overtones. We have an exclusive preview of issue No. 2, which hits stands in upcoming weeks and features the first appearance of a new villain, Brainstorm, who has nasty ideas about our beloved Los Angeles.  Click through the gallery above, or use the links below to see larger versions. Cover | Page 1-2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5 – Geoff Boucher RECENT […]
Sept. 27, 2011 | 1:57 p.m.

Stephen King: ‘One of the best writers of all time’?

Stephen King (featured image)
Scott Snyder, a rising star in comics, worked with horror writer Stephen King on “American Vampire,” Snyder’s ongoing Vertigo series. Hero Complex contributor Travis Walecka caught up with Snyder to chat about the series, about horror in general and about King, who today announced “Dr. Sleep,” a sequel to “The Shining,” in a three-part interview. In Part One of the interview, Snyder talked about “Swamp Thing,” one of two revered titles under DC’s relaunch. His second title, “Batman,” is the topic of Part Two of the interview. This is Part Three, the final installment. TW: Horror plays a big role in your books. Where did you get this wild imagination? SS: I don’t know, man. I feel like I watched too many horror movies as a kid. Growing up in Manhattan on East 23rd Street, there was a video store […]
Sept. 26, 2011 | 2:13 p.m.

‘Batman’: Scott Snyder on Bruce Wayne’s new nemesis

Scott Snyder's Batman (featured image)
Scott Snyder, the creative force behind the ongoing series “American Vampire,” has been handed the keys to two revered titles under the new DC re-launch: “Batman” and “Swamp Thing.” Hero Complex contributor Travis Walecka caught up with Snyder to chat about his plans for both series. This is Part Two of the interview. Read Part One here. TW: Batman, Aquaman and Superman all appear in “Swamp Thing No. 1,” and you’re also writing “Batman.” Will there be a crossover between your two books? SS: Well, Batman and Swamp Thing, they may hold off for a little bit for a while, only because we want to give them each a chance to establish themselves in their little universes for the first year. But they are in a shared universe, so you’ll see things that will happen in “Swamp Thing” affect other characters […]
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