Nov. 08, 2013 | 4:35 p.m.
There’s something haunting about the woods of “Coffin Hill,” a feeling writer and co-creator Caitlin Kittredge knows all too well from her past. The novelist behind the “Nocturne City,” “Black London” and “Iron Codex” series made an impressive comics debut last month with artist Inaki Miranda (“Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom”), as the launch of their Vertigo horror title made Hero Complex’s Halloween comics picks. In the first issue, readers saw Eve Coffin, the daughter of a prominent but cursed Massachusetts family, both as a wild teen in her hometown of Coffin Hill – someone who makes a scene at her parents’ party and hides booze and pills in a mausoleum – and also years later as a mature twentysomething cop in Boston. Eve left home years ago to escape what happened in a horrific incident in the woods one night. […]
Oct. 29, 2013 | 11:26 a.m.
Conjuring horror in comics requires a masterful touch. As “Coffin Hill” artist Inaki Miranda said at New York Comic Con earlier this month, “you don’t have music, you don’t have … camera movement, so you have to pick exactly what to put in each panel to create that sense of horror and suspense.” Fortunately, a number of talented creators are channeling their darker impulses to craft wonderfully spooky reads, some violent, blood-soaked tales, others shot through with rich atmosphere. With Halloween right around the corner, Hero Complex has compiled a list of 13 great offerings, arranged alphabetically by age-appropriate groupings. Click through the gallery above to see artwork from some of the selections, and read on to see which titles made the cut. For all ages “Ghostbusters”: Fans of the 1984 comedy classic should understand that it’s nearly impossible for […]
Oct. 13, 2013 | 7:22 a.m.
It’s been 17 years since an issue of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed, bestselling “Sandman” series hit stands, and — noting that it’s about 17 days until the first installment of the writer’s “Sandman: Overture” miniseries with artist J.H. Williams III is released — Vertigo executive editor Shelly Bond decided to give one reader a 17-second look at that hotly anticipated No. 1. It might have been a little more than 17 seconds: As “Coffin Hill” writer Caitlin Kittredge pointed out, DC marketing executive John Cunningham at first set the timer for 17 minutes. But after a loose vocal count-out, the chosen woman (she waved more vigorously than others for the chance) was invited up on stage to share her reaction with the crowd at a Saturday evening panel held by the DC mature-readers imprint at New York Comic Con, with freedom […]
Oct. 06, 2013 | 10:00 a.m.
Imagine gravity failing at an L.A. high school, or a sort of soap-bubble mini-universe where falling things smush instead of splat appearing over the city. Now imagine such events are no surprises, but everyday events – like traffic accidents – and there’s an agency a 911 call away whose job it is to fix things. Welcome to co-creators Simon Oliver and Robbi Rodriguez’s ongoing Vertigo series “FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics,” which follows young Agent Adam Hardy, who has found himself dealing with that gravity deficiency and then that “bubbleverse” in the first three issues. Adam joined the FBP after growing up without his father, who never returned from chasing quantum tornadoes. Lately, he’s seen his understanding of things thrown a few more curves, not only with the strange physics of the little city in the sky but with his […]
July 25, 2013 | 12:29 p.m.
Rapunzel struggles through maternal heartache – and some truly horrifying hair days – in “Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom.” The graphic novel by award-winning South African novelist Lauren Beukes (“The Shining Girls”) and Spain-based artist Inaki Miranda (“Tribes: The Dog Years”) takes the fairy-tale character into modern Tokyo and Japanese folklore on a search for her long-missing children. The strong-willed, smart heroine encounters monsters, conspiracies and a fox-y former lover, among other things, in a vividly drawn, terrifying and tender tale that’s rich in Eastern myth and cinematic horror, and dosed with humor. “The Hidden Kingdom,” in comic shops now and in bookstores Tuesday, is the second arc of “Fairest.” But readers need not be familiar with the first volume nor with the series from which the title is spun off, “Fables,” Bill Willingham’s multiple Eisner Award-winning and long-running myths-in-modernity series […]
July 20, 2013 | 3:15 p.m.
What seems to excite Neil Gaiman most when talking about the upcoming “Sandman: Overture” miniseries with artist J.H. Williams III is just how odd the story is. He laughed when calling the six-part story — his first Sandman tale in 10 years — a “very, very strange book.” And he said it was decidedly different from the 75-issue, 1988-1996 “Sandman” series whose No. 1 issue this story will end at: “This is not about the story of Morpheus’ capture, how it changed him, the kind of change-or-die, ‘Kindly Ones’ story. This is about how some weird [stuff] happened a long way away and some bad stuff happened a long way away and how he had to try to sort it out whether he wanted to or not.” FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 “Sandman” is back out of the Dreaming […]
July 01, 2013 | 8:46 p.m.
DC Entertainment imprint Vertigo has released the first image for Neil Gaiman’s upcoming “Sandman” prequel comic series, as well as its title, release schedule and Comic-Con International plans. “The Sandman: Overture” unites Gaiman and artist J.H. Williams III (“Batwoman,” “Promethea”) for a new six-issue miniseries set before “Sandman” No. 1, the critically acclaimed comic series that ran from 1989 to 1996. Gaiman’s series, which garnered 19 Eisner and six Harvey Awards, followed the mysterious Lord of Dreams, also known as Dream or Morpheus, after he was captured and held prisoner for 70 years. Morpheus escapes his imprisonment and enters modern times, and works to rebuild his now-rundown kingdom in the dream realm. “Overture” will explore Morpheus’ world before he was captured. “This is the one story that we never got to tell,” Gaiman said in a statement. “In ‘Sandman’ No. […]
June 20, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.
When Mike Carey walks to his home office to write “The Unwritten,” he passes one of the earliest things he and co-creator Peter Gross did together. It’s a page of “Lucifer” from about a dozen years ago that shows a Japanese underworld deity swinging a sword at the erstwhile lord of Hell. In the final panel, the title character’s “clothes are in tatters and yet he stands there completely arrogant, unmoved,” Carey said. “It’s a beautiful image.” It’s one of many Gross-drawn pages in his home, the writer said by phone from England during a joint interview with the Minnesota-based artist. There could soon be more: Their long collaboration is having a landmark year as “The Unwritten,” their reality-bending, sweeping adventure about the nature and power of story, reaches No. 50 and begins a five-issue arc set in the world […]
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 16, 2013 | 8:07 a.m.
Writer Steven T. Seagle and artist Teddy Kristiansen are best known in the comics world for their collaboration on Seagle’s autobiographical graphic novel memoir, “It’s a Bird,” which won Kristiansen an Eisner Award for the art in 2005. That wasn’t Seagle and Kristiansen’s first collaboration, however. That work, the supernatural series “House of Secrets,” has been hard to find ever since its publication in the mid-1990s. But that’s about to change with a hardcover omnibus collecting the entire series under one cover for the first time. “House of Secrets” was originally a “Tales From the Crypt”-like anthology series that ran from 1956 to 1978 and was mostly known as the title that introduced the character Swamp Thing. But in the 1990s, DC Comics took several defunct or second-tier properties and allowed certain respected writers to reinvent them in wildly new […]