Oct. 18, 2013 | 1:02 p.m.

‘X-Men: Gold’: New stories from Claremont, Lee, more for mutants’ 50th

"X-Men: Gold" No. 1 (featured image)
The celebration of the X-Men’s 50th anniversary continues next month as Marvel releases “X-Men: Gold,” a comic featuring stories from prominent creators in the mutants’ history. The 64-page “X-Men: Gold” No. 1 centers on a feature-length, in-continuity story by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod, spotlighting Rogue, Kitty Pryde, Colossus, Wolverine, Cyclops and Nightcrawler. The one-shot also includes a new X-Men story from series co-creator Stan Lee and Louise and Walt Simonson (“X-Factor”), as well as stories from Len Wein, Jorge Molina, Fabian Nicieza, Salvador Larroca, Roy Thomas and Pat Olliffe — all creators who have helped guide X-comics throughout their first 50 years. Thomas had two well-regarded stints on “X-Men” in the ‘60s before its years-long break in original stories, and Nicieza was a major player in ‘90s X-comics. Wein wrote “Giant-Size X-Men” No. 1, which revived the franchise with […]
Oct. 11, 2013 | 11:36 a.m.

NYCC 2013: X-Men panel announces Jean Grey trial, new X-Factor, more

[Updated 6:30 a.m. PDT Oct. 12 with art of All-New Marvel Now announcements.] Marvel kicked off a weekend of teased-for-weeks announcements Friday morning at its “Amazing X-Men and the Marvel Universe” panel at New York Comic Con with several reveals, including an interstellar trial for the young Jean Grey and a new X-Factor title for longtime writer Peter David. The teenage Jean Grey, recently brought into the present, will be taken from Earth by the Shi’ar to stand trial for the mass-murderous actions of the Phoenix force the unlucky redhead’s future history is so entwined with, and her fellow young original X-Men and the Guardians of the Galaxy will try to help her. The six-part “Trial of Jean Grey” crossover begins in January with “All New X-Men” No. 22, by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Stuart Immonen, and “Guardians […]
Sept. 10, 2013 | 4:19 p.m.

X-Men 50th anniversary: Five artists who defined Marvel’s mutant team

When “The X-Men” debuted 50 years ago, it was part of a wave of Marvel Comics spearheaded by writer/editor Stan Lee, working alongside a stable of artists who were inventing exciting new superheroes at an extraordinary pace. After the phenomenal success of “The Fantastic Four,” Marvel developed a reputation as a publisher with innovative, sophisticated ideas about what heroes could be, eschewing the bland Boy Scout-ery of Superman and Batman in favor of characters who were cranky, vain, pigheaded and sometimes literally monstrous. The X-Men were the apotheosis of the Marvel way: a team of teenaged mutants shunned by society because they’d developed their powers through a freak of evolution and not as a byproduct of any noble scientific endeavor (as was the case with most of the other Marvel front-loners). But it took a while for the concept to […]
Sept. 04, 2013 | 12:00 p.m.

X-Men 50th anniversary: 50 images from the Marvel mutants’ evolution

X-Men: 50 images (featured image)
A correction has been added to this post. See below for details. The X-Men’s 50th anniversary arrives in the inimitable style of Marvel’s uncanny mutants, with a comics crossover event, “Battle of the Atom,” that involves team members from past, present and future. As “X-Men: Battle of the Atom” No. 1 lands today, Hero Complex takes a look back at the first 50 years of the mutant franchise’s evolution, with 50 images and detailed captions (which you can turn on and off) in the gallery above. There are major moments here across multiple media — classic story lines, key introductions, hit movies — but also a few notable false starts. It’s a journey that begins with Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s “X-Men” No. 1, dated September 1963, and follows the “Strangest Super-Heroes of All” from their important but low-selling early […]
July 31, 2013 | 5:19 p.m.

‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’: Trask website features Peter Dinklage

Peter Dinklage as Trask Industries founder Bolivar Trask, a character in "X-Men: Days of Future Past." (Trask-industries.com / 20th Century Fox)
The Hollywood hype machine is kicking into gear for “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” beginning with a marketing campaign for the fictional Trask Industries and its founder Bolivar Trask, played by “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage. In the comics, antagonist Trask is the inventor of the Sentinels — robots who hunt mutants in the name of protecting humanity. A newly launched website for Trask Industries features images of Dinklage in full Bolivar Trask costume and reveals details about his character in “Future Past,” directed by Bryan Singer. “Even from his early years as a research assistant, Bolivar always maintained a particular interest in the origin and evolution of humanity,” reads Trask’s biography on the website. “Following in the footsteps of Mendel, Watson and Crick, Trask made it his goal to unlock the mysteries of human DNA. What he did […]
July 25, 2013 | 5:01 p.m.

‘Wolverine’: James Mangold on Hugh Jackman’s outsider with a heart

With “The Wolverine,” Hugh Jackman reprises his role as the rage-fueled Logan, though with this latest stand-alone film, director James Mangold partnered with the actor to create a more intimate portrait of the gruff mutant at the center of the “X-Men” universe. The filmmaker recently spoke to Hero Complex about his long-running friendship with Jackman and how that helped fuel their rapport on the “Wolverine” set, how he took inspiration from films like “The Outlaw Josey Wales” and “The French Connection” and whether he’d be interested in tackling another comic-book-inspired project in the future. HC: You must be thrilled that the film has generated so much early positive buzz. JM: What I’m very gratified by is that people seem to be getting what we set out to do. When you do something different — obviously this is a comic book […]
July 25, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.

Hugh Jackman gets to the heart of ‘The Wolverine’

Hugh Jackman, photographed July 22, 2013 in San Diego, Calif. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
SAN DIEGO — Striding into a cramped hotel room at the beginning of what will be a long day at Comic-Con International, Hugh Jackman glad-handed onlookers and flashed his million-dollar smile. He’d arrived at North America’s biggest pop culture expo to talk up his new film, “The Wolverine,” which arrives in theaters Friday, and he moved with a seriousness of purpose, one that seemed all the more striking in contrast to the exuberant mirth of the Stormtroopers, Klingons and other costumed revelers flooding into the city’s convention center 12 floors below. For Jackman, though, “The Wolverine” isn’t just another sequel in the long-running “X-Men” franchise, another chance to flay bad guys with adamantium claws and deliver pithy one-liners. The new film offers a definitive look at the character that propelled him to stardom, examining the pain and brains beneath the […]
July 24, 2013 | 3:16 p.m.

‘Wolverine’: Hugh Jackman had ‘more fun than ever’ on new film [video]

How did Hugh Jackman feel returning to the character of Logan for “The Wolverine”? “I had more fun than ever,” Jackman said, sitting down at San Diego’s Comic-Con International for an interview with Hero Complex. “I don’t know what it is, maybe being a little older helps playing a character who is two or three hundred years old.” In the new film opening in theaters Friday, Jackman and director James Mangold (“3:10 to Yuma,” “Walk the Line”) adapt Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s revered 1980s comic book. Logan’s latest screen adventure sees him travel to Japan only to find himself embroiled in intrigue and falling in love with a beautiful heiress (Tao Okamoto) even as he’s wrestling with his grief over the death of Jean Grey (Famke Janssen). Jackman was one of the biggest stars to appear at Comic-Con this […]
July 23, 2013 | 12:46 p.m.

Comic-Con 2013 top 10 moments: Superman, ‘Breaking Bad’ and more

Comic-Con 2013: Top 10 highlights
Now that Comic-Con International attendees have had some time to eat, sleep, wash off their face paint and pack away their blasters and batarangs, it’s time to look back at some of the most memorable moments of the expo. “It’s a place where you can be who you are, or who you want to be,” said David Glanzer, spokesman for the San Diego convention, which wrapped up Sunday. “I think for a lot of us who grew up and our interests weren’t always necessarily in the mainstream, it’s great to pal around with 134,000 people who probably share your interests.” Here are are top 10 moments from Comic-Con 2013, as well as a few honorable mentions. Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments. 10. Zombies invade the Gaslamp Quarter It seems apt that the undead had such […]
July 22, 2013 | 7:00 a.m.

Comic-Con: Studios go all out in a week of big surprises

Actor Ian McKellen, actress Halle Berry and actress Anna Paquin speak at the 20th Century Fox "X-Men: Days of Future Past" panel during Comic-Con.
SAN DIEGO — Batman and Superman joined forces, Wolverine reunited with an entire team of X-Men, and “Avengers” villain Loki commanded the 6,500 audience members assembled in the San Diego Convention Center’s Hall H to worship him as a god as the rapturous crowd cheered wildly — just business as usual at the pop culture expo known as Comic-Con International. Word of a sequel to the summer’s Zack Snyder-directed Superman movie “Man of Steel,” which is set for release in 2015 and will feature Batman among its cast of characters, was perhaps the biggest news to emerge from the four-day celebration of film, television, video games and comic books that attracts about 130,000 visitors to the city’s downtown — many clad in colorful costumes. One of the most powerful draws for those fans is the opportunity to see exclusive trailers […]
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