I hadn't intended following up Pantheon #3 with another Bill Willingham comic. However, the rumors of Vertigo's demise got me thinking about a mini-series that came out just before Fables started. It was an idea that came out of Willingham's time as a poker player for a casino. Casinos have players that fill seats at poker tables until other customers come in to play. They play with their own money. Willingham had a job to make ends meet in between projects. The premise of the series is that a proposition player named Joey Martin has over drinks with friends, jokingly bought 36 souls for the price of a drink. Now he finds himself as the focus of a struggle between Heaven and Hell. As the forces of Heaven attempt to force his hand, so to speak, his friends begin to die and he finds their souls arriving in his apartment.
Bleeding Cool reported that according to multiple sources, DC Comics is planning to close down the Vertigo imprint. Vertigo was the brainchild of DC Editor Karen Berger.
When Karen Berger left DC Comics in 2013, it seemed like the end of the Vertigo line. Gerard Way seemed poised to take up the mantle with his Young Animal imprint. Some of the characters he used were previously associated with the Vertigo imprint. He also gave the books the feel of the old Vertigo titles. Fans of the Vertigo imprint got a glimmer of hope last year. DC Comics announced that there would be a new Vertigo line coming this August. Now the publisher has announced the titles and creators for the new Vertigo, run by editor Mark Doyle.
(Source: Vertigo) At Comic-Con DC's Vertigo seemed to have the surprise announcement of Thursday with the news that it would launch twelve new series this fall.
STRANGE SPORTS STORIES #1 Written by various Art by various Cover by PAUL POPE 1:13 Variant cover by MIKE MITCHELL On sale MARCH 18 • 40 pg, 1 of 4, FC, $4.99 US • MATURE READERS Comics’ top talents, including some making their Vertigo debut, take on the classic DC Comics anthology title for four issues of strange, scary, sexy and sensational sports stories. Featuring stories and art by Brian Azzarello, CM Punk, Paul Pope, Gilbert Hernandez, Lauren Beukes, Ben McCool, Ivan Brandon, Monica Gallagher, Lee Loughridge, Nick Dragotta, Christopher Mitten, Darick Robertson, Mark Finn, John Lucas, Gabe Soria, Ronald Wimberly, Michael DiMotta, Tim Fish, Rael Lyra and many more!
ZATANNA: EVERYDAY MAGIC 2003 In honor of Halloween Month here at Needless Essentials, I chose to review an old comic that’s not quite as old as I would normally consider reviewing for this semi-regular feature. For this, we go back just 11 years, which for some of you may seem like a long time ago,
EFFIGY #1 Written by TIM SEELEY Art by MARLEY ZARCONE Cover by W. SCOTT FORBES 1:13 Variant cover by ANDREW ROBINSON On sale JANUARY 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS After a sex-tape scandal, former Hollywood child star turned Z-lister Chondra Jackson returns to her hometown of Effigy Mound, IL, to
Vertigo Comics has released info and images for their December Solicits. These are some of the finest books on the market and I highly recommend both Dead Boy Detectives, Fables, Fairest, BODIES and so much more. These comics are more for adults but do not let that fool you. Check out a Vertigo title today and
THE KITCHEN #1 Written by OLLIE MASTERS Art by MING DOYLE Cover by BECKY CLOONAN 1:13 Variant cover by MING DOYLE On sale NOVEMBER 19 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 8, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS New York City, late 1970s. Times Square is a haven for sex and drugs. The city teeters on
THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE #4 Written by NEIL GAIMAN Art by J.H. WILLIAMS III Cover A by J.H. WILLIAMS III Cover B by DAVE McKEAN 1:100 special ink variant cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III 1:200 special ink variant cover by DAVE McKEAN On sale OCTOBER 29 • 32 pg, FC, 4 of 6, $3.99 US MATURE
COFFIN HILL #10 Written by CAITLIN KITTREDGE Art by INAKI MIRANDA Cover by DAVE JOHNSON On sale AUGUST 13 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS Eve and Detective Frost zero in on the Ice Fisher while the clock runs out on his latest victim’s life. Still jailed for Detective Donovan’s murder, Eve
BODIES #1 Written by SI SPENCER Art by DEAN ORMSTON, MEGHAN HETRICK, PHIL WINSLADE and TULA LOTAY Cover by FIONA STEPHENSON On sale JULY 30 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 8, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS VERTIGO brings you the miniseries of the summer, with four detectives, four time periods, and four dead bodies