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.
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!
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
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
SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING #34 March 1985 For many fans my age, we grew up with the writing of Alan Moore. By "growing up" I mean that we literally learned of a new type of storytelling in comics from what he wrote for DC. Watchmen was a lot of people's introduction to his work, but where he was really introduced to America was in the pages of Saga of the Swamp Thing. Alan Moore took a character that was a stereotypical Swamp Monster that was on the path to being another super-hero at DC, albeit a weird one, and developed it into the type of comic that would influence comics for the next 25 years. It helped launch the Vertigo imprint at DC by bringing in readers that wanted more intelligent stories that defied the conventions of the comic book medium. Alan Moore showed us much of what comics are capable of, and at least in the United States, it started with the Swamp Thing. I contemplated starting with the issue where Swamp Thing learns that he is not Alec Holland, just a creature created by the swamp that thinks it used to be Alec Holland, or the annual that rooted Swamp Thing into the magical community of the DC Universe and redefined what that community was all about. Instead I went with an issue that taught me that a comic about a swamp monster could convey emotions other than fear and panic.
Tons of new books and graphic novels coming next week folks. You can click on each link for the individual cover for any particular book. Looks like we all have a ton of reading ahead of us which is a good thing! Yay for new Comic Book day! AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS #1 Every week, PREVIEWSworld announces
For your viewing pleasures we have an advance look at NIGHTWING #24 and ASTRO CITY #5. Both books are due to hit this week. NIGHTWING #24 In “Buyer’s Remorse,” Nightwing has to choose between payback and justice when Tony Zucco lands back in Chicago. Will Nightwing accept Zucco’s offer to help him stop the Prankster? Does