DC to relaunch Vertigo line with new books from Ben Blacker, Zoë Quinn, and Rob Sheridan

Back in March, DC Comics announced a new series of spin-offs based on Sandman, Neil Gaiman’s critically acclaimed series from DC’s Vertigo imprint about the wacky adventures of the master of all dreams, but it turns out that the new Sandman books were actually foreshadowing a full-on Vertigo revival. Today, DC…

An adventurer races to save his life’s story in this Deathbed #2 exclusive

Antonio Luna has had one hell of a life. He’s been a con man, street artist, World Series winner, private eye, and spy, but someone is trying to destroy his legacy by wiping out anyone who can corroborate his story. The new Vertigo series Deathbed is an exciting action-adventure about one man’s mission to stop the…

Get an exclusive first look at Berger Books’ inaugural lineup of comics

Karen Berger helped change the course of comic books. As an editor at DC Comics, she was instrumental in the development of Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing and Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, two titles that showed off superhero comics’ potential for more sophisticated, provocative storytelling. In 1993, she founded the DC Comics…

Vertigo’s Karen Berger launches new comics line, including an Anthony Bourdain comic

Vertigo Comics founder Karen Berger left the publishing industry 20 years after providing a platform for some of the most inspired (and twisted) auteurs and artists, including Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon, Neil Gaiman, and Marc Hempel, as well as the many people who’ve worked on Hellblazer. (Vertigo’s also published many…

Savage Things crafts a Bourne-like story of intrigue that’s subtle instead of silly

Unwilling soldiers aren’t exactly a new idea in comic books. Marvel especially enjoys mining that story over and over again, from Wolverine(s) to Black Widow to the Winter Soldier. But there are all sorts of stories that revolve around people forced into horrific training to do the unthinkable. With Savage Things #1…

Exclusive Vertigo preview: A murder mystery gets complicated in Sheriff Of Babylon #3

Of the 12 Vertigo debuts last fall, The Sheriff Of Babylon immediately established itself as the strongest of the bunch, offering a thrilling crime story rooted in writer Tom King’s real-life experience as a CIA counterterrorism officer living in Baghdad after the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime. (Read an in-depth…

Exclusive Vertigo preview: Last Gang In Town revives England’s revolutionary spirit

Vertigo Comics have always been deeply rooted in British culture thanks to the contributions of creators like Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, and Warren Ellis. So it makes sense that some of the new Vertigo debuts this season would look to Great Britain for inspiration: Red Thorn embraces the mythology of Scotland in its…

Exclusive Vertigo preview: Red Thorn builds a mystery around Scottish mythology

Vertigo titles have been exploring mythology since the start of the imprint, and this week’s Red Thorn #1 continues the tradition by delving into the legends of Scotland. Writer David Baillie, artist Meghan Hetrick, and colorist Steve Oliff’s new series takes readers to Glasgow, where Isla Mackintosh is investigating…

Exclusive Vertigo preview: Comics superstars team up for The Twilight Children #1

Vertigo is launching an ambitious publishing initiative this fall, debuting 12 new series over the course of as many weeks in the hopes of re-establishing the imprint’s position as a creative pioneer. While the campaign technically began with this week’s The Survivors’ Club #1, it really takes off with next week’s The…

The extra-sized Fables finale marks the end of an era at Vertigo

As the longest-running Vertigo book, Fables is the last reminder of the imprint’s glory days as a major force in the industry during the early ’00s. It was a time when creators like Brian K. Vaughan, Jason Aaron, and Brian Wood rose to popularity, but as the editorial climate of DC Comics changed, Vertigo became less…

Three comics artists detail the importance of smart, stylish costume design

For Comics Week, The A.V. Club invited three comic-book professionals to discuss the value of fashion design: Kris Anka (artist on Marvel’s Uncanny X-Men, character designer for Marvel), Sophie Campbell (artist on IDW’s Jem And The Holograms, creator of Oni’s Wet Moon), and Ming Doyle (artist of Vertigo’s The Kitchen,…

Exclusive DC preview: A new heroine rises in Astro City’s milestone 25th issue

There have been well over 50 issues of Kurt Busiek’s creator-owned superhero series Astro City, but the comic has never actually hit the issue #25 milestone because it keeps getting relaunched with new volumes. That finally changes this week with the release of Astro City #25, an issue that arrives 20 years after…

Warner Bros. hands over the edgier DC Comics movies to New Line

In an attempt to protect the fragile minds of young comic book readers, in 1993 DC created a special age-restricted imprint called Vertigo that would house its more “adult” titles. Free from the constraints of capes and continuity, some of the Vertigo books—like Sandman and Hellblazer—became big hits with both readers…