If you haven't been keeping up with Vertigo's Art Ops, here's the high concept: When figures from famous pieces of art --- your Monas Lisa, for example --- break out of their frames and start causing trouble in the real world, a special team of Art Operatives goes into action to stop them. Among their number is one Reggie Riot, who has a family connection to the organization and an arm composed of a bright, extremely prehensile embodiment of the very concept of art. Also, he can talk to art. Also also, Mike Allred draws it, so it looks amazing.

In the next issue, though, it looks like the Art Ops are taking a bit of a different tactic as they move into solving pet crimes! It's an adorable new direction, as Reggie heads over to help a sweet old lady deal with an animal named Biscuits --- it just happens to play out in an extremely Vertigo Comics sort of way. Check out a preview below!

 

 

I gotta say, as someone with allergies to your standard pets, I'm not really seeing a downside to keeping a giant purple Cthulhu monster around for companionship. I mean, if it was good enough for Destro, it should be good enough for all of us, right? Right.

Here's the official solicitation:

 

ART OPS #8
Written by SHAUN SIMON
Art by MICHAEL ALLRED and MATT BRUNDAGE
Cover by MICHAEL ALLRED

On sale MAY 25 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS

Does man control art or does art control man? That’s the crisis Reggie Riot faces in the aftermath of the power and destruction caused by his art arm. He already knows what his mother thinks, but what about his father? Enter Danny Doll and his own team of renegade artists and agents who aim to make the world their masterpiece, in part 1 of “Popism.”