While Scott Snyder's work on Batman has made him immensely popular among readers, the title that he first made his name on, and possibly the one most important to him, is American Vampire, his creator-owned series for Vertigo. Written by Snyder and illustrated by co-creator Rafael Albuquerque, American Vampire is the tale of Pearl, an aspiring actress turned into an ageless vampire in the 1920s. Through the lens of Pearl and her life, Snyder and Albuquerque explore the rise of America, from the 1920s up to, eventually, the present day.
The Eisner Award-winning series has been on hiatus since issue #34 in January, but to help fill the void for readers, Vertigo is releasing anAmerican Vampire anthology, with nine short stories from an impressive line up of creators: Greg Rucka, Becky Cloonan, Jason Aaron, John Paul Leon, Francesco Francavilla, Gail Simone, Jeff Lemire, Gabriel Bá, Fábio Moon, Declan Shalvey and more. You can check out the full lineup, plus preview art from the issue, below.
Collider #1 is an attractive package. And I say package because that's really what this feels like. The way comics work, or at least the way they should work, is with every piece -- script, art, color, and lettering -- working in sync, and when everything is right, you have a good story. Sometimes great visuals carry a mediocre script, and vice versa, but that's not ideal. In Collider, the newest Vertigo series, you have a comic that works: a script from Simon Oliver, art from Robbi Rodriguez, colors from Rico Renzi, letters from Steve Wands and a cover by Nathan Fox, melding together to tell a fun story about weird physics, dangerous jobs, and the inevitability of change.
Here at ComicsAlliance, we are huge fans of Cliff Chiang, whose current work on Wonder Woman has made it unquestionably one of the most beautiful DC Comics on the stands. This week, though, one of his lesser known works is finally getting the spotlight with the re-release of Beware the Creeper, a Vertigo miniseries written byJason Hall that reimagines the Creeper as an art criminal stalking the streets of Paris in the 1920s.
In addition to the story, the paperback also features Chiang's designs and sketches for the series, because more Cliff Chiang art is always welcome. Check out a few below, along with Chiang's thoughts on his influences for the book!
After just two issues, The Wake is a success. The new 10-issue miniseries from the creative team of Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy has had strong reviews coupled with impressive sales numbers -- issue #1 of the series is the highest-selling Vertigo book in a decade. A mix of horror and mythology spanning three different time periods, The Wake features a group of scientists, led by Dr. Lee Archer, attempting to uncover the secrets of a vicious Merman-like creature captured by the U.S. government. As Dr. Archer and her team do their best to discover the truth, the creature -- with the ability to invade their thoughts, granting them each what they believe to be their heart's desires -- has other plans.
Vertigo has provided ComicsAlliance with a preview of The Wake #3, including a variant cover from Dustin Nguyen, and you can check it out after the cut.
Since its beginning in 1999, it's possible that no cover artist has left as indelible a mark on a comic series as Dave Johnsonhas with his work on 100 Bullets. The acclaimed illustrator provided each cover for all 100 issues of the original series, a new cover for each subsequent trade paperback, and is now illustrating every cover for the Brother Lono miniseries that spun out of the 100 Bullets universe. Further, Johnson has created new covers for the five omnibus editions of the series, with the pieces connecting to show one continuous illustration.
Yesterday via Twitter, Johnson released for the first time the complete, connected work, and you can check it out below.
Diane Nelson is rolling into San Diego's Comic-Con with some real momentum thanks to the enormous commercial success of Warner Bros. Pictures' Man of Steel film directed by Zack Snyder. By all accounts the hit film based on Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster's Superman character has galvanized the DC Entertainment division, which Nelson leads as President, and everybody wants to know what's next for the company. To that end, Nelson sat down with The Hollywood Reporter in an interview that focused mainly on DC's Hollywood prospects (no news on Man of Steel 2, although an announcement is rumored to come later this weekend in San Diego), with Nelson confirming her wish list of properties to make the jump to the big and small screens, addressing concerns about Wonder Woman and the future of Vertigo.
Vertigo's The Sandman prequel by Neil Gaiman and JH Williams III is DC Comics' biggest publishing story of the year, so we can expect more and more items like this Entertainment Weekly piece in which one or two tantalizing images are released over a period of months. Normally this would be kind of annoying, but the truth is it is very good news that Gaiman and Williams are revisiting the early Sandman era and telling the story about what the titular lord of dreams was actually up to before his capture at the start of the classic series, and every teased image will be beautiful -- especially if they happen to be created by classic Sandman cover artist Dave McKean.
Brother Lono is back. The entire team from 100 Bullets -- Brian Azzarello, Eduardo Risso, Trish Mulvihill, Clem Robins and Dave Johnson -- is together again for Brother Lono, a new miniseries starring the character who proved to be a favorite among readers of the celebrated crime series. In the first issue of the eight part story, Lono was released from prison and tasked with escorting a young nun, who's just arrived in Mexico, to a mission. But if events in the first issue -- including a rotting corpse on a bus station bench in broad daylight -- are any indication, that's not going to be easy.
Vertigo has provided ComicsAlliance with a five page preview of Brother Lono #2, which you can check out below.
Courtesy of DC Comics, ComicsAlliance brings you an advance look at new periodical comic books going on sale in August 2013 from the publisher’s New 52 superhero line, the mature readers Vertigo imprint, and the DC Entertainment brand of special projects, all-ages and licensed titles. All of the following books can be purchased at finer comic book shops, where you can also pre-order your selections to ensure you’ll get a copy before they sell out.
Vertigo fans may want to sit down. According to The New York Times DC Comics' mature readers imprint has announced six new titles coming this fall, including the finally-titled Sandman prequel announced last summer at San Diego Comic-Con International. On October 30, Gaiman and artist J.H. Williams' The Sandman: Overture #1 will arrive in stores, bringing an end to fans' some 17 year wait for new material.
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