At its outset, Vertigo built it's brand largely on the work of writers from the United Kingdom. Alan Moore, Jamie Delano, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Peter Milligan and more were part of the so-called "British Invasion" of American comics in the '80s, with a creative output that forever changed the industry. Decades later, its a relationship that's still working well for Vertigo, as today the imprint has announced The Royals: Masters Of War, a six issue miniseries from ComicsAlliance favorites Rob Williams and Simon Coleby.
In a Friday blog post, writer Bill Willingham announced that his and Mark Buckingham's long-running Vertigo series Fableswill conclude with its 150th issue after what will have been a 13-year run.
That's still a ways off. This month's issue is #135, so, assuming a monthly schedule, that'd put the end of the series somewhere around the spring of 2015. Willingham said the choice to end the series was his, so he can be "more selective in what projects I take on" as he approaches age 60. Spinoff title Fairest will also come to an end.
Among its many other honors, Vertigo’s The Sandman has the distinction of being the portal through which a huge number of readers got their first look at a theretofore mysterious and unseen artifact: an actual comic book script. Available in numerous editions and formats now but Initially published in 1991 as a supplemental feature in the Dream Country paperback, writer Neil Gaiman’s script for the Shakespearean “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” chapter revealed the writer’s deference to his artistic collaborator Charles Vess. Gaiman’s words expressed a deep understanding of comics as a visual medium and Vess’ strengths as a master illustrator, with panel descriptions reading less like mechanical instructions in a script and more like helpful suggestions in a letter. The process, overseen by Sandman editor and Vertigo imprint founder Karen Berger, was a resounding success, winning the issue (#19 in The Sandman’s original run) a World Fantasy Award.
Gaiman understands how much of The Sandman’s -- of all great comic books’ -- power comes from the image, so it was honestly not a surprise to hear that Gaiman’s collaborator for The Sandman: Overture, a 25th anniversary celebration of the enduringly popular series, would be the great JH Williams III. It was, however, a surprise to see just how far Overtureexceeded expectations.
With last week's release of Coffin Hill #1 from Vertigo, writer Caitlin Kittredge has made the leap from novels to comics, teaming up with artist Inaki Miranda to tell the story of a young woman with a whole lot of deadly mistakes in her past finally coming back to haunt her -- maybe even literally. It's a stylish, compelling and thoroughly blood-soaked first issue, and what's more, it's the story Kittredge has wanted to tell for years.
During New York Comic-Con, I spoke to Kittredge about why she came to comics, what the adjustment has been like to move from prose, and where she's going to go next.
Courtesy of DC Comics, ComicsAlliance brings you an advance look at new periodical comic books, collected editions and graphic novels going on sale in January 2014 (and in some cases beyond) from the publisher’s New 52 superhero line, the mature readers Vertigo imprint, and the DC Entertainment brand of special projects, digital-first, 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.
Highlights for January include the launch of the long form "Gothtopia" storyline in the Batman titles and a number of intriguing reprints including the first volume of Doug Moench and Kelley Jones' Batman, the Justice League of America omnibus featuring the work of Gardner Fox and Mike Sekowsky, and Hawkworld by Tim Truman.
The press materials for the first episode of Telltale Games' new Fables prequel series,The Wolf Among Us, note that players who are familiar with the company's Walking Dead games will "be right at home" with the game.
As far as the controls and the gameplay are concerned, that's completely true. They're basically identical. Tonally and stylistically, though, A Wolf Among Us blazes its own trail from the very first screen. This isn't even the ensemble drama/fantasy epic that Fables itself eventually became. The Wolf Among Us, at least in its episode one, "Faith," is neon noir all the way.
Last week it was announced that NBC is developing a new TV series based on the DC Comics character John Constantine, best known as the star of Vertigo perennial Hellblazer. The television project is helmed by writer/executive producers Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer. It's a potentially exciting prospect, but it appears that Constantine's creators may only see a piece of the pie if the show actually goes to broadcast - and the identity of the creators of record who may benefit is somewhat unclear.
If you've been following the story of Vertigo -- the DC Comics mature readers imprint that's home to The Sandman, Preacher, Scalped and much, much more -- you know that there was a time in the recent past when it seemed the once legendary label had lost its prestige, especially when founder Karen Berger left the company. Thankfully that downward trend has been steadily reversed with the progress of JH Williams III and Neil Gaiman's new Sandman project, critically acclaimed new titles like FPB: Federal Physics Bureau, The Wake and Trillium, and promising books to come like Hinterkind. All these projects speak to the variously dark and wild-eyed visions that defined the Vertigo line at the height of its influence, but what you may not recall is that this creative refocusing began in earnest where so many great comics do: within the pages of relatively innocuous anthologies.
On sale this week, The Unexpectedis a paperback collection of The Unexpected #1 and Ghosts #1, two Vertigo anthology one-shots released in 2011 and 2012, respectively, that signaled the imprint's aesthetic resurrection. The book compiles done-in-one horror shorts from the imaginations of some of comics' most enduring talents as well as promising newcomers, including one of the final works of master cartoonist Joe Kubert and a rare mature readers outing from DC's top superhero writer Geoff Johns.
As a followup to its debut trailer, Telltale Games has released a handful of new images from its new Fables prequel game, The Wolf Among Us. Two of the shots indicate lead character Bigby Wolf will be in a fightin' mood for much of the game, though the others prove he'll show his inquisitive side, too.
Now, there's a new one-minute trailer and...we still don't know a lot. But we know the game will share a cel-shaded look similar to Telltale's smash-hit Walking Dead game, that it'll be a game of "choice and consequence" also similar to The Walking Dead, and that the first episode will be called "Faith." Oh, and Bigby falls out of a window during a fight. Hit the jump for the full trailer.
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