New Vertigo Series ‘Bodies’ Promises Four Artists, Four Detectives, Four Time Periods
DC can’t get enough of the number 52; Vertigo is really into the number four lately. Not only is the upcoming quarterly anthology CMYK based on four colors, another new series, titled Bodies, will feature four different detectives solving a murder mystery that runs through four different points in London history: 1890, 1940, 2014, and 2050.
The Si Spencer-written, eight-issue series will also feature four different artists: Dean Ormston, Phil Winslade, Meghan Hetrick and Tula Lotay. They’ll each be covering a different time period. The series kicks off this summer.
Here’s what Spencer said about the series’ high concept in an interview with Newsarama:
At the risk of sounding like I’m treading well-worn, hackneyed ground (or coming across as a raving nutbag), I’d been researching chaos magic and quantum theory around that time and working on one sigil in particular. I realized that that very basic shape I’d been working with was a key to how the narrative shape and the temporal mechanics would work – my guess is that a handful of themes, characters and stories had been glooping around subconsciously in my synapses waiting for that shape to cling to and suddenly out they popped.
Once that shape and those ideas gelled together I realized that this was the essence of a story I’ve been wanting to tell for years; something intensely personal but exciting and accessible to an audience.
Each issue of the series will include a six-page part of the story from each time period, Spencer said.