With most of its major hits and standout series having run their course months or years ago, Vertigo has been due for a renaissance for a while now. Judging from the announcements made at San Diego Comic Con late on Thursday, the publisher may be rallying, with 12 new series set to launch in the closing months of 2015 at a rate of one new issue #1 every week.
Those 12 titles include a couple of previously announced books that have been rescheduled, but enough new announcements to suggest that Vertigo means to impress with its ambition. Sci fi and the supernatural are inevitably well represented, and the roster includes veteran talents, emerging names, and a few cross-disiplinary transfers in the form of novelists Lauren Beukes and Holly Black — the latter on a relaunch of Lucifer — and Supernatural creator Eric Kripke.
As a Briton living overseas, I am always delighted to see people from the old country shamelessly milk their Britishness to sell themselves abroad. The more we ham it up, the more people seem to love it, as evidenced by Eddie Redmayne's Oscar win. So it's in that same glorious spirit that Titan Comics is playing up the "Downton Abbey and crumpets" angle for its May comics promotion, Best of British, featuring new and classic works from a roster of creators that includes Peter Milligan, Si Spurrier, Alan Martin, D'Israeli, and the late Brett Ewins. Check out the trailer above, debuting exclusively on ComicsAlliance.
R.M. Guera may be one of the more under appreciated artists in comics. Guera's gritty, European-influenced line work is ideal for his recent work on the comic adaptation of Django Unchained, as well as his most notable series, the award winning Scalped, which he co-created with Jason Aaron for Vertigo. And if you asked me what artist, who had previously never illustrated a Judge Dredd story, was best suited to offer his take on Mega-City One's top cop, Guera would have been one of the first names to come to mind.
So while it isn't a surprise, it's certainly welcome news that Guera will be illustrating a Judge Dredd short story, written by Rob Williams, in the pages of 2000 AD.
The name of the game in licensed video game comics used to always mean going through a proper comics publisher, but following the success of its in-house webcomics effort ShiftyLook, Namco Bandai is once again going its own way with the launch of its Dark Souls II digital comic. Debuting yesterday with the first of what will be weekly page uploads on the Dark Souls Facebook page, "Dark Souls II: Into the Light" is coordinated by Namco Bandai Games Europe and From Software, and written by Rob Williams (Cla$$war) and Andi Ewington (45) with art by Simon Coleby (2000 AD), lettering by Troy Peteri (Artifacts) and colors by Len O'Grady (The Zaucer of Zilk).
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.
Considering that he's an extremely strict dude in head-to-toe black leather with a penchant for dealing out harsh punishments, I think it's safe to say that Judge Dredd has always been more than a little fetish-y. This month, though, things are finally going to be taken to their logical extreme, as Mega Ci
A ComicsAlliance favorite for his super inky, wildly expressive style in Dark Horse books like Abe Sapien: The Devil Does Not Jest, B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth, and Conan the Barbarian, James Harrenis going to make his 2000 AD debut next mont
Let me be the first to apologize to you, on behalf of the entire comics press. We screwed up. We were too focused on the wrong events in 2012. We spent tens of thousands of words on Avengers vs X-Men, Before Watchmen, Night of the Owls, and we missed the fact that there was a bigger, better, and extremely satisfying crossover sitting right under our noses. Not all of us -- a few of
DC Comics' flagship heroes may be coming up on 700 issues, but Marvel's most merry mercenary isn't about to let a little thing like reality stop him from retaining the highest mainstream comics count. This August, Deadpool celebrates his 1000th issue (sort of) and Marvel's sparing no expense to help the anti-hero ring in the occasion
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