Tuesday, July 02, 2013

FEAR NOT: Sandman Prequel Leads Charge Of Titles Taking Vertigo To New Heights

It seems the latest comic series from Vertigo, The Wake, wasn't just a smash-hit, but a metaphor for the reawakening of the publishing imprint that serves as comics' premiere mature readers label. 

Ironically enough, the New York Times announced jolt from it's seeming slumber is helmed by the long-awaited prequel of Neil Gaiman's King of Dreams, THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE, launching this October.

Drawn by Batwoman superstar J.H Williams III, the bi-monthly six-issue mini-series will feature alternating special editions with translucent word balloons, and behind the scenes extras. 

 Also adding to Vertigo's expansion are; 

Adding more 'spook' to the pot, anthology-ish one-shot THE WITCHING HOUR arrives in time for Halloween  featuring work by the likes of Cliff Chiang, Shawn McManus, Kelly Sue DeConnick and many more.

SUICIDERS marks Lee Bermejo's debut as artist AND writer. In December, two boxers stand at opposing ends of the ultimate reality sport; Suiciders. Each living the game's mantra '…to be the best, you have to murder the best.'

Two dead british kids head Sandman spin-off DEAD BOY DETECTIVES, solving 21st century crimes with a new female sidekick. Whodunnit hijinks by writer Toby Litt and artist Mark Buckingham (Fables).

December sees an erotic thriller take hold just in time for Christmas. As Melissa steps into a sexually sinister world, she finds an inner power that draws her into a shadow war that has raged for centuries. Writer Peter Milligan and artist Leo Fernandez create THE DISCIPLINE.

Eve Coffin summoned an evil from Salem when she was 15, and now she is back to harness the darkness that destroyed her friends, currently stirring chaos in the town of COFFIN HILL. October magic, thanks to artist Inaki Miranda and writer Caitlin Kittredge.

Lastly, written by Ian Edginton and illustrated by Francesco Trifogli, HINTERKIND heats up October, as Prosper Monday leaves her secure society to find her grandfather in a post apocalyptic earth where the creatures of myth and legend have returned.

 What do you think? 


  1. Mr. Sandman...bring me a dream...
    I am so excited about this it's hard to put into words. I always wanted Sandman back, but it had to be written by Gaiman. I don't think anyone else could do it quite right. And the dead British kids are getting their own comic? That's just fantastic! I always thought there was more to their story. I'm glad we get to see it. That was one of my favorite issues, and has led to my fear of British boarding schools.
    Vertigo looks like it's spreading its wings again.

  2. You're right there Random. With Image, Vertigo and others stepping up to the plate, there's never been a better to get into new non-cape based books than now.

    I'm a lock for Sandman but also Lee's Suiciders. His art always gets money jumping out of my wallet before I even know it.

  3. Honestly, they all look glorious. Instead of jumping money we need the self replicating kind.
    I'm already hooked on The Unwritten.

  4. I know what you mean Random - I always re-evaluate my pull-list after Comic-Con, but I keep wanting to add Dead Boy Detectives to the list each time I look at that cover, before I hear all the other releases that lie ahead from other publishers.

    Always good to have so many decent books on offer to choose from.

  5. And future graphic novel collections to buy if you miss it the first time around.