DC’s Vertigo blog, Graphic Content, has announced that “Shoot” by Warren Ellis and Phil Jimenez is finally going to see print as part of a “Vertigo Resurrected” line. Originally planned to run in HELLBLAZER #141, “Shoot” dealt with schoolyard shootings and was shot down following the Columbine massacre in 1999, as it was deemed too sensitive to publish, even though it was written well beforehand. On his blog, Ellis wrote,
The regime at DC Comics at the time decided that it could not be released in its completed form. I refused to go along with the changes they wanted to make. They decided not to publish the book at all. I quit.
I remember that, at the time, someone telling me that the stance was that Paul Levitz would not release the book so long as he was running DC.
It never occurred to me that a new regime would feel differently.
According to Graphic Content, other stories in the works include material by Brian Azzarello, Grant Morrison, Garth Ennis and artists Jim Lee, Phil Jimenez, Bernie Wrightson, and others. Hm. The blog entry doesn’t mention the fact that “Shoot” was spiked, and in fact is one of the most euphemistic things we’ve ever read, but the “Vertigo Resurrected” line presumably will consist of things that former publisher Paul Levitz would not allow to be printed but the current regime finds less objectionable. And then the debate can begin!
Any guesses as to what else will see the light of day?
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.