Earlier this week, I took an in depth look at the claims The Wake illustrator Sean Murphy made in an interview with David Harper of SKTCHD. Currently, Vertigo only has seven ongoing titles including the rapidly concluding Sandman: Overture. No new titles have been announced in a year, and although their CMYK and Strange Sports anthologies have shown promise, it seemed as though Vertigo’s star was diminishing.
And then, tonight, as though in response to such claims, Vertigo has gone supernova, announcing the launch of twelve new #1s coming this fall. This unprecedented move features new work from prolific creators such as Darwyn Cooke, Mike Allred, and Gail Simone; it also features work from some relative newcomers to comics like Supernatural creator Eric Kripke, South African novelist Lauren Beukes, and Bodies writer Si Spencer. Notably, writer Holly Black and artist Lee Garbett will be launching a Lucifer comics series to coincide with the new NBC TV show.
Beginning in October, one new #1 will be released each week, forming the basis for a newly revived Vertigo line. Executive Editor Shelly Bond said that the titles “represent the imprint at its core: smart and irreverent stories that will take you someplace stranger. I can’t be more excited about the diversity of projects and creative teams we have lined up, from Vertigo veterans to a powerhouse of new voices and rising art stars.”
The fall lineup will also include American Vampire, Astro City, and Suiciders. Curiously absent from this list is Simon Oliver’s and Robbi Roderiguez’s FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics and Caitlin Kittredge’s and Inaki Miranda’s Coffin Hill. Roderiguez is hard at work on Spider-Gwen while Kittredge recently announced a new Image series called Throwaways. Are these books on indefinite hiatus? Cancelled? Time will tell.
All in all though, I think Vertigo’s looked better than it has in a very long time. Perhaps an old dog can learn new tricks.
Check out a bevy of preview images below.