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It’s all design all the time in this miniseries by Dean Motter, Michael Lark and Mark Chiarello, who team for an extended homage to art deco architecture. Originally published by Vertigo, it’s one of several distinctive limited series from that era getting new editions.

Visionary designer and comics creator Dean Motter (Mister X, Electropolis, Batman: Nine Lives) returns with the purest expression of his patented retro futurism. The Compleat Terminal City collects all fourteen issues of the classic series, originally published in 1996, for the first time.

Terminal City is a place where transistor-tube robots rub elbows with old-time gangsters, where bright, shiny technologies cast deep noir shadows. The city has been in decline since a group of celebrated adventurers—Kid Gloves, the boxer; Monty Vickers, the explorer; Eno Orez, the man of 1,000 faces, and Cosmo Quinn, the human fly—were each disgraced or disappeared into obscurity. Now a series of mysteries involving an unopenable briefcase, a missing link in evolution, a daring lady in red, and an obscene skywriter brings the four men together once again—some on the side of the law, some involved in shady business—with explosive results!

“This is one of the best marriages of story and art I’ve seen in years and an absolute delight to read.”—Alex Ross, artist of Marvels and Kingdom Come

Teaming Motter with celebrated artist Michael Lark (Daredevil, Gotham Central) and cover artist Mark Chiarello, this massive collection reprints the original Eisner- and Harvey-nominated series, along with its sequel, Terminal City: Aerial Graffiti.


  1. One of the best of the Vertigo miniseries, nice to see it available. The press release doesn’t say if it’s in color. Most of the recent Vertigo miniseries reprints have been in B&W, which is fine, but it’s a different reading experience. It’s a shame that Vertigo doesn’t see fit to reprint their own stuff.

  2. Thank goodness. This series needs a great collection made.

    I actually just went to Ebay to buy the complete run just a few months back. Stupendous book.

  3. I’m honestly surprised it took this long. I’ve been expecting this since the Mister X and Electropolis collections were done by DH.

    But I’ve got all these in singles which I bought after being wowed by Mister X (and I mean the botched IBooks versions) and its really good noir material.