Peter Milligan, Duncan Fegredo, and Sherilyn Van Valkenburgh‘s classic Vertigo Comics series, Enigma, has found a new home. Dark Horse Comics announced today a new collection of the eight-issue series in a deluxe hardcover format. The new edition of Enigma will be presented as part of the Berger Books imprint at Dark Horse, and will feature a new cover by Fegredo, plus an assortment of development artwork by Fegredo that has never been seen before.
Enigma was one of the first titles published by DC’s Vertigo imprint when it launched under the supervision of editor Karen Berger in 1993. The series follows Michael Smith as he attempts to uncover the secret behind the characters from his favorite childhood comic book series, “The Enigma,” appearing to him in the real world as an adult.
Milligan, Fegredo, and Van Valkenburgh bringing Enigma to the Berger Books imprint, which launched back in 2017, is a natural fit given Berger’s involvement in the publishing of the original series. A collection of the series was last released in 2015, but has been out of print for some time.
Check out Duncan Fegredo’s cover for the new hardcover collection, plus more details from the announcement, below. Published by Dark Horse Comics, the deluxe hardcover edition of Enigma will go on sale next fall.
MILWAUKIE, Ore. (October 4, 2019) –Berger Books is excited to announce the release of a deluxe hardcover edition of Peter Milligan and Duncan Fegredo’s radical and acclaimed Vertigo series Enigma. This definitive edition of Enigma, written by legendary and influential writer Peter Milligan, features a lavish new cover by Duncan Fegredo and a treasure trove of never-before-seen development art from one of comics most singular and dramatic artists. Sherilyn Van Valkenburgh provides the lushly painted color.Enigma is a visceral, thought-provoking post-modern tale of self-discovery and sexual identity told against the backdrop of outrageous superheroes and villains. Michael Smith lives a meaningless life of routine and boredom. But when the weird characters from Enigma – Michael’s favorite childhood comic book hero – seem to come to life, Smith embarks upon an increasingly obsessive crusade to uncover the incredible secret behind their improbable existence. Teaming up with Enigma’s comic creator, Smith encounters an insanity-inducing psychopath, a brain-eating serial killer, a suicide-inciting Truthsayer, and a teleporting one-time model “who really sends you” as his quest uncovers shocking truths about his idol and ultimately Michael himself.“I’m thrilled to be publishing this brilliant seminal work of one of Vertigo’s key launch titles, which was ahead of its time and inspirational to many,” said Karen Berger. “Dark Horse is known for publishing beautiful high-quality books, and it’s long overdue for Enigma to be presented in the fashion that it deserves.”Enigma will go on sale in fall 2020. Visit DarkHorse.com for more information on this deluxe hardcover.