Fans of The Sandman's version of Lucifer can rest easy. After the reveal of a television adaptation that looks like it's borrowing the name only, Vertigo Comics is giving the devil his due and a lot more this fall. The decline of Vertigo seems to have been greatly exaggerated.
With the conclusion of longstanding Vertigo series like Fables and Hellblazer, the imprint has been left with a mere seven titles, one of which is the nearly finished The Sandman: Overture. After announcing no new series for a year, speculation was high that DC Comics was quietly shuttering its "adult" line of books. But last night Vertigo blasted those rumors apart, with the reveal of 12 new series whose first issues will hit shelves over three months this fall, with a talent lineup including greats like Gail Simone, Gilbert Hernandez and Darwyn Cooke, as well as high-profile newcomers to comics like Holly Black, co-creator of the Spiderwick Chronicles series.
- From Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets) and Darwyn Cooke (DC: The New Frontier), a "humanistic view of flawed people."
- What if the child victims of '80s horror flicks were real? Where would their survivors be today? Written by Lauren Beukes and Dale Halvorsen, interior art by Ryan Kelly.
- Anyone who knows Gail Simone knows that she can write stories that make you squirm as easily as they make you cry. With Jon Davis-Hunt, she'll tell us about a young reporter out for revenge after a charismatic and secretive self-help guru leads her boyfriend to ruin.
- What if the people in paintings could step out of the frame and go on holiday? And what if there was a task force that policed them? Shaun Simon and Michael Allred will show and tell us all about it.
- CIA-agent-turned-writer Tom King, with Mitch Gerads on art, tells a murder mystery in the aftermath of the American invasion of Iraq. At the beginning of the effort to rebuild Baghdad's police force, whose case is it anyway?
- From Peter Milligan and Brett Parson, a coder for the titular dating app accidentally brings her historical crush to life with weird science. But is the actual Lord Byron all he's cracked up to be?
- God is dead. And Lucifer is a top suspect. Holly Black and Lee Garbett will tell us if the Prince of Darkness can stand partnering up with the angel Gabriel to clear his name.
- A group of street punks in 1970s London decides to steal the crown. What could go wrong? Simon Oliver writes, Rufus Dayglo draws.
- Unfollow will feature Rob Williams' words and Mike Dowling's art.
- Si Spencer, Max Dunbar and Ande Parks will bring Slash & Burn to shelves.
- Red Thorn is the brainchild of David Baillie and Meghan Hetrick.
- Eric Kripke and John Higgins will collaborate on Jacked.