To celebrate the imprint’s 25th anniversary, DC Entertainment is announcing a line-wide relaunch and rebrand of its venerable Vertigo publishing imprint. Helmed by executive editor Mark Doyle, Vertigo — now called DC Vertigo — will focus on modern, socially relevant and inventive stories that capture a whole range of genres. And potentially a whole range of readers.
“It’s time to rebuild DC Vertigo,” explained Doyle in a press release. “We’re returning to our roots by spotlighting the most exciting new voices in comics, as well as bringing new voices to comics. ”
Those new voices include a sex-education podcast host, the art director for Nine Inch Nails and Zoë Quinn, co-founder of the Crash Override Network for victims of mob-based online abuse.
Doyle is familiar with the Vertigo line, as he began his career with the imprint back in 2006, but has also spent time overseeing DC’s Batman titles. While he oversaw Batman, Gotham City was home to a variety of books in a variety of tones, with titles like Gotham Academy, Batgirl, and Grayson. Doyle says that he is bringing that passion back with him to Vertigo, hoping to inspire a new era of graphic storytelling.
“That’s what it has always been about for me — new stories, new voices, new possibilities,” says Doyle. “We’re creating a new generation of DC Vertigo classics for readers of all genres.”
Since its inception in 1993, Vertigo has focused on reaching a broader audience than DC’s core superhero line and introducing readers to up-and-coming new artists in the porcess. The first Vertigo editor, Karen Berger, started the label with a suite of horror and fantasy comics from young unknowns — Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Alan Moore — and wound up with books — The Sandman, Hellblazer, Doom Patrol — that are still selling for DC today.
The imprint has produced (or repackaged and reprinted) an all-time roster of DC’s biggest books, including V for Vendetta, Watchmen, Transmetropolitan, Preacher, Lucifer, Fables and Y the Last Man. Y is only the latest of the imprint’s books likely to make its way to a major television or film adaptation.
Vertigo’s last big relaunch was in 2015, with a suite of horror, adventure and intrigue titles, following some speculation that DC was preparing to shutter the line completely.
The new lineup announced today consists of seven new series — spanning a gamut of genres — four are set to launch this fall and winter, with the others following in early 2019. The titles coming out later this year are:
Border Town, written by Eric M. Esquivel (Adventure Time, Starburns Presents), art by Ramon Villalobos (Nighthawk, America), will be released in September.
A synopsis is below:
When a crack in the border between worlds releases an army of monsters from Mexican folklore into the small town of Devil’s Fork, Arizona, the residents blame the ensuing weirdness — the shared nightmares, the otherworldly radio transmissions, the mysterious goat mutilations — on “God-dang illegals.” With racial tensions supernaturally charged, it’s up to new kid in town Frank Dominguez and a motley crew of high school misfits to discover what’s REALLY going on.
Hex Wives, written by Ben Blacker (co-creator of The Thrilling Adventure Hour), art by Mirka Andolfo (Wonder Woman, Shade, The Changing Girl), will debut in October.
Read the synopsis below:
“The women are too powerful. They must be tamed.” A malevolent conspiracy of men brainwashes a coven of witches to be subservient, suburban housewives. But it’s only a matter of time before the women remember their power...
American Carnage from writer Bryan Hill (Titans, Michael Cray) and artist Leandro Fernandez (The Names, The Punisher Max) is debuting in November.
A synopsis is below:
In this thrilling crime saga, disgraced FBI agent Richard Wright, who is biracial but can pass for white, goes undercover in a white supremacist group believed to be responsible for the death of a fellow agent.
Goddess Mode, written by Zoë Quinn (Crash Override), art by Robbi Rodriguez (Spider-Gwen, FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics), is coming out in December.
Read the synopsis here:
In a near future where all of humanity’s needs are administered by a godlike A.I., it’s one young woman’s horrible job to do tech support on it. But when Cassandra finds herself violently drawn into a hidden and deadly digital world beneath our own, she discovers a group of super-powered women and horrific monsters locked in a secret war for the cheat codes to reality.
The 2019 titles are:
High Level from Writer Rob Sheridan (co-creator of the Year Zero alternate reality game) with art by Barnaby Bagenda (The Omega Man, Green Lanterns).
Here’s the synopsis:
Hundreds of years after the world ended and human society was rebuilt from scratch, a self-interested smuggler with a price on her head is forced to traverse a new continent of danger and mystery to deliver a child messiah to High Level, a mythical city at the top of the world from which no one has ever returned.
Safe Sex, written by Tina Horn (host/producer of Why Are People Into That? podcast), art by Mike Dowling (Unfollow, 2000 AD).
Check out the synopsis below:
A dystopian sci-fi thriller about a ragtag team of sex workers fighting for the freedom to love in a world where sexual pleasure is monitored, regulated and policed by the government.
Second Coming, written by Mark Russel (God is Disappointed in You, The Flintstones) with art from Richard Pace (Imaginary Fiends).
The synopsis is as follows:
God sends Jesus to Earth in hopes that he will learn the family trade from Sun-Man, an all-powerful superhero, who is like the varsity quarterback son God never had. But, upon his return to Earth, Christ is appalled to discover what has become of his Gospel and vows to set the record right.