Sometimes in order to celebrate something you have to wipe things clean and start fresh in order to keep that thing going for years to come. That’s the strategy that DC Comics is taking with their Vertigo imprint.
The publisher has announced that for the 25th anniversary of Vertigo they are relaunching & rebranding the imprint as DC Vertigo under the leadership of former Batman group editor (and former Vertigo editor) Mark Doyle who will oversee the launching of seven brand new titles said to focus on “creating modern, socially relevant, high-concept, inventive stories appealing to readers of all genres.”
To obtain this goal Doyle and others in editorial are turning to some familiar and some brand new voices in the world of comics.
“It’s time to rebuild DC Vertigo,” Doyle said in the 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. From the corners of television, games, music, activism, podcasting, comics and more, all of our creators are passionate and have something to say. These sophisticated stories have amazing new characters and vast worlds to explore. That’s what it has always been about for me—new stories, new voices, new possibilities. We’re creating a new generation of DC Vertigo classics for readers of all genres.”
After beginning his career in comics with Vertigo in 2006, Doyle eventually moved to lead the Batman family of titles including the Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo run on Batman. He’s no stranger to cultivating new voices and trying to push titles to be more socially relevant as under Doyle’s watch the Batman line launched books like Gotham Academy, Grayson and the Burnside era of Batgirl.
Vertigo began in 1993 and under the leadership of former editor Karen Berger, the label focused on reaching out to audiences beyond DC’s core of superheroes and launched the label with up and coming writers such as Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison and Alan Moore to name a few and has churned out many hit series such as The Sandman, Preacher, Doom Patrol, Hellblazer, Fables and Y The Last Man. DC gave the line a smaller relaunch back in 2015 that saw the launch of various horror and adventure focused series.
This new relaunch will kick off with four of hte monthly books launching this fall and the rest launching in 2019. Those seven titles are:
BORDER TOWN from writer Eric M. Esquivel (Adventure Time, Starburns Presents) with art and covers by Ramon Villalobos (Nighthawk, America) will debut in September
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 from writer Ben Blacker (co-creator of The Thrilling Adventure Hour) with art by Mirka Andolfo (WONDER WOMAN, SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL) will debut in October
“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 show set to launch on the DC-branded digital service, MICHAEL CRAY) with art by Leandro Fernandez (THE NAMES, The Punisher Max) will debut in November
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 from writer Zoë Quinn (Crash Override, featured in People’s 25 Women Who Are Changing the World and Forbes’ 30 Under 30) with art by Robbi Rodriguez (Spider-Gwen, FBP: FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS) will debut in December
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.
HIGH LEVEL from writer Rob Sheridan (former art director for Nine Inch Nails, co-creator of the Year Zero alternate reality game) with art by Barnaby Bagenda (THE OMEGA MEN, GREEN LANTERNS) will debut in 2019
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 from writer Tina Horn (host/producer of Why Are People Into That? podcast, writer/journalist/lecturer in sexual education and activism) and artist Mike Dowling(UNFOLLOW, 2000 AD) will debut in 2019
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 from writer Mark Russell (God Is Disappointed in You, THE FLINTSTONES) with art by Richard Pace (IMAGINARY FIENDS) will debut in 2019
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.
DC Vertigo launches this September.