Publisher You Should Know: Vertigo Comics
Comics published by Vertigo have a violent, grisly and
intellectual appeal best suited for mature audiences unlike Vertigo’s parent
company DC Comics – maybe you’ve heard of them?
Beginning with Berger
Vertigo was started by Karen Berger, an editor at DC
comics. Berger enjoyed horrific
comics without the super-powered heroes DC publishes annually. This passion of Berger’s inspired her
to create Vertigo Comics with the help of several other editors. Vertigo Comics began in 1993 and Karen
Berger is still the executive editor.
DMZ: Set in the near future another civil war has been set
into motion and Manhattan has become a demilitarized zone. Photography Matthew Roth enters Manhatten
for the first time for some pics and little Matty winds up an instant celebrity
since he is the only news source inside the DMZ and the government isn’t too
happy with him… DMZ was one of the
rare Vertigo titles that reached the 50 issue mark!
Fables: After being forced out of their homes, characters from
various fables and folktales listened eagerly to by men and women as children
have moved to New York City and created Fabletown. Fables is a series that proves everyone didn’t live happily
ever after when their stories came to a close. The series led to numerous spin-offs featuring Jack Horner
in Jack of Fables and Cinderella in Cinderlla: From Fabletown with Love.
Hellblazer: John Constantine, a magician originally
introduced in the Swamp Thing series, got his own series under the Vertigo
print. John is haunted by the
ghosts of his friends and relatives and uses his deceitful nature to his
advantage in battles. The series
has had several popular characters from DC make appearances including the
mistress of magic Zatanna and John’s old pal the Swamp
Preacher: Priest Jesse Custer was possessed by a being known
as Genesis and became the most powerful being on earth, killing his entire
congregation. When he was finally
free of Genesis, Jesse decided to travel the U.S. and look for God –
unfortunately having to battle hordes of other religious creatures with his old
girlfriend and an Irish vampire. This
title handled by Garth
Ennis is renowned for stirring up controversy over its representation of
religion – making it all the more popular for the rest of us! A film of Preacher is currently in the
works with D.J.
Caruso (Disturbia, Eagle Eye) announced recently to direct the project.
The Sandman: The King of Dreams is captured and held
prisoner for 70 years. After
escaping and taking his revenge he must rebuild his kingdom. The series uses various types of
mythology and switches between Dream’s world (known as “the Dreaming”) and the
regular world. When Sandman ended
it was one of DC’s best-selling comics that created a chain of spin-offs,
including Sandman Mystery Theatre and House of Mystery. All together the series and spin-offs
have won 16 Eisner Awards.
The minds behind Vertigo’s titles are considered the best,
brightest and boldest of the comics universe.
Alan Moore: Moore is considered on of the best writer’s of
this generation and has influenced numerous writers like Grant
Busiek and Neil Gaimen. Moore
created the now immensely popular comic series turned movie Watchmen, with V
for Vendetta following in the same tracks and Swamp Thing.
Wood: Wood started his career as a writer, illustrator and graphic designer
(now that’s what I call multi-tasking) with his first series Channel Zero and
has been quickly producing more comics and graphic novels to this day like the
acclaimed Vertigo series DMZ and Northlanders. He has earned many Eisner Awards and focuses on creator
Neil Gaiman: Gaiman began his writing comic books after he
became friends with Alan Moore. He
has written many popular Vertigo stories like The Sandman and several titles
for DC including the Batman R.I.P. story arc.
Vertigo features some of the best writer’s that are not only
focusing on the grislier and more realistic side of comics but also the more
intellectual side, touching on various important themes and references many
allusions in their works readers continue to enjoy today.
Check out some comic book reviews from Playeraffinity for
several Vertigo titles:
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