DC Entertainment is relaunching the DC Vertigo imprint with seven original comics by creators from the world of comics, video games, television, music, podcasting and activism.
When it first began in the late 1990s, and into the early 2000s, Vertigo was the home of some of DC’s most popular non-superhero comics like The Sandman, Fables, and Y: The Last Man. However, a lot of the acclaim that these series brought with them began to fade when Vertigo founder, and lead editor Karen Berger left.
The first attempt at a relaunch was back in 2013, overseen by new lead editor, Shelly Bond – however, this was later abandoned, due to poor sales and mixed critical reception.
Now, former Batman group editor Mark Doyle has taken the helm, and a press release from DC has stated that under Doyle’s leadership, Vertigo will be “rededicating its focus to creating modern, socially relevant, high-concept, inventive stories appealing to readers of all genres.”
In hopes of achieving this goal, DC Vertigo is releasing seven new titles – check them out below:
Border Town (September)
From writer Eric M. Esquivel (Adventure Time) and artist Ramon Villalobos (Nighthawk) this story sees a crack in the border between worlds release an army of monsters from Mexican folklore into the small town of Devil’s Fork, Arizona. The residents blame the ensuing weirdness (shared nightmares, otherworldly radio transmissions, mysterious goat mutilations) on “God-dang illegals.” With racial tensions supernaturally charged, it’s up to new kid in town Frank Dominguez and a motely crew of high school misfits to discover what’s really going on.
Hex Wives (October)
From writer Ben Blacker (co-creator of The Thrilling Adventure Hour) and artist Mirka Andolfo (Wonder Woman). “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 (November)
From writer Bryan Hill (DC’s Titans series) and artist Leandro Fernandez (The Punisher Max), this thrilling saga sees 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 (December)
From writer Zoë Quinn (Crash Override) and artist Robbi Rodriguez (Spider-Gwen), this series is set in a near future where all of humanity’s needs are administered by a godlike A.I. and centres around the one young woman who has the unenviable job of doing 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 (2019)
From writer Rob Sheridan (co-creator of Year Zero) and artist Barnaby Bagenda (The Omega Men) is set hundreds of years after the world ended and human society was rebuilt from scratch, and centres around a self-interested smuggler with a price on her head, who is forced to traverse a new continent of danger and mystery in order 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 (2019)
From writer Tina Horn (host and producer of Why Are People Into That? podcast) and artist Mike Dowling (2000 AD) this dystopian sci-fi thriller about a rag-tag 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 (2019)
From writer Mark Russell (God Is Disappointed in You) and artist Richard Pace (Imaginary Fiends) this story sees God send Jesus to Earth in the hope 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.