May 05, 2015 | 2:46 p.m.

Exclusive: Darick Robertson draws inspiration from ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

Fans who just can’t wait to take in all the post-apocalyptic mayhem, muscles and muscle cars of the long-awaited “Mad Max: Fury Road” can get an early fix in Vertigo’s new hardcover book, “Mad Max: Fury Road — Inspired Artists.” The book collects 65 noted comic book artists and presents their unique visions of the film — the first entry in the George Miller-directed franchise in 30 years. As you’d expect, the diverse array of artists — including Michael Allred, Jim Lee, Bill Sienkiewicz, Tara McPherson, Paul Pope, Eric Powell, Cliff Chiang, David Mack, Gilbert Hernandez and many more — offer a wide variety of styles, although the subject largely remains the same: Crash. Boom. Bang. Repeat. As a sneak peek at what readers can expect, the exclusive image at the top of this article is by Eisner nominee Darick Robertson, who co-created “Transmetropolitan” […]
Oct. 10, 2014 | 2:30 p.m.

‘Fables: The Wolf Among Us’: Matthew Sturges, Dave Justus on the case

Just as Bigby Wolf is a fable no matter whether he’s in the mundane world or more mystical realms, so is his story “Fables” no matter what format it’s in. That’s the thinking that guides “Fables: The Wolf Among Us,” an upcoming Digital First comic series written by Matthew Sturges and Dave Justus, which is based on TellTale Games’ well-regarded “The Wolf Among Us” video game — itself a prequel to Bill Willingham’s lauded and long-running Vertigo comic “Fables.” Sturges, who has a fabled past writing the spinoff “Jack of Fables” with Willingham, and Justus will be joined by artists Stephen Sadowski (“Fairest”), Travis Moore (“JSA All-Stars”) and Shawn McManus (“Fables,” “Fairest”), with Chrissie Zullo (“Cinderella” miniseries, “Fairest: In All the Land”) creating the covers. The series, the debut Digital First title from Vertigo, DC’s imprint for mature readers, will […]
July 25, 2014 | 9:30 a.m.

Comic-Con: ‘American Vampire,’ ‘Fables,’ more at Vertigo panel

“American Vampire: Second Cycle” writer Scott Snyder told the “Vertigo: Defy Conventions” audience at Comic-Con on Thursday evening that one of the joys of his and artist Rafael Albuquerque’s series is “we’re able to explore different moments in American history and … talk about American culture and why things are monstrous or heroic at different moments.” Coming up: a space race tale that involves — naturally — astronaut chimps who become vampires. That arrives in No. 6, but before that readers will get a look at the background of the deadly enemy known as the Gray Trader in a tale set during the Gold Rush. It’s all part of giving the series’ second half the “biggest, craziest war we can create between different species of vampires, different species of monsters — you’re going to see everything from mummies, werewolves, demons, everything […]
March 19, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

‘American Vampire’: Rafael Albuquerque talks monstrous ‘Second Cycle’

Skinner Sweet is hell on wheels, and “American Vampire” co-creator Rafael Albuquerque says the visual engine is “Easy Rider.” The original Abominus americana rides in the sunlight again Wednesday as Brazilian artist Albuquerque and writer Scott Snyder’s Eisner Award-winning Vertigo series begins its “Second Cycle” after a planned hiatus that lasted more than a year. Set in the 1960s, the new arc finds the deadly outlaw Sweet, first of a new breed that walks in daylight and is felled by gold, up to no good in Mexico. Meanwhile, the woman he turned, former aspiring actress Pearl Jones, has returned home to Kansas from Los Angeles, an ever-young widow who outlived her beloved musician husband Henry. And, as teased in the last regular issue before the break, a mysterious threat called the Gray Trader is on the horizon. “AV” readers’ blood thirst […]
Jan. 20, 2014 | 11:00 a.m.

‘Unwritten: Apocalypse’: Mike Carey, Peter Gross begin Tom’s finale

Tom Taylor has seen the end of one world only to hurtle through “Apocalypse” in another. The real adult human/fictional boy wizard of Mike Carey’s and Peter Gross’ literature-rich Vertigo series “The Unwritten” had been pulled into the mature-fairy-tale world of Bill Willingham’s and Mark Buckingham’s “Fables” for a story that ended in “Unwritten” No. 54, released in October, with cataclysmic results. Now, after a short hiatus, the story continues with Wednesday’s “The Unwritten: Apocalypse” No. 1, the beginning of a 12-part story that will end the series that the former “Lucifer” collaborators launched back in 2009. Hero Complex readers can get a look at the covers and two interior pages from the first issue in the gallery above or in larger versions in the links below. “The Unwritten: Apocalypse” No. 1: Cover | Variant | Page [link contains profanity] […]
Nov. 08, 2013 | 4:35 p.m.

‘Coffin Hill’ 2: Caitlin Kittredge takes Eve back to her bloody roots

There’s something haunting about the woods of “Coffin Hill,” a feeling writer and co-creator Caitlin Kittredge knows all too well from her past. The novelist behind the “Nocturne City,” “Black London” and “Iron Codex” series made an impressive comics debut last month with artist Inaki Miranda (“Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom”), as the launch of their Vertigo horror title made Hero Complex’s Halloween comics picks. In the first issue, readers saw Eve Coffin, the daughter of a prominent but cursed Massachusetts family, both as a wild teen in her hometown of Coffin Hill – someone who makes a scene at her parents’ party and hides booze and pills in a mausoleum – and also years later as a mature twentysomething cop in Boston. Eve left home years ago to escape what happened in a horrific incident in the woods one night. […]
Oct. 29, 2013 | 11:26 a.m.

Halloween horror: 13 frightfully good comics for holiday scares

Conjuring horror in comics requires a masterful touch. As “Coffin Hill” artist Inaki Miranda said at New York Comic Con earlier this month, “you don’t have music, you don’t have … camera movement, so you have to pick exactly what to put in each panel to create that sense of horror and suspense.” Fortunately, a number of talented creators are channeling their darker impulses to craft wonderfully spooky reads, some violent, blood-soaked tales, others shot through with rich atmosphere. With Halloween right around the corner, Hero Complex has compiled a list of 13 great offerings, arranged alphabetically by age-appropriate groupings. Click through the gallery above to see artwork from some of the selections, and read on to see which titles made the cut. For all ages “Ghostbusters”: Fans of the 1984 comedy classic should understand that it’s nearly impossible for […]
Oct. 13, 2013 | 7:22 a.m.

NYCC 2013: Vertigo panel talks ‘Sandman,’ ‘American Vampire,’ more

It’s been 17 years since an issue of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed, bestselling “Sandman” series hit stands, and — noting that it’s about 17 days until the first installment of the writer’s “Sandman: Overture” miniseries with artist J.H. Williams III is released — Vertigo executive editor Shelly Bond decided to give one reader a 17-second look at that hotly anticipated No. 1. It might have been a little more than 17 seconds: As “Coffin Hill” writer Caitlin Kittredge pointed out, DC marketing executive John Cunningham at first set the timer for 17 minutes. But after a loose vocal count-out, the chosen woman (she waved more vigorously than others for the chance) was invited up on stage to share her reaction with the crowd at a Saturday evening panel held by the DC mature-readers imprint at New York Comic Con, with freedom […]
Oct. 06, 2013 | 10:00 a.m.

‘FBP’ 4 preview: Simon Oliver on not going the ‘Men in Black’ route

Imagine gravity failing at an L.A. high school, or a sort of soap-bubble mini-universe where falling things smush instead of splat appearing over the city. Now imagine such events are no surprises, but everyday events – like traffic accidents – and there’s an agency a 911 call away whose job it is to fix things. Welcome to co-creators Simon Oliver and Robbi Rodriguez’s ongoing Vertigo series “FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics,” which follows young Agent Adam Hardy, who has found himself dealing with that gravity deficiency and then that “bubbleverse” in the first three issues. Adam joined the FBP after growing up without his father, who never returned from chasing quantum tornadoes. Lately, he’s seen his understanding of things thrown a few more curves, not only with the strange physics of the little city in the sky but with his […]
July 25, 2013 | 12:29 p.m.

Lauren Beukes takes Rapunzel to Japan in ‘Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom’

Rapunzel struggles through maternal heartache – and some truly horrifying hair days – in “Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom.” The graphic novel by award-winning South African novelist Lauren Beukes (“The Shining Girls”) and Spain-based artist Inaki Miranda (“Tribes: The Dog Years”) takes the fairy-tale character into modern Tokyo and Japanese folklore on a search for her long-missing children. The strong-willed, smart heroine encounters monsters, conspiracies and a fox-y former lover, among other things, in a vividly drawn, terrifying and tender tale that’s rich in Eastern myth and cinematic horror, and dosed with humor. “The Hidden Kingdom,” in comic shops now and in bookstores Tuesday, is the second arc of “Fairest.” But readers need not be familiar with the first volume nor with the series from which the title is spun off, “Fables,” Bill Willingham’s multiple Eisner Award-winning and long-running myths-in-modernity series […]
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