Vertigo Continues to Excite: September 2014 Solicits

NAMES_Cv1_5397683413b618.99973356Vertigo rolls out two new series. The Names hunts the powerful in this “Kill Bill meets The Wolf of Wall Street” revenge/crime thriller, and Bodies hunts a serial killer through four concurrent time streams. The first issue of Bodies is available July 30.

Sandman fans, rejoice! A special edition issue of “The Sandman: Overture #3” gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at  three Eisner-winning J. H. William III’s art process and other fun features, such as ‘lost’ material, interviews, and playlists. Dream State and Dust Covers, collected editions of World Fantasy Award winner Dave McKean’s covers for The Dreaming and The Sandman, respectively, will be available in November – just in time for the holidays! They contain the mesmerizing art, plus commentary. Dust Covers also contains an original Sandman story by number-one New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman.

Vertigo adds to its reprints of award-winning classics with the first volume of 100 Bullets. This must-read series is part crime mystery and part bloody chess match as powerful crime famlies compete against each other for supremacy. It reads like a Martin Scorsese film translated into graphic novel format. Read the next volumes of Hellblazer and Preacher before their TV series begin. Constantine will be on NBC this October, and Preacher is in development for AMC.

Out of all the exciting titles teased in Vertigo’s September solicit, Fables wins hands-down:

This is our solicitation,
Going out to every nation,
For a new issue of Fables taking wing.

We thought we would this time,
Do the entire blurb in rhyme,
Just to see if anyone actually reads this thing.

In this issue, Bigby resurrected,
Quite more monstrous than expected,
Is challenged by a golden-armored knight.

They throw down in the city,
And won’t it be a pity,
If lives are lost during the bloody fight.

As our special gift to you,
We make this promise true,
That the actual issue won’t be all a-rhyming.

‘Twill be done in the best prose we know,
About Bigby and his Fabled foe,
And their vicious battle fought with expert timing.

 

[FROM THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE]

September 3

“Fairest #29”
Written by MARK BUCKINGHAM
Art by RUSS BRAUN
Cover by ADAM HUGHES

A moment of happiness for Reynard is brutally cut short in the latest chapter of “The Clamour for Glamour.” Life as a man is still not doing Reynard any favors, but can the cunning of a fox save both Reynard and Meghan from a terrible fate? Meanwhile, spells are cast at the Farm, but for some the long wait is proving too hard to bear. Can Owl find a way to lift the spirits of his beloved Pussycat as the forlorn feline dreams of escape?

“Hinterkind #11”
Written by IAN EDGINTON
Art by FRANCESCO TRIFOGLI
Cover by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE

Intrigue in the Sidhe Palace gets nasty as Princess Tersia makes a grab for power. Meanwhile, Jon Hobb takes a vampire balloon ride while Prosper makes a mysterious new “friend.” Featuring the cover debut of talented newcomer Marguerite Sauvage!

“The Names #1” *NEW SERIES*
Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by LEANDRO FERNANDEZ
Cover by CELIA CALLE
1:13 Variant cover by LEANDRO FERNANDEZ

New York City. Forty-year-old Kevin Walker is a successful trader. He’s incredibly rich. He has a young, sexy wife and a son he adores. He has everything. Until…
The mysterious man known as the Surgeon walks into Kevin’s office. He takes a seat and tells Kevin to write a suicide note. Trembling but obedient, Kevin does what the Surgeon says. Then, at a word from this well-dressed figure, Kevin jumps out his window and falls fifty stories to his death.
Thus begins The Names, an 8-issue miniseries by writer Peter Milligan (Hellblazer, Skreemer) and artist Leandro Fernandez (Wolverine, Punisher: Max).  The Names is a dark, contemporary thriller set in the world of Big Money: hedge funds, leveraged buyouts, market raids, flash crashes. High-end finance that can ruin entire economies, run by a cabal of the world’s richest (and sickest) people.
Now, it’s up to Katya Walker – the beautiful and deadly wife of the late Kevin – to take on this hidden power structure and find out who killed her husband, and why. No matter what it takes. No matter who she has to kill.
It’s The Wolf of Wall Street meets Kill Bill. And heaven help the 1%.

September 10

“Astro City #15”
Written by KURT BUSIEK
Art by BRENT ANDERSON
Cover by ALEX ROSS

“Ellie’s Friends” part two. In the wake of last issue’s devastation, Ellie has to find a way to save her longtime friends and discover the truth about her past in the process. Plus: Honor Guard and the villainy of Vivi Viktor!

“Coffine Hill #11”
Written by CAITLIN KITTREDGE
Art by INAKI MIRANDA
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON

Witch hunters close in on Coffin Hill – with Bianca and Lacey in their sights. As the girls fight for their lives, Eve continues her search for the cold-blooded killer hiding behind the shield of the Boston police… and begins to suspect the Ice Fisher may be closer than she thought.

September 17

“American Vampire: Second Cycle #6″
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art and cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE

Vampires in space? It’s 1965. Pearl and Skinner escaped The Gray Trader with more questions than answers, and their search for clues leads them to…NASA! You’ve never seen vampires like this before, as the second major story arc of American Vampire: Second Cycle begins!

“Fables #144”
Written by BILL WILLINGHAM
Art by MARK BUCKINGHAM and STEVE LEIALOHA
Cover by NIMIT MALAVIA

This is our solicitation,
Going out to every nation,
For a new issue of Fables taking wing.

We thought we would this time,
Do the entire blurb in rhyme,
Just to see if anyone actually reads this thing.

In this issue, Bigby resurrected,
Quite more monstrous than expected,
Is challenged by a golden-armored knight.

They throw down in the city,
And won’t it be a pity,
If lives are lost during the bloody fight.

As our special gift to you,
We make this promise true,
That the actual issue won’t be all a-rhyming.

‘Twill be done in the best prose we know,
About Bigby and his Fabled foe,
And their vicious battle fought with expert timing.

“The Unwritten: Apocalypse #9”
Written by MIKE CAREY
Art by PETER GROSS
Cover by YUKO SHIMIZU

The three immortals – Wilson, Rausch and Pullman – are moving toward their respective endgames. But when was the last time they were all in the same room together? Answer: half a century ago, in Oxford, England. And the reasons for what they’re doing now can be found in what they said to each other back then…

September 24

“Bodies #3” *NEW TITLE – #1 OUT 7/30*
Written by SI SPENCER
Art by DEAN ORMSTON, PHIL WINSLADE, MEGHAN HETRICK and TULA LOTAY
Cover by PAUL POPE

As the present-day murder investigation explodes, we learn more about Whiteman’s and Maplewood’s unexpected pasts, while Edmond sees a most unsettling view of the future. Perverts, Pipettes, Poland and the Paranormal collide in the chapter we call “Suspects.”

“Dead Boy Detectives #9”
Written by TOBY LITT
Art by MARK BUCKINGHAM and RYAN KELLY
Cover by MARK BUCKINGHAM

Empty theaters can be spooky places where the echoes of dead hands forever applaud and the leftover gloom of forgotten tragedies lingers – and nowhere is spookier than the grand, gaudy, gilded Victorian music hall where Charles and Crystal go to investigate his mother’s suspicious death. But will the melodramatic ghosts still haunting those creaky floor boards make a swift exit, revel in a few more moments in the spotlight, or take revenge for being upstaged? If Charles isn’t careful, this could mean curtains for Crystal.

“The Sandman: Overture Special Edition #3” *THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE #3 OUT 7/30*
Written by NEIL GAIMAN
Art and cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III

This Special Edition includes the entire third issue of the new miniseries before coloring, giving readers a behind-the-scenes look at J.H. Williams’s unique art process. Williams’ original coloring will be shown in addition to the black, white and gray tones of the original work. In addition, the lettering will be translucent, allowing the reader to see the exquisite artwork behind the word balloons. This issue also features an exclusive look at lost material, an interview with a member of the creative team, a process piece, J.H. Williams III’s music playlist and more!

October 1

Fairest Volume 4: of Men and Mice TP
Written by MARC ANDREYKO
Art by SHAWN McMANUS
Cover by ADAM HUGHES

Cinderella returns in an all-new epic from Fairest #s 21-26! After an assassination attempt on Snow White, Cindy is called back into service to unravel an age-old conspiracy that dates back to that fateful midnight ball! Can she uncover the plot and prevent a massacre in Fabletown?

October 8

The Unwritten Volume 10: War Stories TP
Written by MIKE CAREY
Art by PETER GROSS
Cover by YUKO SHIMIZU

The first six issues of the new Unwritten series are collected! It’s the perfect jumping-on point, as Tom Taylor is stranded at the beginning of all creation! Lost in the unwritten scenes of all the world’s stories, Tom is headed back to reality — and all the gods and beasts and monsters ever imagined can’t stop him. But there’s a toll on the road that may be too high for him or anyone to pay…

October 15

Hellblazer Volume 9: Critical Mass TP
Written by EDDIE CAMPBELL and PAUL JENKINS
Art by SEAN PHILLIPS and PAT McEOWN
Cover by TOMMY LEE EDWARDS

In these stories from Hellblazer #s 84-96, collected here for the first time, Constantine is drawn into a web of time travel and terror when he meets the ghost of Sir Francis Dashwood, founder of the Hellfire Club. Then, Constantine plunges into an arcane landscape where an entity known as the Rainbow Serpent intends to punish man’s treatment of the environment by clearing the earth of all animal life.

October 29

100 Bullets Book One TP
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art by EDUARDO RISSO
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON

Issues #1-19 of the Eisner Award-winning crime series are back in a new trade paperback! In the opening chapters, Dizzy Cordova is given the chance to avenge her family’s murders, and a downtrodden bartender receives the opportunity to exact revenge against the woman who ruined his life. Then, as Agent Graves continues to approach and manipulate his “clients,” questions about the ghoulish agent start to arise as people from his past begin to appear, revealing interesting information about their former acquaintance. And in this volume’s third arc, Graves pulls a young man by the name of Loop Hughes into his web of intrigue and deception.

Preacher Book Six TP *FINAL VOLUME*
Written by GARTH ENNIS
Art by STEVE DILLON and JOHN McCREA
Cover by GLENN FABRY

In this final Preacher trade paperback, Jesse Custer makes amends with his girlfriend, Tulip, then seeks revenge against his former friend Cassidy for the things the Irish vampire did to her when they both believed the Preacher to be dead. Collecting #s 55-60 plus the special Preacher: Tall in the Saddle.

November 5

The Wake HC *ONE SHOT*
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art and cover by SEAN MURPHY

The entire 10-issue, Eisner Award nominated series is collected in one volume! When Marine Biologist Lee Archer is approached by the Department of Homeland Security for help with a new threat, she declines but quickly realizes they won’t take “no” for an answer. Soon she is plunging to the depths of the Arctic Circle to a secret, underwater oil rig filled with roughnecks and scientists on the brink of an incredible discovery. But when things go horribly wrong, this scientific safe haven will turn into a house of horrors at the bottom of the ocean!

November 12

Dream State: The Collected Dreaming Covers HC
Written by DAVE McKEAN and NEIL GAIMAN
Art and cover by DAVE McKEAN

Dream State: The Collected Dreaming Covers presents Dave McKean’s astounding cover art from The Sandman‘s companion series, The Dreaming plus The Sandman: Overture, The Sandman Companion, and more – along with a brand-new story written by Neil Gaiman that features an appearance by The Sandman!

Dust Covers: The Collected Sandman Covers HC NEW EDITION
Written by DAVE McKEAN and NEIL GAIMAN
Art and cover by DAVE McKEAN

An amazing collection of dark and arresting imagery, The Sandman Dust Covers: The Collected Sandman Covers is back in a new hardcover edition that presents the haunting cover imagery of THE SANDMAN. Featuring an exclusive Sandman tale, this collection also includes insightful and revealing commentary by number-one New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman.