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Old 06-21-2019, 08:47 PM   #1351
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^It doesn't seem like a bad move in and of itself. I'm all for streamlining and building brand awareness. The problem is it will only work if they allow the same creative freedom that Vertigo used to have. And that is probably expecting too much.
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Old 06-22-2019, 12:17 AM   #1352
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I think returning to the creative freedom of Vertigo's wonder years is off the table for good. Thankfully that niche has been filled by other companies.
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Old 06-22-2019, 01:00 AM   #1353
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I think returning to the creative freedom of Vertigo's wonder years is off the table for good. Thankfully that niche has been filled by other companies.
True, but it's a shame that the top two don't take a few more chances.
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Old 06-22-2019, 02:12 AM   #1354
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Even if they were open to taking the same chances creatively I'm not sure it would cause a revival, with how they reportedly changed the Veritgo contracts and with the rise of Image I think the horse has just left the barn.
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Old 06-22-2019, 02:52 AM   #1355
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Even if they were open to taking the same chances creatively I'm not sure it would cause a revival, with how they reportedly changed the Veritgo contracts and with the rise of Image I think the horse has just left the barn.
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Old 06-22-2019, 07:20 AM   #1356
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That is a great gif! I'm stealing that!!!
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Old 06-27-2019, 03:08 AM   #1357
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EW: Joe Hill is writing and overseeing a new line of DC horror comics
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Old 06-29-2019, 02:24 PM   #1358
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Old 06-29-2019, 03:30 PM   #1359
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I read the press release yesterday. This sounds really awesome, and really like it should have been the next big Vertigo thing.
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Old 06-29-2019, 03:50 PM   #1360
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With these two announcements DC's publishing state seems kind of weird to me right now as I thought they'd be veering away from Vertigo type books in the short term since they just shuttered the imprint. That being said I will never say no to more Joe Hill comics.

Now if they could just fix Nightwing that would be fucking great.
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Old 06-29-2019, 04:22 PM   #1361
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I don't think they ever meant to steer away from Vertigo type books. They're just restructuring their imprints. Vertigo, Zoom and Ink are gone, now they just have DC Comics and Black Label, with various labels within those two. DC Comics has Wonder Comics, Young Animal and Wildstorm for example, Black Label will have the Hill books or the Sandman Universe stuff.
That doesn't make it any less complicated, and they're flushing away the brand recognition of 30 years of Vertigo. But I'm sure they think that they know what they're doing...
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Old 06-30-2019, 03:47 AM   #1362
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That Last God 12 part miniseries sounds like it could be pretty good. I may try the 1st issue.
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Old 06-30-2019, 04:38 PM   #1363
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I'm sitting at a panel at CCXP, a new comic convention here in my hometown of Cologne, Germany, and Brian Azzarello just said that Vertigo closed down because nobody was buying the books. His recent series at Boom, Faithless, is selling twice as many copies as 100 Bullets: Brother Lono.

Everyone seems to be waiting for the tpb, hardly anyone then actually buys them.

Boom, Aftershock and Image are different.
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Old 06-30-2019, 08:26 PM   #1364
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Yea, that's not exactly news as Bleeding Cool has touched on that a few times over the past few years. Per BC the 2015 Vertigo relaunch was doomed by poor monthly issue sales as the decisions to cancel titles had already been made by the time to trade sales rolled in. They've also mentioned how the brand is considered borderline toxic to some retailers now as the books are viewed as Image-lite and don't sell as well.
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Old 07-09-2019, 04:42 PM   #1365
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Old 07-09-2019, 07:47 PM   #1366
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Old 07-11-2019, 02:16 PM   #1367
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Shazam keeps getting delayed. Note that this doesn't seem to have anything to do with the Billy Batson revelation in Batman/Superman #1.
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DC INTRODUCES TWO NEW MINISERIES, JOKER: KILLER SMILE AND THE QUESTION: THE DEATHS OF VIC SAGE, THIS FALL UNDER DC BLACK LABEL

Both Series Are Written by Jeff Lemire, Featuring Art by Andrea Sorrentino, Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz
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In JOKER: KILLER SMILE Lemire and Sorrentino will share their own interpretation of one of the darkest characters of the Batman mythos—the Joker. For years, the Joker has terrorized Gotham, facing off with Batman time and time again. But now he’s found a new adversary, one that can deliver him from the purgatory of Arkham Asylum and set his madness free once more—the very doctor tasked with treating him. As he gets his hooks deeper and deeper into the mind of his prey, Joker sets off a chain reaction of mayhem that will threaten to tear down not only Gotham City but the soul of this idealistic man, and his young family, too.

"Getting to work with my long-time collaborator Andrea Sorrentino on a Joker story is very exciting,” shares Lemire. “The Joker is an iconic character and we wanted to create something that challenges readers to look at him in a new and horrifying way."

Sorrentino adds, “This story has pushed me as a creator to aspire to new heights in storytelling. That little spark of madness in the Joker gives me an opportunity to play with the pacing, the layouts and the storytelling in a way that few other characters would allow.”

JOKER: KILLER SMILE is a three-part story that will debut October 30, 2019, releasing every other month following.

In THE QUESTION: THE DEATHS OF VIC SAGE, Lemire, Cowan and Sienkiewicz launch a philosophical mystery starring Vic Sage—the Question. Building on the legacy of Dennis O’Neil and Cowan’s previous run, it begins in an early Hub City where an unsolved mystery has led to the demise of the Question—and history will soon repeat itself. Beginning in the Old West and continuing through the lawless 1930s, the answers needed to solve the problem are out of reach—and may doom the Question once again.

The faceless man who believes in absolutes will soon find himself in a world where it all blends together, and escaping this trap is the only way to set himself free.

Lemire adds, “Denys Cowan’s run on The Question has been a touchstone for me as a creator and a fan of comics for a long time. Getting the chance to team with Denys and Bill Sienkiewicz to return to Hub City and Vic Sage is a dream come true.”

“Jeff is an excellent writer and this might be one of his best stories so far,” shares Cowan. “The series will go through multiple time periods and explore aspects of Vic Sage’s past and present that have never been explored before. Combined with Bill Sienkiewicz’s inks and Chris Sotomayor’s deft color touch, this may be the best version of the Question yet.”

Sienkiewicz adds, “Working with Denys is always a rewarding experience, so revisiting the Question with him after all this time—and in a special format—is the textbook definition of a no-brainer. It doesn’t hurt that I’m also a huge fan of Jeff’s writing and Soto’s fantastic colors. What a team to be a part of.”

THE QUESTION: THE DEATHS OF VIC SAGE is a four-part story that will debut November 20, 2019, releasing every other month following.


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Old 07-11-2019, 07:39 PM   #1369
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That Cowan/Sienkiewicz Question looks rad as hell.
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Old 07-11-2019, 10:08 PM   #1370
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Geoff must be really busy writing that GLC script!
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Shazam keeps getting delayed. Note that this doesn't seem to have anything to do with the Billy Batson revelation in Batman/Superman #1.
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Geoff must be really busy writing that GLC script!
Well he's got to be working on something. Doomsday Clock #11 has been delayed too.
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Old 07-12-2019, 08:05 AM   #1373
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Batman/Superman outright reveals one of the six infected, Billy Batson , and strongly hints that Commissioner Gordon is another. I cannot tell if they have anything in common, or if we can deduce the other four from that.
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TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE INFECTS SOME OF THE BIGGEST EVENTS IN DC HISTORY THIS OCTOBER

BATMAN: KNIGHTFALL and THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN Debut This New Line of One-Shot Prestige Format Stories

Future Titles to Include Twisted Takes on INFINITE CRISIS, BLACKEST NIGHT and THE JUDAS CONTRACT

One-Dollar Reprints of Original Comics Also Available Concurrent with New One-Shots
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DC announced today plans to put a twisted and terrifying spin on some of the biggest, most game-changing events in its publishing history with a series of prestige format one-shots called TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE. Beginning in October, DC’s most talented artists and writers will take fan-favorite events from the DC Universe down a dark and twisted path.

TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE: BATMAN: KNIGHTFALL #1

Co-written by Scott Snyder (DARK NIGHTS: METAL, JUSTICE LEAGUE, THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS) and Kyle Higgins (DEATHSTROKE, BATMAN ETERNAL, NIGHTWING: THE NEW ORDER), with art by Javier Fernandez (JUSTICE LEAGUE) and a cover by Lee Weeks (BATMAN), this one-shot takes place in a Gotham City 30 years after a broken Bruce Wayne failed to take back the mantle of the Bat. In his place arose Jean-Paul Valley, also known as Saint Batman. Under his iron rule, Saint Batman has turned Gotham into the city of his dreams – killing has become commonplace and criminals live in constant fear—all in the name of justice.

But just when all seems lost, a new hope for Gotham rises: The Son of Bane.
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TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE: THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN #1

The Dark Multiverse takes on the highest-selling comic book event of all time, courtesy of writer Jeff Loveness (Rick and Morty, DC’S NUCLEAR WINTER SPECIAL, DC’S MYSTERIES OF LOVE IN SPACE), with art by Brad Walker (DETECTIVE COMICS) and Andrew Hennessy (SINESTRO, THE DEMON: HELL IS EARTH, TITANS), with a cover by Lee Weeks.

In a broken world much like our own, Lois Lane, twisted by rage and grief over the Man of Steel’s death, becomes the Eradicator, taking revenge on those who let Superman die and the corrupt world he could never defeat. Now, with the power of a god, she’s going to end the “never-ending” battle by any means necessary, halting the Reign of the Supermen before it even begins.
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These are the first of several titles in this new line; additional one-shots will focus on other events such as INFINITE CRISIS, BLACKEST NIGHT, NEW TEEN TITANS: THE JUDAS CONTRACT, and more. Each of these prestige format one-shots is 48 pages long at a price of $5.99. TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE: BATMAN: KNIGHTFALL #1 will be available at comics shops and participating digital retailers on Wednesday, October 16. TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE: THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN #1 arrives at comic book shops and digital retailers two weeks later, Wednesday, October 30. Timed to the release of each TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE title, fans can also purchase a one-dollar reprint of the original comic each story is based on, BATMAN #497 (October 16) and SUPERMAN #75 (October 30).
Nth METAL JOINS THE METAL MEN THIS FALL IN NEW DC COMIC

THE DARK MULTIVERSE MYSTERY OF CHALLENGER MOUNTAIN CONTINUES

DC Publisher Dan DiDio and New York Times Bestseller Shane Davis Kick Off Year-Long METAL MEN Maxi-Series, Expanding DARK KNIGHTS: METAL

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Old 07-16-2019, 04:32 AM   #1375
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These dark multiverse oneshots are basically DC's version of What If?.

Don't they do anything in their own main continuity anymore? I feel like DC is stuck in Groundhog Day with Bill Murray, and we're all trapped reading Flashpoint tie ins over and over in a perpetual loop.
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