DC Entertainment has announced that it is relaunching and rebranding its Vertigo Comics imprint by launching seven new titles under the subsidiary’s new name: DC Vertigo. Mark Doyle, who returned to DC Vertigo last year after overseeing the Batman group of titles for DC, is overseeing the relaunch.
“It’s time to rebuild DC Vertigo,” said Doyle in a statement. “We’re returning to our roots by spotlighting the most exciting new voices in comics, as well as bringing new voices to comics. From the corners of television, games, music, activism, podcasting, comics, and more, all of our creators are passionate and have something to say.”
Of the seven new comic books DC Vertigo plans to launch, four monthly series will be released this fall/winter, while the remaining three titles will follow in early 2019. Here are the titles scheduled to debut later this year:
In September, DC Vertigo will launch Border Town, a comic about a crack in the border between worlds that releases an army of monsters from Mexican folklore into the small town of Devil’s Fork, Arizona, and the motley crew of high school misfits who must discover what’s going on. Written by Eric M. Esquivel (Adventure Time, Starburns Presents) with art and covers by Ramon Villalobos (Nighthawk, America).
Then in October, the imprint will debut Hex Wives, a series written by Ben Blacker (The Thrilling Adventure Hour) with art by Mirka Andolfo (Wonder Woman, Shade, The Changing Girl) about a malevolent conspiracy of men that brainwashes a coven of witches to be subservient, suburban housewives — with the witches eventually remembering who they really are and what they can do.
In November, American Carnage debuts. In this crime saga by writer Bryan Hill (Titans show set to launch on the DC-branded digital service; Michael Cray) with art by Leandro Fernandez (The Names, The Punisher Max), 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.
In December, Goddess Mode from writer Zoë Quinn (Crash Override) with art by Robbi Rodriguez (Spider-Gwen) will debut. In a near future where all of humanity’s needs are administered by a godlike A.I., it’s one young woman’s job to do tech support on it. But when Cassandra finds herself drawn into a hidden and deadly digital world, she discovers a group of super-powered women and horrific monsters locked in a secret war for the cheat codes to reality.
The following titles will launch sometime in 2019:
High Level by writer Rob Sheridan (former art director for Nine Inch Nails, co-creator of the Year Zero alternate reality game) with art by Barnaby Bagenda (The Omega Men, Green Lanterns). Hundreds of years after the world ended and human society was rebuilt from scratch, a smuggler with a price on her head must to deliver a child messiah to a mythical city from which no one has ever returned.
Safe Sex, from writer Tina Horn (host/producer of the Why Are People Into That? podcast) and artist Mike Dowling (Unfollow, 2000 AD), is a dystopian sci-fi thriller about a team of sex workers fighting to love in a world where sexual pleasure is monitored and policed by the government.
In Second Coming, written by Mark Russell (God Is Disappointed in You, The Flintstones) with art by Richard Pace (Imaginary Fiends), God sends Jesus to Earth so he can learn the family trade from Sun-Man, an all-powerful superhero. But upon his return to Earth, Christ is appalled to discover what has become of his Gospel and vows to set the record right.
Doyle added: “These sophisticated stories have amazing new characters and vast worlds to explore. That’s what it has always been about for me — new stories, new voices, new possibilities. We’re creating a new generation of DC Vertigo classics for readers of all genres.”