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Vertigo Comics, a division of DC Comics, has long been known for creating titles that were “out-of-band” as it were. Generally speaking, they happened outside of normal DCU continuity and focused more on mature readership. There was some grave concern in the industry over the future of Vertigo, especially after Karen Berger, a founding editor with the brand, stepped down late last year. There was an even greater concern when the brand’s longest running title, Hellblazer, was cancelled to make way for a new series with the character within the current mainstream DC universe. But, in an article from the New York Times this morning, it looks like the Vertigo brand is still going strong.

The highlights…

We can expect to see a number of new Vertigo series hit the stands in the final quarter of 2013. Although we recently received the new series The Wake from current DC writing superstar Scott Snyder, it’s nice to know that Vertigo still has some fires burning (that aren’t necessarily just in the amazing Fables universe)! But Snyder is one of the guys keeping things alive with the announcement that his longtime Vertigo series, American Vampire, will return in December.

October has us receiving 2 new series: Coffin Hill brings the Salem Witch Trials to the current day and promises to be full of magic and murder. The series is written by dark fantasy author Caitlin Kittredge and artist Inaki Miranda (who recently graced the pages of Vertigo’s Fairest series). As well, we will also see Hinterkind arrive on the shelves, which sounds like a great fantasy series but in a world where the apocalypse has happened. This is written by Ian Edginton (from 2000 AD fame) and artist Francesco Trifogli (recently within Vertigo’s Mystery In Space one-shot). And, just in time for Halloween, we also get a one-shot anthology called The Witching Hour which is about – wait for it – witches and the practice of witchcraft! The Vertigo news article lists a number of creators including Kelly Sue DeConnick, Cliff Chiang, Lauren Beukes, Emily Carroll, Matthew Sturges, Shawn McManus, Tula Lotay and many more.

The big news for October, though, is the announcement that October 30 sees the first issue of The Sandman: Overture hit the stands. The longtime hit series for Vertigo returns with a prequel miniseries courtesy of creator Neil Gaiman on words and J.H. Williams III on art duties. Its plan is to be published bi-monthly with special issues featuring additional content to drop in between main issues of the story.

November sees the new series Dead Boy Detectives which is a spinoff from Sandman. What is it about? well, as the name implies, it’s a bout a couple of schoolboy detectives who are… well, dead. They are joined by a young lady (no word on whether she is dead or not). The story is written by novelist Toby Litt with art by Mark Buckingham of Fables fame, who will also be doing painted covers for the series.

December brings the final 2 new announcements to drop alongside of American Vampire. The first, Suiciders is written and drawn by Lee Bermejo (recently of Before Watchmen: Rorschach). It is about two futuristic boxers set in a futuristic Los Angeles. The second series is The Discipline which is described as “a dark, erotic thriller in which a young woman is ritually seduced and enlisted in a shadowy war between good and evil”. This title is by Peter Milligan on words and Leo Fernandez on art.

So there we have it – Vertigo is coming back strong! Based on sales numbers, I was one of the few that loved their recent Saucer Country series they published which was written by Paul Cornell, and finding a number of new stories that I can dive into which do not revolve around super heroes per se has me excited! What about you guys? Looking forward to this?

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