What are DC’s 25 most ‘essential’ graphic novels?

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This May DC released a free guide in magazine-like format, about the size of a small prestige graphic novel itself, containing a list of “essential graphic novels” and also a “chronology” for new readers. It’s not a bad idea considering what a difficult time new readers, or those who have left for awhile, can have […]

5 Recent Graphic Novels You Don’t Want to Miss

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These graphic novels have been chosen because they were all released in the past 6 months and equally combine qualities of well-crafted concepts and remarkable artwork to create solid visual narratives. They aren’t the only great graphic novels that have been released in recent months, but they are notable, and worth considering as near-misses if […]

The End of I, Vampire and the Cancellation of Creativity

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A spoiler-free farewell to my beloved favourite, and a note of regret from an ex-fan of the New 52.

Vertigo to Publish Tom Strong & The Planet Of Peril in July

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Vertigo have started recovering themselves over the past few weeks, announcing new projects to cover the holes left by Hellblazer and Karen Berger. On top of the news that Astro City’s return will be through Vertigo comes a new announcement revealing that Chris Sprouse will return to the character Tom Strong, whom he co-created, for […]

REVIEW: TIME WARP #1, Putting the Vertigo in Sci-Fi

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Publishers seem increasingly willing to roll the dice on anthology formats recently. Maybe it’s the success of things like Dark Horse Presents, and the model they’ve followed of introducing new works and then successfully spinning them off into new story titles like BLACK BEETLE. There’s an inherently approachable aspect to anthologies—new readers can pick them […]

FablesCon: The Fables Panel

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by Matt O’Keefe It was a packed room at the show’s official panel for the comic for which the convention was named. Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, Shelly Bond and company began the event giving out prizes to winners of the con scavenger hunt. The grand prize winners, a couple and their baby daughter, received first […]

ADVANCE REVIEW: Keeping Things Real in THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, Book 2

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Vertigo released Book 1 of its THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO graphic novel adaptation of the award-winning posthumously published Millennium Series novels by Stieg Larsson in 2012 in hardback, begging the question: do we really need a graphic novel of a series so popular that the novels fly off the shelves and two film […]

Review: Down at the Pub with HELLBLAZER #300

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Opening remarks are a prerequisite to talking about the final Vertigo issue of the imprint’s longest running series, the only from Vertigo’s original armada to last nearly so long, and a series which, totaling its original DC imprint and Vertigo lifespan, has lasted for 25 years. The series’ past and future are apt to be […]

Vertigo Announce Two New ‘Fables’ Books, and an Unwritten Graphic Novel

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Should that have been a semicolon instead of a comma in the title? Oh boy, the things I worry about when writing up Mike Carey news. Today! Vertigo have announced a bathful of new books, with an encyclopedia and anthology for Bill Willingham’s Fables coming later this year, followed by a full original graphic novel from the creative […]

Review: Django Unchained #2

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First issues are easy – it’s the second issue where you get the proper measure of where a story is going, how it’ll play out, and what the style is going to be like. Of course, that isn’t really the case when you’re reviewing a comic which adapts a movie and follows the plot of […]

The Fables Cross Over into The Unwritten in May

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Or rather, as seen in this gorgeous Peter Gross/Mark Buckingham-drawn teaser image, the cast of Fables literally drag Tommy Taylor into their world.   Vertigo have released this promo for May’s issue #50 of Mike Carey’s excellent series, kicking off an arc which will see the book head into the world of Bill WIllingham’s Fables, […]

DC Cancel Saucer Country, I Vampire, Superman Family Adventures and DC Universe Presents

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The solicitations for April’s DC titles reveal that four of their books will be ending, including Joshua Hale Fialkov’s I, Vampire and Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly’s Saucer Country, alongside DC Universe Presents and Superman Family Adventures.

Dan Trachtenberg Hired to Direct Y: The Last Man

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Celebrate and/or worry, as it looks like there is finally some more forward movement on New Line Cinema’s long-awaited adaptation of Brian K Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s Y: The Last Man. Deadline are today reporting that Dan Trachtenberg has been hired as the director for the film.

Shelly Bond promoted to Executive Editor of Vertigo; Dennis and Doyle upped

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As expected, following the departure of Vertigo founder Karen Berger, remaining editors Shelly Bond, Will Dennis and Mark Doyle have been promoted, with Bond ascending to Executive Editor. After nearly 20 years at the imprint,  its safe to say no one knows Vertigo better than Bond. Despite all the eulogies over Vertigo when Berger left, […]

The Beat Comic Reviews for 28/11/12: My Little Pony and Hellblazer, together at last!

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This week saw a number of big comic releases from Marvel and DC, but who cares when this was the week My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #1 came out? PONIES, you guys! Ponies all over the place. This week I’ll be reviewing My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #1, Hellblazer #297, Gambit #6 and Masks […]

Preview: Django Unchained, the comic

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Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming DJANGO UNCHAINED is already garnering buzz for what is said to be Tarantino’s most amazing screenplay yet—and in his usual discursive fashion there so much story that not all of it could be fit in to a movie of normal length. Enter the DJANGO UNCHAINED comic book,