The GeeksverseVertigo 2012 Preview

Vertigo 2012 Preview
Published on Thursday, February 9, 2012 by

Published by: Vertigo
Written by: Various
Art by: Various

Today Vertigo released a free preview, showcasing four upcoming titles. I think publishers should do this more often. Great selling tool. These won’t get graded like my normal reviews, this will get graded on if I’ll be picking up the book. Definately = grabbing; Possibly = interesting but depends on how many books have that week; Passing = no interest.

Before getting into the titles, I want to mention that there’s been some rumblings about the full frontal nudity in Fairest. It’s a little male demon that’s fully naked. Here’s the thing, this may have been a free preview, but it’s still Vertigo which is still a mature readers line. It even says in the corner “comics & books for mature readers”. So if this book finds it’s way into a kids hands, that’s not Vertigo’s fault, that’s the retailers fault.

Climbing down off the soap box and onto the books:

Dominique Laveau: Voodoo Child #1
Written by: Selwyn Seyfu Hinds
Art by: Denys Cowan & John Floyd

When first heard about this, I was very interested but knew that Cowan was involved. That’s not a bad thing, he’s been around for awhile, but I’ve never been a fan. Thankfully this preview helped changed my mind. I don’t know what he’s done, but this art was the best of his I’ve seen.

The story is interesting, what we see here, and I like the narrative voice. It sounds very creole.

Checking Out: Possibly

The New Deadwardians
Written by: Dan Abnett
Art by: I.N.J. Culbard

There are zombies and vampires in this book. And I’m as sick of those as everyone else. But this might be the cure to that sickness. This might be the book that lets us like them again.

This takes place in Victorian England with zombies roaming around. Abnett has set up something interesting here and I’m curious to see where it goes. There’s just enough in the preview to get the reader’s attention and make them want to know more. And the lower class Victorian speech is spot on.

Checking out: Definately

Saucer Country
Written by: Paul Cornell
Art by: Ryan Kelly

This doesn’t make a good introduction to the series. The alien aspects barely (beyond one panel) show up. What we do get is a nice political drama. I’m extremely interested in what Cornell is going to do here, how well he’s going to handle the political aspects and having a divorced, hispanic, female running for President. And curious how he’ll mix in the alien stuff. I just don’t see the two mixing.

So that alone has me interesting. The preview does good at showing the political side and hopefully that’ll be enough for most readers.

Checking Out: Definately

Written by: Bill Willingham
Art by: Phil Jimenez

This one really needed no preview. Fables spin-off? Phil Jimenez art? Yeah, this will do well.

Checking out: Definately

So 3 out of the 4 are definates. Not bad Vertigo, not bad at all.

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