In 1993, DC Comics established its Vertigo Comics imprint as a place to tell more mature storylines with comics like Hellblazer and Swamp Thing while allowing creators greater freedom to explore experimental comics and stories. Twenty-five years later, DC is giving Vertigo a new lease on life with a completely revamped lineup of seven new original titles. It’s also getting a new name: DC Vertigo.
The first new series coming in September is Border Town, a supernatural drama from Eric M. Esquivel and Ramon Villalobos. It sounds a little bit like Stranger Things, since the new kid, Frank Dominguez, “and a motley crew of high school misfits” will be investigating a breach between worlds that brings monsters from Mexican folklore into a town on the U.S. and Mexican border. Border Town will also explore the racial tensions in the town, which may prove to be more difficult to handle than the creatures coming to kill everyone.
Ben Blacker and Mirka Andolfo’s Hex Wives will arrive in October. This series is about subservient housewives who discover that their lives are a lie. In reality, they are a powerful coven of witches who have been brainwashed into domesticity. Needless to say, there’s going to be hell to pay for that transgression.
American Carnage will be unleashed in November. Writer Bryan Hill and artist Leandro Fernandez will tell the story of a biracial FBI agent who infiltrates a deadly gang of white supremacists while looking for the murderer of a fellow agent.
Zoë Quinn and Robbi Rodriguez’s Goddess Mode will close out DC Vertigo’s 2018 in December with a near future world in which female superheroes battle monsters to save reality’s cheat codes within a previously undiscovered cybernetic realm.
The three remaining relaunch titles won’t hit until 2019, but DC Vertigo hasn’t announced dates for them yet. Mark Russell and Richard Pace’s Second Coming appears to be playing with some of the religious connotations that fans and creators have given to Superman. In this title, Jesus returns to Earth and encounters a very Superman-like hero called Sun-Man. But Jesus is far more concerned about the way his teachings have been perverted since he gave his life for humanity’s sins.
Tina Horn and Mike Dowling’s Safe Sex is another futurist story in which the battle for freedom is led by underground sex workers. Also, the government in this title is apparently using sex as another means of controlling the population.
Finally, Rob Sheridan and Barnaby Bagenda’s High Level is a story about a smuggler tasked with braving a post-apocalyptic world while safely delivering a child believed to be the Messiah to a mystical city that shares the title of the book.
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