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Vertigo

After Bond and Indy, I’ve started a new weekly film series (something to watch on Sunday nights) and I’ve decided to re-watch Hitchcock (not all, but my favorite movies of his). I’m a big fan of his films, and I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve watched most of them, so perfect time for a revisit. I kicked it off last night with Vertigo, and still found it to be very entertaining. Luckily, I didn’t remember the twist, so it was fun to see how exactly the film heads towards its ending — and what an ending, definitely not the type of thing you’d see in a movie nowadays. As for the series, I don’t plan on watching them in any particular sequence, but rather whatever I’m in the mood to watch.

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Smoke and Mirrors

Well, episode 2 of The Wolf Among Us is just as good as the first one was, and I loved the fuck out of that. This game just looks so beautiful on iPad – my platform of choice for all Telltale games – and I’m still really digging the story and the characters. As big a comic geek as I am, I never did get into reading Fables – I think because it started at a time where I was suffering from Vertigo/Sandman fatigue – but playing through this series is making me want to go back and give it another shot.

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Trillium

There really is a resurgence with the Vertigo imprint (or maybe I just wasn’t paying attention), and after The Wake, now I’m really loving the new series by Jeff Lemire, Trillium. I’m a huge fan of Lemire’s work, from his initial indie output, to the fantastic Sweet Tooth (his last Vertigo series), and so it’s no surprise that I liked the first issue of Trillium (the only issue out so far, of 8). Already, it has me much more intrigued and curious than Sweet Tooth. Can’t wait to see where the story goes.

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The Wake

Another new comic series I’ve been enjoying of late is The Wake, from the Vertigo imprint (and I love that there seems to be a bit of a Vertigo resurgence right now). There are 3 issues out so far (out of 10), and I’m digging the slow and mysterious reveal of what the hell it is the protagonists are dealing with. The art by Sean Murphy is of course fantastic, and Scott Snyder continues to be one of the best mainstream comic writers out there these days.

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The Problem with Vertigo

Can someone please explain to me what the hell DC Comics is thinking when it comes to the promotion of its Vertigo imprint? Vertigo is the home for creator-owned mature series over at DC, and its currently on a roll with a good number of great regular series (DMZ, iZombie, Northlanders, Sweet Tooth), as well as a growing line-up of one-shot graphic novels. These are the kinds of books that people who don’t usually read comics would probably like, and yet Vertigo’s website makes absolutely no sense for non-comics readers. The only pages found on the site are for individual issues, which is fine for a graphic novel, but not for a series. Last week I read through the current run of The Unwritten (#1-17), and wanting to recommend it to people, I had to link to the Wikipedia page because there was no decent page to link to on the Vertigo page, that would explain properly what the series was about.

Something needs to be done in order to give new readers — anyone who’s heard of a series and wants to know more about it — a place to do that. And even though I’m not a particular fan of all the publisher-specific iPad apps out there (all spinoffs of the Comixology app), the one that would make the most sense is a Vertigo-branded one, for people who have absolutely no interest in the super-hero fare that DC Comics mostly publishes. Sure, you can buy the Vertigo books through the DC app, but the mainstream audience that you could get reading these book are not going to find them there.

Pictured, the cover to The Unwritten #17, illustrated by Yuko Shimizu, who has done all the covers for the series. That particular issue is rather amazing, presented in the form of an actual choose-your-own-adventure story (but I do recommend reading everything that comes before it first).