Recollections of Vertigo Comics

It was sad but not completely surprising news that DC Comics would be shuttering its Vertigo imprint last year. With the official closing this year, the comic book industry lost an imprint that changed the way comic books were made and appreciated by the rest of the world and paved…

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From A Library: iZombie

Created/written by Chris Roberson & created/drawn by Michel Allred iZombie: Dead to the World (iZombie #1–5 and part of The House of Mystery Halloween Annual #1) iZombie: uVampire (iZombie #6–12 and The House of Mystery Halloween Annual #2) iZombie: Six Feet Under and Rising (iZombie #13–18) iZombie: Repossession (iZombie #19–28) Now…

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From A Library: The New Deadwardians

The New Deadwardians #1–8 Written by Dan Abnett Art by INJ Culbard October 1910. London (Zone-A). Chief Inspector George Suttle, Murder Squard, is woken in the night when his housekeeper is killed by a ‘Restless’ (a zombie). He calmly stabs it through the throat to pin it to the table…

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From A Library: American Vampire

American Vampire #1–5 by Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque and Stephen King In a time when libraries in the UK face a difficult future, I just want to reiterate how much I love my local library. The sheer number of graphic novels and collections of comic books I've read via my…

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Scalped: The Gnawing

Scalped #30–34 by Jason Aaron and RM Guera It's that time of the year for me to attempt to describe my appreciation for the brilliance that is Scalped. Because I'm slow on the uptake, I arrived late to this superb noir drama, so I'm reading it in trade paperback form;…

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The Sandman: Endless Nights

By Neil Gaiman and various artists [This is an old piece of writing that I discovered, which I thought should be included in my exhaustive compilation of posts about things I have read/viewed/played.] Neil Gaiman's Sandman series was a significant touchstone in my comic book reading life, and remains a…

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From A Library: Dark Entries

By Ian Rankin and Werther Dell'edera Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus novels are a great series of detective fiction set in Edinburgh around a strong central character. They are great books and Rankin is a really good writer, so it was a bit of a surprise when the news was announced…

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Scalped: The Gravel In Your Guts and High Lonesome

Scalped #19–24 and #25–29 by Jason Aaron and RM Guera and various artists I've mentioned before how much I enjoy Scalped, although 'enjoyed' isn't perhaps the accurate term for the complexity of emotions produced by reading this excellent comic book series – the intensity and power and the inevitability (as…

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From A Library: It’s A Bird

By Steven T Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen I'll get to the point: this is a quite beautiful graphic novel that you should read. Seagle uses a semiautobiographical tone to tell a story that is about the creative process, the analysis of Superman and what he means (this is a Vertigo…

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