Posts Tagged ‘Vertigo’

A Sickness in the Family by Denise Mina and Antonio Fuso

Posted by on December 9th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Denise Mina's new graphic novel, A Sickness in the Family, is based upon Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher,” and the crumbling architecture of her native Glasgow becomes its dark psyche manifest. Around this scaffold, she assembles a typically grim mystery as a family finds their repressed secrets returning in a series of murders.

Shame and Comfort: How To Understand Israel In Sixty Days Or Less

Posted by on November 15th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

All images ©2010 Sarah Glidden and DC Comics

Sarah Glidden's How To Understand Israel In Sixty Days Or Less is an interesting companion piece to Joe Sacco's Footnotes In Gaza. Both authors are obsessed with telling the truth about the miserable Israel-Palestine conflict and doing so by unearthing the smallest details that can provide clues as to what's really happened/is happening. Sacco did it by focusing in on one particular historical event, both as an illustration of how this event is still relevant today, but also to show how the vagaries of memory and cultural narrative creation can distort truth into something more convenient. Both authors wanted to go directly to the source and talk to the people living there in order to give a voice to others, but more importantly, to gain a view of the area unfiltered by anyone's perceptions but their own. In Glidden's case, as a 26-year-old American who is Jewish, this came in a format that she immediately viewed with suspicion: a "birthright" tour.

Scalped #39-40

Posted by on September 8th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Jason Aaron reinforces stereotypes and cultural expectations regarding Native peoples while simultaneously challenging and critiquing them.

Compartmentalization: Revolver

Posted by on August 10th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Matt Kindt's comics work is notable for the way in which it walks a line between genre concerns (frequently bordering on deliberate evocations of nostalgia) and the emotional particularities of alternative comics. There's always been a sharpness in concept that manages to distill the essence of the genre in question that Kindt deliberately undermines with the wispy, delicate nature of his brushwork. Kindt eschews the sort of slickness and pyrotechnics common to genre work through his character design. Indeed, his almost fragile line gives his work a visceral charge.

G. Willow Wilson Interview conducted by Ian Burns Part Three (of Three)

Posted by on June 25th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
In the conclusion of this three-part interview, Wilson talks about the cancellation of Air, the Standard Attrition website, the challenges inherent in writing memoir and being interrogated by little blonde stewardesses.

G. Willow Wilson Interview conducted by Ian Burns Part Two (of Three)

Posted by on June 24th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
In Part Two of a three-part interview, Wilson talks about how it's harder to break into comics than The New York Times, writing superhero books in continuity, and how she scripts.

Hellblazer #262

Posted by on May 14th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Placeholder Vertigo, the haircut lounge from 1991.

Why I’m optimistic about DC Comics’ new management team

Posted by on February 19th, 2010 at 2:19 AM


I have to say, the longer I think about DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson's selections to take over management of the company from outgoing publisher Paul Levitz, the smarter those selections look.

Joe the Barbarian #1

Posted by on January 22nd, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Sequence from the comic, ©2010 DC Comics


Creative writing teachers with a "show, don't tell" mantra should follow their own advice: stop telling the students how to write and just hand them Joe the Barbarian #1. "Here, kid, like this."

Daytripper #1 reviewed by Gavin Lees

Posted by on December 15th, 2009 at 9:15 AM

Daytripper # 1; Fabio Moon and Gabriel Bá; DC/Vertigo; 22 pp., $2.99

Moon and Bá have finally returned home.  After illustrating the wigged-out superheroics of Casanova and The Umbrella Academy, the Eiser award-winning twins have launched a new series