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They should keep *him* on Swamp Thing.

 

I'd rather he worked on something I want to read though!

 

Hence my emphasis on "*him*"

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Do you know, the best thing DC could do with Swamp Thing is take it back into the DCU.

I agree. Just have Swampy be a sort of Phantom Stranger type character who does the odd cameo in both Vertigo and the DCU. I be fair I've not read any of the new Swampy series past #6 but I think giving the character as well as Abby and Tefe a semi-retirement would be giving them as well as the past writers the respect they deserve.

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Hey! It's the Exterminators! It's like that really popular Vertigo book "Preacher", only totally different!

And there's "Testament"! It's the new "Sandman", didn't you know? In that Vertigo are really hoping it gets as popular as "Sandman" even though there's no chance in Hell!

And Vertigo has other new books that I have already forgotten about that are comparable to other Vertigo smash successes, even though I can't really think of any other Vertigo smash successes....

But, hey, forget all that, because here's "Swamp Thing"! One of the greatest comics ever written, or at least that's what folks said when some guy named Alan Moore was writing it, but forget all that because it's "Swamp Thing"!

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I'm still terribly tempted by Testament. I at least look at it every time I'm in a comic shop, despite all I hear about it. I'm likely to cave soon :D

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Do you know, the best thing DC could do with Swamp Thing is take it back into the DCU.

 

Not a bad idea that, with a wee bit of planning they could've tied it into Infinite Crisis and relaunched it under the DC bullet.

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i actually subscribe to dmz and testament, not loveless (azz pissed me off on hellblazer run)

 

now no one seems to like the exterminators... i love it... how can not like i guy injecting roach poison and exploding....

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Do you know, the best thing DC could do with Swamp Thing is take it back into the DCU.

 

Not a bad idea that, with a wee bit of planning they could've tied it into Infinite Crisis and relaunched it under the DC bullet.

 

I understand there's an oblique reference to Swampy in one of them crisis books (never read them but someone on one of the "comics" forums that focus on superheroes mentioned it). And of course COMING SOON - Floro The Floronic Man !

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Having just re-read the first four issues of DMZ, I think the crucial point for me is going to be the end of this arc in #5. If it pleases me, I'll be sold for at least the next arc, if not, I'll probably ditch it and wait for trades.

 

Whichever way you look at it though, it's a pretty shit-hot book, relatively speaking.

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Vertigo news Here

 

JONATHAN AMES BRINGS OGN TO VERTIGO

 

Critically acclaimed novelist, essayist and performance artist Jonathan Ames’ first original graphic novel THE ALCOHOLIC will be published by Vertigo, the For Mature Readers imprint of DC Comics, in the fall of 2007. The project was announced by Karen Berger, the Vice President and Executive Editor of Vertigo during the New York Comic Convention on Friday, February 24, 2005. Ames is best known for his critically acclaimed novel Wake-Up, Sir. Grove/Atlantic recently published his new collection of autobiographical essays, titled I Love You More Than You Know, to great acclaim.

 

THE ALCOHOLIC will be written by Ames and drawn by artist Dean Haspiel who recently garnered critical acclaim with his work on Harvey Pekar’s The Quitter. It is Ames’ first project with DC Comics and Vertigo. In this graphic novel, Ames explores the heart of a struggling writer, just coming off a doomed romance, searching for rays of hope through the tatters of his broken life. In THE ALCOHOLIC, “hope” manifests itself at the bottom of a liquor bottle.

 

“Jonathan Ames’s lyrically strange and offbeat view of the world is perfectly in sync with Vertigo,” said Karen Berger, VP and Executive Editor of Vertigo. “We’re thrilled to be working with him and artist-extraordinaire Dean Haspiel on this intensely personal, outrageously funny and wonderfully poignant story.”

 

“THE ALCOHOLIC is Jonathan Ames' first graphic novel, but it’s classic Ames, so unflinchingly personal that it’s hilarious, in a laughing-through-the-pain kind of way,” said acquiring editor Jonathan Vankin. “Dean Haspiel is the perfect artist to capture the effortlessly shifting tones of Jonathan’s story, from wistful melancholy to heightened physical comedy.”

 

JASON AARON, CAMERON STEWART TEAM FOR THE OTHER SIDE @ VERTIGO

 

 

First time comic book writer, Jason Aaron, confronts the emotional and political aspects of the Vietnam war in THE OTHER SIDE. The project was announced by Karen Berger, the Vice President and Executive Editor of Vertigo during the New York Comic Convention on Friday, February 24, 2005. This mini-series will be published by Vertigo, the For Mature Readers imprint of DC Comics, in the summer of 2006.

 

“THE OTHER SIDE was one of the most visceral scripts I've ever read. Writer Jason Aaron's portrayal of both sides of the Vietnam conflict is so achingly real and the relevancy is obvious and immediate,” said acquiring editor Will Dennis. “And for my money, this is the best work that Cameron Stewart has ever done, period. A perfect Vertigo project.”

 

THE OTHER SIDE will be written by Aaron and drawn by Cameron Stewart (Manhattan Guardian, Catwoman); it is Aaron’s first project with DC Comics and Vertigo. THE OTHER SIDE follows two men on opposite sides of the Vietnam war who must trudge through the ghosts of soldiers that fell before them, before their fateful meeting during the siege of Khe Sanh.

 

“Jason Aaron and Cameron Stewart deliver a timeless and visceral work in THE OTHER SIDE,“ said Vertigo VP Executive editor Karen Berger. “It provides a brutal and breathtaking look at war and its impact on the hearts and souls of the fighting men on both sides of conflict. Once you read it, you’ll never forget it.“

 

MAT JOHNSON OGN, INCOGNEGRO LANDS @ VERTIGO

 

2004 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award winner, Mat Johnson’s first original graphic novel will be published by Vertigo, the For Mature Readers imprint of DC Comics, in 2007. The project was announced by Karen Berger, the VP and Executive Editor of Vertigo, during the New York Comic Convention on Friday, February 24, 2005. Johnson is best known for his award-winning novel Hunting in Harlem.

 

INCOGNEGRO will be written by Johnson, and is his second project with DC Comics and Vertigo, following his run on the Papa Midnight mini-series. INCOGNEGRO is a noir mystery based on true tales of undercover race spying in the Jim Crow South.

 

“Mat Johnson demonstrates his fearless and provocative writing talent in the new graphic novel, INCOGNEGRO,” said Karen Berger, VP and Executive Editor of Vertigo. “It is a tightly crafted thriller of race, family and murder, we’re certain that this unique and daring book will stand alongside the best literary work being done in our medium.”

 

“Mat Johnson is one of the most important young American novelists and INCOGNEGRO is going to make him one of our most important graphic novelists as well,” said acquiring editor Jonathan Vankin. “This tale, about forgotten heroes of the battle for racial justice, is not only a vital work of social commentary, it’s a blistering thriller that will leave you both exhilarated and outraged.”

 

About the author: Mat Johnson is the author of the novels Drop and Hunting in Harlem, and the winner of the 2004 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. He is a full-time college professor and scholar of the Harlem Renaissance. His dream came true when he got to pen the Hellblazer Special: Papa Midnight, which was inspired by his upcoming nonfiction book, The Great Negro

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I can't really make a full judgement on such little information but none of these really call out to me or give me something to look forward to.

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I can't understand why they're letting Rushkoff write a comic in the first place. His novel stinks and he's a lousy journalist (the most notable element of his attempts at comics criticism in Cyberia is how badly wrong they are: it's like watching an amputee fail to juggle...)

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after reading issue three... I think testament will fall apart... I don't think he has the scope of clarity one needs and he trying to do too may things at once.... which never works unless your in threesome or at orgy.

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From Brian Wood's livejournal -

 

"DMZ #1 is sold out of its print run as of 3/18/06.

 

initial orders: 18,323

print run: 26,000

 

thanks to everyone who bought a copy!"

 

And while I'm here, let's have a gander at ICV2s figures for Vertigo (care of Marc-Oliver Frisch's analysis yoke on The Pulse), just cause....

 

(89) FABLES (Vertigo)

10/2005: Fables #42 -- 24,953 (-0.2%)

11/2005: Fables #43 -- 24,659 (-1.2%)

12/2005: Fables #44 -- 24,515 (-0.6%)

01/2006: Fables #45 -- 24,297 (-0.9%)

02/2006: Fables #46 -- 24,134 (-0.7%)

 

(119) LOVELESS (Vertigo)

10/2005: Loveless #1 -- 22,483

11/2005: Loveless #2 -- 17,667 (-21.4%)

12/2005: Loveless #3 -- 16,280 (- 7.9%) -- [17,584]

01/2006: --

02/2006: Loveless #4 -- 16,765 (+ 3.0%)

 

(109) NEIL GAIMAN'S NEVERWHERE (Vertigo)

10/2005: --

11/2005: Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere #5 (of 9) -- 19,514 (- 9.8%)

12/2005: --

01/2006: --

02/2006: Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere #6 (of 9) -- 18,406 (- 5.7%)

 

(127) DMZ (Vertigo)

11/2005: DMZ #1 -- 18,705

12/2005: DMZ #2 -- 14,840 (-20.7%)

01/2006: DMZ #3 -- 14,503 (- 2.3%)

02/2006: DMZ #4 -- 14,778 (+ 1.9%)

 

(130) HELLBLAZER (Vertigo)

10/2005: Hellblazer #213 -- 14,688 (- 0.2%)

11/2005: Hellblazer #214 -- 14,766 (+ 0.5%)

12/2005: Hellblazer #215 -- 14,405 (- 2.5%)

01/2006: Hellblazer #216 -- 14,590 (+ 1.3%)

02/2006: Hellblazer #217 -- 14,306 (- 2.0%)

 

(131) 100 BULLETS (Vertigo)

10/2005: 100 Bullets #65 -- 14,744 (+ 0.3%)

11/2005: 100 Bullets #66 -- 14,425 (- 2.2%)

12/2005: 100 Bullets #67 -- 14,165 (- 1.8%)

01/2006: 100 Bullets #68 -- 13,879 (- 2.0%)

02/2006: 100 Bullets #69 -- 13,708 (- 1.2%)

 

(136) TESTAMENT (Vertigo)

12/2005: Testament #1 -- 16,893 -- [18,166]

01/2006: Testament #2 -- 13,518 (-20.0%)

02/2006: Testament #3 -- 12,831 (- 5.1%)

 

(138) THE EXTERMINATORS (Vertigo)

01/2006: The Exterminators #1 -- 16,187

02/2006: The Exterminators #2 -- 12,459 (-23.0%)

 

(149) BLOOD OF THE DEMON

10/2005: Blood of the Demon #8 -- 14,457 (-24.9%)

11/2005: Blood of the Demon #9 -- 13,971 (- 3.4%)

12/2005: Blood of the Demon #10 -- 12,813 (- 8.3%)

01/2006: Blood of the Demon #11 -- 11,883 (- 7.3%)

02/2006: Blood of the Demon #12 -- 11,362 (- 4.4%)

(Not Vertigo, but any chance to sneer at Byrne :biggrin: )

 

(158) LUCIFER (Vertigo)

10/2005: Lucifer #67 -- 11,168 (- 4.8%)

11/2005: Lucifer #68 -- 11,036 (- 1.2%)

12/2005: Lucifer #69 -- 10,881 (- 1.4%)

01/2006: Lucifer #70 -- 10,779 (- 0.9%)

02/2006: Lucifer #71 -- 10,578 (- 1.9%)

 

(174) SWAMP THING (Vertigo)

10/2005: Swamp Thing #20 -- 10,209 (+ 5.0%)

11/2005: Swamp Thing #21 -- 9,203 (- 9.9%)

12/2005: Swamp Thing #22 -- 8,892 (- 3.7%)

01/2006: Swamp Thing #23 -- 8,527 (- 4.1%)

02/2006: Swamp Thing #24 -- 8,379 (- 1.7%)

 

(176) THE LOSERS (Vertigo)

10/2005: Losers #29 -- 8,425 (- 0.2%)

11/2005: Losers #30 -- 8,331 (- 1.1%)

12/2005: --

01/2006: Losers #31 -- 8,153 (- 2.1%)

02/2006: Losers #32 -- 8,193 (+ 0.5%)

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for fuck's sake, how long can they keep publishing Swamp Thing with those abysmal figures? surprised by the good numbers for Fables, by the way, I figured it was under 20,000 copies a month.

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Having just re-read the first four issues of DMZ, I think the crucial point for me is going to be the end of this arc in #5. If it pleases me, I'll be sold for at least the next arc, if not, I'll probably ditch it and wait for trades.

 

Whichever way you look at it though, it's a pretty shit-hot book, relatively speaking.

 

So far it's still the pitch that's shit hot, and personally monthly the title has failed to achieve it's own premises power.

 

And as someone posted before you just dont care much for the protaganist.

Secondly if i knew New York VERY well (only had an intensive three weeks), than this would be more pertinant, as say if it were set in London

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I have to say that I'm glad that DMZ is going so well. It's not my cup of tea, but with Lucifer ending and Y approaching the end of the road, it's good that Vertigo has at least one book in its roster that is both popular and, in its own way, challenging.

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I have to say that I'm glad that DMZ is going so well. It's not my cup of tea, but with Lucifer ending and Y approaching the end of the road, it's good that Vertigo has at least one book in its roster that is both popular and, in its own way, challenging.

 

Not to mention the fact that, IMO anyhow, Y has quite decidedly gone OFF the road and is currently driving in circles around the desert, fast running out of gas. The latter issues have been lacklustre to say the least, specially in comparison to the first three or four trades.

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(174) SWAMP THING (Vertigo)

10/2005: Swamp Thing #20 -- 10,209 (+ 5.0%)

11/2005: Swamp Thing #21 -- 9,203 (- 9.9%)

12/2005: Swamp Thing #22 -- 8,892 (- 3.7%)

01/2006: Swamp Thing #23 -- 8,527 (- 4.1%)

02/2006: Swamp Thing #24 -- 8,379 (- 1.7%)

 

 

 

 

HAHAHA!

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Just read the first American Virgin and I enjoyed that a lot: you know that a comic's good when the protagonist is such a smarmy, loathsome little shit you're glad that his fiance got beheaded.

I can't see this one even lasting as long as the Crusades though, which is a terrible shame.

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Exterminators #1 - Blah!

 

Not sure what I was on when I wrote that but I am now officially flip-flopping on Exterminators, even the presence of the obligatory lesbian sex doesn't ruin something with a fuck-load of potential - top art, quality gross-out scenes, interesting characters and a story that's leading me fuck knows where!

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