Vertigo Solicits for June 2015, Any Surprises?

As we get into the solicits for June, officially halfway through the year, we are still wondering when Vertigo will make promises on the “revamp” that was promised last year.  There have been a number of notable news pieces and additions to the Vertigo line-up, but it is questionable whether these were a good thing or not.  The biggest thing that people will notice will be right at the top: the first issue of the Mad Max miniseries.  This is again a questionable move as Vertigo continues to simply rebrand itself as “mature readers” instead of the high-quality alternative books it had previously defined itself, all of which just happened to carry the age-appropriate warning.  This follows the inclusions of books like Django and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which Vertigo is releasing another volume of this June as well.

Beyond this we really just see a lot more of the same, with trades coming out in appropriate time and order.  The notable addition is the Vertiqo Quarterly collection that collects the four issues that were published in the first “color themed” run of this wonderful anthology series.  This is one of the few trades I will pick up after I have already read the entire run in single issues since the short-stories have such a re-read value.  Effigy, Suiciders, Strange Sports Stories, etc., all will continue as originally scheduled.  Though not surprising, Fables and Fairest are both absent, just reminding us that our beloved series is coming to a close this month.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD – FURIOSA #1
Written by GEORGE MILLER, NICO LATHOURIS and MARK SEXTON
Art by TRISTAN JONES
Cover by TOMMY LEE EDWARDS
One-shot • On sale JUNE 17 • 40 pg, FC, $4.99 US • MATURE READERS
High in the Citadel there exists a bio-dome of clean air and pure water, protected from the toxicity and anarchy of the Wasteland. Here the warlord Immortan Joe keeps his most prized possessions – his wives – imprisoned for his pleasure and his insistence that they bear him healthy male heirs.
Then, amid this cruel depravity, an unlikely rescuer emerges…the Immortan’s most lethal warrior: the Imperator Furiosa.
From the mind of George Miller, the creator of the Mad Max trilogy, the prelude miniseries to the upcoming film Mad Max: Fury Road continues!
™ & © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

ASTRO CITY #24
Written by KURT BUSIEK
Art by BRENT ANDERSON
Cover by ALEX ROSS
On sale JUNE 3 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
It’s hard to be a talking ape in the big bad city. Especially when you set out to be a drummer and became a super hero instead. But will that
be enough? Can fame and adventure replace lifelong dreams? Do we even have to ask? Featuring Reflex 6, Samaritan and a few surprises.

AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SECOND CYCLE #9
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art and cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
RESOLICIT • On sale JUNE 24 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS
Trapped behind the wall, Felicia and Pearl must run from the horrors they find lurking in Area 51. Whether they make it out alive or become test tube experiments may not be up to them. AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SECOND CYCLE continues here!

COFFIN HILL #19
Written by CAITLIN KITTREDGE
Art by INAKI MIRANDA
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
On sale JUNE 10 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS
Eve Coffin is trapped in a hellish ghost prison, and an alliance with the ghost of Constance Wright may be her only chance for escape. Meanwhile,  the new Chief may have had ulterior motives in coming to Coffin Hill. And Wilcox discovers the truth behind the Wright family massacre – but whether she’ll live to tell anyone remains to be seen.

VERTIGO CMYK TP
Stories and art by various • Design cover
On sale JULY 22 • 296 pg, FC, $19.99 US • MATURE READERS
The four colors that are the basis of comics coloring serve as the jumping-off point for creators to push the boundaries of short graphic fiction in this new title collecting the VERTIGO QUARTERLY: CMYK series, with art and stories by Fabio Moon, Jock, James Tynion IV, Tony Akins, Peter Milligan, Nathan Fox, Gerard Way and more! Collects VERTIGO QUARTERLY: CYAN #1, VERTIGO QUARTERLY: MAGENTA #1, VERTIGO QUARTERLY: YELLOW #1 and VERTIGO QUARTERLY: BLACK #1.

FABLES VOL. 22 TP
Written by BILL WILLINGHAM
Art by MARK BUCKINGHAM, STEVE LEIALOHA, ANDREW PEPOY, MARK SCHULTZ, GENE HA, NEAL ADAMS and others
Wraparound cover by NIMIT MALAVIA
On sale JULY 22 • 160 pg, FC, $17.99 US • MATURE READERS • FINAL ISSUE
It’s the final trade paperback volume of FABLES! No, wait – it’s FABLES #150, the grand finale of the best-selling, award-winning comic book series! And it’s also an original graphic novel in the tradition of 1001 NIGHTS OF SNOWFALL! Yes, it’s all this and more! Join us for 150 – that’s, right, 150! – pages of new stories starring your favorite Fables, all from the mind of Bill Willingham. It all starts with an 80-page lead story illustrated by series regulars Mark Buckingham and Steve Leialoha, plus stories illustrated by Mark Schultz, Gene Ha, Neal Adams, Andrew Pepoy and many more!
Don’t miss the final bows for Boy Blue, Stinky, Lake and more in this once-in-a-lifetime issue that also features a foldout cover by Nimit Malavia that opens into a four-panel mural! It’s even got metallic ink!

FABLES: THE WOLF AMONG US #6
Written by MATTHEW STURGES and DAVE JUSTUS
Art by TRAVIS MOORE, SHAWN McMANUS and STEPHEN SADOWSKI
Cover by CHRISSIE ZULLO
On sale JUNE 10 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS • DIGITAL FIRST
No matter where Bigby goes – from the forests outside 17th-century Salem to the seedy clubs on the Crooked Mile – he’s surrounded by topless dancing women. It sounds like a fun job, until you remember he’s also got a decapitated hooker on his hands. Blackmail, black magic, black market glamours, and a little black book all take their turn on the main stage in our sleaziest, uneasiest issue yet!

FBP: FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS #21
Written by SIMON OLIVER
Art by ALBERTO PONTICELLI
Cover by NATHAN FOX
On sale JUNE 3 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS
Everyone is scrambling in different directions to save the universe – which is really complicated when you add the fourth, fifth and sixth dimensions to the map!

STRANGE SPORTS STORIES #4
Written and illustrated by various
Cover by CELIA CALLE
On sale JUNE 10 • 40 pg, FC, 4 of 4, $4.99 US • MATURE READERS
Continuing the Vertigo take on the classic DC Comics anthology title with even more strange, scary, sexy and sensational sports stories by Brian Azzarello, CM Punk, Paul Pope, Ben McCool, Ivan Brandon, Monica Gallagher, Lee Loughridge, Nick Dragotta, Darick Robertson, Mark Finn, John Lucas, Gabe Soria, Amei Zhao, Genevieve Valentine and many more!

EFFIGY #6
Written by TIM SEELEY
Art by MARLEY ZARCONE
Cover by W. SCOTT FORBES
On sale JUNE 24 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS
As Chondra and Grant close in on the murderer of Sheila Harmon, agents of the United Faith Organization close in on them! Faith, celebrity and death collide in the exciting conclusion to the first arc!

THE KITCHEN #8
Written by OLLIE MASTERS
Art by MING DOYLE
Cover by BECKY CLOONAN
On sale JUNE 17 • 32 pg, FC, 8 of 8, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS
It’s the senses-shattering conclusion to one of the most talked-about Vertigo series in years! In the final chapter, Raven and Kath come face-to-face for control of the rackets, and one of them will learn the hard way that money is thicker than blood.

STIEG LARSSON’S THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST HC
Written by DENISE MINA
Art by ANDREA MUTTI and ANTONIO FUSO
Cover by LEE BERMEJO
RESOLICIT • On sale JULY 22 • 272 pg, FC, $29.99 US • MATURE READERS
In this final graphic novel adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s international bestseller, Lisbeth Salander lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: If and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she will plot revenge – against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that nearly destroyed her life.

SUICIDERS #5
Written by LEE BERMEJO
Art and cover by LEE BERMEJO
On sale JUNE 24 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS
The rising fighter Straniero gets a visit from Grayson, the king-making manager of The Saint…but is Grayson ready to punch Straniero’s ticket to the big time or just punch his ticket permanently? Find out in the penultimate issue of Volume 1!

SCALPED DELUXE EDITION BOOK TWO HC
Written by JASON AARON
Art by R.M. GUERA, DAVIDE FURNO, JOHN PAUL LEON and others
Cover by R.M. GUERA
On sale AUGUST 26 • 320 pg, FC, $29.99 US • MATURE READERS
In these stories from SCALPED #12-24, on the morning after the opening of the Crazy Horse Casino, Dashiell Bad Horse learns that two women were murdered during the night. It’s up to Dash to find the killers and, in the process, come to grips with his relationship with his own mother. Plus, Chief Red Crow is trying to walk the straight and narrow, but how far will he let Mr. Brass push him?

SWAMP THING: THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL TP
Written by GRANT MORRISON and MARK MILLAR
Art by PHIL HESTER and KIM DeMULDER
Cover by JOHN MUELLER
On sale JULY 29 • 296 pg, FC, $19.99 US • MATURE READERS
A lost epic from issues #140-150 is collected at last! The rug is pulled out from under Alec Holland as he awakens from a coma in a South African hospital. But are his visions of a shambling swamp creature the result of a hallucinogen he ingested during his experiments on plants?CMYK_Cv_55036170b12572.80125044

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