Vertigo Comics Complete Solicits for January 2016

Now we are putting together the solicits for the beginning of Vertigo’s new year in 2016.  Now all of their “relaunch” titles will have been released, twelve in total, so now there are no more #1s.  This is really where we will begin to see how well this new line-up will play over at Vertigo.  For the most part, there are no surprises here, just middling issues of all of their series.  Issue #13 of Fables: A Wolf Among Us is released here, which is a touch unusual since most people assumed this was a 12-issue maxi series.  It is not usual to see it run 13 issues, so it is quite possible that it will keep going a touch longer.  The final issue of Twilight Children from Gilbert Hernandez and Darwyn Cook will come out in January, which has been the most celebrated of the new books at Vertigo so far.  Since Lucifer is one book that they really want to succeed because of its television show tie-in, they are releasing a special edition copy of #1.  This is not of the relaunch, but of the Sandman spin-off from the 1990s, and will come out for only a buck.  We are also finally getting another issue of Vertigo Quarterly: SFX, which has seemed like forever for the fantastic anthology title.
 Vertigo also continues its great tradition of keeping its backlog relevant and available.  The miniseries The Egypt, which was called a “lost series” is coming to the trade paperback, bringing its story of drifting magic to a new group of readers.  Doom Patrol Book 1 and Y: The Last Man Book 4, respectively, will be coming out, which is showing how committed Vertigo is to the Deluxe Edition format that a lot of readers have preferred.  These nice hardback(and sometimes soft back) versions have extra content, good paper stock, and a nicer presentation, and a lot of non-comic readers from bookstores enjoy getting these volumes.
ASTRO CITY #31
Written by KURT BUSIEK
Guest art by JESUS MERINO
Cover by ALEX ROSS
On sale JANUARY 20 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
A monster’s-eye-view of heroes, fear, battle and more, as the Living Nightmare—the embodiment of fear itself—goes up against the Honor Guard, and all its secrets come to light. A story that could change the team forever. And half of them just got new costumes, too. Featuring the work of guest-artist Jesus Merino!
“I’m completely blown away. Shaun Simon and Michael Allred are defining the next wave of the lo-fi weird.”—Gerard Way, writer of Umbrella Academy
ART OPS #4
Written by SHAUN SIMON
Art by MICHAEL ALLRED and MATT BRUNDAGE
Cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
On sale JANUARY 27 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS
With Reggie Riot missing in action, the Body calls on an inmate from a secret art prison to help save the Mona Lisa. But when people from Reggie’s past come back to haunt him, Reggie returns to NYC with a dangerous revelation that proves deadly: Does man control art—or does art control man? Find out in part 4 of “How to Start a Riot.”
“The work of a master storyteller writing at the peak of her (black, twisted) powers.”—Scott Snyder, writer of BATMAN, AMERICAN VAMPIRE and Wytches
CLEAN ROOM #4
Written by GAIL SIMONE
Art by JON DAVIS-HUNT
Cover by JENNY FRISON
On sale JANUARY 20 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS
Astrid finds herself in the unique position of interrogating someone…scratch that…someTHING truly unexpected in the Clean Room, and she may not leave there alive. Meanwhile, Chloe storms off to find another way to take down Astrid and her corporation, only to find her life spiraling farther down the drain…not to mention, something from the Clean Room may have slithered out to follow her home.
EGYPT TP
Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by GLYN DILLON, ROBERTO CORONA and PHILIP GASCOINE
Cover by GLYN DILLON
On sale FEBRUARY 3 • 192 pg, FC, $19.99 US • MATURE READERS
In this lost Vertigo classic, a hopeless drifter named Vincent awakens to a fantastic world where magic exists and gods walk the earth. He’s been killed and reborn, chased by mummies, tortured by priests, and seduced by goddesses. But to complete his quest, Vincent must face the most terrifying mystery of all: the truth about himself.
Y: THE LAST MAN BOOK FOUR TP
Written by BRIAN K. VAUGHAN
Art by PIA GUERRA, GORAN SUDZUKA and JOSE MARZAN JR.
Cover by MASSIMO CARNEVALE
On sale FEBRUARY 10 • 296 pg, FC, $19.99 US • MATURE READERS
As these stories from Y: THE LAST MAN #37-48 begin, we catch up on the adventures of Yorick’s monkey Ampersand and learn the origin of Agent 355. Plus, Yorick searches for his fiancée in Australia, with deadly results, before heading off to Japan to learn the shocking truth behind who ordered Ampersand’s abduction.
FABLES: THE WOLF AMONG US #13
Written by MATTHEW STURGES and DAVE JUSTUS
Art by ERIC NGUYEN, MEGAN LEVENS and TRAVIS MOORE
Cover by CHRISSIE ZULLO
On sale JANUARY 13 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US DIGITAL FIRST • MATURE READERS
Bigby is close to death’s door…but he’s also closer than ever to cracking the case! Can he stay in one piece long enough to shatter the Crooked Man’s empire? Plus, spend some sexy time with the bad guys and gals of the Silvering, as we discover how (glass) babies are made!
“This is Vertigo at its very best—a beautifully handled classic character with a fresh twist.”—Jock, artist on BATMAN, Wytches
LUCIFER #2
Written by HOLLY BLACK
Art by LEE GARBETT
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
On sale JANUARY 20 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS
Agreeing to team up to find out who killed their Father, Lucifer and Gabriel begin the hunt for clues and suspects. And what better place to search for God’s murderer than Lucifer’s former realm, Hell? But how will the Lords and Ladies of the Nine Circles respond to the return of their old ruler? Plus, the return of a one-time nemesis of a certain Dreamking.
LUCIFER #1 SPECIAL EDITION
Written by MIKE CAREY
Art by CHRIS WESTON and JAMES HODGKINS
Cover by DUNCAN FEGREDO
On sale JANUARY 13 • 32 pg, FC, $1.00 US • MATURE READERS
Reprinting the first issue of the hit series for just $1.00! When Lucifer Morningstar asked Dream of the Endless to sever his wings so he could walk among mortals, the former Lord of Hell thought he was making the right decision. But managing a piano bar in L.A. has lost its charm, and now the darkest star in the City of Angels is ready to get back in the game. Only this time he’d rather play God.
DOOM PATROL BOOK ONE TP
Written by GRANT MORRISON
Art by RICHARD CASE, JOHN NYBERG and others
Cover by BRIAN BOLLAND
On sale FEBRUARY 17 • 424 pg, FC, $29.99 US • MATURE READERS
In these tales from DOOM PATROL #19-34, the world’s strangest heroes have left behind almost every vestige of normality. Shunned as freaks and outcasts, the Doom Patrol faces mystifying threats that must be defeated—at any cost. These are the epics that introduced Rebis, Crazy Jane, Dorothy Spinner, the Brotherhood of Dada and more!
“…the sort of half-rabid, hairy-eyed genii that comics needs more of.” —Mike Carey, writer of THE UNWRITTEN and LUCIFER
LAST GANG IN TOWN #2
Written by SIMON OLIVER
Art by RUFUS DAYGLO
Cover by ROB DAVIS
On sale JANUARY 27 • 32 pg, FC, 2 of 7, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS
The band may have broken up, but the gang is all together. Ava’s team of punk rock hooligans are ready to crack London like a safe, but only if they can get past their own egos, hang-ups, and petty squabbles. Not to mention the royalist gangster that doesn’t like some snot-nosed upstarts encroaching on his territory during the Queen’s Jubilee.
“Grounded, intriguing and ultimately surprisingly heartwarming, JACKED is worth your time, super hero fan or not.” —Geoff Johns, writer of JUSTICE LEAGUE and BATMAN: EARTH ONE
JACKED #3
Written by ERIC KRIPKE
Art by JOHN HIGGINS
Cover by GLENN FABRY
On sale JANUARY 27 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS
Josh Jaffe has discovered the dark side of super-heroing, but blood on his hands is no match for his addiction. And like any addict, his problems keep piling up. Can he kill the man who’s out to kill him? Should he? And what weird physical toll is his addiction taking on his body? Plus: someone discovers Josh’s secret.
“Slyly proves that in the modern computer age, not only is love eternal, but so are history’s greatest lovers.” —Paul Dini, writer of BATMAN: MAD LOVE, DETECTIVE COMICS, Batman: The Animated Series
NEW ROMANCER #2
Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art and cover by BRETT PARSON
On sale JANUARY 13 • 32 pg, FC, 2 of 12, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS
No sooner had incorrigible romantic and brilliant coder Lexy Ryan been united with her long-dead dream lover—poet Lord Byron—then she lost him again. Now, while Lexy searches for the famous rhymer and the New Romancer dating site teeters on the brink of oblivion, Lexy’s beautiful but dangerous successor at Incubator takes an unhealthy interest in the libertine Lord. Meanwhile, a crazed Casanova seeks a perverse type of love in Silicon Valley…
“Vivid 21st century pop occultism, redolent and ripe with the romance and horror of prime Vertigo.”—Kieron Gillen, writer of The Wicked + The Divine
RED THORN #3
Written by DAVID BAILLIE
Art by MEGHAN HETRICK
Cover by CHOONG YOON
On sale JANUARY 20 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS
Thorn and Isla travel to Morocco to meet Tarek, a young boy who’s been drawing maps his whole life—maps of a realm that doesn’t seem to exist. We also introduce the fiercest Redcap of all: Franint, whose hobbies include murder, being angry and more murder. And you won’t believe which long-time Celtic celebrity turns out to be an old flame of Thorn’s.
“A clever, twisting and blood-slick crime story in a place as hot and dry and lethal as any classic noir.”—Warren Ellis, writer of TRANSMETROPOLITAN and Injection
THE SHERIFF OF BABYLON #2
Written by TOM KING
Art by MITCH GERADS
Cover by JOHN PAUL LEON
On sale JANUARY 6 • 32 pg, FC, 2 of 8, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS
Chris Henry is an American contractor in Iraq with a dead body on his hands and no idea what to do with it. That’s why he needs Nassir, one of the country’s last remaining old-school lawmen, to return the slain man to his family. Yet, with Sadaam Hussein long gone and Nassir’s badge long since retired, just what is motivating the man to help out?
“Top-notch art and an intriguing story – SLASH & BURN is a white-hot hit.”—Jim Zub, writer of Wayward and Skullkickers
SLASH & BURN #3
Written by SI SPENCER
Art by MAX DUNBAR and ANDE PARKS
Cover by TULA LOTAY
On sale JANUARY 13 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS
There’s an arsonist on the loose, and the victims are all figures from Rosheen Haye’s hidden past. With a police detective nosing around in her business, and the body count rising, the one-time pyromaniac-turned-firefighter is starting to worry that the elephant in the room will turn out to be her.
“Brainy, ambitious, and delightfully scary, SURVIVORS’ CLUB is a throwback to books like THE SANDMAN and HELLBLAZER that made Vertigo a legend.”—Joe Hill, writer of Locke & Key
SURVIVORS’ CLUB #4
Written by LAUREN BEUKES and DALE HALVORSEN
Guest art by INAKI MIRANDA
Cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZOn sale JANUARY 6 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 • MATURE READERS
Six kids who lived through unbelievable horrors in 1987, now all grownup, are united in L.A. It’s monster versus monster (versus exorcists) in a torturous game between Mr. Empty and the Muskagee House. We discover the terrible truth about Simon’s parents and meet the Hinkels, the exorcists who now control the haunted property and try to keep a handle on everything that dwells inside it.
“Two of the greatest storytellers deliver exactly the masterpiece you would think they would—nothing short of brilliant.” —Jimmy Palmiotti, co-writer of HARLEY QUINN
THE TWILIGHT CHILDREN #4
Written by GILBERT HERNANDEZ
Art and cover by DARWYN COOKE
On sale JANUARY 13 • 40 pg, FC, 4 of 4, $4.99 US • MATURE READERS
The mysteries of Ela and the elusive orbs converge to create a bigger conundrum in the conclusion of THE TWILIGHT CHILDREN. The young scientist Felix, the town’s sheriff, the local doctor and the rest of the cast involved in this adventure come to understand the seriousness of the danger threatening the town, and possibly the entire planet, if someone doesn’t do something fast. Ela is the only hope, and she perhaps must sacrifice what she’s come to love the most.
“Provoking, beautiful, and topical. I follow UNFOLLOW.” — Brian Azzarello, writer of 100 BULLETS and co-writer of DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE
UNFOLLOW #3
Written by ROB WILLIAMS
Art by MICHAEL DOWLING
Cover by MATT TAYLOR
On sale JANUARY 6 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS
The journey to the island doesn’t go quite as Dave expected when he meets hungover heiress Courtney, but you won’t hear him complaining. As each of the 140 arrives, social media mogul and Headspace mastermind Laurence Farrell has a very special message for his new heirs. Also, did anyone notice that the app changed to “139”? What’s that all about?
VERTIGO SFX #4
Written and illustrated by CHRISTIAN WARD, JONATHAN CASE, LEILA DEL DUCA, JORDIE BELLAIRE, HOWARD CHAYKIN, JED DOUGHERTY, EMMA NEEDELL, ALE GARZA, CAVAN SCOTT, SAMANTHA SHANNON, KATE PERKINS, JODY HOUSER, NATHAN FOX and others
Cover by NATHAN FOX
On sale JANUARY 27 • 80 pg, FC, $7.99 US • MATURE READERS
Vertigo’s latest anthology series goes out with a BANG! Quite a few of them, in fact. The last issue of SFX gathers short stories inspired by the sound of gunfire, the popping of balloons, the kick of a drum and even the origin of the universe itself. It doesn’t get any bigger than that!
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