Vertigo Comics Solicitations for May 2016

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This is one of the more dense solicitations for Vertigo in recent years, which is a great thing to say.  We see the standard list of the current books, but what really stands out for the month is the trade collections of older books coming back into the fold.  Northlanders is getting a deluxe treatment with the Anglo-Saxon Saga, which is going to have more issues than the average deluxe edition.  Older Swamp Thing is continuing to be released, with the books by Phil Hester and Mark Millar continuing to be released.

 

ASTRO CITY #35
Written by KURT BUSIEK
Art by RON RANDALL
Cover by ALEX ROSS
On sale MAY 18 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
A spotlight on three generations of Jack-in-the-Box, as the second Jack-in-the-Box’s son must decide whether to follow in the family footsteps or take another path. Also featuring the Trouble Boys, Mister Drama, the Weirdies and more. And featuring guest artist Ron Randall (CONVERGENCE: CATWOMAN, Trekker).

ART OPS #8
Written by SHAUN SIMON
Art by MICHAEL ALLRED and MATT BRUNDAGE
Cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
On sale MAY 25 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS
Does man control art or does art control man? That’s the crisis Reggie Riot faces in the aftermath of the power and destruction caused by his art arm. He already knows what his mother thinks, but what about his father? Enter Danny Doll and his own team of renegade artists and agents who aim to make the world their masterpiece, in part 1 of “Popism.”
THE DARK AND BLOODY #4
Written by SHAWN ALDRIDGE
Art by SCOTT GODLEWSKI
Cover by TYLER CROOK
On sale MAY 11 • 32 pg, FC, 4 of 6, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS
Now that Iris’s bloody past is exposed and his connection to the mysterious Ayah revealed, there is nothing stopping Ayah from openly seeking vengeance. With Iris sent away on an overnight trip to deliver moonshine, the cursed Iraqi girl goes to Iris’s house to take his son. She’ll go through anything and anyone to get the child, including Iris’s pregnant wife!

CLEAN ROOM #8
Written by GAIL SIMONE
Art by JON DAVIS-HUNT
Cover by JENNY FRISON
On sale MAY 18 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US MATURE READERS
Shocking news comes from on high concerning the seemingly indestructible Astrid Mueller…and Chloe meets with Detective Avil Demakos as they dig deeper into the deadly mysteries of the Clean Room. The second arc of this hit series starts with a bang.

Clean Room Vol. 1: Immaculate Conception
Written by GAIL SIMONE
Art by JON DAVIS-HUNT
Cover by JENNY FRISON
On sale JUNE 15 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US • MATURE READERS
In the first six issues of this new Vertigo series, meet Astrid Mueller, the enigmatic leader of a giant self-help organization. Journalist Chloe Pierce’s fiancé committed suicide after reading Astrid’s book—and now Chloe is determined to find out who Astrid Mueller really is and learn the secret of the Clean Room, where your deepest fears are revealed.

Fables: The Wolf Among Us Vol. 2
Written by MATTHEW STURGES and DAVE JUSTUS
Art by ERIC NGUYEN, STEPHEN SADOWSKI and others
Cover by CHRISSIE ZULLO
On sale JUNE 29 • 288 pg, FC, $19.99 US • MATURE READERS
Beatings and bullets won’t stop Bigby as the hunt for the killer leads him to back rooms, secret passageways and clues he’ll only find by taking a good, hard look in the mirror. Plus, the origin of Bloody Mary, and the Crooked Man’s rise to power. Collects issues #8-16.

Flinch Book Two
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, STEVEN T. SEAGLE, JOE R. LANDSDALE, MIKE CAREY and others
Art by SEAN PHILLIPS, DANIJEL ZEZELJ, DAVID LLOYD, BRUCE TIMM, CLIFF CHIANG, FRANK QUITELY, RYAN SOOK, PHILIP BOND and others
Cover by PHIL HALE
On sale JUNE 8 • 192 pg, FC, $16.99 US • MATURE READERS
In this second helping of horror from FLINCH #9-16, read about a heart transplant with unexpected results, the day a different kind of Santa visits the mall, a torrid affair between hardened criminals, and much more!
LAST GANG IN TOWN #6
Written by SIMON OLIVER
Art by RUFUS DAYGLO
Cover by ROB DAVIS
On sale MAY 25 • 32 pg, FC, 6 of 6, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS
Ava’s brown bread, the past is prologue and all that bollox, and the gang are left to boldly go where no thieving guttersnipe has gone before…in other words, their original mentor, Ava, who brought the gang together in 1977, has orchestrated one last heist from beyond the grave. It’s now 2018, and if Joey, Alex, and Billy follow the old bird’s plan, they’ll pull off the ultimate score of the 21st century. They just have to go into orbit to do it.

LUCIFER #6
Written by HOLLY BLACK
Art by STEPHANIE HANS
Cover by CHRISTOPHER MOELLER
On sale MAY 18 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS
Rosemary’s just an average American co-ed bringing her boyfriend, Takehiko, home from college to meet her parents, who happen to be Satanists. The second act of Holly Black’s critically acclaimed divine family drama starts here! Featuring ethereal guest art by Stephanie Hans (Angela, Wicked and Divine) and a new cover in a long LUCIFER legacy by Christopher Moeller.

Jacked Vol. 1
Written by ERIC KRIPKE
Art by JOHN HIGGINS
Cover by GLENN FABRY
On sale JUNE 1 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US • MATURE READERS
In this collection of the 6-issue miniseries, Josh Jaffe, a neurotic family man in the midst of a midlife crisis, buys a “smart pill” to increase his focus and jolt him out of his slump. But to Josh’s surprise, the pill gives him incredible strength and power—but is extremely addictive. This irreverent and brutally realistic story examines both the mighty highs and humiliating lows of being a real-life superhero.


NORTHLANDERS VOL. ONE: THE ANGLO-SAXON SAGA TP
Written by BRIAN WOOD
Art by DAVIDE GIANFELICE, DEAN ORMSTON, RYAN KELLY, DANIJEL ZEZELJ and MARIAN CHURCHLAND
Cover by MASSIMO CARNEVALE
On sale JUNE 22 • 464 pg, FC, 7.0625” x 10.875” • $29.99 US MATURE READERS
These tales illustrate the harsh life of the Viking invasion and occupation of the British Isles from the 8th to 11th centuries. Families are broken, lives are saved, and death is everywhere in these gritty tales from NORTHLANDERS #1-16, #18-19 and #41.
NEW ROMANCER #6
Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art and cover by BRETT PARSON
On sale MAY 11 • 32 pg, FC, 6 of 6, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS
Byron has asked adorable geek Lexy to marry him—but is it true love, or just part of Incubator’s cruel A.I. experiment? Meanwhile, what has Mata Hari planned for Lexy’s dad? And will computer genius Ada Lovelace ever escape from cyber space? These and other questions will be answered, just make sure you’re at the church on time for the conclusion to this strangest of modern romances!

RED THORN #7
Written by DAVID BAILLIE
Guest art by STEVE PUGH
Cover by CHOONG YOON
On sale MAY 18 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS
Come with us as we visit the Glasgow of 1991, where you’ll find a few familiar faces, and some of the answers you’ve been searching for these past six months. Guest artist for our intermission chapter, “Hairspray Queen,” is none other than the legendary Steve Pugh (ANIMAL MAN), and he is pulling precisely zero punches in his depiction of this story. Prepare to weep.

Sandman Mystery Theatre Book 1
Written by MATT WAGNER
Art by GUY DAVIS, JOHN WATKISS and R.G. TAYLOR
Cover by GAVIN WILSON
On sale JUNE 15 • 320 pg, FC, 7.0625” x 10.875” • $29.99 US • MATURE READERS
In these noir tales from SANDMAN MYSTERY THEATRE #1-12, millionaire Wesley Dodds becomes the Sandman to fight injustice in 1930s New York City, going after kidnappers, blackmailers and predators who prey on rich socialites.

Swamp Thing Vol. 3: Trial By Fire
Written by MARK MILLAR
Art by PHIL HESTER, KIM DeMULDER and CURT SWAN
Cover by JOHN TOTLEBEN
On sale JUNE 29 • 272 pg, FC, $19.99 US • MATURE READERS
In these tales from SWAMP THING #161-171, a powerful force arrives on Earth to steal Swamp Thing’s new elemental abilities. Then, the government sends Jason Woodrue to locate Swamp Thing in the Louisiana bayou. But Swamp Thing may be as altered as his environment—and John Constantine and the Phantom Stranger have their own plans for dealing with what he’s become.
SURVIVORS’ CLUB #8
Written by LAUREN BEUKES and DALE HALVORSEN
Art by RYAN KELLY
Cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ
On sale MAY 4 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US MATURE READERS
Stab, you’re it! Trapped in the Muskagee house, the Survivors play a deadly game of hide and seek with the murderous Mr. Empty. To survive, they’ll have to work together. But within the dark and twisted interior of this monstrous house nothing is what it seems…including allegiances.
THE SHERIFF OF BABYLON #6
Written by TOM KING
Art by MITCH GERADS
Cover by JOHN PAUL LEON
On sale MAY 4 • 32 pg, FC, 6 of 12, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS
It’s always hard to know for sure who is winning in a war, but for Christopher and his allies, they sure don’t see a clear victory coming anytime soon. While Chris and Sofia try to deal with a personal tragedy falling out from the attack on her convoy, Nassir’s enemies make another move on him and his wife—and this time the couple won’t get away so easily. This all began with two dead bodies, but it’s anyone’s guess how many more there will be before everything is finished.
SUICIDERS: KINGS OF HELL.A. #3
Written by LEE BERMEJO
Art by ALESSANDRO VITTI
Cover by LEE BERMEJO
On sale MAY 25 • 32 pg, FC, 3 of 6, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS
The streets of New Angeles are dangerous, and it’s not just because of gangs like the Kings of HelL.A. protecting their turf with violence. There are other creatures, unseen predators, feeding on life through death. One in particular has a history with Leonard from back in the day when he was Suiciding under the name Coyote. As Leonard tries to create a new future for himself, he’ll realize that the past is always waiting to bite him on the ass.
UNFOLLOW #7
Written by ROB WILLIAMS
Art by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
Cover by MATT TAYLOR
On sale MAY 4 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS
Courtney is the “It” girl of the 140 List: an heiress with looks, brains and all the attitude. And now, she’s got her very own hit reality TV show. So what puts the “curt” in Courtney? Why does she hate her father so much? And who is the mystery girl in the next room? Featuring art by Marguerite Sauvage (DC COMICS: BOMBSHELLS, SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN).

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