This may be the lightest month for Vertigo since it’s relaunch back in October of last year. The last two months have been generally a little lighter as well, which is mainly due to lower re-issues of trades from earlier Vertigo titles as well as a few miniseries ending. This likely only appears this way since there was a steady stream of premium releases of new trades for Northlanders, Swamp Thing, Sweet Tooth, Flinch, Hellblazer, and others, which padded things quite a bit.
This month things are generally continuing as normal, with our new regular series moving along. Astro City is now Vertigo’s longest running title at issue #38, though it brings in many years before this 38-issue run. The trade for the 6-issue Southern horror miniseries comes out this month, as well as Survivor’s Club. The latter is one book that appeared to be a regular series that then moved to a miniseries, which also seemed to be the case with Slash & Burn and the New Romancers. This could simply be the perception since it was not communicated well from the beginning what were ongoings and what were miniseries, but it could also be a back peddle from Vertigo for some titles that were not performing well. With the new trades out it will give us a good sense of how well the new Vertigo series are performing in trade sales, and that will also mean checking the sales rankings for regular booksellers since Vertigo titles do well in non-comic book settings. This is also the last issue of Suiciders: Kings of HelL.A., so it will be out in trade shortly there after.
ASTRO CITY #38
Written by KURT BUSIEK • Art by BRENT ANDERSON • Cover by ALEX ROSS
A look at 1930s Astro City, featuring Jazzbaby, the Cloak of Night, the Blasphemy Boys and more, as we delve into the secrets of the Oubor and the Broken Man’s decades-long war against it. Pulp action, serpent cults and speakeasies! Hot jazz meets cold lead, as our historical arc continues.
On sale AUGUST 17 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
ART OPS #11
Written by SHAUN SIMON
Art by ROB DAVIS
Cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
In this stand-alone issue, Reggie and the Art Ops crew face off against a painted atrocity from a centuries past by an artist so skilled, he captured not only death’s likeness but its essence! Featuring guest art by multi-Eisner Award nominee Rob Davis, you won’t want to miss “The Boy Who Painted Death.”
On sale AUGUST 24 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS
CLEAN ROOM #11
Written by GAIL SIMONE
Art by JON DAVIS-HUNT
Cover by JENNY FRISON
The Entities threaten their final revenge on our world and it’s vastly more horrible than even Astrid thought, while Evangelical forces stake a claim on Astrid’s organization, and only Chloe has the knowledge to stop them. Our second mind-bending arc rockets to a grisly conclusion for all mankind, including you and everyone you know!
On sale AUGUST 17 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS
Written by HOLLY BLACK • Art by LEE GARBETT • Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
Lucifer must join the fight for the throne of Hell! But the balance of power in Heaven is about to take a dark and deadly turn!
On sale AUGUST 17 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS
The Dark & The Bloody Vol. 1
Written by SHAWN ALDRIDGE
Art by SCOTT GODLEWSKI
Cover by TYLER CROOK
Guns, moonshine, monsters—there’s a lot going on in the backwoods of Kentucky. Something evil is lurking in the woods, and Armed Forces veteran Iris Gentry is pretty sure it’s laying in wait to punish him for his past sins. Collects the acclaimed six-issue miniseries.
On sale SEPTEMBER 28 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US • MATURE READERS
RED THORN #10
Written by DAVID BAILLIE
Art by MEGHAN HETRICK
Cover by CHOONG YOON
While Tarek embarks on the most arduous journey of his life, Thorn hunts upstart Gods on the streets of Glasgow and ends up discovering something about himself that will change him forever. Why is the city erupting with violence, and what does all this have to do with the Otherworld? Political rallies, nudity, snow and unspeakable violence—the tenth issue of the critically-acclaimed dark fantasy hit of the year, Red Thorn has all this and more wrapped in a gorgeous cover from Choong Yoon.
On sale AUGUST 24 • 32 pg, FC • $3.99 US, MATURE READERS
THE SHERIFF OF BABYLON #9
Written by TOM KING
Art by MITCH GERADS
Cover by JOHN PAUL LEON
If Sofia wants to take down Abu Rahim, she’s going to have to make a big play, forming an uneasy alliance with one of his rivals and putting up Nassir as bait to lure the warlord into her trap. What could possibly go wrong?
On sale AUGUST 3 • 32 pg, FC, 9 of 12, $3.99 US • MATURE READER
SUICIDERS: KINGS OF HELL.A. #6
Written by LEE BERMEJO
Art by ALESSANDRO VITTI and LEE BERMEJO
Cover by LEE BERMEJO
After the events of the previous issue, there’s no returning to normal for the Kings of HelL.A. With both the Mulholland Corp and the police dropping the hammer on the kids, the ones who make it out alive are going to have to decide which way they want their lives to go: get out of the gang life, or die trying. Meanwhile, Leonard and Ellroy have their final showdown. Featuring a special epilogue illustrated by series creator Lee Bermejo.
On sale AUGUST 31 • 32 pg, FC, 6 of 6, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS
Survivors’ Club: The Complete Series TP
Written by LAUREN BEUKES and DALE HALVORSEN
Art by INAKI MIRANDA, RYAN KELLY and others
Cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ
One was possessed by a poltergeist. Another was trapped in a haunted house. A third had a killer doll. Ever wonder what happened to these children of the 1980s? Find out in this paperback collecting the entire nine-issue SURVIVORS’ CLUB series.
Having found each other over the internet, six grown-up survivors are drawn together by the horrors they experienced in 1987 when a rash of occult events occurred around the world—with fatal results. Now, there are indications that it may be happening all over again. Is it possible that these six aren’t just survivors—but were chosen for their fates?
On sale SEPTEMBER 21 • 224 pg, FC, $19.99 US • MATURE READERS
Written by ROB WILLIAMS
Art by MIKE DOWLING
Cover by MATT TAYLOR
Factions form as the 140 hunker down on a heavily armed island or behind sanctuary walls. But the number continues to drop. Can money truly buy protection? And if your mad messiah finally loses his mind…how will anyone be able to tell? Unfollow is being praised for having some of the most complex and interesting characters on the shelves today, but prepare yourself for a new level of mind-bending visuals.
On sale AUGUST 3 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US, MATURE READERS