NYCC 2010: Vertigo News


People are still rising from their chairs at the NYCC Vertigo panel as we speak, and here we are already with all the news that's fit to print. Don't ever say we didn't do anything nice for you. First up is the much-discussed project from Anthony Bourdain:


Bourdain Cooks up GET JIRO!

You may have heard that Anthony Bourdain, chef, best-selling author and host of the Travel Channel’s “No Reservations,” is working on an original graphic novel for Vertigo. Well, we’re excited to confirm that and to give you, our hungry fans, the details you’re craving.

Written by Anthony Bourdain ( Medium Raw, Kitchen Confidential) and novelist Joel Rose ( Kill Kill Faster Faster, La Pacifica)  GET JIRO! will be illustrated by artist Langdon Foss (Heavy Metal) who’s best known for his detailed and hypnotic line-work.

GET JIRO! is a futuristic action thriller that takes America’s newfound obsession with exotic cuisine to a manic, violent extreme. It takes place in a world where food and the secrets of how to prepare it are the source of all power leading master chefs to fight over Jiro, a mysterious top-notch sushi chef with ideas of his own.


In other news, Sandman lovers have a new excuse to reread their old favorite:

Think You Know Everything About SANDMAN? Think again.

Neil Gaiman's multi-volume magnum opus The Sandman is one of the most popular, groundbreaking, bestselling and award-winning comic books of the last twenty-five years. But, if you think you know everything there is to know about the series and its many incarnations, think again.

Leslie Klinger, the man behind The Annotated Sherlock Holmes and The Annotated Dracula, has set out to compile the definitive annotated version of the critically acclaimed Vertigo series. Working closely with author Neil Gaiman, Klinger’s THE ANNOTATED SANDMAN will amass 4 volumes and will be sure to please fans as well as those discerning readers curious about the phenomenon.


Did you like DC's Minx line? Were you a big fan of The New York Four? Then today is your lucky day! Or, actually, a day in January 2011 will be. When the book comes out. You know what I mean.

Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly heart THE NEW YORK FIVE

Originally announced as a Minx project, THE NEW YORK FIVE reunites Brian Wood (DEMO, DMZ, NORTHLANDERS) and Ryan Kelly (LUCIFER, LOCAL) in a 4-issue miniseries that will be a full 32 pages with no ads. The black and white drawings are absolutely stunning—capturing the city and NYU freshmen Riley, Lona, Merissa and Ren (The New York Four) as second semester begins.

There's nothing more exciting than college life in the big city, but you never know what’s around the next corner. In THE NEW YORK FIVE, Riley's sister Angie is making a name in the Lower East Side with her new band, and now Riley is the black sheep of the family. Lona's murky past appears to have been hiding an alarming proficiency for stalkerism, and Merissa and Ren are about to confront uncomfortable situations involving older men. But who is the "five" in THE NEW YORK FIVE?

Speaking of anticipated sequels, Fables fans are having  some wishes of theirs granted this February:

Cinderella is back!

Previously mentioned at San Diego Comic Con, CINDERELLA: FABLES ARE FOREVER is a 6 issue mini-series coming in February 2011 from the same fabulous team who brought you Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love, author Chris Roberson (iZOMBIE) and artist Sean McManus!

As we know, Cindy is the best secret agent ever. For nearly two centuries she was Bigby and Beast’s off-the-books operative. But while Fabletown is no more and her shoe store cover gone she still dips her toes in the spy trade in the defense of her fellow Fables. This time the stakes are even higher, if she fails the whole world might be destroyed. When an adversary from decades past returns Cindy is faced with a dark mirror of herself, and must answer the questions she has avoided for so long: do the ends justify the means, and is there anything pure left within her at all?


Finally, a superstar creative team is doing… something, some time!

Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso reunite!

Brian Azzarello and artist Eduardo Risso, the creators behind the critically acclaimed fan favorite and New York Times Bestselling series 100 BULLETS and WEDNESDAY COMICS’ Batman story are reuniting on a top secret Vertigo project for 2011!


Keep an eye out for these in the coming months.


  1. Can’t wait to the Azzarello/Rizzo book’s out!

  2. Wood and Kelly back together! Hell yes!


    Local is one of favorite books of all time.

  3. I was dreading a "Vertigo will cease to exist" statement. Nice to hear some cool new projects on the horizon

  4. @jetstorm – ditto

  5. @wally

    I wouldn’t stop dreading yet. No new ongoing series have been announced, even though at least four (Greek Street, Unknown Soldier, Air, Madame Xanadu) have gotten cancelled recently.

    Two spinoff mini’s, a annotation book, and a Anthony Bourdain book is not exactly thriving. 

  6. yeah yeah yeah

    nothing I’m super excited about…

  7. I hope the The New York Five doesn’t turn out to be Elijah Snow again

  8. @nawida–yeah i know thats troubling. From what i understand though, Vertigo is one of the most internally loved parts of the DC empire. The main editor in charge is respected by almost everyone. Sure things are changing, but if Vertigo goes, it means DC itself is in huge trouble. 

  9. Any rumors about Vertigo cutting down their projects next year are completely false.  Was at this panel and they’re really going to outdo themselves with the new Cinderella mini-series, Fables #100, Get Jiro, and Hellblazer

  10. Well I love Vertigo, I’m sure I will be picking up more than one of these.

  11. New Azzarello and Risso is what I’m looking forward to.

  12. They also said that they planned to be working with the creative team from Unknown Soldier again in the future, but had no specifics. Hope they were not just blowing smoke. 

  13. @HailScott…very good news, if they’re serious you may have made my day!

    As for the rest, really looking forward to New York Five and a hopefully refreshed Azz/Risso team up.  The Bourdain book sounds very interesting too, but I wasn’t madly in love with the original Cindy mini series.  Still, these are all fairly disparate slightly unusual projects and probably at least prove there’s still some faith in the imprint.  It’d be a crying shame if it left us.

  14. It will be nice to see Risso art again!

  15. FABLES #100! I cannot wait!

    And another Cinderalla mini? HELL YEAH!

     I’d actually like another novel like Peter & Max too!

  16. So the company founded by Swamp Thing and Sandman and behind Y, Preacher, Invisibles, Transmetropolitan (after Helix), Hellblazer, Sandman Mystery Theater, Fables and Scalped’s two major announcements are an exciting new book about a chef with a deadly secret and a follow-up to a mini-series which accomplished the impossible by making Cinderella boring.  Wow.