Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Blog Positivity Day: Vertigo Comics = High Quality Read
As an adult reader, I have been really happy with the consistently high quality of the Vertigo line of titles. I don't claim to read them all, but there are several that I pick up on a monthly basis. Here is my list:
Jack of Fables
Y The Last Man
In the past I have picked up Preacher, Invisibles, Sandman, Witchcraft, and several other great titles. For the last decade, this DC imprint has consistently been the source of great enjoyment for me. I think it is partially because the source material is thought provoking and provocative so it appeals to my adult sensibilities. It is a fresh break from the super hero genre to be sure. Many of the books get multiple readings. For example, I have read the Preacher run at least a dozen times, and each time I am struck by the originality of it. When I read the Invisibles, I actually had dreams about it; that is how much it stuck with me.
My favorite title right now is 100 Bullets. I can't stress to you enough how good this book is. Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso are bringing an original vision filled with compelling storylines. I prefer to read the book in trade format simply because there is so much going on and that is how I reccommend it to new readers. Let the story suck you in and see where it takes you. This book is pure excellence.
Y The Last Man has been another winner for me. Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra have a winner on their hands. The concept is a bit insane, but mostly it is genius. An unknown plague wipes out all the men on earth but one- what would the women do? The book goes there without blushing or stuttering. It transports the reader to that planet and takes us along for the journey. This is a book that is almost done (issue 60 is the final one) so trades would work well here also.
Without going into great detail about all the books listed, I just really want to send a big "high five" to the creators involved in making Vertigo one of the best reasons to read comics today. If you are an adult who hasn't read any Vertigo titles, go to your local retailer and pick up a trade to get a taste. You won't regret it.