5 Underrated Vertigo books
Yeah, yeah – you know all the big Vertigo books, but what about the smaller titles that Vertigo has put out over the last few decades? For every Sandman or Preacher, there’s been a handful of Vinyl Undergrounds or Greek Streets. But, Will Salmon asks, which were the standouts?
1 Deadenders: Ed Brubaker and Warren Pleece created this odd cyberpunk/mod mashup set in a post apocalyptic future. Though it ran for just 16 issues before cancellation (and a hastily assembled wrap-up conclusion) it shone brightly as one of the more unique books in Vertigo’s history.
2 Sauc er Country : Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly delve deep into UFO logy with the tale of a presidential candidate who claims to have been abducted by aliens. Hugo-nominated, brilliantly drawn, it felt like a new Vertigo classic. Disappointing sales meant it was axed after just 14 issues.
3 Young Liars: Set in present-day New York, this was a trippy, twisty splicing of American teen comics, pop music and serious weirdness written and drawn by David Lapham. Dark, snarky and funny as heck. Perhaps appropriately, it lived fast and died young.
4 Northlanders: Brian Wood’s gritty Norse saga, while fictional, was a dynamic and well researched look at the lives – and deaths – of people in the Viking Age. It should have run for years, but lasted just four. Still, its 50 issues are some of the most exciting comics from DC in ages.
5 Air: Ms. Marvel writer G Willow Wilson penned this bizarre tale of an air stewardess roped into an anti-terrorist plot that soon expands to take in pan-dimensional travel, Amelia Earhart and supernatural events. Axed after 24 issues, it felt as if Wilson was just getting started...