Keeping secrets in this house is never easy and when we first heard of Will Dennis’s concept for a format that would marry some of today’s best Comic creators and Mystery writers we were excited beyond belief at Crimespree. And yes, we’ve been beating the drum for a long time… But now finally, tonight, in New York City, the line is launched and Vertigo Crime is a reality.
Two books were heralded in today, Filthy Rich by Brian Azzarello & Dark Entries by Ian Rankin. For our crime fans, the name Rankin means police procedural. For comic fans, you’d be hard pressed to find a writer you’re more familiar with than Mr. Azzarello. The Formula is complete and the mission has begun…
In celebration of tonight’s launch I spent the hour between eight and nine reading Filthy Rich. If this were poker I’d be all in .
It is the story… of a boy… who thinks his life is over. A wunderkind, the next greatest foot ball hero until bad choices and an even badder Dame, Junk is all that… The character is so full of fatal flaws and a less than stellar history that save for the comic environment he’d scream of over indulgence. This book is definitely not that. With Azzarello’s words marrying to Victor Santos’s art this is a classic tale of noir. The difference is between the fabulous dialog and the amazing art there is little interpretation to be done, only story enjoyment with a truth purer than white and a black that will never leave you. You’ll never be in better hands. Every wrong choice is felt, every punch landed.
Rankin is my favorite writer, my favorite Scot man and just a brilliant individual who embraces pop culture more reverently than we here at Crimespree. Dark Entries tells a compelling story from the point of view of one of D.C.’s favorite characters, John Constantine (a.k.a. Hellblazer). Reality TV is hell and in this tale it’s coming to you in the form of a reality show where the haunted house starts being … well… haunted. It’s up to John to save the day. The marriage of art and words in the second title is not, perhaps, as wonderful as in that of Filthy Rich… but then Sir Ian had never written a comic before. Werther Dell’Edrea tries an entirely new concept with Hellblazer art. Would he have dared with a lesser penman at the helm?
Years (and I’m telling you it feels like decades when we’re about to burst with the news) after our first hint of the new line VERTIGO CRIME, tonight they celebrate in New York…. And today, in the mail… an Advanced Reader’s copy of The Chill arrived… written by Jason Starr (PANIC ATTACK) and drawn by Mick Bertilorenzi. This is not a box of our favorite things; This is the conspiracy that will marry the prose and graphic novel form for all of those who prefer a little black in our fiction.
Buy Filthy Rich
Buy Dark Entries