I had never read a PREACHER comic when AMC’s Preacher TV series premiered. I had heard about it from friends, and I once had a roommate with an extensive comic book collection who maintained that Preacher was her favorite comic of all time. I placed it in my mental to-read list, but that’s as far as I got. I had no idea what it was about, but when I heard a description for the AMC show, I did a figurative double-take.
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When I started here at DC (back in 2012, for anyone keeping score), we had just relaunched the Vertigo website and were building out a section for FABLES. The series was still ongoing at that time and had become one of Vertigo’s flagship books. Only SANDMAN had as much name recognition and only HELLBLAZER had more longevity. As the content editor for Vertigo, I was responsible for creating material for this new section of the site.
The problem was, I’d never read it.
You never know where a dream is going to take you, something that readers of THE SANDMAN are reminded of the moment they get to issue #6 of the series and the story known as “24 Hours.” A nearly standalone tale, “24 Hours” is commonly acknowledged as one of the most disturbing comics ever written.
If you’ve ever had a pet that you cared deeply for, you know how magical that relationship can be. Well, in Vertigo’s ASTRO CITY #48, that magic takes a turn for the literal as a mystical amulet transforms petty thief Andy Merton and his Corgi, Hank, into the high-flying, half-canine super hero known as G-Dog.
Academy Award-winning writer John Ridley has returned with his years-in-the-making sequel to his acclaimed alternate history tale, THE AMERICAN WAY. The Civil Rights movement of the 1970s has gotten angrier and much more explosive as heroes such as the New American, Amber Waves and Ole Miss find themselves getting drawn in. But when things are no longer so black and white, will they find themselves on the right side of history?
Anyone who’s read the news over the past year knows that our country is pretty deeply divided right now. That’s a troubling situation regardless of what side you happen to fall on, but reading John Ridley, Georges Jeanty and Karl Story’s THE AMERICAN WAY, I was reminded that this isn’t the first time our nation has seen this. Of course, whether that makes it less or more worrying probably depends a lot on what you choose to focus on.