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No More Happily Ever After…
FABLES

     Her apartment's a bloody crime scene. Her body's nowhere to be found. And it's not a simple case of murder. Welcome to Fabletown…

     When a group of fairy tale characters are exiled from their respective homelands, they're forced to take up secret residence in modern day New York City. Life in the "real" world among the "mundanes" isn't easy for these displaced refugees. Modern problems such as making the rent are added to their accustomed challenges of keeping their fangs to themselves and their enchantments in good operating order.

Click For Larger Image     Manhattan is the setting for FABLES — a new ongoing VERTIGO series created and written with predatory wit by Bill Willingham (Coventry, THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: MERV PUMPKINHEAD — AGENT OF DREAM). This series features a rotating roster of amazing artists, including Lan Medina (Aria, WONDER WOMAN SECRET FILES) & Steve Leialoha (THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: PETREFAX) on the first story arc, with Mark Buckingham (DEATH: THE HIGH COST OF LIVING, Peter Parker: Spider-Man) and others on future issues. FABLES will appeal to genre fans of both dark fantasy and urban reality. To illustrate this dichotomy, issue #1 features two covers — an evocative painting by newcomer James Jean, and a dynamic, line art illustration by Alex Maleev (Daredevil, BATMAN: NO MAN'S LAND).

     The primary suspect in Rose Red's murder is her latest boyfriend, Jack — an unrepentant rascal who's caused no end of trouble for the Fable community since his beanstalk-climbing days. It's up to Deputy Mayor Snow White and a reformed Bigby Wolf, Fabletown's one-man police force, to sniff out whodunnit to Snow's estranged party-girl sister. Can the reluctant partners solve the mystery of Rose Red's murder without killing one another in the process?

Click For Larger Image     The ensemble cast of FABLES also includes (among many others) the down-on-his-luck philanderer Prince Charming, who's trying to replenish his lost fortune by selling his royal title on the internet; Beauty and the Beast, who're immersed in a 400-year-old marital crisis; and a pesky, adventurous little pig, who finds city life far more suitable than life Upstate on The Farm and threatens to blow everyone's cover in the process.

     Willingham said about the new series: "These aren't the charming, lovable fairy stories that captured the imagination of your saccharine youth. Not even close. These tales are about jealousy, misery, murder, betrayal, revenge, regret, and armed revolution. They hearken back to the dark roots of our folklore, before they were sanitized for a more delicate society."

     This project is supported with a 4-color poster, house and trade ads, and a website promotion at www.dccomics.com.

     FABLES is an ongoing VERTIGO series edited by Shelly Bond, and is suggested for mature readers. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores May 8 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S. Note: This issue will ship with two covers. All orders will be comprised of covers by James Jean (50%) and Alex Maleev (50%).


EVOLVING VERTIGO

     A new era has arrived for one of the most cutting-edge imprints in comics, with a new look spearheading some exciting upcoming projects. Beginning this May, all regular monthly VERTIGO titles adopt a new trade dress that sets them apart on the stands, starting with FABLES #1 (see related article). But FABLES is just the beginning of the next VERTIGO revolution.

     "We have a lot of cool projects making their debuts for the rest of the year," says Karen Berger, Vice President — Executive Editor, Vertigo. "The new cover treatment is just one of many exciting things readers can look forward to. Besides the great items offered this month, VERTIGO has upcoming projects to satisfy all kinds of comics readers:"

THE FILTH — Ongoing series by Grant Morrison, Chris Weston & Gary Erskine. "We're keeping the lid tight on this project for now," says Berger. "But rest assured it's another brilliant new venture from the man who re-invented the JLA and New X-Men and brought us THE INVISIBLES."

100% — Writer/artist Paul Pope returns with a 5-issue miniseries following three young couples in a stark New York City of the future.

Y-LAST MAN — Ongoing series by Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra. A mysterious virus wipes out every living thing on Earth with a Y-chromosome...except for one man.

THE DARWIN THEORY — A 3-issue miniseries by Joe Casey & Ben Templesmith. "Think X-Files meets James Bond"

BLOOD AND WATER — A 6-issue miniseries by Judd Winick and Tomm Coker that's a vampire tale with a VERTIGO twist.

FIGHT FOR TOMORROW — acclaimed author Brian Wood joins artists Denys Cowan & Kent Williams for a 6-issue miniseries of violence and retribution set in New York's Chinatown.

VERTIGO COLLECTIONS — Look for new collections for 100 BULLETS, AMERICAN CENTURY, ANIMAL MAN, LUCIFER, THE INVISIBLES, and TRANSMETROPOLITAN. Plus, trade paperbacks of the JOHNNY DOUBLE and USER miniseries."

ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVELS — Look for the ENDLESS NIGHTS hardcover by Neil Gaiman and some amazing artists, including Milo Manara, Prado, Bill Sienkiewicz, P. Craig Russell, Tanino Liberatore, and Storey. Then discover ORBITER by Warren Ellis and Colleen Doran, about a mysterious space shuttle that returns to Earth ten years late…with only one crewmember alive. Plus, writer/artist Ty Templeton brings us BIGG TIME, about a loser who wants to be famous or die trying.


Look for the new trade dress on the following VERTIGO titles this May:

In stores May 8:

  • FABLES #1

  • HUNTER: THE AGE OF MAGIC #11

  • TRANSMETROPOLITAN #56

In stores May 15:

  • AMERICAN CENTURY #15 [New Release Date: May 29]

  • LUCIFER #26

In stores May 22:

  • HELLBLAZER #174 [New Release Date: July 31]

  • MIDNIGHT, MASS #2

In stores May 29:

  • 100 BULLETS #36 [New Release Date: June 26]

  • CODENAME: KNOCKOUT #13


HUMAN TARGET: FINAL CUT
Hardcover

Click For Larger Image     Peter Milligan, writer of the acclaimed HUMAN TARGET miniseries (with art by the late, great Edvin Biukovic) returns to VERTIGO with HUMAN TARGET: FINAL CUT, a riveting, action-packed modern noir with a psychological undercurrent. For this 96-page original hardcover, Milligan — one of the writers who defined VERTIGO with his groundbreaking work on SHADE THE CHANGING MAN, ENIGMA, THE EXTREMIST and many others (as well as currently penning the fan favorite X-Force) — teams with sensational European illustrator Javier Pulido (ROBIN: YEAR ONE).

     Christopher Chance's profession is an unusual one: for a price, he will impersonate the intended target of a possible assassination. His skills at mimicking his clients verge on the uncanny, and Chance sometimes finds himself slipping disturbingly far into character.

     When Chance is hired to impersonate an aging film actor marked for death by an extortionist who preys upon the Hollywood glitteratti, what seems like an open and shut case soon spirals down a path of danger and deceit into the seamy underbelly of the Hollywood dream factory; a fetid flipside to the everyday excesses of the City of Angels.

     Chance's investigation into the kidnapping of a child actor brings Chance face-to-face with a cast of characters whose motives are fuelled by a diverse array of personal demons. The cast includes: a grief-stricken father desperate for the return of his missing son, his mysterious younger wife, an aspiring screenwriter with an obsessive lust for stardom, and a narcotics-addicted stripper who puts up with repeated abuse from her lover.

     In this world of glamour and glitz lurks shattered dreams, illicit drugs, destructive love, and the hope of salvation in someone else's skin. As Chance slips further into his cover identity, will he ever find the way back to his true self?

     This project is supported with house and trade ads, and a website promotion at www.dccomics.com.

     HUMAN TARGET: FINAL CUT is a 96-page VERTIGO hardcover edited by Karen Berger, and is suggested for mature readers. It arrives in comic-book stores May 22 with a cover price of $29.95 U.S.


THE NAMES OF MAGIC
TRADE PAPERBACK

     Young Tim Hunter once was told that he was destined to be the world's most powerful magician. Since then, magic has brought Tim nothing but grief and misery, but he's learned through bitter experience that he's stuck with it no matter what.

Click For Larger Image     Now, in the first story following the end of THE BOOKS OF MAGIC ongoing series, Tim Hunter is ready to take control of his destiny again in THE NAMES OF MAGIC — a 128-page VERTIGO trade paperback reprinting the 5-issue miniseries. Written by Dylan Horrocks, with art by Richard Case and a painted cover by John Bolton, THE NAMES OF MAGIC finds Tim reunited with the four mystics who revealed his destiny to him in the original THE BOOKS OF MAGIC miniseries. Tim learns of the existence of the White School — a refuge where he might finally be protected from the deluge of forces trying to claim his power for themselves. Before he can gain entry, he must find his true name before an ancient secret society that would control him tries to track him down. But Tim's true name is hidden in the realm of Faerie, and there he must face forces that are just as deadly to the young magician — forces that know all too well the astonishing truth of Tim Hunter's origins, and what they mean for all the worlds.

     This project is supported with house ads.

     THE NAMES OF MAGIC is a 128-page VERTIGO trade paperback and is suggested for mature readers. It arrives in comic-book stores May 1 with a cover price of $14.95 U.S.


COMICS


May 1st
THE CRUSADES #15
Written by Steven T. Seagle; art by Kelley Jones and Ron Randall; painted cover by Aron Wiesenfeld

In stores May 1. Every day in San Francisco seems to be a holy day as the Ash Wednesday Killer steps up his schedule of slaughter. But are his deeds the work of an obsessed serial killer…or is the out-of-commission Knight somehow escaping from his resting place to enact a new campaign of terror? Ingenue reporter Venus Kostopikas and Detective Addas Petronas cross paths in their quest to crack the case…and in their search for love.
MATURE READERS
32 pages, $2.50

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THE NAMES OF MAGIC TP
Written by Dylan Horrocks; art by Richard Case; painted cover by John Bolton

In stores May 1. Reprinting the 5-issue miniseries, THE NAMES OF MAGIC finds Tim reunited with the four mystics from the original THE BOOKS OF MAGIC miniseries. Tim learns of the existence of the White School — a refuge where he might finally be protected from the deluge of forces trying to claim his power for themselves. Before he can gain entry, he must find his true name, while an ancient secret society that would control him tries to track him down. For more information, see the feature article.
MATURE READERS
128 pages, Trade Paperback, $14.95

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S.C.I.-SPY #4
Written by Doug Moench; art by Paul Gulacy and Jimmy Palmiotti; cover by Gulacy

In stores May 1. The sins of the past always come back to haunt you, as Motherbank is learning this first hand. In this issue, Sebastian Starchild learns the truth behind his mysterious origin, what the Hunger Bugs really are and from whence they come, and the devastating secret Motherbank has been harboring for nearly a thousand years.
MATURE READERS
32 pages, (4 of 6), $2.50

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May 8th
FABLES #1
Written by Bill Willingham; art by Lan Medina and Steve Leialoha; variant covers by James Jean (painted) and Alex Maleev

In stores May 8. A new VERTIGO series takes a decidedly dark spin on familiar fairy tale characters. Led by Snow White, a reformed Bigby Wolf, and a slew of others, the secret community of Fabletown is adjusting to life among the "mundanes. " But this is no fairy tale, and when Snow White's estranged sister, Rose Red, goes missing — her apartment a grizzly, bloody scene — it's up to her sister and Mr. Wolf to find the culprit. But the question remains, will they find Rose intact, or will the cryptic message on her wall come true: "No More Happily Ever After?" For more information, see the feature article. This issue will ship with two covers. All orders will be comprised of covers by James Jean (50%) and Alex Maleev (50%).
MATURE READERS
32 pages, $2.50

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Cover A

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Cover B

 
HUNTER: THE AGE OF MAGIC #11
Written by Dylan Horrocks; art by Richard Case and Steve Bird; painted cover by Jon Foster

In stores May 8. The conclusion to the 4-part "The Evil Gene." Dr. Fabien's deadly virus of love is at large in London, and Tim must stop it before the entire city is consumed. But he can't do it without the help of an angel and the mysterious Spirit of London.
MATURE READERS
32 pages, $2.50

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TRANSMETROPOLITAN #56
Written by Warren Ellis; art by Darick Robertson and Rodney Ramos; cover by Gene Ha

In stores May 8. Martial law is expanding out from the Reclamation Zone to take control of the City; martial law run from the White House, and a President savaged by Spider Jerusalem. The beginnings of unrest stir, and no one really knows how the Smiler will react. Actually, Spider Jerusalem has a good idea…but he's officially on the run now.
MATURE READERS
32 pages, $2.50

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May 15th
AMERICAN CENTURY #15
Written by Howard Chaykin and David Tischman; art by Luke Ross and John Stokes; painted cover by Glen Orbik

In stores May 15. [New Release Date: June 5] "An American in Paris," Part 2 of 3. Harry Kraft discovers a warehouse full of stolen paintings, but the Nazi loot is le key to a pompous French art dealer's plan to flood the world with near-perfect frauds. With Henri, the half-baked baker, on his tail, Harry's only hope is the mysterious Angelique. But will this Parisian angel put him on Cloud Nine, or six feet under?
MATURE READERS
32 pages, $2.50

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LUCIFER #26
Written by Mike Carey; art by Peter Gross and Ryan Kelly; painted cover by Christopher Moeller

In stores May 15. Part 2 of the 3-part "Purgatorio," featuring Death of the Endless. Death has come to Lucifer's cosmos, to confront not one, but two supposedly immortal beings. Her intentions are far from clear, but her actions will prove both terrible and irrevocable, and change forever the destiny of both the Morningstar and the world he's worked so hard to create.
MATURE READERS
32 pages, $2.50

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May 22nd
HELLBLAZER #174
Written by Brian Azzarello; art by Marcelo Frusin; painted cover by Tim Bradstreet

In stores May 22. [New Release Date: July 31] The conclusion to "Ashes and Dust." FBI Agent Frank Turro's investigation into the death of John Constantine comes to a grisly end as he confronts the tragic individual responsible, but not before friends, enemies, and lovers from Constantine's past converge on the insane scene. Question is, are they there to pay their respects, or dance on his grave?
MATURE READERS
32 pages, $2.50

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MIDNIGHT, MASS #2
Written by John Rozum; art by Jesus Saís and Jimmy Palmiotti; painted cover by Tomer Hanuka

In stores May 22. VERTIGO's new horror, fantasy, romance, mystery miniseries continues. Picture a lone farmhouse, under a moonless sky. Through the window you see that a TV is playing. Two figures are watching TV. One is human. One is not. Adam and Julia Kadmon undergo their most desperate adventure...one that will change the way they work forever.
MATURE READERS
32 pages, (2 of 8), $2.50

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May 29th
100 BULLETS #36
Written by Brian Azzarello; art by Eduardo Risso; painted cover by Dave Johnson

In stores May 29. [New Release Date: June 26] The conclusion to the 6-part "The Counterfifth Detective." Private Eye Milo Garret's spiral continues, as he uncovers the truth about exactly why he's been left a scarred, broken man. It's said the truth will set you free, but for Milo it's not before he's been backed into a corner, beaten down, and spat back up. Milo's only possible escape lies in the attaché case Graves gave him, but can a man really hope to escape his past?
MATURE READERS
32 pages, $2.50

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CODENAME: KNOCKOUT #13
Written by Robert Rodi; art by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti; cover by Tomas Giorello

In stores May 29. "Fleshback 1932: Arrivederci, Roma" — a standalone issue. In Mussolini's Italy, Go-Go's anarchist mother, Fiorella Fiasco, battles Angela's secret agent grandmother, Pearlie Gates. Throw in the pint-size Italian spitfire Bamboletta, and it's a Golden Age she-devil spectacular! Meow!
MATURE READERS
32 pages, $2.50

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HUMAN TARGET: FINAL CUT HC
Written by Peter Milligan; art and cover by Javier Pulido

In stores May 29. Christopher Chance is hired to impersonate an aging film actor marked for death by an extortionist who preys upon the Hollywood glitteratti. What seems like an open and shut case results in Chance's being hired to find a missing child actor, and his cover leads him down a dangerous trail of drugs, violence and frustrated desperation. As Chance slips further into his cover identity, will he ever find a way back to his true self? For more information, see the feature article.
MATURE READERS
96 pages, Hardcover, $29.95

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Relist
DEATH: THE HIGH COST OF LIVING TP — relist
Written by Neil Gaiman; art by Chris Bachalo and Mark Buckingham; painted cover by Dave McKean

In stores May 1. Reoffered to coincide with the release of JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE WITH CHRIS BACHALO CREATING CATWOMAN, this trade paperback collects the first miniseries starring the popular character created by critically-acclaimed writer Neil Gaiman, and featuring art by JUST IMAGINE…CATWOMAN's Chris Bachalo. Featuring an introduction by musician Tori Amos.
MATURE READERS
104 pages, Trade Paperback, $12.95

 
THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: MERV PUMPKINHEAD — AGENT OF DREAM — relist
Written by Bill Willingham; art by Mark Buckingham and John Stokes; painted cover by Kevin Nowlan

In stores May 8. Reoffered to coincide with the release of FABLES #1, this hilarious one-shot — also written by FABLES's Bill Willingham — features everyone's favorite pumpkinhead as a daring Super-spy Agent of Dream…or is that all just in his head?
MATURE READERS
48 pages, Prestige Format, $5.95

 
HUMAN TARGET TP — relist
Written by Peter Milligan; art by Edvin Biukovic; cover by Tim Bradstreet

In stores May 29. Reoffered to coincide with the release of the HUMAN TARGET: FINAL CUT HC, this trade paperback collects the original VERTGO miniseries that reinvented one of DC's signature characters from the 1970s.
MATURE READERS
104 pages, Trade Paperback, $12.95

 
USER — relist
Written by Devin Grayson; painted art by John Bolton and Sean Phillips; covers by Bolton

In stores May 29. Devin Grayson's gender-bending techno-drama is offered again, featuring lush "online fantasy" sequences painted by John Bolton, and stark "real world" art by Sean Phillips. Meg Chancellor discovers herself — by becoming someone else — in the seductive escapism of a fantasy-based online world.
MATURE READERS
#1 (of 3)
48 pages, Prestige Format, $5.95
#2 (of 3)
48 pages, Prestige Format, $5.95
#3 (of 3)
48 pages, Prestige Format, $5.95