Oops, I meant to post this on Monday, but I got distracted by something shiny.
Anyone who knows me or my taste in comics, I am quite the Vertigo pimp. Always have been, always will be. I can't help it, Vertigo has consistently put out quality comics for something like 15 years now, maybe longer, I can't remember exactly. (I am getting to be an old fangirl at this point).
Vertigo (aka DC) was I believe the first publisher to offer Volume Ones of various series for $9.99, since 2006 if I'm not mistaken. Not every Volume One from the Vertigo imprint is $9.99, but there are many to choose from. I may sound like a broken record mentioning some of these, which is why I will not take up much time or space with the following: 100 Bullets Volume One, DMZ Vol 1, Exterminators Vol 1, Fables Vol 1, and Unwritten Vol 1. Just know that I do recommend all of these, but I wanted to spend some time and space on some of the lesser known Vertigo/Wildstorm $9.99 GN's.
Air Volume One
This book is not nearly as popular as it SHOULD be, imo. I read volume 1 & 2 and was thoroughly entertained. If you are a fan of Lost or Flash Forward, you should give this book a try.
Written by G. Willow Wilson
Art and cover by M.K. Perker
Collecting the story that started it all, from AIR #1-5! Blythe knew there was no time like the present more dangerous to be an airline stewardess, but the skies might be much more dangerous than anyone imagines. She's just learned of the Etesian Front - vigilantes dedicated to take the skies back from terrorism - and they're after Zayn, a man she's just met. Whether he's an average frequent flier or a terrorist, finding out will lead Blythe to discover the weird science of hyperaxis and the mysterious artifact that will change the way we see technology forever.
From the comics imprint known for innovation, G. Willow Wilson and M. K. Perker introduce a new way of looking at the magic of flight.
Ex Machina Volume One
This is a great book, by the man behind Y, Brian K. Vaughn. So why not, try it already? I'm pretty sure this series has been picked up to be a movie (at this point, what hasn't?), but honestly I can see this book as great inspiration for a TV show.
Written by Brian K. Vaughan; Art by Tony Harris & Tom Feister; Cover by Harris
From Wizard Magazine's Top Ten writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y: THE LAST MAN) and Eisner Award-winning artist Tony Harris (STARMAN) comes a collection of one of the most critically acclaimed new series of the year, featuring a gorgeous new cover by Harris! THE FIRST HUNDRED DAYS collects the first five issues of this stellar ongoing political thriller, including the extra-sized origin of the super-heroic Great Machine, as well as the 4-part "State of Emergency."
Set in our modern-day world, EX MACHINA tells the story of civil engineer Mitchell Hundred, who becomes America's first living, breathing super-hero after a strange accident gives him amazing powers. Eventually Mitchell tires of risking his life merely to maintain the status quo, retires from masked crimefighting and runs for mayor of New York City, winning by a landslide. But Mayor Hundred has to worry about more than just budget problems and an antagonistic governor, especially when a mysterious hooded figure begins assassinating plow drivers during the worst snowstorm in the city's history!
Greek Street Volume One (Note: this GN ships to LCS on March 10th!)
This book is not for everyone, but anyone that has a love of Ancient Greece should really check it out. I love me some Peter Milligan, and this book fills that role nicely. This is a pretty violent, gritty series.
Written by Peter Milligan
"A reminder that some stories are too true and too dangerous to ever die...crackles with Promethean fire." - Grant Morrison
Boasting a "Greek Chorus" of sexy strippers, vengeful gangsters, a murderous youth and a disturbed clairvoyant teenaged girl, GREEK STREET is Peter Milligan's reimagining of the brutal and visceral tragedies of Ancient Greece played out on the mean streets of modern-day London. This first paperback collects issues #1-5 of the provocative new series.
House of Mystery Volume One
Looking for something, anything to replace the gaping hole that Sandman left after it ended all those years ago? This is the book you've been waiting for, it takes place within the universe that Gaiman brought to life back in the day. Want some Cain and Able? Look no further!
Written by Matthew Sturges and Bill Willingham
Art by Luca Rossi, Ross Campbell, Sean Murphy, Zachary Baldus, Steve Rolston and Jill Thompson
Cover by Sam Weber
"This is the next Vertigo pillar to watch!" - Wizard
Welcome to the House of Mystery! Filled with peculiar, otherworldly characters from all walks of life, this series from Matthew Sturges (JACK OF FABLES) and Bill Willingham (FABLES) focuses on five people trapped in the reality-warping House of Mystery, a supernatural bar where tales are the legal tender and only the finest storytellers are patrons! But how - and why - they're stuck inside is all just a little piece of the puzzle in this first volume, which collects issues #1-5 of the all-new acclaimed series and special bonus material.
Northlanders Volume One
Liek DMZ? Good, get Brian Wood's OTHER Vertigo genre-reaching series. Vertigo done right with a Viking twist! Collects EIGHT issues for $9.99, what an incredible deal!
Written by Brian Wood
Art by Davide Gianfelice
Cover by Massimo Carnevale
In this first volume collecting NORTHLANDERS #1-8, DMZ writer Brian Wood stabs Viking lore in the face with a fresh take on what it means to be a warrior. Meet Sven, an exiled Viking prince who must return to the desolate lands of his birth to reclaim his vast inheritance upon the death of his father. See why Entertainment Weekly calls it "a well-reserched, richly realized world that illuminates politics and culture without getting bogged down in history-book stuff."
Unknown Soldier Volume One
Want to read a book with some edge? Check this series out, writer Dysart is pretty hard-core with his grim portrayal of the horrors of war, with the usual Vertigo twist.
Written by Joshua Dysart
Art by Alberto Ponticelli
Cover by Igor Kordey
"UNKNOWN SOLDIER could be a new Vertigo classic." - The Onion
"A story with teeth, unafraid to confront some horrific truths about the world we live in, Joshua Dysart's UNKNOWN SOLDIER is a comic that genuinely matters." - Garth Ennis
"This is an immensely brave, intelligent and ruthless piece of work. You need to read it." - Warren Ellis
Welcome to Northern Uganda. In 2002, it's a place where tourists are hacked to death with machetes, 12-year-olds with AK-47s wage war, and celebrities futilely try to get people to care. Moses Lwanga is a pacifist doctor caught at the center of this. But when his life is threatened, Moses suddenly realizes he knows how to kill all too well. What is this voice telling him the only way to fix what's wrong with the country is by slaughtering those responsible? And what is Moses' connection to past bandage-wrapped warrior?
Next time you are fixin for something new to read, try any of these great Vertigo Volume Ones. Something here is bound to please. And as usual, all four Amazing Fantasy locations carry all of these books, along with every other Vertigo/Wildstorm/DC graphic novel you could possibly want.
Man it would be SO cool if I could add some Marvel books to the list of "Great Reads for under Ten Bucks!" There are some great digest-sized Marvel graphic novels I can discuss. I will highlight those for next time, but what I really want to see is Marvel jumping on the $10 band wagon, NOW please. Come on, if Agents of Atlas Volume One was $10, instead of the $20 for volume one, or $25 for the mini-series collected, I could convince a bunch of people to give it a shot. All I'm saying is Marvel certainly hasn't done everything possible to gather interest in the lesser known titles. Come on Marvel, take a cue from your friends at DC and Image and do this already!