On some of these books…
Dark and Bloody was always a 6 issue mini. It’s also pretty good if you like horror comics.
Red Thorn seems to be cancelled, I thought it started pretty well. It once they introduced the fantasy characters it just seemed too over familiar and silly an idea and I lost interest. I think it was too quick a move stateside for David Bailly, who could have done with a bit more time learning his craft at 2000ad because getting his own creator owned series.
There’s a really good writer in there, but he’s not quite there yet.
Sheriff of Baghdad was always a limited series, I remember Tom King talking about it on 11 o’clock comics, it was called Sherifff of Babylon at the time but they had to change the name because of some band I think.
I don’t think that was ever marketed properly. It should have been a bigger hit, given how good it is and the talent involved. Mitch Gerrard is now drawing Batman and King’s upcoming Mr Miracle series.
Slash and Burn I didn’t enjoy at all, i found it confusing and boring. A bit like Spencer’s current series in the Megazine, which is impossible to follow.
Art Ops benefited hugely from Allred’s art, but he idea was limited. I enjoyed it quite a bit to begin with. It reminded me of Milligan and Morrison stuff, but the concept is a bit one note and it got boring fast.
Pity, because he did some interesting things with the characters.
Survivors Club was cut criminally short, it had an amazing start and Lauren Buekes is a pretty big name as an author, but she and her co writer didn’t quite nail the flow of a comic. I felt that it tailed off after starting so well, but for it to disappear so unceremoniously I found really insulting as a reader who had forked out for it every month. No explanation or fuck all.
I have double dipped on it and bought the collection though. There was some terrific horror ideas in there and I would like to read it all in one sitting to see how it holds together despite its premature extinction.
I thought The Last Gang In Town was garbage, but maybe just not for me. I’m not surprised how it tanked. I don’t know why they commissioned it to be honest.
It’s a real shame they fucked it up. Between Unfollow, Clean Room, Sheriff & Surviors Club they were producing a bunch of comics better and more original than most of Image’s new releases at the time, it’s a pity they couldn’t reward the talenet with the proper management of their books.
Vertigo could do with some PR lessons from Mark Millar. They can’t market themselves for shit.