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Vertigo vs. Image: A Tale of Two Comic Companies

By Derek Flynn

Once upon a time there were two comic companies. One was an imprint of DC Comics, which featured stories of a mature nature written by many of the bright new stars of the comics world. Its name was Vertigo. Vertigo published – amongst other titles – Sandman by Neil Gaiman, Preacher by Garth Ennis, and Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis. The other company had been set up by a group of superstar artists, including Todd McFarlane and Jim Lee, who had become fan favourites drawing some of Marvel Comics’ biggest characters. That company was called Image Comics.

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IMAGE REVIEW: The Black Monday Murders

by Stephen Hardman

Whether it be the Illuminati, the Bilderberg Group, or other secretive groups of the super-rich and powerful, the idea that a very small percentage of the world’s population controls the majority of the world’s wealth is a pervasive one. Often dismissed as wild conspiracy theories the idea has taken greater hold since the most recent global banking crisis, the aftermath of which has been scant consequences for the people that caused it, coupled with devastating consequences for the people adversely affected by it.

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REVIEW: Lazarus – The Comic You Should Be Reading

It’s not surprising that Lazarus is such a great comic, given its pedigree. Written by Greg Rucka who – when he’s not writing some of the most interesting stories in mainstream DC – has also written such excellent series as Whiteout and Queen and Country; with art by Michael Lark of Daredevil and Captain America fame; and published by Image Comics – hands down the publisher of the most exciting new comics at the moment. (Indeed, there’s probably a separate piece to be written about how Image – once solely the home of the likes of Spawn and Savage Dragon – has now usurped Vertigo for cutting edge comics and left them trailing in their wake.)

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REVIEW: Outcast

Outcast
Writer – Robert Kirkman
Artist – Paul Azaceta
Colours – Elizabeth Breitweiser
Letters – Rus Wooton

Review by Stephen Hardman

In a recent letters column in Robert Kirkman’s Outcast he pointed out that the comic is now the third longest running series he has created, after The Walking Dead and Invincible. Currently nineteen issues in, it is easy to envisage Outcast reaching the 50 and 100-issue milestones that those other titles have in recent years.

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REVIEW: Southern Bastards

Reviewed by Derek Flynn

Southern Bastards is a new series from Image Comics.

Ok. That’s a lie.

Southern Bastards is not actually a “new” series. I’m late coming to this book. Like, a year late. And yes, I heard all the great word of mouth and read the great reviews. Even our own Stephen Hardman gave a glowing review of issue 10 on this very mag.

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