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.