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Monday, May 3, 2004

WONDERCON: VERTIGO PANEL

SAN FRANCISCO -- We3, a new mini-series written by Grant Morrison, was announced Sunday at the Vertigo panel at WonderCon.

Here's how DC describes the mini-series, which has art by Frank Quitely:

"They are the ultimate cyborg assassins: a dog named Bandit, a cat named Tinker, and a rabbit named Pirate, armed with missiles, poison gas, state-of-the-art computer technology, rapid fire chain guns and unbreakable exo-skeletons. "

We3 will be three issue and begins in August.

It is the second of three Vertigo mini-series written by Morrison, following Seaguy this spring and Vimanarama in 2005.

Seaguy, drawn by Cameron Stewart, introduces a "wistful, would-be hero who embarks on a picaresque voyage through a post-Utopian world." Vimanarama, drewn by Philip Bond, is described by DC as "part Bollywood romantic comedy, part cosmic odyssey."

In other news from the Vertigo panel:

* Dave Gibbons' The Originals is scheduled for October. In the graphic novel about futuristic youth, best friends Bok and Lel want only one thing in life: to be part of the Originals, the coolest gang in the city. Life in the Originals takes them on a fast-paced journey fuelled by drugs, tribal loyalty, first love, and inter-gang violence.

* In Y: The Last Man, this summer finds Yorick searching for forgiveness from what remains of the Catholic Church, but a trinity of women will do whatever it takes to stop him. The creative team of writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Pia Guerra continues, with covers by Massimo Carnevale.

* A second Blood & Water mini-series by Judd Winick, Tomm Coker and Brian Bolland is scheduled for next year, along with a trade paperback of the first mini-series.

* The Sandman: Endless Nights will be released in a softcover edition in August.

* Tim Hunter returns in July in The Books of Magick: Life During Wartime, w written by British TV writer Si Spencer from a plot by Spencer and Neil Gaiman, with art by Dean Ormston and covers by Frank Quitely. The series is set in alternate universes where battles on Earth and Faerie overlap. According to DC, the series is "loaded with dystopian undercurrents and psychological horror and set against a background of contemporary world politics."

* The Witching is by writer Jonathan Vankin, artists Leigh Gallagher and Ron Randall and cover artist Tara McPherson.

* Hellblazer, the longest-running Vertigo title reaches its 200th issue in September with a 48-page written by Mike Carey. The issue includes chapters drawn by Steve Dillon, Marcelo Frusin and Leonardo Manco -- the former, current and upcoming artists on the series -- and looks at the lives Constantine might have lived, with chapters showing him married to Kit, Zed and Angie, along with their demonic children.

* Writer Bill Willingham is joined in July by guest artists Tony Akins and Jimmy Palmiotti for the two-part tale "War Stories," which reveals Bigby Wolfıs adventures with Frankenstein in World War II. Regular series artists Mark Buckingham and Steve Leialoha return after that for a story in which readers will meet Bigby's father, the North Wind.

* This summer, Christopher Chance stars in "Crossing the Border," a two-part tale that send him into Mexico to make some harrowing discoveries regarding the U.S. sex trade. The first five issues of the series are now collected in Human Target: Strike Zones.

* The two-part story "Sheikdown" brings The Losers into conflict in the Gulf State of Qatar, caught between an irate Emir and the CIA. After that, artist Jock takes a break, and regular series writer Andy Diggle teams up with Ale Garza for a solo adventure starring the deadly Afghan warrior Aisha.

* In July's 100 Bullets #50, readers get answers to some burning questions, and Agent Graves gives another desperate victim the infamous attache and 100 untraceable bullets.



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