Mark Doyle Named Executive Editor in Revamp of DC Vertigo
In a reorganization that marks the 25th anniversary of Vertigo, DC’s adult genre comics imprint, Mark Doyle has been named DC Vertigo executive editor, and will oversee the rebranding of the imprint and the launch seven new series beginning in fall 2018.
Doyle is charged with relaunching the celebrated DC Vertigo imprint, which was founded in 1993 under direction of Karen Berger. DC Vertigo was launched to publish a variety of comics aimed at adults that were not the well-known characters of the DC Universe of superheroes. Since Berger left the imprint in 2012, DC has examined ways to refresh the imprint for a new generation of comics readers.
Indeed the relaunch of DC Vertigo follows an announcement earlier this year that novelist/comics writer Neil Gaiman will relaunch his celebrated Sandman series as an expanded comics universe under the DC Vertigo imprint. This Sandman relaunch will feature four new series plotted by Gaiman and written by a number of talented writers, among them Nalo Hopkinson, Kat Howard, Si Spurrier and Dan Watters.
Under direction of Doyle, the new DC Vertigo will debut four new monthly series that will launch in the fall 2018. The series include: Border Town by writer Eric Esquivel and artist Ramon Villalobos, which will debut in September. Bordertown is the story of a supernatural crack between dimensions that allows monsters from Mexican folklore—and racial animosities-- to take over a small town in Arizona. Hex Wives by Ben Blacker and art by Mirka Andolfo, the story of a male conspiracy to brainwash a powerful coven of witches—temporarily.
In addition there is American Carnage by Bryan Hill with art by Leandro Fernandez, a crime saga featuring a biracial FBI named Richard Wright, who goes undercover in a violent white supremacist group. And Goddess Mode by Zoë Quinn with art by Robbi Rodriquez, which is set in a future ruled by a godlike A.I. where a young woman provides tech support only to discover a deadly underground digital world beneath it all that is consumed by a war between superpowered women and monsters.
Three additional series will launch in 2019.
Doyle said, “It’s time to rebuild DC Vertigo. We’re returning to our roots by spotlighting the most exciting new voices in comics, as well as bringing new voices to comics. From the corners of television, games, music, activism, podcasting, comics and more, all of our creators are passionate and have something to say. We’re creating a new generation of DC Vertigo classics for readers of all genres.”