With, it seems, the New 52 reclaiming the classic DC properties, many have been wondering what kind of future the Vertigo imprint had to look forward to. Yesterday’s solicitations might have answered that question with the revelation that March 2012 will see the launch of four new ongoing titles, the biggest push the imprint has seen in recent memory. Both Selwyn Seyfu Hinds and Denys Cowan’s Dominique Laveau: Voodoo Child and Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly’s Saucer Country have had previews in recent anthology oneshots, and Fairest is a known quantity by the fact that it’s a Fables spin-off (That said, a Bill Willingham/Phil Jiminez pairing for the launch story seems like a strong first-foot-forward), but Dan Abnett and INJ Culbard’s The New Deadwardians remains an enticing mystery for now.
Vertigo titles hardly race up the DM charts, but recent ongoing launches like The Unwritten, American Vampire and Sweet Tooth have been both acclaimed and had some buzz about them, seemingly leading a critical renaissance for the line. It’ll be interesting to see how these new books turn out, and whether Vertigo becomes the place for DC’s new ideas, while the DCU is the sales engine where old ideas are kept fresh through relaunches and revamps.