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Joseph Self reviews Vertigo: First Taste + Actor Comics Presents.

Vertigo: First Taste

Targeting mature audiences, DC’s Vertigo line has produced some of the most influential and critically-acclaimed comics in the industry, utilizing the best writers and artists available. Their provocative, cutting-edge titles (including Sandman, Hellblazer, and Fables) unabashedly confront controversial topics head-on. Reproduced as trade paperbacks, and thus available in mainstream bookstores, their popularity even helped revitalize the declining industry.

Collecting the premier issues of five very different series (Y: The Last Man, 100 Bullets, Books of Magic: Life During Wartime, Transmetropolitan, Death: the High Cost of Living) and Saga of the Swamp Thing #21, this book spans nearly two decades and features the work of Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Warren Ellis, Chris Bachalo, Eduardo Risso, Pia Guerra, and others.

At less than five bucks (cheaper than two current titles), this is a tremendous value for anyone who hasn’t yet tasted Vertigo’s wares! Hopefully, a second helping will be served.

Actor Comics Presents

The Hero Initiative (formerly ACTOR, A Commitment to Our Roots), is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing comic creators in need medical assistance and basic financial support. They have distributed over $200,000.00 in aid, and improved the quality of over 30 lives.

This 152-page anthology, featuring dozens of the industry’s leading writers and artists, is jammed with original stories (including one by the legendary Stan Lee), pin-ups, and even Bios of the contributors, and includes two full-color stories starring The Incredible Hulk and Spider-Man.

The list of talent includes (but by no means is limited to…) Roy Thomas, Michael Avon Oeming, Dave Sim, Joseph Michael Lisner, Paul Dini, Mark Waid, Dan Jurgens, Steve Rude, Desiree Rincon, William Loebs, and Dan Wickline.

Priced at only $10, this is already a tremendous value. The fact that it also benefits charity just makes it better.

From his secret Rocky Mountain refuge 9200 feet above the world, Joe indulges his passion for comics and other alternate realities, including his own. A long-time writer for ComicBase, his name is a veritable pun generator. You can e-mail your questions and suggestions to Joe at

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