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A sampler of sorts of various Vertigo comics like Sandman, Hellblazer, House of Secrets and the Minx - all having something to do with winter time / Christmas.


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A sampler of sorts of various Vertigo comics like Sandman, Hellblazer, House of Secrets and the Minx - all having something to do with winter time / Christmas.

30 review for Vertigo: Winter's Edge

  1. 5 out of 5

    Derek

    These are probably the most fucked up, though immensely redemptive Christmas stories you're ever going to read. They're dark though hopeful, witty yet crass, and profound in their subtle moral deliberations on filial piety. Oh, and what a great cast or writers: Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Garth Ennis, Jamie Delano, Ed Brubaker, Warren Ellis, Brian Azarello, Brian K. Vaughn, Caitlin R. Kiernan, John Ney Rieber, Steve Garber, Peter Milligan, Dave Gibbons, etc., etc. Spanning remarkable stories fr These are probably the most fucked up, though immensely redemptive Christmas stories you're ever going to read. They're dark though hopeful, witty yet crass, and profound in their subtle moral deliberations on filial piety. Oh, and what a great cast or writers: Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Garth Ennis, Jamie Delano, Ed Brubaker, Warren Ellis, Brian Azarello, Brian K. Vaughn, Caitlin R. Kiernan, John Ney Rieber, Steve Garber, Peter Milligan, Dave Gibbons, etc., etc. Spanning remarkable stories from these great series, Sandman, Sandman Mystery Theatre, The Invisibles, Nevada, Transmetropolitan, Books of Magic, Swamp Thing, The Dreaming, Death, The Minx, House of Secrets. Hellblazer, Preacher, 100 Bullets and Deadenders. Whoa! Overall, this is an awesome collection.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gonzalo Oyanedel

    Las fiestas navideñas fueron la excusa para que Vertigo sorprendiera en su momento con este especial, desfile de personajes y autores brindando un puñado de historias con el entonces innovador sello de la casa,siguiendo a una Rain Harper (la joven que protagoniza "House of Secrets") ocupada en conseguir regalos de última hora. Quizás poco amigables para el lector de paso, el experimento encontró la suficiente respuesta entre los asiduos como para retornar instaurando la breve (y extraña) tradici Las fiestas navideñas fueron la excusa para que Vertigo sorprendiera en su momento con este especial, desfile de personajes y autores brindando un puñado de historias con el entonces innovador sello de la casa,siguiendo a una Rain Harper (la joven que protagoniza "House of Secrets") ocupada en conseguir regalos de última hora. Quizás poco amigables para el lector de paso, el experimento encontró la suficiente respuesta entre los asiduos como para retornar instaurando la breve (y extraña) tradición de un anual Vertigo.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shawn

    So digging through some comics before the big sell-off this summer (hopefully) and one of the things I grabbed were a bunch of Vertigo samplers from back in the day. This one had actual original stories and not just sections torn from the current issues. So this was about 5 years into Vertigo and the bloom was already off the rose for me. What started as a way of consolidating the smartest, best written and most adult DC Universe titles under one banner (which could also then be marked as adult a So digging through some comics before the big sell-off this summer (hopefully) and one of the things I grabbed were a bunch of Vertigo samplers from back in the day. This one had actual original stories and not just sections torn from the current issues. So this was about 5 years into Vertigo and the bloom was already off the rose for me. What started as a way of consolidating the smartest, best written and most adult DC Universe titles under one banner (which could also then be marked as adult appropriate) in 1993, and which initially seemed split between interesting, imaginative takes on DC properties and some new creator owned titles, had already kind of run aground on 2 problems. 1. - the mainstream DCU fans HATED the idea of Vertigo being part of continuity almost as much as they HATED the idea of it being out of continuity - what of all their careful kept lists and charts and such? So, Vertigo was officially "out of the loop" as per continuity, which I'm sure made some guy sleep easier, now that he didn't have to worry that, say Negative Man from Doom Patrol, Book 1: Crawling From the Wreckage wasn't a hemaphrodite named Rebus under Grant Morrison's run (or that the original Crisis on Infinite Earths was engineered by an all-powerful retarded child playing in a sandbox, as shown in, well, HELLBAZER was my first guess, but this was probably all the way back during Rick Veitch's run on SWAMP THING or maybe more, so the continuity patch was retroactive). Even more damaging, however, was that a good proportion of Vertigo's initial waves of titles, especially some of the non-property based ones, just weren't very good (GHOSTDANCE, anyone? Howabout Goddess? EGYPT?). Luckily, most were miniseries, but still, Vertigo quickly became the dumping ground for nepotistic, NYC based hipsters in the publishing biz at the time to show up with pitches that featured "Lesbians"(tm) or "drugs"(tm), most of whom didn't seem to have given much thought to the idea that these were comics (and thus visual). The Independents of the time were beating their asses at their own game. Well, anyway, 5 years in and we get something like this. Beautiful Brian Bolland cover (boy, can that man draw postures! And shoes!) and 9 stories related to 9 current Vertigo titles (and a 2-page, quasi-interview with the guys doing PREACHER). Some have a Christmas or winter theme. Well, I'll tell you, if not for the beautiful John Bolton artwork on the SANDMAN entry (the series already over by this time, IIRC, but Vertigo was never shy about pimping the corpse of Neil Gaiman's goth scarecrow Morpheus, although he doesn't show up in the tale here, just Desire of the Endless - the story itself is pretty thin, more on that in a moment), an occasional smile from THE DREAMING installment (see "pimping", noted above) - mostly because I like Cain very much (but hate that Duncan Fegredo draws Abel as if he's a retarded child), the warm memories that reading about Wesley Dodds, in THE SANDMAN MYSTERY THEATER segment, brought back to me (again, pretty weak story, but more anon) and, finally, the absolutely bizarre INVISIBLES installment, well, this thing would have gotten a "1" from me (that Bolland cover, you understand). Reading the framing device (which is about paintings - hah- frames, these hipster writers and their meta-narrative jokes!) reminded of why I was never interested in the HOUSE OF SECRETS relaunch by Steven Seagle (mopey hipster girl stuck in oh-so-portentous titular house). You get a really perfunctory HELLBLAZER story (The joy of Constantine is that it's really easy for people to hack out a story that doesn't directly involve him, because he can always just lend an ear, say something cynical and British, grind out his smoke in the last panel and walk off - hey, presto, "I'd sure like to drink with that guy!"). There's the aforementioned Desire of the Endless (tm) story, which looks beautiful but isn't much of story, simply because there's very little room for ANY of these pieces to be real stories. In this case, it's also Gaiman 101 - "I've got a college degree and a book of mythology and I'm not afraid to us them!" (Gaiman's writing on SANDMAN was top-notch, but he's failed to impress me on anything else). The SANDMAN MYSTERY THEATER story suffers from the same lack of room (and a rather embarrassing dialogue anachronism for its 1930's setting, when Wesley says "uh, no comment") but still reminds me why it was one of the best things VERTIGO ever put out. The aforementioned THE DREAMING segment is another trifle (and if there's anything worse than Gaiman on autopilot, it's people aping Gaiman on autopilot, with yet another "look, I know obscure mythology details to sling around!" approach). The less said about a "cuh-raazy"(tm) story from a forgotten Peter Milligan title THE MINX, the better ("he dropped a reference to labial piercings, I bet he lives in New York!"). I loved Steve Gerber back in the day (that day being long summer afternoons in the 1970s) but Nevada couldn't be further from what I want to read, and this segment proved it, with bells on. There's a story from BOOKS OF MAGIC - you remember BOOKS OF MAGIC, don't you? No, not the really good 4-issue miniseries tour of the DC Universe's occult side - the endless, uninteresting, bolloxed and botched series that followed that mini-series. You don't? Big surprise! ("that girl was selling LSD in that story, I bet the writer lives in New York...or maybe London...") Finally, there's THE INVISIBLES installment. Now, I loved THE INVISIBLES. Really loved it. It's a slightly conditional love, but a love all the same. And I like this odd little piece - but it certainly wasn't going to get anyone to buy the series. "And We're All Policemen", which, oddly enough, is tied to a Morrison short story in Disco 2000 called "I'm A Policeman" (IIRC), is King Mob/Gideon Stargrave at the end of the universe - or at least the end of pop-culture time, and the end of London. It has one of my favorite lines ever from Mob - "I LOVE MY SISTER! I LOVE HER HIDEOUS, DEMONIC CHILD! I LOVE BIG BROTHER! HAPPY ANTI-CHRISTMAS ONE AND ALL! RULE BRITANNIA!" and features a great tribute to Rosemary's Baby to boot. In a sense, it can't be placed directly into THE INVISIBLES story chronology (although I'm sure the folks over at Barbelith have some idea) as it comes from the period where I was guessing that THE INVIBLES was going to end with everyone everywhere getting to live in their own separate parallel universes, eternally cascading into whatever persona they wanted to be next - which didn't pan out, as it turns out, but hey... then, maybe it did (there's that conditional thing, right there). Anyway, a waste of time for me then, and now. I assume all the separate pieces are collected in their respective collected volumes. UPDATE - DC actually has the nerve to resolicit this for a December 2010 reprinting - jeez, you can't say you haven't been warned!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Beatrix Tung

    3.5 Stories were hit or miss, didn't get the story placements.

  5. 5 out of 5

    PurplyCookie

    An omnibus title featuring seasonal short stories starring characters from all the Vertigo titles. Includes the following: "House of Secrets" >> by Steven Seagle & Teddy Kristiansen (the framing story of the issue) is a bit about Rain being back in the House of Secrets for the Christmas season. She enters a door she hasn't seen before and meets the curator of the Gallery where secrets lost in art are hung. "The Flowers of Romance" >> is a Sandman story starring Desire of The E An omnibus title featuring seasonal short stories starring characters from all the Vertigo titles. Includes the following: "House of Secrets" >> by Steven Seagle & Teddy Kristiansen (the framing story of the issue) is a bit about Rain being back in the House of Secrets for the Christmas season. She enters a door she hasn't seen before and meets the curator of the Gallery where secrets lost in art are hung. "The Flowers of Romance" >> is a Sandman story starring Desire of The Endless by Neil Gaiman. A story of a satyr past his years, whose various loves have died. He asks Desire of just one wish fulfilled before Death visits him. "Mazel Tov, Leo" >> from the series The Minx by Peter Milligan & Sean Philiips is the supposed coming to terms of an outsider to the life of one who shares the person known as The Minx. "Spirit of the Season" >> from The Sandman Mystery Theater by Matt Wagner, Steven Seagle & John Snyder III gives a glimpse of how the bringer of dreams may deal with evil elements during the giving season. "Deck the Halls" >> from the series The Dreaming by Caitlin Kiernan, Peter Hogan & Duncan Fegredo. We visit the homes of Cain & Abel getting all glittery for the festivities. "Tell Me" >> from the long running series Hellblazer by Paul Jenkins & Paul Pope. What would make Constantine face the carol singing traditions of Christmas? "Piss On Earth" >> from the series Nevada by Steve Gerber, Phil Winslade & Steve Leialoha. Unbelievable that someone could still be resentful over not being a part of the Christmas Pageant after 24 years. "Thanks for Nothing" >> from Books of Magic by John Ney Rieber & Steve Parkhouse. Tim Hunter encounters the modern, acid-tripping version of the Little Match Girl trying to fight the clutches of Winter. "And We're All Policemen" >> from the series The Invisibles by Grant Morrison, Philip Bond & Glynn Dilton Preacher Interview with Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon Book Details: Title Vertigo: Winter's Edge Holiday Special, Issue # 1 Author Neil Gaiman, John Bolton, Grant Morrison Reviewed By Purplycookie

  6. 5 out of 5

    Fugo Feedback

    "Para muestras vbasta un botón" dicen, pero creo que no es el caso. La mayoría de los guionistas reunidos en esta antología son geniales. Lo mismo los dibujantes. Lo mismo los personajes. ¿Qué es lo que falla entonces? El formato. Muy pocos de los autores aquí reunidos se sienten cómodos con las historias cortitas, de seis a ocho páginas, y eso resiente el relato. Los personajes mismos parecen pedir a gritos que les den más espacio para sus barbaridades. Como los tres libros me transmitieron más "Para muestras vbasta un botón" dicen, pero creo que no es el caso. La mayoría de los guionistas reunidos en esta antología son geniales. Lo mismo los dibujantes. Lo mismo los personajes. ¿Qué es lo que falla entonces? El formato. Muy pocos de los autores aquí reunidos se sienten cómodos con las historias cortitas, de seis a ocho páginas, y eso resiente el relato. Los personajes mismos parecen pedir a gritos que les den más espacio para sus barbaridades. Como los tres libros me transmitieron más o menos lo mismo seguro copipastee esta review en los tres. De más está decir que cuando los relea seguro se gane una rerreseña personalizada cada uno.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dorothy

    An easy read and good introduction to different comix like Sand man, Hellblazer, the Minx, House of Secrets, that you might be interested in checking out. Especially appropriate reading for cat sitting with lonely, needy cats - don't need to concentrate very hard and you can divide your attention. Especially appealing probably to those who appreciate wry sardonic poking of fun (dark humor) at Christmas stuff.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dony Grayman

    Primer especial Vertigo: Al filo del invierno. Colección Vertigo #69.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Eddie

  10. 5 out of 5

    Peterclash

  11. 5 out of 5

    Marc Bryant

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jacob

  13. 5 out of 5

    shartyrant

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kazi Safayat

  15. 5 out of 5

    Yblees

  16. 4 out of 5

    Pat

  17. 5 out of 5

    Zeina

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ash

  19. 5 out of 5

    Craig Sottolano

  20. 5 out of 5

    Holger

  21. 4 out of 5

    Luan Amaral

  22. 4 out of 5

    Amy

  23. 5 out of 5

    Edson Yoshino

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jason Brown

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia

  26. 4 out of 5

    Steven Verbridge

  27. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bela Matanari

  29. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

  30. 4 out of 5

    William Maxwell

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