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The Witching Hour

The Witching Hour
By Jeph Loeb (writer), Chris Bachalo and Art Thibert (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released November 2000; reissued April 2009

Hard cover edition:
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Cover price: $19.95
Format: Hard cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563896885

Soft cover edition:
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Cover price: $19.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN: 1563899450

Synopsis from publisher for soft cover edition:

The moody miniseries by award-winning writer Jeph Loeb (BATMAN: HUSH, Hulk, Ultimatum) with art by Chris Bachalo (DEATH: THE HIGH COST OF LIVING) and Art Thibert (TRINITY) is available once more in this new printing of a Vertigo classic, featuring a section of sketches by Bachalo.

The setting is Manhattan, where the mysterious Amanda Collins moves through the troubled lives of ordinary people armed with little more than a blank white business card and a strange, supernatural presence. She’s giving them the chance to change their lives, but the choice they make will depend entirely on the forces that already exist in their hearts. Amanda herself is a mesmerizing presence and, as she works modern magic with the help of a colorful — if not entirely loyal — coterie of followers, another side of her begins to emerge: one that is troubled, powerful and possibly centuries old. At the crossroads of the supernatural and the very real, this book spins bold, provocative tales of sin, magic and redemption.

Notes:

This publication reprints the comic book mini-series The Witching Hour. All material in this publication was written by Jeph Loeb and illustrated by Chris Bachalo and Art Thibert.

Reprints:

  1. The Witching Hour #1 (1999)
  2. The Witching Hour #2 (2000)
  3. The Witching Hour #3 (2000)

Bonus Material [reissued soft cover edition only]:

  1. Sketches by Chris Bachalo
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Scene of the Crime: A Little Piece of Goodnight

Scene of the Crime: A Little Piece of Goodnight
By Ed Brubaker (writer) and Michael Lark with Sean Phillips (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released May 2000

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $12.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563896702

Synopsis from publisher:

In this fast-paced, gritty murder mystery, Jack Herriman, a young private detective burdened with a checkered past, looks to begin his rebirth by taking on a simple missing persons case. But when the woman he is searching for turns up dead, the flawed detective delves into her family’s past and uncovers a Pandora’s box of dark secrets. Now struggling with the reemergence of his own issues of guilt and rage, Jack must navigate through a labyrinth of adultery, betrayal, and vengeance to piece together the buried truth of the past and discover the real identity of the killer.

Notes:

This publication reprints the comic book mini-series Scene of the Crime. All material in this publication was written by Ed Brubaker and illustrated by Michael Lark and Sean Phillips.

Reprints:

  1. Scene of the Crime #1 (1999)
  2. Scene of the Crime #2 (1999)
  3. Scene of the Crime #3 (1999)
  4. Scene of the Crime #4 (1999)

Proposition Player

Proposition Player
By Bill Willingham (writer/artist) and Paul Guinan with Ron Randall (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released July 2003

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $14.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 156389808X

Synopsis from publisher:

Written by acclaimed FABLES creator Bill Willingham. When a professional Vegas poker player collects vouchers for the souls of a roomful of people as a bar prank, he’s just anted up for a game he never imagined. He thinks they’re just worthless napkins, but envoys from Heaven and Hell think differently. Suddenly, Joey’s caught in the middle of a tug-of-war between celestial powers…can he bluff his way out of it?

Notes:

This publication reprints the comic book mini-series Proposition Player. All material in this publication was written by Bill Willingham and illustrated by Paul Guinan and Ron Randall, except for a portion of issue #1, which was illustrated by Willingham. The cover is illustrated by Bill Willingham.

Reprints:

  1. Proposition Player #1 (1999)
  2. Proposition Player #2 (2000)
  3. Proposition Player #3 (2000)
  4. Proposition Player #4 (2000)
  5. Proposition Player #5 (2000)
  6. Proposition Player #6 (2000)

Human Target Vol. 2: Living in Amerika

Human Target Vol. 2: Living in Amerika
By Peter Milligan (writer) and Cliff Chiang (artist)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released December 2004

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $14.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1401204198

Synopsis from publisher:

The second collection of VERTIGO’s gripping, Harvey-nominated series (reprinting #6-10) follows Christoper Chance across America. From the wages of sin and redemption in Boston; to the remnants of ’60s radicalism in the mid-West; to a favor to a friend in Los Angeles, Chance comes face-to-shifting-face with the religion, politics, and anything-but-casual sex.

Notes:

This publication is the fourth and final in a series reprinting various Human Target comic books. This is the second installment of the first Human Target ongoing series. All material in this publication was written by Peter Milligan and illustrated by Cliff Chiang.

The Human Target series continued on until issue #21 in 2005. Peter Milligan remained as the writer for the entire run. Javier Pulido and Cliff Chiang alternated as series artist: Pulido illustrated issues #11 to #13 and #18, and Chiang illustrated issues #14 to #16 and #19 to #21. Cameron Stewart filled in for issue #17. These issues have yet to be collected or reprinted.

Reprints:

  1. Human Target #6 (2004)
  2. Human Target #7 (2004)
  3. Human Target #8 (2004)
  4. Human Target #9 (2004)
  5. Human Target #10 (2004)

Human Target Vol. 1: Strike Zones

Human Target Vol. 1: Strike Zones
By Peter Milligan (writer) and Javier Pulido (artist)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released May 2004

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $9.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1401202098

Synopsis from publisher:

A new soft cover collecting the first five issues of the acclaimed series. Christopher Chance has left L.A. for New York City, but his strange career as a professional assassin decoy continues to blur the boundaries between illusion and reality, leaving him ever more uncertain about who he really is — and how much that really matters.

Notes:

This publication is the third in a series reprinting various Human Target comic books. This is the first installment of the first Human Target ongoing series. All material in this publication was written by Peter Milligan and illustrated by Javier Pulido.

Reprints:

  1. Human Target #1 (2003)
  2. Human Target #2 (2003)
  3. Human Target #3 (2003)
  4. Human Target #4 (2004)
  5. Human Target #5 (2004)

Human Target

Human Target
By Peter Milligan (writer) and Edvin Biukovic with Tim Bradstreet (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released August 2000

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $12.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563896931

Synopsis from publisher:

Christopher Chance has made a living off of making himself a human target. A master of disguise, he cunningly takes on the appearance and persona of men and women with contracts out against them. But when a routine assignment to impersonate an African-American minister with a bounty on his head goes south, Chance is soon caught between a lethal assassin and a vicious gang war. As this psychological thriller takes the reader through a roller coaster of unexpected twists and turns, it is soon discovered that it is Chance himself with a price on his head and the only way he can survive is to solve this deadly mystery.

Notes:

This publication is the first in a series reprinting various Human Target comic books. This collects the first Human Target mini-series. All material in this publication was written by Peter Milligan and illustrated by Edvin Biukovic. The cover was painted by Tim Bradstreet.

A one-shot special from 1991 called The Human Target (subtitled The Mack Attack Contract), by writer Mark Verheiden and artists Rick Burchett and Dick Giordano, pre-dates the contents of this publication and has yet to be reprinted. The special was published to promote the ABC television series  starring Rick Springfield that was based on the character.

Before that, the character appeared in back-up stories in various issues of Action Comics in the early 1970s, and later in back-up stories in various issues of Brave and the Bold as well as Detective Comics in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Those stories have yet to be collected or reprinted.

Reprints:

  1. Human Target #1 (1999)
  2. Human Target #2 (1999)
  3. Human Target #3 (1999)
  4. Human Target #4 (1999)

Heavy Liquid

Heavy Liquid
By Paul Pope (writer/artist)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released March 2001; reissued October 2008

Soft cover edition:
Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $29.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563896354

Hard cover edition:
Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $39.99
Format: Hard cover, color, standard-size
ISBN: 1401219497

Synopsis from publisher for soft cover edition:

In a future where New York has evolved into a sci-fi metropolis, “S,” a man addicted to “heavy liquid,” a substance that is both a drug and an art form, finds himself trapped in a mystery littered with love and drugs. This Eisner Award-nominated tale follows S’s journey across two continents as he searches for the one artist skilled enough to render heavy liquid into a perfect sculpture. But as he attempts to complete this mission, S finds himself battling deadly psychopathic foes and inner demons of addiction. If he can survive these physical and mental trials, S just may discover the shocking secret of heavy liquid and a love he thought lost forever.

Synopsis from publisher for hard cover edition:

Paul Pope’s Eisner Award-nominated epic is collected in hardcover for the first time, completely recolored, with bonus sketch material. Meet “S,” a man addicted to “heavy liquid,” a substance that’s both drug and art form, in a future New York that’s a sci-fi metropolis, “S,” a man addicted to “heavy liquid,” a substance that is both a drug and an art form, finds himself trapped in a mystery littered with love and drugs. This Eisner Award-nominated tale follows S’s journey across two continents as he searches for the one artist skilled enough to render heavy liquid into a perfect sculpture. But as he attempts to complete this mission, S finds himself battling deadly psychopathic foes and inner demons of addiction. If he can survive these physical and mental trials, S just may discover the shocking secret of heavy liquid and a love he thought lost forever.

Notes:

This publication reprints the comic book mini-series Heavy Liquid. All material in this publication was written and illustrated by Paul Pope.

Reprints:

  1. Heavy Liquid #1 (1999)
  2. Heavy Liquid #2 (1999)
  3. Heavy Liquid #3 (1999)
  4. Heavy Liquid #4 (2000)
  5. Heavy Liquid #5 (2000)

Bonus Material [hard cover edition only]:

  1. Original material recolored
  2. Sketches by Paul Pope

Cruel and Unusual

Cruel and Unusual
By Jamie Delano, Tom Peyer (writers), John McCrea and Andrew Chiu (artists)
Published by Desperado Publishing
Originally released September 2007

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $15.99
Format: Soft cover, black & white, standard-size
ISBN 0979593921

Synopsis from publisher:

Television producer Bobbie Flint’s corporate bosses punish her with a transfer to a little-known division: a private high-security prison deep in the Florida Everglades. As the new warden, she must use her marketing skills to transform this hell on earth into something worse: a televised execution mill fueled by advertising and ratings. Bobbie’s success lands her at the feet of two formidable opponents – her leering boss and her own conscience – and into a lurid dead-end life of violence and sexual depravity.

Notes:

This publication reprints the comic book mini-series Cruel and Unusual. All material in this publication has been written by Jamie Delano and Tom Peyer and illustrated by John McCrea.

The mini-series was originally published in color by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint. It was collected and reprinted for the first time by Desperado Publishing in 2007.

Reprints:

  1. Cruel and Unusual #1 (1999)
  2. Cruel and Unusual #2 (1999)
  3. Cruel and Unusual #3 (1999)
  4. Cruel and Unusual #4 (1999)

Nevada

Nevada
By Steve Gerber (writer) and Phil Winslade with Steve Leialoha and Dick Giordano (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released March 1999

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $14.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563895188

Synopsis from publisher:

As a Las Vegas showgirl who performs onstage with her pet ostrich, Nevada’s greatest daily concerns are her stalking ex-boyfriend and the future of her job. But when a bizarre series of murders occur at the hotel that she works at, the street tough dancer suddenly finds herself thrust into the middle of a cosmic crisis. Now with her beloved ostrich by her side and a drunken mystic as her sage, Nevada must simultaneously deal with alternate dimensions and accidental time-travel as she tries to stop a celestial takeover of her hotel and world.

Notes:

This publication reprints the comic book mini-series Nevada. All material in this publication was written by Steve Gerber and illustrated by Phil Winslade and Steve Leialoha, except for issues #5 and #6, which were illustrated by Winslade and Dick Giordano.

Reprints:

  1. Nevada #1 (1998)
  2. Nevada #2 (1998)
  3. Nevada #3 (1998)
  4. Nevada #4 (1998)
  5. Nevada #5 (1998)
  6. Nevada #6 (1998)

Jonny Double

Jonny Double
By Brian Azzarello (writer) and Eduardo Risso with Mark Chiarello (artist)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released July 2002

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $12.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563898152

Synopsis from publisher:

In a noir story cloaked in deception and intrigue, broken-down San Francisco P.I. Jonny Double accepts a simple job to watch over a rich man’s rebellious daughter. But after being foolishly seduced by the girl he is being paid to keep tabs on, Jonny finds himself mixed up in a scheme to plunder an old bank account belonging to Al Capone. Once the heist is made, Double discovers that his entire case has been full of lies and now the only hard truth that he has is that he is going to die. By the critically-acclaimed creative and award winning team that brings you 100 BULLETS.

Notes:

This publication reprints the comic book mini-series Jonny Double. All material in this publication was written by Brian Azzarello and illustrated by Eduardo Risso. The cover was illustrated by Mark Chiarello and was originally used for the cover of issue #1.

Reprints:

  1. Jonny Double #1 (1998)
  2. Jonny Double #2 (1998)
  3. Jonny Double #3 (1998)
  4. Jonny Double #4 (1998)