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Vertigo Comics to relaunch with seven new titles, including one by Zoe Quinn

Magical girl cyberpunk awaits

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Vertigo Comics, the DC Entertainment imprint that brought us Sandman, Preacher, The Invisibles, and Y: The Last Man. Today, DC announced that it will be relaunching the line this fall with seven new comics from a diverse array of creators that focus on “modern, socially relevant, high-concept, inventive” stories.

Many of the creators come from outside of the comics mainstream, including game developer Zoe Quinn, sex-education podcaster Tina Horn, and Nine Inch Nails art director Rob Sheridan. The stories touch on hot-button issues like white supremacy, xenophobia, state surveillance, and government repression of sexuality.

Goddess Mode, which will be written by Quinn and illustrated by Robbi Rodriguez, takes place “in a near future where all of humanity’s needs are administered by a godlike A.I.” The story, which Quinn describes as a “magical girl cyberpunk comic,” follows a young woman named Cassandra whose tech support job leads her into a dark digital world where superheroines battle monsters for “the cheat codes to reality.”

Safe Sex.

Other comics in the relaunch include American Carnage by Bryan Hill and Leandro Fernandez, about a biracial FBI agent who infiltrates a white supremacist group; Border Town by Eric M. Esquivel and Ramon Villalobos, about monsters from Mexican folklore set loose in a xenophobic Arizona town; Hex Wives by Ben Blacker and Mirka Andolfo, about a coven of witches brainwashed into becoming Stepford Wives; High Level by Sheridan and Barnaby Bagenda, about a smuggler searching for a mythical city in a society rebuilt after an apocalypse; Safe Sex by Horn and Mike Dowling, about freedom fighters in a police state where sex is surveilled and regulated; and Second Coming by Mark Russell and Richard Pace, about Jesus returning to Earth to learn from a superhero named Sun-Man.

Four of the series will launch this fall and winter, though which titles is still unspecified, and the remaining titles will be released in early 2019.