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Vertigo Encyclopedia [Hardcover]

Dorling Kindersley
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Aug. 19 2008
Delve into the dark comic universe that produced "Constantine" and "V for Vendetta". Get up close and personal with every major Vertigo character and title ever published in this unique one volume encyclopedia. From The Sandman to the Preacher you'll find out all about your favourite Vertigo titles, including information on its history, creators and impact. Plus key characters and storylines from leading comics are revealed in a comprehensive A-Z section. Over 500 colour illustrations taken from the original comic books and graphic novels, featuring the spectacular cutting-edge work of Vertigo's finest artists through the decades, bring this extraordinary journey to life.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where is Watchmen?? Aug. 20 2010
By Nevan
Format:Hardcover
This Encyclopedia is a delight to own, as a Vertigo fan. It has all the main Vertigo series, and a bunch of lesser known minis. There where some small titles im sad they left out, and plain dumbfound at why they would make an entry on V for Vendetta, but not The Watchmen.

This book is great, but not perfect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for Vertigo fans... May 24 2011
By D. Hill TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This encylopedia is very well put together.

It is indeed the only complete Vertigo Resource available.

It gives in-depth articles on characters, is page after page of great illustrations and art.

It is a "must have" for any comics fan, and at this price it really can't be overlooked!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vertigo Excelence Oct. 9 2008
By Tim Lasiuta - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
History should be preserved. That is both the paradox and challenge of an encyclopedia of a 'present' company. However, Vertigo titles cover an amazing variety of topics, and include a talented mix of artists and writers allowed to flex their creative muscle to an audience that appreciates and rewards creative risk taking.

To wit, consider the imaginiative 100 Bullets, the poetic Sandman, Y (the Last Man), Madame Xanadu, Testament, Scalped, Preacher, Lucifer, and Jack of Fables. What genre haven't they touched?

The encyclopedia format works well for Alex Irvine. Listing each title alphabetically with spin offs as a secondary entry, and then including the one shots at the back was the only way to do this. Pertinent story lines, artwork culled from the books, and character bios where necessary make this a fantastic guide to almost every Vertigo title. Unfortunately, the space required to properly document the longer running titles is not possible. I guess we have to buy the comics (sigh).

The slick paper and presentation make this a volume every collector should have. The Vertigo experience is remarkable, share it with your friends.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lush Look at Vertigo Oct. 12 2009
By Tim Janson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Previously DK Publishing has given comic book fans the DC Comics and Marvel Comics Encyclopedias but now they take a turn for the dark by tackling the Vertigo Imprint. Started in 1993, the Vertigo Imprint celebrated its 15th anniversary this year as the most successful imprint ever. The Vertigo line introduced a new type of comic, geared to older and more mature fans who were looking for more depth and complex storylines. It's successes are numerous: Animal Man, The Sandman, Doom Patrol, Preacher, The Books of Magic, John Constantine: Hellblazer, and countless others, and they are all covered in this book.

Each of the main ongoing and major limited run series are listed with the following information: First issue date, series run, artists/writers, main storyline, creation notes, and key characters. Some of the more major titles also list outstanding moments, trade paperback collections, spin-off publications, and any awards the title may have won.

If you think it's just a fluff piece, think again. The information is quite detailed. The Fables and Hellblazer sections run a full ten pages each. If you are not already a reader of these titles, this would be a great way to get up to speed and a heck of a lot cheaper than going out and buying a slew of back issues. The Hellblazer listing takes you through the entire history of the character from the tragedy at Newcastle, to his meeting Swamp Thing, to his battles with Nergal, and the incredibly numerous and diverse cast of characters.

The other major selling factor of the book (and for DC consequently) is that it will certainly generate interest in the Vertigo line whether it's with current and on-going titles or those titles that have ended. I am now very interested in picking up titles like "The Un-Men" and "DMZ".

Now the book simply can't cover everything released in the Vertigo line which includes over 200 one-shots and limited series. For those titles the book includes the Gazeteer. The Gazeteer runs through these titles in a thirty-page section that features capsule listings. The capsule listings provide the series run, creators, and a description of the series or one-shot. The titles here include original graphic novels like "Deadboy Detectives", one-shots like "Doctor Thirteen" and limited series like "Flinch". A comprehensive index rounds it out.

The material is accompanied by hundreds of pieces of art taken directly from the comics. DK did a nice job with their previous encyclopedias but this one is the best yet. In some ways it's an easier task because there is only fifteen years of history but on the other hand, these are titles which have much smaller yet often more faithful readerships so they had to do a good job. Neil Gaiman provides an introduction.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible book for Vertigo fans Jan. 5 2013
By Jason - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Very cool and worth every penny! You get tons of info about nearly everything Vertigo has done up to the point the book was published. I've been a Vertigo fan for years so finding this was really neat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good to get to know the other players in the vertigo universe May 15 2010
By H. U. Downing - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I like this compendium because it introduced me to other Vertigo publications that I didn't know before.
It sums up the main characters and story lines for Vertigo publications. Good thing to have when you like graphic novels and comics.
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