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Vertigo Quarterly CMYK #1 - Serial Artist; 918; Blue Sundae; So Blue; Much Ado About Nothing; Rebolt; Madame Bluebeard; Once Upon The End Of Time; Breaking News Of The Wonders The Future Holds Review

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An anthology of shorts, from fantastic creators, which all fit the "Cyan" tone.

The Good

All-in-all, giving a bunch of creators a platform to do some short-form storytelling is a phenomenal idea. Vertigo has always been a fine imprint to have creators gives readers something different. VERTIGO QUARTERLY feels like a showcase more than anything else, showing off what their talented team of writers and artists can do.

VERTIGO QUARTERLY is a bit of hit and miss with the individual stories though. There are a few that really stand out as fantastic little pieces of storytelling though. "Once Upon the End of Time" by writer James Tynion IV and artist Martin Morazzo, with Patricia Mulvihill on colors, is truly the stand out here. He utilizes his space very well to tell a very emotional story with an incredibly touching payoff. It is by far the best of the stories.

There's also "Blue Sundae" by Lee Garbett & Jock which is a pretty weird story about an ice cream man that is a stretch from what the reader may conceive it to be. "918," which apparently had a few changes, by Joe Keatinge and Ken Garing is another very memorable story with some killer art on it.

It's really hard to get into any specifics about this book without completely ruining the stories, since it is short-form storytelling; however, the good greatly out-weighs the bad. There was only one story in the anthology that was not enjoyable. Everything else was a good to excellent read, and most of the time, it was surrounded by stellar artwork and coloring.

The Bad

With Vertigo Anthologies, in the past, they've all had a specific theme, like ghost stories. VERTIGO QUARTERLY takes more of a conceptual approach to this anthology. Everything within this issue has a "Cyan" feel to it or "cool," as the solicits say. The thing is that the stories feel all disjointed and a bit all over the place. With previous anthologies, you knew what was coming. Here, not so much. The color idea falls a bit flat. However, it may become more clear when MAGENTA comes out.

The Verdict

All-in-all, VERTIGO QUARTERLY: CYAN is a success. This book feels like more of a book for Vertigo fans, rather than an anthology anyone can pick up, but it was still an excellent read. The biggest problem folks may have is the $8 cover price; however, there's a whole lot of story within this book, but those who are pinching their pennies may be turned off by the price. Only one of the stories within was a task to read, everything else, including Tynion's "Once Upon the End of Time," was fantastic. Give this issue a shot. You may end up loving it.

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Edited by LyraFay

Always liked Vertigo. Might pick it up!!

Edited by Jonny_Anonymous

I wonder how Joe Keatings story was meant to end since editorial changed it without telling him.

Also I bet Much Ado About Nothing was @g_man's favourite story.

@inferiorego You've got your goods and bad mixed up lol "however, the bad greatly out-weighs the good."

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Posted by SavageDragon

This was an amazing comic. I loved the majority of the stories. Great job to Vertigo and all the creators involved!

Posted by ZbvmX

Had to pass on this because of the cover price :( Are there any stories here that are monthly series-worthy?

Edited by fables87

Is this like Solo?

Posted by longbowhunter

I usually pick up the Vertigo Anthologies but skipped this one. May pick it up when I go to FCBD.

Posted by brinkthemoviemyfavoritemovie

I seriously LOVED this. Yeah the color theme not have been as well-explored as it could be, but does that take off a whole star? The comics in this were so excellent that it really doesn't matter.

Posted by kennybaese

Hmm. This is super interesting. I might have to pick it up on a whim.

Posted by inferiorego

I wonder how Joe Keatings story was meant to end since editorial changed it without telling him.

Also I bet Much Ado About Nothing was @g_man's favourite story.

@inferiorego You've got your goods and bad mixed up lol "however, the bad greatly out-weighs the good."

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