Berger Books from Dark Horse gets some pre-SDCC announcements. I have to say, it is - and I feel - almost exactly as I expected:
Hungry Ghosts. A four-issue series in anthology format by Anthony Bourdain and Joel Rose with art by creators such as Vanesa Del Rey, Leo Manco, Alberto Ponticelli, Paul Pope, and Mateus Santolouco. Release date: January 31, 2018.
Incognegro: Renaissance by Mat Johnson and Warren Pleece, a prequel to the 2008 OGN (which gets a 10th anniversary edition rerelease in February 2018.)
Mata Hari by Emma Beeby and Ariela Kristantina
The Seeds by Ann Nocenti and David Aja. Monthly, starts March 2018
Rerelease of Dave Gibbons’s out-of-print Vertigo tale The Originals in an expanded edition.
So yeah. Books similar to Vertigo output (three of five) and relatively unremarkable otherwise. Unless Ariela Kristantina leveled up +100 she's still pretty crummy. The Seedsis intriguing but I find Ann Nocenti to be more "miss" than "hit".
I never really understood the "Karen Berger as a selling point" thing. I am sure she is great at her job, and has obviously been involved with some great books, but has anyone bought a book because her name was on it? Does the average Wednesday warrior even know who she is? I didn't until a few years ago.
For me I'll check out the short story synopsis and decide if I want to try a book. A writer or an artist have made me purchase a book just for them, but never an editor.
"Fairy tales do not tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed."
-G. K. Chesterton
Post by briandomingos on Jul 19, 2017 5:56:53 GMT -6
Yeah, that's a good point. Same with Shelley Bond doing it over at IDW/Black Crown. I like them both and I am grateful for their work but these things are only going to work if there's a good talent pool. Now, we know that these women have worked with some of the Top Talent in the industry but we don't know yet if that's going to pan out into anything particularly noteworthy. (I was annoyed with the amount of "fans" that were like, "WAIT Anthony Bourdain is doing a comic??!!" as if there wasn't already 300+ pages of his comic work out there.
Also, the guy that runs Marvel now used to be an editor in the same league as Bond and that place is a mess, so who knows?