This is a long one, and partly that’s due to Jared’s idea of “three and one” going even more off-piste than usual into his “nonagon of naughtiness’; the “nine stage trail of fail” as he looks at the various levels of intersection between comicbook reality and, well, reality.
The comic that led him there is the long-delayed Warren Ellis/Phil Jimenez/Andy Lanning Hellblazer story Shoot. Originally intended for publication in the late 90s but withheld due to its school shooting subject matter and the Columbine attack which happened before it was published, Vertigo finally released it twelve years later as a one-shot packaged with some other Hellblazer stories.
Loving a bit of controversy as we do, we thought it was a perfect subject for us to take on. So come with us, listeners, to a dark place with some difficult subjects to navigate. And that’s just Jared’s stuff.
We may as well get this out of the way up front: this is that rare show where we all agree with each other. A lot. But bear with it – it’s not as dull as it sounds, honest.
It’s issue one of Clean Room, out this week from Vertigo, created by Gail Simone with art by Jon Davis-Hunt. We won’t give anything away here except to say that the last time we reviewed a Gail Simone book it was Red Sonja, and you may remember we raved about that, so we went into this story with high hopes. This is Vertigo back in creepy horror mode, so there’s that heritage to play for too.
And in the spirit of the occasion, (our) Jon does a 3&1 on Vertigo limited series. Turns out that not everything you think of as Vertigo was actually Vertigo. And he’d like to point out that he remembered The Witching Hour five minutes too late to make this a 4&1, which it absolutely would have been. Also, there is too much comics trivia in this man’s head.
This time, in exploring the new Vertigo Quarterly: Yellow, we find ourselves exploring a mixed (magic) bag of post-apocalyptic high fantasy psychological drama with occasional ambiguous old men and two different takes on predestination. With occasional asides to consider the art of anthology assembly and how many directions it’s possible to take the theme of ‘yellow’ anyway – this one’s got it all.