Five Vertigo Series Fit For Film

by Ryan Rigley

Although there haven’t been any major updates on “Fables” since last month, long-time “Fables” artist Mark Buckingham has expressed his expert opinion on what absolutely needs to be in the film. “I think if it doesn’t have Snow White and Bigby [Wolf] in it, then… [that’s a problem],” Buckingham explained in an interview with io9. “They were such a core element of the first 50 issues of the story. So I think their romance, their relationship, is a really core aspect of the series.”

Not much else is known about the “Fables” movie thus far, besides the fact that it will be directed by Nikolaj Arcel (“A Royal Affair”), written by Jeremy Slater (2015’s “Fantastic Four Reboot”), and produced by David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford (the “Harry Potter” series). “Fables” marks the fifth Vertigo title to be adapted for film, right after “Hellblazer,” “A History of Violence,” “Stardust,” and “V for Vendetta.” Click past the jump for five more Vertigo titles fit for the big screen!

Written by Garth Ennis with artwork by Steve Dillon, this series follows Jesse Custer, a preacher from a small Texas town, as he’s possessed by a half-angel/half-demon entity known as Genesis and subsequently travels across the country, with his ex-girlfriend and an Irish vampire, in search of God. Several attempts have already been made at a “Preacher” film—or TV series—but to no avail. Here’s hoping they try again!

The Sandman
Originally a revival of sorts of Jack Kirby’s “Sandman” series, Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman” changed pretty much everything except for the name and told the tale of Morpheus, the personification of dreams, as he was trapped via an occult ritual and held captive for 70 years. Morpheus escaped into modern day, softened by his decades of imprisonment, and throughout the series evolved from a cruel dream god into a somewhat tragic hero. People have tried to make “Sandman” into movies in the past, with disastrous results.

Sweet Tooth
Taking place in a post-apocalyptic society in which human/animal hybrids run amok, Jeff Lemire’s ongoing Vertigo series stars a young man named Gus who has deer antlers sprouting out from his forehead. After his religious father passes away, Gus befriends an elderly man named Jeppard who promises to take him to a sanctuary. However, Jeppard tricks Gus and instead brings him to a horrific science facility, where we learn that Gus has a much bigger purpose in life.

100 Bullets
This Eisner Award-winning series, written by Brian Azzarello with art by Eduardo Risso, revolves around a mysterious man named Agent Graves as he approaches various people and offers them the chance to get the ultimate revenge without any of the consequences. Setting his targets up with a handgun, 100 bullets, and a file on their potential mark, Graves is later revealed to be working for an organization known as the Trust with his unwitting pawns playing a small part in a much bigger scheme.

American Vampire
Penned by Scott Snyder with art by Rafael Albuquerque, “American Vampire” takes place over the course of several different decades. Tracing the origins and evolution of vampire in America, the first story arc takes place in a 1925 Los Angeles and follows an aspiring young actress and an author whose horror tales turn out to be completely true. The following story arcs take place during the time period between the 30’s and the 50’s, with the third arc revolving around the events of World War II.

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