Lost in the annals of time due to a rather large dispute with creators at the time was the event known as Vertigo Zombies. DC, who was gaining ground with it’s more artistic but less public friendly books, premiered Vertigo Zombies as a way to get the average comic reader to read Vertigo books pairing the Vertigo book characters with a fight against the undead hordes. Ultimately the normal artists and writers rebelled, for the most part, so Vertigo went out of house to create the books. The normal series creators ended up threatening to sue the company so the issues were never published but they were finished.
Join us this week though as we look at the covers and discuss what never was with Vertigo Zombies.
Constantine – British, Sting, smoker. Simple enough. Mind you any supernatural fighting detective is more than prepared to fight the undead mob so Vertigo Zombies: Hellblazer went for a surreal slapstick as the world around Constantine burned to the ground, screamed in pain and joined the shuffling mob. Constantine meanwhile was dealing with a hangover in search for the hair of the dog but he finally broke through his haze enough to deal with the swarm by calling up a friend who cast a spell removing the zombie disease before being consumed by the demon that created it. Ironically this first issue also dealt with the zombie disease as a whole and unfortunately overplayed the lack lack of worries that characters in the Vertigo Universe would have when it came to fighting the undead.