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    Years ago, I wrote a brief run on the DC Vertigo horror comic JOHN CONSTANTINE: HELLBLAZER. Brief, because I wrote a horror story therein called SHOOT. SHOOT was about schoolyard slayings in the United States. It was completed before Columbine happened, but scheduled to appear not long after. The regime at DC Comics at the time decided that it could not be released in its completed form. I refused to go along with the changes they wanted to make. They decided not to publish the book at all. I quit.

    I remember that, at the time, someone telling me that the stance was that Paul Levitz would not release the book so long as he was running DC.

    It never occurred to me that a new regime would feel differently.

    Vertigo has a long history of publishing thought provoking stories that resonate whether they’re horror, crime, war, western, fantasy, urban memoir, science fiction or reality based.

    So why not dig through the archives and bring some of them back? Welcome to VERTIGO RESURRECTED - a series of one-shots and specials geared to do just that-embrace history and stories that connect with the present day activities of our favorite protagonists, antagonists and creators.

    “Shoot,” Warren Ellis’s much-talked about, but never published, HELLBLAZER story involving schoolyard killings leads this mega-sized VERTIGO RESURRECTION special.

    Also included are rarely seen tales exploring the disturbing depths of horror, war, romance and science fiction by Brian Azzarello, Grant Morrison, Garth Ennis and artists Jim Lee, Phil Jimenez, Bernie Wrightson, and others. Cover by Tim Bradstreet.

    VERTIGO RESURRECTED #1 On Sale October 20 / 96 pages / $7.99

    • CommentAuthormbakunin
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2010
    And maybe this is the first sign that the new DC regime may be a slightly more Ellis-Friendly Environment :)
      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2010
    Oooh, interesting. I'll definitely have to get this. My question though--was that issue always meant to be a done-in-one issue? I was always under the assumption that it was just the first or middle part of an arc.
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    Um, cannot open link.
    Safari can’t open the page “” because Safari can’t connect to the server “”.

    I guess their thing must be temporarily down. Or something involving science.

    I read the un-inked comic a while back, and enjoyed it. I'll be pleased to see it as it was meant to be seen.
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    Another success story which demonstrates the long-term power of sticking with your creative decisions. I mean, if there's one comic where sales would have probably gone UP after negative publicity, it's HELLBLAZER. I mean, it's called HELLBLAZER! Protests against it should be a badge of honor.
      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2010
    Um, cannot open link.

    Yeah, it's been happening a lot lately--yes, I frequently read the DC blog, I iz super nerdz--probably because they've been doing a lot of "big" announcements for their titles.
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    "I guess their thing must be temporarily down. Or something involving science."

    I can't open it either, but I assumed it was because of some sort of firewall we had here at work (which would be funny since I work for Warner Bros.)
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2010
    i managed to get hold of a torrent copy of this issue (which was in B&W basic line art), and i thought the premise was an interesting one, Very much along the lines of JG Ballard and "Running wild". I just assumed it was going to be a one issue short story, but if was part of a larger arc, then i would be interested in buying it....
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    My question though--was that issue always meant to be a done-in-one issue?

    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2010
    Excellent news; will buy.
    • CommentAuthorBerserker
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2010 edited
    Suddenly it seems DC is all about renewing your old work for them. You think maybe RED coming out in theaters soon has any say in those choices?

    Whatever the case, I'm glad that it's finally seeing print.
    • CommentAuthordossa1uk
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2010
    I read this a while back on some website or other - sometime after the event, it has to be said - I do remember thinking that any decision to not publish seemed like it was made by someone who hadn't actually read the thing, and just saw the words "guns", "kids", "school" in some notes or something. Will be good to see it as intended (hopefully). Always felt like Warren's HELLBLAZER run was a massive missed opportunity.
    • CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2010
    Hey! Does this mean we might see an Absolute Transmet? :D
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    This is six shades of awesome, of course. I had caught some, shall we say, bluntness whenever someone brought up you writing for the Hellblazer title in past threads. Perhaps it might open up you writing for it again? Provided you don't become filthy rich off Red, which we all hope...
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    Perhaps it might open up you writing for it again?

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    It's nice that "Shoot" finally sees print. Was Levitz the same one who nixed the Alan Moore comics story which made (much deserved) fun of Scientology?
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2010
    Fuck. Was it ever coloured or is that being done now? If I recall correctly, the leaked version was just at the inked stage.

    Anyone know if Garth's Sex Detectives special was ever actually written and drawn, or just pitched?
      CommentAuthorJeff Owens
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2010
    Wow. REALLY excited. Finally!
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    Congrats on it finally coming out, Warren.
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2010
    awesome \m/