Daily Archives: January 22, 2010

Vertigo’s Other House of Mystery

Joe the Barbarian #1
“Chapter 1: Hypo”
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist/Cover artist: Sean Murphy
Colors: Dave Stewart
Letters: Todd Klein
Editor: Karen Berger
Publisher: DC Comics/Vertigo imprint
Price: $1 US

DC once again debuts a new Vertigo first issue at the rock-bottom price of a buck. But let’s be honest… given the talents of the creators involved, you know you’d pay three or four times that to sample their latest project. Grant Morrison’s been better known as of late for his intellectual approach to and celebration of the traditions and icons of the super-hero genre, but he really built his reputation and audience with fare set outside that genre (or at least on the sheer periphery of it). With this project, Morrison once again demonstrates the diversity of his storytelling, but this isn’t something as surreal and experimental in tone as The Invisibles or The Filth. This is a more straightforward project that examines the importance of fantasy in our mundane or dreary lives, and it’s beautifully and meticulously illustrated as well.

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