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Vertigo ends Dominique Laveau: Voodoo Child with Issue 7

Dominique Laveau: Voodoo Child #7

Even as the ax falls on three more DC Universe titlesCaptain Atom, Resurrection Man and VoodooVertigo’s September solicitations reveal the DC Comics imprint is canceling Dominique Laveau: Voodoo Child with Issue 7.

Announced in October at New York Comic Con, the series by Selwyn Seyfu Hinds and Denys Cowan followed Dominique Laveau, heir to the voodoo queenship of New Orleans and the prime suspect in the murder of the previous 1ueen.

“I’d call it a dark fantasy that engages real world pathologies, crime being just one,” Hinds, former editor-in-chief of The Source magazine, told Comic Book Resources last fall. “I’m just as interested in the character, quirks and travails of the very real city of New Orleans and the people who call it, and have called it, home as I am in the supernatural elements that we’ve constructed in our story world.”

The title premiered in March with sales of only about 12,800 copies, a figure that fell to about 8,300 by the second issue — only slightly more than the recently canceled iZombie. The only Vertigo comics to appear lower than those two on April’s sales chart were the final issue of Northlanders and the 32nd issue of Sweet Tooth, which ends in December.

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This is not a good day for all things voodoo.

Can’t say I’m surprised. I was looking forward to this series, but I dropped it after the first two issues. It’s just not very good.The art was nice and the covers were great, but the story was limp as could be.

Brandon Morgan

June 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Despite being unimpressed with the preview in one of the earlier Vertigo anthologies, I pre-ordered the first four issues in order to give it a shot. I decided after reading the first issue that this wasn’t for me. The remaining issues I’ve read have been awful.

I wanted to like this series and bought it on the art alone since I loved Cowan’s Milestone stuff, but the overwrought script has gone nowhere, has been pretty confusing and seemed like someone who was trying to learn how to write for comics on the fly. The plot and ideas were great; I just don’t feel it translated well and wound up being wordy and all over the place.

Any word if the entire series will be collected in paperback? The premise sounded pretty cool to me, and I love Denys Cowan’s work, but I live pretty far from a comic shop and get everything in collections. Amazon has a paperback up for pre-order, but it doesn’t say how many issues it will have. I hate finding a series and having to track down a couple of orphaned floppies to finish the story.

well that leave the American Vampire books; the Fables books ; Hellblazer…. and Saucer County… since everything else is ending or is a mini……..5 regular series and a regular mini… had Vertigo been this sparse ever??

Hoping there can be some interest in future projects from various creators… would hate to see it go the way of other DC imprints.

Don’t forget Unwritten. That one is awesome.

Collider is scheduled to start in the fall, so I’m guessing it’ll start before Sweet Tooth ends. So that’ll keep Vertigo at seven ongoings at least. And Vertigo has two mini-series right now, Spaceman and New Deadwardians, plus an American Vampire mini starting this week and Punk Rock Jesus starting next month. Not to mention various original graphic novels here and there, probably averaging around one or so per month. So I don’t think Vertigo’s doing too poorly.

Image is kicking Vertigo’s ass in terms of indie-level art. The halcyon 90s with Peter Milligan crafting tales of wonderful excess on a monthly basis and a young upstart named Grant Morrison feeling his way around the subconscious seem like an eternity ago.

It’s a shame that talented creators lost a title, however, this book stunk. I couldn’t finish the first issue. It was truly terrible. And Vertigo’s cliche coloring pallet could stand to be less brown. Just saying.

However, Unwritten, New Deadwardians, Spaceman and American Vampire are great reads. Vertigo isn’t dead. But it is getting owned handily by Image at the moment. I remember when Vertigo was more exciting. Why can’t that happen again?

As others have said, the major reason this book failed seems simple: it just wasn’t very good.

Saucer Country also saw its 3rd issue in May and managed to easily sell over 10K. Dominique LaVeau didn’t even scratch 7K.

However, Unwritten, New Deadwardians, Spaceman and American Vampire are great reads. Vertigo isn’t dead. But it is getting owned handily by Image at the moment. I remember when Vertigo was more exciting. Why can’t that happen again?

Maybe because Vertigo changed the terms of its creator-participation deal? Or even more likely, it’s because in an era when Image books like Fatale and Saga — both of which feature former Vertigo creators and could’ve easily fit in at the imprint — are selling way above what Vertigo titles sell, there’s no reason to hand over a lot of the rights to DC Comics.

As for the matter at hand, I love Denys Cowan’s work, but I was done with Dominique Laveau after two issues. The story was extremely muddled.

“The title premiered in March with sales of only about 12,800 copies, a figure that fell to about 8,300 by the second issue — only slightly more than the recently canceled iZombie.”

The May numbers are out already, and #3 dropped all the way down to 6873, another drop of nearly 20% and pretty close to half of #1′s numbers. Scalped just barely avoided cancellation by holding steady at that kind of number…I can’t imagine a book that dropped to there by #3 leveling out enough at #4 or 5 to hang on.

The other 2 new Vertigo titles, meanwhile, are sitting at 9594 (New Deadwardians) and 10,656 (Saucer County), so their future looks a bit healthier. And Fairest is above 22k…that’s pretty stunning for a spinoff to sit at 5k above the parent title a couple issues in.

oh, this title wasn’t very good – it’s just that out of only 4 new books, this one couldn’t even hit issue #6.

It’s just going to be Fables and it’s related spinoffs at Vertigo, with old warhorse Hellblazer carrying on the brand’s once proud legacy.

i’m loving New Deadwardians, however, and i hope that it can return as another mini down the road.

Possibly the worst coloring of great art I’ve seen

Judge Fred MANSON

June 22, 2012 at 2:47 am

I do not understand at all the Vertigo rules: because a title is under 7K, it is axed. So many indie publishers are dreaming to have these 7K for their titles.

Voodoo, this book is incredible, lovely drawn and coloured. And the story shows that there is a lot of backgrounds behind. So what???

The Vertigo imprint should show its true independency from DC Comics.

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