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Even as the ax falls on three more DC Universe titles — Captain Atom, Resurrection Man and Voodoo — Vertigo’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.
Rumors of Vertigo’s demise, it seems, were greatly exaggerated. Following the major announcement this morning that it will adapt Stieg Larsson’s bestselling Millennium trilogy, the DC Comics imprint has unveiled plans for a new ongoing series from author/journalist Selwyn Seyfu Hinds and legendary artist Denys Cowan.
Debuting in February, Dominique Laveau: Voodoo Child follows on Dominique Laveau, half-breed, outcast and heir to the Voodoo Queenship of New Orleans … who’s the prime suspect in the murder of the previous Queen. Here’s the official description: