What I'd like to see more of from Vertigo.
Take some chances.
Creeper series, you don't have to have it not feature The Creeper or set it in Paris, 1925.
Wanna do a Creeper series? Have it star The Creeper, Jack Ryder. Ask an old proven hand like Keith Giffen or someone else, if they'd like to visit the character and maybe, just maybe, not segregate it strictly to the Vertigo universe.
Let certain Vertigo/DC characters play in both universes. If there ever was a character who could get away with this, it's The Creeper. With its fractured sense of reality, is certainly one of them. They don't always have to explain their continuity. Which brings me to this...
- Don't be afraid of continuity.
I'm OK with that. It doesn't confuse me and probably won't confuse anyone who could reconcile the difference by looking at a blog or a website.
Would it kill anyone to have her retch at the sight of a young Constantine on the cover of a Mucous Membrane CD?
Don't be afraid to explore connections.
- What you publish doesn't have to be like that other thing.
- Don't be afraid of the one-shot.
- When you sign talent, let them loose.
Ask him to work on something at Vertigo. Let's face it, Rucka, with his deliberate pacing, is highly suited for Vertigo. Let him loose on a Phantom Stranger or a Doctor Occult, hell... why not something creator-owned? He's had some success with that, right? Let him tell the stories he wants to tell. I could think of no better place to do so than Vertigo. It doesn't have to be all DC, all the time.
If he ever comes back to the DC fold full-time, don't interfere so much that he just wants to walk away from you while.
So, there it is, what I'd like to see. From new ways to see superheroes to stories featuring Native Americans fighting corruption with wits and nunchuks, Vertigo should be experienced.
Vertigo has always been a hotbed for new fresh and exciting writers. Don't be afraid to let the writers write. Don't be afraid to let them loose across the DC/Vertigo landscape.
Until this happens, "The Ones That Got Away," will always be just that.
What do you think?