Monday, July 11, 2016

DC Comics Updates a Classic With The Vigilante: Southland


From Batman, to Paul Kersey, to Foxy Brown and then to Eric Shea, everybody loves a vigilante.  They get shit done!  The only red tape they deal with is police tape dripping with the blood of some piece of crap asshole who is trying to do piece of crap asshole things to us common folk.  I don't have much of a history with DC's Vigilante, but it looks like this is a good jumping on point for me and the description below hits all the right points.  If you think you have some sort of book reading immunity to this series...It's just been revoked!  Here is the official Press Release...






A NEW TAKE ON A CLASSIC DC CRIME-FIGHTER
THE VIGILANTE: SOUTHLAND

Crime Novelist Gary Phillips Reimagines the Vigilante on the Mean Streets of Los Angeles in a New Six-Issue Monthly Miniseries Scheduled for October

The spirits of Greg Saunders and Adrian Chase are alive and well at DC, but instead of the open prairie or the skyscrapers of Manhattan, the next Vigilante will be battling crime on the seedy backstreets of Los Angeles, as DC Entertainment announced today that THE VIGILANTE: SOUTHLAND, a six-issue miniseries written by Gary Phillips (Vertigo’s COWBOYS, Violent Spring, Perdition U.S.A.) with pencils and inks by Elena Casagrande, colors by Giulia Brusco and covers by Mitch Gerads (Vertigo’s SHERIFF OF BABYLON), will be hitting comic retailers October 5.




 "This take on Vigilante incorporates current social and political issues, making THE VIGILANTE: SOUTHLAND both relevant and contemporary, which sounds like an incredible direction to take new stories featuring this character,” said DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Dan DiDio. “Gary’s experience with crime fiction will give Vigilante an edginess and grittiness that hasn’t been seen before.”



THE VIGILANTE: SOUTHLAND is the story of Donny Fairchild, a failed NBA player who’s just making ends meet as a maintenance man. When his girlfriend stumbles on a conspiracy to steal water rights through a series of shady land-development deals, she’s mysteriously murdered. Once Donny starts getting too close to the cause of her death, his house is blown up and he’s left for dead. Determined to bring the killers to justice, Donny undergoes training from an urban legend known as the Eastsider to become a masked vigilante.



“THE VIGILANTE: SOUTHLAND is incredibly relevant to our times,” said writer Gary Phillips. “It’s a politically tinged story that touches on a myriad of contemporary issues, such as gun violence, class struggle and Black Lives Matter. The book also provides me an opportunity to contemporize classic issues/tropes, like the fight over water rights in Southern California. I’m very excited to show readers this character, reimagined for the 21st century.”



THE VIGILANTE: SOUTHLAND #1 arrives at comic retailers on October 5
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7 comments:

  1. This looks very promising. I might have to check this one out come October.

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    1. I never read Vigilante, but Reggie said it was awesome!

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    2. Most of them have been. I think this one is like the 4th or 5th character to use that name. first was the motorcycle riding cowboy of the golden age, 2nd Adrien Chase, 3rd can't remember his name but i think he was a judge or something. He was a friend of Adrien I believe. 4th one was a female that hung out with Deathstroke in the mid/late 90s, and this is the 5th one. There may actually be more but I can't come up with it off the top of my head atm.

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  2. I remember Adrien Chase as the Vigilant, like the entire run ´till its tragic end.

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    1. Just from the description, it sounds a lot like David F Walker's Nighthawk at Marvel

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  3. Looking forward to this and the Raven mini series, still not sure if I'm going to get the Midnighter one. I'm literally 50/50 on if I'm going to or not.

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