DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint has been responsible for some of the best comics of the past couple of decades, including Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, Garth Ennis’ Preacher, and Bill Willingham’s Fables. In recent months we’ve recommended our readers check out Vertigo’s excellent ongoing series Saucer Country, and now there’s another noteworthy science fiction title on the horizon: an anthology called Time Warp.
Time Warp is actually a resurrection of a classic sci-fi anthology series published in the late 1970s. This one is launching with a bang, enlisting the talents of tons of recognizable names from the world of comics and elsewhere. MTV Geek broke the news that Time Warp #1 will be released on March 20, 2013, as well as debuting the cover artwork below.
Time Warp will include the work of “Damon Lindelof, Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, Toby Litt, Mark Buckingham, Dan Abnett, Peter Milligan, Ray Fawkes, Simon Spurrier, Gail Simone, Rafael Albuquerque, Tom Fowler, and others.” If you’re a regular comic reader, you almost certainly know many of those names, but even comic-eschewing geeks will recognize Damon Lindelof, he of Lost and the Prometheus script. Whether he’s worthy of inclusion alongside folks like Jeff Lemire and Gail Simone…well, we’ll leave that for you to decide.
There’s no word on whether Time Warp will be a one-shot or an ongoing series, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the latter. Science fiction as a genre lends itself well to the anthology format — consider The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits, amongst others — and I’d love to see us get a high-profile, ongoing series of the sort. Even more so if they follow up on the use of Damon Lindelof by getting other well-known names in the genre. Let’s see stories from folks like Farscape”s Rockne O’Bannon, Babylon 5’s J. Michael Straczynski, or even Joss Whedon (assuming he has time these days).
Time Warp isn’t the only notable intriguing SF comic project coming out under DC’s auspices in 2013: we previously reported on 7 Against Chaos, an upcoming collaboration between the legendary Harlan Ellison and Concrete creator Paul Chadwick.