Comics are disposable, comics are trash literature. Accusations that are often thrown at the medium, and the same thing that leads some to believe that it's more acceptable to read a copy of Playboy in public than it is the newest issue of whatever your favourite book is. (In some cases, it probably is better to read Playboy than a portion of the product that Marvel and DC are putting out nowadays, yes Red Hood, we're talking about you.) On the other end of the scale, you have the comics that are reviewed in The Village Voice and The Guardian, but let's be honest; most of them wouldn't know what fun was if it came and slapped them across their toothy stocked face. So where is the middle ground? Can comics be respected and fun? Of course they can! Vertigo Comics is often cited as the middle ground and rightfully so, especially in recent years where titles such as DMZ and Scalped have taken very real world issues and spun them into entertaining yarns. Next out of the block from Vertigo is Prince of Cats by Ron Wimberly; a retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet from the perspective of Tybalt, Juliet's hot headed cousin, and relocated to New York during the birth of hip-hop. Does it continue in the tradition of high quality, adult books that Vertigo is known and respected for? Find Out after the jump.
Prince of Cats