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EXCLUSIVE: Vertigo's February 2015 Solicitations Bring Romance, Scares & More

DC Comics' solicitations for February, 2016 arrive in full force on Monday, but CBR has the exclusive first look at the publisher's Vertigo offerings today!

Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson kick off a new 3-part "Astro City" storyline featuring Steeljack, Holly Black and Lee Garbett's "Lucifer" takes a trip into the Dreaming, Peter Milligan and Brett Parson's "New Romancer" celebrates Valentine's Day, and more!

ASTRO CITY #32

Written by KURT BUSIEK

Art by BRENT ANDERSON

Cover by ALEX ROSS

On sale FEBRUARY 17 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

A look in at Steeljack, and how he's been getting by the last few years. When he's hired by a femme fatale from his past, he'll wind up in deep trouble, with no one to turn to. Part 1 of a 3-part sequel to "The Tarnished Angel," one of ASTRO CITY's most popular stories.

ART OPS #5

Written by SHAUN SIMON

Art and cover by MICHAEL ALLRED

On sale FEBRUARY 24 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS

After learning the devastating power of his art arm, Reggie Riot must decide if now is the time to take responsibility for his decisions and aid the dwindling remnants of the Art Operatives to rescue Mona from the cubist criminal Scarlet in the stunning conclusion to the first arc, "How to Start a Riot"!

CLEAN ROOM #5

Written by GAIL SIMONE

Art by JON DAVIS-HUNT

Cover by JENNY FRISON

On sale FEBRUARY 17 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS

Astrid Mueller is scared for the first time as she struggles to tame a Clean Room gone wildly out of control. Meanwhile, her cult followers take the recruitment process to a whole new level. And Chloe faces demons more horrible than even her own hallucinations.

JACKED #4

Written by ERIC KRIPKE

Art by JOHN HIGGINS

Cover by GLENN FABRY

On sale FEBRUARY 24 • 32 pg, 4 of 6, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS

Josh Jaffee has been a superhero just long enough to make some powerful enemies-but the worst one might be his own growing addiction. Caught between vengeance-seeking drug lords and crippling withdrawal, what will Josh sacrifice to get his next fix?

NEW ROMANCER #3

Written by PETER MILLIGAN

Art and cover by BRETT PARSON

On sale FEBRUARY 10 • 32 pg, FC, 3 of 12, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS

It's the most romantic time of the year! Yes, that time when Casanova tries to have Lord Byron for dinner, Lexy discovers something shocking inside the mysterious Incubator building and infamous spy Mata Hari tries to reunite with a long-dead lover. Meanwhile, Lexy's nemesis enlists the services of Byron's daughter, Ada Lovelace, while Raj goes to even more desperate lengths to save his floundering dating start-up. All this and a candlelit dinner on the Golden Gate Bridge in the special Valentine's Day issue!

LAST GANG IN TOWN #3

Written by SIMON OLIVER

Art by RUFUS DAYGLO

Cover by ROB DAVIS

On sale FEBRUARY 24 • 32 pg, 3 of 7, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS

The Silver Jubilee is coming to London, but Ava has more than a street party and a free commemorative souvenir in her sights. Only now she and her gang of urchins and reprobates are on the radar of a local crime boss with ties to Buckingham Palace, and if there's one thing the Queen won't stand for, it's dissent.

LUCIFER #3

Written by HOLLY BLACK

Art by LEE GARBETT

Cover by DAVE JOHNSON

On sale FEBRUARY 17 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS

Finding little assistance in Hell, Gabriel and Lucifer continue their quest to uncover their Father's murderer. Next stop: The Dreaming. Meanwhile, Azazel, a former Archduke loyal to Beelzebub, finds himself in the hands of an unlikely savior, an orphaned thirteen-year-old girl named Medjine.

RED THORN #4

Written by DAVID BAILLIE

Art by MEGHAN HETRICK

Cover by CHOONG YOON

On sale FEBRUARY 17 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS

Travel to a walled Moroccan city by the sea, where you'll meet Tarek, a boy who's been drawing maps his whole life-maps of places that don't exist. Get a glimpse of what Thorn was up to in 410AD, and watch as a castle is magicked out of thin air onto a hill in the middle of Glasgow. Witness how Isla discovers how awful Red Cap wine tastes before seeing the most gorgeous double-page spread of the year, as we thunder toward the terrible revelations that will soon bring our first arc, "Glasgow Kiss," to a close.

SHERIFF OF BABYLON #3

Written by TOM KING

Art by MITCH GERADS

Cover by JOHN PAUL LEON

On sale FEBRUARY 3 • 32 pg, FC, 3 of 8, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS

The epic, brutal crime tale continues. In the power vacuum left after the American invasion of Iraq, no one is safe. Christopher, Sofia, and Nassir attempt to navigate this dangerous landscape to find the story behind a mysterious dead body. But as they get closer to the truth, and to each other, the bombs start to fall.

SLASH & BURN #4

Written by SI SPENCER

Art by MAX DUNBAR and ANDE PARKS

Cover by TULA LOTAY

On sale FEBRUARY 10 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS

The past continues to flare up in Rosheen's face, fanning the flames of chaos that threaten to incinerate her carefully constructed cover. Innocent childhood indiscretions and messy grown-up gropings collide in a blaze of feathers, funerals, fracking and flamingos.

SURVIVORS' CLUB #5

Written by LAUREN BEUKES and DALE HALVORSEN

Art by RYAN KELLY

Cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ

On sale FEBRUARY 3 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS

Harvey is a captive audience for Alice's creepy childhood stories. Simon tries to figure out the bloody message from his missing parents. Kiri and Teo play show-and-tell with their monsters and Chenzira gets too deep into the mind of a video game.

UNFOLLOW #4

Written by ROB WILLIAMS

Art by MIKE DOWLING

Cover by MATT TAYLOR

On sale FEBRUARY 3 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS

The rules of the game have been stated, and now the bloodbath begins! Per Rubinstein's instructions, RaVan is recording it all. Plus, we learn that some of the 140 are a little more well equipped than others. It's tough to update social media with no fingers...

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