Vertigo Crime line to expand with Rat Catcher and Noche Roja

Vertigo this morning announced two additions to its Vertigo Crime line of original graphic novels: Rat Catcher, by Andy Diggle and Victor Ibanez, and Noche Roja, by Simon Oliver and Jason Latour. Both titles will be released in 2011.

According to the imprint's blog, Rat Catcher follows an undercover FBI agent and a mob hitman embroiled in "a high-stakes game of cat and mouse."

In Noche Roja, the murders of young women South of the Mexican border "hide a deeper, darker corruption" that retired private investigator Jack Cohen is determined to expose. Presumably, this is the noir project that artist Latour has referred to on his blog as "the beast." He's been teasing panels from the book there and on his Flickr account.

The "sub-imprint" and black-and-white hardcovers was announced in 2008 at Comic-Con International, and launched in August 2009 with Filthy Rich, by Brian Azzarello and Victor Santos, and Dark Entries, by Ian Rankin and Werther Dell'Edera.

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