BOURDAIN, AJA, NOCENTI, POPE, More Lead VERTIGO Founder KAREN BERGER's New Imprint at DARK HORSE

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Karen Berger's Berger Books has announced its inaugural line of comic books to be published through Dark Horse starting in February 2018 (via Vulture).

First up January 31, 2018's is Hungry Ghosts, a four-issue anthology series created by celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain that is based on an ancient Japanese tradition in which samurai would tell increasingly terrifying stories in order to scare each other - but in Hungry Ghosts, instead of Samurai, the storytellers are chefs. Hungry Ghosts is co-written by Joel Rose and will feature art from creators such as Vanesa Del Rey, Leo Manco, Alberto Ponticelli, Paul Pope, and Mateus Santolouco.

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Following Hungry Ghosts on February 6 will be Incognegro: Renaissance, a five-issue prequel to the 2008 Vertigo OGN Incognegro: A Graphic Mystery, which will coincide with a re-release of the original story to celebrate its tenth anniversary. Written by Mat Johnson with art by Warren Pleece, Incognegro: Renaissance focuses on reporter Zane Pinchback as he becomes embroiled in the night life of the Harlem Renaissance.

Then on February 21, Mata Hari from writer Emma Beeby and artist Ariela Kristantia will take a fictional approach to the story of Mata Hari, the famed dancer/spy who was executed in 1917.

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Finally, on March 28, writer Ann Nocenti and artist David Aja will present The Seeds, a dystopian look at a future America where mutated plants and animals start to appear, leading a journalist to uncover a massive story that she cannot publicly report for as yet undisclosed reasons.

In addition to Berger Books' new titles, the imprint will also publish a new, expanded edition of Dave Gibbons' long out-of-print 2004 Vertigo series The Originals.

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