Vext

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Vext
Vext falls through the sky on the cover to Vext #1
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance DCU Heroes Secret Files and Origins #1 (February, 1999)
Created by Keith Giffen
In-story information
Species God
Place of origin Jejune Realm
Abilities Ability to change luck for the worse
Vext
Vext—a Caucasian male adult wearing a green-and-black striped jacket, yellow shirt, grey pants, brown shoes, and brown suspenders—holds a suitcase and falls through the sky. Behind him, clouds have signs pointing to bodies in the solar system: Earth, Uranus, and Venus. A banner across the top reads "CAUTION! BEWARE OF FALLING GODS!" and a caption reads "BAD LUCK'S / COME TO / TOWN!" Vext #1 (March, 1999). Pencils by Mike McKone, inks by Mark McKenna, colors by Lovern Kindzierski, and color separations by Digital Chamaleon
Series publication information
Publisher DC Comics
Schedule Monthly
Format Ongoing series
Genre Humor
Publication date March–August 1999
Number of issues 6
Creative team
Writer(s) Keith Giffen
Penciller(s) Mike McKone
Inker(s) Mark McKenna, Andy Lanning (issue #5)
Letterer(s) Bob Lappan
Colorist(s) Lovern Kindzierski, Digital Chameleon (separations)
Editor(s) Kevin Dooley, Harvey Richards (assistant)

Vext is a fictional character created by Keith Giffen and the star of a short-lived 1999 comic book series published by DC Comics. The series was written by Keith Giffen, pencilled by Mike McKone, inked by Mark McKenna, lettered by Bob Lappan, and colored by Lovern Kindzierski with separations by Digital Chameleon for all six issues (with guest inker Andy Lanning filling in on issue 4). The series was the last one edited by Kevin Dooley before he left comic books and was assisted by Harvey Richards.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Vext is a god from the Jejune Realm (also known as the Borough of Mawkish Indifference) in the Pan-Dimensional Pantheons. He is the "patron deity of mishap and misfortune," and true to that appellation, his world was phased out of existence because he and the other deities there were no longer actively worshiped by mankind.[1] From childhood, he has been beset by misfortune,[2] and even visited the Garden of Eden and accidentally caused the Fall of Man[3] and the sinking of the RMS Titanic.[4]

It takes approximately twenty three years for the line of gods from the Jejune Realm to be processed. Everyone is told to cooperate or face instant termination. Vext finds himself in a waiting room, then dealing with a mustached female caseworker. She cannot get his name right and despite Vext trying to assist, she summons the executioners. They in fact go to the cubicle next door and kill the entity that the caseworker had mistaken Vext for.

Finally, he is simply evicted to a random realm, which turns out to be Midgard/Earth. He is given appropriate funds to start a new life and not much training. He is told he cannot interfere with the course of human affairs, try to take over the planet, or become a super-hero.

He rents an apartment, 4-A, in Mr. Danforth's apartment building in Delta City, which was also the home of a hero known as The Heckler (though he was not mentioned or seen in Vext.) Vext's next-door neighbor is aspiring writer Colleen McBride, who does her best to help Vext adjust to his new life on Earth (not knowing, for most of the series, that Vext was a god). For example, she (at least tries to) helps him deal with the concept of banks and the inaccuracies of the profoundly deaf landlord.

In the first issue, Vext is visited by Superman and the angel Zauriel who also tell him they will be keeping an eye on him. At first Colleen assumes that they are role-players.

Vext also must deal with the mistake-prone Department of Motor Vehicles. In one rare moment of 'luck', Colleen's treat of a fast food hamburger comes complete with an army of sentient microscopic bacteria. Vext's non-earthly biology swiftly deals with them, saving many innocent people.

A sub-thread running through the series is an amoral, murderous adventurer and his two equally homicidal assistants who wish to gain power through the exploitation of minor gods such as Vext. Much of their adventures deal with the God of Inappropriate Flatulence.

Gods of the Jejune Realm[edit]

Name Deity of: First appearance
Aaron Caldwell Ill-timed flatulence Vext #1, deified in Vext #5
Bargyn Uninvited guests Vext #1
Blazon Inappropriate exhibitionism Vext #1
Ekko Déjà vu DCU Heroes Secret Files and Origins #1
Erupt'n Prom night pimples DCU Heroes Secret Files and Origins #1
Garb'l Arb'l Interminable social functions Vext #4
J-Angla Loose pocket change Vext #4
Moxcatyl Interminable procrastination Vext #1
Placatius Insincere apology Vext #1
Paramour Relationships gone hellishly wrong Vext #4
Qrttglbrngrltch The nigh-unpronounceable inadvertent Armageddon Vext #1
Rypta Gud'n Ill-timed flatulence Vext #4, made mortal in Vext #5
Shrike M'ota Emasculating shrews Vext #1
Tedyum Bloated windbags Vext #1
Textacl The perpetually cuckolded DCU Heroes Secret Files and Origins #1
Vext Mishap and misfortune DCU Heroes Secret Files and Origins #1
Yammar Incessant nagging Vext #1

Publication history[edit]

Mike McKone's artwork was featured on every cover and in every page of Vext

Unusually for a comic set in an established publisher-owned universe, Vext was half creator-owned: though all the characters featured in the book belong to DC Comics, Giffen retained copyright to the stories and art.

After cancellation by DC, the series was reprinted in Italian by Press Play Publishing as a back-up in the Italian Lobo series, issues 29–34 (January through June, 2000.)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Giffen, Keith; Brady, Matt (w), McKone, Mike (p), McKenna, Mark (i), McCraw, Tom (col), Lappan, Bob (let), Dooley, Kevin; Richards, Harvey (ed). "Tales of Turgidity Presents: Vext – The Formative Years with Baby Vext and Li'l Paramour" DCU Heroes Secret Files and Origins 1: 47, 53, 63 (February 1999), DC Comics
  2. ^ DCU Heroes Secret Files and Origins #1, p. 53
  3. ^ DCU Heroes Secret Files and Origins #1, p. 62
  4. ^ DCU Heroes Secret Files and Origins #1, p. 47

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