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Helix was a short-lived, science fiction
fantasy imprint of DC Comics, launched in 1996
and discontinued in 1998. (In early promotional materials prior to
the release of the first title, the imprint was called
Matrix instead of Helix. It was renamed because of
the then-upcoming film, The Matrix.) It
featured a handful of ongoing monthly series, several limited
series, and one short graphic novel.
Despite the involvement of successful SF/fantasy novelists Michael
Moorcock, Lucius Shepard and Christopher
Hinz, and established comics creators Howard Chaykin, Elaine Lee, Matt Howarth, Warren Ellis, Walt Simonson, and Garth Ennis, sales of the comic books were
low, and most of the ongoing titles were cancelled after 12 or
fewer issues. Ellis' Transmetropolitan was switched
to the Vertigo imprint, where it continued for
several more years before reaching its planned conclusion. Ennis'
Bloody Mary mini-series and
Multiverse were later collected in Vertigo-label
paperbacks and Moeller's Sheva's War was released as a graphic novel
paperback by Dark Horse.
Limited availability of the books in bookstores that already
sold science fiction, resistance among science-fiction readers to
serialized monthly publication, the lower visibility of the line's
deliberately muted cover color palette, and the lack of interest in
genre SF among regular patrons of comic-book stores, were all cited
by industry observers as factors in the imprint's demise.
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