Crime and Noir fan, Axel Alonso joined Vertigo comics in 1994. A lot like his soon-to-be boss, Karen Berger, Alonso was an outsider to the comic book world when he joined Veritgo Comics having come from the world of journalism. He did not come to DC Comics hoping for a career in comics and applied on a whim, seeing an ad in the New York Times. Alonso would soon find himself at Vertigo Comics where fantasy and horror reigned.
Alonso’s love of true crime and pulp noir served him well at Vertigo, where he worked on titles such as Preacher and 100 Bullets. It was during his time at Vertigo that the imprint transitioned from being a place for horror and fantasy to also branching into the world of crime and drama.
Alonso would leave Vertigo comics in 2000, for Marvel Comics where he would become Senior Editor. He would later go on to become Editor-in-Chief and would bring with him many of the comic book creators that he had worked with during his time at Vertigo Comics.