Vault Comics Pubwatch: August

Vault Pubwatch banner - image of Aydis from Heathen, art by Jen Bartel

Following SDCC, Vault Comics has got lots on the go as they ramp up to continue the convention trail and ramp up for the fall. Here are some of the things going on in the Vault right now.

Give Us All that Lesbian Viking Stuff

Heathen Volume 2 was just approved for print, which means you’ve got ample opportunity to read the lesbian viking adventure destined for the screen, helmed by Twilight’s Catherine Hardwicke and produced by Constantin Film and Prime Universe Films. No further details on the film are available right now, but let’s hope the internet has successfully done its thing when it comes to casting the lead character of Aydis:

From These Savage Shores

These Savage Shores is a gorgeous comic that makes most excellent use of the nine-panel spread. Creator Ram V recently posted a hauntingly beautiful image from the fifth and final issue.

When the Night Falls

As announced in June, Vault Comics is introducing a new line of comics under its Nightfall branding. The first title in the dedicated horror line is called The Plot, written by Tim Daniel and Michael Moreci, and illustrated by Joshua Hixson. Nightfall will continue from September through to December.

What I’m Reading

Continuing on with some of the great stories at Vault, here’s what I’m reading this month.

Test #2

Jen Hickman (artist), Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (letterer), Harry Saxton (colorist), Christopher Sebela (writer)
July 31, 2019

Cover for Test #2 - Vault Comics, Jen Hickman (artist), Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (letterer), Harry Saxton (colorist), Christopher Sebela (writer) July 31, 2019- Aleph holds their hands, one holding a pair of scissors, to their face, which has exploded with blue leaves and a giant red eye at the centre
Aleph has a lot to learn from the citizens of the Hotel California-esque Laurelwood, some of whom are resisting the technology that permeates the weird city. Though Aleph is still uncertain of their place in, well, anything, they allow themselves to be led by the small group who teach them the secrets that keep them hidden from surveillance. “You’ve signed a contract with a good many words in it,” says one of the repos who have come to take Aleph back, which summarizes the fragile relationship we have with technology as we give up more and more of our freedoms for the addiction to the privileges and conveniences technology gives us.

Once again, I have to praise the chaotically brilliant lettering that reflects the reality and thoughts Aleph is dealing with. New characters are introduced with their own unique lettering that perfectly reflects their nature as Aleph learns more and more about Laurelwood and what technological advancement means in this world.

Queen of Bad Dreams #3

Dearbhla Kelly (colorist), Danny Lore (writer), Kim McLean (letterer), Jordi Pérez (artist)
May 29, 2019

Cover for Queen of Bad Dreams #3 - Titan Comics, Dearbhla Kelly (colorist), Danny Lore (writer), Kim McLean (letterer), Jordi Pérez (artist), May 29, 2019 - Judge Daher poses with her weapon
This issue brings things back to the world Daher can’t escape, even if it is trying hard to escape her: the home of her ex-wife, Viv. Reminding us that this story is actually narrated by Viv, the argument the two have over Daher bringing the dream figment Ava to the house with their daughter present is almost secondary to the narration from Viv, which expresses in a soft, tired, yet lovingly harsh way that this is exactly why Viv had to let Daher go. Daher’s work is dangerous. But Viv is sympathetic to Ava’s situation, so the figment is allowed to stay at the house while Daher pursues the rich senator’s son who’s caused all this trouble. The scenes at Viv’s house are ingeniously intermingled with Daher’s questioning of the senator’s son, with conversations even splicing into one another as Ava learns about Daher’s past.


There’s always something new at Vault Comics. Here’s your chance to get in at issue one with these new books coming soon.

THE NECROMANCER’S MAP #1: Bethany, the necromancer with a heart of gold, and Elissar, her prone-to-brawling companion, are off to find the Covenant, a sanctuary for Bethany’s otherwise reviled magic. Unfortunately, their map makes no sense. Seeking the help of a young wizard named Jonas, whose knowledge may unravel the map’s secrets, Bethany and Elissar discover a mysterious illness plaguing The Foggard temple, home to the ancient order of mages. Double-unfortunately, Bethany and Elissar are not on the best of terms following the recent and violent encounter at Boulder’s Envy.

THE PLOT #1: In order to receive… first you must give. When Chase Blaine’s estranged brother and sister-in-law are murdered, he becomes guardian to McKenzie and Zach, the niece and nephew he hardly knows. Seeking stability for the children, Chase moves his newly formed family to his ancestral home in Cape Augusta—which overlooks a deep, black bogland teeming with family secrets.

Issue #1’s Cover A is by Joshua Hixson and Cover B (Vault Vintage) is by Nathan Gooden, an homage to Bernie Wrightson’s classic House of Secrets #92 cover (DC Comics).

THE MALL #1: Here in the heartland of the U. S. of A., the world has ended! But worry not, because the mall still stands. And within the walls of this consumeristic mecca lies a new world order: box store tribes and name brand gangs, all vying for limited space and resources. So, actually… you can worry! Especially for poor Andre Reed, who—after the assassination of a tribal leader—has to navigate the mad haven to prove his innocence, and prevent the end of world, again!

In addition to its main cover, it will feature a Vault Vintage homaging Gray Morrow’s classic 1975 cover for Marvel’s Marvel Preview No. 3.

Wendy Browne

Wendy Browne

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