Vault Comics Pubwatch: The Inaugural #VaultVanguardCon Begins

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

COVID-19 lockdown protocols are hitting all of us hard. Vault Comics was one of the publishers that announced cancellations well ahead of Emerald City Comic Con’s ultimate cancellation due to COVID-19, but they teased plans for a virtual “Vault Vanguard” offering. Now we know what that teasing is all about with the launch of Vault Vanguard Con today, March 19, which features various virtual opportunities to check out what Vault has to offer.

Vault will hold a Reddit AMA on the r/comics subreddit from 4:00-5:00 pm MST. Fans can ask the Vault team any questions they may have and get advice on any comics-related topic.

Over the next few days, Vault will release a series of special videos from a wide array of creators on their social media channels. Readers are encouraged to follow Vault on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube to stay up to date.

You can also get your hands on some cool limited edition exclusive t-shirts featuring art from Vault’s lineup.

If you haven’t already checked out Vault’s comics, you can get a taste with their genre-specific sampler series. If you’re looking for something new to watch, then make sure you’ve marked March 27 on your calendar for the premier of Vagrant Queen on SyFy.

Coming Soon

There’s lots more to look forward to from Vault with announcements for two new comics coming soon.

Tim Daniel (designer), Joe Eisma (artist), Michael Garland (colourist), Nathan Gooden (variant cover artist), George Mann (writer), Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (letterer)
June 2020

In Engineward, Earth is an ancient myth, long forgotten. Now, the god-like Celestials, who embody the surviving zodiac signs, rule with brutal efficiency. When Joss, an Engineward, discovers and reactivates the head of a fossilized Ghoulem, she learns all is not as intended. Her destiny—and the truth about her imperious rulers—lies somewhere far beyond the borders of her shantytown.

Bleed Them Dry: A Ninja Vampire Tale
Tim Daniel (designer), Nathan Gooden (variant cover artist), Hiroshi Koizumi (creator), Miquel Muerto (colourist), Eliot Rahal (writer), Dike Ruan (artist)
June 24, 2020

Bleed Them Dry: A Ninja Vampire Tale is a new comic series created in association with Lotus, Nagoya TV, and F.J. DeSanto. Created by Hiroshi Koizumi, written by Eliot Rahal, drawn by Dike Ruan, colored by Miquel Muerto, and designed by Tim Daniel, BLEED THEM DRY weaves Japanese and Western mythology together to create a deep-future sci-fi epic about Detective Harper Halloway, who’s been tasked with capturing an insidious killer: Someone targeting our immortal brethren, the Vampires that have been living beside us peacefully for centuries.

Vampire: The Masquerade
Aaron Campbell (cover artist), Addison Duke (colourist), Nathan Gooden (artist), Blake Howard (writer), Tini Howard (writer), Devmalya Pramanik (artist), Tim Seeley (writer)
July 2020

Vault Comics has partnered with Paradox Interactive to publish the official Vampire: The Masquerade comic book series companion to the RPG created in 1991. Sink your teeth into the hidden world of vampires, ghouls, and hunters who live in the shadows and scheme among us. In the comic series, Cecily Baine, an enforcer for the Twin Cities’ elite cabal of Kindred (vampires), takes a mysterious young vampire under her wing and is swept up in a conspiracy that can shake the foundations of vampire society.

Firsts and Faves

Here’s what I’ve been checking out since my last pubwatch.

No One’s Rose #1
Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque (artist), Raul Angulo (colourist), Tim Daniel (designer), Emily Horn (writer), Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (letterer), Zac Thompson (writer)

“But the Green Zone is a defiant seed of hope that must be nurtured.”

A tree with a face hovering among the leaves

No One’s Rose sets out to define the solar punk genre in comics and in its debut, does a solid job. With Earth as a distant memory for most, but a scratch below the surface for readers, we are introduced to some incredible world (re)building defined by the ways in which we are destroying our current world.

Money Shot #5
Sarah Beattie (co-scripter), Crank! (letterer), Rebekah Isaacs (artist), Kurt Michael Russell (colourist), Tim Seeley (writer)

“Oh wow look at me up there! My boobs are so huge I could titty-fuck a skyscraper!”

5 humans and an alien lie naked in a circle

The XXX-plorers’ story comes to a resounding finale with an explosive love-in/epic showdown. This is the happy ending we deserve for this hilarious alien space sex romp.

Vagrant Queen: A Planet Called Doom #1
Zakk Saam (letterer), Harry Saxon (colourist), Jason Smith (artist), Magdalene Visaggio (writer)

“The price of your throne is their devotion.”

Captured and forced to return to her people, Elida is anything but a good prisoner. Dressed in fine, if very Disney’s Snow White-like, robes, she learns that sometimes resistance is best served with honey. Meanwhile, friends and frenemies don’t live friends behind. If there’s anything to remember Vagrant Queen for other than the main character, it’s Jason Smith’s exceptional character and costume designs, as well as the creative panel work on each page.

Heathen #9
Natasha Alterici (writer and colourist), Morgan Martinez (letterer), Ashley A. Woods (artist)

“Warriors go alone…”

A young viking woman aims an arrow at the readerIn her long awaited return, Aydis  has been ambushed by trolls who are more than a match for her. They recognize her and hope that trading her to Odin will convince the All Father to return their wife and mother. The simplicity of the artwork and scenery is deceptive. Its clean lines and almost monochromatic colours allow greater focus on the story and Aydis’ determination to convince Odin of the error of his ways. But, that’s not as easy as it sounds.

Black Stars Above #4 & 5
Jenna Cha (artist), Tim Daniel (designer), Lonnie Nadler (writer), Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (letterer), Brad Simpson (colourist)

“I write from another time and place. The date is unknown.”

Eulalie has discovered what lies at the end of her journey, and it’s definitely not a pot of gold. The atmosphere of Black Stars Above keeps getting creepier and creepier, yet there’s a strange comfort and warmth in the way Cha shapes each panel. The swirling imagery makes the story feel like it’s all circling a great abyss, with only Nadler’s words on scraps of paper to cling to for sanity.

Heist, or How to Steal a Planet #5
Vittorio Astone (colourist), Tim Daniel (designer), Paul Tobin (writer), Arjuna Susini (artist), Saida Temofonte (letterer)

“Brady engages in the battle technique traditionally known as ‘hiding.'”

a kid and his dog leads a gang of mobsters on the attack


This issue gives us a chance to hang out with the members of Glane’s squad and learn a thing or two about them and how they all work together. They are a well-oiled machine, but there’s the problem of Glane’s little friend. Is it really appropriate to take a kid on your deadly adventures?

Collected Editions

Wasting no time after a series ends, Vault lets you catch up with collected editions. Here are the books available this month.

Monet Shot
Sarah Beattie (co-scripter), Crank! (letterer), Rebekah Isaacs (artist), Kurt Michael Russell (colourist), Tim Seeley (writer)

In the near future, space travel is ludicrously expensive and largely ignored. Enter Christine Ocampo, inventor of the Star Shot teleportation device with a big idea: She’ll travel to new worlds, engage-intimately-with local aliens, and film her exploits for a jaded earth populace trying to find something new on the internet. Now, Chris and her merry band of scientist-cum-pornstars explore the universe, each other, and the complexities of sex in Money Shot! A story about scientists having sex with aliens for the glory of mankind-and money.

Science, space, sex, and friendship—what’s not to love? Money Shot is one of my favourites from Vault’s releases last year. Read my full review of the first issue here.

Relics of Youth
AndWorld Design (letterer), Matt Nicholas (writer), Skylar Patridge (artist), Vladimir Popov (colourist), Chad Rebmann (writer)

6 teens lie on a beach

Nat Rodrigues keeps dreaming of an island. Soon, the dreams become waking visions. Alone and concerned, Nat manages to locate other teenagers across the globe who share her intense obsession with the unmapped enclave. And then, the strangest part: Every one of them wakes one morning with a mysterious tattoo. A tattoo only the six of them can see. Now, each of them knows—no matter the obstacles in their way—they must discover this unknown paradise.

I didn’t love this book when it first came out, largely because, despite the very intriguing concept and epic displays of magic, the cast of characters fell too perfectly into the typical teen tropes. This made their characterizations feel one dimensional and their interactions feel force.

That’s it for this month! Stay safe, keep your distance if possible—but stay connected, and catch up on all the good comics!

Wendy Browne

Wendy Browne

Publisher, mother, geek, executive assistant sith, gamer, writer, lazy succubus, blogger, bibliophile. Not necessarily in that order.