Vault Pubwatch: May 2020

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

We’re closing in on a return to comics distribution, so, while there hasn’t been much new stuff to read of late, there are still lots of cool things on the horizon to look forward to, as well as a few bonus items to pick up along the way. Last month, Vault introduced the VaultColorUp Coloring Book to keep fans busy. It features scenes from their various titles that you can play around with using your favourite digital or traditional colouring tools. Clearly following up on my demands, Vault has since announced the release of the Money Shot Color Up. Catch my review below, as well as some of my pencil crayon scribbles.

You can grab a copy of the ColorUps for free in Vault’s online store.

You know what’s also available in Vault’s online store? This 1:6 scale polystone Heathen statue, that’s what. If you haven’t read Heathen yet, this is a great time to get to know Aydis.


Viking. Woman. Warrior. Outcast. Aydis, the intrepid protagonist from the smash hit comic HEATHEN by Natasha Alterici, comes to life as a 1:6 scale limited edition statue created by Level52 Studios. Inspired by the dreamlike, incarnadine color schemes of the series’ covers, this piece exudes a fresh and fearsome attitude befitting an unapologetic battler of demons and fantastic beasts. Odin better watch his back.

Have you been watching Vagrant Queen? Reviews are hit or miss on the new SyFy series. I confess that I haven’t had a chance to catch it just yet, but here are a few reviews that suggest everyone should give this scifi romp a chance:

Hypable: ‘Vagrant Queen’ is a neon-infused sci-fi romp you shouldn’t miss

Polygon: Syfy’s Vagrant Queen is a mashup of Star Wars, Firefly, and the MCU, Plus Doctor Who and more fan favorites

Den of Geek: Vagrant Queen: A Fresh Take on the Hero’s Journey

Coming Soon

Coming in July is Shadow Service, written by Cavan Scott, with art by Corin M. Howell, colors by Triona Farrell, letters by Andworld Design, and design by Tim Daniel.

Cover of Shadow Service featuring a woman looking apprehensive , with a skull and crows behind her

Worried your partner is cheating? Need a missing person found? Gina Meyers is the Private Investigator for you. Sure, she’s a witch who worries that her powers make her more of a monster than the crooks she’s trying to catch, but it’s not like London’s criminal underworld is literally going to hell… is it? This is SHADOW SERVICE. Spy craft meets black magic in the shadowy world of MI666.

Also coming this summer is GIGA, co-created by by writer Alex Paknadel and artist John Lê, with colors by Rosh, letters by Aditya Bidikar, and design by Tim Daniel.

A giant robot stands high into the clouds, holding a person and a tree in its hand

Nobody knows why the skyscraper-sized mechs known as ‘Giga’ fought their bitter, centuries’ long war. All they know is that when the fighting finally stopped, the dormant Giga became humanity’s new habitat and new gods in one. When disgraced engineer Evan Calhoun finds an apparently murdered Giga, his society and the fascistic tech-centered religious order that controls it are rapidly thrown into chaos.

“You’ve seen giant robots battling mechs and kaiju, but what happened decades – even centuries – after the fighting stopped,” asked GIGA co-creator and writer, Alex Paknadel. “Our book depicts a world in which the robots destroyed every metropolitan center on Earth, instantly rendering a good chunk of the human race homeless. Then, when their war inexplicably and abruptly ended, they went dormant for so long that humanity moved in. The robots that destroyed our cities became our cities, and – perhaps inevitably – objects of religious worship to boot.”

“Now, imagine what would happen if one of these gods-cum-living skyscrapers was murdered. That’s our book. That’s ‘GIGA’.”

Gazing into the future, Vault introduces A Dark Interlude, the not quite sequel to Fearscape coming in November. It is written by Ryan O’Sullivan, drawn by Andrea Muttie, coloured by Vladimir Popov, lettered by Andworld Design, and designed by Tim Daniel.

the cover of A Dark Interlude (Vault Comics, November 2020)

Says Henry Henry himself: “While it may be true that A Dark Interlude begins where Fearscape ends, that all of the characters from Fearscape reappear, that the Fearscape itself also reappears (still as a metaphysical realm beyond our own, where that which we fear most takes physical form); to take these coincidental continuances as indicative of the work-as-sequel is to misunderstand the primary function of all literature. I speak, as well you know, of the anxiety of influence.

“Our inspiration comes not from the gods, but from our fellow man. How often do we imagine a story of our own creation, seemingly from the ether, only to discover it already exists in a book penned by another? (Perhaps a book we own! Perhaps, even, one we’ve previously read!) Humanity is a coral reef, largely sharing the same thoughts. So to the franchise-fetishists I ask – is all literature a sequel to Dante? To Tolstoy? To Shakespeare?

“Of course not. The sheer concept is lunacy. And yet, the thought is appealing. The entirety of human literature as one long, single, narrative. I wonder, how would such a story end? (And who would dare try to write it?)”

Quick Review

To be quite honest, this lockdown has got me locked down when it comes to reading, and I haven’t been able to pick up as many books and comics as one would think you could with so much time on our hands. But I can share my thoughts on this gem.

Money Shot Color Up
Rebekah Isaacs (artist), Tim Seeley (designer)
May 14, 2020

Pencils, panties, and an orb-shaped robot float around on a black and white coverFollowing up on the VaultColorUp colouring pages released last month, Vault brings us Money Shot Color Up. Taking pages and covers right from the series, these colouring pages offer lots of lighthearted fun and a comfortable challenge. If colouring is your relaxation, or if you’re practicing your skills, Rebekah Isaacs’ line work is perfectly suited to the amateur doodler like me, or the more professional-leaning colourist. The lines are clean, with lots of room to actually colour, instead of too much black or white space.

​That’s it for this month! Looking forward to things picking up as the world slowly sifts through to the other side. In the meantime, be safe and be well, my friends.

Wendy Browne

Wendy Browne

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