A website redesign, 18k followers on Twitter, and Tor.com singing the praises of the short-lived Vagrant Queen television series. Seems like Vault has had a pretty good month!
Vault introduces its Cover Artist In Residence (CAIR) program roster featuring Jen Hickman, Joshua Hixson, Corin Howell, Martin Simmonds, and Yoshi Yoshitani. “The CAIR program will see each of these artists drawing open-order variants for the entire run of the Vault series of their choosing.”
Witchblood variant covers
Issue 1 and Issue 5
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— Yoshi Yoshitani (@yoshisquared) April 14, 2021
Just a cursed barbarian and his sentient fucking axe… Michael Moreci, Nathan Gooden, Addison Duke, Jim Campbell, and Tim Daniel bring us
BARBARIC follows Owen the Barbarian who has been cursed to do good with what remains of his life. His bloodthirsty weapon, Axe, has become his moral compass with a drinking problem. Together they wander the realm, foredoomed to help any who seek assistance. But there is one thing Owen hates more than a life with rules: Witches. Welcome to the skull-cracking, blood-splattering, mayhem-loving comic brave enough to ask: How can a man sworn to do good do so much violence? Hah! F***ing with you. It’s just…BARBARIC.
In July, writer Cullen Bunn, artist Leila Leiz, colorist Giada Marchisio, letterer Jim Campbell, and designer Tim Daniel bring us The Last Book You’ll Ever Read.
Olivia Kade wrote the book that ended the world. Now she needs someone who won’t read it.
Civilization is a lie. Hidden deep in our genes is the truth. And it is slowly clawing its way to the surface. Olivia Kade knows the truth, and she has become the prophet of the coming collapse. Her book, SATYR, is an international bestseller, and it is being blamed for acts of senseless violence and bloodshed all over the world. Olivia’s own life is in danger from those who have read her work. Determined to conduct a book tour, she hires security professional Connor Wilson to act as her bodyguard. She only has one requirement: he cannot read her work.
Firsts and Faves
Catch my favourite highlights from this month’s new releases:
Black magic and private eye and talking rat familiars — Shadow Service gets all wrapped up in a trade this month. Come for the story, get caught up in the spectacularly creepy and far too tentacly and toothy monsters illustrated by Corin Howell and coloured by Triona Farrell.
Can’t have an apocalyptic earth without a culty group of evil people or three in Resonant #9. Pax, seriously. Did you honestly think that the happy sexy times place was a good thing? Okay, let me rephrase that. Are you really gonna just hang out in the happy sexy time place when your kids need you? No, scratch that. They seem to be handling themselves way better than you are. Bad Pax. For shame.
In I Walk With Monsters #5, Jacey finally confronts her monster, but things don’t go as planned. The painful flashbacks of her “failures” and her refusal to talk juxtaposed against the Big Man’s horrible revelation make this issue all the more tragic in its subtlety.
Hollow Heart #2 gives us a little bit more insight into what EL and the people who created him are, if not quite their purpose for him. Whatever that is, it becomes clear that his usefulness is coming to an end and perhaps his desire to escape, aided by a seemingly empathetic Mateo, may coincide… but probably not in a very nice way…
Gods sure do love themselves some intrigue, and the zodiac gods in Engine Ward #9 are exceptionally good at spinning their own, even as they try to stop Joss from unearthing the truth about Oert. Worldbuilding and words remain the awesome centre of a story that continues to build into something bigger and better with each issue.