Vault Pubwatch – October 2021

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Catching up on all things Vault since my last pubwatch, we’ve got a few things in the news, including this i09 interview with Si Spurrier discussing The Rush, his new horror comic set during the Yukon gold rush.

It looks like Amazon’s gotten over its squeamishness and lifted the ban on the cover of The Autumnal trade, which is available tomorrow. The retailer had initially refused to market the book. apparently, because the cover was just too terrifying. Vault publisher Damian Wassel tweeted that they experienced another case of censorship at the same time, but hasn’t revealed what it was.

If you’re looking for more horror comics to read for the spooky season, check out Culture Vulture’s list, which features The Plot.

Various artists have been sharing their variant covers for Radio Apocalypse #1, but of course, I’m going to choose the David Mack cover to show off.

Out next month, you can check out a preview of Radio Apocalypse #1 over at The Beat. Vault also announced that a special limited release deluxe foil variant of Radio Apocalypse #1 will be available for Local Comic Shop Day on November 24.

Coming Soon

Following the successful funding of Wifwvlf on Kickstarter, co-creators Dailen Ogden, Collin Kelly, and Jackson Lanzing have partnered with Vault to help expand their readership. Kickstarter backers will still receive all their goodies as promised, with Vault providing additional publishing support in 2022.

A long haired person with blood dripping down their face and a wolf skull above their head

“WIFWULF (stylized as WIFWVLF) is an original folklore myth telling the story of Charity Bjornsdotter, a young woman in 1860’s Montana who spends her days in the woods with her closest friend, a local wolf she calls Silver Slash. Charity is on the precipice of marriage to the handsomest man in her small village, the mercurial-yet-beloved Paul Skeld. But as her husband isolates her from Silver Slash, she begins to feel a call to the wilds…for it is there that her true destiny awaits. WIFWULF is the harrowing tale of a woman forcibly separated from that which makes her feel alive, a reinterpretation of the classic werewolf myth… and the origin story of a new goddess.”

Firsts and Faves

Highlights from this month’s reads:

I fell in love with The Unfinished Corner even before getting to said corner of the universe where all the monstrous creatures reside in the shadows. The story of Miri, a young girl heading towards her Bat Mitzvah, getting pulled into this realm by a fiery angel, along with her friends and frenemy is great fantasy on its own, but then you add the quirky, gorgeous artwork and adorable family dynamic and sharp writing and expert lettering and fabulous colours and…

His name is Will Poupé, but you don’t get to survive childhood unscathed with a name like that. What’s in a name? Well, magic, according to the wizardy janitor who teaches Will about the powers that come with his name. Hello My Name is Poop is a colorful look at grade school like and dealing with bullies, complete with all the farts and poopy pants and turdie birdies a new young superhero needs.

Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou’s lettering skill is so distinctive and always so perfectly suited to the subject matter that his work has become instantly recognizable to me. I didn’t need to read the credits to know that it’s his lettering, against Nathan Gooden’s gritty lines and Addison Duke’s cold, muted tones and splotches of blood, guiding the reader into the horrors of the Yukon in Si Spurrier’s The Rush #1.

In the aftermath of their own red wedding, Dax is feeling the pressure of “lifeform mania” and doesn’t feel safe around Bisa, no matter how much he loves her — especially because he loves her, because all that emotion just attracts death. In Human Remains #2, there are several other characters whose lives we get caught up in as everyone gets used to this new world. After movies like Bird Box and Quiet Place, the idea of creatures that destroy anything that exudes too much is emotion is a horrific new level of monstrous.

Engine Ward #12 brings a bittersweet end, if not an unsurprising one, as the last chapter of Joss’ story unfolds and she makes the decision to save her world and her people and beyond.

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Wendy Browne

Wendy Browne

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

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