Vault Pubwatch: December 2021

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Vault Comics is swinging into the holiday season and the new year with some continuing favourites and new titles, including the upcoming Western horror, West of Sundown, by writers Tim Seeley and Aaron Campbell, Jim Terry (illustrator). Triona Farrell (colorist), with letters by Crank!

Cover of West of Sundown #1 (Vault Comics, March 2022)

“WEST OF SUNDOWN is about the great mythologies of the old world slamming into the folklore of the new world…the legends of Europe, and the birth of the American beast,” said Seeley. “And, taking that theme as a skeleton, we’ve draped it with the sewed together skin of Sergio Leone Westerns and Hammer Horror films. Gritty sunsets meets foggy nights. The gothic graveyard meets Boot Hill. What horrors lie in our shared unconsciousness, and how do we stuff them all into a too-tight corset?”

West of Sundown will be out in March 2022, which is when we can also look forward to the return of Shadow Service.

Top comics of the year lists are making their way to the surface this week, and Vault’s Barbaric has already shown up on EW and ScreenRant’s lists, to name a few — with good reason! If you haven’t read Barbaric yet, you’ll be able to grab an issue on Free Comic Book Day in May.

The publisher itself also made Multiversity’s Year in Review list of top publishers.

Out This Month

Forgive me, it’s been a loooong month and I am but one woman — so no mini reviews this month, but there’s no reason for you not to enjoy these latest issues from Vault!

A middle aged couple stand together wearing colourful shirts and smiles in front of a white picket fence. Behind them, a white monster with buglike legs and tentacles coming from its toothy maw stomps on a small house, blood spewing everywhereHuman Remains #4

“When top virologist Dr. Naresh Sharma gets an unexpected request from General Sullivan to help him catch one of the monsters who killed her beloved son, she might just find a way to avenge her boy and stop herself from crumbling with grief. But how do you catch a monster who appears out of nowhere and just as quickly vanishes? Meanwhile, we discover what really scares General Sullivan — and it isn’t a monster.”

A masked and goggled person in profile with photos of several people resting near their shoulderBlue Flame #6

“Sam Brausam is hitting rock bottom. He thought he could trust the journalist he’s been dating with his biggest secret — that he’s fighting for the fate of humanity in a cosmic trial – but she seems intent on exposing him as a fraud in dire need of help. On Exilos, the Blue Flame brings forth his Night Brigade companions as virtuous examples of humanity’s best, but the prosecutor is ready to share some darker truths about them.”

A high class woman in Victorian dress and hat holds a smoking gun Rush #2

“1899, Yukon Territory. Nettie Bridger’s desperate journey to the goldfields of the frozen north has ended in tragedy. But Nettie won’t believe it. Can’t believe it. Her son is alive — somehow — somewhere — and she won’t stop hunting until she finds him. The valley has its monstrous guardians, and the miners have their secrets, and in this crucible of gore and gold the flickering flame of a mother’s love is barely enough to melt the ice.”

A white-haired person with smoking yellow eyes and fangs smiles wickedly Witchblood #9

“The showdown is here, and the first arc is nearly wrapped. Don’t miss the world-shattering chapter where everything collides… in Witchblood Chapter Nine: Paint it Black!”

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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