- Comic Book SeriesWe Ride TitansVault Comics
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- Comic Book SeriesThe RushVault Comics
- Comic Book SeriesHello, My Name is PoopVault Comics
- Comic Book SeriesThe Unfinished CornerVault Comics
- Comic Book SeriesWorld of Darkness: Crimson ThawVault Comics
- Comic Book SeriesHuman RemainsVault Comics
- Comic Book SeriesVerseVault Comics
- Comic Book SeriesWrassle CastleVault Comics
- Comic Book SeriesDeadboxVault Comics
- Comic Book SeriesThe Last Book You’ll Ever ReadVault Comics
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- Comic Book SeriesBlue FlameVault Comics
- Comic Book SeriesWitchbloodVault Comics
- Comic Book SeriesHollow HeartVault Comics
- Comic Book SeriesThe Picture of Everything ElseVault Comics
- Comic Book SeriesI Walk With MonstersVault Comics
- Comic Book SeriesA Dark InterludeVault Comics
- Comic Book SeriesGIGAVault Comics
- Comic Book SeriesThe Devil’s Red BrideVault Comics
- Comic Book SeriesThe AutumnalVault Comics
- Comic Book SeriesHeavyVault Comics
- Comic Book SeriesShadow ServiceVault Comics
- Comic Book SeriesVampire: The MasqueradeVault Comics
- Comic Book SeriesEnginewardVault Comics
- Comic Book SeriesBleed Them Dry: A Ninja Vampire TaleVault Comics
- Comic Book SeriesNo One’s RoseVault Comics
- Comic Book SeriesRelics of YouthVault Comics
- Comic Book SeriesFinger GunsVault Comics
- Comic Book SeriesVagrant Queen: A Planet Called DoomVault Comics
- Comic Book SeriesBlack Stars AboveVault Comics
- Comic Book SeriesMoney ShotVault Comics
- Comic Book SeriesCult Classic: Creature FeatureVault Comics
- Comic Book SeriesThe PlotVault Comics
- Comic Book SeriesThe Necromancer’s MapVault Comics
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- Comic Book SeriesShe Said DestroyVault Comics
- Comic Book SeriesTestVault Comics
- Comic Book SeriesInterceptorVault Comics
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Comic Book Series
We Ride Titans
"An exciting story about monsters and the brave but flawed people who fight them."
"We Ride Titans gives readers a taste of something that could turn big. There’s a lot to love between the energetic action sequences and the strong emotional thread that ties our heroes together."
"We Ride Titans #1 is a perfect first issue. I don’t know how anything else this year is going to beat it!"
"For anyone who needs a werewolf story that focuses more on the person than the monster, or who just wants a fun and exciting ride, this book will certainly scratch that itch."
"An innovative piece of art that, through enchanting visuals and a radio station's buzz at its center, becomes a story that you can feel. It definitely takes some narrative risks, and I'm intrigued to see where it would follow said risks."
"The end of the world never sounded so good."
"With strong character work and outstanding artwork, I’m more than happy to be along for the ride."
"The Rush is a book that feels like the first winds of a harsh winter, bringing in a sense of dread and despair [...] It’s an excellent set-up to a horror narrative, and feels like a bundle of letters found generations later, to be passed along and remembered in a new light."
"Simon Spurrier crafts a world that is both intriguing and terrifying, where we can almost smell the desperation in all the characters as they chase the last hopes of riches at the expense of everything else[...] this is a must-read for anyone who likes character-based horror or enjoys westerns"
"We’ve had to wait until November for the comic of the year, but this is it folks!"
"The Rush marks the spirits for its first episode, remarkably written and drawn. A trip to the cold and wild lands of the American West where death and the supernatural come together!"
Hello, My Name is Poop
"A funny, vibrant, and (hilariously) gross tale about owning the things that make us stand out. Not that I can relate to growing up with a ridiculous name. At all."
Daniel Kibblesmith, author of Princess Dinosaur
World of Darkness: Crimson Thaw
"World of Darkness: Crimson Thaw #1 thrills, terrifies and ups the stakes. Plus, it is delivering the fruits of some fantastic character work and design into a visually enchanting issue."
"Human Remains might be the scariest Vault series to date."
"The art is excellent – showing emotions and lack of emotions well. The attacks seem frenzied and bloody with no remorse – a great mix throughout."
“Verse's rich drawings and colours beautifully illustrate a complicated, engaging fantasy world filled with sympathetic characters. I can't wait to learn more about them as their journey continues!"
Faith Erin Hicks, author of The Nameless City
"An intricately woven tale of magic and mystery, Sam Beck has written and illustrated an unforgettable story."
Victoria Yang, illustrator of Diana Princess of the Amazons
"Verse is the sort of book you spend hours pouring over, even after the first read. Every single page is a visual delight – I lingered on every panel and relished every page-turn. Sam expertly crafts a sprawling world full of gripping characters and thrilling stakes that transported me to another dimension– it's the kind of book I would have devoured as a teenager, and certainly still love now."
Hannah Templer, artist of Cosmoknights
"A rock-em, sock-em, hum-dandy knock-out of a graphic novel!"
Shannon Watters, Co-Author of Lumberjanes
"New or old Vault Comics horror fans will be fighting to obtain a copy of DEADBOX."
"Deadbox is an incredibly smart comic that finds a lot to be scared of in stupidity, but also a lot to laugh at. The first issue of the series stands on the strength of its sharp wit and its visual comedy."
"The 'twists' in the tale add a level of darkness and enjoyability to yet another Vault Comics hit."
"Deadbox #1 sets the stage of the assured creepiness and horror that may come from the deadbox and leaves this reader ready for issue #2!"
"A striking, skin-crawlingly effective first issue"
"The finest bit of social satire Mark Russell has ever written and one of the best anthologies of weird tales since the original Twilight Zone. It is a must read for all fans of quality comics."
"This continues to be an interesting read and builds on this little universe."
"Very smart stuff, and the team of artist Benjamin Tiesma and colorist Vladimir Popov are knocking it out of the park. Books like this continue to make 2021 the best year yet for publisher Vault Comics."
"If you like your parody and social commentary with a slap and an evil grimace, you’ll like Deadbox!"
The Last Book You’ll Ever Read
"The art was beautiful and haunting, with just the right amount of gore. The colors are gorgeous and really set the tone. The lettering is fantastic. Vault Comics never fails to put out books with exceptional teams that truly bring a vision to life."
"You should definitely pick up The Last Book You’ll Ever Read...This creative team is on quite the tear, and you’ll want to experience this horror epic while the blood is still warm."
"THE LAST BOOK YOU’LL EVER READ #1 is an excellent view of a society coming apart at the seams when giving just the right push. The art is strong. The writing is stronger."
"The Last Book you’ll Ever Read #1 is a devilishly good read as Bunn, Leiz and Co. offer up an addictively mysterious comic. With an interesting concept, characters and art to kill for, if this comic is the last book you’ll ever read then you could do a lot worse!"
"With a really strong opening issue, the second installment of this series from Cullen Bunn continues to build the tension and drama in all the right ways."
"From the legitimate belly laugh on page five to the air-punching violence throughout to the eyebrow-raising final page, this is a perfect example of exactly why I read comics. To be entertained. "
"Barbaric looks set to be, without a doubt, one of the finest titles Vault has published, an achievement enhanced by the fact most of Vault’s line is top tier stuff."
"Barbaric number one really does have that it factor that makes me very excited to read more. There’s tons of bloody action, humor, smart ideas, and some heart. This is without question the best debut I've read this year."
"[BARBARIC] is a book I am certain will be a massive breakout hit."
"BARBARIC is the best new comic of 2021 and a must-read for all fans of fantasy and action comics."
"It is boisterous in its style, brutal in its combat, inventive in its plotting, and consistently hilarious amidst all of that."
"A visually stunning, incredibly funny, action-packed bloody tale."
"A raucous and rambunctious read."
"This book is a wild ride that you just have to experience for yourself. It has all the potential to be one of the best Vault books ever, which is a hard seat to take with so many amazing books."
"This is a highly entertaining book with some absolutely spectacular writing, witty dialogue and fantastic interior artwork."
"The high-energy conclusion of the first volume of Barbaric has us hungry for more!"
"Owen makes one last stand against the abbot's minions in this arc finale that will leave you breathless!"
"Man o man! It is a glorious time to be reading comics. Barbaric No. 1 delivers on the action, the violence & the funny! The expanded page count also makes for a meaty read. Bravo!"
George G. Gustines ― Writer - The New York Times
"Don't miss this book!"
Scott Snyder ― Writer - "American Vampire," "Batman," Justice League" (DC Comics); "Wytches" (Image)
“Barbaric is excellent. Beautifully drawn and brilliantly written, it’s epic, action-packed, and utterly hilarious.”
Nicholas Eames ― Author, "Kings of the Wyld"
“Barbaric is a riotous, hearty stew of wit and gore… Long may Owen and Axe trod their bloodstained path, bringing us along for the adventure.”
Jonathan French ― Author. "The Grey Bastards"
"This comic is absolutely badass. A sentient wise-cracking morally correct axe that punishes the wicked. And its human. SO. DAMNED. GOOD."
John Hornor Jacobs ― Author, "This Dark Earth," "Infernal Machines," "A Lush and Seething Hell"
"This book is seriously great. Do not miss out!"
Darick Robertson ― Artist, Co-Creator of The BOYS, Co-Exec Producer
"The Blue Flame is the real deal, and a series for readers who are hungry for complex storytelling with superheroes. It takes the wonderment of John Carter and the relatability and banality of real life and crushes it into a dynamic and nimble thought-provoking first issue. It has that talk-amongst-friends vibe comics fans rarely get and the accessibility for casual or even non-comics readers. It’s the kind of comic we don’t get enough of."
"Cantwell’s most radical choice is his framing of Sam as most heroic when he is most human. None of us can fly or save the world alone, but we can be better siblings or more attentive partners. In his most dire moments, Sam is relearning what it means to be human."
"This is a strong compelling opening salvo of an issue that brilliantly uses the sci-fi pulp superhero idea as a gateway to tell the very real story of someone that has to deal with the consequences of a horrible tragedy in real life in an exceptionally unique way. If you like brilliant art and clever storytelling this is one to pick up."
"The Blue Flame is a supremely confident, deliberate, and interesting comic. Every element of craft in this book is not only well-done but deployed in a way that serves a greater unified narrative, one that gets at the heart of the intersection of the fantastic and the tragic. It’s brilliant work."
"Vault Comics has another interstellar hit with The Blue Flame if its opening issue is anything to go by. With some gorgeous art that shows off both sides of this character’s world and a great story which will leave readers engrossed in the mystery, Cantwell, Gorham and the team have gotten this Superhero thriller the best possible start, one you’ll definitely want to travel the stars with."
"For Vault Comics’ first foray into superhero stories, this is a compelling narrative that has set up some very interesting questions combining an Everyman vigilante with a cosmic dilemma. It’s an incredible creative team and if it isn’t yet on your pull list, it should be."
"The writing from Christopher Cantwell is excellent and every single artistic and design element of the comic is really top notch... It all comes together seamlessly in this fantastic, big, ambitious, heartfelt comic. You need to get on board The Blue Flame."
"BLUE FLAME is is MORE. This is an indie superhero book that could stand out against the big two. This is a powerful story that’s just beginning, and sure to take comic readers by storm."
"Nominate this series for awards. Make it a classic that everyone shares with their comic book loving friends and recommends in shops. The Blue Flame is easily one of the best books of 2021, with a gripping story that makes us look at ourselves as humans. It’s exceptionally well written and emotionally impactful."
"The art is beautifully done, with jumps between Sam’s reality, and his reality as The Blue Flame, done in such a way that we can keep reading without pausing to figure out where/when we are. The pages are stunning. The colors are gorgeous. The lettering is fantastic."
"If you love Indie books, you should have by now checked out Vault Comics. I don’t think I have ever read a poor comic or been disappointed by their product. Clever, well observed with a focus on the frailties of the human spirit, Vault encourage writers and artist to develop their idea whilst not mandating any one particular editorial model. The freshness of their books are as refreshing as they are entertaining."
"The grittiness of Earth and the more classic superheroics we see on the cosmic end both work superbly...the Blue Flame is easily among my favourite series this year."
"The Blue Flame is no mere deconstruction of superhero tropes, but rather a complex psychedelic interrogation of the human condition."
"Paints the larger and more complicated picture of what it means to be human. Especially when it comes to comic book heroes and the often tragic backstories that they’re given."
"Witchblood #1 is a fun, splashy start to a stylish series."
"Want a chaotic, fun time? Witchblood is just the levels of chaos you need in your life."
"Witchblood is the most beautiful form of a passion project...This comic really is something special, not just for fans of witchcraft and vampires, but for anyone who loves colour, representation, and the craft done right."
"A bit dusty, a lot groovy. From Vault Comics."
"A mixtape in comic form, that blends familiar lore, with the roughness of the Wild West...the creative team has successfully given us a character who although vulnerable, packs some serious attitude, you can’t help but root for her, and with the dangers she has stumbled upon and the revelation of her WITCHBLOOD, we are on our way to be treated to some action-packed, magic in the making."
" Though the combination might seem odd at first, the result is so unique and fun that comic readers have more than enough reason to pay attention....Witchblood #1 marks a strong start to a series with a protagonist worth paying attention to."
"Witchblood #1 represents a stellar creative team firing on all cylinders."
"Loud and brash and high-energy, the kind of thing that makes readers yearn to see what will come next...[packed with] gripping, stylish thrills."
"I highly recommend diving into Witchblood. The characters are rich, and even though they are fantastical, each of them have their flaws. Their journey is not a perfect one, but they come together at the end for the common good of their world."
"This book is like The Shape of Water, but with queer leads. A monster love story we can all fall in love with."
"Love, horror, and bio-suit sludge monsters."
"This is a story that immediately grapples your attention and there are lots of fascinating threads and themes, and I really cannot recommend this enough. This is one of the coolest starts to a sci-fi story I’ve read in a minute, and this should be a must add to your pull for a wide gamut of fans."
"That Paul & Paul are bringing us this unique look at a science fiction tale that doesn’t fit any mold that I know of is exceedingly well done."
"Paul Allor (Guardians of the Galaxy) beautifully navigates both authentic relationships and an engaging story."
The Picture of Everything Else
"This is another absolutely stunning debut from Vault Comics; a literary horror series that provides a visceral, haunting depiction of what happens when you change the world through art, and I absolutely cannot recommend it highly enough."
"The plot moves in an interesting branch from the material from which it was inspired. The art is wonderful and perfectly fitting for the setting. But most importantly, the story doesn’t erase the gay subtext of the original. Instead, it becomes much more overt and visible, and the story is stronger for it. I am excited to see where the story goes next, and if you’re a fan of gothic horror, you should be too."
“Kishore Mohan's light linework and sumptuous watercolors are the kind you want to dive right into...the big horror moments land with aplomb and gusto.”
"A blood-stained love letter to Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Everything Else immerses readers into the dark undercurrent that pulsed beneath the most well-known literary works of the Victorian era. A masterwork of modern Horror and a must-read series, The Picture of Everything Else is not to be missed."
"I had high hopes for this first issue, and I was completely blown away. This is the sort of beautifully written horror that you crave in life. Decadent and exceptionally written, which is no surprise with Dan Watters writing it. There’s something about the way the story is told that you feel like you’re being drawn into the events alongside the characters. You’re helpless and intrigued and cannot look away from what’s unfolding. It’s SO GOOD."
"Magic and art go back a very long way and a title like this really hits a sweet spot on multiple levels.... Walters has a solid idea here and interesting characters from the start forced into hard choices while Mohan’s artwork is just fantastic through and through. It’s a great pairing that results in a strong opening book with a lot of potential."
"The Picture of Everything #2 is an issue you will not want to put down after picking up. The story is always twisting and introducing new characters and events to hook the reader, the art is utterly magnificent, and the lettering takes steps to enhance the read. There are so many reasons to love this issue and so few reasons not. The series is one I would definitely recommend putting on your pull list."
"There is so much intimacy in the writing, keeping the reader feeling like they’re part of what’s unfolding, and keeps you emotionally invested in what is happening. The eerie feeling of looming danger for the Marcel haunts you, while the heartbreaking struggles he’s been through devastate you."
I Walk With Monsters
"I Walk With Monsters #1 is a perfect first issue that demands to be read. From the first page, it does everything right and never slips up after it."
"Like other creator-owned books from Vault, “I Walk with Monsters” takes a lot of risks. It’s rewarding to experience an independent comic that evokes so much emotion in so few pages, and is a good example that when done right, comics are an optimal medium for sharing horror stories."
"A strong and harrowing tale which deals with real life issues and dabbles in the world of supernatural beings."
"Special praise must go to Cantirino, who has created a world as ugly and dirty as the psychology being examined in I Walk With Monsters #1. Cantirino brings out an earthiness to the setting that indicates the messy state of Jacey’s life.... I Walk With Monsters #1 isn’t what you’d call entertaining. It is, however, exceptionally well written. Cornell eschews that blood and thunder a book like this might evoke in the hands of lesser writers."
"An engaging, unexpected opening sequence that captivates the reader and establishes the tone, mood, and themes of the series so seemingly effortlessly that you know Cornell and Cantirino put in a lot of effort to tell the story."
“With engrossing writing of both story and dialogue and beautifully appealing visuals, Vault have picked themselves up yet another winner here.”
"I WALK WITH MONSTERS is a suspenseful tale that sincerely explores the physical and mental damage monsters can inflict on their prey."
"The art is so fascinating to me. A lot of it feels very realistic. Then we have aspects like the man Jacey has been after, looking like a monster more than a man, or David’s beast, which is a beautiful shadowy creature. The colors are beautiful. The lettering is great, as always."
A Dark Interlude
"A Dark Interlude charges forward into The Fearscape, with Henry Henry a bit sidelined relative to the series’ past. This adds up to a confident and intriguing follow-up (not a sequel!) to Vault’s literary ego sendup comic, one that is not to be missed."
"To call A DARK INTERLUDE a triumph is a predictable understatement. With the crew back together, it was no wonder this comic was so good. If Fearscape was a sellout success, A DARK INTERLUDE won’t be far behind."
"If you loved the first Fearscape, then this is another tour-de-force read that continues the first book’s gloriously ambitious tone and even takes it up a notch.... A Dark Interlude is another indie masterpiece from Vault Comics and the reason why we keep harping on about how good they are as a publisher!"
“Andrea Mutti and Vladamir Popov once again bringing these amazingly creative characters to life...[A DARK INTERLUDE completely sucks you into the world of fantasy and mystery.”
"O’Sullivan’s got some really neat and creative writing tricks going on here to tell the tale as he wants to and Mutti’s artwork delivers in spades across the board."
"This really is a series for fans of the weirder side of comic books and science-fiction. In terms of detail drenched worlds, comic fans can't do much better than Giga #1."
"GIGA #1 reads like the beginning of something exciting. It feels like a well-thought-out sci-fi series that is bound to reward its readers over time."
"Giga #1 is a job well done in every aspect, with a story that intrigues and creates the feeling that the deeper we invest with every issue, the more it will reward. It feels like a peek into a fully-formed society in the future, and Paknadel impresses with his balance between small doses of exposition and restraint."
"The visuals are soaring, the characters complex and human, and the struggles feel immediate in spite of their alien setting. This is more than a good pitch, it’s the rare idea that delivers upon the promises of grand ideas with a well told story and I, for one, am ready to read more."
"Alex Paknadel continues to impress with this book."
"It's Shakespeare. An Empire on the brink. It's tragic. Above all, 'Giga' is ambitious storytelling."
The Devil’s Red Bride
"From the first page, The Devil’s Red Bride #1 delivers exactly what you’d expect from a samurai tale set in 16th century Japan. Epic battle panels filled with blood, a story steeped in history, and a war-torn world with all sides fighting to hold onto their honor. What sets Vault Comics’ “brutal samurai grindhouse epic” apart from other stories in this genre is just how layered and visually impressive the whole experience is."
"Vault is no stranger to quality storytelling in their comics and The Devil’s Red Bride #1 feels like yet another example of the level of execution you can expect from the publisher. The entire creative team including Powell on letters has tapped into a unique feel for the story that offers something different than almost anything else out right now."
"Sebastian Girner delivers a solid story for this with good character exploration and some background coming to the surface that fits and flows well."
“[There’s] something intriguing about the story and the use of bargaining with the devil, something incredible about the horrors of it all.”
"The execution is flawless, for me. It’s familiar but new, with just enough darkness to really seal the deal."
"Girner has pulled it off well so far...Bivens’ artwork continues to delight."
"Sebastian Girner does what every writer should do – reveal character at key moments, answer one question and then ask another, and lead the reader to a denouement that leaves them hungry for the next issue."
“Horror stories have made clowns creepy and this one might do the same for fall foliage.”
"primal horror at its absolute finest. Truly gripping stuff."
“Deeply unsettling…The Autumnal is like holding Halloween in your hands.”
"The amount of skill from every single member of this team crafts this story into a beast of it’s own [...] one of my favorite horror comics."
“Wow! Super-creepy writing and fantastic art!”
“The Autumnal might be the next fan favorite — the perfect series for the fall season.”
“It’s Eisner-worthy creating if I’ve ever witnessed it.”
"The Autumnal may have five issues left to go, but I'd take fifty... The Autumnal is one of the best books on shelves, and it has been since its debut."
"There are so many great elements to this eerie comic. Hats off to Writer Daniel Kraus for this incredible story. Artist Chris Shehan and Colorist Jason Wordie have captured the quintessential colors and designs of Autumn, right down to the chilling wind.... Letterer Jim Campbell added dimension with the use of distinctive fonts."
"[Vault is] killing it with a smarter more intelligent horror story and with the undertones we see this’ll remind you of some of the most classic films around."
"The Autumnal will engulf you. It seeps into your bones. The characters are so relatable that we have quickly become invested in their lives. This makes the dangers they face all the more harrowing. We're just getting started with this book, but it's already become one of my favorite comics of the year."
"[The story] moves at a good pace here...I’m really curious to see where it goes next.
"Chris Shehan et Jason Wordie sont toujours impressionnants dans la restitution des émotions et des expressions. Le trait fin du dessinateur se focalise sur ses personnages avec une féroce précision quand le coloriste sublime les planches de sa palette automnale qui offre une impression d’irréalité et de profond tourment. Un vrai plaisir pour les rétines!"
"There is more to the story, an ending of poetic justice steeped in grief and rage, and it is glorious."
"Heavy #1 is a win for Max Bemis, Eryk Donovan, and the whole team, reimagining a version of the afterlife that offers reward for hard work and, it seems from that final page, punishment when authority is questioned."
"I came away from Heavy #1 completely blown away. I went in expecting a standard anti-hero knock off and found my expectations wonderfully subverted."
"...the book is filled with quick and hilarious dialogue that keeps the pace of the story flowing at a solid pace....While the artwork in the series is incredible, it’s the words the characters speak that really shine."
"Heavy continues to be a really fun series...The artwork continues to be strong as I like seeing how many different versions of Moore that Donovan can put out there."
"Packed full of sex, action and drama, Heavy continues to be one of the very best comics on the shelves."
"If you enjoy some of the darker books from the Big Two that dive into the world of magic, demons and witches (bring on the Hellblazer comparisons!) this is definitely worth a read. As for me, it follows the script of what I like from the first issue of a brand new series—introducing the characters, showcasing some bonkers imagery, and leaving me on a cliffhanger that screams 'I dare you to come back and see where all this leads!'"
"Shadow Service #2 improves on the already solid first issue in every way and is perfect for fans of urban fantasy and detective stories like The Dresden Files and Joss Whedon's Angel. The world and its characters are every bit as interesting as the protagonists of some of the literary world's long-running, best-selling urban fantasy series, so one can only hope that Shadow Service can keep going."
"Dynamic, moody, atmospheric, confrontational...If you’re up for dark magic and spooky subterfuge, give this one a try!"
"The developing mystery is more than enough to hold the audience’s interest while the series is still in its early issues, and the rapid succession of new creepy crawly monsters is always a blast to see."
"A wild ride with loads of truths revealed, and sides taken. Issue #5 of Shadow Service is incredibly written, with all the plot twists and allegiance turns you could ever hope for. The story has been consistently excellent with Shadow Service and I absolutely love it."
"A turbulent, twisty story [with] a determined and resourceful protagonist."
"If you love witches, magic, mystery, a great and complex main character...then this is the comic for you! I highly recommend it!"
"a delectable slice of deception. This is a comic about magic and mystery which is in perfect synergy with the actual story being told as we witness turn after turn and never quite know what is going to happen next... the story twists and turns and grips me on every page. The artwork continues to impress me by creating new and interesting characters."
"The magical world and the magic in it is really a strength of the art...very interesting indeed."
"The layouts are really strong and the flow of the story through everything highlights a great way to bring it all to light and keep the reader engaged."
Vampire: The Masquerade
"It’s a fun enough story for newcomers like myself and surely captures enough depth for longtime fans, making it a worthwhile purchase for anyone looking for a great new vampire comic to sink their teeth into. While it’s Cecily’s character that will pull me back in for more as she deals with the unraveling situation within the vampires of the twin cities and this mysterious Alejandra, there is enough stellar artwork and intricate plotting to keep nearly any reader deeply engaged."
"Seeley creates a comic here that evokes classic Vertigo comics on every page, with a world that is complex and interesting with subversive characters and art from Pramanik that is beautifully creepy."
"I can say with sincere honesty that it lived up to my expectations, all while drawing me in and leaving me eager to see how both plots progress in the future. This is arguably a series perfect for old fans, as well as leaving an opening for new fans. While, admittedly, those more steeped in the lore will pick up more details, the writing and art style are solid enough to support new readers as well."
Word of the Nerd
"I’m absolutely in love with what a badass Cecily is.... It’s some excellent character development. The art is, as always, spectacular and perfectly suited to the storyline and the world. The gruesome parts, the different Kindred, the settings: it’s all drawn so beautifully, with colors that really set the tone. Andworld Design does excellent work with the lettering as well."
"A truly remarkable comic series."
Bleed Them Dry: A Ninja Vampire Tale
"[A] solidly entertaining adventure, providing macabre thrills against its neon-splashed urban environment."
"Each page raises the stakes (vampire pun intended), and it’s clearly going to have so much to offer in a big way, potentially shaking up the vampire genre. Jump on this one at the start, because it’s something special."
"BLEED THEM DRY just keeps getting better and better.”
“BLEED THEM DRY (issue #1) is the beginning of something great.”
"This far-future vampire detective story is fantastic. The setting is intriguing. The plot is smart and engaging."
No One’s Rose
"My first read-through of Vault’s new sci-fi book was admittedly overwhelming, but not in a bad way. The lush, colorful art and the layered futuristic tale stimulate your senses from the word go.... No One’s Rose #1 is a strong start to a very timely story for our world."
"There should be no surprise that this was an excellent read, since it’s from Vault Comics, and I’ve yet to read anything they’ve put out that I do not like. The story is a well written fresh take on a dystopian vision of the future, full of hope for repairing a world ruined by mankind."
"Finger Guns #1 has swept its way into my heart. It is a smart and heart-filled look into the emotional cravings and needs of teens. Reminding me of my youth and my personal refuge in music, much like protagonist Wes, I can be sure that most people will find this story relatable."
"Finger Guns #5 takes a captivating concept and grounds it so firmly in reality in a way that makes it feel real and as though it has serious consequences. The characters have amazing story arcs. The ending is bittersweet and just a bit hopeful. It’s a very satisfying read."
"This is a strongly written and realized coming of age story, made more original with its slight stray into fantasy and science fiction. Touching, delicate, brutal, unforgettable."
"The fine folk at Vault Comics continue their fantastic form of 2019, with Finger Guns another outstanding comic from Justin Richards and Val Halvorson, that puts two fingers up to its competitors!"
Vagrant Queen: A Planet Called Doom
“Refreshingly, despite all the madcap hijinks, sass and shenanigans, Visaggio’s characters always remain well grounded, compelling and likable. With a fast moving plot and likable protagonist, ‘Vagrant Queen: A Planet Called Doom’ #1 is a solid debut that leaves the future wide open.”
“Elida has to be one of the best characters in the Vault stable, someone you can come back to over and over again because of how much you want to root for her. Furthermore, entering our second volume, I think Visaggio has done a pretty incredible job of making the book new reader accessible […] VAGRANT QUEEN is back and moving ahead with the same Elida we love, the same high level of art that we have come to expect, and a brand new adventure.”
“If you’re into female lead sci-fi, centred around secret royalty this is definitely a series for you.”
Black Stars Above
“A sterling example of elevated horror in comics.”
“An exemplary creative work that shows the heights a work can reach when creators pay respect to the work that inspired them.”
“I love the way the story is told and the strong cosmic horror elements. The format of narration-through-journal-entries gives it the feel of an old school text-based horror game. There are so many bizarre and unsettling scenes, plus a constant layer of dread blanketing the tale like snow. It’s a massive metaphor about coming of age, going out on one’s own, and identity – and yet it’s also so much more. Highly recommend!”
“Sublime literary horror that channels the best of weird fiction. If you’re looking for something that expands on the work of Lovecraft – look no further. Fans of Alan Moore will eat this up. Beautiful, stunning, and haunting work by Cha throughout. Easily the best horror comic of the year.”
Zac Thompson, author of Come Into Me and I Breathed a Body
"Funny stories, sexy encounters and an intriguing new dynamic to the group makes this a great issue to kick off the third arc."
"Yes, it’s a sexy, funny good time. But the HEART is just… so good. It’s what takes the story from good to great."
"The diverse cast feels a little more diverse in type and body here than before, which works well, and there’s a lot of fun in the expressiveness as they get into things while also showing off some fun alien design work...MONEY SHOT is back baby!"
"Everything I’ve loved about the series so far is still present here, the great character work, the absurd alien porn premise and the undeniable comedy."
Seeley and Beattie’s dialogue is funny and natural, and the characters have a distinct voice right from the start. The art is bright, adding to the lighthearted atmosphere of the plot. Overall the first two issues were thoroughly entertaining and there is certainly a deeper story brewing underneath the moans, sighs, camera angle planning, and dirty talk.
"Rebekah Isaacs and Kurt Michael Russell remain one of my favourite artist and colourist teams in comics and I’d love to see more from them going forward. Isaacs attention to detail and endless variety in expressions and character design remains one of Money Shot‘s greatest strengths, which is saying something because Money Shot is all strengths all the time."
"If you're in the mood for a silly sex adventure in space that has heart, Vault Comics MONEY SHOT #1 will have you coming back for more."
“The first third of this comic lures readers into a family drama involving two estranged brothers […] There is a great balance between realistic dialogue and unspeakable horror and a cliffhanger that practically demands the reading of the next issue.”
"The Plot is a simple tale lifted greatly by a fantastic gothic tone and astounding artwork."
"The Plot has been an absolutely beautiful and haunting tale of a family stitched together in heartbreak, the strength of the bonds built, and the horrors of the past that they must all face – together."
"The team here did some really great creative horror material with all the right chills and disturbing moments throughout."
"What stands out in RESONANT is how the real horror comes not from the waves, but the other people...The scary moments are amplified by the great character development."
"This book is amazing. The collected first five issues are a blast and have the knack, the feel, the ‘je-ne-sais-quoi’ to keep us delving in, foraging for entertainment."
Sera and the Royal Stars
"An expertly crafted work by some great talents that knew exactly how to do everything right with it."
“[TEST is] definitely for readers that enjoyed Transmetropolitan and Private Eye, and the sorts of stories that warn us not only about the decisions that we make, but also the things we believe.”
These Savage Shores
“Vault’s series spends much more time with the native culture, showing readers a side of the people often dismissed by the “savage” label.”
“…the mixture of traditional Gothic Horror and Indian mythology works effectively in taking us out of our comfort zone and into a new and intriguing world where nothing is certain and anything can, and probably will, happen..”
“Equal parts historical fiction, monster thriller, heart-rending romance. It’s These Savage Shores, the critically-acclaimed new series from Vault Comics that promises to be one of the finer comics experiences you’ll have this year — or, perhaps, any year.”
"[Y]ou’ll understand why 'These Savage Shores' borders on a revelation. Writer Ram V, cartoonist, Sumit Kumar, colorist, Vittorio Astone and letterer, Aditya Bidikar combine their talents to interrogate ideas both ticklish and troubling."
"Each issue of These Savage Shores has been the best chapter in the story so far, and #3 is no exception. A chapter packed with set pieces and hard-earned big moments, this is a comic that makes me feel unbelievably lucky we have this book. 9.5/10."
“SUBMERGED is a unique story full of beauty, sadness, and at it’s core hope. The characters will absolutely appeal to Latinx readers but at the same time does not limit it to a specific readership. This is a classic story for humanity and it’s written and illustrated beautifully. There is so much submerged below the surface of what’s on the pages that readers are sure to enjoy the journey that the creative team is taking them on.”
“SUBMERGED is a retelling of Orpheus and Eurydice that flips the original myth on its head. The comic relies on vastly different character dynamics and introduces a much more modern setting; however, the beats remain the same. Whether or not you are familiar with the original myth, Submerged will grab your attention from the jump. I suggest you dive right in.”
“While SUBMERGED is a mini-series, there is certainly enough character and meat here to keep you sustained for its entire run.”
“this book delivers; there’s groundwork laid here that should pay off down the road, and just enough to hook the reader back for the second issue.”
"Wasted Space will live on in memory as one of the greatest Sci-Fi comics/Space operas of the decade if not all time. It is certainly one of my all time favourite books and if you haven't read a single issue before today then I envy you for the journey you're about to embark upon for the first time."
“VAGRANT QUEEN is pure sci-fi adventure to the core that is without a doubt going to become a classic. It immediately drops the reader into an exciting world that begs to be explored and runs them through it at a fun pace. Visaggio and her creative team are producing comic book gold that is easy to fall in love with.”
“At its core, VAGRANT QUEEN is a traditional space scoundrel tale akin to the likes of Firefly, Solo, and the like […] a damn solid book.”
“[VAGRANT QUEEN IS] a good, well-paced story with great art and enough to make you want to come back for another installment.”
“VAGRANT QUEEN puts good ol’ fashioned quips and space opera in front of the capital B Big ideas.”
“…full of fist fights, gun fights, and word fights, all centered around the main character, a deposed young brown-skinned queen, Elida.”
“[VAGRANT QUEEN] is another solid entry in Vault’s lineup of sci-fi books.”
“…if you ever find yourself wondering where you can find a comic that feels like a summer blockbuster, with all the excitement and humor and drama that comes with it, then REACTOR is it.”
“…a fantastic comic blending horror, sci-fi, and action genres to deliver a truly unique experience.”
“This series belongs to that sacred category of pulp fiction that wants nothing more than to excite and entertain […] It’s just old fashioned vampire-killing fun, and I’m glad it exists.”
“MAXWELL’S DEMONS isn’t an easy comic to read emotionally. It’s the kind of comic where you almost need something else to read afterward, to help cool down, but painful stories exist for a reason. MAXWELL’S DEMONS wouldn’t hurt so much if we didn’t care about Max’s journey.”
“If you’ve ever wanted to know what a Pixar movie directed by David Fincher would look like, I would suggest you take a look at MAXWELL’S DEMONS.”
“A high-minded look at the intersections of violence, corporate exploitation of the individual, and technology, with imaginative art that conveys a sense of robotic and existential dread.”
“The early anime robot tech, retro CPU visuals, and bleak military atmosphere all mesh perfectly for a powerhouse debut. SPIRITUS rules.”
“There’s a rare smoothness to SPIRITUS that sets it apart from other books, and it proves you need far more than concept alone to sell a story.”
“Although the wraparound cover of Spiritus depicts a woman running side by side with a humanoid robot, I can’t help but be reminded of that feeling you get when looking at the black and red-figure pottery of the ancient Greeks. That feeling of connection to a different time and place. A connection made possible by a team of craftsmen and women working together to take something of function and use it’s form as a foundation to tell their stories […] And like those pots and paintings of ancient days past, this comic book was crafted for more than art’s sake, it serves a purpose. It carries accurate social commentary with Ted Daniel’s words. It holds all the proper emotion thanks to the art and colors of Michael Kennedy. And the message is clear thanks to Lauren Norby’s lettering and balloon styling.”
Alien Bounty Hunter
“Intricate world-building meets a charismatic lead character, who we follow into a compelling and shadowy sci-fi world.”
“Come for the story, stay for the incredible visuals.”
“Adrian Wassel and David Booher have put together the penultimate action flick in comic book form.”
“The writing from Wassel and Booher is absolutely breathtaking […] Pair that with the stellar art work […] and you have an absolute must read comic.”
“Just wow. The art in ZOJAQAN is so gorgeous and unique, depicting a fantasy realm interwoven with visions of our own world. The writing team of Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing […] provide a gorgeous and abstract script that reads like a fevered dream, complete with character development and glimpses of modern tragedies from our own times. This [is] a literary comic with questions about grief and theology, and a total joy for fans of surrealist art.”
“Action, drama, or science fiction fans should really enjoy this one.”
“COLOSSI from Ricardo Mo, Alberto Muriel, and Stelladia is where Lost and The Twilight Zone meet.”
“COLOSSI is a delightfully strange book that builds a huge world through the smallest details […] COLOSSI #3 is a gorgeously-illustrated installment in a miniseries that blends mystery with sci-fi, horror with comedy, and creates an unusual story perfect for fans of weird series like The Twilight Zone or even campier fare like Are You Afraid of the Dark? […] [It] delivers on all of the spooky surprises you would want, managing to deliver surprisingly real bumps in the night in a visual medium.”
“…a wonderfully empowering and exciting new series…”
“Great comics leave you wanting more, replaying what came before, and wishing 30 days would pass in a moment. ‘Heathen’ is that type of fantasy comic, that makes you fall in love with it only to be crushed 20-something pages later with a devastating cliffhanger. Vault Comics just snuck up on the industry with a blockbuster book of their own. Make sure you get HEATHEN so you can say were there from the beginning before it blew up.”
“Buy. These. Books.”
“These declarations of self from women and queer characters fit so elegantly into the mythology Alterici uses to weave her tale, it reminds us that these narratives belonged there all along.”
“Overall, HEATHEN is and has been an excellent series that is highly recommended. The characters that Alterici populates her world with are unique and have heart. The reader will want to enter into the pages and hang out with them. HEATHEN is absolutely one of the best books being made right now. The Verdict: 10/10”
“I want epics with female leads, and fortunately HEATHEN fulfills that desire in a big way, while also adding its own unique touch with themes that are as contemporary as they are timeless.”
“As a writer, Natasha Alterici has laid down some pretty impressive work. She’s crafted characters that live up to the hype surrounding Nordic myth, people who have very real thoughts and problems, and the courage to face them head on. Now, lest HEATHEN be pegged as being aimed at any one demographic, rest assured that Alterici has covered all bases, managing to represent all manner of folk in her book. . . . All of the clever writing in the world isn’t going to result in a quality comicbook without the art to go with it. No worries there, because as an artist Natasha Alterici has done an outstanding job . . . While there may not be many big action sequences, what there are have been done very well, with an almost cinematic quality . . . Don’t be a twit and write HEATHEN off as a title aimed exclusively at women. It’s a testament that Natasha Alterici was able to weave a story that can be embraced and enjoyed by anyone.”
“FISSURE ushers in a new era for Vault Comics with a solid mystery that is driven by characters not solely action. Daniel’s experience is on display as the dialogue is natural, the story involving, and Delpeche’s art is first class. FISSURE as well as Vault are the ones to watch in 2017.”
“The work that Tim Daniel has done here at the beginning of the series is beautiful. It takes no time at all to understand the setting, the characters, and the mood…The artwork from Patricio Delpeche is flawless in this debut issue. With a style that reminds me off Scott Kolins (artist on Flash, the Avengers) this doesn’t have the traditional look and feel of a small Indie comic. This is a work of art that can sit proudly on the shelf next to any other mainstream title and hold its own.”
“I didn’t know what to expect, but I’m impressed, really impressed. FISSURE #1 was a comic that was on my radar but I’m sure it’ll be on too few and they’re missing out on a quality comic. This disaster horror story goes above and beyond in a way to not just entertain, but also reflects on what divides us.”
“FISSURE has a terrific pace, working to build the tension with each page turn […] FISSURE is a slow burn that pays off in spades with a breathtaking final-page filled with intrigue and terror. It does the due diligence of establishing the characters and making you care about them before shaking the ground beneath their feet. You’ll be dying to check out the next issue, if for nothing else than to find out what’s in these holes.”
“The whole book feels and reads like a dark fairy tale. Will Henry step up to the plate and be the hero that the Fearscape needs or will he live down to everyone’s expectations. Whatever the outcome, this story is intriguing.”
“There’s some good depth here, and I’m pleased to see that the Fearscape is adept at regurgitating the archetypes and symbols we’d expect without assembling them into a defined form we’ve seen before […] everything blends together seamlessly.”
“Fearscape #2 builds on one of the year’s best debuts to deliver another adventure in metafiction, one perfectly tailored for an indie comic audience. The protagonist’s imposter syndrome is so ugly and sincere that writerly types can’t help but relate, regardless of how painful it becomes, and there’s real honest beauty in that. 9/10”
“I liked FEARSCAPE so much I called @JamesTheFourth right after I finished the first issue. Kudos.”
Awards & Accolades
Comic Book Series
Vampire: The Masquerade
No One’s Rose
Black Stars Above
Pipedream Comics: “Best Indie Comics of 2019”
Sera and the Royal Stars
Queen of Bad Dreams
These Savage Shores
Comicon: “Best Single Comic Issues of 2018”
Batman’s Bookcase: “Top Comics of 2018”
Bleeding Cool: “Best Reviewed Comics of 2018”
2019 Russ Manning Award Nominee (artist Sumit Kumar)
The Beat: “Best Comics of 2019”
Included in Free Comic Book Day on May 5, 2018