Vault Comics 2018
Created & Written by Eliot Rahal
Illustrated by Felipe Cunha
Coloured by Dee Cunniffe
Lettered by Taylor Esposito
In 1997, a group of teenagers discover a treasure of immeasurable wealth. Fearing that their newfound fortune will be stolen from them, they make a pact: One day they’ll all come back as adults, divide their riches, and live happily ever after. Now...fifteen years later, they have returned. Not to uncover a fortune, but to bury a friend.
I feel like this is something I should be familiar with ya know but I’m not so what does that say about the whole premise that Eliot has come up with? I mean I like it don’t get me wrong and that it feels familiar but isn’t adds this air of not really mystery but something akin to that. I love the way that Eliot is telling this with the opening and the way it weaves in the past and present so that we know what’s going on but not the details behind them which we’ll learn as we go.
I don’t know about you but if I had access to a clubhouse that was kind of in the cemetery was equipped with electricity and a television that picked up actual stations I’m not sure how often I would’ve been at home. I mean this is one hell of a sweet set up and Troll Dolls, Action Figures and other miscellaneous whatnots that we see make this THE place to hang out. When your this age anyway and you’ve got a group of nine that are friends and you make this pact that you always will be, well kind of, then this takes on a new meaning.
The way this book is structured is fantastic and the way that we see the characters come to life before our eyes, with a few seemingly the same whether child or adult, is a great study in characterisation. Also to go along with that calling each other names because you know it gets underneath someone’s skin is part of being a kid right? I mean at least what we see here is based more on someone’s love of perhaps using a towel or sock to clean up afterwards. It is cute banter than apparently lasts a lot longer than perhaps it should but I also shows the familiarity they have with one another and it makes the writing/story that much stronger.
The interiors here a nice a little more all-ages than I was expecting but then again we also get some nice attention to detail in the backgrounds. As long as Felipe stays away from generic or blank faces what we see works beautifully. The use of page layouts so that we see the angles and perspective in the panels shows off a solid eye for storytelling. While it feels like this is Felipe’s first attempt at sequential storytelling it’s a good solid start I mean I wish the characters got the same kind of attention as moments such the pouring the scotch, because that glass, ice cube and the swirling of the amber liquid was better than some of the bodies and faces we see. God knows the potential is here and I can’t to see it all come together and bloom!
So the kids after discovering through their favourite programme from the father of one their own there is a Goonie’s style adventure to be had. But what happens in the weeks leading up to the time they were supposed to meet up, divvy up the treasure they found changes all that. Is this a series of unfortunate events or is there something larger at play here?
I think this has some very wide range appeal and I am looking forward to seeing how it all plays out. Fun, interesting and innovative with great dialogue and premise this is another strong addition to the Vault’s growing line of books.