Vault Comics 2020
Written by Alex Paknadel
Illustrated by John Lê
Coloured by Rosh
Lettered by Aditya Bidikar
Nobody knows why the skyscraper-sized mechs known as ‘Giga’ fought their bitter, centuries’ long war. All they know is that when the fighting finally stopped, the dormant Giga became humanity’s new habitat and new gods in one. When disgraced engineer Evan Calhoun finds an apparently murdered Giga, his society and the fascistic tech-centered religious order that controls it are rapidly thrown into chaos.
Wow this is an impressive debut issue. There is so much that we learn in this introduction to the series that already I want to see explored. If this is going to be what we should expect as the story moves forward then Alex hit a grand slam here (World Series baseball or all 4 Major Tennis Tournaments). Any way you look at it this is something that takes you by surprise and brings you both a look at what could be reasonable thinking, ie scientific, versus myth through religion. This is the kind of stuff that engages the readers’ mind right from the start and it doesn’t let up for one single moment through to the last page.
I am a fan of the way that this is being told. How we see the story & plot development move forward through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information as they impeccably rendered. The jump from the past to the present is something that screams out for more and I feel it is deliberately done this way for a number of reasons and I wholeheartedly support that because while it drives me crazy the possibilities it represents are legion. The character development that we see is phenomenal. Evan for example is a mainstay already and to see his past versus his present and know that what we saw then still holds true now is beautifully rendered. The pacing here is amazing and as it takes us through the pages revealing the story, this world and those who inhabit it is so fun to see.
The way we see this structured and how these events come about naturally showcases a solid mind, skill and talent when it comes to writing. Plus how we see everything working together to create the story’s ebb & flow is perfectly laid out. There is no point in this book that I questioned any choices that were made in the writing.
Okay now the interiors here are really nice to see. The linework is gorgeous and how we see the varying weights and possible techniques utilised to bring out the attention to detail that we see is beautifully rendered. I wish we had more backgrounds being utilised. To see the inside of these Mech Giga’s is an opportunity that should be taken full advantage of without any blank moments, in my bumble eye and opinion. When we do see full scenes it is freaking amazing how much life it brings to the page. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels shows a good, strong eye for storytelling. The colour work is phenomenally rendered. I love seeing how the various hues and tones within any given colour are utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work. Also there’s some weathering that we see or it could be dirt or sun bleaching but to see this and to see how it's laid down is really something special.
Vault has this way of finding the next big thing and releasing them almost one on top of another nowadays. This pushes us in a direction of the science fiction genre that I don’t think we’ve ever seen before and that’s exciting! If you don’t have Vault on your pull list, all titles, then you are missing out on what’s fresh, new, and just mindbogglingly brilliant storytelling.