Vault Comics 2017
Created & Written by David M Booher
Illustrated by Nathan C. Gooden
Coloured by Mike Spicer
Lettered by Deron Bennett
Billy Bannister lives in a world without superheroes. Not because powers don’t exist. But because everyone has them. After the outbreak of PRV, a virus that rips away those abilities, Quarantine emerges to stop the spread. An elite agent, Billy is the last line of defense against contagion. But his loyalty is tested when the infection hits too close to home.
Welcome to Vault Comics they are a new publishing company that is focusing on Science Fiction and Fantasy series. I like that since that’s what their goal is to publish that means all the books will have that slant to them and this is my introduction to their line of seven titles coming out this year. If you have been reading my reviews and following me you know i’m a huge fan and supporter of small independent press companies and I’m as excited by this as I was when I discovered Aftershock so if that’s any indication of the quality I see here that should speak volumes.
I’m a big fan of the premise here, a world populated by people possessing superpowers and a virus comes along to strip them of these abilities and then mutates into something far worse. It blends the science fiction thriller with the superhero type genre to create something uniquely different. Here’s hoping we’ll perhaps to get to see some science behind the virus based on what we know of pathogens presently because that would hella cool and well let’s face it just plain interesting.
Already we are being introduced to the factions of those who may be infected and have to deal with this new virus versus those who are supposed to protect the public at large. There’s a them vs. us scenario playing out like we see where any kind police action against a portion of the population that immediately puts things on edge. David does an excellent job introducing us to the players in this story while simultaneously giving us a look at both sides of the coin as were in this conflict. His characterisation and character development have made them people we want to get to know better and it doesn’t matter on which side they fall they all have those qualities we like and root for in them.
The work Nathan and Mike do on the interiors is a pleasant surprise. I love the attention to detail in the work we see and the use of page layouts through angles, perspective and the utilisation of backgrounds makes me excited for this series. The people are wonderfully rendered and showcase a myriad of body types and the way we see that is really impressive. The outfits that the Quarantine Agents wear are great military style uniforms that have a kind of hero aspect to them and the creativity and imagination we see is wonderful.
Exciting, fresh and original with a strong story structure and story development this is one you won’t want to miss!
There’s a bright new light shining on the industry with Vault Comics and they are in Previews so you can order from you local shoppe or subscription service. You can head over to www.vaultcomics.com to check em out and see what they about. For me this one is already by far one of the best things I’m reading this week.