Vault Comics 2019
On Sale 04/24/19
Written by Danny Lore
Illustrated by Jordi Perez
Coloured by Dearbhla Kelly
Lettered by Kim McLean
When a dream entity known as a figment emerges from a dreamer's mind, it's Daher's job as an Inspector Judge to track them down and make the call: reinsert the figment, or grant them agency in our world. After an especially powerful figment escapes the dreams of an even more powerful politician's son, Daher is pulled headlong into an investigation that traces all the way back to the incident that sent dreams, even nightmares, spilling into our reality.
Alright so going into this I was a little weirded out by the opening because I didn’t know what was going on. The narration too was interesting and it took me a while to figure out what or rather who was doing the recanting of this story. On the plus side since I was weirded out I wanted to know more about what the hell was going on and that’s a great thing. I love that this opening is unconventional and different so that it requires the reader to think, to follow and figure out, on their own, what is happening here. Bloody effin Brilliant!
Danny does a sensational job with the way that this book is structured. I love that we start off in the middle somewhere in a world that has already been established. There is no need to backtrack or try to cover too much ground, nope we’re stuck in the middle (with you). Danny has found a great way to engage the reader here and get them mentally involved with the story as we watch it unfold before us. I like the way that characters are introduced to us as it has that all important organic feel to it so the flow is natural and forced, there is no square peg in a round hole here. The ebb & flow is superb and the more we see the more we want to see because we don’t know enough and we want to know more, knowledge is power after all and knowing is half the battle.
This also leads very nicely into the discussion of the characterisation that we are seeing. There are a couple of characters who seem rather stiff as if trying to find their voice was harder than expected and luckily one is supposed to be retiring. Some take more time to warm up to but once we do and see their point of view and have that chance to really get to know them I found myself liking them and appreciating what they are about here.
Jordi’s linework here is rather nice. I love seeing someone get to unleash their creativity and imagination and in this book that is as important as it gets. So making these creatures come to life with Dearbhla looks like fun, well it looks like they are having fun with it and by extension us as the reader has fun looking at it. I love when backgrounds are utilised here, this world and this corporation and advance technology science fiction-esque so I want to see more of them, in as panels as humanly possible. There is so much potential here so don’t leave us hanging with blank backgrounds I beg of thee. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show us a very, very nice solid eye for storytelling. Dearbhla knocks the colour work out of the park here and I love how she can make moments pop with a single object as a focal point. The shading and utilisation of light sources are consistent and lovely and that we see the skin tones vary as much as we do the hair colour well it’s just so complimentary.
Vault isn’t flashy, they are laid back with this chill air of hey we got the good stuff over here, check it out if ya want. It is very much something that with each new wave of books that come out we are drawn deeper and deeper into their ever so interesting web where even the fly doesn’t want to leave. This is a great start to a series and you’ve got time I believe to contact your store or service and order yours now.