Seeing more and more posts about a new publisher taking assault social media, I wondered: is Vault Comics appearing from nowhere or was I living under a rock the whole time?
Truth is, Vault Comics has been around for a couple of years now, since its creation in 2016 by a family of passionate members. They specialize in the publication of Science-Fiction and Fantasy stories, something really popular right now I find.
But what makes Vault original and why are they suddenly becoming all the rage right now?
In my opinion, I think it’s all about branding. I was hooked as soon as I saw the homage cover for SAGA with their first number of their new series SHE SAID DESTROY. I love a good homage cover and was completely over the moon to learn they were launching a Vintage Cover line to honor iconic stories to all the first number of their new series.
Another one of my personal favorite cover: TEST, honoring TRANSMETROPOLITAN.
I think it speaks volumes when a publisher is ready to go out there and proudly say ‘’This comic from this other publisher and creative team is one of the greatest of all time’’. Because we need to celebrate those stories who inspired others, those creations who helped build the universe we are passionate about. It is important to not forget about masterpieces.
Vault charmed me with their honesty: by acknowledging those who preceded them and by praising the impact those previous creations had on their own, they revealed their authentic love for comics. And that is something I truly missed about comics recently.
I’ve been having a hard time recently with overpriced titles, local comic store who just don’t show they care, taking advantage of the hype to make money over titles, etc. I was craving for some authenticity. I was craving for someone to show up and tell me ‘’Don’t worry, I care about comics. I care about readers.’’ And that is the vibe Vault had been throwing out there since a couple of months.
Behind every Vintage Cover, there’s a brief description about the honored comic and the creative team behind it. I appreciated that since not everyone knows everything about comics. It helps new readers to confidently go out there and discover amazing and inspiring stories.
But what about VAULT? What about what THEY published? Is it any good?
My answer is YES.
I’ve been addicted to SHE SAID DESTROY ever since I’ve finished the first number (you can always go check out the review I did about it if you’re curious).
I also fell in love with HEATHEN recently and will tell you why in an upcoming review.
I also wanted to share with you my VAULT COMICS Wishlist and titles I am most excited about:
SERA & THE ROYAL STARS
Came out July 17th
“Civil war rages in the Empire of Parsa, and famine has struck. As the seasons refuse to turn, Princess Sera receives a vision from the deity Mitra telling her to find the Royal Stars and restore them to the heavens. Despite her kingdom and her troops’ need of her command, Sera embarks on a quest to find the fallen stars—now trapped on earth—and save her people from dearth and death.”
Coming out September 25th
“In order to receive...first you must give. When Chase Blaine's estranged brother and sister-in-law are murdered, he becomes guardian to McKenzie and Zach, the niece and nephew he hardly knows. Seeking stability for the children, Chase moves his newly formed family to his ancestral home in Cape Augusta—which overlooks a deep, black bogland teeming with family secrets.”
Came out July 31th
“A decade has passed since the first Waves hit, unleashing humanity’s darkest impulses and plunging the world into chaos. Paxton, a single father of three, must venture from the secluded haven they’ve built to restock the medicine his chronically-ill youngest son needs to survive. When the somewhat routine trip goes awry, Paxton and his children—now separated—will battle everything in their path to reunite.”
Coming out October 23rd
“In the near future, space travel is ludicrously expensive and largely ignored. Enter Christine Ocampos, inventor of the Star Shot teleportation device with a big idea: She'll travel to new worlds, engage —intimately—with local aliens, and film her exploits for a jaded earth populace trying to find something new on the internet. Now, Chris and her merry band of scientists turned pornstars explore the universe, each other, and the complexities of sex in MONEY SHOT! A story about scientists having sex with aliens for the glory of mankind—and money.”
So, to go back to my original question: why can’t we stop talking about them recently?
Yes, because of their amazing, authentic and honest branding… But also because of GREAT content and interesting stories!
They have amazing creative teams behind every single one of their series. And the best thing in all of that?
As an indie publisher, they publish original and creator-owned content. Meaning that the books under VAULT COMICS are fully created by the writer, artist and colorist. The idea comes from them and VAULT is only printing it on paper, contrary to… other big companies… Where the stories are controlled by a much, much, much bigger team – And because of that, the content is often diluted, I find, from the original ideas of the creators, but I guess that’s another subject for a different article.
I think it’s safe to say now that I’m just in love with VAULT because…. It’s as simple as just being a good company through and through with a good marketing, creative and generous team.
To end this article with a BANG, I’m gonna share with you another amazing thing about VAULT
On their website, you will find the first number of some of their series to read…. Completely free. They want to share that with you:
Go check it out!