I for some reason have not been reading a lot of comics from Vault. I do not have a defensible explanation why. There are only two titles I'm actively pulling: Money Shot and Finger Guns..and based on what I've read today, at least one more Vault title is making the list!
Engineward #1 (Vault)---Releases 7/15 (preorders close 6/22)
Engineward takes place in some sort of rugged world (described as "when primal chaos remained wild). We are introduced to a small crew of folks who are out salvaging while looking for a specific item they dig from a rock wall...when all of a sudden they are attacked by a worm/dinosaur/tremor which they quickly dispatch of!
But to label this world as prehistoric would date it incorrectly as there is are robots and other forms of technology used...which makes you wonder why outwardly the civilizations don't look fully technologically enhanced.
Should you preorder this book?
If you like science fiction stories, or stories with a great deal of Mythos, then Engineward should definitely be on your radar. The story gets more interesting with each little nugget we discover about the past, and there is some sort of unknown complexity to the relationship between the individuals of the village AND the zodiacs.
The art in this book is also quite excellent, as the action scenes have nuance, the environment around dialogue-heavy panels, and just the contrast of the dusty old village to the opluent house of the zodiacs really pops.
Preorders for this book close on the 22nd, so you should quickly reach out to your LCS to make sure you have a copy!
That is one of the greatest reasons why you could write. There's a hot discussion in the culinary world about whether or not you cook for yourself or the guest...and which answer is the best. I've seen shallow versions of the same discussion in the comic community, but I think Ryan's motive behind creating this book and sharing with the world is a true combination of both. I remember feeling the same way Ryan did when my first child was born after many difficulties to have a child, and then how I felt with my daughter born 10 weeks early, and then how I felt when my wife told me she was pregnant with our 3rd child (we didn't think we could have kids naturally...)
I'm prepared to die on a hill for my kids. Each day there is a hard look in the mirror at all of my actions, where I find myself asking if I did everything not only to better their lives each day, but if I did something that would raise them to be an amazing human being in the future.
Aside from my "crying on the couch with Oprah" moment, I am really excited to talk about today's First Creation from Ryan Bis (and his team):
Curiosities from Another World #1 (Curious Perspective Comics)
By: Ryan Bis, Crizam, Nathan Olson, Cristian Sauret, Nazareno Acuña, Sabrina Deigert, Renan Balmonte, Elijah Isaiah Johnson, Emma Southey-Ray, Jaka Prawira, Harold Palad, Heidi Black, Max Moda, Matias Zanetti and Mauro Mantella, Kathleen Brown, and Iwan Yoko Triyono
Curiosities is set in the Hive, a large city of 12 districts that all have their own unique backstories. This world almost feels cyberpunk-esque in terms of some of the high levels of technology on display (but lacks the body modification present in most cyberpunk takes). Each story focuses on one of six characters who will have some larger role to play in the future.
You have a young man who can use crystals to put on magical displays of brilliant light (and has a sweet pet!). A woman recently terminated from her job debating whether or not she wants to see simulations of her life (imagine this is your life + total recall). A young artistic woman who is sick of her job. A young telepath who's fled a prison (but she didn't know it) and found more of her kind. A man who is attempting to pull all of the strings, and struggling to understand why everything doesn't go according to his plans, and a woman who is an inspector of sorts who isn't afraid to shoot whilst asking some questions.
How do these 6 divergent stories work together? Ohboi that epilogue though!!!!! I'm really excited to see how it all shakes out!
This book does a lot of awesome things, THE ART is one of them!!!!!!!!!
I think this story has the ability to build into a 20-30 issue or more story to look at how each of these characters work alone or together to transform their fate. I'm impressed with what I've seen, and I think you should definitely throw $3 bucks at this book and see if it sticks for you! As soon as I push post, I'm going to spend the money on an on-demand print copy because I think it's that great!
I've reached out to Ryan about an interview, because I want to see where his ideas came from, and how he teamed up with the rest of the creative engines of this beautiful book!
It's one of the best satirical works since Bushisms!
Ronald Rump: The Poor Little Rich Brat #1
By: Peter Wolf
3. The satire is 100% on point, if you want to take the absurdity of the last several years in American Politics, and put it into a scope which would make it much more believable...this book encapsulates it perfectly down to every hamberderish detail.
Finally, to bookend the first point, the word search, scrumple, maze and ads in the back of the book makes it not just poignant satire, but embraces nostalgia perfectly.
How can you get this book?
Shadow Service #1 (Vault)--Releases 8/19
By: Cavan Scott, Corin Howell, Triona Farrell, Andworld
This cover is GLORIOUS.
Shadow service focuses on a private detective who is also a witch (which is a dooope combination). She can talk to rats (I hope this keeps being a thing, because I want Ratatouille Private Eye). The person she is initially hunting appears to have a plague of some sorts (he's yucky looking and gets attacked by Birds) and then gets handed over to someone else, and it doesn't end well for him....and then there's a creepy fat dude at a gym...and ohboi the way the book ends I need more and can't wait to get this in my hands.
This is probably the most drawn I've been into a story from a number one across the last year. The art is hot! From the grittiness of someone hunting their subjects into the night, to magic, to plagues to the grotesqueness discovered after the gym, is all intriguing as hell!
I will be pulling this book and definitely throwing it to the top of the stack each time it comes out. We need more witch detectives!
Dryfoot #1 (Mad Cave)
By: Jarred Lujan, Orlando Caicedo, Warnia Sahdewa, Justin Birch
This book instantly transports us back to 1980's (which is not only evident from the cover). With all of the best forgotten fashion choices of the era (like linen suits with pastel shirts, mullets, excessive jewelry, muscle shirts etc.).
The book opens establishing the villain, who is washing his hands and brass knuckles of blood after offering a savage beating to three gentlemen who are bound together in a nondescript cellar. The only thing we know about him, he wears too much cologne, and "he's a dick." The story's narrator wants to leave both him, and Miami.
Why pick up this book?
1. The story is a fun ride. This feels like the opening 15 minutes of every 80's movie I've ever loved, but this is one I've never seen before. It does a good job swiftly introducing you to the major players in the story without bludgeoning you to death with backstory. I also like that it introduces the robbery quickly because it gets you wondering how they are going to pull it off instead of letting it linger across three books and we wonder what they are eventually going to do.
2. The art! For as much as the story screams 1980's Miami, it would not be successfully conveyed without the bang-up job both the artist and the colorist provide. It feels like every image I've seen of that period. They take the aesthetic of Miami Vice and shape it in their own direction. One thing they do exceedingly well is showing some of the pain and/or frustrations each of the characters are feeling when they return home. Everything about the art team's stylings pops for me!
3. Can I get a shout-out for the letterer? Each touch feels golden, from the narrator's dialogue boxes, to the radio chatter, to regular dialogue, to the subtle shift between the English and Spanish typesettings, all was great! (and I feel like letterers do not get enough love!).
As I have noted in previous reviews, I really think Mad Cave Studios is bringing the heat with unique storytelling, dazzling art, and books that are really catered to their readers. Dryfoot is the debut offering from 2019 Mad Cave Talent Search Winners in Lujan and Caicedo and from what their first offering provides, it is now easy to understand why they were among the winners!
The journey of a 30-something father of three who's trying to break into the world of reviewing comics after a loooooong hiatus...
Rimmey is a high school history/government teacher & speech and debate coach in Kansas. He has slowly been rediscovering his love for comics since June of 2019.
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