Have you ever read a graphic novel that’s stuck with you because of its graphic content? That was the case for me with Preacher: Book One. Written by Garth Ennis, Preacher tells the story of a Texas Reverend called Jesse Custer, who acquires a divine power called ‘The Word of God’ that allows him to command people to do anything he wants. The series has been adapted for TV, and after watching the show it inspired me to read the comic. As good as the show is, the comic is so much better.
The first supernatural graphic novel I’ll be reviewing this month is Scarlet Witch: Witches’ Road by James Robison. Wanda Maximoff has always been a character who’s existed in the background or been the catalyst for a great tragedy like M-Day. She never really had a chance to shine on her own before, so I was intrigued to read a story that had her as the protagonist. Wanda has isolated herself from everyone, including the Avengers and her brother, Pietro. Witches’ Road is about her taking control of her life in a way that’s never been seen before.
October is here, which means it’s time to celebrate the supernatural in preparation for Halloween. This month, The Comic Vault will be featuring a range of supernatural characters and reviewing occult style graphic novels. Monsters fascinate and repulse us, with vampires being one of the most famous examples. But vampires aren’t always created by magical means, which is the case for Michael Morbius. What makes Morbius different from other vampires and how does he fit into the Marvel Universe?
The appeal of collecting memorabilia stems from passion, or something specific that resonates with the collector. I’ve always been someone who appreciates good craftsmanship. The amount of time that goes into sculpting a statue can be taken for granted. That’s why I’ll occasionally be reviewing products that I enjoy from a decorative stand point. I’m starting with the Geralt of Rivia statue I bought from Forbidden Planet in Manchester. This version was made by Dark House in collaboration with CD Projekt Red. The statue is around 20 cm and came in a window box.
Sometimes, the most poignant graphic novels aren’t the ones that have people in tights punching each other. Sometimes, they take the form of down to earth stories like Luke Henderson’s OUR WAR: The Truth Untold. America is on the brink of complete social collapse, and a political radical called Nestor is joined by an economic refugee called Emma on a journey to get to Canada for the hope of a better life. Henderson sent a copy to The Comic Vault in exchange for an honest review.
Recently, I attended Chester Comic Con and had the pleasure of meeting Batman and 2000AD artist Dave Taylor. Dave kindly agreed to be interviewed by The Comic Vault. He’s been in the industry for a number of years, drawing for DC, Marvel and indie publishers. One of his most well-known graphic novels is Batman: Death By Design. Read on to find out how he pissed off die hard Bat fans and why he feels it’s never been a better time to be an indie comic creator.
It’s safe to say that Wonder Woman is one of the most recognisable superheroes in the world. As Princess of the Amazons, Diana is the perfect balance of strength and beauty. But how closely does she live up to the real life Amazons? This is one of many questions that are addressed in John Man’s Amazons: The Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World. The book takes the reader through the entire history of the women who became known as the Amazons, and the answers might surprise you.