It’s an exciting time in the comic industry, with many independent authors looking to get their work in front of readers. The most thrilling indie comics offer the promise of adventure, and one of the most interesting I’ve read recently is Wolverton: Thief Of Impossible Objects #1, created by Michael Stark and Terrell T. Garrett. The comic features gentleman thief, Jack Wolverton on a mission to pilfer and pinch mystical objects from across the globe. Stark and Garrett sent The Comic Vault a copy of the first issue in exchange for an honest review.
There are certain places in the world that seem to have a life of their own and the same can be said in fiction. Places like Gotham City feel like they’re alive, as if they’re testing the people who live within them. A city can become a character in its own right, and that is the case in Paradiso #1, written by Ram V. A young man named Jack Kryznan has business in the high-tech metropolis of Paradiso, but he’s one of many people with an interest in the city and there’s a lot of mystery surrounding it.
The sci-fi genre provides endless possibilities, from time travel to galaxy exploration. But some sci-fi stories get too caught up in trying to explain the mechanics of the world. They forget about the people and leave them as empty as the space that surrounds them. Barrett Stanley’s Heartbreak Quadrant: Phase One isn’t one of those stories. The comic follows two antique dealers called Ida and Kumi as they navigate a galaxy filled with smugglers, space pirates and their own fears. Stanley sent a copy of Heartbreak Quadrant: Phase One to The Comic Vault in exchange for an honest review.
Birds symbolise a variety of things, from the freedom of the sky, to a young person asserting their independence. Birds play a big part in Sanders and Jay Fabares’ The Pale, which sees avian enthusiast Franklin ‘Fink’ Ink confront his past in the Arizona desert. Ink also works for the FBI as a linguist and it puts him into contact with the sheriff of a small town. But Fink is hiding something crucial about himself that could make or break the case. The Comic Vault was sent The Pale #1 and #2 in exchange for an honest review.
It can be difficult for independent writers to publish their comics and for readers to find decent stories. In recent years, this has improved and Comichaus are looking to make it easier with the introduction of their new subscription app. Billed as ‘Netflix for indie comics’, Comichaus are looking to help the independent comic market thrive.
As convenient as technology is, it can become a double-edged sword. The more advancements that are made, the more we’ll come to rely on technology to carry out the smallest tasks. The danger of technology and the isolation it causes are themes that are explored in Michelle Stanford’s Centralia 2050: Volume 1. A girl named Midori is lost in the high-tech metropolis of Centralia, and the only memory she can hold onto is finding a child called Weiss. Stanford sent a copy of Volume 1 over to The Comic Vault in exchange for an honest review.
There’s a lot of well-known names in popular culture, and one of the biggest has to be Gene Simmons. The KISS star is one of a kind. As well as being a rockstar, Simmons is a passionate comic fan who’s created his own character called Dominatrix. The character’s latest appearance can be seen in Dominatrix: Hellbent In Heels #1, released on the 29th November. Writer Erik Hendrix sent an advanced copy over to The Comic Vault in exchange for an honest review.