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Vault Comics and GraphicAudio Announce Two Vagrant Queen Audiobooks

Vault Comics and GraphicAudio have announced they have expanded their partnership to produce two Vagrant Queen audiobooks, adapted directly from the graphic novels and produced with a full cast of actors, immersive sound effects, and cinematic music.

Vagrant Queen follows former child queen, Elida, who was driven from her throne at age ten and forced to wander the galaxy, evading the revolutionary forces that wanted her dead. When an old frenemy claims to know the whereabouts of Elida’s long-lost mother, she is forced to return to her former kingdom and stage a rescue.

The first audiobook is titled Vagrant Queen and the Bezoar Kings, and will be released on February 12, 2021. The second, Vagrant Queen and a Planet Called Doom will be released on April 21, 2021. Both series are produced by Richard RohanDuane Beeman and Matt Webb, and executive produced by Anji Cornette. Vagrant Queen and the Bezoar Kings was adapted and directed by Nanette Savard and sound designed by Casey Green and Justin Wortz.

The Vagrant Queen comic book series, published by Vault Comics, was co-created by writer Magdalene Visaggio and artist Jason Smith, with colors by Harry Saxon, letters by Zakk Saam, and design by Tim Daniel. Vagrant Queen volumes One and Two are on store shelves now. In 2021, Vagrant Queen was adapted into a fan-favorite TV series on the SYFY network.

Preview: Sex Death Revolution

Sex Death Revolution

written by Magdalene Visaggio
art by Becca Farrow & Katarzyna Witerscheim
colors by Harry Saxon
letters by Zakk Saam
edited by Hannah Means-Shannon
$19.99 | full color
132 pages
Mature
On Sale 3.11.20

Life is a story. Hers is being rewritten.

Still reeling from the sudden collapse of her coven, Manhattanite sorceress Esperanza tries to rebuild. But everyone in her life is saying she’s done and said things that never happened — terrible things. Before she knows it, she’s becoming someone entirely different. Someone she used to be, once upon a time.

Life is full of ch-ch-ch-changes in this urban fantasy from Eisner-nominated writer Magdalene Visaggio (Eternity Girl, Kim & Kim), artists Becca Farrow (Ladycastle) and Katarzyna Witerscheim (Jem And The Holograms), colorist Harry Saxon (Vagrant Queen), letterer Zakk Saam (Kim & Kim), and editor Hannah Means-Shannon.

Collects issues 1-5.

Sex Death Revolution

Vault Announces Vagrant Queen: A Planet Called Doom from Mags Visaggio and Jason Smith

Vault Comics has announced Vagrant Queen: A Planet Called Doom, a brand new Vagrant Queen mini-series that will hit store shelves in January 2020.

Written by Eisner and GLAAD award-nominated Mags Visaggio, drawn by Jason Smith, colored by Harry Saxon, lettered by Zakk Samm, and designed by Tim DanielVagrant Queen: A Planet Called Doom picks up where the first series concluded, however, it serves as a perfect jumping-on point for new readers who want to hop on board this epic sci-fi journey.

Vagrant Queen is the story of former child queen Elida who was driven from her throne at age ten and forced to wander the galaxy, evading the revolutionary forces that wanted her dead. When an old frenemy claims to know the whereabouts of Elida’s long-lost mother, she is forced to return to her former kingdom and stage a rescue.

In 2020, Vagrant Queen will debut as a TV show from SYFY, produced by Blue Ice Pictures, staring Adriyan RaeTom Rozon, and Paul du Toit. The TV show was created and developed by Jem Garrard, and based on the Vagrant Queen comic by Visaggio and Smith.

Vagrant Queen: A Planet Called Doom #1 hits stores in January 2020, and will have a B cover variant drawn by Nathan Gooden and Tim Daniel.

Get ready—Vagrant Queen is BACK! Elida Al-feyr has finally managed to build a happy life… until a mysterious man in an ancient white ship shows up and takes it all away. And hey, where the hell is Isaac?

Vagrant Queen: A Planet Called Doom #1
Vagrant Queen: A Planet Called Doom #1

Chris Sebela and Jen Hickman Want to Test Comics

Vault Comics has announced TEST, a brand new sci-fi series by Eisner Award nominated writer Chris Sebela, artist Jen Hickman, colorist Harry Saxon, and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.

TEST follows Aleph Null, An orphan, a human guinea pig undergoing medical tests for cash, a bodyhacker, a hardcore future junkie, and a corporate asset. But now, Aleph is on the run from their old life, in search of a mythical, Midwestern town named Laurelwood—where they’re test-marketing the future with tech that can’t possibly exist yet, and won’t for decades.

TEST#1 will receive a Vault Vintage variant cover that pays homage to Transmetropolitan, the immensely influential Vertigo series by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson. The Vault Vintage variant cover is drawn and designed by Nathan Gooden and Tim Daniel. 

TEST #1 hits store shelves on June 26th, 2019. The official synopsis is below:

Aleph Null is a lot of things: An orphan, a human guinea pig undergoing medical tests for cash, a bodyhacker, a hardcore future junkie, and a corporate asset. But now, Aleph is on the run from their old life, in search of a mythical, Midwestern town named Laurelwood—where they’re test-marketing the future with tech that can’t possibly exist yet, and won’t for decades.

From Eisner-nominated Chris Sebela (Crowded, High Crimes) and Jen Hickman (Moth & Whisper) comes the story of a town out of time, full of mysteries, and populated by guinea pigs in need of liberation by the misfit least likely to be their savior.

Test #1

Review: Sex Death Revolution #3

Sex Death Revolution #3

Magdalene Visaggio, Kasia Witerscheim, and Harry Saxon get pretty damn personal in Sex Death Revolution #3 as our protagonist, Esperanza continues to use magic, rituals, and just talking to people to figure out how her memories are being screwed up with, especially a big one about her meeting her ex, Shannon. After last issue’s focus on our bastion of white male toxicity, Marcus, this one narrows in on how Esperanza is feeling and is pain and vulnerability in a single slice of comic book.

Sex Death Revolution #3 deals with some pretty weighty topics, including the conflict and anxiety of transitioning (Which Visaggio explored in an excellent 2018 Twitter thread) and the overall nature of gaslighting. It’s emotional powerful stuff that is conveyed through impressive character acting by Witerscheim and ever changing colors from Saxon that depend on what state in the ritual that Esperanza, Shannon, and later Annie are at. They use the famous “No, I am your father.” sequence from Empire Strikes Back as a pop cultural metaphor for gaslighting and maybe the amazing life you used to live and how people feel about you is all wrong.

It’s scary and leads to plenty of awkward questions as Esperanza and Shannon go door to door basically and try to figure out where Esperanza “changed” for the first half of Sex Death Revolution #3. Some of the responses are downright heartbreaking (Especially when Esperanza is dead named.), and it makes you realize how little people follow or care about your own personal journey, your character arc. Thank goodness for people like Shannon that chase you through the park and remind you of better times even though the darkness still lingers because this is a middle chapter.

Sex Death Revolution #3 is proof that it’s sometimes okay to spend a chapter of a comic book miniseries away from plot twists and that nonsense and really hone in on your protagonist. Openly asking people how they feel about you is a spicy kind of taboo, but it’s something that Esperanza gets to do in this issue with not the best results. And this is mirrored in Kasia Witerscheim’s art as she goes from grid layouts to something more fluid when Esperanza does a ritual with Annie before the utterly screwed up ending. And along the way, she and Magdalene Visaggio take potshots at the kind of arrogant, monologuing liberal arts major (I was one, myself, oops.) that is Marcus, and what he is trying to make Esperanza remembered even though she is trying to change.

Sex Death Revolution #3 is an empathy inducing read about dysphoria and gaslighting through the lens of magic as Magdalene Visaggio, Kasia Witerscheim, and the trippy when he needs to be, silent grey at other times Harry Saxon craft a fantastic personal narrative in the midst of an apocalyptic occult thriller.

Story: Magdalene Visaggio Art: Kasia Witerscheim
Colors: Harry Saxon Letters: Zakk Saam
Story: 7.9 Art: 8.6 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy

Black Mask Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Sex Death Revolution #1

Sex Death Revolution #1

Written by: Magdalene Visaggio
Illustrated by: Becca Farrow
Colored by: Harry Saxon
Lettered by: Zack Saam
Cover by: Kiki Jenkins
$5.99 | full color | 52 pages | mature

Life is a story. Hers is being rewritten. Still reeling from the sudden collapse of her cover, Manhattanite sorceress Esperanza tries to rebuild. But everyone in her life is saying she’s done and said things that never happened — terrible things. Before she knows it, she’s becoming someone entirely different. Someone she used to be, once upon a time. Life is full of ch-ch-ch-changes in this urban fantasy from Eisner-nominated writer Magdalene Visaggio (Eternity Girl, Kim & Kim) and artist Becca Farrow (Ladycastle).