Vault Comics this delivers “Nightfall” this fall. “Nightfall” is an annual event focused on tales of horror. Every year as the weather turns brisk and autumn sets in, “Nightfall” comes.
As Vault continues its usual line, select new series introduced from September to December will bear the “Nightfall” icon, promising genuine horror. A “Nightfall” series will release like any other Vault periodical, concluding based on the title’s planned length.
Vault is known for its science fiction and fantasy but “Nightfall” is a line focused on horror. While it might have some sci-fi or fantasy, when you read “Nightfall,” it’ll make your skin crawl. It allows the company to maintain its core focus while also embracing their love of horror.
The first title under the “Nightfall” banner will be The Plot, co-written by Tim Daniel and Michael Moreci and drawn by Joshua Hixson.
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.– The Plot
The Plot #1 will receive a Vault Vintage Cover B by Nathan Gooden and Tim Daniel, an homage to Bernie Wrightson’s classic House of Secrets #92 cover (DC Comics).
The Plot #1 hits shelves in September, 2019.
Eisner-nominated writer Christopher Sebela, Joshua Hixson, and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou will release a trade paperback collection of Shanghai Red, their cutthroat historical fiction miniseries, this January from Image Comics.
Red is one of hundreds of people who were shanghaied out of Portland in the late 1800s. Drugged, kidnapped, and sold to a ship’s captain for $50, she woke up trapped on a boat headed out to sea—for years. Now, she’s coming home to find her family and track down the men responsible for stealing her life out from under her.
This blood-soaked tale of revenge, family, and identity stretches from the deck of a ship outside Shanghai all the way to the bleak streets of—and secret tunnels beneath—Portland, Oregon.
Shanghai Red (Diamond code: NOV180085, ISBN: 978-1-5343-1034-6) hits comic book stores on Wednesday, January 30th and bookstores on Tuesday, February 5th.
After being abducted and spending three hard years trapped at sea, Red has finally returned to the city of Portland. As she tracks down what’s left of her family and her old life, Red begins a bloody campaign of vengeance against the runners and crimps who put her on that boat. One body at a time.
Vengeance stories are common. One that stars a woman and set during the late 1800s… well, that’s rare. Shanghai Red started off with a hell of a gut punch of a tale and the second issue doesn’t disappoint at all.
Writer Christopher Sebela delivers a character in Red that feels up there as far as this type of story. Red is brutal in her abilities and destruction, meticulous and planning in her plan, and cold in her delivery. Sebela has created a vengeance story that’s both heartbreaking and cold and calculated. Red is a character we can feel sorry for and utterly scared of. The brutal deaths emphasize that and creates a comic that’s visceral and bloody.
The art by Joshua Hixson, with lettering by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, enhances the story by adding in a dirty and cold visual that emphasizes the brutality of it all. Fights, burning bodies, the damage is just enough to make you wince and imagine the anger and rage that led to it all. The low-fi nature of it all helps by forcing the fights to be up close and personal.
The second issue continues the story of vengeance and ups the brutal nature of it all. This is a story that’s both expected and unexpected at the same time as Red works her way up the chain to find the person(s) who wronged her while searching for her family. By giving us an anti-hero that’s rare in a setting that feels even rarer in comics we have a series that takes a story we’ve seen before and deliver something fresh and new.
Story: Christopher Sebela Art: Joshua Hixson
Color: Joshua Hixson Letters: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Story: 8.45 Art: 8.45 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy
Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
Eisner-nominated writer Christopher Sebela, artist Joshua Hixson, and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou team up for the all-new revenge thriller Shanghai Red, coming this June from Image Comics.
Red is one of hundreds shanghaied out of Portland in the late 1800s. Drugged, kidnapped, and sold to a ship’s captain, she wakes up on a boat headed out to sea for years, unable to escape or reveal who she truly is. Now, she’s on her way back, in a boat covered in blood, to find her family—and to track down the men responsible for stealing her life out from under her.
This June, Shanghai Red will take you on a violent journey of vengeance, identity, and family.
Shanghai Red #1, Cover A by series artist Josh Hixson (Diamond code: APR180478) and Cover B by Tyler Boss (Diamond code: APR180479), hits comic book stores Wednesday, June 20th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, May 28th.