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Michael Moreci, Nathan Gooden, Addison Duke, and Jim Campbell Get Barbaric at Vault

Vault Comics has announced Barbaric, a wild, blood-thirsty fantasy series from writer Michael Moreci, artist Nathan Gooden, colorist Addison Duke, letterer Jim Campbell, and designer Tim Daniel.

Barbaric follows Owen the Barbarian who has been cursed to do good with what remains of his life. His bloodthirsty weapon, Axe, has become his moral compass with a drinking problem. Together they wander the realm, foredoomed to help any who seek assistance. But there is one thing Owen hates more than a life with rules: Witches. Welcome to the skull-cracking, blood-splattering, mayhem-loving comic brave enough to ask: How can a man sworn to do good do so much violence? Hah! F***ing with you. It’s just…BARBARIC.

Axe, co-star of Barbaric (Owen’s sentient, blood-drunk axe) slurred his way through a statement about his upcoming role in the book. “Look, maybe I am a bloodthirsty axe with a drinking problem, but I still know an epic, kick-ass story when I see one. Granted, I happen to be the star of this particular tale (never mind that barbarian oaf), but that doesn’t change the fact that Barbaric has got it all: action, a sweet f***ing axe, mystery, magic, an awesome AXE, and other non-axe related stuff. So come for the axe and stay for the axe. You don’t want to get me mad, do you?”

Barbaric #1 will hit store shelves in June 2021, and will debut with a special Vault Vintage cover from Nathan Gooden and Tim Daniel that pays homage to Barry Windsor-Smith’s epic cover to Conan The Barbarian #1 (1970).

Barbaric #1

Vault and Level52 Studios Bring The Plot’s Bog Wight Monster to Life with Limited Edition Statue

Vault Comics has announced they have partnered with Level52 Studios to create a limited edition statue of the Bog Wight monster from Vault’s hit horror series, The Plot

In order to receive…first you must give. From a deep, black bogland teeming with deadly family secrets comes the Bog Wight, the supernatural force of soul-sucking terror lurking at the murky heart of the hit horror comic The Plot by Tim DanielMichael Moreci, and artist Joshua Hixson.

Inspired by artist Joshua Hixson’s designs, this terrifyingly faithful statue features a lithe and sinewy sculpt awash in the swamp-colored palette of the bog which spawned the monster. Punctuated by eye-piercing iridescent highlights, the Bog Wight eerily embodies the creeping dread that has burdened the Blaine family for generations and brings to life the gothic atmosphere of this iconic tale of horror.

At 7.5” tall, this premium collectible is crafted fully of polystone and arrives in premium packaging. The statue can be preordered now on the Vault Comics webstore.

Review: Star Wars Adventures: Rise of the Wookies

Star Wars Adventures: Rise of the Wookies

As a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien, I was more than happy to find out that there was a film adaptation. I remember the first time I read the books that took me to Middle Earth. I was 8 years old and was enraptured in that world and those characters. Of course, the film adaptation I found at that age was the Ralph Bakshi film of 1970s which left much to be desired. It wasn’t until 2001, that I got to see something that resembled the books.

Peter Jackson imbued the love all we fans had for the series. 20 years later, and I am still in love with those movies, and have even more hope for the new Amazon series. My favorite of Peter Jackson’s movies from that series was The Two Towers as we see our heroes defend the people of Rohan against Sauran’s forces. In the 11th volume of Star Wars Adventures, we get Rise Of  The Wookies, where we see Chewie defend his home planet much like the Fellowship and Riders of Rohan.

In “Ghosts of Kashyyyk”, we find Chewie in the Millennium Falcon leading a Resistance squadron back to his home planet, Kashyyyk, where The First Order has set up a base. Chewbacca goes on a solo recon mission where he finds that First Order has some Wookies as captives which leads to him jailbreaking them and taking Storm Troopers as a prisoner. In our second story, ”Secret Agent Droids”,  our favorite droids, C-3PO, R2D2, and BB-8, thwart the First Order’s plans to block all communications from a desolate planet. In our third story, “Tales From Wild Space”, we meet a young upstart, Emil, who discovers a long lost library, who ends up getting mind-controlled, but not before he is rescued by his droid. In “Loyalty Test”, the First Order arrives on the planet, Vaddexa, where Hux and Kylo Ren, get to test each other’s loyalty. In “Squad Goals”, Poe and Rey, go on a training drill, one that tests Rey’s piloting skills. In The last story,” The Battle for Horizon Base”, Finn leads the charge against the First Order, who is trying to take over an important focal point, and eventually recruits more to the Resistance.

Overall, a fun romp throughout the Star War universe. The stories by John Barber and Michael Moreci are compelling. The art by the creative team is enchanting. Altogether, a set of stories that reminds you why you fell in love with these characters in the first place.

Story: John Barber and Michael Moreci
Art: Derek Charm, Jake M. Wood, Tom B. Long, Matt Herms, David Buisan, Arianna Florean, Charlie Kirchoff, Mario Del Pennino, Valentina Taddeo,
and Tony Fleecs
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Reccomendation: Buy

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Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Jennika II #4 (of 6)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Jennika II #4 (of 6)

(W) Ronda Pattison (A/CA) Jodie Nishijima
In Shops: Feb 03, 2021
SRP: $4.99

Jennika is caught between two parents fighting to determine whether a child belongs in with them in the Mutant Zone. When one of the parents is revealed to have ties to the criminal underworld, and Jennika’s own dark past, the newest Ninja Turtle must decide how much she has left to atone for. Can a life of violence ever be escaped?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Jennika II #4 (of 6)

Review: Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars: Battle Tales

Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars: Battle Tales

As somewhat disputed as the Clone Wars movie was, the television show is a whole different discussion. The Dave Filoni helmed epic was more than a television show, it was a love letter to the original trilogy. It comprised of some of our favorite characters while giving us what happened between the 2nd and 3rd movies. It did so much more, and even more so than any of the nine movies that comprise the primary canon.

As it uncovered who the storm troopers were, that they were not only clones. It gave each of the characters within the show, their own personalities, all very unique. They all became even more relatable which makes the end, so heartbreaking. In Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars: Battle Tales, we get some new adventures that give a few new memories of these fan favorites.

We are taken to the Planet Hisseen, where a Republic squadron is taking fire from Battle Droids, and where Obi-Wan and Anakin swoop in to save them. Rex tells a story of when Anakin kept his troops safe from a goo monster on the planet Benglor. In another story, the Wolfpack is sent on a dangerous mission, to rescue a hostage from an impermeable fortress. In one tale, Padme learns of some Intel of a hidden base holding unsanctioned prisoners, leading to a prison break. In another tale, we get our version of “Dirty Dozen in space”, adding to the legend. In the last story, we get a story of Obi-Wan helping the inhabitants of Caliban free themselves of General Grievous.

Overall, Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars: Battle Tales is a fun collection of stories that imbues the spirit of the series. The stories by Moreci are encapsulating. The art by the creative team is awe-inspiring. Altogether, a nice visit with some very familiar characters.

Story: Michael Moreci
Art: Derek Charm, Arianna Florean, Megan Levens, Mario Del Pennino, Luis Antonio Delgado Valentina Taddeo, Charlie Kirchoff, Thomas  Dear, Rebecca Nalty, and Valentina Pinto
Story: 9.6 Art: 9.2 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars: Battle Tales

Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars: Battle Tales

(W) Michael Moreci (A) Arianna Florean, Megan Levens, Valentina Pinto (A/CA) Derek Charm
In Shops: Jan 27, 2021
SRP: $14.99

Return to a time of great upheaval in the galaxy, the final years of the Republic, in this anthology based on the beloved animated series!

While Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and other Jedi Knights fight against incredible odds, two Republic squadrons must hold their position against an encroaching droid army of the Separatists. Pinned down for the duration, Commander Cody, Captain Rex, and other clones swap war stories that feature your favorite characters from The Clone Wars animated series, such as Padmé Amidala, General Grievous, and many more!

Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars: Battle Tales

Preview: Star Wars Adventures Vol. 11 Rise of the Wookies

Star Wars Adventures Vol. 11 Rise of the Wookies

(W) John Barber, Michael Moreci (A) Tony Fleecs (A/CA) Derek Charm
In Shops: Jan 27, 2021
SRP: $14.99

Journey deeper into the world of Star Wars with these stories set just before the events of The Rise of Skywalker!

With Kashyyk under siege from the evil First Order, can Chewbacca and the Wookiees successfully defend their home world? Next, the droids must carry out a special undercover mission, but will C-3PO be able to adapt when the mission parameters change? Then, discover secrets of your favorite characters in a trio of stories spotlighting the newest heroes and villains of the Star Wars universe, Rey, Finn, and Kylo Ren! All this, plus new “Tales from Wild Space”! Collections issues #27-32 of the comic series

Star Wars Adventures Vol. 11 Rise of the Wookies
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