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Review: Spiritus #1

Published by Vault Comics, Spiritus is set in a world where convicts are forced into slave labour to pay for their crimes by transferring their consciousness into humanoid like robots with certain restrictions in place that significantly limit a person’s free will. This wouldn’t be too bad, except for the fact that while a person is within the robot their body is left to naturally decompose, leading the reader to infer that the punishment is an indefinite one – which may or may not suit the crime the convicted person may or may not have committed. An all together awful proposition for those sentenced, but one ripe for exploration within the confines of a comic.

Written by Tim Daniel, with Michael Kennedy providing the art, Spiritus #1 is a very interesting comic. The high concept of Spiritus is explained well enough on the back cover synopsis and within the opening narration that you can follow along with the more human aspects of the sci fi story with relative ease, but the characters never truly feel as though they open up to you, which left me with a bit of a conundrum; the characters are barely two dimensional extensions of the background machines as they go through the motions of their jobs to turn a living person into a machine – asking the question of who, really, is going to be a robot at the end of the day.Kennedy’s art is striking, with an almost Andy Warhol style pop art feel that simultaneously works fantastically well for the story whilst causing some of the details to get lost on the page. Personally I love the large, flat colouring and the almost soulless feeling it has, but I understand why it won’t be for everybody.

The first issue of Spiritus shows a promise that is hard to ignore, and aside from some moments where the art makes a panel sequence a little hard to follow, this is a fantastic read. I highly recommend you start paying attention to his series; the first issue sets up what could be a fantastic story.

Story: Tim Daniel Art: Michael Kennedy
Story: 8.75 Art: 8 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Vault Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Vault Comics’ Slate is Being Developed by Hitman: Agent 47 producer Adrian Askarieh

Upstart comic publisher Vault Comics is already finding success as it has been reported that producer Adrian Askarieh and Silver Fox Entertainment’s F.J. DeSanto are teaming up to develop adaptations from Vault Comics upcoming slate of releases. The specific comics mentioned are all by writer Tim Daniel.

The comics include Atoll, which centers around an Olympic athlete and her tech billionaire husband who are kidnapped and are forced into combat with a Great White shark for entertainment.

Atoll

Fissure which has been announced to be released February 8, 2017 is a story teeming with inescapable dread. Amid the political upheaval of an imagined future that feels too close for comfort, Fissure asks what happens when the ground on which American society is built literally crumbles under our feet?

Fissure

Spiritus is a world where criminals have their consciousness transferred into labor machines.

Spiritus

Morning Star focuses on a mother who is thrown into an otherworldly adventure while she mourns the loss of her firefighter husband.

Morning Star

The comic publisher was founded in 2016 by Adrian Wassel, Damian Wassel, and Nathan Gooden. At San Diego Comic-Con the publisher announced their Winter 2017 Season of comics including Karma Police, Fissure, Failsafe, Colossi, and Powerless.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)