Vault Comics have announced their latest new comic book series, The Picture of Everything Else from writer Dan Watters (Lucifer) artist Kishore Mohan, letterer Aditya Bidikar (These Savage Shores), and designer Tim Daniel.
“As the 20th century dawns, art promises to change the world…and steep it in blood. A rash of impossible killings sweep through Paris, tearing the rich and beautiful apart in their beds. When two art thieves stumble upon the portraits of the victims damaged in the exact same manner they died, it appears the man who once painted the immortal portrait of Dorian Gray has returned—with darker plans for future works. From the minds of Dan Watters (Coffin Bound, Lucifer, Deep Roots) and Kishore Mohan comes a haunting balance of depravity and beauty.”
Certain more than a sniff of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray about it, but that’s the point, as Watters explains:
“The Picture of Dorian Grey has always been a favorite of mine, both as a novel and a concept. But I think it’s been squandered a little when it’s been revisited. We’ll often see Dorian crop up in other mediums — the immortal, beautiful young decadent with his picture hidden in the attic. But what of the man who made the painting? There was a man who made art which rendered its subject immortal. What if he started to change his works, and change the world with them? What if he sought to make the world a paradise – or a hell? Maybe art could get us there. Maybe it still will.”
The artists in question would be Basil Hallward who suffers for his art, quite literally, and meets a grizzly ending in the novel, but who is now elevated to the focus of this gothic thriller. I can’t wait to see what Watters – clearly a fan of Gothic literature – does with this idea when The Picture of Everything Else #1 comes out this December from Vault Comics. He certainly proved his mettle s a writer of the more horrific on Lucifer for DC Comics, and it’s a genre that really suits him. One more for the pull list, it would seem.
Now, let’s take a look at the suitably sublime artwork for this book, shall we?