It’s not often I review a book ahead of it’s preview, but with the opportunity to get my hands on an advance copy of Vault Comics newest series, Barbaric, by Michael Moreci and Nathan Gooden, I couldn’t resist. It’s a great sword, sorcery and satirical comic book you may just want to look out for when it drops this summer. You can read that review here before diving into more details about the book and the preview below.
Vault Comics is thrilled to announce BARBARIC, a wild, blood-thirsty fantasy series from writer Michael Moreci, (The Plot, Wasted Space The Lost Carnival), artist Nathan Gooden (Brandon Sanderson’s Dark One, Vampire: The Masquerade), colorist Addison Duke (Curse Words, Vampire: The Masquerade), letterer Jim Campbell (The Plot, Giant Days), 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?'”
Here’s Moreci on his hopes for the new series:
“BARBARIC, to me, is a series that wraps both its arms around the comics medium – it’s big, from the get-go, in ways only comics can be. I want this to be a huge story that continues on the way Hellboy does, and I want it to feel like that kind of epic. It’s my ode to pulp adventures, and immersive world-building, and larger-than-life characters. I feel so energized writing it, and I hope, between my scripts and Nate’s insanely amazing art, that energy comes off of every page.”
“2020 was a very difficult year for me and my family; as it was for everyone around the world. BARBARIC was my escape. I got to work with one of my genuine friends in the industry and make a book that is just , dare I say, fun. There is humor, there is action, there is tons of adventure, but most importantly, there is heart. Come enjoy the ride as we continue to grow these characters across a fantastic landscape.”
Barbaric #1 will hit store shelves in June 2021, with colourist Addison Duke, and letterer Jim Campbell (The Plot, Giant Days). It 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).