Comic Review: I Walk With Monsters #1 (Vault Comics)

A new series, I Walk With Monsters, begins from Vault. Let’s walk through it, shall we? Writer Paul Cornell (Wolverine, Doctor Who, Elementary) gives us a jarring scene right off […]

A new series, I Walk With Monsters, begins from Vault. Let’s walk through it, shall we?

Writer Paul Cornell (Wolverine, Doctor Who, Elementary) gives us a jarring scene right off the blade. Jacey is trapped in a room with a serial killer. She’s strapped to a chair, he’s about to kill her, but she’s taunting him. Not all that worried. What gives? Perhaps it’s about David, her partner in ‘anti-crime’. How will David attempt to rescue Jacey?

It seems they do this all the time! Oh, the pursuit of those nasty predators, prey for this prowling duo. But that ain’t the whole deal. There’s the Important Man, for example. Who took away Jacey’s brother. And sure enough, the Important Man is still in the picture!

Artist Sally Cantirino, colourist Dearbhla Kelly and letterer Andworld combine to turn up the tension. The sky is red, blood red. The figures are well proportioned in the panels, and moments of extreme drama are really well handled. It’s expressive. It’s rhythmic. There is a sense in reading this story that this team has their act together, and know where they are going.

The spooky tone, the deftly handled dynamics, the pros and cons of light humour mixed with heavy killing, all balance well here, leading to my recommendation that you give this one a try! It’s going to be a good, strongly portrayed series.

Vault Comics, I Walk With Monsters #1, $3.99 for 29 pages of content. Mature, horror

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!