Picture this: a scenario in olden days Paris, perhaps similar to that of Dorian Gray.

You know, the guy who never seemed to age, but his portrait, hidden from sight, DID age instead. Yeah, that one. Well, in this title, a painter has the power to murder people by painting their portrait. It’s not natural, it’s supernatural, it’s a super concept and story.

Writer Dan Watters (Coffin Bound, Lucifer, Home Sick Pilots, etc) covers the canvas with bloody good dialogue, made all the more atmospheric with Kishore Mohan’s meticulous draughtsmanship and colour. It’s an illustrated thriller, dreadful in its thought but embellished with a sure hand and brush. Letterer Aditya Bidikar gives us readable balloons, heads, and tails above the fray.

I thoroughly enjoyed and was entertained and entranced by this first issue, which inserts us into the drawing rooms and society of Paris at the turn of the 20th century. Join me, won’t you, for a glass of burgundy, as we attend the vernissage of the work of this creative team, making old things original and compelling.

Vault Comics, The Picture of Everything Else #1, $3.99 for 32 pages of content.

By Alan Spinney

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!!