Comic Review: Barbaric #1 (Vault Comics)

From Vault Comics, it’s Owen the Barbarian, in Barbaric #1. This comic leaps off the racks and grabs us by the lapels. Or lower. It’s a kick to the gut, […]

From Vault Comics, it’s Owen the Barbarian, in Barbaric #1.

This comic leaps off the racks and grabs us by the lapels. Or lower. It’s a kick to the gut, (or lower) and a full-fledged riot on us. And I love it.

Okay, it took me by surprise, the total “Barbaric” aspect of it. But good to its name, this book is a hold-no-hostages kind of read. NOT for the easily offended. NOT for the faint (nor feint) of heart or soul. Oh my soul, this book just pounds at the senses.

Writer Michael Moreci (The Plot, Wasted Space, etc) has conjured up the vehicle for violence and forgiveness, the yin/yang with a talking battleax. A great idea, if you can ‘hatchet’! Owen, the barbarian who has been cursed to walk, ride, and wander the earth in search of people who need help. Oh, he has been a baad boy, and was caught.

Artist Nathan Gooden delivers the savage swordness, the emerging goodness, and the all-around blood-soaked entertainment for the eyes. And it takes the reader a few pages to adjust to the volume, the speed metal intensity of the onslaught of the images. It ain’t pretty, but wwowwww is it amazing. Colourist Addison Duke contributes an intelligent and sensitive eye for warm and cool colours, creating atmospheres that support the merry mayhem. Lettering is by Jim Campbell. Tim Daniel is Designer.

Really and truly, if you like the genre, this is the most raucous and rambunctious read I have had in a long time, and I urge you to check it out!

Vault Comics, Barbaric #1, $3.99 for 32 pages of content. Multiple variant covers available. Mature

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!!