Fans of Vault Comics’ A Dark Interlude only have to wait for January to get the next installment of the exciting series. If issue #3 wasn’t enough to kick off the book’s return to its monthly release schedule, the title will have a new series artist, Piotr Kowaski. The not-quite-a-sequel to Fearscape is written by Ryan O’Sullivan, colored by Vladimir Popov, and lettered by Deron Bennett of Andworld Design. Tim Daniel is on designs.

The full synopsis can be found below: 

“What sort of gibbering reprobate requires solicit information for the third chapter of a story? Why must I continue to write these? And don’t you dare respond citing “contractual obligations”. If we’re going to go down that route, then may I remind you that if it wasn’t for me, nobody would have heard of… [Message truncated with apologies at the request of Vault Comics].”

Series co-creator O’Sullivan said in a statement:

“Usually when doing anything PR-related I’ll just LARP as the book’s protagonist, Henry Henry. (For example, the diamond solicits for A Dark Interlude #1-5 tell their own little story of Henry Henry spewing invective at Vault Comics’ PR guy for forcing him to write the solicits.) However, this time I’ve elected to break kayfabe,” said.

“Piotr Kowalski is an incredible artist, and I’m extremely excited to have him join Vlad, Deron, Vault, and myself on the last three issues of A Dark Interlude. Seeing the Fearscape and its cast of characters through the eyes of Piotr’s incredibly detailed pen has been breathtaking. Readers of the series are going to be blown away. 100% worth the wait.

“Admittedly, I usually hate it when art changes mid-way through a book, but given the metafictional nature of A Dark Interlude, we’ve gone ahead and made it part of the story. This was all part of my master plan, you see. The big delay between Issues 2 and 3? Why, I suppose you could say it was a…Dark Interlude. An obviously intentional piece of comic-distribution-as-performance-art that allowed us to comment on the–” [Editor’s note: the delay was due to covid lockdown complications and had nothing to do with Ryan’s “creative vision”. Do not trust the creator of Henry Henry when he says he has “broken kayfabe”. He is pathologically incapable of doing so. Please buy this book so we can finally be rid of him for good.]

A Dark Interlude #3 hits store shelves on January 26, 2022, with a cover by Ariela Kristantina and a variant cover by Rebekah Isaacs.