Vault Comics announced today that every issue of their record-breaking new series Barbaric will receive special, deluxe, black and white editions. Printed on deluxe heavyweight paper, these special editions are designed to spotlight the line art of series artist and co-creator, Nathan Gooden.

Barbaric #1 Black & White Deluxe Edition will come with two new covers. A regular edition with new cover art and a special NSFW black bag variant, both by Gooden and available in comic shops on July 28.

Gooden said in a statement:

Barbaric is very special to me because it helped me get through the hardest year of my life, 2020. When Mike Moreci and I started the collaboration, I was in a very dark place, so I expressed the idea of this just being FUN. Not to say, we didn’t take the process seriously, but why not just make a book for fun? From character designs to the world build, I just kept pushing to make it more interesting for the audience. Owen has cool hair, why not double the length? Soren has awesome tattoos, why not make them come to life? Axe can talk, why not?

“Aside from the fun, I want this book to be very clean and easy to read. I want to create big bold characters and settings that won’t get lost when set against each other. Really controlling the negative spaces and line weight helps me give this a three-dimensional look.”


Vault’s Vice President of Branding & Design Tim Daniel added:

“The most notable artists in the history of the industry have either come to the medium with a pure and seemingly fully-formed style–their mark, instant and indelible. Others work tirelessly, panel-after-panel, page-after-page to continuously evolve and refine their voice until their greatness quite literally bursts open before our eyes, forcing us to take a moment’s pause and to reassess our assumptions of their place in the industry. Often, almost without fail, when looking back over that artist’s bibliography, we see the greatness was there all along.

“With multiple series (Powerless, Vampire: The Masquerade, Barbaric, and more to be announced), original graphic novels (Brandon Sanderson’s Dark One Trilogy), and countless covers over the last four years (the fan-favorite Vault Vintage variant series), the time has come to take a moment’s pause and reassessNathan Gooden‘s achievements. The Barbaric Black & White Deluxe Edition series is that very opportunity and I’m extremely confident you’ll see what we’ve seen all along: Gooden’s Greatness!”


Barbaric is written and co-created by Moreci, drawn and co-created by Gooden, colored by Addison Duke, lettered by Jim Campbell, and designed by Daniel.

Read the full synopsis here:


Owen the Barbarian 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.”

Check out some pages below!

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