Vault Comics has a new book on the horizon. Heavy, co-created by writer Max Bemis (Moon Knight, Evil Empire, Worst X-Man Ever) and artist Eryk Donovan (Memetic, Quantum Teens Are Go), is described by the publisher as “a psychedelic deconstruction of a character similar to The Punisher. A dark, violent comedy about love and the transcendence of toxic masculinity.”
The new series features colors by Cris Peter (The Dollhouse Family), letters by Taylor Esposito (Baby Teeth, Cult Classic), and design by Tim Daniel (The Plot, Fissure). Check out the full synopsis below:
Bill may be dead, but he’s got a job to do. Welcome to the Big Wait, where folks who don’t quite make the cut go to work off their debt. Everyone in the Wait’s got a job. Bill is a Heavy, whose job is policing the multiverse, making sure bad eggs get what’s coming to them. He’s on track to earn his Climb and reunite with the woman he loves…until he meets his new partner: the worst dude of all time. Heavy is The Punisher for neurotics; Inception for the impatient; Preacher for…well, it’s a lot like Preacher. Max Bemis (Polarity, Moon Knight, X-Men: Worst X-Man Ever) and Eryk Donavan (Memetic, Quantum Teens Are Go) bring you a story about the existential purpose of dumb boys with big guns.
Writer Bemis shared:
“In my early twenties, having finally achieved most of what I had set out to do with music, I made the vow to stop procrastinating and pursue my first passion and ambition; to write comics. I had been married recently and huge existential quandaries began to manifest in my heart concerning morality, my masculinity, and the enduring nature of true love. I wanted to write a comic akin to the weird, violent epics that were my favorites of all time (The Invisibles, Preacher). The only problem was that I hadn’t written a single issue of comics, and thus I didn’t have a single credit to my name. I took meetings and mulled over ideas from general thematic qualities to specific dialogue, but none of it came to fruition. Here I am now, more than ten years later, with quite a few books to my name, and I’m finally getting to tell the story that means the most to me. Heavy contains my wildest fears, hopes, self-criticisms and my own muddled vision of what reality means. It’s also meant to be a rip roaring good time. Writing the first few issues has been one of the greatest creative joys I’ve experienced so far, and I hope you guys will join us on its singularly strange journey.”
Artist Donovan said:
“In each new story I tell, I seek to bring us closer together; to share in joy, excitement, and passion. Each stroke of my brush, each mark of my pen, reflects a deeply personal and intimate journey with myself, and I welcome sharing this next step of my path with you in with Heavy. Heavy, for me, is a story about transformation, growth, and finding a deeper understanding of inner truth and world around us. It’s about Love, Hate, Violence, and yes, Sex. It’s about what it means to find ourselves. It’s about the power and cruelty we wield over ourselves and each other, and how the ripples of that indelibly affect our hearts.”
Heavy #1 is set to release on May 27, 2020. Check out covers and concept art here.