Vault Comics has shared a few new pages of their upcoming Barbaric #1, “the wild, blood-thirsty fantasy series” brought to you by writer Michael Moreci, (The Plot, Wasted Space The Lost Carnival), artist Nathan Gooden (Brandon Sanderson’s Dark One, Vampire: The Masquerade), colorist Addison Duke (Curse Words, Vampire: The Masquerade), letterer Jim Campbell (The Plot, Giant Days), and designer Tim Daniel.
Read the synopsis here:
“Barbaric follows Owen the Barbarian who 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.
Axe, co-star of Barbaric (Owen’s sentient, blood-drunk axe) slurred his way through a statement about his upcoming role in the book. ‘Look, maybe I am a bloodthirsty axe with a drinking problem, but I still know an epic, kick-ass story when I see one. Granted, I happen to be the star of this particular tale (never mind that barbarian oaf), but that doesn’t change the fact that Barbaric has got it all: action, a sweet f***ing axe, mystery, magic, an awesome AXE, and other non-axe related stuff. So come for the axe and stay for the axe. You don’t want to get me mad, do you?’”
Barbaric #1 will hit stores on June 30. Look for a Vault Vintage variant from Gooden and Daniel that pays homage to Barry Windsor-Smith’s legendary cover to Conan The Barbarian #1 (1970), and an epic battle variant from Vault Cover Artist-In-Residence, Joshua Hixson.
Check out the extended preview below!