Vault Comics has announced a new series hitting comic shops this spring—Hundred Wolves. Set during the Siege of Vienna in 1683, the historically-inspired fantasy comic is brought to you by award-winning novelist Myke Cole (The Sacred Throne Trilogy, The Shadow Ops Trilogy) and master artist Tony Akins (Fables, Hellblazer, Wonder Woman). Colorist Vladimir Popov, letterer Jim Campbell, and designer Tim Daniel complete the creative team.
Read the synopsis from the publisher:
“The Hundred Wolves are bloody-handed terrors of the steppe. Andrei and Oksana have left the Cossack band to raise their daughter on a farm they hold from the noble Count Ostoja, but the raiding life isn’t done with them. Both the Hundred Wolves and the couple’s new liege lord wish to employ their deadly skills—and neither will take no for an answer. From celebrated author Myke Cole (The Sacred Throne Trilogy, The Shadow Ops Trilogy) and venerable artist Tony Akins (Fables, Hellblazer, Wonder Woman) comes a story of war and family, blending historical fiction with a touch of fantasy.”
Writer Cole said in a statement:
“The Siege of Vienna in 1683 is one of the most dramatic, visually arresting, and movie-ready stories in the history of warfare. It arguably decided the future of the European and Turkish worlds both. And almost nobody has even heard of it.
“I only discovered it by chance (being a historian, I chase these things) and was immediately electrified. It is such an amazing story, a heroic defense in the face of arguably hopeless odds and a stirring, last-minute rescue from an unexpected quarter. I wanted to tell it to the world.
“As a historian, I can convey the drama in text, but no words can properly convey the sheer visual splendor – the tossing wings of the Polish knights, the fluttering white hoods of the Turkish janissaries, the sparking kick of matchlock muskets sounding the death knell of the mounted knight and heralding the dawn of modern warfare. And above all, the pluck and swagger of the Cossacks, with their punk-rock haircuts, flashing sabers, and belly-laughing defiance of imperial authority.”
“The Hundred Wolves pitch document landed right where it needed to land: my lap,” added Akins. “I’ll just say it was kind of like a mix of romance and inspiration, my initial reaction to the story and setting. It had everything, and it was heavily based in history, and I love histories. So yeah, I’m that brother from the South Side of Chicago who’s drawing a story about a family in 17th Century Ukraine who are caught between a rock and a hard place. That translates to some of my own experiences as an American, and particularly as an African-American.”
Hundred Wolves #1 will hit comic shops in April. The first issue will feature a special Pulp & Paint variant cover by Nathan Gooden and Daniel.