Marking US Independence Day yesterday, Vault Comics is offering the first issues of 13 of its favourite series, completely free on its website, including Friendo by Alex Paknadel (Arcadia) and Martin Simmonds (Punks not Dead), and Deep Roots by Dan Watters (Limbo, The Shadow, Assassin’s Creed) with art by Val Rodrigues – a story of two worlds, of myth and man, of science and fiction, and the roots they share.
Visit the vaultcomics.com/free-firsts page, click the image of the title you’re interested in and download the PDF.
Free comics available include the first issues of Alien Bounty Hunter, created by Stephen Levinson, producer of Ballers and Boardwalk Empire, written by David M. Booher and Adrian F. Wassel with art by Nick Robles; Deep Roots, by Dan Watters with art by Val Rodrigues; Failsafe by writers F.J. DeSanto and Todd Farmer with art by Federico Dallocchio; Fearscape, Fissure, written by Tim Daniel with art by Patricio Delpeche; Friendo, unhinged ultraviolence from Alex Paknadel and Martin Simmonds; Heathen, written by and with art by Natasha Alterici; Maxwell’s Demons, from Deniz Camp with art by Vittorio Astone and Deron Bennett; Songs for the Dead, written by Andrea Fort and Michael Christopher Heron with art by Sam Beck; Submerged, written and drawn by Vita Ayala, inked by Lisa Sterle; Vagrant Queen, by Eisner-nominated and GLAAD Media Award-nominated author Magdelene Visaggio, with art by Jason Smith; Wasted Space; and the time-bending fantasy epic Zojaqan from New York Times best-selling authors Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing, with art by award-winning artist Nathan Gooden.
Vault Comics is a critically-acclaimed publisher of science fiction and fantasy comics and graphic novels from both bestselling and emerging creators. Vault has multiple film and television projects in development with major talent attached and is actively expanding its catalog across a wide range of media formats.
• Vault Comics Free Firsts is at vaultcomics.com/free-firsts
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.