US comics publisher Vault Comics has announced a new partnership with Heavy Metal Entertainment, launched with the release of a selection of Vault’s “Greatest Hits” titles to date, featuring exclusive new cover design.
The first wave of product under this new partnership will feature Heathen, Money Shot, The Plot, These Savage Shores and Wasted Space among others, and will expand in the coming months to include exclusive packaging of new #1 titles from Vault, with unique dress treatments and cover art; and a new digest format that will feature an entire line of select Vault titles in a serialised compendium style book format, and an assortment of merchandise created in partnership with Threadless.
Heavy Metal believes that strategic partnerships with publishers and content creators is key to growth in the marketplace, and a long-term strategic alliance with Vault is the perfect example. CEO Matt Medney underscores the importance of the relationship as, “a logical and exciting partnership that plays to the strengths of the related partners, and offers fans of both publishers opportunities to discover amazing new sci-fi, fantasy and horror content.”
Vault, EVP Tim Daniel signifies the benefits of the partnership while saluting Heavy Metal’s new leadership, “we’re thrilled for our readership because at last we have the means to reach you where you live, without restriction – worldwide! We’re equally excited to share our creator’s stories with Heavy Metal readers!
“We enter into this partnership with great confidence as it is abundantly clear that Matt and his team are deftly executing their vision for reestablishing the venerable brand while we focus on Vault’s continued maturation.”
Launch “Greatest Hits” Titles From Vault
Written, drawn, and coloured by Natasha Alterici, and lettered by Rachel Deering
Aydis is a viking, a warrior, an outcast, and a self-proclaimed heathen. Aydis is friend to the talking horse Saga, rescuer of the immortal Valkyrie Brynhild, and battler of demons and fantastic monsters. Aydis is a woman. Born into a time of warfare, suffering, and subjugation of women, she is on a mission to end the oppressive reign of the god-king Odin.
Written by Tim Seeley and Sarah Beattie, drawn by Rebekah Isaacs, coloured by Kurt Michael Russell, lettered by Crank!
In the near future, space travel is ludicrously expensive and largely ignored. Enter Christine Ocampo, inventor of the Star Shot teleportation device with a big idea: She’ll travel to new worlds, engage – intimately – with local aliens, and film her exploits for a jaded earth populace trying to find something new on the internet.
Now, Chris and her merry band of scientist-cum-pornstars explore the universe, each other, and the complexities of sex in Money Shot! A story about scientists having sex with aliens for the glory of mankind – and money.
Written by Tim Daniel and Michael Moreci, drawn by Joshua Hixson, coloured by Jordan Boyd, lettered by Jim Campbell
In order to receive… first you must give. When Chase Blaine’s estranged brother and sister-in-law are murdered, he becomes guardian to MacKenzie and Zach, the niece and nephew he hardly knows. Seeking stability for the children, Chase moves his newly formed family to his ancestral home in Cape Augusta — which overlooks a deep, black bogland teeming with family secrets.
These Savage Shores
Written by Ram V, drawn by Sumit Kumar, colored by Vittorio Astone, lettered by Aditya Bidikar
Two centuries after the first European ship sailed to the Malabar Coast and made landfall at Calicut, The East India Company seeks to secure its future along the lucrative Silk Route, in the year 1766. An old evil now sails aboard a company ship, hoping to make a home in this new found land. But he will soon find that the ground along the Indus is an ancient one with daemons and legends far older than himself.
Along These Savage Shores, where the days are scorched and the nights are full of teeth.
Michael Moreci (Roche Limit, Wonder Woman, Black Star Renegades) and Hayden Sherman (The Few, Cold War, John Carter: The End) have thrown Philip K. Dick in a blender with Preacher. Take a sip and get wasted.
Billy Bane is a prophet who got it all wrong, and the galaxy has been burning ever since. All he wants is to waste away in the darkest corner of space with his best pal Dust, a supercharged Fuq bot. But when a new prophet comes calling, Billy is summoned to save the galaxy he’s at least partially responsible for destroying.
Too bad he couldn’t care less.
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.