I mentioned before how much I like Death Vigil
. It's awesome comic book series about the dead hunting the lovercraftian horrors trying to take over the world written and drawn by Stjepan Šejić (he worked on a lot of stuff from Batgirl
to Rat Queens
). The monsters are clever and use people promising them reunification with the dead loved ones so they turn into necromancers and help the monsters in. The good guys are those who were chosen by Death at the moment they died to become part of the Vigil - group making sure all the monsters breaching human world are sent back and the humans helping them in are neutralised. The monsters are powerful, big an so ugly that their sight can take the sanity of normal human being. The most powerful of them - Primodials - can only be brought to Earth by ancient necromantic signs in the lost and forgotten Codex and there is someone who knows it and has their own plans to use it. We follow the new Vigil recruit - Clara from her death through becoming part of the Vigil. She also has a big secret even she is not aware of - but it gives her an extra power and probably important role in the incoming war. There is also on Primodial who is a friend (James and Mia's friendship is probably my favourite part)
and a member of Vigil who's a shapeshifting raven.
The characters are wonderful - funny, likeable and you even like (or at least pity) some of the bad ones (especially the ones fooled). The group dynamic is great and Death - Bernadette (Bernie to friends) - is awesome (also the author is Croatian - you can see the Slavic languages female Death default). The art is beautiful - from the scary twisted giant monsters, through creepy eye markings on necromancers to great character design on the Vigil but it is Stjepan Šejić so one should expect that.
The first miniseries is finished - you can download the all 8 issues
for free from the author's deviantart page
(he just posted last issue
). The print and hi-res version of the last issue will be out in few weeks (on amazon, comixology and comic book stores) and the trade is supposed to be out in October
The series has been plagued by delays for personal reasons so the sales dropped off dramatically for the last issues. Few month ago it looked like a ongoing series was going to happen but now it's no longer assured. It be a pity if we never get to see the rest of the story. Will Clara and others ever learn what she is? Is Bernie one of Primodials too (strongly suggested by Thorn) - and if so where is her control sigil and how she became wielder of the scythe? Can the other Primodials strip Beast of Mia and turn her evil (NOOOO!)?
I want to know! I hope that the trade is popular enough to get us the series - I don't want to leave this world.
For now you can start here:
death vigil 1 full issue- cuz it's a good day :)