I can’t believe I missed this one when it was first published. It my defence, there are a great many very good comics out there and sometimes it’s a bit tricky to find some of the better ones. And Death Vigil is, undoubtedly, one of the better ones.
Part of the reason I haven’t been reviewing as many comics as I usually do is because in the last few months, nothing has quite captured me in the way that really good stories – or art – usually do. #1 of Dragons did, as I imagine the 4-star review will tell you. And Death Vigil … good God. I can’t stop reading.
And because Death Vigil #1 is free here; and I got that link from Top Cow Productions, which has a whole bunch of comics that you can read for free right now. If memory serves, Tithe is quite good, so is IXth Generation, but I’m unfamiliar with the other titles on that list.
For what it’s worth, though, I recommend exploring it because, if the presence of Death Vigil is anything to go by, that list is a bloody good one. I managed to get my hands on the Death Vigil Volume 1 (which collects the first 8 issues) and I’m already heartbroken at the absence of a ninth. I’ll have a full review up in the next couple of day but, in the meanwhile, check out issue 1.
It’s gorgeously, stunningly drawn and coloured, dialogue is snappy and well written, and it balances serious story development with a grand sense of humour. To put it mildly, #1 kicks things off in a pretty spectacular way. And, for the record, it was created, written, and drawn by one man – Stjepan Sejic. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go read the first 8 issues, but I’ll leave you with a few screenshots from pages of the comic – which, I hope, will give you reason enough to check it out. Enjoy.