The GeeksverseThe Vault #1 – Advanced Review

The Vault #1 – Advanced Review
Published on Monday, July 25, 2011 by

Written by: Sam Sarkar
Art by: Garrie Gastonny
Colored by: Sakti Yuwono
Cover Art: Bagus Hutomo

There have been alot of books about treasure hunting, Image even has another with Daomu. It’s a subject that fascinates alot of people. It awakens the inner “Indiana Jones” or “Lara Croft” in all of us. But because it’s fairly common it takes a special one to break away from the pack.

The Vault does just that.

In the world of treasure hunting comic books, it’s rare to find one that is very well researched as The Vault. It’s obvious that Sarkar has done his homework. And even if he hasn’t, it comes across as if he has. Which, for a book like this, is essential.

He’s able to take a real world island and mystery like Oak Island and add a fiction twist to it, but in a way that feels natural. Alot of stories that are spun out of real events have a feel to them of being forced in the direction the writer wants to go. The Vault feels real. It feels like we’re reading the adventures of real world treasure hunters.

Of course, it’s a comic book, and the opening pages and last page let us know that we’re not in the real world. But again, Sarkar does a good job of grounding that aspect of the story and keeping the real feel going.

There’s some pacing issues with the script and art not really being on the same wavelength, but they are minor bumps in the road of an otherwise interesting and intriguing story.

It helps that the book is absolutely gorgeous. I first saw Gastonny’s art in Warren Ellis’ Supergods from Avatar and enjoyed it. But that pales in comparasion to the work he does in this issue. There’s some layout issues and some stiffness here and there, but overall the work still looks great.

The pages have a cinematic feel to them that reminds me of the movie The Abyss.

The Vault #1 receives
4.5 out of 5

An excellant debut issue. Can’t wait to read more.

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