‘Barbaric’ tells the story of Owen and his talking axe

New series from Vault Comics, by Michael Moreci, Nathan Gooden, Addison Duke, Jim Campbell and Tim Daniel, debuts in June.

Vault Comics has announced Barbaric, the story of a barbarian named Owen and his “sentient, blood-drunk” axe.

It’s written by Michael Moreci, with art by Nathan Gooden and colors by Addison Duke. Jim Campbell will letter the comic, and Tim Daniel serves as designer.

Barbaric, to me, is a series that wraps both its arms around the comics medium–it’s big, from the get-go, in ways only comics can be,” Moreci said. “I want this to be a huge story that continues on the way Hellboy does, and I want it to feel like that kind of epic. It’s my ode to pulp adventures, and immersive world-building, and larger-than-life characters. I feel so energized writing it, and I hope, between my scripts and Nate’s insanely amazing art, that energy comes off of every page.”

Here’s how Vault describes it: Barbaric follows Owen the Barbarian who has been cursed to do good with what remains of his life. His bloodthirsty weapon, Axe, has become his moral compass with a drinking problem. Together they wander the realm, foredoomed to help any who seek assistance. But there is one thing Owen hates more than a life with rules: Witches. Welcome to the skull-cracking, blood-splattering, mayhem-loving comic brave enough to ask: How can a man sworn to do good do so much violence? Hah! F***ing with you. It’s just…BARBARIC.

“2020 was a very difficult year for me and my family; as it was for everyone around the world,” Gooden said. “Barbaric was my escape. I got to work with one of my genuine friends in the industry and make a book that is just , dare I say, fun. There is humor, there is action, there is tons of adventure, but most importantly,  there is heart. Come enjoy the ride as we continue to grow these characters across a fantastic landscape.”

Gooden and Daniel also provide the variant cover for the first issue, which pays homage to Barry Windsor-Smith’s cover for Conan The Barbarian #1:

 Check out a preview of some of the interior pages below. The first issue arrives in June.

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