Vault Comics launches ‘spicy’ comics line this summer with ‘Lilith’

Threshold will feature science fiction, fantasy and horror stories for mature readers.

Vault Comics will launch a mature readers imprint this summer, with the first sexy title for the sexy new imprint being Corin Howell’s sexy horror series Lilith.

According to Vault, the Threshold imprint will feature science fiction, fantasy and horror stories, much like the traditional Vault line, but with “a spicy new twist.” They plan to announce several more titles in the coming months. Vault hasn’t shied away from adult-oriented content in the past — they already publish a comic titled Money Shot — so it’ll be interesting to see where they go with Threshold.

Lilith is about an immortal demon looking to find her way home from Earth, but falls in love along the way:

Lilith is an immortal who’s been banished from her home, a dimensional plane suspiciously similar to mankind’s idea of hell. She’s been posing as a model on Earth while secretly preying on humans. That is, until she runs into Penelope, a sweet bookstore owner with a tome that might hold the secret to returning Lilith to her home dimension. If the mismatched pair doesn’t end up falling in love first! 

If you follow Howell on social media, then you’ve probably seen Lilith before, as the artist has been posting images of the character for awhile and they’ve been quite popular. She explains the origins of Lilith:

“I work primarily in horror, I love monsters and creature features, and drawing it used to give me some semblance of calm, but the ease was always short-lived,” said Howell. “Until one night, when watching YouTube videos and doodling on my iPad. I decided to stray away from the usual monster and creature prompts and dive into drawing a beautiful woman with black hair, an appetite for blood, and piercing red eyes. I found myself at ease, more so when drawing her in red, her outfit blending with the background similar to the style of Rene Grau, and the only thing indicating her shape was the splatter of black ‘blood’ that soaked her figure. It was a ‘Screw it,’ moment when I threw her out onto social media, thinking, ‘Whatever, no one’s gonna like this.’

“I completely and utterly underestimated the internet. 

“The positive feedback kind of motivated me to try another piece, and again I was met with ease in my mind when setting down more lines of her devilish figure. Adding a severed head was a cherry on top, something funny to indicate that perhaps she killed an unfaithful lover or maybe he just pissed her off that day. With every new illustration, I found myself having fun drawing this little lady and started pondering whether or not she needed a name. One night, when talking to my friend Sasha online, she shared her thoughts, ‘She looks like a “Lilith.”’ And since then, it stuck. Simultaneously, Lilith’s story developed into this journey of how a cold, distant monster finds companionship, and along the way learns to move on from her past.” 

Here’s a look at some somewhat-but-not-too-spicy interior artwork from the first issue:

And here’s Jae Lee’s variant cover or the first issue:

Howell will write and draw the title, which features colors by Warnia Sahadewa, letters by Jim Campbell and design by Tim Daniel. 

Lilith #1 will hit store shelves in August 2024.

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