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Pulse-poundingly suspenseful, eerie and thrilling, THE VAULT
#1 (Image Comics) tells the tale of greed slowly turning into madness as a
group of treasure hunters seek their latest bounty. Instead of priceless riches,
however, the group finds only death itself.
Based on her extensive research, Dr. Gabrielle Parker
believes she has found the exact location of a treasure pit, but a roaring
hurricane is heading straight towards the location: Sable Island, which happens
to be nicknamed the “Graveyard of the North Atlantic.” Time is running short,
and so Gabrielle and her team of treasure seekers must dive into shark-infested
waters. But will they actually find a cache of jewels and crystals? Or is
Gabrielle unknowingly leading them to their deaths?
Gabrielle’s teammate, Anderson, thought he was swimming
close to their designated point. He never expected to be suddenly attacked by a
giant squid. In a fierce battle underwater, the giant squid cracks the glass of
Anderson’s mask, making it difficult for him to breathe. Wrapped tightly in its
tentacles, Anderson swings his knife around, hoping to make his opponent bleed.
The squid is defending the vault, trying to prevent anyone from getting near
Deep inside a cave, the hidden vault lies protected by sea
creatures and surrounded by deadly traps. At the top of the vault is a lethal
layer of hydrogen sulfide that will burn through the divers’ wetsuits. And
opening the vault means releasing a monstrous figure that was meant to stay
forever buried. Death is slowly coming for Gabrielle and her teammates.
Writer Sam Sarkar takes the time to develop his ensemble
cast, and uses a roundup of morally ambiguous individuals to play a game with
readers concerning who they should trust. Gabrielle may be interested in
science, but she is also holding something back from her teammates. And why did
Anderson bring along a crate full of rifles and shotguns for the mission? He
claims it’s to protect the others from pirates, but is he planning on shooting
down his teammates, one by one, when the treasure is discovered?
Garrie Gastonny’s glossy artwork is a major attraction in
this three-issue mini-series. Gabrielle has such expressive reactions,
especially in the scene when she’s told there’s a “problem.” The last page,
which involves the shocking revelation of what’s inside the vault, is a twisted
illustration of bone structures, and the colors by Sakti Yuwono add a slightly
warm but still creepy vibe to the blue waters. THE VAULT #1 lays the groundwork
for an exciting heist gone horribly wrong. You don’t want to miss out on this
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