THE VAULT #3 of 3 (Image, October 26 release) Story SAM SARKAR. Art GARRIE GASTONNY. Color SAKTI YUWONO. Cover GARRIE GASTONNY & BAGUS HUTOMO
The story of THE VAULT (so far) wraps up this issue with an ending that leaves us wondering if the creature is dead, down for the count, or just temporarily trapped in the depths of the ocean. Issue #3 doesn’t dwell long on theories as to whether the grisly winged skeletal creature is a creation of heaven or hell - - it just gets right to the action. The explorers thought they had escaped the monster and left it on the island, but a dangerous squall threatens to divert their ship right back to land. Doesn’t matter -- the creature has stowed away on board (as you might suspect) and proceeds to take out expedition members one at a time - - until it gains enough confidence to attack the entire group in one bloody battle. The only thing that has a chance at stopping it are some artifacts, the same rod and seal that when removed freed the creature from entrapment. THE VAULT ends with a very creepy conclusion, a satisfying horror tale that will make a good movie (an announced Johnny Depp production) and provide some real scares the same way that the ALIEN movie did.
PLANET OF THE APES #7 (BOOM!) “The Devil’s Pawn, Part 3” Writer, Daryl Gregory. Artist, Carlos Magno. Colorist, Nolan Woodard. Letterer, Travis Lanham.
What I like most about this series is that it is very fresh and creative, in spite of being based on the original movies/television/novels, etc. It’s may be the best comics adaptation of licensed science-fiction material for your time and money right now. The writing is dynamic. The art is gorgeous. Issue #7 opens up as the city heads towards violent civil war. Both sides are gathering weapons and support. The new ruler of the apes makes her first speech to rally the populace in support of her decision to take the battle right to the human settlements, and it’s an impassioned call to arms worthy of the inspiring speeches of the former Lawgiver, although the purpose now is war rather than peace. The humans make a pact with both a suspicious religious cult to get advanced weaponry and an unscrupulous arms dealer for the rest. Small skirmishes erupt this issue in re-training camps and elsewhere as things come to a boil. I suspect the next one or two issues will be combat intensive.
OTHER NEW BOOKS WORTH A LOOK ON 10/26/2011: ALL STAR WESTERN #2; AQUAMAN #2; BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #2; DAREDEVIL #5; FLASH #2; FLY #5; HAPPINESS IS A WARM BLANKET, CHARLIE BROWN TPB; JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #2; KIRBY: GENESIS #4; RED SKULL #4 of 5; RED WING #4 of 4; SPACEMAN #1 of 9.