If 2016 proved anything, its that quality projects from independent publishers were richly rewarded by collectors and speculator’s wallets.
With 2017 upon us, a new publisher, Vault Comics, has caught our eye. Launching next week is their first signature title, HEATHEN #1 by Natasha Alterici. This book tells the tale of Aydis, a Viking warrior and outcast, and a self-proclaimed heathen. Aydis is friend to the talking horse Saga, rescuer of the immortal Valkyrie Brynhild, and battler of demons and fantastic monsters. Aydis is a woman. Born into a time of warfare, suffering, and subjugation of women, she is on a mission to end the oppressive reign of the god-king Odin.
In our current geo political environment, it is quite likely that a well written book that centers on the fight for equality in a male dominated world will resonate with fans. And it IS well written, currently earning 4.5/5 stars from 39 ratings on goodreads.com and scoring a 9 on comic book round up.
The first issue is sold out at Diamond and has sold out online, including Midtown.
As with all start up independent publishers, the print run ought to be quite reasonable on this book, and there is also a 1:5 variant. But for the speculator, the one to watch is the retailer variant set for thecomicmint.com- limited to a microscopic 175 color and 75 black and white copies.
As of this article, you can still grab a set for $34.95, or just the color for $14.95 at The Comic Mint’s Website and also look for those Iron Fist variants as well.
while supplies last.
As with most projects the comic mint has sponsored, a percent of sales has been donated to a charity. Through their TCM Insiders facebook group, 240 dollars was raised for comicare.org , a great organization that makes visits dressed as super heros to several children’s hospitals. You can learn more about this organization here: http://comicare.org