Shops May Want To Double Check Vault's Barbaric Free Comic Book Day

Today is Free Comic Book Day, where comic stores the world over give away free comics to visiting customers that day. With around fifty comic books to be given away showing off all manner of stuff, you can see what some comic book stores are up to here. Well, fifty-two of them at least, but there will be thousands participating.

Shops May Want To Double Check Vault's Barbaric Free Comic Book Day

There have been some concerns, however, that some groups may be using Free Comic Book Day to entrap stores giving certain comic books away to those it is deemed unsuitable. Bleeding Cool has been talking to involved parties over one particular attempt that we hope has been stymied. But in our original report, there was commentary that one comic, Barbaric, from Vault Comics, was being classified as a Mature Readers title in Diamond's warnings to retailers, but in solicitations and published colour coding had been labelled a Teen (13+) book with a blue logo rather than the red.

Shops May Want To Double Check Vault's Barbaric Free Comic Book Day

And, with a copy in hand, I can confirm that while, yes, it is just the kind of thing I would have loved as a teenager (and frankly, still do), it has extreme violence, swearing, nudity and sex (in that order) and so for some markets that may be a real no-no. Black bars below are our additions.

Barbaric Free Comic Book Day
Barbaric Free Comic Book Day

In UK cinematic terms, it is probably a 15; in the US, it's an R. What stores want to do with that information, of course, is up to them. But always better to be forewarned.

Barbaric Free Comic Book Day
Barbaric Free Comic Book Day

FCBD 2022 BARBARIC #1 (NET) (MR)
VAULT COMICS
JAN220044
Owen the Barbarian 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! Messing with you. It's just… Barbaric.
Reprint Material
Rating: TeenIn Shops: Apr 06, 2022

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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