Vault Comics have announced what they call an "Extensive Return-to-Market Support for Retailers", dubbed their Vault Bound Initiative. The updated Vault Bound initiative will let retailers order the first and second issues of series, knowing they can return them all, for all of their comics shipping in June and July, while also significantly reducing the price per copy that retailers pay for new #1s and new collected editions.
At a time when retailers have been under a considerable financial strain, and are currently looking for sure bankers and no risks, this will a) remove that risk and b) increase profits for every launch issue and trade paperback sold. This new price point will be available to all retailers no matter what their existing discount deal with Diamond Comic Distributors, with no minimum orders required.
"We succeed together with comic shops, or not at all," said Vault Comics' CEO, Damian Wassel. "If we can help comic shops reduce risk, improve margins, and stabilize cash flow, that's good for them, it's good for us, and it's good for everyone who loves comics."
Launch #1 and #2 titles for June and July from Vault Comics currently include Hundred Wolves, No One's Rose, Heavy, and Engineward. Here are their current solicits:
HUNDRED WOLVES #1
(W) Myke Cole (A/CA) Tony Akins
The Hundred Wolves are bloody-handed terrors of the steppe. Andrei and Oksana have left the Cossack band to raise their daughter on a farm they hold from the noble Count Ostoja, but the raiding life isn't done with them. Both the Hundred Wolves and the couple's new liege lord wish to employ their deadly skills-and neither will take no for an answer. From celebrated author Myke Cole (The Sacred Throne Trilogy, The Shadow Ops Trilogy) and venerable artist Tony Akins (Fables, Hellblazer, Wonder Woman) comes a story of war and family, blending historical fiction with a touch of fantasy.
NO ONE'S ROSE #1
(W) Emily Horn, Zac Thompson (A/CA) Alberto Jimenez-Alburquerque
"Centuries after the fall of the Anthropocene, the last vestiges of human civilization are housed in a massive domed city powered by renewable energy, known as The Green Zone. Inside lives teenager Tenn Gavrilo, a brilliant bio-engineer who could rebuild the planet. But there's one problem: her resentful brother Seren is eager to dismantle the precarious Utopia. From the minds of Zac Thompson (X-Men, Yondu) and debut writer Emily Horn with artist Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque (Letter 44, Avengers ) comes a gorgeous and green solar-punk world filled with strange biotechnology, harsh superstorms, and divisive ideologies-ideologies that will tear Tenn and Seren down to their roots as they fight for a better Earth."
(W) George Mann (A/CA) Joe Eisma
Earth is an ancient myth, long forgotten. Now, the word of the god-like Celestials is absolute, and they rule with brutal efficiency. When Joss, an Engineward, discovers and reactivates the head of an ancient ghoulem, she finds all is not as intended. Her destiny-and that of her world-lies somewhere far beyond the borders of her shantytown.
(W) Max Bemis (A/CA) Eryk Donovan
Bill may be dead, but he's got a job to do. Welcome to the Big Wait, where folks who do't quite make the cut go to work off their debt. Everyone in the Wait's got a job. Bill is a Heavy, whose job is policing the multiverse, making sure bad eggs get what's coming to them. He's on track to earn his Climb and reunite with the woman he loves… until he meets his new partner: the worst dude of all time. Heavy is The Punisher for neurotics; Inception for the impatient; Preacher for… well, it's a lot like Preacher. Max Bemis and Eryk Donovan bring you a story about the existential purpose of dumb boys with big guns.