Vault Comics is once again proving itself to be a publisher of the people, as its latest press release comes with both the promise of free comics and a complaint about Diamond, the comics distribution monopoly which controls the direct market.
According to Vault, due to an error "caused by Diamond," the second issues of both Cult Classic: Return to Whisper and Songs for the Dead have been delayed. As a result, Vault is pulling a Jemas — offering free downloads of the first issues of both comics on their website — for one week. Heathen #1, Alien Bounty Hunter #1, and Colossi #1 can also be downloaded here at Vault's Free Firsts page.
The press release goes on to reiterate that the reason for the delay was "an internal problem at Diamond Comics Distributors" and hypes the two series:
After an internal problem at Diamond Comic Distributors delayed the release of Cult Classic: Return to Whisper #2 and Songs for the Dead #2 by one week, Vault Comics decided to offer digital copies of the first issues for free as a thank you to readers for their patience. Because of the delay, physical copies of both Cult Classic #1 and Songs for the Dead #2 will now hit store shelves on Wednesday, April 25th.
Cult Classic: Return to Whisper is the flagship series in a creator-owned, shared universe of interwoven stories published by Vault Comics beginning in 2018. Created and curated by writer Eliot Rahal, the Cult Classic universe will feature a wide array of today's hottest new creators, including Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, John Bivens, Leah Williams, Katy Rex, Grace Thomas, Jenna Cha, Tim Daniel, Alejandro Aragon, Marissa Louise, and many more to be announced. Cult Clasic: Return to Whisper is written by Eliot Rahal, drawn by Felipe Cunha, colored by Dee Cunniffe, and lettered by Taylor Esposito, with cover art by Irene Koh.
Songs for The Dead is a cult-hit fantasy comic book series that follows Bethany, a minstrel with a heart full of adventure, a would-be hero determined to find a missing boy from the town of Llyne, and a friend to all woodland critters. But mostly the dead ones. Because Bethany is also a necromancer. Captured by the vile Lord Rolland, Bethany will make an unlikely friend, who is all-too-good at providing more corpses to raise. Songs or The Dead is written by Andrea Fort and Michael Christopher Heron, illustrated by Sam Beck, and letterer Deron Bennett.
You tell 'em, Vault!
This isn't the first time Vault has taken on the Diamond juggernaut. The publisher recently launched a Vault Comics preorder service called BookIt, which allows readers to order Vault comics and have them shipped directly to their local comic book store at no cost to readers or retailers.