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Barbaric Vol. 1

Murderable Offenses

Book #1 of Barbaric
Colorist Addison Duke / Edited by Adrian F. Wassel / Illustrated by Nathan C. Gooden / Letterer Jim Campbell
Published by Vault Comics
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

Owen the Barbarian is under a witches' curse to make amends for his murderous past. His bloodthirsty talking Axe is his moral compass. And he'll do whatever it takes to do good, even it if it means cleaving a few skulls. Even if it means helping a witch.


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! F***ing with you. It’s just…BARBARIC.

Collects #1 to #3 of the multi-part series.

For fans of Conan the Barbarian, Red Sonja, The Witcher, Heathen, BRZRKR, and Dungeons and Dragons!

From writer Michael Moreci (Wasted Space, The Plot, and Revealer) and artist Nathan C. Gooden (Brandon Sanderson's Dark One, The RUSH, Vampire: The Masquerade)!

‘One of the “10 Best Comics of 2021…” Barbaric took only three issues to establish itself as a first-rate comic.’ - Entertainment Weekly

‘One of the “Best Comics of 2021…” It's a funny, gory, weird comic with stunning art in muted colors.’ – Thrillist

‘One of the “Best Comic Books and Graphic Novels of 2021…” the “excellent…violent, expletive-filled fantasy epic Barbaric never holds back… It’s bloody spectacular.”’ - Screen Rant

"... fantastic!" - Alex Segura (Award-winning and bestselling author of Secret Identity)

About The Author

Michael Moreci is a screenwriter and bestselling comics author. His award-winning debut feature film, Revealer, premiered on Shudder in the summer of 2022. He was recently hired by Paper Street Pictures to write the suspense thriller Come Find Me, and he recently completed directing his first feature film, from a screenplay he co-wrote. 

In the comics space, Michael is the creator of the acclaimed gothic horror series The Plot, the werewolf drama Curse, and the sword-and-sorcery series Barbaric, which Entertainment Weekly, Thrillist, and many others called one of the best comics of the year. He’s also written for numerous legendary characters and properties, including Star Wars, Batman, and Stranger Things.

About The Illustrator

An award-winning illustrator and sequential artist, Nathan C. Gooden is Art Director at Vault Comics. Nathan studied animation at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and worked in film production, before co-founding Vault Comics. Nathan’s previous works include Brandon Sanderson’s Dark One (Vault), Barbaric (Vault), Zojaqan (Vault), and  Killbox (from American Gothic Press). He lives in Southern California, where he plays a lot of basketball and hikes constantly with his wife. 
Hometown:  San Diego, CA

Product Details

  • Publisher: Vault Comics (November 30, 2021)
  • Length: 104 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781638490081

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Raves and Reviews

"Man o man! It is a glorious time to be reading comics. Barbaric No. 1 delivers on the action, the violence & the funny! The expanded page count also makes for a meaty read. Bravo!"

– George G. Gustines, Writer - The New York Times

“Barbaric is excellent. Beautifully drawn and brilliantly written, it’s epic, action-packed, and utterly hilarious.”

– Nicholas Eames, Author, "Kings of the Wyld"

“Barbaric is a riotous, hearty stew of wit and gore… Long may Owen and Axe trod their bloodstained path, bringing us along for the adventure.”

– Jonathan French, Author. "The Grey Bastards"

"This book is seriously great. Do not miss out!"

– Darick Robertson, Artist, Co-Creator of The BOYS, Co-Exec Producer

"This comic is absolutely badass. A sentient wise-cracking morally correct axe that punishes the wicked. And its human. SO. DAMNED. GOOD."

– John Hornor Jacobs, Author, "This Dark Earth," "Infernal Machines," "A Lush and Seething Hell"

"Don't miss this book!"

– Scott Snyder, Writer - "American Vampire," "Batman," Justice League" (DC Comics); "Wytches" (Image)

Named one of "The Best Comic Books and Graphic Novels of 2021!"

"It's a funny, gory, weird comic with stunning art in muted colors."


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