Vessel #1 Review

Vessel is a dark fantasy inspired by the popular video game Dark Souls according to series writer Dave Cook who he and artist Rafael Desquitado Jr are big fans of.

Story Synopsis Via:

“A warrior named Wake who is being pursued by a destructive entity from another world. Wherever she goes it follows, leaving decay and death in its path. She has wandered for across the realm of Cairnthala for years as a vagrant, for fear of bringing misery to innocent people. She avoid cities, keeps herself hidden away and lives with her terrible burden.

That is, until she is captured by slavers and taken to Cairnthala’s capital city Stratum, which is densely populated, and of course not the best place for a destructive force to be unleashed. So Wake panics, and meets a craft thief called Marillon who has history with Wake’s demonic pursuer.

dreams and reality become blurred, trans-dimensional occurrences bleed into Cairnthala and the very planes of existence begin to warp and splinter around Wake.

A pilgrimage across the realm begins, and with new companion, G’Dala by her side, Wake journeys to destroy the source of her pursuer’s power once and for all. G’Dala is a Mind Keeper, scholar of a religion that has the power to enter dreams and interpret them to see the future.

What he can’t see, however, are the Vessels – five legendary warriors for another dimension based on the five senses. They stand between Wake and her goal, and will die to stop her from succeeding.

The question is, why?”

I like the concept of the story, but I honestly can’t get into this comic. The fantasy genre is hit and miss for me. That said I’m sure there are plenty of people who will enjoy it or give it a chance just because of the fact it’s a fantasy style comic or that’s it’s influenced by a massively popular video game.

The biggest negative to me is not the writing but the lettering. It is all over the place. Multiple font styles and varying sizes, which is fine if It’s done properly, but in my opinion, it was not. It made reading the comic a huge chore and irritated my eyes at times with a couple of the font styles. The art looked good at times and in other panels not so much, it would throw me off and take me out of the story. I took my time with this particular review because of the reasons I just mentioned. I wanted to make sure I wasn’t having an off day or whatever.

The colours in this comic worked well actually and are consistent.


Wake with guitar

Comics are a challenging beast to create, and the fact that this team created a 30 plus page comic and self-published should be commended.

So between the lettering issues and problems with the art, I had, i found it difficult to get invested in this world. That said, everyone is different and has varying tastes and opinions so if you’re a fan of indie comics and Dark Fantasy style comics give it a shot you can purchase a copy at the link on the top of this article.

Issue #2 of Vessel is due out in July sometime, and I am genuinely curious to see how much of an improvement it will be over issue #1.


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