Death Vigil (2014)
Creator/Writer/Artist/Covers: Stjepan Sejic
Death Vigil is a series put out by Top Cow Productions (you know, an Image imprint) completely done by Stjepan Sejic. This is an 8 issue series that is currently on it's 5th issue. This series started the way so many should, with a 40+ page story with no ads until the very end. The issues that came after were a little shorter, but followed suit by maintaining their quality of story and epic art as well as pushing any ads to the end.
The story revolves around Bernadette, a.k.a. the Grim Reaper, and the people who she brings back to life to form the Death Vigil. This group is composed of people of all ages, genders, and ethnicities who use objects known as Veilrippers (a pen, a sword, a tarot deck, and more) as familiars to fight the evil organization/cult, The League of Necromancers who are aligned with The Pale Court. Oh, I should mention that they also use the help of a raven (that can turn into a t-rex) named Hugin, which some of you may recognize as the name of one of Odin's ravens. The Pale Court is working to unlock the Codex of Dreamers which will spell disaster for absolutely everyone. To do so they need a certain number of Veilrippers, and must kill those that possess them in the process. Besides a smart and unique plot, Sejic really achieved a feeling of family and friendship among the members of the Death Vigil that helps bring the reader closer to each individual character as well as the group as a whole. The situation in the book is serious, but the characters handle it with grace and fun.
The art is INCREDIBLE! It is vibrant and unlike anything I've ever seen in a comic. The Veilrippers are all drawn in such a way where it looks like they are glowing and are true forces for good. On the flip side of that, the monsters are all enormous, threatening, and pretty frightening. No two speech bubbles are alike, whether it's the different lines leading to them, colors, or even the shapes they are in. I don't know if you've noticed, but I'm into the way people are drawn, and in this all of the characters are drawn to perfectly fit their personality from the outfits they wear to the expressions on their faces.
Stjepan Sejic's Death Vigil is another example of a work that deserves attention. With an impressive story and mind blowing visuals, I hope this tale continues after it's 8 issue cut-off. This series started in July and most of the issues can probably still be found at your local comic shop or online, so there is still time to catch up before the (what I'm sure will be crazy) conclusion. I encourage everyone to check out at least the first issue, which I'm sure will suck you in after a couple pages. Thanks for reading, folks!