John Carpenters Tales of Science Fiction: Vault – Trade Paperback Review

When the moon-bound crew of Gaia stumbles across an enormous alien vessel, more technologically advanced than their own, priorities change. The mystery deepens when the crew discovers the name of the vessel along the hull… written in English: VAULT.

Written by James Ninness
Pencils and Inks by Andres Esparza
Colors by Sergio Martinez
Lettering by Janice Chiang
Edited by Sandy King

This was the first story that started John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction series, and it starts with a great big nostalgia of movies and a possible game. Vault is a story if you took, ALIEN, Dead Space and another Sci-Fi film and combined all three together.

We first witness a crew in space that comes across a unknown ship, curious they board it to see what’s going on. But this isn’t any ordinary landing and entering, this mysterious ship is called “Vault”. A ship that can take “your” ships information and Vault makes it, it’s own. It seeks and gets information without having to ask permission. But where is the crew that once was aboard this ship? Turns out, this fungus started and whipped out whomever was on it. I personally think, ships shouldn’t trap something within, if they don’t fully understand what can kill them slowly and deadly.

And at the end of the day, Vault is a satisfying read to the end. It’ll please anyone that loves sci-fi with horror elements. If Dead Space was rebooted, they could easily create something like this. It’s one of the best sci-fi horror comics I’ve read in years. John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction: Vault is the shortest story with only a total of three issues, but it’s a fast paced, story driven, straight to the point climax.

James Ninness knows how to write good sci-fi horror stories that I now need to see what else he has written. I also noticed that Storm King used to do teams of four rather than the now three team, meaning inks and pencils were done by Andres Esparza. A very well drawn atmosphere and creatures that just satisfy your inner child. The colors were so well placed and pleased the eyes from Sergio Martinez, it just became it’s own world with the color palate. Janice really nailed those lettering boxes, I can only imagine the fun she had working on this particular story.

“A damn good read. You’ll fall in love by page four.”

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