Writer: Ram V
Artist: Sumit Kumar
Publisher: Vault Comics
Release Date: October 3, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99
Two centuries after the first European ship sailed to the Malabar Coast and made landfall at Calicut, The East India Company seeks to secure its future along the lucrative Silk Route, in the year 1766. An old evil now sails aboard a company ship, hoping to make a home in this new found land. But he will soon find that the ground along the Indus is an ancient one with daemons and legends far older than himself. Along These Savage Shores, where the days are scorched and the nights are full of teeth.These Savage Shores – Vault Comics
This comic was so good there should be an excuse of why I haven’t read it first thing when it came out but unfortunately, there isn’t one. But now Ram V became a writer that I will keep my eyes on from now on so I won’t miss out ever again.
These Savage Shores, written by Ram V. was an instant breath of fresh air for the vampire genre that has been lacking out for years. Along with Kumar and Astone they have now created a powerful series that had one of the greatest debuts I’ve seen lately. Powerful, colorful and full of mysteries of the old world.
Ram V. proves that he is a strong story teller since most of the issue revolves around a narrative passage various characters telling their stories through letters, or simple thinking to themselves which somehow makes you understand their past, future and present.
We are seeing a number of “familiar faces” in the first issue. Obviously a story of vampires will have vampires and vampire hunters but what makes this comic series unique is the new, or even better, old mystic figures pop up right at the end of the story which works greatly as a cliffhanger for the next issue.
One of the best elements of the comic is that even though this is obviously a fantasy genre Ram V. works in the reality of colonialism, using real life references such as the Silk Road and the West India Company.
If there is one thing that I disliked in the comic is the font used in letters which made it hard to read some times (depending on the character and the scene) which was amended in later issues.