Vault Comics Announce New Samurai Grindhouse Series ‘The Devil’s Red Bride’ From Girner And Bivens

by Olly MacNamee

Vault Comics have announced a new samurai grindhouse epic, called The Devil’s Red Bride and coming from the creative minds of Sebastian Girner and John Bivens, colorist Iris Monahan, and letterer Jeff Powell along with a first look at the debut issue.

“16th century Japan. The fates of warlords ebb and flow like tides of blood, none more than the Aragami Clan who follow their lord clad in the ‘Red Devil’ mask into every battle. But when Lord Aragami succumbs to illness, his daughter, the fierce Ketsuko, hatches a plot to save her people, no matter the cost…
Years later, as Ketsuko wanders the heaving battlefields of her ruined homeland, she discovers a chance to avenge the terrible wrong done to her clan, even if it means stepping back onto a road steeped in slaughter.
From writer Sebastin Girner (Shirtless Bear-Fighter!, Scales & Scoundrels) and artist John Bivens (Creature Feature, Spread) comes a blood-drenched love letter to Samurai fiction in a chilling tale of guilt, trauma, and vengeance.”

This isn’t your average samurai slasher saga either. There’s a lot of historical research underpinning this story, as Girner points out:
“Though clearly a work of fiction I’ve tried to contextualize the narrative with some historical authenticity. The era in which our story is set, the famous Sengoku Jidai (“the era of warring states”) was a period in Japanese history from the 15th through the 16th century, which was marked by near-constant civil warfare, and political turmoil, in which many a feudal lord saw their chance to climb the ladder of chaos. A fitting backdrop for a story about power, revenge, and regret.”
As for the artistic influences guiding Bivens hand?
“The movies I think of when drawing these pages are ONI BABA, EL MARIACHI, and EVIL DEAD 2. The soundtrack playing in my background is a mix of hard-core noise and Japanese 70’s funk. Moments in the story remind me of reading Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark for the first time.” – John Biven
So, a mix of Japanese history, horror and grindhouse, all playing to a 70s funk soundtrack. Nice.
The Devil’s Red Bride #1 will be out in October as part of Vault Comics annual Halloween inspired Nightfall line of books.

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