Announced way, way back in January and then put back until now because of Covid-19, Vault Comics finally releases a first look at Radio Apocalypse #1, the new series by writer Ram V, Eisner Award-winning artist Anand RK, colourist Ahisha, and letterer Aditya Bidikar.
“Long after the rock out of space struck the world and turned it all to dust, in Bakerstown stands the last Radio Station on the planet. Radio Apocalypse broadcasting into the unknown, a beacon in the dark for those who wander the lost places. Now change is coming to Bakerstown. Among the refugees flocking into an already precarious settlement, an orphan boy Rion, caught in an indiscretion, will twine his fate with the Radio Station. And in doing so, begin this mixtape of love and heartbreak and interminable hope. This soundtrack to the end of the world.”
And it would seem Radio Apocalypse has been an even longer time coming than we originally thought as Ram V explains:
“Back in 2017 when Anand and I first started collaborating on comics we discussed Radio Apocalypse, but as circumstances would have it, we ended up working on other projects. We’ve both gone on to do well received work in comics. All that while, Radio Apocalypse grew and mutated and developed in the back of our minds, into what it is today. It is a story of the resilience and joy of music, love and the human spirit even in the bleakest of times and we’ve been raring to tell it for over three years.”
Anand RK adds,
“Some of my favourite things to do in art is world-building, especially when this world is so similar to ours but just not quite it? To design specifics of this world, how characters inhabit it, how physics and biology of it work, the culture that shapes it. I find this immensely exciting and satisfying. Radio Apocalypse is one such project and I can’t wait for Ram and me to tell this story.”
Radio Apocalypse #1 will be out on Wednesday November 17th, 2021 and debut with a variant from Vault Cover Artist In-Residence, Martin Simmonds (The Department of Truth) and a special Vault Vintage cover from Nathan Gooden and Tim Daniel that pays homage to Kieron Gillen’s and Jamie McKelvie’s legendary Phonogram #1.