Dandy Don the Valiant’s Review: ENGINEWARD #1 – The Ghoulems Are Here!
Writer: George Mann
Artist: Joe Eisma
Cover Artists: Joe Eisma, Nathan Gooden, Jen Hickman
Publisher: Vault Comics
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Oh, hey, Mom. I just got through reading an interesting story from Vault Comics called Engineward #1. It’s a real page turner. What’s that, Mom? No, I said Engineward, not Burt Ward. How do you even know who Burt Ward is anyway? You watched the 1960’s Batman series only because you had a crush on him? Really? I never knew that. What? Dad would dress up like Robin? I don’t remember Dad ever dressing up for Halloween. It wasn’t for Halloween? Then why would he, oh, okay, never mind, I don’t really need to hear anymore. If I wasn’t scarred for life already, I am now. Geesh. Sorry about that, OG peeps. Now, let’s get to this week’s Dandy Don the Valiant’s weekly review.
I love trying out new series that look interesting and Vault Comics is releasing one this week that caught my eye called, Engineward #1 by George Mann, who is making his Vault Comics writing debut. Plus, the cover had me at, “Earth is an ancient myth,” along with its fine artwork by Joe Eisma. They say not to judge a book by its cover, but when a cover looks good, I expect the story to be good, as well. So, I had to try it out.
The story starts out by explaining that: “Long before the forging of our new world, when the primal chaos remained wild and unshaped, the children of Oert took to the stars to flee their dying home.” It never says what planet they landed on to start their new lives (Earth?). We are introduced to some Oert archaeologists who are doing an expedition surrounded by the wreckage of an old spaceship. One of them discovers what appears to be a human skull embedded in the side of a dune. From out of nowhere, a giant creature that looks like a cross between a dinosaur, a centipede, and a snake, bites a man in two (ouch!). Ichabod, who pulled out the skull earlier, takes down this mighty creature (what kind of weapon was that?). We shift to a different scene with Joss, an Engineward, who appears to be running tests on a friendly robot, named Kreek, also known as a ghoulem (yes, that’s spelled right…lol). We are then introduced to some god-like beings named Celestials, who are about to have a meeting. They have the names of the signs of the Zodiac (Cancer, Capricorn, Gemini, Leo, etc. You get the picture). So far, we don’t know too much about them, but they don’t seem very friendly. Ichabod delivers the skull he found to Joss. She tells him this is the “head of an ancient ghoulem” and activates it (uh-oh!). The ancient ghoulem taps into the computer system: “Connection made. Remote slave unit now active.” Friend or foe? We need issue #2 to find out. This first issue is for mature readers because of strong language and nudity, so buyer beware.
There’s a lot of blanks to fill in, but George Mann has set up an intriguing and promising start to a story that will bring me back for issue #2 to see if those blanks get filled in. Joe Eisma provides the unique art and Michael Garland provides a palette of beautiful colors for this promising first issue.
Yes, Mom, I’m grateful you showed me the pics of Dad dressed as Robin for the children’s hospital fundraiser. Yes, I do feel better, but still scarred for life. Oh, boy.