Review: Blue Flame #1 (Vault Comics)

Writer: Christopher Cantwell
Artist: Adam Gorham
Colorist: Kurt Michael Russell
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Designer: Tim Daniel 
On Sale: 26th May 2021

The Blue Flame is a new series from Vault comics which is going to fly into peoples pull list.

PLOT AND STORY

THE BLUE FLAME is a cosmic hero. The Blue Flame is a DIY vigilante that fights crime on the streets of Milwaukee. The Blue Flame is a blue collar HVAC repairman named SAM BRAUSAM. In the wake of a horrific tragedy, the boundaries of the Blue Flame’s identity blur even further. Now, before a universal trial, the Blue Flame must prove that humanity is worth saving. But in order to do that, Sam Brausam has to save himself. Can he?

This is a really fun and interesting new series which took me by surprise. Looking at the cover I was expecting a straight sci-fi space adventure but I was surprised as the story is so much more. Christopher Cantwell has crafted a story which twists and turns it’s way through the issue. The issue starts out as one thing then becomes something completely different in a move I did not see coming.

ARTWORK 

In line with the story the artwork tells the story beautifully. Adam Gorham draws a great variety of art in this book from the opening pages which have a grand deep space setting to close up and personal character scenes. For me it’s the opening pages which completely blew me away as I started reading this comic. The art is intricate and detailed but when Kurt Michael Russell’s colours are added it brings these pages to life and sucks you into the cosmos as though you were there. 

The lettering in this comic is amazing with multiple varieties of colour, font and style. Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou tailors the words to the story perfectly. 

FINAL THOUGHTS

As far as issue #1’s go I don’t think you could ask for much more. There is spectacle and mystery with some plot twists you don’t see coming. As an opening I feel this issue has laid a solid foundation for the rest of the series to build on and if people pick up this comic they will 100% want to come back for issue #2.

I read this via an advance preview copy issued by Vault comics and received no incentive to review this comic. All images and artwork are courtesy of Vault comics and their respective owners.

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