Title: Armstrong and the Vault of Spirits #1
Writer: Fred Van Lente
Artist: CAFU with Darick Robertson
Color Artist: Andrew Dalhouse with Diego Rodriguez
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Publication Date: February 7th, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “What secrets await inside the Vault of Spirits? Deep beneath New York City’s seediest dive bar, Armstrong – the hard-hitting, harder-partying immortal veteran of history’s greatest escapades – is hosting an invitation-only affair for his most beloved friends and allies! Archer… Ivar, Timewalker… Faith… Quantum and Woody… And special guests from across the Valiant Universe… All have been offered a seat at the table for a personally guided tour of Armstrong’s most valuable and tightly guarded treasure… From the Great Flood to ancient Greece to the height of the Crusades, raise a glass as Armstrong recounts the true stories of his wine-soaked path down through the ages and the artifacts that reside within his own secret archive! ARCHER & ARMSTRONG maestro Fred Van Lente returns with rising star CAFU (RAPTURE) to chronicle the first landmark solo adventure in the very (very, very) long life and times of Valiant’s very own disorderly immortal!”
Reading Armstrong and the Vault of Spirits #1 was a whole lot of fun; the premise of the book was fun and the script is riddled with jokes that never missed the mark and ultimately kept me smiling throughout my read. Thanks to a healthy dose of flashbacks that are coupled with exciting present-day scenes, Armstrong and the Vault of Spirits #1 feels very well-rounded, and the combination of CAFU’s dynamic illustrations and Fred Van Lente’s lighthearted script makes for a very enjoyable reading experience that both long-time Valiant readers and newcomers alike can enjoy. Sure, it helps to know who characters like Faith and Quantum and Woody are, but having an extensive knowledge of all things Valiant isn’t required to get something out of Armstrong and the Vault of Spirits #1.
If you’re looking for a good time, read Armstrong and the Vault of Spirits #1.
The Bottom Line:
Armstrong and the Vault of Spirits #1 is an entertaining book that’s steeped in history and allure and makes for a fun and relatively lighthearted read that Valiant fans are sure to enjoy.