Issue: The Picture of Everything Else #1
Publisher: Vault Comics
Words: Dan Watters
Art & Colors: Kishore Mohan
Letters: Aditya Bidikar
Published: December 23, 2020
Publisher’s Summary: As the 20th century dawns, art promises to change the world…and steep it in blood. A rash of impossible killings sweep through Paris, tearing the rich and beautiful apart in their beds. When two art thieves stumble upon the portraits of the victims damaged in the exact same manner they died, it appears the man who once painted the immortal portrait of Dorian Gray has returned—with darker plans for future works. From the minds of Dan Watters (Coffin Bound, Lucifer, Deep Roots) and Kishore Mohan comes a haunting balance of depravity and beauty.
“Well, all of us can only hope, madame… Crime, it seems, is fashionable again. Even within and against the gentler classes. Theft…robbery…even murder.”
Those familiar with The Picture of Dorian Grey are likely to become enamored with Dan Watters and Kishore Mohan’s latest work, The Picture of Everything Else. Watters manages to capture the often dark and always sharp wit of Wilde’s writing, packaging some of it here in this first issue, but as one familiar with Dan Watters’ will have guessed, The Picture of Everything Else leans much further into the darkness and depravity than Wilde’s work ever did. Moving forward, I am sure that this series will grow darker and more intense, as Watters has made a habit of shining light into the darker corners of the human psyche.
Throughout this first issue, Kishore Mohan’s artwork complements Watters’ writing, as it should, by elevating the text and fully realizing the story being told. This being an art-centric story, Mohan’s work lends itself perfectly to this art-centric story, as his blending of styles keeps the artist apparent in each and every panel. From warm fire-lit interiors to the cool rain-soaked exteriors, each scene found in The Picture of Everything Else #1 is fully immersive and easy to get lost within.
Another stunning offering from Vault’s Nightfall line of comics, The Picture of Everything Else, is the thought-provoking horror tale you’ve been yearning to read.
The Bottom Line
A blood-stained love letter to Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Everything Else immerses readers into the dark undercurrent that pulsed beneath the most well-known literary works of the Victorian era. A masterwork of modern Horror and a must-read series, The Picture of Everything Else is not to be missed.