Kick-starting Indie Comics: Vigilante Project
Chris Dickens approached me with a request to read, he and best friend Philip Morgenthaler newest creation, Vigilante Project: The Confessional. Not often do I get a comic that starts off with a confessional and ends with a gun drawn to a character’s head. The juxtaposition of faith and violence, really grabbed my attention and I enjoyed every moment of it.
Vigilante Project: The Confessional focuses on the life Father Charlie Contreras, a middle aged, Latino priest at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church in New York City. Each day the priest interacts with, and is confronted by gangs, drugs, corrupt police, and other harsh realities of the deteriorating neighborhood.
Father Contreras starts his day with time in the confessional, which is precisely where each issue of our comic begins. Most of his parishioners come clean about jaywalking, using profanity, or petty theft. However, every once in a while someone new steps into the confessional with a story that catches the good Father’s attention. It is these stories that we proudly bring to you. The reader gets to be a fly on the wall as Father Contreras hears each individual’s confession, usually with a vigilante twist. You never know who will be on the other side of the confessional, or what they’ll say.
The kickoff issue has Father Charlie listening to a man confess his sins. His sister has been killed and he exacted some revenge. The thrilling story wouldn’t be what it is without the help of the team of AMAZING artists contributing to its aesthetics: Chris Campana (Pencils), Nik Poliwko (Inks and Letters), and Jarrett Arthur (Colors). Each artist kept the comic top notch, almost rivaling the comic giants.
According to Chris, the Vigilante Project will be something of an anthology series. Each issue will contain or continue its own story, until further down the line when some of the plots intersect. So the story I received was just a glimpse of what’s to come.
Already they are working with amazing athlete and motivational speaker Sarah Reinertsen and her company Always Tri, to create a new character in their independent comic book series. The character’s name is Rebecca Robertson and she is based on Sarah herself. Rebecca, an amputee athlete, is the protagonist’s apartment manager who later becomes his love interest.
The story did a great job pulling me in and the knowledge of what’s to come makes this independent comic one I’ll definitely keep my eyes on.
If you are interested in getting these stories out to the masses, help them Kick-Start it! They only have a few days left to reach their goal and you fellow Comic Bookers can help them reach it.