Missoula, MT, 04/25/2024 – Vault is thrilled to announce a Barbaric vs. Deathstalker one-shot is coming to comic book stores everywhere on July 24th, 2024. Co-written by Michael Moreci & Tim Seeley, drawn by Nathan Gooden, colored by Fabi Marques, and lettered by Jim Campbell, the epic overlength issue features two of the most iconic sword and sorcery heroes locked in epic battle! Cursed barbarian versus warrior king! Axe versus sword! Owen versus Deathstalker! When an evil wizard summons the two most reluctant heroes of all time, they’ll have to square off. But a clash of steel alone may not decide the final victor.

“As a kid who grew up on Guns N’ Roses and considered Slash to be pretty much one of the coolest people on the planet,” said Barbaric co-creator, Michael Moreci. “Having a chance to collaborate with him is more than I could have ever hoped for. Couple that with Deathstalker, one of the coolest so-bad-its-good sword and sorcery movies ever (and as most know, I love sword and sorcery), this is a dream pairing. You’ve got Barbaric, Slash, and Deathstalker all in one place–I can’t think of much cooler than that. And, obviously, we all know Owen and Axe will come out on top!”

The Deathstalker comic book series, in stores now, is presented by Vault in partnership with Slash of Guns N’ Roses, Shout! Studios, and Raven Banner Entertainment. Based on a story by writer, director, and legendary creature effects artist Steven Kostanski (Psycho GoremanThe Void), the Deathstalker comic reunites the team from Vault’s hit weird western series, West of Sundown, bestselling writer Tim Seeley (Grayson, Hack/Slash, Money Shot) and acclaimed artist Jim Terry (Come Home, Indio).

Barbaric is co-created by writer Michael Moreci and artist Nathan Gooden. Among Vault’s best-selling series, Barbaric has sold hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide and was named one of the best comics of 2021 by Entertainment Weekly, Thrillest, CBR, Comics Beat, & more. The story follows Owen, a bloodthirsty barbarian and his drunk axe as they roam an untamed, mythic realm battling supernatural cultists, hungry giants, creatures of the night, and more in their quest to somehow, amidst all this chaos, do some good.

Barbaric Vs. Deathstalker will feature a gorgeous set of variant covers from Barbaric artist and co-creator Nathan Gooden, and Deathstalker artist Jim Terry.

The full synopsis for the Barbaric vs Deathstalker can be read below:

Overlength one-shot featuring two of the most iconic sword and sorcery heroes locked in epic battle! Cursed barbarian versus warrior king! Axe versus sword! Owen versus Deathstalker! When an evil wizard summons the two most reluctant heroes of all time, they’ll have to square off. But a clash of steel alone may not decide the final victor.


Vault is a critically acclaimed entertainment company that curates bold new science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories. We have been committed to working with historically underrepresented talent since day one. Purpose-built to create enduring fans, our expansive catalog of more than ninety original titles attracts a diverse and growing fandom. Launching new stories first as comics and graphic novels, Vault has partnered with leading companies like A&E, BET, Boatrocker, CBS, Netflix, Paramount, and others, to adapt its story properties to film, television, video games, and more. In 2023 Vault will launch Headshell, a line of graphic novels in collaboration with some of the world’s most iconic recording artists like Metallica, Def Leppard, the Beach Boys, Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz, Redman, and more. Press inquiries should be sent to: [email protected] Learn more at


Launched in 2003, Shout! Studios is a multiplatform media company specializing in film and TV distribution, development, and production. The company has evolved with the changing entertainment landscape to excel in all forms of content distribution, including theatrical, digital streaming, broadcast and in-flight licensing, physical media, and more. Shout! Studios owns and manages a large portfolio of contemporary and classic feature films, series, animation, and documentaries. The company’s creative acquisition mandate has established it as a leading independent distributor, with partners and properties including Aardman Animations, ALF, The Carol Burnett Show, Stephen J. Cannell Productions, the Roger Corman New Horizons Pictures Library, GKIDS, ITV Studios, The Johnny Carson Show, LAIKA Studios, Mystery Science Theater 3000 (in partnership with creator Joel Hodgson), and Sesame Street, alongside many others. Shout! Kids focuses on live-action and animated kids and family properties including anime, and the company releases genre and horror films and television shows under the Scream Factory imprint. Shout! Studios also produces, acquires, and distributes new films, and operates the acclaimed streaming service Shout! TV and its family of FAST channels. Shout! Studios is based in Los Angeles, California. Shout’s upcoming new feature film releases include the dark comedic thriller The Kill Room, starring Uma Thurman, Joe Manganiello, and Samuel L. Jackson, action-comedy Showdown At The Grand, starring Oscar®-winner Terrence Howard and Dolph Lundgren, neo-Western thriller Head Count starring Aaron Jaukobenko, Melanie Zanetti, and Ryan Kwanten, feature documentary Werner Herzog: Radical Dreamer, and horror thriller Succubus, starring Ron Perlman and Rosanna Arquette. For more on Shout! Studios, visit


Raven Banner Entertainment is a fully integrated company specializing in innovative and compelling genre films from around the world and is the sister company to Raven Banner Releasing, Northern Banner Releasing, production arm Hangar 18 Media, and BerserkerGang – a newly formed partnership with Rue Morgue founder Rodrigo Gudiño and rock legend Slash. Recent productions include Steve Kostanski’s Frankie Freako, the Shudder hit original V/H/S/94, Nick Cutter’s The Breach, and Jason Lei Howden’s upcoming sequel Deathgasm 2: Goremaggedon. Some of the company’s successes have included Issa Lopez’s Tigers Are Not Afraid, André Øvredal’s box-office success The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Keith Thomas’ TIFF Midnight Madness hit The Vigil, Taiwanese zombie horror The Sadness, Gaspar Noe’s Climax, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead’s Spring, Don Coscarelli’s John Dies At The End, the Oscar® nominated Embrace of the Serpent, RKSS’ cult hit Turbo Kid, and Steve Kostanki’s PG: Psycho Goreman.