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Monday, December 25, 2023

Blog Tour- BARBARIC VOL. 3: HELL TO PAY & QUEEN OF SWORDS: A BARBARIC TALES by @MichaelMoreci, @nicholas_eames, @Rin237 With An Interview & #Giveaway! @thevaultcomics,

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the BARBARIC VOL. 3: HELL TO PAY by Michael Moreci, Nicholas Eames, Nathan C. Gooden & QUEEN  OF SWORDS: A BARBARIC TALES by Michael Moreci & Corin Howell Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!


About The Books:


Authors: Michael Moreci, Nicholas Eames, Nathan C. Gooden (Illustrator)

Pub. Date: January 2, 2024

Publisher: Vault Comics

Formats:  Paperback, eBook

Pages: 128

Find it: Goodreadshttps://books2read.com/BARBARIC-VOL-3-HELL-TO-PAY

As one of Entertainment Weekly’s “10 Best Comics of 2021,” BARBARIC – featuring Owen the Barbarian and his bloodthirsty companion Axe – is back: bigger, bloodier, and badder than ever with BARBARIC Vol. 3: HELL TO PAY!

Hailed as one of the best comics of 2021 by Entertainment Weekly, Thrillist, Screen Rant, and more, bestselling BARBARIC is back, big, bloody and headed straight to Hell in Volume 3: Hell to Pay!

While Owen tames a dragon with an old friend, Soren and Steel cross paths with someone else from our cursed barbarian’s past…who isn’t looking nearly as friendly. Hell hath no fury like a woman stabbed through the heart by an ugly f***ing orc.

Oh, wait! Who’s carrying Axe?

BARBARIC Volume 3: Hell to Pay includes the oversized one-shot Wrong Kind of Righteous co-written by fantasy powerhouse writer Nicholas Eames (Kings of the Wyld)!!

For fans of BRZRKR!, The Witcher, Conan the BarbarianRed SonjaHeathen, Rat Queens, Kings of the Wyld, and Dungeons and Dragons!

Collects the third three-issue miniseries (Hell to Pay) and the special one-shot standalone (Wrong Kind of Righteous)!

It’s just … BARBARIC!

From writer Michael Moreci (Wasted Space, The Plot,Spree, and Revealer) and artist Nathan C. Gooden (Brandon Sanderson's Dark One, The RUSH, Vampire: The Masquerade)!

Own a whole lot of Owen, Axe, and the BARBARIC universe with:
Barbaric Vol. 1: Murderable Offenses (hardcover)
Barbaric Vol. 1: Murderable Offenses (trade paperback)
Barbaric Vol. 2: Axe to Grind (trade paperback)
Barbaric Vol. 3: Hell to Pay (trade paperback)
Queen of Swords: A Barbaric Tale (trade paperback)


‘One of the “10 Best Comics of 2021…” Barbaric took only three issues to establish itself as a first-rate comic.’ - Entertainment Weekly

‘One of the “Best Comics of 2021…” It's a funny, gory, weird comic with stunning art in muted colors.’ – Thrillist

‘One of the “Best Comic Books and Graphic Novels of 2021…” the “excellent…violent, expletive-filled fantasy epic Barbaric never holds back… It’s bloody spectacular.”’ - Screen Rant

"A visually stunning, incredibly funny, action-packed bloody tale." - Comic Book Yeti



Authors: Michael Moreci & Corin Howell (Illustrator)

Pub. Date: January 2, 2024

Publisher: Vault Comics

Formats:  Paperback, eBook

Pages: 112

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, B&N, Indigo, Powell’s, BAM, Bookshop, Blackwell’s

Barbarian. Assassin. Witch. Red Sonja meets Dungeons & Dragons in Queen of Swords: A Barbaric Tale, where the triple threat of women's fury rises - bursting from the pages of the smash, BARBARIC (one of Entertainment Weekly's "Best Comics of 2021!")!

Magic and mayhem, humor and trouble,
Fire burns as blood flows and bubbles ...

Spinning out of the pages of BARBARIC comes an all-new, rip-roaring fantasy adventure, filled with mayhem, humor, and a bloodthirsty weapon that just won’t stop talking!

Serra is a witch with a checkered past; Ka is an assassin with an agenda all her own, and Deadheart is a barbarian who wants to bash everyone in her path. They’ll have to unite their unique skills to track down a powerful foe who’s tied their lives together. Get ready to meet your new favorite instrument of death—the evil Ga’Bar, whose spirit is now trapped in Deadheart’s sword!

Discover the origin of the dark magic that turned Soren into the tattooed witch she is today, in this totally new story, the perfect place to step into the world of BARBARIC for the first time!

Hell's got nothin' on these badass Barbaric belles...

Collects the entire, standalone three-issue series!


Interview with Michael Moreci & Nathan Gooden:

What movies/television/books/video games inspired the next chapter of Owen and Axe in Barbaric Vol. 3: Hell to Pay.

For me , visually, the obvious answer is the Video Game, God of War. The story of that game had a lot of similarities to Owen's journey in Hell to Pay. The journey of a great warrior, that has fallen in battle. The video game is very brutal which is also the tone of Barbaric.


Can you talk about who (or what) inspired Owen, Axe, and the entire Barbaric Universe?

Conan the Barbarian was a huge inspiration for this Universe. I adored Conan growing up, so Mike and I wanted to do an homage, and what better way, then to gently make fun of it? The first and only rule I have for Barbaric, is to have fun. It should be nonstop laughs and thrills.


How is Hell to Pay different than the first two volumes?

Well, in this volume, the core group is separated. Owen, Axe, and Soren are in different worlds. They have become almost unstoppable together, but separated,  they are very vulnerable to their enemies. The Curse is now upon Soren's head as well. Axe, well he is Axe. Not much has changed for him, other then the length of his hangovers.


MIKE & NATE:  How was it working with Nicholas

Working with Nicholas, was just effortless. He completely understood the world and dove right in. His ideas just had Mike and I saying to  eachother, "Why DIDN'T WE THINK OF THAT?!". Hopefully this is the first of many that Nicholas will contribute.


List your favorite graphic novels from last year and why you like them.

The Last Ronin. I have always been a huge TMNT fan, and I really liked the path this story took.

It's Lonely At The Centre Of The earth. It's a great look at depression and the black holes it can create.

It's always great to get some new Saga as well.


List the graphic novels and/or prose books that you’re looking forward to next year.

I’m really looking forward to Stephen King's new book. In my opinion, he has been on fire lately. And I've heard rumors of a Cujo sequel. 


NATE: Talk about your favorite (and least favorite) type of character to create/draw

My favorites are the strange and unique creatures Mike creates with the Barbaric world. There is always new lands with adventures and creatures. This story progresses quickly, so it's always fun to create rich backgrounds for new cities, tribes, and characters. No one would ever want to hear it, because I would bore them to sleep.; But I always have reasons for a certain design down to each detail. Example the reason some Barbarians wear a certain headband, and others wear face paint. My least favorite are ones that I know are going to get killed quickly. My brain creates this rich back story and then two panels later, they are dead and gone.


Does BARBARIC HELL TO PAY  have a playlist? If so, can you share? 

Absolutely!!! Deftones, specifically, the album OHMS.


Is there anything else you’d like to share with readers/tour participants?

Thank You, and I really hope you enjoyed Barbaric, Hell To Pay.


About Michael Moreci:

Michael Moreci is a bestselling comics author, screenwriter, and novelist. His original comic works include The Plot, Curse, Barbaric, Wasted Space (all for VAULT COMICS), the upcoming Creepy the Snowman Middle Grade graphic novel – with his two sons – for WONDERBOUND, Roche Limit, and more. He's also written canonical stories for Stranger Things, Star Wars, Hack/Slash, and the DC universe. Additionally, Moreci ‘s first movie, Revealer, premiered in Fall 2021 and he's in pre-production on a second film.

Keep in touch:

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon | BookBub


About Nathan Gooden:

An award-winning illustrator and sequential artist, Nathan C. Gooden is Art Director at Vault Comics. Nathan studied animation at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and worked in film production, before co-founding Vault Comics. Nathan’s previous works include Brandon Sanderson’s Dark One (Vault), Barbaric (Vault), Zojaqan (Vault), and  Killbox (from American Gothic Press). He lives in Southern California, where he plays a lot of basketball and hikes constantly with his wife. 
Keep in touch:



About Nicholas Eames:

Nicholas Eames was born to parents of infinite patience and unstinting support in Wingham, Ontario. Kings of the Wyld is his first novel, Bloody Rose his second! He lives in British Columbia, Canada, and  loves black coffee, neat whiskey, the month of October, and video games, anime, movies, and all things awesome.

He is co-wrote(with Michael Moreci) the one-shot, oversized comic BARBARIC: Wrong Kind of Righteous for Vault Comics!

Keep in touch:

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads


About Corin Howell:

Corin Howell is a red head Comic Artist of spooky, scary, and sexy, and monsters, maidens, and robots.
I love cats too.
She is the artist for the supernatural detective series from Vault, SHADOW SERVICE, with bestselling author Cavan Scott.          Hometown:  Austin, TX

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads


Giveaway Details:

2 winners will receive finished copies of BARBARIC VOL. 3: HELL TO PAY & QUEEN  OF SWORDS: A BARBARIC TALES, US Only.

Ends January 16th, midnight EST.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Schedule:

Week One:


Writer of Wrongs



Comic Book Yeti

Interview Nicholas Eames /IG Post



IG Post


Sadie's Spotlight

Excerpt/IG Post


The Momma Spot


Week Two:


Two Chicks on Books

Interview Michael & Nate/IG Post


#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Excerpt/IG Post


Lady Hawkeye

Excerpt/IG Post


Rajiv's Reviews

Review/IG Post



IG Post/TikTok Post

Week Three:


A Blue Box Full of Books

IG Review/LFL Drop Pic/TikTok Post


Lifestyle of Me



Country Mamas With Kids

Review/IG Post


The Knight's Guild



Brandi Danielle Davis

IG Review

Week Four:


Two Points of Interest

Review/IG Post


Kountry Girl Bookaholic

Review/IG Post



IG Review


Kim's Book Reviews and Writing Aha's

Review/IG Post



IG Review

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