The Blue Flame: The Complete Series (Paperback)

The Blue Flame: The Complete Series By Christopher Cantwell, Adam Gorham (Illustrator), Kurt Michael Russell (Colorist), Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (Letterer), Adrian F. Wassel (Editor) Cover Image
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A cosmic action adventure for fans and readers of Watchmen, Strange Adventures, and Hawkeye, The Blue Flame tells the story of a blue collar working man/DIY vigilante/cosmic hero, who must defend Earth with an answer to the question: “Is humanity worth saving?”

Repairman. Vigilante. Cosmic Hero.

The Blue Flame is a cosmic hero. The Blue Flame is a DIY vigilante that fights crime on the streets of Milwaukee. The Blue Flame is a blue collar HVAC repairman named Sam Brausam.

In the wake of a horrific tragedy, the boundaries of the Blue Flame’s identity blur even further. Now, before a universal trial, the Blue Flame must prove that humanity is worth saving. But in order to do that, Sam Brausam has to save himself. Can he? An odyssey for answers at the heart of the universe.

Collects the entire ten-issue series.

"...a thought-provoking saga that transcends the usual genre clichés." -- Publishers Weekly

“The Blue Flame …is a triumph” -- SYFY Wire

"A perfect 10." -- Comics Bookcase

“…one of the most thought-provoking stories in comics all year.” – SYFY Wire

"...a vital modern superhero story." --

“With a rich, multifaceted narrative (it touches on, among other reference points, Birdman and Strange Adventures), the book is a gripping exploration of why people become heroes, and what that ultimately means in every sense (logistical, emotional, philosophical, etc.)” – AIPT

“…an intriguing and rich read…” – Comics Bookcase

“The Blue Flameis a supremely confident, deliberate, and interesting comic. Every element of craft in this book is not only well-done but deployed in a way that serves a greater unified narrative, one that gets at the heart of the intersection of the fantastic and the tragic. It’s brilliant work. 10/10.” – Comics Bookcase

“If you like brilliant art and clever storytelling this is one to pick up.” – Comic Watch

“The Blue Flame … presents a crisscrossing narrative that pays homage to Silver Age comics and sci-fi serials, setting up a mystery that crosses time and space. Comic fans old and new should give this title a read, as it presents classic tropes in a fresh new way. [It] has also raised a set of questions that will keep readers … hooked.” – But Why Tho?

“… a compelling narrative …” -- Gate Crashers

About the Author

In addition to writing comics (THE BLUE FLAME, IRON MAN, ANGEL, UNITED STATES OF CAPTAIN AMERICA, DOCTOR DOOM, SHE COULD FLY) , Christopher Cantwell is a veteran TV writer and producer, having co-created and show ran AMC’s HALT AND CATCH FIRE. He currently also serving as co-Showrunner for the TV adaption of PAPER GIRLS by Brian K. Vaughan for Amazon and Legendary Entertainment

Kurt is the colorist of comic books such as THE BLUE FLAME and MONEY SHOT from Vault Comics, GLITTERBOMB, and HACK/SLASH. Technically, he colored BATMAN one time in DC's LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD anthology. It counts.

He won the 2021 Nerdie for Colorist of the Year from The House of Nerd Podcast.

Kurt is also the creator of the Color With Kurt YouTube channel - a channel focused on making color more

He lives in Long Beach, Mississippi, with his wife and two cats. When he is not coloring, he enjoys drawing, streaming, playing basketball, video games, movies, and coloring more.

Hassan is a British/Algerian comics letterer, and has worked on titles like Vault Comics’ The Blue Flame, Black Stars Above, The RUSH, Engineward, No One’s Rose, and TEST, as well as X-O ManowarFirst Knife, and Undone By Blood. He's also the editor of the Eisner-winning PanelxPanel, and voice behind Strip Panel Naked.

Praise For…

"...a thought-provoking saga that transcends the usual genre clichés." 
— Publishers Weekly

“The Blue Flame ... is a triumph."
— SYFY Wire

"A perfect 10. "
— Comics Bookcase

“…one of the most thought-provoking stories in comics all year.” 

"...a vital modern superhero story." 

"Cantwell ... develops strong characters and works them at a crackerjack pace, with a countdown clock insistently ticking."
— Publishers Weekly

"Art by Gorham ... straddles the fantastic and the mundane with everyman-to-hero character design and imaginative cosmic scenery."
— Publishers Weekly

"THE BLUE FLAME is the real deal [...] It has that talk-amongst-friends vibe comics fans rarely get and the accessibility for casual or even non-comics readers. It's the kind of comic we don't get enough of.”"

"...brilliantly uses the sci-fi pulp superhero idea as a gateway to tell the very real story of someone that has to deal with the consequences of a horrible tragedy in real life in an exceptionally unique way. If you like brilliant art and clever storytelling this is one to pick up."
— Comic Watch

Product Details
ISBN: 9781638491064
ISBN-10: 1638491062
Publisher: Vault Comics
Publication Date: May 30th, 2023
Pages: 256
Language: English