Death gods have a bad wrap, but writer Joseph Corallo and artist Liana Kangas are out to change that in She Said Destroy from Vault Comics.
Scheduled to debut this May, the creator-owned She Said Destroy centers on a lone space colony that is the last bastion against Brigid, the Goddess fo the Sun, who has conquered the entire solar system. Brigid’s sister the Morrigan and her followers, the Witches of Fey, are all that stands between Brigid’s quest for univeral domination.
Here is a statement from Joseph Corallo on the inspiration and inception of She Said Destroy:
She Said Destroy is both the story I’ve always wanted to tell since I was kid and a story I only knew I had in me about a year ago.
When I was a kid, I vividly remember getting up early on school days in 5th grade so I could watch Sailor Moon. It was the first anime I really fell in love with. Within the next year or so I was getting into JRPGs like the Final Fantasy and Phantasy Star series, Hayao Miyazaki films, Star Wars, and by the time I got to college and beyond I was getting into comics like The Sandman and Legion of Super-Heroes. I was always interested in stories that pushed the visual mediums they were in and didn’t feel like they had to be confined within our preexisting notions of what makes sense and what doesn’t. Stories that you immerse yourself in without question. Those sort of stories have followed me for nearly all of my life, but telling a story like that hadn’t occurred to me. I also have had interests and flirtations with paganism and Arthurian legend in the past. I remember one Christmas asking for books on paganism from my parents and getting them without question, and Excalibur is still a favorite movie of mine.
All of these thoughts, ideas, and memories floated around my mind all doing their own thing until I had a conversation with my friend Beth about the Morrigan. She was expressing frustration with how the Morrigan is so often portrayed in literature and pop culture as being a villain when there is so much more you could do with them as a character. As that conversation was happening, all of those unconnected thoughts, ideas and memories going back decades all converged onto a single idea, which became She Said Destroy. It’s a story about the Morrigan, a God of Death, being a force for good, and Brigid, a God of the Sun, being a tyrant. The core of the idea and the main cast of characters all remained in tact from when I first started writing the pitch out about a year ago.
Liana Kangas, my collaborator and the illustrator of She Said Destroy, was my first choice on the project. I had met Liana at a signing at Forbidden Planet just a few months prior to this idea coming about, but we really hit it off and as soon as I had enough of the pitch written out I sent it to her. I didn’t know it at the time, but we had a lot of similar interests growing up and were quickly on the same page with the aesthetic of this story. I will note that Liana’s favorite Final Fantasy is X and mine is IX though, but we’ve worked past that. This comic is going to look gorgeous because of Liana. She makes me want to tell this story.
I know it probably sounds cliche, but this really is a story I’ve always wanted to tell, but didn’t know it. It’s got so much of what I loved in stories growing up and still love today; spaceships, old Gods, young heroes with a destiny that have to grapple with, magic, moral ambiguity, and a lot more like castles in space. I cannot stress enough how happy I am to be writing a comic with castles in space. The story takes all these elements in a unique direction that I think will feel fresh to readers that enjoy the same stories I have over the years. She Said Destroy is a comic I wish I had when I was 14 and I’m thrilled to be writing at 34. I hope after reading this comic that you’ll be as excited about it as I am.