Vampire: The Masquerade’s spin-off comic book series is crossing over with fellow World of Darkness RPG Werewolf: The Apocalypse in an upcoming event that will include new content for the tabletop title.
World of Darkness: Crimson Thaw is itself a spin-off from the VTM comic series published by Vault Comics and based on the long-running tabletop RPG following underground blood-sucking clans in a modern setting.
Crimson Thaw follows on from last year’s Vampire: The Masquerade: Winter's Teeth, an eight-part arc following Cecily Baine, a courier working for the secretive vampire sect Camarilla in the Twin Cities.
The new three-issue event will see Cecily deal with the rising conflict between vampires and werewolves in the city as the two factions of supernatural beings clash over spots in the city, introducing elements from Vampire: The Masquerade’s sibling RPG Werewolf: The Apocalypse.
As well as unfolding the main storyline itself, the issues will include exclusive content for Vampire: The Masquerade’s latest fifth edition, V5, that allows players to play through the events of the comics on the tabletop.
Among the writers contributing to the mini-series are Avengers, Dungeons & Dragons and Skullkickers writer Jim Zub and Batman and G.I. Joe author Tim Seeley, as well as Blake Howard, Tini Howard and Danny Lore, with Bettie Page illustrator Julius Ohta drawing the series. Colouring, lettering and design will be handled by Addison Duke, Deron Bennett and Tim Daniel respectively.
World of Darkness: Crimson Thaw will kick off in September 2021, with horror comic artists Aaron Campbell and Joshua Hixson illustrating covers for the series.