Maranatha is caught off guard by the second sacrifice’s identity, which causes her to lash out and question just how much more she can take of her family’s murderous obedience to Dionysus. Meanwhile, siblings Sophia and Adonis face off about the extremism of their father’s belief, and Calum gets in between.
THE VINEYARD is a family-owned winery that sows and reaps by the blessing of the great god of wine and revelry, Dionysus. However, the Vines family’s patron god requires complete devotion in the form of four sacrificial killings a year before each harvest. This has been done in unfettered obeisance. But all of that changed when the family’s patriarch, Didache Vines, was in a horrible accident that left him paralyzed and in a wheelchair.
Now, the sacrificial and murderous duties of the Vines family have fallen to wife and matriarch, Maranatha Vines. With harvest season fast approaching and the family short of their annual sacrificial killings, Maranatha’s struggle with her conscience puts all of her family – husband, son and daughter – in jeopardy.
Written by Brian Hawkins (Black Cotton, Believe in the Name, Don’t Ever Blink) and illustrated by Sami Kivelä (THE HEATHENS, UNDONE BY BLOOD, Abbott), THE VINEYARD is what happens when family values and otherworldly obligations collide.
The Vines family finds their second victim and sacrifice. Adonis dives deeper into his devotion to Dionysus, to his father’s delight. Meanwhile, Sophia returns home to save her mother, but Maranatha isn’t willing to give up on the family just yet.
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