-This article was possible due to the gift of a review copy, QWERTY, and rolling natural 20s.
Guest Writer: Katherine Cooper Butland
Decimation is a new comic from the Aspen Universe, published by Aspen Comics. Featuring gorgeous artwork by Marco Renna and colours by Federico Blee and John Starr, this vibrant work is immediately eye-catching and appealing.
The writing, by Vince Hernandez, is fast-paced and intriguing. While issue 1 manages to cover a lot of ground, Decimation promises to deliver much more to come. Several characters and story lines remain shrouded in mystery for the moment, and once all is brought to the fore, will make for a seriously fun, fast-paced romp into the world of good, evil, and all that’s in between.
As a newcomer to the Aspen Universe, I was immediately thrown into the story and found myself following along with interest. This group of anti-heroines and villainesses makes for a cool—seriously cool—cast of characters, and each of them is interesting and unique, not to mention insanely powerful. This is a story brings together characters from established Aspen comic series Soulfire, Shrugged, and more, as a crossover series bridging all of the ones previously mentioned, and more.
Issue #0 is also available and provides some backstory, and though I hadn’t read that, I found myself still able to read and comprehend what was going on in this issue. The perk of spanning across multiple series and universes is that readers will be able to find, through reading, other series that may interest them.
This first issue brings a colourful cast of characters together. Among them are Orlana the Death Princess, who is as badass as she sounds; Theo, a kid with an angel and a devil who reside on his shoulders; Ember Silva, a fiery maven trying to kill Theo, and many more, including an angry druidess, a talking cat, and others.
The story mixes horror, fantasy, and a futuristic setting with a splash of humour. At #1, Decimation is just getting started, but it’s certainly hit the ground running. I’m interested to see where the next issue will go, as this massive collaborative effort already has threads of many stories just beginning to be told. I’m sure #2 will begin to weave them together. Necromancy, attempted usurpation, mind control, and throwing a diner into chaos all make for a strong start—not with a whimper, but with a bang.
Decimation is available now wherever Aspen Comics are sold.