Whenever a company, be they big or small, plans an event book there’s a lot of factors to consider. You have to create a narrative that makes sense, entertains longtime readers and brings in new ones. Well good news Aspen fans because even though their universe is facing some dark days in Decimation they check off all those boxes rather nicely with this #1! They found their central villain that’s controlling a team of bad in the background and the results are awesome, as the talents take on players from Soulfire, Shrugged, Fathom, Dellec and Charismagic!
Here’s the thing: part of the billing for this series is that no one is safe from Orlanna, the Death Princess and under the stewardship of Vince Hernandez there’s no doubt in my head that that’s going to be the case. With his second script in the can, there was a #0 that you can still read for free via comiXology, we start to get the scope and how all these properties are going to come together in this yarn. And seeing Hank and his cat forced to interact with Ange, Dev and Theo thanks to something that’s really just starting to be spun got me invested real quick.
Can we all just take a moment and be thankful that Marco Renna is the talent handling this devastatingly awesome crossover event! From the first page to the final panel the entire book is adorned in a kinetically rich display, that yields details and nuance in character reactions. Not a single scene is lost in translation as the illustrator attacks the task at hand with a near perfect tapestry that’s only augmented with inks by Mark Roslan and colors by Federico Blee. In short: the look only cements why you need to add this to your collection this week.
Aspen Universe: Decimation #1 is exactly the event fans want it to be! With the past and future at play this title is off to a stellar start with a high caliber creative team at its back. They seem more than primed to touch all the characters they can in a narrative that’s strong from cover to cover. There’s room for growth but man oh man it’s easy to hold this up as a crossover done well and we’re two issues in!
(8.5 / 10)