Aspen Comics 2015
Written by Scott Lobdell
Penciled by Jordan Gunderson
Inks by John Ercek & Mark Roslan
Coloured by Valentina Pinto
Gia’s past was revealed, as the difficult choices her parents made in the past continue to haunt her to this day. Meanwhile, the team faced their first true test in the Middle East, as a hospital faced with a deadly virus outbreak nearly killed Aspen. Yet, even in their success, the ladies may have set forth their own demise at the hands of those declaring themselves the Four Horsemen…
i really like how this opens. Once we took to the skies more prevalently it was only a matter of time when the flying city would be discovered. Amelia Earhart’s disappearance tying into this city was a nice touch. It’s always interesting to see that her legacy lives on and can be used in such creative and imaginative ways. Scott’s inclusion of her in this story is a welcome sight. It also goes a good way in explaining the city’s knowledge of people at that time and having her unable to leave well that’s a no brainer.
Ara and Aspen’s little chat in an absolute picturesque setting is a wonderful bonding experience and character building for the two. It’s a great moment as well for Jordan and company to showcase their ability to create such beauty on the page outside of these beautiful women. The woods and waterfall are extremely soothing to see and it helps to add some dimension to the overall end of the world fight they have gathered to fight. Though Ara being asked to dinner and seeing what happens to the man in question well that raises more concerns for me.
Gia has summoned the team because of an incident happening in Atlantic City. That they are willing to work together doesn’t mean they are a team yet and four such diverse personalities trying to come together makes for some exceptional reading. Still this is an emergency and a justified one and hopefully Aspen will begin to understand that Gia’s summoning her isn’t a case of her overreacting.
The prelude to the four Horsemen’s uncle working behind the scenes of even his nephews sets up something even larger on the horizon.
I had thought that perhaps Famine would be formidable an opponent but that wasn’t the case. Now the girls have to find a way to contain Famine so that he isn’t able to sow more discord and cause trouble. Also that they have him per se should cause his siblings to come after them to free him. Next issue’s finale should be interesting and we’ll see if the girls and their new alliance is able to do what they set out to do and save the world.
I’m kind of sorry that this isn’t an ongoing monthly it would be nice to see them on a regular basis but here’s hoping that the stories and demand for them continues with multiple limited series.
Aspen has always been able to create and showcase powerful and beautiful women and this series is no exception. We need more of this in the world where it’s more about who and what they can do with little objectification.