Review: Romulus #1

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 02:37

You want a new comic series? You want it to get rolling quickly? You want to see women being badass? Buy Romulus #1 by Bryan Hill with art by Nelson Blake II right now. I saw the cover of this book one time, maybe 2 days ago. For some reason it burned an image into my mind. I’m not sure if it’s because there was a woman on the cover that gave a “Kill Bill” vibe, or the fact that maybe that woman looked like a woman of color (I’m honestly still not sure if she is, but she’s awesome regardless). In any case, when I hit the comic shop, after picking up my list, and grabbing “Death of X” I felt like I was forgetting something. Then the name hit me… “Romulus!” I turned, as if a distant, hollow voice were calling out to me, and it was right there.

I trudged into work, got settled in and opened the first page. I was blown away immediately. I’ve seen many a comic jump in quick. I mean Spider-Man opened up with Blackheart, son of the veritable devil of Marvel, on the first page. Fun right? I think this got me fired up more quickly than even that. In two panels I’m seeing the life of a woman unfold from childhood before my very eyes. In the panels following, I get concise, single word descriptions with simple, but telling art, explaining how she came to be what she is. On the next page, we get a lurid splash page of just what she is.

This is only 2 pages deep now folks! I’m excited. I continue to read on. I learn of an order of assassins, all women. I learn of the generational tradition of breeding these assassins. Then I learn of a betrayal and then a hunt. So much is packed into this first issue to make it so robust, and yet the mystery still lingers. Our antagonist, Ashlar, seems to be tasked with the mission of saving 5 billion lives. Furthermore, it seems as if she is in the process of putting a team together to do it.

It feels like a Tarantino-esque, modern day assassin’s tale with feral metaphorical implications, featuring women taking the position of power. We quite literally have a male in this issue playing damsel in distress, and I absolutely love the assertion of women’s power, and gender role reversal. Women shouldn’t be stereotyped, and this breaks those boundaries, again. I withhold further details because I feel that you can only best serve yourself by picking this comic up. Even with just one issue out, I highly, highly recommend this work. Buy it, read it, and list it. I can tell already that we have an amazing adventure ahead.

“From Romulus we come, to Romulus we return.”

Sceritz

Sceritz is John B. Robinson IV and John B. Robinson IV is a cosmic blerd with a passion for a obliterating the the IVth Wall and setting free the hordes of geek and fandoms scattered throughout the multiverse in the form of rants of epic proportions. Creator of IVWall.net.