Our world isn’t free. All of us, for generations, have lived under the secret control of The Ancient Order of Romulus. One young woman, raised by them, trained by them, betrayed by them, must push through her fear to take a stand against the silent evil that masters our world. Her name is Ashlar, and her war begins with the brutal first chapter of the new Image series ROMULUS, from writer BRYAN HILL (POSTAL) and artist NELSON BLAKE II (MAGDELENA).
Nine pages of exposition.
A brief ninja fight. That’s it. That’s the story.
Romulus is two different comics: the first is the illustrated comic, which is quite beautiful in places. Nelson Blake II tries to break through with elegant, graphical, almost symbolist touches that somehow “artify” its mainstream style. He’s at his best when using minimalist forms and primary colors. It’s that graphical instinct that saves this comic, which would otherwise have been rather drab; the character designs are humdrum, and some action (or post-action) sequences are eye-twitchingly generic.
Now let’s move on to the story and writing.
What the heck happened to Bryan Hill? He worked on Postal, for God’s sake – one of my favorite comics, whose sense of existential dread owed no small part to the writing. Now he’s stuck with a laughably bad story about a secret ninja society that rules the world, and definitely phoning it in. I’m hoping it’s just a stopgap project, to bridge the gap between Postal and another amazing story…but I’m not holding my breath.
To conclude: pretty good art, really bad writing. I feel sorry for everybody involved; Image doesn’t seem to care that much about this series. Why should we?
Final Verdict: 2 out of 5.
Romulus #1 can be found at Image Comics
Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.