Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Bryan Hill
Art, Cover: Nelson Blake II (colours with Kevin Lennertz)
Lettering: Deron Bennett
In issue #2 of Romulus Ashlar, the only surviving Wolf of the Ancient Order of Romulus after everyone like her was murdered by the Order itself to be replaced by Hunters in their mission to kill about five billion people, finally agreed to enrol young scientist Nicholas Franklin to support her. They meet psychic pop diva Sozo, who they discover is a member of the Illuminati – and who offers to help them. But Nicholas is kidnapped…
In this issue #3, the two women are in Sozo’s private plane flying to Greenland – where the Illuminati have built a base.
Things start getting clearer here. We understand who are the “heroes” and who are the “villains” (for certain definitions of those words anyway), what motivates Ashlar and what the Order really wants, or at least what they say they want. Sure, there’s plenty to see in Romulus, and it will be long before we really understand everything – if we ever will.
Bryan Hill has created a believable parallel world, one in which people like the Order and the Illuminati hide in plain sight, secretly plotting against each other (and in this issue we even find out why, at least from one point of view). They could easily exist in our “normal” world. And maybe they do. Which is frightening. Really frightening.
In Nelson Blake II’s beautiful art, we’d like to highlight specifically the colours (in which he had assistance by Kevin Lennertz), extremely atmospheric.
Romulus is first of all an adventure series, full of battles and fights, with Ashlar being pretty much a modern day ninja, but it also hides an interesting reflection on the modern world, on society, on today. It’s a series, then, that can be read on at least two levels (more if we focus on the characters’ personal stories and feelings), thrilling and fascinating.