Does this new property get enough done to warrant a look? Read on to find out.
The official description from Aspen:
Aspen’s newest hit series debuts!
In the “Wasteland”, Lola, a young woman with a resolve fortified by a lifetime of survival on her own, must journey across the nuclear-decimated United States in order to find the family that was taken from her! As her quest for the truth begins, Lola uncovers the true inhumanity of the Apocalypse, as those who seek to hold power in a new frontier, will do so at all bloody costs — including her life!
Right from the first page on the mood of the story is somber. The creative team sets a tone that embraces a dark version of our future without abandoning a key part of the human existence: hope. And from that point we’re treated with a comic that has enough good to easily garner attention.
Siya Oum pens the script and author does a fine job setting up this post-apocalyptic vision. It’s not an entirely original idea, but that doesn’t matter because once we meet Lola and see the circumstances of her youth it’s hard not to feel for her loss. But it’s through that and a few intersections that we begin to understand that there’s something more to this tale. There were hiccups, as bits of dialogue came off a bit forced but the bulk of the work did what it needed to do.
Now when it came to the illustrations I have very little to complain about. Siya Oum pulls double duty and handles the visual side of this journey, and the talent offers up a soft but consistent palette. The world may be a wasteland, where citizens have seemingly gone back to the mentalities of the wild west but there’s an innate beauty to it. And as I survey the pages within I found that the renditions captured that element perfectly.
Lola XOXO #1 is not going to come off as something groundbreaking. But trust me there’s enough to earn a recommendation from me and some attention from you.