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Review – Dissension #1: War Eternal (Aspen Comics)

Dissension #1: War Eternal (Aspen Comics) variant cover by Jordan Gunderson

China May Not Be the Biggest Threat in Dissension #1: War Eternal

In Dissension #1: War Eternal, Isabel Vasquez, aka Delphi, is skilled in many things. Yet, visions are what haunt her these days. Small bands of freedom fighters have banded together to help guide refugees away from the destruction. Delphi has been leading these rescue missions, escorting those displaced from the war. This in return helps her to believe she is making a difference. Though she is now enduring reoccurring nightmares of a coming apocalypse. She fears that this war they are in is not the great threat that will bring humanity to the brink of extinction. 

Writing

Jordan Gunderson is no new cat on the comic scene. He has provided incredible art for familiar titles such as Grimm Fairytales for Zenescope, Fathom Annual, Aspen Universe: Revelations and No World. Not only does he grace us with the line work of an angel; yet now he brings you his first creator-owned project with Aspen’s Dissension #1: War Eternal

Dissension #1: War Eternal (Aspen Comics) cover by Jordan Gunderson
Dissension #1: War Eternal (Aspen Comics) cover by Jordan Gunderson

Within Dissension #1: War Eternal there is a band of renegade angels and their epic battle with humanity. The writing style definitely is intriguing, in that the story takes place in the past while the series you are reading is set within the future. This allows Gunderson to introduce readers to how much of a real threat these renegade angels pose to the human race and how far back it stretches.

The way that Dissension #1: War Eternal is written makes known multiple characters such as renegade angels, clairvoyant freedom-fighters, military generals and many more. 

Christopher Fielder also imputed his flair within this storyline. As the two conversed and bonded over being in the Midwest, they paired up to write Dissension #1: War Eternal.

Art

This will barely due to this issue justice, yet I will try. Upon beginning Dissension #1: War Eternal the scenery is a blue, icy Alaskan environment. You can feel the chill of the wind as you read through the panels. Luis Guerrero does a fantastic job of having the crackling fire warm their faces as they sit around to hear tales of the first real Americans. 

Quickly, with a turn of the page, you are brisked to the past where you are brought through a terrible nightmare with the main character. The tension you see portrayed in the art creates anxiety. You can feel and hear the nightmare progressively getting more intense reminding you of times you have had similar nightmares of your own.  

The linework, by Gunderson, is thought out and accurate; the characters are portrayed with elegance and detail. With the different landscapes, you can tell you are starting to jump from one place to another and my favorite is being in the universe under the starry blue sky. 

Overall

This is a must-read. Dissension #1: War Eternal will not disappoint. They brought a storyline that you can appreciate with some artwork you will fall in love with. There were a couple of points within the issue where I got a bit confused. Though as I read it the second time it made sense where the story was going. Being open and understanding that there will be time jumps brings the story to a whole ‘nother level. 

During an Interview for Free Comic Book Day, Gunderson stated: “I hope you are all ready for a wild ride when issue #1 hits shelves on July 25th and I urge everyone who can to go out and support independent comics and the artists that create them.”


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Jenna Clark

Jenna Clark is a geek to the core! Jenna loves to write inspirational and helpful blogs on her own site (https://geeksandgarters.com) In her downtime, she enjoys working out, getting lost in books, and running marathons — the TV versions.