Review: Lola XOXO #1

LOLA-01a-Reg-Siya-OUMIn 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!

Aspen‘s first new series in 2014, Lola XOXO, first got on my radar last year when it was first shown off by the publisher. When I saw the solicitation some months back I immediately got excited. The concept of a girl wandering across a nuclear-decimated United States sounded cool, but when I saw writer/artist Siya Oum‘s art, I immediately got excited.

Check out this cover and tell me you’re not immediately interested. Yes, the art is a bit pinup-ish/sexual at times and outfits don’t quite make sense in a nuclear wasteland, but the art design, and style are impressive. Oum is massively talented.

So I dove into the first issue and immediately I was hooked. The story starts just before the disaster as Lola sets out on a cross-country adventure without her parents, then the “event” happens forcing this young girl to trust a stranger who clearly raises her. Lola though wants to head out and find her parents. It’s clearly what drives her, but she has no idea what awaits in her adventure. It’s a world her new family is shielding her from, in a weird Three Men and a Baby meets Mad Max sort of way.

What we quickly learn in the comic is that Lola can protect herself, no matter what is out there. Though her shorts might be a bit too short, or top a bit too revealing (no nuclear winter?), she’s not a girl in need of a guy to protect her. She shows off her strength, both physically, and mentally in the comic. This is a head strong, and physically strong female lead.

The first issue has a wild west vibe in a post apocalyptic United States. Lola’s journey is just beginning, and I’m ready to see where it goes.

Story and Art: Siya Oum
­Story: 7.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Aspen Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review