Lords of the Cosmos: Review
Creators: Jason Lenox, Dennis Fallon & Jason Palmatier
Writers: Jason Palmatier, Dennis Fallon
Artists: Jason Lenox
Genre: 80s throwback fantasy
Publisher: Ugli Studios
In a galaxy far, far away…
In Lords of the Cosmos we travel back in time to the 80s whilst also embarking futuristic journey through galaxies unknown. We are first introduced to the planet Aiden, a peaceful refuge for intergalactic outcasts (think Sakaar, from Thor: Ragnarok) that is controlled by a sentient machine. That harmony, of course, is not destined to last for too long…
As you’d reasonably expect, the first couple of issues of Lords of the Cosmos are full of delicious world-building and character intros. It is within these pages that we meet The Disciples of Umex, a villainous cult, hell-bent on the destruction of peace on the planet of Aiden. In all my comic-book reading years, I have never met a more dynamically and thematically curated character intro spread; it is truly gorgeous. We learn the history of each member of the group, and we find out what has driven them to become a devout follower of Umex himself – a fiendish being with a history is a mess of rumours and hearsay, and who wants nothing more than immortality and Aiden itself.
A fever dream in black and white
Don’t get me wrong; you need to read Lords of the Cosmos not so much with a pinch of salt, but with the entire saltshaker – but that is part of its innate charm and appeal. A fever dream in black and white, it is hardly meant to be a touchstone by which we measure reality and society. Its absurdity is certainly not to its detriment; there is a half-dead killer unicorn wreaking havoc, what could possibly be wrong with that? I also have Cy-Corn (the aforementioned unicorn) to thank for giving me my new standard greeting:
Lords of the Cosmos is a smorgasbord of luscious mythical imagery with the dynamism and warm nostalgia of 80s wrestling flyers. Each new chapter showcases a different and carefully chosen art style; from soft and delicate line-work with swathes of crisp negative space, to gritty and blocky panels reminiscent of dark 1960s Italian fumetti neri. What is absolutely clear throughout is that Lords of the Cosmos is a love letter from its creators to the awesome power and imagination of comic books. Each page is charged with an unbridled energy and passion that you can feel when you read it. It’s radical, gnarly, and a hell of a lot of fun.