Updated on 16 October, 2021
Aspen Comics is an emerging California based comic book company launched in 2021 by writer/artist Michael Turner. It has several locations in Santa Monica and Marina Del Rey, CA. The company has very few comic books currently published. However, it is known for creating miniatures and comic books with a large production rate. There are currently four titles currently published by Aspen Comics, all of which have received favorable reviews from both fans and other publishers.
"Aspen" is the latest offering from Aspen Comics. This one-shot was written by Matt Turning, who is also the artist on several of Aspen's titles. In this one-shot, Turner takes us back in time to a sheriff's patrol car chase that takes place in the small Texas town of Texoma. Turner does a fantastic job of bringing this old classic scenario to life in these pages. I especially like the fact that he gives us a look at what happens after the police car crashes.
"Soulfire" is another recent release from Aspen Comics. This one-shot is written by Amy Waterman and illustrated by Greg Burris. Soulfire follows the young daughter of a wealthy family who lives a relatively simple lifestyle in present day Colorado. However, a tragic accident causes her older half-brother to slip into a deep depression, and she finds herself having to step in to fill his role as well as help him deal with his personal problems. This multi-dimensional comic book character quickly gained attention for its unique storyline, great artwork, and memorable characters.
"Fathom" is the second book from Aspen's comics line. Set around the same time as Soulfire, this ten-issue minisery follows a newly-replaced FBI agent (asers) as they seek to catch a serial killer. This time around, however, FBI agent Kate O'Rourke doesn't have to look far to find help when a series of mysterious murders take place in a remote cabin in the woods. The killer, a high school football player, was sentenced to death, but has escaped from prison and is once again on the loose. This time, Kate must rely on her wits as she works with the local authorities to catch the villain and hopefully save the town from danger.
Aspen's third comic book, "The Hunted," is written by Aaron Ginsberg and illustrated by Greg Burris. It takes place in Depression-era Montana, a place in which the author is based. The story centers on the question, "What would happen if you were the only person with the skills necessary to stop the serial killer?" This miniseries features the previously mentioned mlt girls-these are two teen-aged sisters who work as co-owners of a cabin. They are very protective of their own teenage sisters, especially after one of their own kills a man they didn't know.
Two other titles that will be appearing this year from Aspen Comics include "The Necromancer" by Jackie Griffiths and "Fathom" by Peter Bagge. In "The Necromancer," one of the brothers goes missing while on a hunting trip, and his brother, played by Guy Pierce, goes in search of him. With the help of a couple of paranormal detectives, the brothers track the now-architecture murderer and bring him to justice. "Fathom" also comes from writer Jackie Griffiths and artist Peter Bagge. This time around, Bagge provides the story, while Griffiths handles all the art.
One of the most recent Aspen Comics releases involves "The Phantom," written by Jordan Gavarini. Aspen's 24-hour strip focuses on the lives of five different people who live in and around Aspen, Colorado. These characters include an executive assistant to a gallery owner, a photographer, a sculptor, a truck driver, and a handyman. One interesting thing about this series is that the Phantom is the alter ego of former MTV News producer, Jordon Guinderson, who was fired from the job at the height of his career due to controversial comments he had made on air about certain topics.
Other popular Aspen Comics include "Meltdown," written by Jackie Griffiths and drawn by Mike De Luca, and "The Stars of Our Fathers," written by Paul De Luca and drawn by Tony Fierso. In "The Stars of Our Fathers," a short story collection, the action takes place in a small town in the Rocky Mountains, which has been invaded by aliens who are attempting to colonize the planet. The story centers on the father of one of the alien children who were chosen to join the aliens on their mission. It is hoped that these aliens can help mankind avoid nuclear war. A new ongoing series called "Aspen Imagination" will continue these classic tales, and many more, as well as dealing with current issues of importance to humankind.