Title: Decorum #1
Words: Jonathan Hickman
Art: Mike Huddleston
Published: March 11, 2020
Publisher’s Summary: Decorum begins with a scene of colonial conquest. We are shown a glimpse of the fall of the Solar Empire and emergence of the Crusades of the Singularity. This is the rise of the robots, and it looks like the AI forces are winning. The rest of the issue adds to that some maps and descriptions, that adds depth to the universe. Then the story moves to a courier for hire accepting a job she needs, but doesn’t want, and although it pays well, there is all kinds of reasons to be suspicious.
The level of detailed world building that Jonathan Hickman has put into Decorum is impressive. Not only is it full of fascinating history, backgrounds, and factions, there is also a real sense of scale in this galactic tale of the far future where the Solar Empire is in decline. But when the assassin arrives, things really start to get interesting.
The artwork of Mike Huddleston is weird and wonderful too, with a severe look that feels edgy and off in a way that adds to the unease of every scene.
The Bottom Line
The fall of an Empire, intergalactic crime and intrigue, and an extremely polite league of assassins make for a seriously impressive foundation for the chills yet to come.