SPINE: Issue #1
Writer and artist Cihan Sesen sums things up this way: "It's a post-apocalyptic, dystopian future where Spine makes the best of it, and by best of it I mean skydiving half-naked into submarines."
Sesen imagines an alternate world, one in which humanity finds itself in the midst of a new Dark Age. Nations, cultures, and norms have been shattered after a cataclysmic event, replaced by clans who have rewritten religions, reinvented borders, and fashioned new means of warfare from the remnants of the previous world. Food and energy drive two great, and very different powers. In what was once North America, Saint-Romeo eliminates religion from his clan, and re-creates a Roman calendar, restarting history from Day 1.
Across the ocean, where Europe once was, the mighty Warlord Xoon forms a confederacy of many tribes, with a mission to unite the world under one flag, and one nation. Our story begins in Year 56 of the New Roman Calendar, with a young woman who will ultimately bring both leaders to their knees. Traveling around the world, and jumping over political fences, Spine is a chameleon, a mercenary without loyalty to any particular force. Born in Istanbul, she has somehow made her way to San Francisco, where she works for a shadowy corporate entity called the Bakery. When she is given a new mission-to locate and secure a mysterious energy source called the Sun Drive-Spine must out-maneuver, outfight and outthink the many forces hellbent on destroying her. In doing so, she will confront the dark past that made her who she is.