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Decorum #8 ADVANCE REVIEW: "And the whole thing ends badly." That issue title is a little mean...

Decorum Issue 8 Cover 1. Published by Image Comics.

Decorum Issue 8 "And the whole thing ends badly". Published by Image Comics.

Words by Johnothan Hickman, Art by Mike Huddleston, Letters by Rus Wooton, Design by Sasha E Head.

No, you're not seeing things. There really is a new issue of Decorum out. After an eight month wait, we will finally learn the fate of young assassin-in-training Neha Noori Sood. Who was Neha Noori Screwed, the last time we saw her, after having botched her first solo mission in a fairly spectacular way, and after deciding that the killing part of her assassination contract was actually optional. She's now all alone, with the full might of the Sisterhood of Man coming for her head...it seems like poor Neha's luck might have run out.

This was my exact reaction, when I opening this issue.

Okay, you all had time to go back and read issues one through seven again? Good.

Issue eight sees Neha attempting to survive the unrelenting onslaught of the Sisterhood of Man (still just about the worst name ever).

But, let's be real here, this is a Hickman book, so there's already a deeper story evolving. And that's not the only thing that's evolving...

As her charge begins to grow, and slowly learns to communicate, Neha realises that there may be a way to get out of this situation that doesn't involve everyone dying. Which, I think we can all agree, is probably for the best...

but the question is, will they survive long enough, to put that plan into action?


I can't lie, between the slightly lacklustre issue seven, and the wait of nearly a year for this issue, I wasn't exactly going in with my hopes very high...

But I'm happy to say Decorum Issue 8 delivered a finale that was more than worth the wait! I mean, if it had been a week or two longer it might have been a little dicey, but as it stands now, the wait was worth it.

Because, while Issue 7 may have been worryingly predictable, Issue 8 returns to Hickman's usual levels of utter fuckery. Very little in this issue made sense, but it didn't make sense in a way that actually kinda makes sense. If that makes sense?

If you recall that our former employers, the evil robot people, are known as "The Church of the Singularity", and if you begin to ponder on the meaning of that phrase, you'll probably be able to gather the general thrust of this final issue. And while you'd think that would fall into the trap of predictability, the whole thing is constructed in such a bonkers way—and in such typical Hickman fashion—that even if you understand the general idea of the story, there are still more than enough moments of sheer creative brilliance, combined with utter nonsense, that the end result is a story that can't fail to impress, entertain and will leave you thinking on the deeper nature of the universe, and humanity's place in it, going forward.

So, yeah. Some nice light reading, for a rainy afternoon.

And, it would be remiss of me not to mention, that it's not just Hickman who is on top form. Mike Huddleston's art is one of the main selling points of this book, for me. And boy does he DELIVER. It doesn't matter if it's dense, colourful, multifaceted cityscapes, or stark monochromatic fight sequences, every page of this book is like an exercise in what comic book art can be, if we leave behind the simple ideas that bound us before, and move on to something greater... Which actually, now I think about it, is a fairly core theme in this book.

Sneaky, sneaky people.

If you're ready to see what lies beyond, you can pick up Decorum Issue 8 from the 24th of November, available from all good comic stores and on comixology! Enjoy.

This was my face, when I read the final page.


Taheg Gloder is a Freelance Copywriter from England. Obsessed with comics and Manga since his teens, he now splits his time between writing comic reviews and retrospectives for POP, and doing reactions on his YouTube Channel, The Dragon & The Hound. He lives alone, because he’s a hermit.

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