ASH Universe Titles
The limited series which started it all, written by Dave Van
Domelen. Most of the issues are split between story content and a sourcebook
section which fleshes out some part of the ASH Universe (see below for more
sourcebook material). Updated most recently with a background story of how
it came to be written.
The flagship title of ASH, the Academy of Super-Heroes
follows most of the graduates of the Academy series in their efforts to meet
a destiny thrust upon them before they were born. Most recent issue:
Written by Marc Singer (not the Beastmaster one), this
title (which also garnered the 1999 Urn for Favorite Series and Favorite
Story) follows the rest of the Academy graduates and new cast members in
super-espionage action, delving more into the politics of the world of the
2020s. STRAFE stands for Superhuman Tactical Resources and Affiliated Field
Experts. Most recent issue:
Originally conceived as a limited series, this now-unlimited
series by Matt "Badger" Rossi III
follows the life of a young man cursed and blessed with paranormal abilities
as he tries to make sense of the world he woke up into. Street-level
vigilante action in New York City and elsewhere. Most recent issues: #15 (current writer Tony Pi) and
Annual #1 (by Matt Rossi)
Manhattan's been fairly quiet since Warden's story ended, but the
peace is about to be damaged by Bathory's power play, and the only thing
standing in her way is an untested team of girls with powers they may not
understand! Most recent issue:
Where there's heroes, there inevitably are villains, and the
villains are the stars of this title, written by Tony Pi, Writers of the Future 2006
Winner (1Q 2nd place)!
Most recent issue:
CSV The Animated Series Chapter 1
Written by Andrew Burton and set in 2020s Detroit, a former hub
of superhuman activity from fifty years earlier. Can an aging former
supervillain and a bunch of kids not affiliated with the government make a
difference in the world? Also includes the Third Age series LL&DD. Most
LL&DD Special "A Lesser Mousetrap"
An anthology title for the ASH Universe. The hook is that
each story is related to an item found in a time capsule unearthed in the
22nd Century. Most recent issue:
One of the first spinoffs from Academy, but it didn't really go anywhere for
a long time. The premise is that a group of students at the Academy
discovered an old LNH archive and built netrunning personas from the
characters listed there. Later revived with a slightly different concept
by Tony Pi, and then rebooted yet again, kind of like mainstream comics, yes?
Most recent issue:
LNH 2027 #1
While most of the stories in this archive take place in the
2020s, there's the occasional historical piece taking place in the 20th
Century or even before. Such titles, like WarStar and Beacon, can be found
here. Last updated:
Catman: Minor Arcana #4 (of 4) added.
Spun out of ASHistory, this is an ongoing "reprint" series
focusing mostly on stories set in the 20th Century. More experimental as
well, in terms of writing style. Most recent issue:
Special #1 extended cut
Originally a Miscellany title, a collection of Triton's (mostly college-era)
musings on the nature of supervillainy. Most recent entry:
Includes the EUROPA: Riddles and Tragedies miniseries and any other EUROPA
specials. Most recent issue:
Infirmary Omega one-shot
Specials, one-shots and series which don't yet have their
own subpage can be found here. Last updated:
"Wise Guys" in Side Stories.
The science-fiction far future of the ASH Universe.
Currently has one series, Spear-Carriers by Dave Van Domelen (most
Twist Drive history)
A Virtual Trade Paperback is simply a webpage with links to all the stories
in the collection, with storyline-specific notes to help in reading the
storyline as a cohesive unit. Although, in the case of miniseries, the
Virtual Trade Paperback becomes the place to find issues of that miniseries.
The first major ASH Universe crossover (and winner of the 1998 Urn Award for
Best Story or Story Arc), this involves a plot by the newly-formed Conclave
of Super-Villains to loot the sunken artificial city of Haven, home to some
of the 20th Century's worst villains. But first they have to deal with the
Academy of Super-Heroes, STRAFE, New York's power players, and any one else
who might try to stop them....
|THE PYRAMID SCHEME
This is it! Ever since Rebus appeared on the scene, you knew he was planning
something big. Well, this is that Big Thing! Collecting all the issues of
ASH, CSV and STRAFE (plus Warden, once they're written) that lead up to the
three issue miniseries Capstone. Updated:
12/29/01 with Capstone #3!
Tony Pi has created epub format books of pretty much everything as of June
2011! So now you can read ASH on your tablet or Kindle or whatever without
being annoyed by the fixed-column layout.