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I was so-so with the last issue, but I still thought it was alright and had some potential. With the second issue and a new artist, let’s see what this comic can bring now. Is it good?


Zero #2 (Image Comics)


Zero #2 Cover

Set several years before the first issue, we get to see Zero out on his first mission. He is assigned to kill Keiran Connelly, a former head of the IRA who is said to have given up the old life. But the agency that Zero works for doesn’t believe that sort of thing and wants him to kill the guy. Oh by the way, Zero happens to be a kid at this point.

This comic was pretty underwhelming. Nothing about it really stands out or is engaging. You don’t really care about the main character since there really isn’t much shown in his early years that really makes him unique or different. The rest of the characters are blank slates that leave no impression at all. In fact, once I went through the comic again, I was surprised I forgotten about some of them, like Zero’s handler or his friend.

Besides the characters though, there’s not much else to chew on here. Dialogue is there, but it leaves no impression outside of one colorful metaphor (someone’s taken a written creative writing course!). The mission itself that Zero does is not really interesting with it being a generic hit mission, though one aspect that happens confuses me, and is mostly just one long setup that is painfully obvious with Zero being unable to kill the guy. The training that Zero and the kids have to go through to become agents is kind of interesting, but that’s really it. The writing is just so hollow and empty.

Zero 2 01
Why do you people look like cartoon characters?

Though even if the writing was good, the artwork is certainly not helping matters at all. Instead of the David Aja art clone from last issue, we’ve got Tradd Moore on art duties. His style does not at all fit the tone of the story, with the art being cartoonish and goofy looking at points. Plus, at many points, the body proportions and faces become so ridiculous that it pulls you out of the comic. It’s just so hard to take this comic seriously.

4.0

  • The training scenes are kind of interesting.
  • The two extra features at the end are neat.
  • The characters aren’t really memorable.
  • Writing by Ales Kot is a bit dull here.
  • The artwork by Tradd Moore does not fit the story at all.

Is It Good?

I said there was potential last issue, but not with a boring tale made of old and used story beats from previous spy and assassins stories. Plus, with forgettable characters and artwork that does not fit this story, there is just nothing here to recommend. Zero #2 is a gigantic skip.

  • VJ_Ostrowski

    TRADD Moore was the artist and he’s awesome.

    • Jordan Richards

      My apologies. I thought I wrote his name right. Sorry about that, I’ll try to get it fix right away.
      Anyways, the thing about the art is that I think would be better suited for some other story. The very serious tone of the book with the slightly goofier and off body proportions I find really don’t mesh well with each other. Tradd Moore’s style might be better suited for another comic.

      • Tralala

        The art was perfect for the issue, given the fact that the “cartoony” approach is representative of how the issue focuses on the protagonist’s childhood years. The stark contrast between that seeming innocence to the harsh world Edward Zero operates in is the reason why the juxtaposition of these two sensibilities was able to create such a profound effect in the comic.

        Cartoonish art isn’t limited to conveying the “goofy.” Bill Watterson’s Calvin Hobbes is funny but it also has serious and political undertones.

  • Will

    Awful review. It seems the whole issue went over the reviewers head.

    If I were you I’d get another reviewer to take up this book as I feel Ales Kot is in no way given a review he deserves.

    • You feel Ales Kot isn’t given the review he deserves? Then you write it!

      Was it really the review you didn’t like or just the low score? Think about what makes a review truly good and then respond.

      • Tralala

        I’ll respond for Will. For one, the review doesn’t touch on the subtle nuances and underlying themes underpinning the narrative. The review only seems to focus on the superficial things. No mention on how the comic tackled issues of lost innocence due to indoctrination, moral dilemmas due to the idea of the end justifying the means, etc. And really? Mina and Zizek felt like blank slates? The dialogue felt natural, and the character beats resonated even more due to Tradd Moore’s stylized renderings on facial expressions. The scene with Mina and Zero on the treetop was especially powerful.

        • Tralala

          Just a reminder: I don’t hold any hostility towards the reviewer. just had to state my observations for I feel that the comic didn’t get a fair review. Cheers.

          • I appreciate that. If you disagree with the reviewer, that’s one thing. Just don’t go at him like the previous commenter did.

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