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Zero #1 – Review

26 Sep
Zero the Hero?

Zero the Hero?

The spy genre is a very popular but very overused one. Especially in recent years with the rise of the “Bourne” archetype, the success of the Mission Impossible films and of course the never ending but highly critically acclaimed dominance of the one and only 007. Comics are no strangers to secret sleuthing either, but luckily Zero manages to bring a fresh take on an old recipe.

Our protagonist (as to call him a hero may be slightly premature at this point) fits the standard archetype of the best of the best that her majesty’s kingdom can offer, but its his mission which begins to differ from the norm. Sent in to retrieve bio-engineering technology  from a Palestinian terrorist in the Gaza Strip whilst the Palestinian is going tow to tow in a big superhero super solider brawl with an enhanced Israelis prototype. The two tear each other and the neighbourhood literally apart whilst Zero slowly takes his position infiltrating his way closer to the action. There are brief glimpses of his handlers back at the Agency in London but they keep their secrecy for the most part (Note: Parts of this issue is not suitable for kids).

Zero #1 Teeth

Michael Walsh gives a great sense of pace and momentum keeping you on the edge of your seat as Zero creeps closer to the tooth flying fight. Fans of David Aja’s Hawkeye will find themselves in love will the artwork but for me it is Jordie Bellaire who steals the show here. Off recent success on other Image books such as Nowhere Men & Comeback (also featuring Michael Walsh on pencils) and a stunning all female issue of Captain Marvel (Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick with Pencils by Emma Rios) Jordie really brings the issue to life making the action feel visceral but still stylized.

Verdict: Zero is a great spy action comic with a talented crew. One worth watching!

8.5/10

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Hawkguy – Earth’s Mightiest Dude

9 Mar

Screenshot_2013-03-09-20-07-41-1Okay, this looks bad. Really bad. Copying the start of Hawkeye for my intro. Cheap. I really should be original. Screw it.

I’m not going to mess around. Hawkeye is amazing. If you’re a fan of comic books, if you read comic books, if you know anything at all about comic books then Hawkeye is for you.

Before I begin lets just get one thing straight. I am a comic noob. There I said it. It has been almost a year since I started reading comics regularly. In that time I have read almost 80 unique titles. Based on my bank statements I have spent exactly…far too much on comics in such a short span of time. However I don’t claim to be an expert, I’ve mainly read mainstream Marvel and select Image gems. So my thoughts on this are from the point of view of a casual fan wading in up to his neck in the bizarre but hugely gratifying world of comics.

Written by Matt Fraction and stunningly brought to life by David Aja, Hawkeye is the story of one of the Avengers most loyal and longest serving super heroes. Hawkeye, the guy, is special in many respects. He stands up to Captain America when others tend just to follow. He has more charm than James Bond despite being a quite a jerk and still ends up with more than his fair share of the Marvel ladies. Perhaps most importantly he doesn’t actually have any super powers.

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And that why this series works. Unlike most of his cohorts, Clint Barton is just a dude. He’s neither a billionaire like Tony Stark, a King like T’Challa nor is he a demi god like Thor. Clint lives in the real world and when he’s not saving it he is just getting by like everyone else.

In Hawkeye, Clint deals with everyday issues such as untangling audio cables or helping a dog to the vets after a car accident. Of course he has his villains, and occasionally the odd cameo from a friendly face, but for the most part he is helping out his neighbours or organizing his trick arrows.

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The other major factor to the series is the Student/Master Father/Daughter element in the form of Kate Bishop. Kate, also dubbed Hawkeye by none other than…Hawkeye, plays the straight face to Barton’s clown-like antics. She is endearing and the perfect balance. She helps him in more ways than he likes to admit and he truly loves her for it, perhaps because he sees so much of himself in her.

With the release of the highly successful Avengers Assemble (Or simply The Avengers as it’s know everywhere else) Hawkeye has become a household name and Marvel would have been brain dead not to have capitalized on that in some fashion. With casual fans dipping their toes into comics Hawkeye is a great platform from which to dive right in.

I’ve not, at least knowingly, read any of Fraction’s other works, but I really enjoyed the story he has to tell in each issue and more importantly the dialogue and character interaction. There are some moments which are filled with explosions and gunfire and huge action sequences, but all you care about is what Clint is saying to Kate. Comic books, like any form of storytelling, is about the characters. You can have the most epic backdrop but unless you care about the people on the page, until they feel real its just really great art.

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Which is a huge understatement. David Aja’s artwork is, at least to me anyways, breathtaking. I recognise that art is a very subjective thing, but I am in love. Aja doesn’t choke the panel with texture, yet somehow still managed to get an insane level of detail.

Much love also has to be given to one very special pooch. Pizza Dog, Hawkeye’s new sidekick, is getting his own issue. Yes, an entire issue from the perspective of the dog. And I guarantee it will out do a fair deal of other releases that day, both financially and critically.

Clint Barton may be a mighty Avenger but on his days off he is also a mighty guy.

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