Soldier Zero #1
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Soldier Zero #1

Writer: Paul Cornell Artist: Javier Pina Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: October 20, 2010 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9
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  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Oct 13, 2010

    Potentially, there could be a great deal of drama going forward, as the hero who lost his ability to walk suddenly finds he can walk again, and much, much more. The dialogue is a little stiff in places, but nothing that won't flow better over time as the writer gets more comfortable with these new characters. Stewart is a instantly likable character, and I'm already chomping at the bit to see what happens next - and its the team of Cornell and Pina that make it happen. There are always going to be a few problem spots in any first issue, but I feel the overall issue succeeds regardless. Soldier Zero is instantly familiar, yet also full of the unknown that it is worth checking out when it hits stands, and is deserving of 4 out of 5 Stars. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Oct 17, 2010

    While I don't buy into the notion of a storefront that posts a "no wheelchairs" sign out front (that's blatant illegal and discriminatory and isn't the sort of thing that would be tolerated by anyone), the awkwardness, defensiveness and other reactions that others have around Stewart all rang true. That people would accidentally exclude him from group activities rings true. Cornell has tapped into something most disabled persons and others with various challenges face everyday. Lee and Cornell don't present Stewart as embittered; it would be valid but it's also becoming something of a cliche in popular culture. He's not portrayed as a driven man on a mission, determined to change people's hearts and minds or to improve the world for others in similar circumstances. No, he's just trying to live his life normally, but the world just isn't co-operating even though there's no valid reason that it shouldn't. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Justin Carmona Oct 19, 2010

    The Bottom Line: While Soldier Zero may not be the most original comic book on the stands, there is still enough good work here to recommend. So, hit up your local comic shop, pick up a copy, and see how the Soldier Zero armor fits you. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Sacks Oct 19, 2010

    Soldier Zero, despite being created by an 88-year-old man, feels as fresh as yesterday's headlines and as real as the injuries that you might see in a VA hospital. Cornell and Pina create a really intriguing first issue. Hopefully future issues will keep a balance between the heroic action and Stewart's very interesting real life. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Oct 28, 2010

    Soldier Zero doesn't really bring anything new to the superhero subgenre. Soldier Zero isn't as good as MANTIS. The suit or presence is generic when compared to the exosuit worn by Miles Hawkins. The Mantis had cooler accoutrements, which contributed to a richer mythology. Soldier Zero doesn't match my memories of Exo-Man. The bulky blue-gray and yellow suit of Exo-Man emanated more personality and looked like it could have been an early solution for a crippled crimefighter. Furthermore, it was rare when a creature of terror figured into made for television film, and that's what Exo-Man was. Exo-Man's purpose was to destroy the criminal empire that crippled him. Still, Soldier Zero could develop into something interesting, but right now Soldier Zero occupies the three bullet range. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Oct 19, 2010

    Whilst I enjoyed this issue and I'll be interested to check out the second chapter of Soldier Zero to see how things progress, I have to admit that I'm currently more invested in the exploration of Trautmann's attitude to his disability and his relationship with Lily than I am with the superhero stuff. Hopefully Cornell will do more in issue #2 to distinguish Soldier Zero as an original superhero concept, because aside from offering Trautmann the mobility that he lost as a result of his accident--which admittedly might add a fairly interesting angle to the story--I didn't find anything in the issue's more superhero-oriented pages to really capture my interest. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Oct 19, 2010

    And I live in a military town and am constantly around military guys. You would have to be an absolute moron if you joined the military after 9/11 with the impression that you were not going to go fight in a war for the US government. Nobody is that stupid.Quote Refresh comments list Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Oct 20, 2010

    Not a bad first issue, but there isn't enough story here to really judge if this series will be awesome or not. Cornell is a gifted writer (so it has that going for it), but this Stan Lee-created concept is very close to some clichd territory. It's probably worth seeing how this series is reviewed for the first 4-5 issues before adding it to the pull list. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Oct 17, 2010

    At the end of the day, this is just an average comic book delivering an average story with better than average art. Nothing in this tale is going to stick with me long enough to remember when the next issue comes out. The main character looks like Breach crossed with Kofi from "Power Pack." Trautmann's downtrodden lashing out at the world around him doesn't make him an endearing character and the situation that brings about his "heroic" transformation is lackluster. Of course, this is the first installment of a brand new series in the grand era of decompression, so I'm sure there is plenty more interest and definition set for the months to come. It would have been nice to have some excitement peppered in here though. Read Full Review

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