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Zero #1

Writer: Ales Kot Artist: Jordie Bellaire, Michael Walsh Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: September 18, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 9
8.3Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

Edward Zero is the perfect execution machine - a spy who breaks the rules to get things done. When a stolen device appears in the center of a long-running conflict, Zero comes to retrieve it.  The problem is, the device is inside a living, breathing, bio-modified terrorist and there's an entire army after it.

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Julien Loeper Sep 18, 2013

    Kot's seemingly anti-war commentary is very strongly put out here, and I can't help but admire a man who wears his politics on his sleeve. It's a testament to the fact that very few creators in the industry are willing to make themselves stand out as individuals by radically differing from the norm set of standards. Zero #1 wears its heart on its sleeve, and is one of the few brave, new on-goings out on the market right now. Go and pick up a copy as soon as you can. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Sep 21, 2013

    It's clear, then, that Kot can indeed write more traditionally-structured stories with his own creations than he'd previously shown an interest in. If anything, the world of "Zero" is almost too deliberately defined, heading into Ellis-esque geopolitical spec-fic at times. And while a stronger narrative hook would've made a second issue a less uncertain prospect, there's a framing sequence which starts with a powerful image and poses a lot of questions that demand resolution. You're more likely to return for the creators than the characters, but a launch with this much poise suggests "Zero" is going to be worth keeping an eye on. Read Full Review

  • 10
    We The Nerdy - Topher Bostick Sep 23, 2013

    The idea behind Zero is that a different artist will draw each issue to represent the many different missions Zero will go on in his telling of this story. Bellaire will remain on all the issues doing the colors, which should help to tie the issue together.This is a bold move, that could come back to bite them in the end, but sometimes you have to take a few risks in comics. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Sep 16, 2013

    When Image launches a new series, there's often a great chance it's going to be another great one. Ales Kot has given us an intriguing story that takes the spy genre to a new level. Michael Walsh's art rips into the action and you'll need to hang onto your seat to make sure you don't fall over while reading. Jordie Bellaire's colors highly complement Walsh's art as each panel has the right focus on attention. The fact that the next issue will focus on another mission makes it all the more compelling to want to come back to find out what's next. Just be sure you can handle all the content contained here. If you're looking for a different type of comic with a great story, art and colors plus loads of action and intrigue, this is the one for you. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Fortress of Solitude - Byron Hendricks Sep 30, 2013

    This is a cracker of an opening issue, one that has everything you would expect of an action title. There is profanity, sex, graphic violence, thrill and suspense and it is all presented to the reader through some great artwork and colouring. As mentioned earlier this is definitely a read for the more mature reader, unless you want to explain the birds and the bees a lot sooner than you expected to. The fact that the next issue will feature a completely different mission is great. This title manages to mix different genres to create great results. The thought that the art will change in the next issue is a bit less re-assuring. If the plot remains as tight and well written as this debut then it would mean Image has just released yet another great title! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The MacGuffin - Matt LeMaire Sep 17, 2013

    By all accounts, ZERO #1 is a successful first issue that quickly drops us into the world of Edward Zero and gives us a lot of compelling and timely reasons to stick around. Add in some great art, and you've got a winner. With the promise that future issues will use different artists, there looks to be a lot of interesting rides to be had as we learn the story of Edward Zero. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Multiversity Comics - David Henderson Sep 19, 2013

    As stated, there is a lot to like about "ZERO" simply because of how much it does right. Kot's writing is tight and evocative and captures the lost magic of the war comics through a really strong narrative. Michael Walsh's artwork creates a harrowing war-torn landscape that easily blends small, emotional moments as well as pulse-pounding action scenes and intricate spywork. This is an extremely strong opening to a series that is set to go onto great things is this issue is any indcation. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Hansel Moreno Sep 17, 2013

    There a mysteries and questions strewn about every timeline of this story and I can only hope for answers. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - joedwardlewis Sep 19, 2013

    Your mission is somewhat easier than Edward Zero's " BUY Zero #1, winner of our much coveted Comic of the Week accolade, before it's too late. This one, as another Image No.1, is sure to fly off the shelves. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Sep 29, 2013

    This is truly a spy story taken to the next level and one you don't want to miss. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Randall Austin Sep 18, 2013

    I'm not sure what exactly it was about this comic. I feel that this story was original in so many ways. I felt that the true intent of doing good work showed through the art and dialogue. I think, for once, that I was taken by surprise. My fellow Ungrownups and Geeks, Zero #1 is definitely a treat. It reminded me of the first time I read Spawn. I was engulfed in another world and able to escape the coffee shop that I'm sitting in. Kudos to the team and the publishers at Image.—RLA Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Oct 3, 2013

    If you like hard-edged espionage/thrillers I'd recommend checking this out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Sep 18, 2013

    A strongly plotted first issue that leaves me with some questions about characterization, Zero #1 may end up falling by comparison to other, more deeply rendered spy stories such as Queen and Country, and oddly enough, some versions of Suicide Squad. That said, the idea of a significant part of this narrative occurring in our own future opens up tons of ideas and pathways for experiencing a soldier at different points in his timeline, not to mention the world as well. This is a story structure, like many Image books, that likely demands a cumulative analysis and theres certainly enough to compel within this framework to keep me coming back for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CHUD - Graig Kent Sep 28, 2013

    It's not a revolutionary title, but it's got a definite hook. Fans of action but with a splash of intrigue should be all on top of this. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Sep 29, 2013

    Michael Walsh boasts a general approach to comics storytelling that's grown throughout the medium in recent years. Such artists as Paul Azaceta, Tonci Zonjic, David Aja and Chris Samnee boast these styles that seem minimalist on the surface but actually convey so much in terms of texture and atmosphere. Walsh is another such talent. He achieves a realistic portrayal of unreal circumstances - and I don't just mean the superhuman, tech alterations that seem to drive the plot. The notion of the armed conflict in which the action unfolds is quite conventional, but for people like me, that intensity and life-or-death circumstance are hard to imagine. Walsh captures the hectic and brutal context adeptly. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell Sep 18, 2013

    Zero #1 hits the ground running. Image is putting out a lot of great new series, but this one may just be the best. Each issue of Zero will feature a new artist for each new mission Zero takes on, so it will be interesting to see how that plays out and whether it will effect the book or not. Zero #1 is well worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Steve Paugh Sep 18, 2013

    In a way, it's sort of a shame that this book will see a new artist with each issue, but as much as I loved Walsh's stuff here, I'm also looking forward to seeing what Kot's other impending artistic collaborators " Mateus Santolouco, Morgan Jeske and Tradd Moore " will bring to what will inevitably be, both visually and narratively, a very layered story by its end. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Sep 17, 2013

    Zero is a strong and moody affair from Kot and Walsh. It will be enticing to come back next month and wonder who the next artist will be on the title. This is a solid first outing for the team. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Sep 18, 2013

    Despite that, it's still pretty good overall. Decent enough facial expressions and character models, the violence is graphic and brutal, some panels are colored very well to make them standout, and there is a good sense of motion and movement to it. If you liked any of those artists I listed, you'll like this one's work. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Crux - Wesley Messer Sep 25, 2013

    That all being said, Zero #1 is a good first start to a series that has so much going for it, but still a bit rough around the edges. There's no doubt that Ales Kot and Michael Walsh work well together. The story itself is told effectively and gave a compelling first page that did have me curious enough to read on. Walsh is great with action scenes I have no doubt he'll get even better as the series goes on. Ales Kot does an amazing job of keeping the action going while it is going on, yet when it slows down it slows down cold. Imperfect, but I still say Zero #1 is well worth reading. Far from perfect, but Zero has a lot of potential which will have me coming back for more. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Dan Pennacchia Sep 19, 2013

    Kot has produced some fascinating stories through different publishers over the past year. He is a real talent, and has surrounded himself with an art team to match. Zero may have a lot of incredible story ahead, but the first issue comes up a little short, which is a shame after such a memorable beginning. Read Full Review

  • 5.7
    Entertainment Fuse - Jim Bush Sep 22, 2013

    The art, which is good overall, gets pretty explicit in terms of its violence, too. One character in particular meets a grizzly fate. While it's not horrific, the carnage does pile up as the story progresses. Combined with the random sex scene and the lack of a strong connection to the Gaza Strip context, there are a number of things that make me unsure if Zero will be worth reading on a continual basis. However, Kot, Walsh and Bellaire have also set up a large world in Zero #1 with a central character who has some clear problems coming his way. So if nothing else, Zero may end up being a good action story. If you like stories about rogue agents, assassins and conspiracies, the first issue of Zero may be worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Rob McMonigal Sep 19, 2013

    Political commentary in a comic is a tricky thing, and Zero doesn't quite made the grade in this first issue that features a future where Israel and Palestine send super soldiers at each other and the US tries to clean up the mess. Read Full Review

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