Posted on April 26, 2010 by Nancy
I have to say, I’m really getting into the ZERO HUNTERS series so far. Issue #2 delves more into the character relationships and packs just as much of a punch as the first.
After downloading my free review copy, I dove right in. The panels start off with the introduction of a new member to the ZH team, Officer James Mitchell. He’s green and doesn’t believe a word of what he’s told. But that all changes soon enough after a nice little romp in a shady underground club.
As a potential sidekick he’s sharp and quick enough on his feet to keep up. Overall, Mitchell makes a nice addition to the unit, and he adds a bit of comedic relief and a contrast to Garrick. We also get to meet more of the Zero Hunters. The players are tough and like the job, and they’re a great backup for Garrick and his personal mission.
The artwork is again very good; it’s slightly different from the first issue, but that’s not a problem. It’s fluid, has a lighter touch, flows well. Use of page space is also excellent in this issue.
While the cover doesn’t have the same level of detail and subtlety found in #1, it does show a majority of the bad guys and is a nice foreshadowing for what’s inside. It’s actually kind of like a movie poster and does catch the eye.
As for the story, we get more information on Garrick’s personality as it progresses. He’s a man set on vengeance, he trusts the wrong people, he keeps others at arm’s length and he is so driven by his one focus, one goal, that he often misses what’s right in front of him. This makes him an interesting character and a bit different.
So far, Garrick’s not the idealized, omniscient hero that can see a set-up from a mile away—or at the very least formulate a plan once the set-up has been revealed. While his physical training is fine-tuned, his other skills could use some work. And that’s one thing that works well for this comic. There’s a lot of room for character growth. Garrick is human, is flawed, and because of that there’s not exactly a clear outcome to his war with Dravald, especially considering their past history.
This issue had great pacing and coherently continues to build upon an intriguing story. I personally can’t wait to see what’s next.
Review by Nancy O. Greene