Every once in a while we are treated to something different. That's what Ales Kot has done with ZERO. The idea is we will be getting to see different missions for a new breed of secret agent. With a different artist drawing a different issue, we know there won't be any concerns over the schedule. The idea of having Jordie Bellaire color all the issues is a brilliant way to provide a visual connection between the issues. This is far from your standard spy story as the first issue points out right away.
Starting off some years from now, we get a flashback to the main story that takes place in the middle of a war zone. Michael Walsh's art immediately sets the tone. As we're thrown into the action, the mission objective is laid out in the simplest way. As to the how and why things will get done, that's the fun part we get to witness. Our character is in the midst of incredible odds but it's actually a nice feeling seeing the mission already underway. Most spy stories contain the set up and planning. We don't need to see that as we're here for the action.
With the story already underway, it adds to the suspense. As the mission progresses, we learn the necessary details about the character and the mission that moves things along. The storytelling and action gets intense. Let's be clear, this is not an 'all-age' story. You will see sex, violence, profanity and almost anything else you might expect in an action story. None of it is over-the-top. It's all part of the story which gives us hints to the bigger story that's unfolding.
The idea of different artists is a little concerning. It makes sense that different missions/issues could have an artist better suited for that particular story. And the idea of allowing different artists to work on their issues is a great idea. We'll just have to see how it all comes together and how each mission fits into the bigger picture.
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.
Note: On sale September 18, 2013.