Zero #15 Review

Can this series change this fanboys mind? Or will the disappointment continue to swell within? Read on to find out.

The official description from Image:

Tangiers in the 1960s. United Kingdom in the 2020s. The trip begins.

Zero #15 LemireNever has there been a series to change my opinion so dramatically over the course of a year as Zero has, as having gotten off to a phenomenal start, with a wonderful premise, it’s been sad to see it continuously slip in quality. This unfortunately continues into this latest issue, as despite the drastic new concept that suggests Zero is a fictional character in a multiverse created by a man on drugs somewhat intriguing, the final execution fails to entice.

This also leads me to wonder exactly what is going on in writer, Ales Kot‘s head, as though there’s some linear continuity from the ongoing story, it feels a little to weird to be a believable extension. I also found the transition between the fictional writer’s tale and Zero’s developments to be a little off putting, as given the surreal nature of both, and unfocused nature of the latter, the choice to merge both seems unproductive, with a prior story point being a more fitting setting to get this concept across to readers.

One of the things that I’ve continued to enjoy about this series has been it’s rotating art team, with the addition of a new artist each issue bringing freshness to the tale (whether I like the art itself or not). That remains true here, as though Ian Bertram‘s art doesn’t personally appeal to me, it suits the surreal nature of it’s plot. The mixture of grey tones and colours from Jordie Bellaire also manages to capture the different tones, with each giving more depth to their respective events.

Zero is a series that I personally don’t see changing very soon, as though it’s shown faint signs in the past, the constant jumping from one place to another proves a little unproductive for the plot. The concept of this issue on the other hand will divide readers, as though I’m very much on the fence, leaning more to the negative side, there’s bound to be some that’ll love it, and others that’ll hate it.

  • + Somewhat interesting concept.
  • - Doesn’t work in the long run.
  • - Too strange.
  • - Art isn't for me.

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