If you have a problem… If your parents won’t help… And if your cause is worthy… Log onto network #ZERO…because Generation Zero is listening.
Years ago, the children of the experimental strike team known as Generation Zero were taken from their families by Project Rising Spirit, a private weapons contractor, and raised to be psychic soldiers. After years of taking orders, they have fought for and won their freedom. Now, the world’s most wanted teenagers have pledged to protect each other tooth and claw, while using their extraordinary abilities to right wrongs for a generation without a future… To fight for kids, just like them.
If that sounds like the beginning to the A-Team to you, then you wouldn’t be half wrong.
The first issue of Generation Zero is told from the perspective of Keisha Sherman, and through her narrative we learn that the town of Rook, Michigan where she lives has gone from incredible poverty to an incredible level of prosperity in an incredibly small amount of time. The comic takes some time to get us immersed into the story of the the town, and Keisha, which may sound like a bit of a gripe on my end, but I think that it’s going to pay off in the long run as the series gets going.
Building the story slowly allows Fred Van Lente time to work in the more A-Team like aspect of the members of Generation Zero; indeed their presence in the first issue is brilliantly minimal, lending them an air of mystery – urban legends, even – which does more to set the story than having them leaping from the front page.
The first issue of Generation Zero is pretty good – it’s better than I expected, honestly – but it serves more as an extended introduction to the story’s setting than anything else. If you’ve read the previews, you already have a good idea about what’s going to happen here; enough of an idea that, if you’re being budget conscious, you could skip this issue. That’s not the comic’s fault, and if you did skip the issue you’d be missing out on Keisha Shermans introduction – something that i doubt the next issue will focus on as much.
This series, after one issue, is looking incredibly promising. I just hope we don’t get the story from the previews.
Writer: Fred Van Lente Artist: Francis Portella Colourist: Andrew Dalhouse
Story: 8.25 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read
Valiant provided a FREE copy for review. Also posted to Graphic Policy