*WARNING: Review may contain spoilers!
When you are a teenager you are faced with more than a few difficult choices during your years in high school. Do you go out with the cute boy on the football team or do you ask your dream girl to the prom might be a few of them. But what if you have a problem that can’t be solved by normal logic? What if there is a problem that you have that no one can help you with? That is when you turn to Generation Zero a new title from Valiant comics.
Generation Zero focuses on Psiots people who have extraordinary abilities of the mind and were trained under an evil corporation to become humanized weapons. However, they were inspired by the Harbingers and broke free of their corporate masters. The story focuses on Keisha Sherman as she is trying to find this group to help out with her problem. She lives in a town of Rook, Michigan which seems to be transformed into a paradise. It has the best schools, entertainment, housing, bands and everyone seems to be enjoying it. But she knows there is something beyond the surface and with her new boyfriend Stephen she is trying to figure out what is going on. She asks around how to contact Generation Zero and she’s told to go to channel #zero on babble and state your case. If they think you are worthy of your help they will come. I won’t spoil the rest of the first issue but I will say that Keisha does some digging and gets more than she bargained for.
This series is being written by Fred Van Lente who has done a lot of work for Marvel but you should recognize him as the co-writer of the iconic Cowboys vs Aliens. The writing on this book is good as it draws you in and you really don’t have to know anything prior about other Valiant titles. I haven’t read any of the newer stuff and I jumped in and was entertained by this book. It is a great read and I have read it over again and again. The book is drawn by Francis Portela who lends his own visual style to Generation Zero. He has worked on titles for Marvel, DC and even Ivar, Timewalker for Valiant.
If you are looking for a good jumping on point in the Valiant universe then this is the book for you. With a great visual style and excellent storytelling Generation Zero #1 is a book that should be given a second glance. So don’t forget to go to your local comic store and give this one a look.