Time for another review!
This week is New Zodiax, a book distributed on comiXology Submit, and fully produced by Joe St. Pierre. And by fully produced, I mean just that: written, penciled, inked, colored, lettered, and edited.
The cover looks like it will be a superhero tale, but in actuality, this issue is more about corporate greed and a group of hackers that try to expose it. One of the hackers calls himself the Liberaider, and his avatar looks very much like a superhero. When the hackers are lured into a trap, most of them end up dead in the real world, killed via convenient “accidents”—in reality, murdered by the corporation they were hacking. One hacker escapes them for a while—Liberaider—until he is also caught and thrown into a vat of liquid metal.
Basically, this first issue is a superhero origin story with some cyberpunk thrown in.
I enjoyed the art, for the most part. There were a couple of times when the anatomy went a little wonky, but it wasn’t anything that would cause me to not hire Joe if I were in a position to. And by the art, I mean all of it, to include the letters. While it starts out with avatars speaking, so the word balloons are more rectangles than ovals, the middle of the book has people speaking regularly.
I just don’t understand the mixing of the zodiac with what looks to be corporate espionage and a superhero. It seems to be a strange mix.
In reading the book, I’m of two minds. The writing was very good. I enjoyed it. However, the message was ham-fisted. Those two don’t often go hand in hand. It’s not often you find good writing to be ham-fisted. This was surprising to me.
This isn’t a book I can recommend, though. Not straight. While a good read, the story just didn’t really do it for me. At no point was I totally lost within the story, wanting more. While the writing is good, the premise seems a bit pretentious. I’m not one for pretension.
Final Verdict: Beautiful Strange