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Zero Hunters #1
Publisher: Cinemacomics
by Scotty G. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/24/2013 18:38:03

Zero Hunters

Staff: Jay Carvajal, Marc Borstel, Federico & Karina Lopizzo, and Carlos Razetto

Overview: "Vampire" + “film noir” + “cop”. Follow that formula to the letter and you basically have everything in this comic.

Review: So I’m once again on a vampire book. I’ve stated before that it’s a genre I’m not super fond of, but I’m excited to dig into it. Sometimes this genre surprises me, so let’s sink our fangs into Zero Hunters #1! The first thing that grabs me is that this is a scifi and I’m a fan of the clean cut modern art style they use in this comic. The lettering is nothing shy of professional grade. There is excellent use of silhouettes (which fits with the tone quite well). Some of the character designs (particularly for some of the vampires) are quite cool, but others lack any real inspiration (including Garrick, the protagonist). This comic also makes great use of this color and takes advantage of the visual medium it uses. Both visuals and script skip happily across the pages of this free 34 page comic.

But I’m afraid that’s where the praise ends. The plot is very simplistic and exposition heavy, the art has a few slip ups (though is generally pretty solid), and the main character is forgettable. A few of the onomatopoeia bugged me as they didn’t exactly jive with the fantastic lettering.

A lot of the plot relies on film noir clichés and stock characters. You can see everything coming and nothing is really new or unique. It seems like someone threw a few darts as a board with ideas tapped to it and came up with “vampire”, “film noir” , “cop” comic. Near the end they get into this interesting plot point about how the protagonist and the antagonist are locked in eternal struggle across multiple lifetimes. A nice little twist, but it doesn’t save the comic.

Ultimately there is a lot of like about this comic but a lot of it falls by the wayside. The plot is cliché, but it has some saving elements. The art is good but it never really rises to the point where it’s noteworthy. The characters are blank slates, though at least they feel like people (through dialogue and action).

Metrics Art: 7/10 (Decent art) Lettering: 7/10 (Professional grade) Plot: 3/10 (Nothing new) Novelty: 3/10 (Generic) Overall: 5/10

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
Zero Hunters #1
Publisher: Cinemacomics
by Gerwazy B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/12/2013 05:39:06

Moderately interesting comic, but it is operating on schemas and stereotypes. Sure, you can read it if you have a spare time, but otherwise don't even bother.

[2 of 5 Stars!]
Zero Hunters #1
Publisher: Cinemacomics
by jeffrey v. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/28/2013 17:57:21

ZERO HUNTERS is a nicely written, nicely colored, nicely drawn comic. It has a familiar story of a man who haunted by the memories of his family being killed in front of him by a vampire and his unrelenting quest for revenge. There is a secondary thread of a plot line that concerns a “history” the vampire and his hunter have between them that could turn out to be the strongest part of this story. There isn’t enough in this one issue to hook me into the storyline as I don’t see anything really unique at this point, but that shouldn’t stop fans of the genre from indulging their appetites.

[4 of 5 Stars!]
Zero Hunters #1
Publisher: Cinemacomics
by Flames R. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 04/28/2010 07:22:49

A Review:

At first glance this seems like it could be tagged as “The Punisher Meets Blade,” and that’s not necessarily a bad thing because there are solid differences that give this comic its own signature stamp, so endless comparisons are not needed. In the first panels we’re introduced to William Garrick, a man that’s part of a special task force hunting “the things that aren’t human.” But he’s also on a personal mission of revenge. The opening gives enough background to get things started before the story moves into a tense and revealing action sequence.

The protagonist here has a slick “don’t mess with me” attitude and there’s a nice mixture of darkness and humor. Some of the dialogue in a few spots is a bit cliché but, because of the fast pace of the story and the composition within the panels, it doesn’t detract from enjoyment of the narrative. Instead, that seems to serve as more of a tongue-in-cheek wink-wink to the readers that would likely be familiar with other works in this genre.

The artwork is strong; there’s depth, a feeling of immediacy, and the action sequences as well as the slower panels flow. There’s a very nice use of page space and also an overall glossy look to the art that gives it that “live” feel. The cover composition foreshadows with artistically detailed and carefully-placed items. I also found that the dialogue bubbles were easy to follow from one speaker to the next and the lettering throughout was solid.

This comic seems like it will continue to deliver a decent read and a visual experience that will be welcomed by many readers.

Read the full Review at Flames Rising:

[4 of 5 Stars!]
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