Dandy Don the Valiant’s Review: YEAR ZERO #1- Where Are the Zombies?
Year Zero #1
Writer: Ben Percy
Artist: Ramon Rosanas
Cover Artists: Kaare Andrews, Mike Deodato
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Oh, hey, Mom. I just got through reading another comic book from that new company I was telling you about a few months ago: AWA. Remember? AWA stands for Artists, Writers, & Artisans, Inc. True, it does kind of sound like the name of a movie production company, and the way these comics are written, each one could possibly see the big screen someday. No, I’m not going to get to act in one of their movies just because I reviewed some of their comic books. Well, yes, I could move out of your basement sooner if I was an actor. No, I’m not taking acting lessons! Geesh! Sorry about that, OG peeps. Now, let’s get to this week’s Dandy Don the Valiant’s weekly review.
Artists, Writers, & Artisans, Inc. (AWA Studios) is a brand spanking new comic book company that released their first set of series on March 18, under their imprint, Upshot. Then the pandemic hit, and I don’t mean a comic book story line. The COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, seemed to put the world on hold, including comic books. It’s extremely difficult for a new company to get their name and books out there under normal circumstances, much less having to survive a once in a lifetime pandemic. Something like this would have put most new companies under to never be heard from again, but not AWA. Now that comic books are being shipped and released again, AWA is back with new releases. Year Zero #1, written by Benjamin Percy, is one of those releases.
The cover, which is beautifully rendered by Kaare Andrews, shows a battle scarred RV decked out with high powered weaponry and window protection. It’s parked next to a body of water surrounded by majestic mountains. “Zombie Killer” is spray painted on the side of the motor home. This gives the impression that this is going to be some kind of zombie book. The problem is, there were no zombies to be seen. There is evidence that zombies are around somewhere, we just don’t see them yet. The hints are there that this is going to be a global problem and not just a localized one. This issue is not action packed as one might hope, but I do respect the fact that Percy uses this issue to set the stage for the rest of the five part mini-series. There is enough intrigue and mystery here that will bring me back for issue #2 to see what happens next. Don’t let me down!
Benjamin Percy has set the stage with his story, while Kaare Andrews lures you into wanting to buy this issue with his cover. Ramon Rosanas tells a descriptive story with his art and Lee Loughridge has the colors popping to produce a book that is worth checking out just to see what the zombies will actually look like next issue (hopefully). Glad to see you back again, AWA.
No, Mom, I’m not going to beg to be in one of their movies. They just started releasing comic books. I’m not calling! Oh, boy.