Dandy Don the Valiant’s Review: YEAR ZERO #2 – Unleash the Beasts!
Year Zero #2
Writer: Ben Percy
Artist: Ramon Rosanas
Cover Artist: Kaare Andrews
Publisher: AWA Studios
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Oh, hey, Mom. I’m getting ready to read another comic book from that hot new company: AWA (Artists, Writers, & Artisans, Inc). It’s called Year Zero #2. It’s about zombies. Although I didn’t technically see any zombies last issue, I think I will this time. What? No, you have never seen zombies before. They aren’t real. Okay, when did you chase off a bunch of zombies? Last October? Mom, that was Halloween! No wonder you had all that leftover candy. 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 the new kid on the block and they are fast becoming the most popular kid in the neighborhood. They released their first set of series on March 18, under their imprint, Upshot. They had to go on hiatus due to the pandemic, but they are back with new issues and they are back strong. One of those new issues is Year Zero #2, written by Benjamin Percy.
After reading the first issue, there was evidence that the zombies were wreaking havoc all over the world, we just didn’t get to see them yet. Percy was setting the stage for the rest of the five part mini-series, and I respect that. Issue #2 unleashes the beasts! This issue starts out with a flashback from a polar research station that has a figure encased in ice laying on a table. Sara Lemons is taking samples from the figure and wonders if this could cure HIV or cancer someday. Then we are quickly transported back to the present. We see glimpses of Mexico City, Tokyo, Kabul, and Minnesota, that are in the middle of some sort of chaos or another. We do get a hint about how long ago “the event” actually took place (yeah, you’ll have to buy this issue). This series is unfolding slowly but surely, as we are getting to know more about the characters involved, albeit slowly but surely, too. The mystery is there, the intrigue is there, and the action picked up its pace some in this chapter. The curiosity alone will bring me back for issue #3.
Benjamin Percy is intentionally not revealing too many details too fast, and that’s okay. I like the mystery and intrigue, as long as it’s justified down the road. Kaare Andrews has created another interesting cover. Ramon Rosanas continues to draw a descriptive story worthy of the theme and Lee Loughridge brings the haunting colors that fit the mood perfectly. Glad to see you back again, AWA.
Mom, I can’t believe you chased off all those kids on Halloween because they were dressed like zombies. Now I’m starting to understand why the neighborhood kids run from you in the grocery store. Oh, boy.
Read issue #1 here!
Issue #2 unleashes the beasts!