Dandy Don the Valiant’s Review: YEAR ZERO #3 – Great Discoveries Were Made by Accident!
Year Zero #3
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 do another comic book review for that hot new company AWA (Artists, Writers, & Artisans, Inc). It’s called Year Zero #3. It’s about zombies! Issue #2 was a little creepier than issue #1 and I expect this issue to be even creepier. No, Mom, I never said candy bars were creepy. What are you talking about? No, this isn’t about the history of the Zero candy bar. No one wants to read a comic book about how a candy bar is made. You would? No, Mom, they can’t make a candy bar comic book you can eat. Geesh! Sorry about that, OG peeps. Now, let’s get to this week’s Dandy Don the Valiant’s weekly review.
If you just clicked on this link out of curiosity, you didn’t make a mistake. If you were curious as to what AWA (Artists, Writers, & Artisans, Inc.) is and what it’s all about, you still didn’t make a mistake. They are writing some of the best stories on the market today. If you are not reading any series by AWA Studios, you better start now. These back issues will be getting more hotter, more popular, more expensive, and harder to find as time moves forward. One of those series is Year Zero, written by Benjamin Percy.
After reading the first issue of Year Zero, there was evidence that the zombies were wreaking havoc all over the world, we just didn’t get to see them yet. Issue #2 started to unleash the beasts ever so slightly. Now, Year Zero #3 releases more of the chaos, albeit ever so slowly. 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 mentions that “some of the great discoveries were made by accident,” such as penicillin and microwave radar transmitters that gave us the microwave oven. Then she lays her hand on the encased figure and the ice starts to crack and breaks away (Now, you know that “accident” is not going to be good for anybody. Uh oh!). Then we are quickly transported back to the present. We see glimpses of Mexico City (who knew a church could store that many weapons), Tokyo (where Saga Watanabe is gun-slinging for zombies), Kabul (where Fatemah Shah is leading a bunch of women in a zombie hunt to save their city), and Minnesota (B.J. Cool is still hunkered down in his bunker, but not for long), all of which are still trying to make sense of it all. This series has unfolding slowly but surely, setting the stage for what’s about to take place. It’s also the right pace to get to know more about the characters involved. The mystery and intrigue is there, and the action picked up its pace in small bursts. You still have time to find those back issues before the zombies try to take over the world (and the comic shops).
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 (don’t let me down!). Kaare Andrews has created an absolutely realistic looking and beautiful (along with haunting) cover. Ramon Rosanas continues to draw, and Lee Loughridge continues to color panels that makes a tragic story vivid and memorable. I can’t wait for issue #4.
What’s that, Mom? You ordered how many Zero bars? Yeah, I guess you could say this is your very own Zero year. Oh, boy.