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Review: Generation Zero #4

genzero_004_cover-a_mooneyIt’s a hell of a day in the neighborhood.

The darkness bubbling beneath the miraculous town of Rook, Michigan is beginning to surface. As Generation Zero closes in on the vicious force abducting and killing teenagers, they quickly discover that this self-proclaimed utopia has been hiding a deep and disturbing secret that could destroy them all! But as the truth takes shape, will this reformed strike squad bring their first case to a close peacefully…or with a bang large enough to register on the Rictor scale?

Since the last issue of Generation Zero, I’ve read through much of the Harbinger back catalogue featuring these characters (for clarity, I’ve yet to read the Armor Hunters tie-ins and the four Harbinger Wars issues). Now that I have some basis for these characters, I’m wondering whether I’ll enjoy the series anymore, or less.

Honestly, having read those Harbinger comics doesn’t make a huge difference.

The characters within those comics bear only a passing resemblance to those in this series; now whether that’s a result of Fred Van Lente taking the characters in a different direction to appeal to more readers, or of whatever the characters endured in the comics within which they have appeared that I’ve yet to read I have no idea.

With that being said, it’s about time we move on to the comic itself, eh?

Issue #4 of Generation Zero essentially deals with the eponymous team getting ready to do something, along with some minor relationship building moments between Keisha Sherman and the psiot teenagers, but there’s also a subplot centering around Keisha’s brother. It’s the subplot that actually held my interest more than the scenes featuring the title characters, and I would have preferred more time spent on that than we actually got. Instead, we get a rather generic comic with the odd brilliant moment that’ll pull your intention into an otherwise average story.

I’ll be back next issue, but largely to see where the subplot leads. Hopefully the rest of the comic picks itself back up.

Story Fred Van Lente Art: Francis Portela
Story: 6.75 Art: 8 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

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