The first of a four issue miniseries under Alterna Comics Bring Back Newsprint movement which sees comics printed, funnily enough, on newsprint paper, Zero Jumper #1 is written and drawn by Patrick Holland. Being of the science fiction persuasion, Zero Jumper wouldn’t ordinarily be on my radar, but there was something about the comic that sung to me when I saw Holland’s tweet asking for reviews. Beyond a very brief description that ultimately boiled down to just the genre I knew next to nothing about the story going in, and as such I won’t step too far into what the story is actually about as that will rob you of the sense of discovery and wonder that this story will inspire within you.
Holland’s story is really enjoyable; he gives you just enough so that you know there is a much richer and deeper lore just beneath the surface. It isn’t hidden – you just haven’t found it yet. Artistically I can’t find any fault. The colours pop and the comic feels like a sequential burst of visual stimulation that melds with the story in a way that only comics written and drawn by the same person is able to accomplish.
Zero Jumper #1 is a wonderful comic, and is an absolute must buy. It doesn’t hurt that the comic is under Alterna’s newsprint banner and will only cost $1.50, at which price you should be checking it out regardless. But even at twice the price, this comic is still worth a spot on your pull list.
Story: Patrick Holland Art: Patrick Holland
Story: 8.1 Art: 8.9 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy
Alterna Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.
Oh, the preview text that I read after reading the comic is really cool. I thought you’d appreciate it if you’re not sold on this book.
“An ancient power source that can manipulate space and time is buried deep on a barren world and Juno, the last human, must embark on a dangerous journey to find it. Her mission is simple: go back in time and save humanity from extinction. The cost? Her life.”