Daily Archives: October 17, 2010

Letter Bugs – Kurt Busiek Loves Marvel’s ‘Hoohah

The world of comic books is made up of two separate but equally important groups: the people who work in comics and the fans who read them. Sometimes, members of the latter group cross over and end up working in the industry. And occasionally, in the letter columns of back issues, one can find fan letters written by these readers-turned-pros. These are their stories. (Apologies to Law & Order.)

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Zero’s Tolerance

Soldier Zero #1
Writer: Paul Cornell
Artist: Javier Pina
Colors: Alfred Rockefeller
Letters: Ed Dukeshire
Cover artists: Trevor Hairsine, Dave Johnson, Phil Noto & Kalman Andrasofszky
Editor: Bryce Carlson
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Price: $3.99 US

Back before Eye on Comics went on hiatus a few months ago, one of the last pieces I wrote was an editorial in which I expressed some scepticism about Boom! Studios’ plans for a new line of super-hero comics spearheaded by Stan Lee. Well, the time is almost upon us for those comics to see publication, and first out of the gate is Soldier Zero. At first glance, the premise is derivative… far too familiar in several respects. It’s comparable to a wide variety of other projects, from Avatar to Blue Beetle to X-O Manowar. Fortunately, there’s some character-driven content in the script that helps to set it apart. Writer Paul Cornell’s exploration of the experiences of a disabled person rings true and makes for some strong interpersonal moments in the story. That’s enough to hold my attention and for me to see how the whole alien-armor riff plays out.

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