Editor’s note: After more than a year immersed in the new reality of the pandemic, my pre-teen son, Callum, has finally been inspired to write another comic review. He’s eager to hear what you think of his latest musings.
Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #1
“Zero Point, Part One”
Writer: Christos Gage
Pencils: Reilly Brown
Inks: Nelson Faro DeCastro
Colors: John Kalisz
Letters: Andworld Design
Cover Artists: Mikel Janin (regular)/Donald Mustard & Kenneth Rocafort (variants)
Editor: Katie Kubert
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $4.99 US/$5.99 US
I found out about this comic a couple months ago on YouTube, and I have been dying to get my hands on it. Now that I have it, I want to review it. This comic caught my interest because I play Fortnite regularly, and I love to play it. I also got it because there is a free Fortnite cosmetic code in the comic. When my dad suggested that I should review it, I loved that idea, so I decided to do it.
Batman discovers a rift in reality with Commissioner Gordon on a rooftop and decides to see if anyone has gone in it. He discovers Harley Quinn next to the rift, and the two fight. She says something about others going in the rift jumps in herself. Batman is scanning the rift when a mysterious figure comes from the background and kicks him into the portal. While in the rift, Batman blacks out, then wakes up and a strange figure (specifically the Fortnite character Ruckus) tries to assassinate him. Batman tries to say something but he realizes he can’t speak! He tries to communicate using sign language but realizes he doesn’t know who he is. After winning the fight, an unnatural storm closes in, and Batman determines someone is controlling that storm. He runs away from it but into a big battle with many participants. He comes across Catwoman, but he has a feeling she’s an ally — or maybe even his lover. They fight completely in synch and win the fight, but the storm continues to bear down on them.
I liked the art in this story. I like the contrast between Gotham City and the Fortnite Island, with Gotham looking dark and moody while the island looks lush and green. I feel artist Reilly Brown has portrayed the characters very well in his art style. His art is very true to the video game, and I especially liked the action in the fight scenes.
The story was amazing. There was the right balance of action, mystery and drama in it. I’m sure almost any Fortnite fan would like this comic.The writer creates suspense by keeping us guessing, like how Harley didn’t tell Batman who went into the rift without her. There were a couple of problems, though. For example, Midas (a Fortnite character who was presumed dead and now has robotic limbs) has been stripped of those cybernetic arms and legs. I don’t know if that was on purpose or a mistake. Also, I don’t know if someone who hasn’t played Fortnite would understand what’s going on.
Batman’s memory loss is consistent with what other characters have experienced in the world of Fortnite, and I like that. It shows that Batman’s core as a detective is always there, that he’s never going to lose that. The memory loss helps the writer bring characters into the Fortnite reality without raising a lot of logic questions for the audience or the characters.
I was eager to get the code with this comic to unlock a special Harley Quinn skin to use in the video game, but after reading the story and looking at the art, I can say I would’ve bought it even if it didn’t have the code included. 9/10