Writter: Ales Kot
Artist: Ricardo Lopez Ortiz
Publisher: Image Comics
If there is anything to expect from this series, it’s the unexpected. Ales Kot knows how to surprise you and keep you guessing, which is one of the main draws for this series. Another fantastic surprise each month is what the art looks like. Each issue brings a new artist on board and the fresh take on the grim, gritty world is a pleasure to behold. Not many creator-owned series could afford to bounce around visually as often as Zero, but it’s really worked out well, so far.
“Zero #11” is a bouncing narrative which may throw off some readers but I’m assuming that if you’ve made it this far into the series you know what you’re getting yourself into. There’s never been a reason to think this is going to follow a traditional narrative structure so don’t set yourself up for disappointment by expecting something different now. Kot and Ortiz do an excellent job giving us a glimpse of the lives of the characters and if you’re paying attention, it can tell you a lot about them and deliver some powerful story-telling through little slices of life.
I’m a strident supporter of this series, but even I am beginning to wonder if the story isn’t getting a little too ambitious for its own good. The web of the story is vast and possibly in danger of collapsing under its own weight. After eleven issues of a purposely disjointed story, it’s becoming increasing difficult to hold the story together in your head.
Ricardo Lopez Ortiz provides the art for this installment of Zero and handles the duties with care. The first few pages, which displays some pretty explicit sexual acts, are probably the most impressive of the issue simply because there isn’t too much going on other than character building and a quick action scene at the end. Through no fault of his own Ortiz was saddled with one of the less exciting installments of this series.
While #Zero #11” isn’t the most action-packed issue of the story, it delivers enough intrigue and paced character work to make it worth the investment. This series has been noted for its fast pacing and that trends continues and is, in many ways, a strength as Kot allows his artists to shine. If you’ve bought into this series already then you’re likely going to enjoy this issue. If you haven’t, don’t expect this one to win you over.
“Zero #11” earns 7.5/10