Writer: Chuck Dixon
Artists: Doug Mahnke (p), Sandra Hope (i)
Publisher: DC Comics / Wildstorm
I will readily admit I know zip about the lead character in this book. But that doesn't matter. Whether you know who he is or not does not affect your ability to read and enjoy this story. And that's what makes this story so good. It also helps that it's pretty much unlike most comics on the stands today by taking place during World War II. Oh, and the lead character? It's Deathblow.
Chuck Dixon does not treat the reader like an idiot. He throws you right into the story. You want to know who Deathblow is; Dixon shows you right off the bat. From page one, it's action. To say that Deathblow is a man who doesn't know how to quit would be an understatement. Dixon shows us that in spades, by showing Deathblow surviving being surrounded by a contingent of Japanese soldiers (as he holds hostage a Japanese Commander at knifepoint), to nearly being blasted to bits, to taking on yet another contingent with merely a handgun. And that's just the first 10 pages.
So once you catch your breath, another side of Deathblow gets presented. One that goes a long way into figuring out who he is and where Dixon might be headed with him in the next few issues. I won't go into great detail about the plot at this point. It's almost your typical “healing soldier gets another assignment that could end up a suicide mission as he falls for his nurse”. Almost, but not quite, because this is not your typical WWII story. I have no idea in which direction Dixon is going to take this story, playing it straight or delving more into metahuman side of the characters. I hope he plays it straight, with just a hint of the metahuman aspect.
The art for this series is by the extremely talented Doug Mahnke. If it wasn't for him, odds are I may not have even considered buying this title. He knows exactly how to pull the reader into each page, to have you feeling as if you're almost a part of the story. He has that ability to just have you turning page after page wanting to see more, especially once you see that first page. He is just so damn good. And thankfully he has an inker in Sandra Hope who truly embellishes his work. The two of them together have produced gorgeous work and it has me excited for future issues.
Overall, Team Zero is off to excellent start. My only minor complaints are some of the more predictable parts of the story. And they are very minor indeed. My other “complaint” is that this series is only scheduled to last 6 issues. Though high sales can take care of that… If you missed it, that's a hint for you to buy this book! Seriously, you will not be disappointed.
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