Posted by:
Byron Brewer

Review: Soldier Zero #10


Plenty of action, yes. Plenty of plot, no.

That seems to be the status quo for this could-be-great Stan Lee property, but thus far – even under the fan favorite pen of cosmic scribes Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning – Solider Zero fails not only to live up to its potential, but fails to be any fun as a space shoot-‘em-up series, period!

In issue #8, Stewart Trautmann and his strange alien biotechnology go glove-to-claw with the Beasty Boys of Starborn. I believe BOOM! Studios is trying to show a cohesiveness in its sci-fi universe ala the House of Ideas in the 1960s, which is fine, but storywise this mish-mash smackdown just fills pages with uninspiring Pina/Bachs art.

The best panels in the mag were Soldier Zero’s departure scene in the sky, carrying Kaylee aloft. I believe it – the three-panel up-and-away -- was first done in a 1968 issue of the Colan/Palmer-rendered Dr.Strange. Still inspiring in its way.

The real tragedy? This book could be so much better. You always read me craving action, and there is that here, but without either the DnA or Lee cosmic complexity, the action is meaningless.

All it really makes me do as a reader is long for the next issue of Starborn. That is sad.