Publisher: Waylines Media
Writer: Darryl Knickrehm
Artist: Darryl Knickrehm
Release Date: December 2015
The first thing you come to realise about this book is that the title is in fact a lie. The main character, Z, is just an ordinary human. The last human in the galaxy, but still, only human. His immortality is thanks to his regeneration chamber, which recreates him every time he dies; handy handy given that he his a bounty hunter. It does, however, mean that his memories have more holes than Swiss cheese, including his own name and where/why he got his distinctive tattoo (a large Z on the right side of his skull).
The story is pretty standard fare for an intro to a mini series. We get the setup, a little bit of mystery (why Z died this time), and a fairly good twist. Overall, the story is largely enjoyable, and contains enough of a mystery to warrant picking up the next issue.
Where this book stands out, though, is the artwork. This has to be some of the best stuff I have seen in an indie book for a while. In fact, If I had a man-cave, some the panels contained in the issue would make worthy adornments on its wall. One outstanding panel in particular shows Z teleporting to the planet’s surface. With the addition of some light colour for the teleportation beams, the top half of the page would be one of the first images I’d proudly frame and hang.
Darryl’s action scenes are also worthy of noshote. His characters move swiftly across the page, and the motions are clear and precise. You can even see the murderous intent in Z’s eyes as he move in for the killing blow, which adds the drama of the sequence.
On the whole, this is a great indie title and I look forward to the next issue.
The writer of this piece was: David Gladman
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