Publisher: Waylines Media
Writer / Artist: Darryl Knickrehm
Release Date: December 27th, 2015
Z is the last man, the last human alive in the galaxy, in fact. Also, like all good rag-tag last man standing humans in the galaxy, he is a bounty hunter. Boba Fett without the suit and with a Mohawk. Punk Boba. He acquires a job from Auric Armitage, the head of Armitage Industries – someone to hunt – but Z has no idea where Armitage has got his number from, feels that something is going on and decides to head Yuganor to find the elusive Mr Armitage.
Yuganor is a place Z doesn’t want to be. He becomes a instantly recogniseable commodity – the last human alive, and in this futuristic world, freak shows are still doing a roaring trade. Z stops being the hunter and becomes the hunted. But he still has to find out who or what Armitage is – and if it even exists at all. Is he just a ploy to capture Z?
Obviously, comparisons are going to be made with a number of other texts – Star Wars, Firefly, Y:The Last Man – I mean, moving one letter down isn’t much of a change… but I think this comic has something else to say. Z is hardened, battle-scarred and a human brought back to life in a world where humans no longer exist. Someone wants him badly and he’s not going down easily.
Knickrehm is a writer/film maker and his scope for a frame is evident in the city scenes of Yuganor. They are highly detailed and feel large. Knickrehm’s artwork could never be accused of being subtle – big, thick, bold black lines fill every frame, every page. Background pieces are solid grey, foregrounding the action up front.
This comic pulls off something impressive. Sure, it treads familiar territory, it treads familiar characters, human history is still leaving its mark, but in Z we have a fully fleshed character who makes us want to go along for the ride. He isn’t slick, he isn’t approachable but goddamn if he doesn’t make you want to keep reading.
The Writer of this piece was: Hazel Hay
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