Dark Horse Review: Jenny Zero #1
[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers.]
Writers: Dave Dwonch and Brockton McKinney
Artist: Magenta King
Colors: Megan Huang
Letters: Dave Dwonch
Reviewer: Tony Farina
Meet Jenny Tetsuo, the hard drinkin’, hard partyin’ daughter of beloved superhero, Mega Commander Zero. After washing out as the military’s top Kaiju-killer, ”Jenny Zero” now lives the celebutante life with her hotel heiress and publicist best friend, Dana Sheraton. But when the massive creatures return, Jenny must decide if she can sober up and save the world!
Jenny Zero #1 takes place in a whole new kind of apocalypse but a totally reasonable one. The world is infested by monsters and the daughter of the greatest monster hunter, is a celebrity before she even has a chance to figure out who she wants to be. Of course, she does NOT want to be part of that non-sense, but she wants to be a celebrity. There is a smart commentary by writers McKinney and Dwonch about reality TV culture and the clear downfalls. Setting it in the world where monsters and heroes exist just makes it a smart satire.
Magenta King draws a world that is messy, but like our hero of this book, messy in a good way. There is a TON of detail. So. Much. Detail. Damn. Get in there and check it out. If you get this digitally, zoom right in tight. Judge this book by it’s cover. It is also done by King and it is poster-worthy.
Oh yeah, that last page is simply spectacular. Love it!
This premiere issue is really solid. I will admit the only drawback for some readers will be the fact that Jenny is a bit of an A-hole. I find it kind of charming and endearing, but I can see how it will turn people off. It could wear thin for me as well so we shall see.
Jenny Zero #1 is jumping into the the pond filled with other Kaiju fighting comics. It turns out, that in all the ways of magic, that pond can just keep expanding to fit in all the monsters and those other giants who fight the monsters. While this story does not have the loveable main character like Big Girls and does not have the incredibly bloody splash pages like Ultramega, this book, has a complicated protagonist and a meta-commentary worth thinking about for days, weeks and months to come. Bring on the monsters!