Writer: Brockton McKinney
Art: Andrew Herman
Colors: Andrew Herman
Publisher: ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT (June 2016)
Zoe and Danni work together as a stunt show team, with Danni being support while Zoe is the star. The two are asked by the government to go into space and stop an asteroid … dubbed by Danni as the Disasteroid … from crashing onto the planet. Going along for the ride is a team of astronaunts, Zoe and her father’s arch-enemy, Race Thunderbuckler. As they land on the disasteroid, they find that there is more to it than meets the eye.
There are some times where the faces seem a bit too close together compared to other panels. It isn’t a huge issue, but the inconsistencies are noticeable.
Moment of the Issue:
#1 – The truth behind the Disasteroid.
# 2 – Race & Zoe’s heart to heart about their rivalry.
McKinney’s writing is superb with both issues. We get introduced to our main players in a very relaxed, very natural way. Particularly, Zoe and Danni’s introductions. They were done extremely well, presenting the sisters will fully realized personalities and a natural sister familiarity that not all writers can pull off on the offset. McKinney captures their sisterly relationship well. Zoe’s definitely the thrill seeker while Danni’s the rebellious inventor. I do like how both sisters’ personalities complement each other. Zoe might be the thrill seeker, but she seems more like a woman that looks normally while, visually, Danni looks like the thrill seeker, but actually is the woman with the plans to make sure Zoe survives any crazy stunts she will pull. It’s a great ying and yang that feels natural from their dialogue and down to their visuals. Meanwhile, McKinney gives an old plot a new spin and pulls off said spin well, with style. The asteroid that could bring destruction to humanity was played off well in the first issue and still holds weight in the second issue, even after the reveal of exactly what the disasteroid truly is.
Race is a bastard for most of the first two issues and he’s a glorious bastard at that. McKinney mastery of characterization is apparent as the characters within both issues are entertaining and feel authentic. Nothing feels forced and it just reeks of fun.
Artwise, Herman delivers art that is a nice mix of classic comic art, with touches of realism while creating something wholly his own. There’s a good amount of detail to each panel. Facial expressions and body movements look fluid, conveying a distinct emotion well. Backgrounds are well done, allowing readers to feel immersed in the experience of the book. Herman also definitely flexes his muscles from shuttles to parks with crazy stunts, Herman makes them look great. Including the detail he gave to our robotic friends, V.I.C.T.O.R. and J.J. There are some nice little homages to in design Short Circuit’s Johnny 5, the robots from Mystery Science Theater 3000 and more. Their images and movements just show the personalities these two robots have. Herman does some pretty awesome action as well, showing Zoe, Race and the more having some wonderful shots of action throughout the first two issues. Zoe’s daring bike stunt going ary to the crew inside the Disasteroid, Herman presents cleanly detailed action. The color for both issues was on point, giving the right amount of mute to them and not making them too bright. Herman definitely knows what works best with his style and the colors just enhance it.
The first 2 issues of Zoe Dare vs. The Disasteroid are full of strong storytelling, fully-realized characters and fun. Herman’s art, while there are small inconsistencies with the head/face shape/width, it is still very solid. There is not denying the emotions conveyed by the characters while Herman also gets to really use his artistic muscles with different kinds of backgrounds, characters and vehicles. The line work is clean while the colors work perfectly. Meanwhile, McKinney’s writing is superb, creating memorable characters with a wonderful story. There’s enough twists and turns to keep readers captivated. Zoe, Danni, V.I.C.T.O.R., J.J. and more feel real, with witty, authentic dialogue. The book is a fun read from start to finish and the endings keep readers begging for more.