Soldier Zero Volume 1

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Stan Lee, the most colossal force in the history of comics, teams up with critically acclaimed writers Paul Cornell, Dan Abnett, and Andy Lanning and artist Javier Pina for the dramatic, action-packed, superhero scorcher Soldier Zero! In Volume 1, compiling the highly celebrated first arc, find out Soldier Zero's origin and how wheelchair-bound college lecturer Stewart Trautmann becomes an intergalactic weapon of war, while Volume 2 explores the reasons for Soldier Zero's flight...

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Overview

Stan Lee, the most colossal force in the history of comics, teams up with critically acclaimed writers Paul Cornell, Dan Abnett, and Andy Lanning and artist Javier Pina for the dramatic, action-packed, superhero scorcher Soldier Zero! In Volume 1, compiling the highly celebrated first arc, find out Soldier Zero's origin and how wheelchair-bound college lecturer Stewart Trautmann becomes an intergalactic weapon of war, while Volume 2 explores the reasons for Soldier Zero's flight to Earth!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Underwritten by the greatest name in comics and executed with relatively satisfying art and writing, Soldier Zero delivers a tightly wrapped package that falls short of being explosive. Capt. Stewart Trautmann, a marine-astronomer who fell victim to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan and is now a paraplegic, is facing some serious life challenges, among them, attempting to woo Lily, a pretty college professor. As they watch a meteor shower from a rooftop, a strange object hits the top of the building. Trapped beneath a rubble heap, Stewart finds himself transformed into a powerful space warrior who must confront grander challenges. Pina's art is nimble and compositionally flawless, but is also impersonal, lacking any imaginative twists or graphic extravagance. Worse, Soldier Zero's full-body armored costume is uninspired. The lack of fashion sense doesn't kill this comic, and Cornell's text is fluid and blithe, spinning out of this hoary comics origin without too much cheesiness. Understated, realistic dialogue and readability save the day. Readers may want to avert their eyes when the protagonist in lame space drag comes knocking. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608860470
  • Publisher: BOOM! Studios
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Stan Lee

Stan Lee is Founder, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of POW! Entertainment. Stan Lee's famous characters include Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four and Iron Man among many others. Lee is known to millions as the man whose superheroes propelled Marvel Comics to its preeminent position in the comic book industry. He first became publisher of Marvel Comics in 1972 and is presently the Chairman Emeritus of Marvel Enterprises, Inc.

Paul Cornell is the multiple Hugo Award-nominated writer of various television shows and comic books. Celebrated for his work on series such as ROBIN HOOD, PRIMEVAL, and his newest show PULSE, Cornell is best known for his work on DOCTOR WHO, with six novels and three audio dramas based on the popular series. Cornell has authored fan-favorite science fiction novels SOMETHING MORE and BRITISH SUMMERTIME. In addition to his collaboration with Stan Lee and BOOM! Studios on SOLDIER ZERO, Cornell has penned comics for Doctor Who Magazine, 2000 AD, Judge Dredd Magazine, and helmed such Marvel Comics series as WISDOM, CAPITAIN BRITAIN AND MI: 13, FANTASTIC FOUR, and YOUNG AVENGERS. Most recently, Cornell has taken authorship of the DC Comics best-selling seminal series ACTION COMICS.

Javier Pina is a fan-favorite Spanish artist who has worked on such series as VAMPIRELLA for Harris Comics, G.I. JOE FRONTLINE for Image Comics/Devil’s Due Publishing, GEN-13, but is best known for his work with DC Comics. Starting with BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS, Pina later went on to enjoy a long, celebrated run on MANHUNTER before putting his mark on SUICIDE SQUAD: RAISE THE FLAG, BAT-LASH, SECRET SIX, and mostly recently, MIGHTY CRUSADERS and SUPERMAN.

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  • Posted January 12, 2014

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    Unfortunate beginning!

    I wanted this to be sooooo much better given the talent involved but unfortunately it was a miss. The main character is too close to a combination between Green Lantern and Firestorm. The plot was unoriginal and sadly too heavy handed when dealing with the main characters ailment. Also, it drives me nuts when writers have aliens encounter humans in a serious way but have aliens speak "like" humans. Not the language but the context. Just a pet peeve. The art by Javier Pina is good and the character designs by Dave Johnson are very good. I wish Paul Cornell did a better job of establishing the characters beyond the surface and distinguish better between the dual character. I will read the next trade as its written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, who did a great job of the interior conversions in one mind with Nova from Marvel. Overall, this book misses the mark but has potential to be good.

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