Jenny Zero returns this week with Jenny Zero II. The sequel to last year’s sci-fi series has a strong main character who can turn into kaiju size, for better or worse. Given the creator’s focus on the weird sci-fi tech which they talked about in our exclusive interview, we’re in for a wild ride. Given the first issue of the last series was great, the sequel series can’t miss, right?
Writers Dave Dwonch and Brockton McKinney have a really good handle on Jenny, our main character who opens this issue in shackles. She’s got a lot of spunk and is a little similar to Deadpool’s fast mouth. You’ll either love her right off the bat or grow tired of her yapping, which is kind of the point. She’s put in two very different but dangerous situations yet can’t stop reflecting on wanting a burger or commenting on those around her. It’s fun.
As far as first issues go, so much has changed from the first page to the last that it could easily be picked up by anyone. Jenny is being carted off in shackles, but soon she’s thrown into a new dynamic with an ominously powerful character. This also helps keep the story moving.
Along with Jenny’s story is a story focused on Kenji Tetsuo told via his journal from 1985. To say this chunk of the story is setting up some worldbuilding is an understatement. It follows two somewhat reluctant Japanese soldiers who must guard a mysterious object that dropped down from space.
Margenta King draws the issue with colors by Arnaldo Robles and letters by Dave Dwonch. King draws all the tech and techno-organic with a great organic feel. Colors by Robles gives things a nice shine, further making them feel alive. The bottom of the flying ship they transport Jenny has an undercarriage that looks like raw meat or muscle. It’s a cool way to distinguish the advancements in technology. The general level of detail is a bit more all-ages in feel, but facial expressions work well and attention to detail is great.
This issue is a bit slow from a narrative structure standpoint, and could have jumped ahead at times. It may be too soon to judge, but the early scenes with the soldiers seem arbitrary and things don’t heat up till midway through the issue. Jenny escaping her captors also feels a bit longwinded, only getting to the good stuff midway through. The end of the issue is strong though and regardless of plot and pace, you’ll be dying for the next issue.
If you like infectiously chaotic characters, Jenny Zero II #1 is going to be right up your alley. Jenny Zero II mixes together a cool sci-fi setting, kaiju, and a uniquely high-energy main character to make for great entertainment.
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