From the first issue of "Zero" this was a great read. We had the debut showing how we would see various years in the life of a young boy trained to kill by the military before breaking free, followed by when things got weird with a surreal fungus that infected people and basically invaded their very body and psyche, to it all got even more bizarre with concepts of multiple universes, everything evil being embodied as a parasitic force, and general insanity. It is funny to think how it really started out seeming to be a straightforward military-type yarn about kids trained to kill, before spinning-off into a surreal tale of shared consciousness and the debate over what in fact makes us human. It is remarkable, just amazing.
|Edward facing down the mysterious universal parasite.|
Interpretation 1: It's what it looks like at first blush.
Interpretation 2: He's Still Absorbed Into the Fungus-Psyche
Interpretation 3: The Fungus Sent Him to Another Universe...Somehow
Edward Zero is maybe not in his "real" world, but he's in a better one (for him, at least), and for that reason he doesn't care how real or fake his existence is, as really we are just come from the fungus and turn into the fungus. It's extremely dense, both happy and sad, plus it is pretty far-fetched, except for the question of that darn eye throwing a big wrench into the first interpretation (unless the fungus could fix his eye or such). Hence, I like this interpretation I came up with the most.
The Correct Answer Is?
From writer Ales Kot, to his artist collaborators, and colorist Jordie Bellaire who helped maintain a continuity-of-appearance despite all the disparate art styles, this is just a superb comic, and one I'm glad to have been with from its first issue to this final 18th. Without a doubt this comic has earned...
5 out of 5 stars.