The GeeksverseStan Lee’s Soldier Zero #4 – Advanced Review

Stan Lee’s Soldier Zero #4 – Advanced Review
Published on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 by

Written by: Paul Cornell
Art by: Javier Pina
Colored by: Archie Van Buren
Lettered by: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Art: A- Trevor Hairsine; B- Kalman Andrasofszky
Editor: Bryce Carlson

Cornell does a great job with showing the uneasy, and sometimes angry, relationship between the Soldier and Stewart. It’s a good “feeling out” process that comes across, as each pushes the limits and tests the other to see just how far they can go. The Soldier comes up on the short end this issue, with Stewart surprising it on just how much free will and control he can exert over the body.

Cornell also does a great job of showing how the appearance of two battling aliens can appear to innocent bystanders and how they can form the wrong opinion. It’s a realistic view. As far as these people are concerned, these are two aliens using Earth and their city as a boxing ring. They don’t know the deeper story between the two aliens and how one is a good guy and the other a bad guy.

Or are they? And which is which?

The story does a good job of confusing the issue. Going into it we thought of Stewart’s symbiotic pal as the good guy. But is he really? You know when it’s “complicated” that there’s alot more going on then meets the eye. But Stewarts stuck with the Soldier and forces his views onto the other and the last page is a good set up for the tone of this series, where the Soldier is going to be wanted for murder. It’ll make for some decent stories, Stewart having to keep the Soldier secret as the alien is wanted.

We’re also giving some glimpses that the aliens may not be as unknown as we thought.

Cornell is laying out a good story here. It’s a shame he’s leaving after issue #5, but the upcoming writers of Abnett and Lanning will do a great job, I’m sure.

I also like how Cornell takes time to pay attention to the smaller members of the cast during the large scale battle, as we see the wheel chair bound lady and the shop keeper interacting during the chaos. It’s a nice little aside that plays to Cornells characterization strengths.

James is an interesting character. I like how he’s struggling with coming to grips with Stewat having the Soldier and not needing his brother’s help as much. It’ll be interesting to see how James evolves after what happens to him this issue.

Pina’s art is decent. There’s nothing spectacular about it, but it does the job and does it well. The action scenes are well done and he’s got a good handle on drawing the oddness of the Soldier’s look. His expressions could use a little more definition. Most of the time the characters have the same expressions regardless of the action around them.

Stan Lee’s Soldier Zero #4 receives
4 out of 5

The interaction between Stewart and the Soldier is the most interesting thing about this series.

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