The GeeksverseStan Lee’s Soldier Zero #5 – Advanced Review

Stan Lee’s Soldier Zero #5 – Advanced Review
Published on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 by

Written by: Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
Art by: Javier Pina

No credits page was included in this issue so not sure who else contributed to this issue.

Normally when a new creative team comes onto a book, they shake up the status quo and try to make their mark immediately on the book. Not so in this case, and that is a good thing.

DnA come aboard, replacing Paul Cornell, and they pick up right where he left off, immediately after. It’s hard to tell if this is the story that Cornell was going to tell or DnA just picking up the trail.

But it works either way.

Application Nine is an interesting new villian and I enjoyed his “powers”, a handheld device with different apps that gave him different abilities. It’s pretty interesting and fairly timely with new applications on handhelds being all the rage. The government agents and their reference to a tougher agent is good as well, I can’t wait to see what a “clown” refers to.

Stewarts brother James reacted how I thought he would about the loss of his arm, he wanted the suit bad. This will set up a nice dynamic for the future as James tries to get the hybrid from Stewart. How far will brotherly love take them?

All in all DnA prove that they are one of the top writers working in comics today. There’s some really nice bits, using the newscast to bring everyone up to date, and the exchange between Stewart and the Marine on guard.

Pina’s art is hit or miss. He’s really good on the details on the characters and their clothing, but lacking in the backgrounds. It’s jarring in a couple of places with the figures appearing like they are just in nothing. Application Nine is pretty plain as well. Some detail or something to liven him up would have helped.

He did a good job on the Soldier Wolves.

It’s a shame because if Pina could give the backgrounds some oomph to them, the art would be really great. His figures are well done, highly detailed, well proportioned. He’s got a fine grasp of storytelling, the panels flow smoothly and the action feels natural.

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

DnA step in and continue the story without missing a beat.

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