I bought NUMBER 13 #0 on a complete whim. The cover alongside another book of contrasting color called to me from the shelves of the local comic book store. After reading it, I’m glad that I made the investment. Not only is Robert Love’s art of the book smart and well-crafted but the story by Love and David Walker is unique, fun and adventurous. Walker’s scripting Love’s panel layout are also worth taking note of.
Reminiscent of Ross Campbell’s big-eyed character creation and design-sensibility, Love’s art is both cartoony and realistic all at once which sets an interesting tone for the book allowing for a pliable sense of reality. The characters are so unique, yet easily recognizable that they are instantly memorable and compelling. The characters’ design and interactions with the world make them and story a page turner.
The story, that of a lost but dangerous child wandering the world looking for their father is both sad and interesting, which certainly adds to the reader’s need to finish this #0 floppy teaser. While the dialogue is a little wonky due to it’s alien nature, it is by no means too complicated which keeps the reader rather than losing them in complicated confusion. NUMBER 13 #0 is also a huge part of what makes this book so readable. There is a smart use of panel layout and story edits which also drives the reader to not only change the page but grasp for the dialogue and images on the next.
All read and done, NUMBER 13 #0 has won me over, from shelf to back cover and I look forward to reading the trade in a few months.