Indie comics need to have something special to be seen – they need to step out and be seen, whether it be to simply do well in terms of eye popping sales or to catch the eye of a bigger publisher for better distribution, indie comics need to have something about them that sets them apart from the rest of the rats in the race. At the same time, they can’t be so original that they completely limit their audience. Zero Hunters pushes the borderline of this necessity.
Zero Hunters has some fun and honorary references to classics like Blade Runner and the main character is the nearly perfect cross between Wolverine and Gambit from the X-Men. The art of Zero Hunters is often reminiscent of another X-Men-comic-greatness, Marc Silvestri, especially in the line-work. These things are all fun and exciting in a visceral way but they just do not make the book stand out, come off as original enough to be more than just a tribute.
The character of the wife in Zero Hunters is a perfect example of everything that is wrong with this book, she is representational of all other characters in the title, a 12-year old hetero-boy’s fantasy with a perfect personality and seemingly installed breasts. Zero Hunters does very little to stand apart of every mainstream success-story in the 90s – often 20 years ago. Yes, Zero Hunters has visceral action sequences where vampires see their ultimate demise, but ultimately, the book does very little to be remarkable. If you’re interested in revisiting some of the classics, Zero Hunters is a book for you – but in the end, there is little about this book that sets it apart from things that have already been seen.