Jenny Zero #1 (REVIEW)

May 5, 2021

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Jenny Zero #1
Dark Horse

Written by: Dave Dwonch & Brockton McKinney
Art by: Magenta King
Colors by: Megan Huang
Letters By: Dave Dwonch

As far as comic heroes go, Jenny Zero is as unconventional as it gets. Depraved and unhinged, Jenny can be best described as Paris Hilton meets Commando — and I, for one, am here for all of it. 

Jenny Zero #1 gets across the message from the outset: this will not be any ordinary story. Monsters. Drugs. Bizarre fish-looking weaponry. Dave Dwonch and Brockton McKinney are clearly having fun writing this story. What’s so impressive about Jenny Zero #1 is both writers share one voice, maintaining the pace and keeping the storytelling on point. 

Jenny Zero #1 spends most of its time introducing us to its title character, which is needed given this wonderfully bizarre new universe. It also becomes very clear early on of just how little Jenny cares for her past — and how far she is willing to go to black out the present.

Dwonch and McKinney do a great job at building up to the climax of the first issue. While most of the time is spent showing Jenny engaging in all sorts of debauchery, we are given snippets to who Jenny once was — an elite-level soldier, who just so happens to be the daughter of a superhero. Now jaded at the very institution where she was once considered the best of the best, Jenny has to grapple with a very important decision: continue to party or answer the call to action.   

The sequence of events that takes place within the final pages are both sensational and unexpected. Magenta King’s art shines throughout this book, but it’s the action at the end where his stylized approach really stands out. 

Overall, Jenny Zero #1 is a wild ride, introducing us to an outrageous new character that is as fearless as she is inebriated. With only four issues to tell their story, Dwonch and McKinney sure did a tremendous job of reeling me in and getting me hooked for the next issue.