A year and a half ago, I picked up a copy of The Paladin #1 for the first time at TWCC and really enjoyed the beginning of a brand new series–and it was the beginning of publication. However, The Paladin #0 is the chronological beginning of that journey. In this book, the writer is telling the story of two brothers caught in the same situation two years apart. They are both being asked to join a group of very official looking men who appear to be government agents of some kind. One is a powerful telekinetic, and the other has a gift that is never expressed.
There is not a lot of exposition in this book, and other than dialogue, much is left to the reader’s imagination. By the end of the book, I was still left wondering who the brothers were and why government agents wanted to harness the power of a telekinetic who seems mostly interested in suspending pens and pads of paper in air and writing things with them. The story, short as it was, made me hungry for more details. Because there has recently been a change in the artist on this book, I was not sure if one of the two brothers is Gio from The Paladin #1–my book reading instincts tell me it may be the younger brother. A little more clarification on who exactly I was reading about would have been helpful.
The story telling style, switching back and forth between the older brother’s experience in 1975 and the younger brother’s experience in 1977, was a little disconcerting. I was expecting that the writer might start in the present, switch back to the past, and then wrap up back in the later time, but it actually bounced back and forth several times. However, the art did an excellent job of differentiating between the two experiences, by using different color palletes and tones.
The new artist, Bruno Oliveira, has a breezier, lighter style than in The Paladin #1. The art in this book feels more like beautifully colored pencil sketches. Oliveira does an impressive job of doing as much of the story-telling lifting with his art as Chris Antzoulis does with his prose.
I really enjoyed both The Paladin #0, which will premiere at New York Comic Con this Thursday, and The Paladin #1. I’ve been waiting quite some time to get more of this story, and this one has only just whetted my appetite for the next helping.
3 out of 5 Death Stars