Zenescope is usually rife with scantily clad Grimm Fairy Tale heroines or gorgeous covers that typically don’t deliver but, this new miniseries may fracture the stereotypical mold we all know and…love? The Courier is a five issue miniseries that seems to take this potentially interesting story a bit more seriously than I have seen in the past by Zenescope. Zenescope’s VP of Film & Television, Ralph Tedesco (Grimm Fairy Tales, Hell Child) will wield the pen once again as the writer and JG Miranda (Aliens/Vampirella, Purgatori) will handle creating the post-apocalyptic world as the artist.
The Courier issue #1, “From the Ashes”, will introduce us to a post-apocalyptic 2097 that has seen walled cities that protect the rich, and a wasteland that bore raiders, outlaws, and monstrous creatures called, “Primals”. As this world struggles to set up an economy and a foundation of stability, the powers that be rely on the Couriers which function as the foundation of trade through the Wastelands. We meet Eve Harper the most reliable Courier, as she accepts a job that could pay in more ways than one.
Tedesco introduces us to two factions that are engaged in a trade, the impending transaction goes awry and a leader falls and must fight for his life. Eve Harper is contracted to transport medicine through the Wasteland Before time runs out for him and her. However, Eve is challenged by the inhabitants of the unprotected areas as she is stuck to fend for herself.
Tedesco has created a great and cruel world for his characters, as he easily and effectively developed some great characters thus far. Eve and her robotic sidekick, “Artie” have a great symbiotic relationship as Tedesco quickly establishes how that relationship complements their survival in such a volatile environment. The art by JG Miranda is a huge departure from the Zenescope style and the book is better because of it. It was very gritty and appropriate for the subject matter, and Miranda knocked it out of the park. The “Primal” characters are not too over the top, and the other characters are very distinct and unique. When I say unique no two characters look the same they all have a tattoo, facial feature, or war paint that truly differentiates them from each other.
I easily give issue #1, 4 stars out of 5 stars, the character development was fantastic and the art was more in-line with what you would expect from Image Comics book, Lazarus (Michael Lark, Greg Rucka). I’m not adding it to my pull-list but if it’s available at my local shop I will pick it up.
(W) Ralph Tedesco (CA) Robert Atkins