Today is the big day. The first volume of ZERO, the exploration/dissection of the spy thriller genre that sort of erases the genre borders as it moves along, is now out in comic book stores all around the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and hopefully some other territories as well.
This is a big one for me. ZERO is my first ongoing series. Every issue is simultaneously a self-contained story and a part of the big overarching narrative. If you want to know more about it, I recommend reading this interview, which came out before the first issue even went on sale, or this interview, which came out recently. And if you don’t have enough, then this interview takes you through my creative process from a different angle.
This comic is a success. We set out to do something special and we’re achieving it. So this post is, in a way, also a thank you to everyone involved with ZERO: Jordie Bellaire, our astonishing coloring chameleon. Tom Muller, whose wonderful design sensibility inevitably affects how I think of the story and how I feel it. Clayton Cowles, for delivering lettering that is precise and adding storytelling value, something that is rare. Mike Walsh, Tradd Moore, Mateus Santolouco, Morgan Jeske, Will Tempest, for creating the world with us, for being excellent artists and splendid collaborators. To Paul Pope, Becky Cloonan, Chris Burnham, Christian Ward for the variant covers. To Garth Ennis, Warren Ellis, Ian Fleming, James Ellroy, Jim Thompson, David Cronenberg, David Lynch, Terence McKenna and plenty more, for creating works that molded me and ZERO. To Kieron Gillen for the advice and friendship. To the retailers for ordering so many copies. To all the websites and magazines who decided to talk about the comic. To everyone at Image Comics for believing in the comic, and to Eric Stephenson specifically for greenlighting it and for always believing in me. To Ron Richards for giving me support in hard times.
This isn’t just a comic book coming out. This isn’t just a first chapter of a story. This is proof.
I can make whatever I want. I can find new wonderful relationships along the way. I can use pop fiction as a vehicle for self-exploration while keeping it very entertaining and commercially successful.
This is proof that comics can be anything.
You can find ZERO Vol. 1: AN EMERGENCY in your local comic book store. If you don’t have a comic book store nearby (see here), or simply prefer a different option, you can buy it on the US Amazon, the Canadian Amazon or the UK Amazon.
And here we have it. Its funny that this first collection is released almost a year to the day when I started working on the design of series, which only shows that comics are a long game if you want to do it right. Now do as Ales says, and go buy yourself a copy — you won’t be disappointed.