Review: Zoe Dare vs. The Disasteroid #2

On the great looking cover, Zoe rolls up her sleeves and looks as though she’s ready to tussle with that blasted Disasteroid.  Inside, however, we get more of the problems that plagued the first issue.  Book one of the series lacked its own identity.  With the second book opening and continuing to feel like Michael Bay’s Armageddon, I instantly see that issue two won’t be a big improvement over the first. Zoe Dare 02 Cover 5yrZoe, an accomplished stuntwoman living in her dead father’s shadow, gets asked to lead a space mission to the invading Disasteroid.  Assisted on Earth by her sister, Danni, Zoe contends with a rival stuntman and some nasty aliens.

The same problem of using clichéd plot and humor elements continues with the portrayal of the rest of the cast.  Two robots counterparts provide the comedy relief although the on-going hash-tag joke doesn’t work the first time or the four more times it is tried.  And the main alien’s use of the word “awesomesauce” deflated the threat level of the antagonist that a character like Zoe deserved.

Some of the artwork looks great.  I think Danni has a pronounced look with her pink mohawk.  However, one illustration of the character Winfield portrayed the man with so big a head I thought him to be one of the invading aliens. And those aliens still look like flat cast-offs from a Daft Punk video.

I am such a fan of the great idea behind a daredevil heroine, but the execution in the series falls flat.  Zoe does not get to use any qualities of being a daredevil on her space exploration.  Her adversaries do not offer the needed conflict that would better define her character.  The peripheral characters feel like throw away jokes that are unfunny and unnecessary.

There is a wonderful potential to this comic to be fun and humorous and crazy.  Unfortunately, this series does not recognize any of that potential.

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Zoe Dare vs. The Disasteroid #2 Writer: Brockton McKinney Artist: Andrew Herman Publisher: Action Lab Entertinament Price: $3.99 Format: Mini-Series; Print/Digital