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Bold and Heartfelt: New Black Mask Ongoing Series 'Destiny, NY' Coming from Pat Shand and Manuel Preitano,

 What if there was a magical prophecy that you were destined to save the world, and you fulfilled it so young you don’t know what to do with the rest of your life?     That’s the problem facing Logan McBride in DESTINY, NY, the ongoing comic book series launching in March 2021 from Black Mask Studios, the Los Angeles-based indie publisher of acclaimed titles including CALEXIT, LOUD, 4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK, KIM & KIM, and BLACK. Together, writer Pat Shand (Black Mask’s SNAP FLASH HUSTLE), artist Manuel Preitano (DC Comics’ THE ORACLE CODE), and cover artists Elisa Romboli (upcoming ALICE IN LEATHERLAND) and Rosi Kämpe (SPIDER-GWEN) have created a grounded story about the magic of young adulthood, star-crossed modern romance, delayed coming of age, and finding your place in a world too busy to notice you. “Destiny, NY is a story about what happens next. Fantasy stories always end when the prophecy is complete, when the villain is defeated. I wanted to find out what happens next. How

REVIEW: 'Generation Zero' #4 by Fred Van Lente, Francis Portela, and Andrew Dalhouse



★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Generation Zero draws to the end of the arc with a character-driven issue that exposes more about the team in the midst of a precarious battle against an unknown foe.

Fred Van Lente reveals layer after layer of his protagonists and soon Keisha herself understands this is far from a game. And who would blame these powerful psiots who've had to endure so much? First, forced to serve as child soldiers stripped of a normal childhood. Then as escapees who bond together to protect one another in a world that fears and hates them. They've insulated themselves and found a common cause with Christian as their leader. Their innocence has been lost and now must use their extraordinary skills to survive and help others. What the issue lacks in action makes up for in a more emotionally charged interpersonal interactions. 

Telic and Animalia emerge with personality traits that ring true. Keisha is our guide into this world, the character we identify with to a certain degree. She strives to be different because she sees herself that way when in fact she's normal. The contrast is never clearer than when in the presence of the Generation Zero kids. These psiots are the true "aliens," misunderstood and demonized.  Her well-intentioned advice to her brother Kwame is what a big sister should do but as teens often do, they put their own interests ahead of the interests of others. The opposite of what the GZ kids are doing now. 

We get the perspective from Kwame who's autistic and highly gifted intellectually. He's left on his own and we’re treated to his worldview. There are certain aspects that appear different through his eyes. Strangers look more suspicious, the warnings of his sister echo in his mind. He's devised an intricate and precise plan to get home avoiding all the dangers Kiesha told him about. Except there was one danger he couldn't avoid. 

Artist Francis Portela and colorist Andrew Dalhouse continue to produce some sharp, detailed, and colorful illustrations. The pacing in the layouts drive the action even if it's just Telic telling Kiesha off. It's displayed with deliberate anger and menace that builds from one panel to the next. Dalhouse infuses the scenes with rich colors that add warmth and texture. 

Generation Zero #4 is honestly a good character-building read but perhaps not the issue to jump into if you haven't read the last three. Within the arc's context, it fills in a lot of information but more rewarding for readers who've read the series from the start. So I urge you to catch up, buy issues 1-3 and see what I mean. Van Lente and Portela have something explosive in the works and you won't want to miss it. 

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