The first official Central City Tower Production, Project 0. The graphic novel epic chronicles the tale of Owen, an outsider far from home who finds himself gifted with the power to create change around him. While trying to find a way back to his own world, he and his only two friends have a chance encounter with a mysterious paramilitary, The Lancers, and the two saboteurs that will go to great lengths to stop them. An adventure is set in motion that will change their world. The place to start for those new to what we do at the Tower.
Quite often there is a gamble when you find a truly indie comic (independently created, written, drawn and self-published), usually there is some piece missing – some factor that wasn’t fully developed – some view that you look at in which the project seems to fall apart – and these aren’t signs of a bad project, just signs of project still in development. Project 0 has none of these signs. Picking up isn’t a gamble at all – it’s a sure bet!
The dark future sci-fi plot from this brother-run freshman company is both intriguing and character-driven. The setting infrastructure of the tale is very well thought-out and is stylistically given to the reader through both direct narration and by dialogue. As an added bonus, the reader can dig a little bit deeper into the story and the work of Project 0 by investigating the very cool and interactive Central City Tower Site.
When I read this issue, I couldn’t help but feel the manga impact on the synthesis of the feel of the story and the look and style of the art. Once again, not a bad thing, just the style that this creative team has chosen. That being said, with the level of clarity in both story development and visual presentation, I clearly can see CCT being a future lead runner in the American manga field.
Look for them at your next comic convention or visit their site!
Bottom Line: A creative team that major players in the comic industry could learn from and clearly an indie book worth following!