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Zot!: The Complete Black and White Collection: 1987-1991 Paperback – July 22, 2008
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Understanding Comics' McCloud spent the first six years of his career on this lesser-known Astro Boy–inspired comic. This mammoth volume collects issues 11–36, along with lots of commentary from McCloud. The series stars Zot, a teenager from an alternate Earth where rocket-powered boots and laser guns are commonplace, and Jenny, a girl from our Earth who just wants to escape her humdrum high school existence. The zippy, pulpy stories feature Zot facing off against a multitude of villains, from robots run amok to thwarted, steampunk-style inventors. Looking through the comics peers through a window at the development of a comic writer's talents; as the art morphs slowly into McCloud's recognizable style, the stories take on more sophisticated subject matter—one later issue features Zot and Jenny discussing sex, like a scene from a soapy teen drama. McCloud's love of classic superhero comics is clear, even as he consciously contrasts it with the problems of the real world. The collection only suffers from the absence of the first 10 issues, leaving new readers confused at some unexplained plot twists, but it is sure to be a treasure trove for McCloud fans or lovers of intelligent retro comics action. (July)
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Starred Review. Before the brilliant Understanding Comics, cartoonist McCloud created the much-loved Zot! starring an eternally optimistic, supremely self-confident, and genuinely decent teen superhero from a bright, advanced alternate Earth. This wonderful collection reprints all of McCloud's black-and-white Zot! work—not included is the series' initial ten-issue, full-color story, in which Zot first meets future girlfriend Jenny, a resident of our Earth. High-spirited, humor-laced heroics predominate in some early tales here; others are more dramatic, including Zot's disheartening first encounters with crime and disaster on our imperfect planet, and his battle against 9-Jack-9, the phantom assassin who killed his parents. Later stories present finely wrought character studies of Jenny's circle of friends, and here McCloud breaks down some barriers for superhero comics, dealing sensitively with issues of homosexuality and teen sex. As McCloud laments (rather too self-critically) in new commentary inserted between stories, his art style was still developing—but some work here, especially in stories involving the mad artist Dekko and his abstract visions, presages the style, invention, and concerns of Understanding Comics. Nominated for 12 Eisner and Harvey Awards in its initial serialization, this is highly recommended for teens and adults.—S.R.
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Zot! covers issues 11 to 36, all written and drawn by McCloud (an earlier ten issue run (in color) is not included, but #11 pretty much is a reboot in black-and-white). The principal characters are Jenny Weaver, a teenage girl in the "real" world and her friend (boyfriend?) from an idealized Earth, Zachary T. Paleozogt, also known as Zot. Zot, also a teenage, is a superhero in his world, but in a land where crime is minimal and the villains tend to be more silly than dangerous, Zot has developed into a pure idealist. Jenny, having to deal with family issues and the usual teenage pressures of school and peers, has a more jaded view of her own world.
The book is divided into two parts. In Part One - Heroes and Villains - we get somewhat standard superhero fare, with Zot contending with various bad guys. Some, as mentioned above, are silly, while others are far more dangerous. Part Two - The Earth Stories - take a radical turn. As these issues begin, Zot is stranded in Jenny's reality; it doesn't bother the eternally optimistic superhero, but it does shift the focus. Zot is almost pushed to the side as stories focus on Jenny and her friends as they deal with the mundane (but still significant) problems in their own lives. As Jenny is in the middle of a romantic triangle with Zot and her friend Woody, other characters must deal with issues such as poverty, gay-bashing and divorce. And though Zot may view things through rose-colored glasses, he is still savvy enough to provide an alternate, somewhat alien viewpoint to his friends.
For a comic to succeed, not only must the writing and the art be good on their own, they have to mesh perfectly together, and they do in this series. What makes McCloud stand out is not only good at writing comics, he is good at explaining how they work as well (and he provides a lot of commentary on his own work in this volume; in other works, not all who can do can teach, but McCloud can. But even if you've never read McCloud's more well-know nonfiction, this is still well-worth picking up.
by Scott McCloud
(Harper Books, 2008)
Along with the first series of "Love & Rockets," Scott McCloud's "Zot!" was one of the few comic books that I bought new off the stands in the late 1980s... I was a recovering lifelong Marvel junkie, and a few books had brought me back into the fold -- DC's revamped "Swamp Thing," "Watchmen," stuff like that -- and there was a swirl of charming black-and-white, small-press "ground level" comics out there that rekindled the sense of fun and wonder that the superhero books once had, but had lost in the muscle-bound monotony of clones, alternate realities and anti-mutant pogroms, and gimmicky fake deaths. "Zot," however, was one of the few books that really enthralled me, and that I eagerly awaited when it came out on the stands.
There was the first series, the color stories, that came out first (and which have been reprinted by Kitchen Sink Press... also worth tracking down) and those stories were lots of fun. After wrapping that series up, McCloud too a sabbatical, then returned with this second series, a more mature, more accomplished, and much more ambitious project that took comicbook storytelling to a very surprising place. Under the cover of a goofy, fun, fantastical reexamination of sci-fi/superhero genre, McCloud crafted an emotionally resonant coming-of-age epic.
This omnibus opens with the ebullient young Zot, a tirelessly optimistic teenage superhero from a futuristic alternate reality coming back to visit his Earth friend, Jenny Weaver, and stay with her in her world. He brings some of his hip, wise-cracking teenage future-world friends with him, and initially the series has the same giddy, adolescent tone as the first series. But over the course of the next couple dozen issues, the tone of the book changed -- the play-action violence became more real, the hero had to accept the kind of consequences that our real-world existence demanded, and Jenny slowly but surely emerged as the book's true hero. Also the cast widened, as did their emotional depth. Jenny's geeky high school friends -- D&D-ers, comicbook readers, nerds and sexual outcasts -- were all given their own space to emerge as three-dimensional characters, with one emerging as a romantic rival in a triangle between Jenny and Zot. Two issues stood out at the time, and still do now: In issue #30, we were treated to "Autumn," a poignant story that focussed on Jenny's mother, a recently divorced single parent who laments the loss of her own youth and innocence, while issue #35 ("The Conversation") in which Jenny and Zot debate the wisdom of having premarital, teenage sex, remains an intellectual highwater mark for the comicbook medium. In the next episode, the series ended, with a bittersweet finality, but a sense of purpose and grace that is rarely seen in canceled titles.
Author/illustrator Scott McCloud has since gone on to become an expert in explaining and advocating for the graphic novel medium, but he has never really tried to present a story on this scale again, and really, why should he? Few authors create genuine masterpieces, but here he has, and it's a marvelous legacy, beautifully gathered in this thick, compact omnibus volume. This is one of the best, most resonant comics I've ever read, and it is highly, highly recommended. (Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain book reviews)
But before all that, he was a struggling independent comic creator slaving away on Zot.
This is a love story between a fearless adventurer from a Flash Gordon-art deco world and an angst-filled teen from a small town in ours. The action moves from jet boots and laser beams to high school drama and both are very good.
This reprint collection is a bit odd because it skips the color issues of Zot, which set up the whole improbable situation and most of the characters. Yet it still works, thanks in part to McCloud's commentary after each issue.
So more than 20 years after it was first written Zot shows that McCloud is more than just a scholar but one of the premier comic creators of our time.
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