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INDIE COMIC REVIEW: The New Zodiax #4 – Multaa

By Jeff Ayers

INDIE COMIC REVIEW: The New Zodiax #4 - Multaa

Creator/Artist: Joe St. Pierre

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Jumping right into this issue, we are finally getting some throughlines with the overall “Zodiax” plot. Following the same format as we have seen in the previous three issues, issue number 4 of The New Zodiax introduces us to another new character, Multaa, the sentry of The Last City.

The story takes place on the distant planet of Nidra-3, where the city Aum’a hails as maybe the last bastion of civilization in that part of the universe. The first page has scholars of that city examine their night sky, to the horrible realization that many stars have gone out, and have started to reshape the constellations. This is a very poignant piece of information, considering the main story of The New Zodiax. As we have been introduced now to four separate characters in these four issues, each back page has proclaimed, “The Stars Are Changing.” This has been a very cryptic message, and one that resonates with the idea of a “new zodiac” that differs from the one we all know from astrology.

INDIE COMIC REVIEW: The New Zodiax #4 - Multaa

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The story of Multaa is incredibly grand in scope and depth, and is a departure from the intimate vignette that introduced “Cricket” in the last issue. But it works very well because of Pierre’s innate attention to artistic detail, as each character has their own emotions drawn beautifully upon the pages. Without spoiling the events of this story, we get to see these people facing down a great peril of war, one that they are not prepared to meet, and it seems only an ancient tradition of sacrifice might save them. I will say, that once Multaa comes into being, in an epic splash page, the action ramps up from that point on and it seems you can’t turn the pages fast enough.

INDIE COMIC REVIEW: The New Zodiax #4 - Multaa

The “B” story picks up with The Liberaider, who had encountered our very own DW and Nub in the last issue, making their podcasting debut in the pages of a comic book. Now though, the infamous death squad known as the Dregs have gotten a hold of The Liberaider, and it doesn’t look good for him, or for our podcasting heroes! Seriously, no spoilers, but the writing has really come into its own with this character, and The Liberaider feels very much at home in his own story at this point.

INDIE COMIC REVIEW: The New Zodiax #4 - Multaa

The “Best There Is”: The art of this issue in particular I think is the best of the series so far. Joe St. Pierre has honed his craft through years in the business, and he really gets to pull out all the stops with this one. Right from the first few pages it feels like a look back at the heyday of 80’s Marvel, and then when Multaa hits the page it gets dark and exciting like some of the newer stuff on the market today. Also, the Liberaider story really comes into its own, and feels like it has a lot of room to grow out of where it has gotten to at this point, which it the sign of great storytelling.

The “Isn’t Very Nice”: I have said this before, but I still can’t get behind the split story model of this book. This isn’t a deal breaker by far, and in fact, it makes me read the issues much more carefully so that I can understand all the new information posed in each one. Yet, I always wish for MORE story. I want more Multaa, I want more of The Liberaider, and really, I freaking loved Cricket form last issue and I want more of her too! So, actually, this isn’t really a bad thing, it’s more of a compliment, as it constantly makes me want more of each story that is presented.

FBI Score: 9.5 out of 10. The New Zodiax is finally coalescing and giving the reader some amazing art coupled with good story. The Multaa story in particular is a very stylized, cool concept that draws you into the page and keeps you hanging there. Also, you have to find out what happens to our poor DW and Nub from FanboysInc as they try and get away from the Dregs with The Liberaider!.

Jeff Ayers

Both my parents instilled in me at an early age the awesome power and incredible wonder of the written word. My father sat with me when I was four years old and taught me to enjoy reading with classic comic strips like SPIDERMAN, PEANUTS, B.C. and, later, CALVIN AND HOBBES. My mother exposed me to such classics of literature as Poe, Tolkien, Stoker and Doyle, and I started my own comic collection with allowance money from mowing lawns. I liked Wolverine before it was cool, I watched as Superman died and returned, and huddled under the covers as I turned the pages of SANDMAN. Reading is like oxygen to me, and all genres and formats are welcome and devoured equally. I am the co-host of The DW and Incredible Jeff Show, CEO of Permian Productions, and a reviewer at Graphic Novel Reporter. I am 34 and live in scenic Saratoga Springs New York, where I haunt coffee shops and dive bars and the best comic shop anywhere, The Comic Depot.

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