Ales Kot Tom Muller Jeff Lemire Clayton Cowles Tula Lotay Jordie Bellaire Ian Bertram
- Title: Zero, Vol. 4: Who By Fire
- Author: Ales Kot Tom Muller Jeff Lemire Clayton Cowles Tula Lotay Jordie Bellaire Ian Bertram
- ISBN: 9781632153456
- Page: 427
- Format: Paperback
This is how it ends not with a whimper, not with a bang but with mushrooms.Collecting Zero 15 18
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NNNNNOOOOOO!!!!! What a dumb as shit way to wrap this one up. What the fuck just happened. Who the hell are Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and Joan Vollmer for Christ’s sake? Where is all the ass-kicking?!?!?!? Why did I even waste my god-damn time with this? I KNEW this shit was gonna happen. Ales Kot musta been peakin’ on 12 hits of blotter acid when he puked this crap onto his keyboard. I didn’t expect Edward to ride off into the sunset with the girl, but really?!?!?!?Several dee [...]
****Spoilers!*****Deserves Zero!What a massive load of rubbish. What happened here!? Did Grant Morrison secretly feed Kot with mushrooms? This series started out with promise. Strange, but with promise. So in volume one we are presented with a futuristic double agent. Feels no pain or emotion, strategically sound and a double hard bastard. So I'm thinking "this is gonna be different and cool." Vol. 2 got a bit crazy, but volume 3 was good and it held my interest. When they introduced giant fungu [...]
I'm sorry, but this is just crap. I'm sure it all means something if I just take the time to puzzle it out, but this series, which started strong, has just continually gotten weirder and weirder to the point where it's about as insular a comic as I've ever read (and I stuck with Alan Moore's Promethea to the end). I can't think this makes sense to anyone but Ales Kot, and even then, I wouldn't be so sure. How can an espionage/spy thriller series that started so strongly peter out like this? How [...]
Well, that was different.
I originally got into Kot because Wild Children felt like it was responding to the odd bits of Grant Morrison which other writers left aside, and that's very much the vibe I get here too. People who liked Zero qua near-future spy thriller hated this conclusion, and I can't blame them, but personally I enjoy trippy epiphanies about multiversal parasites, stories the universe is telling itself, and fungal consciousness. Granted, there's still clumsiness - "far" too "many" "speech" marks in "dialog [...]
While I appreciate that Ales Kot clearly loves his Burroughs and Ginsberg, but stranglewanking what was an otherwise perfectly readable spy-fi story to death with them in its final volume was an absolutely ridiculously move.Never has so much promise been so blithely squandered off of the back of the inchoate blatherings of a demented old smack-addict.Some people may find the conclusion to "Zero" profound and innovativebut these are probably the same kind of people who think that dressing up like [...]
Hmmm. Well. Quite a departure from the first three volumes. At first I was kinda pissed off about it, but then as I got towards the end I think I started to get what Kot was getting at somewhat. Kind of interesting that such a violent book can end up being anti-violencekes you wonder if Kot was luring in the audience he wanted to get the message to and then pulling the ol' bait and switch. Fortunately, the art is pretty amazing all the way through. Still a bit to abstract for my tastes.
I don't think I'm ready to rate this book yet - there was a lot going on. I don't know if I'm convinced by the philosophical musings of this volume, but that's because I've yet to work out the details. A lot of images and thoughts are part of some coterie language (e.g. horses, father-son dynamic underscoring history, the ugly thing), yet by continually reintroducing them as familiar, these intimations grow in their suggestiveness and stand at the brink of comprehensibility, if not due to the fa [...]
'Zero Volume 4: Who By Fire' by Ales Kot concludes the series in a sort of stream of consciousness way. Although it seems to have left behind it's earlier story, the themes are still evident here and I quite enjoyed it.The reader is left to puzzle out events as this volume careens through time, and centers around mushroom experiments and a conversation by William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg. The theme of violence travelling from one generation to the next is continued, as is the attempt to e [...]
I want to give this more stars, I do, because I get what the dude is getting at and those are some really complex ideas, but come on, stop being so pretentious about it.
"Where did the horses go?"
What an agonizingly poor ending to an up-to-this-point fantastic series. Poorly written think piece as a means of avoiding proper story resolution. Good god, what a waste.
I have no idea what i just read!
Books 1-3 were the "bait", and this was the "switch". If I had paid for this book I'd be looking to get my money back. On its own terms this book isn't bad but it's not what I thought I was getting when I started on book 1, and it's not the kind of book I would want to read. Bah, very disappointing.
it would be perfectly fine as some other trippy comic book, but here it serves as a dissatisfying conclusion to a cool spy series about Zero… phallic mushrooms aside, and some cool philosophy, its just not what i wanted/expected based on the first 3 volumes.
Even the great art couldn't save this one.
Such a weird end to the series; it has a basic point, but it feels like the authors couldn't really come up with something and thus decided to do the "we had too many drugs and now you are the thought thinking itself whoa" ending instead.
WTF!!! I have no idea what this was about.
Some case of sputnik horatio algernon put a picture on the back of each of a missing ginsberg from san frandango and sealed the cap with a waxing, freely associated burroughs hot taco in a phenomenonal delusionary style no marketer could really hope to sell.Illustration is the bread of the sandwich her. Confusion reigns. Thankfully the allegorical beat poet sadness lurking in the mind of a genius spyman maybe tells the autobio automechanique. Maybe. Sentient fungus might be a thing or we're in t [...]
A strange end to an interestingly strange series. The ideas of the author tended to overreach his capability to convey them comprehensively in this collected volume, and the writing style for one of the "characters" came off as very similar to Carles of HRO infamy presumably unintentional, but made for extra weird reading. I had been pretty hyped up about this comic all the way up until this volume, and while I wasn't sure where it was headed, this wasn't it. I do think that the overall angle of [...]
There's a lot to complain about here. This is a flawed work in many ways. It went from action to philosophy in a way that didn't work for me.Despite the flaws, this is an incredibly beautiful piece about violence and its propagation through time. I read this as a break from philosophy; do not do that. This is much more about philosophy than action and espionage. It is about saving the world, but not in the way I expected from a comic.
The comic is totally different to how it started out. The story goes psychological, surreal and chaotic in this arc. There is mention of a multiverse, most of the people live in comunion with a fungus that seems to enable them to access other universes, a 'dark thing' threatens all life and Zero is in the center of it all. The dark thing needs to be purged for life to go on.
This was definitely a weird read. I don't know that I'll ever fully understand what Ales Kot was trying to say in this final volume of Zero, but he at least gets credit for trying something differenteven if the message is a bit muddled. If nothing else, this is a series with one of the more unique art styles out there. Share this series with your friends. It begs to be talked about.
Ve finále pustí Aleš Kot divnost plně z otěží. Rozdílní kreslíři jdou krásně ruku v ruce s posunem příběhu. Za mě nejlepším dílem zůstává jednička, která zůstává na pomezí divnosti a jen ji zlehka dávkuje.
Kot, tronco, ¿qué te has fumado?Final extraño, pero en la línea de lo esperado.
Kot si s tématy hrál, hrál, hrál až prohrál.
What the hell?!! Disappointing ending.
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