Red Agent: the Human Order #1+2

The world has become a dangerous place. Highborns and monsters from the Realms of Power hide in plain sight. Now the world’s leaders are looking to exploit their powers for their own gain, using them as spies and assassins for covert missions. But the Highborn initiative is there to balance the scales with their own group of super powered spies. Led by Britney Waters, better known now as the Red Agent, her team travels the world battling the forces of evil that lurks in the shadowy world of espionage and secret intelligence.

Well, let’s get this over with.

Zenescope presents us with yet another yawner, a self-involved story aping Marvel or DC’s less inventive efforts, filled with complicated backstory and other details I couldn’t care less about. Thankfully the story moves along at a steady clip, allowing the reader to effectively ignore the stupid clichés or over-motivated characters. Ninjas seem to predominate. The main character is a Barbie doll with a broken zipper, or perhaps she has cleavage-based superpowers, who knows; apparently she can turn halfway into a wolf. How about halfway into an interesting protagonist? That would be a real feat. The art is mediocre and tired, the pacing wonky, the writing flat. I couldn’t tell if this comic was aimed at children or adults, honestly. It had the feel of a toy-franchise tie-in. The only inventive part of this comic was the layout design, which did its darndest to keep my attention with odd little flourishes.

And can I point out a glaring omission? Minorities. Yes, folks, Zenescope is indeed cheesecake: tasteless and overwhelmingly white. This being 2017 (for crying out loud), you can’t get away with whitewashing anymore; it’s glaringly obvious. Someone must’ve pointed this out to the Zenescope top brass at some point, who were then forced to make a policy choice: no dark people. Are they hoping to avoid accidental stereotyping? Because they’ve already stereotyped themselves into a corner with their cynical marketing strategy. They assume their readers are predominantly male, heterosexual, white, and stupid, because that’s what they think of comic book readers.

If Zenescope had anything interesting to say, I might forgive (or indeed embrace) their fairy-tale fetish pinup characters. But Zenescope is C-list at best. They don’t try very hard at all. With the exception of Van Helsing Vs. Frankenstein (a wonderful anomaly), their comics are nothing more than justification for their covers, which are their sole selling point. And to be honest, even as pinups they’re not very good. Jaded indeed.

Final Verdict: 1 out of 5.

Red Agent: the Human Order can be found at Zenescope

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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