Unity #0 is a look back into the past. It takes the form of a letter written by Gilad, the Eternal Warrior, about his time with Unit Y during World War I covering their last mission before the war’s end—a mission that might end the war.
Kindt has the task of writing about a team that has been together for a long time and introducing the reader to them without the luxury of showing them introducing themselves to one another. He does this well, giving a clear sense that these people know about one another and have been fighting together for a long time. Meanwhile, a combination of reproduced and labeled photographs at the beginning and quick, natural-seeming conversational references allows the reader to drop into the story. He uses Gilad as an anchor: Because he knows and cares about these people, readers are able to quickly learn to do the same, all the way through to the uncertain ending. The issue has an elegiac feel without going overboard, and it is a well-thought out standalone.
The only gripe here is that Breaker’s accent is almost too much; there’s a fine line between reproducing someone’s accent on the page and writing so garbled it hurts to read, and Kindt’s edging over to the wrong side on this.
The design for these early superheroes is impressive. Dell’s suit, in particular, is an example of complicated, oversized-advanced technology. Dell and Breaker are both drawn as period types, their facial features and body-types displaying the heroic look of the past. Gilad, being the Eternal Warrior, sticks to his current look. Villarubia gives the images a muted quality, tinting them with sepia tones and keeping the other colors quiet, giving this issue the sense of being a period piece.
The whole is a highly-readable, self-contained story. Unity #0 is a good Unity story, a good Eternal Warrior story, and a good superhero story.
Writer: Matt Kindt
Penciler: Cary Nord
Colorist: Jose Villarrubia
Cover Artist: Raul Allen, ChrisCross, Russell Dauterman