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Generation Zero, Volume 1: We Are the Future (Generation Zerø #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  112 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
Years ago, the children of the experimental strike team known as Generation Zero were taken from their families by Project Rising Spirit, a private weapons contractor, and raised to be psychic soldiers. After years of taking orders, they have fought for and won their freedom. Now, the world s most wanted teenagers have pledged to protect each other tooth
Paperback, Trade, 144 pages
Published February 7th 2017 by Valiant Entertainment, LLC
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James DeSantis
Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Remember Generation Zero? NO? That's okay. Most people won't.

Still, this is a book can pick up regardless if read Harbinger or not. The Generation Zero are a bunch of teens/kids who were raised basically as weapons. Similar to Secret Weapons mini-series this series takes a more fun bunch of teens and they are like the "hidden" group who helps people. When Keisha, the main character, loses her boyfriend of odd events she asks for help. The Generation answer her call and we begin to see the crack

I would like to thank NetGalley and Valiant Entertainment for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Now, as everyone knows, I am a huge “X-Men” fan and because of that, I always enjoyed reading stories that involve the main characters having a different array of powers and use those powers to save the world. So, when I picked up “Generation Zero: We Are the Future Volume One” from NetGalley, I was really excited to check this comic out and I was ulti
Travis Duke
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
3 stars for a teen graphic novel but I'm really leaning towards 2 stars really. Its a familiar concept with a teen group of kids with powers helping out the less fortunate. The main characters aren't introduced very well and I dint find myself interested in them that much. The main character (no powers) Keisha was a bit annoying and I was not very invested in her problems. The writing is OK its surface level story building nothing to deep and the art is just OK. Not sure I will read more of Gene ...more
This volume, the one that Netgalley made available, is only the start of the series, but what a cool start.

There are kids that have been changed to have super powers, but they, the kids are in hiding. This is the near future. These kids, Generation Zero might be able to help, if anyone was able to contact them, which Keisha does.

To tell more, gives away most of the first few collected issues of this volume. The mystery is out there, and Keisha and Generation Zero kids are trying to solve it. But
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
***I received an ARC from Diamond Book Distributors via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***

This is the first volume of Generation Zero, which I had never heard of before now. I'm so glad I did! What an interesting group!

Premise: Before he died, Keisha's boyfriend told her there was some kind of conspiracy happening in their futuristically-perfect project town. Now, convinced that his death was not an accident, Keisha contacts a teenage superhero group, Generation Zero, to help investi
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it
I really enjoy the fact that this is a continuation of the story of the Psiots that were involved in the Harbinger War crossover. They all had such interesting powers. This book does a great job of bringing in a regular, spunky girl onto the team. It is very similar to the regular girl they had in the original Harbinger book. Valiant is still going strong. They just have to continually reinvent themselves, and develop new characters, or at least new versions of characters they introduced in the ...more
Wayne McCoy
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
'Generation Zero Vol. 1'by Fred Van Lente with art by Francis Portela was a good start to a series, but I feel like there is something that happened before this issue that I wasn't aware of.

Keisha Sherman lives in the town of Rook, which seems just a little too perfect, with her law enforcement father. When her boyfriend dies in a really suspicious car crash, she starts to learn that her town may be hiding some really strange secrets. The only people she can turn to are a strange group of heroes
Greyson (Grey) Edwards [Use Your Words]
Generation Zero Series Ratings:
Generation Zero, Volume 1: We Are the Future: ★★★★★
Awaiting Volume 2: Lost Interest in Series

This year I am doing Graphic Novel December.
My plan is it to read one GN for each day of the month. So 31 in total!
I'll keep a running total in the review of each GN as I read them to help me keep track and for anyone following to see where I am at as well!
GN #1: Wonder Woman, Volume 1: The Lies ★★★★
GN #2: Wonder Woman, Volume 2: Year One ★★★★
GN #3: Wonder Woman, Volum
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*Digital review copy provided by NetGalley & the publisher in exchange for an honest review or rating.
Log onto network #ZERO… because Generation Zero is listening...
Basically, it is a story of a girl Keisha who wants to unravel the mystery behind her boyfriend car crash that she believes to be a murder. She seeks for help online and tries to contact the children of the experimental strike team known as Generation Zero, those kids are using their extraordinary abilities to help and right
Jan 05, 2017 rated it liked it
A new graphic novel series about a different kind of superhero. These are the superheroes of the future. No one knows who they are, or how to get in contact with them. You can only try, and hope that your case is one they will take on. When you read the blurb about this book, the “superheroes” are actually a military experiment that escaped. But nowhere in this volume is that mentioned. It doesn’t need to be, as I am sure that will come up in later issues, but it does make the book harder to fol ...more
Ije the Devourer of Books
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Generation Zero

I stumbled upon the Valiant Universe earlier this year and since then I have devoured various comics, familiarising myself with the different characters and the way they cross over and overlap different stories.

And I am having a whale of a time!

The art is excellent. The characters are rich. There are enough twists and turns and stories that keep me hooked, and there is drama, battles and grit!

And each comic has a really gripping pace. I really enjoy the fact that the Valiant unive
Geoff Sebesta
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Whatever indefinable "it" it takes to write good superhero comics, Fred Van Lente is about the only person who has it. This is just freaky enough to be interesting, just topical enough to be cool, and just similar enough to how teenagers really talk to make me wonder why Van Lente "gets it." It occupies, by design, exactly the place that the X-Men once did, cross-bred with a generous helping of the Invisibles, and if Valiant sticks around long enough, this is a decent flagship for the enterprise ...more
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a great start to what looks to be a really exciting series.

We follow Keisha, who believes that her boyfriend- who died after crashing his car into a tree - may have been murdered. She contacts a group to help investigate and after receiving a message sent by Stephen prior to his death, is further convinced hat there has been some foul play.

The storyline was engaging and relatable to its audience, with realistic dialogue, a classic art style and a diverse mix of characters; making it di
May 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: other-comics
Interesting concept and characters, but I didn't feel emotionally invested in any of them. The Cornermen were neat, but the 'heroes' weren't that great. It was actually the twins that interested me the most, the rest were kind of headstrong and unrelatable.
The art was really neat, and the different art style for when they go inside someone's head and view things how they do was really interesting, especially since it seemed to be a bit of a throwback to Archie.
The plot had enough to keep it goi
Jessica Woods

Generation Zero vol.1 starts out surprisingly light on the members of Generation Zero. Setting up the backstory for the mysterious death of a teenager, the actual members of Generation Zero hardly appear in the first two issues. When they do show up, the story really takes a little bit to warm up. The art is cool and interesting, even as it takes a little old school Archie comic jaunt through one issue. The beginning is slow but the end is good.
Johnni Quest
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: it-s-time, 2018-march
[5/5 stars]
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. The pacing is excellent. I really want to know what is next.
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Generation Zero Volume 1 could have gone horribly wrong: mutant-like teens, shadowy illuminati villains, and yet another attempt to cash in on the YA market that is so hot right now. But the author/artists neatly sidestep the expected to craft a story that is wholly unique, artwork crisp and hip, and with a very diverse set of characters with very obvious flaws. Certainly, throughout the story I had no idea where I was g
Daniel Butcher
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: valiant
I'm a bigger fan of Van Lente than the Harbringer family of Valiant.

The story is solid conspiracy. But it lacked the Van Lente humor and quirkiness I really love.
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Young adult graphic novels are either hit or miss. Sadly, stories of mutants and super teens have been of low quality lately. But Generation Zero: We Are the Future (Vol. 1) succeeds in crafting something original and well designed. It features interesting characters and fun story. Warning: it contains adult situations, mature subject matter, and gore. I'd recommend it for audiences 16 and up.

In the town of Rook Michigan, an all-powerful military contractor reigns supreme. The corporation has su
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, comics, valiant
Disclaimer: I received a free ecopy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Anyone paying attention to my reviews will recognize that I enjoy stuff put out by Valiant Entertainment. Generation Zero features some characters introduced in the Harbinger Wars story, but it is well removed from that. The focal character is a young woman whose boyfriend dies in car crash. She thinks there is something fishy about his death and reaches out to a fabled group, Generation Zero, that helps people in
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it
An intriguing premise. The team consists of psiot children who were raised as weapons. Generation Zero is the modern day A-Team. "If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire..." Generation Zero. They come to Rook, MI to investigate a death. Rook was basically Flint, MI until all of a sudden it became a high tech mecca for unknown reasons. the series moves WAY too slow. Four issues in we are no closer in knowing what's going on. And the book ends i ...more
I really enjoyed this first volume of Generation Zero. Valiant is putting out some good stuff and I need to read more. My favorite part of this volume was the panel design. If you like the idea of a teenager super team with unique powers that figure out Twin Peaks like mysteries, check this out.
Paul Franco
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
As a lot more comics should do, this starts with a character page, though barely a quote on each. The “big bad” only gets a shadow. Once in the story the characters are introduced at a concert and while playing VR games, which also has some plot drops, including the fact that Mexico City is nothing but a crater due to the military playing with supersoldiers.
The action moves to the planned community of Rook, Michigan, derisively called the Redneck Dubai, which made me laugh more than I should pro
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teens and fans of dystopian teen fiction
I greatly enjoyed this book, perhaps more than I thought I would. The characters were well thought out (and creepy, where appropriate) and while there wasn't much growth, this is the first volume of a graphic novel series, there was quite a bit of potential. Keisha acts as an excellent guide from the "somewhat normal" future she exists in into the world that the members of Generation Zero have been forced to occupy which exists alongside Keisha's own. I'm looking forward to seeing whether she re ...more
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

3.5 - 4 stars

A good start to a new series. Brings to mind X-Men or Runaways among other things.

I liked seeing the diversity, but it did seem a little like there was a checklist that needed to have all the checks marked? Probably just me having that feel, but it's there so I'm mentioning it. Not that there can be too much diversity -- life is pretty divers
Alex Sarll
Nov 13, 2016 marked it as abandoned
Halfway between the X-Men minus adult supervision and a creepier A-Team, a gang of superpowered kids who if you can IM them, might just be able to help with the stranger problems afflicting the nation's youth. Such as a too-perfect Michigan town hiding unpleasantness straight out of Morrison's Doom Patrol. The mystery intrigues, and the characters all feel new, which isn't easy in territory so well-covered; it's a mild spoiler, but a special mention is deserved for the psychic foetus steering it ...more
Jenny Lynn
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
That was a fairly interesting beginning. I definitely want to read more to figure out what exactly is going on in Rook and what the Zeroes are going to do about it. I liked the uniqueness of each character and their powers; Keisha was a fun character and a nice way for the reader to learn about this world. I really want to know more of the backstory about how the zeroes came to be and what exactly happened with Mexico City (hopefully that'll come in future issues). All in all this was a fun grap ...more
Paul Allard
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable tale of a group of young people with powers

This story deals with a town called Rook in the US which has been dramatically upgraded and Keisha, a high school student, trying to find out why her boyfriend committed suicide. A group of powered young people called Generation Zero get involved and then it's action for the rest of the way.

Well-told, engaging and well-illustrated, this small collection (the first four issues) finishes on a cliffhanger and is worth a look.
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
In strange Michigan town, Keisha reaches out to Generation Zero, a psi-powered renegade super-hero team for help in solving the death of her boyfriend. They came and infiltrated the local high school where they encountered Adele, the daughter of the town's emergency manager. When they tried to infiltrate her mind, things went all Archie strange and downright dangerous. The reader will just have to wait for volume 2 to see how they get out of this mess!
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Van Lente was raised by a mystery-loving mother (who preferred Dorothy Sayers to Agatha Christie, but we won't hold that against her) and a wisecracking Woody Allen-lookalike scientist father in what appears to be some kind of genetic experiment to write his first novel, TEN DEAD COMEDIANS, even though neither parent nor the son himself would know it for many years.

Van Lente spent his time betwee

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