From Jon Kent’s Superboy to Mark Grayson’s Invincible, the children of superheroes forging their own heroic paths has been a staple of comics for decades. Now Dark Horse is introducing another new legacy hero, though this one is served with a twist. Jenny Zero is a new four-issue miniseries from writers Dave Dwonch & Brockton McKinney and artists Magenta King & Megan Huang. Arriving in April, the series follows the hard-drinking daughter of a superhero who must rise to the challenge of saving the world when new threats emerge.
Here’s how Dark Horse describes Jenny Zero:
Meet Jenny Tetsuo, the hard-drinking, hard-partying daughter of the beloved superhero Mega Commander Zero. After washing out as the military’s top killer, “Jenny Zero” now lives the celebutante life with her hotel heiress and publicist best friend, Dana Sheraton. As the world returns to turmoil, Jenny must decide if she can give up her life and become the hero the world needs. Jenny Zero combines humor, heart, and monsters to create a superhero that’s blended, shaken, stirred — and perfectly imperfect.
In a statement accompanying the announcement of the new series, Dwonch and McKinney described how the series evolved as they and King & Huang worked on it:
“When Dave and I started working on Jenny Zero we wanted to get back to the idea of making “fun comic books” simply for fun’s sake. And the end product, the idea of an ass-kicking lush who hunts monsters, most certainly is. But as we worked, and as series artist Magenta King began to bring Jenny and her world to life, it also took on the themes of self-responsibility, parental contrition, and the idea that no one but yourself can define who you are. All that, set against the backdrop of off-the-wall characters and otherworldly creatures. But yeah, in the end, it’s still very much about getting a good buzz on and going monster-hunting.”- Brockton McKinney
“Brock and I challenged each other on every page, through every twist and turn, and came up with something that completely satisfies our inner-teenager AND our outer grizzled comic-reading selves. We’re huge pop culture nerds, and Jenny Zero is the best of everything we love, combining the sense of legacy found in the DCU with the kitschiness of the 1960s Ultraman series and the over-the-top action of the John Wick films. It’s completely gonzo story telling with some of the most insanely beautiful artwork in comics. I think the world needs a book like Jenny Zero right now.”- Dave Dwonch
Jenny Zero is Dwonch and McKinney’s first collaboration as co-writers, though the two have worked together previously at Action Lab Entertainment, where McKinney has written series like Ehmm Theory and Zoe Dare while Dwonch, who founded the publisher, served as creative director. The series marks Brazilian artist Magenta King’s first work for a major US publisher; their previous self-published titles include Vast and Riff. Huang has previously worked with Dark Horse founder Mike Richardson on Jia and the Nian Monster, an all-ages graphic novel which she illustrated and colored.
Check out King’s cover for Jenny Zero below, and look for the first issue of the four-issue series to arrive in stores on Wednesday, April 14th, 2021.