- June 8, 2022
Fortnite x Marvel: Zero War #1 Review
Written by: Christos Gage, Donald Mustard
Penciling by: Sergio Davila
Inking by: Sean Parsons
Coloring by: Edgar Delgado
Lettering by: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Editing by: Kaitlyn Lindtvedt, Alanna Smith,
I just want to say, it’s wild that this comic claims that Fortnite’s universe is the place where “every reality ever” comes from. Like they legitimately say that within the first few pages, and that makes Fortnite x Marvel: Zero War somehow more insane than it already was.
And it’s also picking up a story that feels nine miles deep. As a comic book fan, I’m used to jumping into comic books that carry the weight of hundreds of stories I’ve never read or will read. Fortnite x Marvel: Zero War makes entry into the story easier than most. This is shocking because I’m skipping several seasons of an online game I can’t go back and play, not a couple of comic issues. This is a similar strength it shares with both Batman/Fortnite crossovers last year. The one weakness I think this story has is that it’s much more generic.
Batman/Fortnite: The Foundation spent most of its time showing how seamlessly DC’s premier character and Fortnite’s new character could clash. The Batman/Fortnite crossover before it went over how DC characters emotionally deal with being stuck in the loop and escape. This Marvel crossover feels very G.I. Joe in how it’s just a bunch of action figures fighting between talking about McGuffins.
The things this issue sets up seem like they could be entertaining. The idea of so many Marvel heroes acting as the calvary for Fortnite’s universe isn’t uninteresting. Even if it devolves into action figures colliding, it should be pretty fun and cool to read. But it also sets up a generic quest for a Galactus-related McGuffin. That B-plot just feels so uninteresting right off the bat as Spider-Man doesn’t gel with the Fortnite characters the way Batman did.
I did find that the overall DC crossover relied a bit too much on fan-servicey character interactions, but it also had an interesting plot to back it up. This doesn’t seem to have that, so I don’t know if this crossover is truly a worthy successor. If you think you might like this crossover, I would temper expectations. Have any of these comics convinced you to pick up the game? Or maybe the game has convinced you to pick up some comics? I really want to know. Let me know in the comments below.