Written by: Grant Morrison
Art by: Steve Yeowell
Available to buy ONLY from the 2000AD online shop
Pre-order from: 1 July 2013
Published: 1 December 2013
Restricted print run of 1,000 copies
This series ran for 4 books, or Phases as they are known for Zenith. Never before reprinted Phases 3 and 4 will be included in this first, and purportedly last, chance to own the full Zenith collection in one volume.
Michael Molcher, PR Coordinator for Rebellion, says
“Zenith is the world’s first “Superbrat” – a vain, self-obsessed, egotistical pop
singer whose only interests are girls, partying, and where he is in the charts.
Yet he does not realise that there are mighty forces at work which seek to
enslave the Earth – and use him to do it!
“Starting in 1987, Zenith heralded the arrival of a talent who has since gone
on to become one of the biggest names in comic books. A very cynical British
take on superheroes, Zenith showcases themes and ideas found throughout
Morrison’s later work for Marvel and DC, and demonstrates his remarkable
depth and maturity as a writer. Yeowell’s striking black and white artwork
gave the strip a vitality and rawness that still shines through today.”
This story divides some fans of 2000AD, some don’t think it was suited for the British anthology as it was not the traditional Sci-Fi subject matter. This was a Super Hero and to some readers of 2000AD this was the antithesis of what 2000AD stood for. Personally I disagree, I was delighted to see 2000AD give a solid attempt at a genuine Super Hero.
I think this series worked. I thoroughly loved the first Phase, though certain aspects of later Phases did leave me slightly disappointed. Over all the series is a very enjoyable read and the volume will be quite sought after.
And if you think that price tag high… as I write this article Phase 1 is on E-bay for £39.99(+£2.00 P&P). That is the easiest to find Phase.