Review: Zaucer Of Zilk #1

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Get Zaucy! IDW is proud to announce this special collaboration with 2000 AD and Rebellion Publishing, The Zaucer of Zilk, Brendan McCarthy & Al Ewing’s phantasmagorical psychedelic extravaganza from beyond the fringes of imagination! This special 2-issue adventure features an inter-dimensional magician who travels across the realms to save his number-one fan from the dank clutches of arch-nemesis Errol Raine, as visualized by the brilliantly surreal artist McCarthy!

The Zaucer of Zilk is written by Brendan McCarthy and Al Ewing with McCarthy also tackling art and color along with Len O’Grady. The Zaucer is a very psychedelic, far-out story about a world hopping magician. The story originally ran in 2000AD (yes, the Judge Dredd 2000AD) and the story of how it came about is featured on the first page. In the intro, Al Ewing talks about how the story was pitched to him and how it was to be a cosmic adventure like 60s Dr. Strange with hints of The Mighty Boosh among other things. As a fan of both the good Doctor and the Boosh, I was intrigued. The question is, does this story deliver or is it a bad trip?

The story is just as trippy as the art. You have a British surrealist story about a dimension traveling magician and his sidekicks who are a dog and a lady with a propeller on her head. The Zaucer is the one with the magic wand. His cousin is the Zultan. He doesn’t like the Zaucer because he was an illegitimate son and the wand chose him over the Zultan. There are a lot of words that start with “z” or are slightly nonsensical. The story is hard to follow at times due to the freaky nature of the story itself, but you get enough to follow along. The Zultan has adoring fans, and his biggest fan makes her way into his presence. As the story unfolds, the Zultans enemy Errol Raine captures the fan. It’s up to the vain and slightly egotistical Zaucer to save her.

The art on this book is great. You do have elements of 1960s Dr. Strange. It looks like you could find any page in this book on sale as a black light poster. It is very psychedelic. The color work is fantastic. You have tie-dye and other accentuations on the borders of every page.

Bottom Line: The Zaucer of Zilk is a trip and a half. The story isn’t perfect, but it takes risks by being so out there. The art does elevate the places where the story lacks. This first issue is definitely a risk, at for the most part it pays off. It has my interest, but it’s hard to judge it until the story concludes with issue 2 and you can see the whole picture. You may already know if you are a 2000AD fan. I’m certainly sticking around, but for now it’s a 3.5/5

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