Codename Vokz takes off from Newcastle, NSW and lands on the World Stage
Codename Vokz #1
A great add to your collection if you enjoy the works of Killswitch (Action Lab Comics) or Geek Girl (UK creator Sam Johnson).
Awesomeness - 80%
Plot - 60%
Characters - 90%
Tone - 80%
User Review( vote)
Codename Vokz #1 is a concerted start to insert a relatable heroine into an alternate Australia. But here’s the kicker. Her powers would tear you a new eardrum if given the chance – literally.
Look I’m not going to lie. We’ve had strong empowered heroines in comic book series before. The difference here is creator Zakh Fair has created a character that most Novocastrian loner nerds can relate to.
Codename Vokz #1 depicts teenager and protagonist, Dawn, out the front of a local nightclub talking to her friend and bandmate (presumably), Ember, about their recent album launch. All before they are attacked by an unknown force that largely seems to electrocute Dawn but causes a nearby explosion that kills Ember.
A Nightmarish Reality
Dawn comes to in a hospital weeks later to a nightmarish reality where her friend is dead and she has these uncontrollable sonic-sound based powers. Which, for now, seems to play out as the superhero form of the “sonic cannon” found in Nazi Germany.
Whether this is creativity on the creator’s side or World War II fixation – it certainly beats the super strength or lazer eyes superhero trope of a bygone era.
And where would our superheroine be without a timely assist from her highly intelligent friend who begins to troubleshoot her powers? Teaching her a certain degree of control. To a point at least. Until she blows the roof off his apartment.
And with the usual tropes out of the way, this gives rise to the opportune scene for Dawn to suit up in a poorly constructed superhero outfit. To teach some would-be small time crooks a thing or two. Closing out the first issue.
The B&W is a Welcome Surprise
The welcome surprise isn’t so much Zakh Fair’s storyline as it is the black & white art pencilling from Asela De Silva. Something we don’t see too much of anymore in superhero books. Whether this is a deliberate effort or a budget constraint – I’d keep the black and white look. It evokes certain environmental tonality that full colour can often struggle with.
The multi-racial diversity and representation in the book is on point enough in creating an eclectic mix of characters. While not overly accentuating on certain stereotypes.
For a first issue, the subtext in the minor storylines feels overwhelming in the first read. Despite this, it’s a great add to your collection if you enjoy the works of Killswitch (Action Lab Comics) or Geek Girl (UK creator Sam Johnson).
Pick it up and keep an eye out for what’s coming next from indie creator Zakh Fair.