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Zed: A Cosmic Tale: 04/29/13

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Zed: A Cosmic Tale by Michel Gagné is is the omnibus of the Zed comics, originally published in ten volumes, starting in 2001. Zed, a young adult alien, is presenting his alternative energy invention, the Energizer, at a large conference. When he turns it on, the machine overloads and ends up wiping out everyone there except Zed.

The rest of the series (or book in its present form) is about the aftermath of Zed's disastrous presentation. The cutesy artwork is in jarring contrast to the death, destruction and violence that follows Zed around.

I think the book will appeal most to readers who grew up reading The Chronicles of Narnia and actually like The Last Battle. If you find the last book a tedious, preachy disappointment, I suggest skipping Zed: A Cosmic Tale.

I did manage to read the omnibus all the way to the end but it wasn't either a pleasant or enjoyable experience. Your mileage my vary. Good luck!

The original Zed covers
The original Zed covers.

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Two stars

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