Zorro (2008 Series) #4
Zorro #4 (Dynamite Entertainment)
By Matt Wagner, Francesco Francavilla & Mike Mayhew
Matt Wagner really ratchets up the story this issue. Although young Diego has been learning the arts of swordsmanship and combat, his passion comes out in the form of a young woman. What happens to her, however, changes him forever. Here we finally come to the “tragic inciting incident” of the superhero origin story. (And make no mistake — Zorro is a superhero. He was honestly one of the first.) While we’ve seen this basic framework told with hundreds of characters over the past century, Wagner still manages to give these scenes a punch. This is a really strong, emotional story. Zorro has a motivation and a weight that a lot of lesser interpretations of the character lack. The only scenes that kind of fall flat here, still, are the present-day sequences, which still tend to be pretty generic. I’m hoping once the origin is told Wagner takes the depth and power of that story and brings it to the adult “Fox” in his new adventures.