Do kids (and by that I mean anyone under 23) read comic books nowadays? Would they read BATMAN/FORTNITE ZEROPOINT based solely on the fact that they enjoy Fortnite? Or is this whole tie-in series to the apparent crossover game just a ploy to get “hello fellow kids” aunties like me to buy these as a last ditch attempt to get my nieces & nephews into comic books?
BATMAN/FORTNITE ZEROPOINT was…fine.
I mean, it’s not terrible—considering I barely know what a “Fortnite” is (though I DO like the game’s action figures). Perhaps suspecting that ultimately, mostly DC Comics loyal readership are gonna buy these books rather than the fabled “New Readers” so fantasized in board meetings, the series so far centers on the romance between Batman & Catwoman. In fact, after two issues I still barely know what a “Fortnite” is.
Ignoring your possible retort that perhaps as a pop-culture writer I should make it my business to know what a “Fortnite” is, it probably would have been cool to have included a bit more info on the game by issue two. What we get instead is an interesting meditation on the esoteric concept of “life as a computer simulation, and tons of Batman/Catwoman shipping fanfic of shippiest variety. Seriously, if you just want to witness a decompressed emo Bat/Cat thing, pick at least the 1st couple issues up.
Now, would my 13-year-old nephew who has just stopped playing with most physical toys entirely & mostly lives in front of an iPad screen be interested in reading BATMAN/FORTNITE: ZEROPOINT?
No. And that’s largely because you’ve got this mushy Bat-Romance thing going on, and hardly any Fortnite (at least, by the second issue). Instead, it’s a comic book his 47-year-old aunt would enjoy reading because she remembers the joy of mushy comic book fanfic from 20 years ago. Also, I really like that weird “could life be really a simulated video game” BS; I totally get off on it.
And there you have it. Now I will proceed to buy my nephew his requested “Cyanide & Happiness” card game for his birthday. (See, kids still play with physical, paper things isn’t that great?)