Paul Cornell uses his Zero Issue to focus on his titular character, The Demon, and to show us his origin in a new light. Whilst we saw in #1 how Jason Of Norwich got bonded to Etrigan, this issue shows how their two lives paralleled each other, and how being bonded to a Demon was not actually the worst thing that could have happened to Jason and that it may have saved him from his own dark nature. The most interesting aspect of this issue was what we learned about the character of Merlin, not only how manipulative he is, but also that he is a Demon, the son of Lucifer. It’s certainly a new take on the kindly old Wizard, and it’s also very interesting in light of last week’s Stormwatch #0, which revealed that Adam is Merlin, do we trust what he says and does in that book know that we know he’s a demon? And also, what’s he going to be like in this book when the Demon Knights resurrect him? I also liked how Cornell explained Etrigan’s rhyming, it was cool to have a reason for it, but it really is impossible for a writer to keep it up on an ongoing series. Bernard Chang’s artwork was fantastic, he’s a great unappreciated artist, and he’s a good fit for this title. Like most of the Zero issues, this provided important context for what is to come, and did so in style.