Zero Girl


“Sam Kieth’s signature style perfectly captures the mind of an adolescent girl as she struggles with school, romance, and anxiety- based superpowers.” – Barnes and Noble


Created by Sam Kieth.

Amy Smootster has an unusual condition: puddles form around her feet any time she feels embarrassed. And it’s not what you think–she doesn’t make the liquid. It’s not even sweat. The only thing she does know about it is that it’s made her into an outcast, a freak. It doesn’t help that she’s obsessed with shapes, too–circles and squares.

Tim Foster, the new guidance counselor at her high school, wants to help her. She’s a troubled girl, and she’s been living on the streets since her aunt died. When he reaches out to Amy, she tells him the truth about the shapes. Circles are good. They offer protection and comfort, and they can even act offensively if needed. But squares are bad–they’re dangerous and deadly. Tim doesn’t believe her–not really–although he is the first person to not treat her as if she’s crazy. And when a pile of bricks mysteriously falls on their heads, Amy shields them with a piece of newspaper that she cut into a circle–and Tim begins to understand that there might be more to this than the anxious mind of a lonely teenage girl, even if he can’t yet understand what he’s seeing.

Now, as Amy tries to understand the powerful shapes–and the fact that they seem to be specifically targeting her–she must also contend with the mean girls at her school, who will go to any lengths to torture her, even if it means hurting her physically. And when they realize that there’s something magical about the yellow liquid in her shoes, they take things even further.

The girls drag Amy to the ladies’ room to give her the mother of all swirlies and embarrass her enough to make her feet wet–and it works. They didn’t count on the fact that toilet paper rolls are made of circles–and circles are Amy’s friends. Even though they’re chased out of the bathroom by toilet paper rolls with giant mouths and sharp teeth, they’re determined to get their hands on that liquid. As they finally humiliate Amy in increasingly damaging ways and collect the liquid that gives her power, Michelle, the leader of the group, finds that she’s beginning to see things a little differently too–that the squares give her all the power she could ever want–and that Amy and all of her circles must be destroyed.

Amy has to protect herself–and the best way to do that is to collect as many circles as she can. So she sets up shop in an alley filled with broken-down washing machines–with nice, circular openings that she can hide inside. Unfortunately, it’s in the bad part of town, and Michelle has used her new powers to order all the thieves and murderers to go after Amy. But Amy reaches down deep to pull out her most humiliating moment–which may not have even happened yet. When she snaps to reality, Amy is alone amidst a sea of dead bodies–and she just might be the culprit.

The Maxx creator Sam Kieth’s Zero Girl follows a young outcast with no advocates or agency as she struggles with the abuse dealt out to her on a daily basis by her classmates–and ultimately discovers the power in owning her shame and channeling it into something stronger–even if it means facing her demons along the way.