The following contains major spoilers for Kamen Rider Zero-One #1, available now from Titan Comics.
The world of Kamen Rider Zero-One returned thanks to a new ongoing series from Titan Comics, and in just one issue, the stage is already set for the biggest fight of the titular hero’s life. Aruto Hiden may have taken on more than his fair share of villainous androids and superpowered horsemen, but all he’s ever faced pales in comparison to the threat of Ragnarok. Not only is Aruto’s new enemy just as powerful as him, but he’s claimed all of Kamen Rider Zero-One’s greatest abilities for himself.
Kamen Rider Zero-One #1 (by Brandon Easton, Hendry Prasetya, Bryan Valenza, and Deron Bennett) finds Aruto in the middle of an investigative interview with agents from AIMS, the military’s artificial intelligence service. While it’s AIMS’ job to protect the public from the threat of Humagear androids that have been corrupted and turned into violent monstrosities, they aren’t exactly keen on the idea of a rogue CEO acting alone as Super hero. Of course, the amount of damage Aruto caused in his time as Kamen Rider Zero-One is nothing compared to what would be caused if his enemies were left unchecked, which may well be the case for the last of them. When the menacing Ragnarok makes its explosive introductionAruto isn’t shy about going through his various abilities in hopes of finding a weakness, but all he manages to do is make his latest enemy infinitely stronger than anyone could have expected.
Ragnarok has all the powers of Kamen Rider Zero-One
In the world of Kamen Rider Zero-One, the titular hero calls upon his powers from the orbiting Hiden Intelligence Zea satellite. In addition to housing Aruto’s primary Kamen Rider Zero-One Suit, which he accesses through the use of his Zero-One Rider, the Zea Satellite also houses the various upgrades and unique abilities that are unlocked through different progresskeys. Throughout his battle with Ragnarok, Aruto travels through multiple Progrisekey powers in an effort to find something that will ward off his opponent’s vicious assault. Eventually Aruto is able to do just that after several failed attempts, but in the end all he manages to do is make the villain even stronger when Ragnarok steals both Aruto’s Progrisekeys and all the power. to which they hold the key.
It’s not particularly surprising that Ragnarok is able to steal one of Aruto’s Progrisekeys in the heat of battle. What stands out as extremely shocking, however, is the fact that Ragnarok effortlessly imbibes the power associated with him. Somehow, Ragnarok has formed his own bond with the Hiden Intelligence Zea satellite beyond just having his own pilot to scan the Progrisekey with. Considering the technical marvel that is the Zea Satellite, not to mention that it was created under the auspices of Aruto’s own company, Ragnarok being able to use it for himself is troubling for several reasons.
Ragnarok’s Role With Satellite Zea Impacts Kamen
There are several obvious reasons why Ragnarok can hack the Zea Satellite so easily, and all of them are bad for Aruto and his allies. Either Ragnarok is simply far better than the heroes he faces, or he has an innate connection to the same technology that provides Aruto with his powers. The former would certainly put Kamen Rider Zero-One at an even greater disadvantage than he already is, but the latter could rewrite everything Aruto knows about his powers and past.
The only reason Aruto got the role of Kamen Rider Zero-One was because his parents and grandfather passed away, leaving him to lead Hiden Intelligence as the woefully incompetent president besides figuring out how to be a superhero. If not for his overtly comedic nature, Aruto probably wouldn’t have lasted as long as he did in either of those positions. Unfortunately, maintaining an upbeat sense of humor in times of crisis is only good for fighting morale battles, whereas Ragnarok is only interested in giving Kamen Rider Zero-One a battle with far more deadly consequences. .