Crawl Space XXXombies #4

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Apr 2008 | Image

Writing: Rick Remender
Art: Kieron Dwyer
Story: Rick Remender | Tony Moore | Kieron Dwyer
Colour: Lee Loughridge
Letters: Rus Wooton

Our surviving porn stars have made it to Jenny’s apartment, but our angry mobster pays a visit to settle a score and increase death count. Who will survive the zombie apocalypse?

XXXombies comes to a close with more sex, violence, and zombies with humorous ending I should have expected.

It was a fun ride. I was almost right about who the survivors were. I just picked one too many. I’m not too sure I liked the whole mobster side. I had hoped for more zombie fun, but most of the violence came from them instead. That was disappointing, and Wong Hung Lau and his new little zombie venture. His end wasn’t very satisfying either.

I feel conflicted. The only reason I didn’t like this book was the lack of zombie action. I felt the mobsters were a bit anti-climatic. We’re in the middle of a zombie apocalypse and this mobster is going to risk his life and mess up a truck driver and his daughter? Couldn’t we have thought of something a little better?

Overall, I did enjoy this series. The art, the story concept, dead zombie babies, I couldn’t have asked for more. It just didn’t quite deliver to the end. Though the very final scenes almost make up for it all, giving some love to old school serialized horror shows and books.

I’ll be looking forward to the next story.

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Crawl Space XXXombies #3

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Feb 2008 | Image

Story: Rick Remender | Tony Moore | Kieron Dwyer
Writing: Rick Remender
Art: Kieron Dwyer
Colour: Lee Loughridge
Letters: Rus Wooton

The porn stars still struggle to survive in zombie-angeles. Jenny’s dad manages to get answers of his daughter’s whereabouts from the goons, and everyone else is pretty much screwed with the city quarantined.

The scene at the hospital with the babies was priceless and one of the best scenes I’ve ever seen in all my zombie-loving life. It was funny, too and the best part of this series. The rest of this book is just a blur of boring violence outshined by dead zombie babies. I can’t really remember anything else, I’m too hung up on that scene.

With one issue left, I don’t know if this book can top dead zombie babies. I’m a bit disappointed that I had to get so far to get a quality scene like that.  I can only hope it has a horribly violent ending.

Zombie Tales The Series #1

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Apr 2008 | Boom!

The War At Home Part One
Writing:
Joe R. Lansdale
Art: Eduardo Berreto
Colour: Andrew Dollhouse
Letters: Marshall Dillon

People Person
Writing: Steve Niles
Art: Daniel Lafrance
Letters: Marshall Dillon

Spring 2061
Writing:
Kim Krizan
Art: Jon Reed
Colour: Pablo Quiligotti
Letters: Marshall Dillon

This is another horror anthology, but centered specifically around zombies.

The War At Home Part 1
The Dead Get Busy

A veteran at a hospital is waiting for his pain pills. Unable to take it anymore, he gets in a wheelchair to find them. That’s when he stumbles into a zombie and a nurse. Seems the entire place is overrun, but he’s not alone. Two other vets stumble onto them, but the outlook is grim.

This story was a tease. Right when you get to the good part, tons of zombies after them, the impossible odds, it’s over. I have to wait until I read the next issue. Aside from that, though, I liked it. The pacing was nice and quick. There’s wasn’t any waiting around before the badness started. I’m not sure if I’m want them to survive or not. 

People Person

Scott ran a used bookstore in LA until the zombie plague happened, even turned his wife who still seems to have a thing for him. It’s time he let her her go.

I’m Soooo hungry, Scott. Let me eat you. Just a little nibble.

Really well written. I enjoyed reading this story. The conflict of dealing ith his life and the exposition of what his wife was like in life when the plague hit, how she turned. I love the grim wit and the ending. It would have been nice to see how things unfurled, but it probably weaken the story. My predisposition of violence tends to get the better of me sometimes. Especially when it comes to this type of horror.

Spring 2061

Zombies are the majority and run everything that humans did. There’s even a Zombie Dominance day that celebrates their rise to power. Humans still exist as food supply, bred and raised like cattle on farms. But there is one human wandering around disguised as a zombie.

The setting is awesomely disturbing. The nudie bar, that fashion show, seeing the meat section of the supermarket filled with human parts and even caged live ones… It’s so wonderful. I liked the farm where that fat human had that big feeding machine the zombies were dumping food into.

This was my favorite story, but the ending didn’t do it for me. In fact, all the scenes involving the humans in the cave seem alien. I wouldn’t have wasted the last pages of this book babbling about freedom and taking up arms. I think it would have been much stronger just centering around the grief of this woman having to live in this world as a zombie. I wouldn’t have given her any sort of hope other than that equal rights demonstration you see at the beginning. I would have kept it dark.

I’m thrilled to have actually liked all these stories. I’ll be reading more of this soon.

Crawl Space XXXombies #2

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Dec 2007 | Image

Story: Rick Remender | Tony Moore | Kieron Dwyer
Writing: Rick Remender
Art: Kieron Dwyer
Colour: Lee Loughridge
Letters: Rus Wooton

Hollywood has gone to hell in a hand basket and our little smut crew struggle to get out unscathed. Their numbers are dropping quickly. Tony wants his money from Wong, and Jenny’s father is hot on her trail and he ain’t playin’.

The first thing that amazed me was despite the fact that Johnny was dead, his thing broke, and his skull had a whole punched through it, we’re still oblivious. When Mitzy, the girl of the shot turns into a zombie, they just think she’s dope sick. Wow. These guys deserve to die.

This issue wasn’t as entertaining as the last, but is still good enough for me to keep going. I want to see these guys devoured and see who lives, if anyone does. I’m starting to like Jenny’s father. He’s one tough dude. I love how nothing phases him.

Just two more issues left, then it’s waiting for the next story to be released.

Crawl Space XXXombies #1

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Oct 2007 | Image

Story: Rick Remender | Tony Moore | Kieron Dwyer
Writing: Rick Remender
Art: Kieron Dwyer
Colour: Lee Loughridge
Letters: Rus Wooton

It’s 1977 and it all started with one dead guy on a plane. It crashed, and then there were more. Zombies. Porn producer Wong Hung Lau and actor Jeremy Randel brought new talent and established talent to mansion in Hollywood for a three day shoot. They are oblivious to the chaos around them until after the city has been overrun.

I got a kick when the D&D nerds sitting on the Hollywood sign smoking their joint went up in flames in the middle of arguing about a red dragon. That was satisfying.

I’m also amazed at the sight of these broken, smoldering people didn’t phase or unnerve the rescue crew on scene. Miracle? I’ve seen too many movies to be so optimistic. And the part where one of the bites into the face of one those dudes, now that’s what I’m talking about. Good ol’ fashioned zombie gore.

Another highlight was when the director found Johnny outside displaying some zombie wood. What does he do? Brings him inside and gets him tied down to a table for a shoot, oblivious to the fact he’s among the walking dead. It’s even more amusing during the shoot his piece breaks off getting all sorts of icky gore all over the old girl.

Also, I should note that the adult content in here isn’t that bad. This is Image, after all. The most graphic thing in here is the violence and there’s some nudity.

This wasn’t a bad comic at all. It’s a bit of a more adult horror series in the vein of Tales From the Crypt. It had it’s humorously macabre moments and I’m a huge fan of horror series like this.

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