Review: The Mocking Dead #4
DIA agents Bunch and Malik at last arrive at the estate where the long-lost print of The Mocking Dead movie can be found … but is it in time to save a world already unraveling at the seams from the threat of the Zeds?
The penultimate issue of The Mocking Dead hits this week. The fourth issue is written by Fred Van Lente with art by Max Dunbar. Aikau Olivia handles graytones and colors with Simon Bowland providing lettering. The Mocking Dead has been a hilarious thrill ride so far, but how does it stand four issues in?
DIA agent Vanessa and former agent and current mega-geek Aaron are on the hunt for the last surviving copy of the movie that could hold the answers to the zombie outbreak. They’ve tracked it down to the former child actor who starred in The Mocking Dead, and they’ve finally arrived at his estate. With a little help from their new acquaintance from Box-Mart, Steve the Gardner, they may be able to get into the house if the right-wing nut-job groundskeeper doesn’t kill them first. There’s a few twists and turns before the movie starts up, but our heroes are finally here. Does the movie hold the answers they need? Will Aaron and Vanessa ever mend the rift between them?
Van Lente writes another great issue. It’s jam-packed with hard hitting satire and hilarity, but things get a little more political this time. If you’re of a certain political mindset, you might not find things as funny as the rest of us. We get a lot of plot development in between the pharmaceutical commercials and scenes from the Mocking Dead film. Things are set up for an incredibly weird and humorous conclusion. Dunbar’s art and Olivia’s graytones are fantastic. There is a lot of great character work that makes this a finely polished comic. The duo are able to really sell emotions and even get some humor out of the character’s facial expression, even using body language at times to get a point across. That’s no small feat in comics.
Bottom Line: The Mocking Dead continues to be one of the funniest and completely insane comics out there. There’s still several things to wrap up, but I for one can’t wait to see how it ends. 4/5
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