Review: Zombie War #1
When the denizens of Earth’s military cemeteries begin to rise from the dead, who will stop them? Over ZOMBIE WAR’s two giant-sized issues, Jina, a tough-as-nails fighter pilot sets about uncovering what reanimated these heavily armed monsters and more importantly, what will stop them?! Featuring scripts and layouts by TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman and art by Eric Talbot (Heavy Metal), this new incarnation will present ZOMBIE WAR in full color for the first time, courtesy of TMNT colorist Ronda Pattison!
The 90s zombie comic from TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman rises again this week thanks to an updated full color version from IDW. Zombie War will be broken up into two parts this time around. The story was written by Kevin Eastman and Tom Skulan with art from Eastman and Eric Talbot. Ronda Pattison handles colors for the updated tale. So is it a good thing the Zombie War has started again or should it have stayed dead?
A strange craft from space is rocketing towards earth. Fighter pilot Jina encounters the UFO as it arrives on earth. It flies by so fast nobody is quite sure exactly what it was. The ship crash lands at the Arlington cemetery in Virginia. That’s when strange things start happening and the military dead come back to life. From there it’s an all-out zombie war as the US government tries to organize a response. Between zombie battles and newscasts, Jina gets sent on a mission to engage the mysterious UFO. Things don’t go quite as planned and Jina finds herself in the middle of the warzone with the alien that caused all the undead trouble.
Zombie War isn’t so much a story as it is a series of events that happen around the same time. Jina is the main character, but she’s not really developed at all or really does anything until the last half of the issue. Zombies are running wild and humanity is in trouble. It’s all zombies all the time. That’s about the extent of the story thought there are a few interesting twits on the zombie rules. Things happen at a breakneck speed, so save for a few double-page zombie spreads nothing really has time to breathe. Eastman and Talbot’s art were at least a good fit for the story. Eastman has a very distinct style and it translates well into a zombie apocalypse horror story. Pattison’s colors are really the highlight of the book. Things are very much subdued, with nothing being too bright and colorful, which makes for a good fit with Eastman’s art.
Bottom Line: If you really, really loved Zombie War when it first came out then you might want to see it in color for nostalgia’s sake. This one wasn’t for me but you might dig it. 1.5/5