Z Nation #1

A prequel set in the world of Syfy’s #1 scripted hit zombie series Z Nation, Black Summer is as bad as the apocalypse gets. A worldwide drought and famine when most of the surviving population dies and turns zombie. As the remnants of humanity cling to existence, fan favorite Charles Garnett returns to send a new team on a desperate new mission: Retrieve a possibly untouched cache of the food substitute Soylent Z from Galveston, Texas. 

But when mission leader Israel Johnson and his small team arrive in Galveston, they’ll face a threat unlike anything ever seen before in the zombie genre. Featuring Z Nation’s signature blend of horror, humor and heart, Black Summer is the start of a new six-issue miniseries from acclaimed writer Fred Van Lente (Marvel Zombies, G.I. Joe) and Craig Engler, based on the long running series Z NATION by Karl Schaefer and Craig Engler.

I opened this zombie comic like a survivalist being dragged screaming from his bunker by hordes of moaning undead. If it’s one thing I really, really dislike (besides having my genius brains eaten) it’s Yet Another Zombie Apocalypse Comic. How long as the genre been tottering along on its rotted legs? Ten years now? Longer? It’s washed up, done with, over, nothing more to be said, finito, played out. I blame The Walking Dead. I think we should declare a moratorium on the genre for at least a decade; maybe then a new breed of wide-eyed artists can approach the Zombocalypse with some degree of originality.

Having logged my feeble protest with the unhearing void that is the entertainment industry, I’d like to state the following about Z Nation #1: It’s pretty okay.

The art could be better. The writing isn’t bad. Z Nation does a good job steering clear of dull clichés, and actually manages to pull off some rather original set pieces. I had to giggle at the sight of zombie cows. The characters are a little flat, but their over-the-topness keeps you interested. Keep an eye out for some sly sight gags and stupidly funny puns. It’s obvious the creators are entertaining themselves, which makes you feel in on the joke; I wonder if the SyFy series is anywhere near as entertaining.

Z Nation deserves respect for finding the lighter side of the zombie apocalypse, and traipsing through a dull genre like a happy kid through a fussy flower bed. But seriously, after this…no more zombie comics. Thank you.

Final Verdict: 3 out of 5.

Z Nation #1 can be found at can be found at Dynamite

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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