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The dead rise as superhero

  • Feb 27, 2011
ZombieMan Zero was brought to my attention by a viral video featuring Zombieman Zero and nemesis Gearhead from Xomix Comix:

After looking into it a bit I discovered that the author - Ted Seko - is really into the whole post-apocalyptic zeitgeist (he cites Planet of the Apes, Soylent Green and The Omega Man as amongst his favorite films and I couldn't agree more) and I figured that anyone who can actually name all of those post-the bomb! Heston movies ought to have something interesting going on.

Ted sent me off a copy of ZmZ (the inaugural, origin-tale issue), along with some freebies.

Considering that this was actually the first new comic I've cracked in at least two decades, and considering the subject of the earlier review, I figured it kind of belonged here.

One statement about the work is sufficient: if you think survival after the apocalypse is cool, then Zombieman Zero is your guy.

Zombieman rises from the camps where humans are being raised for food; he doesn't know why or how or anything else other than a burning need to seek revenge and right whatever is wrong. There's no nuance here - aliens eating people is wrong, therefore they must pay. People working for the aliens to keep their hide intact a little longer is wrong, therefore they must pay.

What's really cool about Zombieman is that he is truly a babe in the woods; he's been 'grown' in isolation, has no education, no nothing. So, while keeping himself alive and away from recapture, he's going to be learning - about everything.

The comic itself is relatively short (not uncommon with indies I suppose) and, with the exception of the cover, is a B&W rendering - which is perfect for the style displayed by Seko in this offering. All of the art is very 'storyboard' like, seemingly quick sketches, relatively detail-less renderings - but this works and works very well, because I think one of the main themes of this effort is returning the reader to a simpler and more profound experience, one where they have to provide the detail, fill in the color and the background from their own imagination..

Which is what I've been looking for.

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