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COMIC BOOK BIN gives FVZA #2 an A-

“THE LOWDOWN: One doesn’t have to read too many pages into a David Hine-written comic book to realize that Hine is superbly skilled in this medium. His talent is not so much in creating imaginative scenarios (at which he is also quite good), but in creating plausible, compelling character drama out of the most outlandish scenarios. FVZA: Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency is certainly outlandish and bizarre in the tradition of oddball science fiction and horror comics. Hine’s ability to find the heart of the character in the midst of the utterly fantastic and far-fetched makes him the J.J. Abrams of comics.

Hine’s success here is also in large measure to the graphic storytelling of artists Roy Allan Martinez and Wayne Nichols. Martinez and Nichols can visualize the gory excesses of this story, but do so without decompressing the story so much that they would drain it of energy. The composition of each panel hits that key moment that allows it to connect with another panel and convey action and drama in a way that both moves the narrative and grabs the reader. Painters Kinsun Loh and Jerry Choo finish the art by creating moods and accentuating character, sometimes in broad strokes and sometimes with subtle nuance. That is why FVZA: Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency is more than just another slickly-produced vampire-zombie concept. It transforms monster melodrama into compelling drama.”


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