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Fangoria Gives FVZA #2 3.5/4 Skulls

“Sometimes, you just can’t let go. As a vampire, eternal life seems to be missing the ‘life’ part as the heart no longer beats in the sunlight. As a zombie, you’re not suddenly changed in a matter of moments like the movies. Instead, you’re a rotting corpse, slowly losing everything you have as father time picks away at your flesh and bones. Both creatures of the night lost more than their humanity, and to let go of it all is to simply be destroyed by the living. For me, letting go is simply trying to ignore a comic book dealing with zombies and vampires. I need to find Waldo to keep my sanity!

FVZA is certainly an exception as I can’t put the thing down when reading it. Some books allow a small snack time in-between pages; some allow days of luxury as the story pains through the same story told over and over again. But FVZA is one straight read-through, and at 47 pages, thankfully so. The story is a meaty one, and probably David Hine’s best. While many have tried to rewrite or adjust the origins of the vampire and zombie, Hine has made sensible modifications to each that are realistic. Zombies decompose, slowly, comparable to a person with Alzheimer’s disease with a virus that slowly eats away at their skin. Vampires don’t become beautiful and sexy when they turn. Instead, they lose hair, skin tone, and are also compatible to having a disease rather than a blessed curse. With these realistic traits to classic monsters, Hine has done something few have done before him with the vampire. He’s made them a being we no longer aspire to be.

The zombies continue to be tragic, but Hine likes to add a little drama to their curse by making them more human than undead. It almost prompts the question as to why they need to be killed, and that’s when Hine reminds us with a sexy woman named Landra and her overprotective brother Vidal being attacked by a gang of zombies that they’re no longer tragic. Instead, they’re carriers of disease that need to be destroyed. These siblings represent the protection of humanity in an outfit called the FVZA, and it creates a parallel to today’s issues with war and defense. This ideal doesn’t cram down your throat either, and is more of a social pondering for the reader to search out on his or her own. In hindsight, it’s amazing how political the zombie theme has been all these years, and it’s no different in this book.

The art detail is gorgeous to look at, and not to act like a typical male here, but the sex scene in this book really jumps out on the page. The team of Roy Allan Martinez and Wayne Nichols along with painters Kinsun Loh and Jerry Choo really turn up the heat in this moment, ironically enough after using a flamethrower a few pages before to kill some zombies. The artwork in this book is really defined, and allows the reader to feel like a movie is being played out on the page. It also keeps me coming back for more. FVZA is must-read to get your full dose of vampire and zombie antidote.”

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