Review by “admin” at HorrorNews.net
FVZA VOL. 1: Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency (TPB)
Writer: David Hine
Conceived By: Beau Flynn & Tripp Vinson
Illustrators: Roy Allan Martinez, Wayne Nichols
Letters: Richard Starkings & Jimmy Betancourt
Editor: Luis Reyes
Covers: Yang Xueguo & Clint Langley
Based on the website FVZA.org, created by Richard S. Dargan
Publisher: Radical Publishing
Publication Date: 2009
Format: Color – 168 pages
FVZA collects all 3 issues of this fantastic horror comic series under one roof. The originals being part of a 3 part series published by Radical Publishing, final completion in a thick, well printed color trade paperback. The TPB features an end section that showcases all the cover art pieces used… both standard and variants. It also collects an array of early concept work and sketches used to provide a base for the artists on board. Its painted covers are all excellent horror comic pieces that shine and showcase the issues with great appeal throughout.
Perhaps the greatest vampire/zombie comic read on the market, or ever created for that matter, this one excels with a confident, engaging story line that is sure to be movie material some day. The time is the future and the world is currently on what I’d like to call an alternate universe. Back in the day, the vampire and zombies roamed in search of blood or meat, which, of course, replicated as a virus. The world needed some heroes at the gate and the FVZA was created (Federal Vampire and zombie Agency) which was an offshoot of the Vampire national Guard. Soon teams were rounded up to exterminate as many of these things as possible, but the smart ones took to underground and hiding, waiting for a triumphant return. At present, the vampires have managed to remain off the radar …that is, until a careless member named Mandrake decides to let the world in on his supremacy over them. Overzealous and anxious, he is exterminated by his elders…ones of his own kind. But, as they say, the cat is out of the bag.
The book takes a stroll through legend, history and where we are now with a family who’s lived their lives also involved from day one. One person is a girl named Landra whose lifetime of training makes her a deadly weapon against any foe. Though in this case, it’s vampire and zombies. Her grandfather runs the agency and has also enlisted her brother into the cause. The intent is strong and determined to rid the world of these vermin once and for all…except that the powers that be seem to have created some new strains that threaten the very existence of non-vampires.
If you would like to know more about or purchase a copy of FVZA: Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency #3 please go to http://www.radicalpublishing.com.
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