Time for another review!
This week, we have Z-Men #1 by Double Take Comics. This issue was written by Jeff McComsey and Bill Jemas, with pencils by Kurt Tiede, inks by Alisson Rodrigues, colors by Maxflan Araujo, letters by Caroline Flanagan, and edited by Bill Jemas and Elysia Liang.
We are, as always, on the Prince system: Adore means to buy it, Beautiful Strange means take it or leave it, and When Doves Cry means do not buy it.
All set? Let’s go!
Double Take Comics is doing something a little differently. When I first looked at the page count on Comixology, I was surprised that there were so many pages and that the book itself was free. Then I saw what was being done.
The format is a little different. Each panel is a page, and the word balloons are on the bottom. If there is a back-and-forth exchange between a couple of characters, then that is at least two screens, if not more, with the word balloons (actually, think of it as closed-captioned or subtitled) running across the bottom of each new page. The artist doesn’t have to do as much work, as a lot of pages can be simply “sprited” in, because not much may change from page to page (or panel to panel). The execution leaves something to be desired.
The writing is pretty good. It’s set in the 60s, after the assassination of JFK, so we’ve got LBJ in the White House. There seems to be some sort of attack going on in Pennsylvania, and he’s sending a couple of people to investigate it, quietly. At the end, we find out that it’s zombies.
The issue is written by Jeff McComsey, who writes/edits the FUBAR, a zombie horror anthology. He’s not writing outside of his bailiwick with this tale of zombies in Pennsylvania. It’s even got a reference to Night of the Living Dead in it, with a space probe coming back from Venus. (We were always going to Venus in the 60s.)
The art is adequate. The team of Tiede and Rodrigues won’t win any awards, but the art is adequate. There wasn’t anything here that immediately turned me off, and that’s a good thing. However, none of it was great. None of it was inspired. I think that has to do with the artists skill level than the material given.
The coloring was pretty good. The palette was pleasing, and nothing was too overdone. The artwork was simplistic and open, and the coloring reflected that nicely. The colors did its job, which is always nice to see.
The letters took me aback some. Just the fact that they run across the bottom of the page is strange to me. You get used to it quickly, but getting there is a small shock. The only thing I’m not happy in respect to the lettering is that the tail that shows who’s supposed to be speaking is pointed the wrong way in a couple of instances. Easy fixes.
The editor on the book should have caught this and suggested a fix, which is really easy to do. Other than that, it feels like the editor got out of the way and let the story be told. LBJ was very proud of the size of his penis, and would make remarks about it to anyone. That’s represented here. The story felt like a product of the timeframe, and in all, was an enjoyable read.
Best of all, it was free. You can’t beat that.
Final Verdict: Adore