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[Review] ‘Z-Men’ #1 Brings The Clueless Wonders To The Zombie Party & Hilarity Ensues

Imagine Night of The Living Dead as a starting point for a new, shared comic book universe. Z-Men #1 is just one of ten new series debuting today from Double Take Comics. This new and captivating comic publisher is started up by former Marvel Vice President Bill Jemas and looks like it has some legs to its premise and delivery.

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WRITTEN BY: Bill Jemas and Jeff McComsey

ART BY: Kurt Tiede

PUBLISHER: Double Take Comics

PRICE: $2.50

RELEASE: 16 September 2015

1966 in Pennsylvania. 1966 in the White House. NSA reports and hush-hush investigations about crashing satellites that need looking into. Throw in two pencil pushers from the Secret Service Motor Pool and you have quite the combination for something dark and funny. Writers Bill Jemas and Jeff McComsey really pull off a first issue that feels like a mash-up of Mad Men, The X-Files and Hot Fuzz. The best part of it is that it all works so well that it makes for a fun read.

 

Kurt Tiede’s art reminded me of the classic book Action Philosophers in its cartoonish yet serious approach to its source material. There is a bit more detail in Tiede’s artwork but it still conveys that randomness zany action feel. Yes, this is a zombie story but Clancy and Stuart have no clue what they are stumbling into which makes it feel more like Shawn of The Dead than Dawn of The Dead in a good way.

 

I really enjoyed this debut issue. It’s funny, it’s original and it has a feel all its own which is always a treat to discover. The formatting and ease of use reading online was wonderful to experience as well. I just saw that issue #2 was available online so I’m going to dive into the next one and how these square screwballs manage to bungle up next. You should too.

 

Score: 8.5/10 Skulls

 

Mr. Steele enjoys all things comics and imagination-based. Using his lifetime of comic-fu-dom for good, he imparts his knowledge for the universe to enjoy and for you, dear readers, to pass it on.

 

Twitter: @mrbradysteele

1 Comment
  • Richard Simon Preston

    I’ve read this comic – it’s padded, boring nonsense with mediocre art. Brady, I don’t know how much you were paid to give this comic a good review, but I hope it was worth it.

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