Writers: Andrew Cosby and Johanna Stokes
Artist: Rhoald Marcellus
Publisher: Boom! Studios
The entire city of Los Angeles has been turned into zombies. To make matters worse, a solar flare has transformed all ten million inhabitants into flesh-eating monsters. Now, a group of friends must escape from LA before the zombies claim them, or the government has a chance to enforce a final nuclear quarantine.
Story here is pretty standard zombie fare: team tries to fight off zombies, get a quick respite to plan, that plan doesn't work out, and they make one more desperate attempt for survival. The issue also contains the humor that has become a staple of horror in recent years, which is always welcome and is done exceptionally well here. When a character has a line like, "Well, on the bright side, nothing tried to eat me and I didn't slip in my own brother's blood," it's a good sign the writer is having fun with it.
Rhoald Marcellus's art is the real treat here: bright and colorful with a modified manga feel. It fits into what has come to be called "cute girl art" similar to Josh Howard's in Dead@17, which is always a good time.
Zombie Tales: Death Valley is a fun little popcorn-comic, and will appeal to fans of lighthearted horror and cute girls.
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