For my first venture into BOOM! Studio's Zombie TalesZombie Tales: The War at Home is a simple story, not too much depth, just enough action to get you through, and a nurse's outfit that remained 45% unzipped at all times to optimize cleavage. This comic really came off as a bad sequel to a horror movie. Not the second or even the third movie in a horror franchise, but more like the sixth, where the producers know how bad this is going to be and embrace the ridiculousness of the whole thing. It's about a rag-tag team of limbless war veterans knocking the heads off zombies with mops and table lamps. One zombie is an ice cream man, so this can't be serious, right? After reading this through twice, once in seriousness and then again with a Joe Bob Briggs mind-set, the second reading is what got Zombie Tales: The War at Home a rating higher than 1.
I'm not saying that The War at Home is bad, it's just hard to take seriously. Whether that was the angle Joe Lansdale was going for, I can't say. With overdone sound effects and zombies bumbling their way through a blood and guts rampage, the comic is a laugh track away from being a weekly sitcom staring Bruce Campbell. The dialogue is wooden and a couple of bad one-liners are thrown about. One thing I didn't care about was the legless guy's back story, and how he messed up and wanted to redeem himself for his mistake that cost him his legs and the lives of his fellow soldiers. That subplot was muddying the waters of a perfectly good "escape the zombie-filled hospital" story. Eduardo Barreto's art work was really good. I have to say he captured the texture of zombie flesh pretty well – ashy grey and sort of crusty. But what it really comes down to is the enthusiastic use of sound effects. Taking a cue from the 1960s' Batman T.V. show, Zombie Tales: The War at Home is full of wacky irks, thumps, cracks, and crashes.
Again, if you were to read Zombie Tales: The War at Home as a serious zombie story, you would feel betrayed -- like if George Romero gave you a ticket to see his new zombie flick, but while you were in the theater he torched your car. On the other hand, if you read it and keep in mind a campy midnight horror film, then the comic comes off as a mildly entertaining waste of time.
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