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"Zombie Tramp #56" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Action Lab: Danger Zone

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Written by Dan Mendoza
Illustrated by Marco Maccagni
Colored by Valentina Pucci
Lettered by Adam Wollett
2019, 32 Pages, $4.99
Comic released on January 30th, 2019


Janey Belle, the Zombie Tramp, is dead, but that doesn't mean her story has ended. Just like Hellboy and Wolverine, there's a bit more to her tale. Unlike those characters, there's a conclusion in sight. Janey has been trapped within Black Betty and she's managed to get some of her power back, manipulating things in the land of the living. Her servant, Oscar is prepping the scene for her possible return, but will she pick up where she left off? When she was last on this mortal coil, Janey was ready to pull the evil Kaiju Queen into our world, unleashing untold levels of devastation.

It's very rare in comics for a character to get a real ending, especially in long running series. Batman is never going to retire. Sure, there will be some stories set in the future where he's old, but there will always be an ongoing comic featuring Bruce Wayne's adventures as the Caped Crusader. Writer Dan Mendoza brings Janey Belle's story to a close in Zombie Tramp #56 and it's a pretty great sendoff.

The action is light in this issue, instead focusing on Janey's journey. Since she has some semblance of her power again, she's ready to get right to kicking ass and taking names. You can see that mischievous glint in her eye. Her relentless attitude and perseverance is on full display as she's not going to let something like death keep her down.

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Artist Marco Maccagni is the perfect artist to close out Janey's story. His style is incredibly expressive as seen not only on Zombie Tramp, but on a number of other titles under the Action Lab: Danger Zone umbrella. This is perfectly exemplified when Janey is in her element, screaming at the world and breaking through the barrier into the land of the living.

Some of Janey's...ahem...assets are more than a little exaggerated, as is the case for just about all the women that appear in this book. This is my only real criticism of the art as it's basically like a young boy's imagination as to what a naked woman would look like. It's all boobs and butts. Granted, if you've made it fifty plus issues into Zombie Tramp, you know what you're getting into.

There's a tonal shift in Zombie Tramp #56 that's controlled by colorist Valentina Pucci. The bulk of the issue is a little dreary with dark greys and blacks. Even the scenes in our world are dingy in tone. This contrasts well with the end of the issue which is like a ray of sunshine. The clouds part and a new day dawns.

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I won't spoil the final pages of this issue, but I will say that they're pretty great. There's some awesome art direction and Maccagni and Pucci make for a powerful one-two punch. It is an ending in every sense of the word as Janey's story comes to a close. Of course, we're not done with Zombie Tramp as a new woman will soon take up the mantle, but at long last, Janey gets some peace.

Letterer Adam Wollett delivers the final lines in this perfect way, showing how much Janey has changed as a person. Under any previous circumstances, she would never have a conversation like this, but here she is and it's a game-changer.

I thought I knew where “The Death of Zombie Tramp” was going, but I was completely wrong. I'm glad I was because this is a terrific way to close the chapter on one character and open the door for a new one. Janey has been incredibly fun to read over the years and now we get to see what someone else will do with the role. This is a fantastic way to end a story.


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Overall: 4.5 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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