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"Zombie Tramp #58" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Action Lab: Danger Zone

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Written by Dan Mendoza and Vince Hernandez
Illustrated by Marco Maccagni
Colored by Valentina Pucci
Lettered by Adam Wollet
2019, 32 Pages, $4.99
Comic released on April 10th, 2019

Review:

Angel Lynch, the new Zombie Tramp, is coming into her powers. She has ample opportunities to test them out, as she suddenly finds herself under attack by some thugs sent by a Nazi-like woman. Sooner or later she'll figure out how to put clothes on again.

The overall tone of Zombie Tramp has remained constant with the switch from Janey Belle to Angel Lynch. It's still as gruesome as ever, thanks in no small part to artist Marco Maccagni. I am continually amazed at the energy he brings to everything he draws. There's a particularly gory scene towards the end of Zombie Tramp #58 that is chock full of blood, sinew, and entrails. It's a perfect encapsulation of the kind of carnage this book can deliver.

Letterer Adam Wollet adds to this chaos with some choice sound effects placed in the best spots. Sometimes you don't see the action, but you hear it. These deeply unsettling sounds, whether it's the sound of flesh ripping or a zombie groaning, spiral around the page in a haunting fashion.

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While we spent a lot of time with Janey over the years, we're still getting to know Angel. She comes with her own baggage and definitely earns some sympathy, but we're not yet invested in her life. Additionally, we don't know much about this new mysterious villain, so the actions on both sides feel hollow, like they're going through the motions. Granted, this is only the second issue of this new status quo and we came off of 50+ issues with the last Zombie Tramp, so I'm willing to cut writers Dan Mendoza and Vince Hernandez some slack.

Angel is taking a different approach to her abilities than Janey did, doing a lot of reading about them upfront. As such, she is finding new and interesting ways to use them, including a rather uncomfortable summoning spell. This ends up being pretty funny based on how totally absurd it is. It's best experienced cold, so I'm not going to spoil it here.

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It's easy to forget that Angel is playing with fire with these newfound powers. If her enemy wasn't dressed like a Nazi, you could think Angel was the bad guy at times. Colorist Valentina Pucci makes her look the part with sickly brownish green skin. She is kind of dead, after all. Her platinum hair goes well with this look, creating a ghost-like visage as she literally tears her victims apart.

Zombie Tramp is not resting on its laurels after sending Janey Belle off in the sunset. Angel Lynch has made a big splash, only in blood and guts, not water. She is a force to be reckoned with, although we're still learning more about her. I have to wonder if there was a way to introduce her earlier in the series to get us better acquainted with her before making the abrupt shift between main characters. In any case, we're getting more of what this book is known for, so if you were a fan before, it's still worth digging into.

Grades:

Story: Threeandahalfstars Zombie Tramp 58 Small
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Art: Fourstars
Overall: Threeandahalfstars

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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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