Review: Zombie Tramp #4

ZombieTramp_issue4_cover_regular_solicitI once read a review for a David Cronenburg movie where the reviewer was not quite sure what to make of a particular movie.  According to the reviewer was either a piece of art or a piece of trash, only he could not figure out which.  In terms of the series Zombie Tramp, a similar question comes to my mind.  The plot here is fairly simple.  The zombie with a brain, Janey, has been kidnapped and taken to Vegas, where the undead King of Rock and Roll wants to make her his queen.  After being stranded in the desert by a helicopter crash, Janey gets a chance to get even.

ztTo say that there is gratuitous violence and gore in this series is an understatement, as people die left and right in horrible ways.  The fight here between Janey and the King ends in one of the more gruesome deaths by way of disembowelment, although at the same time it is clever in how it is done.  This is the inherent problem with this series, that at one point it has a completely unexpected sword fight involving helicopter blades, and the next a scene with anal rape.  At her base Janey is interested in protecting women, as she rescues strippers or punishes people who rape women, but the series is equally exploitative of women at the same time.  If anything can be said in defense of the presentation of women, at least the men are just as bad.

In the end, it is hard to give this series a positive recommendation but it is equally to be too hard on it.  The series kind of ends up accomplishing what it sets out to do, but if there is a message here it is lost in the violence and exploitation.

Story:  Dan Mendoza and Jason Martine Art: TMChu
Story: 5.0 Art: 5.0 Overall: 5.0 Recommendation: Pass

Action Lab Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review