Review: Hollywood Zombie Apocalypse #2
Although it is potentially a weak concept to start with, the first issue of this two part series did have some things going for it. Of course not every comic has to be completely serious, and the fundamental idea of this series is to lampoon the Hollywood culture and to even offer a bit of a critique of popular culture. Although not particularly inspired, it still managed to make a few jokes worthy of some eye-rolls while setting up an unconventional zombie story. It can safely be said that the second issue is inspired, but ends up being inspired in the wrong way. This inspiration has a name and that is Selena Gomez.
Of course Selena Gomez is never named as such in this story, even if she is called Selena and has a whiny boyfriend named Justin. Nor are any of the other characters like Bryan Cranston, Tom Cruise or Dwayne Johnson named specifically, but in the end it doesn’t even really matter. While it is fine to lampoon Hollywood, this ends up being something different as instead the actors are very much out of character in what is essentially a setup for the main character to make out with Selena Gomez. It takes a creepy concept like zombies, and goes into something kind of creepier by seeing what amounts to a realization of a fantasy put to paper. Presumably the writer holds Selena in high regard in the looks department, because she is pretty interchangeable with any other actress in this same setting.
The story is thus doomed by itself, not in its weak concept, not in its not-so-funny jokes, but more so with its cliched Hollywood ending that the hero gets the girl, even if this is the only part of the book which is meant to be taken seriously. It should have been an undead battle royale with actors playing out their characters in the comics, but it ended up being a twisted love story with no real justification for it.
Story: Ralph Tedesco and Joe Brusha Art: David Lorenzo Riveiro
Story: 4.0 Art: 6.5 Overall: 4.0 Recommendation: Pass