Review: Overrun #1 – 4
Overrun is The Matrix meets The Walking Dead. Written by Andi Ewington and Matt Woodley, with art by Paul Green and letters by Troy Peteri and Joshua Cozine. This new four issue miniseries takes us deep inside the virtual world hiding behind our laptops and tablets. It’s a virtual reality populated by atavistic human-like characters, speaking in a distinctive Orwellian IT language, of different computer file tribal groups (.xls, .jpeg, .mp4, .zip, spam, .mpeg, .txt, .doc, etc…). All the well-known characters, past and present, from the computer and gaming world are parodied within its pages. There’s Detectives Norton & McAfee, a French Mario, a Pokémon like super companion, Sarge from Call of Duty or Medal of Honor (you pick), and many more you will recognize.
With dwindling disk space, the Illuminati-like Hierarchy plots to wipe the slate clean, using viral corrupting zombies to free up memory to rewrite the world’s code. Scrolling bar buddies serendipitously join together to save their world from the conspiracists’ evil plans. The fast-paced story is non-stop action, helped along by a power-up pill popping strong man, video game shogun ninja, mysterious heroine, and others; who together battle CPU henchmen to put an end to the evil scheme. With no fear of archival or uninstallation, our heroes fight the Hierarchy to the fateful end.
Paul Green’s cartoony manga style art, rendered in bright colors, with pubescent characters, exaggerated body types, and plenty of big guns, flits across effortlessly from panel to panel. The gamer audience will eat it up.
When all is said and done, and the reading fun is over, head out to the Scroll Bar for a drink. Just make sure you bring enough kilobytes to pay the tab, and while you’re there, pray to the User for the story to continue in a yet to be announced issue five.
I’d give it a ten, but I had to take some points away. I was a bit sore there was no death by .ppt.
Story: Andi Ewington and Matt Woodley Art: Paul Green
Letters: Troy Peteri and Joshua Cozine
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy
Andi Ewington provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review