Review: Z Nation #1
A prequel set in the world of Syfy and Asylum‘s scripted hit zombie series Z Nation, Black Summer is as bad as the apocalypse gets. A worldwide drought and famine when most of the surviving population dies and turns zombie. As the remnants of humanity cling to existence, fan favorite Charles Garnett returns to send a new team on a desperate new mission: Retrieve a possibly untouched cache of the food substitute Soylent Z from Galveston, Texas.
But when mission leader Israel Johnson and his small team arrive in Galveston, they’ll face a threat unlike anything ever seen before in the zombie genre. Featuring Z Nation’s signature blend of horror, humor and heart, Sea of Death is the start of a new six-issue miniseries.
The premiere issue of Z Nation by writers Craig Engler and Fred Van Lente manages to capture the spirit of the television show well. At the same time, it manages to introduce a few new characters (so far). The series reveals the start of Black Summer, which the television show has mentioned. I’m curious to see if other characters from the show will make an appearance or not and how much it’ll all tie together.
The art by Edu Menna manages to do the same thing the story does. It manages to capture the struggle of the survivors, as they cope with their existence bringing the visuals of the show to the comic page. The first issue brings a decent amount of gore, flowing action, and violence. There’s also some inspired melee weapon redesigns that merge raw killing power, with something a little more medieval.
Story: Craig Engler, Fred Van Lente Art: Edu Menna
Story: 8.5 Art:8.5 Recommendation: Buy, a must have for fans of the show
Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review