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Review: Fubar: Mother Russia

MotherRussiatpb_ONLINEStalingrad. 1943. One baby. One rifle. Two million zombies. A soviet sniper risks her life to protect something she hasn’t seen in a long time: A perfectly healthy two year old boy who has just stumbled right into the middle of the zombie apocalypse.

Zombies in Stalinist Russia, in one of the worst defeats of the German Army is genius. If you look close enough, there is some degree of authentic appearance in both the zombies, and the few living humans. Honestly you can tell, they wanted to keep Fubar: Mother Russia as authentic to the actual events as possible, with the exclusion of the zombies of course. That focus gives the entire story a sense of history, and realism.

The same sense of realism continues, with the dress of the characters. Even the weapons they use are historically accurate in their drawing. Despite the lack of color,that gives the world and contributes to the odd hopelessness the characters probably feel in the cold Russian winter.

Story: Jeff McComsey Art: Jeff McComsey
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: buy

Fubar Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Mother Russia TPB

Mother Russia TPBHaving survived the zombie apocalypse that ended World War II, Svetlana Gorshkav, also known as ‘Mother Russia’, risks everything she has built for the life of a small child. Understanding Svetlana’s willingness to sacrifice the safe life she has created for a stranger’s is truly the heart of this story. Mother Russia works with large ideas such as the value of family, the worth of innocent life, and the indoctrination of political ideals, all while creating a highly suspenseful story of one young woman trying to survive the end of the world any way she can.

The story opens with very minimal dialogue, which helps truly show the lonely life that Svetlana now leads. Her only escapes from the monotony of the highest room of a tower overlooking Stalingrad within which she lives, is to read, exercise, and shoot the zombie horde walking below. This all changes when she sees a small child in her scope and decides to run and save him. Her rescue attempt quickly goes awry until she is saved by a dog named Brunhilde and her owner, Major Otto Steiner. From there, the four begin a plan to move from the shelter they find themselves in, where supplies are running low, towards a place where there is enough food and water to survive a bit longer.

The interaction between the four main characters are truly where the larger aforementioned ideas are truly fleshed out. Writer and artist Jeff McComsey does a fantastic job creating a sense of caring between these characters, especially considering the child and dog cannot even speak. In the midst of the apocalypse, Otto has created an unbreakable bond with the only family member he has left, Brunhilde. Their strong bond is evident every moment they are together. To say Svetlana and Otto become family is a stretch but, their bond is built more on their perceived value of life and how little of it is left. Even though Svetlana does not completely trust him because he fought for the Nazi Regime, she begins to understand how those ingrained political ideologies she learned fighting the German enemy means nothing when the true enemy is not even human. These ideas are very well done and help the story, which could have easy fallen into the ‘just another zombie book’ category, into something more; a very intimate look at humans and the lengths they will go to survive.Mother Russia TBP 2

The art only helps to enhance the story. The entire narrative is done in black and white, creating a bleak sense of dread. Each zombie looks unique and hideous. The violence of seeing bullets fly through their rotting flesh is appropriately gory. The action panels are well laid out and create a sense of tension as the zombie hordes continue to close in despite the survivors best efforts. The more intimate moments are equally as impressive. The decaying, and dark buildings are haunting. Each room is well detailed and, in many instances, the remains of former lives from before the apocalypse tell a story all their own and help enhance the use of minimal dialogue in many places.

Following the main story are three backups titled, The Sniper, The Child, and Kindern. These three tales help flesh out the history of what happened during the lead up to the zombie apocalypse. Each story is heartbreaking and insightful in its own way but, does take away a bit from the original story by taking some of the mystery out of who these people are. Although, they do add an extra layer of knowledge for the reader as to how this all occurred, even if the reasoning is nothing groundbreaking or new. The art is as solid as the rest of the book, with the art in The Child by Giles Crawford being especially impressive, creating a dreamlike sensation as we follow the journey of the child which Svetlana eventually discovers.

Overall, this is a fantastic story that explores large ideas but never forgets that when the zombies take over, sometimes you just have to fight to survive.

Story: Jeff McComsey Art: Jeff McComsey, Steve Willhite, and Giles Crawford
Story: 9 Art: 8 Overall 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Alterna Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Fubar: Mother Russia #3

MOTHER RUSSIA #3

story and art by Jeff McComsey
$3.99, print release, mini-series, bw, military/horror, 17+

It’s a Ballroom Blitzkrieg in the streets of Stalingrad as Mother Russia fights her way through a sea of undead while a toddler is strapped to her back. The odds are a million to one and that’s the good news. Not one step backwards in this 44-page conclusion to FUBAR’s first stand-alone tale!

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Preview: Mother Russia #3

MOTHER RUSSIA #3

story and art by Jeff McComsey
$3.99, print release, mini-series, bw, military/horror, 17+

It’s a Ballroom Blitzkrieg in the streets of Stalingrad as Mother Russia fights her way through a sea of undead while a toddler is strapped to her back. The odds are a million to one and that’s the good news. Not one step backwards in this 44-page conclusion to FUBAR’s first stand-alone tale!

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Fubar Press now an official imprint of Alterna Comics

Alterna Comics has announced that Jeff McComsey‘s Fubar Press has joined forces with Alterna Comics as an official imprint.  Fubar Press will follow in the creator-owned mentality that Alterna is known for and will be headed by President and Publisher Jeff McComsey, Art Director Steve Becker, and Story Editor Jeff McClelland. The imprint will operate under the Alterna Comics banner as it always has but will have their own submissions, story ideas, and creative teams centering around a mash-up of historical-horror fiction.

Branching out with the Mother Russia mini-series by Jeff McComsey, the brand is set to build on the unique story-telling and phenomenal artwork that readers have been enjoying since 2010.

Having known the Fubar guys for a while now, congrats!

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Indie publishers take on Free Comic Book Day with a little help from Kickstarter

Indie publishers take on FREE COMIC BOOK DAY with a little help from KICKSTARTER

FUBAR PRESS, publisher of the Kickstarter funded New York Times Best Seller FUBAR: Empire of the rising Dead are teaming up with fellow Independent publisher 215 INK to bring free comics to shops all across the country via the brand new Indie comic distributor Liber on FREE COMIC BOOK DAY. Both publishers are contributing 28 page stand alone comics to the event and are launching a Kickstarter campaign to secure funding for the printing of those comics. 

DONATE TO CAMPAIGN BY VISITING http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1607639297/fubar-press-215-ink-free-comic-book-day-2012

“Kickstarter has been an immense game changer for independent comics in general and small-press indie comics in particular. A few years ago we couldn’t even hope to participate in an event like Free Comic Book Day. Kickstarter has been great because not only does it help us raise funds, but it also is an excellent tool to help spread the word on events like FCBD and introduce comic shops to a new distributor like Liber.” says Jeff McComsey, Editor in Chief of FUBAR PRESS.

Andrew DelQuadro of 215 INK had this to add, “My only regret is that we didn’t start this project earlier and pull in a few more of our fellow indie publishers and make this a gigantic event. Next year We want to go bigger.”

215 INK and FUBAR PRESS are asking for a modest $1,200 in their campaign but have said,  “The more money raised, the more books will be printed and the more shops we can ship our books to.” 

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THE LINE UP:

FUBAR PRESS’s contribution:

FUBAR: THE DEVIL’S DANCE FLOOR.

Cover by: Steve Becker   Story and art by: Jeff McComsey

The Devil’s Dance floor is a 28-page stand alone World War II story about the remnants of the British 6th Army in North Africa’s last stand against zombie Erwin Rommel’s Undead Afrika Korp. Down to the very last bullets, bombs and bayonets these battle hardened Brits are out to prove that he who dares, Wins.

From 215 ink:

We have 2 shorts in one awesome book. 215’s book will be a flip style book.

SIDE 1

VIC BOONE: SEA OF TROUBLE.

Cover by: Jim McMunn Story by: Shawn Aldridge Art by:Jason Copland

This 12 page short follows Future Portland’s notorious ex motorcycle daredevil turned private eye as he takes a vacation from the non stop robot ass beatings, femme fatale double crosses and cigarette smoking to relax at the shore… where he is immediately attacked and double crossed.

SIDE 2

APES WITH UZIS: THE PACKAGE

Cover by: Jeff McComsey Written by Mark Bertolini Art by Peebo Mondia

Created by Rolf Ledejgard

This 12 page short introduces Milford “Ecus” Lang as the premier black market delivery-monkey in the Primate Nation. After getting handpicked to deliver a mysterious package, Ecus then lands the job offer of a lifetime…is he monkey enough to take it?