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Review: Hollywood Zombie Apocalypse #2

hza02aAlthough 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

Preview: Hollywood Zombue Apocalypse #2 (of 2)

Hollywood Zombie Apocalypse #2 (of 2)

Written by Ralph Tedesco & Joe Brusha
Art by David Lorenzo Riveiro
Colors by Jorge Alberto Cortes
Letters by Jim Campbell
Edited by Nicole Glade
Price: $5.99
Release Date: 2/4/15

Hollywood and Zombies collide in this hilarious parody comic from Zenescope Entertainment!

After a zombie outbreak hits Hollywood, a group of star actors finds itself trapped in the Roosevelt Hotel.  With few options left, the A-List celebrities try to put their differences (and EGOS!) aside while chaos surrounds them. Can the eclectic group work together as a team or are they destined to fall victim to the zombie horde?

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

IMPERIUM_001_VARIANT_MULLERWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Brett

Top Pick: Imperium #1 (Valiant) -Toyo Harrada has a vision for the world. He’s taken over a small country, and is gathering his Harbingers to shape the world, by force if he has to. This series has been one of my most anticipated of 2015 since Valiant announced it as part of their Valiant Next line, and it is as good as I expected.

Ant-Man #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was full of heart and humor. I’m hoping the second is just as good.

The Bunker #9 (Oni Press) – This twisted time travel story looks at fate and destiny and whether you’ll ensure you come out on top no matter how many it kills. Each issue has been amazing adding bits and pieces to the mystery as much as it reveals answers. One of my favorite comics on the market.

The Goon: Once Upon a Hard Time #1 (Dark Horse) – Taking place after Occasion of Revenge, the witch coven thinks they’re close to controlling the town. Once upon a Hard Time is a climactic miniseries that has major consequences for the Goon and his supporting cast. If you’re a Goon fan, you can’t miss this.

Lady Killer #2 (Dark Horse) – Josie’s life grows more complicated than ever. She has her family and the fact she’s an assassin. How can she do it all and balance her work and home life? The first issue was fantastic.

Matt

Top Pick: Nameless #1 (Image Comics) – Grant Morrison is my favorite writer in comics and Chris Burnham’s viciously violent art is always an incredible treat. Them together on a creator-owned horror series at Image is all kinds of perfect.

Hawkeye #21 (Marvel) – Matt Fraction is such an astounding writer that the only substantial problem with his comics nowadays is that they get delayed so much. But Hawkeye, the book that catapulted his particularly powerful presence in the current comics realm, is coming back this week with an issue that kicks off the end to his quirky,p, excellent run.

Saga #25 (Image) – Saga is back, with a double-sided cover celebrating its 25th issue! ‘Nuff said.

Superman #38 (DC Comics) – Not only does this issue end Geoff Johns and John Romita Jr.’s first arc on Superman together, but it promises a new costume design and a new superpower for Superman. I’m game!

Swamp Thing #39 (DC Comics) – Charles Soule’s amazing, epic run on Swamp Thing is coming to a close next month, and the stakes sure are high given the end of issue #38. Swamp Thing is my favorite DC book at the moment, so I’m gonna savor every detail of these last few issues.

Nevada

Top Pick: Banksy: You Are an Acceptable Level of Threat – Updated Edition (Carpet Bombing Culture) – I remember Banksy’s paintings appearing all over New Orleans post-Katrina. Some were preserved, some painted over right away; all were amazing. They sparked a heated debate around NOLA: vandalism or art? Would vandalism inspire a cool book like this? Discuss.

Hello Kitty: It’s About Time (Viz Media/Perfect Square) – During these cold winter days under gray skies I could sure use a little Hello Kitty for a dose of bright sweetness. It really is about time!

Hollywood Zombie Apocalypse #2 (Zenescope) It’s Oscar time and what could be better than a Hollywood zombie throw-down? I’m a fan of parody, too, so turn the zombies loose on the red carpet! Wonder who the zombies will be wearing this year . . .

Mr. Natural #3 (Kitchen Sink Press)Mr. Natural versus the devil? I’m there. Plus I can’t wait to see what havoc Mr. Natural will wreak in the confines of a mental hospital Hey ho, indeed!

Southern Dog TPB (Action Lab Entertainment/Action Lab: Danger Zone)I’m a fan of Universal’s Wolf Man movies, and shapeshifters from True Blood to Grimm so I’m really looking forward to this!

 

Review: Hollywood Zombie Apocalypse #1

hza-covIt seems with Zenescope and the concepts that they come up with that they either hit it out of the park or they strike out swinging.  In the short history of their publishing it is rare enough that they get something that is in the middle ground of quality, but this is one of those rare entries.  It takes an interesting enough variation of the zombie genre and mixes in some jabs at popular culture, including a lot of whom the writers seem to not give much credit to.  Those that tire of Tom Cruise’s scientology antics, those who can’t comprehend the Beliebers or those that don’t like Michael Bay (which is everyone?) will both find a bit of vicarious satisfaction here.  So too does this issue pay homage to the Avengers, especially if the Avengers were played by Tom Cruise, Dwayne Johnson, Bryan Cranston and Selena Gomez.

Unlike some of Zenescope’s other properties, this series is meant to be firmly tongue-in-cheek and so although the humour is often groan-inducing, it also doesn’t really feel out-of-place.  The microbiotic-food-obessed starlets (one of whom is presumably supposed to be Megan Fox?) are a caricature of life in Los Angeles and exemplify some usual stereotypes, but at the same time there is not much wrong with that.  I don’t live in L.A. and so I can’t comment as to whether stars are really so vapid, but it is at least the pop culture cliché and so while it feels a bit forced here, it also works at the same time.

The sum of all these parts is something that doesn’t really work, but doesn’t really fail at the same time.  To be certain there is a lot better that this company puts out, but also a lot worse.  Seeing as this is stuck somewhere in between it might be of interest to those looking for a lighter take on the zombie genre, or just those that are a little tired of pop culture deciding what is popular.  At the same time, I can’t really recommend this, because of its faults and because so many other regular ongoing series from all the various companies bypass this in quality.   I suppose in the end that anyone that is interested in this and picks it up is not going to be losing a lot of money seeing as it is already halfway through the series.

Story: Ralph Tedesco and Joe Brusha Art:  David Lorenzo Riveiro
Story: 6.5 Art: 7.0 Overall: 6.8 Recommendation: Pass