Comic Reviews of the Week: 10/21/2009

20 10 2009

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FVZA: FEDERAL VAMPIRE AND ZOMBIE AGENCY #1 (1 of 3)
Writer: DAVID HINE
Penciler: ROY ALLAN MARTINEZ
Painter: KINSUN LOH and JERRY CHOO
Letterer: RICHARD STARKINGS and COMICRAFT’S JIMMY BETANCOURT
Covers by: John Bolton (Cover A) and Clint Langley (Cover B)
Price: $4.99
Official Release Date: Oct 28, 2009

If I were to ask you right now what F.V.Z.A. stood for, you would most likely respond with “Huh?” Don’t worry, you’re not the only one.

F.V.Z.A stands for Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency and that’s really all you need right there. Now when I first looked over the book I must admit I was cautious, combining two of the most over used horror creatures into one book doesn’t give it a great start…

But then I started reading.

I won’t go too much into details concerning the plot, but here’s a brief overview.  We follow former member, Dr. Hugo Pecos, as he explains the history of the Zombie and Vampire Viruses to his children, Landra and Vidal. Pecos teaches and trains the kids for combat even though a vaccine has been created and the F.V.Z.A. have been disbanded. All that changes when a sudden zombie outbreak occurs and vampire sightings increase. Flash forward a few years and now Hugo and his now grown children must prepare to battle the undead.

Now if that doesn’t peak your interest, the rest of the story will draw you in.

The way David Hine (Civil War: X-Men, Spider-Man Noir, Arkham Asylum) set’s up the world and these characters is great and hooks the reader almost from the start. Readers of B.P.R.D should find some common ground here. It’s interesting to note that Hine adapted this from a website, an impressive feat to say the least, but the art work in my opinion steals the show. Roy Allen Martinez shows off a beautiful yet fitting style that highlights the dark nature of this tale. I must give huge compliments to everyone on the art team for doing some truly gifted work.

The only complaint I have with the book is that it buries the lead some what. At the start of the issue, Dr. Pecos describes the history of Vampires and Zombies. At one point he talks about how they dealt with them in the old west, and I must say those few panels really give off a great idea, almost making me wish that was the whole book. Although I’m sure if this sells well we can see some prequels in the future.

Overall I must say I was very impressed with this book. The story, the style and everything else clicked so well.  Another highlight is that this is part of the new “Bigger Book, Bigger value” deal from Radical Publishing. You get 64 pages for a mere five dollars, a damn good deal in my opinion. Plus an interview with writer David Hine and a sneak peek at Rick Remender’s The Last Days of American Crime which looks fantastic.

I am truly excited to see where this series will go from here and I strongly urge everyone to pick up this book and join along.

– Jesse –

Readers of Hellboy or B.P.R.D will find common ground here
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