Zenescope Entertainment 2015
Written by Joe Brusha
Illustrated by Vincenzo Riccardi
Coloured by Grostieta
When a meteor carrying the Zombie virus hits Earth, it triggers the potential end of mankind. The last chance for humanity is a spacecraft full of alien scientists tasked with tracking the interstellar virus; one that has wiped out many other planets. What will happen when humans must team with aliens to survive the zombie apocalypse?
I love a good zombie apocalypse and they are so hard to make more original anymore so the idea that a spore crash lands on Earth from outer space infecting those unsuspecting individuals who go to investigate it and then cause a global pandemic the likes of which we’re unprepared for well it’s a nice basis for the story. Then of course let’s in to all this that there’s a ship full of alien life forms who are searching for the Z-Virus in order to eradicate its existence and well you’ve just upped the ante.
With widespread panic gripping the world the President of the United States makes an executive decision to get all critical personnel to safety according to doomsday protocol while the rest of the citizenship well he’s willing to burn it down. It makes for an interesting proposition as to what’s really going on in the mind of the highest level of government to think that perhaps they are willing to sacrifice the many to save the select few when something of this magnitude happens. Though I have to wonder what’s going to happen when a group of survivors finds a way in or that their compound is already compromised.
Captain Nova and her crew are in orbit over a city having released all these orbs that should in theory cleanse the planet of the virus. Though this is when we see the inherent danger of a zombie apocalypse as one of the infected scratched a soldier getting onto a plane and then changed in flight so that the she attacks her pilots and they in turn make it so that Captain Nova and her crew are now going to be stuck on the Earth along with the zombies and the whatever resistance the humans can muster.
Can Captain Nova and her crew fix the situation they find themselves in and get off world and end the zombie threat once and for all? It’s a tall order and we already know that they’ll have help in the way of the human resistance but it all comes to be well that’s something that will be revealed.
I’m pretty darn impressed with the interior artwork here as well. Vincenzo and Grostieta do some incredible work both in depicting the zombies, the normal people who are still unaffected and the aliens themselves. I like that Nova and her crew are all from different species and that they all have their own unique look that helps showcase some great imagination.
This will surprise readers in a good way with it’s solid characterization and solid premise.