When zombies invade the United States of America it’s up to a small team of zombie killing politicians including Senator Hillary, John McPain, and Sarah Paladin to help President Barot Obama save the country from certain doom.
Okay, let’s get one thing out of the way first and foremost before we get this thing going proper like, I’m not much of a political zombie myself, so I don’t have an opinion one way or the other about which side, left or right, is the side to follow. They’re just directions on a roadmap to me. It’s obvious from the names above that this comic is a spoof of politicians that takes place within the beginnings of a zombie apocalypse, and judging by the current political environment and the uproar that happens anytime someone brings up Republicans or Democrats, I’m sure someone is going to see this comic book review and start wondering which side of the political spectrum I myself lean towards, and if that affected my opinion of President Evil. To answer any and all questions regarding my political affiliations, I have none among the living or the dead. Republican or Democrat, they’re all the same to me, two sides of a system that could care less about anything more than pushing their own agenda, which usually happens to be whichever agenda pays more. While I was alive I always found that a moderate middle ground between the two made more sense, but now that I’m dead I could care less in all honesty. We zombies have our own semi-political system represented through our unions, each union representing a certain area with union heads meeting to decide things we’re all supposed to vote on. Basically it’s the same as your system, a bunch of assholes argue while the rest of us get screwed, so I gave up on politics a long time ago. This review is based solely on how much I enjoyed a comic book, that’s it. The politics of Republicans and Democrats meaning very little to me. I’m more a Green Party guy anyway.
Our politically themed zombie tale begins with President Barot Obama crashing Air Force One near the White House in the middle of a zombie apocalypse that threatens to consume the country. He quickly activates a super powered business suit that makes him nearly invulnerable and incredibly strong, kicking zombie ass on his way towards the White House. Unfortunately his very experimental suit shorts out, and it’s only the intervention of a gun toting Sarah Paladin that saves him from being zombie chow. Paladin has brought a chopper to pick the president up, but, in her earnestness to impress upon him the value of firearms, accidently shoots the engine and blows it up, forcing the pair to make the trek on foot. On their way, they meet up with another ally, the shell shocked John McPain, super humanly strong for unknown reasons and ready to tear apart as many zombies as he can get his hands on. Things seem to be looking up for the small group when one very pissed off Senator Hillary joins up as well, angry over her missing husband Bill, but a meeting with George Dubya and Dick Chainsaw puts a damper on their optimism when the former president is found eating his own brain after being zombified, Chainsaw doing his best to keep zombie Dubya from being put down permanently. At the White House things don’t look any better, an automated defense system is doing its best to keep the zombies at bay, but the sheer number of the horde means the White House warriors are going to have to get their hands dirty if they intend to make it inside to their secret weapon, Steven Corvair decked out in Marvel gear. At the White House, the group discover that the President’s daughter was in an escape pod that veered off course, crashing into the top of the Washington Monument. They race to save her, but uncover a sinister plot being perpetrated by all the former presidents of the United States, all zombies themselves now and needing Barot to complete their plan to control the rest of the zombies rampaging throughout the country. Then there’s something about time travel, a robotic Governor Schwarz, and a utopia created by zombie Oprah Whimsy. I’m not really sure, it kind of flies off the rails at this point.
That’s one of the biggest problems with this comic book, it just quits making sense at a certain part and delves into some kind of pointless insanity that made absolutely no sense whatsoever. It actually starts off pretty good, a fun and gory tale of politicians battling the undead in Washington D.C. I enjoyed it at the start. Despite it having a political basis, it nearly stays out of going one way or the other as far as leaning right or left too much, doing a great job of making fun of both sides and staying out of making too many political statements. Both sides get mocked equally, Dubya, Paladin, Corvair, and Hillary are great examples. I’m sure I don’t have to clarify that those are Bush, Palin, Colbert, and Hillary Clinton. Who artist and writer David Hutchison is mocking is always made pretty clear. The man doesn’t try and hide it, but he does make sure they both get equal ridiculing. One minute he’s making fun of Palin’s obsession with guns, then it’s Hillary’s rage over a suspicious acting Bill Clinton, before going on to make fun of a self-consuming Bush, and finishing off with a self-important Colbert. Well, not finishing off really because there are quite a few that get the Hutchison Heckling, as I’m now calling it. Governor Schwarzenegger’s inability to maintain California is mocked as is his misunderstanding of how a budget works, Rush Limbaugh (Crush Limbo) and Bill O’Reilly (Bill O’Smiley) get ridiculed for their need to bring down “the other side” no matter how much damage is done, Joe Biden’s ineptitude causes him to give launch codes to Limbo simply because he asks for them, even the very liberal Oprah Winfrey finds herself the butt of a few jokes. Neither side is singled out, allowing people of any political leaning to enjoy it, assuming they can leave their sensitivity at the beginning of the comic, so at the start it was a straight forward zombie tale, just one that had politicians filling in for your more traditional zombie protagonists, but after the first couple of issues it goes completely nuts with nothing explained and nothing making sense. I had to wonder if that was kind of the point, that since politics make no sense, neither does this comic book. If you’re going to start reading it, don’t expect it to go anywhere. It all felt rather pointless, but again, so do politics. I still enjoyed reading it regardless though, I just wish it would have led somewhere.
One of the things that impressed me the most was in how well the dialogue was written. Not that it’s anything special, it’s typical dialogue for any zombie tale, but every character really reads like you’d expect the real life version of said character to talk. I could almost hear them talking in my head, the dialogue was written so perfectly for the characters, an impressive feat considering you can’t actually hear them. Their speech mannerisms were just so well written that they came across as perfect matches of their real world counterparts, even if there were too damn many of them at times. I got trying to add as many of them as possible for their humorous value, but it did get a tad bit grating just how many showed up. In addition to the many others already mentioned, there were zombified version of the Octomom, complete with a few little zombie children, Jacko (Michael Jackson), Amy Swinehouse (Amy Winehouse), Tina Flay (Tina Fey), Billie Slays (Billie Mays), The King (Elvis), Patrick Cwazye (Patrick Swayze), and even Einstein, on top of living ones Worf Bluster (Wolf Blitzer) and Colin Kapowell (Colin Powell). It just got to be too much after a while, leaving comic parody behind and replacing it with something that felt like old hat. Though I did enjoy the little nod Colvair makes when he mentions where he got the Marvel gear from, simply saying it was from Joe, which I assume refers to Marvel editor, writer, and artist Joe Quesada.
The artwork was great though, and I was very impressed by how dark, yet sardonic the artwork was. I loved how the characters were drawn, coming across as total caricature like satire of the characters they were lampooning. There was also a lot of blood and guts flying around, which I think any zombie lover can appreciate. This is definitely aimed toward the more gore loving fan. In addition to the comic art, the cover art was great as well, parodying different movie covers as well as a certain famous political poster from a campaign some of you might remember from recently.
Despite my complaints, I would still recommend this as a comic addition any zombie lover is going to want to add to their collection. It might have its problems, but it was still a fun read with some good parody to it.
The Undead Review
Written By: David Hutchison
Artwork By: David Hutchison, Brian Denham, and Wes Hartman
Published By: Antarctic Press
Release Year: 2009
Rotten Heads: Two and a Half Heads Out of Five