Written and Drawn by Joey Weiser
Written and Drawn by Dan Mendoza
Reviewed by Marc Mason
Couple of things to recently cross my desk…
MERMIN #4 (Tragic Planet) continues Joey Weiser’s excellent series of minicomics, this time around upping the action quotient a bit. When last we left the book, one of Mermin’s human friends, a boy named Pete, had been captured by some nasty characters from Mermin’s below-the-waves home in an attempt to force him to go home. Now Mermin must save Pete and somehow prevent himself from being captured and dragged below. What makes MERMIN work is how well it combines its ingredients- Weiser’s story is fun, his art it wonderful, and the characters are just fun to read about. There’s nothing deep or groundbreaking about this book, it’s just good comics. We could use a dozen more just like it.
Just when you thought the zombie craze had reached its zenith comes ZOMBIE TRAMP (Super Real Graphics), a book that I think wants to be a satire but doesn’t quite get there. Hollywood’s most popular call girl gets chomped by a zombie but maintains some semblance of herself, sending her on a quest for revenge against the people that led her to her doom. Along the way she gets involved in a bizarre plot involving a voodoo priestess, a corrupt sheriff, and other strange characters (many of whom are undead). Rather than satire, this is more of a straight-up exploitation flick, though it shies away from full nudity for some reason. You’ve got R-rated gore going on, what difference are T&A going to make? Mendoza’s heart is in the right place, and his story does a decent job of working within the genre, but he never really takes that final step and embraces what he really has here. This book has one of the best titles of the entire year. I just wish it had a bit more courage of its convictions.