Not gonna lie— Bwest western comic I ever read.
As a comic fan, I find myself for some reason more attracted to good writing than to good art— but I ought to point out first of all that the artwork in Zombo is top class; definitely my favourite art style in 2000ad recently, which of course prompted me to buy the original run graphic novel.
But the WRITING! It’s everything a comic should be! Ok, so it lacks the social commentary of “Watchmen” and “V for Vedetta” or, to move away from Alan Moore a bit, the balls out badassery that is “The Dark Knight Returns” or “Batman: Year One”— but d’you know what none of those titles have? Just plain old damn fun, which Zombo delivers in spades.
Zombo is a zombie super soldier— a bio-engineered being made out of half human, half zombie DNA to combat all dangerous forms of life on the dangerous Death worlds as the human race expands across the stars. AND IT’S GREAT! Zombo himself is easily one of the most original and outright hilarious characters to come out of Comics recently, and boy does Al Ewing (writer) know how to work his zombie hero into some hilarious scenarios, as well as working in the odd celebrity cameo without it feeling forced and disjointed like that weird The Punisher meets Eminem thing that happened a few years ago(For those interested, Russell Brand, the Rat Pack, Simon Cowell and Walt Disney were worked into this volume beautifully).
OK, downsides? super violent (not a downside for me, but I should probably take the humane approach here), but come on: the Main protagonist is a freaking Zombie— of course he’s going to occasionally eat someone. Gore plays a big role in the artwork, particularly from the actions of the “suicide squad” (a group of teens looking to kill themselves in the most violent manner possible in order to get a high star rating on internet sensation “Deathtube”), so it may not be a big hit with the mainstream, but tight black humour is rich in every panel. I’ve never read such a complete and beautiful marriage between just damn cool Art and wicked sharp writing.