Back in February I was pleased to share with the masses a press release announcing the massive one-shot Rex, Zombie Killer. At the time it looked like it was going to be a pretty entertaining book. That was before I read it. Now that I’ve read it, thanks to writer Rob Anderson, I can say this book is VERY entertaining and fans of zombie comics, especially those of us looking for something different, should certainly take a look at this book:
Rex, Zombie Killer tells the story of a hyper-intelligent golden retriever and a small pack of animals — including a gorilla with a baseball bat – trying to cross the country after a zombie apocalypse.
And if the zombies aren’t bad enough, the animals will have to face an outlaw biker gang, too!
It’s 56 full-color pages of animals versus zombies versus bikers for only $3.50!
Now, beyond the pure fun this book was to read (and I’m not the only one saying this), you also should take note at the last part of the announcement above: 56-pages, full-color and ONLY #3.50! Compare that to a regular book from the Big Two where you get around 22-pages for $2.99!
So how is it? Well, it’s fairly well known that I’m a sucker for a zombie comic so it’s no surprise that I wanted to check this out. The story itself is very well done. Rex is trying to find his human and is leading this pack to Nevada in hopes of finding her and being safe from the zombies, along the way and through their interactions and a few flashbacks, we learn enough to be able to be sympathetic to our animal friends while leaving enough untold for future stories.
From the angry, always wanting to fight pitbull to the arrogant and somewhat self-centered cat and, yes, the baseball bat wielding gorilla, who comes from an institute where he was being taught sign language and has a rather narrow view of humans due to his limited contact with them, these characters seem more human than animal especially when they run into a group of outlaw bikers who are less human than the animals are.
It’s certainly a very well written comic, I’ve read it all the way through a few times already and have fully enjoyed it.
On the art side, the cover and interior art is done by DaFu Yu who has a very unique style. It’s almost a perfect blend of regular superhero style mixed with a cartoony look that makes it realistic enough to accept this group of animals as being friends while also accepting the situation they are in. The lines are bold and crisp and would likely look just as fantastic in black and white as it does in color, something not many current artists are able to achieve. I wouldn’t be surprised is DaFu Yu becomes a household name in the future.
Rex, Zombie Killer has the characters, the story and the look but it’s missing just one thing: You. Yes, you, the readers. This one-shot, which could easily be made into something more, is going to be available this coming Wednesday at comic shops everywhere. Remember: it’s 56-pages for only $3.50! This type of deal doesn’t come along often and there is no better feeling than helping an independent publisher and creator succeed in today’s comics market.
When I asked Anderson about his thoughts on this upcoming release he offered the following:
“Rex, Zombie Killer is a book that really comes from the heart. I’m a huge zombie fan, and I love animal stories, from We3 to Beasts of Burden, so I wrote the book I wanted to read myself. If you like either of those things, or just want to see a gorilla with a baseball bat kicking zombie (and outlaw biker) butt, then this is the book for you!”
“The publisher, Big Dog Ink, made this issue double-sized, but kept the price at $3.50, so that as many people as possible would be tempted to give it a try. I hope you’ll check it out!”
I also hope you will all check it out. Afterall, it isn’t everyday that a book comes out that Diamond describes as “Homeward Bound meets The Walking Dead!”
I will also say if there is a follow up, which I hope there is, I’ll put my pre-order down on it the day it’s announced!
About Big Dog Ink
Founded in 2009, Big Dog Ink (www.BigDogInk.com) is the publisher of comic book properties such as Penny For Your Soul, Critter, and the upcoming werewolf/vampire horror series, Ursa Minor. Big Dog Ink’s new hit series, The Legend of Oz: The Wicked West, charted in the “Diamond Top 300″ list in November of 2011.
For more information on Rex, Zombie Killer, visit:www.RexZombieKiller.com