Last year Big Dog Ink released a one-shot called Rex, Zombie Killer which featured a group of animals, three dogs, a cat, and a gorilla with a baseball bat, travelling from California to Nevada to locate a human while a zombie apocalypse brings the world down around them. The series was very entertaining, got a lot of well deserved praise, and became one of my personal favorite comics of 2012.
Ever since it was released the only question I had was ‘when am I going to get to read more Rex?’ Well, those of us who enjoyed the book are getting out answer and we’re getting a bonus because not only is Rex and co. returning but we’re getting more than a one-shot! Not only are we getting FOUR issues but it’s going to be even more insane than a pack of animals vs. zombies… things get even crazier for our animal crew but don’t take my word for it, I have the honor of sharing the press release from Big Dog Ink and writer Rob Anderson
This Halloween, three dogs, a cat, and a gorilla with a baseball bat continue their battle against the walking dead in the new four-issue miniseries REX, ZOMBIE KILLER from publisher Big Dog Ink.
And if the zombies weren’t bad enough, they’re now also being pursued by an aggressive group of primates from a zoo!
“It’s going to be dogs versus apes versus zombies in the first issue…and then things are going to get REALLY crazy from there,” said writer Rob Anderson.
REX, ZOMBIE KILLER tells the story of a hyper-intelligent Golden Retriever named Rex, a sign language-speaking gorilla, and a small pack of animals making a perilous cross-country journey to find safety…and a home.
Rex is trying to reach the doctor who raised him, but the doctor’s been relocated to an underground military bunker in Nevada,” Anderson said. “So even if they make it across a zombie-infested California, there’s not necessarily a cozy fireplace waiting for them.”
Issue #1 picks up right from the end of the one-shot from 2012, and will make a great jumping-on point for new readers.
“We’re extremely pleased to have REX, ZOMBIE KILLER back on the stands,” said Big Dog Ink Publisher Tom Hutchinson. “The double-sized one-shot received acclaim from both horror and comics outlets, and fans have been asking for more, so here it comes!”
REX, ZOMBIE KILLER #1 is written by Rob Anderson (MY LITTLE PONY: SPIKE MICRO, GREAT ZOMBIES IN HISTORY) with interior and cover art by DaFu Yu (GRIMM FAIRY TALES, WONDERLAND ANNUAL), interior colors by Juan Romera, cover colors by Kevin Volo, letters and design by E.T. Dollman, and edited by Paul Allor (TMNT: FUGITOID MICRO, ORC GIRL).
Issue #1 of the bi-monthly four-issue miniseries ships on October 30, 2013, just in time for Halloween! Each issue will be a full-color, 28-page, standard trim comic book, priced at $3.50, and may be pre-ordered at your local comic shop. (Diamond Previews Order Code: AUG131097) It is rated TEEN+ (13 & up) for mature themes and zombie violence.
But will it be good? Well, my friends and fellow Rex fans, one of the perks of this job is getting to sample these books before they’re released and I can honestly tell you that everything that made the one-shot as cool as it was only continues here and gets even better! I’m not going to give too much away but there are more animals in this issue that you can shake an animal control stick with and not all of them are friendly, gorillas are mean and even… deer? Yeah, deer are dangerous and that not all! Wait until you see the… well, I’m getting ahead of myself here. Let’s just say Rex and company face more than just the zombies they faced off against in the one-shot.
Okay, this is becoming something of an advanced review but I can’t help it. Rob Anderson continues to write these characters with the same love and charm they had in the first book. There is no attempt to make anything bigger in a way that feels unnatural, everything that happens here has a natural feel to it, even Rex’s back story which goes a long way to add depth to him. I also loved seeing DaFu Yu’s art again and it is just as crisp as it was in the one-shot but it’s on a broader scale (check out the samples below!). While I’m sure these two will get a lot of the attention here it must be said that the entire creative team on this book has really put something together that should be looked at but comic book fans across the globe.
It’s available for pre-order now though Diamond as well as on DCBService.com (and, yes, I’ve already pre-ordered mine)