Comic Book Review: Lesbian Zombies From Outer Space: Issue #2

Comedy, Comic Book Reviews, Horror Comedy

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Hold onto your crotches.  Don’t succumb to the charms of horny extraterrestrial bimbos in schoolgirl uniforms – no matter how hot they may look.  ”Lesbian Zombies From Outer Space” continues to warm our loins and fear for our groins, picking up where Issue #1 left off – with our heroes Ace and Gwen running for their lives as the dawn of the lesbian zombie apocalypse unfolds.  Will Ace get home in time to save his parents?  More importantly, will he reach the mom-and-pop store in time to save his prized Captain Hammer video tapes?

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In the first issue, we’re introduced to the characters.  Part 2 is all about action.  From the very first page it’s an unrelenting assault of cock munching carnage that further crosses the boundaries of good taste.  We see the formation of a sub-plot where Ace must find his treasured pornography – for when it comes to dealing with an invasion of this nature, The Hammer has the answers.   Furthermore, we explore that awkward moment when you walk in your parents being… intimate.  The gore sprays off the pages and no penis remains intact, but one.

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”Lesbian Zombies From Outer Space” is shaping up to be something truly special.  Unabashed cheese and debauchery it may be, but it’s one hell of a good time that does its inspirations proud.  It’s also a fresh original take on the zombie and alien sub-genres that reads like an animated television series and camp 80’s popcorn movie with lots of replay value.

Credit must be acknowledged to everybody who brought this story to life. Not only is Jave Galt-Miller a very funny and talented writer, but the artists who visualized this story did an outstanding job.  It takes real talent to make cartoon zombies look sexually appealing to real life grown men, but they manage it.

I’m looking forward to seeing what the next issue has in store.  If it keeps up like this we’re in for some side splitting laughs, with possible leakage.

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Comic Book Review: Lesbian Zombies From Outer Space: Issue #1

Comic Book Reviews, Horror Comedy

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”Lesbian Zombies From Outer Space” is a title that’s screaming to be read.  It also gives you a good idea of what the story is about – undead alien invaders who like to kiss girls and feast on men.  Jave Galt-Miller has created something special; a rollicking good time born out of love of 80’s cheddar.  Inspired by alien invasion classics like ”Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956 & ’78)” and ”Lifeforce (1985)”, along with John Hughes’ classic nerd comedy ”Weird Science (1985)” – and porn, this is camp, shlocky toilet humour at its finest.

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Ace Johnson (think about it) is your average twenty something guy: he works in and mom-and-pop video store, he’s addicted to porn and he has sex on his mind 24/7.  He has a ”good eye for porn”, and his refusal to sell his Captain Hammer video tapes has earned him a nemesis who frequents the store.  Gwen Moffett on the other hand is a lesbian who hates men that like porn.  She doesn’t have much luck with the ladies – her last date got turned into an alien after all.  However, guess who needs to team up and save the world after their is invaded by an alien Space Queen who turns the female population into green eyed, genitalia munching cannibals?

Ace Johnson is a larger than life character who idolizes porn legend Captain Hammer.  So it’s to his delight when his friend Ellis announces that his wife is game for a Menage à Trois with another woman; Ellis, like most men would be, is intimidated by the thought of such a daunting task.  As a man, I could relate to him: the thought of pleasing one woman is scary enough, let alone two.  Anyway, Ace is over-the-moon for his pal, and insists on hiding in the closet with a camcorder to record the hot action.  Unfortunately what he witnesses is his friend losing his manhood in a very literal sense.

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Needless to say, ”Lesbian Zombies From Outer Space” does not take itself seriously.  The humour is crude, silly and, to some, undoubtedly offensive.  It’s a battle of the sexes, where the women are portrayed as deadly seductresses and the men are incompetent tools.  Joss Whedon would have a field day accusing it of being male chauvinistic and sexist – it’s not.  Not only does it provide some hilarious satire of how women are portrayed by some corners of media, it also represents male sexual fantasy gone horribly wrong.

”Lesbian Zombies From Outer Space” is off to a very strong start.  I get the impression that it’s going to be one fun-filled, politically incorrect adventure to be read over and over.  Writing this good doesn’t lose steam, but right now, we’ve barely scratched the surface; knowing that it’s only going to expand is an enticing thought indeed.  It’s as fun as the title suggests, with laughs to be had on every single page. Pure 80’s cheese for the 21st century at it’s wackiest.  Check out the Kickstarter and website for more information about the project.  8/10

Comic Book Review: Blood & Gourd (2015)

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The beauty of horror is that it caters to all moods: out of all the genres, horror has all different colours for us to paint its tapestry with.  For many of us, it’s been a lifelong obsession since our childhoods, having grown up on Saturday morning cartoons, EC comics, Goosebumps books and video store B movies that would shape our tastes for the rest of our lives.  Dead Peasants newest comic, Blood & Gourd, is a throwback to the days of being a 10 year old kid in front of the television, growing up on the films of Fred Dekker while reading Tales From The Crypt.  At least for me, that’s the nostalgia it invoked.  Inspired by Night of the Creeps and Return of the Living Dead, but not a zombie tale in the slightest, it retains the essence of what made those times special to us; yet the concept is so original and fresh it’s a breath of fresh air for modern horror.

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A summary of Blood & Gourd: It’s Devil’s Night in Olympia, WA- and out at Henderson Farms, the festivities are reaching a crescendo. Young and old have gathered to pick their own pumpkin, drink hot apple cider, and partake in the usual pumpkin farm fare. However, something has awakened from deep within the fertile soil. After years of abuse and humiliation, the pumpkins… are ready to pick us. You can beg! You can plead! You can scream! But these Hell’s lanterns are lit only with the burning desire to watch you die.

That’s only a brief teaser of all the delights in store in the first part of Blood & Gourd, but trust me when I say there’s more going on than pumpkins on a bloody rampage, hellbent on destroying a Washington farm festival.  Co-creators, Jenz K. Lund and D.H. Shultis, have created their own unique myths and monsters in a wonderfully original and offbeat story that leaves questions unanswered, planting the seeds for something much bigger, while leaving us begging for more.

The core of any good story, no matter what medium, is the characters we’ll be spending time with and storytelling.  In Blood & Gourd, even the most minor characters are interesting.  In contrast to the ridiculousness to the situation they find themselves in, every single one of them is well crafted and humorous; whether it’s reading about the mundane frustrations of family life; the dastardly plotting of corporate scum or the jealously of angry pumpkin farmers, it all contributes to creating strong identities.  Even the characters whose purpose is to feed the pumpkins leave an impression.  The dialogue, as frequently hilarious as it is, never feels forced and it brings a sense of realism and authentic humanity to the madness.

Credit has to be given to the artists involved in bringing this wacky story to life: not only is every detail successfully accomplished, but they give it a vibrant cinematic quality that made me feel like I was watching it on a television screen.  It takes talent and imagination to successfully pencil, colour and ink unrelenting chaos and these guys have it all in abundance.

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Blood & Gourd has made quite the first impression and left me wanting more; if you long for the days of lighthearted mayhem without resorting to re-runs, this is the modern day equivalent you’ve been waiting for.  This is a comic that will turn children into budding horror fanatics and remind their parents of what they loved about the genre in the first place.  A strange story reveling in fun and imagination, anybody who enjoys laughter and captivating storytelling owes it to themselves to read this.  ”Go forth and germinate.”  10/10

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