Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Review: Key of Z #4

Zombies seem to have infested comic books in a shambling horde of brainless mediocrity, but some Zombie comics stand out from the undead crowd. Kirkman’s the Walking Dead is a prime example, and so is Key of Z. this final issue in the series by ‘Kill Audio’ creators Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert, with Aaron Kuder, provides a fantastic climax that left me wanting whole lot more.

Issue 4 begins with our main protagonist, Ewing, being sprung from jail by his partner in zombie slayage, Eddie.

They escape, but of course it doesn’t end there. Without giving anything away, let’s just say It’s not easy sailing for Eddie and Ewing. Buy the time I got to the end of the book, I was left thinking ‘is that it?’. The whole series was fantastic, a really great read, and the climax was timed well and action packed, but I was left somehow unsatisfied. Wether Sanchez and Echert left the ending open for the reader to fill in the gap, or if the have more planned, I’m not sure, but it just didn’t feel like an ending. Other than that drawback, though, this issue, and the series, was an exciting and innovative post-apocalyptic tale.

Kuder’s art is fantastic. Powerful, emotive and distinct characters dynamically grace each panel. One particular page of zombie mayhem is absolutely glorious. The action sequences are easy to follow and masterfully paced. Key of Z was a great little series, and defiantly worth checking out if you’re a fan of Mad Max-like post apocalyptic goodness.

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