Call of Duty: Zombies #1

7 Overall Score
Art: 8/10
Dialogue: 7/10
Story: 7/10

Delivers what it promises - guns -n- zombies.

Some really annoying character traits in our heroes.

Call of Duty: Zombies #1
Writer: Justin Jordan
Artist: Jonathan Wayshak
Cover Artist: Simon Bisley
Dark Horse Comics
2016/2017

Waves of zombies just keep coming, first in the Call of Duty®: Zombies games, and now from Dark Horse Comics!

It may sound like a joke, but the title “Call of Duty: Zombies” does an excellent job of telling you everything you need to know about the comic – there’s zombies, and there’s lots of excuses to shoot them with a variety of fancy firearms. And for issue #1, at least, there’s not much else, so you know what you’re getting, with few to no surprises.  I don’t mean that as a bad thing. This is a fun comic if you have realistic expectations. If you want to read about killing zombies, this is the perfect book for you, but you shouldn’t expect a terrible amount of depth or subtext, and maybe you should be aware that this is kind of a thin video game tie-in.

The writing isn’t bad at all, it’s on the level you might be used to from the games, but it is fairly straight forward. The action does a fine job of propelling our gun-toting characters from scene to scene and throwing lots of not-really-corpses at them. It doesn’t leave much room for character growth, or questioning motivations, though. It’s all about the adrenaline. My biggest complaint about the title is how generic each character’s dialogue is, which is the most obvious symptom of the book’s largest shortcoming. Much like a multiplayer video game, there’s just no room left for these characters to be fleshed out. They’re fine as avatars in the game’s world, soulless means to convey bigger and badder weapons through the stages, but as characters in a story, they wear thin quickly.

The art is what one might expect from a AAA title crossover, too. It’s good enough, but it has that generic “I’m just here to get paid” feel to it. There’s not a lot of passion on the page, but that’s fine for some senseless violence and action.

And that sums up the book, really. It’s not about art, not about passion, it’s about zombies and guns. And that’s fine. That’s fun for a time, and really, sometimes, that’s all we need.

 

 

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