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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Comic Review: Zombie Tramp #1-#8 by Dan Mendoza (Action Lab)

Zombie Tramp # 1
Creator: Dan Mendoza
Writers: Dan Mendoza & Jason Martin
Artist: TMChu
Colors: Jason Martin
Letters: Jason Martin
Covers: TMChu/Colors Scott Erwert

Action Lab: Danger Zone
Zombie Tramp begins her new ongoing adventures, learning more about her growing supernatural abilities while traveling the seedier streets the US has to offer… and what better place to start off than Sin City! But can Janey survive her encounter with the “King” of the Las Vegas sex trade? Collects the first four issues of the wildly popular sexy and dangerous new ongoing series.

128 pgs./FC/ Mature Readers $14.99 USD

Zombies are not sexy. I mean, have you seen 'em? Blech. About the only way you could make a zombie into a sex symbol is through some weird kind of magic to take the rotting flesh away, or at least disguise it with a veneer of regular, non-peeling skin. And that's exactly Dan Mendoza has done with Zombie Tramp.

Janey Belle used to be a high-priced call girl living the life in Hollywood, but then she ran afoul of the undead and wound up one. After running across more than her fair share of fellow zombies of the good, bad, and ugly varieties, Janey finds herself in possession of a Necronomicon that gives her the inside track on keeping one step ahead of those that want her dead or under their control.

This is apparently the third outing for Zombie Tramp, but having not read the two previous series, I didn't feel too out of the loop. Thanks to the free #0 issue from the middle of last year, I managed to pick up just enough backstory to catch up and hop on the bandwagon.

As it stands, the setup is really easy. Zombie Tramp is a wayward soul, literally and figuratively, roaming the countryside akin to the old Incredible Hulk did on 70s TV. Only difference being, Banner turned green when he got angry and strived to do good for those in need. Zombie Tramp is a bit greenish all the time, except when she uses an incantation to look a little less decomposed. And her motives are far less altruistic than the Hulk, as she doesn't hesitate in munching on the brains of passersby if they so much as look at her funny.

The pulpy action is at a high level with this series, which features an amorous Elvis impersonator, sex trafficking siblings, werewolf bikers, and sex-starved nerds. Oh, it's all in this series, all right.


Raunchy? Yup. Irreverent? Of course. Arousing? No comment.

I suppose if you're looking for a series that doesn't play so fast and loose with magic system and world building, you might be turned off with Zombie Tramp. I mean, if Janey was a hooker turned zombie and just that, there'd still be plenty to toy with for subject matter, but the magical elements see her body being mulched and her spirit possessing random passersby--as long as their hot, 'cause she has standards after all--and the book of spells she carries around seems to have a deus ex machina for every occasion.

It gets weird, that's for sure.

But if you're looking for a wild, take-no-prisoners, romp through a grindhouse wonderland, then Zombie Tramp should feel like it was custom-made just for you.

4 Sheep

Gef Fox

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