Friday, August 16, 2013

Night of the 80's Undead - Splash Page review

And here's one from last year, via a limited edition version of the book we had at NYCC '12...

The Splash Page really dug it and gave it a 9 out of 10!!

"This book is low brow humor at its DEAD/ALIVE EVIL DEAD splat-stick best"

You can see the full advance review HERE or click through below...

Time for me to take on a selection from the world of small press, independent, and underground comics!  Yes indeed it be…
This Week:
GENRE: Zombie 80’s Parody
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO LIKED: The first TWO Return of The Living Dead Films, John Hughes films, 80’s Nestolgia, Simon Bisley Era Lobo,  Over the top sex and violence
ISSUE(s) 1 (Pencil Edition)
WRITER: Jason Martin
ARTIST:  Bill McKay

RELEASE DATE: March 2012

THE SKINNY: Night Of The 80’s Undead is in shortest summation, a comedy horror by Jason Martin and Bill McKay that spoofs and lampoons film, television, music, pop culture, and of course celebrity of the 1980’s.  It involves two girls named Sarah and Linda (Who bear striking resemblances to Phoebe Cates and Jennifer Connolly of that era), who go to a party that winds up being lame.  Just as they are about to leave, they notice that a much cooler party is happening next door.  When they arrive they notice Charlie Sheen and a slew of other Celebs are in gathering for what appears to be the MOTHER of all nose candy parties.  The problem is, is that the secret ingredient in said expensive 80’s drug party favor starts to turn said celebs into agents of the undead.
WHAT I LIKED: First off, the art is very clean, detailed and easy to follow, which can be hard at times to find in an independent comic.  The touches of pink, blue and yellow pastels was also a nice add on to give the book the retro-nostalgia effect.  This book is low brow humor at its DEAD/ALIVE EVIL DEAD splat-stick best, and makes absolutely no apologies about it.  The writing is equally easy to follow, and keeps the story simple and straight forward.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE: I only one minor quirk on this book. Mostly that the writer tried at times to over explain certain elements of 80’s background, clothing, and gear, rather than just having the artist draw it in and leaving it as a sort of Easter Egg for readers to pick up.
FINAL SUMMATION: All in all, the book was a worthwhile read.  It’s genuinely funny in a parody, satire, sort of way without falling into that trap of those SUPER HERO and EPIC DISASTER parody films.  Its not high brow comedy to say the least, as it goes for the visceral by the jugular and hangs onto it for dear life.  Which done well by the right people is not a bad thing.  Jason Martin and Bill McKay pull this off well.  I would recommend this to any of my friends with a nostalgia sweet tooth, a taste for dick and fart jokes, and an aptitude for over the top gore and violence.

RATING: 9 out of 10

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