Zombies and Fanboys and References, oh my!
Fanboys vs Zombies is a refreshing side-step from the more serious zombie comic books we’ve been seeing in the past few years. Hilarious banter, cartoon-realistic art, and nerd references all combine to form an interesting read that’ll leave you wanting to see what happens next. Sam Humphries and Jerry Gaylord do a great job getting the reader hooked in this zombie-filled fanboy-land.
For those of you new to the series (as I was), Fanboys vs Zombies follows a group of best friends who get caught up in the middle of the zombie apocalypse and need to use their (lack of) skills to get out alive. Every fanboy and fangirl has dreamt of one day needing to survive the zombie apocalypse and FVZ brings that dream to life.
However, the art style leaves much to be desired when it comes to the female characters. I immediately noticed spine-breaking poses, cringe-worthy anatomy, and angles obviously chosen for maximum male-viewing pleasure. And although both the male and female characters are kicking major zombie butt, only the men seem to look cool doing it. For the women…it seems like it hurts. But what I was pleasantly surprised by were the number of female main characters. Hardly ever do the women outnumber the men, but FVZ does that with ease.
Even though I’m a stickler for correct female anatomy, I wouldn’t say that the not-so-good anatomy ruins the story for me (as it often does). I believe that Humphries and Gaylord set out to create a comic that would represent their readers and give them a chuckle, and that is what they accomplished.
Just remember your female audience, alright, guys?