"Zombie Tramp #47" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Action Lab: Danger Zone
Written by Dan Mendoza
Illustrated by Marco Maccagni
Colored by Valentina Pucci
Lettered by Adam Wollet
2018, 32 Pages, $4.99
Comic released on May 23rd, 2018
DollFace and Black Betty got to Janey's hideout too late. They missed the Zombie Tramp and now they have to track her down if they want to stop her from unleashing all kinds of chaos into our world. Will they be in time? Or will the Kaiju Queen rise on a throne of ashes and destruction?
Janey is super dangerous right now, as she's gotten more bloodthirsty under the influence of the Kaiju Queen. A yellow eye has formed just below her neck, as if peering through our world from the next. She creates her fortress in the middle of nowhere, knowing others will come to stop her. Her defenses are formidable, as they're not just physical structures. She also has an army of the undead at her beck and call.
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Artist Marco Maccagni draws some great action and in Zombie Tramp #47, he shows he can draw some incredible zombies. No two shuffling corpses look alike as they rise up to come to their master's aid. Some are more decayed than others.
This serves as a nice mirror to the Kaiju Queen lurking below in the Realm of Monsters. She has a similar group of creatures around her as she prepares to enter our world. As with the zombies, they're all unique. Some have horns or spikes. Others have eyes or mouths in strange places. All are terrifying. We only get this single glimpse of the Kaiju Queen, but it's enough to send a shiver down your spine. This is a being of immense power and if she makes it across that dimensional barrier, she'll ride in on the blood of the innocent.
There is a tangible sense of dread throughout this entire issue, highlighted by Valentina Pucci's colors. It's like the sky itself knows that hope is dying, so maybe it's not the right time for the sun to rise. Instead, Janey and her monstrous minions are lit from the glow of her spells in an eerie yellow. This, coupled with the orange shade of a desert sky, gives the scene a dystopian quality.
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The interaction between DollFace and Black Betty is pretty fun, as these two don't share much in common. It's a clash of personalities as DollFace's peppy yet from a bygone era tone meets Betty's pragmatic, no-bullshit approach. Based on their limited time together, I'd love to see an extended team-up with the two. Hopefully that's what we get as the hunt for Janey Belle continues.
While Janey seems like she's too far gone at times with all this preparation, there's a moment at the end of this issue where the old Janey shines through. It's the calm before the storm as her and Morning look quietly at what they've built. For all their trials and tribulations, they just wanted to be left alone and what better place for that than the middle of the desert? Granted, that's going to come at a cost and it's going to be a big one.
This arc has been teased for a bit as a lead up to the Death of Zombie Tramp. While I don't want to see this series end, I'm very curious as to how it will all go down. It's very clear that writer Dan Mendoza is pulling out all the stops to lead up to a monumental issue #50. You get the sense that all the characters are being moved into position, like an epic chess game of violence. This is that first big climb on a roller coaster and we're inching ever closer to the big drop of terror.