When I initially discovered horror at a tender age of 13 years young it was purely to serve a selfish need. Sex? Check. Blood? Check. Murder? Check. Cheesy metal soundtrack? Check. Although this selfish desire was limited to renting out 80s slashers. It wasn’t until adulthood when my love for zombie and supernatural horror really started to blossom.
George Romero’s social commentary laced under multiple zombie holocausts in his “Of the Dead” film series really sang to me. Couple that with the pop culture phenomenon that was Blair Witch Project. One thing was for sure. As far as horror is concerned. I was hooked.
Zombie Tramp Hooks You Right In
Zombie Tramp, as a series, hits all the inner Fifteen year old pressure points. From the made-for-mature voluptuous designs of the zombie tramp herself, Janey, right through to her psychotic boyfriend, Oscar. With Zombie Tramp #55, Mendoza and Macagni swing for the fences cleaving a decisive swath that cements Zombie Tramp as one of the major horror players in the Indie scene.
The clean artwork juxtaposed against the gruesome imagery of the monster realm hooks you right in tearing apart those new reader expectations. While Zombie Tramp #55 keeps the twisted smiles of Mendoza fanboys permanently stitched on from the cover to the last page. Puns, intended.
Zombie Tramp #55 Descends Into Monster Realm
Zombie Tramp #55 continues an unadulterated foray into its voluptuous brand of horror. The issue continues this zombie epic with the boyfriend, Oscar, holed up in his apartment with three unknown women. Two strapped to the walls with their mouths taped shut. While the third lays on the floor in a messy heap. The remains of a necromancy gone horribly wrong. As the story progresses we find that Oscar has abducted these women with the plan to resurrect Janey’s soul, using one of their bodies as the host. This swiftly ends with Oscar blowing a hole through what’s left of the third woman.
The events of issue #54 begin to unravel in Monster Realm with the gradual seduction of Xula. The original champion of the underworld. The flirtation around granting Xula a body, although temporary at best, plays out like a scene from Hellraiser. Only to reduce her back to a corpse again. Is Mendoza setting this up as an eventual showdown between Janey and Xula in the future? It’s a sound theory.
Confusion is in the Amulet of the Beholder
If you’re a newcomer to this series it’s important to note down a couple of key points. Janey aka Zombie Tramp was killed and absorbed by Black Bettie. Black Betty is on a mission to track down Oscar so he will stop trying to extract Janey from within Black Betty. Think of it like an existential void.
Janey, who exists within Black Betty along with Black Betty’s mum (June), once absorbed an amulet from Monster Realm. This same amulet is rejecting Black Betty and gradually poisoning her from the inside out. June also has the ability to restrict Janey’s zombie tramp powers within this void. All caught up? Because spoilers ahead!
What happens next is Oscar’s one final attempt to extract Janey again from the cold depths of Betty’s void. An attempt that fails in its intent but succeeds in providing the right opportunity for Janey to bind June and take over Black Betty from the inside out. Janey’s possession of Black Betty and her pseudo reunion with psychotic hyper-obsessed boyfriend, Oscar, is complete. For mature readers only.
Overall rating: 6 Sodas!
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