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Grave Grrrls #3

Posted: Saturday, November 26, 2005
By: Ray Tate

Writer: Scott Licina
Artists: Ken Wolak, Dawn Groszewski, Maree Cassidy, Dave Allusik(c)
Publisher: Midnight Show

Once again it's only fair to remind readers that I am not a fan of the zombie subgenera of horror. I like to laugh at really bad zombie films, but the more serious animals such as 28 Days are not to my tastes. Grave Grrrls attempts to transplant the serious zombie picture to the pages of a comic book, and since I find zombies to be inherently flawed that may blind me to any magic.

What I can say is that Scott Licina and Ken Wolak know how to set up a scene. The scene in which Boom Boom learns of a behind the scenes player is well staged. The zombies incrementally gain in number, and shamble ever closer. Zombies are very big on shambling. There lies one of my problems. If you move at normal pace, you should be able to outrun the buggers.

Boom Boom unfortunately lacks a brain brain. Her spouting of faith is way over the top, and she misses the important facts of she being more nimble than the zombies and the bus' many open windows. The doom seems completely avoidable. That's a problem in many other zombie flicks. They're just not very good monsters. "They're just dead." to quote Mike Nelson.

The other Grave Grrls investigate, and Licina creates a fairly decent investigative scene. They certainly exhibit greater detective work than the psycho version of Batman has in the past twenty years. That said Suzi Sioux's mouth still needs washed out with soap. She's swearing for absolutely no reason. At least she discarded the stupid scuba suit in which she was fighting zombies last issue.

Licina at this point injects a lot of duplicity within the villainous portion of the book, and he conveys what's going on behind the scenes well, but the impact is lessened by the shortness of the series. The plot twist demands first establishing the relationships between the characters before exhibiting the betrayal.

The ending is just filled with zombies and gore. So if you're into that sort of thing, you'll probably get a kick out of it. I was just pondering why dead people could be so strong while at the same time falling to pieces. Biting off somebody's face takes a lot of strength, and it should have snapped the zombie's decaying head off its exposed throat.

The ending gives the book a little more depth. The title is Grave Grrrls, and its nice to see a group display teamwork for a change. Kamikaze gets some nice lines, and as Suzi Sioux rides off for therapy to treat her potty mouth, the future looks gory.

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