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Z Nation #1 (April 2017)

THE PATIENTS

Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Writers: Craig Engler & Fred Van Lente
Artist: Edu Menna
Colors: Sal Aiala
Letters: Simon Bowland

THE PATHOLOGY

The popular zombie television series expands into another medium via this new comic book incarnation, co-written by one of the show’s co-creators and preserving the TV show’s irreverent and action-packed approach to the zombie genre.

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THE PROGNOSIS

“Sea of Death” takes us to a much earlier point in the Z NATION universe than that seen in the current series (debuting its fourth season this fall), utilizing the medium of comics to fill in a previously unknown chapter in that world’s apocalyptic history. We’re back in Year One, civilization has collapsed, and a National Guard team are dispatched by a very familiar character (you’ll recognize this person immediately if you’ve been watching the show since day one) to obtain a much-needed nutrient known as “Soylent Z.” Naturally, it’s not going to be an easy trip, and things quickly become very complicated. This first issue ends at the docked “Empress of the Seas,” a gargantuan cruise ship whose luck is not likely to be better than the Titanic – but whether it actually sinks or everyone on board just dies is another matter…

This polished debut issue does an excellent job of launching a new adventure while assuring readers that it’s still Z NATION deep down in its mutated DNA.

This fast-paced issue quickly rolls out a new team of characters and sends them on their perilous journey while sketching in their personalities and giving readers a chance to get to know them – all the more effective, then, when some don’t even make it to the final page. There are one or two who just might emerge as this comic’s Murphy or Warren; who knows, perhaps the TV show might even bring a later version of one of these folks onto the small screen! And who’s to say we won’t encounter earlier versions of our favorite Z NATION heroes here as well?

There are some excellent page designs and coloring techniques throughout, from a shadowy sequence in a warehouse of vital supplies, to numerous action beats in which zombies are dispatched in front of orange starburst backgrounds that might even remind readers of the “BAM POW ZAP” moments in the BATMAN TV show. There’s even a character in this story with a very familiar name! Now where have I heard “Blumberg” before, hmm… (and yes, it’s an honor!)

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It also wouldn’t be Z NATION without a few innovative additions to the vast zombie mythos, and in this issue alone we’re introduced to a weapon that could give Addy’s Z-Whacker a run for its money, as well as a new zombie species whose natural behavior while alive becomes all the more frightening in unlife. And yes, there are serious stakes, comedic repartee, and even heart-breaking or at least shocking losses.

This polished debut issue does an excellent job of launching readers on a new adventure while assuring them that it’s most definitely still Z NATION deep down in its mutated DNA. I’m looking forward to seeing where the rest of this series takes us; there’s a great deal of potential to tell many other stories in the Z NATION universe, so there’s every reason to believe this comic could run for years to come.

RATING

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88: Z Nation Season 3 Catch-Up and Farewell to 2016!

Time to say farewell to 2016 – whew – and face the apocalypse about to come in 2017 – ugh! But first, Arnold and Scott discuss no less than SEVEN episodes of Z NATION in advance of the series’ Season 3 finale! The casual catch-up convo pays special attention to the strong performances in “Heart of Darkness,” Doc’s solo sojourns, the evolution of Murphy and Lucy, and where the show might go in its fourth year.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

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Show Music: “Bitter Pill” (feat. Vosmoy) by Still Pluto.

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86: The Walking Dead S07E01 And Why We’re Stopping Here, Also: Z Nation S03E05 S03E06

We watched THE WALKING DEAD Season 7 premiere like millions of others. So…that happened. But in this special episode, world-renowned zombie scholar Arnold T. Blumberg (the Doctor himself), as well as producer/co-host and fellow horror aficionado Scott Woodard, explain why they are now done with that series. If you care to hear their informed opinions about why TWD has now gone too far for even a zombie expert, listen on! The guys also cover the latest two episodes of the must-watch series Z NATION, which remains an entertaining balance of horror, humor, and human nature!

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Show Music: “Bitter Pill” (feat. Vosmoy) by Still Pluto, and “Myst on the Moor” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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84: Z Nation S03E04 Ash Vs Evil Dead S02E02

Well…hmm. We need to talk about that scene in the latest ASH VS. EVIL DEAD, “The Morgue!” But first, it’s time to catch up with Murphy at the Museum of Progress in Spokane and the rest of the survivors on the newest Z NATION, “Escorpion and the Red Hand!” Also, if you’re in the Evans City, PA area this weekend, check out the Living Dead Weekend and catch Arnold’s lecture – “Zombies 101: Monsters with Meaning” – Sunday at 12-1pm!

Oh, and be warned that because of the extreme subject matter in this week’s ASH, we loosened up on language a little in this one.

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Show Music: “Bitter Pill” (feat. Vosmoy) by Still Pluto, and “Zombie Walk” by Vince Romano.

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83: Ash Vs Evil Dead S02E01 Season 2 Premiere and Z Nation S03E03

Ash is back, baby! Arnold and Scott talk the amazing ASH VS. EVIL DEAD Season 2 premiere, “Home,” the latest Z NATION, “Murphy’s Miracle,” and have a chat about some even more important matters as well as a report from Walker Stalker Philadelphia and a preview of the Living Dead Weekend in Evans City, PA!

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Show Music: “Bitter Pill” (feat. Vosmoy) by Still Pluto, and “Zombie Walk” by Vince Romano.

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