"FUBAR: European Theater of the Damned" Graphic Novel Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Alterna Comics
Written by Dominic Vivona, Steve Becker, Jeff McComsey, Benjamin Truman, Stephen Lindsay, Mike Imboden, Phil McClorey, Kyle Kaczmarczyk, Helaine Crawford, Shawn Williams, Jorge Vega,
Illustrated by Jeff McComsey, Jim McMunn, Steve Becker, James Nguyen, Steve Willhite, Rob Croonenborghs, Dominic Vivona, Jonathan Moore, Helaine Crawford, Darrin Stephens, Lonny Chant
2010, 168 Pages
Graphic Novel released on November 10th, 2010
Anyone who has played the zombie level in the Call of Duty games knows that fighting undead Nazis is damn fun. The folks at Alterna Comics have taken that to a new level with FUBAR, a collection of short stories set during World War II where the dead have risen. It's bad enough that the Allied Forces have to take on Hitler and his troops, but now they have to worry about zombies too.
The comics in this graphic novel cover just about every angle of the European front of WWII. We get the perspectives of the Americans, the British, the Nazis, the Russians, and more. Each is presented in just a few pages, offering a quick story that you can pick up and read whenever. All of them are the types of tales that you'd expect an old war veteran to tell you, except these have zombies in them.
All of the stories collected here are pretty good, but there are a few that really stand out. "If God be for Us" by Stephen Lindsay with art by Steve Becker was one of the first that popped. It's about a badass chaplain who's trying to tend to a group of recently arrived injured soldiers. They all start turning into zombies and he has to take them on.
"The Brief" written by Phil McClorey and drawn by Steve Willhite, is another stand out comic. This one centers on a Nazi scientist who has defected to the Allies. He shares horrendous stories of the experiments going on behind enemy lines, but it isn't until the end of the tale that his true purpose is revealed.
I could go on with each of the comics, but there are a bunch of them and we'd be here forever as I rattle them off from "The Valley of Death" to "Mother Russia" to "Heroes of the Soviet Union." The bottom line is that this collection of WWII era zombie stories is a fun read. Each comic is in black and white, but so is the most popular zombie comic out there, so it's not a loss or anything. FUBAR: European Theater of the Damned, is a series of short stories in the vein of the old days of horror funny books like Tales from the Crypt and Creepy. The backdrop of WWII just makes it all the more enjoyable.