"Z-Time" Graphic Novel Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Markosia
Edited by Fernando Sosa
Written by Pedro Belushi, David Brana, Martin Cagliani, Roberto Corroto, Santiago Eximero, Anna Raven, and Oscar Rodriguez
Illustrated by Cesar Acevedo, Juan Alarcon, J.A. Ares, Julian Cardozo, Roberto Corral, Julio Loyola, Guillermo Romano, Franco Stagni, Enrique Santana, and Francisco Viloria
2012, 56 Pages
Graphic Novel Released on April 11th, 2012
While zombies are currently dominating pop culture, it's tough to say how long they'll continue to do so. A new story featuring the shuffling brain-eaters seems to pop up every day. Z-Time from Markosia takes a look at the idea that even years and years into the future, zombies will still have a major effect on us as a race.
While Z-Time is set far in the future, it turns to the past for most of its content. The book starts out with a trio of aliens landing on earth to collect data. They enter a museum and begin scanning items, collecting their histories through a unique way of touch. Each item sends them on a flashback to a different setting and they all have to do with zombies. From prehistoric man to the moon landing, the undead are with us every step of the way.
The anthology aspect of Z-Time works well. Each story is unique and provides an interesting spin on the premise of zombies in history. Admittedly, some are better than others. Among my favorites were Zombie War I and The Dark Side of the Moon. The former centered on a German U-Boat that came upon a civilian ship filled with zombies while the latter features an attack on a space shuttle launch that has some unintended consequences.
Just as the stories are all handled by different authors, each one is drawn by a different artist. I was actually quite surprised at how strong the artwork was throughout Z-Time. Usually with a book like this you get at least a couple of chapters with an artist that isn't quite up to snuff, but that's not the case here. Each tale is presented in its own style and it matches up pretty well to the time frame and story. I particularly liked the artwork on "Flesh of my Flesh" by Juan Alarcon. This comic was set in medieval times with King Arthur using a giant fire-breathing dragon to take out the zombies invading his castle. Alarcon's work is suitably epic and he managed to cram in some beautiful large panels of the dragon taking flight in just a few pages.
Z-Time is a collection of short comics shoehorning zombies into different segments of history. This is a gold mine of ideas as there's really no end to what can be done. Like bacon, zombies seem to make everything better. You want to have Napoleon dealing with a horde of undead Frenchmen? Go for it. Genghis Khan leading an army of Mongolian zombies? Done.
At the very least, you should check out Z-Time for the awesome Andy Warhol pinup that's included.