"Zombie Tramp #48" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Action Lab: Danger Zone
Written by Dan Mendoza
Illustrated by Marco Maccagni
Colored by Valentina Pucci
Lettered by Adam Wollet
2018, 32 Pages, $4.99
Comic released on June 27th, 2018
DollFace heads into the belly of the beast to fight off a horde of monsters waiting to be set free by Janey Belle. Her ghost companion, Ivan, is lured away as a never-ending onslaught of demons begins. Meanwhile, Janey descends deeper and deeper into the abyss as the Kaiju Queen takes over. She's never seen power like this and she clearly likes it, perhaps too much. Janey is embracing this evil without thinking of the cost it may have not only for herself, but the world around her.
I've said it before, but it bears repeating. Marco Maccagni is an incredible artist. He draws action scenes like no other and Zombie Tramp #48 is another in a long line of examples of this. There's an undeniable intensity to his fight scenes, particularly those with DollFace when the character lets loose a barrage of energy blasts. We see these beams tear through monster flesh in gruesome fashion.
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Maccagni also has a talent for facial expressions which amplify these action sequences. When DollFace fires a huge energy blast in a desperate act to save her own life, she's holding back tears. These monsters have gotten to her mentally, not just physically, so there is so much more behind this attack than a normal one.
This extends to the humor in Zombie Tramp #48 too, when DollFace is surprised by fallen debris. She looks surprised in an overly expressive way. Although she's a robot, DollFace has an innocence to her. It could be because she's the youngest heroine in the Zombie Tramp universe (probably why she's always strategically covered up, unlike just about all the other women that pop up – and out – in these comics). This makes the especially brutal attacks she endures all the more harrowing. You understand just how far gone Janey is by what she's unleashed on this innocent robotic girl.
Speaking of Janey, she does have some solid time in this issue, coming in to confirm to everyone that she is not to be messed with. She still has the same attitude, although it's turned up to eleven as she recognizes the vast amount of power at her command.
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This is seen in her physical appearance as well since she's looking more and more like the Kaiju Queen with horns on her head and popping out of her collar bones, not to mention the eerie eye in her chest. Valentina Nappi's colors make Janey look even deader than usual, with dry, decaying skin contrasting with glowing red eyes.
Rounding out Janey's character is Adam Wollet's letters, which appear in jagged blue word balloons. It's as if her speech is coming through from another dimension. I wouldn't mind seeing a more violent font here, but this works just as well.
Zombie Tramp is quickly approaching its landmark 50th issue, which has been teased as The Death of Zombie Tramp. Seeing how Janey Belle is acting in this chapter, it's tough to see any way that she can be redeemed at this point. She's so far gone from the woman we saw at the beginning of the series. Can she possibly come back from this darkness? Can she do it before the world is invaded by a horde of monsters? This is a sexy supernatural epic with the world on the line.