Image Comics has announced that Mark Kidwell, Jeff Zornow, and Jay Fotos are returning to bring new terrors to the Vietnam War in '68: Rule of War, a new four-issue mini-series beginning in April. '68 takes the historic conflict and adds zombies to make it even harsher and bloodier than it was in real life. Rule of War will be the fourth mini-series that this team has worked on within this world in addition to some one-shots that have popped up along the way. This time around, the focus is on the human element and how horrible people can be even in a world where the dead have risen.
'68: Rule of War picks up in Cambodia where CIA Special Agent Declan Rule and his canine companion Nero are on the hunt for a human monster. There's a neurosurgeon out here that's been experimenting on P.O.W.s and the undead to turn them into weapons. Needless to say, the hippocratic oath is long gone.
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“Readers will see how a human imagination, backed up by years of medical and scientific education, can take a threat like a shambling, cannibalistic demon and make it worse by wiring it to a radio transmitter frequency, packing it with high explosives and aiming it at an unsuspecting opposition,” said Kidwell. “Also, with the dead, surgical application and augmentation could be performed without boundaries. The threat of ‘losing’ a patient due to lab table trauma is zero as long as you don’t destroy the brain. Think Frankenstein on steroids with the bedside manner of Joseph Stalin and you’re getting warm.”
“The concept of ’68 owes its roots to the fact that George Romero and John Russo unleashed their original vision of the American flesh-eating undead in 1968 with Night of the Living Dead,” explained Kidwell. “If you take that birthdate as gospel in the creation of the zombie sub-genre, it’s a no-brainer that the conflict in Southeast Asia would have become an instant, overnight hell teeming with hungry ghouls and unburied war dead. The goal then, was to introduce the supernatural horror of the zombie plague into the equation already established by the horrors of an out-of-control war and let the readers decide which is worse.”
The first issue of '68: Rule of War will be available on April 2nd, 2014 and will retail for $3.99.
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