Review: Zombie Tramp #23

For a while now, probably a year or so I’ve been asking for this series to do something new and different with the story… never did I expect it to do what it did. I’m not going to say what it is exactly, but I will give an example that will likely spoil it for you so be warned. And even after saying that it’s still something you need to see rather than hear about to be spoiled. Morning makes her appearance just in time to distract Yagga. She then chews out Janey and Xula for basically being children. She tells Janey that the book she stole is alive and that you don’t read it, you experience it. Which really changes everything. Before Morning begins her battle with Yagga, who is kind enough to let them all stand around and talk, she tells them they gotta DBZ this shit… and it’s spectacular.

Zombie Tramp #23Being a fan of this series, I didn’t mind the exposition. That and it’s been needed. The series unfortunately spent too much time just kind of being whacky and having Janey stumble into trouble. When Mendoza went solo on the writing the series started to take a real direction, but it couldn’t afford to slowly build up the storyline it’s on anymore, meaning we’re going to get some exposition. Love it or hate it, it’s needed here.

Even with the exposition there’s still a lot of vagueness to the dialogue at times. Xula seems to know what Janey’s destiny is and apparently it’s the one that Morning turned down. These three ladies are connected for sure and I like that Mendoza cleverly threaded that storyline with his one-shots. This issue is everything the series needed in order to keep going because it has just laid down a foundation for a much bigger and far more interesting story than it’s had up until this point.

TMChu’s artwork continues to be strong. He’s improved a lot on the series and his panels are no longer blank backgrounds. Every panel now looks and feels like it’s a part of the setting the story is taking place in. That and the DBZ moment is just so fucking cool. The design is fantastic and takes the aesthetic of the series to a new level.

I’m pumped by this issue. It does sadly end just as it’s getting good, but that means the conclusion should be pretty damn good. Which is strange to think about, this storyline is concluding. It’s been a quick ride, but hopefully it continues this pace of pumping out the hits. This series has had a problem in the past of not keeping Janey moving and working towards anything new, but now that problem seems to be solved. That and I’ll say that it’s kind of better with Janey having other people to talk to so if she picks up to regular cast members it’s for the best.

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Zombie Tramp #23
Writer: Dan Mendoza
Artist: TMChu
Publisher: Action Lab/Danger Zone
Price: $3.99
Release Date: 5/25/16
Format: Ongoing; Print/Digital