Thursday, March 16, 2017
Review: CHAOS CAMPUS #0
[This review was originally posted in Patreon.]
WRITER/LETTERS: B. Alex Thompson – @ApproBAT
ARTIST: Anita Zaramella
COLORS: Anita Zaramella
POST-SCRIPTING/POLISH: John P. Ward
COVER: Anita Zaramella
28pp, Color, $9.99 U.S.
Rated: Teen 13+
“The Keeper of Souls” created by B. Alex Thompson and Ant'Juan Avri; “Faint” and “The Stranger” are courtesy of DreamRealm Entertainment
“Sisters in Arms”
Chaos Campus: Sorority Girls vs. Zombies is a horror-comedy comic book series created by B. Alex Thompson and published by Approbation Comics. The series is set in during a zombie apocalypse and follows the adventures of three members of the sorority, Epsilon Alpha Zeta Upsilon (EAZY): ass-kickin’ Jaime Schaeffer, brainy Paige Patton, and sexy Brittany Miller.
Chaos Campus: Sorority Girls vs. Zombies – Extra Credit is a spin-off series. Approbation published a Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con exclusive edition of Chaos Campus: Sorority Girls vs. Zombies – Extra Credit #6 and entitled it Chaos Campus: Sorority Girls vs. Zombies #0. Extra Credit #6 was written by B. Alex Thompson and drawn and colored by Anita Zaramella.
Chaos Campus: Sorority Girls vs. Zombies #0 (a.k.a. Extra Credit #6) finds the three heroines polishing off a zombie attack. Jaime decides to go on a resource run for supplies where she runs into members of “The Ravagers” gang. Jaime won't have to take on these hoods by herself, as another ass-kicking young woman happens on the scene. She calls herself “Faint,” and she has some dark secrets.
Chaos Campus is quite good at referencing lots of pop culture. The last issue I read prior to this one, Chaos Campus #11, summoned the film, The Matrix, 1980s girl-group, The Bangles, and even an old NBC public service advertisement.
Chaos Campus: Extra Credit #6 focuses on some other things this series does well: the occult, Satanism, and dark magic. Chaos Campus is one of the funniest zombie comedies that I have ever encountered, and it even pokes fun at slasher horror, which it does quite well. As this series advances, however, it embraces more aspects of dark fantasy.
I have to give B. Alex Thompson credit. I have always thought that Chaos Campus had the potential to offer an expansive mythology and narrative. The hard part is actually making that potential pay off, and Chaos Campus: Extra Credit #6 shows that Thompson is indeed cashing in on what his comic book can be.
Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
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