Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Review: CHAOS CAMPUS: Sorority Girls vs. Zombies #21


STORY: B. Alex Thompson – @ApproBAT
ARTIST: Bernard Gita
COLORS: Russell Vincent Yu
LETTERS: Elisa M. Coletti
COVER: Kevin Wallace
24pp, Color, $4.99 U.S. (2015)

“Smart Zombies” Part One of Two

Rated “Teen 13+”

Created by B. Alex Thompson, Chaos Campus: Sorority Girls vs. Zombies is a comic book series from Approbation Comics.  Chaos Campus is a horror comedy that follows the adventures of three members of the sorority, Epsilon Alpha Zeta Upsilon (EAZY).  They are ass-kickin’ Jaime Lynn Schaeffer, brainy Paige Helena Patton, and easy-on-the-eyes slash sex-kitten Brittany Ann Miller.

On the night of the volleyball tournament between EAZY and its partner, Alpha Zeta Zeta, zombies invade the EAZY sorority house.  Jamie, Paige, and Brittany escape only to discover that zombies have taken over The City.  This buxom trio is probably humanity’s only hope of ending this zombie apocalypse.  Since their escape from the sorority, the girls have been on series of crazy adventures that sometimes resemble classic horror movie scenarios.

Chaos Campus: Sorority Girls vs. Zombies #21 opens in the aftermath of the events depicted in “Attack of the Blondes.”  Now, that our heroic trio is deep into the city, they need to find supplies, survivors, and the strategic higher ground.  They find some of what they need in an imposing black tower of a building.  What they discover inside will shock, anger, and outage them... and titillate some of them.

It has been several years since I read an issue of the main Chaos Campus: Sorority Girls vs. Zombies series.  I think the last regular issue I read was #11.  At that point, just about each issue of Chaos Campus was in some way a parody or spoof of or referenced popular American films and American pop culture.

Chaos Campus: Sorority Girls vs. Zombies #21 is thoroughly invested in the serial narrative.  It gives the sense that writer/creator B. Alex Thompson has found or is finding the sweet spot of his post-apocalyptic creation.  It seems as if Chaos Campus is really going somewhere, and is not just a comic riff on genre.

Still, I must say that Thompson is quite good at comic horror, which is not easy.  Horror comedy is a trap for storytellers because they sometimes create something that is neither scary nor funny.  In Chaos Campus, the threat of the zombies is real and the girls of Epsilon Alpha Zeta Upsilon (EAZY) just wanna have fun.


Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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