Thursday, December 10, 2020

#IReadsYou Review: CHAOS CAMPUS #28


[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

STORY: B. Alex Thompson – @ApproBAT
ART: Ricardo Mendez
COLORS: Alivon Ortiz
EDITORS: B. Alex Thompson and John P. Ward
COVER: Ricardo Mendez
24pp, Color, $4.99 U.S. (2016; digital release date – May 10, 2017)

Rated: Teen 13+ / 15+ Only – comiXology rating

Chaos Campus: Sorority Girls vs. Zombies created by B. Alex Thompson

“The Road to Salvation, Part 4 of 4”

Chaos Campus: Sorority Girls vs. Zombies is the long-running zombie apocalypse comic book series from Approbation Comics.  Mixing in elements of comedy, horror, and adventure, it is the creation of B. Alex Thompson.  The series is set during a zombie invasion and follows the adventures of three members of the sorority, Epsilon Alpha Zeta Upsilon (EAZY):  ass-kickin’ Jamie Lynn Schaeffer, brainy and magic-wielding Paige Helena Patton, and sexy Brittany Ann Miller.

The current story line is “The Road to Salvation,” which finds the Chaos Campus trio in the middle of a squabble involving “Salvation,” a now-divided human sanctuary.  The girls also fend off the fearsome “Neo Zombies” and deal with a Jamie-lookalike, her long-lost twin sister, Aimee.  This fourth and final chapter of “The Road to Salvation” is written by B. Alex Thompson; drawn by Ricardo Mendez; colored by Alivon Ortiz; and lettered by Krugos.

Chaos Campus: Sorority Girls vs. Zombies #28 opens to find Princess Aimee... trippin.  Embittered about everything, including the fact that Jamie “stole” the man she loved (the “Snake Eyes” like Damien), Aimee is going to tear down her own Sanctuary West and also Sanctuary East.  And she is going to use the Neo Zombies to do her dirty deeds.

Well, the Chaos Campus girls are not going to take it, but when things fall apart, can going back to the beginning be the answer to what happens after the end of Sanctuary?  Plus, there is a reference to director Ridley Scott's classic film, Alien.

THE LOWDOWN:  Chaos Campus brings to an end an excellent story line “The Road to Salvation.”  This series really hit its stride once the issues started being numbered in the 20s.  I like to remind readers that Chaos Campus is one of my favorite comic books, and Chaos Campus: Sorority Girls vs. Zombies #28 reminds me of why I fell in love with this series so many years ago.

And I love Chaos Campus because it has evolved.  Once a horror action comedy, individual issues offered parodies of well known dark fantasy, horror, and science fiction films.  Then, while holding onto its sense of humor, the character drama and storytelling became polished, and the series matured.  Chaos Campus came to remind me of The Walking Dead, both the comic book and the television series it inspired.  Still, Chaos Campus has the spirit of Sam Raimi, as it takes the best of George Romero's dead movies and blends its with other “zombie apocalypse” fiction to be something different.

Writer-creator B. Alex Thompson gets stronger as a writer with each issues, and his series reaps the benefits.  Artist Ricardo Mendez is an excellent collaborator for Thompson because Mendez conveys the mood and style that defines Chaos Campus.  Mendez's art is the Chaos Campus graphical storytelling that was meant to be... as far as I'm concerned.

I read Chaos Campus #28 as a digital comic on comiXology, and the digital format really shows off Alivon Ortiz's rich coloring.  Another recent frequent collaborator, letterer Krugos, continues to convey a sense of action in comic via his fonts.  He completes the process that makes Chaos Campus a comic book that I find to be pure fun... while also being shameless in its humor.  So on to the next story arc!

POSSIBLE AUDIENCE:  Fans of zombies and of horror-comedies will want to try Chaos Campus: Sorority Girls vs. Zombies.

9 out of 10

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

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