Friday, January 1, 2021

#IReadsYou Review: CHAOS CAMPUS #29


[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

STORY: B. Alex Thompson – @ApproBAT
ART: Anita Zaramella
COLORS: Anita Zaramella
EDITORS: B. Alex Thompson and John P. Ward
COVER: Anita Zaramella
28pp, Color, $4.99 U.S. print/$1.99 U.S. digital (2016; digital release date – May 24, 2017)

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

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

“One Night at Pheromones”

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.

Chaos Campus: Sorority Girls vs. Zombies #29 (“One Night at Pheromones”) opens in the aftermath of “The Road to Salvation” story arc.  As usual, our heroic trio is seeking a momentary safe haven from the zombies.  They head to “Dinah's Haven,” an all-female city and military garrison.  Upon entry, the girls discover that there is a weapons checkpoint and that they must relinquish all of their weapons.

There, they meet two mystery men, Marco and Dylan, with whom Brittany and Paige immediately become smitten.  Seeking a place where they can get to know each other, the EAZY girls and the new guys head to Dinah's Haven's only drinking establishment, the strip club, “Pheromones.”  The new friends find plenty of pretty girls, do some lap-dancing, and discover the secret of Dinah's Haven in this issue written by B. Alex Thompson; drawn and colored by Anita Zaramella; and lettered by Krugos.

THE LOWDOWN:  After bringing “The Road to Salvation” story line to an end, writer B. Alex Thompson brings some levity to the standalone story, “One Night at Pheromones.”  It reminds me of those standalone issues of Uncanny X-Men that writer Chris Claremont used to do so well.

The star of this issue is artist-colorist Anita Zaramella.  Her elastic and fluid drawing style yields compositions that pop with energy and makes this story move quickly.  The graphic storytelling offers readers a sexy romp in the series usual wheelhouse.  Zaramella's coloring is bright and vivid, and the colors bring club “Pheromones” to life as the exiting and NAS-TAY! place to be.

Chaos Campus #29 is a surprisingly good one-off issue.  It features one of Chaos Campus' strengths – its ability to not take itself too seriously while being true to its driving force.  This issue is a good place to start for new readers.

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

8 out of 10

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

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