Wednesday, July 13, 2022

#IReadsYou Review: CHAOS CAMPUS #41


STORY: B. Alex Thompson – @ApproBAT
ART: Ricardo Mendez
COLORS: Alivon Ortiz
EDITOR: B. Alex Thompson
MISC: Ricardo Mendez with Alivon Ortiz
COVER: Ricardo Mendez with Alivon Ortiz
24pp, Color, $4.99 U.S. (2018)

Rated: Teen 13+

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


Chaos Campus: Sorority Girls vs. Zombies is the long-running zombie apocalypse comic book series from Approbation Comics.  Mixing in elements of comedy, horror, adventure, and magic, 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 Schaffer, brainy and magic-wielding Paige Helena Patton, and sexy goddess-type Brittany Ann Miller.  The series is written by Thompson.  It is currently drawn by Ricardo Mendez; colored by Alivon Ortiz; and lettered by Krugos.

Chaos Campus: Sorority Girls vs. Zombies #41 (“Commencement”) opens with Paige, Brittany, Jaime, and Aimee (Jamie's sister) on patrol, checking the campus' generators.  So what is with the power generators?  They're being nibbled on by a new kind of zombie – the electricity and energy-sucking “ElectriCUTES!”  This new engineered stage of zombie evolution has the speed and ferocity of the previous new evolution, the “Neos,” along with the durability of armored zombies.

After the battle, Aimee doesn't want family time with Jamie, but she does have some private time for Brittany...  Meanwhile, Paige's “sister,” Tess is becoming more concerned about the really aggressive changes in her sister's personality.

Elsewhere, the devious Brass Lucian is using Mitzi Peterson's powers on his zombie experiments.  And what is Mitzi up to … that has the “Alts” watching her?

THE LOWDOWN:  Yes, dear readers, we are continuing toward the conclusion of the Chaos Campus comic book series.  Every time I read an issue of this genre-busting series, however, I get deeper into denial about the end.

In Chaos Campus #41, writer B. Alex Thompson presents a top issue in a run of very good issues.  He offers a nice blend of character development and drama involving several characters.  I like that Thompson really doesn't create single purpose characters.  He also sets the ticking of the time bomb that is Wormsor and Nikki over their kidnapped baby, Aiden.  In the second half of issue #41, he sends a tidal wave of hot action our way, and, as always, Thompson can write action scenes that matches the best mainstream comic book writers.

Ricardo Mendez cements his place as Chaos Campus' signature artist.  Whether creating the melodrama of sibling strife or of secret love, Mendez has made Chaos Campus' drama as potent as he always makes the action.  Alivon Ortiz's colors continue to sparkle and bring a vividness to this world.  Of course, Krugos' lettering completes the storytelling with a thumping soundtrack.

It's easy to join the Chaos Campus fun, dear readers.  The ordering details are at the bottom of this review – just for you.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of zombies, video games, and of horror-comedies will want to try Chaos Campus: Sorority Girls vs. Zombies.

★★★★+ out of 4 stars

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

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