Review: Mother Russia #1 From Alterna Comics
If your into the whole zombie/horror/post apocalyptic story lines such as myself. Then you will be delightfully satisfied in Mother Russia #1 from Alterna Comics. First off we have the story and art by Jeff Mccomsey.
This book is set in 1943, where the undead have replaced the great world war with its terror. What really drove this story for me was the artwork which is done in all black,white, and grey tones. There is very little dialog to start off when we first meet the main character who in short is known as “Mother Russia”. This character is pretty much alone for the first half aside from the zombie hordes lurking outside her living space. Something to take note on, is that she is a very good shot with a sniper rifle, and takes note of every shot that is taken on the undead.
Things start to take a turn for the worst when she is doing her daily shooting and notices that there is a human child walking among the zombies. From these two panels the art really describes with no dialog how much emotion is felt when she notices the child alone. This is where things get exciting. The child falls and starts to cry, and as we all know that is probably the worst thing to do when stuck in between hundreds of zombies ready to attack.
Mother Russia, takes into action and starts to blow heads clean off with her perfect shots, and even in mid air while diving out a window. It looks as though there might be hope, but there might just be to many to take on in such close combat. As the hordes of zombies close in you get the suspense that makes these types of books great…with things looking grim, Mother Russia gets closed in with the child in arms and points her pistol at the child’s head speaking the words ” At least I tried”.
Then out of no where we get a dog jumping in to save the two, then more shots ring out, and we get more zombie brains being splattered. Hope comes in the form of another human with an eye patch and a tattered cloak, wielding a gun. An explosion rings out as a grenade stops the zombies long enough for them all to escape for the time.
Once they get to their destination we can tell that these two were enemies when the war first started. We end with a great panel showing that this is a soldier and Mother Russia’s gun locked and loaded aiming with ill intent.
Overall, this story started out strong with the artwork and ended strong with the artwork. There was very little dialog, but the little that was there was enough to drive the story forward. I feel as though the art gave great internal dialog, without even being on the page. The line work and depth gives you the emotional side that is known in these post apocalyptic stories. I personally like a book that can drive a story with little dialog and aggressive artwork to keep your eyes moving from one panel to the next. I would highly recommend this book to all new readers and geeks alike.