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‘’68: Homefront #1’ – Comic Book Review

1968 was a great year for zombies, as zombie fanatics have learned with every series installment in Image Comics’ run of ’68 comics. ’68: Homefront #1 is no exception and only continues to raise the bar on great zombie fare.

The four-issue series ’68: Homefront #1 takes us to the small town of Harbinger, PA, for a dual-arc storyline, starting with "Peace and Love." The comic begins with three teenage girls typical of that era on their way to a football game rally: one pothead; one who sleeps around; and one who remains aloof and generally pissed off by everything around her. As they’re driving to the rally and chatting about this and that, they pass by a man in the road, our first sight of a zombie.

Cut to the Love’s Funeral Parlor, where funeral director Harmon and his wife have a bit of a problem with the Gardner family, who lies undead in their basement. The funeral home is followed by a gruesome scene with the local police taking on a horde of zombies, and, from there, the three stories really take flight with the reader's imagination.

Mark Kidwell does a great job once again of building each of the scenes and giving enough play to the concurrent stories, so that the reader not only gets to know the characters, but gets caught up in all the action. He also manages to inject the perfect amount of humor amongst the grotesque. All in all, it’s a tough order to fill when one is already juggling three storylines, but Kidwell pulls everything off flawlessly.

Kyle Charles and Jay Fotos bring the story to life through the art and colors. Nothing lacks in the details of every frame. Quite a few panels had me catching my breath with the horrific zombies and the gruesome kills that one expects from ’68. There was quite a bit of variety in the way the zombies were drawn in just this first issue, and I cannot wait to see what the next three issues of the series bring. Tom B. Long makes the lettering pop with the distinct differences between humans and zombies that add something special to the comic.

From the pretty blonde zombie cheerleader on the front cover to the glorious zombie guts on the pages, there’s really nothing that can be criticized about ’68: Homefront #1. If ’68: Homefront #1 leaves me with any question at all, it’s “Can the series get any better than this?”

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